I don't know how many times I have heard that papercrafters hoard *that show Hoarders pops into okie's head and she shudders at the thought*. Many sheets of my paper I have plans for, certain layouts, certain projects. I won't use them on cards because I can't bring myself to have someone throw the beautiful paper away. But I still have plans for the supplies in my craft room.
Before I get to why I believe it is not hoarding let me give you a little background information. I started scrapbooking, at least officially, back in 2005. At that time when I would go into a scrapbook store I would usually get what was on clearance not being able to bring myself to spend 50 cents for a sheet of cardstock or 75 cents for a sheet of patterned paper *okie laughs at herself right now because she still has problems doing it but will if she needs it*. I did get some patterned paper stacks at Walmart, I believe it was Autumn Leaves, and used them A LOT. I did some layouts and thought they were nice. I used stickers *okie gasps at the word now* and gel pens to do my embellishing.
I heard about the Cricut around that time and I put my scrapbook stuff away, vowing not to do anymore until I got a Cricut. I would still purchase things from time to time but still didn't get into it much.
Okay now after I got my Cricut I was hitting the scrapbook store hot and heavy *okie closes eyes and tries to remember how often she was in there and realizes it is easier to remember how often she was not in there*. I would still buy most things on clearance but I started paying full price on some stuff I liked and thought I would use. I started buying all the nice embellishments such as jewels, brads, Stickles, Cat Eye inks, etc. There was always something I was needing everytime I did a page, whether it be ribbon, certain paper or a just right color of cardstock. It never failed. Slowly, okay probably rather quickly, I started building my stash of supplies. I was also very fortunate to have people send me supplies quite often because at that time everyone was clamoring for cut files because there wasn't near as many carts available like there are today and they would send items in appreciation.
Let us fast forward to today, or last few weeks actually. I have done quite a few layouts in the last two weeks and I got to thinking and realized I didn't need to go get one thing for any of the layouts I was doing. That is right, NOT ONE THING. I sat at my table and thought "dang I didn't even realize that I have everything I need right here. All these years of obtaining supplies has paid off".
So you see folks it really isn't hoarding. I think I shall starting thinking of it is a "Garnering". Yep that's the ticket folks! We will not be hoarding anymore. From this time all we shall be garnering! Since the definiton of garner is: to amass or acquire or reap, I think it is the perfect word! Although I think it needs to be I acquire, amass and then reap.
Next time someone says you hoard you just simply smile nicely and tell them "I do not hoard my paper crafting supplies, I garner them!"
Be sure to join me tomorrow where you can see the reaping benefits of my acquired supplies I amassed because I will be posting for the blog hop that Enfys is doing and I will have a prize up for grabs!