Wednesday, October 8, 2014

workspace wednesday: creating vs spending

creating vs spending
If you're immersed in the paper crafting culture like I am, you're constantly being solicited to buy new product. When a shiny, new, sparky kit or whatever comes out, my sister and I often joke, "Here. Just take all of my money." Sometimes it's not funny though! The feeling of wanting more new, shiny, sparky stuff makes me feel dissatisfied with my "old" stuff (which I thought was super cute when I originally bought it). I'm not going to blame the various companies out there. I'm going to blame my own lack of satisfaction with all of the stuff I've accumulated.

I am learning to be content with what I have, to resist the temptation of buying new products. I have more than plenty. I remember, once upon a time, building my supplies from nothing. I used to cut images from stationary to make embellishments, I used to take the borders from coloring books to use as borders in my scrapbook pages (like in the picture above), I used to think outside of the box for my layouts. It was simple and it was fun. I was happy to see my pages come together- not because my products and supplies were the latest and greatest, but because I was creating and memory keeping.

We are a consumerist society. I used to house all of my paper crafting supplies in one of those rolling totes, then I "upgraded" to a bookshelf, then bookshelves, at one point I had a whole stinking room for my stuff. Then, I realized, "All this crap is overwhelming and distracting." I was spending half of my time organizing and reorganizing. I realized that I needed to simplify. I needed to consume less and create more. Anyway, I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer! lol. And I'm not saying I'll never buy another paper crafting related item. I'm saying I'm going to create more/be content with what I have and spend less/be less of a consumer.

Ending rant now. :)

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4 comments:

  1. I know what you mean! Used to be able to go to a Crop with all my stuff in a couple of bags, but now I spend more time sorting and organizing than I do scrapping or papercrafting. Haven't even bought anything lately but still have way too much. Need to get busy using it up!

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    1. Yes! I used to go to a crop with my one rolling tote. Everything I needed was in there! I can't even imagine that anymore!

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  2. I'm at the same mental place, as are m-a-n-y of my friends! In addition to consumerist, we also want FAST. So rather than using the coloring book as border, companies come up with already-done border papers. FAST. Too much stuff and do it fast. My main passion is quilting, and there is currently a wave catching on of "slow quilting". I like it! I had a "quilty" sale recently to downsize and what a mental relief!! (and I made a good bit of cash!) All I meant to say was "I get it" hahahaha! Right there with ya!

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    1. Gale, Such a good point about wanting something fast rather than making something homemade! I love a pretty quilt! What a wonderful talent to make them.:)

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