Treat Your Scrapbook Supplies Like Your Wardrobe

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Fashion!

In 2012, I started a regular feature that  includes a layout illustrating a fashion trend from the September 2011 issue of Vogue. Since then, I’ve cut way back on posting, but today I have a special treat for you! Today, Sara from 1200 Some Miles is guest posting today! I’ll turn it over to Sara:

I have enjoyed Stephanie’s Fashion! series. I have found another way that fashion relates to scrapbooking. Building your collection of supplies can be similar to building your wardrobe! Here is what I’ve learned:

It is important to invest in some quality “basics.” For me, that includes cardstock and tools. These items are the foundation of my collection, similar to a good pair of black pants. I retired my first paper trimmer for a better one since I use a paper trimmer on every project. I keep a variety of colors of smooth cardstock for stamping and textured cardstock for layouts.

It is fun to buy a few trendy items, but I do not have to follow all the trends. I enjoy watching all of the new products come out at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) shows, but I only pick a few of my favorites to purchase. Similar to fashion, there have been some trends that just do not work for me.  Sometimes I am slow to adopt a trend, such as misting.  Currently, I love all of the chevron patterns.

I should only buy items that I love. I like bargain shopping, but I do not like clutter. If I do not love a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes, it just sits in my closet. I have bought some scrapbook supplies on sale that sat in my stash for a long time. I realized that I mainly purchased them because of the low price.

It is good to review your collection of supplies and purge as necessary a couple of times a year. I go through and donate clothes we no longer wear to local charities a couple of times a year. The same works for scrapbook supplies. I have donated extra supplies to organizations that make Life Books for foster youth, to a YWCA, and to various charity drives. I feel good about donating items that I am not using.  Our recent move to a new state was extra motivation to evaluate my collection of supplies.

Similar to my fashion, I tend to create in a clean and simple style.  Sometimes I like to try new products and techniques, but I often stick to the basics.

For this layout, I started with one of my favorite basics, Kraft cardstock.  I added some new papers from the Lawn Fawn’s Bright Side collection.  (I wanted to add more chevron papers, but they did not work well with this layout.)  Finally, I accessorized with some ribbon from Queen & Co. and a button from My Mind’s Eye.

Do you treat your fashion wardrobe and scrapbook supplies similarly? Comment below or join the conversation on facebook or twitter.

Sara Grafton has been scrapbooking since 2005 and stamping since 2008.  She blogs about papercrafts, her family, and exploring her new state at 1200 Some Miles.

Related Posts:

Fashion!: Lace

Fashion!: Men’s Classic Bow Ties

Fashion!: Triangles

Fashion!: Using Glitter on a Scrapbook Layout

Fashion!: Bright Primary Colors


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  • Oh, yes! There have been both fashion and scrapbooking items that I loved looking at, but don’t always work for me. I have found that I must ask myself, “do I really need this” or “am I going to use that” before making a purchase. More often than not, the answer is no and I buy what I know I’ll use or need.  And nice “meeting” you, Sara! Great post!

  • Thanks Danielle!  I checked out Ecoscrapbook today and added it to my reader.  🙂

  • Thanks for commenting. Do you still end up with stuff you end up not using or not needing? 

  • You’ll like Ecoscrapbook. 🙂

  • Sharis

    Great guest post!

  • Thanks for commenting!