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Let’s Play and Trying to Beg the Muse

Video sharing how I get over the urge to hoard supplies even when it is not easy for this week's Let's Play link party!

Negotiating with my muse is not a wise thing to do.  My muse is not affected by whining, whimpering, or wishing.  She was a total task master as I filmed this week’s Let’s Play video. I am so grateful she stood her ground!

Video sharing how I get over the urge to hoard supplies even when it is not easy for this week's Let's Play link party!Use it or lose it is this month’s theme and this week was the absolutely challenging for me.  I saved these fantastic glossy full color brochures from the Cincinnati Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory.

Can you tell I treasure them? They’re from 2005 and 2006 and more precious than gold to me because of the memories of going with all of my kids (2nd grade field trips and my own 2 kids).  So it has been sitting in a drawer for 10 years waiting for the “right” time to use it.  Until now.

Video sharing how I get over the urge to hoard supplies even when it is not easy for this week's Let's Play link party!I fussy cut out 2 butterflies…and then I looked at all the others with despair.  I was never going to be willing to cut all those out but I didn’t want to waste them either.

That is a lot of cutting.  My hands will hurt.  I’ll have to focus for how long to cut them all out? The internal whining had begun.

I begged my muse to let me off the hook and not have to throw them out.  But she stood her ground.  Use it or lose it.  Like a 5 year old, I got tired of whimpering about it so I began to look for another way.  And I found it.

The answer? Don’t fussy cut. Do big quick messy cuts and layer layer layer!  In no time at all I had used all the butterflies.
Video sharing how I get over the urge to hoard supplies even when it is not easy for this week's Let's Play link party!

In the video, you’ll also see the thing I almost missed in the brochure. I was focused on the butterflies that I didn’t see something very rainbow which actually became ended up right on the cover.

Watch Confessions of a supply hoarder  on YouTube.

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  • Maria McGuire April 19, 2016, 10:37 am

    Beautiful butterflies! I would have fussy cut them for you 🙂
    Glad you used them up, looks cool in the journal like that!

  • Gerrie Johnnic April 19, 2016, 11:33 am

    This cracks me up big time. Someplace the butterflies I own are tucked away safely, but who knows where?!! HATE to fussy cut, biggest waste of my times, drives me nuts! Happy to see you are gaining on the stash, I truely need to also!

  • Judy Shea April 19, 2016, 3:08 pm

    I love the butterflies. So glad you used them up. I think I would have tried to transfer them.. but who has time for that???? Thanks for the fun vid.

  • Carole April 19, 2016, 3:29 pm

    Lovely butterflies. My art group are supposed to be adding wings to magazine people this week and these would have been perfect. Must look in the stash as I think I have some sheets of butterflies too. I’m really trying with the use it or lose it but so far only managed some rub ons ( and they were so old they’d lost their sticky so had to glue them down!)

  • jean marmo April 19, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Love this concept of using stash! Awesome journal pages!

  • Kathy Gledsdale April 20, 2016, 8:55 am

    Oh I love you Carolyn Lol, “Suck it up buttercup”. You do make me smile and laugh. I have a cupboard full of 12″x 12″ patterned paper, (some of which I don’t even like) Been sitting there for at least 10 years if not more!!! I just don’t know what to do with it as I am not a scrapbooker, don’t even know why I bought it. It was just on special offer a job lot, masses of it. I certainly could do with the space in the cupboard. Just can’t think what to do with it, HELP!

  • lisa beck April 20, 2016, 2:31 pm

    Loving the butterfly’s! And I Love how you put the title on for your title.

  • Arianna Barbara April 24, 2016, 6:50 am

    Wow! Thank you always for inspiration! I love how you use differnt kinds of stuff to realize new beautiful things! You give a new life to the things! Great!

  • Colleen Gilgenbach April 24, 2016, 7:33 pm

    All of these shares are so inspiring. I want to try the mono printing sometime soon.

  • Colleen Gilgenbach April 24, 2016, 7:34 pm

    I found the pasting of the butterflies randomly quite inspiring, they look great! I fussy cut everything! I am feeling the urge to tear things up!