Welcome to the next in the series of Craft Stash Decluttering if I can come up with another ten items today that will be 50 things I really didn’t need or want, removed from my craft room. Well, actually it is more than fifty because the dies were ten sets, not ten dies! If you are new to the blog here is what has been covered so far:
This week is very loosely labelled Cards and Papers, so I am going to be going through card kits and paper pads mainly. I am fairly confident my main cardstock will be fine because most of it is either plain coloured or vintage or evergreen design. Before starting the process I bet the only things that I find will have been free gifts from magazines rather than purchases. But look what happened with the stamps and dies so maybe not. Let’s do this then!
Vast Hunkydory StashSo I began with my Hunkydory sets. I know full well there is no point going through the main collections because I simply would not have bought I whole collection I dislike, I may be a Craftaholic who is easily swayed by advertising but I’m not an idiot! When it comes to working through my collections I may pick out the odd topper set that is not to my taste and let them go but that is not for this post. I keep all my mini kits that have come with either the Hunkydory magazine or other magazines in two trays and it was those trays I went through first and I was pleased to say I had some success. Here are the results.
Animal AnticsAnimal Antics Papercraft Kit, as I don’t have children I very rarely craft for them. I know as I start selling cards on a more official basis I may need children’s’ resources but I have lots of others child-friendly sets but this one is outside of my regular taste.
Birthday BoyThe Birthday Boy Papercraft Kit is not really my style. It is true that I have a lot less male themed crafting resources as I am a sucker for pretty things, the fact that Michael was not a fan either made this an easy decision.
Festive FriendsThe Festive Friends Papercraft Kit was, I believe, a recent free gift with the Hunkydory Magazine. This was a tricky one because I really liked some of the cardstock that comes with the toppers. In the scheme of things though I have loads of Christmas collection (I have not yet started the 2016 or 2017 Craftinantors yet – I’m well on the way with 2015 if that helps lol) so it is better to let it all go to someone who loves the toppers as much as the cardstock.
Furry TalesThe Furry Tales Papercraft Kit has a great colour scheme which I love, however, the characters in the imagery are rather too contemporary for my taste so let’s let them go and cosy up with a contemporary style crafter who can love them like they deserve to be.
Two by TwoThe Two by Two Papercraft Kit is I think from about a year ago. As a Christian, I certainly have no objection to the theme, in fact, it is wonderful to see religious-themed craft supplies outside of Christmas and Easter. However, it is again a little bit contemporary for my taste. I do have a feeling if I had lived with some of the family in Africa I would most definitely have used this to make cards for some little people that come to mind…
So, I am halfway through the challenge just with Hunkydory. In case you are interested, this is what I have left that is most definitely going nowhere other than in the form of completed projects! So let me explain! When I started trying to get a bit organised I got lots of display books (from a Poundshop) and filed the topper sheet with its two pieces of cardstock together in a leaf. These are the ones you can see in the right-hand image at the top of the pile. They are, I think 2015 or older. As my collection sort of exploded during 2016 / 2017 I, let’s be honest, couldn’t keep up with/be bothered to keep filing them so I moved onto trays (again from a Poundshop) I have to say at this point the trays are not all Hunkydory there is a smattering of Pollyanna Pickering and Debbi Moore in there too. In case you are interested, the stack of bundles/folders on the left-hand side is all Christmas. I’m guessing at this point you are thinking surely this is all my Hunkydory, well, it’s like this, they started making little books and then craft stacks…
Confessions of a Hunkydory AddictI promise unless you include stamps and masks, four USBs and a couple of dies, oh and my Adorable Scoreboard that is everything and I don’t actually have anything else on order… Well, I think I got a bit sidetracked… back to the challenge. The next place I looked was through my 6″ x 6″ paper pads. These are stored with some A5 pads like this in case you are wondering…
The storage containers are again from a Poundshop, they are fairly safe on this shelf, although the shelf has actually broken once because it used to just hold box files full on magazines. I am now being ruthless with magazines due to the lack of space! Some of the magazine files now hold A4 stamp sets like the ones you get from Creative Stamping. Confession time… one box file over from these trays and there are three more Hunkydory Collection, I forgot I’d add them there a few days ago.. back on topic Susan…. These are the Paper Pads I am parting ways with…
Classic EleganceThis was designed by Melissa Frances and judging by the title I would have expected it to be to my taste. I think maybe some of the designs are just a little too abstract for me, that’s as much as I can give you really. I’m working on instinct.
Totally TropicalAs the image states, this is designed by Kate Knight, it was from Cardmaking and Papercraft and I am going by the Copyright date really 2011, I’ve had it for 6 years and not used any of it, so it doesn’t look like I am going to, does it?
Pippi’s Garden CollectionWithout research, I am unsure who designed this and which magazine it came with. It was probably in 2015 or 2016 and I believe there was something like chipboard shapes or stickers with it. I will dig these out and bundle them together. I have nothing massively against the papers but I wasn’t a fan of the character featuring in the embellishments. It just doesn’t spark joy I guess.
Ice Cream SundaeAgain I’m unsure which magazine it came from but I remember the Micro Beads it came with, again I will dig these out. I’ve had it years and never reached for it. I love ice cream but maybe the design is too contemporary for me?
Pretty PegsFinally, number ten, Pretty Pegs again a magazine gift and even Google is stumped so far as to where it came from and when. I have nothing really against it I’ve simply never used it and so no doubt won’t in the future
Cards Papers Successfully DeclutteredAs you could no doubt see my craft stash versus craft space is quite large. I have not even looked through my 8″ x 8″ or A4 Paper Pads yet, except the Hunkydory A4 pads which are with the kits. At the moment they are stored in a box that is kept underneath a big box of completed cards under my desk so it is tricky to get to them. On a bad day, I can’t!
I think it is fair to say there will be another ten I am able to declutter from this category down the line. Has anyone been joining me on the #MidweekMinimise Challenge I’d love to see how you are getting along? I have a feeling next week will either be colouring mediums or embellishments, I’ll give you a heads up on social media when I have decided. If your craft stash is in need of a declutter it is not too late to join in the challenge, you can start at any week or just pick out the areas you need to work on. By liberating older items you are unlikely to use you will take a big step towards getting organised or another way of looking at it you are making room for new purchases. You can share your efforts on any of these social media channels. Good luck sorting our your craft space!