Featured Friday Question: Do you ever have crafter’s shopping remorse?
Some people have asked how Featured Friday cardmakers are chosen. They’re selected by shippers and Sandy from from regular contributors who do exceptional work. So you could be the next cardmaker selected! Just make sure to check your email (and Spam folder) for an invitation from me. You don’t have to worry about making and sending in extra cards; Sandy will have already recommended you and sent me photos, so I’d just need you to answer a few questions, and, yay!, everyone can enjoy your wonderful work!
Changing it up a bit this week, our blog team has been chatting about all the supplies we have in our craft rooms – much of which we had to have at the time, but it’s never seen use! And even as we think about using it, we pretty much realize we either don’t want to….or it’s really not worth trying to force it.
In these rough economic times, we can’t afford to be wasting our money on things that aren’t going to work for us. If we can shop smarter, then we’ve got more resources in our pockets for heavy-duty cardstock, awesome stamps, ribbon, and embellishments….as well as shipping money to get our packages to OWH, and maybe some left over for donating too!
We know YOU all have similar experiences with things you’ve bought and shouldn’t have. So let’s get it all out in the open – and maybe next time we see one of those “must-have” items, we’ll stop to think about why we think we need it…and make some smarter purchases!
Starting with members of the blog team – what did you buy that you wish you hadn’t spent the resources on? Then we’d LOVE to hear from the rest of you in the comments! (The items shown aren’t necessarily the exact ones team members bought, but pictures I found on the internet.)
“Oh the number of 12×12 paper stacks I bought over the years! I wasn’t able to resist a sale whenever I saw them discounted. And even though I only really liked 20% of the pad, I somehow justified buying the things. In the last year I went through a major purge and gave away many, many, many, many inches thick of patterned paper to my local elementary school. I sorted it first by “keep,” “maybe,” and “donate.” Then a few months later I went through the “maybe” stack and got rid of more piles. I’m now down to just a single cropper hopper full, plus 6×6 pads – much more manageable, and I’m more able and willing to use them. And I made the school SO happy!” – Sandy
“I wish I had a dollar back for every template, compass, punch and “circle cutter” I ever purchased before my Cricut. I never could cut even TRACED circles well enough to look even! Circles are really a basic shape that I use time and time again and it’s really worth the money to get a good die cutting system that makes perfect circles in every size any time.” – Nancy
“I bought a Fastenator – you remember, those really long staplers that reach to the middle of a 12 x 12 page. They work with regular staples as well as chunky decorative “staples.” I think I’ve used it once for a challenge that called for the use of a neglected tool. HA! It sure was neglected all right! I still have it because I can’t think of anyone who would want it if I gifted it to them. I must be saving it for a future neglected tool challenge.” – Allison
“When I first started stamping many years ago I fell in love with VersaMagic Chalk inks and bought at least 20 ink pads in various colors. Within a very short time I was plain tired of the effect they gave and moved on. Those pads dried out without having been used very much at all. I should have bought just one or two. It would have satisfied my needs and saved a lot of money too. Also, in my early card making days I bought a huge set of those scissors that have the fancy edges and struggled with measuring and drawing out pencil lines to try to cut straight with them. I soon found it was virtually impossible to get good results and after I started to photograph some of my cards I realized just how unprofessional they were making my otherwise nice cards look so I gave the whole set to the young daughter of a friend. She loved them and it was a win-win for both of us.” – Paula
“I have a bunch of old embellishments in every color of the rainbow, eyelets, brads, nail heads, etc. that I wish I would have bought in just a few usable colors.” – Jan
“I’m with Nancy on the circle (and oval) cutters, but the main thing I’ve bought not once, not twice, but an embarrassing number of times is a sticker maker. Both the X kind and the larger one with the crank handle. I know many people love them to pieces, but I either have lots of sticky stuff at the edges of the stickers to clean off, or the thing jams halfway through. So, I end up buying more cartridges, and sometimes even a new machine, thinking that I must be doing it wrong. I finally went cold turkey, but have to admit that while looking on Amazon to see if anyone else had this problem, I only found two people out of hundreds complaining, so I just be doing it wrong. I also had to stop myself from pressing the one-click order button and trying again! ” – JoAnn
Surely we can’t be the only ones! So, how about you all? Want to share?