So Friday afternoon found me in a scrapbook outlet store. A scrapbooking warehouse in Edmonton who used to only have periodic sales has now opened up an actual retail store. I have avoided going in because, well it is torture to be around the goodies, let alone goodies at rock bottom prices. Well, I went in with a purpose. Susan is on a hunt for the Martha cornflower punch and I thought that they just might have one since it is an older issue. Well, they didn't but I did spy some really good stuff and cheap.
So I wandered through looking and knew that I would eventually land at some cardstock where I could finally get some kraft paper. I found the kraft paper at the back of the store but sitting right in front of it was a rack filled with 2 Studio Calico lines from 2011 that I have always wanted...... Countryside and State Fair. They were only $0.60 a sheet! At that moment I really wished that I wasn't on a scrappy diet. At that moment I really wanted to quit the challenge.
So my mind went into problem solving mode. I knew that Rob was planning on giving me a gift card to a scrappy shop for my birthday in July. I could wait until July and come back then. But what if they were sold out by then. I might never find this old stuff again. I had to find a way around this. I decided to buy the paper and a few other goodies that were not on the "to buy list" to be put away and given to me on my birthday by Rob. He will reduce the amount of the gift card for me by the $33 that I have already spent. Yes, I pre-shopped for my own birthday gift that is still 2 months away. Pathetic I agree, but desperate times call for desperate measures!
In the interest of full disclosure, I felt the need to share this on the blog because I almost feel like I have cheated in a way. I twisted the rules a bit. On the other hand, I got lots more for that $33 than I would have at the regular LSS in July. The scrapoholic is now rationalizing. ;) Rob said to put the stuff in my studio but I refused. It is all sitting here in it's bag in our front entrance armoire.
So wouldn't you know it that what really got to me in this challenge was coming upon some old stuff! No surprise that it was Studio Calico. This was my first real bump in the road. It was a slippery slope which I navigated with some creative thinking. I think I better stay away from the scrappy stores if I want to make it until 2014. Suddenly this challenge is feeling quite challenging. Time to get strong again. Time to focus on how good it feels to have less in the studio and feel organized. I must remember those words by Ali Edwards.... "You have plenty of supplies to record all of your memories." This is what is important.