The best part of the month was when I received some happy mail from Michelle.
This past month had me thinking about my scrapbook magazine buying habits. Since I am trying to use scrappy dollars more effectively, I have been pondering just how much creative inspiration I am getting for dollars spent. Years ago, before I discovered the online scrapbook community, the magazines were my lifeline to creativity. I would pour over a new issue taking notes on techniques I wanted to try and colour palettes that inspired. This was before sketches were the rage and so I would examine the design of pages, breaking it down into a sketch in my head so I could copy the design. I loved seeing the advertisements of new paper line releases and loved the profiles of scrappers, especially when they showed their studios. Yes, these magazines were worth their weight in gold!
Fast forward to the present. The computer gives me all of this inspiration and more on a daily basis. When I do buy a magazine, I may bookmark a couple of pages where something sparks my interest and then eventually file the magazine away and forget about trying whatever it was I saw. Although I buy fewer magazines than in the past, I know that I am not getting my money's worth out of them.
So in the interest of making use of these magazines in my studio, I have a plan.
I know that some days do call for a trip to Chapters, a look through the newest issues and then some time sipping a Starbuck's latte while looking through my purchase. At least I will know that there is a better chance of actually putting inspiration to page thanks to my journal of ideas.
I'm at the half way point of the No Buy Challenge! Six months down ~ six months to go!