So I have survived another month of the No Buy Challenge! Here is the report.
Later in the month was a bit of a test as I did go to two LSS's with Susan. Yeah it is like being on Weight Watchers and spending the afternoon at the ice cream parlour and bakery. Tempting!! The old shopping Jennifer saw lots of things that she wanted to impulse buy. The creative possibilities were all around me. I got super excited when I saw some awesome stamp sets. Susan laughed at me as I realized that I was talking a bit loud about these beauties. Now the great thing about having a sister who loves to scrap is that you can borrow and trade stuff. So you can buy the stamp set for your sister as a gift and then you know that eventually you can ask to borrow it! Lucky for me, the stamp set that I loved is the same one that Susan loved..... score! In my defence, I knew before leaving for the store that I was buying a little gift for Susan. They had lost their loving cat, Stripo, to illness the night before and she needed a little pick me up. Here is what these stamps look like.
I did make one purchase that day. Susan and I came across this diecut that we have been searching for forever!
This is what I have learned this month.
~ When I am surrounded by goodness at the LSS and think that I "need" all of this new stuff, I really don't. A few hours later I could only remember two of the things that I really wished I could have bought. One is that amazing vellum paper from Fifth & Frolic with those big gold dots on it. Not sure how I would even create with it. I think I will be looking for a sheet of that in the sale bin next year. Hmmmm could I fashion my own version using vellum and gold glittery paper? The other was a set of really neat square alphas.
~ Less is really more! Now that I have less, I am not feeling overwhelmed. I have really organized my stash and feel that I am more aware of what I have. The creative possibilities are swimming around my scrapping dazed head.
> sheets of tags have been cut up and are ready to use. So much bang for my buck for a layering loving scrapper.
So clearly I am not suffering over here. LOL I am still having lots of fun with this challenge and am appreciating my possessions much more. Two months down ~ 10 months to go.
In fact, I think I still have enough stuff to afford me to put together a giveaway for one lucky reader! Check back in the next couple of days. There may even be some diecut kraft doilies in there. :)