Saturday, October 13, 2012

How long is a piece of string? (or other equally hard to answer questions)

What do rhinestones, doilies and die-cuts dogs have in common?  They're my "plus one" on my first page made using my October Counterfeit Kit, "Eclectic Pizza Plus One".

I seem to have made a few puppy-related pages lately, and possibly a few more to come . . .

The papers on this page are a mix of Basic Grey "Konichiwa" and Echo Park "Everyday Eclectic".   As I told you in my last post, the "Everyday Eclectic" collection was my latest purchase.  I seem to be having a bit of a love-hate relationship with the whole idea of paper collections lately.  The love part is how easy it is to put them together to make a page you know will match.  The hate part (although hate is too strong a word, more like don't like quite so much) is when you look back on those pages, it is soooo obvious that they were made with that one collection.  The other don't like so much part is that when you're trying to limit the size of your stash, 12 papers (or 18 or whatever) from the same collection doesn't seem to provide quite the same variety in your stash as the same number of papers from a range of collections would.

So the question I'm asking you today is:

What do you think is the magic number of papers to have in your stash?  Enough that you've got an inspiring range of designs and colours that mean you're ready to sit down and create at a moment's notice?  But not so much that you're drowning in a sea of paper that you know you're never going to use?
Have you found that "sweet spot" yet?  If not, where are you on the journey? 
I look forward to hearing what you've got to say, and maybe we'll talk more about it later!  Until then, I hope you find time to create this weekend!

PS. I'm also linking this page up to the Scrapbooking Soiree at Jennifer's Jumbles, so if you're visiting from there, I'd love to hear what you've got to say, too!


  1. haha, I love your question. The magic number for me would be ALL paper. But that of course is not gonna happen due to space and money and if I owned ALL the paper, I wouldn't have any friends to scrap with. Well, maybe just the digi friends.

    One of the things from CKC that I am learning is what I like, and maybe more important, what I don't like, with regards to patternes and colours. Traveling to buy scrapbook supplies is a limited event due to distances so I have in the past bought anything I could get my hands on. After five years of collecting like this, I think I have enough. Well, almost enough. I have become more discering in the 5/$1.00 clearance section. In fact, I wowed my daughter last month when I bought NO paper at Michaels. I have also learned what quaility of paper I don't like.

  2. Adorable photo on your page! I really can't come up with a perfect number for you. However, I do agree with you. I like the look of mixed collections/paper lines vs. all from one collection. Unless, I have embellishments unique enough to set the layout off just right. Great ideas to ponder here today!

  3. Wonderful layout - love the doilies on pink! I don't know what the magic number is, but I always seem to have a few "extra" sheets that haven't been filed away by manufacturer because there is no room. I have a paper addiction to be sure.

  4. I don't have a magic number, but I get annoyed when I have papers or other supplies that I don't like. Why am I keeping it? Why did I buy it? Just because it's on sale doesn't mean I should buy it. Or so I keep telling myself.

    Great layout! I love the die-cut dogs. That's the kind of thing I would never think of. Really cute.