I'm bored (and avoiding tasks that need to be completed) and that usually means trouble for me. I am trying not to shop for crafty goodies out of boredom/avoidance. What is the longest you went without buying goodies (not including adhesive)? I am not talking about not buying due to financial situations or personal issues. I think the longest I have been on a buying freeze was about three weeks....
I set myself a "no-buy challenge" a couple of years ago of a set number of LOs and cards before I could buy anything except adhesive. Then I had to add albums and white card-stock to my exception list . I think it took me about 5 months, but I did it.
Its been about a year since I've bought anything scrappy.....but thats because I got into quilting and was shopping for that.
I've started scrapping again (Thank you NSD!) but I'm trying to not buy anything.....I have so much stuff and since its been a year its all new to me....I don't worry about the "in" styles...I just want to scrap again.
i didn't put an exact time on it...but i'd say anywhere between 7-9 months out of choice. i was taking full advantage of all the fun things and events an internship gave me at the time. i simply wasn't scrapping as much. it's currently been a couple months since i bought anything (again, i haven't timed it, but i think it's been 3 or 4 months?) partly because i organized my stash around the new year and realized all the goodies i had, and partly because i may have temp lost my scrap mojo. even when i do have time off to devote just to scrapping, i either get distracted or just stare at my pretty blank pp lon my desk. lol about a year ago, i started deleting the emails that the craft stores send me. it was the biggest help to curb my spending when i know i don't need the new this or that, since there's a good chance it may sit in my stash for a month or two (if not longer).
I can go for months without buying. It does help living in a country where there are not so many scrapbook stores and the closest one is a 45 minutes drive. So I do like to look on the internet, then get scared about the shipping costs and decide I have more than enough at home!
If there would be a scrapbook store nearby, I probably would not last more than 2 or 3 weeks!
I think at some point the “amount of stuff” accumulated starts to impact the hobby in negative ways. It may start with physically trying to deal with “all of the stuff” or financially. It may be a revelation that you have WAY more supplies then you could ever use in a lifetime! Or finally realizing… “I just can’t buy any more things because they are cute. There will ALWAYS be cuter & cuter things. I need to use the cute things I already own.”
I had to teach myself to “window shop” and only buy what I really needed or absolutely loved. The funny thing is I have yet to regret “not buying” something. Everything is always available on ebay even years later. So I can pass on buying the latest cute papers, buying extras, or buying the matching items because I just might need them.
The motivation for me to stop buying out of boredom came when I reach a certain amount of physical supplies. I just can’t squeeze any more in. Now I only buy the basics like glue, cardstock, etc. and I can go months between visits to the LSS & box stores.
I have to agree with you! I still consider myself a newbie so perhaps I will get to that point. Also, I MUST stay off of the forum. I guess I am starting to reap what I sown because I am now being enabled instead of being the enabler!