September No Shopping Challenge
Very simple. Sign up for how many layouts and/or cards you think you can get done in June without buying anything while getting those pages done.
Getting adhesives or photo development (inks & photo papers for printers) don't count against you.
Starts August 1st, unless you state before hand a different start time for yourself (now or later in the month). Then you scrap, scrap, scrap!
This challenges is about learning or exercising self-control more than anything else. It's also on the honor system. No one is gonna check your bank statements or your stash or your other posts to see if you've "goofed" or "cheated."
Gifts and gift cards for sb stuff do NOT count against you. You're not spending recklessly. But do try to use gift cards with thought and purpose.
It helps to have clear goals of what you would want to buy when you reach your layout goal. Just like trying to eat healthy or dieting, you don't want to binge/gorge on food when you reach your weight loss goal. So being deliberate in your shopping is another goal for this challenge.
Above all else, have fun with this challenge. Make it into whatever game in your head or scrapping so you'll want to continue doing these things even if you don't sign up for other similar challenges.
The true goal of scrapbooking is scrapbooking, NOT shopping/buying or hoarding pretty papers and embellishments. I know that for some time for me, it was about shopping and buying more than getting pages done. So this is why I joined other similar groups and started these monthly challenges, too.
First and foremost, this should be fun. If it starts getting to be too much, don't do it. Take a breather or state you're bowing out for the month. It's okay.
Second most important thing is not buying for buying's sake. Being deliberate in what you buy. No shopping for therapeutic reasons, learn to scrap or exercise or something that's healthier and less money and guilt involved.
Thirdly to create pages and projects.
Lastly, to encourage each other here.
No guilt with buying stuff either. If you goof, you goof. Get over it and learn and reset.
Here's a mini challenge if anyone wants to try it:
Find the oldest item you have bought but not used yet. It can be papers or embellishment. Put it on your work area and use it THIS month!!!
Or if it's really something you'll never use, not enjoy using, give it away! or trade it! You can post a photo of it and see what others have to get rid of.