Some folks say, "Buy only what you need to crop", but I am in favor of random spending. This morning I found an old picture of my mother (who passed away 31 years ago). I was able to make a beautiful page with things I bought "just because". The paper that touches my soul, I will buy every time. How about you?
I have a decent stash of things built up, so these days I try and by things only as needed. However, I will take advantage of a good deal if I have a project in mind, even if that project is months (or years) away from being tackled.
Basically, I like to keep a basic stash on hand. Anything extra is gravy.
I missed the days when I took my photo(s) to the LSS and bought materials specifically for it. I was able to buy spot on colors and patterns that brought out the best in my images. But somewhere along the way my amount of stash grew to a CRAZY amount which stops me now from impulsive purchases. And I think this is why so many say...be careful not to buy, buy, buy. It is VERY easy to all of a sudden have hundreds of dollars of materials you are no longer excited about.
I found it very expensive when I bought supplies specifically FOR certain pics.....fun, but expensive.
Now, I don't have an LSS nearby and usually only get to go shopping a couple of times a year. I buy things I love and then have them on hand. Sure, I have a huge stash that would equal ridiculous amounts of money, but I also bought a lot of it off clearance, etc. and I can pretty much scrap any pic at any time. Sometimes I have to make my own themed embellies...like I just had to make a barber pole, because I didn't have any themed embellies for a shaving lo, but it all works and I get to feel really creative when I think of unusual ways to tie something into a certain theme.
I have done my share of random spending. And I have a stash to prove it. I, too, am trying to scrap from that stash. I could probably scrap for a year or so on a regular basis without buying anything except adhesive. That is what I am going to be trying to do!
I haven't been buying a lot in the past month. Since a scrappy friend I meet on youtube. Wanted to sent me some items. It was a box stuffed full of papers and stickers etc... That now I feel like I don't need to shop for while. I'm now trying not to shop to much for scrapbook stuff. I might put some stuff on my wishlist on some of the online stores. But like some had said above. I now will only buy stuff if I really need something. So I can save money.
I went for a long time just riding on my stash but this year I just felt the need to rejuvenate my paper stash and invest in a few new tools. I'm more of a random scrapbooker. I flip through my photos and when one catches my eye...and my heart it gets scrapped. I like having stuff on hand to scrap on a whim.
I don't go to the store unless I need something specific, but I am in favor of random spending while I'm there. If I see something I like and have something that I really think I could use it for and its on sale, I will buy it. I'm just trying not to get my random spending too out of hand. Which clearly, it got out of hand today when I went shopping. Oh well!
When I buy I because I see something I like, but I do not shop very often. So it remains fun! There are times that I need to look for something for a specific LO or project and that's okay too I just add it too my shopping fun. I do not back myself into any particular camp.
I buy a lot online - 4 orders this month - and I like my orders to be large enough to justify the shipping. Or... if its a free shipping day, large enough to qualify for the free shipping.
I've slowed W-A-Y down on tools, Cricut Carts, dies, Slice Cart, embossing folders and things like that - I don't use what I have so I rarely buy more unless something really grabs me. I may buy one Cricut cartridge a year.
However, if I see paper and I like it - I buy it. I have about 2,000 sheets of cardstock and about 2,000 sheets of patterned paper on hand. I do not pass patterned paper I like. I don't care if I need it or not. And I buy about 5 sheets of it because if I buy just one or two I have trouble forcing myself to use them. And, some of my travel layouts are 4 or 5 pages.
Themed paper - I never pass that up. I know I will not be able to find it if I need it. I get comments all the time about how my themed papers are so cool - I have themed papers for everything. I saw hot air balloon papers - I bought it. I may go some day.
Last week I was doing a layout of my granddaughter in a shopping cart. I thought, "Too bad they don't make shopping cart paper." Guess what - I had paper with shopping carts on it! What a nice surprise when I discovered that.
If I love an embellie - I buy it. I even bought one for skydiving. Maybe I will skydive some day, maybe not. But if I do - I'm ready to scrap it.
My weakness besides papers is diecuts. If I see a cute diecut - I buy it.
When I do a layout I almost always have my diecuts and my papers in my stash.
I order my ATG tape on line and I buy 24 boxes at a time - 48 rolls so I don't ever have to run out for adhesive. I could scrap the rest of my life and never run into a store.
I even have diecuts for cities and countries all over the world that I "might visit" someday - because I will never find them when I need them.
I shop exactly like Henri! I call it "shopping with my heart" (a nice a of saying compulsive). Especially when it comes to themed paper. I don't want to have the perfect photos and then finding the perfect paper I saw has been discontinued. If I love it, it's mine. I, too, shop on-line often, especially when I find great deals. I love pulling into the driveway and seeing a nice package on my porch! It's like Christmas.
Got some cute embellies in the mail yesterday for the New Orleans layouts I just put together. I will go back later and see if I can work them in. Wish I had ordered them earlier so I would have them on hand when I did the layouts.
Doing the Azores right now. Hope to finish it up today.
A thought just occurred to me...... for people who buy for a specific project, where do they get their supplies? I used to love taking photos into the LSS and buying everything I needed for a layout. Those have always resulted in my best layouts. But....the LSS's are gone and the Big Box (at least the ones in my area) do not have wide selections. I do place orders here online with a specific project in mind, but usually throw in a few extras for my stash to keep my shipping costs lower.
hahahaha, I love it- it's not 'compulsive shopping,' it's SHOPPING WITH MY HEART!
Well, everyone knows that I'm a compulsive shopper and a hoarder. But I like the way it looks like a LSS in my craftroom. So much so that I put up the pegboard, so I could hang new product from hooks to enhance the LSS-in-my-craftroom EXPERIENCE. lol