Oh, my! The truth will set you free, but first it ticks you off!
A few weeks ago, I pulled every winter/holiday stamp and set in my hoard out for my hard push on Christmas. Here's what I found.
|Clear and unmounted rubber sets. About 33 sets. I have more sets|
than years Jesus lived on earth. How did this happen?!?!
|Random wood-mounted Christmas stamps. Several of these are|
old Stampa Rosa stamps...maybe they can be put in my coffin with
me. Can we take stamps with us?
|Trees suitable for holiday cards. Stampa Rosa here as well.|
|More trees and winter stamps. A few Stampa Rosa ones in here, too.|
So the question is "What does one stamper possibly need with this many holiday stamps?"
Even more important is this question: "Where will she start?"
Honestly, I wanted to go take a nap after pulling all this stuff out. It took several days of feeling very angry at myself before I worked up a strategy for dealing with this embarrassment of riches. Here's what I learned....
- I still feel compelled to buy new holiday stamps and feel ashamed of myself.
- Some of these stamps (mostly some of the sets) do not excite me. At all.
- Some of these stamps do excite me, but I wonder how I will ever make anything with them that is different from what I've already made with them.
- The sheer quantity of stamps here is intimidating and stifles my creativity.
And that makes me angry.
So what does a girl do to manage her anger? She comes up with a PLAN.
And here it is: I'm going to use as many of these stamps as I can, and if I don't have fun using a set or stamp, it's going into storage. Next year, if I make all my holiday cards without retrieving any from storage, those stored stamps will be sold off in grab boxes. Gone. Out of my hair. Into someone else's...where they might be appreciated and loved and whipped into something useful.
The first set I played with was Candy Cane Christmas, which yielded these two acceptable cards (and several other not-so-acceptable ones).
This set is a keeper. Not only were these two cards fun to make, but they didn't make me feel as though my creativity was exhausted for future use.
Do you have a plan for dealing with the consequences of consumerism? Or do you just buy more storage?
stamps: Candy Cane Christmas, Faux Ribbon
ink: assorted pigment inks
accessories: circle punch, scallop circle punch, dimensionals, rhinestone