Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TIPsy Tuesday - Out with the Old

When I return my guest room to a scrap space, I have many plans for how it should be organized.  This of course means getting rid of some stuff.  I've already started clearing out the non-scrapbook related items I really don't need in that room.  Periodically, I do purge scrapbooking items and I'm sure there will be a few more to go with this clean up.

Here are some ideas of what to do with your old scrapbook/card making materials:

  • It is almost time for school to start.  Do you know a teacher who might like some crafting supplies? 
  • Donate supplies to a friend who is new to scrapbooking or card making.
  • Sell items on E-bay - my experience has been that name brand collectables like Creative Memories sell very well.  It is easier if they are sized to fit in those fixed price boxes from the post office so you can control shipping costs.  Keeping shipping costs under $5 is desirable.  You probably won't make a great fortune, but you can get rid of stuff and know that it goes to someone else who will really appreciate the find.
  • Re-arrange your storage.  I have some SU! designer papers that I plan to store with the color of cardstock they match rather than continuing to keep so many packs of specific designer paper.  For example, I have several designer papers I've used most, but not all, of that have 'old olive' papers. Why not just store those with the 'old olive' cardstock and have fewer paper organizers.
  • Have a "use it up" day/week where every card or project concentrates on using up older supplies.  It is a great opportunity to make cards for charity like Operation Write Home.
  • Donate to a friend's yard sale or church sale if you don't want to have one of your own.
  • Try to think of a new purpose for your items.  I have some very large chipboard letters that made great photo frames. 
  • Stop hoarding supplies for the "perfect project" and put them to good use.  I know that one is hard to do!
Just a few ideas for making more space - well, until the next order from Two Peas gets here.

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