Old & New

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Does anyone still make New Year's Resolutions? I don't have any and yet I do. In fact, I've been working on it for the last months and it's an ongoing project: De-cluttering and minimizing my belongings. Yes, even my craft stash! There are two simple reasons for it:

1. If you work with less materials, you need to be more creative with what you've got.
2. I like to keep my list of materials short so that others can copy my designs without having to buy lots of different things to make it.

However, I sometimes do buy new dies and stamps for commissions. Most of them are sold on eBay after a short while. We also donate a lot of clothes, toys and baby things to charity.

One of our drawers was brimming with sentimental items including two scrapbooking albums. I remember how much I enjoyed scrapping each page and then proudly showing it to my mum. But they were forgotten for many years and there was no space to put them on display. In the end, I decided to remove the photos from the pages and chuck everything into the bin. A few embellishments were saved and put into clear bags, then donated to charity. I haven't decided yet what I'll do with the photos now, probably scan them or keep them in a box which doesn't take up that much space.

Talking about new and old things, here's a new die which I used for a commission. I decided to keep for now. It's a cute frog but so tiny it gets lost on the card on its own. I have a friend who is waiting for Prince Charming to come along one day and whisk her away so I made this birthday card for her:


















Sometimes, I'd like to add some embellishments but then I look at my stash and realise I've got none... So this time it was a single gemstone on the crown which made it complete.

Hope you like it!
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