Guest Author - Kathleen Rensel
Many scrapbookers have products that have been around for awhile. Maybe they choose to use their current products or buy new for each project. It seems like such a waste of all those “old” products. What can be done to organize (and maybe use) some of those vintage products? Here are some tips.
1. Trim – If the old products are put away somewhere or pushed to the back or the bottom of the pile, pull them out! Check their condition. Sometimes papers are bent or embellishments may be broken. Some items can be trimmed (think scraps) and some embellishments can still be used, even if they are broken.
2. Toss - If they really can’t be used, toss them out. But don’t confuse useable and desirable! If they are still usable, just not something desirable for current use, see tip #2.
3. Share – If the products are usable but not something that the scrapper particularly desires to use in the future, think about sharing or selling them. Many scrapbookers are very open to sharing or swapping items. For instance, they may hear of someone doing a baby book after theirs is completed, so they might offer to give their extra supplies to that person. Some crops or events offer a swap or share table that the items could be given to another cropper or swapped for something that could be used. Or, there may be a local charity to which items can be given.
4. Sell - Scrapbookers sometimes also offer items for sale. For example, this could be a garage sale or maybe selling online. This option allows for the seller to recapture some of their initial investment, perhaps to put to use toward new products.
5. Use – For those products that are still in good condition, the first option is to USE them. Maybe there were plans to make layouts using those products, but they just never were made. Take the time and go back and create what was planned. Or create new layouts. Do some research to find how old products are made new again and used in a creative way.
6. Try – Having old product may be a good incentive to try something different. The product may be thought of as scrap and then it can be used to try new techniques. If the scrapbooker messes up, it’s no great loss.
7. Store – Lastly, the scrapbooker may decide just to organize and store the old products. There is such a thing as vintage scrapbook supplies. Maybe there will be an 80’s layout in the future and the scrapper will need paper that actually came from the 80’s. What luck to be able to go back into the archives and find exactly the colors (tones have changed over the years) and embellishments (think stickers and scissors that cut different lines) from that time period! Or maybe there’s just no time right now. They may add them to their already organized materials or organize them separately.
Whatever they might choose to do with these supplies, they can bring new life to their scrapbooking in a number of different ways. So go and pull out those “old” supplies and make them new again!