Friday, 1 January 2016

Why I'm not buying any more Designer Series Paper in 2016

12 x 12 DSP stash

6 x 6, 12 x 12 and 6.5 x 4.5 DSP stash
The above pictures show just the Stampin Up Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I have in my stash. The top picture shows about 4-1/2" of 12" x 12"piled on the table. The bottom picture shows 6" x 6" stash on the left, next to the 12" x 12", and retired 4-1/2" x 6-1/2" stash on the right.

This does not include the specialty vellum, foil, or glitter cardstock I have as well. It also doesn't include the half-sheets of upcoming DSP in the new Occasions catalogue that starts on January 5, which I received in a share...

I think I have enough patterned paper to last a while, don't you?

Anyway, here's why I'm not buying any more DSP in 2016:

  • I struggle with using patterned paper on cards and scrapbook pages - I think it looks busy 
  • I prefer to create my own backgrounds on cards using different mediums and techniques 
  • I like embossed backgrounds - both dry embossing, and wet embossing
  • I like creating stamped backgrounds with small stamps in a pattern or random
  • I have enough to last me a long time - I also have patterned paper from a couple of other companies...
So, what am I going to do with all of this paper this year?
I've thought of a few ideas:
  • Of course I'll be using what I can in cards and 3D projects for giving to people for birthdays and special occasions
  • Make more cards for sale or as gift packs
  • Cut up some 12 x 12 to 6 x 6 to make packs to sell at the craft fairs
  • Use them in classes
  • Give away 6 x 6 packs of assorted sheets with every order over a certain amount (still need to work out the amount)
How much paper patterned paper/DSP have you got in your stash? Do you buy patterned paper because you like it or are you disciplined enough to only buy when you have a project in mind?
Happy papercrafing!

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