Paper Crafts,  Scrapbook Crafts

Depleting my scrapbooking stash

Using my stash during Covid shutdown

While staying home during Covid I’ve worked on making scrapbook layouts from my stash; still trying to deplete my abundance of extra supplies. I’ve had a challenge learning to get my classes on line at my membership site. I’m no techy but I’ve pushed through and finally have my membership site up and running. And there’s been plenty of time for playing in the art journal too.

I’ve been doing pretty good with Covid for the past year-plus. I’ve never really been a social butterfly anyway. The old guy and I have always spent a lot of time at home since the kids all grew up and left and we enjoy it. It’s quiet, we have our routines, and we tend to stay out of each other’s way during the day and come together for evening dinner and some TV watching.

One thing I’ve decided to do recently is to make it my priority to get my oldest son’s photos scrapped this year. It’s been a chore because all his photos are in print (not digital), unorganized and stuffed in several bins. Truth-be-told they’re not in very good format.

photos that have been color corrected, scanned and reprinted
Original photos prior to scanning, color-correcting, resizing and reprinting.

Setting goals and finding solutions

Photos taken in the 70s and 80s are very different than photos we take today. For starters we used little plastic cameras with real film and flash cubes. I knew nothing of lighting and you couldn’t instantly reshoot a photo if it was bad. We’d shoot the photos, take the film to a drugstore, wait a couple weeks to pick them up only to find the photo was blurry. Or even worse someone’s head or body was cut off, eyes were closed, or you ran out of film and didn’t know it. Then, down the road we discovered our film and papers weren’t stabilized, so they either faded over time or turned an atrocious orangey/brown color.

I’ve really made an effort to pull out quite a few of Scott’s photos and prepare them for the scrapbook. That’s meant that I had to scan many of them, color-correct, increase the size and then reprint. I’m thankful for the great scanner and photo printer I have. I’ve been able to scan and color-correct at the same time then print the photos out on my Epson photo printer. I’m only selecting photos that tell a story and just pitching the others. I see no reason to keep the bad photos or photos that go with nothing. The ones I’ve corrected and reprinted are still smaller compared to today’s 4X6 but I’m happy with what I’ve been able to do with them so far.

this layout shows the journal tag

Slowly inviting the world back

I’ve also taken to inviting one or two scrapbooking buddies over periodically to have a little bit of social interaction without taking chances with Covid or overdoing it on the social front. Several of us have remained in our little pod of home and family and now with vaccinations happening it seemed like the right time. I’m still not ready for eating in restaurants or attending crowded indoor events, but it’s a start.

Mixing, matching, using that stash

If you’ve followed me for long you know that I believe in using what you have for the most part. I’ve been pulling from my stash for over five or six years now. The more you use it the easier it becomes to figure out how to use it. This page I put together last week uses papers from BoBunny and Basic Grey. I pulled out several papers in the same color family along with leftover embellies from a Basic Grey page kit. The brown chipboard letters are Basic Grey as well. Didn’t even know I had them. If you want to see another layout I did recently using school photos and papers from my stash you can see that here.

Create a feeling with pattern and color

When you’re using a variety of pattern papers layer them up. You’ll find that in the layering the mix of patterns and colors will usually coordinate quite nicely. With the photos from the 70s the patterns on these two paper lines spoke retro to me. When I came across the sticker sheet of embellishments I used dimensional tape behind them to pop them up and scatter them around the page. The background here is a sheet of brown cardstock then I cut and layered the papers till it felt like fun. A border-punched edging adds a bit of detail to the layout. It’s also used to create the little scallop embellie at the bottom of the page.

pop up flowers and scallop edge

There was a date-stamp sticker on the sticker sheet, which was perfect and my friend had the lime green buttons. I made the tag by cutting a rectangle, rounding the top two corners and adding a pull at the top. I typed my journaling in my Avery program and printed it on a clear mailing label and stuck it to the back. The tag is tucked behind a photo so it remains private and doesn’t distract from the layout. l edge all my photos with Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger and matted two of the photos on brown cardstock to match the background page.

Being budget-conscious or are you over it?

Are you scrapping photos over 40 years old? How are you dealing with the discoloring? Do you like to use your stash or do you prefer newer papers and embellishments. If so, what are you doing to deplete your stash? Even though I haven’t bought supplies in many years some days it seems my stash is not depleting. But I’m determined to stick to my guns and use it. I bought plenty of pretty papers over the years, especially while working at Scrap Tales. I feel obligated to use them or get rid of them. I’m trying to be budget-conscious and use them up.



  • Betty L Saputo

    I find that Covid has kept me out of Hobby Lobby. Every time I go in there I would find new paper that makes me buy it. I don’t need new paper!! (But I want it=hoarding).

    So, I’m just sitting on a lot of pretty paper that I need to use. You are a good influence Linda!

    • linda@paintpaperplay

      I’m glad I can help! lol
      I think all us scrapbookers are attracted to pretty papers, Betty. I’ve been at Hobby Lobby and actually carried a gorgeous paper pad around with me for 20 minutes debating if I need it or not. Even though I want it – I walk back to the aisle and deposit it where I got it. The struggle is real!

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