I recently decided that this year I would make all my holiday cards using one $16 paper collection I bought at the the local craft store. I allowed myself to create card bases from a ream of card stock I had on hand, but the rest would come from 12 sheets of paper, and sheet of stickers. It was to be a frugal exercise since right now I have much more time than money.
The first batch moved forward with great gusto. I had plenty of paper, lots of ideas and the sticker sheet had yet to be picked over. I also decided to use the Winter Wishes stamp stet from Stampin’ Up as part of this adventure. I was barreling right along and even decided to start a Pinterest board to share how well this was going.
The next day I was much less enthusiastic. I was not as full of ideas. Each sticker was one of a kind, so if a sticker had provided many ideas I only got to use one of them. I was questioning the whole Pinterest thing, as I posted what I felt were less than stellar results. On top of this I was coming down with a cold and sore throat.
It turned out that the cold and hiatus was the best possible thing to happen to me. It was during that time I realized that I was going to have to tap into my whole creative arsenal if I was going to get all the cards I wanted to make. I was going to have to pull out things I had purchased used once and then put in a drawer, not so sure of. I was going to have to look at things that were close to what I wanted but not quite there and figure out how to make them work. I was going to need to tap into my full set of paper dies. I was going to have to think way outside the box if I was going to get all the cards I wanted.
As I finished this up, I was thinking if the identity of the Frugal Crafter wasn’t already taken I could be her. As I wrote this I came to realize that I may be frugal, but this project was a success because I played without limits. I let myself go wild and ran outside of the limits I had originally placed on myself.