Monday, 15 January 2018

Scoreboard: Nil.

The lovely Silver Scrapper, Elizabeth has set me off a bit. An earlier WOYWW post mentioned that she was clearing through her stash. She said ' what is a crafter's 'must have' one year eventually becomes a forgotten 'has been' tucked away on a shelf where it takes up valuable space.'
As with all wise words, this really struck a chord with me. I've become a very much more considering consumer in the last five years for sure, but I still fall into the 'must have' because of so many blog recommendations. Let me present to you just one in what may be a series....
My Scor Pal.
Or, as you can probably tell from the photo - the plastic board I use to protect my pen holders from the sunshine. 
It's slightly unusual because I bought a metric version. I use metric at work and cannot fathom some of the imperial measurements. I'm between Metric and Imperial in terms of age, and really learned the Metric system once and for all when Miss Dunnit went to school. 


However, it doesn't mean that I use my Metric Scor-Pal any more. Or at all. I can't remember the last time I reached for it. I did a bit of paper engineering with it originally, and I'm pretty sure I used it in a couple of workshops so that people could do the old 'try before you buy' thing. I need to apply the wardrobe principle to these items...if I haven't used it for a year, I clearly don't need it! 
This feels like a real confession. Anyone care to join me in this occasional series?!


14 comments:

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

How ironic. I had the chance to use my friend Kathy's Score Pal and I fell in love with it. Although I wanted one badly, I don't make cards often enough to go out and purchase one.

I recently have gotten out products I either purchased or was given, and found ways to use them. Does anyone really need over 40 decorative scissors? Apparently I do, because I had no idea I had acquired so many until I did a tutorial on them last year. So I agree that we need to use what we have or let it go. My problem is, I'm a mixed media artist, and it's hard to let go of things I think I might use in the future.

I feel your pain and empathize.

Anonymous said...

I’ve been doing this a lot over the past year since I stopped demoing for SU my spending has become less but I found a LOT of things I needed at the time yet never used - my scoreboard is something I never use now I don’t do classes it was fab for making card bases I have a large box in the loft atm full of stash I’m trying the shop from there if I need something new and no spending on scrapbook stuff as that’s what I’m just not using been good so far for 6 months but I’ve also not got anything out of the box.....
Charlie x

Jacki Daniels said...

I have the imperial one and love it x

misteejay said...

I think we have all fallen fowl of the "must have" situation in the past but with pennies becoming tighter many of us are thinking twice about purchases (but not necessarily clearing out what we no longer use). I spend much less on stash these days and try and use some of the money saved for workshops so that I still get my crafting fix.
Toni xx

Helen said...

No, no, I don't know what you mean! I have nothing that I "had to have" that hasn't been frequently and lovingly used.... ahem!
I am clearing out old (2005!) magazines at the moment.... and stamp catalogues.. from 2002...oops!

pearshapedcrafting said...

I have recently been sorting through my craft room and found a Crop - a- Dile III that when I first tried it didn't really impress me (the demo looked brilliant) I moved it to a higher shelf, then when we moved brought it with me…and put it on a high shelf! This week I got it down, tried it again, hubby tried it thinking I wasn't 'doing' it right…no…it doesn't work…I was going to send it to a charity shop but why give someone else a problem - so it's in a bag for the tip next time we go!! Now as for anything else….you'll have to wait and see…I'm going in again!!!! Have great week! Chrisx

My name is Cindy said...

I wouldn't know where to start.....

Robyn said...

I think I have atleast 3 score boards in a drawer- 2 sizes of score its and d=some martha ones. and I now have 3 stamp positioners. Releasing them is going to take some will power. I need a sponsor!!

BJ said...

I think it would be my light box which I got for dry embossing with brass stencils and a ball tool in the days before embossing folders and Cuttlebug.
Gosh that was ages ago! 2005 perhaps? BJ

Annie Claxton said...

Aah this resonates with me Julia as I've been doing some ruthless clearing myself. My most expensive white elephant was the Cricut - I used it a lot to start with, as did my friends, but then the cartridges and sticky mats were so expensive, plus I got bored with it so it sat gathering dust, taking up premium craftroom space. It had cost such a lot that I was reluctant to get rid of it, so it squatted in my room, looking at me reproachfully for several years until I finally bit the bullet about six months ago. PHew!! what a relief.
Flip side of the coin is my Cuttlebug, which is a little star - only cost me £34.99 ten years ago and has been used and used and used and still going strong :o)

fairyrocks said...

Thanks for this dialog I enjoy reading your tale and feed back. I too feel the guilt of have and have not used. Tools and product that were demonstrated by someone of nimble fingers...Hmm I had this Big Stapler thing with decorative staples, used it once or twice. It went happily on its way in a garage sale last spring. Love my cropodile, use it all the time. The scor board was something I had mooned and dreamed about having. Could not justify the price. Then I happened upon a very old version of it {3 smaller boards} at the next to new. I don't use it often, but I do use it. Can you hear my hoarder speaking now, sigh. Old magazines here too. I did stop buying them by the subscription. They were so helpful to me in the beginning. But, I guess we all out grow things...But that is a story best left to the closet for now!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love this post and enjoyed the true confession comments as well.

I did the wardrobe thing one year but added a twist to it. If I wore it and it annoyed me, out it went too. We all have clothes that you have tug or pull or smooth or just doesn't "do it" for us. I didn't keep it just because I wore it within the time frame.

On that note, I started doing that with crafting stash. We all have stamps, dies and tools that don't work well, or aren't as cool as we thought, or are too fiddly and out they go. I've been working on small increment downsizing for years now but I still have more to go through, and stuff keeps coming in as well.

Just last night I ran across a stash of Smooch, little nail polish looking bottles of shimmery stuff? MUST HAVE IT! IN ALL COLORS! Maybe I used it once... I left the stash where I found it for now but I'm sure its time is limited.

Also, since I seem to babbling now. The problem with being the "leader" in downsizing and careful purchasing is no one buys my stuff! I'm a SU demo and my friends are like nope, we're following your lead. I try to tell them that I still buy SU stuff but they're not biting. Oops.

Vicky Fisher said...

Hello julia, I am afraid I also fall into this category, but I can nkt throw anything away, because you never know, maybe one day it will come on handy, I have a cutting tool and scoringq board but hardly ever use it.Vicky

Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith said...

Do not get rid of your scoreboard, Julia! I've just bought one myself and wondered how I managed without one so far. They're great for making envelopes and small gift boxes - or even shadow boxes! Loads of tutorials on YT. And don't you need it for scoring the fold lines in your cards? I use mine for fold lines in mini books. The wardrobe rule does not apply to craft supplies! You never know when you will come across a video and have the uncontrollable urge to try something, but you can't cause you got rid of the supplies. Take it from someone who's made that mistake several times - and then I had to buy them all over again LOL!