#StashBashChallenge; Week 12


  • Use the paper I have without buying more until 2021
  • 5 more weeks to go!
  • Limit my paper craft purchases to $50 – $100 over the next four months
  • Create. Create. and Create some more

Want to join us? Post a photo of your stash on your Facebook page, and use the hashtag #StashBashChallenge. Challenge a crafty friend, too, by tagging them in your challenge!

This Week’s Realization

Mary Math Warning – the following statements may or may not be 100% accurate, hey, it’s not called “Mary Math” for no reason!

Besides the base of a card, a card may use 3 square inches (sentiment strip) to 20 – 32 square inches of cardstock (fully covered with extra cardstock details).
A 12″ square piece of cardstock has 144 square inches of cardstock.
So a card may use less than a 1/4″ of a 12″ square sheet of cardstock.
An inch of card stock roughly is 92 sheets; and I still have about 18″ of 12″ x’ 12″ cardstock. So, Mary Math says that is over 1,600 sheets of cardstock – NO WONDER I haven’t run out, even though I make quite a few layouts and cards every week! This really makes me laugh – I feel very cardstock rich!

Just for FUNN…

FUNN (or Fancy) Folds’ Scale – new leveling scale
FSS for short

Does this scale have much to do with stash bashing? I think it might. First the scale…
Fancy Folds are just the thing to spruce up an ordinary card, but it seems to me there are differing levels of Fancy Folds, so I am introducing a new Fancy Fold Level Scale.
Grade 1
a simple change of card front (e.g. cutting 1″ off the side)
Grade 2
adding another element to the card front or inside (e.g. a mini flap, a simple pop-up, or….) I’d call the card above a 
Grade 2.5 
(somewhere between 2 and 3) You are crafters, you understand!
Grade 3 – extra folding required such as a tri-fold.
Grade 4 – requires math, a die, or a degree in engineering
I don’t know why men think women complicate things.
FUNN or fancy folds give us a different way to craft a card, and often that is what we need to look at our stash – a fresh new way to use it!

#StashBashChallenge Week 10 Numbers

dateLayouts/weektotal*other projectstotalcards/weektotal**
week 1112323
week 2236083
week 31423106
week 4046 mini albums67113
week 5370619136
week 6180614150
week 7193 tags913163
week 81100929192
week 90108- 8.5×11 layouts1722214
week 100108 – 8.5×11 layouts2514228
week 110108 – 8.5×11 layouts & 2 gift holders3532360
week 120104 – 8.5×11 layouts3914374
*total of layouts made since the beginning of the #StashBashChallenge on 09/01/2020; **total of cards made since the beginning of the #StashBashChallenge on 09/01/2020.

My Take Away So Far

Stash: still have plenty -an inch of card stock roughly is 92 sheets; and I still have about 18″ of 12″ x’ 12″ cardstock. So, Mary Math says that is over 1,600 sheets of cardstock – NO WONDER I haven’t run out!
Limiting Purchases: as odd as it may seem, I have lived through it all
Using What I Have: I really like not having the pressure of having to use something new, but getting more mileage from what I have.

I really love paper crafting. It is so satisfying to zone in to a project, find new pieces that will fit together, and make my mini card front “masterpieces”. I believe many of you feel the same way. That’s a nice part of my life – paper and you. Have a great week. Take good care of yourself and we’ll see you soon.

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