• Use the paper I have without buying more until 2021
  • 8 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

I don’t have to do the same things I’ve done for years. That includes buying and stashing. Another thing is I can expand my own crafty world of projects.

This week on FUNN University, I started a series on creating albums made with 8.5″ x 11″ layouts. This is a real stash basher and a really great format for scrapbooking.
Here are five of my favorite aspects of an 8.5″ x 11″ scrapbook page size:

  • supplies are readily available for scrap bookers, card makers, and non-crafty types alike
  • great way to use scraps (duh, it’s called “scrap” booking for a reason)
  • no kit needed
  • not intimidating format and easily adaptable to those who want to type long stories and add a photo to those who want to archive their photos with a little bit of story.
  • Totally supported by FUNN U. with live lessons, archived lessons, and 16-pages of digital, easy-to replicate or alter page guides with samples

This is a fabulous size for Christmas presents, or presents of memories anytime!

#StashBashChallenge Week 8 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

This fast does not seem to be lessening my production!

*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.

This is a bin of my full sheets of 12″ x 12″ pattern papers (plus some old 9″ x 9″ kits in front). I took them out of their packages so I could see them better. They are loosely arranged by color families. If they have 2 sides, I placed the side I like better (or the more solid color side) facing one way.
Am I worried about messing the sheets up? Nope. I’m more concerned about using the sheets up.
I like being able to pull the bin and leaf through the papers. The dumbest thing is when I pull the bin without removing that big honkin’ piece of petrified wood!


No expenses this week. That is 9 weeks of using and not buying!

My Take Away So Far

Stash: Didn’t make a dent in my supplies – again!
Limiting Purchases: The week went so fast, I barely had time to think about shopping!
Using What I Have: Still loving using my stash and not adding to the stash.

Challenge yourself! Your challenge does not have to be the same as mine. Your challenge may be to finish a project plus a deadline, to sort through a pile of paper and give 10% away, to have a craft sale, or whatever it is that acts as a roadblock to your creativity and craft time.

Let us know in the comments and on I go! #StashBashChallenge.

Have a FUNN week.

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