What I didn't tell you is that I was double-dieting. Back when the scrapbook store closed, a co-worker/friend of mine and I were talking about how much of the store's stock we owned and had stored in our own homes. While it was something we were laughing about, over a week or so, it got serious. Independently, we both "cleaned up" our scrapbook rooms and discovered, wow! We really had a lot more than we thought! She made the comment that she shouldn't have to buy anything for a very long while. I agreed, thinking of my own supplies.
After pondering it for I couple of days, I came up with a challenge, which I proposed to her:
No buying new scrapbook supplies until January 2012.
I have to admit, she hesitated. I couldn't blame her. I mean, honestly? The shopping and buying of the supplies is really half of the fun of scrappin'? Agree?
But, then she agreed. We set some ground rules and a start date and we were "off". Before the official start day, I mentioned it to two other friends, one of whom also joined in on the scrapbook diet.
Here are the rules:
- Absolutely NO purchasing of new scrapbook items. Yes, we could receive gifts. No, we could not ask someone to "gift" something to us.
- Exception: adhesive. It is something we use up quickly and obviously couldn't continue to use up our stash without having more of it.
- Exception (later in the deal): Cricut mats. Some (all?) of us were struggling because our Cricut mats were losing their adhesive. While I was able to temporarily restore my sticky with some intensive cleaning off of cat hair (not kidding), we agreed that if we absolutely needed a mat, we could purchase one.
- If we break and purchase something scrappy: the person who breaks first has to buy the other two dinner at their favorite, most expensive restaurant.
Thankfully, I reached out to my co-horts in this scrappy diet and was successfully talked down. I was even more grateful that they were not in a weak moment themselves. Otherwise, I might have found myself being preyed upon and egged on to buy something. I made it through both "cravings" by the skin of my teeth.
As I have asked you in the past to keep cheering me on with my fitness foibles, I am also asking you to help keep me in check with regard to the scrapbook diet. Honestly? I still haven't used enough of my supplies to warrant any purchase anyway, so I must get a move-on to deplete some of my supplies so I can add to them when we hit the new year!
How's your stash looking? Think you need to go on a scrapbook diet? It's not as easy as it looks... I can attest to that!
(Speaking of my fitness foibles, I shall be updating my stats soon. I have a fitness assessment scheduled with the Sadist...)