I have a bad habit. I like to hoard craft supplies. I also like collecting craft tools, like die cutting machines, and embossers and laminators. Not to mention printers. I have regular color printers, sublimation printers, DTF printers, and 3D printers. And of course all the supplies that go with them. I can bind books with a glue spine or with a ring binder. I have too much stuff. But I need every single thing I have. When the new mug press came out, it was another thing I really thought I needed to have to make great gifts and to sell as a side hustle. I opted to get a regular mug press that would press 4 different sizes of mugs. I did make a few great gifts with it. As I was cleaning and organizing my craftroom a few weeks ago, I decided to start using what I already had, instead of going out a purchasing more. At least until I had run out of something, I wouldn't buy more of it. I also made a personal commitment to do something in my craftroom every day. So far I have only missed one or two days since making that personal pledge. It has encouraged me to learn more about designing things in Tinkercad and Photoshop. I have printed and mailed out stickers for my grandkids. I have 3D printed toys on demand for a grandkid. By engaging in all these activities, it helps me be more creative. I see new projects that I can complete. So I decided that I will make July a Craft Your Stash Month. No new purchases. I can only use what I already have. During this month I am even going to get out and use the Provocraft YourStory that I have never, ever used! (I hope it works)
So follow along as I journey into the world of forgotten craft supplies and see if you can draw inspiration to Craft Your Stash this month.
First episode Provocraft YourStory, Monday July 5.