I recognize myself as a guilty of using only new products, if available, and that's I am forever buying more storage as my hoard just grows and grows. I had to figure something out to get all the old stash used. So here is what I came up with whilst doing my layout for the Scrap365 August sketch challenge.
1. Don't hide it!
The biggest crime is to hide your old stash. If you can't see it, you'll never use it. I store all my papers in the same place, sorted according to the manufacturer. When choosing a paper, I choose it by colour, by pattern and/or manufacturer, not by year or how new it is.
2. Think before you buy it!
Why buy the whole new collection? Why not just choose the papers you really, really like? Buying the whole paper pack might seem much cheaper than choosing just the ones you want, but it's not really cost effective unless you can honestly say you always use the whole collection!
A great tip is to ask a friend to make that order with you, and split the papers. Extra bonus, split all the postage costs, too!
This tip contradicts what goes on in my head a little. My parents have created their own small business, and I have seen how important it is to support people who are in business. Giving a tip to not buy is fighting hard against my principles. We all just saw how one of the biggest scrapbooking stores went out of business. But it's always good to think before buying, whether is't papers or vegetables.
When starting to do a layout, I choose papers that match each other, and of course the picture too. Forget that you NEED to use your latest purchase it's more important to choose papers that work with your photo and the feel of your layout.
If I have a new paper in my hand, I try to find matching old papers and stash to go with it. It doesn't have to be a big piece of paper, just a little circle peeping behind the picture is enough. Or try mixing old and new alphas to your title. Another idea is to mix alphas and word stickers - that gives a nice texture, too!
4. Paint it!
Even the yuckiest old paper becomes cool with paints and other mediums. If you haven't tried any mixed media, do it now. For example a slight layer of gesso, maybe through a beautiful stencil, makes every paper look trendy. Also water colours are the must have for the season so dig out your old paints and brushes!
Misting sprays are everywhere; and if you already have them in your stash...great! If not, make your own with paint, a little PVA glue and water :)
If messy medias gives you goosebumps, try cleaner things like stamping or pencil doodling.
5. Decorate it!
Like all layouts, layouts with old stash needs to be decorated. Confetti, flowers, sequins, stickers, glitter, enamel dots, what ever comes to your mind, they give a nice finished look. My favourite thing is thread, and I love to use it around the picture - it moves the viewer's attention to the image and that's why we do our layouts, right?
Hope you get your papers and stash all used up soon!
Thank you for looking!