I have a question for you But I promise that if you give me your answer, I'll keep it myself. Are you a hoarder? Do you have a store cupboard ready to take on the very worst of weather followed by alien invasion?
I'm not so much a hoarder. I'm more of a one hit wonder. I'll buy something new, we'll try it, we'll quite like it; and I'll buy it again, but never get round to making that recipe a second time. The one with the water chestnuts: there's your example, right there. With a layer of dust on.
Now, scrapbooking supplies: same idea? Save for a rainy day? Or use it as soon as you get it? I used to be a saver, in those early days, when every fresh sheet of beautifully patterned paper was a revelation, and each new embellishment a tiny treasure all of its own. But then I remembered the balloon story. And now I use things up.
Because when I was little, I went on a school trip. We went to Hamley's toy shop on Regent Street in London, and I spent most of my souvenir money on a balloon making kit, which contained a tube of red gunk (in the days when ingredients weren't important, or listed) and a little plastic tube, like a straw. To make a balloon you put a squeeze of red gunk on the end of the tube and blew until a balloon appeared, in a sort of bubble gum effect. But when my mum saw this DIY magic in action, she warned against over use. She said I'd be sad if I used up all my gunk at once. and that I should save some for "again". So I did. And you can guess what happened, because you are a grown up and not an impressionable nine year old who does what she's told. Of course, when "again" finally arrived - balloon making day! hurray! - I went to squeeze the gunk and I discovered to my huge, balloon-less distress, that there was no gunk to squeeze. It had all dried up All of it. There were no balloons that day; but from that very minute I decided that keeping things for good wasn't always a clever idea.
So if I open a packet (water chestnuts aside) I do try to keep on going until the entire packet has gone. Sometimes I even use a whole pack of something all at once. Which is how I came to make the page I'm posting today, and how I came to write How To Use An Entire Pack Of Rub Ons And Have Fun Doing It for the Gossamer Blue blog. The rub ons in questions are from MME and they came in The Life Pages March kit found here.
So, do you hoard? Or rip open that pack, and have fun doing it?