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WPT#10: Honey, It’s Time to Stop Shopping (VIDEO)

The Weekly Pep Talk is a video podcast series designed to help you find more time for scrapbooking and use it well. Learn more in our free guide.


In this week’s pep talk, I’m offering a reality check about how you spend your scrapbooking time. My productivity dramatically increased after I implemented this advice. Subscribers may need to visit the website to view the video.

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17 Responses to WPT#10: Honey, It’s Time to Stop Shopping (VIDEO)

  1. Trisha March 25, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Thank you for the ebook! I look forward to reading it 🙂

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Most welcome Trisha!

  2. Kay March 25, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    You hit the nail on the head, Jennifer! Shopping has been my downfall in the past. However, I seem to feel saturated with supplies right now because I seldom buy… well, mostly seldom.
    The emails I receive from suppliers of digital goodies just don’t seem appealing any more. I think I have everything I need already. And besides, many of the new trends are not for ‘simple’ scrapbooking pages – they’re just too fussy. I don’t want that stuff to clutter my digital stash. I will occasionally buy some specific embelishment or paper to use with my traditional scrapbooking, but I generally stay away from the scrapbooking supplies in stores (sorry, Hobby Lobby).

    And thank you for the free e-book. I look forward to reading and implementing all your good ideas!

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

      Thanks! I think the key is to just be aware of the lifecycle of your supplies – to make sure you know how much/fast you’re working so you can shop accordingly. And as you said, know which products will fit your design style.

      And it’s not that I don’t want people to buy anything – or even only use their stash – but to know what YOU need to stay motivated about scrapping.

  3. Judi Church March 25, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    Boy, you have me pegged! I am actually feeling overwhelmed with all the “stuff” I have. Lately, it’s been all about digital supplies and freebies (especially freebies); I now have so many digital supplies I don’t even know where to begin. I have become obsessed and sidetracked. These weekly pep talks are what I need to get out of my rut and get back to having fun. Thank you!

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      One thing that helped me gain control of my digital supplies was to stop downloading freebies unless it was something I was willing to pay full price for – and I applied that same logic to sales. I found that I would download and buy things because of the deal, but my favorite products to scrap with were the ones I paid for.

  4. Lilola March 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I know what you mean! I went to an all-day crop last Saturday and they had a yard sale there. So, what did I do? I bought more stuff. Now, I used some of it while I was there, but I just cleaned out my stickers, etc.! I really needed this pep talk – last week!! (Just kidding). Thanks for the e-book – I look forward to reading i and getting even more organized!

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Maybe you need a one-in/one-out rule.. that every time you make a purchase you need to scrap with or get rid of something older. We all want to play with new goodies, so the trick is to have systems to make sure the older stuff doesn’t pile up and start causing guilt.

  5. Sonja_Amsterdam March 25, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

    First of all thanks for the free e-book Jennifer! Won’t be reading it straight away as I will go to bed on time tonight, have discovered that I am much more productive scrapping if I am well-rested LOL:-)

    As for the shopping tip, totally true! I actually felt a bit queezy when you suggested only shopping at a specific, planned, moment. What? Not go with my impulse and just click on all those gorgeous colourful banners on Facebook and newsletters? Not stop by the scrapbook store close to my mothers home now that I have finally found a brick and mortar store after 4 years of scrapping?! Ohoh, I needed this peptalk so bad:-)

    Thanks a bunch!

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      You are welcome Sonja!

      One thing that might help is to think about your favorite places to shop and take note of regular sales dates. This might help you plan your shopping to coincide with the good opportunities!

  6. Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever March 25, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Okay, okay, okay! I shall stop shopping now for a while! LOL!

    Jennifer, I was so excited to open my, first ever, happy mail package from you today, along with my purchase last night of some PL product to get me going with the 35+ years of photos that are just sitting in storage containers.

    While I am a digital addict, I simply had to come to terms with the fact that my 35+ years of traditional photos were not going to make it into albums if my scanning or outsourcing them to be scanned had anything to do with it!

    My traditional scrap stash is old, but still useful. My thought was having a few new things to play with would bring about the much needed inspiration I’ve been longing for. I definitely will be scrapping PL-style with my own personal touches thrown in for good measure (I mean … scrapping) and I shall now be off to peruse your shop to check up on that new PL product I saw you mention on Instagram! 😉

    Thank you for the e-book and for everything you bring us. You make it all so “simple”. Really.


    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

      The cool thing about shopping for scrapbook supplies is that we get the “high” from the initial shop, from the arrival AND from completing a project. I think you’ve got a lot of inspiration right at your fingertips. Lots of hugs for using it well!


  7. Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever March 25, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    LOL! I forgot to mention that after watching you scrap LIVE, you convinced me that I need a new rotary paper trimmer!

    A must-have for some fairly flawless trims! 😉

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

      It is pretty handy! Check out the new Fiskars ProCision.

  8. Alissa W March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I have been shopping too much lately because one lss is closing and a new one just opened by my house and she has new cha goodies. I have now said no more supplies until I use up some of my new goodies.

    • Jennifer S. Wilson March 26, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

      That’s great incentive to get scrapping!

  9. Nancy March 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    When I started scrapbooking I have to admit I was totally bitten by the thrill of the hunt for cool scrapbook supplies. Over the years I have accumulated so much stuff that I don’t really need to look further than my own scrapbook room. I’m happy to say that I’ve really curbed my shopping habits to only buying necessary items like adhesives, solid cardstock, etc. as well as sticking to the motto of “use what you already have”.

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