Monday, April 11, 2011

Just a little "Imagine"-ation to share


I hope you had a nice weekend.  We certainly are enjoying the return of warmer weather at last. In addition to yard and house work we moved into the world of "mobile devices" and finally got smart phones this weekend (we went with the iPhone).  I am a little intimidated by all that it can do and still figuring things out but it was great to be able to use it to read the comments you all were leaving while I was on the go.  I do read and appreciate every comment and I hope you are also reading the comments of others - there have been lots of interesting things mentioned and I hope to do a "wrap-up" to highlight stories that really caught my attention in another day or two.


Today is my day to post as a Design Team member on the Scrappy-Go-Lucky blog.  You can read my post about the Damask Decor cartridge HERE.   Mandy has a great contest going on this month and you could win an Imagine machine.  This is an actual contest where you need to make something (a flower) and send it in to be judged.  You can get all of the details HERE.


I don't know how many of you have the Imagine machine and I thought that it might be nice to include a few samples of things printed and cut with the Imagine in the boxes.  I printed some sheets of cardstock using three bright patterns from the Blast Off cartridge, and a cute print from the Nursery Tails cartridge.  I cut these into 6 x 6 pieces just to add a little sample that you can use for a card or small project.


I also printed and cut a couple of images from Nursery Tails and the tea cup I used for this card (if you missed the post for this card you can click HERE to read it).


So, what else got added to the boxes today?  You know that I like to shop at IKEA and, if you have been reading my blog lately, you probably remember that I just got some items to help me reorganize my craft space (still working on that...!).  When I was there I saw these cute little bucket bags.  They are actually meant for plants but I got some to use for storage and I picked up a few to share with my readers.


Just like nearly everything at IKEA, they come flat and you assemble them by guiding the rigid plastic strip into the channel at the top of the bags.  Definitely one of the easiest IKEA assembly jobs I've ever done!  I got three different colors and one is going into each box - you can use it for gardening or in your house wherever it will make you smile!


Many of you mentioned candles as something you use to make your home have a nice smell and for a calming effect.  I popped in some tiny tealights, wrapped in net and tied with a pretty ribbon (and I'd be disappointed if you didn't save the ribbon and use it on a card or another project!).  


The scent is "green apple" which is appropriate because my husband's family has an apple farm in upstate New York.  If you have been reading my blog for a long time you may remember hearing about our apple picking adventures - if you missed that you can read about it HERE.


One more fun item in the box is a pair of Cricut imagine sunglasses.  We were given these on the cruise and I already had some from CHA so I thought I'd share them.  The lenses are actually more green than they appear in this photo - and they will make you look like a bug!


Once again the color of the bag that goes into the box will be random - and I may mix up the boxes before I mail them just to keep things surprising!


These boxes are nearly full - one more day and the item that will be added tomorrow is something that many people have asked about so I think it will be a hit!

I have really enjoyed the fun of this week and I am glad that so many of you have gotten into the spirit and played along.  I wish I had more than three sets of presents to send out - I know that the people who receive these boxes will have a good time trying everything out.

Instead of reposting the directions for the giveaway, I would ask that if you have just come upon this celebration week and want to start at the beginning you go to Wednesday's post HERE and work your way forward.  The rest of you already know how to play along!

The question for Monday is

Are you a crafter or a collector (or both)?  So many of the people I know who craft are also collectors and there is a tendency to want all of the items in a series once you get started.  Do you think that there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to paper, supplies, Cricut cartridges, etc.  Would your creativity and imagination be able to inspire you more if you weren't trying to remember where you put everything?  Do you spend more time acquiring, and organizing than you spend actually engaging in the creative process?

Once again there are a lot of questions and I am just interested in hearing your general thoughts on this topic so don't stress about answering each part!

Just one more day and then I'll do the random selection of the three people who will receive these packages.  I'll also let you know about some upcoming events and plans that I think will be interesting for you.  We have family visiting this week so I'll so my best to catch up on any email that may have been lost in a sea of comment notifications.  Have a wonderful day!

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671 comments:

  1. I'm not so much a collector when it comes to my crafting. I like what I like and that's what I get. I balance that with the fact that we are a one income family with a child in college, so I do need to be discriminating as well. I really must have a bit of a plan for it's use. Ok a general idea of some type of card. I do have a number of pattern papers that would go for different themes like birthdays or weddings and anniversaries, or include friends favorite colors or themes, so when I'm ready I like the muse take over from what I have to be inspired. Basically, fly by the seat of my pants at the last minute ;- ) but isn't that what creativity is all about?
    Have a great time with your family!

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  2. I'm not a collector as I only buy what I like, things here in the UK are way more expensive and harder to fins than in the USA :( I bought the Imagine so I could print my own papers to match the images and use the RGB codes to create my own colour card stock, I have to say, I love my Imagine :)I craft in a small space so don't have the room for many gadgets, so I need to be uber organised :)
    Hugs
    Adele

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  3. I am an avid follower and love all that you do :)
    Hugs
    Adele

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  4. I am a collector of paper! I love pretty patterns. I am trying hard to use my stash since I was a collector of stuff for a few years. I have actually made great progress with this. Unfortunately I am failing in the paper department. I now tend to buy co-ordinating packs instead of a few pieces of paper. funny you should mention the organizing...I have been looking at my stuff...I use an old dresser and a small desk to store everything. It's just not working. I will figure out something this summer when I can put the dresser and desk on my lawn for sale.
    I'm loving your questions this week. Tammy tdchglucy@gmail.com

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  5. I follow you on FB and come here every day even though I'm not a "follower". Tammy tdchglucy@gmail.com

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  6. Well, because of the Cricut and PC, I love all things related to them. That means paper, embellishments and all the tools to make projects look even better.
    It's fun to find a deal and I often buy because of this or see something I want to create. Often, I put it away and forget, just to see it later and finally bring it out to use.
    I know I have too much stuff. I need to use more of it. Cartridges are another matter. So many beautiful ones and they keep coming!

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  7. I'm TRYING to move away from my collector's phase. Used to collect paper; now I'm trying to use what I have instead of buying more. You know, you love the paper and don't want to use it; and then is old and you don't like it anymore; but you have tons! Cartridges...still buying more than I use; hoping that one day I'll the time to play with them. And wishing that I could spend more on this hobby; but not been able because $ is not enough with just one part time job and 4 family members. Still grateful.

    I have enjoy this week with you; and I feel like is me giving out those boxes.

    TFS.

    depm07 at gmail dot com

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  8. I guess I'm more of a collector than crafter. I do tend to collect stuff then have a hard time "finding" the really important thing I need to complete a project. No, there is no such thing as "too much". Is there ever enough? LOL
    claudia matzke at hotmail dot com

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  9. I follow via e-mail and read you everyday. I can't tell you how much I've learned from your blog. Thank you so much!

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  10. I am a lot of both! I have so many different scrapbooking items because I see things and really REALLY want them! I have a whole room devoted to my scrapbooking and all of the items that go along with it. That said, I do really enjoy the process of making my pages and cards with all of the goodies that I have collected and I am trying really hard to use what I have (despite the fact that a new Michaels has opened just 5 minutes from my home!).

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  11. And I subscribe to your blog.

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  12. I am such a collector/pack rat. Every thing that I see, I love and just have to have it. The downside is that you do spend so much time organizing and storing that it takes away from crafting. I need to put things away in craft room this a.m. before I can even begin finishing up my Easter projects. Will I ever get better? Today's items are wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  13. I am a loyal follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  14. I think I go through phases--sometimes collector and sometimes crafter. Right now, I'm in the crafter phase :)

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  15. Also, a loyal facebook fan. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  16. I follow your blog

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  17. I also follow you on Facebook

    aelem @ aol dot com

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  18. I tend to be more of a collector, but I am now starting to get organized so at least it is not so hard to find things. I don't think we can ever have too much paper. I thought I wouldn't be buying as much when I got my Imagine, but that is not the case. Thanks for your wonderful blog!

    Cindy
    cgarner@machlink.com

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  19. Before I was introduced to the cricut, I didn't have much at all. A few templates, a few paper packs mostly from CM, the shape cutting system from CM. It was much easier for me to complete a layout b.c I didn't have much to choose from.

    Now with the cricut there are too many choices of which cartridge to use. Also about the time of my cricut purchase, I took a class in scrapbook design and learned the "rules", which I wish I never had. I fight with doing something simple like I used to versus following the rule of 3's with paper and embellishments etc.

    I also find myself on creative blogs, like yours, alot in the last year, which has made me aware of tons of pretty paper and embellishments. So I do find myself collecting paper packs when they are 50% off at Michaels or Joanns. I love the double sided paper b.c it coordinates so well. But sometimes, like another poster said, I like the paper too much to use it!! Really that is crazy, it is only paper after all!

    I have enjoyed seeing the boxes fill with all kinds of goodies and have also enjoyed answering your questions this week!

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  20. Oh my you must have been visiting my craft room (semi organized) to see all the paper stacks I have and other accessories puches, embellishment, stamps etc. I buy a lot on sale and clearance (just in case I need it)My son made me a 8'x6' shelf unit to help me try to keep things handy. But I still have trouble remembering where I put things.To many bins. (not really never to many) Try to keep seasonal together. That helps some.

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  21. I'm not a collector of other things non-paper crafting, like lenox or hummels. I do however hoard scrapbooking/card making stuff. I'm the kind of person who has to have ALL the products for all different techniques before I get started. I don't want to have an idea for something and not be able to try it because I don't have the right products. That's why I NEED one of those boxes :-)

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  22. It is easier to get caught up in the moment of just wanting it rather than needing or really desiring it. I rarely buy stuff at full price so that helps. I deliberated a long time on the Imagine and finally got it. Just love the print option however I have been collecting Imagine cartridges now so you have different pattern choices. I do craft everyday so for the most part I don't feel any quilt in my purchases.

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  23. I'm a follower and enjoy your posts!

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  24. I am also a follower!
    buddy23018 at hotmail dot com

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  25. Hi Diane,

    I love, love, love the bag and any of the colors would be great to receive. They seem so bright and springy and the green apple candle and sunglasses are the perfect additions! You are uber generous to us!

    For your question, I am a Crafter and love creating my cards. I do get frustrated at times when I realize I do not have a simple set sentiment stamps or Ive run out of ribbon in the shade I need and wish I were a collector! I have a strict budget so I watch for sales and coupons which really help!

    Thanks for the great additions to the boxes today and looking forward to tomorrow's addition. You make it sound so exciting that I feel like a kid waiting for Santa! LOL

    *Hugs*
    ~Andrea

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  26. I am definitely a collector and can not stop once I started. You get the most beautifull things. I try to be organized, but it is kind of hard for me.

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  27. I am definitely a crafter and a collector, especially of rubber stamping and scrapbooking supplies, and cricut cartridges. There are times when I do spend too much time collecting or trying to find something I know I have, rather than crafting. Maybe I need to spend more time organizing!
    rosscdmrataoldotcom

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  28. I am a follower of your blog.
    rosscdmrataoldotcom

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  29. I am a bit of a collecter in addition to crafting. I find I must have ALL of the cartridges or ALL of the embossing folders, stamps, etc. It is useful when you have a middle of the night crafting session. It is also great when you buy online because I don't need to wait for a delivery to finish a project.

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  30. I am not a collector. If I see a cricut cartridge that only has one or two cuts that I want, I typically don't buy it. It has to have more appeal to me. I use my craft supplies and spend more time crafting than organizing or collecting supplies. I love to see and hear about people who have all the cartridges or all the paper in a certain line, but that's just not me.

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  31. Following you on F/b is so easy with my smartphone. I hope you enjoy your new one!

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  32. I am a collector and crafter--I pretty much know where everything is--but love to try all of the new things.

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  33. I am a collector of craft supplies. If I see something I like I buy it to use it later, then I like it so much it is hard to use it and give it away. (but I do).

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  34. am a blog follower and love your blog.

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  35. I would say I am a collector and a crafter! I am also a copier. I love love love paper and I really do seem to collect it just cause it's pretty. the other stuff I use more than I collect. I need to find time to do more crafting! happy Monday! Enjoy this one warm day! ( I am at the other end of MA)

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  36. I am a follower, a crafter and a collector

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  37. enjoying "liking" your fb page

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  38. good morning Diane! I try to reign in my "collecting" so I can do more crafting. But there is just so many "crafty" items out there. I hope I spend more time crafting than collecting, as that is what I really enjoy! There is no comparison to the feeling when you have created a beautiful card of scrapbook page!

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  39. post 2 - I love to follow your blog each day - I am a follower!

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  40. post 3 - I am also a follower on facebook!

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  41. I am a collector and crafter, although time seems to be my biggest enemy. At present I am trying to reorganise my stash and I am spending more time trying to fit everything in that it makes me wonder when I will ever find time to do some SB or card making. I haven't been in my SB shop for 4mths as when one sees the new papers one feels that one can use them at some time, and then I got hooked on ebay but haven't looked for 4 weeks. The pension doesn't allow for this sort of spending. I love seeing all your work.

    Kindest regards kendell

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  42. I am a subscriber to your site and love the work you share. Thanks

    Kendell

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  43. Im definitely a collector. I collect Santas, roosters , Annalee,and hallmark Christmas ornaments. Oh and how could I forget, Cricut cartridges. When I was younger collecting these items was alot of fun. Now that Im older I know I collected too much, but I also know my collections are worth alot of money. Kind of a savings for my son and his family.As for My crafty stuff I have been teaching my 4 year old daughter how to use tools and color and all sorts of crafty things. She got a kick out of learning what a "pattern" was as she carefully selected beads for an Easter necklace. Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  44. I am a crafter and a collector, half the fun of crafting is the collecting. I love pretty paper and then all the pretty accessories that go along with that pretty paper. And stamps so many stamps, I use to work in at a rubber stamp store need I say more. I am pretty organized so I can usually find what I am looking for. I am a carmaker first and just naturally fell into scrapbooking. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of those lovely boxes.

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  45. Im also a follower and a subscriber.
    Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  46. I am a collector & a crafter...I love to shop for "new " items because I just love new machines & "new tools"learning how to use them is half the fun,I do gather way more paper at Joann sales then I need!!! but I constantly use my paper for cards & scrapbooking!!I do hunt for missing things once in awhile,& really stress about something I can't find,lately I quit stressing if I misplace something & its under $20 I just replace it...that saves so much stree, then when u find it give it away or sell it!!!

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  47. I am a faithful follower of your blog, what a fun week this has been.

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  48. I have also facebooked your page. Dawn RI
    abosoffit@hotmail.com

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  49. I am the biggest collector!! I find something that I can't live without and the next thing I know I have so much stuff I'll never be able to use it all! I also love to organize and tend to re-organize more often than I create.
    I am so excited about this givaway, you are such a blessing for being so generous with your time and talent!

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  50. I am a crafter and collector. I try to keep everything organized so I can find those items I need at any given time. I am usually successful. I did purge about a year ago and gave all the items I no longer use...because of changes in technique etc. to a friend of mine who was just starting out. She was thrilled and so was I to have all that extra room to fill.

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  51. I'm both. I love papers and flowers

    I used to be on the roll before grad school. Incould spent the weekend getting my LO ready but after grad school I annotate find time to go back to my room

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  52. I love to craft. I just recently retired, so I have more time to do crafting. I love looking at projects that I can use in my house. I only choose the ones that will serve a purpose. I also am a collector, but I don't always complete the collection. Halloween is my favorite holiday of all; I collect Frankensteins. I love to organize. I am always trying to find a better way to organize.

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  53. I am a subscriber and look forward to what you have everyday.

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  54. I love to collect/hoard. The problem is such beautiful papers,etc make it so difficult to cover up or hide such beautiful designs. I'm learning to take the plunge as this is why I purchased these things in the first place. Its a slow process.
    ecblais@hotmail.com

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  55. Diane -- I'm definitely your blog follower!

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  56. Crafter or a collector or both? Probably both -- but lately I've been crafting more since our VERY ORGANIZED ENGINEER daughter helping reorganize my craft room told me to "use it before buying more"! Do you think that there is Sometimes it is overwhelming to have "too much" but if you are following instructions and don't have the required item, sometimes it takes more take to improvise than it would if you had the thing needed.
    This question hits the nail on the head: Would your creativity and imagination be able to inspire you more if you weren't trying to remember where you put everything. Oh that we knew where things were "organized". Perhaps one of those clapping devices (like the lights) to make items come to life when we needed them. One clap for bling, two claps for ribbon, three claps for stamps that match, etc.

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  57. I think if I had less 'stuff' my craft room would be more conducive to creativity! Its overwhelming!

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  58. Oh yeah...I am definately a collector of scrappy stuff!. I find (after close inspection!) that I must be an "acquirer" too! I MUST have the latest stuff but it inspires me to use it and to pass along info to others so that they can decide before they buy.
    srkuz at aol dot com

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  59. My craft/sewing room is only 8 by 10 so I REALLY have to organize to fit everything in. I tend to buy only what I know I'll use and then put it where I can find it. There is the occasional "I gotta have it" moment, though, like "I gotta have one of those boxes." :)

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  60. As I get older, the challenge is not "where" the product you just bought is...it's remembering that you purchased it and NOT buy a 2nd one!! In the case of paper...2nds are ALWAYS welcome surprises!
    srkuz at aol.com

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  61. Yet another fun question to answer! I'm more of a crafter than a collector. However .... does collecting paper and ribbon count? Oh, and Cricut Cartridges!?!??! LOL I do find that periodically I need reorganizing all my goodies otherwise my craft room gets out of control. It's all good though. Have a great day!
    Jude
    judestersworld at gmail dot com

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  62. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of the "fun" boxes! One thing that I can't "collect" enough of is ....inspiration. And you keep me plenty busy in that department!
    srkuz at aol.com

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  63. I am working on being less of a collector and more of a user. I have a weakness for ribbon and love to look and touch all the colors, patterns, and textures. Have it all hanging from ribbon rings. Love those.
    With the cricut, I am overwhelmed with the # of cartridges, so I am making an effort to use what I have and not believe that I need every new cartridge that comes out.

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  64. Okay - I have to admit it - I am a collector. When i think back are most of my craft purchases because i "need" it or because I just have to have it!! I have to be honest - i am a collector. I do however have to say i am also a crafter - there is not a day that goes by that i am not creating something. Thanks Diane - I am enjoying your posts!!

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  65. Unfortunately I must put my hand up and say I am a crafter and collector ... collector of cricut cartridges mainly. I see such possibility in so many of them - I have such grand plans when I buy each one - now I just need to actually get stuck in and use more of my carts. I have so many ideas running around in my head but I do seem to spend more time acquiring and organizing (and reading blogs) than I do using.

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  66. I am a follower of your blog. Thanks so much!!!!

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  67. I "like" you on facebook!! Thanks for the opportunity to win one of these wonderful boxes!!!

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  68. It is such a coincidence that you ask these questions at this time as I have been giving these same questions a great deal of thought right now. Much to my family's shock (because they weren't sure I could do it), for Lent I gave up purchasing anything for scrapbooking. And to do this, I have had to stay out of stores and away from retail websites otherwise I'm not sure I'm not sure how restraint I would have. And surprisingly what I have found is that my SB creativity is stiffled! Instead of creating layouts in my SB room, with is FILLED with paper, embellishments, Cricut, carts, etc., I am in another room, crocheting and/or sewing instead. What does this say about me? I'm sure a shrink could have a field day with me. LOL! It will be interesting to say the least to see what happens the Monday after Easter. I'll let you know!
    MCF's Mimi

    PS. I'm not sure if each day we are to say we are a follower and FB fan but I am.

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  69. I'm a collector if only I had time to use it all!

    spolack@cox.net

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  70. I must confess to being a collector of all things new in the scrapbook world......I can't help myself, it's so addicting anfd fun. I do use all of my goodies but could survive until the end of time if I never made another purchase.......lol!

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  71. Jackie "B"April 11, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    I have a bad habit of buying paper. Everytime Michaels or Joann's have a sale I am there. I figure that I can always find a use for it. I have a daughter in a soroity and grandkids in elementary school, not to mention birthdays and holidays. I have my share of cricuit cartriges I just had to slow down. I look at it this way I don't drink, smoke, go out on the town or gamble. I need something for my sanity.

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  72. Oh, I'm the worst (best) paper collector in the world ! Can you ever have enough ?
    Excited about your contest, and always about your blog !
    Jan

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  73. hmmmm...I am a crafter and sometimes a collector. I always wish that someone could just leave me in their will an ACMOORE store or something cause I would then be in heaven...lol. I buy what I like and most of the times are things that I feel I MUST have. My husband thinks that there is such a thing as "too much". I tend to disagree with him... ;0)

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  74. Being a collector goes hand in hand with being a crafter. You never know what you can use when you are creating your designs. I have seen things used that I would never dream of using in my own work, which has changed my mind about collecting different things.

    It is easy to get into a rut and get stuck always doing the same thing. Therefore organization is the key to knowing where things are and keeping them handy when you do want them. I am still a small time crafter, therefore I don't have to worry about knowing where things are (yet anyways).

    I do not think there is such a thing as to much (for supplies) because it seems that no matter what I create, I never seem to have what I need and I always have to wait to finish it until I can go to the store (a 75 mile drive one way).

    Thanks as always for your inspiring postings. This posting has giving me new ideas for organizing my craft room. As a starter, I need all the help I can get.

    Kimberly
    kimberly.pate@gmail.com

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  75. Jackie "B"April 11, 2011 at 8:46 AM

    I am a follower. Love those apple pics, looks like hard work but a fun family get together.

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  76. I am both a fan on facebook and a faithful follower of your blog.

    Kimberly

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  77. FYI, I am having a lot of fun with this give away! I can't wait to see what you put in the box next and what question you will ask. - -I am both a crafter and a collector. I am a SAHM with small children, so I can't afford all that I want. I have to scrimp and save. However; I feel compelled to make every card, that goes out of my home.(I think, I am saving money this way.-ha!ha!) I don't think there is such a thing as too much, when it comes to crafting. All these things help inspire my creativity!

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  78. Boy, did this question make me laugh! Both! And, yes, I spend a lot of time trying to remember where I put things. I have waaaay too much and there is no doubt I would save that ribbon! I've done it a thousand times! I constantly look at containers and packages and wonder if I could use that on a project. Thanks for the laugh!

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  79. I am both collector and crafter. Paper is my weakness. I guess you could call me a hoarder too because I won't get rid of anything keeping even the smallest scraps of ribbon, paper and whatever else, sure I will need it someday. Organizing is top priority as I only have a small space to work. I find that I reorganize often when I find that it is not working after pulling out everything just to find one item

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  80. I am a crafter who has had to slow down on the collecting. I've found now that I have so many stamp sets, DP, etc., I sometimes feel like not knowing what to create next. And I do spend a lot of time organizing in the hope it will help.

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  81. I am a follower. Starting to drool as I look inside those boxes. :)

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  82. Facebook follower so now I never miss a post.

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  83. I am a crafter as I do not have a craftroom as most people, so I have to limit the amount of stuff I buy. I do think that some people are just collectors and have to have the newest thing that comes out and will rarely use the new items. I think they get so caught up in the hype that they really forget the main idea and that is to scrap and make beautiful projects to share with family and friends.

    Luria

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  84. I started out as more of a paper hoarder (what I did wouldn't qualify as collecting) but I finally realized this had to change and so I have begun to use my papers and stop holding on to them. I thought about your questions for a minute & I think crafting and collecting go hand in hand. Crafters are collectors in their own right. We collect "stuff" all along the way that we can use to create.

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  85. both.. collector if you ask my hubby but I guess I am. lol I have containers for nearly everything. i don't have a room anymore. BUT I would love to get a better organizing system just as well. NO.. I could NEVER have enough cricut cartridges, stickles and all that good stuff like that paper, embossing folders, acrylic stamp words or okay.. anything that helps me create. I am excited for tomorrow but sad to see it end.. TFS your time and your $$ for us! hmmm.. did i even answer the question lol, oh yea... I so so so want an Imagine!
    parkernana5@cox.net

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  86. I'm a follower, (not a lucky one but a very hopeful one!)

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  87. Comment 1
    I am both, a crafter and collector.
    I have over 150 cartridges. I use my Gypsy on all cuts so I have to do is type in the name of what I want - ex 'leaf' and up pops all leaves, I choose from the ones that are darker (meaning that I have it) and then bling-go there is my leaf. If I didn't use the Gypsy, it would take me a very long time to find what I wanted. Paper? Oh my....I have two storage racks full of 12x12 sheets (that I bought in pads) sorted in their color families. Then I have a bookcase with two shelves full of pattern pads. I keep these in their pads and sort by themes. Another shelf holds my 8 1/2x11 pads. Colors...I have all of the Promarkers. They are sorted in 2 CD cases that I have standing on my desk. I can tell exactly which color each pen is and then when finished they go back to their assigned home. Machines...I have the original Personal Cricut and I take that and my Gypsy when we travel. It fits nicely in a small carry on bag for the plane. I also have TWO Cricut Expressions. One of them I use ALL the time at home. The other is still in the box. I got it with my reward points. I don't if it will be a back-up or a gift. I have the Cuttlebug with almost all the folders. The folders are sorted in cases, so it is very easy to find what I need. The Cuttlebug has it's own table because it stays where I can use it. I have Design Studio on my laptop and it is right next to my crafting tools. So you can see that I am organized but I also craft.

    marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

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  88. I follow on FB and think I catch more posts now because of that.

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  89. Comment 2
    I am a follower. You have been my teacher, inspiration, and enabler.

    marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

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  90. Comment 3
    I am a 'friend' on FB and I have 'liked' your wall.

    marjorie_brundage at sbcglobal dot net

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  91. I like to think I am a crafter. I buy what I like or think I will use. However, I do like to keep an abundance of paper and supplies. As for creativity and imagination, I don't have either one. I usually check out a number of blogs and "you tube" to come with an idea. What I create may or may not look like what I envisioned; but, I am usually proud of how it turned out. Thank you for sharing all your creative talents with us.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  92. I am a subscriber.

    scrapbooknut67114 at gmail dot com

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  93. Wow - there was a lot of soul searching on these questions. Sadly I am both a crafter and a collector (a very unorganized one at that). I am really trying though to get myself organized but there just aren't enough hours in the day. I have a hard time parting with even the smallest scrap of paper. However I am really working on that and trying not to save paper for something good. It's only paper right?

    Thanks for letting me play
    margaret @kintighdotcom

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  94. I love to craft, but I admit, I am a collector and hoarder.
    BarbaraS

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  95. Faith follower
    margaret @kintighdotcom

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  96. FB too!
    margaret @kintighdotcom

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  97. Hi Diane ... I'm definitely much more of a crafter than a collector, however when I have a paper that I really love, I don't want to use it for fear of being out of it, or not being able to get more of it. (I suppose in this respect, it would be good to have an Imagine to print/cut my own!) Or when I've used a paper and I really like how something (e.g., a card) has turned out, I want to have much more of it to make more than one card. THIS is when I become a collector ... the card I've made will sit on my shelf as inspiration or because I LOVE it, rather than going off to its intended recipient. I'm wrestling with one of those right now!

    Fondly,
    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  98. Follower?? Who me!!? OF COURSE!!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  99. And because there is just not enough Capadia in my e-mail, of course I stalk you on FB too! Thank you for an additional chance to win your fabulous gift box. I'd be over the moon if I won!!

    Ellen ♥ CardMonkey
    www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com
    E-mail: cardmonkey@comcast.net

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  100. I tend to buy more than I use, but I'm trying, trying, trying to use more. I so appreciate your blog.

    Jennifer
    morgansmom2000 at gmail dot com

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  101. Facebook Fan!

    Jennifer
    morgansmom2000 at gmail dot com

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  102. What excellent questions! Collector and crafter ~ guilty! When you are creating in the middle of the night you don't want to run out of something and stop the creativity! You MUST have everything on hand so that never happens! :-) I'm laughing as I'm typing! The key, of course, is to be organized ~ but that's hard to coexist with being creative. Sooo ~ every week or so, I spend a couple HOURS putting things away and reorganizing. The best part is going thru paper and finding treasures that spark my imagination for a new project!
    SusanJ in Atlanta

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  103. Follower, too!

    Jennifer
    morgansmom2000 at gmail dot com

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  104. I think we're all guilty of being collectors and enablers! I'm really getting to the point, though, that I'm going to have to purge, or make a concerted effort to use what I have for a while - it's taking over! Of course, that doesn't mean I don't want to win all these goodies! :)

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  105. I am a collector of stuff to use on scrapbooking, cardmaking and adaptations to both from my sewing stash(es). Now my hubby even asks about an item before disposing of it---it could be a scrapbooking treasure! Bits of lace and pins, onion bags and seam binding wraps, old thread spools and keys, idea cut-outs and print-outs, bag logos and unused pattern pieces,bags of unused font and shape cut-outs a bit of everything ecelctic collections! AND neatly orgainzed and contained!! drdianekatattdotnet

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  106. I collect...I craft...I collect...I craft...just call me an addict!
    ippitysimplicity.blogspot.com

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  107. Thanks for the chance to win! I don't have a any idea of what you're talking about ! Too many crafting supplies? What? Is there such a thing? I don't collect supplies just to have a collection, because I get tired of the same old papers and embellishments. I give some of my "old" things to our church's youth enrichment group. That clears up space for something "new" !

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  108. Looks like you have me pegged correctly. I do much more collecting that I do using my craft materials. My scrapbook room is always in need of organization (or getting a bigger room). I love papers and embellishments. I really need to use some of my stash. I think part of the problem with me is that I like to scrap with others. I like the comraderie and idea swapping with friends. I do a lot when my 5 year old grand-daughter is with me because she loves to get into Granny's stash. She is becoming quite accomplished at design.

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  109. I'm following :) Happy Easter to all.

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  110. I have been a follower for quite a while now...thanks for the chance to win such great goodies!

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  111. ...oh, and I am a facebook fan too!
    ippitysimplicity.blogspot.com

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  112. I'm a crafter but some say I hoard my supplies. I guess I do.. but only because I don't have much money to spare to be able to buy new supplies so I always think oh maybe I shouldn't use that, I may need it for a better project! But I am going to try to break that, I wanna start using up my supplies starting now!!

    Tanya
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  113. I'm a follower!! Love everything you're adding :)

    Tanya
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  114. I tend to collect, so that when I am ready to craft, I have 'everything' I might need, for whatever I might make! LOL

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  115. I am a facebook follower and friend too :)

    Tanya
    http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com
    phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

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  116. I am a crafter with good intentions. I think that makes me a collector. I do spend a lot of time crafting and come up with quite a few finished projects, but I have more, more, more stuff than I will ever be able to use. Makes me feel rich, though, to sort through everything for just the right item for a scrapbook page,card or quilt. Thanks again for the chance to win.

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  117. I look forward to your e-mails everyday...love your blog. Humm...am I a collector or crafter. I believe when I first started out a number of years ago (won't say how many), I was more of a collector, now I think I've learned to "CONTROL" my urges. I try not to buy for the sake of buying with the thought of "oh I'd like to do this" and then nothing happens. I try to focus in on what I truly need to accomplish a project. Now I will say I am a collector of paper...but my paper always comes to the rescue! Thank you for this great give-a-way and thank you for your great blog and assistance you provide everyone!

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  118. I am both. I am constanly buying new papers, and I already have enough to fill a room....I am addicted. I also buy mustards, that's right - I am always looking at whatever mustard they have at any store I go to and get anything that sounds interesting. Any I must admit I do the same with candles. Oh well, all can and do get used!

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  119. I follow you everyday. If I don't have time to read a post, I save it to a file I go back to when I get a chance

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  120. I am now a follower on facebook also!!!

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  121. Oh my! I guess I do tend to be a collector, hadn't thought of that before but do tend to organize and collect more than actually do. Guess I need to work on that. Thanks for helping me to see that.

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  122. It's funny that you ask about the whole organizing subject. My husband the other day asked me why I was so organized at work and so dis-organized at home. My explanation....at home I have to clean up and organize behind three other people (two of those being children and one being a "big" kid...my hubby..lol). At work...I just clean up after myself and I'm organized from the start and no one is going behind me un-doing it all. So at home yes...I think organizing takes time away from me being creative but I wouldn't have it any other way. I think all my "stuff" and I love the people who make a mess of it. there is never such a thing as too many or too much craft stuff. I have a stack of paper a mile high but I can always find that perfect peice for a project. I like having all the options that are there...cluttered up.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  123. I'm a blog follower.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  124. I'm a fan on facebook.

    hmooney134@gmail.com

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  125. I am both, and my husband will agree LOL. I do not make as much as I would like to. Sometimes I can not come up with something. Just a side note. I will still be following you even if I do not win. I get alot of ideas from you. Thank you for that

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  126. I am both a crafter and collector. I would say at this point in my life, yes, I have way too many supplies. I can't seem to stop buying them, though. I guess I do spend more time organizing than crafting, because I'd never be able to find anything if it wasn't organized. Still, there are things I come across now and then that I've totally forgotten I had.

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  127. I used to spend more time acquiring than crafting. Probably because the desire was there but not the time or energy. Now that I've finally been able to cut down on my work hours I am crafting more than acquiring! (prayer) - "Thank you Jesus"
    Blessings to all.
    Cindy
    http://paperoasis.blogspot.com

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  128. Both! I seem to "hoard" some of my favs until I come up with the perfect project. I try to stay as organized as possible when working on projects.

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  129. I am a crafter, but also a collector. I think I have to much, sometimes. I don't use all my cartridges any more and I am so thankful for the gypsy to help keep track of all of them. I like to see what other are doing with there collection, but I do find time to craft. I just sent a large box of cards to Operation Write Home and I am already trying to make more to send. I guess if you are going to craft it is better to let someone else reap the benefits of your labors. Thanks for all you do with information and tips. I very much like both. karen_schluter at hotmail dot com

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  130. I am collecting too many paper crafting and art supplies. I really need to get my craft room organized! I just love so many things that are shown from blogs like yours, and I really love the sales/clearance items in the craft department at HSN! Thanks for all that you share Diane
    barbferris at rochester dot rr dot com

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  131. I love all things cricut but I know I can't have it all. I do collect cartridges. I have all the minis so far.I tried to tell myself I don't need the last 3 but I find myself looking for a bargain price. I do use them, though. I do spend a lot of time "finding" stuff. That's an organizational problem.I try to do something everyday with my cricut. Sometimes it's just designing.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    stuff@gt.rr.com
    http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

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  132. So glad I'm a follower 'cause I loved today's post and question!
    Thanks,
    Jackie

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  133. I am a longtime follower. Thanks for being there.
    stuff@gt.rr.com
    http://cricutmimi.blogspot.com

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  134. I try to be more of a crafter than a collector :) I have a soft spot for pretty paper though! I did reorganize lately and that has helped me because I know where everything is and can find it when I want it!

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  135. I am a follower/subscriber Diane! Thanks for your wonderful blog!
    barbferris at rochester dot rr dot com

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  136. Although I do not have a wonderful space, I think I am both a collector and crafter. When I see so many wonderful projects and don;'t have the supplies, I go shopping but then find a place for it right away. Then I use it! Cartridges that I buy, I tend to cut several designs and then make cards or use them when needed.

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  137. My my....you have given me a lot to ponder. My mother quilts and has a huge "collection" of fabrics that seem to collect more dust than stitches. I admit I do spend more time searching for stuff and shopping for things I "need". I have at least a 6 foot deep stack of paper. BUT...I use it! Every stack and package I have ever bought has been used. I seem to accumulate new things that open the door to more creativity. My most recent purchases have been acrylic sheets and alcohol inks.

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  138. I am a facebook fan and always will be.

    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  139. I think I will scrapbook without magazines! All the creative people publish and I want or think butterflies and flowers make my pages so much better. They do not. It is all about the photographs and journaling. I am fretting over a mini-album. I do not have the "right" butterfly. Can you imagine that? And now they want me to put mica spray all over everything!!! Some scrappers are real artist, I am not. Going back to basics. Will make me lots happier. Thanks

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  140. Wow, great questions and since I am a follower of your blog, you do so much to enable me to buy, then use.

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  141. Can there be too much? Definitely. I've become far choosier in the items I purchase. I think my creativity suffers when I have too many options. I especially am pleased when I can make all of my current stash work together. Thanks for the box-o-goodies...so fun to see you add to them each day.

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  142. I am a collector for sure! I enjoy following your blog. You are such a creative lady!

    mickeymouse11@msn.com

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  143. I am a member of a scrapping group we named "The Scrappin' Sisters" - all of them are OR nurses except me - I was a patient in 2007 and they remembered me!!!

    anyway our whole group "collects" like crazy - when we go on a retreat or have one of our Sat. crops at the local hospital Board Room, a shopping trip is included - we even visited one member's house in FL last year and just had to go to the Super JoAnn's and were in the store for over 3 hours!

    And, yes, I can't find anything when I need it (working on that right now) and I have some paper absolutely too beautiful to use - that's really getting bad! When you wrote this post I was thinking you have been to my house and you're writing about me - LOL!!

    The boxes look fantastic - can't wait!
    jackie

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  144. I collect and collect more and more and then finally I will start to make things. I like to have everything I need in front of me and then look it over and then form my project or projects.
    LizW in TX

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  145. Sandra Joy, my2pets@comcast.netApril 11, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Very much enjoy being both a collector, a crafter and a follower. I believe you can never have enough crafting supplies, but I do try to stay organized as I work, it keeps me sane. I do spend a lot of time crafting, yet hit the craft stores at least once a week (with coupons.) Love checking out sites like yours for inspiration, it really gets my juices flowing! Gee, those boxes look yummy, yummy! Thank you so much for all you do!

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  146. I'm afraid I am one of the collectors. I could open a store with all of the "tools" of the trade. Many are unused. I gave up on keeping up with all the Cricut carts. I lack inspiration at designing things. I usually have to scrap lift ideas. Working limits my creative time. Projects seem to take me so long as I fiddle through each step of the designing. I spend a lot of time surfing the blogs also. I love your blog. I learn so much.
    Sc gma

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  147. I tend to be a collector and a user both!! I see things I like and buy them. When I try to be good and DON'T make the purchase the first time I see it, THEN I suddenly end up with a project it would be perfect for and have to make an emergency run--which usually ends up costing more because there is something else I just MUST have! Yes, I think you can have too much stuff--but ONLY because the space to store it becomes limited! As with closet spcae, there is just never enough room!

    Thanks for everything you share with us Diane! I look forward everyday to your new and exciting ideas! Keep them coming!
    Shellee

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  148. No, I do not feel I have to have every cartridge, only the ones that support my Heritage scrapping.

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  149. I am a follower and I love your cheerfulness every morning. You are like a cup of coffee for me being I don't drink it. Thank you for making life exciting for everyone.

    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  150. Comment three
    I like you on fb
    Sc gma

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  151. I am both a collector and organizer. If I would only stop being enabled maybe I would get some crafting done. I have all the bells and whistles now its time to use them before something new comes out that I "must" have, lol. TFS, Mary M

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  152. I like to say I am a crafter, since that is what I prefer to do but I guess I really am a collector. I pick up stuff here and there to use on my projects and that stash keeps building since my crafting time seems to keep shrinking!

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  153. Love your Damask card today on SGL

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  154. Crafter vs collector. . .I do feel like I am a collector at times. I LOVE new things for crafting. This past month, I have put myself on a "Cricut diet" to make sure that I control my spending. I like to save pictures of cards from blogs and periodically I will flip through those images on my computer just for inspiration. It also reminds me to use some supplies, techniques, tools that I haven't used in a while. That is how I have managed to keep using ALL of my supplies and tools.

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  155. Long time follower and listener to your blog Diane. Mary M

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  156. I am a fan of Capadia on FB. Thanks Diane, Mary M

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  157. I'm equal parts of both. I go through collecting phases and then crafting phases. What great treasures those boxes are!

    canana3

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  158. I used to be a collector until my family and I had to move in with my parents. At this time I am glad I was because that is the only reason I have a little supply of things left to work with. Although I haven't had the money to restock my supply, I have had to be very crafty and creative with what I have. If I do get any new things, I get them at Yard Sales. So have had to live with both sides of the fence. Thanks again for all that you have been doing. You are great.

    Candice Smith
    chatterbox1873@yahoo.com

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  159. follow you every day

    canana3

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  160. I follow your blog and love it! Thanks for this great give-away!
    LizW in TX

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  161. I think we all started out to be crafters, but then somewhere, some of us turn into collectors. The paper is too pretty to use or you have to have all the ink colors or markers.

    I think having too much does hinder the creative process because it can be overwhelming what to choose from. I would also be more creative if I didn't have to look for things, but at the same time, it's nice to know that I have everything I need & not have to run out & get something or the stores are closed at that hour. It's definitely a delicate balance (that I seem to be losing at the moment!)

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  162. I'm both. Being conscious that I'm a collector, and not wanting to be featured on Hoarders or Clean House, I keep my space OCD organized. I posted photos on my blog. Everything in it's place and a place for everything. I deep clean a couple times a year and usually reorganize then. This also encourages me to use my supplies. If I want the new designs I have to use the old ones to make room for more.
    I find that since I got my cricut I stock up on paper and adhesives when they're on sale and not much else unless I get it for a really good deal. Saves me money since I don't buy full retail price.
    Cheyenne
    ecdesignstudio.blogspot.com

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  163. I am a collector at heart, but I do love to use my crafty supplies as often as I can. I don't have the freedom to craft "daily" as many blogging crafters do, but I try to get into my craft room at least twice a week if I'm feeling weel enough.
    Looks like lots of fun craftiness in those boxes! Can't wait to see who wins one.
    SouthernMrs
    at verizon dot net

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  164. #2 still following!
    Southernmrs
    at verizon
    dot net

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  165. Wow - you are sooooo generous!!

    I would say I am both. I do tend to get overwhelmed if I have too much "stuff/supplies". This is especially true since I moved 2+ years ago and went from having a craft room to a craft "space" (the things we do for love.....heehee!!!

    Thanks again!
    Stefanie
    stefnjohn at bellsouth dot net

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  166. I want to be a crafter but at this moment I believe I am more of a collector...ugh. I have been acquiring and organizing for months and have too much and I don't have time to do it all. OMG. I believe I do that to put off creating because I believe I am not that good at it. My sister is probably upset with me because I know she is watching over me. I will start Creating more and STOP organizing and acquiring (as much).
    Thank you for all your sharing and caring. I love your designs!!!

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  167. I follow and love your blog!!

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  168. I also follow your facebook!!

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  169. i'll admit that i probably have way more crafting supplies than i really need, but i just can't resist all the beautiful papers i see. this may sound weird, but sometimes half the fun for me is just looking through my supplies when i'm starting a project - i find it inspiring in many ways.

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  170. This is really fun. It is fun to think about and fun to read others comments. I believe my natural tendency is toward collecting. I have always loved collecting Depression Glass and other fun antiques. Then came the whole scrapbooking/crafting thing. There are so many things to collect partially inspired by wonderful blogs like yours. I find myself fighting the urge to collect and try to remind myself to use rather than collect. Some of your past blogs have been wonderful reminders of the less is more idea! Thank you again.

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  171. I would like to say that I am both, with emphasis on crafter. I try to make myself "mini-rules" such as I must use this cartridge or this paper before I can justify buying something new... but I guess some times I try to be sneaky and will convince myself that I need something for a specific reason - this has happened recently. I am making invitations for my niece's 1st birthday and knew I needed Zoobaloo (its currently enroute to my place as I type this). I honestly do try to hold back on things unless I can really justify the purchase... its all I can do to not lose all my money in crafting supplies!!!

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  172. i'm definitely a long time follower.

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  173. I am both a crafter and collector. Unfortunately I love to see the scrapbook hauls on youtube which often bring to light "things" that I want. I don't collect everything in a collection. As for paper, generally, I buy a sheet or two of something I love, but I still have TONS!!! It does make it frustrating, because often, after I finish a spread, I find something in my stash that would have been perfect!!! oh well...

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