Oh, boy, the first step is acknowledging ones problem, right? Those who know me best and have been in my craft room know this about me already. In general, I am a lover and collector of all things pretty and necessary. If I were not married I would have a serious problem, I would be on "THAT" show. Yes, you know the show of which I speak, I shan't speak, write, or type its name, but YOU know as well as I. I would probably also be a crazy cat lady. Right now I have one beautiful cat, Ophelia. She is a princess and does not tolerate other animals, particularly cats so I am a one cat house at the moment. She is 15+ years old and will probably live forever so as to make sure that I have no other pets, no other sweet little animal (CAT) to love. Nope, only her. And I love her so!
But, I digress. I believe I have more paper than I could EVER, EVER use in my lifetime, I probably have far more paper than the law would allow if the law had such a silly law, a law of which I would surely and knowingly break, anyway! I do use it, not as much as I should or could because more and more keep coming out that I just HAVE TO HAVE. Yes, HAVE, not want,HAVE........ it is just so darn pretty!!!! Ask my mom and she will tell you I have had a love affair with paper since I knew what paper was . The smell, the textures, the words which can be written upon it. I learned to read at 4, write at 5 and I also learned to collect things, too, most especially books and paper to write upon, go figure, right?! I love books and reading, I love writing, and I have come to love scrapbooking and card making among many other facets of the paper crafting pastime. I STILL love the smells and textures; these horribly enabling companies keep coming up with new types, glittery, embossed, shiny, textured this way and that, thick, thin, gorgeous patterns, marvelous colors, the list goes on, and I have them ALL! My biggest penchant is for 6x6 paper pads. Don't get me wrong, I love my 12x12 and have more than any human deems necessary, but for me, the 6x6 are more versatile. It has come to a point where Susie at Scrap Happy will order 6x6 pads of paper that she doesn't even carry in her store, because she knows I will want them, I will NEED them, and I will have them! My friends think I am funny, my husband thinks I am insane, Susie, well she just likes that I spend the money, and my mom, if my MOM ever saw, she would flat out have me committed. My grandma would understand, if she were alive, I am willing to bet she would be in my room with me making cards and loving my paper as much as I. It is because of her that I love paper so much.
I'm going out on a limb here, but I shall show you a couple pictures of my paper, JUST 6x6 and this is not even all of it, being that I am kinda in the process of trying to start moving. I have a stack or two on my desk, even, and I will not tell you where there are others hidden =O Please don't try to count, I don't want a fixed number of what I have, ignorance is bliss, right? You can also see at the bottom one of my shelves of 12x12 paper stacks. I have all my 12x12 in collections in plastic holders, but I will share that another day. I also forgot to mention, this is just patterned paper. I have several files cabinets that I have organized my 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock, and several milk crates that I STILL need to organize of my 12x12 cardstock.
I am not sure if I feel better or more ashamed, lol, but now you know the rest of story!
Until next time,