I got this idea from a YouTube channel called Mouse Potato Designs, whose creator, Felicia, an art journaler, has also been on a crusade to winnow out and use up her stash. She calls hers a “Use It Up Box.” I would not be so grandiose as to suggest I would actually “use up” a whole anything at once, so I’ll just call mine a Use-It Box.
Basically, it’s just a clear plastic supply box that you keep on your desk or work surface, in which you put things from your stash you would like to actually use over the course of a month or so. The idea being, if it’s on your desk and you see it, you’re more inclined to use it. And when it’s time to start a new project, you go to the box and start with those materials.
I really like this idea, so I have inaugurated my first Use-It Box.
Inside I have:
Sticko Epoxy Leaf Stickers
These are shiny/glittery and puffy stickers. I have a sheet of green ones and a sheet of orange, so since fall is coming around, it seems like a good time to use those.
K & Co. Layered Leaf Stickers
Also in fall colors, so let’s use those too.
I pulled out an array of neutral/metallic colored Liquid Pearls for the autumn palette: Bisque, Gold, Avocado, Copper, and Silver. I went a little crazy a while back and bought the *entire* range of Liquid Pearl colors, and I never use them. I have an idea for a masculine card with these.
American Crafts Self-Adhesive Ribbons
I don’t sew or do needlecrafts, so I don’t have many “notions” in my stash, but I do have and like these ribbons, because they are self-adhesive — they have a runner of tape on the back. I chose orange and green for fall, and the blue as a contrasting color.
Awesome Blossoms Coloring Pack
This an adult coloring book from Paper Wishes, printed on card stock, and sized to go on the front of an A2 card. “Coloring for Adults” is quite the fad right now, and I have a couple coloring books, but I like that these ones are heavy enough paper to use on cards.
So that, I think, is a good starter group for my first Use-It Box. I don’t want to get too ambitious, and fill it with so much stuff that I’d never use it all. This seems like a manageable amount of stuff, but of different, fun types. I’m looking forward to see how this will work out.
Do you have a Use-It Box or anything similar? How does it work for you?