Wednesday, February 02, 2011

WOYWW 87 ..Peel Offs …To use or not to use ...now that is a question

I cant remember the last time I used one but that is what is covering the table …one of the areas I use when attempting to craft…. everything that is sitting on the table is untouched…. those that have had pieces removed are now in the drawers

I realised that I needed to sort out ALL my stash and decide what I want to keep/use and to cast aside my squirrel gene that makes me hoard ‘in case’....something very hard to do.

I have to say that I have not got very far but I thought ‘ from small acorns’ and all that jazz. Sitting there are more than could be needed in any ….no several … life times of card making … and the cost of acquiring such a collection is beyond belief and I try NOT to think about it….I was seriously addicted back then.

Why so many…. I can hear you mutter...no scream …well ten or so years ago …when I started with paper crafts …everyone used them on cards. I thought that having a collection that grew so that I would never run out. …EVER … was a wise decision lol …especially if they were a Special Offer on a certain shopping channel …after all who would not want to make a card that did not have a peel off on it .. some where. How wrong was I …who knew that there were trends and fashions in card making? ... as a beginner I had no idea … and who knew I would prefer Scrapping.

However …looking through them today, I do wonder why they went out of fashion and do not seem to still have a place in card making …or do they? I certainly think that one could produce some pretty Christmas cards by adding a little modern creativeness to them and some cute children’s birthday cards too .

If anyone fancies a few …for maybe making charity cards …. let me know …I think I will actually use a few myself, on next years Xmas creations.

The moral of this story is …

Don’t buy too much of one thing …they either deteriorate like paints and some rubber stamps … or go out of fashion …take it from someone who knows and has learnt a hard lesson.

Take Care xx

35 comments:

Wipso said...

I know where you are coming from there....I bought lots of rubber stamps and never used them at all now [in fact some of them were never used!] that why I have them in our blog shop for sale at under half price....I need the space for fabrics, wools etc etc :-)
A x
http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/2010/09/rubber-stamp-sale.html

Theresa said...

You know as soon as you toss something, you find something you could have used it on:) Happy WOYWW!

Helen said...

I did the same - probably have as many - never used, hardly at all. So - thanks, but no thanks, lol!!

Arkansas Patti said...

I am like Theresa in that while I am ruthless in getting rid of usused stuff, I always regret it later when what I threw away would have been perfect.
Don't think there is a right way here.

Jocelyn said...

Wow those are awesome...LOVE THEM!!!

I do the same thing...you just never know when you will need that perfect piece that you have been saving...if only I could find them!!!! :-)

Wishing you a great one sweet friend!!!!

LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neet said...

Isn't it strange how they have gone out of fashion. You do have a lot (and so do I but not as many as you). My friend here in the USA loves them so I always bring some over for her. I am not against them, just don't use them as much these days but they are fine, as you say, for Christmas cards, especially for non-stampers.

Have a great day Angie.

Andria said...

happy woyww, thanks for sharing :)
crafty hugs - Andria (42).

Artyjen said...

Mmm.....have some myself although not that many! LOL
I think they can look fine if they are in the right place....it's just that some folks put 'em in totally the wrong place!!!
xoxo Sioux

Sarpreet said...

wow! lots of peels off - love your storage of them, great workspace, happy woyww, thank you for sharing, #9

Marianne@RuffHaven said...

I am a hoarder too...
The way I se it .as long as you have room for them keep them.
but
if you have any with birds I would happily take them off your hands

Linby said...

Ooh your moral is sooo true and I am learning that myself with papers. I've still got a stash of peel offs all in their own folder too - I still use the sentiments now and again but the others seem a bit naive a lot of the time now.
Linbyx

Cardarian said...

Peel offs - yes I was crazy about them too - yes strange but true - cardmaking and scrapbooking is like fashion - one day this is fashionable next day it isn't! I wonder what will be the fashion after TH???? Dare I say that!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Ciara said...

Hmm, I think I have a box of unloved peel off's too!

You could try using them as stencils maybe?

Handmade with Love said...

I have some of those that I have never used too! I think they are a bit dated but when I see them on a card I quite like them! Good luck with your decision! Tracey x

Pam said...

Great advise here! They are so pretty though and look stunning all together, so no wonder you got caught up. Too bad the industry is so fickle really.
#44

Chrissie said...

Maybe we should start a new trend... New ways with Peel Offs!
I think most people start off by using them... but generally move on. What to do with what you have left... quite a question... and in your case quite a big one!!!
Chrissie #22

okienurse said...

I think the trick is to find your medium then you will use what you buy. While trying to find what I wanted to do I bought yards of cloth, yards of ribbons and yarn and I am not into fiber art at all. Now my daughter is and so she inherits the stuff. I love paper and altered art.
Vickie 380

Katie_Bolinger said...

Oh I hear you honey. I have a lot of old, out of fashion items that are going in the bin or to the local charity shop. I've never heard the squirrel gene take on hoarding but I like it.

oneoff said...

I'd be tempted to say use them if you love them, regardless of fashion.

Love that capacious storage.

Thanks for visiting me,
Bernie

Twiglet said...

I bet they will come back into fashion but used in a different way. Now - if you could invent that "new way" - just think what a killing you could make. Are they thick enough to make arty sentiments or designs with them and then make rubbings from them onto paper of your choice with wax rubbing crayons, then wash over them.....?

Wanda..... said...

Your "peel offs" would be perfect to use in making "Mail Art". I belong to a group of 18 women around the world, that I met through blogging. We exchange mail art letters.....using anything to decorate our envelopes and letters...recycling is a big part of it.

butlersabroad said...

Wow that's a lot of peel offs. I never use them, have a couple of packs I was given and a magazine freebie but I never really got into them. Plenty of other addictions though, lol!

Hugs
Brenda 91

Spyder said...

What ever you 'get rid of' you know you'll want!!

My eyes were drawn to thelittle draws you keep hem all in, very nice!
Happy ((Late) woyww!!
(Lyn)

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh I agree Angie, there is still a place for creative use of these Peel Offs, specially since the advent of alcohol inks and other colouring agents.

Marjo said...

I think we are all guilty of buying things we never use...lol

Thanks for the peek and sharing, hugs Marjo lucky #1

MaggieC said...

I do have quite a few peeloffs (not as many as you do) but I would not throw them out. I do have a few ways of using them. Someone has already mentioned (I think) using them as stencils. I use them on acetate and then colour in with Sakura pens on the back, cut them out and mount them up on card - makes a good card for posting. Some of them with lots of bits in the middle, I have two colours, and put the bits in the opposite coloured outsides - there are a couple on my blog from last year. They are quite fiddly but can be very pretty. The words I often colour with pens to match them to the card. Some of the ones I have a 3D, and I mount all those on acetate and colour in. My biggest hoard are decoupage sheets and that is one of my resolutions this year - I must make them up and free up a little space - three files full.

MaggieC said...

PS forgot to say thank you for visiting my blog this week and for your lovely comment. Have fun with those peeloffs.

Carmen said...

I don't mind them personally - I just can't use them as they are so darn fiddly. They get me so ANGRY I have peel off rage. This post did make me chuckle though.

Oh and - you are entered into my giveaway Angie because you are a blogger :) You don't need to be taking part in the event to enter the giveaway just be a blogger for a lot of them - they are worth a peep if you get the chance - so many amazingly talented people and they are all offering something lovely. Over 700 last time I checked ;)

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

We've all done some of that - like the DB kits that seemed so tempting at the time and now sit hardly touched, but at least DD can use some of the cards and stuff out of them with the kids she looks after.
Love the family pics, soooo cute :-)
Anne xx

Starla said...

I think I gave a lot of my stickers and the like to the kiddos classrooms. THEY love to put stickers on "cards"!
Star 125

Mrs A. said...

With me its porcelain doll moulds.
I know I will never use them and they cost a bomb!
Hugs Mrs A.

Nicky said...

I have a few peel offs and use them occasionally but not much I used the computer for sentiments as it has a spell checker lol - Keep an eye on ebay for a set of drawers like mine they sometimes come up cheap ~ Nicky no.12

Ann said...

Your storage is excellent for all those peeloffs. You know if you get rid of them all, the next day you'll be wanting them back, don't you?

Terry Blais said...

I laughed at your "squirrel gene" comment. Love your stash! Kill the squirrel!!! ha ha ha

Terry #16

Carmen said...

Angie I have won free entrance for two people to either the Creative Stitches or the Hobby Crafts Show on any day between 3-6 March. Thought I would give you first refusal before I offered them on my blog? It's in Glasgow, wasn't sure if you could make use of them. They are yours if you want them.