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Let It Go


I’m on a quest to clear my closet of anything I don’t use. It feels odd, when faced with something I took years to accumulate and actually had a lot of fun with, to let that thing go because I’ve moved on to other things. These things hold many memories, and yet…I don’t need them. My inner pack rat says “keep it!” and my new hobbies say “toss it!”. It’s a strange sort of war. And, because I hate vague posts that never really explain the exact thing under discussion, I’ll tell you…I’m getting rid of all my stamping craft supplies. As in Stampin’ Up. Crafty types will know what I mean.

I spent countless hours losing myself in the the act of creation. It would take me six hours to make a scrapbook page. Can you imagine? Me, the digital girl, slowing down for six HOURS? I can hardly believe it myself. My friends and I used to gather for Stamp Camp, wherein we’d spend a fun afternoon making cards, drinking wine or other such beverages, nibbling on tasty tidbits and visiting with each other while our hands twisted and glued and inked. I miss those moments. I’ve moved, and my friends are thousands of miles away. This new place? I love it, but I have yet to really crawl out of my writer cave and meet actual live, in person, humans. The kind you can visit with, go shopping with, talk about your day with.

And I have to confess, without that group of friends to provide company, scrapbooking and card making became a lonely sort of process. So it slowly faded to the back of my closet, neatly tucked away in plastic bins that took over one entire wall. I’ve moved on. I’m a digital girl at heart and my passion has moved on to photography. Now I make photo books, instead of scrapbooks. I go out into the world to find new places to shoot, instead of sit in a room and play with paper. I like it. It’s not a bad thing at all, it’s a great thing. But it means I do need to let go of that thing that’s filling up my closet and clouding my heart with the past. It’s time to rip the band aid off, close my eyes, and let it go.

I’ve found someone who will use all my stuff, but I have to put a value on it. And I’m wondering…how do I put a price on all that these things represent? Can’t be done.

So tell me, are you a pack rat?

5 comments on… “Let It Go”

  1. Roxane

    Yes I’m a pack rat on things I’m obsessed with. And letting go of the past is hard. I do have to throw this out there before you let all that stuff go. You can find a demo in your area and still go to stamp camps to get your cards and to meet other people. You don’t have to buy anymore stuff but go do crafty things, have wine and make new friends. Or find a new book club or photography club. Anyway, I totally understand, kind of like losing a part of yourself. You will feel better once it is gone.

    • I did think of finding a stamping guru near me but to be honest it’s just not the same. I’m trying to find a photography group but so far the local ones are so large that I never see the same people twice! The book clubs have also been problematic. None of them read what I like to read. I’ve decided the solution is to start my own! And we’ll read fantasy and sci fi and eat, drink and be merry 🙂 That’s my goal anyway. I’ll report back on how that goes.

  2. I feel ya, Melinda! Good for you for letting it go and embracing the current passions without the past encumbrances. You may want to keep a card or two. 😉

    I never got into the stamping/scrapbooking thing (although these days I do alot of digital photo albums with powerpoint enhancements), but I envy you the opportunity to do that with a group of friends! What great memories you must have. The crafts I do (knitting/crocheting) are solo, although I do them with other people around. Maybe I should find a group! Especially with wine…

    • Oh I kept the cards! I have a box full actually. And I figure when I go home to visit I might be able to talk my friends into a Stamp Camp while I’m there to replenish lol.

      Oh, and definitely find a knitting circle, I hear those ladies are wild 😀

  3. My sister scrapbooks like a fiend, and her kid’s memory books are insanely gorgeous. I have kid photo envy for sure. But not enough to go through the learning curve and expense to do it myself. I’m much more likely to go to Shutterfly, Walmart, Costco or CVS and create my photobooks online. Good for you for purging!

    And yes, we knitting ladies get wild. 🙂

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