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Old 03-20-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default If you were stranded on a deserted island...

and had only one 2' x 3' box to put your most favorite, can't live without, stamping supplies in, what would you take?

My DH and I are moving from OH to IL, but don't have a place to live yet and will be living in an apartment while the majority of our things are put into storage. I know, this sounds like the beginning of a horror novel, doesn't it?!

I don't have as much stuff as I know a lot of you do, but I do have more than I can afford to take with (although I had a fleeting thought of leaving my kitties behind - kidding, of course!)

What would you suggest I take?
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Oh gosh - 2x3???? Are you sure about the size??? That is pretty SMALL. Measure that box one or two more times.......maybe it will stretch!
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Ok, this is how it works, meausure your hubby and if he is smaller than your "stuff", leave him! It's hard work to have to replace all the stampin things again!!!!!
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White organdy ribbon would be in the box for sure--you can dye it any color with the ink pads or spots! Don't know what else, though.....
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Hmmm-
versamark
pastels
wc pencils
blender pens
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Pads (at the least BB and Rich Regals)
Dazzling Diamonds glitter/adhesive
punches
marker set
paper
1/16" hole punch and 1/8 " hole punch to set eyelets and punch holes
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gee, I guess a few sets would help as well
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Don't forget your paper trimmer
and maybe you could tie your hair up with like every ribbon you have to save space...
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Don't forget your paper trimmer
and maybe you could tie your hair up with like every ribbon you have to save space...
maybe brad earring?
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Default Stamp supply box...

Well, I don't have a box that size near me, so don't know for sure how the following items would fit, but this is what I would take:

glossy white cardstock
black cardstock
2 packs each of DieCuts with a View textured cardstock (5.5x8.5 size)
10 sheets of vellum
watercolor pad
watercolor pencils & blender pen
watercolor paints & aqua pen
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mechanical pencil & eraser
2 or 3 Kaleidascope pads & brayer
black StazOn
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1 Colorbox Petal Point set (for the brown, blue & green petals)
my polished stone kit (all my applicators, inks & alcohol are in this - shoebox size)
12" paper trimmer
5 of my favorite stamps/stamp sets
2 or 3 rolls double-sided tape & Diamond glaze
1 black, fine-tip marker
clear embossing powder & heat gun
pack of baby wipes & washcloth

Well, there are many more things I would like to take (and this list is probably too much to fit into your box), but these are the items I use most often...

Have fun in your new home/community!

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ps: how long will you be "living out of the box?"
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Old 03-20-2005, 09:27 AM   #9
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This is where having your stamps on EZ Mount would be helpful. Just think how many stamps you could include if they weren't mounted on wood!

I tried to make a similar decision with regard to my move to Washington... and decided it couldn't leave anything behind, so I put every else in storage... just taking the craft stuff and clothes... bare necessities... although "bare necessities" for 12-18 months has a different meaning.

Good luck! I couldn't do it!
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Technically....some of the stuff you need shouldn't count towards the box size allowance....leaving you room for other stuff. Scissors/pencils/erasers/sponges/baby wipes....and if you can lie to yourself that you thought your embossing gun was a hair dryer....sooooo much more room!!!


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Lovely leaves, cardstock, spots and I'd fill the rest with M&Ms and diet Coke.
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You guys are hilarious!

Thanks for the laughs (in between my sniffles - who knew moving would be this hard?!) I'm glad to know I'll at least have my SCS pals to keep me occupied when I can't be in my crafting space!

On a much happier note, we don't expect to be in this apartment for more than 60 days...so I can see the light at the end of the tunnel already!
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and a bottle o prozac! hello, how else would I make it??
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I am living this right now. For me, I was coming to a place with no craft supplies, so I had to think of what I wanted for a year. I brought with me markers, pastels, blender pens, black ink pad, versamark, cardstock and stamps, scissors, paper cutter, stampin scrub. You can get a lot more stamps in that small box if you take each set out of its plastic box and use ziploc bags. In choosing which stamps, I picked my absolute most favorite set, and all occasion set and then filled in with others. If don't have to stay contained in this box after your move, things like adhesive and paper can be purchased after you move. Good luck to you.
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another idea with the boxes of stamps is to put things like cotton balls, sponges, daubers along the sides where there is extra room.
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THERE IS NO WAY....that I could decide for a box that small! I would be doing some major negotiating! Like honey..... can we rent a storage facility until we get in the house?.....a small storage facility would only cost at most about 10 a month...I have had to do this myself, before my stamping addiction, when my husband and I were building a home and had to stay in an apartment.....it was mostly then 3 kids and too many toys!
Good Luck ! I am sooooo glad I am not in your shoes!
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2 feet by 3 feet is a pretty good size box. No depth? Cram everything in here that you can!!!!
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I was just remembering back to when I had jut one set of stamps and little else....how creative one set and paper and colored pencils and one black pad can be....if you are into mass producing cards, load that box with paper....if you are into massaging your creativity take the medium you enjoy the most and the minimum of stuff...and treat yourself with creative surprises.....maybe you could seek out new stamp stores in your new home town!!! Boy that would be something great to look forward to....I feel your pain! We recently moved into one room in the basement so the kids and grandkids could move in with us...that meant getting rid of 6 rooms, 52 years, 4 generations and all my craft and sewing stuff!!!! Honey, I wasn't entirely happy about that but I do want to say that there is something really great in all that!!! It will bring into focus what is important and clear the mind of the cluttery stuff....leaving room to create!!! and.....shop for new stuff once you are moved and discover the new nooks and crannies to stash your new stuff...Good luck in the move...don't look back, it will tug at your heart....just look forward, there will be something great in store for you that you maybe can't see yet...
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I would take -

Stampin spots for all color famlies
Markers for all color famlies
Milti packs of paper for all color famlies
US white and Vanilla
Vellum
Large basic black stamp pad
Versamark pad
embossing powders
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A divided container with brads and eyelets
The tool kit
Paper trimmer
Some wheels and a handle, with the ink cartridges
Aquapen
Pastels
PearlEx and Twinkling H2O's

As for stamp sets, it will depend on what you have. I dont think you will need any of your christmas or fall themed sets, you will be in a bigger place by the time you need those.

I would look at spring sets and sayings sets, and a background like French Script or Canvas.

Also, If you know you will use some stamps from one set, but not all, then for the time beeing, mix your sets up. For example, If you know you will use the butterfly and flower from Shapes and Shadows, but not the tree, snowflake or leaf, then take just the butterfly and flower stamps, put the rest into storage.

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WOW....very good suggestions.
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How about wrapping all the fibers around your neck as a scarf????? That would save space, too.
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another idea with the boxes of stamps is to put things like cotton balls, sponges, daubers along the sides where there is extra room.
Put those in the first aid kit.
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Nobody mentioned envelopes! What are you supposed to put your lovely creations in once they are made? Where in IL are you moving to? We have a great group of stmping gals in the Chicago area.

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No way, you can use the water from the ocean and there has to be some leaves or grass like material. (I'm not giving up any diet Coke space! :P )
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Before you go case (not CASE) the neighborhood for I LOVE STAMPING bumperstickers. Make friends quick and leave all your stamping stuff packed. Just use your new best friends stuff. Of course, you can buy the snacks so you don't feel like you are taking advantage.
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Sounds familiar. When we moved from Oregon to Washington we put most of our things in storage in lived in an apartment until our home sold.

First of all, if you don't like the size of your box, start looking at other things you can leave behind (who needs make-up and deoderant!)

OK. I'll stop being silly. Here's my suggestion. Find your favorite set of stamp pad colors (four max, plus black - this is where inspiration sheets come in handy), pack those along with the matching cardstocks and a neutral color like white or vanilla; next, pick your favorite stamp set and word set and small 'must have' accessory (like brads); of course, keep out your adhesives and cutting tools. Once you have selected out these items, feel free to put everything else away (just don't bury it too deep in the storage unit...) Don't know if that will fit in the box you described, but you may be able to sneak some of it in with your undies without the dh finding it. With those items and SCS, you can still do wonderful things, and when you do get moved, it will be like Christmas when you open up your box(s) of stamp supplies that you kept in storage.
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YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!

Thanks for all of the tips - they are all great ones (except for the one about leaving my DH behind - he didn't quite understand )

karrieg, you asked where we're moving to...we have an apartment set up in Naperville for the first couple of months, but have been looking in Oswego and areas further south for homes....who knew a house could cost so much money???!!!! I'm so spoiled living here in Ohio where property values are so much lower!
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Take your basics (scrubber, pads, tool kit, catalog) and then order things like paper and new stamps when you get there! Hey, that UPS guy delivered more than once to my hotel last fall! Anticipating those orders was the only thing that made life bearable. Your old demo can do a customer direct order for you or you can find a new demo on the locator
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Wow, you will be very close by. I live in Warrenville which is directly north of Naperville. Yes, houses are expensive here, especially in Naperville, however, you will get more house & land for the money if you go to Oswego or Montgomery. That area is just booming. PM me if you have any questions about the area.

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When we moved in with my mother for a while because our house wasn't finished, I stored everything BUT MY SU. I am sure I just would have died without it.
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