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Old 03-03-2019, 07:07 AM   #1
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Default Have you liberated a bunch of retired Cardstock?

After your purge, do you have piles of old card stock or retired designer paper you don't know what to do with? I don't know why I didn't think of this before but someone offered it and I thought WOW!

Here are three ideas you may not have thought of:

!. Visit cards for a cause forum on this site and make cards for the cause of your choice. They will be gratefully received by the organizations - however old your materials are.

2. Support a card maker on cards for a cause by asking THEM if they'd like your unwanted card stock.

3. If no one local wants it, BrighterBirthdays.org , a charity supplying birthday bags to disadvantaged kids, would LOVE to have your useable (especially birthday themed) paper and Card stock for our student volunteers to make cards and bag toppers from. A medium flat rate box holds a lot, and would be gratefully received. If you choose this option, please pm for address.

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Old 03-05-2019, 05:03 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting this. Would Brighter Birthdays have a need for other craft supplies too like pigment ink pads, glue, etc.?
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Old 03-06-2019, 01:07 AM   #3
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Perhaps a silly question for some of you, but what does it matter that cardstock is retired?
And what is retired cardstock anyway?
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:39 AM   #4
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Perhaps a silly question for some of you, but what does it matter that cardstock is retired?
And what is retired cardstock anyway?

Stampin'Up retires cardstock colors each year. Many of the people who frequent SCS are demonstrators and they like their cardstock to be in colors that people can purchase. After a while, the retired colors add up and they can have a lot of cardstock that is sitting there not getting used.
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Old 03-06-2019, 02:50 AM   #5
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Hobbyists might want to get rid of retired cardstock they no longer have ink for to make room for new cardstock.

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Old 03-06-2019, 04:38 AM   #6
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Sometimes "Senior" Centers use cardstock for classes or making materials for their programs, decorations, etc. You may want to check with a nearby center to see if they are interested in your donations of retired paper, craft supplies, or clean, gently used stamps.
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:03 AM   #7
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I don't think I have any retired cardstock, I haven't given it the possibility to retire, no matter how old it gets, as long as it isn't wrinkled, saggy, and gray it's gonna work and perform as well as it ever did. hahaha I just don't think about how old my cardstock is because it's still very usable. as far as ink goes, I love to do a mish mash, so old card stock and unmatched ink is right up my alley. But I don't do a lot of big projects either, so I can where it could be a problem.
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:41 AM   #8
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If you can't donate the paper, try your hand at Junk Journals or altered books! Certainly a shame to have it go to waste, "retired" or not. I'm retired but still going strong!
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Old 03-06-2019, 05:55 AM   #9
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My cardstock isn't allowed to retire. If I love it, I use it---even purchase extra when I know it is going to retire. Just said goodby to the last of my beloved Baroque Burgundy (which has been retired for a long time), and before the tears were dry SU came out with Merry Merlot (a bit brighter version, but nearly the same). I don't purchase any "In Colors" as the "Core Colors" are plenty to work with along with all the retired ones as well. I can understand demonstrators needing to be current, but recipients of my cards have no idea how long the cardstock I use has been put out to pasture.
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Old 03-06-2019, 06:05 AM   #10
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I never understood why people want to get rid of retired papers. I guess it's understandable if your a demostrator and you don't want to show people cardstock they can't buy but it's still usable. I guess if you have unlimited $$$ you can get rid of retired stuff. I for one could not afford that.
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I have two full file cabinet drawers of retired cardstock plus inkpads and markers. When colors retire, I stock up on my faves. If a new similar color comes out, I may use more of the retired color to use it up at that time. Since I am not a demo, I used retired stuff a lot!
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I just ordered several sheets of retired Basic Grey patterned card stock to go with a few sticker sheets of Oxford, Hipster, Max & Whiskers and Soleil I can't bare to see go unused. I donate my cards to a local charity and I find it challenging to use some of BG's patterns.
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I don't get rid of mine just because the color is retired. I still have the matching inks. If I DO have paper I don't plan on using, I donate it to my grandson's school for his teacher or the art teacher to use. It doesn't go to waste!
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Old 03-06-2019, 08:09 PM   #14
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My "Project Give Thanks" was last June's Cards for a Cause. I would love to have anyone's retired SU cardstock; it's really the best quality out there for card bases!


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After your purge, do you have piles of old card stock or retired designer paper you don't know what to do with? I don't know why I didn't think of this before but someone offered it and I thought WOW!

Here are three ideas you may not have thought of:

!. Visit cards for a cause forum on this site and make cards for the cause of your choice. They will be gratefully received by the organizations - however old your materials are.

2. Support a card maker on cards for a cause by asking THEM if they'd like your unwanted card stock.

3. If no one local wants it, BrighterBirthdays.org , a charity supplying birthday bags to disadvantaged kids, would LOVE to have your useable (especially birthday themed) paper and Card stock for our student volunteers to make cards and bag toppers from. A medium flat rate box holds a lot, and would be gratefully received. If you choose this option, please pm for address.

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Old 03-07-2019, 01:11 AM   #15
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I think it's because I'm not a SU user that I don't think it makes a difference how old cardstock - or any material you work with for that matter - is.
I understand though why it matters for SU demonstrators.
SU quality is excellent, but for economical reasons I mostly use papers without a specific brand.
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Aaaannnnnndd! The light bulb over my head just turned on!

My Dad is in a skilled nursing facility right now for rehab, and they have an Arts & Crafts class for the residents. I'm going to check with the lady at the front desk to see if they can use some of the supplies that I am have boxed up & ready for donation.
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Aaaannnnnndd! The light bulb over my head just turned on!

My Dad is in a skilled nursing facility right now for rehab, and they have an Arts & Crafts class for the residents. I'm going to check with the lady at the front desk to see if they can use some of the supplies that I am have boxed up & ready for donation.

They will usually love to have it. A friend at work is a Therapeutic Recreation/Programs person at the nursing home I work for. She usually does a stamping cardmaking class each month, and the residents love it.
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When I upgraded from my beginner level cheap card stock to high quality card stock I put that cheap stuff in a box. After purchasing about 4 sets of designer paper from the dollar store about 20 years ago for starter paper (it was good quality paper) I used it frequently and slowly introduced new stacks into my stash. After 15 years I still had about half of my original stash from the dollar store and honestly, I couldn't even look at it any more. It was beautiful but too "common" for me to look at.
I took the cardstock and papers to my local school and asked if the art teacher or any teacher could use it. The receptionist nearly tackled me to grab the box and said the teachers would LOVE it!
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As a ex-teacher, I can totally relate! You have no idea how much money most teachers spend out of their own pockets to provide stuff for their kids.
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As a ex-teacher, I can totally relate! You have no idea how much money most teachers spend out of their own pockets to provide stuff for their kids.

Sad but true... Prior to our cross-country move a few years ago I sold literally everything in our house, including a huge portion of craft/stamping stuff. A school librarian came through and bought quite a bit to put in the resource center for the teachers. I told her to come back the last day of the sale and she could take whatever was left. You would have thought I'd given her the sun, moon and stars! She did come back and I did load her up and it made me happy to think that my things were going where they would be appreciated and used. My best friend (and stamping buddy) donated a lot of her stuff to the Girl Scouts.
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I tried to give cardstock, 12x12 paper and quality art supplies to public schools in our area. No takers! So I give crafty stuff to the Life4Animals thrift shop in Maryland (we’re in Virginia) and all proceeds go to groups that help animals. The main one now goes into areas after natural disasters and also helps in animal hoarding situations.

I couldn’t believe the schools wouldn’t want it but so it goes. Since then I found a senior activity center - which means anyone 50 or over! - would also take stamps, dies, etc. They make cards!
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Old 03-15-2019, 12:44 PM   #22
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Glad this post generated some fresh ideas! Honestly, I said "retired" for two reasons. I didn't figure anyone would want to get rid of their "good stuff" and 2) since this board is all about organgizing, sometimes I just plain get sick of looking at the old! Happy Crafting!
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