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6 Tips to Quickly Conquer the Fear of Running Out and Immediately Unleash Your Creativity

Welcome to Day Four of Avery Elle Week on the Ellen Hutson blog! Do you ever open a new delivery of crafty goodness and just stare at all the fun in front of you like a kid who scored big time at Christmas? Stamps and dies last for as long as we need them, but then you have the inks, markers, paints, foils, adhesives, masking, and papers that you need to put them to good use. Inspired EH Design Ambassador Daniel West is here to help you get your supplies out of their hiding places and use them up.

When I first started paper crafting, I would buy consumables and then use them so sparingly, they essentially took up space in my Ikea units and an equal amount of real estate in my head. I ended up collecting a large amount of beautiful supplies, but did not want to use them because I did not want to run out of them. I suffered from FOROFear of Running Out.

In November, I picked up supplies for hot foiling after friends insisted I give it a try. Then, I dove right in to making all the things shine. I hardly stopped to think about having to re-order rolls of foil because I have learned some powerful things about conquering FORO and unleashing creativity. I’ll list them below!

First, lets take a look at the project I created today, using some of that foil, the Good Vibes Only Hot Foil Stamp, the A2 Piercing Plate 2 by EH, and the Avery Elle Forest Dance Party Stamps and Dies.

To begin, I foiled the Good Vibes Only Foil Stamp onto some white cardstock with Silver Glimmer Foil using my hot foiling machine. Then, I trimmed it down on all sides with the Tim Holtz Deckle Trimmer to leave a torn edge look.

Next, I ran an A2-sized piece of Arctic cardstock through my die cutting machine with the A2 Piercing Plate 2 by Ellen Hutson. Then, I trimmed it down a 1/4″ on all sides with the Deckle Trimmer.

After that, I stamped out the critters from the Avery Elle Forest Dance Party with Intense Black Ink and colored them in with Copic markers. You can watch the replay of this coloring session on YouTube here.

After coloring the images in, I die cut them with their coordinating dies. And assembled the card by popping up the pierced panel over an A2 card base, gluing the foiled panel and bird directly to the blue panel and adding the rabbit and bear to the front with foam tape.

In the live show mentioned above, I foiled my little heart out. It was amazing playing with my new tools and consumables. It made me happy and helped lots of others. Here are the tips to help you get rid of your FORO and enjoy your crafty investments more.

Tips to banish FORO.

  1. Allow yourself to feel the FORO.
    When fear of running out whispers in your ear, say, “Hello, FORO! I hear you. You have a point. These things will run out some day. But I disagree with your conclusion. I bought them for the joy of using them, not for the joy of storing them. Good-bye.” In other words, don’t ignore the fear! Recognize it. Disarm it. And dismiss it!
  2. Watch loads of inspiration.
    Before investing in your next crafty foray, watch someone else enjoy it first. Many crafters post inspiration and tutorials on how to use consumables so that you have an idea of what to do with them before you even get started.
  3. Keep a healthy stockpile
    “Healthy” will mean something different for each of us. But if you love a specific consumable, buy enough of it to last six months of good use (not six months in a drawer).
  4. Work with your goodies until you master them.
    Practice makes perfect. Your first time foiling or watercoloring or ink blending will probably not result in a masterpiece. But the process is just as valuable as the skillfulness that results, because you cannot become skillful without the process of trial and error. Learn to love this part of the journey and budget for it in your mind and your wallet.
  5. Realize that FORO lies to you.
    Creativity brings life to your heart and mind, replenishes the soul and relieves stress. FORO tells you that if you use your supplies, you will lose your creative therapy sessions. But FORO does not mention the fact that if you store your goodies in the cupboard, you have traded today’s creative progress for possibilities that can never come. It’s a vicious circle.
  6. Don’t hide your light.
    No one turns on a lamp and then puts a bucket over it. So, why do we buy foil rolls and glacier pastes and hide them in a cabinet? Put them on a project. Conquer the fear of running out by using your supplies for your own well-being.

I hope you will consider these tips the next time you feel tempted to save your supplies for another day. Crafting is good for the soul and it’s really fun to use your supplies as freely as you can.

If you feel inspired by today’s project and would like to shop for any of the items I used, you will find a grid of supplies below for your convenience.


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  • Reply ggnurse January 20, 2022 at 8:42 am

    Thank you for the great post. You’re so right about the joy of creating, while storing supplies brings no joy! I’m struggling with cleaning out things I bought, but no longer want to use. As if getting rid of them would mean I wasted the money, but storing them doesn’t?!
    I’m making some progress & it does feel good to be able to find the things I actually want to use! Beautiful coloring & love the deckled edge for the 2 panels!

  • Reply martha January 20, 2022 at 10:05 am


  • Reply Sharon January 20, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Very cute card! Love the little animals, they are too cute! Great job!

  • Reply tsurutadesigns1 January 21, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Your project is wonderful Daniel and yes to FORO.

  • Reply Donna Griffin January 22, 2022 at 7:28 am

    Daniel! This was awesome in so many ways!! First your card is fabulous! Love how you layered up the elements and I’ll check out the video for coloring tips too!! I definitely suffer from FORO! I’ve made it a goal this year to shop my stash and actually use all the goodies I have in my craft closet!! So appreciate you taking the time to write this and share with all of us!! Big hugs! ❤️❤️

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