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wine rack and paper craftsScrapbooking and wine.  They don’t seem to go together, do they?  They seriously don’t, no liquids of any kind are allowed near my craft table.

After a dinner party a few weeks ago, I got to thinking how bottles of wine are like scrapbooking supplies.  Seriously, hear me out!

Mr. P and I went wine tasting last year and bought a slew of new bottles.  There was one bottle that sat on the rack for a while.  It wasn’t super special, but it was really interesting and I was waiting for just the right dinner party to open it.

Fast forward to the dinner party recently.  I decided, why not?  We should open the bottle.  I popped the cork, poured the glasses and . . . it just wasn’t good.  It either wasn’t as good as I remembered or sitting on the rack too long affected the taste.  It was undrinkable bad.

How does this relate to scrapbooking and paper crafts?  Holding onto supplies because you haven’t found a worthy use for them is problematic.  Wouldn’t it be better to use supplies while you still loved them?  There a danger if you hold onto something for too long that you’ll end up not liking it anymore.

For wine, nothing is worth saving that long unless it should be aged (this usually means it’s an expensive red*).  In scrapbook or paper crafting, it means the supply has to be really exceptional to save for a long period.  Really.  I mean like the papyrus I picked up in Egypt.

The conclusion??  Drink your wine and use your stash!  Don’t think you have a dinner party nice enough for the wine?  Open it on a Friday night to celebrate the end of the workweek.  Don’t think you have a layout important enough to use some new paper?  Embrace the fact that you have the time to be creative and allow yourself to use the nice stuff.

*This is my uneducated wine lesson here – wine is meant to be drank.  You can age some wine, but I don’t spend nearly enough money on wine to get things that should be aged.  Generally, you shouldn’t age whites (I found this out the hard way when I kept bottles of white a couple of years after my wedding).  Champagne or sparkling wine should be consumed within a year of purchase – it does not age and will degrade.

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