My sisters in Studio33 (see below, right) and I often joke about trips to the art or book shop where we will inevitably find, and come home with, a host of supplies which we 'almost need' and therefore just have to buy!
Well I did just that today, although in truth I really did need some of these things. I get large sheets of Murano pastel paper to make my notebook covers because, after lots of experimenting, I discovered that they are the ideal weight, they come in lots of gorgeous colours and they have a really nice texture. They are also a pain to store as I don't have a plan chest or anything similar to keep them flat in. If anyone has any top ideas for storing A2 sheets of paper in pristine condition on the cheap please share, I'd love to hear them!
Anyway, whilst at the art shop I also bought a bunch of card and envelopes to make some more greetings cards for PAD and some foamcore board for.... well see, here's where we get to the almost needed stuff. I got it just because I thought it might come in useful. Ditto the watercolour palette and the acrylic ink and dip pen. And the thing is, as anyone who creates will know, there is inspiration to be got simply from having nice, new materials laid out before you. I can honestly say that I've never come home with art supplies and later regretted buying them. They are always used sooner or later and they're a heck of a lot cheaper than a pair of Jimmy Choos!