- ANNOYANCE: This drives me MAD! I will be working on a project and I need to run glue along the edges of a piece of paper or photo with a tape runner. In my effort to get those edges glued, I leave a side trail of adhesive on my work surface. Next thing I know, I've set my photo or an embellishment face down on top of the glue and now I've got a tragedy. I've either ruined the photo or torn off the top layer of the paper/ embellishment. Man that drives me CRAZY! And yet, I find myself in the same predicament time and time again. SOLUTION: Get yourself a little pile of old magazines and when you lay down adhesive, do it with the magazine underneath. When you are done gluing, turn the page of the magazine and the mess is gone.
- ANNOYANCE: Oh, this one is so irritating! Sometimes when I am inking the edges of paper, photos and everything else we scrapbookers ink, I get "ink rub" on the front of my card, layout or project. Sometimes I call it a happy accident and roll with it, but when I am creating a clean, crisp layout and I get "ink rub" I just about lose my mind. SOLUTION: Okay, so I 'll mention the obvious one; slow down. And when that doesn't work because you only have 45 minutes before the kids get home from school, try dabbing the edges lightly rather than running the ink pad along the rim of the paper/ picture, etc. If that doesn't work, you could try to cover up the messy spot with journalling or an embellishment and call it "whimsy." I welcome any other ideas on this one because I don't see myself slowing down or dabbing on a regular basis.
- ANNOYANCE: This is a real stinker of a dilemma and it has a pretty simple solution. "Infecting" a layout/ project with messy hands. It is inevitable (and quite honestly, my right, as a crafter!) that my hands will get soiled with ink, paint, glitter, glue or some other creative medium. I know I should stop what I'm doing and clean my mitts but sometimes its difficult to get to a sink or else, I am unaware that I rubbed the side of my palm with a cats eye. SOLUTION: This one is easy peesy cotten cheesey - stash baby wipes everywhere. In your scrap tote, paint storage cupboard, desk drawer, in your tool bin, everywhere. Get 4 or 5 travel packs and scatter them where you do your work.. Then make a habit of wiping your hands regularly. Also, this practice is a good habit for removing germs - sort of a win/ win..
- ANNOYANCE: Maybe its old age, maybe its mommy brain, it doesn't really matter why. The fact is that I seem to loose everything that I had in my hand 2 minutes earlier. A photo, a button, my scissors, a sheet of paper - you name it, I've lost it right in front of my own eyes. SOLUTION: Make a "hot plate." Grab a paper plate and put it to your direct right before you start scrapping. Every time you set down photos, buttons and many of the other things that seem to vanish, place them on the hot plate. Disclaimer: In my experience, this method works for most things but scissors seem to know how to crawl off of the hot plate and under scraps. I usually pull out 2 or 3 pair when I'm scrapbooking and even then, I have to hunt them down. Them scissors are tricky.
- ANNOYANCE: This one doesn't effect everyone but it sure is a problem at my house. I call it "cat crinkle." No matter where I work, my cat seems to hone in on my projects and just when I least expect it...Bam! He jumps on top of my paper and wrinkles it or leaves a wet paw print or scatters an un-adhered design all over the place. I love you kitty, but this is unacceptable. SOLUTION: I'm afraid there isn't one friends. Unless you are willing to put kitty in a crate or lock yourself in a room, kitty will always go for your artwork. It is how they are hardwired. Its in their DNA.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
5 scrapbook complications that chap my hide.
I don't know about you but sometimes when I scrapbooking I'll have an issue with a tool, product or situation and it occurs to me that this has happened before. In fact, it occurs more often than not, yet I neglect to address it because, "Hey, I'm busy scrapbooking!" and then I forget about it until the next time it happens. I decided that today I would take a look at my top 5 scrapbooking annoyances and some ideas on how I might avoid them.