1. Defect: Binder rings that snag - you know the scenario. You've just finished the most darling mini album for your BFF. You present it to her at her birthday party and while she is looking at it with an audience of party guests, the page snags on a imperfection on the metal ring and she has to struggle to turn the page. Then the background paper starts to fray around the hole and detach from the chipboard. All you can do is jump in and turn the page for her, apologetically promising to fix it later. Solution: If you are like me, you buy your binder rings from Office Max rather than dishing out the money for quality rings from your LSS. If you are not able to fork over the extra cash for the good hardware, you can try filing your binder rings and using a bigger hole punch.
3. Defect: Cute album, cheap page protectors - Have you had this happen to you before? You pick up a darling album that appears to be high quality but once you take off the cellophane and open it up, you find those crappy page protectors that get creases just from inserting a completed page. You want to replace them but to add insult to injury, the holes are not standardized so you have to take time out of your busy schedule to find page protectors with the right hole configuration. Solution: Stick with the brand names that you recognize. But if you find something you just have to have at Big Lots or Marshalls, you should anticipate that there may be "scrapbook blow back."
4. Defect: Gel pens that skip - I feel like the companies that make gel pens that do not write fluidly should have to pay a fine. I find it infuriating when I start to write on a darling little journaling card and the ink doesn't flow continuously. It will write a little something; then it slams on the brakes and I get a skip mark; then, as abruptly as it stopped, it writes again. And when I go back to fill in that spot, the ink refuses to come out, but only in that place. It feels like a conspiracy! Now the journaling card is a mess and I don't have another one that matches. Basically, the pen has ruined my life. Solution: I personally have scars from a recent pen skipping incident, so currently I am printing all my journaling on the computer. I hope to get back on the horse with a new set of gel pens - possibly Martha Stewart because it seems like she wouldn't tolerate defective writing instruments. I am open to your suggestions.
5. Defect: When rub-ons are so close together you can't cut them out nor completely keep them from touching the page - OK, I have to ask...what are the manufacturers thinking? Do they use rub-ons? Don't they know that rub-ons will stick to air if you aren't seriously careful in your application. Solution: Because I have tarnished so many pages and ruined so much cute rub-on artwork, I have made a rule that no matter what, I cut them free from the sheet. Even with my micro-tip scissors, I still manage to nick a flower or cut the tail of a "y," but that is better than ruining a page because a rub-on attached itself onto the center of a photo. If you have your cutting mat handy, you can also use an exacto knife to cut the rub on free.
7. Defect: Glue stick build up - is it just me or do you encounter little wakes of glue on the sides of your glue stick when you apply longer continuous stripes? Either these glue stick goobers end up on your fingers (which has its own set of problems) or they leave bumps under your paper. Solution: Keep a Popsicle stick handy to smash down those bumps and baby wipes for the sticky fingers.
9. Defect: Adhesive backed chipboard letters that aren't sticky. - It is false advertising and it burns my biscuits. Solution: glue dots