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Shear Perfection?

Sometimes my paper cutter and I don’t get along.

I’ll admit, it’s probably about that time to replace the blade for a sharper one. The current one has survived a huge batch of Christmas cards and then some.

20130303-214226.jpgHowever, I can’t help but be irritated when the blade snags the edge of the paper, neglects to complete a clean cut or merely perforates the edge.

The good news: With a bit of extra thought and creativity, you can cover up the little rips and tears you suffer from using a crummy blade.

For example, I added a bit extra to this birthday card in the effort to cover up a tear on one edge of the card stock I used for a border:

I didn’t want to show a mistake on the final product, but I didn’t want to put the card to waste and start over, either.

Good as new! I hadn’t planned on going with that particular design when I started creating the card, but I think it works.

Have you ever had to try a new direction with a project because the original design didn’t go as planned? Share your quick scrapping fixes in the comments below!


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She’s a (scrappin’) maniac

scrapbook stackFor such a relaxing weekend, I feel accomplished. The books are getting thicker.

I attended yet another Friday afternoon/evening crop at Archiver’s in Fairlawn with Chantel, where the two of us completed quite a few pages for our books. Since I’m determined to finish two impressive scrapbooks by the beginning of June, each detailing bits and pieces of the entirety of two 18-year-olds’ lives, I figured I have no time to waste now. Although I think the Chik-fil-A and Menchie’s breaks increased my productivity as the night wore on.

I was thankful to have a peaceful, quiet weekend at home as well. Accompanied by bags of unnecessary clothing I packed but never wore, as well as my computer and the school books I didn’t open, the necessary scrapping supplies traveled home with me. Everything I needed was there, so I set to work on a few extra pages when I could.

patterned paperI completed several pages for a few family vacations we took years ago. These layouts, which often take more time to organize and reminisce, feature several photos on one page. I had trouble omitting some photos but then realized I could possibly use them when I (possibly) have the opportunity to finally scrapbook my own memories someday.

For now, I look forward to the moment of organizing all of my completed pages into two (very heavy) books. Although I expect to experience some extreme tension and anger when I attempt to shove every last page into the binding and tighten the screws (who knows what I’m talking about?), I anticipate yet another more meaningful feeling of accomplishment when I can finally flip through the pages, knowing they’re complete, and admire my own hard work.flipping through photos

And then I’ll give them away. (Again, who knows what I’m talking about?)

Which leads me to a question for you: Who has scanned scrapbook pages for personal records and/or printouts? Which services do you use and what is the average cost per book? I’m just curious in case I decide I can’t part with these layouts for good!

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“Sounds like a farming thing.”

That’s what my grandma said when I explained to her I was going to a crop on Friday night.

Maybe I should have stuck with Scrap Mania, which is Archiver’s new name for Friday and Saturday night crops this year. Sounds a lot more exciting, right?

And it turned out to be a fun time. As much as I might age myself going to a scrapbooking event for many hours into a late Friday night, these events do help me get some things done and motivate me to do more on my own while I’m home. Plus, it’s fun spending time with my friends, bouncing ideas off each other and of course, taking a break to walk down to Menchie’s, a frozen yogurt shop a few stores down. (The bitter winter weather doesn’t matter since you can bring food to Scrap Mania as well!)

I’m excited I bought two scrapbooks to keep my pages safe until I determine which order they’ll appear in the book. Something about flipping through the pages to see what I’ve accomplished so far motivates me to do more as well.

My motivation has kicked in already, for it’s not even 9:30 a.m. on a Sunday and I’m about to do some cropping – no soil, seeds or sowing involved.

Happy scrapping!

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Friday night crop

I came home from my first Friday night crop at Archiver’s the other day and the first thing my brother says to me was, “Lindsay, how can you be at a scrapbooking thing for four hours? How BORING.”

Obviously he just doesn’t understand.

Not only had I never been to Archiver’s before, but it’s also been a while since I’ve attended a group scrapping event. (R.I.P. Crop-Paper-Scissors Inc., Medina, Ohio.) Needless to say, the experience was refreshing and fun, whether my brother believes it or not.

Both Allison and I got a lot of work done. I scrapped my spring break trip to New York City and the Lady Gaga concert I attended in February. I loved the atmosphere in the store–it motivated me to complete more scrapbooking projects this summer. And being surrounded by thousands of cute scrapbooking supplies, stickers, cardstock and more cropped up my creativity, of course!

Here’s my checklist for the perfect group crop session:

  • Page packets–Gather supplies you’ll need for each layout before you leave the house. Since I have yet to invest in proper containers to store my supplies, it’s easier for me to pack light. I can always purchase extra supplies at the store, which leads me to…
  • Extra dough–Regardless of the $5 voucher you may receive for reserving a seat at a crop such as this Archiver’s event, you will end up spending more on scrapbooking supplies. Again, the vast amount of supplies may spark some creativity but also trigger some spending as well.
  • Food–What’s a night of scrapbooking without some tasty snacks? For the record, hummus and crackers are great choices. (Thanks, Allison!)

Although I had a great time scrapbooking on Friday night, it was strange scrapbooking photos after making so many cards recently. Does anyone else ever feel the same way? If you enjoy both hobbies, how do you balance your time between the two?

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