GRRR! | Stuck-Too-Quick | Scrapbook Layout Fixes

Why don’t I just leave things alone?

My layout was going fine. Here was my progress before I decided to mess with it.

My layout was going fine… this was how it looked before I pulled up the top strip just to fishtail one end.
Then, this happened.

So, first I glued down the rip.

I glued the paper strip back down (including random rips).

I planned to cover up the ripped section of the paper strip with cute embellishments. But what could I do about the ripped section on the base cardstock itself? I didn’t want embellishments floating all over the page in attempt to cover up a rip.

Enter my solution: washi tape…

A little bit of script printed washi tape didn’t change the look of the layout. AND it covered up the ripped background.

Script-printed washi tape was the perfect solution to “cover” something without the look of a “cover-up”. I really like the look of it because it blends right into the look of the layout.

This seemed to fix my issue!

Check out the finished result!

Don’t stress over your scrapbook layout mistakes…

Instead, just see what already exists on the layout and try to blend the “mistake” into the page. Most of the time, this will work!

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I messed up… | Lettering Disaster | Scrapbook Layout Fixes

This was a disaster. I should have just left the title alone. It was fine. But nooooo…. I had to try to outline my nice die-cut, already-adhered letters with a white gel pen.

Why?

Who knows. It looked crazy, and I also dragged the pen a bit by accident. So I wanted to pull the letters off and redo them.

Except the cardstock ripped, and then it looked worse.

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I should have just left the layout alone!

My “fix idea” was to go with the “cover-up”.

Fortunately, the layout already had nice symmetrical blocks on the bottom-left and bottom-right side. So, if I used paper from the same paper collection and cut it to the same size as the existing blocks, it should cover up the mistake nicely.

“Should” is the key word here…

I measured the existing block.
I chose paper scraps from the same paper collection.
And I basically just adhered paper and cardstock right over top of my mistake.

This seemed to fix my issue!

Looks great!
Check out the finished result!

Don’t stress over your scrapbook layout mistakes…

Instead, just see what already exists on the layout and go for the “big cover-up”. Most of the time, this will work!

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Thank You Card Ideas for First Responders

Searching for card ideas that don’t involve firefighter hats or ambulance stickers? Instead, look through your stash of die cuts and metallic papers. You probably already have everything you need to create lovely appreciation cards for First Responders.

PhotoPlay – First Responders Collection – Card Kit – $12.34

 

PhotoPlay – First Responders Collection – Card Kit

Look at the details on my cards. Nothing specifically says “police” or “fire” or “rescue” or anything like that. I didn’t include any stickers or special patterned paper. Instead, I tried to suggest the “feel” of these departments with die cuts, stamps and color choice. 

Imagine First Responder uniforms. The colors are generally black, navy blue or white. Accents on these uniforms might be fluorescent stripes or stitched American flags. Other accents including badges and stars are often metal. In my card design, I tried to acknowledge a variety of service departments with silver, gold, black and gunmetal grey papers that I already had in my stash.

Reminisce – Police Collection – 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers – Poster – $3.79

 

Reminisce – Police Collection – 12 x 12 Cardstock Stickers – Poster

Look in your Craft Stash!

I found several “thank you” stamps in my stash, and I also used a stitched die set that mimics the “feel” of a badge. For final touches, I found a teeny-tiny American flag stamp and a star-shaped die that I cut with metallic paper.

So next time you need to create a project involving First Responders, think beyond perfectly matched pre-patterned paper and cute stickers. Let colors and shapes motivate you as you sift through your craft stash. You probably have everything you already need to make great and meaningful projects!

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Scrapbook Customs – Occupations Collection – Cardstock Stickers – Nurse, RN and LPN – $3.89

 

Scrapbook Customs – Occupations Collection – Cardstock Stickers – Nurse, RN and LPN

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