Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Enough already!

I've turned into one of those awful people that now say at any gathering of more than one person - "careful what you say, I may have to blog it". Mostly, because they are grown up, my friends and acquaintances absorb this without so much as missing a beat in the conversation. I don't think they consider me some sort of exposure hungry hack journalist, I don't think they are meeting outside secretly, out of my earshot - I hope that the detail that I pick out of a conversation is trivial enough not to cause any offence. After all, I want to go back to these places and people; they are, after all, my life! So today's post came about after an evening around the table at my CM consultant's house. You may remember her from an earlier post. Anyway, despite my non-CM scrapping ways, she invited me to a demo and scrap evening and I was delighted to go. Now, Miss America describes my scrapbooking as an 'event per page' style, and she decided to try to use background papers from the CM ranges a little more. She did a lovely demo - made up a page from a sketch which she had copied for all of us, and of course, was impressive with her product loading. Very impressive. She stuck things down temporarily as she went along - so much the easier to keep holding the page up for our attention for sure. Well, I thought it was temporary sticking. We all favour different methods don't we, and products. Miss America's product of choice is photo splits - small squares of double sided adhesive delivered from a roll in a box. Not unusual at all. What left me breathless is how little she used! One in each corner to anchor a piece of 12 x 12, one in the top two corners to stick down the photo, and one in the middle of a cut out circle of about 4" across. I was silent, but aghast. Silent because despite my big mouth and propensity to poke fun at people, I do have some manners! When the demo was over and everyone was milling about getting ready to crop, I asked her why, after making such a lovely LO, did she intend to dismantle it? She had no such intention. Everybody, this is the amount of adhesive she normally uses. Lordy lordy. I watched some of her customers whilst cropping and they too use tiny numbers of splits too - one lady picking them off the roll with a pair of tweezers - that sort of time just to get a bit of adhesive down is a killer for me. It's no surprise to see Miss America's customers using what she uses, you tend to automatically consider that a recommendation for something if you can't face the huge choices out there. I don't use splits, they drive me mad, I like a rolling adhesive. Doesn't particularly matter which brand, as long as I can refill it without wasting a refill's worth battling with the feed mechanism or something. They need to be relatively cheap too - I can easily leave one behind if I'm crafting elsewhere, so owning 3 is sensible to me. One in my bag, one in the draw and one put in that afore-mentioned safe place that will require a complete purge of my work room to find. (I learned the rule of 3 when I went to boarding school for the first time; the uniform list wanted 3 jumpers, 3 shirts etc...1 to wear, 1 in the wash and 1 spare. Early brainwashing, see.) How much adhesive you use isn't easily quantifiable I know, but I felt like Mrs GotGlue that evening! I had a border to stick down, 12" (Bazzill's 'edge') and so I rolled my glue down its length - made my neighbour catch her breath I can tell you! I don't put strips of adhesive around aphoto corner to corner, but I probably roll a couple of centimetres across each corner and sometimes on bigger photos, some in the middle too. My shocked cropping friend suggested that perhaps my abandon was born of a lack of financial restraint. Well, I know I'm spoiled, but I don't think I'm stupid with my stash money - I would rather spend glue money on stash that people will actually see, but I dunno. Maybe I started out using less and have just become complacent. When I'm card making, I favour double sided tape. When I cut a piece of paper to stick onto the card front, I run tape right to the corners along each edge. I firmly believe that lifting, unstuck corners indicate home-made rather than hand-made, and besides, I don't want recipients pulling it apart too quickly! Perversley, I've had to learn to use enough foam pads..but I don't think this was a question of economy, more that I'm a fat fingered old woman and they are a fiddle, however necessary! So how do you glue? And, am I wasteful? I'm on the edge of my seat over this one, ...I probably need therapy to get over the guilt associated with amounts of stash, so guilt because of over-gluing may well be the end for me. Told you I picked up on the trivia. Another skill, I think.
Oooh - the pictured tag I made for a challenge at UK Stampers and reveals a lot about me...well actually, two of my most fave stamps ever; Dawn Houser's swirly background (Inkadinkado) and Hero Arts' long legged bird..such a versatile creature.

15 comments:

Kerry said...

I use double sided tape mostly and I use it on the whole length of a piece of paper and all 4 sides of a photo. when I use wet adhesive it can take some time for embellishments to dry properly lol

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Anonymous said...

Lady nurse uses the herma dispenser for scrapping but does not worry how much she uses as long as it sticks firmly, and use the tombow glue runners for my card making which I know some feel is wasteful but I go on a time basis as to what is easiest to use rather than cost. Perhaps I amspoilt too!!

cricut queen said...

hmm well i can identiy with your post. I stick everything down well and truly. I am sitting with my pot of glue runners beside me (4 normal sized and 4 little bitty sized) On the shelf are 2 xyrons. In the drawer are umpteen sized zig glue pens and foam squares.

So I think I'll change my name to glue queen
:-)

glue queen said...

ps I want the long legged bird!

Inspiration Alley said...

I use loads of glue and stick everything firmly down. I hate to see any sign of paper or corners lifting up.

Lyn said...

OMG I can't believe what you have just spilled - I am surrounded by adhesives - glue sticks, DST (of different widths) good-old UPV (or whatever, the label has dropped off) white glue that dries clear, a mini xyron for the fiddle letters, glue dots and mini glue dots. Oh, and then there's the glossy accents for that tricky to stick stuff and did I mention the glue pen?

Oh, sh*t - I have just read what I just typed ...... where's those dratted photo splits ....

Tina said...

It's lovely Julie

my5bratz said...

hmmm...double-sided tape for me.and LOADS of it...heck its only $3 a roll...lol

Anne said...

I'm definately a glue everything down and then use a bit more stick just for luck-kind-of-girl. Glue down the sides of everything, corner to corner. I got sick of spending so much money on adhesive roller refills, so I invested in an ATG gun, and honestly it was the best money I ever spent. The refills last forever and are about £1 each. Can't imagine scrapping without it now!

I'm very impressed with how you've cut that birdie's legs out. Scissors or craft knife?

Ayesha said...

i use however much is necessary to make it just right! but foam pads i am a fan of cutting them in half as they last longer but its whatever suits you best

Jay said...

Hi Julia, I'm back in blog land.
I'm with you on the glue front, I do use those fiddly little squares, but I use loads of them. I'd hate to think anything moved when I'd decided where it was going. I also use yards (sorry, I'm an imperial sort of gal) of DST. I nearly had a hissy fit when local craft store ran out of my favourite.

Pam said...

I use DST or herma for paper-and loads of it-and popdotd, micro dits, PVA, diamond glaze-you name it, for other things!

voodoo vixen said...

I am with you on the glue front... use loads... I do not plan on having everything fall off and lie inside the plastic cover - so I glue with abandon and I have an ATG gun and it makes you even more extravagant...

Jess said...

I'm sort of in the middle when it comes to gluing - I judge the amount of adhesive I use in a project (usually cards) based on what's going to happen to it once it leaves my hands... if I'm going to sell the card I definitely add more adhesive - I don't want things falling off all over the place.. that's bad business! If a child is the recipient I'm also very careful to glue it up good, as little hands aren't very discerning about carefully paper-pieced images, gah!

If it's very lightweight paper though I'll be a bit more stingy with the glue.

And of course, if I'm running out (like I am now...forgot to buy refills last time I was at the shops!) I'm VERY stingy, and I do little centimeter gaps to save adhesive.

I'm loving your blog btw - and your writing style!