Thursday, February 25, 2010

Paperclipping Roundtable

I’ve started listening to a podcast each week about scrapping called the Paperclipping Roundtable. I only listen to 2 or 3 podcasts and this is one of them....and the only one related to my hobby. This week's show was really interesting b/c it was a solid conversation about what scrapping tools may or may not be worth getting and why. It’s a really great show if scrapping is your thing. And I trust Noell Hyman, the woman who started the roundtable - her recommendations and her style. And she is a self-proclaimed spend-thrift, proving that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to make beautiful pages. She has video tutorials, some free but most are for members that have really helped me with my scrapping and photography. On some levels, it has helped me with some redecorating around the house.

On this week’s show the panelists discussed tools that they have regretted purchasing. While I consider myself an intermediate level scrapper, most of the tools I no longer use or regret having boug

ht when I first got into the hobby. So what are those regrets?

  1. Fiskars punches - corner, border and emboss with border. I just don’t use them and never really did. The issue isn’t cost b/c these tools are not over $20. For me the issue is clutter. I always try to find a way to use them but just don’t succeed in doing so. I would use the border punches more often if they weren’t so hard and stiff. Compared to the ONE Martha Steward border punch I own (because they are pricey), there is a huge difference in Martha's punches and their user friendliness. It cuts like butter. The Fiskars punches give me arthritis. Martha’s border punch is a much smoother squeeze. Fiskars not so much.
  2. Another purchase I am mad I made was as recent as January - the ScrapOnizer Clear Solution System. It’s sitting on my book shelf. Still clear. Still empty. My intention was to use it for crops. Just pick them up and go and best of all find everything more easily (because they are clear). But again, not so much.
  3. I don’t regret buying this next item but I do have buyer’s guilt about getting a Gypsy. Actually my husband got it for me for Christmas at my request and I just haven’t had the time and energy to really learn it. I thought it would be much more user friendly. This was a pricey purchase and it's just sitting on the shelf looking pretty.

Now the fun stuff. I love my cricut but I wish the cartridges were cheaper. I do get them for half price or less on Ebay, thus alleviating some guilt. I LOVE my MacBook because Once you go Mac, you never go back. AND I love photoshop. I am so glad I taught myself how to use it. And finally my absolute favorite toy is my shiny new Canon Rebel Tsi SLR camera. What is scrapbooking without that tool?!?

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