Very often the same questions are asked by scrappers and also people who want to start scrapping, but need clarity on a few issues. We hope with this section, we will be able to address your questions and also provide insight on some of the jargon that scrappers tend to use with so much ease.
These tips may not be new to you, or may come as a big surprise as they make scrapping so much easier, neat and professional in appearance.
How do I get into the small corners of my embellishment when chalking?
Use an ear bud – press the tip of the ear bud into your ink pad and then work it into the corners of the ‘frame’ or embellishment that you are chalking. Do not press too hard as the tip will bend and it may cause too much ink being transferred onto your embellishment. Be especially careful when using pigment inks as they tend to take longer to dry and smudging could occur.
How do I stop my paper from bending when I chalk or ink the sides?
Cut a piece of thick cardboard and align it with the side of the product or paper you want to ink or chalk. Then chalk the edge. You will find your paper will not bend that easily when doing this. You could also align your paper with the edge of your cutting mat to provide the support you need. We recommend you use a dauber to chalk or ink the edge of your paper as this lengthens the life span of your inkpad and also gives you more control over this activity. Your chalking is much more smooth and neat in appearance.
How do I glue down the small edges or delicate corners?
Take a toothpick, place some glue on the tip and then work the toothpick into the small corner or under the piece of paper you want to glue down. This way you will have control over the amount of glue that is transferred onto your embellishment or paper. This works well if you need to glue thin ribbon onto your work, especially if you do not want any glue to show or the glue dots are too big.
Why do we need to use acid-free products?
I am sure you have all paged through old photo albums where the photographs have faded or have yellow marks and discolored patches on them. This happens when you use acid products on your photographs, e.g. when glueing them down. No acid products should touch your photographs as it causes them to deteriorate. In other words, if you glue an embellishment to your photograph, it should be done with acid-free adhesive. This also applies when you glue your photograph to the paper or cardstock you are using for your layout. By using acid-free products you will ensure your layouts and photographs are well preserved for the future.
Do I have to be creative and ‘arty’ to scrap?
No, not at all. Your pages and layouts belong to you. They are personal. With each page you do, you add a bit of yourself, e.g. if you are a detail person, your page will reflect a lot of detail. If you are an emotional person, your pages will be much more personal, full of journaling, etc. Each one to his own. We all do some ‘scrap lifting’ from time to time – this means we ‘steal’ shamelessly with our eyes. You use another person’s layout to provide you with guidance, tips, etc. to do your own page. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. The Bohemian Scrapsody gallery on our web-site is specifically there for our web-site visitors to enjoy and hopefully pick up some tips for their own pages. When you visit our shop in Jeffreys Bay, you will notice all the layouts that are displayed all over the shop. Shoppers are welcome to take pictures. We also have 2 big ‘brag boards’ in our cropping section, where the beautiful layouts are displayed for everybody to enjoy.
What does it mean to ‘mat’ your photographs?
This technique is used to make your picture stand out on the page. It provides a frame to your photograph, journaling or embellishment. When matting your photograph, you cut out a piece of cardstock or patterned paper that is larger than your picture, journaling or embellishment. You the stick down your photograph, journaling or embellishment on top. You could repeat this to provide a double mat. A more dramatic 3-D look can be created by sticking your photograph down with 3-D foam tape. If you have more than one mat, the 3-D tape can be used between the 2 mats to create a more dramatic look and give a deeper dimension to your layout.