Ask the Experts: Best Tools

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Q: I’ve lost my embossing tool that came with my scoring board and can’t find a replacement.  What can I do about that?

A:  You can use a stylus as a replacement.  Just make sure that the ball end of the tool fits into the grooves of your scoring board.

Paper Accents Canary Yellow

Q: The paper I’m using is too thin for my project, but I really want to use it.  Is there a way to take care of that?

A:  Adhere the paper to a piece of card stock using either a tape runner or glue that has been placed on the card stock and then spread out using a paint brush.  Keep in mind some papers will bubble and wrinkle with the glue method.

EK Circle Scissor

Q: Even though I have it taped down, the paper moves while I’m using a circle cutter.  What can I do to stop this?

A:  A glass mat is best to use with a circle cutter or any time that you are using a blade to cut paper.  The mat allows the blade to move freely across it.

Paper Accents Extra Heavy Chipboard

Q: How do you cut heavier weight chipboard?

A:  A Guillotine cutter is your best choice for this.  It has a heavier blade that will move easily through the thicker pieces.

Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black

Q: I do scrapbooking, but want to add stamped images to my pages.  What should I use for ink?

A:  Any new ink pad is a good choice to use.  Make sure that it is Acid Free and Archival Safe which most inks now days are both.  Keep in mind that some inks are for porous surfaces so they are not a good choice for paper.  Also, note that some inks have different drying times so you will want to make sure it is dry, before adding it to your page and others are better for certain techniques such as embossing.

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About Peg

Peg Rounds lives in East Moline, Illinois with her husband and best friend, Kevin and their son Josh and 2 dogs. She was an elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom, and later a home school mom. Over the years, she designed cakes on the side and went to school to become a certified chocolatier. She always has loved to craft since she was young and it was something that she wanted to be doing, but set it aside due to her busy life. After 15 years of doing cakes she decided it was time to stop and focus more on her family. She began doing layouts, then cards and it went from there. Before she knew it, next to spending time with her family, she spent every free moment creating something and blogging about it. One thing led to another and here she is today! Check out Peg's blog, Peg's Crafting Corner to see what else she has been up to!

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