Ask the Experts: Decorating & Organizing

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Hero Arts Stamp & Cuts

Q: I love to use stamp and die sets, but when I cut them using the die there is always a white edge around it.  What can I do to get rid of that?

A:  There are two easy ways so that does not show around your image.  If you are using a set that you will be coloring the image using markers or colored pencils, simply add a background by coloring around it.  You can, also, fussy cut using a small pair of scissors or craft knife around the image to get rid of it.

Envelope Punch Board

Q: What can I do to dress up the envelopes I make with my punch board?

A:  Instead of using cardstock on the next envelope, create it using a piece of patterned paper.  You can, also, use the paper and create an inside liner or add a matching stamped or die cut image to the outside to help dress it up.


Q: I don’t have a piece of patterned paper that matches my layout them for the background,  what can I use instead?

A:  For a background you can use cardstock that matches the colors in your layout and then add smaller pieces of patterned paper to match the theme.  There are many beautiful sheets of cardstock to choose from and they help add a little variety to your memory albums.

Ranger Essentials Brayer

Q: How can I get smooth coloring using a brayer?

A:  One key point to using a brayer is to run it from one side to the other on the ink pad and then lift.  The use of a glossy cardstock also helps when spreading the ink.  Do not stop in the middle of the paper.  Continue to roll the brayer all the way across using a light pressure.

Storage Studios

Q: I like to scrapbook on the go.  What are some good organizational things to take with me?

A:  There are many kinds of items that allow you to carry your papers and embellishments with you.  I definitely recommend choosing something that is a hard case for your papers to protect them from the weather and spills.  A separate one that allows you to place things like a tape runner, stamps, ink pads, other embellishments is also a must.  Be sure to check out all that Create for Less carries for organization to help you get organized when you’re on the go.

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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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