Ask the Experts: Top Tools

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Adhesives

Q: My adhesive won’t hold my project together.  What am I supposed to use?

A:  It depends on what your project is and what you’re trying to adhere together.  Some adhesives may not hold heavier items so it would be best to choose a liquid glue.  Some paper surfaces wrinkle with anything but tape.  You’re best choice is to look at what you are trying to adhere together and then try your choice of adhesive on a scrap piece first.  There are many choices of liquid glues and tape runners at Create for Less that will help you finish your project.

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Q: My bottle of Stickles is clogged and I can’t get any out.  What can I do?

A:  The best way to remove a clog is to use a paper clip or needle to open up the neck of the bottle and then push it down in so that it opens any clogged area right at the neck opening.  It, also, helps to store the bottles upside down when not in use.

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Q: What is a magnetic platform used for with a die cutting machine?

A: It is a great piece to purchase in addition to your machine.  It’s used to hold the metal dies in place while cutting.  There is no more worry about the die moving and you not getting the paper cut where you wanted.  It’s great to use when you want a specific area of patterned paper die cut.

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Q: I love the new stamp and die sets that are out, but what is the best way to use them?

A:  The easiest way is to stamp the image on a piece of cardstock and then send it through your die cut machine.  This way you don’t have to try to line the stamp up with the smaller edges of the already cut paper.  You can color the image before you die cut it or after.

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Q: I’m having trouble getting my paper lined up on my card base.  Is there a way I can easily do this?

A: A centering ruler is very helpful with this task.  The ruler is designed so that zero is in the center and allows for the center of all papers and embellishments to be easily found when placed against the ruler.

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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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