Ask the Experts: Creativity and Precision

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Peg Rounds

From Peg’s Crafting Corner

Q: I have trouble keeping things lined up especially letters.  Is there anything I can use to help me with this?

A:  A centering ruler is a great tool to have for getting pictures, letters and even stamped images centered on your project.  They help you to find the center of what you are placing and are see through so you can get it in the perfect spot on the project underneath, too.

Q: When I stamp, I noticed smudges of ink around the image on the paper.  What is causing this?

A:  The most likely answer is that you are getting ink from the ink pad onto the stamp and not getting it wiped off.  The next time you stamp, try using a damp cotton swab to clean around the stamp before placing it on the paper.

Q: I love Washi Tape, but what can I do with it?

A:  One idea is to stack several strips one on top of the other on your project and then stamp a favorite image above the pieces to give the affect that the image is sitting on top of the tape.  Another idea would be to place several designs onto your card base and use that for the background of your card.  Stamp an image or use an embellishment of your choice on a separate piece of cardstock and layer it onto a matching cardstock piece, then, adhere it to the base.  Placing the strips vertically and using strips that are not the same length is a fun look for the background.

Q: I’ve heard about planners being really big right now, but other than keep track of things why are they so popular?

A:  Besides helping you keep your day and year organized, planners have grown in popularity with those who are creative to enjoy personalizing using such things as stamps, stickers, drawing and more.

Q: Can I make an envelope from patterned paper to match the card?

A:  Yes, but remember that if you are mailing it you will want to make sure the address is readable so be sure to place a piece of solid cardstock that is securely adhered to the envelope in behind the mailing label that has the address written on it.

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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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