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3 tips for covering up accidents on your creative projects...:)

Hooray for goodie bags

I used to be a perfectionist. Until I started scrapbooking. Because no matter how careful I am, there are always accidents. Being a green crafter, I try my best to salvage my pages without need to rip off large sections and gasp....oh the horror....redo the entire page...!!!

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Here are 3 tips for covering up accidents on your projects.

1. Paste something over it so that it becomes part of the design element.

Hooray for goodie bags tips

I outlined the photo with a white pen but it sort of looked like I had a halo over my head...so I added another cloud and the 'hot' sticker [even though I wasn't looking that hot in the photo..*LOL*]

2. Try a little symmetry to distract from the "flaw".

Roll call tips
This layout  was shown earlier this week in the post Roll call.

When I was done with the embellishing of this layout, I realized that it wasn't really centred...it was "heavier" on the top, so I punched two photo corners to balance it out a little more. I also added a butterfly and a flying path in an effort to push the design further down a little. It's still not really symmetrical but it's less flawed *LOL*..okay, I think I can live with it without losing sleep.:)

The reluctant poser
 This layout was shown earlier this week in the post The reluctant poser.

3. Add some fun elements to "gloss" over the undesirable portions. 

The reluctant poser tips

When I misted this layout, there was a lot of "unmisted areas" at the top. So I added the banners. I stamped "the story" and added a photo corner sticker. I also added a row of birds. Does it look better?


What other things do you like to do to cover up your creative accidents?

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32 comments:

Alice Wertz said...

i used to want every thing look perfect, too. but then i realized i'll never get any thing done that way, so i try to embrace the imperfection now. thanks for all the tips on covering up flaws. they just turned out perfect in your projects. you are an inspiration, girl!

Jess said...

you are so fabulous! i love all these layouts! that top one is amazing! thanks for the ideas on how to cover up accidents...i have creative accidents all the time..although sometimes they work out...but most of the time they don't!

snehal watwe welde said...

I am a perfectionist too and have changed the entire project a couple of times but now have found my way around salvaging things without chucking the card/project.thanks for the tips .they were very helpful

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

I've always said there are no mistakes in scrapping! lol! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee these!! Your colors always ROCK! :):):):):):):):):):):)

kavitha said...

I love the imperfections in the art,*wink*,actually it makes the art work interesting.I guess no art art work will be 100% perfect,actually when i do something to hide the mistake that becomes the highlight of the project,lolz.

JulieJ said...

Great tips - you'd never know without being told. My mistakes tend to be glue on photos and handwritten journalling (spelling and grammar) but I'm learning to live with it.

Hussena said...

thanks for ur tips they are really interesting ,hope i too can salvage my mistakes as beautifully as you have done with your's :)

Dora said...

Great tips...I have those kind of problems to.
But most of all I have brown ink on my fingers..than I need to work with an image or picture...quess what...yes a brown fingerprint on it...sometimes it makes me crazy...but most of the time..whoohooo I'm a vintage scrapper so what lol :):)

Marit said...

Great tips Yvonne! I'm a 'messmaker'on my pages too (and I used to 'scrap neat' ha!) I usually go with the gesso... put a big layer over the 'mistake' and from there on I glue or write new things over it... your tips are very welcome and helping to try other ways of 'fixing'!

littleredcraftingcorner said...

Such good tips! The main thing I do when I make a mistake is walk away and go back later! I start to panic and thats when things get really messy haha!!

lynn said...

you've proven mistakes are only design opportunities! great tips, yvonne:)

Lynnda Hosni said...

ahh I wouldnt have known... to me its flawless... but thanks for the great tips... those layouts... are simply GORGEOUS.... hugs..xoxo

Lea said...

How great is that top layout! Love all the colors and the fringe at the bottom! Great tips!!! Especially the one for when you find things off center which I seem to do alot!

Crafterkhush said...

Thanks for the great tips Yvonne.. I usually end up pulling my hair when I make a mistake...!!

Audrey Pettit said...

This is an awesome post, Yvonne! Great tips and tricks for everyone! TFS. :)

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

I agree great tips and I think even if you left what you call your disasters they would have looked great and we would not of noticed.

teacher jessy said...

What great tips! Anyway I think there's no mistakes in art but that is awesome, tfs! Awesome layouts too ;)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

Awesome tips Yvonne. I need more clever ways to cover up my accidents. :) Love this adorable page.

sandi said...

Awesome cover-ups! The lo's are just fab...didn't notice any of the mistakes. This is perfection at it's best! I too have found that some of my cover-ups added to the lo in a nice manner!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

haha... that sounds familiar, especially I do a lot of stamping, that trained me cover-up things, LOL!

Priya Mohan said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips..would really help me as I tend to make lot of accidents!

Janetcraft said...

HI Yvonne, these are so lovely layouts...what I would say 'artistic' instead of 'accident' . I have always had the idea in my mind or sometimes wrongly/ mistake done but then changed to another design thereafter....
thanks for the recommendation of designing the mooncake boxes..LOL..I have always wished to..

papertrails leaver said...

Yvonne love your tips for covering up flaws! I am so with you on not wasting an entire piece of paper. Always a treat to read your tips and see your wonderful layouts!

Julie E said...

What fun little tips and I like the insight into how you think. I am always amazed by your LOs and would never think of any of them as flawed. I do love the addition of the birds and banners on that last one!
As for how I hide my own mistakes, gosh my creations are just too CAS to hide anything. My favorite thing is when I turn a mistake into another mistake. Such as stamping on a card, screwing up and flipping it to try again. Then forgetting that the 2nd time was really just practice and completely finishing the card with the mistake on the back. Yep, happens all the time!!!

Ujjwal said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips! I do mess my projects quite often, so its good to know I am not alone here :)

bosenberries said...

Great post and beautiful layouts!!
Robin

Linda B said...

Great tips... thanks for the post... I'm always in need of help. Just yesterday I dropped a die cut leaf cluster, covered in Glossy Accents right in the middle of a page of the mini album I has making for a gift. Try covering that up... splotches of gloss everywhere... uuuuugh!

Spardha said...

Super duper awesomely amazing ideas!.. LOVE them! :D
Thanks soo much for sharing! :D

~amy~ said...

Such a fun post...we would have never known:) I'm big on covering up mistakes when I stamp crooked...it's pretty easy to cover up with a die cut or something...

RiNNE said...

I actually welcome imperfections! I think they add character to a lay-out or a card. Great tips though..I'm with you, I usually try to cover it up w/ a sticker or other Embellishment

E.T. said...

glad to know I am not the only one making mistakes and hiding them!

Priya Sivaraj said...

I am with you too.. I would say perfection is not making things without mistake but your talent in covering up them!!

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