Username Post: how do I make it look... PROFFESIONAL?        (Topic#1595025)
mindygail
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mindygail

ok, I have been scrapping since 2000 (first child)
and I still look ameature!!!WHY???
I made these super cute easter baskets out of chipboard and easter egg cards and little gifts (door hangers) all the paper matches and it is great I got the idea off the gallery here but they were all different ideas so I combined them all as a gift for relatives from me and my two kids!!! I go to ask my hubby/ bf what he thinks and he says respectualy nice but messy not pro looking !!!! I see what he means no clean lines used a craft knife to cut the chipboard so it does look like a teen made them!!! how on earth do I make it look pro ???? INPUTE NEEDED!!!
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aubrieannie
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In response to mindygail

Mindy, I don't see anything in your gallery, so I can't really give you any feedback. Post some pics so we can see things.


 
Cindyckj
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In response to aubrieannie

Maybe cover those edges that you say aren't clean with some other paper or lace? Just an idea even though I haven't seen them either. Hugs


 
andrea m
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I always sand my chip board edges this will help with that unclean look you are talking about. Just a light sand does a lot. Inking the edges of papers really helps to. I also suggest painting the edges of your chipboard. Hope this helps.


 
CrimsonMama
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In response to andrea m

that is what I do too. sand and ink where necessary. But, it you want to post some picks to review we would do that....

I don't have this entire distress too kit just the tool with the handle that has the metal smoother.
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Frau_Cooney
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In response to CrimsonMama

No specific advice at this point, but I can sympathize. Every time I make a cake or cupcake that I see on Pinterest it looks OK, but definitely not professional. My new catchphrase is "It looked better on Pinterest!"


 
bonprof
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Make sure you are matting or double matting your photos. Keep the mats "tight" (not too big). Ink your edges; cluster your embellishments in sets of 1, 3, 5... use a variety of embellishments to add texture. Ex: a wood veneer with a flower, brad, flourish, etc. Hope this helps.


 
RedSquirrel
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In response to bonprof

Is there an SD slot in the computer so that you can upload photos? It's very hard to help without being able to see things.


 
Gelidy Gelato
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In response to mindygail

Emery boards are great to smooth those chip board edges.
and it's hard to give advice without seeing what you are doing now but a couple things do come to mind...
Are you inking the edges of your mats and photos? Neutral browns and greys work great or you could spice up your edges with white, gold, red. This simple technique adds a sense of depth.
Rounded corners Another simple technique that looks great.
Adhesive remover helps to get rid of the glue goobers
Avoid papers that look like elementary school construction paper
If you make it out of something that looks like construction paper, people will think it IS construction paper. That's why I also avoid popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, etc.
Avoid the "sneeze".
The sneeze is when stickers or embellishments appear to have been randomly dropped on a project (as if they were sneezed onto the page). And a sneeze can also mean too much was used. Embellishments are great but there is a point where there are too many and it doesn't make sense.

Hope that helps.



 
Luvmyfam
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In response to Gelidy Gelato

I would suggest not asking hubby for his opinion anymore!

Seriously, One person's "messy" is another's "distressed" or "shabby chic." My stuff is not professional looking by any means and that is OK. I do not make my living as a crafter. I save my professional energy for the day job that I get paid to do.


 
New Kid On the Block
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In response to Luvmyfam

I really like the quotes by "me"!


 
aquabunny
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In response to Furry and Cute

Is this the same guy you posted about a while back, that wasn't letting you have your own debit card and that you described as controlling? Because if so, I wouldn't give any regard to his opinion on your work; putting your work down and making you feel discouraged is just another way to control you.


 
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In response to aquabunny

Sanding and inking covers a multitude of sins! Ask me how I know!!!


 
mindygail
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In response to Mimiof123

i will try inking and sanding there are no photos involved at all. Just chipboard bsskets with pretty pp covering them and pp covered eeaster egg cards.

thank you will try that!

(I believe it is love covers a multitude of sins)


 
mindygail
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same guy and believe it or not I am mentally disabled (addisions disease- president kennedy had it ) so he does it to protect me no really he is not that bad. besides I love him!!!


 
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