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  • Vae on 08-10-14 12:53 PM

What is your least favorite chore related to scrapbooking? I have two... cleaning my stamps, and removing all the little bits of paper off my cutting mat.

Yesterday I was working on a small book and I was doing a ton of stamping. Instead of cleaning each stamp as I go, I just kind of tossed them all into a pile to be cleaned later. Most of them are clear stamps, and I'd say I had about 20 or more, and probably 6 wood mount stamps. I wish I could just toss them all in the dishwasher or something... I really don't like cleaning them.

I also get annoyed at cleaning the little scraps off my cutting mat. I am terrible about leaving them all on there until I need the cutting mat again.

But there are other chores that I don't mind... like cleaning up my scraps to be stored (basically cutting them down to squares and rectangles to be used for something else later), putting away my tools, and things like that.


 
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mine would be clean all the stuff up in my room. pick up all the stuff up and put it away


 
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Oh I agree 100%. Cleaning the stamps tops the list for me too! I do the same as you, toss them aside and then clean them all in one go. Then replacing them on the right sheet, I usually forget which stamp came off which set, cos I just throw the sets aside as well! Also replacing all the stamp pads....I mostly use little versacubes and cats eye stamps which I keep grouped by colour, so I then have to put them back in their correct colour grouping as I don't put them away as I go either....
The rest of the clean-up doesn't bother me so much....


 
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I have a stamp scrubber that I spray down with cleaner when I start. As I use each stamp, it gets a quick scrub across that and then I don't have to clean later. Saves a ton of time!


 
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I have one of those buried in my stash. I had totally forgotten about it.....brilliant idea...I will go and find it and put it somewhere where I can see it and use it!


 
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Ohhhhhh what's a stamp scrubber? I keep wipes handy but I mostly take them to the sink and wash with dish detergent. I can usually do this when Im in a Walk away from the LO. I did have a ton to clean when I was experimenting designs form my altered albums and making the masks for the stamps.

I really didn't like poking the little Chads pg paper out of dies, but the new Spellbinders tool remedied that.

I hate getting distress ink under my nail and cuticle. I have a scrubbie but it stays under the fingernail for a few days.


 
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  • stick on 08-10-14 02:22 PM
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Taking my stuff out, and putting it all away again. Ah, the 'pleasures' of a small apartment


 
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Least favorite scrapbooking chore? Opening the credit card bill.


 
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You clean your stamps? I do a little bit, but not OCD about it :>) I keep an old Diet Coke bottle filled with distilled water by my craft table. When I stamp, I pour water into a little condiment cup, then use an old toothbrush to brush the water over the used stamp after stamping off all the ink I can, then a quick once-over with the wet toothbrush, dry-stamp and done.

However...putting the stamps away when I'm done. That project I don't care for. I don't put things away when I use them since I often decide to use the same thing, so it's easier to keep everything out until the project is done. Or at least it seems easier while I'm scrapping. I don't feel quite the same about it when I'm done and have a pile of scrap stuff to put away.

I go over my work area with an adhesive lint remover, but putting all the stuff away isn't my idea of fun. But I do like how nice and clean it all looks...right before I mess it all up again :>)


 
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OK, delete my post. I agree with gin~


 
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I don't know how to link an image, but the Superstore has a Technique Tuesday one.


 
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Cleaning up. Period.

Another thing would be cutting letters out with the Big Shot. Its so easy, but it always seems to take me forever so I usually decide to just use Thickers.


 
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  • Vae on 08-10-14 03:38 PM
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ROFL! Yes, I'd like to add gin's answer to my list as well. Well, opening them isn't as bad as paying them. lol

I have 2 stamp scrubbers, but I keep them at the bathroom sink. When I'm done with a project, I take all my stamps in there. The clear ones I usually just wash with soap and water, but the wood mount ones I always use my scrubber pad.
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  • gin1902 Said:
Least favorite scrapbooking chore? Opening the credit card bill.


This will definitely be me this month! A few too many online shopping orders from here another scrappy site...oh how I miss Archivers! But I was stocking up for an album for a weekend trip to Kansas City (which will also be on the same bill...along with a few dental and medical bills...yuck!)


 
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I'm getting lazier and lazier when it comes to cleaning stamps. A lot of times I just stamp off on paper until it's clean.

What I really hate doing is picking up and sorting all those scraps. I am always tempted to just shove it all in the wastebasket when I'm done but I know it's wasteful. I use my scraps a lot so I hang on to it all.


 
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I heard that Tim Holtz never cleaned his stamps, so I never do. Is this bad?

I hate putting paper away. I have 4 cropper hoppers with misc paper in them . It's hard to keep them organized.


 
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I'm with Lisa...I pile up the scraps until i just cant take the disorganization any more and then stuff the littler bits in a ziploc and the larger pieces in the ROYGBIV file. I use my scraps a lot, and i'm the type of person who likes to see my stuff...if i see it i'll use it. Scraps inspire me to create great stuff.


 
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I really like using paints and mediums in masks. I just hate cleaning all the masks. I really wish they would clean themselves.


 
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Cleaning up after myself! My creative process is extremely messy, I'd love to walk away and return to find it all neat and tidy and everything away, lol.


 
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ok I have to agree partly with vae bc I hate cleaning my stamps but the other thing I hate to do is clean my stencils- all that ink is messy!!!!


 
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Cleaning up glitter it seems to get everywhere!!!


 
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I clean my stamps as I go, and put away between projects, so nothing gets totally out of hand ... but I will agree with glitter getting all over the place!! You know what they say about glitter ...


 
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I have one of those cheapie lint rollers - the adhesive kind that you tear off when it's dirty. It's good for SO many things, I use it to pick up those itty bitty pieces after I've used a die, for cleaning tiny scraps off my desktop, and for getting those fuzzies and little bits off my Cricut mats. Also, I have a big piece of glass on the top of my scrap table, so keep a bottle of Undo handy to wipe it down when it gets adhesive on it. And, of course, my ever-present (and ever-full) "Put It Away" box where I toss things as I use them. I can put the lid on it and the tabletop looks clean, even if I haven't actually gotten around to putting everything back in its place!


 
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Both of these are fantastic ideas! And, ones I never thought of! Thanks so much for sharing with us!


 
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Dusting.

Hate it. But am totally OCD about cleaning for everything else. I simply farm that job out to the kids.


 
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Count me in with the glitter crowd! I've decided to just leave it everywhere, call it fairy dust and dare anybody to actually complain about it.


 
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dwelch- great ideas thanks!!!!!


 
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  • Vae on 08-11-14 03:37 PM
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I wonder if we could send glitter to the credit card companies and convince them that it's magical and worth much more than actual currency...


 
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  • Vae Said:
I wonder if we could send glitter to the credit card companies and convince them that it's magical and worth much more than actual currency...



Wonder if they would bite off on the gold glitter?


 
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  • SherylEb Said:
  • Vae Said:
I wonder if we could send glitter to the credit card companies and convince them that it's magical and worth much more than actual currency...



Wonder if they would bite off on the gold glitter?



mad do not forget silver! hmm and maybe copper as well the possiblities are endless!


 
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Oh I hate putting paper and paper scraps away. It is just like making a bed, you'll just have to do it again in 12 to 18 hours.

Baby wipes for the cleaning of stamp when i get around to it but I tend to be like Tim Holtz.


Edited by southgirl on 08-12-14 06:17 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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  • southgirl Said:
Oh I hate putting paper and paper scraps away. It is just like making a bed, you'll just have to do it again in 12 to 18 hours.
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Now that is a great analogy!!


 
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  • SherylEb Said:
I have a stamp scrubber that I spray down with cleaner when I start. As I use each stamp, it gets a quick scrub across that and then I don't have to clean later. Saves a ton of time!



I do the same! I love it. So convenient and such a time saver.


 
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