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Posted 3/16/2013 by Leashah in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:02:03 PM
I was really loving these Amy Tangerine puffy stickers...

- Leashah
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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:04:21 PM
I know this feeling all to well.
My two year old never fails to remind mind that she owns everything in this house. EVERYTHING.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:15:37 PM
I was just going to post something very similar. I had a page all laid out this morning, and just went downstairs to print off something I needed, and when I came back up, my 2 year-old had decided it was way more fun to cut up my background paper than it was to keep playing nicely with the lego. Luckily I was able to sort of piece it back together and hid most of the cut lines under the rest of the layout.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:26:06 PM
My son colored all over 2 of my in-progress layouts. I was at work. My hubby didn't notice. All of the papers and embellies were from brand new collections so I understand your pain.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:29:23 PM
I think those stickers need a layout all their own! Complete with a photo of your little one with ink in hand!!

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

My kids are older but my pups have been known to somehow roll around on stickers and I find them all in their long fur!

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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:31:23 PM
My granddaughter decided to washi tape an entire layout I had on my desk. She woke me up that morning with "Grandma I sorry I make you mad". Then she brought me to my scrap desk. I was so worried about what she could have done that I almost laughed when I saw it was washi tape! Whew, got plenty of that tape on the roll so that was good & it peeled right off the page with no damage! Close call!

She was at the store with me a few days ago & I picked up some puffy stickers. She loved them so much so I got her her very own package hoping she will not want mine! LOL!


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Posted: 3/16/2013 2:57:24 PM
I made the mistake of buying my son his own stickers to make DH a Valentina's card -now he thinks he needs to use all of my stuff up if I let him into my scrap stash!


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Posted: 3/16/2013 3:44:30 PM
I am thinking I'll put the photo of the damage, a photo of the Caught-Black-Handed almost-five-year-old AND the ruined stickers together on a card in my PL. Might as well, right?

- Leashah

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PeaNut 39,057
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Posted: 3/16/2013 5:36:28 PM
I bet that you can remove that ink by using some Staz-On ink remover. I keep a bottle of that stuff around,and it can be magic on lots of things.



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Posted: 3/16/2013 6:32:50 PM

I think those stickers need a layout all their own! Complete with a photo of your little one with ink in hand!!
I like this - make the best of a bad situation.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 6:34:04 PM
My son loooves to get into my stuff. The worst was when I found my Copics left with the lids off. I was a mad mommy that day!


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Posted: 3/16/2013 6:39:14 PM
I would make a layout of it, too. Why not?

I don't know if it would work in this case, but hand sanitizer takes Sharpie off surfaces. I have used it on school desks, the counter, glasses, all sorts of things. You could try it on one of the stickers to see if it works.

When my daughter was about 2 1/2 I went upstairs to brush my teeth. By the time I got back downstairs, she had emptied the video cabinet and tossed the videos all over the living room, and had also dumped an entire box of cereal on the floor and was sitting there eating it with a spoon.

What's a momma to do? I grabbed my camera and took a photo!

Kids are fast but aren't little for very long. She's 19 now and I miss those days.

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Posted: 3/16/2013 7:07:19 PM
I would have your kiddo complete the layout and add it to your scrapbook right next to a layout you made about the budding artist expressing themself with your scrappy supplies! A few yrs from now that will be one of your favorite pages. Be sure to include verbatim the "story" you child tells.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 8:05:18 PM
I totally understand! My dogs like to chew on my scrappy things. I have to make sure I push my chair all the way in, otherwise things will be eaten. I have lost several pens and rolls of washi tape this way!

I would definitely add to project life or make a layout with them though so you at least get some use out of them!

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Posted: 3/16/2013 8:11:10 PM
You absolutely need to make a page about this turn of events! (P.S. sorry for your loss!!! )


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Posted: 3/16/2013 8:18:32 PM
I agree, they deserve a layout.

And hey, some of the ones with the Xs could still work. Such as the one that used to say "funny." Now it says "not funny." See, everything has a bright side.

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Posted: 3/16/2013 9:05:41 PM
I knew there was a reason I took a break from scrapbooking from the time my son was born until he was about 7. So sorry this happened, but it will at least make a good LO like a couple of other peas said.

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Posted: 3/16/2013 9:20:40 PM
I agree with a previous poster...use them on a page just like that! They can help tell the story, that's for sure!

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Posted: 3/16/2013 10:39:03 PM
Did you know that alcohol will remove permanent marker from most surfaces? Not sure if it will take the paint off but it may be worth a try on one of the smaller pieces. I like to use hand sanitizer because the gel gives a little more staying power. If that doesn't work, then I agree that they may need a page all their own.


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Posted: 3/16/2013 10:43:41 PM
I agree that you should do a layout with them! Take a pic of the offender with the stickers. You'll laugh about it for years to come.

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Posted: 3/17/2013 12:04:19 AM

I am thinking I'll put the photo of the damage, a photo of the Caught-Black-Handed almost-five-year-old AND the ruined stickers together on a card in my PL. Might as well, right?

I would do that for sure! It would be a great memory, imagine yourself in 20 years looking at your book. You two will get a fun laugh out of the memory!
I made a page when my dgd washi taped her face. The girl likes washi tape, rofl!
Here's the page I made of her washi face, lol. I used the same washi on the page. I always leave a note on the back of my pages for my grandkids so on the back I told her about her getting into my washi tape a few times and how crazy she is for the stuff.
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I hope you will share your page when you get it done.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 1:31:47 AM
My son is a scribbler and I have had many a wall, furniture and laying out scrapbooking project attacked by his little artistic ventures. I also like the idea on making a project about it, sounds fun.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 2:25:59 AM
You could do a page of your child's art. Then title it " I want to scrap too!!", " artist in the makings" or doodling on cuts (Insert Child's Name) Style.

Then the embellishments get used as they are with a story to tell.

I just thought I could give you some ideas so all is not lost.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 2:35:55 AM
I think you should make a layout too. Might as well get some use out of the stickers.
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Posted: 3/17/2013 3:44:57 AM
You could do a layout and use a couple of the stickers. You could also try to use a Magic Eraser to get the ink and crayon off of the stickers....worth a try.

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Posted: 3/17/2013 6:02:22 AM
Rubbing alcohol should remove the marker lines from the stickers and not then yes do a LO about it. I taught my ds from the very beginning to respect my things and my room and have never had a problem. I gave him his own things for scrapping as well. He's done several books, but at 10 he's no longer scrapbooks. He just uses the room to play in sometimes or for school work. My problem is getting him to turn off the lights when he's done. Good luck with removing the lines.


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Posted: 3/17/2013 6:57:05 AM
When DS was a 3-4 years old, we kept every single writing utensil in the house in a box on top of the fridge. He did some real damage before that.

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Posted: 3/17/2013 8:02:35 AM
I'd make a layout using a photo of them as they are now and THEN I'd try to clean them up [you can't make them much worse than they are now!].

BTW: I sent my almost 3 year old twin grandkids the sheets of stickers that come with requests for donations -- DS called to say the kids loved them . . . as well as the roll of almost 100 "stickers" that they found on his desk [think brand new postage stamps!]

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Posted: 3/17/2013 8:27:17 AM
My kids are adults now and they were older when I started scrapping so I didn't have any of those mishaps. BUT! I do have a 5 month old kitten who thinks everything in my scrap room is a toy. lol. I keep the door closed now when I am not up there as we have found paper strips, ribbon, chipboard pieces....etc in her room and even on our bed. lol. She likes to lay on the page I am working on and has taken off with a few of my letters for my title!

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Posted: 3/17/2013 8:58:50 AM
I'm with sheltiluvr--
Make the most of it and do a great scrapbook page about it!! It will be fun to look back on when the kids are older...they can see the sacrafices you made for them...(losing great scrap supplies)HA HA

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Posted: 3/17/2013 12:37:05 PM
You take a picture, toy now scrap this event complete with journaling of the whole story!

What else can you do?

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