Starting over or saying 'works as is'?

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Posted 8/7/2013 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 8/7/2013 12:53:24 PM
As I spent more time on my tag for our Sept. swap, I realized that some of the things I did--mostly mechanics--could have been done differently & that it would make the 'works' less visible.

I'm sure many of us have had that happen and I've already decided how I will handle this specific issue. But I won't share my decision at this time.

What I'm interested in hearing from my fellow StamPeas is when/how they decide to start over rather than live with what they have made. Most especially if the project is being sent to someone, but also if it's something you plan to share with others via online pix.

To add to the conversation, I'm also thinking about projects that are 90% finished before running into this & that the miss-step does not render the project unshareable--like spilling a whole cup of coffee on it or finding it in the cat's litterbox. No this is about doing something that you knew would 'look better' the minute you did it & you can't undo it. And doing the 'better' requires going back to the start.

Let the discussion commence!

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 8/7/2013 5:08:59 PM
So you feel that finding it in the cat's litter box renders it unusable? ...good to know for future reference...

For me it depends on a whole bunch of things:

A little better? or a whole lot better?

Am I more or less okay with this one or am I really unhappy with it, since I've figured out the new way?

Do I have a hard deadline? As in: its a tag for a Christmas gift, and this is Christmas Day, and I'm giving the gift in an hour, and I still have to stuff the turkey and put it in the oven...

I'm not proud of the next one ( because I'd like to think I always try to do my best work, but it would figure into the decision) it for someone who will care or notice?

Also, do I have the materials left to do it, or will I have to make another purchase to redo it and if so how much money and trouble would be involved in doing that...

In conclusion I guess, no definitive answer, just more questions.


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Posted: 8/7/2013 6:34:07 PM
Unfortunately I have been known to get a card or project all the way done and decide its not good enough and I start over.


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The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 8/8/2013 9:38:43 AM
Yeah, but they are all really good questions, GC!

Angie. We've all BTDT. Now. What makes a project 'not good enough' for you? Multiple answers allowed.

In the case that inspired this topic, the 'fix' would be cosmeticaly better. But I've decided to do the 'as is' for simple reasons.

My swapmate is unlikely to be put off by the matter & I will be able to easily explain what I would have done when others see the original. What Oprah calls a 'teachable moment'.

This sort of thing usually crops up for me when I'm working out a project while actually completing it for sharing. When I did work for publication, I 'had' to always provide the 'best' version of the project along with instructions. I sometimes regretted that mag/book space did not allow me to share the actual working process. It can be a useful tool.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 8/8/2013 9:41:48 AM
Yep, Ive finished a project and either tossed it or reworked parts of it.Sometimes its because my project didnt turn out how I had invisioned it or I feel like it needed more or less of something.

I have an example of a card that didnt turn out the way I wanted it to.
My image stamp is a large background stamp that I was water coloring.I ended up getting too much water in some areas, some of the colors muddled together too much and looked ugly. I didnt want to toss the image out entirely so I used a Fiskars circle cutter and cut out areas I liked. While I probably could have fixed the areas, or covered them up with diecuts or something I thought I would try this instead, I'm happy with how it came out.

my card

You can still see some of the muddled areas but I don't mind it.


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Posted: 8/8/2013 9:50:43 AM
I have completed projects, posted them, and then with the passage of time decided that they weren't good enough to send to a recipient. Wasn't there a challenge a while ago remaking cards that you didn't quite like? That made me thing that this might not be so uncommon afterall. (I also think this has to do with my craftmanship improving over time, I no longer am happy with some of the earlier cards.)

I did have some regrets about my September tag, but I also recognized that it was probably perfectionism and no one else would care, so I finished it up and sent it out.

A botched sentiment is what kills cards the most for me. Sometimes you can fix that by putting an element or a flag with the sentiment over top.



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Posted: 8/8/2013 12:21:46 PM
I usually work "as is", because I refuse to be defeated by an art project. There's always a way to fix it. Sometimes I think the challenge of fixing a mistake is more fun that the original project. I do so love a challenge.


The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 8/8/2013 1:53:03 PM
LOL on the 'botched sentiment', Heidi! I did that (sorta) on my tag. But was able to turn the botch into a 'funny'

Amen, Kathy. As I dealt with the issue that I had, I ended up being happier with the results than what I had originally been going for. And... I have the alternative way of doing what goofed me up to use for a different piece sometime. KWIM?

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 8/9/2013 12:40:48 AM
Undoubtedly I can always find SOMETHING wrong with what I'm doing.

The only thing that would render a project to start over if:

- Paint isn't drying at all and smudging because I didn't layer paint the right way.

- Ripping it! When it's clearly not supposed to be ripped

- Accidentally decorating the card upside down - thinking the fold is the edge that opens! Woops.

Even if I don't like something I tend to just keep going, because I can always go back and do a better one now that I've learned what not to do!

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Posted: 8/9/2013 7:23:14 AM

Accidentally decorating the card upside down - thinking the fold is the edge that opens! Woops.

Done that and have a solution...cut off the whole front panel and remount it on another card right way unless it is already a really layered and heavy front piece.

I think the time I did that I also added and inside panel to the back part of the card to make front and back more balanced in weight and thickness...actually turned out pretty well as the whole card ended up feeling more substantial.


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Posted: 8/17/2013 5:58:53 PM
I typically just keep going because most always it turns out to b a happy accident.

If for whatever reason I don't like it and I am sending it to someone I will just do another with my original plan.

As a teacher I would tell my students the same.
Not to give up and just see how it turns out.. Because it might turn out better than u originally planned.
It's called CreatIve ExPresSion!

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Posted: 8/18/2013 12:00:22 AM
I'll be honest...I never try to rescue any of my "misfits". If they're ugly, no amount of lipstick is gonna make it pretty. I just toss it and start over.

I may try and salvage an element if possible. If not, the paper becomes scrap to practice on. I find that if I try to get it to pass by adding more, I never really like it in the end.

I think I kind of live that way too...if I'm not really happy with something going on, I change course fairly quickly.

AJ ~ Wife of Rob, Mama to Bo, Daphne, Trixie and Dalilah

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. - Pablo Picasso

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 8/18/2013 9:40:41 AM
I hearya, Moniq! I've had my share of 'happy accidents', also some real train wrecks. Those are harder to save.

LOL, AJ! Love the 'lipstick' line! I usually add more 'I' shadow & lots of 'blush' when trying to turn a frog into a swan. When all else fails, I stick a paper bag over the project.

Daniel R. Boone
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