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AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:45:56 AM
I am such a waffler...I can not for the life of me make a decision and stick with. I cut the paper and put it down and then proceed to move 1,000 times.

So are you a "stick it and forget it" scrapper or do you waffle like me?

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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:47:49 AM
Definitely a waffler. I am always, always trying to make the perfect page - and they end up taking forever because of that. I wish I could change and be a faster, more confident scrapper.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:48:33 AM
Yes, I am and it drives me crazy!!!
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AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:51:07 AM
That is my problem exactly...it never looks the way I envision it. My goal today is to make one page that I stick it and forget it on!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:56:10 AM
Glad I'm not the only one.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:57:06 AM
I'm a waffler for sure!

AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:57:49 AM
My thought exactly..All these posts yesterday with people saying they had finished 10-15 layouts made me really think about my speed!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:19:20 PM
I like to "pick it and stick it" for speed scrapbooking.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:23:16 PM
This question really made me think about one of my main reasons why I am a slow scrapper. I keep waffling when I should pick and stick...but how do I keep from wanting to go back and change it?

gavinsmom
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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:28:20 PM
I've had a 2 page layout on my desk for almost 2 weeks now. The base of the layout is stuck down and I finally cut the title yesterday. I just need to decide on photo arrangement, mat them and journal and embellish. The hard part is done but I just can't commit.... I think I win the award for slllooooowwwww

AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:36:03 PM
That is my question exactly shjward...I like my layouts...the ones I can finosh that is I just cant seem to make it work/look right. The worst part is I will move) hings a 100 times and then go back to drawing board. If anyone out there has any tips on how to make it work I am all ears!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:41:00 PM
I definitely go for the moving around and not the speed. I scrap because I like doing it not for the amount of layouts I get done. It is all about how the layout makes me feel not how fast I can get it done.

I do love waffles tho... I like them with butter and whip topping...


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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:42:05 PM
Take some inspiration from a LO in the gallery! Make yourself follow their template exactly. You won't have to decide where the paper and photos go, just what colors and patterns you use. After doing that for awhile I bet you'll be cured of the dreaded "waffle" syndrome and be able to go back to your own style of scrapping

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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:42:46 PM
I tend to be more of a glue and go. I have learned that my pages don't need to be perfect. But, I think I might look more at the big picture in that I enjoy having albums full of memories recorded for my family to look at, instead of just a few "wall-worthy," perfect pages. It might depend on why you scrap. I scrap as a gift to my family (and therapy for me) whereas some people more enjoy the artistic process.
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Posted: 5/5/2013 12:47:35 PM
Sometimes. If a page isn't working, I waffle. I hate it! And it's usually when I'm trying to force something that just doesn't go together. But I'm stubborn, so I waffle.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:07:35 PM
One of the ways to become faster is to not have so many choices to begin with. It is one of the reasons I scrap within a collection pack or kit of my own making. It's also why I keep very little on hand. I can always be aware of every sheet of paper I own so I will pick that perfect combination right from the get go.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:08:38 PM
I'm not so much a 'waffler' as 'can't-resist-tweaking-er'. (aka 'can't leave well enough alone).


AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:09:01 PM
I scrap because I love the artistic release. I love having my photos and memories together. That being said I am not saying that my pages have to perfect but if it is not aesthetically pleasing to me then I get no joy from.it!!

I hate waffling but yes I to love waffles. In fact I had waffles with Peanut Butter and syrup this morning!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:39:59 PM
Now I'm hungry for waffles! And it's breakfast time here!

To answer your question, sometimes yes, but like Nancy said, usually it's cause a page isn't working.

Mmmm waffles

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:41:19 PM
I still have a hard time envisioning the whole layout, the big picture. So I don't usually change supplies or get rid of a whole piece of paper but I do move things around and adjust placement. A lot. Just this week I had to toss the background paper and use a new sheet because it ripped when I moved something Luckily it was paper I don't like too well and I didn't mind using two sheets!
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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:42:48 PM
i waffle in my mind so long i never get it done! no kidding! i take forEVER to do a page.. i envy those who can do a few in a day. i think it's the same way i do almost everything... i'm very detail-oriented, so i get bogged down with the little details that i don't even attempt by just jumping in.. and usually, that's where my best work happens...

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:44:45 PM
I waffle, too But I don't mind, I think it's kind of normal. You just move things around, till you like it...and if you don't you just look for something different. sometimes things emerge, that weren't planned and are suprisingly working well. But I have to adimit, I'm kind of inpatient sometimes...

I actually thought everyone does it like that, more or less *gg* (excpet Glitter girl, but she's a superhero


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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:55:27 PM
I am SO a waffler. It's rare when I get to "stick and forget it." I'm too much in my head when I scrap, searching for the moment when everything clicks.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 1:59:47 PM
I'm a waffler in real life and have a terrible time making decisions, but when I'm scrapping, I stick as I go. Kinda strange, now that I think about it.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:00:17 PM

That is my problem exactly...it never looks the way I envision it.

I think this is a problem for a lot of people. I try to get started and then slow down and "listen" to what the piece is telling me it needs, rather than trying to force it into something that I think it "should" be. My work comes out much better this way and I think it is alsomore expressive.



AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:09:14 PM
SO glad I am not alone!!

@Dulcemama--My paper must be shy b/c it never speaks up!! Heheh

@Aloneinacrowdedroom-Thats me only it translates to scapping too. My husband asks a question and I give him all the choices and tell him to pick...unfortunately he has no interest in scrapping wirh me!!

MsDixie-I am the same way...details, details, details!! I get stuck over the placement of an embellishment within an inch! Your not too far from me, I thonk cummings is just a little over an hour away!

Tiffanyyo--I cant see the big picture but I generally have some ideas but I cant translate them to the page!!

Fevvers-I so need to get out of my head...I can never be accused of underthinking a decision!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:16:02 PM
Yup, I'm one, sometimes worse than others. I will even go back and change a finished LO because it is bothering me and does not seem quite right. AAACCCKKK!!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:25:11 PM
Lately yes- driving myself nuts!
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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:39:06 PM
I'm definitely a waffler... I've been trying Glitter Girl's tip of pulling out products first and then just using those... I've also been known to make two LOs with the same photo if I really can't decide what stuff I want idea I want to go with

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Posted: 5/5/2013 2:48:37 PM
It depends. I do follow sketches, so I am likely to have the paper placement figured out before I cut it, but not always. And with embellishments, there can be a lot more waffling before I choose which one will actually get used.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 3:08:13 PM
I'm a part-time waffler. Sometimes I know exactly where I want something, sometimes I cannot for the life of me figure out where I want something. Sometimes you just can't get it to look "right"!!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 3:33:28 PM
Nope, takes me so long to find time to scrap that once I get started, I usually go with the flow and whatever I set down on the page gets glued down relatively quickly.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 4:13:36 PM
Waffler for sure! I'm certain that my indecisiveness doubles the time it takes for me to complete a page!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:03:13 PM
can I have some syrup with that waffle? LoL
I am not a perfectionist therefore I don't waffle a whole lot. For me it's about the pic and the journaling.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:40:55 PM
I am sometimes a waffler. Working on a layout now and I am struggling to choose the best background. I took a nap and am getting ready to get back to it. We'll see where I end up.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:45:49 PM
I am a waffler. Hey, I can't decide on a restaurant. How could you expect me to commit with glue?!

I think I waffle slightly less than I used to. Sometimes I think the art of scrapbooking is figuring out how to fix those inevitable mistakes.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:48:53 PM
I'm more of a "stick it and forget it" scrapper.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 5:51:12 PM
Yes, I'm a waffler. My scrappy friends tell me all the time, 'stick it down'!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 6:01:49 PM
I do waffler a bit, not for hours, but just till I lay it out and see the bones are good. My bigger question is how do you all "see" your layout in your head?? Is it like a photographic memory type thing?? I mean I have an idea, but I don see a picture of it in my head. I wish I could see it, that would be the scrapbooking super power I want!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:04:24 PM
I'm for sure a waffler but the only time it's a problem is when I have a time restraint .....like a postmark date on a swap that it seems to be an issue. When just working on personal stuff it's just part of my process. So, it doesn't bother me.
(With that said, don't worry my mini book page is coming along. It'll be on time to you. Hehe)

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:10:14 PM
I'm a part-time waffler! Sometimes, I just stick it and go, but sometimes...boy, oh, boy I can stick it, rip it up, stick it again, rip it up, and on and on

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:13:40 PM
I am both. Just depends on that darn layout.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:14:49 PM
Missy-Not worried in the least!

K D Girl-As far as Seeing my Layouts in my head it is more like I want this layout to have the photo here wirh layering and an instant photo frame and these papers and knowing what I want the "bones" to be...sometimes I can see a paper and see a layout in my head but when I see it like that its almost like its out of focus. Does that make sense?

I want a waffle cone now!! With two scoops please!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:38:09 PM
I can totally relate!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 7:45:14 PM
I am a waffler for sure. Which is why I love my magnetic board it holds everything in place sometimes for days til I take the plunge and glue everything down.

AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 5/5/2013 9:51:10 PM
Tricia--I so need one of those. That would help me tremendously!!

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Posted: 5/5/2013 10:39:40 PM
Please pass the syrup on down to put on those waffles.
I will get something in my head and just can't get it to come out the way I see it. Doing that right now with a mini album did about 1/3 of it and want to start all over It just isn't coming out the way I wanted.
Drive myself Crazy.

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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:00:02 PM
I'm a digi waffler and that is awful.
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Posted: 5/5/2013 11:07:03 PM
I stick stuff down fast.

Too fast! On every single page I have a moment where I think "Oh crap! I want to move that!" I hardly ever do, though... I'm too afraid of ruining my materials even more.

I just can't visualize stuff 2-3 steps ahead, KWIM? I have to start sticking in order to progress to the next step.

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Posted: 5/6/2013 12:06:12 AM
Oh I'm totally a waffler, think that's why I'm so slow. I wish I was faster!
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