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Posted 5/5/2013 by AshleyCrafty in General Scrappin'
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PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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?

No creative title here...

PeaNut 131,992
February 2004
Posts: 5,516
Layouts: 42
Loc: New England and loving it

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.


PeaNut 188,761
January 2005
Posts: 2,075
Layouts: 92

Posted: 5/5/2013 11:48:33 AM
Yes, I am and it drives me crazy!!!
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PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

Posted: 5/5/2013 11:51:07 AM
That is my problem never looks the way I envision it. My goal today is to make one page that I stick it and forget it on!!


PeaNut 544,425
February 2012
Posts: 234
Layouts: 0
Loc: Massachusetts

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

black eyed pea with soul!

PeaNut 15,878
May 2001
Posts: 25,921
Layouts: 71
Loc: LI, NY

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


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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!


PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
Posts: 1,520
Layouts: 614
Loc: Sunny Florida

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


PeaNut 13,254
March 2001
Posts: 11
Layouts: 0

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?

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 9,019
January 2001
Posts: 5,673
Layouts: 22
Loc: michigan

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


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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!!


PeaNut 404,811
December 2008
Posts: 1,425
Layouts: 1
Loc: Southern Oregon

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...


PeaNut 480,632
September 2010
Posts: 570
Layouts: 111
Loc: Silverdale, WA

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


PeaNut 433,880
August 2009
Posts: 565
Layouts: 0
Loc: NW Ohio

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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Garden Girl

PeaNut 388,291
August 2008
Posts: 1,650
Layouts: 234
Loc: NJ

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.


PeaNut 176,471
November 2004
Posts: 3,789
Layouts: 34
Loc: Big Bear Lake, SoCal

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.

The Craft Curmudgeon

PeaNut 256,594
April 2006
Posts: 14,669
Layouts: 365

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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).


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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!!

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


PeaNut 550,384
April 2012
Posts: 657
Layouts: 11
Loc: New Zealand

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


PeaNut 556,456
June 2012
Posts: 1,015
Layouts: 2

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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PeaNut 506,131
April 2011
Posts: 276
Layouts: 71
Loc: Cumming, GA

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...


PeaNut 564,344
August 2012
Posts: 198
Layouts: 56
Loc: Germany

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

Garden Girl

PeaNut 83,420
April 2003
Posts: 9,679
Layouts: 840
Loc: Hawaii

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.

What are you looking at?

PeaNut 477,798
August 2010
Posts: 1,590
Layouts: 49

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.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 302,969
March 2007
Posts: 5,301
Layouts: 1
Loc: participating in WWR and RAA

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

That is my problem 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.


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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!!


PeaNut 324,746
June 2007
Posts: 712
Layouts: 64
Loc: the belly button of IL

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!!!

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 509,811
May 2011
Posts: 6,639
Layouts: 27

Posted: 5/5/2013 2:25:11 PM
Lately yes- driving myself nuts!
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PeaNut 551,978
April 2012
Posts: 2,099
Layouts: 79
Loc: Canada

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

Pea with a Pen

PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
Posts: 19,346
Layouts: 785
Loc: Southern California

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.


PeaNut 566,536
September 2012
Posts: 535
Layouts: 28
Loc: Land of Eternal Snow aka MN

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"!!!


PeaNut 65,350
January 2003
Posts: 3,918
Layouts: 4
Loc: Florida

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.

Jeepers PEApers

PeaNut 54,155
October 2002
Posts: 2,628
Layouts: 465
Loc: River Ridge, Louisiana

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!


PeaNut 563,248
August 2012
Posts: 2,663
Layouts: 0
Loc: Florida

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.


PeaNut 12,633
March 2001
Posts: 1,985
Layouts: 128
Loc: Utah

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.


PeaNut 473,951
July 2010
Posts: 2,011
Layouts: 104

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.


PeaNut 116,261
November 2003
Posts: 25,809
Layouts: 102

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


PeaNut 462,164
March 2010
Posts: 2,612
Layouts: 2

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

k d girl

PeaNut 68,628
February 2003
Posts: 546
Layouts: 28
Loc: southern california

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!!


PeaNut 572,322
November 2012
Posts: 1,271
Layouts: 234
Loc: Blink in the Road

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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 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)


PeaNut 193,655
February 2005
Posts: 1,881
Layouts: 53
Loc: Alabama

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


PeaNut 147,333
May 2004
Posts: 1,077
Layouts: 77

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


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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!

Half Way There!

PeaNut 273,062
August 2006
Posts: 296
Layouts: 0
Loc: Georgia

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


PeaNut 507,317
May 2011
Posts: 122
Layouts: 27
Loc: Florida

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.


PeaNut 558,537
June 2012
Posts: 722
Layouts: 20
Loc: Greenville, SC

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


PeaNut 50,300
September 2002
Posts: 1,553
Layouts: 4
Loc: five min. from insanity

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.

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 26,011
December 2001
Posts: 5,649
Layouts: 212
Loc: Peaing in my living room

Posted: 5/5/2013 11:00:02 PM
I'm a digi waffler and that is awful.
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PeaNut 503,375
March 2011
Posts: 1,411
Layouts: 3

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.


PeaNut 581,519
February 2013
Posts: 278
Layouts: 0

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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