January 30, 2010

Positioning Papers On Layout With Ease

You will love this nifty little shortcut!!! This is one of Jen's little tricks of the trade she shared with me that I pass along to you. I use it all the time. All you need is some drywall joint tape. Only $4.79 at Walmart and I can't even imagine how long it will last as Jen gave me 2 -11" strips that I have been using now for 3 months. One is starting to look a little tacky, I think thats only because I used a lot of glitter on this last project.

The joint tape is tacky on one side and perfect for positioning letters or small pieces on your layouts or cards. Just keep a strip cut to the size you would normally use for your projects. I store mine right where Jen put it, on that clear protective sheet on my cricut mat.
All you do is place your letters, cuts or pieces of art where ever you want them and then gently (so you don't move the little pieces) place your strip of joint tape on them. Press so the tape adheres to your work. Above I was preparing to go to a crop so after positioning my letters and placing the tape on it I just placed it on the plastic bag that carried all my cuts. So I was ready to hit the table running.

I would like to say this can be a real life saver. On this same project I cut my letters incorrectly. I had kerned, and positioned them just perfectly on my screen overlapping them just so, but I forgot to weld them together. So my letters were cut wrong and I didn't have another sheet of glitter paper to re-cut. I positioned each letter perfectly so my LO would still look nice. If I hadn't had the tape you would have seen excess glue all over on my page just from attempting to position properly before the glue dried.

With the tape positoned on my letters all I had to do is flip over apply my glue, then turn over and position on my page where I wanted it, and gently lift the tape off using my little spatula to make sure I didn't lift the letters. See, you never knew I had a potential disaster!
The tape is also great when working with children, as they can positon their work where they want it. I am here to attest they are opinionated as to where their work sits on the page, just ask Justin if you don't believe me! Then once again gently add the tape, lift, flip over, apply glue and place on the page. How easy is that? Even a seven year old can work this trick!
Thank You Justin!
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24 comments:

Michele said...

Oh my goodness! what a wonderful tip!!! Thank you so much for sharing that! I need to get me some of that stuff

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

What a great idea. I got an expensive magic mesh for this. Now i will use this on that instead of refill.

eiyiyi said...

What a fabulous idea. We'll be able to make 3 times as many projects with all the time we save! I'm off to Walmart now. Thank you so much for sharing. hugs, eileen

STAMPMOM9 said...

FATABADOUSY!!!!! Thanks Jen and Sheila!!! :0) Dawn

Stephanie said...

What a brilliant idea. I love this kind of "find". I'm going to WalMart tomorrow to get some. Thanks so much.

Wife2TJ said...

What a GREAT tip!!! TFS! I'll have to try it.

imgrandmanow said...

I wondered what the drywall tape was for when you showed what you had in your carry bag.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

what a wonderful tip.. thanks for sharing it.

Kwilt said...

Cooool Sheila!!! The tape is on "The list" of must haves now!!!
Thanks for sharing that super tip!
Huggs...Kathy

Nanne said...

You ladies are so clever..thanks for the superb tip..
hugs
Nanné

Dallas Freyer said...

What a great idea. I cant wait to try it. Plus, I love something cool that s cheap enough that I can share with a bunch at a crop. Thanks so much!!

Sandy said...

OH MY HECK! I love you! Thanx so much for sharing this little trick....give Jen a big hug for me! What a great timesaver...you rock!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great tip, I am going to get me some of that stuff. Helen

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea!!! I had seen your post from the scrap you attended with your title on it. I had actually gone to the store looking for the "mesh" you had. Obviously I didn't find it at the craft store. Thank you so much for sharing this tip!

JodiLynn said...

That is a fantastic tip!!! thanks!

Sandi Clarkson said...

I've heard of magic mesh .. I guess it's the same thing maybe? But I've never acted on getting it. I am now inspired to follow through!

KTbirdiegirl said...

This will be such a time-saver! I will definately look for this drywall tape on my next trip to WM. Thanks so much.
Kathryn

PamH said...

What a wonderful tip! You are the greatest!!

Rozette said...

What a great Idea! I am off to Walmart!

217 Creations said...

Guess what I am buying today!

Brenda said...

noooo way!! how clever I really need to try this!!! Thank you sooo much for sharing this tip!!!!
hugs
Brenda

Heather Innusa said...

I just found your blog...HOW CAN THAT BE?!? Thank you so much for this amazing tip!!! Keep up the great work!!

Lindasueanne said...

How cool is that!! TFS!!

Lisa said...

Awesome Sheila. Thank you. The seven year old is darling :)