Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Do You Make a Mess?

I have a secret to share with you....

I am a messy crafter.

Can you relate?
  When I create, the mess is everywhere. It's not a pretty sight!  Today I wanted to share with you a crafting tip that I have shared with many of the ladies who have taken craft classes from me.  How many times do you start a project that requires glue or some type of sticky adhesive? If you are anything like me,  the glue and adhesives get all over your table and your project. 

Well here's the tip... 
Let's take something that could be trash
 and turn it into something very usful.
Do you have any of these catalogs laying around the house?


Or how about these?



Really it doesn't matter what type of catalog you use.  I love the big thick catalogs with a lot of pages. 
Just old magazines work great also. 

Here's what I do.... 

 Open to the inside cover and turn to the back page.  Use this page as you starting off point.  Work directly on top of the page and  apply the glue to your project.  Now any excess glue will be on the page of the catalog.


When you're ready to glue the next piece just flip the page.


Now you have a clean spot to begin working on.



No more sticky table or getting glue on your project.  Just a simple trick that will make your next craft project a little easier
and a lot less messy.  If you found this gluing tip helpful head over HERE to learn anothter helpful tip for using your hot glue gun.

I'll be linking this quick and easy tip to the following sites....


21 comments:

Green Willow Pond said...

Ingenious!

southerninspiration said...

GReAT idea!
Suzanne

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I do do this, Sherry! I even use large mail envelopes that are in the recycling. While I have my craft table in the garage, I have done where I've put something down where glue was and it got messed up because it stuck to the glue and table. Yes, I learned my lesson about putting something down and then turning it or whatever so there is no glue to get on the next piece.

Amy Kinser said...

Great suggestion. I do most of my crafting on our pool table which I have placed a fitted sheet on. Of course, stuff can go through the sheet so I do use protectors underneath my projects, but thankfully my sheet can be taken off and washed over even vaccumed off when necessary. Thanks for the tip about the catalog.

Moe said...

My bookbinding professor shared this tip with me a week ago. I was floored at how ingenious this technique is. I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it!!

Sharlotte said...

Hi Sherry!
What a great tip, and so easy...I'm will definitely use this idea! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope you had a great weekend!
Sharlotte

sissie said...

That's a great idea. I am a pretty messy crafter and sewer myself. I'm going to use this idea.

hugs
sissie

KristiYaYa said...

Fantastic! I have used magazines before, but never had the smarts to start at the back ---- THANKS 4 EVER!!!

Kimberly said...

ah! brilliant! one of those, why didn't I think of this moments... :) Thank you! You've saved many future projects from the brink of gluey disaster.

slommler said...

Wow! What a great idea!! And to think! I have been throwing them away. Who knew??!! Thanks for the tip!
Hugs
SueAnn

Laurie said...

Fab, fab, fab idea!!! Def going to do this!!! Visiting from It's So Very Cheri and now a new follower.

Lindy said...

I use scrap paper but I love your idea of using a mag until you use it up - neat idea~~~

decor4poor@blogspot.com said...

That was an awesome idea. Love it.

Shirley said...

Excellent idea. I think I used to do this but have forgotten all about it!

Sharon said...

Great idea! Thanks!

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Funky Junk Interiors said...

That is BRILLIANT! Would have never come up with that in a million years.

Donna

Melissa said...

I do that too. It is a great saver for me.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

What a great tip--would be perfect for Modge Podge too. Thanks for sharing at my Under $100 Linky Party

Down Home DIY said...

I wish I read this last night! What a mess. Just brilliant. Thank you for sharing such a great tip.
~MB

Naturally Me Creations said...

This is a handy tip. :) I also manage to get glue all over where it doesn't belong...*sigh*
:)

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