I am also guilty of some pretty lumpy embellishing. What can I say, I love to layer things!!! Here is the evidence.
Large thick BG buttons with a BG brad on top
Pink Paislee cork with a thick PP brad on top
and the worst.... cork with a bingo chip on top and vintage JC buttons on chipboard!!
Oh I do love the look of all of this but once it is in the album.... oh my!! :( The plastic protectors get all wrinkly and some of my pages warp because of lumpy embellishments pushing into them. :( Is it just me who worries about these things? ( Well, and Susan too!) I know that we are a bit fussy about patterned papers getting creased and don't like it when retailers fail to give these papers the respect that they deserve! ;) Are scrapbook albums supposed to have that warped look to them? Is this what scrapbooking is all about?
So last night I revamped my albums a bit. Took some pages out of really thick albums and spread them out into new albums making them thinner. I reorganized my shelving to give my albums more "breathing room". I feel a bit better about how things are sitting now! :)
When I told my tale of woe to Lisa, her advice was this. "It is what it is. Unless, you want to start buying a shadow box for each LO and hang them up all over your walls." Hmmm She always was the logical child!
So here is my plan. First off, I am going to give the American Craft D ring album a go! It is recommended by Stephanie.
I think these albums will allow pages to have more room in between plus there will be no fiddling with posts. I am just not patient enough for this. My next goal is to TRY to be less lumpy!!!! Can I do it? Can I save the really lumpy stuff for cards and chipboard albums? I think I am going to take a step back in my scrappy process. My wish is for things to lay more flat like they did in 2005. I will have more of a paper focus rather than hard plastics etc. I hope that I can adapt to this simpler approach. Think of the extra room I will have on my shelves!! I am totally out of shelf space in the studio and will have to make plans to buy a new shelf to put in my family room. Hmm maybe my daughter's generation who have all of their pictures on the computer are onto something. Are my photo albums consuming my life???? ;) But what would my days be without my creative outlet??? Can't even imagine it! I need the tactile experience of playing with paper!! :)
Well, I am off to work on some LO's for my friend's little guy. I have about 8 more to do to complete his album. I will use these pages as a transition to ease out of the lumpy and into the smooth! Wish me luck!!
Happy Scrapping!! Jen :)