The Blooper Reel….

I love watching the bloopers, the outtakes.  You know what I mean, the parts of a film that get edited out when the actors/actresses flub their lines, make a mistake, or just can’t keep a straight face during a funny scene.   Well, I made a real-life blooper the other night  and it happened WHILE I WAS TEACHING A CLASS!

It was funny, (and admittedly a little embarrassing!) but I was able to redeem myself by turning it into a teachable moment.  Let me share:

I was teaching a class featuring Masculine Projects.  I also had my first male student in a class!   The project was a simple, single layer card (I almost never make a single layer card) and I was teaching the masking technique to create an interesting background element.  This is the sample card I had made.  Wetlands Goose single layer cardSo I sponged on my background oval, then I showed the students how to place the main image, in the case a goose, so that the entire image was NOT inside the oval, but rather half in, half out.  Like this:

close up wetlands goose

Beautiful so far, right?  And then I picked my card up and realized that I stamped my goose UPSIDE DOWN!  That’s right; the fold was at the bottom rather than the top!  YIKES!   This was a “Don’t try this at home” moment.  I quickly told my class they should always check where the fold of the card is before stamping and adhering any layers so they don’t end up like I just did!  I’m sure it will be a memorable lesson as we all got a big laugh out of my mistake!

I redeemed my mistake by turning it into something that is more elegant than the original.  I simply cut the paper in half, then cropped that piece slightly, added a layer, and popped it onto a new card base.  See?

Wetlands Goose multiple layer card

We all make mistakes from time to time, and one of my favorite sayings is “There is no mistake that a well placed embellishment can’t hide.”  Most of the time.  For those others times; layers.  Either cut your paper and layer it over a contrasting or coordinating piece of cardstock,  like I did here.  Or place a layer over it (like a banner or sentiment strip).  In the extreme case where none of these remedies can fix it, well, my second favorite saying is:  “It’s only a piece of paper.  Nothing that a new piece of paper can’t fix!”  Yup, sometimes just throw it in the trash and start anew, empowered with the knowledge you gained from making the mistake the first go-around.

So, when you are creating and something doesn’t go as planned, no worries.  You can redeem it.  And if you made your blooper in a room full of people, use it to your advantage, for a lesson everyone will remember.

If you have a blooper moment while crafting, I’d love to hear it.  Please leave me a comment and tell me all about it.  Thanks!

Happy Stampin’,

Nancy

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I love being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator! My blog contains everything you need to help you in your paper-crafting journey; whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned traveler on the paper-crafting highway.

3 thoughts on “The Blooper Reel….

    1. Thanks, Carrie! I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my post. I tried to make the best of a potentially embarrassing situation and turn it into something positive!

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