Monday, November 12, 2012
Anatomy of my stamping grid paper
I know that probably sounds strange, but I've found that I must have it on the table when I'm stamping. (The whole pad, too, not just one sheet; although one sheet of grid paper is preferable to anything else.) It's where my analytical, logical left brain (numbers, order, identical squares) meets my creative right brain (scribbles, colors, doodles). There have been a few times when I've packed up supplies to stamp at a friend's house and have forgotten my grid paper. I manage with whatever scratch paper is on hand, but it's just not the same. Sigh.
I don't worry about keeping my grid paper neat. I use the top sheet until A) it gets sticky from glue, B) I spill something on it that could transfer to another project, and/or C) the bottom corners get so curled up that they are constantly getting caught on my arm. (This sheet is probably nearing its last days.) And while it's exciting to tear off that top sheet and start with a clean slate, it's also fun to really look at my grid paper and get a glimpse of the cards and projects I've made in the last weeks or months.
Here's a closer look at part of my current piece of stamping grid paper:
It's not visible here, but one of my favorite features of the grid paper are the rulers on the bottom and left sides of the paper. I often measure card stock on the grid paper and notch it with my thumbnail where I want to cut it instead of measuring it on my paper cutter. (Don't ask why; I work in mysterious ways.) I've even been known to jot down non-stamping-related notes on my grid paper. Once while I was making cards my aunt called to ask for help with a game of Words with Friends, and my grid paper became an impromptu crossword puzzle.
So there you have it, one of my most important stamping tools. I just hope Stampin' Up! continues to sell it as long as I continue to stamp. Thanks for stopping by!