It's time to show all of you just how bad "I" can mess up while making a grid border template!! I know that the majority of folks who follow/read my blog have many other things going on in their lives other than crafting so it's really quite difficult to find the 'quiet' time you really do need when making a grid template. For me, I have all the quiet time I want/need because I'm a retired senior and although I do have several 'life interruptions' from time to time, I can usually work around them quite handily :))
Well, please note that I said, above, I can "usually" work around the interruptions and continue on with wherever I left off on my template prior to the interruption. NOT the case on one of the recent templates I was making, thus the title of this post.......DON'T ANSWER THE PHONE!! Not only did I really mess up the template I'm going to share with everyone, but I did it again on the next template I made after this one.....UGH!!
It's rather important you do have enough time and a quiet place to work on your grid border templates. I was almost done with this one when my phone rang. Now, usually I do not answer my phone when I'm making templates. It's my theory that answering machines were made for just that purpose when one is busy!! For some reason.....and I still have no idea what the reason was.....I DID answer the phone.....got the conversation out of the way and hung up.....sat back down at my parching table and began where I left off......I "thought".
Now, when I am doing grid work of any kind, I always set up a series of "sequence counts" and it's my way of making sure I'm embossing, or perforating, the exact same thing over and over until that particular pattern sequence is complete. This is the front of the template and the errors are always more visible on this side of templates....even after all corrections have been made. In this instance, you can see the bottom of the border template is royally messed up with all the RED error marks. Ummmm, there are only a portion of them still visible on the image because I was so angry with myself for being so 'not paying attention ' that I did not do a scan as soon as I finished that part of the border and realized every pattern sequence was ONE EMBOSSED DOT off!!!! Of course, this caused every pattern sequence across that whole area to also be moved over by one embossed dot so by the time I reached the bottom right corner......well, you know the rest!!!! Nothing ended the way it 'should have' and I knew I had to get my fine tip RED marker out and begin the journey of making some sense of what was sitting in front of me.....there is never any way I will trash/throw away/hit the bin with a template. It can always be salvaged!! Of course, none of this would even have happened if......I HADN'T ANSWERED THE PHONE!! **NOTE** It will never matter how messy or bad the FRONT of your template is or looks. It's always nice when you can make a template with a minimum of errors (because they are kinda nice just to look at once in awhile...lol) but it is the BACK of the template you will always be using as your "working pattern" when you actually begin a parchment craft project. You must be looking at the completed template, sitting close by, exactly the same way you are looking at your parchment paper secured to the grid and ready for embossing.
This is the WRONG side of the template. As you can see, I have now 'cleaned' things up a bit.....well actually, I've cleaned things up a LOT!! If you refer to "Updated - Making a Grid Border Template" tutorial, I speak of marking your embossed errors as you go along with a colored fine tip, felt tip marker and also having a WHITE gel pen at hand as well. All my errors are marked AND the WHITE gel pen has been used to 'un-mark' the embossing to make it correct once again. The grid border template is now clearly what it should be (although a bit messy) and there is absolutely no reason not to use it for any future parchment craft projects you might want to use it for. Remember: use the wrong side of your template as your 'visual' working pattern when you begin embossing on your project on parchment paper.
Well, I hope I have brought a little chuckle to everyone with my 'adventure'!! There are a few reasons I wanted to share this with you. First, as I try to remind everyone, continually, the reason we make grid templates to begin with is so we CAN make errors (sometimes LOTS of them) ON the templates and not on our parchment projects. Secondly, a template is almost always 'fixable' and it takes no more time to fix it than it does to make a whole new template from scratch, so before you throw the template away, that's riddled with error marks and corrections made with white gel pens, see what you can do to salvage all the work you've already done on the template. Lastly, it's really not a 'chore' to make a template. They pay for themselves many, many times over....it just takes the three "p's" to become proficient at it!! Practice, practice, practice :))