It makes sense really, don’t you think? To measure things twice, and to cut once? But what about when you’re doing something for the fist time, and you measure it twice, and cut it once, only to find out that you’ve still managed to cut it short and can’t make it work?
That’s what I did last week, working on a new shape Keepsake box for my newborn niece. It’s a cigar box shape, so it’s got rounded ends… and I forgot to leave the extra room for the radius edge (I cut it to the flat edge)! As I’m big on papers (who isn’t really!), I usually buy twice as much as I need, however in this instance, the LSS shop only had just enough of what I needed. So yep, you guessed it; I’ve had to wait for more stock to come in!
So why am I telling you this? Because I wanted to share with you what I’ve since learned, and that some of you may already know. When working with something new, use old stock, or even blank paper. That way you can make yourself a template and write all the dimensions onto it for easy reference next time! Then when you go to use your lovely printed (and often expensive) papers, you’ll know the measurements are going to be right.
What about you? Do you make templates first so that you’ve got a reference point for the future? A little bit of extra work in the beginning means less heartache and the chance of fewer mistakes in the long-run. I’ve certainly learned my lesson!!