Friday, October 20, 2006

Creative Injuries

Who knew that scrapbooking could be such a dangerous pursuit? In talking with our current design team, we discovered a list of damages inflicted in the process of creating gorgeous designs for our books, packaging, and magazine projects.

Lynne Montgomery has to win for most ironic injury, since hers was sustained while teaching others how to PROPERLY handle a razor blade. “When I was teaching a beginning scrapbooking class, I demonstrated how to safely change a razor blade in a paper trimmer,” she says. “After the demonstration, I picked up the project and noticed red spots all over the place. I had totally cut myself with the razor blade. Ouch. Clearly, this was an example of what NOT to do.

Erin Terrell, Keisha Campbell, and Joanna Bolick are among the designers who have suffered from needles (piercing the skin), hammers (hitting fingers while trying to set eyelets), and scissors (you’re supposed to cut PRODUCTS ladies, not BODY PARTS!). It seems, though, that clothing and skin frequently are the real victims of scrapbooking. Christy Tomlinson and Wendy Anderson have ruined more than one outfit with paint, ink, and glue. And Julie Turner grabbed more than her share of attention when she would venture out into public with hands dyed a rainbow of colors. “When I first started experimenting with Making Memories’ new dyes, I wore gloves and dipped things into the dye using tweezers,” she notes. “Before long, I was so into it that the gloves came off and I was getting it all over my hands. I would bleach the color off before running errands, but ultimately I even gave that up. So for several weeks, I had a lot of explaining to do when I was out in public.”

Here’s the thing: we do not carry insurance on body or property damage! So to our Idol contestants – be careful out there. As they say, it’s all fun or games until someone loses an eye(let)!


Anonymous Angelique said...

I chopped off a fingernail with my photo trimmer- plus the usual painting everything and poking with needles. We need scrappers insurance! Insurance for all our crap too!!!

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Misty D said...

One time I knocked a QuicKutz tool off the table and it landed on my big toe. EXTREMELY painful!!! I eventually lost the nail too. YUCK!

1:21 PM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay I got kind of lost on that last comment..! I have pierced my thigh with my MM piercer a numerous amounts of times, my most recent scrapbook injury was that my room was so messy (you couldn't even tell I had carpet)I stepped on a RP ABC brad, it went clear into my foot-which later became very bruised, and I had 1 day to spare on my tetanus shot!!
Alicia King

7:22 PM  
Blogger Marcia said...

so fitting an article to read today - I just sliced my finger open last night with a new blade in my trimmer.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Robin said...

I consider these injuries badges of merit. My kids compare football bruises, we compare scrap injuries. Gotta love it.

5:20 AM  
Anonymous Stokes said...

Can anyone tell me an easy way to affix leather when using it in scrapbooking ive tried glue sticks,glue pen ,and the dots ,cant use brads as the leather is to thick Please someone help me thank you

9:27 AM  
Blogger Scrapshe said...

I definitely had some injuries with needles and scalpel too. I think my most recent was dropping a punch on my foot.......kinda stung.


10:07 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

My worst scrapbook injury to date was only last week, on the way out to a crop i was so loaded up with bags of stuff (most of which i didnt actually use that night, of course) that i bumped the table, smashed a glass, already overbalanced i put my foot right into the broken glass by accident... and injury ensued...

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