There is nothing wrong with failure. Failure only means that you (I) don’t have all the necessary information. It also is a good way of telling us to take a different route.
In all the years that I have been crafting the one thing I’ve learned is that when something isn’t working the way you want it to don’t give up. There is a different way to get the results you were hoping for. Those results may not be as spectacular as what you had planned but it still does what you need.
After my triumph with the photos on copy paper in making the Pop Up work I felt certain it would work with stiffer papers. I had less time involved in making the Pop Up work with the actual photos on photo paper and using card stock as a base.
Things worked…..mostly. They just did not look right once I had them all positioned so the mechanism actually worked the way I had intended it to.
This looked unprofessional and the gaps between the photos was not to my liking. Worse was the immediate cracking, as I had feared, of the photos after being creased and worked. I had the same results with the cracking on a photo I had printed on card stock.
Disappointed? You could say that. Frustrated is more like it. After checking and rechecking the workings of the Pop Up with the photos I found one of them tearing clean off at the crease for the bottom tab. Not going to be good. Plus I had to use my fingers to get the piece to open fully and also to close it properly.
I’ll save Pop Ups for another time.
Still hoping I could make this work I handed the closed Pop Up to Joe to have him open and tell me how wonderful I am. His immediate words were “This doesn’t look professional”. Stung a bit, but it is the truth. I could not, in all good conscience, pass this off and ask for money in return.
While pouting in my room I happened to see some extra photos piled haphazardly on my table top. That made me think of a photo collage. I had just done that with the clock I made for Tim’s office and our mechanic.
I have a Xyron that has a 5″ throat to put sticky on large items. The 5″x7″ photo went through the Xyron with no trouble at all. I put that down on the green base and had a look at the results. Some of the photos would be covered by the Post-It-Note cover but the rest of the photos would all be showing well so there would be no doubt this was Poker.
It still needed something a bit more so I added a few miniature cards to the Post-It cover and placed a few chips in the top left corner.
I’m happy with this. I have space to add the pair of earrings, ring, and what other type of “Charm” I can come up with plus there is space for the person’s name at the top.
Now I am awaiting approval from Tim to go ahead or change things just a bit. I’m pleased with the results. Joe was effusive in his praise 😀 and I’m not upset over the compromise I’ve had to make.
Failure just means to keep looking for your answer in a different direction. As a saying I’ve heard for a long time goes “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results”. Failure gives you the opportunity to explore.
What failures do you have that could do with a bit of different thinking?