The Invisible Scrapbook Magpie Strikes Again

If you’re a follower of Scraps of Mind you’ll know that this is generally a pretty upbeat sort of a place.

But sometimes you just gotta vent.

So I’ve decided to make this post a place for you to vent about your pet scrapbooking or cardmaking peeves. Here’s mine:

Disappearing scrapbook items

You know. You’re using a scrapbooking tool or element and you put it down to do something else. Then when you go to pick it up . . . IT”S GONE!

Now maybe I’m haunted by the dreaded Invisible Scrapbook Magpie, but this happens to me all the time. And it just drives me nuts.

My latest hair tearing event was last weekend when I was making this 1st birthday card for my girlfriend’s son and one for my girlfriend who’s just found out she’s pregnant. I peeled the acrylic teddy bear stamp I needed from its acetate sheet and made my card. Then I went to use another stamp from the set for the inside of the card, and the acetate sheet with the rest of the stamp set had disappeared!

Now I realise that when I’m working on a project my desk is not the tidiest place in the World. But even when I cleaned it all up I still couldn’t find the stamp set!

I felt sure that it would magically reappear over the next day or so, in the strange way that these things happen. But no. It’s gone. Damn! The Invisible Scrapbook Magpie strikes again.

Does this bird visit you too, or is it just me?

And what’s more, I think this bird has a cyber cousin that lives in my computer too.

How else can you explain how I can save files and then when I go to look for them they’re not there? And after spending twenty frustrating minutes poking into every different folder I can think of I remember the search tool and find my file in some obscure place where it clearly doesn’t belong.

So I end up spending more time phaffing around looking for things than I spend getting the job done. (Excuse me whilst I just bang my head against the wall for a few minutes. Ahhh, that’s better.)

Well, I feel much better after letting go of all that. There’s nothing like a good vent to clear the emotional sinuses.

So how about you? What are your pet papercrafting peeves?  Air them in the comments section below. You’ll feel a lot better when you do.

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5 Responses to The Invisible Scrapbook Magpie Strikes Again

  1. Laura Kelly June 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm #

    Oh, my! Have done that so many times!! That has got to be my top peeve as well. So mant times. Sigh………..

  2. Karen June 30, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    You mean I’m not the ONLY one who loses things??? I can be sitting at my sbing table (minding my own business, thank you very much) and before I get up I’ve managed to lose something I was just using. (I feel as tho I’m losing my “mind” too!) Guess I also have magpies to at my house. At least now I know who’s stealing all my stuff. Thanks for cluing me to one of life’s great mysteries!!! lol!


  3. Barb July 4, 2011 at 2:40 am #

    Nice to know I am not alone! It scares me sometimes and it is not just my scrapbooking stuff, it is car keys, mail, gardening tools that I use and put down and the garden gnomes steal away on me! People tell me it is because I am over 50, have alot on my mind, blah, blah, blah. But what the heck will happen as I get older? It is very frustrating!

    • karooch July 4, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Well if it’s caused by being over 50, what’s the excuse for all the 30somethings Barb?

  4. Cherie Bell December 19, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    My biggest pet peeve would be searching through lot of scrapbooking blogs and not all of them shows the terms of use with their scrap offerings. And sometimes worse you can’t find it posted anywhere on the blog either, kinda sucks to download something just to find out you can use it for your project. And on top of it sometimes the definition of the common terms can be different to every designer and that just gives me a headache, especially when you would rather be crafting instead of trying to play lawyer with all the terms so you don’t get sued. I really wish we can all make these terms more absolute. I have been trying real hard to respect all the TOUs from other designers, but it slows down my card making and scrapbooking. I wish every blog and website would have the Terms of Use clearly stated. My favorite that found lately with cardmaking is the Angel Policy, that really helps!! I feel more at ease downloading it and using it to create my cards!! I wish more would have one. Well that’s basically my rant. We need to have more help understanding all the usage rules. If anyone can help me out please do, thanks!!!