You guys may think that the pixies just create cool stuff for the site. We not only create, but we are always amazed at the new something cool that our team member has created. Recently for me that has been the Tri-fold Card workshop. I decided that the Tri-Fold Card would make the perfect Baby Shower invitation for a friend of mine.
For about a week we collaborated over how the invitation would look. She doesn’t know if she is having a boy or a girl, so she opted to use Decepticon (Transformers) colors, since her husband is a huge Transformers fan. We printed drafts and made sure the sizing was perfect – not that we had to because the worksheet that comes with the workshop does all the work for you. We were all ready to go to final print. At the last minute, I decided to deviate from the workshop and print each section as a 4×6 print which I would then cut out. We ordered 400 prints and they came back looking perfect…that is until we cut them out and went to put the invite together. Apparently my design was enlarged during printing, so the sections no longer fit in their place. Urrrrrrgggggh. What a frustrating experience. Judy, Erica and I were all sitting around a table all ready to get these invitations “banged out”, but we were at a stand still. We had to improvise. With a few measurement adjustments and a lot of extra work, I was able to come up with a solution.
I learned a lot during this process.
First: FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS
Second: If you deviate from the instructions, you must test every single step. (I tested everything out on a local printer at full size, but didn’t test it out on my new project size.
Third: When life gives you lemons…make lemonade. I was very happy with my end results even though slightly different from the original. It is okay to make a mistake, and more fun to fix that mistake at a table with the help of your friends.