Have you tried Stampin’ Up!’s new Stampin’ Scrub? From the minute it was released, I’ve heard nothing but WONDERFUL things. This new product grips to the table when it’s opened, so you can clean and dry your stamps with one hand. The surface is larger, so it’s really easy to clean and dry your largest stamps. The hinge that holds the two sides is stronger than the previous prototype. My new Stampin’ Scrub came in the mail last week, and all that I’ve heard is true.
Until I received my new one this past week, I have used my first Stampin’ Scrub from 2001. I’ve grown accustomed to the label on the previous version of the Stampin’ Scrub, though, that allows me to easily identify which side is “wet” and which side is “dry” even before I open it. My only disappointment with the new Stampin’ Scrub is that is that there’s no obvious top or bottom. Now, time for a visual:
See the difference? I didn’t think so. Once the Stampin’ Scrub is opened, there’s an easy way to distinguish the “wet” and “dry” sides. See the water drops and the sunshine on the corners of each pad below?
How absolutely adorable! While these symbols definitely identify the wet and the dry sides of the pad, I find the symbols difficult to see. I have to flip the pad back and forth in the light to see which symbol I am looking at. As a result, I’ve developed a quick and easy way to identify the two sides - without all that flipping. I’ve used this process to label several things in my stamping workspace and find it quite useful. Because I like you, I want to share it with you:
Add a small amount of glue to a scrap of blue paper (I used Marina Mist):
Glue the scrap piece of paper to the top side of a sticky note. You want to glue it to the sticky end, but the non-sticky side, of a sticky note (so that when applied you end up with a card stock-glue-dry side of sticky note-sticky side of sticky note combination:
Then, punch through the layers so that you have a piece of card stock with a sticky back to it. I use a retired circle punch.
Do the same with a piece of yellow card stock. (I used Daffodil Delight.)
Apply the blue card stock circle to the water drops symbol and the yellow card stock circle to the sunshine symbol. Blue = water (wet) and Yellow = sunshine (dry)
And there you have it! Your Stampin’ Scrup sides are now easy to identify without squinting and squirming, without flipping the pads around in the light to identify the appropriate symbols. And, the circles aren’t permanently affixed to your Stampin’ Scrub. If, for any reason, you want to remove them, you can just scrape them off with your finger nail – unless your fingernails are so long that they curl back in a loop like that woman who is in the Guiness Book of World Records. If you are the woman in the Guiness Book of World Records, then you can just scrape them off with a toothpick.
As I was writing this, it occurred to me that the sticky note might not be 100% necessary. The same, non-permanent effect can be achieved by putting a drop of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back of the card stock circle and allowing it to fully dry. The glue then becomes temporary. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of patience or time, so it looks like the sticky note method wins out for me.
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