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Ask The Pros: Common DIY Mistakes

April 15th, 2015 by Jeannine

Ask The Pros: Common DIY Mistakes

DIY is all the rage and one of the easier and more common things to DIY for your wedding are your invitations. Don’t be fooled though, it can be more work than you initially thought. I decided to ask Vancity Vendor Amari Yu from Making Memories with Scrapbooking what the common mistakes beginner crafters make are and how to avoid them. This post doesn’t mean to discourage you from DIY-ing, it merely shows the reality of what it really is all about. I felt the same way when I DIY’d my wedding… it took a lot of hours and purchasing more paper (because I cut off too much, printed it wrong) etc etc… and Amari has helped many DIY brides coming into her store with the same kind of problems. We want to help you avoid those problems :)

Making Memories with Scrapbooking - photo by Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

Beware of Pinterest

Pinterest can be a godsend for brides but it can also be a nightmare. Your boards are full of amazing looking DIY pins but some brides may find that their end product may not look exactly what the pin shows. Amari recommends:

“The solution: get educated on the DIY project first. It is good to ask someone who has tackled the project (or ask us at Making Memories with Scrapbooking for advice!)  Instead of getting so excited and just buying everything that you need for the project, take a step back and ask yourself.”

It also pays to keep in mind that a lot of these photos are staged and made to look professional so don’t be disappointed that your Pinterest project is not an exact replica. If you like how it looks and you’re proud of your creation, that’s all that matters.

Making Memories with Scrapbooking - photo by Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

Time is of the Essence

Another thing that people fail to realize is that DIY projects take time… especially the more complicated ones that require extra painting, assembling, cutting, pasting, or even sourcing for specific materials. Think about whether you can commit a few hours a night after work or weekends (especially if you’re making elaborate items). If not, maybe it’s best to leave these projects to the professionals.

Making Memories with Scrapbooking - photo by Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

Finding the Right Tool

I know how it feels to walk into a craft store and come out with a full shopping bag of goodies like stamps, die cuts, and punches… but honestly, a lot of those remain unused (for now). Amari wants you to keep these in mind before putting items in your shopping basket:

Will you be using the product again? If it’s a larger ticket item that you will use once, then perhaps think of another option.

Don’t waste your money on cheap adhesives. You want to make sure your project holds well together.

Don’t waste your time penny pinching and making sure you get the BEST deal possible. Time is money too. Yes, do a bit of research about cost but don’t be too obsessed with it.  Driving to different locations, scouting out the best deal takes TIME and you can save that time actually tackling your project.”

Of course, don’t be afraid to ask fellow crafters or store employees for advice. It will help you avoid wasting money on things you don’t need for your project.

Making Memories with Scrapbooking - photo by Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

Are You Really a DIY Bride?

We all know that DIY isn’t for everyone… DIY calls for brides who are patient and with enough time commitment to complete everything. Of course, an interest in crafting is obviously an asset. Assessing whether you have what it takes to be a DIY bride can save you money in the long run… according to Amari:

“A lot of brides tackle DIY projects thinking they can save money but it ends up being a project they regret taking on because they don’t know how much work is involved.”

In other words, mistakes = more time = more supplies = more money.

Making Memories with Scrapbooking - photo by Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

Thank you Amari for your insight and advice! I encourage you all to check out their shop on Hastings Street near Rosser Avenue in Burnaby. They also have card making classes that will be quite helpful for the beginner crafter. I’ve done one of their classes before and I had a lot of fun! The staff are very friendly and helpful, plus they have a nice selection of tools, paper, and embellishments for purchase. For more information on Making Memories with Scrapbooking, visit their social media links below:

Website | Facebook | Twitter

All photos provided by Amari Yu and courtesy Simply Sweet Photography by Nomo Akisawa

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