Monday, February 22, 2010
Good Morning! Another week begins...last week in February already. Seems like it was just New Year's Eve. :)
So nice to be back on days again.
I did get the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite out of the packaging yesterday--a feat in itself--hehe!
Just grabbed some of the packaging for experimenting. They immediately looked good from the top, I thought.
The backsides were all mangled--some more than usual. But I am not sure how to position the eyelet before you press down? I tried putting it up against the top part of the press and then balance it against the bottom part. There must be a trick to this? Oh--and I pounded lightly on the backside of the top button eyelets with my tiny hammer and then they looked flatter.
I decided I would look on youtube and see if I can find anything helpful as to how to position the eyelets in the contraption before I use up any more eyelets. I think that is the key.
Regardless--they look nice and round on the top--tada!! That is exactly what we wanted and why we bought it! Leah and I never let the backsides show, anyways. We always layer the paper so they don't show because they never look good on that split backside. At least not the way we do them or any I have seen. But if somebody actually wanted the backs to show and look nice, my first impression is that the Big Bite can't perform any miracles on the eyelet splitting unevenly problem. I had no such expectations--but did expect them to split more evenly? Basically wanted something that could attach the eyelets and leave them nice and round on the top because we tend to flatten them with the hammer method. It is so annoying to have one squished eyelet mar an otherwise lovely card, you know? Now I just need to figure out the best placement and dial positions to get them to end up the flattest on the back that I can manage and I will be very happy.
I can see why people complained that the instructions are limited and there's not enough information given. You don't know where to actually place the eyelet and paper--close to the top, the bottom, in between? There's no solid spot to put them, as far as I have found so far--a lot of looseness and wiggle room, shall we say. And which way to place the top and bottom dials is pretty hard for an old lady with bifocals to even read on the machine (small, black raised on black). They only provide some basic information--true. We already saw on youtube that people used different settings than they told you to use and it worked better?? I need to go back and watch again--look for videos. And keep experimenting with it, of course.
What do I think of it? Well, I am fairly confident that I can find the most efficient way to place/center the eyelets in the contraption to end up with the flattest backside. Getting the eyelets in the best position so that the backs split as evenly as possible will probably come with time and use--and I wish it was easier. Despite my fumbling around and not knowing what I was doing--the tops all turned out nice and round! So--I'm already happy enough that I bought it. I can only assume it will become easier as I use it. But--it is one of those items that only time will tell if I like it any better. My criteria will be if I consistently get nice round tops. I'll put up with a bit of annoyance for that end result--hehe! I'll let you know. ;)
I forgot to mention that a couple days ago I saw three police cars in the parking lot. Curious thing we don't see here. Later on that day they said on TV that a bloodied man was trying to get someone to let him in my building--pushing the various buttons--and someone called the police. But I never heard any follow-up information. Not sure if he was stabbed, shot, in an accident of some kind, or what? If anybody local heard--let me know, okay?
Overcast day--fog--16 degrees--hint of fine snow flakes. Could be the wind just shifting the snow off the roof. Feels like a good day. :):)