Product Review

Ooops, just remembered that I hadn't done my write up for a product test. I was one of a number of people selected by Design Objectives to receive a 3L Scrapbook Adhesive EZ Runner worth £4.99. We were given a short questionnaire and these are my answers .... note this is my personal opinion only.

1. How often do you use adhesive?

Pretty well daily.

2. What is the main type of adhesive you use?

Double sided tape (Poundland), Power Pritt, glue dots, Glossy Accents.

3. What do you look for in an adhesive?

Stickability and value for money.

4. How easy is the product to remove from its packaging?

Easy peasy!

5. Does the product appeal to you – i.e. does it look good?

It's okay, nothing to shout about but it's only glue, right, doesn't need to look like a piece of art.

6. How easy is the product to use?

Very easy. The one thing I would say is that ergonomically I was consistently trying to use it upside down as it seemed to fit my hand better that way. So maybe some more of an indicator of which is the right way up.

7. How well does the product perform?

Works great. Didn't get gunged up at all in the runner like some do, didn't jam at all, went on smoothly and great to use on curves. Excellent to use when in a hurry.

8. Do you like this product?

As far as this type of product goes, I thought it worked well but the 'upside down ness' (see above) irked me. Plus I hated that you can't refill it. With all the green issues about reusing and recycling this is very much a negative from my point of view.

9. Do you consider it good value for money?

For buying an adhesive in the roller it is on par pretty well with other product on the market. However having to buy a new roller at £4.99 every time one runs out makes it much more expensive than being able to refill a runner with a £2 refill.

10. Would you consider buying this product in the future?

For attending crops and classes and having on standby for doing things in a rush, then maybe I would, as it was easy and quick to use with no fuss, perfect when time is of the essence. For every day scrapping, then no.

11. What would make you more likely to buy this product in the future?

Make the runner refillable and have the refills available to buy at a price point in line with other products on the market (£2-£2.50).

12. What would make you less likely to buy this product in the future?

The current cost and waste factor (not being able to refill) are two things which really don't do this product any favours, which is a shame because it works brilliantly.

Colour Combo challenges and Cyber Crop news

I love working to challenges. With the mountain of photos coupled with the mountain of stash I often find it overwhelming choosing where to start. I find it really helpful to have some sort of pointer to focus my mind in one direction. I like best the challenges that give quite a lot of freedom still such as journaling prompts. And the colour swatches. There are some really lovely and inspiring colour combinations. I've loved working with them all since I joined the talented team on the blog. Some have been more challenging than others, but then - working with something you wouldn't normally consider is what a challenge is all about!

The new swatches over at Color Combos Galore go live every Monday. As well as a new challenge each week, all the previous colour swatches are archived over there too.

These are all my pages to date:

I'm hoping to get back into some semblence of order now that the kids are back at school and we have come back from our jaunt up to Scotland. Huge thanks to Roz for - yet again - being a fabulous hostess and welcoming myself and my child tribe into her home for the week. Apologies to Ben for the verbal onslaught on his delicate ears by the megaphone that is Josh - and to Trevor and Charlie for the overpowering attention they get from Mia as soon as she walks through the door!

We had a lovely week together, a few days out and about coupled with some great pyjama days too. Hmm bad scrapper that I am I left the photographing to Roz (she is better at it than me) and forgot to copy the photos to bring back with me. Oh well - seems like a great excuse for another visit, eh Roz?!

My baby had her seventh birthday the week before, unfortunately the weather didn't hold out so the party ended up being in the playroom (for the games) and conservatory (for the food). This time was marginally less stressful as top of Mia's wishlist for her birthday was birthday food from McDonalds. I very carefully and very clearly wrote the list of what we needed so Len just had to hand it over and the staff just had to follow it to the letter. Unfortunately we seem to have got the staff who didn't understand that ***NO RELISH AND NO SALAD*** on the Big Mac actually meant that we didn't want relish or salad on the Big Mac, so poor Josh went rather hungry. A couple of drinks missing too, but at least that was easier to put right.

Okay well am going to move myself to get some more laundry out on the washing line now the sun has peeped through the clouds (incidentally my line broke yesterday with two loads of washing on it which ended up in the garden), it's been mended now so I hope it stands up to the strain again.

Oh and a quick heads up for anyone who visits my blog that doesn't know, there is a Cyber Crop over on UK Scrappers this weekend (from Friday evening to late Sunday afternoon). Lots of classes planned (includes layouts, mini books, cards and altered projects so there really should be something for everyone!). I was lucky enough (she says nervously) to be asked to do a layout class which on the Saturday night at the 8pm slot.

If you're not already registered over there it is well worth the effort of doing so. Not only will you get access to the new classes this weekend, but also the library of classes from all the previous cybercrops for the past couple of years. My previous classes are filed in there too, a layout class and a starbook class.