My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #893: I Had an Idea . . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 500 days ago 1143 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made good progress yesterday working on the new ornament sets, and in the process, something came to mind. An epiphany if you will. Although I am sure that the idea has probably been addressed before, it had not occurred to me until yesterday. I felt as if the fog had been lifted and I had one of those “ah-ha!” moments we see played out in the movies. In any case, I think I may be on to something.

In my never-ending quest to eliminate spray adhesive as much from my life as possible, I though of something that may work and take its place for the most part. In recent days, I have been successfully using the double sided masking tape as a means to attach the pattern to the wood. While the tape costs a bit more than the spray adhesive (at approximately $10 per 1.47” x 27 yd. roll) the application for using it to apply patterns worked flawlessly. I simply applied the tape in strips over my clean and dust-free wood surface, peeled off the backing, and pressed on the pattern that I printed from my printer over the top of the tape. Even in the most intricate cutting (as on the sled ornaments which included many curves and curls) the tape held the pattern in place. This type of cutting was one of the areas that was giving me the most problems, as when shaving small pieces, the glue decided to let go and the pattern began to flap. You can imagine how it not only made cutting more difficult, but also increased the chance for error as my concentration shifted from what I was doing with the blade to trying to hold the pattern in place with my finger nail as I cut. Most scrollers who have experienced this know exactly what I mean, and it is not fun.

Not only did the tape hold well, but it was very easy to remove from the wood once cutting was completed and left no residue. I was thrilled I no longer had to deal with the unreliability and also the mess of spraying the pattern with temporary spray adhesive and hoping it would hold and work properly. Nor did I need to put the extra layer of blue painter’s tape underneath the pattern to help removal of the pattern and to prevent the wood from burning during cutting. I was in essence accomplishing two tasks with one product. And that was a great thing.

But people were having difficulty finding the product at a reasonable cost, so I wanted to think of another reasonable alternative that would work just as well.

While I was painting yesterday and working on my ornaments, I had a thought. I remembered that I had some full sheet sticker paper that I had used to make large labels some time ago. I wondered if that would work as a way to adhere the pattern to the wood for cutting. The full sheet labels can be used with my printer and that meant that I could print the pattern directly on it. I could then cut it to shape and apply it to the wood, as I normally did with the pattern and peel it up when I was finished.

Why hadn’t I thought of that before?

I had a couple of sheets left, and I printed the pattern on to it. I then applied a piece to the wood to see how it would stick, and so far it worked perfectly.

I am going to give it a go today and cut these pieces out and I will let you know how it does tomorrow. But by the way it was sticking, I think it is going to work fine.

I went to and found these Full Sheet Labels in a pack of 100 for only $19.96. Even with the shipping added, it only cost just under $30.00. That’s a pretty good price for no-hassle and no mess application of the pattern. Since I have to print the pattern from my computer anyway, it just makes sense to print directly on the label and then adhere it to the wood. That will completely eliminate the fussing of spraying and wondering if I am going to get clumps or slime out of the can, or if anything will come out at all. With the Super 77 (which is the most reliable brand that I have used) costing nearly $20 per can after taxes, I can’t help but think that using the labels wouldn’t cost much less in the long run, as it will also eliminate the need for using the blue painter’s tape underneath the pattern to help prevent burning of the wood, which is something I do every time I cut.

At $30 per 100 sheets, it seems like a pretty good idea and well worth a try. I cant’ wait to see how it works later on today and I will certainly report back tomorrow.

My ornaments are nearly done now, and I should be able to take some nice pictures today too. I finished up the little ‘charms’ yesterday and they came out wonderful!

They are super simple to paint (Yes – even a child can do it!) and on one version I used beautiful sparkles:

Of course I did a conservative version of the ornaments so that those who don’t want to paint wood won’t have to, and they look nice too. Today I am finishing up the extra bonus that I am adding with the patterns and hopefully buttoning everything up. Hopefully we will have everything ready for a site update on Monday or Tuesday.

So it looks like it is going to be quite a busy day here. I suppose you will have to wait until tomorrow to see everything finished. I love these days when everything falls together into place. Seeing things come together like this is fun and exciting.

I hope you all enjoy your Sunday. It is cool and a bit overcast here today, with wispy snow on the ground. Perfect weather for working on Christmas things!

Have a great one!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 500 days ago

the ornaments are beautiful.

Staples has the lables at about the same price as the “with shipping” that you quoted (Canadian Price). There are no shipping fees if… your order is over $50? LINk

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 500 days ago

Thanks, Debbie! Yes, I am very encouraged at this as another alternative. I like having choices – especially when people live in different areas and have different things available to them. I think that growing up in Chicago and then moving to such a rural area in Nova Scotia helped me become more aware of how important the availability of supplies can be. I appreciate you posting the link so that people can have choices for what works best for them. :)

Have a great day! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 500 days ago

Hi Sheila,

Those are beautiful!!!

Great idea about using the sheet label. Talk about a time saver.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 500 days ago

I am finding out on Facebook that this idea has been around for a while. I suppose I am late to that party! LOL But hey – if I didn’t hear about it before, perhaps others didn’t either so maybe we will all be ‘enlightened’ together. As I said on my Facebook page “I don’t get out much.” Better late than never, right?? :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 500 days ago

Thanks for sharing your “epiphany”. For me it is most timely as I started reading your scroll saw classes and went to my local hardware store yesterday. They had a sale on blue painters tape and I had a coupon so got some more 77, but no double sided clear tarp tape. Your idea sounds like it has potential. I look forward to hearing the results of today’s experience. Also, checked your site yesterday but didn’t see the sleds, so I’ll just check later. Have a great weekend.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 500 days ago

Hi, John! The sleds are up there but not “live” until the update tomorrow or Tuesday. You can order them using this direct link right now if you want:

Any one else that wants them right away can too. We just try to keep things organized and I am going to try to finish this last pattern before the update so I can include it too. :)

I think the labels will work wonderfully. I am off to try them now!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Dan Krager

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#7 posted 500 days ago

I wish I had thought of that idea! Wonderfully simple. Hope the adhesive lets go cleanly! Some labels have a permanent type adhesive that just won’t let go.
Your designs are small enough that a sheet of cut labels might be feasible, if your software lets you reliably position graphics on a label. That could eliminate another step of cutting them apart. Maybe not as efficient as it seems at first, because you can arrange a full sheet of graphics just about any way you want. Apply and cut into smaller sections if desired.

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 500 days ago

I think it will work fine, Dan. I am using the labels I had, but the ones ordered are marked ‘permanent’. I think that even though they say that, since wood is so porous they should come off nicely. I just wouldn’t leave them on a long, long time (like weeks) and put them in place just before I am cutting. I will certainly keep you posted. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 500 days ago

Thanks Martyn. Having sources all over is good to know. That will help people on your side of the ocean.

It seems that Kindlingmaker mentioned labels on my blog last month here:

I missed that somehow and I apologize for not acknowledging it. It is good to have choices, as I said and I can’t wait to see how this works for me. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 500 days ago

Sheila those are looking great.

Your tree is going to be a wonderland this year.

We use the labels for woodturning projects, sooo

easy. We get A4 sheets of rubber stamps made up

and for production Pyrography it saves so much time

and is fairly inexpensive. You just send the artwork and

it comes back very precise. I’ll PM you a picture of some

of the ones I use. If you get them as individual stamps with

handles they are about $4 USA from Hong Kong, I can give

you the link if you want?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 500 days ago

Good morning Sheila. Love the “charms” They will look awesome on the letter ornaments. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Great idea on the labels. I’ll be interested to hear how easily they come off after cutting. Anything that helps avoid the flapping paper! I’ve filed a few fingers nails because of that.
Enjoy your day. A beautiful sunny day here, a nice break before the rains start again.

-- Anna

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