I have heard this comment many times but not until recently did I put it into practice. Sometime ago I tried to paint a heart as my main feature for a layout. Needless to say it looked terrible and I promptly shoved the cardstock as far out of sight as possible. If it looked like this, wouldn't you do the same?
Then the other day I came across some photos of Mia that I have wanted to scrap for some time. The cardstock above was the perfect colour but how to fix that heart? From my stash I found four patterned papers that complimented each other. I cut them into 3cm squares and inked the edges with Distress Ink (aged mahogany) and covered up the white paint.
I glued these pieces randomly then stitched them down. At last that heart was gone. Next came a contrasting patterned paper from which I tore a heart shape and inked the edges before stitching it into place, then came the photos, the embellishments, title and lastly the journaling around the edges of the page.
You can still see a little of the white paint at the lower edge of the layout. I rather like it as it reminds me that you don't make mistakes in scrapbooking all you need to do is take a different path.