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« Reply #60 on: July 31, 2007 04:16:06 PM »

First of all, alternative scrapbook supplies is a most awesome idea!  Pastels and cutsey stickers are highly over-rated.  Secondly, if anyone does branch out into alternative-type stuff, please include travel-themed pages that DON'T have annoying  family-roadtripping station wagons and "are we there yet?" signs!

actually alot of companies have a ton of really attractive aged travel themed embellishments and stickers, try your LSS instead of craft stores or dept or box stores....also online is a great place to try...

another thing to consider is that most scrapbooking ISNT pastels and cutesy isnt if you look around at it, but its also more expensive than the stuff that is pastels and cutesy.....not to say there is ALOT of expensive unbelievably pastely cutesy stuff, like someone else said, they are playing to the market, and a VAST majority of scrapbookers are between the ages of 27-37, are homemakers, attend church regularly, have at least 2 children, live in an upper to high middle income household, and their favorite colors are generally pink (this isnt everyone obviously, but it is the key demographic for many scrapbook companies, because at least half of all *dedicated* scrapbookers fit this description with at least 4 of the above traits. they like pastels and cutesy...)

i would like to mention that i dont necessarily fit the demographic...im 21, im a homemaker, i have no kids, im an atheist, i like in the high middle income range, my favorite color is whatever looks best at the moment, but most often pink, and i usually dont buy pastel cutesy anything...but sometimes i do, if it fits the theme of what i am doing......my point is.....there is ALOT of different kinds of paper out there, alot to choose from, if you like things that are more unique, guess what, its gonna take more effort and more searching to find them, or they wouldnt be different or unique, they would be mainstream, and they wouldnt be as special anymore.....if *emo* goth and punk were the so called norm then pink florals would be what everyone would be looking for on this thread, or taboo to people....trends are trends, and sometimes its just what people genuinely like....

if you really want something that fits you, make it...take some plain cardstock and acid free paints and pens and make it....take sticker paper and design stickers, use your creativity and express it....

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« Reply #61 on: July 31, 2007 06:42:41 PM »

I've found quite a few items that I would consider alternative, here are just a few:

From Creative Imaginations : http://www.creativeimaginations.us/store/CI_Consumer_BrandList.php enter "skull" in the search box.

www.hamblyscreenprints.com

www.lazarstudiowerx.com (Specifically, the paperwerx)

The "Obscure" line from Basic Grey  http://www.basicgrey.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=69

I hope this helps. I agree with the previous posters who recommended shopping at a local scrapbooking store instead of Joann's, Michael's, etc. The small stores tend to have much more unique stuff. Hey, even if they don't, the buyer there might listen to your suggestions and order new stuff for the store, while that will most likely never happen at one of the bigger chains.
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« Reply #62 on: August 04, 2007 08:46:14 AM »

The only problem with local shops is they tend to be more expensive than one of the "Bog box" craft stores.  With all the scrapbooking I do, I plain can't afford to buy stickers that cost $5 for one page. 

but that's why I tend to make my own clip arts type things, and if I see images on websites I like, i save the picture to print out for my book.  Seems to work the best for me. 

Calendar pages also make good page backgrounds.  Depending on what style calendar you have, it might fit your "alternative" style.  Usually in January or February you can start to get brand new calendars for $1 or so, depending on the store you go to. 
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« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2007 10:02:50 AM »

The only problem with local shops is they tend to be more expensive than one of the "Bog box" craft stores.  With all the scrapbooking I do, I plain can't afford to buy stickers that cost $5 for one page.  

but that's why I tend to make my own clip arts type things, and if I see images on websites I like, i save the picture to print out for my book.  Seems to work the best for me. 

Calendar pages also make good page backgrounds.  Depending on what style calendar you have, it might fit your "alternative" style.  Usually in January or February you can start to get brand new calendars for $1 or so, depending on the store you go to. 

the highlighted statement is a common concern among many scrapbookers, but my opinion about that is this: for me quality is way more important than quantiy, im lucky enough not to have to choose, but everyone has to make the choice sometimes, and i would rather my work was beautiful than there was alot of it.
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« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2007 11:05:25 AM »



the highlighted statement is a common concern among many scrapbookers, but my opinion about that is this: for me quality is way more important than quantiy, im lucky enough not to have to choose, but everyone has to make the choice sometimes, and i would rather my work was beautiful than there was alot of it.

didn't we already go through how insulting your comment is?

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« Reply #65 on: August 04, 2007 11:52:33 AM »

i mean this extremely sincerely annaonthemoon, i am not meaning to insult you personally, and i have never attacked or even commented on a page you have done out of respect for you, but i am still entitled to my opinion about quality. that hasnt changed, and likely never will, it wasnt made in haste, and its not as if i dont have pages sitting in my vault filled with inexpensive papers and embellishments from my early days (i am fond of them because they are now 2 kinds of memories, the actual events, and the beginning of my ever changing scrapbooking learning process)

(i want to clarify quickly, i am not talking about the actual amount of money you spend of a product, but the quality of goods its created from, Basic Grey and Chatterbox are just plain higher quality than the paper you get in a kit at Wal-Mart or from Making Memories or CM or Bazzill is much higher quality than DCWV...im not saying spend more, im saying quality.....yes spending more is a byproduct of that, but the quality is the most important thing in my eyes, thats why i only buy online from companies i have bought from in person before, or i only buy a very small amount of whatever im buying, i dont want to get a poor quality product no matter what it costs)

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im not saying that im some excellent amazing all-star scrapbooker people, i think that sometimes it comes off like that is what i am talking about. i mean i am confident in my scrapbooking skills, but i dont have delusions about being published or aything crazy like that. i am also not implying that everyone who uses quality products creates beautiful pages. the whole point of what my opinion is i *personally* prefer quality. that is all. i dont want this to cause waves, and i dont see why my opinion has to be censored. on many other boards here on craftster we talk about the quality of the goods we use. no one seems to mind the discussion at all.
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« Reply #66 on: August 06, 2007 01:42:40 PM »

hehe. its times like this that I loooove being digital. No archival worries for me!

Tho my inability to use glittery products does make me sad. they never scan right.

I have to say, i realy am starting to see more alternative scrapping papers lately. mabey we have an industry spy in our midst!  Wink

of cource, most of what ive been seeing has been of a gothish bend, but thats ok, i can make use of that. Esp if i cut out a few elements of the paper...like i just got one that has these great tribal wings in one corner..and another with some cool looking keys. So, even if i cant find a cute for the whole paper, i will get use from part of it. I should look up the brand. I think its the same people who made those fun tatoo-inspired papers. I just love those. Cant wait to break out my scanner! Picking the perfect paper for each event is one of my favorite parts!

Now if only I could find the perfect paper for a breast-reduction surgury party.... something girly, i guess....
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« Reply #67 on: August 06, 2007 01:48:41 PM »

Let's not get into a "scrap" over paper, shall we?  Cheesy Recommending a favorite product is awesome and helpful. Belittling someone else's recommendation...not so helpful.
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« Reply #68 on: August 06, 2007 01:50:56 PM »



Now if only I could find the perfect paper for a breast-reduction surgury party.... something girly, i guess....


how about taking one of your old bras and removing wires/clasps  to flatten it to make a background Smiley Depending on how large the bra's fabric is, you might be able to make a 2-page spread using an old bra as the background.  I think that would be kind  of a neat way to show what you used to have to wear, too.
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« Reply #69 on: August 06, 2007 01:59:24 PM »

hehe. i dont thin she'd loan me one. I'm not the one getting the surgury- if they reduced me itd look like half a sex change operation! and i think an A cup would make a poor background.

but looking for something that looks like lingere fabric could be fun! toss a little lace on it? I might have an old neglige somewhere i could scan.... hmmmm....

oh, this actualy brings up another fun "alternative" scrapping material. Everyone knows you can scrapbook with fabrics, but only certain fabrics are good for it. Your favorite knit sweater, for example, would be a poor canidate. But, you can always toss any item of clothes, no matter how loved or how prone to unraveling, on a scanner. Even if you dont scrap digitaly, you can always print it out after you scan it. you might not be able to us it as a full background that way, but you could certainly border pictures, or make embellishments out of it.

I thought that that could be a fun way to make a certain person in a photo stand out more, to. if their wearing a shirt with a notable material, you could border the picture in a scan of that material. that would realy zero-in the eye.

it could also be a fun way to add an extra note of personalized sentimentality- i have a dress now thats got the same exact pattern my DF was wearing when we met- it makes me all sentiental to look at- so a page about her would be a fun place to use a scan of that dress, yeah?
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