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« on: March 11, 2007 01:13:25 AM »

its odd i have been scrapbooking for about 2 years now and have done 6x6, 8x8 and 12x2 books ( not all pages filled) and many of the page layouts look like twins.

how can i make them look different and interesting? Smiley

p.s i am currrently working on a BEAUTIFUL marilyn Monroe page and i think its my fave , ill have to post them when i scan them
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« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2007 12:47:18 AM »

Most scrapbook supply shops will have stickers and things especially for this. You can also do it yourself with things you have around the house and papers. If you want more detail it would probably be better for you to search around the net or even to pick up a magazine (there are lots of them these days) to get hints and tips.

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« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2007 04:27:58 PM »

there is some amazing adhesive ribbon out there too now, it got me excited about ATC maybe it'd get you going again for Scraping?

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« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2007 04:31:48 PM »

you could try incorporating more 3-d elements - try beads, found objects, scrabble tiles, etc...

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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2007 11:15:57 AM »

Ink is your friend. A lot of times when I feel I'm missing *something* on a page I run some ink down the edges to rough it up a bit and that usually does the trick. 3-d embellies help too.  Grin

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007 10:18:59 PM »

I have gotten in a few ruts in my last 5 years of scrapbooking. I highly recommend looking at galleries online for inspirations and to develop ideas about elements.  One thing that spiced up my layouts was investigating in tools.  I invested in an instant setter for brads and it really opened up new dynamics.  I also got into stamping and making my own stamps with foam.  I also took a trip to staples a couple of times to look at non conventional office supplies and thought about how those office supplies could be applied to my lay outs.  I started using labels, office stamps, labellers and inkjet transparencies.  I also started doodling more and free handing journaling into my lay outs.
But i got a subscription to "memory makers" magazine for my brithday and i find it is the best scrapbooking magazine out there.  It has the least advertising and the best content in my opinion.  I have learnt alot from it and highly recommend it for people looking to create and inspire new interest into their pages.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2008 01:22:53 PM »

When I feel my pages are too bare, I force myself to add another element. it may be as simple as a photocorner or changing a matt from solid to pattern. i make sure have at least 3 (now 4) interesting elements on a page

This site really helps inspire me to do more layering.... http://lescrapdezab.over-blog.com/10-index.html
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2008 01:57:17 PM »

Great site scrills!

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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2008 02:20:53 PM »

You could also use sketches!  Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes magazine shares some on their website and you can also find them at Simple Scrapbooks magazine's website.  I know there are also several blogs out there that offer free sketches.  Also, there's a website called Page Maps that shares sketches.  Go here and click on the month in the left column for that month's sketches.  I think they put new ones up every month.  http://www.pagemaps.com/

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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2008 09:28:56 PM »

i would say embellishments are key to a fancy scrapbook. Also, try different paper techniques, like torn edges or chalking to make things seem antique or even burned. I have a page that I made using only only one photo we took in Texas, but by tearin the edges of tan paper and then coloring the torn parts with black chalk, the paper looked burned! it turned out very neat!!

good luck!!


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