Plain brads. . .out of vogue?

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Posted 1/21/2013 by SnappyScrappy in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:54:17 PM
I was looking for different colors of basic mini brads for a scrapbook event raffle and was surprised to find that they were next to impossible to find! Not that I use them all of the time, but I do think they add a nice touch. I am assuming that they have been replaced by candy dots. I am getting dangerously low on matte black mini brads and was wondering if anyone knew where I could purchase? I went to bed way too late last night because I was surfing the web to try and find them with no luck.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:57:37 PM
I still like plain brads! Mini, medium, and large. I still see them for sale at most of the big craft stores. Though you do often have to buy them in multipacks instead of by individual colours like you used to be able to do.






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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:57:52 PM
I would try the larger craft stores. Sometimes smaller local stores have them too. You might have to get a package of black and white mixed together. I love my plain brads!



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Posted: 1/21/2013 12:58:47 PM
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:15:12 PM
Make your own colored ones if you need to. Just use your heat gun to heat up the end of the brad (holding it with a long pair of needle nose pliers). Then dunk the brad head into a bottle of embossing powder. Re-heat with the heat gun to melt it smooth. Voila! Custom colored brads (great way to use up the ugly colored ones...)


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:32:28 PM
I bought a pack of Spare Parts mini black brads a couple of weeks ago at HL. If you can't find any, peamail me and I can send you some.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:38:33 PM
I was thinking the same thing about them being replaced by enamel dots--a very quick pop of color without having to punch a hole, etc.

What a fun tip about the embossing powder to color them! Thanks!
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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:40:42 PM
Funny enough i was just looking at little brads over at Noel Mignon, she has heaps for sale. I love the fabric ones etc but i really prefer just a small simple brad.
If i have an OA pack it is the small ones that get used


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:43:32 PM

Make your own colored ones if you need to. Just use your heat gun to heat up the end of the brad (holding it with a long pair of needle nose pliers). Then dunk the brad head into a bottle of embossing powder. Re-heat with the heat gun to melt it smooth. Voila! Custom colored brads (great way to use up the ugly colored ones...)


Yep. That's what I do too. Jennifer McGuire showed that tip in a video and ever since I've been recolouring my ugly brads!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 1:49:54 PM
I just checked my Stampin' Up catalogue and there's a set in here that are 3/16", 120 of them, 6 colors: black, gray, brown, white, cream, and tan (of course those aren't the actual color names - SU has all cool names of colors). They are $6.95. Not sure if this is something you're looing for.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:04:25 PM
I still use them! Just sent you a PeaMail.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 2:19:06 PM
Thanks to all! I love the idea of re-coloring with embossing powder. And thanks for the tips on where to find. The reason why I posted in the first place is because I had looked at Joann's (who, by the way in this particular store which is large and fairly new, had totally eliminated all of their store embellishments), Michael's (where I found a few but not many and no black) and ACMoore (where I found none at all).


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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:48:11 PM
Your post is so timely! I use brads frequently and needed to buy some. The only place I can find them around here is Hobby Lobby.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 3:54:43 PM
Go to where you buy office supplies. Before they became a much-loved scrapping goodie, they were known as "paper fasteners." Buy a plain ol' pack for super cheap there, then color them up pretty. Faster than heat embossing, use alcohol inks or alcohol-based markers (Copics or Bics).


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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:18:15 AM
HappyNscrappin is going out of business. If you SEARCH brads they have tons "cheap". Lots of colors and styles.

I think it is OK to put this here because they mostly have a lot of older (Peas doesn't carry) stuff.

There are some good deals but not much competition for the Peas


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Posted: 1/22/2013 2:55:22 AM
Ebay - just guessing but they have lots of older stuff
yesterday I wanted an old product from tim holtz and thought I'd never find it, did an ebay search and bam! Heaps of options
I'm sure there are alot of people getting rid of brads they never used too so you might pick up some uber cheap

I'm deffinatley a fan of the enamel dots over brads, I always found them too difficutlt to use


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:05:26 AM
Close To My Heart still has brads in their catalog, in color groups.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:00:46 AM
I believe Oriental trader has brads. My other suggestions were either Joannes or HL.




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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:26:39 AM
Definitely try Hobby Lobby.

I still use plain brads. I have a ton of them and like them for a little bit of color.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 6:37:12 AM
I looked at Archiver's yesterday, and they still had lots of mini-brads, even ones by Making Memories still...


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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:39:08 AM
I was thinking HL has their brand of brads in various colors.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 4:18:13 PM
Gawd, I hope not! When I actually DO scrap a page, I almost always use brads of some sort. Now, eyelets, that's another story!

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Posted: 1/22/2013 4:31:34 PM
I love plain brads. I actually prefer plain brads over fancy ones


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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:24:01 PM
Say it isn't so
In saying that I do colour plain brads with my embossing powders when I don't have the right colour so I am not that worried but still I do love brads.



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Posted: 1/22/2013 5:41:09 PM
I just blew my new year's resolution buying nothing but brads and tape It was 50% off and they had plenty of blue tape in various patterns, and plain brads in different colors- why don't I feel guilty?

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Posted: 1/23/2013 2:00:22 AM
Try this site - they have TONS of plain brads and decorative ones as well. I've ordered from them for years and have always had great service and product. Just Brads and Eyelets

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:25:43 AM
I ink/emboss mine like Miss E does... And if you want cheap round ones for that, check office supply shops...


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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:30:03 AM
I still use brads, especially the plain ones. I'm not into sewing on my pages, so brads come in handy when attaching certain elements to a page (like vellum, etc). I also use Tim Holtz staple attacher quite a bit for the same reason, but I'd like to say that brads will always be one of my goto embellishments.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:31:04 AM
I love brads, but then again I do not only use stuff that is "in style" I figure if I like it then it is in my style You have gotten lots of great suggestions on finding them. American crafts sells packs of different colors in different sizes, I assume they still make them.

I have so many I will never need to buy more ever LOL

I also still love eyelets shhhhhhhhhhhh do not tell anyone







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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:34:57 AM
Off topic, don't mean to hijack, but just want to jump in to say that there is a way to use up your eyelets if you are looking for a way:

We made bracelets with the eyelets in GS a few years ago. I saw it in a Jewelry Magazine. You use them as is, no flattening. Just think of the eyelets as beads and you get the idea. String them on jewelry cord and finish off. The girls had tons of fun coming up with different patterns. My older daughter who was helping out made a beautiful one using mostly black eyelets interspersed with bright eyelets. It was really pretty. You would never in a million years guess it was made with eyelets.

Now, as to the topic at hand, I love brads and use them on flowers or to make a big circle outline on a LO. I went crazy years ago buying them and am in no danger of running out anytime soon.

Our Joann's has gotten really bad in the scrapping department. It's a waste of time to even go there. If I was looking at a brick and mortar store, my first stop would probably be Hobby Lobby for brads.
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