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Posted 1/30/2013 by Simplej0ys in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 558,342
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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:11:32 AM
Is it possible to make a page with just photos paper and glue and that's it. And by paper id love to see paper stacks as thats What i have access to instead of designer papers. No other embellishments or other extras. Just the very basics. No tools, punches, or anything.
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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:15:14 AM
I love this challenge!
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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:30:13 AM


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:40:36 AM
The thing you have to remember is that Glitter Girl needs to be able to promote current products for sale by Two Peas. So using a stack of papers - especially not sold by Two Peas - with NOTHING ELSE would probably not be possible for her.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:45:22 AM
Maybe I should put some background to my question. I am still "building" supplies and that to me is limiting in terms of what pages I can get done. Coming here and seeing the pretty layouts and watching the GG videos it's all like Martha Stewart magazine for me. Nice to look at but not accessible for those who really has paper and glue and pictures. So I wanted some inspiration on what can be done, if possible. If scrapbooking really is simply photos, stories and pretty paper Id live to see pages with literally those things.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:47:08 AM
Yes, I know it's a hard challenge bc it doesn't use a lot of supplies. But in any case I elaborated further in my previous post.
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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:47:25 AM
I have several LO's in m gallery that are mostly patterned papers. Not sure if they will help, but what I do a lot of times is take papers with bigger prints and cut out those items (Circles, flowers...) and use them as embellishments. You can also make cute flags, banners...with PP.

Most of those examples are on pg 3 of my gallery...the HI LO's.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 11:55:06 AM
You can find a stencil on line of a butterfly. You don't need a punch.
You can find something circular in your house to trace -- you don't need a stencil, a die, a punch ....

You can cut a strip of paper and use it like ... ribbon, washi, string

Anything anyone -- Glitter Girl, etc., -- uses can most likely be done without the "extra" tool.

Further -- turn the challenge around and YOU do it and show us. Glitter Girl has a definite style -- asking her to do something that is different than "what she does" defeats the purpose that the rest of us find in GG vids .... (not to mention that little shopping matter.)

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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:00:50 PM
Hmmm, I see lots of challenge in this. Back to the days of simple but elegant. Use coordinating papers for mats, shapes and lettering. Some older trends like paper folding, tearing (no bears please ) lend themselves to a "just paper" LO.

Thinking further, one could use a regular paper clip w/a paper banner on it (a la Smashbook).



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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:17:41 PM
I know I can easily do it myself but I know where I stand in terms of my limitations and the whole idea was to see what is possible out there and get inspiration.
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Posted: 1/30/2013 12:54:30 PM
Short answer: Yes, it is possible!

Really, really long answer:
First off, I'd add scissors to your list, and a pen and pencil.

It might help you to look at a layout in term of overall design instead of looking at it and just seeing designer product. Scale is going to be important here. Let's say you see a layout you like, and the scrapper used three patterned papers: a strip of large cupcakes, a background paper with tiny stars, and a medium dot, all from Crate Paper's Party Day collection. You obviously don't have this collection, because it isn't even out yet, but you like the layout.

The stack that you have is, say, the Ms Recollections rebrand of Amy Tangerine Sketchbook (that's just what I have out right now). Look through the patterns and see if there are any papers that would match the scale of the patterned paper used in the original layout. For example, this stack would have large doilies to replace the large cupcakes, tiny dots to replace the tiny stars, and medium leaves to replace medium dots. Now you can scraplift this layout, just replacing the similarly-scaled patterns with the same-sized patterns from your stack.

The layout you're scraplifting also has three clusters of embellishments, using what looks like stickers and brads and buttons. Looking again at the stack you have, there are flower clusters you can cut out, frames you can use as the base for a cluster and/or to house journaling, cameras you could cut out, different sized circles, etc. You can replace brads and buttons with the different sized circles, and stickers with the flowers, etc. Fussy-cutting will really be your friend here.

The title would be the tricky part for me. You can find a font you like, trace it, and cut it out, or just find one you like and try to mimic it with your own handwriting. Or forgo a title.

There's so much more variation you can do: If you want added dimension, you can stack small pieces of folded, glued together paper under your embellishments instead of using pop dots. Use paper strips instead of washi, and if you like the banner look, hand-cut rectangles and notch them with scissors. Cut messy scallops in thin strips of paper for a border. Make paper rosettes and pinwheels!

I know this isn't just paper and glue, but office supplies and found objects around the house can really help, too. Add a paper clip. Take a button that came in a tiny baggie on a sweater you bought and add it. Do a bit of hand stitching with a needle and thread. I don't have a die cutting machine, and when I need a circle on a layout, I trace dinner plates, drinking glasses, etc. Like the confetti look? Use a hole punch. You could use the hole punch to make small (albeit flat) circles to be used instead of enamel dots, too. Actually, if your glue is clear, you might be able to make them look like enamel dots by adding a dot of glue on top. Like the arrow look? Draw some and cut them out. Or, cut a square, cut it into two triangles on the diagonal, and cut a smaller triangle from each. Now you have arrow heads! You can also make a cute flag using nothing but patterned paper, glue and a toothpick. If you don't have spray mist, you can get a similar look by splattering acrylic or watercolor paint with a small wet paint brush.

You can also find a lot of great examples by Googling simple scrapbooking or looking on Pinterest. Cathy Zielske's blog has a lot of good simple scrapping ideas too. Sorry this was so long, but I hope it helps a little.

ETA: The Scrapbook Generations blog has a lot of sketches that use all paper or mostly paper. A lot of other sketches can be adapted to do this, too.


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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:29:26 PM
Another thing you can do instead of adding actual embellishments is doodling. With a thin marker add fake stitches , stars, hearts, circles , squiggles and dots.

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Posted: 1/30/2013 1:50:02 PM
I've made pinwheels from a square of paper to use as an embellishment and that was all I added to the page apart from a couple of paper blocks and the photo!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:18:05 AM
Thanks for the replies.

Especially thanks for talking about scale, I didn't even think of those things. Beginner and all

And that glitter girl one does help. So I guess that's the answer to the question. Thanks all
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