Now I feel guilty when I scrap from only 1 line of paper!

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Posted 5/12/2013 by KirstenDrew in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 122,801
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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:58:06 AM
Collection kits make it so easy to scrap from 1 line. Everything is coordinated for me. And I've noticed that many lines - like Dear Lizzy, Amy Tan, Crate Paper, Studio Calico, Lily Bee - include patterned paper that has enough "difference" to it to make it not seem to "matchy matchy".

But, with the recent kit making trend, and watching Shimelle and her videos (does she ever just use 1 line? I think NOT!) I'm feeling as if I'm not challenging myself enough if I do this. Not using my stash. Not looking further for other lines to coordinate. Not as "good" a scrapbooker, just relying on the companies to do the work for me.

Anyone else feel this way?


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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:07:28 AM
Sometimes, but I get over it quickly!! I figure my family has no clue, I am not submitting for publication or design team. If I like it (and collections are certainly faster for me) then that's what I do!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:08:01 AM
I use to but am finding it easier especially with old paper that was never in a collection to go with other paper. Recently I used MME collection with this old (8 years probably) sea horse paper that was a beautiful color and when I matted it underneath you would never know it had seahorses on it.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:22:08 AM
I like to mix it up but it's not really about being creative..... I'm more likely to want to use the new product but love to use up older stuff and keep the stash under control. It's all in my mind but I say, do what works!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:22:09 AM
I like to mix it up but it's not really about being creative..... I'm more likely to want to use the new product but love to use up older stuff and keep the stash under control. It's all in my mind but I say, do what works!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:36:36 AM
I wish I could buy a collection and make it all a bit more matchy but I just never get around to buying a whole set. And I agree, do what works
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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:42:02 AM
I have no problem with using papers from within the same collection. At least I know they are going to work together. I will still see what I can use from my scrap basket, but if there is nothing that works, then I will happily use papers from one collection, if that is what works for me on that day.

I do work across collections and brands too, putting a kit together in advance to help to speed up the actual creative time, and find this really helps and is a good way of getting more out of my scrap basket.

I would not feel guilty about how you find it easiest to scrap, just do what feels right on the day.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 10:18:15 AM
You are not relying on the companies to do the work for you. You are still doing all the work (unless the company's design team is actually coming to your house to do it for you). Don't be too hard on yourself. I use collection kits all the time and I love it. I subscribe to kit clubs and I use the kit most of the time without mixing it up. I watch Shimelle's videos and go find the same or similar papers and make projects. Mixing it up just seems to be her style. Shimelle would just want you to be happy with what makes you productive. And count me in as one of the many people who buys collection kits because it makes it so much easier.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 10:27:59 AM
I *love* scrapping with coordinated paper. The company did the hard work of mixing and matching for me. I love B sides best so I get a lot of mileage from a few sheets of a collection.

Just because the 'cool kids' do it different does not mean that you aren't a good enough scrapper. Not by any means. Remember that Shimelle uses many different lines because she needs to showcase lots of product for 2Peas. Will any one looking at your albums think 'boy, if only she had added some Crate Paper to that MME...'?

Don't forget you can take the leftovers and mix them up and be just like the 'cool' kids with those next layouts. You'll have the best of both worlds then.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 11:05:44 AM
No guilt here. I do what I like.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 11:57:10 AM
I don't feel guilty at all. I used to sub to a kit club and liked the variety of manufacturers, but it is still put together for you by someone. I find that manus do a great job putting their collections together and making it cohesive without being matchy-matchy. I also like that if you keep buying collections from the same company then you can easily mix and match old and new. Like old OA collections flow seamelessly one into another, as do AC collections. I have limited time to scrap so I am glad I don't have to sit there trying to coordinate kits. I just treat a collection as a kit and go with that.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 11:58:24 AM
I scrap what I like as well. Honestly, I look at some of the "pro" layouts and truly don't care for the papers/colors/patterns they put together. Nor do I care for some of the "supposed matches" that the designer of a line has created to go together. Sorry, but to MY eyes, in nearly every collection, there always seem to be some papers that just CLASH with others.

But that's completely all right - we aren't supposed to be creative clones of each other! Just because someone else likes various patterns together (even designers or professional scrappers) doesn't mean that YOU will.

None of use dress the same, wear our hair the same way, decorate out homes in the same way - so why would we just need to create in a way that looks "right" to us and enjoy the process.

That said, Shimelle does have a GREAT class that she offers called Scrapbooking Remix where she covers principles of how to pull papers and supplies together from many different lines. I learned so much from it when it went live last yr that I'm currently going through it a second time!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 12:24:48 PM
I am with everyone else. Do what you enjoy! There is no right or wrong here. Sure other people do things differently. You can watch their videos and feel free to explore, but only if you want to do so. I say, use those collections! Do what works for you!


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Posted: 5/12/2013 12:46:46 PM
I for one, am a person who does most of my scrapping using one line per LO. It is quicker for me and the papers vary so much that it does not have to look matchey matchey if you dont want it to. I love to look at other designers styles and learn from them but I do what works best for me, and my family loves my scrapbooks! Thats all that counts. No one should feel guilty about how they scrapbook because ,as it is said here so often..THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY TO SCRAPBOOK!!! I agree with the person who mentioned Shimelles class...Scrapbbok Remix... she shows many different ways to mix paper and she does have pages where she uses just one line of paper...not many but a couple.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 12:59:41 PM
I'm trying to get better about mixing different lines of pp. I love the way Shimelle (and Glitter Girl) can just seem to make everything work so well. I still have a long way to go, but I'm trying to be more adventurous when picking out papers. Running thru my head: "it doesn't have to match..." Maria

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Posted: 5/12/2013 2:07:25 PM
I can do a page with multiple lines/brands, but I usually would ask myself "why?" Consequently, even if I do have more than one or two pattern papers, they usually are a collection kit, or maybe two that are the A side and the same B side. I do what I think is going to look best. There should be no guilt in scrapbooking!

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Posted: 5/12/2013 2:47:34 PM
Nope, no guilt at all!

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PeaNut 26,836
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Posted: 5/12/2013 2:47:48 PM

Honestly, I look at some of the "pro" layouts and truly don't care for the papers/colors/patterns they put together. Nor do I care for some of the "supposed matches" that the designer of a line has created to go together.

I agree with both points. We all like different things, so we should all do what we like.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 2:50:30 PM
I wouldn't feel guilty - you're using what you love and that's what's most important.


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Posted: 5/12/2013 3:28:55 PM
Nope, don't feel guilty. I generally use just one line for all my paper and then I pull from all over the place with my embellishments. Scrapbooking should make YOU happy. If *you* like how it looks, who cares if you used one line or a hundred? Have fun!

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Posted: 5/12/2013 5:47:26 PM
I say do what you like
I am a kit user so its all done for me
saying that i have Yes Please, Lucky Charm and Maggie Holmes and i have enjoyed with working on the 3 lines, as some of the bits really go well

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Posted: 5/12/2013 6:43:35 PM
I'd keep doing what you like to do and if you really really feel like you should be mixing things up can always mix other papers with your leftover scraps.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 9:31:00 PM
I really feel like a pro when I can pull from papers that have been in my stash way too long and make them work with my new stuff. But most of the time, I am pressed for time and want to be able to scrap without searching for hours for papers that work together. I think that's the beauty of coordinated lines!



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Posted: 5/12/2013 10:12:12 PM
Just do what makes you happy. You could try challenging yourself to mix in some different collections if you have a large stash of older products at home. That is really fun sometimes. I would love to see what you come up with if you are willing to share.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 10:22:51 PM
Such silliness! You can do whatever is easiest and fastest for you. I start out with one line (well, with whatever I bought from the line) and add to is as necessary, not because I should, feel I should, or think I am being lazy if I don't.

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Posted: 5/12/2013 10:55:05 PM
I like to buy collection packs and sometimes coordinating embellishments - lately I've been trying to mix and match more - I say whatever you like, go with it! There's no right or wrong way to scrapbook your memories

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Posted: 5/12/2013 11:44:16 PM
There are times when I want matchup match and will buy a line just for that reason. Other times I just enjoy shopping my stash to make my own line. It all really depends on the pics I am scrapping or the reason I bought the paper in the first place.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 9:24:02 AM

Sometimes, but I get over it quickly!! I figure my family has no clue, I am not submitting for publication or design team. If I like it (and collections are certainly faster for me) then that's what I do!

Same here. I don't want to make scrapping into something that doesn't work or turns it into too much work for me. I'm just not that creative. I'll just keep doing what works for me.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 9:43:15 AM
I don't sort by line - I pull it apart and sort it by color so I never use a whole line in a layout. I might use 6-8 different papers and they could all be from different manufacturers.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 10:19:35 AM
Scrapbooking should be a guilt free hobby!
No worrying about perfection, or catching up, or keeping up with the Joneses!

I like to start with one line or company as my base. And sometimes I end up with a page that is just what I start with. And other times, I add stuff in from all over as I go. Just depends on my mood and what works. What is important is getting the memory to paper I say

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Posted: 5/13/2013 10:55:28 AM
I feel like I am the complete opposite from you KristenDrew. I never used to buy collections, all my papers and embellishments were one offs that I would mix together. I used a lot of solid coloured cardstock to tie things together. I always found it an enjoyable (although sometimes frustrating) challenge to mix up different items.

Just recently I started buying collections and I love it. I am still mixing collections, but it is wonderful to have so much choice instead of feeling like this brad is the only brad that will work or wishing I had just the right matching colour of paper.

I think that whatever fuels your creative process is the way to go. If using a collection gets your brain firing, but mixing collections stalls you, then go for the collections guilt free! So many inspiring designs can be found on manufacturer's websites that feature only 1 collection, so even the "pros" do it too.


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Posted: 5/13/2013 11:07:03 AM
The important things are getting your memories on paper (or releasing your artistic side) and enjoying the process.

However, if I want to mix it up with other lines/manufacturers, I pull out a 6x6 paper pad (or 2 or 3) and/or some vellum to add to my layout. I find that flipping through a versatile 6x6 paper pad is much quicker than thumbing through my stash of 12x12's.


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Posted: 5/13/2013 11:17:32 AM
Repeat after me:

There is no stress in scrapbooking. There is no stress in scrapbooking.

Because really that is the only message I hope scrappers take really seriously from everything I put out there. I share what I love doing and what works for me, and I invite other scrappers to share what works for them (both special guests and anyone who posts their response to a challenge or class prompt). I love so many pages that are in styles different to my own, and that includes all different looks for supplies. I definitely don't think there is any one way to do things right, with the one exception that if this hobby is causing you stress, you need to re-evaluate. It's meant to be fun. And that will come in different ways to different people.

Some people would love to play basketball or sit still on the beach and would call that fun. Both of those things would stress me out. So here is a really wild idea: I don't play basketball or sit still on the beach. I know: WHAT A RADICAL IDEA.

Using just one collection is the same thing to me. I feel boxed in. I feel limited to how it would look if those were the only supplies I had in the world. It stresses me out. So I don't do that. But there are plenty of things that do work for me that wouldn't work for someone else. Definitely do what works for you.

No stress. No guilt. We all got into this hobby because it was fun and we liked pictures or pretty paper or stickers or writing or whatever it was that got us hooked. Don't let that go. There are millions of beautiful pages to be made just one collection at a time, and there are millions to be made that mix things up.

To the OP, I think I understand the feeling you mean by letting the companies do the work for you, and while I really do hope you're not challenging yourself to a point where things feel awkward, stressy, or guilt-inducing, I do think that feeling can be part of taking a step along your longer creative journey. Growing as an artist, as floaty and ethereal as that sounds. It may be a part of your creativity breaking free and saying with confidence, "I CAN DO THIS" and that can be awesome. Take it a page at a time and you may find yourself in a year or two looking back and able to pinpoint this as a turning point in finding something that really made a difference to your creative happiness.

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Posted: 5/13/2013 3:33:39 PM
Thanks everyone!

I need to relax and just enjoy whatever is "speaking to me" for a particular page, whether that be a coordinated paper approach or an artistic one. It doesn't make one better than the other, does it?

Shimelle captured my feelings perfectly: I feel more creative when I challenge myself to move away from the obvious. It is definitely more work. But then I have the satisfaction of feeling I actually created the look, and actually used my stash in the process!


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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:08:38 PM
I absolutely feel no guilt! I love kits because I know I can put together a LO quickly and it's going to look beautiful! I don't buy exclusively in kits so it's not like I'm using that line and nothing else ever! That might get pretty boring quickly! But every once in a while I just want a cohesive page with very little thinking required! There's no time for guilt! Just use what you love, nothing more, nothing less!


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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:17:57 PM
I'm a bottom line kind of person... Three years from now when my family and friends look at my album they don't think"omg basic gray and dcwv with k&co embellishments" they will probably
focus on the memory, the event and the fact that it was important and worth remembering. I hope they'll say " he was such a cute toddler and I forgot about his quirky habits" or "that was the best spring break ever!" I scrapbook for me and I don't care what line or brand of paper it is I care about the moments.
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Posted: 5/13/2013 6:54:31 PM
Thanks Shimelle, I needed to hear that!
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