|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:27:45 PM|
I feel like I am getting a better grasp of how to mix papers and colors, but I still have issues with embellishing. I tend to buy embellishments on sale, and they never seem to match my papers. For example, I just bought a set of Shoreline stickers and I have no idea how to match them.
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:29:01 PM|I suck at this too. This is why I buy collections. Then I know exactly what coordinates with which papers.
Sorry I'm no help!
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:31:27 PM|Shimelle did a glitter girl episode about something similar. I'll search for it and link it back here.
Here's the episode that helped me out!
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 2:35:19 PM|
I pull by theme, color or word. I have no hesitation to cut them up, layer them, group them together.
I have my embellishment packets sorted by category - vintage, flowery, nature, graphic, etc. I leave them in their packages and put them in bins so I can just file through them to pick something that catches my eye.
I usually pull my papers, alphas and photos and get to work getting the basics down then I "shop" for my accessories. Buttons, bling, twine, ribbon, stamps, chipboard, flowers, etc. Just play around and see if you can "make" something work.
|Posted: 6/17/2013 3:11:50 PM|This glitter girl adventure helped me when working with a variety of embellishments.
i put together kits of supplies when i begin a project, pulling an assortment of items from different manufacturers. i mainly look for similar colors and any items that will help convey the feel of the page that i'm working towards.
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|Posted: 6/17/2013 4:26:04 PM|
I'm with Creative Engineer, I buy collections and hope the leftovers will match something else!
|Posted: 6/17/2013 6:04:56 PM|
Who said everything has to match? You can coordinate as well. Usually, if you are buying stuff that YOU like, a lot of what you buy will somehow go together because you were attracted to it in the first place.
But this is also a good example of just because something is on sale doesn't mean its a bargain. If you buy something just because it is on sale, ultimately maybe it just doesn't fit your style. Kind of like the shoes you bought just because they were on sale, but they go with absolutely nothing in your closet.
Even buying collections though you can often get stuck. One thing you can do is use the pieces to layer and hide most of it under other pieces. Might seem like a waste, but really, you add dimension and depth to your page. So, I would suggest, taking the pieces out and playing with them by covering them up with paper or other items that you do like or are ready to use.
...that's why they make blue cars and red cars.
|Posted: 6/17/2013 6:11:08 PM|
I struggle with this. Thanks for the tips and the links. I have a page just sitting that needs some more oomph. I am going to have to see how I can spruce it up.
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Loc: Central PeA
|Posted: 6/18/2013 7:19:48 AM|
I didn't see this mentioned. Try inking the edges of the inkable embellishments all with the same ink. Glitter Girl does this in her videos and it pulls everything together.
|Posted: 6/18/2013 11:03:57 AM|
I recently reorganized my embellishments by color and I find I'm using them more because I can pull things that fit the scheme of my page.
So I pick the papers/cardstock and photos first and get the layout in place. Then I go looking for some bits to add. As long as it is in the same color family as the paper, the embellishments usually work. Multicolored elements are good for mixing with a variety of papers. Sometimes you get a green that's too blue or a yellow that's too orange but most of the time it blends pretty well. Or I might throw in a wild card color because I have an embellishment like a journal spot I want to use. Then I add a few other little things like brads or buttons to tie that new color into the page.
I'm not a good "accessorizor" in real life either. I just started buying some scarfs to try and give my plain and solid outfits some oomph. So it's sort of the same thing. I get dressed and then add a scarf that goes enough to be interesting. LOL