Are you a scrapping Non-conformist?
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Posted: 12/10/2013 4:41:18 PM
I was going to use a couple of other words, like REBEL or even CARMUDGEON, but I thought nonconformist sounded a little more positive!

Here are a few things that might make you a scrapping non-conformist, maybe you can think of some more!

If it's popular, I don't do it.
If it's a fad, I do the opposite.
I like ________________(list unpopular or outdated techniques or supplies here)
I prefer to buy my scrapping supplies at _________________ rather than _______________
I love digital scrapbooking!

These don't necessarily apply to me, just a few thoughts to get you started.
So, are you a scrapping nonconformist? How? Tell all!



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Posted: 12/10/2013 5:02:26 PM
I like simple layouts. Like cardstock on cardstock with a sticker thrown in. If the colors and textures are right, I don't miss the other stuff. My photos and handwriting stand out as the most detailed thing on the page. Although sometimes I finish a layout and hear 1999 calling.


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No.but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog!


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Posted: 12/10/2013 5:55:13 PM
You can say that. I don't do trendy! I will never be a digital scrapbooker and I like 4x6 photos. Most of my supply is older and I will make it work for me.


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Posted: 12/10/2013 6:04:31 PM
I don't rebel for the sake of rebelling. At a certain point, when you willfully rebel JUST to be different, that's a form of falling for the conformity because you're letting your choices be governed by others.

I just do what I want.

If I like a trend, I'll do it ... up to the point where everyone is doing it, then I get bored and don't use it any more. If I don't like a trend, I see no point in doing it. Like the whole chevron or moustache business. Don't get them, don't much like them, won't see them on my pages. I like to use found items on my pages, but I also have no problem using the ubiquitous PL cards on my 12x12 pages. Have zero interest in misting or one photo per page or "keeping up" or recording my daily life or in making scrapbooks for my kids to enjoy later, so I don't do any of that. I don't measure. I don't care if my lumpy bumpies on my LOs make dents in the other pages. I don't care if one day I feel like doing a sticker sneeze on a page -- if I feel like it, I'll do it.

To me, art is about being free to express yourself without worrying about what anyone thinks.

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Posted: 12/10/2013 7:23:59 PM
There are certain trend I love. I love chevrons. I love project life but I do it my way. I still scrap traditionally too.
I don't get cork or wood veneer. Some of the wood veneer are really cute but I haven't bought any yet.

I like to try different things. I like to mix it up a bit. I think that's why it is so much fun. Instead of thinking whether it is trendy or not I think about how much I like it.


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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:13:16 PM
I really hate hype and getting caught up with whatever is the latest thing. I cannot get past the marketing aspect of it. But I really do enjoy visiting blogs and getting ideas. I generally take those ideas and use whatever I have. Of course, then I cannot participate in the contests using the latest newest product, but I am not a designer, and I never win anyway. I can't seem to win even when it's random picking! lol!

But I love playing with paper. I love playing with dies and creating. And I think inks and stamps are fun too. But at some point you ask, how much stuff do I really need? And yet, the new releases are still fun to see. I am just a sad story.


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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:13:16 PM
I really hate hype and getting caught up with whatever is the latest thing. I cannot get past the marketing aspect of it. But I really do enjoy visiting blogs and getting ideas. I generally take those ideas and use whatever I have. Of course, then I cannot participate in the contests using the latest newest product, but I am not a designer, and I never win anyway. I can't seem to win even when it's random picking! lol!

But I love playing with paper. I love playing with dies and creating. And I think inks and stamps are fun too. But at some point you ask, how much stuff do I really need? And yet, the new releases are still fun to see. I am just a sad story.


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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:51:03 PM

No.but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog!


Thanks! That's so sweet!



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Posted: 12/10/2013 9:52:55 PM
I am not into fads, and do a very simple style of scrapping - cardstock, pictures, maybe a mat or two and the reason for the pictures

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Posted: 12/10/2013 10:12:33 PM
I use a lot of sketches to simplify the process, and I make a lot of my own embellishments, inspired by products I see, because I can rationalize not spending $4.oo on something I can make myself. I do not have a die cut machine, nor do I do mists or inks because it looks messy to me. I am happy with my layouts.

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Posted: 12/11/2013 2:04:42 AM
I'm not sure...

But. I've neve ever made a 12x12 Lo, or a 8,5x11 Lo, or any Lo! I only do travel mini (each travel has a big mini album) and some sorta of 6x8 mini Project Life. I don't do cards either.
And I've been a digi scrapper and I was better with my laptop than with paper


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Posted: 12/11/2013 6:26:14 AM
I just do what I like.

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Posted: 12/11/2013 7:06:06 AM
I definitely am a scrapping non-conformist! I don't do weekly PL - instead I use it to document special events, vacations, and memories. I keep things simple. Adding rubber stamping or maybe a Cricut die cut to my journaling cards is about as fancy as I get. With 4 kids to scrapbook for, I don't have time to spend an hour on every page. I also don't go in for all the wood veneers and flair. Super cute but I want my pages to be flat.

When I do traditional layouts (which is rarely), I want more than one picture on a page and I keep it simple. While I think layouts with just one picture and all the layered embellishments can be beautiful, all I can think of is how much that one page must have cost to make!



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Posted: 12/11/2013 7:12:49 AM
Oh and I still have stuff in my stash when I started scrapbooking with Creative Memories back in 1998 - letter stickers, patterned paper, stickers. I cut up a piece of cute snowflake paper into 3x4 cards just the other day for a winter PL page.

Please tell me I am not the only one who still uses the way older stuff. LOL.



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Posted: 12/11/2013 7:17:09 AM
I do what I like and like what I do. I use older stuff and load lots of photos on a page. I'm a very linear scrapper but it's not unusual for me to use up to 5 patterned papers on a single page LO. It's all good.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 7:53:37 AM
I'd like to think I'm a non conformist scrapper in attitude rather than how or what I actually produce. I've basically tried all the different ways there are to scrap: simple, artistic, PL, CM, mini, 12x12 and on and on!
My attitude seems to be less the norm these days. Lots of people feel anxiety about their craft and that doesn't feel right. For me scrapping is just pure uncomplicated joy. I simply LOVE this craft. Going up to my craft space and sitting down to make something is the highlight of my day. Surrounded by my tools, my paper, my pens. Sigh....happiness! I never feel guilty or worry about my stuff, let alone purge it. I just enjoy it.


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I dont what what I am. I guess I'm a non conformist in some ways. I only do 12x12 LOs and let the photo dictate what I create on the page. I also make mini albums but of no specific sizes.I will also do some altered projects to ring the changes. I tend to use what is in my stash regardless of how old it is. If I buy paper packs I buy it because I like it, not because its all the range etc. If I feel I HAVE to do something then it becomes a chore rather than an enjoyable task so I don't do these things so I don't follow trends or hyped up things like Project life or those smash books when they were in vogue.....
I don't do digital scrapping because I love the feel and smell of working with paper and love being able to handle the finished roject.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 8:04:10 AM
I'm not sure if I'm a non-conformist - but I definitely have my "rules" about scrapbooking and they are often the opposite of the trends. But I'm not opposed to trends either - I'll stick a feather, or some washi tape, or a clock (when that was in), or a moose head (ok, I haven't gotten into the moose head, but I might), or puffy sticker on a layout.

But I also mat photos, love cardstock, like to journal, don't embellish much, and use old products. But I'm not sure that makes me a non-conformist - I think that just makes me ineligible for a design team.

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Posted: 12/11/2013 8:05:18 AM
@jenjen74: I just used some old Frances Meyer letter stickers on a layout I did last week. Remember Alphabitties? I use those too! I buy what I like so it doesn't matter to me how old it is.

My motto: All that stash you are hoarding today will be the stash you will be purging in the future.

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Posted: 12/11/2013 9:42:58 AM
I guess I should answer my own question: I'm definitely a scrapping non-conformist. I am entirely digi, although I occasionally create hybrid projects. I'm not crafty, not handy with glue or scissors, so I prefer the control I have with my computer. But I AM artsy, so I do love to create my layouts entirely myself, which is the major part of my non-conformity. I don't use commercial products at all, except for fonts. So, that means I spend some time trying to come up with new ideas and new ways of visually sharing my ideas. I kind of rebel against the idea that digital scrapbooking should try to look like traditional scrapping, only digital. So, I often (but not always) try to confound space and dimension.

My background is graphic design and illustration. I was in advertising for 10 years before I began my toy design career, so I still think like an advertising artist, and create a lot of my layouts using advertising design principles. That translates into straightforward designs, not really very decorative. Occasionally I might add a little decorative touch, but normally, my layouts are either artsy or graphic. (By artsy I mean use of artistic filters and effects, rather than the addition of flowers, doodles or patterns)

Like most of you, I create my layouts for ME, and love to explore and play, rather than trying to conform to someone elses ideas of scrapbooking.



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Posted: 12/11/2013 9:56:22 AM
I'd say I am somewhere in the middle. I don't go chasing trends but I do get influenced by them to a certain degree. I try not to dive into a trend/product before I try it out for a while then decide if I like it. For instance, it took me a while to decide I like spray inks if they are in brighter colors and applies as drops/splatters. I don't like dark sprays of mist which is where I started when I first bought some. I kept playing around until I decided if I liked them or not. The same for washi tape which I don't love or use too often. That sort of thing.

But I am willing to try most techniques although I am a little intimidated by the mixed media products.





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Posted: 12/11/2013 2:30:21 PM
I would say it depends what day of the week or what time of the month it is I do whatever makes me happy on that particular day. That might be anything from misting or mixed media to flat cardstock or themed embellishments. The thing that stays consistent is that my photo(s) are what inspire my story and there is usually plenty of journaling. Well, also a style that's pretty linear. I think my pages made today don't really look all that different from the pages I was making in 2009. I've just found the things that feel right and comfortable to me (bright, clean colors, not too many embellishments, an obvious color pallete that complements my photos, handwritten journaling) and those are the things that get repeated. Once I have those down, I'm happy to try adding in a "trendy" pattern or icon if I think it complements my story and color choices.
Now as far as shopping for supplies, I am definetely a conformist there. I figure if I like it I better get it while its hot because then the trends move on and I might not find a similar product again. Once I have it though it can sit unused for years until I make a page that feels like it "needs" that item to make it complete.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 2:36:52 PM
I started designing and printing my own paper by using scans of paintings and drawings I created this year. I work in only 12x12 layouts. I hardly if ever use storebought traditional embellies and stickers and am for the most part, a simple scrapper. I also like to incorporate my writing into my layouts. So I would say Yes.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 5:09:03 PM

@jenjen74: I just used some old Frances Meyer letter stickers on a layout I did last week. Remember Alphabitties? I use those too! I buy what I like so it doesn't matter to me how old it is.


Oh good! I am not alone
I have a couple of colors of those Frances Meyer letter stickers lying around here too. I used some to make a PL title card not too long ago. And I definitely remember Alphabitties.

This has been a fun thread to read through. It's nice to know that there are others out there like me.



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Posted: 12/11/2013 5:13:37 PM
I'm a clean & simple scrapper, and don't do PL, so I guess that makes me non-conformist, maybe even a rebel. But to answer your points Stef...

If it's popular, I don't do it. I don't do popular - not because I'm bucking the system, but because I have absolutely no idea what's popular. I just do what I like

If it's a fad, I do the opposite. I don't buy mags and rarely go to online sites, so don't know what the current fad is

I like __ Inking and punching (are they unpopular?) __(list unpopular or outdated techniques or supplies here)

I prefer to buy my scrapping supplies at __ my favourite direct selling scrap company (Kaszazz, an Aussie company) __ rather than ___ shops, none of which are within cooee of my town anyway ____________

I love digital scrapbooking! I'm not a digi scrapper, I have a programme but hardly ever use it and have never made a photo book. I recently used it make a page template so I could see how it look IRL (as opposed to a sketch) and it was a great tool, I'll be using it for that more often now.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 6:16:32 PM
If it's popular, I generally don't do it until the next thing comes along.

I like Jolee's Boutique stickers.
I don't do PL and don't want to go digital. I've never taken a scrapbooking class.
I don't do kits. I am positively giddy when I find items from different companies that compliment each other.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 8:25:55 PM

My attitude seems to be less the norm these days. Lots of people feel anxiety about their craft and that doesn't feel right. For me scrapping is just pure uncomplicated joy. I simply LOVE this craft. Going up to my craft space and sitting down to make something is the highlight of my day. Surrounded by my tools, my paper, my pens. Sigh....happiness! I never feel guilty or worry about my stuff, let alone purge it. I just enjoy it.




Great observation! As helpful as sketches, pre-designed kits, and process videos can be it seems like some scrappers now lack the confidence to sit down and just do a LO without guidance from professional/semi-professional designers. It's okay if your LO doesn't look like someone on a design team's, just go for it, have fun playing with your supplies, and get those photos and memories scrapped!


As for the original question, I'm kind of in the middle. I definitely don't try every trend and it takes me a while to decide I like a trend(I haven't even felt the urge to buy any wood veneer yet!), but most of the stuff I buy and use is "designer" and made within the past couple of years, but that might be because I try to keep my stash small and need to replace things more quickly.

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Posted: 12/11/2013 10:33:04 PM
I've never considered myself a "rebel" or "nonconformist" per se but I scrap 100% digitally. I don't follow trends, I rarely use one kit (unless for a CT LO) but instead mix and match across kits/designers and my own extractions or embellishments. I never have a clear plan for a page, I just start with photos and see where it takes me. Unlike Stef, I like making digi pages look like they are made from paper, although I enjoy the graphic and artistic styles unique to digital designing as well. I'm pretty eclectic in my style and I scrap for my own enjoyment.


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Posted: 12/11/2013 11:16:57 PM
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Posted: 12/12/2013 3:18:40 AM
If it's a popular or a fad I have to learn how they made it and make my own. I don't care if it's ink or embellishments. I don't think that is a non-conformist. I think that is a geek.

Unpopular & outdated techniques you won't get me to stop from doing are:

Chalking
Paper Piecing by hand
Fussy cutting

Using glue sticks. Yes, my LO's & creations stay perfect for years. I don't use glue sticks on photos.

I even still like photo corners.

I journal so much sometimes I need another page.

I prefer to buy my scrapping supplies at thrift stores, outlet stores and clearance bins.

A beautiful LSS store with gorgeous paper I will succumb too. I love beautiful paper.


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Posted: 12/12/2013 5:35:09 AM
I'm a non-conformist and not only with scrapbooking but have been since I was a kid.

I always notice every year with the DD, most scrappers do the same thing. Like this year with the Snap album and doing it PL style. That way doesn't work for me so I just do my own thing. I need lots of room for journaling and the potential of a lot of pictures. Those albums are too tiny for me and I don't like the segmented boxes.

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Posted: 12/12/2013 7:45:27 AM
I do what I want. I don't sit here and say "how can I be against the grain today" just for the hell of it, I just do what I feel like. Usually what I feel like is trying lots of new things all the time and either adapting some into my regular style, or letting them go for something new. That means knowing what the trends are, whether I follow them or not, and enjoying new product as it comes out as well as playing with whatever old product I still enjoy.

I think getting hung up on *not* conforming is the same as getting hung up on following trends and only using the best and newest. Just do what you like. Stop worrying about if it's what anyone else is doing. "It's not a PHASE, Mom! It's my life!"



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Posted: 12/12/2013 6:03:16 PM
I'm really enjoying reading everyone's thoughts on their approach to scrapping. Lots of non-conformists and independent minded ladies!



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Posted: 12/12/2013 7:46:25 PM
I don't non-conform just to be different from everyone else, I just do what I like, when I like. There are some trends I "follow" because I like them. I love wood veneers, so I buy and use them. I have a few mists, or make my own, but I usually use them to color stuff, like my wood veneers

I don't do PL but I love divided page protectors when I have a lot of photos to scrap, especially events and travel.

I love pretty pattern paper, my downfall. I don't use CS much, but I love to use it with my punches and dies.

And I scrap one photo LO's and multi photo LO's, what ever the photos or stories speak to me.





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Posted: 12/12/2013 9:04:20 PM
I do double page 12x12 multi photo layouts with CS bases and some layering, but focus on photos. Have never done a 1 photo layout--waaaaay to many photos for that!

I do watch fads and buy and hoard some of the cool stuff, though.


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Posted: 12/13/2013 10:53:59 AM
I scrapped more conformist when I was getting my pages published more often. There was more of an expectation to stay current with the trends and products. The pages that got published are not necessarily my favorite ones.
I can write pages of journaling on the most trivial of happenings, and when I do - those are my favorite pages. I started getting more into art journaling and it was so much more liberating in how it opened up my mind to what this hobby is for me. It's a stress relief, it's a form of self-actualization, it's ME time, and so much more.
When I make pages with an audience in mind, it never feels true to me. So I do what I please now, and that is the only reason I've stayed in this hobby so long.



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Posted: 12/13/2013 11:02:36 AM
I tend to ignore trends I don't like. I rarely follow the crowd. I definitely march to the beat of a different drummer. I rarely scraplift, and I don't use sketches.

I suppose that makes me a non-conformist, at least to some extent where scrapping is concerned.


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Posted: 12/13/2013 2:34:37 PM
I completely gave up paper scrapping for digital, after more than 10 years of paper.

I do multi-photo, two page layouts almost exclusively (only do 1-pagers when I'm doing an online challenge.

I don't get the whole "one tiny photo surrounded by tons of stuff" thing. I just can't do it.

My scrapping has changed over the years, but not necessarily because of trends. It is just my evolvement as a scrapbooker, I think. Sometimes that means I've incorporated trends, and sometimes not.


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Posted: 12/13/2013 2:53:54 PM
KBPea: Thanks for quoting me...I'm tickled.

Blacvulture: Making your own PP by scanning your own artwork? Now that is non conformist in my book. So cool.

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Posted: 12/14/2013 3:05:55 AM

But I'm not sure that makes me a non-conformist - I think that just makes me ineligible for a design team.



PhotobearSam
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June 2010
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Loc: New Brunswick, Canada

Posted: 12/14/2013 3:33:03 AM
I don't really consider myself a non conformist except that there are styles I can't see myself EVER doing.

I scrap 12 x 12 almost exclusively. I did an 8x8 album as a wedding gift once.

I have no kids so there are no mini's, Elf on the Shelf, December Daily, etc


I can't see myself doing the one small photo surrounded by a ton of embellies on a page with the one word title like "Precious" or " Beautiful" but maybe for one layout for my niece's grad coming up in June.

I love wood veneers not because of the trend but because I NEEDED another type of embellishment as I was using too many brads and stickers.

I also do not get the look of using paper and embellishments that to me don't have anything to do with the subject. Like.....I like garden girl videos for the techniques but really not my style if scrapping. In one episode, she was scrapping pics of Harry Potty and the paper and embellies were all cheery and bright colours. NOT what I would use. To me there is a disconnect. I much prefer when the paper and pics match in some way. Just my opinion.

I matt my photos a LOT. Love the look. I often add rhinestones, pearls or brads to the corners. I LOE bling and I am sure I am not everyone's cup of tea but I like the photos to tell the story. I don't want someone to look at my album and have to guess what we were doing. I do 2 page 12x12 spreads and I use a LOT of photos. ( up to 21 on a layout. ) I get them printed 4x6, 2x3 and 1x2.


I love what I do so trends are not my strong suit.


I love the smell of card stock in the morning.....


The Movie poster that is my avatar is very special cause my husband is in it and it won best film at the Canadian Film Festival in 2012. See it......It's super funny.

bonprof
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November 2013
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Posted: 12/14/2013 1:24:15 PM
I am a rebel! I refuse to buy any kind of cutting machine. I refuse to do digital (its not really scrapbooking), and i hate that one picture with 47 flowers fad.
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stefdesign
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April 2007
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Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ

Posted: 12/15/2013 11:36:03 AM

I refuse to do digital (its not really scrapbooking)


Them's fighting words!



AJ Pea
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February 2009
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Loc: Central Illinois

Posted: 12/15/2013 7:44:36 PM
I wouldn't say that I am a rebel, but I don't jump on the bandwagon when there is a current trend. I don't care for fads.... for example I can't stand ombre because I think it looks like your paper was left in the sun and is partially faded. I don't do DD or OLW and I wonder why anyone would want to have a book that is identical to another person's. Ahhh it feels good to type this .... it has weighed heavily on me for a while now!!
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