Using old Love, Elsie lines

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Posted 4/7/2012 by abandy in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 519,287
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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:17:01 PM
Hi Peas!

In cleaning/packing up my studio, preparing to move, I found a TON of old Love, Elsie paper that I bought when it was being discontinued/on a MAJOR sale. I love the paper, and I would LOVE to use it-- but I don't want to make my "new" pages saturated with "old" product-- especially product so recognizable.

Anyone have any tips?

Anyone have any links to recent (ish) projects that they've combined Love, Elsie with newer products?

Thanks for the help!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:23:30 PM
Are you worried that everyone else is going to know they are "old" papers? Family and friends that don't scrap won't know the difference.

If you are going to try to get published, probably can't use them for that.

Other than that, USE them...especially if you LOVE them!! I don't worry if products are way old (I started scrapping in 2003), from two years ago, or brand new...if I love it, I love it!

I would add little bits here and there...borders, background, layered, diecut, etc!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:26:14 PM
I go into my old stash all the time. No one is going to know how old a paper line is unless you decide you're going for publishing. If you like it, use it.

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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:27:33 PM
Twin!!! I also stocked up when those lines were discontinued. I find them pretty easy to use with newer stuff because they are so collage based. Cut them up a bit and mix them with other patterns. Maybe ink the edges a bit if you are combining them with distressed or vintage looking papers. Have fun!!

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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:45:39 PM
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her line and was crushed that it was discontinued. One of my favorite techniques is to cut it apart and use pieces.

Don't worry about it being "old" I still think it's cool and colorful, it will work well!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:49:57 PM
It's too funny that you mentioned this today! This week I pulled together a kit for the JBS "Ms. Pacman" challenge, and I included Love, Elsie paper in the mix. The challenge involves using seven scraps of patterned paper, among other items, so I dug deep and pulled out some "old school" goodies. It felt so good to use! Plus, the older stuff looks awesome mixed in with newer papers and accents.

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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:55:08 PM
Awww, I just love that line & have an entire drawer of it, it's just the best! I don't have any tips about including old items on pages really, I just add something if it works with the layout i'm working on. I have to admit, I don't use her line up much because I don't want it to be gone

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Posted: 4/7/2012 2:56:28 PM
This morning I stopped into my Big Lots and found chipboard from the Love, Elsie line, so I snagged it. It was only 50 a pack!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 3:04:40 PM
"New" projects saturated with "old" product sounds perfectly okay to me! I still have quite a bit of the Love, Elsie lines and I fully intend to use it on new/latest projects.

Granted, this is an older LO of mine - I only used a portion of Love, Elsie and no other pps (just cardstock), but I think it might give you some ideas.




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Posted: 4/7/2012 3:47:44 PM
Thanks for the input everyone!

I guess I'm not TOO worried about using "old" lines, but I try to do a lot of scrapbooking tutorials on my blog, and I feel bad using materials/lines that are no longer available. I hate when I see something I love (scrapbooking related) and then I can't buy it because it's no longer available! ha!

I'm loving seeing everyone's layouts using the Love, Elsie line!! Keep posting them!!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 4:51:19 PM
I don't tend to mix papers, it's just not the way I scrap, but I have many projects from the last six months or so using new photos and MANY Love,Elsie lines.

here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here here, and finally HERE.

sorry for so many links, but all the lines really are different so I figured variety is good.

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Posted: 4/7/2012 5:18:05 PM
I have used it a lot in my albums over the last year, so definitely a long while after it was discontinued. Still love it!

this is one I blogged not all that long ago, if it's helpful!

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Posted: 4/7/2012 5:37:07 PM
I have some too. I use what I love whether it's brand new or I have had it in my stash for awhile. If it goes with what I am working on, I will use it!

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Posted: 4/7/2012 9:04:15 PM
Shimelle, it's great to hear that you love/still have the Love, Elsie stuff.
Thanks for sharing your page!


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Posted: 4/7/2012 9:28:13 PM
In 50 years everything you are using now is going to be old. If you love it, use it. I just used a piece on a LO that I did a few weeks ago and still love it.

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Posted: 4/7/2012 9:36:46 PM
In my oh-so-humble little opinion, paper is paper, and if you love it, you love it. I have a few papers in my stash that are dated 1997 and 1998!! They have survived a few purges because I like them. I believe in keeping my stash manageable, so I do weed it out periodically, but I only get rid of things I know I won't use or don't like. I use what fits each layout and mix old with new all the time. I'm sure glad no one is telling me that I'm "out" just because of my birthdate!

Since you asked about "Love, Elsie", here's a LO using the line. It's not new; I made the LO in 2008, but I still like the LO!



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Posted: 4/7/2012 9:42:49 PM
I use papers regardless of who made them and when. If I like it, I use it. Try making it into embellishments or using it on a two pager? good luck.
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Posted: 4/7/2012 9:44:34 PM
Also, since you brought up the blog situation maybe it can be a principle thy you're sharing not necessarily the product.
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Posted: 4/8/2012 1:36:24 AM

In 50 years everything you are using now is going to be old. If you love it, use it

That. I say use it. Like another pea said, you can do a "technique" blog post with the paper.

I have a lot of the Love, Elsie lines, too. I haven't used much of it lately but I bet I will. I am working through my stash a lot here lately.

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Posted: 4/8/2012 2:31:57 AM
I did a layout not too long ago that used some Love Elsie and at Christmas time I made a peg advent calender and I used three different sheets from the Christmas line, I was so excited to be using the Love Elsie paper and the best thing is I can look at it every Christmas

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Posted: 4/8/2012 10:21:35 AM
I think ur blog followers would love a tutorial on using older products because we all have them. Maybe make the them on how to use up old product by making a mini album with them, cards, or even directs. Even the newest product now will be old on you pages in a few years. Kinda like fashion in pictures. Lol. Good luck!
I'm using a lot of my old product on PL and my favorite thing to do is mix it with the new.

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Posted: 4/8/2012 10:39:55 AM
I jyst saw some of the paper at AC Moore a couple weeks ago in the regular (not clearance) papers!

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Posted: 4/8/2012 10:39:57 AM
I wouldn't worry so much about using old product with new- I actually really enjoy seeing that. I was just thinking this morning that the new Amy Tan stuff looks a lot like Love, Elsie stuff, so that might even be a nice way to combine the old with the new, if you wanted...I still love her stuff too btw. I've actually really enjoyed reading this thread and looking at everyone's layouts. Might need to dig into my stash and use some of my stuff too!


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Posted: 4/8/2012 12:28:30 PM
Really? I just made a page using BasicGrey Obscure and a bunch of other old lines. I love mixing in old with new. I'll post it tomorrow after I get it scanned.


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Posted: 4/8/2012 1:04:54 PM
You guys are bringing up a LOT of good points about the blogging and showing my readers how to mix old with the new. Thanks for the insight!

I also agree-- it's nice to see that the CURRENT Amy Tan line mixes very well with the "old" Love, Elsie lines. I love the "doodled" look!

I also have Elsie's 52 Challenges book-- I might go through that and try to "recreate" some of the layouts using her products AND current items-- give it a new twist!


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Posted: 4/11/2012 11:29:16 AM
I love mixing old with the new! When it's a line as bold as Elsie, I try to just use a bit so it doesn't steal focus from the page (otherwise it's all about the product!).

It REALLY REALLY doesn't matter what products you're using unless you're trying to get published or trying to get on a design team.

It's hard to keep that in mind, as many of the blogs we all read/ scrapbooks we admire are often using the latest and greatest. But they're getting paid to make sure that new products look awesome so you want to buy them!

If you try to keep up with all the new stuff, you'll break the bank and end up with an unmanageable stash.


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Posted: 4/11/2012 11:59:49 AM
I have some stuff from those collections too

HERE you can see a LO with a few embellies from a Love, Elsie collection; I still haven't finished using the rest of the package.

I also have some sheets of paper of the collection about home, and I also have a set of stamps

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Posted: 4/11/2012 1:51:16 PM
I don't know if anyone else saw this, but the amazing Shimelle actually used this thread for a Adventurers of Glitter Girl episode!

She has some GREAT tips and ideas!

Thanks Shimelle!!

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Posted: 4/12/2012 2:17:25 AM
I just wish that Elsie would start making new lines for us to mix the old stuff with!! LOL I miss her input in the industry so much, she was always creating fun and youthful stuff.


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Posted: 4/12/2012 4:56:47 AM
Loved the video today. I used all the paper I had bought! Sure did love it! I love mixing the old with the new. I have been doing it alot lately.


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Posted: 4/12/2012 4:19:40 PM
Has anyone done the Glitter Girl challenge to use some of your old supplies with your new supplies? I'd love to see links!
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