Loc: St. Louis Metro area
|Posted: 6/9/2012 10:56:21 PM|
I'm so frustrated, every time I start to scrap, when it comes down to embellies I just don't know what to do. I took a 1 plus year hiatus from scrapping and just came back. I feel like I just don't know what I'm doing.
I don't know what to chose for a page, and where to place anything. My pp stash far outnumbers my embellishment stash. Number 1: I know I need to organize what I do have.... I end up getting frustrated, instead of playing and creating which I truly love to do. Any tips from the peas for this "beginner"?
|Posted: 6/10/2012 1:52:25 AM|I make a lot of my own embellishments from pattern paper for my layouts. It lets me use all those pretty sheets I own and it is a lot cheaper. They are also one of a kind, which I love.
Loc: Copenhagen, Denmark
|Posted: 6/10/2012 2:42:26 AM|
Is there a way to see what you have done, a blog or something?
I am very interesting in how you make your own embellishment
Loc: southern IN
|Posted: 6/10/2012 7:00:01 AM|
Hi. I've been sbing a long time and I'm still not very comfortable with how I use embellishments. I love the layering that so many Peas are doing and how great it looks, but I'm challenged by it. I've been watching Glitter Girl's weekly videos and have found myself trying more layering so you might want to check those out. And welcome "back" to sbing. Maria
You Wanna Peas of Me?
Loc: Western NY
|Posted: 6/10/2012 7:02:48 AM|Do you have any stamps? I tend to make my own embellies with stamping. I also use my pp to cut up and use as well. Anything goes! Have fun and try some new ideas.
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|Posted: 6/10/2012 7:13:21 AM|
Have you tried going through your stash a making a few page kits? You can get a sense of what to pull together from Shimelle'e videos here. I find that if I have a variety of working embellishments and papers on hand when I sit down to make a page... The page tends to come together better. I also think that sketches are a great way to have a better idea of where/how to place embellishments and even what types to use.
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 6/10/2012 9:28:02 AM|
I would suggest looking a few of the 2peas videos. Nicole M last year did a lot that show great ideas for using embellishments.
If you click above on Classes and events you will find alot of videos. I am sure you can find someone who is your style that will inspire you!
I also recommend sorting your embellishments in a way that makes sense to you. I sort mine by Color.. but I know others sort by theme or by type. Find something that works for you and embellishing your pages will be a breeze!
cori in wa
Loc: Vancouver, WA
|Posted: 6/10/2012 10:09:59 AM|My suggestion:
Look through the gallery, focusing not on pages you like, rather specific elements of a page you like. Focus on what they did to accent the page. A tag, a cluster of embellishments, a single item over a photo, etc. Notice where and how it is placed.
Then look through what you do have to see what you can combine/create that can mimic that effect.
Each element is separate, but I added them together to make a page accent.
I inked strips of scraps to make the background.
I used rub-ons for the bottom of the inked strips.
I cut out a little tag and added another rub-on, a punched and inked heart and a flower and brad. Tied with ribbon and used die cut letters for the title.
Same idea here.
A sticker, a piece of cs, ink, brads, rub-ons, etc.
So that's what I suggest might work. Find pictures of elements you like and see where they are placed, then do something similar and add to your own pages.
Loc: St. Louis Metro area
|Posted: 6/10/2012 10:57:04 AM|Thank you all very much <3. I believe my main problem is that things are scattered everywhere, making it hard to see what I have. I tend do use page kits, but I have only been pulling the pp/cardstock. I think its time to overhaul my stash, so I can pull the embellies as well. Then maybe play a bit making some embellies- I do have the original silhouette, but I havent made much effort into making some embellies with it, and there is so much I can do with it! Well, off to organize, and then I will certainly check out the gallery and Shimelles videos for ideas. Thanks again
Loc: So Cal
|Posted: 6/10/2012 11:13:43 AM|I just went through and sorted most of my embellies by color. As I was doing it I noticed that I looked at pieces differently and I can see how I'm going to use more of them. I really think this is going to help me with my scrapping as I usually think about color first.
One thing I try to do with embellies is create a visual triangle on the page. When you draw a line from each grouping they make a triangle.
The hearts on this page are a good example of a visual triangle.
I usually make one "point" the focal point with a larger embellie/grouping and the other two points are "supporting".
|Posted: 6/10/2012 3:34:10 PM|
I don't put too many embellishments on my pages and I somewhat struggle with embellishments too. I usually put more paper on than embellishments.
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|Posted: 6/10/2012 4:22:30 PM|
Here are some thoughts/ideas I have:
1) Work off some sketches to find a groove again. SketchSupport.com is a great site that has some archived ideas on it. It's on hiatus now, but still lots of great ideas there.
2) Work at a pretty good consistent clip for 2-3 weeks to get yourself back in the groove of doing this. Try to do something every day - some little bit of work.
3) Always have a LO going on your desk. This gives you something to be THINKING about and knowing you are working on.
4) Develop your own style and buy only items that work within it. Don't expect your pages to be a style different than what YOU ARE.
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Loc: Northern MI
|Posted: 6/10/2012 5:30:41 PM|
I definately can't add much more to the suggestions above and they are all superb! However, I will say that I'm one that likes to make my own embellies also. I subbed last March through September to Scrapbook Generation Super Sketch Club and that's what got me in the groove. Now, I see patterns on papers and immediately, I know what needs to be fussy cut, usually flowers, but I have done things with other designs. The fussy cutting, for me, is relaxing and I know it's not for everyone. After I get let's say, a grouping of 3 flowers, I then add dots in the middle that I've cut or punched myself, then I may add a brad or Stickles or Liquid Pearls. Sometimes, I'll punch leaves to add to the flowers, sometimes not. I also love to layer the banner type strips that have an upside down "V". I was just doing a layout from a sketch back in March and before I knew it, I had layered and changed the whole look of it and made it my own. I don't pat myself on the back very much, but I actually thought it looked better than the original! BTW, it was not from SG, those are always great no matter what. I did just get done with the 3 layouts using the Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer from last August Super Sketch Club and felt I needed to do something with the centers of the flowers and had a bottle of Liquid Pearls in Lemon Yellow so I "dotted" in the centers and it made the layout look so nice! I also took and run a thin line of the Liquid Pearls at the top of my banner because I couldn't make it go quite the way she had it in the sketch and by doing this it made what I had done look right! So, I guess after this lengthy response, what I'm saying is just start with something and you will find you'll take off from there!
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 6/11/2012 10:29:42 PM|I just got an email from Bpc that nic howard is offering her Dimensional Details class again. I took it a couple of years ago and its all about embellishing. I highly recommend
Loc: Wellington, New Zealand
|Posted: 6/12/2012 12:19:34 AM|
TBH I still second guess myself when it comes to placing embellishments on a card or other item. It took me quite a while of making things to feel comfortable enough where to know to place an embellishment to bring balance.
I think I tend to cluster... Nature has clusters so I cluster in groups of 3 or more.
I also look at other cards, get inspiration from them and find out why they look attractive, and it comes down to rule of thirds and golden spiral.
I'd google these concepts so you can get a deeper understanding of them, it's all about bringing balance.
Manic Mom of 2
|Posted: 6/12/2012 7:33:40 AM|Embellishments are my frustration as well. I just don't have the knack for making them look "artless". When I get stumped, I go to my inspiration...I keep a file of los that I admire and flip through it for help.
I agree with checking out the videos here...Nicole's start to finish and scrapbook stamping, Shimelles glitter girl series and making memory mondays...
I also try to follow the rule of 3s. It always helps me focus!!
I make a lot of my own embellishments with pp and stamps.
Although not embellishment heavy, on this lo I used a stamp on a premade ticket, but the birthday hat is a stamp. The chipboard circles were plain chipboard that I colored and then stamped in white with a grid stamp. Happy Birthday
This one was embellished mostly with stamps. Starting left to right, the "climb a tree" is a phrase stamp on a hand cut banner, "life is good" is a stamp on a premade sticker, the boy in the tree is a stamp, the "i pick you" is a stamp on a premade sticker and the little apple is cutout from the pp, the tag with the apple tree was stamped as was the saying and the apple tree, "autumn apples" is a stamp as is the label, and the "days like these make me smile" are stamps as well... So Sweet
On this one, I made the skate embellishment by downloading the skate template, shrinking it down to size. I cut out the boot portion and used heat embossing to make it shiny. The blades were cut out and covered with silver stickles. I just glued them together and added the lace stitching. I just made a layered circle with blue and black paper lightly misted to simulate "snow" and attatched the skates. Seems like a process but I made 6 pretty quickly. There are other stamped items on the page as well. Ice Show
Have fun and welcome back!
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Loc: Happily scrappin with my stash
|Posted: 6/12/2012 10:20:00 AM|
I have the same problem and watching the videos here @ 2 peas helps a lot. Also, I took Allison Davis' sketch class and posed this issue to her - her answer was to have a few neutral, "go to" embellishments, such as stars and circles and build from there - adding a sticker, phrase, or stamped image can sometimes complete the layout.
To Pea or Not to Pea
|Posted: 6/12/2012 10:22:53 AM|The best thing I ever did was to take all of my embellishment "leftovers" and put them in one place. I dig through this stash for each and every LO I make, looking for items that fit the theme or work in terms of color. I love using embellishments and you can find them on every page I do. Take a peek in my gallery if you'd like some ideas on how to layer embellies and create clusters too.
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|Posted: 6/12/2012 10:49:53 AM|
Wow Lisa - you ARE awesome. Thanks for the great ideas!
Loc: New Jersey
|Posted: 6/12/2012 4:36:17 PM|So many great ideas here . Did you like how you embellished pages before your hiatus? Try going back and looking at older layouts of yours that you love, and see how you embellished them... take note of any patterns you notice, like you always used photo corners, word sticker, brads, always used threes, liked flat/bumpy, metal, ribbon, buttons... Even though there are new trends, you can still create layouts you love and look fresh, say, by tying a button with twine...
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
Loc: South Florida
|Posted: 6/12/2012 6:57:56 PM|
I would definately make page kits. You use up your items and end up with some great pages.
Have you tried scraplifting?
If you purchased embellishments, go to the website for the company. You may find layouts or ideas to use on your layouts.
There isn't a rule that says you must use embellishments. Sometimes, a decorative piece of paper is enough for a page.
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