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meowgal
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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:15:10 AM
I'm a major distresser...nearly every piece of paper, but want to do it myself

This makes me crazy when I'm using paper on a card and only two sides are distressed because I've cut it down to size.


And THAT is my main reason!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:24:16 AM
I actually don't mind the distressing. I like it. I must be one of the few who does.
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Posted: 10/1/2012 12:13:11 PM
Actually I love BOTH, bright or soft (think Baby) coloured not distressed papers and the vintagy ones with the look of my grandmas washed out drapes, but I prefer to do the distressing and inking around the edges cause it's so annoying to have to struggle to get the three other sides of a cut paper similarly distressed as the premade one!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 3:06:53 PM
I completely agree - and while they're at it could they leave off the glitter? Sometimes it's just too much - I can always add a little glitter if I want it!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:57:28 PM
And I thought I was alone in my anti-pre-distressed thoughts!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:59:23 PM
Agree 100%

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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:07:11 PM
I chimed in once already, but I wanted to add that I do like it on some lines. I have very eclectic taste and so it just depends which paper line it is. I love MME, and I guess technically its distressed, but in a very subtle way. I am not a fan of super bright paper - not because I don't like colors, but becuz sometimes it's hard to work with certain photos. Is nice tht we have such a variety of papers to choose from. Sometimes all u need to do is turn it over and use the other side!

Oh, and for the trimming down and not having all 4 sides match ? Doesn't really bother me, I just add ink all the way around. But if it bugs you, then it would be very annoying!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:13:14 PM
Totally!

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Posted: 10/1/2012 8:28:34 PM
Totally agree , distressed paper has its place but I don't want it on every lay out. Let me do it if I want that look.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 10:42:24 PM
I thought of this thread today as I was at the LSS. I am going to have to correct Cherrypicker:

The blue/green EP For the Records is distressed. Not brown, but certainly is distressed.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 10:57:04 PM
I actually don't mind it, either...count me among the few.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:30:22 PM
I definitely want a choice of distressing or not distressing a pattern paper.

I like "clean" vintage paper, and if I distress it, I want it to be me applying ink.

By pre-distressing the paper, you're not saving any time for me and I'm less likely to buy it.

Deedy
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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:41:15 PM
I agree and I don't buy papers that are distressed.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:49:37 PM
Add me to the list, and thanks for starting this thread. We can distress things up to our hearts' content, but we can't un-distress pre-distressed things.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 1:20:39 AM
I agree...I have never understood it. Are you listening manufacturers?
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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:43:56 AM
I think distressing is a trend that is "so in it's out." For instance, when your grandma starts liking a trend and jumping on the bandwagon two years later- that trend is OUT! I remember when my grandma started wearing leggings- that was the end of them for me (back in the 90's.) Now they are in again....hmmm...I did like leggings!
But seriously...the trend to distress anything that is standing still is getting so old. I can't stand distressed furniture, picture frames, any of it, unless it is so old that it happened naturally.
And none of my paper is that old!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:53:28 AM
I distressed papers, and that is all I am going to say on this subject.

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:14:01 AM
I prefer to distress my papers myself, thankuverymuch

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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:27:51 PM
I agree totally! Sometimes I love the paper except for the distressing, and that keeps me from buying it.

I'm betting that before too much longer, all this distressing is going to look as dated as pages full of photos cut into shapes!

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Posted: 10/2/2012 11:50:21 PM
I agree with the OP. I like the distressed look sometimes, but only sometimes. I'd like the paper mfg to give me that option. There's nothing worse than wanting a layout with a clean look and then having to figure out a way to to cover the pre-distressed portion of an otherwise lovely piece of paper.

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:33:22 AM
I'm a distresser through and through....it finds it's way even on to bight papers......I even add to the already distressed stuff....probably need an intervention!! LOL!!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 11:44:14 AM
Yep, give me clean bright colors!

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Posted: 10/3/2012 12:27:44 PM
Unfortunately, I've not purchased MANY individual papers & even entire lines due to pre-distressing, pre-glittering, &/or pre-embellishing. Given its popularity, & therefore, number of scrappers who purchase inks, glitter, bling, etc., I don't understand the reason for pre-printing these onto beautifully-designed papers! UGH...

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Posted: 10/3/2012 12:30:11 PM
The pea stands alone - I like distressing!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 11:41:18 AM
I agree! I prefer to do my own distressing. I am currently going thru my paper stash and came across an old Love Elsie! line that had some nice red and cream (probably why I bought it, andit was on sale too) that I plan on using for some pages soon.
In the case of a collection (in the form of paper pads in particular) that is distressed too much for my liking I trim off those parts and use the cleaner parts for mats or journaling, die cuts, etc. The strips can be painted, punched for borders, or flipped over, stamped, or covered with letter stickers for title strips. I try to be as conservative as possible, as I am a bit of a hoarder.




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Posted: 10/6/2012 12:24:01 PM
A lot of echo park paper is distressed and thinking about it I think so is studio calico. but they tend to have a clean distressed look (that's how I would describe it) its more of an all over adding texture to their already awesome patterns ... not the yellowing "old" look that say october afternoon does ... jillibean has no distressing on their stuff and that might be why i struggle to turn to their stuff as one of my staples.

the stuff around the edges I can take it or leave it, it's is frustrating to have to match or cover something up so it matches when not using the whole 12x12 sheet.

I'm on the distressing band wagon, basic grey is what really brought me into the hobby so I tend to add alot of my own distressing too. I like it both ways and it doesn't keep me from buying anything.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 12:24:03 PM
A lot of echo park paper is distressed and thinking about it I think so is studio calico. but they tend to have a clean distressed look (that's how I would describe it) its more of an all over adding texture to their already awesome patterns ... not the yellowing "old" look that say october afternoon does ... jillibean has no distressing on their stuff and that might be why i struggle to turn to their stuff as one of my staples.

the stuff around the edges I can take it or leave it, it's is frustrating to have to match or cover something up so it matches when not using the whole 12x12 sheet.

I'm on the distressing band wagon, basic grey is what really brought me into the hobby so I tend to add alot of my own distressing too. I like it both ways and it doesn't keep me from buying anything.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 12:30:25 PM
My dh says I'm not happy with a project unless it looks like I took it outside and ran over it with the van. I love the distressed look 90% of the time and am in the minority. I don't care that much about trends anymore. If distressing is out, I'll gladly sit in the oddball corner.
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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:38:37 PM
Totally agree! I don't like it either

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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:38:40 PM
Totally agree! I don't like it either

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Posted: 10/6/2012 1:48:19 PM
Another pea chiming in to say I don't buy distressed paper. I agree with those of you that don't like the fact that once you trim the paper down not all the sides look the same. I don't buy inks or chalk pads anymore so I can't balance out the distressing.

I hate glittered paper, too. It doesn't adhere very well and I will pass up a paper pad that I love if it has glittered paper.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:32:54 PM
It seems to me that this isn't so much about not liking distressing, (as probably the majority of posters to this thread DO seem to like it at least on some layouts).

It just that we want to add it ourselves NOT HAVE IT DONE FOR US!

Maybe we could get the paper companies to envision creating a "distressing kit" with each collection. They could sell the proper colored inks (complementary for distressing this paper line), a texture stamp, sand paper, little distress edging tool, mist etc! But they would sell their pp plain.

That would be a win-win for varying customer preferences and more $$ for scrapping manufacturers!

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Posted: 10/6/2012 3:35:25 PM
I agree too. I never scrap 12 x 12 and all of my 12 x 12 paper gets cut down at some point. I end up cutting out of the middle to avoid the edge distressing being all uneven and it wastes so much paper.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:08:41 PM
I hate cutting a paper and then having three distressed side and one thats not. I like distress on alot of papers but it seems to go too far on some lines.


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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:21:23 PM
I was at Hobby Lobby and bought the Little Girl pack by EP and when I opened it up at home I was surprised to see distressing on it. I don't care for distressing on bright paper like that I am using for a baby album.

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Posted: 10/6/2012 4:49:14 PM
I don't mind a bit of grunge around the edges, but I really do not care for swirly designs overlaid as part of the distressing.

Or a random, isolated smudge in the middle of the paper.

I also find it disappointing when I find great patterns I love, but the colours look all dirty and muddy. I finally broke down and purchased BG PB&J 6x6 pad and was disappointed to see how dingy and dirty looking the papers looked IRL. This was the first BG I had purchased in about 7 years and I was really excited about it, and I know I will probably only use two or three pieces out of the entire pad. Certainly makes me hesitate buying from them again, which is too bad because I've been really liking their new look and direction recently.
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Posted: 10/6/2012 5:25:54 PM
Count me in as one who agrees.

Don't get me wrong I can 100% see the appeal that distressed paper has and can see how it would suit many layouts and scrappers but I am not that kind of scrapper and prefer the all one colour, no sneaky layered patterns or distressing and in bright tones.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 5:20:14 AM
Thank you for starting this thread to the original OP. I am so tired of distress paper. I am so sorry to all the distress DP fans. I wish the companies would make one distressed version and leave the other version alone. I know some of the companies would scoff at this idea from the cost of doing that, lol. Well, a girl can dream for a peaceful solution.

I hardly buy paper any more because I don't like the Distressed look.

Why the heck would we want to cut off the edges. I am not a 12x12 LO person. For those who do 12x12 that just defeats the purpose of buying paper if you have to cut off offending edges.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:04:45 AM
I'm in the minority here...

I like the texture distressing adds. BG 'plain papers' with the distressing are lovely for backgrounds - much more interesting than plain cardstock.

I'm not so much a fan of those papers with added embellies printed in a corner (torn strips, design, staples, etc)like MME's 'follow your heart' line. I find I cut that off most of the time. But grungy, distressed papers get used as is. Then again, I have 3 boys

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Posted: 10/7/2012 9:47:03 AM
It's to bad Paper company's don't just make 2 of the same paper; one distressed and one that's not distressed.

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Posted: 10/7/2012 5:58:03 PM
Yes!! I haaaattteee distressed. Please bring back normal colors!

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Posted: 10/7/2012 8:49:17 PM

It seems to me that this isn't so much about not liking distressing, (as probably the majority of posters to this thread DO seem to like it at least on some layouts). It just that we want to add it ourselves NOT HAVE IT DONE FOR US!
Exactly!
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