Masculine/Boy Embellishments

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Posted 11/11/2012 by minna40 in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 508,291
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:34:52 PM
I never realized my lack of masculine/boy embellishments. I was working on collecting papers with graphics and colors that would be versatile as I am scrapping 50/50 gals and guys in this house. Any suggestions for great masculine/boy/ or versatile collections. Great DIY embellishments that are specifically for boys/men. I am currently sitting here with a layout that is all papers and no extras...


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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:43:24 PM
I love the American Crafts Chap collection. It's perfect for boy (and man ) pages, but I've also found myself using it on other projects. I especially love the brads in that set (I'm on my second pack).

Another good one is October Afternoon's Sasparilla. I'm not one for super theme-y pages, but that collection has some really great B side patterns, plus all kinds of bits and pieces to coordinate.
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:43:38 PM
Stars; leaves; numbers; I've used lots of distressed stuff;
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:44:43 PM
I'd also take a look at the recent Glitter Girl episode on this topic. She gave some more good suggestions for embellishing boy pages.
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:45:46 PM
I'm that way too. I prefer not to be theme when it comes to purchasing collections. I don't like being boxed in. lol! I'll look out the collections and check out some of the elements as well. Keep them coming!


PeaNut 508,291
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Posted: 11/11/2012 6:47:17 PM
I didn't know there was a Glitter Girl episode! I'll go there NOW!


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Posted: 11/11/2012 7:59:08 PM
Echo Park also has a couple of nice boy lines.This and That and For the Record are two that come to mind.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 8:11:50 PM
I just finished a boy layout using Simple Stories Awesome. This and That Charming is also a great layout. Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go is also pretty gender neutral.

I use a lot of stars, astericks, gears and buttons on boy pages. Also Crate Paper Storyteller bingo pieces are great. Finally lots of washi tape and twine.

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July 2004
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Posted: 11/11/2012 8:21:22 PM
Stars, photo corners, buttons, office supplies, geometric shapes, leaves/trees/outdoorsy stuff, flair, bugs/animals... Have fun!
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October 2002
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Posted: 11/11/2012 9:33:24 PM
Chipboard, bingo cards, brads, tags, wood veneers, and (like the above poster suggested) office-inspired products.


PeaNut 565,904
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Posted: 11/11/2012 9:43:05 PM
Mini gears from TH are one o my go-to's. I also like to layer/make shapes with burlap, and add a brad on top, it gives nice texture, takes ink well, and is neutral. Bakers twine is another good one, and can be wrapped around elements or just looped, glitter girl style.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:00:28 PM
My suggestions have already been said. Only one I could add (that I am personally not fond of but see alot on boy pages) is arrows.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:34:24 PM
I can't think of any man in my life, from my DH to our six-week-old grandson, that I would not use stars on.

Small triangle-shaped flags, leaves, ribbons that aren't too loopy, stamping with bubble wrap and circles are others that come to mind.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 11:21:19 AM
I've gathered a good collection of Tim Holtz's products. I love his paper pads since I make all my cards.

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Posted: 11/12/2012 1:18:28 PM
I don't know what age you are working with, but for my nephew who just turned one I like some of the border punches. My fave right now is the loopy punch around the page from Martha Stewart. The notebook edge from EK Success is another one that comes to mind.


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Posted: 11/12/2012 7:00:24 PM
perhaps try ruby rock-it as they have boy lines like Paper Boy and Back to School

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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:14:09 PM
I have a large stash of star embellishments...chipboard, brads, buttons, die cuts, felt....if it's star, I purchase (and use) it.


PeaNut 409,154
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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:22:08 PM
I don't know the age you are looking for, but I have two boys and love scrapping boy pages! I do tend to use stars quite a bit and I love using spray ink, brads, buttons. Gears are fun embellishments for boy pages, too. I might have some ideas in my gallery

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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:43:32 PM
I make thank you cards for my brother's tech business. Last month he was asking if I could come up with something robot themed.

I found a fun stamp set of robot parts that lets you basically create your own stamped robot. I also went looking for "geeky" kind of embellishments to use and found these fun items:

Watch parts (VERY cool, mult colors of metal, springs, I use glossy accents to glue them on to paper - also great for a steampunk look IMHO)

Actual itty bitty screws

Brads that look like regular and phillips head screws!

All sorts of veneer items would be pretty cool too.
Dh and I only have daughters, but this summer our nephew moved in with us and will most likely be there throughout his high school years - soooo, I've begun scrapping for a boy now. A very timely post for me OP. Lots of good suggestions!

Ancient Ancestor of Pea

PeaNut 268,201
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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:52:00 PM
Oh, I thought of one more thing! The lighting on this photo in my gallery is odd, but I've also used glossy accents on a simple shape and let it dry. It ends up looking like a fun, official embellishment!

Here I just used colored squares, glossy accents on the surface and stuck them on the card. Birthday Card

My artsy-movie-loving sil complimented me on my techniques including that "cool cell work". Thanks sil!

Michelle Mostert

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Posted: 11/13/2012 1:04:14 AM
As a mom to 3 boys, I use ribbon as border strips, rather than tied in bows. Mists and distressing work well to 'rough up' a page.


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September 2003
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Posted: 11/13/2012 8:37:12 AM
Wood veneers! There are so many shapes that work for boys. I cluster a lot in almost every cluster I have twine and a wood veneer.
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