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Posted: 3/8/2013 4:58:50 PM
What specialty papers do you use?
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Posted: 3/8/2013 5:59:25 PM
I really like to use old book pages for layering.
Also torn shipping tags. Sometimes a bit of vellum or torn corrugated cardboard.







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Posted: 3/8/2013 6:21:58 PM
I regularly use tissue paper, vintage book pages, glassine envelopes, mini file folders, torn notebook paper, folded doilies or just layers of cardstock.

One of my favs lately for layers, is taking the thin sheets of kraft off a roll & folding it up.




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Posted: 3/8/2013 6:32:36 PM
I love using tabbed pages, glitz layering papers, and doilies.

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Posted: 3/8/2013 6:32:42 PM
awesome! Are you getting the old book pages from an actual book?



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Posted: 3/8/2013 7:45:36 PM
Yes, I buy old books to tear up.






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Posted: 3/8/2013 9:31:14 PM
I use tags and dictionary pages.


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Posted: 3/8/2013 9:36:17 PM
If you are searching for old books, usually libraries sell them for suuuper cheap. I have picked many up for .10 each. And I got an awesome dictionary at a garage sale this summer for a quarter...score!

I like old book pages too, and they look lovely misted/splattered with ink.

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Posted: 3/8/2013 9:47:40 PM
Thank you for your help ladies! time to look for some books



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Posted: 3/9/2013 12:38:01 AM
while my head understands that re-using books that are past their prime is like recycling, and they look super cute on people's pages, my heart wants to cry at this.

I don't think it's bad for people to do, I guess...just don't think i could do it....

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Posted: 3/9/2013 3:38:09 AM
If you do use an old book on a scrap page, does it make the whole page have a vintage sort of feel to it?

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Posted: 3/9/2013 3:45:29 AM

while my head understands that re-using books that are past their prime is like recycling, and they look super cute on people's pages, my heart wants to cry at this. I don't think it's bad for people to do, I guess...just don't think i could do it....


I felt the same way - I love books and didn't think I could tear one up. For the longest time, I got my text paper from the Making Memories Slice Pads. When they stopped making them, I stocked up, but I eventually ran out.

Then I found a copy of "Quest for the Holy Grail" from my Medieval Literature class when I was cleaning my book shelves (this was my very least favorite book from my very least favorite literature class in college). The first rip still hurt, even though I thought reading the book was more boring than watching grass grow, but it got easier each time. Eventually I felt like I was doing future generations a service by tearing it up & making it look pretty. Plus I really enjoyed destroying it.

"Tristain & Isolde" is next on the chopping block & after that "Consolations of Philosophy" is getting the axe. I'll be mining Medieval Literature for a while, so I guess it wasn't a total waste of time.

So, my advice would be to start with a book you really, REALLY strongly dislike. A book that makes you sad to think that it was ever published. That might make it hurt less.

Or you could just print out pages from public domain books & distress those. I have a Halloween mini album done with patterned paper I made myself from printing out "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and it looks really cool.




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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:42:34 AM

So, my advice would be to start with a book you really, REALLY strongly dislike. A book that makes you sad to think that it was ever published. That might make it hurt less.


You might be careful about this idea. If you decided "Fifty Shades of Grey" fit this criteria, you'd have to put a warning on your scrapbook.

Actually, very good advice. I'm also someone who's hesitated to tear up books.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:02:20 AM

If you do use an old book on a scrap page, does it make the whole page have a vintage sort of feel to it?

No, I use them on any pages. My style is pretty shabby, but I also use it on the most crisp, white layout & love the look.

As far as finding an old book to use, I recommend making sure the book doesn't have a musty smell to it & also that it is a story you actually like. I have an old Gone with the Wind book, that I normally tear pages from & it's fun to see "Scarlet" at the top of the pages. I've used a book with stories about Lincoln once & I ended up with some crazy text on a page that I replaced, because it was talking about fighting.

I also have an old Christmas story book, that I picked up at a yard sale, which has some great text at the top of each page about the "night before christmas".

I don't have a problem using the few books that I do tear pages from, which I picked up at yard sales or a thrift shop. I think they are really beautiful being used to preserve memories, instead of just thrown out & forgotten.




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Posted: 3/9/2013 7:46:58 AM
I'm another one who cringes at the idea of tearing up a book, but I love the idea of what you can do with it, as well as using books that are not something I would ever read again. Maybe I can find a book I'd be willing to rip apart.

I think the thing that would hold me back is the thought that the papers in books, especially older books, are more likely to have acid and lignin in them. Do you treat them with Archival Mist, or just not worry about the acid supposedly migrating like we were always warned about in the early days of scrapping?


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Posted: 3/9/2013 8:36:06 AM

I think the thing that would hold me back is the thought that the papers in books, especially older books, are more likely to have acid and lignin in them. Do you treat them with Archival Mist

I don't worry about it. It's interesting, one of my books is very old & the pages are not yellowed at all, which I am sure has to do with how this book was stored. If it had been stored in a damp basement, or hot attic, I am sure the pages would be old, brittle & yellow.

It's not for everybody, like every other style, but I love the look.




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Posted: 3/9/2013 8:42:14 AM
There are SOOOO many old books out there, and not all of them are wonderful and worth saving. We are a book-addicted family, and the first tear was hard, but after that I've never looked back.

I don't think old book pages = shabby

And I truly don't even think about acid/lignin free when I scrap.






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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:06:17 AM
I use textured papers, glitter paper, tissue paper, vellum, glassine envelopes, fabric, spiral notebook paper, sometimes if i just need a white piece for layering I'll dig out some old single sided pp that I don't love anymore and use the back side (great for misting and stamping for a little more interest.)


I think the thing that would hold me back is the thought that the papers in books, especially older books, are more likely to have acid and lignin in them. Do you treat them with Archival Mist, or just not worry about the acid supposedly migrating like we were always warned about in the early days of scrapping?


This is the main thing that holds me back. I'm not normally greatly concerned about acid/lignin free but when I see the yellowing on the papers in the book before I even get started, it just brings that concern to the forefront and I hesitate. It seems that all the old books I find are already yellowing....maybe I've just had bad luck.



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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:10:41 AM
This is all awesome stuff- I never thought about using old books!!! I have several old textbooks under my bed.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:21:34 AM
I actually prefer old, yellowed pages for my layout over crisp white new ones. I'd never use a new book, only old ones.






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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:27:13 AM
After seeing Maggie Massey use it on projects for Heidi Swapp's blog, I have to say I'm now using wax paper on a lot of layouts. Love that it can be smooth like vellum or crinkled up and have more texture.

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Posted: 3/9/2013 10:54:49 AM
A lot of great information. Thank you!
I asked this question because I watched a mercytiara video the day, where she had a box set aside for papers that were just for layering. I also watched Lilith Eeckles vid where she used tissue paper.
I love it when people think outside of the box. I just wish it was me doing that



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Posted: 3/9/2013 11:00:25 AM

You might be careful about this idea. If you decided "Fifty Shades of Grey" fit this criteria, you'd have to put a warning on your scrapbook.


LOL! I was actually thinking of "Fifty Shades of Grey" when I typed that as an example of the type of book that makes me sad. Then I realized it might not be the best choice for a scrapbook page ...



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Posted: 3/9/2013 11:15:50 AM

while my head understands that re-using books that are past their prime is like recycling, and they look super cute on people's pages, my heart wants to cry at this. I don't think it's bad for people to do, I guess...just don't think i could do it....
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I felt the same way - I love books and didn't think I could tear one up...
Then I found a copy of... my very least favorite book from my very least favorite literature class in college. The first rip still hurt...but it got easier each time. Eventually I felt like I was doing future generations a service by tearing it up & making it look pretty. Plus I really enjoyed destroying it.



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I love to use old dictionary pages, an idea a got years ago from Shimelle's class "Guide Words"...


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Posted: 3/9/2013 12:32:55 PM
^^^^^^^^...until I saw the book store had a Donald Trump "book"for .50 and then it became a public service! ROFLMAO!



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Posted: 3/9/2013 6:17:11 PM
I use patterned paper, small pieces of fabric, small paper bags, vellum and anything else that takes my fancy.


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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:15:53 PM
I use book pages, tissue paper, vellum, envelopes & bags. I use waxed paper to try out titles. I really like the way it looks. Has anyone used waxed paper to layer & what do you use for adhesive? My tape runner doesn't stick?

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Posted: 3/9/2013 9:24:43 PM
ginny...consider using a staple and then cover it with the next layer on top

don't forget your mullberry paper ladies!!

I also like using transparencies

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Posted: 3/9/2013 10:55:53 PM
I particularly like vintage children's books and dictionary pages and doilies



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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:12:04 AM

So, my advice would be to start with a book you really, REALLY strongly dislike. A book that makes you sad to think that it was ever published. That might make it hurt less.


This IS good advice -- I agree! However, the superstitious me is afraid that a cruddy book would add bad juju to the page. I like to use old grammar handbooks or dictionaries myself.



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Posted: 3/10/2013 5:49:14 AM
I love the idea of tearing up pages of an old book. I am going to try this today. Thank you!!

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Posted: 3/10/2013 6:11:16 AM
I bought a box of old, old sheet music at a yard sale once and have been using that to scrap. Can someone post their layouts using waxed paper? How interesting! Love this thread. Keep the ideas coming!


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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:05:17 PM
Bazzill has an Antique collection. You can be the whole collection or one sheet at a time.
They include:
Dictionary
Newsprint
Ledger
Letter
Sheet music
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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:27:29 PM

Can someone post their layouts using waxed paper? How interesting! Love this thread.


I have one that I'll photograph & post in a few minutes.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 1:45:55 PM
My other issue was touched on about the Halloween book mentioned above. I think I might feel like my book pages needed to be all "matchy matchy" with whatever I was scrapping about, so while my old math book might feel ok to me on a page about school, i probably couldn't make myself use it on a Christmas page. Plus, if I'm putting book stuff on my page, I actually would want it to add to the value by being something I like. I wouldn't want to flip through my scrapbook thinking "stupid Holy Grail book" as I look at my art. But i'm not ABOUT to cut up Gone with the Wind. I think this may be one of those things that I just appreciate on other people's pages and skip on my own.

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Posted: 3/10/2013 2:53:12 PM
Wow, I got some great ideas from this thread. Wax paper, who knew?!? Peas, of course!






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Posted: 3/10/2013 3:23:56 PM
Mulberry papers!!! Totally forgot that I have a lot of these...thanks for the reminder .
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Posted: 3/10/2013 4:50:46 PM
Love to see some layouts using all these fun layering techniques.


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