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Posted 5/16/2013 by summerbellies in General Scrappin'

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Posted: 5/16/2013 4:50:25 PM
By not having a die cut machine or sewing machine?
And by disadvantage I mean, my pages not being "current" or "cutting edge" enough to be considered for DT or publication?

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Posted: 5/16/2013 4:58:25 PM
I don't think so.
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Posted: 5/16/2013 4:59:04 PM
Hi Summer! I don't have a sewing machine and I just recently got a Cameo so I'm not sure if it puts you at a disadvantage or not.

I think the only way to know if you can make a DT/be published is to give it a try.

I know for me, I will never find "fame and fortune" through my scrapbooking and that's fine with me. When I find a design opportunity that appeals to me, I go for it.

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Posted: 5/16/2013 5:05:33 PM
You're only at a disadvantage if that's the style you love - otherwise there are plenty of ways to create and hone your style without those tools.

From my personal experience, I've never been given an assignment where it was a firm requirement. Maybe 'stitching' in general, but that could be machine or hand stitching. I've had some general die-cut assignments where any kind of die-cut could be used, and I've been on teams that asked who had a machine so they could direct those projects to the right people, but unless you are hoping to design for a specific place that sells cutting files as a major part of their product line up, it wouldn't be an issue. Better to focus on finding the style that makes you happy, gadgets or no!

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Posted: 5/16/2013 5:08:10 PM
I know nothing about trying to get on design teams - BUT if you look at the videos we get here from our Garden Girls, they very rarely use die cutting aside from the occasional title. Sewing, yes, sometimes - but you can do that kind of thing by hand if you REALLY wanted to.

So my answer would be that unless you want to be on the design team for a die cut manufacturer or sewing company - I don't think it should matter very much. I'd think they would like to see what you can create with their supplies!

(just a side note, if you decide you DO want to get a sewing machine, you can get a JANOME mini for about $50 on sale at Hancock Fabrics. It goes on sale nearly every month. I know lots of gals use those for papercrafting sewing, but my Mom is a very gifted semstress and she keeps her as a back-up for when her $5000 machine is in the shop! )

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Posted: 5/16/2013 5:55:27 PM
nope, not in the least bit.


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Posted: 5/16/2013 6:40:56 PM
I dont see why you would be. I was on a dt for my lss, and they preferred you used items that could be bought in the shop. Which meant my cricut got a break for those layouts and i used what i could get there.
Honestly, i think it is more about your style, and showcasing the product and producing new ideas/innovative layouts that make people want to buy product than having a die cutting machine!



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Posted: 5/16/2013 8:50:26 PM
I wouldn't worry about it!


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Posted: 5/16/2013 9:09:51 PM
No, everyone has their own style, and it doesn't have to include a die cutting machine


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Posted: 5/16/2013 9:43:05 PM
I have a circuit and slice that I don't use. I prefer store bought embellies to be honest and I know the cameo will just be another device I won't use. That's because when I ready to scrap I don't like fusing with, manipulating, browsing or spending time on devices. I prefer to grab my stash and create. So, with that being said NO in my opinion you are not at a disadvantage.

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Posted: 5/16/2013 10:06:20 PM
Thank you for all the thoughtful responses peas. To answer the question if that's the style I love, not *particularly* - I mean, I do love the look of die-cut machine titles but there are die cut packs and sticker packs that have those now. I DO love the look of stitching on a layout but I am a horrible seamstress- I broke three machines in costuming class in college- and my hand stitching leaves something to be desired. I guess it was just something that crossed my mind today while watching Paige's "Scrap your Stash" video and she did this cool background with her die cut machine. Just was musing on if I ever wanted to make a go at DT work or anything like that, would I Need to invest in one.

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Posted: 5/17/2013 12:06:03 AM
I would say absolutely not

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Posted: 5/17/2013 12:10:11 AM
Nah, you are just fine! I have a sewing machine & rarely use it (for anything but a dust collector). I don't use my circut except for with SCAL.


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Posted: 5/17/2013 10:01:04 AM
There are a few on the DT I am on that don't have a die cutting machine and make fabulous pages. I don't think you are at a disadvantage. Like Shimelle said, just hone your style.


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Posted: 5/17/2013 10:06:36 AM
I definitely don't think you would be at any kind of disadvantage. There are tons of wonderful scrapbook pages out there that don't use stitching, machine die cuts, etc. That is what makes scrapbooking awesome - so many styles, so many options.


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Posted: 5/17/2013 10:29:42 AM
I personally love to see people doing layouts that don't require a silhouette as I have no intention of getting one. Not that I don't think those layouts are divine. Machine stiching is so subtle whilst I like it I don't think it would change the whole aesthetic of a layout


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Posted: 5/17/2013 10:30:09 AM
If you want diecuts find a friend that can cut them out or find someone to swap die cuts with. For example, i have the original sizzix with a buncha dies and my mom has the same machine with different dies we swap and put in the mail (ma lives 1 hour a way).

Or find someone that has your diecuts you want and send them a card template or a little goodie bag of scraps ect.

We might have a swap on her e that swaps diecuts. If mot we should lol. Well swapping scraps would be fun too lol.

Remember your pictures and memorabilia is the important part of your layout not that you got coolest uptodate embellishment.

Been scrapping for a while and still my fave thing is matting. I love how a mat looks and its easy. I also love making my embellishments. Templates are great! I get one of each of my mom's sizzix diecuts then i use yhem as a stencil.

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Posted: 5/17/2013 10:32:04 AM
I should have mentioned--i have a cricut but it (cringe) gathers a little dust :/
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Posted: 5/17/2013 1:23:31 PM
I don't think you are at a disadvantage. I have never had any team that I was on require either. With that being said I would also add, if you are thinking of purchasing either one, make sure it is something that works for your style. Things cycle so fast in scrapbooking. If you get a die cut machine, make sure it is something that works with your style. Same for a sewing machine. That way, when that product cycles, it won't sit gathering dust.

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Posted: 5/17/2013 3:48:24 PM
Not at all. Finding your own style, incorporating trends and a consistent aesthetic is what's important. The stuff and the tools can come later if at all. I think I would invest in a sewing machine before a Silhouette. But again, only if it "goes" with your style.

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Posted: 5/17/2013 4:10:25 PM
No. Not at all

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Posted: 5/17/2013 4:13:19 PM

I do love the look of die-cut machine titles but there are die cut packs and sticker packs that have those now.

I would agree with this... For the times you wanted to use die cuts, you can buy them - there's so much more selection of them out now... And for stitching, you could either stitch by hand (I've seen someone do more embroidery type stitches - french knots, leaves, etc, and it looked fabulous), or draw on some stitching with a pen or use a stitch stamp... I have an old set that has a running stitch, zigzag, blanket stitch, and about a half dozen more... I think there's lots of ways to get around not having either - especially if those things aren't a big part of your style...

And don't be too distracted by what is current right now... It makes me think of Wilna's work... Her use of watercolours is gorgeous but (in my small, tiny circle at least) painting wasn't considered part of scrapping, let alone a current, popular, or trendy idea... Her style made us rethink what could be used to create LOs - she is 'cutting edge' because she is doing something different... Don't worry about following the trends - go about setting some
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