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Please, stop distressing!
Post ReplyPost New TopicPosted 9/30/2012 by paperpilekitten in General Scrappin'
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paperpilekitten
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Posted: 9/30/2012 1:37:53 PM
To those of the manufacturers and designers that it may concern:
You make such gorgeous patterned paper in the most beautiful vibrant colors. Then I take a closer look and there's the brownish finish at the edges. Would you let me distress my own paper, pretty please? Just let me buy those stunning designs, as is. And if I'd like the distressed look on my layout (which I really do from time to time) I can bring out my inks and tools and get that look without it being pre-printed on the sheets of paper. Who's with me?



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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:05:02 PM
I thought this was going to be addressed to Two Peas, LOL. In all their ads on the top and sidebars, they "distress" every line, soften the edges, change the colors slightly, etc. The problem is, I always love the Two Peas version better than the actual thing

When I click to see the item in the store, I'm like, "Oh, I don't like that quite as much as I thought" based on the ad. I've also seen ads for pieces I already own and I'm like, "Hey, I wish I had THAT version instead!" {This is I guess a back-handed compliment to Two Peas graphics people ... but I really do kinda' wish they'd stop doing it.}

Okay, to YOUR point Margreta ... I agree that I prefer to distress my own papers. Sometimes I want the clean and fresh look and other times I want it more grungy. It really depends on the topic and photos I'm scrapping. I can't think of any concrete examples right now but I know that I've passed on buying papers because they were already distressed or too distressed.



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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:13:51 PM
I agree!!



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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:15:24 PM
I want a distressed free life!!!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:17:18 PM
I agree, too!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:20:04 PM
It depends on the line for me, and the choice of line often depends on who gets scrapbooked on that layout and what they are doing. I would hate it if Echo Park started distressing, would love it if Graphic 45 did more of it, and am on the fence about whether I like how much Basic Grey does. Other than BG, which does a little too much on many lines, I am happy with a little distressing on the manufacturers that do it.



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Posted: 9/30/2012 2:26:09 PM
I agree. I would like a lot of things better without the distressing. One of my "worst offenders" is Bo Bunny. I love their lines, I buy at least a few sheets of almost everything they release. But I rarely use a full 12x12 and it just looks odd to have the edge distressing on one side when I've had to cut the sheet and it is no longer on the other three sides. My own distressing helps, but still doesn't match. And I generally don't like playing with ink so I rarely bother.

So, yeah, less distressing please people!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:06:58 PM
I agree. I bought a perfectly nice 4th of July paper and there was one distressed spot in the middle of the paper, I had to go look online to make sure it was there on purpose and not someone's dirty footprint...

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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:11:23 PM
Me too! While I don't use Bo Bunny -(very dated to me) I find they are the equivalent to acid-washed jeans!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:26:41 PM
The distressing is annoying.

I prefer brighter papers with no distressing and NOT that faded, muted, creamy look like the new Basic Grey paper lines and a lot of the Studio Calico papers. I love the modern style of them, but they just seem so washed out.






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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:43:15 PM
Ya simple stories and basic grey are the worst - well other than Tim Holtz with this! Sometimes I want distressed and sometimes I don't but Ive seen a SS girl line I didn't buy because it looked "dingy" due to the distressing and I don't want dds pages to look dingy- same with BG - great spring line I loved - but looked dingy.... I prefer to mix it up a bit more - but certain manufacturers seem to only do distressed I guess. So I turn to them for things I like distressed, boy pages, Halloween, etc.,


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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:44:05 PM
I agree ! I so love Lily bee design but I would love them more if they would be distress free (dutch collection...).



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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:56:08 PM
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Posted: 9/30/2012 3:56:57 PM

I rarely use a full 12x12 and it just looks odd to have the edge distressing on one side when I've had to cut the sheet and it is no longer on the other three sides. My own distressing helps, but still doesn't match.


Me, too!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 5:06:33 PM
Me! I'm not a big fan of distressing so there are whole lines I won't buy. I have been mostly turned off of BoBunny for that reason...I am so with you, leave the distressing to the user!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 5:28:43 PM
Bravo!!!

I thought I was the only one who finds this frustrating. The whole = have to waste an inch of the paper to get a strip that looks the same on both edges drives.me.nuts!

Please let us do the distressing - that is what we love about papercrafting - it's all the fun techniques we can use to get different effects on our layouts.

Distressing is so simple for the average scrapper to do - so let us be the ones to do it if we choose! Paper designers - please keep creating beautiful lines without limiting the options of how we can use your paper lines. Pretty please?

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Posted: 9/30/2012 5:35:51 PM

Alot of lines do look they have been drug thru a mud puddle, haven't they...


LOL! I love mud puddles!!! I LOVE the distressing. The more the merrier, and the more I can add, great! I don't like the clean stuff. LOL!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 5:47:40 PM
I'm with you also!! Sometimes I want it and sometimes I don't and I want to choose for myself!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 6:08:07 PM
"I prefer brighter papers with no distressing and NOT that faded, muted, creamy look like the new Basic Grey paper lines and a lot of the Studio Calico papers. I love the modern style of them, but they just seem so washed out."

^^^I totally agree with this! It's why I've never jumped on the SC bandwagon. I'm a fan of clean and vibrant, not distressed and faded!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 6:24:49 PM
I've also picked up paper at my local scrapbook store and had to double check to make sure the damage was intentional.

I would love to be able to distress my papers the way I want them, or not at all.

Diane




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Posted: 9/30/2012 7:07:08 PM
I agree!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 7:19:18 PM
Wow Paperpilekitten,
I think You just answered my constant question about why I love OA and EP so much!!!
The lines are very distress free!



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Posted: 9/30/2012 7:25:12 PM
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.. lol


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Posted: 9/30/2012 7:35:15 PM
I'm with you gals...if I want it distressed, I know how to do it myself.

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Posted: 9/30/2012 7:40:07 PM
I agree!



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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:07:39 PM
While I loooooove me some distressing, I very rarely use an entire sheet of paper at once, and find trying to replicate the mfrs distressing annoying. I'd like it better if it were up to the end user too!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:29:53 PM
Not me!! I love distressing!!!
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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:36:19 PM
Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

I complained about this during CHA revels and someone said I could just cut it off. It isn't that easy, sometimes there is only a 6x6 spot of distress free paper in the center and I need a 12x12 strip.


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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:52:28 PM
I love the distressed edges on manufactured paper!!! That adds to the design for me.


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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:52:30 PM

someone said I could just cut it off.


Why on earth should I *have* to cut it off? I bought a 12x12 piece .. usually for a purpose! Frankly, it would easier for the manufacturer to leave off the distressing!

And, in the nature of piling on, I don't like the "pre-clustered/pre-layered/pre-stapled" look either. All I want is a nice piece of paper -- I can made whatever additions, deletions, ink stains I want, when I want and where I want!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 8:54:37 PM
I totally agree! I'd rather do it myself. When I cut up papers that are already distressed, then I feel like I have to match it on the sides I cut.


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Posted: 9/30/2012 9:20:05 PM

Why on earth should I *have* to cut it off? I bought a 12x12 piece .. usually for a purpose! Frankly, it would easier for the manufacturer to leave off the distressing!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 9:51:44 PM
I agree! I would prefer to add my own distressing. Sometimes I want my project distressed, and sometimes I want it to be clean and classic. At least let me have the option!


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Posted: 9/30/2012 10:04:58 PM
I like distressed!!! LOL!!! Because knowing me, the clean, non-distressed will make it look TOO clean!! LOL! Need to dirty it up!!

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Posted: 9/30/2012 10:47:15 PM
I despise the distressing, too. I love CP but can only use it in tiny quantities because of that. Sigh.

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Posted: 9/30/2012 10:51:06 PM
Me too! I agree with the others that pointed out once it is cut it is impossible to match, so it looks funky.



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Posted: 9/30/2012 11:00:51 PM
Count me in! I too never use a full piece and hate cutting away a lot or worse, trying to make the distressing on the clean side match the printed side!



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Posted: 9/30/2012 11:16:37 PM
I completely, 100% agree!

Janet, this may make you hate me, but I feel as though Echo Park does this too. They have a muted/vintage look. (which in my book is almost the same as distressed.) I was so excited when they first came out because I found them comparable to Doodlebug, but started to notice they were following the same trends as the other companies.


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Posted: 10/1/2012 2:15:52 AM
It's good to know that I'm not alone!



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Posted: 10/1/2012 2:24:45 AM

LOL! I love mud puddles!!! I LOVE the distressing. The more the merrier, and the more I can add, great! I don't like the clean stuff. LOL!






Ok, I am not sure about the mud puddles but I distress EVERYTHING. Hate bright colors and white makes me nuts. I was 'tea dyeing' back in the 90's before 'inking and Tim' were even heard of.

When I look back at some of my early pages all bright, light and clean I really itch to get in there and distress, distress. I don't because it usually just doesn't 'fit' the page but I WANT to


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Posted: 10/1/2012 2:30:42 AM
Totally agree! I scrap 8.5x11, so that means even if I'm using it as a background sheet, it needs to be trimmed. I'm perfectly happy to take ink to my papers all on my own. It is probably the reason why I've been loving Echo Park and Studio Calico lately.


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Posted: 10/1/2012 2:40:57 AM
I completely agree!


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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:20:53 AM
The distressed paper is great for those of us scrapbooking their family history. It suits the heritage and vintage themes very well.

For everything other than those themes, I love the bright, clean and simple look.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:44:41 AM
I agree! Keep it clean! I can always add ink. I often find myself cutting away the yellow/brown...


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Posted: 10/1/2012 7:18:14 AM
I agree!

I will NEVER understand what possesses people to fall for this idea!

dis·tress [dih-stres] noun
1. great pain, anxiety, or sorrow; acute physical or mental suffering; affliction; trouble.
2. a state of extreme necessity or misfortune.

I have enough "distress" already without purposely adding to it. I also don't buy clothes with holes or stains or dirt on them. I try to be civilized.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 7:21:52 AM
I mostly scrap for boys, so I love that it is already distressed. But my fave line this year was LYB Splash, and it was so clean and vibrant! So I like both. Maybe they can do a distressed side and an undistressed side.


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Posted: 10/1/2012 10:07:44 AM
Yes Yes Yes and while they are at it how about BRIGHT colors for summer. Why are all the summer lines muted! Would love for them to stop that too.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 10:28:35 AM
I agree. I like to distress my own. I don't always want it the way they do it.
And it really stinks when you want to use a strip of it but the edge is distressed and not the whole strip.


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