Username Post: Last minute gift        (Topic#1568093)
MrsAnnieS
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Long story short, I found out DH wants to exchange gifts Thursday night, I thought I had until the 26th and decided yesterday morning to make him a mini album of wedding photos.

I have the basics, 6x6 album, pp and CS and am planning on raiding my TH/7Gypsies embellies. However I'm horrible with masucline pages, can't make a page without wanting to slap a few flowers on it, and now with the crunched deadline-not that I mind-my brain has shut down. I've gone through the gallery and gotten some ideas but when it comes to basic page LOs I'm stumped!

I'm wondering if anyone has any go-to tips/tricks/elements that they use on guy pages? Or any advice in general?

Thanks all!


 
kelseymel
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Home Depot gift card and give him the book for Valentine's Day?

I'm horrible at creating things on a deadline.


 
designguyKORY
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You can't go wrong with some Distress Inks- especially Vintage Photo- I gotta have that everywhere!

Have you looked around Home Depot for embellishments? I find lots of cool things there- some things that I swear I've seen in da LSS, but in Graphic45 packaging. Yeahhhh, I know what's going on here. And it's CHEAP.

I found some cool hinges, knobs, washers, bolts- and with some Alchohol Inks, they look even cooler.

Also- while I'm not into flower, I've made some cool ones with the Tattered Florals die, which ended up looking like leather 'flower' things- using some Distress Inks (antique linen, vintage photo, and another brown- but forget what) and rubbing/crinking the thick cardstock I'd used. Also, some metal flowers would still look cool...while being an almost flower shape, they still look more like hardware.

Gears are always, cool, too- and you have a cricut, you can cut some cool ones. Even tho I can cut plenty of gears with my Cricut (I use the Indie Art cartridge, which I found out about thanks to someone here!) - I still want the Tim Holtz gear die. Why? Cuz I can't have enough gears.

Also, at Home Depot, they have some thin metal sheets, about 5X7, which are perfect for book covers. And thin enough to punch thru- I think I found them in the roofing section.

M's had some cool paper with a diagram of different moustaches on it- which I found so freakin cool I bought a stack.

I like lots of interactive things - and while that's not really JUST A GUY THING to do/like- it can be really cool if you have make it more like a 'safe' or 'toolbox' than 'a purty shabby cabinet.'

Also, I think the look of vintage office supplies are very masculine- also, lots of the old travel-related looking stuff. To me, nothing says classy man than a passport, a suit, and a page of moustache paper from Michael's. But that's just me.

;-)

-k


 
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  • stick on 12-21-11 09:35 AM
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Graphic patterns, bold colors, hardware, duct tape, and everything Kory said.


 
kiyawinn
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Chocolate brown and light blue is a cool colour combo for guy pages, grey and orange can also work.
Stripes work, I 2nd the gear embellishments, I like using Kraft as a background paper and use that frequently on pages for my son. Metallics are also cool....
Kory had a lot of great ideas....
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designguyKORY
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Good thinkin! Choc.Brown and Light blue are favorites of mine, even! My favorite striped winter scarf is in those colors!

Also- I think someone mentioned something about patterns- I have a major love for any paper that has a pattern that looks like suit fabric. Very cool. Graphic45's "Proper Gentleman" has some amazing papers. Someone here told me about it- and when I saw it in real life at da LSS, I went crazy for it. Great looking. Ohhh, now I'm really thinking. I'll make some kind of fabric embellishment for my new mini-book, using some suiting fabric- maybe make some fabric ties to tie the book closed or...who knows.

I love this site!

-k


 
MrsAnnieS
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Thanks everyone for the great ideas! I'm off to a fantastic start thanks to a small fortune spent at my A's. I had the basic grey kraft collection for starters and I used that as my base for all my pages. But I picked up some core'dinations black and tan CS along with a bunch of metal embellies and the TH gears die-thanks for that Kory! Also got crackle paint and distress stickles in tarnished brass.

Am stopping by a few stores tonight to look for a knob and ball chain for a closure and then hopefully a few hours to finish getting it slapped together!

I appreciate all the input, definitely got the gears turning again
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I'm going to remember what Kory said,,,,,,I do find washers, hardware, keys and hinges at Lowes too,,,,,,,and I swear they package the same thing in G45 wrapping, as Kory said.


 
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Oh and TH has some awesome clock faces I've used on my husband's stuff.


 
MrsAnnieS
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  • CommaHolly Said:
Oh and TH has some awesome clock faces I've used on my husband's stuff.



I've had a pack of these for about a year now and haven't had the perfect thing to use them on-I'm going to find a place in this album if it kills me!



 
MrsAnnieS
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Only 4.5 hours until we are set to exchange and we're having dinner in there some where as well. Thankfully only 30min left of work


 
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Gift cards are my answer to last-minute gift-giving! Unfortunately, I've been doing a lot of that last-minute stuff myself.


 
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