Username Post: Using found items on pages        (Topic#1464977)
chelseavantol
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What kind of things do you use?? I save bits of packaging, receipts, tags, cut clips from magazines, cut up old clothing, notepads, hair accessories, etc. What do YOU use? give me ideas ladies!!


 
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I use just about anything that I think would work on a page.

I've used washers from the hardware store, pipe cleaners, cross stitch plastic mesh, alphabet letter beads....



 
Mix-on the Memories
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That is funny that you ask that, because I just started saving cereal like boxes to make some of my elements. This way when I see an idea or one comes to me I well have the cardboard to work with.

Here are to heart shaped button that I made with cereal boxes and PP.
Heart Buttons By Mix-on The Memories


 
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  • Ooka on 05-25-08 03:09 PM
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I think I've used all the ones you mentioned,even oO

Tickets, brochures, confetti, metal shavings, the thin grating from an air conditioning vent, logos, food placemats, drink coasters, food wrappers sans grease, wristbands, cut up scarf, corn husk things, the shiny side of a soda can, food can wrappers, and photos of signs when the sign didn't fit.

Definitely a believer in found items...and now I know the real term for it! Although I wouldn't recommend soda cans or metal things unless you round the edges, those beasties hurt when you get a splinter.


 
chelseavantol
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  • Mix-on the Memories Said:
That is funny that you ask that, because I just started saving cereal like boxes to make some of my elements. This way when I see an idea or one comes to me I well have the cardboard to work with.

Here are to heart shaped button that I made with cereal boxes and PP.
Heart Buttons By Mix-on The Memories



awesome idea


 
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I used a paper bag from world market (the printed side) as a matte for my dogs photos because the color matched her perfectly.

I've also used any and everything. Magazine cutouts, ribbons cut from the insides of blouses, 'discarded' patches from my husbands work shirt. I've also done punch outs from a strip of paper and used that strip as a border elsewhere.


 
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you name it, I've probably used it


 
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Anyone used metal duct tape for anything?

It is 'embossable' just be careful of cut or torn edges as it is super sharp.

As a kid we used to use it to write out name in, it was then indelible and great for textbooks and other things.


 
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I am fairly new to scrapbooking, so this may sound dumb... but what about all the talk about everything needing to be acid-free?


 
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ehhhhh, some of it is just that, "talk."

Some people are very mindful of only using things that are "acid-free" but a lot of us don't stress about it.

The scrapbook my grandmother made nearly 70 years ago is falling apart because the base paper she used was construction paper, but all of the cards, tickets, note paper, etc is all just fine as are the photos. Not to mention part of the book had water damage, so that aided the paper ruin.

Many items even CREATED for scrapbooking aren't totally acid free. Grungeboard and Walnut ink for example aren't. However, if you ask a chemist, you'll find out that the trace and minute amounts of acid present in every day items aren't going to harm your photos or albums. In fact, your hands become acidic and you leave trace amounts of acid on your photos naturally! Acid is just a part of life, it's usually quite harmless.

So unless you're scrapbooking in an acid neutralized room with latex gloves and 100% TESTED products, your books aren't going to be acid free.


 
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I've used craft feathers, bingo chips, craft sand, tags from store purchases, patches, doilies, craft flowers, game pieces (paper game pieces mostly), foam, small wood pieces, gift tags, flat backed plastic pieces. It seems like I'm always thinking scrapbooking whenever I shop and from day to day. Hope you got some sort of idea out of any thing I've said.
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april_eric_always_forever
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those are really cute! great idea


 
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I've used black strip squares from magazine subscription cards put together in a strip. Also strings cut from old towels, fabric etc. in laundry room to make my own fiber combos.


 
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  • Here Kitty Said:
ehhhhh, some of it is just that, "talk."

Some people are very mindful of only using things that are "acid-free" but a lot of us don't stress about it.

The scrapbook my grandmother made nearly 70 years ago is falling apart because the base paper she used was construction paper, but all of the cards, tickets, note paper, etc is all just fine as are the photos. Not to mention part of the book had water damage, so that aided the paper ruin.

Many items even CREATED for scrapbooking aren't totally acid free. Grungeboard and Walnut ink for example aren't. However, if you ask a chemist, you'll find out that the trace and minute amounts of acid present in every day items aren't going to harm your photos or albums. In fact, your hands become acidic and you leave trace amounts of acid on your photos naturally! Acid is just a part of life, it's usually quite harmless.

So unless you're scrapbooking in an acid neutralized room with latex gloves and 100% TESTED products, your books aren't going to be acid free.



This is pretty much what I thought as well, and I am glad to hear someone else saying it as well. I just did an inking layout where I made my own die, I did put acid free paper on the back of my photo just as a protective measure, but seems like people are very zeolous of the "acid free", I'm almost afraid to say what I used!


Edited by jgassa on 05-28-08 08:51 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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I never worry about acid free, personally.


 
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There are some dangerous stuff to have in your books but it's a matter of both degree and tolerance. Stuff that degasses or is very acidic is a no-no (unless your tolerance level is very high). ANd if archivally safe stuff is readily available and about the same price, I'd use it. (Adhesives come to mind.) Also stuff that's high lignin is going to crumble fast (think newspaper, cereal boxes, construction paper) But this post isn't about acid-free, it's about found stuff...

I use it all the time. Some of my favs: metal button from NY Laundry for a NY page, a Made for Wet Weather tag from outdoor clothing, beach glass...and hardware store-like stuff that's eventually made it's way into the SB market..


 
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I use window screen, cellophane (you can get it by the roll, in colors), the cardboard that comes in packaged dress shirts, paper clips, safety pins, hemp twine I have left from other craft projects. Your imagination is the limit!


 
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I save anything I think is cute or can be added to a page/card. I don't worry about acid free so much for the same reason Here Kitty mentioned.


 
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I like to use clothing tags and cover up the words with a piece of patterned paper . They already have a hole in them so you can thread a piece of yarn through it.


 
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  • GMFTS on 06-03-08 09:45 AM
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What great ideas.
I use anything. I have used my grandkids drawings; covers from programs (see this http://www.scrapjazz.com/galleries/32606/view/ 459258/-1... fabric scraps including ones from things I have made that are worn in the photos in the lo; pieces of toys; sheetrock tape (for mesh);feathers; dried flowers (laminated for acidity reasons) - whatever inspires!


 
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including tickets and brochures/programs are very important to me to include in my lo's. and newspaper clippings!


 
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I will put anything on a layout!

I used a hole punch to make dots for these layouts.
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I also use regular flowers and take them apart.
all my clothes scome with extra buttons and those go with my scrap stuff.


 
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used netting on this

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I used wooden stars and covered them with pp here.

Just chillen By Richelle


 
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The brown border is a drawstring from a shirt! I didn't like it so I cut it off
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That's pretty ingenious, would have never thought of that! pretty lo! love it!


 
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I have used the plastic bread bag tie holders. They come with dates on them so collect and try to get a date that matches one you need. They also come plain and in different colors. These you can write on, put on a rubon or a sticker. I have also used it like a mini tag and tied ribbon on it. I also just recently used the plastic black strip that has wholes in it that is attached to the twist ties that come on the bottom of every toy that you buy for your child. It added a great design element and texture. I also like to add charms that you can find in the bead section of your craft store. You can find them with different sayings, like #1 dad, or with flowers, hearts, basketballs, cellphone, you name it. Those are just a few that I use. I look at everything and anything as a possibility to put on a scrapbook page.


 
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Bottle caps, press flowers, silk flowers, wire, paper clips that I paint with clear fingernail polish. Cat whiskers, acrylic paint, clamshell packaging, buttons, hinges from the hardware store, picture hooks, mica, glitter, watercolor paint, modge podge, any type of ribbon & fabric, aluminum cans, gilding, the backing off of legal pads, magazine advertisements, ticket stubs, pages from books, pieces of news paper, schools papers, bits of old jewelry, etc! Use anything you think you can!


 
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  • Angie Baby Said:
I have used the plastic bread bag tie holders. They come with dates on them so collect and try to get a date that matches one you need. They also come plain and in different colors. These you can write on, put on a rubon or a sticker. I have also used it like a mini tag and tied ribbon on it. I also just recently used the plastic black strip that has wholes in it that is attached to the twist ties that come on the bottom of every toy that you buy for your child. It added a great design element and texture. I also like to add charms that you can find in the bead section of your craft store. You can find them with different sayings, like #1 dad, or with flowers, hearts, basketballs, cellphone, you name it. Those are just a few that I use. I look at everything and anything as a possibility to put on a scrapbook page.


i saved some of the strips that haave holes that you are talking about. i haven't used them yet, but i want to use them on a photo mat, and put brads in the wholes. think it would look neat.


 
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It's funny to see how we all save these random things! I always was laughed at for saving packaging for later use. I pretty much save any material that looks pretty and unique to spice up my projects!


 
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Great Ideas Everyone! I save clear plastic "acrylic" packaging to make tag albums out of, among other things. My husband is very good about saving this for me!
I also save tags from certain clothing (like designer name jeans)--some of them are really cute, with jute strings, or blingie decorations. (No, I haven't actually done anything with them yet, but I have a ton of them!)
I also save old belts and purses to cut up for die-cutting flowers, etc out of. Some of them are leather, or vinyl, and have cool textures. Or I save the studs or whatnot off of them.
Basically, everything gets run through my scrap-radar before I throw it out.


 
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I just used the top of a kleenex box......I distressed the edges, inked the sides with distress ink.....just lightly....it was the part that pops out for the kleenex to come through....love the blue with the white swirlys on it......it seemed perfect for this page.

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