Username Post: Scrapping For A Boy        (Topic#1591087)
Stephanie D
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I feel as If I am starting over since having my little guy. I am a over the top girly scraper i am having a super hard time pulling off boy layout. Plus most of the supplies for boy's book suck.

Anyone having the same problem.


Edited by Stephanie D on 09-23-13 05:33 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
GwynnAsbury
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Hey Stephanie! I cannot relate about having a baby boy (at this point no babies yet), however, I do have a husband who used to be in the military. Finding man themed things is also incredibly hard....... I would take a look at Tim Holtz's die cutting stuff he has a lot of masculine designs AND Lifestyle Crafts which also has die cuts that can be customized for boys or girls. I hope that helps!


 
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For the first 5 years I scrapped mainly for a boy so maybe I can help a little. It's definitely more difficult but very doable if you replace some of the girly elements with more masculine ones. So for example, where you'd normally embellish with a flower/bling, you'd replace that with gears, stars, keys, arrows, distressed flourishes, etc. Geometric shapes like circles and hexagons also give a more masculine feel. Definitely think Tim Holtz if you want a distressed masculine look. When my little guy was a baby, I did a lot of clean and simple layouts and would include lots of cars, trucks, planes, frogs, bugs, etc.

I also went ahead and used a couple of flowers and leaves if there was a female (i.e. me, the grandmas, aunts, etc) in the picture with my little guy. There are a lot of little boy layouts in my gallery (maybe not the first page because I just added a little girl to the mix) if you want to have a look. Good luck and have fun!


 
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I have 3 boys and 3 grandson and only 1 granddaugther. I have lots of boy LO's. I struggle with just the opposite.

I find it hard to do girl pages for my dgd.



 
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I have 4 nephews I love to scrap. It's nice to have a break from the girliness I usually use on my daughter.

There are afew cool boy lines out there. The ones I know of are older (as I'm just starting back up after 2 years) My style tends to run thru both bright and funky to softer and romantic tho so it's probably easier for me to switch gears.

If you prefer a softer Romantic style you can always use blues and greens and yellows and continue your own style. Nothing wrong with flowers on a boy layout


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There's lots of cute boy stuff out there. I have a lot of fun cropping my little grandson. Think: neutrals, blues, browns, oranges, reds, yellows. Enjoy!


 
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here are a few of my favorite boy layouts

My Muddy Buddy By HerHighness68

Smash Cake By HerHighness68

Mmmmmmm Hand By HerHighness68


 
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I'm the mom of one son, so 99.9% of my scrapping is boy stuff. You're not alone!


 
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I do mostly boy layouts.

I love Ginger Williams' style for boy layouts. http://www.scrapbook.com/myplace/index.php?mod=gallerie...


 
Stephanie D
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I just know why I find it so hard. Since I am all over with my normal style his book look so simple. I will post some layout this weekend. I have one long long week.


 
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I scrap for three boys. Now using pink, I have a hard time with!


 
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I make nothing but boy LO's and the occasional girl LO is nearly impossible for me!! I agree with Alissa - check out Ginger Williams. She's my inspiration.

Also I have a blog too

www.viviansdesk.blogspot.com


 
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  • J-M on 09-25-13 03:52 AM
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I just have one son, so I scrap pretty exclusively for boys. I'd suggest checking out some of the Echo Park lines - they've had a lot of great boy ones out in the last year or so. Bo Bunny has had some great boy ones as well - On the Go is still available, last I checked, and is perfect for boys.

For embellishments, I use a LOT of stars, but also gears, banners, circles. I like adding background stamps with designs like chickenwire, which I think gives it a boy feel. I use a lot of primary colours and greens on my pages. You can check out my gallery for some ideas if you'd like! It can be challenging scrapping for boys since there are SO many wonderful girly things out there.


 
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Try switching out the flowers for things like gears, stars, arrows, layered circles, chipboard elements, etc.; the girly ribbons for boy ribbons, twill, rick rack, twine, wire, etc.


 
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My son is now 30 but I've begun scrapping pages of him as a boy. He held a pencil & crayon before age 2 & drew on everything he could get his hands on, so I went with art themed LO's. Paint brushes, crayons, easel work great for little guys. Also aminals, either cutesy or Zoo work great for boy themes. You could do a LO titled "Wild Side" & do lions; bears; monkeys & giraffes etc. Also, are you or his Dad into sports/have a favorite team? That's always fun to do for a baby boy. Hope some of these ideas help:)


 
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what Jenny said - agree with all the elements! scrapping for two boys, I manage somehow to include pinks, glitters, flowers, blings, butterflies, all the rest. Yes, it's in a more masculine manner, yet.. darker colors and mostly boyish elements like arrows and gears work best. Lots of Echo park and DCWV and BasicGrey papers - somehow the distressed look of the latter works well with the boys pages.

I scrap mostly photos of my two boys, including baby boy pics - check out the gallery if you wish.

and when you get tired of blue and more blue, go with green, orange, yellow, red, maroon, even pink - bolder darker shades than girls but they still work.


 
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I pretty much only scrap boys as well. Lots of good ideas above. When they are little, there are many cute little boy lines with frogs and animals and toy trucks and all that little boy stuff. As they get older, school lines with primary colors, and sports stuff. I also use a lot of blues, browns, greens, reds; both bright and dark shades. Replace embellishments like flowers with gears, clocks, tape measures. Burlap ribbons. Lots of dark inking. Birds and leaves on nature pages. And then comes sports, and you just look for things that match the uniform and you can always use big numbers as an embellishment.


 
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For years I scrapbooked boys pages and lusted after all the beautiful pink girlie girl paper for baby girls! Seemed like I could never find any boy themed paper that I liked. Finally, I have two granddaughters and I have been sadly disappointed in the current selections of paper made specifically for baby girls! And now, I seem to find all kinds of incredibly cute baby boy themed paper. That's the way it goes - the grass always looks greener on the other side!


 
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Don't feel limited to using lines that are specifically created for babies or kids. Personally, I hate pastels and the cutesy themes that seem to dominate these, so I'd be really frustrated if I felt I needed to use them. I'm currently making a baby album for a friend who just had a little boy, and I'm using Teresa Collins' Memories line. Just look for lines that speak to you, rather than worrying about the "theme". HTH


 
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I only have a boy and I agree with the suggestions that people have already made. I use A LOT of gears.

I've never had trouble with boy layouts because my design aesthetic tends to be more suited to boy layouts. I don't think I have ever used a flower on a page!


 
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  • *jesse* Said:
Don't feel limited to using lines that are specifically created for babies or kids. Personally, I hate pastels and the cutesy themes that seem to dominate these, so I'd be really frustrated if I felt I needed to use them. I'm currently making a baby album for a friend who just had a little boy, and I'm using Teresa Collins' Memories line. Just look for lines that speak to you, rather than worrying about the "theme". HTH




Well Said!!



 
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Another good line (which I just got) is the Theresa Collins "He Said" it has a ton of nice and beautiful masculine colors and patterns. I showed my husband and he REALLY liked the whole line. Can't get better than the man stamp of approval right?


 
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Mama2Thomas, your layouts are outstanding. Super job for baby, child, vacation, school, etc. They are all lovely. Thanks for sharing.


 
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Mimiof123, thanks for your kind words- I really appreciate the feedback


 
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I have a boy too, n I scrap with whatever color that pleases me.. And since pink is my fave color...it pleases me!! I actually use pink quite often. I just did some of his newborn pics n there's a lot of pink in the LO's. I go by what the photo or page calls for, not necessarily a strictly masculine look. After all, can't boys plant flowers?


 
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I like to scrap in red, white & blue for little guys. They're bright, primary colors, nothing drab or dreary. For newborn baby boys, I like to use a soft melony orange with baby blue, a minty green & buttery yellow.


 
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There's a super cute line of paper, etc called Boy Crazy by My Minds Eye. I did 4 pages of my grandson with it and it is so adorable. Check it out!


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I saved this thread a long time ago, has some great examples.

http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/15457...

I use a lot of gears - I think I have bought about 10 TH gear packs, partly because my DS likes to help his dad in the garage and partly because they just fit a lot of LOs from riding bikes to playing with toys.

Have fun!



 
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Lots of good suggestions already....
I don't see any limits on scrapping boys...I use a lot of the common embellishments and things that are popular right now....
There are tons of nice papers!
You can use just about anything and "masculine" it up....For example, use hearts but make them wood veneer hearts or use ribbon out of canvas or burlap....
I guess I don't really see a problem!


 
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  • IzzyB on 09-30-13 06:30 PM
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I have a little boy and have lots of baby boy layouts in my gallery. I have never scrapped a girl, so to me, boy layouts come naturally!

I do use floral papers sometimes, but flower embellies less frequently. Here's an example of a baby page with floral paper that doesn't look or feel girly.

Silly Amazing Handsome You By IzzyB

I also tend to often opt for patterned paper in blues, greens and brown. I'm especially fond of stripes, plaids and polka dots.

Lego Love By IzzyB

Papers with geometric patterns work well for boy pages too.

Party In My Crib 3 am By IzzyB


 
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I have two boys and just gave birth to a third, I second those that say use what the pictures or the event is about. We went to Yosemite, its nature, so I did flowers and butterflies but with a more masculine color.

My advice is color is your friend, you can put flowers and butterflies on the page. It will look masculine by the color you use and how it goes with the picture. That said........I wouldn't do a flower on a layout of my son 4 wheeling with his dad.





 
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Unless they were riding that four-wheeler thru the flower beds...which could happen at my house!

I mentioned that I use pinks on my boy pages, here is an example:
Sweet Child O' Mine By Juansmom

--or--
Untitled II By Juansmom

--or--
Lucky double page LO By Juansmom


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I agree! boys are much more difficult, creatively speaking, to scrapbook for. For my nephew's album I used lots of Pooh, Mickey, blues And greens, buttons, animals. You can check it out on my Pinterest board. User name: MrsStephanita


 
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I only have daughters but I have a bunch of nephews. I like mixing it up a bit but I do admit sometimes boys pages are a little more challenging for me. I don't use a lot of theme paper or embellishments. The pages tend to be kind of neutral.



 
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I have a boy, but I'm not bothered too much. I've never been big on lots of flowers though. I think, for me, I'm just annoyed with color scheme's in papers in general. Everything is trending toward kind of neutrals, and Im always looking for bright vibrant colors. I still use flowers, you just have to do a lot of distressing with them!


 
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  • Juansmom Said:
Unless they were riding that four-wheeler thru the flower beds...which could happen at my house!





LOL! luckily my property isn't bi enough to do that but that doesn't stop them trouncing areas that have bulbs beginning to sprout.

aubrieannie, In regards to finding vibrant papers I would check out echo park, bo bunny, minds eye.
These are few recent one but they usually tend towards brighter colors.


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Stephanie D
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I know it been a couple of weeks since I last posted. However, I just got the time to put the layout I have done it my gallery would love your feed back.

they are just not in order. Sorry had to redo them problem with the uploader and my pc


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I have 2 boys and all I scrap are masculine/boy LOs. Feel free to check out my gallery. It's all boy.


 
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Boy By Rockmom

Toy Crazy By Rockmom

Mowin' the Carpet By Rockmom

Our Happy Boy By Rockmom

Smile By Rockmom

Ride a Bike, any Bike By Rockmom

Thoughts of a 5 year old boy By Rockmom

Monster Friends By Rockmom

Some of the favorite boy LOs I have done.


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