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A few questions ...

since I am just getting into paper scrapbooking I have a few questions. first of all where can I find layout ideas? sometimes i feel like i am doing the same thing over and over again. I'm sure with time i will get better. Smile also, I have cardstock, and patterned paper. But I am confused as what to use a the base? Does it matter? Should I use the thicker cardstock as the base and then put patterned paper on it? Or can I use the patterned paper and put a few pieces of cardstock on it then my photos? I don't know which way to go. lol Or..which is the right thing to do. I know the cardstock is alot thicker than the pattern paper though. hmm

thanks for your help Smile

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I generally look here http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/
or here http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/component/option,com_zoom/Itemid,28/

to get card inspiration. But I know both places have scrapbook layouts too.

Honestly, I've done both- used patterned paper as the base and used cardstock. Cardstock is sturdier, but if a layout gets too flimsy, you could always reinforce it with another sheet of cardstock if you absolutely had to.

To me, with card making and with scrapbooking, there is no right or wrong way. To say there is would be to take away from a really creative idea that someone might have. So be bold and creative what YOU like. That said, if you are looking for a "standard" answer... I think many scrapbookers use solid cardstock for a base because it's sturdy, cheaper, and you can use bits of colored patterned paper and cardstock to brighten it up, without using a whole sheet of the genereally more expensive patterned paper.

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ok Smile thanks! yeah i noticed most use cardstock as the base and then use pattern paper. I have LOADS of pattern paper see. I bough a huge batch of it at Michaels when I was in the states Biggrin and a huge thing of cardstock too. I think I'll be running out of cardstock first then the paper though Smile i just hope they sell cardstock at the hobby store here. in batches instead of just 1 piece at a time. that gets expensive especially here Smile

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I just saw your page and from the looks of it you know what your doing girl! Wow! Great job, I sometimes use hidden journaling but never would have thought to put it on a flower!
I always use my light paper on top and since you have more of that you could use like 2 or 3 different patterns on top of one sheet of cs. I also look at creating keepsakes or mags. Looks like your off to a good start!

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whats mags? Smile and thank you!

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creating keepsakes, and memory makers are my favs but there are so many. I have some that I have already looked at so if you want I can send you a few.

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ahh magazines Smile lol ok hehe i didnt understand what you were talking about hehe

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Oh duh on my part I thought you asked what magazines do I look at.lol

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Page Maps are awesome! But from the looks of it, it seems you are off to a great start!! :eek:
http://www.pagemaps.com/

http://www.gotsketch.blogspot.com/

both of these are great sites for inspiration.

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You've gotten great advice so far. I'd like to add I get a lot of my ideas right here. I have a folder that I save a lot of peeps work too and I look at that for ideas for my pages. As far as I know everyone on here is fine with doing that and I always say who I might have "scraplifted" from if and when I do. HTH

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I just go with what I like, whether its cardstock or paper as the base Biggrin There are alot of times when I find a paper I really like and just put a few pics on w/o doing much else. It all depends on what you like and what style you like to work with. I just make stuff up too Wink If it looks good I go with it Lol

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Zene, if you see this can you show me an example of where you just use paper. I've only ever scrapped on cardstock so this is new to me. THX!

Sorry to hijack your thread!! Smile

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These are all on paper with just pics or little bits of cardstock behind the pics or other stuff. I hope this is what you were talking about.

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Thanks Zene!!! Yeah, I could have fun with paper like that. I have only ever used card stock.

Those are great...love the My Child one especially!!

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Zene, where did you get the poem in the "sleeping" page? It's a sticker right?

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From a local SB store. If you want me to pick one up for you sometime I can send it to you. They have a bunch of cute ones. I have to stay away from that section otherwise I end up with like 10 different ones Lol

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I read Scrapbooks, Etc and Creaking Keepsakes and tear out the pages of layouts I like best. I keep them in a binder and steal from them often. And I have a folder on the computer where I save posted layouts from here. Smile

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Dh bought me this book and it has given me sooo mant great ideas!
http://www.layoutblueprints.com/