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Three Things : Stuff I Still Love

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The scrapbooking industry is really pretty crazy in the amount of new product that is continually coming out all the time. Today in Three Things I want to celebrate three of my favorite things that have been around a while, that are standing the test of time.


American Crafts Mumbo Jumbos : Large, classic typeface. Great for initials.


7gypsies Photo Turns : I love using these as directional items on a layout. Normally I use three if any to create a visual triangle of elements.


Avery Metal Rimmed Circle Tags : Ok, so these aren't technically a scrapbook product, but they are something I have been using since the very beginning and continue to use today.


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Thinking back on these products made me remember other things I used over and over:


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1. Mrs. Grossman vellum letter stickers & black alphabet stickers from Sharon Sonneff.
[ layout 2003 - and man I really used both those products over + over again ]


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2. The old PSX Antique Type stamps & Liz King for EK Success Letter Stickers (thanks Shimelle). Every once in awhile you can find the stamp set ebay.
[ layout 2003 ]


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3. SEI Vellum (and check out the metal circle tag where I took out the white inside).
[ layout 2004, © CK Kids Idea Book ]


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4. I came across this one the other day when I was organizing my albums. Look, more metal rimmed circle tags and a random piece of fabric. I am still loving transparencies and rub ons (the white on the green cardstock is a transparency from Karen Russell, the black accents are rub ons).
[ layout 2005 ]


What products have you been using forever? Which ones do you miss?

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  1. Karla says…
    06/03/2008

    VELLUM! I keep using that stuff like it will be wiped off the earth tomorrow!!! I'm a sucker for the metal rimmed tags too. I tend to be a 'notion' scrapper with a little pattern paper. I miss the printed transparencies of way back when. I can't find them so much anymore.
    Have a relaxing day honey,
    -Karla

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  2. Sue says…
    06/03/2008

    I love brads! While I love all the shapes and colors, I find myself using a lot of 'metal-colored' mini brads. I also have a basket of alphabet stickers and find myself digging through there a lot.
    Sue

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  3. Karla says…
    06/03/2008

    VELLUM! I keep using that stuff like it will be wiped off the earth tomorrow!!! I'm a sucker for the metal rimmed tags too. I tend to be a 'notion' scrapper with a little pattern paper. I miss the printed transparencies of way back when. I can't find them so much anymore.
    Have a relaxing day honey,
    -Karla

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  4. Kelley Popp says…
    06/03/2008

    Hey Ali the letter stickers in the "traditions" layout are from EK! Love looking back at your work. TFS.

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  5. Erin says…
    06/03/2008

    Hi Ali..I love tried and true products as well. My favorites are anything VERSATILE. here is nothing like when you need a "little something" on your layout, and you have a stash of versatile items-stamps particularly. And I just bought those PSX stamps on ebay -looking forward to playing with THAT versatile fun item! Thanks for sharing. Erin:)

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  6. {vicki} says…
    06/03/2008

    letter stickers although I always seem to run out of one--they are still a favorite.
    {vicki{

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  7. Ines says…
    06/03/2008

    I miss so much the AL Office Line. Maybe someone in the www is reading this and will reactivate this great line :-)

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  8. cindy b says…
    06/03/2008

    I always seem to use BLACK letter stickers. I am trying my best to USE all of my other letter stickers because god knows I have a huge pile!! Someday. God-willing someday the pile will be gone and I'll have my ol' standby - BLACK. :-) Happy Tuesday! peace and blessings, Cindy

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  9. Anna-Marie Still says…
    06/03/2008

    I love using raw chipboard to create my own embellisments & I'm addicted to rub-ons too.

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  10. cynthia says…
    06/03/2008

    i use those same american crafts letter stickers all the time! in fact, i just bought more yesterday at hobby lobby!
    funny how some things "are just good"!

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  11. Jeane says…
    06/03/2008

    I still just love beautiful, amazing, wonderful paper! But I tend to use gems on every page, which is funny because I am not that blingy of a girl. I just love gems . . . LOL!

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  12. Suzanne says…
    06/03/2008

    I love anything chipboard that I can paint or stamp on. I am a real paint user, its on everything whether it suits or not.

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  13. Robyn says…
    06/03/2008

    Oh, those PSX antique stamps. I just got my set out and stared at it lovingly. Maybe I'll try to use them this weekend...
    So happy I don't have to go hunt for those on eBay!

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  14. Terry says…
    06/03/2008

    For me, it's gotta be the Rub-On Letters from Making Memories. I have almost every font, and use them every day! Sadly, my sales rep said they are being discontinued. Why, I'll never know. You can make an entire 8x8 album with just one package and still have letters to spare. I recommend them to everyone, but now I'll have to keep them a secret and buy them up wherever I find them...

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  15. Jennifer Stewart says…
    06/03/2008

    Using forever would be just about any black or white alphabet stickers, any of the KI Memories striped papers, Doodlebug brads, and any tiny letter rub-ons. Something I wish would come back? (sigh) Making Memories Moulding Strips. I found 4 of them stuck in an old folder and was SO excited. I still love them!
    Jennifer

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  16. Nicky Anderson says…
    06/03/2008

    Love very colorful cardstock (love vibrant colors - love these best in quilts and fabrics also), brads and rub on words!!!
    Have a great day!!
    Nicky

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  17. nicole petersen says…
    06/03/2008

    i love my cm sticker tool. i use that sucker for everything. i think it might have been the first scrap thing i ever bought! it can still be bought, but i do love that thing! i agree with MM's rub-on books. i wish they'd come out with tiny letter booklets of rub-ons.
    have a great day!

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  18. Merdrey says…
    06/03/2008

    I cannot really come up with three products but if it is any ONE product i use most often, it has to be alphas!! Big or small, chipboard or cardstock, black or white. I just cannot live without them!!

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  19. PJ says…
    06/03/2008

    Good question... fun to think about it and then digg into the albums to see if I'm right...
    I'm a white cardstock and eyelet/brad-lover... but when I checked my LO's, I saw that I use my little stapler much much more than eyelets and brads...
    There's not much that I really miss, although I which I had some more of those KI rub-on tattoos sheets from a few years ago... the one wih the flowers, numbers and bar-codes on them... I really loved those...

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  20. Lisa says…
    06/03/2008

    Brads! There has never been a brad I didn't like to use! And, so it seems, ribbon.

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  21. Lisa says…
    06/03/2008

    Brads! There has never been a brad I didn't like to use! And, so it seems, ribbon.

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  22. Lisa says…
    06/03/2008

    Brads! There has never been a brad I didn't like to use! And, so it seems, ribbon.

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  23. Lora says…
    06/03/2008

    I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog and how much I appreciate the information and details you share.
    Thanks!

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  24. noell says…
    06/03/2008

    I've been using those metal rimmed tags forever, too. They should probably get a Medal of Longevity for so much danged usefulness, lol!
    I as just chatting with some others on 2Peas about classic font CM letter stickers...I still love them, even if they don't stand in the clique of scrapbook product popularity.
    Ali, do you ever miss using more products on your layouts like you did on these older pages? Or are you just relieved to feel the freedom not to?
    Seeing these older layouts of yours reminded me of a question I wanted to ask you because we're focusing on personal style on Paperclipping.com right now...
    Sometime after I read your first or second books and had become very familiar with your personal style of scrapbooking, I went to 2Peas and looked at the earliest layouts you posted there. I was surprised to see that, while there were some changes, you seemed to already have your style pinned down from the beginning. It took me many years of wandering before I found myself in scrapbooking, so it's always intrigued me to see people like you who know to be yourself (and know HOW to be yourself) from the start.
    Now that you've really reduced layouts to the bare bones, there are still those very classic Ali-moves that are present no matter how much or little product you use. But what I'm wondering is this:
    Do you feel like you've moved closer to "yourself" with the emphasis on photos+words? Is this more true to you than before? Or is it just the evolution of your and your scrapbooking--you were expressing yourself then and you are expressing yourself now?
    If you have the time/desire to discuss that, I'd love it if you did...either here on your own blog, or on Paperclipping.com, or maybe even as a call-in guest during my live show. Either way, as someone who was slow to find my on way of self-expression, I'm very curious.

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  25. Carrie K says…
    06/03/2008

    i adore that layout with the green and the metal tags. its the first layout of yours i tried to scraplift...dang it was hard!
    so kudos on making it look effortless :)
    im still drifting in the what is my style wilderness so i dont have any "old favorites" right now...lol

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