I am in need of ideas and tips from you scrappers out there. What kind of embellishments do you use that you find around the house? I need tips and ideas also from you.
My favorite is the small cork circles you use for cabinet buffers or on the bottom of chairs to prevent scuffing... I got a pack of 12 or so at the $ store and then used small letter stamps for an outdoor title.
Have you tried bottlecaps? You can attach them with "pop dots" (double sided sticky foam dots) or you can flatten them with a rubber mallet and add letters or small photos (index prints).
Browse the stationery and office supply section of Walmart & Target. You'll find all sorts of colored staples, spiral clips, tags and gel pens all of which can be used scrapbooking. These stores also have scrapbooking sections. Use them for ideas if you think the products are too expensive. Even stores like Big Lots, Dollar General, Deals and $1 stores have scrapbook supply sections. You can find cheap 12X12 papers and embellishments.
If you want to go a little more advanced you can make your own clear stickers and transparencies. At Office Depot they sell packages of full page clear sticker sheets (Avery #8665). Print your own titles, quotes and phrases using your word processing software and experimenting with different fonts. You can even print photos on this stuff. The same goes for the transparencies. They really look great!
The sticker paper might seem expensive at first, but I found a way to use just about every little scrap. When you print a title, etc. but don't use the entire sheet, save the leftover. Next time you want to make a sticker, print it on regular paper first. Now tape the sticker paper exactly over the paper print and feed it back into the printer. It won't jam. Remove sticker from paper print. That is how you get the most out of one package of sticker paper.
I'm an avid scrapbooker and cardmaker and would love to chat with fellow scrappers. My email address is shopmeister at hotmail.com.
Hope this gave you some good ideas.
Old greeting cards and the embelishments from them
I cut out the shapes.
I also use the simple forms to use as paper piecing ideas. Coloring books are good for this too!
These may not be acid free so I als use to make "collage cards"
Use old ribbon or yarn scraps
fabric scraps (I mount these on card stock) Cut our shapes if the fabric is printed
Hello my name is Vivian and I am a scrapbook store owner in South Florida. There are many things you can use to embellish your pages. For example buttons, they add a nice touch to your pages you can use them as a border or even as photocorners. Depending in the time you have you can even sew them on. Best of Luck !!
I used to save all my cards but then I got married and gained a son and didnt have the room for all that so I was going to toss them but I was starting to do scrapbooking and decided to keep the ones I really liked for scrapping. I have been able to do some really neat pages with cards. One thing I like is some cards have a frame around words. I cut out the words and now I have a beautiful frame for a picture. I have even saved those annoying cards that come in magazines if they have a cute design I can use. I have used buttons and sequins thread and ribbon.
I have been a scrapbooker for about 10 years now. I have always been pretty frugal with my hobby, but became a seriously frugal scrapper about a year ago when I lost my job.
Since I want my family history to last a long, long time, I try to make sure my "found supplies" are acid-free. I use my pH testing pen on everything! All it takes is a small mark on the back or corner of each item.
Some of the freebies that I have used recently are: fabric samples that I requested online, free stickers that came in the mail with an offer for a scrapbook magazine, brochures from all those colleges that we receive in the mail nearly EVERY day, free samples of photo paper and sticker paper that I requested online, tags from my favorite brand of tea on a page about things I LOVE, lots of rickrack, ribbon, buttons, snaps, and elastic from a box of sewing supplies my Mom gave me, brochures and applications from my local coffee house to do a page about my friends and where we like to hang out, tags with eyelets that came on my son's new pair of jeans, an old cloth tape measure on a page about my grandmother, fabric scraps from my son's old baby clothes, free maps that I pick up at welcome centers to use on vacation and travel pages, labels that came with vcr tapes, floppy disks, cds, and dvds (they usually include extra labels that weren't being used), lots of junk mail and coupons for local shops to do a page about my home town......the list is virtually endless.
You just need to open your eyes and see things a little differently. All it takes is imagination and a pH testing pen! Just have fun!
I don't use a whole lot of embellishments and never anything that is very dimensional. Currently I am working on a heritage scrapbook and want to use as much space as possible on photos and information. For example on the pages where I had pictures of the ships that my great grandparents came over on, from Denmark, I had a few stickers of old time looking suitcases that I put on the page. When I found copies of the ships logs, with their names on, I printed them out on acid free paper and just put them in an acid free plastic sleeve. There are some things that don't have room for embellishments.
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