Scrapbooking embellishments …… oh my, where to start. To me, everywhere I look I see a possible embellishment. I save (and purchase) all kinds of things that I may not have a use for at the moment, but I know one day it will be just the perfect thing on my page. Now some call this being a hoarder. LOL. I prefer to think I’m participating in creative recycling or being wise with my money. The following is a list of both purchased and recycled embellishments:
-Buttons (cut back off and sew on page)
-Paper clips (shop in office store, they’re cheaper)
-Shrinky dinks (the kids love to help make these)
-Costume jewelry (loose but not too bulky)
-Small pins (gathered from new clothes)
-Twist ties (from bread – can be used with buttons)
-Cardboard from boxes (can be used to make chipboard letters, shapes)
-Soda can tabs (can be used with ribbon or cord)
-Brochures or memorabilia from the occasion or trip
-If you like to stitch as well, create a small pix (see the pumpkins I made in the photo above)
I purchase supplies when they are on sale, clearance or I have a coupon. I have to really love or need an item to do otherwise. So, when I’m in an office supply store and see something on a clearance table because, after all, who wants paper clips shaped like feet? Go figure. LOL. I’ll purchase these and low and behold, I’ll create a beach scrapbook page that I’m able to use my foot paper clip to attach a journaling note. No, I didn’t plan a trip to the beach just to use the clip. LOL.
The point is, don’t limit your options. Think outside the page. Embellishments can add interest and depth to your page but don’t get too bulky with them when you’re scrapping in a book.
Now that you have some ideas, go create!
by Debbi founder of ScrapbookingForAnyone.com
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Wow! What did I see here? These all look like mine. LOL I save everything when possible and tell my husband, “… in case I have no money left to buy the fancy stuff…”. I can’t wait to take photos of mine. 😀
I believe in recycling AND the embellishments are unique. Thanks for stopping by Jenn.
My pleasure. And I’m back again. 🙂
Another great idea for embellishments is to keep fancy giftwrappings from Christmas and birthday gifts. One of my favorites, though, and the one I use often for miniatures, is to visit the Dollar store and look in the girls section. Cute barrettes and hair clips that can be broken down and repurposed really work well! They have cute little ribbons, and often small sparklies that are perfect for scrapbooking as well as the world of miniatures. There is a lot of cross-over, I have noticed, when it comes to certain supplies.
You’re right. There is a lot of cross over when you’re a crafter. Just be careful with the gift wrap. You don’t want acidic paper touching your photos. Also, be careful with the embellishments as you don’t want anything too thick or lumpy between the pages. Thanks for your ideas!