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Embellish It

Scrapbooking embellishments …… stickers, and ribbons and lace oh my!!!!

To me, everywhere I look I see a potential 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 frugal with my money.   The following is a list of both purchased and recycled embellishments:

  • Stickers
  • Stamps
  • Brads
  • Buttons (cut the back off and sew on page) 

    Looks like MY stash

  • Bling (LOVE bling)
  • Ribbons
  • Lace
  • Yarn
  • Fabric pieces
  • Flowers (silk or dried)
  • Jean pockets (from old jeans-although what’s old these days?)
  • 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 an occasion or trip
  • If you like to stitch as well, create a small pix (see the pumpkins I made)

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 that looks cool, I’ll buy it.  For example, who professionally wants paper clips shaped like feet?   I do — go figure.  LOL. 

  • Paperclips

    Fancy Paperclips

    I purchased them and low and behold, I can create a beach scrapbook page where 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.  As you can see, I found others as well.  

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.  If you need more examples, Close to My Heart  (CTMH) has many different options.  (Disclosure: I sell CTMH but not actively – I’m addicted)  🙂 

Now that you have some ideas, go create!   

Comments, Thoughts and Photos of your work are all invited.


Founder of Scrapbooking for Anyone

Got Ribbon?

I love to use ribbon in my layouts. It adds some dimension to the page and doesn’t cost a lot. This is just Ribbon CD racka very small portion of my stash.

Ribbon rackAs you can see, I’ve hung a rack to store some of the ribbon but I also purchased a CD holder (it cost about $10). I angled the shelves when I assembled it so that the ribbon wouldn’t fall out. This will give you about 7 shelves. I know, I’m overflowing on that too.  If you think this is bad, you do NOT want to see my shoe closet!  LOL.  As I’ve said before though, if it’s not on sale, I don’t buy it so I can guarantee that I did not pay full price for any of this.

I also have a basket that I use for scraps of ribbon from various places. For example, clothes that you buy with those annoying ribbons sewn on in the store  that they use to hang the item. Those ribbons just stick out of your clothes (or mine anyway) when you wear them. So, I always cut them off and have used those little pieces in layouts. Should that be a secret? LOL.  These little ribbons are a resourceful way to collect a nice variety of ribbons for your collection.    Sometimes stores will sell the end of a roll (less than a yard) and put it on clearance. I periodically get gifts with nice satin ribbon and I keep it. When you get ribbon, just throw it in a basket.  That’s what I do.  Then when I need just a tiny piece, I check my stash for something to match.  It costs very little or nothing at all.

I’m making a baby scrapbook for a friend so here are some samples of how I used ribbon. The pages in this book are only 6” x 6” so, I can’t do a lot, but you’ll get the idea.

Page 1

Page 1

Notice the little envelope on Page 2.  The ribbon is attached to a note card that will be for private journaling.

Page 2

Page 2

Page 3, I attached some paper clips to a tag and used ribbon to hold it to the paper.

Page 3

Page 3

Page 4 I stapled ribbons to the side of the page for decoration and used 3 color coordinated buttons on the bottom left.

Baby book

Page 4

Page 5 I just used some ribbon scraps wrapped around the photo frame and added a tag with a brad that says “Love”

Baby book

Page 5

I hope this inspires you to start your OWN ribbon stash.  It’s less costly than all my shoes too. LOL.  Ribbon just adds a little dimension and pop to a simple page.


by Debbi founder of ScrapbookingForAnyone.com

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