How do you make your journaling stand out? One fun way is to ink the edges of your journal box so that the eye is drawn towards it. Another way is to add colorful photo corners or photo turn mounts. They are both functional as well as stylish. How about a decorative brad at the top of the journaling area, like a tree brad or animal brad for camping or scouts, or a bird brad for Easter and spring pages. Even a simple round brad in each corner will set your journaling off. So whatever you do, make your story show up in fine style!
Are you sick of the bland colors of winter? I know I sure am. I’m ready for flowers, wildlife, rain, sun, all of it. Colors are back in style, and pastels are just the ticket for spring layouts! Don’t automatically think “baby” when you see pastels, they’re great for any spring project! Here’s one layout idea:
How about using light blue cardstock for the background, then a strip of green at the bottom for grass? That will easily give you the background you need for any spring pictures you have, whether it be picnics, pictures of your flowers, or even for Easter. Then take a flower stamp (like the Flower Stems stamp from Autumn Leaves) and add a few for interest. You can also enhance the “sky” by dabbing some ink using Tim Holz Distress Ink Pads in different hues of blues :). Add some extras to your scene with bird brads or stamps! So grab your pastels and get “Springy” with them!
Do you have way too many photos for your scrapbook page and no place to add the journaling? Here’s an easy solution: only adhere the bottom and sides of your largest photo mat. Then make a tag that will fit behind or beside the photo and top the tag with ribbons or a tab to make an easy pull-out journal box. If you don’t want to add an eyelet to hold the ribbons on top of the tag, simply staple them ribbon on the top. It will give your album a fun look! On this one, you can see I used a flower to make it easy to pull out the journal box.
If you are like me, you are always looking for different ideas for gifts. My favorite is the star scrapbook. I made them for the first time last Christmas. They are much easier to make than they look and everyone loves them! I have only made a few videos in my life, so this is not professional at all, but hopefully will give you an idea how to make your own star scrapbook 🙂
Sometimes it just seems impossible to find an embellishment that matches your scrapbook page theme. It’s not the right color, the right size or maybe you can’t find anything that looks “just right”. In that case, it may be easier just to make your own.
The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the acrylic or rubber stamps you already have in your collection. simply stamp your image and then cut it out. After it’s cut out, simply add to it with brads, clips, acrylic gems, add color with pens and so on. A really neat thing to do especially with butterfly stamps or flower stamps is to make them more 3-D. For a butterfly, simply fold it’s wings up and only adhere the body to the page. For flowers, simply stack them, add a brad in the center and use a pencil or quilling tool to curl the petals up for a more realistic look. Happy embellishing!
Do you have way too many photos for your scrapbook page and no place to add the journaling? Easy, only adhere the bottom and sides of your largest photo mat. Then make a tag that will fit behind the photo and top the tag with ribbons or a tab to make an easy pull-out journal box. If you don’t want to add an eyelet to hold the ribbons on top of the tag, simply staple them ribbon on the top. It will give your album a fun look!
Do you have tons and tons of scrapbooking paper scraps like I do? I just hate to throw them away, even if they are just strips I cut off the edge of my paper — yah, I’m a packrat! Anyway, those thin long pieces of paper can easily be used for borders and in place of ribbons on your paper. Another thing you can do with scraps is use your small punches to make small die cuts. It’s a lot easier storing small flowers in jars or containers than to have all those pieces of paper falling out of your scrap basket!
A really cool way to add zing to the background on your cards is to stamp a design with clear ink and then emboss it with clear embossing powder. It will give a sophisticated look without the expense of owning an embossing system. These embossing systems can get very expensive when you consider the price of the machine plus each embossing plate. So get out those cool stamps that you already have and put them to use in a new way.
The beauty of using clear embossing is that it lets the color of the paper underneath show through, but yet the design adds so much with the subtle shine to the design. So try this next time you need a beautiful yet subtle look to your project.
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Do you need a fast accent for your scrapbook page, but don’t have stickers or die cuts handy? Simply cut out flowers, leaves or other objects from pieces of scrapbook paper you already have. As a bonus, if there is more than one of the designs on that piece of paper, cut out two or three and layer them on top of each other with zots. This will add a neat 3-d effect to your cards and layouts.
Here’s a tip when you don’t have time for your stickles to dry! Your project looks perfect, but you can’t touch it for hours and hours until the stickles dry…I don’t like all the waiting, do you? Well here’s a tip I tried and it works! Just use your embossing heat tool and hold it several inches above your wet stickles. Keep it moving because if you don’t, the stickles will get a funny white look to the glue part and you don’t want that. So remember, keep the tool several inches high and keep it moving and your stickles will dry so much faster. (This tip also works when you are using dye-based ink that seems to take forever to dry.)