When it comes to scrapbook embellishments, can you really have too much of a good thing?
I tend to go overboard when it comes to embellishing scrapbook pages. At least that’s what the “experts” at my local scrapbook shop tell me. Of course, I am unfazed by their comments, as I think that scrapbooking is an extension of one’s personality and however one chooses to design a page is a personal preference and should be viewed as such.
Their opinion is also why I don’t enter scrapbooking contests, but I digress.
Getting back to the question at hand, according to the masters, a typical layout consists of few select photos, journaling, a title, and one or more page embellishments. In my case, the number of embellishments often rivals the amount of photos, though I try to only use ones that support the theme of my design. For example, when designing a Christmas-themed layout I could get away with using one or two die cuts of Santa or Rudolph, but often end up plastering the page with tags, stickers, stamps and brads.
What’s more, I am a big believer that embellishments can compensate for poor picture quality. The color and texture of embellishments adds visual appeal to a scrapbook layout, which is why you see some scrappers using more materials on pages where the photos are less than perfect. In addition, embellishments can help in a big way if you are scrapping an event which you have little to no photos, such as a rock concert where cameras were not allowed. While it is not exactly ideal, an embellishment can stand in for a picture.
The downside to going wall-to-wall with embellishments is that you might go broke in the process. You could easily spend upwards of $10 per layout if you are heavy handed with the embellishments. Items, such as 3D stickers, intricate die cuts and pretty patterned paper can add up in a hurry. I’ve learned that the hard way.
How much do you rely on embellishments to make your pages pop?