Bring On the Borders


Maybe it’s the time of year, or perhaps, it’s because I saw them used in a prize-winning layout. Regardless of the reason, I’ve been adding garlands, banners and borders on nearly all of my page designs this fall.

The fun embellishments are an easy way to spice up an otherwise boring layout. What’s more, scrapbooking manufacturers are making it easier to add them to page designs by rolling out banners and borders in every theme imaginable. Festive holiday banners are readily available online and in stores, as are colorful borders featuring everything from baby to zoo themes.

Making Memories has a slew of pennants and borders. In addition, you can download free banners from the Internet. On some sites, you can even get step-by-step instructions on how to add the embellishments to your page without compromising photos, journaling blocks or mementos.

If you don’t care for the free selections offered online, there are many other ways to add borders to your layout without breaking the bank. Some popular thrifty alternatives can be found by looking through your scrapbooking leftovers. For example, paint chips, buttons, and beads from broken costume jewelry pieces are excellent materials to create a frugal page border. You can also make an eclectic border by cutting up old greeting cards and gluing the pieces in a funky pattern around your page. Clothing tags with interesting graphics and ribbons with elaborate designs can also be pieced together to form an interesting border.

Adding texture to your scrapbook pages has always been a popular trend. You can accomplish this via borders, especially if you embrace flat texture. By using materials, such as burlap, canvas, and lace you can add another dimension to your layouts without having to spend a lot of money. Canvas can also be used for pennant banners, while sisal rope can easily be worked into a design as a border.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.