Embracing Basics

If you’ve visited a scrapbook store recently, then you know how easy it is to get caught up in the tornado of Valentine’s Day-themed embellishments that are for sale.

While it can be fun experimenting with different Love Day scrapbook supplies, if you are working with a tight budget, you may want to stick with the basics. Fortunately, you can infuse your own unique sense of style into your layouts without breaking the bank.

For example, ribbon is an extremely versatile embellishment that is affordable, pretty and simple to add to page designs. Most scrapbookers use ribbon to add a bit of texture to their layouts. You can enhance this by purchasing patterned ribbons in velvet, satin, and silk. Ribbon can be featured as page borders or photo frames; however, if you exercise some creativity you could create more elaborate handmade embellishments, such as flowers and butterflies. Frugalistas can have a field day using leftover ribbon to decorate their layouts. Look for extra ribbon on gifts, old clothes and hair accessories.

Die cuts are another easy and inexpensive scrapbook embellishment. Not only do they work well to spice up any type of design style, they are also simple to customize, especially if you own a die cutting machine, such as a Cricut. If you don’t own a machine, look for die cuts at scrapbook stores and craft shops. The selection is mind-boggling with choices from letters to phrases, flowers, people, geometric shapes and seasonal designs.

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of rub-ons. They look like traditional stickers, but when they are placed on a scrapbook page, rub-ons take on a painted appearance. When working with rub-ons it’s a good idea to practice patience. Most come in packages with several different designs on one sheet. You need to cut-out the design of your choice, peel off the protective backing, and use the enclosed Popsicle stick applicator to transfer the design to your layout. If you don’t take the time to firmly press the rub-on to the page, the transfer will fail and you will have to start all over, wasting money in the process.

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Michele Cheplic

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.