Framing Your Scrapbook Works of Art

There are two ways to interpret the title of this post. First, at the risk of sounding as though I lack an ounce of humility, there have been times when I’ve contemplated framing a scrapbook layout because it turned out beyond incredible. Why waste its beauty in an album that rarely gets open when it could be hung on a wall for the world to admire?

There are times when we outdo ourselves and our page designs become stunning works of art. In these cases it’s easy to consider framing a layout. However, that’s not exactly the message I’m addressing in this post. Rather, I will be referring to the fine art of creating memorable scrapbook borders—-the frames which support the inner masterpieces of photos, embellishments and memorabilia.

So how do you create a page border that complements the eye-popping materials within?

Stickers: One of the reasons I rarely have leftover scrapbook stickers is because I use them to create page borders. Take advantage of sales to stock up on generic stickers that can be used to create amazing borders. If you don’t like the look of mismatched stickers, then lightly sand all of them to give them a similar distressed look.

Rub-ons: You could use letter rub-ons to create borders that spell out different words that fit the theme of your layout.

Clip art: Save big bucks by printing out free scrapbook clip art which can be used to make a colorful page border.

Paper: Tear strips of contrasting patterned paper and glue them around the page to make an easy and affordable border.

Ribbon: Leftover ribbon in a variety of styles also makes for pretty page borders.

Eyelets: I’ve used leftover eyelets and brads to make unique page borders. Simply attach the embellishments to strips of thin cardstock and adhere them around your layout.

Die Cuts: Last year I used a series of die cuts in the shape of children as a page border. I linked the die cuts hand to hand to make it appear as though they were a chain. You could also arrange die cut tags in neat rows for a quick and affordable layout border.

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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.