How Much is Too Much?

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?

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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.