Spice Up Chipboard

Painting plain chipboard is an easy and affordable way to give your layouts a boost. However, it’s not the only way to breathe new life into the popular embellishment.

If you are trying to save money by making your own chipboard accents, consider decoupage. Frugal scrapbookers know the value of this technique, which can be used on a myriad of materials, including chipboard. Start by collecting patterned paper scraps. Any leftover scrapbook paper that features colors that complement your layout will do. Next, adhere the paper to the chipboard with Mod Podge, and allow it to dry thoroughly before trimming any excess paper off with a craft knife. Depending on how well the paper adhered to the chipboard you could sand and ink the edges if necessary. If you don’t have enough scrap paper to cover all your chipboard accents, use personal photos or pages from magazines. Ribbon, sheet music, maps, brochures and greeting cards can also be cut up and used to decoupage chipboard as well.

You can also personalize larger pieces of plain chipboard with buttons, beads, gems, charms, stickers, glitter, sequins, or buttons. The same embellishments can also be used to spice up leftover pre-decorated accents that don’t match the layout you are currently working on. For example, if you purchased blue chipboard to embellish a baby boy themed page design, but you need some pieces to enhance a pink-themed princess layout, simply peel off the top layer of the pre-decorated chipboard accent, and then embellish the brown or white core with your own personal touches.

If you really want to go all out with chipboard, you could make an entire scrapbook with the material. Chipboard scrapbooks are extremely popular right now. They are perfect for scrappers who are looking to create a one-of-a-kind memory album. These truly unique books are not like traditional square or rectangular albums; instead their pages are made of thick cardboard cut into letters that spell out a variety of words, such as “love,” “mother,” or “baby.”

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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.