Spring Into Spring

Have a spring fling with your scrapbooking supplies. Now is the perfect time to deep clean your scrapbook workspace and put leftover embellishments to good use. Spring is traditionally a time for new beginnings, so why not breathe new life into existing supplies to celebrate the first season of the year?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

If you are looking to add a punch of color to your spring-theme scrapbook layouts, consider placing flowers on the page. You can do this with existing stamps or die cuts. Or press some small fresh flowers and add them to the page. Just remember to add a vellum overlay or scan a photo of real flowers and print it on acid-free paper if you are worried about the blossoms harming your pictures.

Another option is to use leftover rub-ons or stickers from your summer stock. Wallpaper border stencils are also an economical way to add flowers to a spring page design. Leftover floral wrapping paper or fabric swatches also make for cheap and easy scrapbook embellishments.

If you have children, go through their spring art projects from school and add flower prints to your pages. Children love to paint or draw flowers, so you shouldn’t have a hard time finding projects featuring painted or sketched flowers. If you are worried that the paint might damage the photos you are using on the layout, then add a piece of acid-free tissue paper or vellum over the floral prints. If you don’t have school age children, then consider crating your own abstract spring flower scrapbook paper by painting blossoms on scrapbook paper with ink or water colors.

Finally, if you don’t feel comfortable letting out your inner Picasso, then purchase floral print paper from your local craft stores or online at Scrapbook.com, DesktopPapers.com or ShopTilYouCrop. The reputable sites have a huge variety of floral scrapbook paper featuring large roses, bright Gerber daisies, old-fashioned violets, lovey lilies and pretty petunias.

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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.