Affordable Spring Embellishments

The good news is that there is a seemingly endless supply of spring-themed scrapbook embellishments available in craft stores right now.  The bad news is that many of the gorgeous accessories are quite pricey.  Adding just a few of the eye-popping decorations can easily send the price of a single spring layout into the stratosphere. Fortunately, there are a slew of affordable alternatives to expensive scrapbook embellishments.  For example, rather than purchasing elaborate silk flowers to decorate your spring page designs, consider making your own colorful blossoms at home using inexpensive coffee filters.  All you need are some basket-style paper … Continue reading

Scrap Your Magical Spring Break Adventure

If your family’s spring break escape includes a sprinkling of pixie dust, a pair of glass slippers and a castle fit for a princess, then you will likely be documenting every magical moment. No trip to a Disney theme park can take place without snapping at least a few hundred photos and collecting a mountain of memorabilia.  When you return from your fantasy vacation you’ll want create a scrapbook detailing all of the fun had with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and the rest of the crew. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money crafting a Disney-themed memory … Continue reading

In the Name of Love

I heart all of the heart-shaped scrapbook embellishments that line the shelves of my local craft store.  Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to spread the love you have for your favorite people, places and things.  Of course, there is no better place to document that adoration than in a love-themed scrapbook.  Whether you are looking to craft layouts featuring treasured Valentine’s Day sentiments or you simply want a place to store inspirational love-themed mementos a memory book is a terrific option. To help spice up your heart-astic pages consider the following: Lollipops:  Create heart-shaped lollipops from patterned or plain … Continue reading

Super Bowl Scrapping

Are you ready for some football? Even if you are not into watching grown men pummel each other in order to get their hands on a precious piece of pigskin, the Super Bowl is likely one football game you tune into.  Whether you watch it for the commercials, the halftime show, or you are truly interested in the game’s outcome, the iconic sporting event can be scrapbook worthy. The NFL championship game attracts millions of viewers each year and is the cause for many parties from coast-to-coast.  If you are planning to gather with friends and family to celebrate Super … Continue reading

Winter Inspiration

Old Man Winter is relentless.  As if the bitter cold weren’t enough, now we’re dealing with a wicked ice storm that’s threatening to bring our city to a standstill. Of course, as I sit here and complain about our latest round of putrid weather, there are likely some people loving every minute of it.  I suppose the ice is pretty to look at as the moonlight glistens off of its surface… provided that surface doesn’t belong to the power lines that help keep the lights on in my home. Believe it or not, I am not a winter hater.  I … Continue reading

Easy Borders

How much thought do you put into crafting scrapbook borders? Often, great consideration is given to the types of photos featured on a layout, as well as major elements, such as frames, journaling blocks and titles.  However, when it comes to creating eye-popping page borders, many scrapbookers throw something together at the last minute or leave them out all together. Adding an interesting border to your layout doesn’t have to take a ton of time, money or effort.  You can easily customize a border with materials you already have in your scrapbooking supply stash.  For example, leftover stickers can be … Continue reading

DIY Die Cuts

Stroll through your local scrapbooking supply shop and you may die from the cuteness featured on all of the elaborate die cuts available. I am a huge fan of die cuts.  In fact, the adorable embellishments are one of the reasons I got into scrapbooking more than a decade ago.  I love the intricately decorated shapes and the fact that they can be used to spice up more than just a corner of a memory book page.  Die cuts can be displayed on frames, in journaling blocks or strategically placed in page titles. The problem with die cuts is the … Continue reading

Free or Cheap Scrapbooking Embellishments

We all know scrapbooking supplies are expensive. Have you ever walked down the aisles of your local craft or scrapbooking supply store and see what they charge for so called embellishments? Did you know that you can get some of the same items for a lot less? Eyelets and Snaps – These can be purchased from office supply stores, clothing stores and even online in bulk amounts and altered to fit your projects. Just use some inks, paints or embossing powders and you can make them any color that fits your scrapbooking page. Silk Flowers – They look exactly like … Continue reading

Using Embellishments That Go With Your Theme

Finding the right embellishments to fit your layout or theme is actually more complicated than one might think. Especially if you tend to do a lot of pages on actual hobbies, interests and everyday life. If you are just scrapbooking pictures than perhaps using embellishments is not as important. Have you ever considered using actual embellishments that go with your theme. What do I mean? Let’s take a look. A Fishing Page While there is an abundance of fishing papers and coordinated supplies, there are not a lot of charms, ribbons and embellishments that go along with this theme. Take … Continue reading

Scrapbooking: Using Uncommon Embellishments

Lisa wrote that scrapbooking is a lifestyle. I completely agree with that. As a scrapaholic, every time I go shopping I see new ideas. Some of these are designs, but others are items not intended for scrapbooking. “How can I use that on a page?” often comes to mind, especially when there’s a sale going on. It was at one of those sales that I discovered body art. No, I would never wear it, partially because finding my belly button would be an exercise in itself, but more because we teach our girls that inner beauty is paramount. That didn’t … Continue reading