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In this scrapbooking for beginners tutorial, you’ll learn the basics of using embellishments to enhance your scrapbooking page, and will be provided with a handy list of embellishments. Follow these tips to create stunning scrapbooks!
Discover how a little bit of glam goes a long way.
Have you ever leafed through someone’s scrapbook and as you glanced over each page you didn’t know where to look first? The pages were filled with different patterns, photos, stickers, stamps, and so forth, that you sort of got lost in the clutter of it all. This is a common mistake that a lot of beginners make. They feel that the entire page has to be filled in order to give that “wow” appearance.
Once you have selected your photos and your background, choose just a few embellishments and temporarily place them onto your layout. Decide if the embellishments are actually enhancing the page or if they’re taking away from the main focal point.
For example, if your background contains different shades of purple and your photos are of a Purple Hat luncheon, then using cute tiny orange flowers would be very distracting.
Decide if your embellishments should be scattered throughout a page or used as a grouping.
Sometimes by keeping your photos cropped and matted as squares and your journaling parallel to the photos, you only need two or three embellishments near the bottom or top of the page.
Learn why a wide variety of embellishments shouldn’t be used for a spread.
One of the key rules regarding scrapbooking for beginners is to take it easy with the mixing and matching of embellishments. Beads, twine, brads, stickers…all of these things are a lot of fun to use. However, when a spread contains too many types of embellishments, it creates chaos.
On average, use only three kinds of embellishments for a spread. Let’s say you’re creating a spread pertaining to your son’s Little League games. You might embellish the spread with sports stickers, brads and buttons. It’s okay to use more than just one sticker, one brad or one button, but just make sure that the totality doesn’t overwhelm the page.
You also need to be selective in terms of the types of embellishments that you use. Make sure each item is acid-free. Otherwise, over time, they may discolor your scrapbooking page or begin to flake away. For the most part you’ll want to use flat embellishments for scrapbooks, and save the poufy flowers, charms and large beads to adorn the front of greeting cards.
Here’s a list of embellishments that you can find around the house, at a dollar store, or at a craft store.
That’s it for todays scrapbooking for beginners tutorial! Apply the key concepts presented in this tutorial, and you’ll be able to create scrapbooks that your friends and family will rave about! Have fun trying out the different embellishments and look for unique ways to use them.
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