The Top 5 Scrapbooking Embellishments

You Need On Hand For Your Scrapbooks 

You’ve been busy working on a scrapbook.  Your backgrounds are done, photos have been matted and put into place, and now it’s time to think about embellishments for your scrapbooking pages.

What should be an enjoyable aspect of scrapbooking, quite often becomes a stressful time if you don’t know what’s going to work well.

With the dozens and dozens of fun embellishments to choose from, the following five embellishments are ones that you definitely need to keep on hand for your scrapbooks.

1. Chipboard letters (this embellishment is multi-talented!)

Clipboard letters are an absolute must have!  Why?  You’ll find all sorts of uses for these letters, such as creating your title page, adding a heading to a scrapbook page, or using a letter to emphasize the start of your journal writing on a page.  Be sure to purchase letters of at least two different sizes of plain letters and get two or three packages of each of these sizes.  Keep one complete set of each size of the alphabet and use these sets as templates.  Trace letters onto patterned paper and cut out.

Chipboard letters

The other letters will be used for scrapbook pages.  Although you can purchase chipboard letters that are painted, textured or even with a fabric coating, purchasing plain letters will give you more options.  You can easily paint your letters or even use rubber stamp ink to coordinate your letters with your page.


2. Stickers

Whether it’s packaged themed stickers, word or phrase stickers or miscellaneous stickers, these embellishments for scrapbooking come in handy.

Stickers are a quick and easy way to embellish scrapbook pages.  One of the easiest ways to use stickers is to use the kind that are packaged according to theme.  These stickers will help pull your theme together in a creative way.  The word or phrase stickers can add a special touch to any page.

Because this type of sticker tends to be transparent, adhere the sticker to a light color piece of card stock and then adhere the card stock to your background.




3. Paper punches

Learn why paper punches are a must for your scrapbooking embellishment collection. 

Paper punches come in all sorts of shapes and sizes…leaves, ornaments, trees, apples, hearts, stars, gingerbread men, dogs, and so forth.  The punches can be use in numerous ways.

  • Punch a cutout and use as an overlay.  When scrapbooking a greeting card, use a punch to make a cutout on the front of the card.  For a scrapbook page, cut a strip of card stock or patterned paper and use the punch to create a fun border by punching equally spaced punches into the card stock or paper.
  • Make confetti.  Here’s a great way to use those scraps of paper–punch several scraps of paper to make multiple cutouts.  Use the cutouts as confetti for your scrapbooking page.
  • Create objects from the cutouts.  By doing a quick search on line, you can find all sorts of ways to use your paper punches.  For example, by use three different sized heart paper punches, you can transform hearts into an adorable bunny or even a cute dog.


4. Sequins and brads

Add a special touch to your pages by using these scrapbooking embellishments.

Keep a supply of colorful sequins and brads on hand because you’ll discover all sorts of uses for these.  Sequins or brads can turn an ordinary sticker into a nice visual attraction.  Adhere a sticker to a piece of card stock, allowing for a 1/4″ border around the entire sticker.  Place the sequins or brads at the four corners of the border.  This provides the sticker with dimension and instead of just looking like the sticker was quickly added to the page, it becomes a special embellishment.

Some brads come in fun shapes such as flowers and hearts.  Use the brads as special accents to words on the page or as centers to fabric flowers.


5. Ribbon and twine  

No scrapbooking embellishments would be complete without ribbon and twine.

The more you scrapbook, the more you’ll discover uses for ribbon and twine.  Here are just a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Use ribbon or twine as a border to your scrapbook page.
  • Create a border around a photo with twine.
  • As a special accent for a vintage page, use lacey ribbon.
  • For the stem of a flower or the string of a kite, use ribbon or twine.
  • Form a border around your journal writing with twine.

With these five “must have” embellishments for scrapbooking on hand, you’ll have a lot of great options to choose from.  In addition to these five embellishments, look for items that you already have around the home…buttons, confetti, glitter glue, decorative paper plates.  Enjoy mixing and matching and remember that a little goes a long ways.

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