3 Things You MUST Know About Using Scrapbooking Stickers
Who doesn’t love scrapbooking stickers!
After all, stickers come in all sorts of designs such as flowers, hearts, animals and balloons. They’re also available as phrases, quotes and individual letters. Scrapbooking stickers are super easy to use since they are already pre-cut and self-adhesive.
Sounds simple enough, right? Yet, have you ever noticed as you flipped through scrapbooks created by family and friends that some pages appear to be tastefully done while other pages seem like a crafter’s train wreck?
Although one of the great things about scrapbooking is that your options are endless, there is a line between what looks appealing and what appears chaotic.
Quite often embellishments, such as stickers, can make or break a page. Here are 3 things you MUST know about using scrapbooking stickers.
1. Be selective in your scrapbooking sticker choices.
Discover the importance of being choosey with your sticker selection.
One of the problems that a lot of beginner scrap bookers face is sticker overload. They tend to purchase a lot of scrapbooking stickers and of course want to use lots of stickers in their scrapbooks. Just as you are learning to be selective with what photos you want to use for a scrapbook spread (the two side-by-side pages), you need to be selective regarding stickers.
Begin by purchasing quality stickers. Make sure that the stickers are acid-free. Although you can find quality stickers at a dollar store, you can also find poorly made ones. Avoid stickers that have to be punched out. These tend to have ragged edges and are made with thin paper.
Quality scrapbooking stickers can be expensive, but look for deals. A lot of craft stores offer in-house or online coupons and sometimes will have a two-for-one deal. If you’re ordering stickers online, wait and order on a day when free shipping and handling is being offered.
As you sort through your collection of stickers, get rid of stickers that are bent, creased or ones that you know you’ll never use. If you have a young child, he or she would love to use them!
2. Arrange your stickers in advance.
Scrapbook stickers need to enhance rather than take over a page.
As you’re designing your layout for a spread, purposely determine where and how you want to use stickers, as well as other embellishments. A common mistake that beginners make is to go sticker crazy!
Any empty space they see on a page, they think should be covered by a sticker. Here are some ideas to consider:
- Accent photos. If your layout includes just a couple of photos, you might choose to draw attention to the photos by using corner borders scrapbook stickers. For example, if you have a couple of pictures of your daughter walking down the aisle as a flower girl, accent the photos by placing floral borders around two opposite corners of each photo. The borders should be muted in color or match the color of the flower girl’s dress or flowers.
- Purchase themed stickers. If you’re putting together a scrapbook that has one theme throughout the entire book, consider purchasing themed scrapbook stickers. Quite often these stickers are very unique and clever and can be used to carry out a theme throughout your scrapbook.
- Cluster stickers. For an interesting effect, use a few stickers as a grouping for a scrapbook page rather than randomly placing the stickers.
- Add a special touch. Ever wonder what to do with the tiny stickers that come in a package of stickers? Use them to add a special touch to the keywords on your page. For instance, if you have the name “Brianna” on the top of a page. Use a tiny heart as the dot of the “i”.
- Mat stickers. Think of stickers as one of the steps in creating an embellishment. Rather than just placing a sticker onto the scrapbook page, cut a piece of card stock that is a little bigger than the sticker. Center the sticker and enhance it with tiny sequins in the four corners. Now you have a beautiful embellishment to add to your page! When using word or phrase stickers that have transparent backgrounds, place the stickers on a light color card stock. Trim around the sticker and then adhere it to your page.
3. Organize your stickers.
Utilize this unique technique to organize and protect your stickers for easy access anytime.
Chances are as you purchase scrapbooking stickers, you won’t be using an entire package of stickers in one setting. To keep stickers from getting lost in the midst of scraps or getting bent, organize your stickers. Purchase a large binder, 8.5″x11″ card stock, dividers and plastic page protectors. Label your dividers with broad categories such as animals, sports, family, phrases, etc. Then sort your stickers according to these categories. Remove the wrappings from any stickers that are still in packages.
Beginning with your first category, use 2-sided tape (the non-permanent type) and adhere two or more pages of the stickers to one side of a piece of the card stock. Just use one piece of tape to help keep the page of stickers from slipping around. Do the same thing on the backside of the card stock. Then place the card stock into a protector sleeve and place it in the binder. Continue to do this until all of the stickers have been placed in the binder.
Now, each time you want to scrapbook, your scrapbooking stickers will be easily accessible. You’ll discover that by taking the time to get organized that you won’t be wasting stickers or running to the store to purchase more stickers because you can’t find the ones you already have.
Follow these tips and you’ll discover how stickers can greatly enhance any scrapbook!