Scrapbook How-To: Embellish Large Accents

The next time you have a dominant element on your layout, accent it with a variety of colorful, mismatched buttons from your scrapbook stash or junk drawer. While Mou Saha did this with a rainbow, any large design will work great with this technique.

You Are My Rainbow by Mou Saha from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

You Are My Rainbow by Mou Saha from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking

Closer look

Closer look

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Scrapbook How-To: Create Glassine Bubbles

Use glassy glassine to add texture to your layouts. Glassine has just a hint of wax that helps dry embossed images hold their shape, as Stacy Cohen illustrates in her layout from Mixed Media, Vol. 1. Use this technique to mimic the look of bubbles for summer and celebration layouts.

Fish Outta Water by Stacy Cohen from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Fish Outta Water by Stacy Cohen from Mixed Media, Vol. 1


Create the look:

Step 1: Dry emboss glassine envelope using die-cutting/embossing machine.

Step 1: Dry emboss glassine envelope using die-cutting/embossing machine.

Step 2: Gently rub chalk inkpad across embossed surface to add color.

Step 2: Gently rub chalk ink pad across embossed surface to add color.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 using additional ink colors for added depth and dimension.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 using additional ink colors for added depth and dimension.

 

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Scrapbook How-To: Add Texture to Foam Stickers

Enhance the joyful feeling of the story you’re telling by adding whimsical textured patterns to your foam letter stickers. That’s exactly what Cindy Tobey did for her delightful layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture! Simple heat your foam letter stickers from the back and immediately run them through your manual die-cutting machine with the texture plate or embossing folder of your choice. By heating the foam stickers first, you soften the foam and make it easier to press the textured pattern into the material. The result? Well defined, textured patterns that make a lasting impression.

While Cindy used preppy patterns on her vibrant orange title, other textures might help you better tell your story. Keep your eyes peeled for playful, elegant, or grungy texture embossing plates to create your next textured title.

Determined Girl by Cindy Tobey from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture

Determined Girl by Cindy Tobey from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture


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Create the look:

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Scrapbook How-To: Create Frames with Foil Tape

Give your family layouts a bright look by using self-adhesive foil tape that adds glimmer, but not bulk. It’s a metallic substitute for decorative tape! Use it to simply anchor photos or create gilt frames, as Autumn Baldwin did in her Happy layout from Mixed Media, Vol. 1.

Happy by Autumn Baldwin from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Happy by Autumn Baldwin from Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut cardstock 1" longer and wider than photo or accent to be framed. Adhere foil tape 1/4" from edge.

Step 1: Cut cardstock 1″ longer and wider than photo or accent to be framed. Adhere foil tape 1/4″ from edge.

Step 2: Punch around edges, trimming corners as needed.

Step 2: Punch around edges, trimming corners as needed.

Step 3: Affix photo or accent to cardstock.

Step 3: Affix photo or accent to cardstock.

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Free Download: Spring Cut File

Ahh, spring! The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and hopefully your creative spirit is feeling renewed. This cut file from Kim Watson will brighten your scrapbook pages and other paper crafted projects. Enjoy!



Download the file here!

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