Scrapbook How-To: Use Sequins for a Celebratory Accent

The sheer iridescent quality of sequins adds the perfect touch to Jen Jockish’s celebratory layout, Six Years from Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1. She used sequins to bring her handmade glass of champagne to life by mimicking bubbles and the effervescence rising up and out of her glass. Adhere sequins using adhesive dots, then stitch over them to add even more texture to your layout.

Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media, Vol. 1

Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1

Create the look:

Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.

Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.

Step 2: Draw and cut out flute from cardstock and transparency.

Step 2: Draw and cut out flute from cardstock and transparency.

Step 3: Layer and adhere flute; adhere additional large sequins to flute and flute to page.

Step 3: Layer and adhere flute; adhere additional large sequins to flute and flute to page.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create Faux Fabric

One of the great things about paper is that you can mimic the look of other materials with very little effort. A little crumpled paper adds a cozy, fabric-like touch that’s easy for you to duplicate on your own pages. Give it a try with different patterns and colors to enhance the theme of your layout. Punch different borders into your crumpled paper to create a look that is bold, sweet, or whimsical.

Davinie Fiero used decorative-edge scissors to trim the edge of patterned paper before crumpling it to create a faux fabric border on her Sweetness layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies.

Sweetness layout by Davinie Fiero for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Sweetness layout by Davinie Fiero for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut edge of paper strip using decorative-edge scissors.

Step 1: Cut edge of paper strip using decorative-edge scissors.

Step 2: Spritz punched paper with water.

Step 2: Spritz punched paper with water.

Step 3: Crumple paper. Uncrumple and allow to dry. Repeat as desired.

Step 3: Crumple paper. Uncrumple and allow to dry. Repeat as desired.

Note: Spritzing paper breaks down the paper’s fibers making it easier to crumple and creating softer crumples.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Halloween Layout Accent

Halloween will be here before you know it! Here’s a fun layout to get your Halloween inspiration flowing. Kim Jackson created a custom accent for her Handmade Halloween layout for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations from a few basic supplies.

Combine punches, glitter, spray ink, and patterned paper for a sparkling accent.

Combine punches, glitter, spray ink, and patterned paper for a sparkling accent.

 

Handmade Halloween layout by Kim Jackson for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Handmade Halloween layout by Kim Jackson for Scrapbooking Holidays & Celebrations

Tips:

  • In your journaling, tell what made this Halloween different from the rest so that the memory stands out from other years.
  • As you take photos of your children trick-or-treating and the night gets darker, change your camera settings to night mode. Or use a higher ISO to allow more light from porch and street lights to hit your camera’s sensor, resulting in brighter photos.

 

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Scrapbook Inspiration: Creative Ways to Add Sequins to Layouts

There’s more than one way to use sequins to add a little glitz to your layout. Maggie Holmes shared several ideas on her Shine layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook. Stitch them onto premade and handcrafted embellishments, like the patterned paper sunbeams. Or let them have a little more movement by sealing them in a glassine bag or small pocket protector. Then pair them with other flashy embellishments, like glitter tape and rhinestones, to really make them shine.

Shine layout by Maggie Holmes for The Scrapbooker's Handbook

Shine layout by Maggie Holmes for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Take a closer look:

Stitch sequins together or over patterned paper.

Stitch sequins together or over patterned paper.

Add sequins to a glassine bag, stitch closed, and layer with other embellishments.

Add sequins to a glassine bag, stitch closed, and layer with other embellishments.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Cover Chipboard with Small Scraps

Don’t be shy with your pattern choices. Bold patterns like the ones Laura Vegas used on her Family layout for Scrapoboking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza can look fantastic together. If you’re nervous about mixing patterns, try them out on an accent like the hearts. The torn edges of the papers break up the different patterns and help them work well together. This is also a great technique to help you use every bit of your favorite patterned papers.

Family layout by Laura Vegas for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Family layout by Laura Vegas for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Create the look:

Step 1: Choose chipboard shapes and 3-4 different patterned papers.

Step 1: Choose chipboard shapes and 3-4 different patterned papers.

Step 2: Tear papers into small pieces and adhere to chipboard shapes.

Step 2: Tear papers into small pieces and adhere to chipboard shapes.

Step 3: Sand edges of the chipboard shape to file off any excess paper.

Step 3: Sand edges of the chipboard shape to file off any excess paper.

 

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