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.
Create the look:
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 3: Layer and adhere flute; adhere additional large sequins to flute and flute to page.
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.
Create the look:
Step 1: Cut edge of paper strip using decorative-edge scissors.
Step 2: Spritz punched paper with water.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Take a closer look:
Stitch sequins together or over patterned paper.
Add sequins to a glassine bag, stitch closed, and layer with other embellishments.
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.
Create the look:
Step 1: Choose chipboard shapes and 3-4 different patterned papers.
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.