Supply Savvy Technique: Using Yarn on Your Scrapbook Pages!

Dream Team Member, Gretchen McElveen

Hi! And Happy New Year! Gretchen McElveen here with my take on the “Supply Savvy” article from the Jan/Feb issue of Creating Keepsakes. This article is all about how to use yarn creatively on your scrapbooking pages. Before reading this article I had never considered using yarn on a layout, so I was intrigued! I love all the different ways that yarn was used on the layouts in the article, and I have another idea to show you!

I love borders of all kinds; stickers, chipboard, ribbon, etc! So I thought it would be fun to make an interesting border out of yarn.


Here is the layout I made using my yarn borders:

Christmas Photo by Gretchen McElveen




I braided brown yarn to create two borders for either side of the layout.

Technique: Instead of the usual three strands of yarn per braid, I used six pieces of yarn to create my braids to  create thicker borders.

Close-up 1

Close-up 2

To end each braid, I tied it off with a small piece of yarn and then trimmed off the excess. I liked the look of fringe this technique created, so I didn’t try to hide them. I used an adhesive dot to adhere a button over the braid to cover up where I had tied it off at each end.

Close-up 3

I hope this fun yarn technique inspires you and gives you another idea for using yarn on your scrapbook pages! For more unique ways to use yarn on your layouts, be sure to check out the Supply Savvy column on page 87 in the January/February 2013 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Don’t forget to check out the online article for additional yarn techniques!

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

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7 Responses to Supply Savvy Technique: Using Yarn on Your Scrapbook Pages!

  1. Brenda B. says:

    Super fun idea! I really love the dimension it gives to your beautiful layout!

  2. Erika O says:

    Absolutely beautiful! I’m working on a scrapbook now where I can use this! Thanks for the idea!

  3. Melinda T says:

    Great idea! TFS!

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  5. Carolyn says:

    Love the braid and the “fringe.” Great layout!

  6. LinhC says:

    And here I was all ready to throw out, I mean, donate, my numerous skeins and bits of yarn! Love the braided look and layout. :)

  7. Erika Hayes says:

    Is there a kind of yarn that is better than another?

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