Scrapbook How-To: Create a Design Element

On this layout, Sara Winnick used gem brads and white embroidery floss to create a gorgeous design reminiscent of a pillow she once owned. You may find similar inspiration from a fabric French message board.

Just the Beginning by Sara Winnick from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques

Just the Beginning by Sara Winnick from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques


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Basic Brad-setting Tips

Before you set:

  • Place a self-healing mat or an inexpensive mouse pad below your paper where you want to set your brad. Use a paper piercer or a tack to poke a hole where you want to place the brad.
  • When you create handmade accents, set your brad through only the top layer, so you don’t have to work it through thick materials. You can then adhere the accent to your layout with adhesive rather than holding it in place with the brad.

After you set:

  • Place tape over the brad prongs to prevent them from catching on your page protector when you slide the layout into your album.
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2 Responses to Scrapbook How-To: Create a Design Element

  1. Great idea, going to try on my card I’m making today! Thanks!

  2. Pingback: Show & Tell | Decorative Elements With Brads | Scrapbooking | CraftGossip.com

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