Sunday, October 14, 2007

Unusual SCRAPBOOK Embellishments from Around the House

Look around! Scrapbook embellishments and creations are often seen but not used! Find them! Use them! Embellishments for your scrapbook layouts and pages are a fun way to scrap and add alot of dimension to the layout. But you dont' have to spend alot of money for something unusual. Look in your junk drawer!

Just because it was not purchased in the scrapbook department, doesn't mean it can't end up on your scrapbook layout!! Pull out your imagination and see what one of a kind scrapping creations you can create to make your scrapbook layout and page spreads the most unique and talked about layouts in town - - - or at least in the generations to come! Just seeing what you used as in your scrapbooks and albums will create a new memory of you for those looking at your albums.

Look around the house! The craft room, sewing room, kitchen orthe work bench in the garage are all great places for finding things to use. We've all used the usual, ribbons, trims, buttons, snaps, and other "sewing" related items. Beads and jewlery makings and the like. Even clay!

BUT.......WAIT......DON'T STOP THERE!!!!

Here is a list of items I have recently heard of being used. I have not used all of them all, but some I have and it is pretty cool to create with these things.

But I would also like to hear from you guys about unusual things that you have used as emellishments in your scrapbook layouts. Especially the items that didn't cost anything, that are found around the house and such. Share your ideas as a comment here so we can all get that "Oh, cool! I never thought of that before" feeling that will throw us into scrapping mode immediately!!

Rings from soda cans (we used to call them "pop tops" as back in the old days, the ring used to pull all the way off. Now, they just fold up inside!) Anyway, these little gems make great embellishments. i have used them for a clasp on an envelope. Use them for an embellishment on a tag. As the "loop" part of a tie effect.

The square, plastic bread clips - the ones that keep the bread bag closed - these come in a variety of colors. Just add a sticker, add some glitter. Add a 3-D flower embellishment. Then you just clip it on the edge of something, or if you have a tag, clip it on to the hanging strings. Hang it from a ribbon

Party favors or cake decorations. Depending on the thickness of the item, often these items can be used in a scrapbook layout. At my daughter's baby shower, there were little ring kind of things on the cake, I used those in the layout. My DIL's baby shower there was plastic confetti decorations - little horses, bottles, pacifier, I grabbed a couple handfulls at clean up time, and added those to a shaker box in a layout. Also, they can just be glued on! I used the napkins and party hats - cut out the theme of the party and used them as die cuts.

Aluminum foil - heavy duty kind. Just crinkle it up as you want and rub ink over the crinkles to add dimension and color! Makes a great frame for a masculine scrapbook layout!

Old credit cards - yes OLD ones!! Ones that are no longer valid! Put them on a shopping theme layout. A great embellishment for a "money learning" theme for teenagers. How about an expired AAA card for a "first driving" theme or a "just got my drivers license" theme? These are all layouts that are common in scrapbooks so an expired card is a great embellishment

Washers, thin nuts, small chains, old keys, paper clips, and other "hardware" items are great embellishments! And you didn't have to go to the scrapbook store to get them!

Look around and see what you can find and then share with the rest of us! I am anxious to hear and learn some new ideas!


Donna in Louisiana said...

I so enjoy reading your blog. I just wanted to say that you can paint those "pop tops", washers, paperclips, and any of the other objects you find to coordinate with your layouts. I have also embossed some of the metal ones.

The other items I have used successfully are doubloons that my boys threw in the parades during Mardi Gras. I made both of them Mardi Gras books when they reigned as King of the Krewe.

Scrapbook Layout Ideas said...

Donna, I hadn't thought about painting them. What kind of paint do you use?

Carole said...

Great ideas!!!! I'm new to the Scrap Book Arena and I'd never thought about looking around my home to find things to emblish my scrap books.

Thanks for the Ideas and keep them coming.


Scrapbook Layout Ideas said...

Carole - Glad you liked it. Now that you "know the drilL" you'll get addicted and no matter what you do, or where you go, "scrapbook embellishments" will ALWAYS be on your mind! Can be helpful, but then again, I got to where I went over board with it! People thought I was nuts, when i asked them to save me wrapping paper! I wanted it to cut the designs to make my own stickers or use in a layout as pattern paper! Good Luck and let us know what you find!

Denise from Wa. state said...

I have been reading some of your articles and just wanted to say that this is something I do a lot in my scrapping. A lot of mine are from vacations and I use ticket stubs, napkins, beverage matts , I have used some of my husbands fishing supplies when I did a page of his fishing photos. I have smashed my own soda caps for embellishments I use the journaling delights, which can be used over and over and you can change your wording. I use my computer to make a lot of my scrapbook items.