Scrapbook Embellishments: A HUGE selection!
Using scrapbook embellishments on your scrapbook pages is like coordinating an outfit when you are getting dressed. There are many things you have to take into consideration when you are planning out every detail of a scrapbook page. The main things to consider are theme, color, space (how much of the page you want to cover) and the scrapbook embellishments you will use to help convey the theme of the page to the viewer of the scrapbook. Remember, you are going for clarity, not clutter. Properly arranged, embellishments will add to a page but if you use too many, the photos you are trying to display will get lost in the clutter.
Textiles (fabric, ribbon, lace, thread)
Textile embellishing began with scrapbook artists sewing on their pages, often quilting different elements together for a unique look. You can easily branch out with your layouts by searching your local fabric store for a variety of textiles that can be used to enhance your pages. Fabric, ribbons, zippers, embroidery floss, threads, patterns - all can contribute to your scrapbook layouts with a softer feel and added texture.
Organics (pressed flowers and leaves, sand, raffia)
Hemp and string wire were the first of the organic embellishments to be used in scrapbooking. To create layouts that are more 3-D, you can also use objects like pressed flowers and leaves, grasses, shells, and seeds. Organics are perfect embellishments for earthy layouts including vacation and outdoor themes and they are sure to fit well on collage-like spreads.
Metallics (wire, eyelets, charms, mesh)
Metallic papers opened the door for metal embellishments in the scrapbooking world. You can find a variety of uses for metal including the use of freeform wire, paper clips, eyelets, brads, and even metallic leafing products. Metal is being used to dress up scrapbook layouts and often adds a more complete, and sometimes more elegant, feel to the pages. Silver is the most popular color for these embellishments, but they are also available in bronze, gold, brass, and a variety of brushed looks.
Papercraft (tags, die-cuts, punches, quilling)
While paper itself is a staple of scrapbooking, scrapbook artists have only recently begun using novelty and specialty papers to add dimension to their layouts. You can use any number of paper techniques to embellish you pages including origami, tearing, folding, ironing, pleating, wetting, painting, and embossing. You are truly limited only by your imagination and willingness to experiment with paper!
Baubles (beads, buttons, rhinestones, glitter)
Glitter has been a part of scrapbooking for years; however, recently other forms of glitz have made their way onto the scene. Let yourself be lured in to the jewelry and beading sections of your local craft store and look for something a little different. Beads, marbles, sequins, glass, rhinestones, and gems all can add dimension and sparkle to your layouts.
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