Just like a proper lady, scrapbooks need to accessorize. Don't get me wrong, I am by no means a proper lady. Any time I can get away with jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, I'm all for it.
But embellishments can really help transform that book from a pretty photo album to a full-blown scrapbook. If you do it the right way.
The key to adding embellishments is not to go overboard. Just like the little bear in the Charmin toilet paper commercial who wants to wear 10 hairbows and a dozen necklaces at once, too much is just that ... too much.
I'd advise any scrapper to lay out the page before applying embellishments - see what looks best, move things around a little bit and don't even touch that glue gun until you're completely happy.
There's a lot out there to choose from and I'd be lying if I said I was an expert, but I've got a couple tricks up my sleeve:
Stickers: It might seem slightly "duh" inducing, but stickers are a pretty easy way to add some pop to a page. And I've found the clear, bubble variety, like this, to work REALLY well. With this variety, you can apply it over a word to make it stand out or to a swatch of patterened paper for that extra boost of color.
My favorite things to do with these, though, is to put them on photographs. I created a scrapbook for my sister's high school graduation present and decorated the front with little bubble stickers of her face, from birth to age 18. Everyone who saw the book asked where you go to get the buttons printed up, and they all seemed surprised to find out the entire look cost about $3 and was a do-it-yourself job.
Ribbon: It's not just for little girls' ponytails, and it doesn't have to be girly. Ribbon is a great way to provide a 3-D border to a page or to tie on additional embellishments, such as buttons or charms. Take a look at this design from the Lilybean's Paperie blog. It's a great example of the fact that embellishments and ribbon (okay, in this case twine) don't have to be femenine.
Of course, there's a lot more out there, like metal buckles, buttons and shaped hole punches. It all really depends on what appeals to you, since you're the one that'll be looking at the book. If anybody out there has any ideas they'd like to share, I'm all ears!
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