I could waffle on… but instead I have made a video… and waffled on in there instead! lol
Anyway, In a recent demo at my ScrapBuddies Group I gave a demonstration as to how easy it is to make these handy, what are effectively blocks of embellishments, to brighten up your pages. Or even, the border “IS” the page!
Here is the Border Page Accent as made in the video.
I have been asked many times from where do I get the inspiration for my scrapbooking. My reply is “from Everywhere”, but I do gain a lot of crafting inspiration from other peoples work and I find most of that by browsing the internet!
The next question is usually something like “how do you remember the inspiration in order to use it in your crafting?” My answer… “simple, I save a copy of the scrapbook page or card on my PC and then I can refer to it whenever I like. ”
If I want to make a page, I refer to my collection of examples and choose which ones suit my current project best. I then print out a sheet full of various pictures and I can now look at that when I craft (or even take to a crop).
The next question is then…. “How do you do that then?”
So I have made a video to show you How to View, Save and Print scrapbook pages, cards and other projects to refer to for inspiration when you make your layouts. I hope it helps..!
I posted a video a while ago about how to make your own page kit from your own scrapbooking supplies (Own Scrapbook Kit Article) The video has been included in this post below.
Recently I had a comment left on the video at my You Tube channel, and I copy it here as it illustrates a common trait in us scrapbookers… or even, crafters in general.
The comment went as follows…
“how awesome, I have always wanted to do this and never really thought about how I can do it . I watched other vid’s and they just show you how to add stuff but not the whole process, plus you explained about the brads and how you can always go back and get them (you don’t need all of them) I need to do this ASAP because I started pulling stuff out for my mini Valentine’s kit and I know I will not but using all of that stuff but my mind believes that I would. I need to go back and limit myself.TFS “
This is a common problem… we all (myself included) procrastinate on our layouts because we spend ages sifting through our scrapbooking stash over and over again. We need to limit ourselves before we stare at a blank sheet of cardstock!
It’s definitely worth watching the video if you need some ideas about getting only a few things together so that you can actually DO some scrapbooking, and of course, it’s great for preparing to go to a crop, and you might even achieve a page layout whilst you’re there!
I use the same technique for gathering ideas for pages, which I then scrapbook at home. It helps with time management too. Gradually pop things in the “holding bag” as and when you notice them or have a little time.
Then, when you have a gap in your life schedule, you will get more from those precious crafting minutes if you have done half of the work by making some of the decisions about colours/theme etc beforehand.
Anyway, I repeat the video here for you… got any other ideas?
I’ve had lots of comments on the recent video I posted as to how to Quickly make single sided paper into Double sided using stamps!
I thought I would just post one of the questions and my answer to it here as it’s relevant!
Q: Ibkristycat asked: what are some scrapbooking ideas for using double sided paper?? so you can see both sides??
And my answer: Well, mini pocket albums are great, as you see both sides and I will be putting up a video about that soon. Also if you make little boxes or bags (for gifts etc) the inside of the bag is seen too. Double sided is good for other mini albums where you use the paper/card as pages in the album, and even greetings cards as it’s nice to have some interest inside the card, just place a plain piece of paper where you wish to write!
I have made a quick video showing how you can use your stamps to create a complimentary design on the back of single sided scrapbook papers to make it double-sided paper.
Not ground-breaking in news, but this has caused a number of “ah ha” moments in people when I have explained it! [as the first comment on this video on YouTube proves again!] So I thought I would share it with you here.
Double sided paper is useful when making mini albums, such as the mini pocket album which I will show you in the next video!
Recently I showed you a birthday card on which I had put some “Crumpled flowers”. I made them using the “wet” technique. Here is a closeup of one of the flowers (before I put it on the card).
They are great for using on greetings cards and for scrapbooking, because they can actually end up no deeper than the brad you use in the centre, so aren’t too bulky. I will admit that I have added stickles to the edges of the “petals” here for a little bit of extra glitz.
I particularly like the way the paper looks a little like fabric, or even leather when it has been scrunched whilst wet and then dried! You can use a brad to hold the layers together as I have here, or use glue in between and then glue a button in the flower centre, or even just a ball of scrunched paper, as I have dome sometimes.
Anyway, I have made a video tutorial of how to make these scrapbooking flowers… I hope you enjoy it!
Stitching, using fibres such as embroidery threads, can add a lovely touch to scrapbook layouts and, indeed greetings cards. There are companies that make templates for such a technique, but of course you are limited to their designs.
You can print out any image, keeping it simple of course, and use that as a simple template. Use shapes such as simple flowers, leaves, stars, swirls and so on. However, I have created a page of templates which will be available in the middle of this month to all SimplyScrapbookingNow.com Newsletter Subscribers (the video below explains). It’s free to subscribe and there are lots of other downloadable freebies you may find useful.
Here (above) you can see the back of the sewing!
This picture (above) illustrates the effectiveness of being able to sew over a number of layers.
Here is a picture of the freebie downloadable sheet of sewing templates for use with scrapbook pages and cards too.
Use the templates by placing on your project and carefully piercing through each dot to make a hole for your thread. As I tend to use thick thread (5 stranded embroidery thread) I “wiggle” or “twist” the piercing tool (or large needle) to make sure the holes are big enough. Bear in mind that the thread will be passing through each whole twice.
Sew through the holes using running stitch all the way round (or along in the case of a swirl) and then go back on yourself with running stitch to fill in the gaps.
You should end up with a complete line, or outline, of your shape!