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Posted 3/27/2012 by bckwml in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 477,578
August 2010
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Loc: Vancouver, Canada

Posted: 3/27/2012 10:34:39 AM
One of my scrapbooking problems is I don't have embellishments to put on the empty spaces of my layouts. Actually, I don't have many embellishments at home. But I've noticed most layouts out there are nicely embellished with border stickers, chipboards, fancy brads etc... things that I don't have... I have some very basic embellishments like alphabet stickers, plain brads, buttons and I have a lot of leftover pattern paper too...but I don't know how to make use of these leftover to create embellishments for my pages. Do you have any good suggestions? And what are the general embellishments that you'd buy and that will go well with most layouts? Coz' I just don't want to buy a bunch of embellishments and end up using only a few of them...

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PeaNut 70,644
February 2003
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Posted: 3/27/2012 10:45:33 AM
Welcome to Two Peas! While your question sounds like a perfect one for Glitter Girl, only she knows which one of the board posts she will turn into her next video, so I thought I'd be the first of the regular Peas to chime in and help if I can.

Only my help is going to be some questions. What things would you most likely put on your layout if you had them? Would it be flowers? More masculine things?

Also, why don't you have a lot of embellishments? Are you a new scrapbooker and not sure what to buy? Study the Gallery and look at what the layouts that catch your eye used. Is it the money? Look in the dollar bins ($1.50 at M's)and see if any of those appeal to you.

Also, you brought up that you have leftover pattern paper you could use to make embellishments. That is a very creative idea. I bet if you googled "embellishments made from pattern paper" you would find some blogs with good ideas.

Hope this helps!


PeaNut 433,506
August 2009
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Posted: 3/27/2012 10:52:37 AM
Great question! I would love to hear Glitter Girl's response to this. I have found that when I buy the "specialty" embellishments that I rarely use them...probably because I am buying the wrong ones. I also have tons of the basics and patterned paper. I would love to hear how others stretch those basics to create embellishments in their layouts.


PeaNut 459,121
March 2010
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Loc: Calgary, Canada

Posted: 3/27/2012 11:38:07 AM
While it takes more time than using a die cutting machine, you can always cut with an exacto knife just about anything that a machine can do. It just takes time, patience, and a sharp knife! I used to print out webdings and other black/white images from the internet on the back of my patterned paper, then cut it out.


PeaNut 459,121
March 2010
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Posted: 3/27/2012 11:39:07 AM
Oh, and you might look into going to a "crop night" at Michaels. it's $5 for a few hours, and you can bring a whole bunch of paper and use their cricut machines and cartridges, and spend that time pre-cutting out embellishments.

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PeaNut 39,057
May 2002
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Posted: 3/27/2012 11:44:43 AM
Sorry, I am not Glitter Girl, but I thought I would offer a few ideas:

1. paper flowers--tons of ideas on You tube. Easy ones to make are cuttng various sizes of circles, mist, crumple, let dry, fluff-done. This works great with patterend paper, dictionary paper, card stock.

2. flags/banners--cut strips of various lengths and widths. Gently fold the bottom of the paper and cut a out a "V"! Use string, rope, ribbon, etc. to make a banner. Stick individual flags behind photos,etc.

3. buttons--mix some and group together.

4. tags--I make a lot of tags in Tim Holtz' style. Tags can be painted, inked, embossed, etc. Use for journaling or to stick somewhere. Group some together!

Hope this helps!


PeaNut 997
July 1999
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Posted: 3/27/2012 12:11:09 PM
Another thing you can make -- journaling cards
Look at your word processing program -- make a text box (any size, your choice!), put a border on it (there are, likely, many choices as to border styles), add a "word" at the top in a "fancy" font and/or lines -- adjust the size, placement,wording as you wish, print (or copy, paste and print .. to make lots) on cardstock (color or neutral - your choice), cut it out and use it how you wish.

You do not have to **buy** embellishments to **have** embellishments -- bits of lace and ribbon from other crafts, buttons, fussy cuts from pattern papers


PeaNut 167,510
September 2004
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Loc: Quebec, Canada

Posted: 3/27/2012 12:19:10 PM
Welcome to 2Peas !!

I agree with the above posts, you can always make your own embellishments from your patterned paper, using a cricut, sillouette, die cutter, or by hand. You can always find great embellishments at the Dollar store as well, gems, bling, buttons, flowers etc...

I think the trick is know what your style is...and what look you are going for, I love to look through the gallery here at 2Peas, there are some amazingly talented gals here, especially the Garden Girls!! Check it out, and see what you like that they are using and go from there.



PeaNut 472,567
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Posted: 3/27/2012 12:40:35 PM
Like you, I use embellishments (other than stickers) sparingly--just have some buttons (30 total), 2 packages of metal brads, and 2 ft of ribbon.

That's it. No flowers, no bling, no washi tape, no chipboard, no die cuts, etc. Mostly paper, stickers, and journaling cards.

I use paper strips, squares, rectangles, to make borders or grid along the sides of my larger piece of paper. My background paper is usually kraft, gray, or cream so the patterned or different color paper accent helps make the pictures "pop" a bit more. Sometimes I tear the paper or lightly ink the edges.

When I attended my one and only crop (which I posted about under "Crop Nightmare Stories" ), a lady commented that my pages were "boring" and "blah".

To each his/her own.

I guess my style is quite sparse, but I like the clean look.

To me, the empty space is a design element.


PeaNut 329,392
July 2007
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Posted: 3/27/2012 1:01:16 PM
okay so i buy a package of fancy embellishments and they are never the ones i seem to "need" when i'm making my pages, or I save them for a certain "layout" and end up using all the paper from the collection on other stuff and still have the new never been open package of embellishments ... i've given this up for the most part and do make most of my embellishments ... e-cutters are marvelous for this, but honestly you have to think about it alot more ahead of time, planning, which isn't always on my mind when i scrapbook

to make your own embellishments with the cool scraps you always end up with you need embellishment making tools, and supplies ( a little bit of an investment both in time and money):

basic small pattern neutral/light color pp and cs. use this stuff for the "writing part" of the journaling blocks are are soo hot right now ... think matting it to the cool PP scraps.

some circle stencils (they sell them in the drafting section of office depot) and a pair of scissors (will give you alot of circle punches). border punches are good

border punches ... worth the money because they are pretty versatile

its easy to cut up "pennants" and flags

a couple layers of cs sandwiched together give a look of cb, buy you can buy sheets of it everywhere.

look extra close at the embellishments that you like and see if you can figure out how they are made, and then make them your self .there are lots of tutorials out there. the counterfeit kits blog has a lot of them. it's really a mind set though you have to have and to make them.

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December 2005
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Posted: 3/27/2012 3:29:41 PM
Great ideas already. A couple I've thought of too.

I've seen those paper clips with buttons on the top for sale, but you could easily make your own with a glue gun. You could also put flowers, paper circles, punched shapes, etc. on the paper clips.

Also, I make my own "labels" but cutting a small rectangular piece of cardstock and rounding the corners. You can even layer 2 pieces of cardstock; colored on the outside, white, cream or kraft on the inside. Stamp the date/a sentiment, stick it behind your PP or photo and you are good to go.

There are tons of free printable journaling boxes/shapes on the internet. Check out that pin site for some. You can print and cut your own to your hearts content!

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Posted: 3/27/2012 5:41:27 PM
You can make your own. Flowers are easy to make yourself, circles, squares and shapes like that too. Use strips of paper for a border, buttons, string or's amazing what you can do with a few things you probably already have around the house.

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PeaNut 477,578
August 2010
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Posted: 3/27/2012 9:22:11 PM
Thank you so much for all the suggestions! I'm amazed!

The reason why I don't have many embellishment is that I don't know what to buy. There are just way too many out there! Many embellishments are designed to coordinate with their own collections. I don't want them to be used only for that specific collection, especially I got my paper from various companies, I just can't buy all of them, right?!?! I don't want to waste them and don't want to buy them only hoping they may fit into my other projects in the future. Like awhile ago, I bought a BG monthly page kit and it came with a few embellishments. But I found the colors and the theme of those embellishment were so specific that I could hardly use them on other projects. Does this happen to you girls too? And how do you decide on what to buy?

It'd be nice if anyone can share their example layouts here... Thank you so much for all your kind help!!!
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