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Instructional Videos


Paper Tearing

Don't think that your mats and die cuts need to be perfectly edged. Sometimes tearing the paper gives the photo a fun scrapbooking border. You can even get different looks from tearing paper. This is another way to add texture and dimension to your pages. This technique requires no tools and is very easy to do.

For a white edge, hold the paper and tear toward you.
For a non-white edge, tear away from you.

Keep in mind, this will only work if the paper/cardstock has a white core or white back side.

You can use water to draw the design to make tearing easier and use your thumb to make more intricate tears.

For added dimension of your torn scrapbook paper, chalk the edges.

You can roll the torn edges for an even more dimensional look.

Some uses for torn paper include: journal blocks, borders, flowers, mosaic with torn cardstock pieces, water, sand, mountains and photo mats.

Some Tricks of the Trade

For some extra scrapbooking ideas, here are a few tips:

• You don't have to mat every single photo on your scrapbook layout, unless you want it to stand out from the background.

• Wrap ribbons around your focal-point photo to add emphasis.

• Customize your patterned paper by layering a piece of vellum or printed transparency over it.

• Tips on choosing pens: pick a fine-tipped pen for a simple look, a bolder pen for a casual look. Have different sizes on hand and experiment.

• Create easy scrapbooking borders on your pages by attaching a strip of ribbon.

• Looking for a way to store your little eyelets, brads, and other scrapbooking supplies? You can get a 7-day vitamin container and store all your tiny embellishments into different compartments.

• For a smart scrapbooking border, print out the names of the people who appeared on the layout onto that strip of border.

• Whether you are at cafes, restaurants, shopping, or just out for a walk, keep your surroundings in mind. They often inspire fun scrapbooking ideas.

• Since they're easy to apply, keep yourself from pasting to many scrapbooking stickers. There is a chance of overloading your page.


The journaling aspect is very important when it comes to scrapbooking. What you write tells half the story. Without the writing, the photos' meaning could be lost in coming years. So what are you supposed to write? Follow these tips to get started:

• Start with what you know, the rest will follow. It doesn't have to be perfect, just begin the story by jotting down notes. Your brain will add the rest.

• You might want to leave space for future journaling. It doesn't have to be written all at once. Feel free to go through the layouts of all of your pages first and then return to the beginning to write.

• If you're stuck finding the perfect phrase or quote, check out an on-line source to give you a boost. If nothing comes out still, just move on and come back to it later.

• Never forget the 5 W's: WHO is in the photo and who took it, WHAT the occasion was, WHERE and WHEN it took place, and WHY you chose that particular photo. These can help you significantly when finding the story.

• For ideas for how to write, try thinking about your scrapbook as being written to a person. Pretend as if someone is going to pick up the book and begin reading it.

• If you don't want to miss out on the details, carry around a little notebook that you can jot stuff in. Even if it seems silly now, it will come in handy later.

• If you don't necessarily want the detailed narration all over the page, consider bulleting some information. Bullets are short, sweet, and to the point.

• Sometimes you just run out of words or can't figure out how to say things right. Try using quotes, poems, and sayings. Often times people have already expressed your exact feelings perfectly.

Not a Fan of your Handwriting?

Some people just don't like their handwriting. If you'd rather not put your handwriting where everyone else can see it, try following these tips:

• Hidden journaling is a fun, creative way to still put your own handwriting in your scrapbook without revealing it readily to others. These can be pockets, folded cards, or any assortment of methods that hide your writing effectively.

• Consider typing on the computer. The advantage to computer fonts is that they're consistent, look nice, can be formatted to fit almost anywhere, and you get the handy spell-check.

• The long way around this problem is to just improve your handwriting on your own.

Paper, Paper, Paper

To truly get into the habit of scrapbooking, you're going to be buying a cornucopia of scrapbooking paper. The best part is that each type of paper has a unique trait to fit what you want to do.

• Cardstock: Heavyweight paper available in a rainbow of colors, textures, and weights. Usually used for backgrounds, photo mats, and die cuts.

• Patterned: Paper in a variety of colors, designs, and themes. Usually used as backgrounds and accents.

• Vellum: Translucent paper used for layering, dry embossing, stamping, and more. Comes in a variety of textures and colors.

• Transparencies: Clear acetate sheets ideal for overlays and windows. Often heat-resistant so they can be used for heat-embossing or printed on with computer printers.

• Specialty: Handmade from natural materials. This could include mulberry paper, pulp paper, and mesh-like maruyarna. Comes in a variety of looks, styles, and textures.

First of all, though, you'll want to be sure that you get paper that is...

• Acid-free so that your photos don't fade, change color, darken, or decay over time.

• And lignin-free, which ensures that the papers won't yellow as a reaction to light or heat.

Add Some Pizzaz

Just like scrapbooking paper, there is a multitude of embellishments to choose from. However, you'll want to be sure that you pick up embellishments that are acid-free. It's easy to get carried away when it comes to adding that extra touch to your scrapbook page. Here are a few starters:

• Stickers: Use scrapbooking stickers to dress up the page simply and easily. You can find stickers for almost any theme.

• Brads: Use these colored pieces of metal to attach extras. Simply poke the legs through the paper and spread on the back for a firm hold.

• Eyelets: Tiny pieces of colored metal with a hole in the center. Great for threading ribbon across pages. To use these, you'll also need an eyelet tool.

• Ribbon: Use ribbon to hang pictures, add bows, or just as a little decoration.

• Die cuts: Shapes and objects cut out from cardstock paper and used to accent the page.

• Templates: Usually stiff plastic, you can use scrapbooking templates to trace shapes and objects and cut them out. Or trace the object onto the paper and color.

Journaling Strip with Dymo

I saw this once and it really works well! You will have to use one of the hand-held Dymo Label makers (like the old fashioned ones).

Don't forget to use a sanding block to lightly sand the top of the strip so the letters pop out.

Some of these hand held Dymos have different "wheels" which can be interchanged for different fonts and characters. Walmart and Target seem to have had the best selection and best prices. You can also go to an office supply store for a wider selection.

This is also a great way to use up some of those scraps!

Have fun and enjoy!

How to embellish TAGS

1. alphabet beads
2. alphabet punches
3. appliques
4. beads
5. bows
6. brads
7. buttons
8. chalk
9. charms
10. coins
11. color copies
12. colored pencil
13. cork
14. corrugated paper
15. cut-outs
16. distressed paper
17. embossing
18. embossing powder
19. embroidering
20. embroidery floss
21. envelopes
22. eyelet charms
23. eyelet words
24. eyelets
25. fabric
26. faus finishing
27. felt
28. fibers
29. frames
30. game pieces
31. glass pebbles
32. glitter
33. journaling
34. jute
35. lace
36. laser cuts
37. letter tiles
38. magic mesh
39. memoribilia
40. metal accents
41. metal mesh
42. metal rim tags
43. mirrors
44. mulberry paper
45. nail heads
46. transparencies
47. paper clips
48. paper piecing
49. patterned paper
50. pen work
51. playing cards
52. pockets
53. poems
54. polymer clay
55. pop dots
56. postage stamps
57. postcards/cards
58. pre-printed die cuts
59. pressed flowers
60. pressed leaves
61. punch art
62. punches
63. puzzle piecs
64. quilling
65. raffia
66. rhinestones
67. ribbon
68. ric rac
69. rolled paper
70. rub ons
71. rubber stamps
72. sequins
73. sewing
74. shadow boxes
75. shaker boxes
76. shaved ice
77. sheet music
78. shells
79. silk flowers
80. small tags
81. stamps
82. stencils
83. stickers
84. string
85. strips of paper
86. tassels
87. tiles
88. tinsel
89. tiny glass marbles
90. titles
91. torn paper
92. tulle
93. twistel
94. vellum
95. watch faces
96. wire
97. wire words
98. word titles
99. wrapping paper
100. zipper


When i was at the scrapbook discount show this last weekend, i realized something. They had tons of wood stamps with cute little images, but I like the clear stamps better and I like using my Cricut because I can get the different sizes. Well, just because the stamp image is small doesn't mean that's the ONLY size i can get.

I realized that if I were to stamp the image in black ink on plain white paper; I could then scan that image into the computer; then enlarge that image to whatever size; then, if my photo/edit program allowed me, I could color/fill in the image; then crop, save and print on white cardstock or white photo paper. Now, you have your own personal diecut!

I used to use my computer much more before when I first started scrapbooking. I just need to use it to my advantage again!

I encourage you to use this technique!

Decorative Scissors

1. cut patterned paper or solid paper into strips to resemble ribbon or ric-rac
2. cut decorative edges on the photo corners to make it look like the corners are tucked in to the photo mat
3. use soe of the patterns of scissors, like Pinking, along the edges of your patterned paper instead of sewing
4. cut paper into strips of all sizes to add to the pattern of your background paper or even to create your own pattern
5. cut circles and other shapes with them
6. trim the edges of a picture; choose only one on a layout that you want to have stand out
7. cut frames and mats with them
8. cut the edge of the entire layout and mount onto another piece of paper so that paper shows arounds the edges
9. flip the scissors over to get a different look

Helpful hints to remember:
1. limit your use to one or two patterns of sissors on a layout so as to not cause it to be distracting
2. use the appropriate scissors for each layout. (i.e. don't use a victorian style on a layout of your child blowing bubbles)
3. a few scissors that go well with everything would be Deckle, Torn and Pinking
4. don't overdo it and use the scissors on all the pieces of paper on your layouts
5. don't cut your pictures if you don't have copies
6. experiment with your scissors, prefereable on scrap pieces of paper, to the look you want

Slide Mounts

1. stamp words on
2. ink on
3. color wiht permanent markers
4. cover with patterned paper or cardstock
5. paint with acrylic paint
6. sand
7. emboss
8. cover with fabric
9. tie ribbons or fabric scraps on
10. wrap wire around
11. frame a small picture or stamped image
12. frame an embellishment
13. accent a title
14. make a shaker
15. make a frozen shaker
16. frame a charm
17. frame a card sentiment
18. punch holes and hang beads from
19. frame small phot-realistic patterned papers
20. wrap with fiber or ribbon
21. cover with microbeads
22. cover with aluminum foil
23. turn into a fridge magnet
24. make a mini book
25. make a shadow box
26. cover with adhesive
27. color with Craf-T metallic rub-ons
28. color with Alcohol Inks
29. Cover or embellish with word stickers
30. frame a transparency
31. frame a sticker
32. hang a tag from it
33. cover with glitter
34. cover with gold leaf
35. embellish with or frame a button
36. apply rub-on stickers or letters
37. paint with acrylic paint and then crackle medium
38. embellish with a silk flower or punch art
39. hand a word chime or embellish with a word chime
40. frame sentiment, word or stamped image on vellum
41. hinge open and use double
42. hunge open and cut to separate into two pieces
43. place side by side and up and down in a grid
44. decopage
45. create a border for a layout
46. embellish a tag
47. cover with magic mesh
48. frame a child's triumph
49. use a hunge on the top so slide can be opened to reveal something else
50. use as a window frame onto another page or the inside of a card
51. stamp with a script stamp
52. stipple with ink or paint
53. sponge with ink or paint
54. frame pressed flowers
55. spray paint with regular paint
56. spray with dimensional paint - make it stone, webbing spray, make it suede, etc.
57. frame a portion of a photo or index print
58. embellish and envelope or library pocket
59. highlight a certain portion of patterned paper (for example and image or portion of text ) without trimming it
60. highlight a certain portion of a picture
61. embellish with a favorite character (mickey, pooh, etc.) sticker or paper piecing
62. embellish a mini file folder
63. add laser cut words
64. wrap with cord
65. wrap with tulle
66. embellish with quilling
67. wrap with embroidery floss
68. wrap with waxed string, yarn
69. turn it so the rectangle is vertical on your project
70. link together with wire of jump rings
71. tie two or more together with ribbon or fiber
72. have paper doll/paper piecing person hold it as a sign
73. cover with wood grain paper and stick a popsicle stick out the bottom as a sign
74. cover with cork
75. frame a tiny word collage/word art
76. use for a travel theme scrapbook (think: going over to relatives' house to see their vacation slides...LOL)
77. frame a monogram or stencil
78. frame a small shell or sand dollar
79. frame a definition
80. get the sewn look: sewn cardstock or patterned paper and then adhere to slide mount
81. highlight a portion of a stamped image
82. embellish with or frame a page pebble or acrylic tile
83. frame or cover with textured/embossed/handmade paper
84. frame a series of action shots or words or letters
85. use in a scrapbooking or card sketch for any small square element
86. frame a portion of a paint ship, perhaps to highlight a cool color name
87. frame kids' school pictures or one kid on a class/group picture
88. stick on a persent to frame the "to/from" info
89. adhere to an altered clip board, altoid tin, bulletin board, microscope slide mailer, coin folder, lunch box, etc.
90. use as a tag for an altered paint can
91. full with Easter hay under acetate
92. pass ribbon/fiber through both sides and string across your page/card
93. collage
94. frame a piece f sreen or fabric mesh
95. frame a silk flower
96. frame a title or focal photo for a mini album
97. embellish a square in a color blocked design
98. embillish/title a pocket page
99. embellish with or frame alphabet beads/charms
100. embellish with stamped numbers, number stickers, etc. to show a sequence
101. frame a tiny cross stitched piece
102. cover the edge of a card opening that opens in a non-traditional way to use as a tab
103. frame spangles, glitter, tiny die cuts, punches, tiny tags, confetti, seeds, etc. under acetate
104. frame or cover with real/faux postage
105. cover with sculpy or paper clay
106. apply Utee and stamp into, crack for cool effect
107. apply bugle beads in a zig zag pattern
108. fill in with dimensional glaze
109. fold back double sided paper that covers slide
110. embellish a large stencil letter
111. hang a charm to be removed for a gift
112. hang metal embellishments
113. frame a word tile or metal word or word plaque
114. frame a clock face
115. frame shrink art
116. color with paint markers
117. edge with metallic paint markers
118. frame punch art
119. hand write on
120. adhere with or embellish with eyelets, brads, rivets, etc.
121. use themed buttons
122. embellish with Dymo label tape or look-a-like stickers
123. embellish with letter tiles
124. embellish with photo corners
125. embellish with ribbon slide
126. embellish with dog tags
127. alternate with photos to frame an entire scrapbook page
128. frame a coin
129. hang from a safety pin
130. frame a photo and cover with vellum
131. embellish a bookmark
132. embellish with tinsel
133. embellish with metal clips, tags, etc.
134. cover with printed vellum without cutting the rectangle out of the middle
135. embellish with or frame magnetic poetry
136. frame a playing card
137. embellish with imitation greenery
138. embellish with faux jewels or flat beads
139. cover with or embellish with twill tape
140. embellish with a small metal label holder
141. cover with origami paper
142. cover with serendipity paper
143. brayer rainbow ink on it
144. frame a piece of mica or make a mica window that opens to the inside of a card
145. fill inside with stickles or glitter glue
146. edge with glitter glue or stickles
147. cover with Mylar
148. cover with a digital photo printed on your home computer
149. frame a woven or fabric label
150. embellish a matchbook card or mini album
151. embellish with mosaic tiles
152. create a photo montage
153. frame a date
154. collage with other basic shapes, tags or frames
155. embellish with a monogram
156. create an accordian fold mini book
157. weave strips of patterned paper through slide
158. frame an image enhanced with liquid applique
159. use in the center of a big funky flower
160. embellish with a stamped aida cross-stitch fabric
161. frame a mid-sized sentiment for a playful effect
162. make a ribbon hanger
163. embellish with a photo anchor
164. accent a foal point
165. frame items stamped on a transparency
166. embellish with a simple die cut
167. staple ribbon on it
168. hang with fiber from a brad like a picture on a wall
169. embellish with Ephemera such as a ticket stub
170. melt with a heating tool
171. faux or pen stitching
172. use in pairs
173. embellish and altered notebook
174. embellish with twine
175. use as a holder for removable tags
176. stamp with a background stamp
177. frame an acrylic sticker
178. layer slides together
179. highlight a large grouping of photos
180. frame a small paper piecing
181. embellisha a small tri-fold card
182. frame a piece of 35mm film
183. embellish a chipboard mini calendar
184. embellish wover paper strips
185. frame acrylic date
186. make Santa a belt buckle
187. embellish a tag book
188. embellish a door knob hanger
189. embellish a mini pocket album
190. embellish a paper bag album
191. display in a plastuc slide holder page, hand sewn to a scrapbook page
192. embellish a tag holder
193. embellish an altered lunch box album
194. embellish a circle journal
195. make a really cool card
196. make an altered tea bag
197. embellish an altered cigar box
198. embellish an accordian card or album
199. embellish an altered file folder
200. make a layered collage

Corner Rounder

Dust off your corner rounder and try these fun ways to use it on your page.

1. Round only the outside corner of each photograph and create a mosaic look with several photographs. The mosaic will be softened with the rounded outside corners.

2. Create a folder-tab title by rounding the edges of the top two corners of a cardstock title block. Then, tuck the tab behind a photograph or patterned paper.

3. Design a color-blocked background with patterned paper and round the edges of each block for a unique look.

4. Use a corner rounder on opposite corners of a photograph. The rounded edges will draw the viewer's attention and keep their eyes moving through the page.

5. Round the edges of patterned paper squares and rectangles in various sizes and stamp the letters of your title on each block. Edge the paper in matching ink to create a more artsy outline.

Clear Stamps

Since I have started 'collecting' clear stamps lately, I have been trying to find the best way possible to store these for easy transport. This is what I have found so far:

1. 3-ring binder with baseball card holders and slide the stamps inside in it's original packaging
2. empty CD cases
3. pencil boxes
4. 3-hole pencil pouches with the window (dollar tree or walmart has them for about $1 each)

I figured this out and I love it! small 3-ring binder w/small sheet protectors. I had to do a little sewing and cutitng, but in the end it came out great!

#1: I inserted grey cardstock in each pocket
#2: I sewed along the edge for stability

#3: I lined up the stamps so I could firgure out where I wanted my pockets

#4: I sewed a straight stitch all the way to the end, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and at the end for stability

#5: With a straight ruler, I cut about 1/4" below the stitch line to form the pocket. Be sure to stay about 1/4" away from the edges.

Also, be sure not to cut to deep or too hard or you will cut right through the cardstock and end up with this

Now, you're done and you have your own customized clear stamp storage binder. You can arrange these in any way (i.e. by type, size, season, etc...)


1. Connectors on paper piecing for moveable parts
2. Attach to vellum
3. Accents on journal blocks
4. To "hang" things from
5. Center of flowers
6. Center of letters
7. Spell out words (outline letters)
8. Corners of picture mats
9. Eyes of paper dolls
10. Nails in a fence
11. Earings for a paper doll
12. Belly button jewel for a paper doll
13. "Stone" in a rung
14. Buttons on a snowman
15. Decoration on a child's ball
16. Stepping-stones on a garden layout
17. Attach a fiber to a brad to make a yo-yo
18. Attach elements on a page by wrapping wire or fiber
19. To form "bullets" for a list of things
20. As an accent on the tail of a letter
21. In the hole of a tag
22. White - as stars on a black or navy blue sky
23. White - as dropping snowflakes
24. Light blue - as falling raindrops
25. Orange - as pumpkins
26. White - as moonbeams
27. Jeweled belt on a paper doll
28. Brown - as chocolate chips on a cookie
29. Toppings on a pizza
30. M & M's
31. Buttons on a skirt
32. Decorations on an Easter egg
33. Decorations on a Christmas Tree
34. Purple - grapes on a cornucopia
35. Lights on top of a police car or fire truck
36. Center of a pinwheel
37. Center of tires
38. Tires on a toy car
39. End of antenna on a bug
40. Center of (fiber) spider web
41. Hair ornament on a hair paper doll
42. The "dot" in an 'i' or 'j'
43. Attach handle to a basket
44. To attach fibers lacing something together
45. Attach a sign to a post
46. Rocks
47. Center of propeller on an airplane
48. On serendipity squares
49. Sesame seeds on a bun
50. Jeweled skirt on a paper doll
51. Use as a spider and paint a face on it with the legs behind it or use wire for it's legs
52. Dots on a lady bug
53. As fillers
54. Use as nails on wood (like haunted house windows)
55. Christmas bulbs on a tree paper piecing
56. Eye on a frog
57. Use to embellisht the corner of tags
58. Use to embellish borders
59. Use to embellish titles (like the dot in an "I" for example)
60. Attach fabric, twistel or lace to paper
61. Use star brads to replicate a night sky
62. Ends of a hammock
63. Use on butterfly wings
64. Oval nail heads as Easter eggs
65. Buttons on a dress
66. Shoe buckle
67. Dots on a clown suit, doll or paper piecing
68. Sprinkles on an ice cream cone
69. Sprinkles on a cupcake
70. Use seashell nail heads on torn sand paper to create a beach look


1. Create a design in your background paper with negative space
2. Make a row of holes to weave ribbon
3. Punch a hundred little holes in different colors and create a layered background for a tag
4. Create a border of circles and stitch to your background
5. Center of flowers
6. Bullets or dingbats in list journaling
7. Circles make simple accents on a layout, especially when combined with lines
8. Create a border or photo mat
9. Punch a few circles, temporarily adhere to paper, then trace with a blak pen. Remove circles for a whimsical pattern
10. Make small buttons by poking two holes in a circle and threading