American Crafts | 6 techniques for Scrapbookers

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American Crafts | 6 Techniques for Scrapbookers

Hello and welcome to my blog. Today I’m sharing 6 techniques for scrapbookers. I’m sure you know most of these techniques. And you might have used some - or all of them - on your projects already. However, if you’re new to scrapbooking, I hope to inspire you to try something new. To try the 6 techniques, you need the following tools and supplies: fringe scissors, needle and thread and/or a sewing machine, transparency paper, a pair of scissors, foam pads, and stickers and patterned paper in matching colors.

[Ad/Werbung] I had a look at the projects I’ve created for American Crafts so far. And I realized that I love to use the following 6 techniques:

  • Using transparent paper
  • Fussy-cutting
  • Sewing on paper
  • Fringed accents
  • Matching colors
  • Layering (with foam pads)

And here is my medley of 6 scrapbooking techniques:

6 techniques for scrapbookers overview with photos

Number 1 is to ‘use transparent paper’. In addition to using patterned paper and/or white cardstock, you can add transparent paper to your projects. You can back up cut-outs to create room for journaling. Or you can insert a transparent paper page into your mini albums too. This adds variety and interest to your projects.

Number 2 is fussy-cutting. All you need is a pair of scissors and patterned paper. Fussy-cut flowers, clouds, and other elements from the patterned paper with scissors. Adhere these fussy-cut elements onto scrapbook layouts, cards, or mini albums. This is a fun way to create embellishments. You can also create stunning backgrounds with fussy-cut elements.

Technique number 3 is ‘sewing on paper’. Adding sewn details either by hand or with a sewing machine is definitely one of my favorite techniques ever. You can sew a frame around a photo, you can add stitched lines and shapes. You can even create a background and then add photos and embellishments.

Adding fringed accents is technique number 4. TIP: You don’t need fringed scissors to create fringes. You might just as well use ordinary scissors to cut fringes from paper. Create handmade embellishments by adding a fringed paper layer. This will add structure and interest to your projects.

Technique number 5 is ‘match colors’. Try to mix patterned paper and embellishments in matching colors to create harmony on your projects. A color wheel can help you to pick colors that work well together. TIP: Try to match papers and embellishments that have complementary colors, for instance yellow paper and orange embellishments.

The final technique (number 6), which I like to use is ‘layering with foam pads’. Basically, you create a pile by layering stickers, ephemera and other embellishments. And to create more dimension, just add foam pads between the layers. That’s it!

Supplies: American Crafts | Vicki Boutin Let's Wander Tag Journal Pieces (355341) | Amy Tangerine Picnic in the Park Aloha Leilani (355366), Sticker Book (355378), Sticker Book (355379) | Shimelle Never Grow Up Collection Fly Free (356155), Pick A Letter (356160), Dreams Come True (356170), Floral Ephemera (356183), Layered Stickers (356186) | Dear Lizzy Here and Now Accent & Phrase Stickers (356656), Boxed Cards (356662)

I hope you like the 6 techniques and are ready to try these on your next projects. Have fun creating! Wishing you a lovely day, yours Sandra.

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