Embellishing your scraps!

Making your own embellishments is an excellent way of crafting when you’re low on time, energy or mojo.  The options are endless for how to piece together your scraps. I’ve set out below a quick guide to how I make 3 different embellishments.  These are my favourite to make since they are my go – to choices for scrapbook layouts, pocket letters, flipbooks and just generally for any kind of happy mail!

Sparkly Ephemera

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These are the simplest of the lot and quite the rage right now! They consist of 3 punched shapes, layered with glue and foam tape.

For these specific designs, I used a 1.5 inch scallop punch, 1 inch circle punch and  tiny bow and heart punches.

First I punched the scallops from Project Life Everyday Edition 6×6 papers to create a neutral base layer. I find this very helpful when you are making embellishments ahead of time because the black and white layer helps them match to a variety of colour schemes.

Next, I punched the circles from Jen Hadfield Everyday 6×6 papers. Then I punched circles, and hearts and bows from Heidi Swapp glitter paper in white, silver and gold. The glitter circles I then cut in half or thirds.

To build each ephemera, attach one patterned circle to a scallop with foam tape. On top of the patterned circle glue either one of the glitter circle segments or a bow or heart. I finished them with double sided tape on the back of the scallop.

Set yourself up with a little product line, and you’ll have dozens of these cute ephemera in minutes! I’m loving using them in flipbooks right now.

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Washi Tape Banners

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For these banners, I laid down a piece of wide green washi tape about 2.5cm x 15 cm onto a scrap of cream AC cardstock and punched out 6 flags. Then I laid down a strip of coordinating floral washi onto another scrap of cardstock and punched out 6 tiny heart shapes.

I attached the hearts at different angles using a little glossy accents. To trim the top of each flag, I cut a thin strip of glitter paper about 3 mm thick and again using glossy accents glued it to the top of each flag. Little tip –  it’s easier to trim the strip to size lengthways after you’ve glued it down, rather then trying to cut the strip to perfect lengths.

Finally, to finish these tags and make them ready for use, I attached some double sided tape to the back. You could also use foam tape if you prefer.  When using these on pocket letters I often like to use just one or two on the top of a card, but for scrapbooking layouts they look great joined with twine or thread.

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Square Flair

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For these you will need to purchase some clear epoxy dome resin stickers. The backs are sticky, ready to attach to your design. A quick ebay search will bring up lots of vendors selling packs of 10, 100, whatever you need.  They are super cheap!

I started with the leftovers from some card making adventures. For that card I had coloured watercolour paper with distress inks, blending the colours to make a rainbow. I spritzed the cardstock with water, let the drops sit for about 20 seconds, then soaked the water up with some paper towel. This gave me the blended, spotty cardstock.

I used a tiny AC bow punch to cut out the bows from gold, silver and white glitter paper. I then positioned the bow on the coloured paper where I liked the colours and laid down the resin sticker over the top of the bow. The bows are so tiny you don’t even need to worry about gluing them down first. After rubbing over the sticker to make sure all the edges are stuck down,  i trimmed around the square. So that they are ready whenever I want them I attached some double sided tape to the back.

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