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Scrapbooking should be more than just using paper and pictures to make pages. It's fun to use some unconventional items to spice up your pages! These are all easy and accessible with items that you most likely already have laying around your house. They're great ways to reuse and recycle too!
Take a look and see what some of our favorite things to craft with are and tell us what other things you use too!
We all have tons of CD's that we don't use anymore, either because we have all our music on our ipods or the CD's we played years ago are too scratched to even play a full song. Well instead of throwing them away, utilize them! Use a good pair of scissors to cut out your shapes and be sure to use tacky glue or a hot glue gun to adhere them to your page. It'll add a little bit of sparkle to your page!
Newspapers, Magazines & Tissue Paper
This is one of my favorite ways to recycle! After I'm done reading my magazines, I go through them and begin snipping out words, phrases and fun backgrounds. I keep them all in a plastic baggie until I want to use them. I will also tear a part newspapers to use when I scrapbook. I'll layer down a whole scrapbook page with bits and pieces of newspaper, then I place my pictures, and over the edges of the photos to make it look cool & fun. For extra sparkle, add glitter to your modge podge and when it dries, it'll shine! You can use this same technique with pieces of tissue paper. Add texture by crumpling it up slightly too! Lightly use modge podge with a paintbrush when you're decoupaging, but be careful not to get any on your actual pictures!
Sponge & Paint
Your scrapbooks will come with blank white pages. I like to take those and use them as a blank canvas when scrapbooking. One of my favorite ways to make my own background is simply by using a sponge and paint. It'll add texture and you can make it as simple or as intricate as you'd like! You can take a round or a rectangular sponge, uncut, and make large shapes on your page. Or go ahead and cut up some pieces and do smaller shapes. The trick is, to not glob on the paint onto the sponge. Dip it lightly, then do a test blot on a paper plate or paper towel before doing it on your page. You can decorate the whole page, or maybe just do a boarder! If you're making a border, lay out your pictures first so you get a sense on how wide the border should be before making it. If you'll be overlapping colors, be sure to let each color dry first before you begin to do so. It shouldn't take long to dry if you're lightly using the paint.
Old Soda Bottles
Before recycling your 2 liter soda bottles (or even your smaller ones!) use them to make beautiful flower prints on your paper. Take some paint and place the bottom of the bottle into it and simply place it on your paper just like you would a stamp. If you want each petal to be a different color, or a pattern of colors, simply paint each "petal" with whatever color you like then stamp it! Using different sized bottles will yield different sized flowers so you can make a whole garden! Be sure to do a test stamp to make sure you're using the right amount of paint first.
I am a huge fan of using twine to create a new kind of border on my pages. My favorite way to use it, is by braiding it and gluing it down. You can experiment with your traditional braid or learn a fish braid or 5 piece braid to make things interesting! If you want to add a little more color to your twine border, braid in a piece of ribbon to add more character. When gluing it down, you're going to want to use either tacky glue or a hot glue gun to make sure it really stays.
Tulle is a fun way to add either little pom poms to your page or to make little bows! I'll use the scrap pieces from making my tutus to use when I'm scrapbooking. You can make little bows which are perfect for kids pages!
This is one thing we absolutely love to use! If you have puzzles that you've done before, or if you have one that has missing pieces, don't throw them away! Use the pieces to make borders around your pictures or around the whole page. It adds a fun dimension, color and texture to any page! I would suggest also using a little bit of tacky glue when gluing the pieces down so they don't pop off. You can even go into your local craft store or a garage sale to get inexpensive puzzles to use.
These are a few ideas that I use when scrapbooking and I'm always testing out new things too. It's important to test things first before using them on your actual scrapbook page so that the techniques are coming out the way you want them to. It's a fun way to express your creativity! Don't be afraid to try using new items either. We'd love to hear what other things you use and how you use them!
Enjoy trying new things, it's one of the best things about being creative!
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