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Archive for August, 2009

Football Scrapbooks Kick Off Your Season

Football season should be starting up soon, so if you know a football player that’s just about to kick off his next season, be sure that you’re capturing all of those special moments by packing along a digital camera when you attend practices and games. Once you’ve got all the photos to catalog this big season, put everything together in a fun and festive Football Scrapbook using supplies and inspiration from MemoryScrapbooks.com.

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Designed to commemorate your son’s achievements in his favorite sport, Football Scrapbooks can be a great way to capture all of those memories and keep them well preserved so that he can enjoy them for many years to come. To start out, take tons of pictures during games, practices, and homecoming events. Get them developed and then use a scrapbook from MemoryScrapbooks.com organize them all. To your collection of photos, also add tickets to games, programs, newspaper clippings, little pieces of spirit wear, and great football-themed embellishments. Once it’s put all together, you’ll have a stunning scrapbook to remember this special season by.

It’s Never Too Late to Go Back to School

Back to School Supplies

For scrapbooking that is! Studying up on scrapbooking can be a great way to improve your skills and to learn more about the craft itself so you can turn this simple hobby into a passion. No matter what your skill level or experience in scrapbooking, know that there’s always something new to learn. From making your own embellishments to designing great layouts, the things you can learn from others are amazing. All you have to do is take time to open yourself up to an education.

So where can you find great scrapbooking tips? Well, for starters, keep checking back with us on the official MemoryScrapbooks.com blog. We love to keep you updated with fresh ideas and techniques that can make scrapbooking even better. If you’re on Twitter, you can also give us a follow: @ABitEmbellished.

For scrapbookers of all types and skill levels, you can also feel free to check out other scrapbooking blogs, how-to pages, forums, books, and even online courses. It’s all about what method works best for inspiring you. If you’re looking for something a bit more one on one, try starting up a scrapbooking club in your community so that you can learn from each other, or by visiting your local craft store. Either way, you’ll be on your way to creating beautiful scrapbooks!

Scrapbooking Tip: Dried Flowers

Dried Flowers

Dried flowers can be beautiful accents on your scrapbook pages, especially if the blooms hold special significance. If you want to preserve a few petals from your wedding bouquet, prom corsage, or another bunch of flowers, follow these easy tips.

First, choose a flower that is still quite fresh and remove all of the excess foliage. Remember, focus on what part of the flower you really want (the bud, the petals, or the leaves.) Next, place your flower between two sheets of paper, keeping in mind the way you want the flower to look when pressed. Try to adjust your flower to avoid overlapping.Then, take a thicker book and place the two sheets of paper and flower in between the pages, leaving at least 1/8 inch between pressings. Place several heavier books on top of the pressing book and wait a week or two. Once you open the pages, you should see beautiful pressed flowers.

To preserve them and keep them free from damage, try encasing the booms in wax, hot glue, or embossing enamel. You can also put your blooms into a transparency or shadow box for easy display.

Use a Paper Punch to Create Scrapbook Flowers

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Embellishments are the spice of life, or at least of scrapbooking! If you’re looking to add personality and flair to your scrapbook pages and want a fun and personalized solution to creating your own accents, try investing in a paper punch. These clever and oh-so-useful scrapbooking tools can help you create stunning embellishments for your cover and pages, including these ideas for making flowers:

One way to create a flower for your scrapbook is to use your paper punch to punch out two flowers in complimentary colors. Next, using your fingernail, pull from the middle of each flower to the outside edge of each petal This will give the petals a little bit of curl. Next, layer one flower on top of the other, rotating the top flower to be slightly off center. This creates a layered effect. Finally, to secure it, use a brad, some glue, and maybe a button or bead as the center.

Another way to utilize your paper punch to make flowers is to punch out a shape from cardstock. Use a stamp with a small design to decorate the plain card stock or feel free to use colored pencils or paint to decorate and add detail to each petal. Add a center and then use in your scrapbook!

If you feel really adventurous, you can also punch a flower from cardstock or patterned paper and create little dew drops on each of the petals. Once you’ve cut out the flower shape, apply a thin layer of glaze. Sprinkle clear micro beads on the petals (dew drops) or use colored micro beads as the center of your flower for a three-dimensional look. Let dry and the apply another coat of glaze. Let dry and then use in your scrapbook.