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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.

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