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Creating Scrapbook Pages that POP!

Aug 17, 2007
Remember how much fun popup books were when you were kids? Why not add some of that same kind of fun to your own scrapbooks? There are several ways you can make the pages of your scrapbook leap out at whoever might be leafing through it, and these great ideas range from simple to complex. No matter which way you choose to make your pages stand out, you'll be sure to make an impact.

The most obvious way to add dimension to your scrapbook is to purchase three-dimensional embellishments from your local scrapbooking retailer. These embellishments are beautiful and have unique textures and shapes. The problem with purchasing 3D embellishments is that they are often the most expensive embellishments in the store.

Another way to add dimension to your pages is to make a normally flat embellishment stand out from the page. You can purchase affordable 3D foam adhesive squares to accomplish this. Adhere the item to your scrapbook page using the foam squares and it will stand out from the page just enough to give a touch of depth to the entire page.

If you want to create pages that pop without spending all of your money on one or two pieces, consider creating your own. Collect the items that you will need to create your embellishments. You will want to have plenty of scraps of fabric and felt, as well as wire, felt flowers, small wooden rods, fiber, yarn, die cuts, cotton, and anything else you can think of to create with. Start by thinking of the color scheme you wish to use to create your item. Then think about the page it is going to be displayed on, and choose an item to create that is in line with the page theme.

Start with a die cut and build your embellishment around it. If you are using a die cut of an animal or person, consider adding googgly eyes to it to start the process. Use fabric to add texture and bounce to the design. Be as creative as you possibly can! And do not forget about foam squares to add layers to your creation.

One of the easiest ways to create texture and depth in your scrapbook is to add fibers to the pages. Purchase fun and lively fibers for your pages. One cute idea is to use the fibers to create a look where the pictures look like they are actually in frames and hanging from the wall. The fibers create the string that the picture is "hanging from" and the background paper creates the frame. Use a brad as the "nail."

As you are designing your 3D pages, keep in mind the safety of your pictures. You want to make sure that there is nothing that will poke or fold your photos, and you don't want photos rubbing too hard against the facing page. Store your scrapbooks upright, as you don't want to put too much pressure on the contents. After all, you did so much work to create those 3D embellishments that it would be a shame to squash them flat!
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Graham Johns runs and writes regularly for Easy Scrapbooking Ideas where you can read many more articles on scrapbooking pictures.
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