Creative Scrapbooking Techniques That Everyone Should Try

If you’re interested in trying out creative scrapbooking techniques, you would definitely be interested in reading this article. I am going to share a short but very useful list with you regarding trends in embellishments, papers, and techniques.

You can then use these trends to do some creative scrapbooking projects that will get some “oohs” and “aahs” from your friends and family. So I suggest that you try out these techniques after reading the article, because after all, practice makes perfect, right?

Trends in Embellishments – How many times have you used stamps, markers, stickers, die cuts, and ribbons in your albums? These are all great tools and materials, but why not try using other items such as chalk, metal, and buttons? A lot of good scrapbook shops are now carrying metal embellishments that are made from non-rusting compounds, so these are safe for using in your scrapbooks.

Speaking of scrapbook-friendly materials, there is also acid-free chalk that can be used to embellish backgrounds, frames, and borders. When used properly, chalk is great for creating distressed pages. Just use it with a foam applicator or something similar.

Buttons are everywhere, but there are now buttons that are being made especially for scrapbooking purposes. These specialty buttons come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and designs, so you won’t have a problem finding some to go with your layouts.

Trends in Papers – There are lots of specialty papers available for scrapbookers, so feel free to try them all out. How about using vellum, mulberry paper, or silk wrapping papers? I especially love the silk papers because of their elegant and luxurious textures. Just touch them and you’ll see what I mean.

You can also use vellum for layering on top of your backgrounds. Its semi-transparent quality means that it works really well with layers, because you can still see the patterns below while enjoying its elegant texture and appearance.

Mulberry paper is a fibrous, handmade specialty paper that is sometimes confused with rice paper, but be careful, because the two papers are very different from each other. You can use mulberry paper for backgrounds or layering, because it adds a nice texture as well as being semi-translucent (although not as much as vellum).

Trends in Techniques – Here are a couple of techniques that you can use together with your usual materials or with the new ones I have shared with you above. For starters, let’s go with paper tearing. Torn edges on your backgrounds or even on layered paper always give out an interesting appearance and feel to your pages. Use this technique with thick, stiff papers such as cardstock. Wet the edges a little before tearing, and remember to use your fingers to tear off the edges or corners, rather than scissors.

The second technique is paper crumpling. This sounds really simple and basic, but believe me, a lot of beginners still do not use this. It’s either because they don’t know how, or they’re stuck in the idea of using flattened, smooth backgrounds all the time. But crumpled paper makes for a cool background effect, and you should try it first before knocking it.

To make some crumpled paper, all you need to do is crumple it up, smooth it out, spray it with just a little bit of water, crumple it up a second time, and then finally smoothing it out with a hot iron. You can use smaller pieces of crumpled paper for embellishments, or use the whole sheet for a background.

There you go – new materials, new papers, and a couple of new techniques to try out. Always take the time to try out the latest trends in scrapbook materials and techniques, because by doing so, you can keep your hobby interesting, enjoyable, and fresh.