The satisfaction of making a scrapbook with the realization that you have done so with a minimal cost can be such a wonderful feeling, particularly when it makes your girl friends and families jaws drop in awe by how good it looks. I mean this is how scrapbooking is meant to be-is it not? Weren’t early scrapbooks exactly that – books full of scraps?
Of course they were, and the fact that you can purchase so many materials from shops does not mean that you have to in order to make it look special and stunning.
So in this article I’d like to share with you two easy to follow and very cheap scrapbooking methods for making inspiring scrapping effects, namely – paper cutout embellishments and old parchments.
Paper Cutout Embellishments
Paper cutouts are possibly the most simple and cost-effective (yet most eye catching) kinds of embellishments that you can use, and you can make them yourself very quickly. All that you need to do is find a picture in a magazine or on the web of something topical to your photo (such as a ‘bath tub ‘ if you’re scrapbooking a picture of you child having a good time in the bath) and then trace around the outline of the picture onto another piece of paper or card.
You may then take a different coloured piece of card (for highlighting) and trace around some of the finer features of the picture, in this example the rim of the bath and the legs.
All that you need to do now is cut round these shapes and stick them together with double sided tape (one on top of the other). Simple huh?
Ancient Parchment look
When scrapbooking an historic page, you can make your journalling sections look like there’re written on ancient parchment. To try this just tear round the edges of some card, then smudge the chalk around the torn edges. And finally, distress the edges by rubbing them, ripping, and folding them back around the corners and edges.
This technique creates a great effect with all kinds of different colors of chalk and card, however the ancient parchment look in particular looks best with brown colours.