Scrapbooking embellishments in many cases are the difference between an average layout and a superb one. The difficulty though, is that the cost of these tiny trinkets can add up extremely quickly when you get them from a shop.
So in this article I would like to show you one of my fave cheap scrapbooking tips using an item that you already have around the house – jigsaw puzzles! Almost everybody has a puzzle or 2 just gathering dust, so here are three methods to put them to some good use in your scrapbooks.
First off assemble a piece of your puzzle to match the shape and size of the photograph you’ve chosen for your layout. Most often this is a square or rectangle, however you may make it a rounder shape if you want.
Then, meticulously take away the pieces from the centre, leaving a boarder that is one row of puzzle pieces thick. You can now place the puzzle border over the top of your photograph and attach it to your page.
Much like the photo frame boarder, you can apply the same methodology for making page boarders. You’ll just need to assemble more of the puzzle, and likely run a line of sticky tape along the back to hold it all together.
The basic concept behind this method is to use a area of the puzzle that has a picture in it, and not the boarder. So like the two techniques above, assemble a section of the puzzle with a picture in it that you would like to use.
It might be an aeroplane, a kitten, or possibly even a barbie doll. When you have finished making the puzzle section, flip in over and once more place some sticky tape on the back to hold it all together.
You can now place the puzzle picture in your layout the same way as any other embellishment.