Scrapbooking Idea – Handmade Embellishments

By Lisa West

This scrapbooking idea of making handmade embellishments gives a true attention to detail for that special page. Get some great ideas to add fabric and paper to create some fabulous embellishments.


Fabric Frame: With a 5x7 picture to fit, cut out the opening on three sides about 1/4inch smaller than the picture. Roll it back and tied it off with ribbon. Use shears to cut the outside of the cloth frame for the decorative edge. Use zots for the inside of the frame to stick to the edge of the picture. Then use zots or strips of double sided tape to attach to the layers of paper already on the 12x12 page.


The first layer of paper is a light peach vellum. Layer the colored pieces of cardstock together and tape before sewing to keep it from moving around on the sewing machine. Attach to the vellum and lastly attach your cloth frame.

For the opposite side, use denim colored 12x12 scrapbooking paper. Sew around the edges and attach to your scrapbook page using zots where the thread comes together. This will keep you from having to tie the thread on the backside of the paper.

Tag: A Heidi Swapp mask was used to make the design. Apply the mask to your cardstock tag then rub your ink pad over or spray with ink over the paper and mask. Spray glitter mist for a shear metallic color. Remove the mask. When dry, rub a different ink pad color or spray over where the mask was for contrast. Use a rub on swirl and a ribbon to the top.


Use layers of K&Co. paper, buttons, photo corners, and matching K&Co. sticker words. Zots are great for attaching the buttons. Finish with a real dried pressed leaf. Spray the back with adhesive and attach to the lay-out. Use a swirl K&Co.rub-on next to it.


These lay-outs using our scrapbooking idea are all about the hand-made embellishments.

The cardstock frame: for the 5x7 picture has an opening 1/2inch smaller than the picture. Make the frame large enough to sew along the edges.


After doing the measuring and cutting, make small tears along the inside of the frame and roll the paper for the curls. Cut 5inch strips of the same cardstock at angles on the ends to look like ribbons. Tie wire around the strips embellished with beads and charms. Leave enough wire for twisting. Use a zots to attach to the top of the frame. We can create some great embellishments with our scrapbooking ideas.

Epoxy glass-like tags: Make cut outs from the clear photo protectors or transparencies the size and shape you would like your glass tags to be. Make your hole with a punch.

Lightly glue the back of the dried flowers and press onto the transparencies. It's important to allow the glue to dry so the epoxy won't make the flowers "float" when it's added to the top of your tag. Follow the instructions for mixing the epoxy found at home depot. I also finally found craft epoxy in the glue isle at Michaels.


Add a layer of epoxy to the top of your tag which now has the flowers attached to it. Add your jewel piece and push the epoxy to the edges of the jewel. Avoid getting epoxy over the hole you made. That is for your ribbon. Use your imagination, add glitter or twinklets over the epoxy before dried for texture. When dried the tag will be a bit flexible and ready for your pages. Attach with zots or double sided tape behind the flowers as to not see the tape. On this page I attached the round tag to a paper tag for a layered look.

These pages also have vellum, layers of paper and strips of cardstock, metal heart brads, an oval frame brad, and metal photo holders. Use our scrapbooking idea for inspiration.

I do have some epoxy tags for sale right now!! :)
See more of Lisa’s great projects on her blog.
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