Scrapbooking Techniques

These scrapbooking techniques are detailed in step by step instructions as you click on the link with a simple summary below. Many times as scrapbookers we fall into the habit of a single style in our scrapbooking. That’s just fine but every now and then it is fun to think outside the box and try something new. You can pick and chose what techniques you would like to explore in more depth.

Basic Scrapbooking Techniques - some fast and easy techniques to help you get off to a great start.

Alcohol Inks - These inks can be used on any surface and add some new dimension to your scrapbooking. Often used on layered collage type images.

Altered Art- Altered books are a whole creative form in itself but we can bring techniques from this form into our scrapbooking. It involves paper tearing, multiple layers, paint, stamping, hidden pull outs, and in general a collage type style that’s fun to create.

Cracked Glass Embellishments- If you are looking for a great technique to embellish your heritage pages, then look no further. The cracked glass technique allows you to create an appealing element for your page that has an antique look and coordinates with older pictures. Just as its name implies, this technique creates an image that appears to be embedded in cracked glass. Rather than true “cracked glass”, your image is overlayed with a thick layer of cracked embossing enamel.

Clay Seal Embellishments- This scrapbooking technique is used to create clay seals in a beach theme to create an appealing element for your page but can be adapted to make clay seals in a theme of your choice.

Creative memories – Many people get their introduction to scrapbooking through the home parties and creative memories tools. It has a basic and easy to use system that many people use exclusively.

Distressing - There are a variety of ways to make paper look aged or distressed. Experiment with some of our techniques to add a fun element to your scrapbooking.



Embellished Paper Clips - Learn how to make great altered paper clips with painted wooden accents.

Embossing - Creating a stamped design which you apply special powder to and use a heat gun to create a raised image.

Eyelets and brads – These can be used to attach velum without a visible adhesive or other page elements. They can also be added as a decorative addition.

Glimmer Mist- These fun color spray mists can be used with masks or stencils to create designs or embellishments. They can be used alone or further enhanced with other embellishments like glitter or perfect pearls.

Peek-A-Boo pages – Creating a cut out effect so a page in the book or album is visible through the created “hole” this technique is often used to create a frame for a photo on the following page.

Perfect Pearls - With these fun powders and a medium to make them stick you can add shimmer and glimmer anywhere you want on a page or embellishment.

Pop-up Pages - This involves creating an image that pops up between two pages. It isn’t as hard as it sounds but involves the use of a template which is then decorated to enhance your page design. This scrapbooking technique adds a wow factor to your pages.

Punches – They can be used to create scrapbooking embellishments that are added to a page or can be used on the page elements to make a shape or design on the page or around the edge.

Scrapbooking embellishments – A variety of items can be purchased or made and added to your scrapbooking pages. These can be anything from flat stickers to hand pieced works of art.

Scrapbooking journaling – Many people create great pages and forget to detail what was important about the event or who the people are in the pictures. Using journaling techniques you can add more to your pages for future generations to explore.

Stamping and embossing – Stamping can be an easy way to add lettering or other images to your scrapbooking page. If you want some extra pizzazz you can add some embossing power and using a heat gun make the image “pop” right off the page.

Stitches – creating stitches on your pages gives them a new look and feel. You can break out your sewing machine but there are other ways to create stitches. The easiest way is to use a rub-on. If you are looking for a more authentic look you can punch holes with an awl and hand stitch using embroidery floss.

Tape transfer – looking for a whole new look for your scrapbooking project this is fun and easy scrapbooking technique to try. It involves using wide clear tape on an image and removing most of the paper to make the image transparent but still visible.

Perhaps you enjoy working with a certain style or use a great technique you’d like to share. I’d love to feature your scrapbooking technique please contact me for more information.


Crafts For All Seasons - This site has craft projects for every season of the year.  It has free step by step instructions and photos to help along the way.  There are many easy craft projects for children, and more challenging projects for adults.

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