The Art of Embellishment: Tips for Scrapbooking and Card-Making
by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Scrapbookers, card-makers and beaders become one as they cross over their creative talents to create sentimental pieces of art. So, where do the beads come in? Well, one of the most noted trends in scrapbooking and card-making is embellishment and the more embellishment the better. We’re seeing artists adhering, stitching, tying and stringing beads, charms and other jewelry-making components onto paper, fabric and more for one-of-a-kind results. Here are some tips, tools, design ideas and product suggestions for incorporating beads and other jewelry-making embellishments into scrapbooking and card-making designs you’ll want to show off or gift to others.

Say It With Beads

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Special sentiments, names, dates and more can be added to the page using "jewelry-making typography." Have fun composing custom messages with alphabet and number beads, charms, affirmation charms and hand-stamped pendants. Just string with ribbon, cord or twine for additional embellishment.

Beads can also help set the overall mood and feel of the layout and page. Experiment with all types of beads for your desired effect. Here are some embellishment suggestions for popular scrapbooking page themes:
  • Feminine-colored pearls and cameo cabochons for vintage-inspired layouts
  • Hill Tribes fine silver beads and shell beads for sea-inspired motifs
  • Czech pressed glass leaf beads for nature themes
  • Seed beads for bright and colorful pages
  • Crystal Passions® flat back rhinestones for highlighting a "star"
Design Idea 6A45 Scrapbook Page Application is easy with hot glue, adhesive tape, glue dots and other adhesive products. Give designs a stylish start with decorative craft paper in popular motifs, providing the perfect backdrop for complementing embellishment.

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Add Some Charm

Capture special moments in a charming way with charms. There's a charm for every theme ranging from sporting events to vacations to milestones, celebrations and more. Popular charm themes include holiday, wedding, religious, military, awareness ribbons and hobbies. Charms can be attached with wire or ribbon to match the look and color theme of the page.

For an extra special touch, use Omni-Gel™ photo-transfer liquid to transfer photos to glass, metal, leather or canvas, making photo prints look like original paintings. Create picture charms or embellish photos with charms for a personalized touch.

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Top It Off With Texture

Design Idea 6A41 Scrapbook Page Artists are adding dimension and texture to pages with jewelry-making components such as Lazer Lace™, bottle caps, buttons, bells, Oh! Ring™ rubber rings and steampunk-inspired pieces (watch faces, cogs, etc.). Images and scenes seem to jump off the page by incorporating related beads and components, such as framing an ocean picture in shell beads. A popular technique is creating photo frame corners from ribbon, leather or velvet ribbon and coiled wire.

The versatile Epic™ Six QuicKutz® embossing tool is great for cutting and embossing paper, cardstock and metal for customized pages and cards. This portable tool works with reusable embossing folders for making design elements such as snowflakes, vines, retro squares, flowers, polka dots and much more.
For a unique, textured and almost glassy finish, artists are using Mod Podge® products to adhere paper, fabric and other porous materials to the page.

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The creative possibilities for embellishing cards and scrapbook pages are limitless. Design custom wedding invitations, holiday cards, thank you notes and more. Preserve precious memories as works of art with embellished scrapbook layouts. View more product suggestions for scrapbooking and card-making embellishments here.

Store supplies and stay organized with scrapbooking and card-making storage containers and carrying cases and create user-friendly workspaces with workspace lamps and magnifiers. Keep designs fresh and up-to-date with ''Free, Expert Color Forecast Guides''--just print and post in your craft area for color inspiration.

We’d love to see your embellished creations! Show off your work by submitting it to our Customer Photograph gallery.

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Customer Comments

Customer Comments We would like to share some of the customer comments we received in response to the article "The Art of Embellishment: Tips for Scrapbooking and Card-Making," as featured in an email newsletter. Please keep in mind that the comments expressed below are those of our customers and do not reflect the views of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.

"An overdue thank you for the mouse pads y'all sent !! They are most appreciated--I use one of them every day and it's great to know I have a "spare!" I also don't take time to say how much I enjoy the features in the e-mails. Yesterday's "The Art of Embellishment" was wonderful! As a cardmaker and a beader, I got some great ideas from it. Thank you!!"
- Sydney

"Really cool ideas! Thanks,"
- Sherry

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- Sara