I have quite a collection of brads - how about you? I like that they can add little bits of color and design but for a very long time they've been a forgotten embellishment when I'm working on a page. For this layout, I pulled out my brads and got to work with my paper piercer:
This next layout uses paper as the repeated element. This sheet of frames was perforated so that the frames could be used separately on multiple projects. I decided to leave the sheet intact for this page:
The empty frames provided a perfect spot for journaling. You could easily replicate this look with a selection of frames of uniform size and shape.
Here's another way to use paper that was intended to be cut apart:
I shared this layout back in July as part of my "Endless Summer" CKC kit. Instead of cutting out the rectangle shapes, I trimmed the sheet to 8-1/2 x 11 and treated it as a piece of patterned paper.
Using an entire sheet of stickers, without removing them from their backing, can be a great way to make an impact on your page. I added a sheet of number stickers here (cut into four pieces to stretch them):
An entire sheet of word stickers balances my photos on this page:
This layout features a whole sheet of cut-apart tabs and labels that provides a nice home for some tiny embellishments:
I have a bit of a label obsession but I can justify my collection when I use them like this:
The vertical line anchors my photostrip and brings lots of color and fun to the page.
Chipboard frames are another one of my favorite supplies and I was able to use most of one package here:
I used an entire sheet of rub-ons to make a whimsical frame for my photo on this layout:
Why add a couple of leaves when you can use the whole package to make a wreath to surround your photos?
Stamping is another fun way to add a little pow to your page. On this layout, I used a speech bubble stamp to reinforce the topic of my page:
For this page, I fussy-cut speech bubbles from a piece of patterned paper, stamped in each one, and then arranged them in a column covering one side of my layout:
Do you have sheets of alphabet stickers and thickers with unused letters, numbers and punctuation? I layered all my orphan question marks on this layout (I did trace several with colored pens to fill in the empty spots and there aren't any at all under the green envelope):
I placed a sheet of vellum over them to tone down all that color.
And finally, here's a page with a big assortment of wood veneer that I first painted with pale yellow acrylic paint:
So now for the challenge...I'm going to make another page using one type of embellishment en masse. Will you join me? Please leave a link to your project in the comments below - I would enjoy seeing how you get some embellishments out of the package and onto the page!
And as an incentive, how about a giveaway? I've gathered together some of my favorite embellishments:
There's a set of chipboard frames from the "I Am" collection from Simple Stories, puffy stickers from Seven Paper, a die cut pack from the Maggie Holmes "Shine" collection, enamel dots from the Crate Paper "Wonder" collection, neutral brads from My Mind's Eye, a pack of journaling cards from Jillibean Soup, puffy stickers from the Cedar Lane collection by Pink Paislee and a cute little stamp from Citrus Twist.
You can enter the giveaway by leaving me a comment (let me know what your favorite embellishment is, what you'd like to see from me here on my blog, what you've been working on lately, etc.). If you participate in the challenge, you can get an additional entry by leaving me another comment with a link to your completed project. I'll announce the winner on February 14th.
I'll be playing along too and will show you my layout in the post announcing the giveaway winner.