Simple Guide to Creating a Traditional Scrapbook: Make Your Own Brad Embellishments

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Last week we were getting ready to start scrapping by pulling together our supplies.  Today we’re going to take a little side trip to learn how to make our own supplies:   embellished brads.  They are super cute and so easy to make yourself!

 

Embellished Brad Tutorial

 

Embellished Brad Tutorial

Embellished Brad Tutorial

 

Tools and Materials:

  • Brads.  You can use the itty bitty ones in the scrapbook isle or just get the ones from the office supply store.  
  • Paper.  I used pattern tissue to make some and scrapbook paper scraps for others.
  • Scissors.

Optional:

You can use E6000 and buttons to make these even cuter.  Just use the E6000 to glue the button to the top of the brad and wait overnight to continue with the rest of the steps.

Step #1

Embellished Brad

 

To make the puffy pattern tissue brad embellishments, cut 12 small circles.  You can use regular tissue paper.

Embellished Brad Tutorial

 

Embellished Brad Tutorial

 

Embellished Brad Tutorial

To make the flat scrapbook paper embellished brads, cut out 3 different sized circles of paper.  This is a great way to use up little scraps of paper.  You could also use book pages, sheet music, dictionary pages, etc.

Step #2

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

Fold your tissue circles in half and in half again to find the middle.

Step #3

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

For the tissue paper brad embellishment, push the brad through the layers of the tissue paper.

Embellished Brad Tutorial

Embellished Brad Tutorial

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For the scrapbook paper brad embellishments, you might need to use an awl to poke holes in the paper. Then put the brad through.

Step #4

Embellished Tissue Paper Brad

For the tissue brad embellishment scrunch the paper up and then separate all the layers to make it look like a flower.

Step #5

Embellished Brad Tutorial

Now you can use the embellishments on your scrapbook layers.  Probably the flat scrapbook paper embellishments will work better on a traditional scrapbook.  The tissue paper embellishments may work, but you’ll probably have to flatten it out a little more.

Enjoy!

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