Ask ten different scrapbookers what they think the best scrapbooking embellishments are, and you’ll get ten different sets of answers; it’s a highly subjective question.
If you were to ask me what I think the best scrapbooking embellishments are, these are the answers I’d have given you in March of 2010 when I originally wrote this post. I’m updating the post to make it current for 2018, because I’m getting back into scrapbooking after having taken a break from it. Surprisingly, many of my old favorites are still available and still current for 2018.
Clear Scraps Slides:
Clear Scraps slides are still available from the Clear Scraps website, and they still get my vote as deserving of a spot on the list of best scrapbooking embellishments.
Clear Scraps slides come in packages of 4, and each one is a different shape and size. These embellishments are made with clear acrylic, and they go with everything. They add visual interest to a project without cluttering it up.
I especially love using Clear Scraps slides on “guy” layouts. My husband isn’t all that enthusiastic about seeing ribbon and glitter on his mountain biking pages, but he really likes how the slides accentuate his photos and make them look more interesting.
You can alter the slides in creative ways — ink or stamp them with Stazon ink, color them with alcohol inks, draw on them with paint markers, emboss them, etc.
Above, I’ve pictured a few examples of my scrapbooking projects made using these slides.
Letter Stickers by Reminisce
Reminisce makes a variety of letter stickers, and I’ve tried a bunch of them. So far, I really like all the ones I’ve tried, but my favorites are the older block-letter fonts. The fantastic thing about them is that they make the same font in a variety of different colors. This appeals to me because using them throughout an album gives all the album pages a coordinated appearance, yet I can still use different colors that match my photos and papers.
Also, the letters are really sticky. They don’t fall off once you stick them down.
I have bunches of layouts made with these, and at one point the photos were all posted online. They aren’t online at the moment — sorry. I’m going to have to eventually re-upload the pictures of these:
- Camping vacation scrapbook layout
- Zoo scrapbook layout with cheetah
- Zoo scrapbook layout with zebras
- Anniversary scrapbook layout
- At the Doghouse scrapbook layout
- Indie bands scrapbook layout
Thickers Letter Stickers by American Crafts
When I want to add dimension to the cover of a mini album, Thickers are the embellishments I reach for. I occasionally use Thickers on 12×12 pages, but I enjoy them most on album covers– typically, clear album covers or chipboard album covers.
These are still available and going strong as of January 2018, and they still make my list of best scrapbooking embellishments.
Where to Buy Thickers Letter Stickers:
Handmade Scrapbooking Embellishments:
It would be a mistake for me to end this list without mentioning handmade embellishments. All the items listed above are embellishments you can buy ready-made. If you really want to make a layout special and meaningful, I think that making your own embellishments is preferable. Now that I think about it, handmade embellishments really should be #1 at the top of the list.
Making Your Own Scrapbook Embellishments:
- How to make paper lace
- How to crochet a beaded heart to use as a photo frame (it could also be used as an applique on a handbag, or in zillions of other possible ways.)
This page was originally posted on Mar 16, 2010 and was last updated on January 9, 2018.