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New Tricks for Terrific Pages!

Get out of a rut, change up your style, or just try something new—whatever your reason, we’ve got four great ideas to help you add a little extra style to all of your projects!

GET EDGY... It isn’t about straight lines anymore! Scalloped edges and die-cut papers are all the rage in scrapbooking and seem to be popping up everywhere you look. Add flair to all your projects by either using them as the base of a layout or using as accents on pages or cards. Border punches and decorative-edge scissors are other great ways to dress up the edges of your paper, or even your photos! Use a piece of scalloped paper as a guide for journaling or stitching for a whimsical touch, too. Some ribbons even have scalloped edges!

WRITERS BLOCK... Journaling is as important to scrapbooking as the photos themselves—after all, the story is what you’ll want to remember years down the road. Put your journaling in the spotlight by using a journaling block. There are now stamps made specifically for the purpose—some with lines to write on, and others with a block to write inside. Try journaling on a decorative tag, sticker, acetate, journaling spots, playing cards, and more.

FANCY FLAIR... Flourishes are everywhere these days, from patterned papers and stamps to rub-on transfers, transparencies, and chipboard. They can add elegance to your layout, or make your page more funky and whimsical, depending on how you use them. Your journaling can even take the form of a flourish by sketching a line in pencil (or using a journaling guide) and following the line with your writing. Try adding rub-on flourishes around the edge of your photo, creating a neat frame, or add a chipboard flourish to add dimension to the entire page.

GET ON BOARD...Chipboard is one of the most versatile ways to dress up a layout and add dimension. It comes in nearly every size and color, and in every shape from letters to tags to frames, and everything in between. Raw chipboard can be painted, covered, inked, sanded, punched, cut, glittered, stamped on, and altered to fit the look and feel of your project. As an added bonus, many paper collections also make matching chipboard shapes and letters for your convenience!