Article Courtesy Scrapjazz.com: by Georgina Hefferman
I am sure you can sympathise with me when I talk about mounds of scraps of pretty patterned paper that I just cannot bear to part with! I would much rather put them to good use or just hold on to them instead of throwing them away. My favorite use for them is to turn them into embellishments to have on hand.
Recently I overhauled my craft room with some new furniture and in the process discovered a box of scraps I had forgotten about. I pulled them all out again and decided to play! The colors were very pastel and screamed “Easter” to me so I sat down one afternoon and decided to make some Easter-themed embellishments .
This is what I came up with:
I started with a simple embellishment. I used a “Happy Easter” rub-on I discovered feeling lonesome in my stash (you could use these cute stickers by Karen Foster) and added this to some white cardstock. I stamped three flowers along the bottom and colored them in with my Copic Markers, then cut the sentiment out using my Cuttlebug Spellbinder Nestablities (labels four). I mounted this onto some scrap paper, which in turn was mounted onto scrap cardstock. It didn’t take long to make and I plan to add this to a scrapbook page.
Next I cut a piece of scrap paper using my Cuttlebug and Spellbinder Nestabilities. I stamped a lamb onto a piece of scrap white cardstock and added some ribbon and a sticker to complete the embellishment. I used stamps from Waltzing Mouse, however, you could use this adorable lamb stamp from We R Memory Keepers.
I then decided to try and create a little scene. For this embellishment I started out by running some blue cardstock through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. You could cheat and use this awesome embossed cardstock from Bazzil with the embossing part already done for you! Then I run it through again this time using my Spellbinder Nestabilities again (Labels One). I trimmed some green cardstock to make grass for my scene and wrapped some pink ribbon around to provide a splash of color. I stamped a rabbit onto some cardstock and colored it with my Copic Markers. I cut around the outside and mounted this to the scene with 3D foam. I used a stamp from Waltzing Mouse but you could use this adorable bunny stamp from We R Memory Keepers. T o finish the look I added a “hoppy Easter” sentiment and cut some Easter eggs freehand from some random scraps of paper.
For this embellishment I cut a circle from yellow cardstock and white cardstock using my Martha Stewart Circle Cutter. I stamped the hearts using a border stamp from Waltzing Mouse and then coloured these with my Copic Markers. I stamped an Easter chick in the center using a Studio G $1 stamp set and again colored this with Copic’s. It would be fun to use these flocked Easter chicks from Jolee’s too. I then stamped two eggs onto patterned paper, cut them out and mounted them to the bottom of the image.
Finally I kept things simple and stamped a Magnolia stamp on cardstock and colored it with my Copics following which I cut it out using my Spellbinder Nestabilities again. I love this image with the Easter Basket – she is all ready to go egg hunting! I love this Easter stamp from Prima too - it’s a similar image but she has a little Bible in her basket too! Perfect for Easter.
When you are creating Easter embellishments I think it is best to keep to a certain pastel palette of colors – purple, light blue, pink, green and yellow. Think about cute spring animals like baby lambs and chicks, consider the fun side of Easter such as the hunts, the bunny, the chocolate eggs and also think of the religious side of Easter (perhaps the most important) including crosses, Bibles etc.
If you are still looking for Easter ideas, check out the Scrapjazz Gallery using “Easter” as your key search word. A couple of my favorite layouts include:
- Easter Egg Hunting by Scrappin’ Traveller - I think her use of bunting and paper dolls to embellish her page makes her page really pretty.
- Easter Bloom by Melisa – I love how she has embellished her layout with lots of texture and flowers. Spring flowers are another great part of Easter.
- EGGsperts by Kaye222 - She rocked this layout with hanging Easter Eggs and a bunny sitting against a fence with a pot of tulips.
And how about checking the gallery for Easter cards too:
- Blue & Yellow Easter Cards by Amateurscrapper - This is awesome. It’s very clever how she has made a cross from spring flowers.
- Easter Eggs by Lilypond - She created some Easter Eggs of her own and simply layered them on her card. I think you will agree, the effect is egg-cellent!
Finally if you are looking for some Easter-themed products to use on your creations, why not check out some of these great buys:
- Fiskars Grass Border Punch – perfect for those egg hunt pages.
- Inkadinkado’s egg stamps
- Best Creation, Inc. and their Easter Moment Collection of papers
- Doodlebug’s Spring Assortment of papers
With all these options, you're sure to have "eggs-ceptional " Easter scrapbook pages!