Sunday, March 05, 2006

Scrapbooking Hardware

It's amazing where you can find things for your scrapbooks.

There are the usual hot spots. Haunts where you'll find bug-eyed scrappers drooling over a new line of stickers or ogling the newest die-cuts.

Craft stores, scrapbooking stores, paper supply stores: these are the usual stops on a scrapbooker's checklist.

But there are a few options you may be missing out on.

Take your local hardware store for example.

Power tools, lawn fertilizer, and dusty appliances....

Doubting me are you?

Well, it's time to reevaluate those aisles you pass by without a second glance.

There are so many great things hiding in hardware stores.


Use your creativity and take a second look at some of the things you pass by:

• house numbers can be used as hanging elements (they're great for birthday pages and can give a layout a manly feel)
• hinges can be used to fasten pictures, journaling blocks, or flat elements to your page (they're great for making "shutters" which open to reveal a photo or journaling)
• drywall tape is a great way to create lines and give dimension to your page layout (try laying the tape down on a page, applying chalking over top, and then removing the tape for a unique grid pattern)

Not only can you use hardware store finds for embellishment, you can also find some great tools that are perfect for scrapbooking.

• paint brushes
• sponges
• sand paper (use it to give your paper a rough, worn in look)
• stencils

There are so many great finds for scrapbookers everywhere you look, if you just keep your eyes open.

See what you can find.

Happy hunting!

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