Scrapboxing: Tools & Techniques - Pretty Real

Scrapboxing: Tools & Techniques

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So now that you're dying to get started preserving your memories in style with your first scrapbox, what exactly do you need??  Here's a few supplies that will come in handy:

Shadow boxes: Obviously. :)  Get yours at a discount by shopping at Michael's or AC Moore and using their fantastic weekly coupons to get a percentage off a single item each week.  Usually it's at least 40% off!  Don't get their email coupons yet?  Go here to sign up for Michaels and here for AC Moore!

Shelving: As Tiffany pointed out in her comment on the previous post, IKEA offers some great shelving at really reasonable prices.  This would be my first choice to display the boxes on, as it allows the greatest flexibility.  Check out the TONS of options on their website here.

1/4-inch thick foam board: Back photos and drawings for extra depth, or add a layer into baby clothes or any articles of clothing to give a filled-out look.

Adhesive dots: Hold open the lid of a mounted watercolor set, or give a child's dress fabric folds with these reusable dots.

Background paper:  Add a pop of color behind whatever items your're displaying, or match it to the box wall to let the objects take center stage. Scrapbooking paper at your local craft store will offer you tons of options, or you could even use a favorite wrapping paper or a map from a trip.  Mount the paper on foam board if you plan to attach items to it with wire or straight pins.

Craft glue: attach embellishments to anywhere inside the frame.

Double-sided foam tape: adhere heavier items to paper or foam board.

Double-sided tape: Attach a photo to the inside of the frame's glass with a tiny amount of tape, or attach circles of confetti to the background paper.

Straight pins: Secure bikini ties or tiny shoes to background paper mounted on foam board.  For a clean look, snip the pinheads off with wire cutters after pushing them in.

Wire: Display floating items (sunglasses, swimming goggles) with pieces of wire looped through holes in foam board, twisting the wire ends in the back.

(Part of this information came courtesy of the one and only Martha at

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