Scrapbooks are some of your family’s most precious treasures. They are a legacy for generations to come. Did you know that some of the most widely used hand embellishments can ruin your favorite scrapbook forever? There are many ways you can create a unique, natural scrapbooks that will keep the memories of your gardening experiences alive and to be passed on to members of your family and friends for years to come.
Most all of us know to avoid paper that is not acid and lignin-free. You’ve probably heard that many times before, and it is true. Lignin is a stiff component of plants and trees that quite literally holds it all together. Although lignin is necessary in plants and trees, you don’t want anything to do with it! After a very short while, lignin will cause photos, fabrics and other scrapbook elements that touch it to turn brown.
Preserving flowers and plants from your garden can be done by drying or pressing them. They can be saved for years to come and can be used as embellishments in your scrapbooking and card making projects. It is a unique way to add your own personal touch and feelings to your crafts.
Small flowers and leaves can be pressed to make embelleshments and larger flowers like sunflowers peddles, or leaves can be dried and pressed to create a unique natural background for your scrapbook pages. Other plants like herbs can also be used to add accent when they are dried. There are many other ways that your preserved plants can be used, like dried flower arrangements, or framed and hung on a wall as a natural wall decor, the ideas are endless your imagination is the limit.
Embellishments need not be expensive. Odds and ends that you have from other craft projects work just fine. Be on the lookout for sales on fabric, plastic flowers, lace, beads, and whatever else takes your fancy. These items will no doubt come in handy on your next scrapbook project. Also keep a sharp eye out for deals in second hand stores and garage sales. Often used items can be ripped apart and the pieces reused literally for only pennies.