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Scrapbooking is not just for your photos! You can use scrapbooking techniques for so many different projects. The following article by Jackie Schimmel will give you some ideas to help you get started.

Other Ways to Use Your Scrapbooking Creativity
By Jackie Schimmel

Scrapbooking is not just for your photos! You can use scrapbooking techniques for so many different projects. I’d like to give you some ideas.

Looking for that special and personal greeting card that you can’t seem to find at the store? Well, get out your scrapbooking stuff and make your own card. If you can scrapbook, then you can make your own cards too. Doesn’t every scrapbooker do that? I sure do. You can save a lot of money. Use your scraps and embellishments that you can’t seem to find a place for in your layouts. It’s so easy and fun.

Create a gift bag to match your fabulous card with scrapbooking materials. You can use wide sturdy ribbon as handles, a little sewing and sturdy cardstock for the bag part. Cover it in patterned paper and add embellishments (i.e. flowers) to make it pretty and add to the sturdiness. Sew on a pocket on the outside and glue everything with modge podge or something similar that will hold and viola! you have a wonderful gift bag that will be special to the lucky person.

Handmade gifts are just wonderful keepsakes. There are plastic purses or cigar boxes you can buy and you can dress them up in an artistic manner. Add patterned paper and embellishments and use modge podge to make sure it all sticks. These make really wonderful gifts.

Take a regular spiral notebook and cover it with everything that is special to you. You will be sure to jot down and look at your notes, because you will not want to take your eyes off of the art you’ve created!

Make a “Welcome to Our HOME” collage and place it in a shadow box in your hallway. Your guests will love it and you can be proud of your creativity. You can also make your own keyholder with hooks and all. Or just take a plain frame and spruce it up with some paint and embellishments to make it look special. That can also be used a gift.

Another great idea I saw recently was an oval shaped wooden box with a matching lid. When you add your patternd paper, some ribbon and metal, it makes a lovely jewelry box for yourself or as a gift. Use the modge podge again, to make it stick. This is very important since you don’t want it falling apart.

Use those old wine bottle gift tubes to create your own beautiful gift tube for someone else! If you look around your house, you just might find things you can “dress up”.  A candy jar, a coffee can, an old pencil cup, a magazine holder, an address book. You name it! Anything is possible. Just use your imagination and let your creativity run wild!

Jacqueline M. Schimmel is a Professional Scrapbook Designer who designs custom and premade scrapbooks, cards, frames and teaches scrapbooking courses in Germany. The name of her business is Memories Artwork™ located at

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