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Chapter 10: Scrapbooking and Beyond.
Once you have mastered your first scrapbook, you can begin to demonstrate your talent elsewhere. There are several ways to express your creative side while adding your personal touch to a gift for a friend or family member. Whether you are attending a party or planning a shower the items you can decorate are endless.
The first tip is to stock up on items when they go on sale. You can never have enough paint, glue, or ribbon in your collection. These are just some of the simple items to help jazz up ordinary gifts.
It’s also a good idea to purchase plain brown paper gift bags. You can find these at retail store or even dollar stores. Purchase them in a bundle to save on your budget. Homemade gift bags work perfect for party bags or goodie bags. You may want to add a hot glue gun if you are planning to add embellishments to your bags. Gems come in a colorful variety and are easy to attach. Using smaller gems to spell a name on a gift bag will personalize each bag.
If you are doing this for your child’s party, they would love to help decorate their goodie bags. Gems come in several styles as well; stars, hearts, bows, and letters are just a few. You may want to paint or draw their friends names on the goodie bags. You don’t have to use special paint or ink unless you are placing a photo on the bag. After you let the paint dry for about an hour start decorating the rest of the bag. Use sport embellishments for the boys and gems for the girls. To close the bag shut, simply tie the handles together using raffia or ribbon.
Designing a picture frame can bring meaning to an ordinary frame. You can stencil a name at the top of the frame. Create a name for your grandmother on her birthday. Use stencils or letter blocks to decorate around the frame. Glue on enhancements that represent your grandmother’s lifestyle. Use stickers, stamps, and bows, to accent the frame. Have your children add their own touches and write their names.
Design a travel mug with your children’s pictures around the mug. You can purchase these mugs at photo shops for a small price. They have travel coffee mugs for those on the go or regular coffee mugs for the home. This is a great gift for the hard to buy Father’s Day gift.
Designing names out of letter blocks is a great accent to bedroom wall. The letters can be purchased unfinished, so you can paint them the colors of your choice. To add detail to each of the letters, paint on stripes, polka dots, or squares on them.
Don’t be afraid to try new ideas while crating that perfect gift. This will be something they will treasure forever. Spending some quality time with your family while creating these wonderful projects is what makes them special.