Trim Your Pages

by Joannie McBride

Create unique looks on your scrapbook layouts using decorative trims and fancy trinkets.

It's a bit magical--the holiday season. What is it that makes it so charming and delightful? When we gaze at decked halls and trees adorned with fancy ribbons, bows, and sparkly ornaments, we become childlike, our eyes filled with wonder and amazement. Why not bring this same feel to your scrapbooks? You can use gorgeous trims and trinkets to deck your pages, not just during the holidays, but all year long.


Create a Sophisticated Feel to Your Pages

Achieve a sophisticated look by clustering fancy charms, decorative buttons, ribbons, trims, stamped images, and stickers on your layout, like Maggie Holmes did. Clustering your accents alters the embellishments slightly, adding an intricate and pleasing style to your pages that is uniquely yours. No matter the theme, this design pattern offers a fun and creative solution to personalizing your layout.

Try this on pages about

* an adult's birthday,

* a wedding,

* a girls' night out, or

* an anniversary.


Dress up or add dimension to a simple embellishment by layering charms or jewels over stamped images or stickers.


Scrapbook layout

Macro shot

As seen in the November-December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes


Create and Decorate One-of-a-Kind Page Accents Using trims

Using decorative trims, small trinkets, and fabric buttons, you can make handmade accents that can be used on any layout. Mou Saha created this beautiful tree for her layout, adding a unique look to showcase her memories.

Try creating

* a party hat for a birthday page,

* a fancy wedding cake for a wedding album, or

* a cute animal accent for a baby page.

Scrapbook layout

Macro shot

As seen in the November-December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.


Create Festive Banners

Tinsel and shiny trims add class to your layouts and complement photos highlighting lighted decorations. Combine the two to create a handmade banner that gives the illusion of sparking lights, just as Lucy Edson did here.  Simply twist the tinsel and trim together and drape it over part of your layout to convey the feel of the season. Attach your trim and tinsel to the back of your layout using adhesive or staples. Try combining lace and velvet or polka dots and pearls for a more feminine page.

Create these fun banners using trim:

* "Congratulations" on a graduation layout,

* "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Thanksgiving" on holiday pages,

* "Just Married" on a wedding layout, or

* "It's a Boy," or "It's a Girl" on a baby page.


Dress Up a Title with Decorative Trims and Trinkets

Use several strips of decorative trim to back a title on your layout, just as Lucy has done on her page. Simply adhere the ribbons to your page and top with letter stickers. Or use charms or other found trinkets in place of some of your title letters to add a whimsical feel to your layout.


* a sun charm in place of an "o" on a beach layout,

* a flower trinket in place of a dot for an "i" on pages about spring, or

* a birthday hat charm in place of the "a" on a birthday layout.

Scrapbook layout

Macro shot

As seen in the November-December 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.


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