Looking for a quick and cheap way to embellish your scrapbook pages? Just jazz up your edges. You can use a variety of methods for adding interest to the edges of your cardstock layers. Try adding polka dots with a white gel pen to a scalloped edge or adding hand-drawn stitch lines to the edge of a straight edge. These techniques work especially well when you want to tone down or emphasize a piece of cardstock; and believe it or not, you can do both on the same page!
In my example page, I wanted to tone down the starkness of the white, circular cardstock piece so I added hand-drawn stitch lines to the outer edge. However, I wanted to emphasize the scallop edge of the brown cardstock piece, so I drew a polka dot in the center of each scallop. (Note: I kept the size of my polka dots fairly small so as not to over-emphasize the brown cardstock. If I wanted more of an emphasis, I would have enlarged the polka dots.) You’ll also see that I added some detail lines to the outer edge of my butterfly cut-out to bring a little more emphasis to it.
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Stamp sets: best friends lower alphabet, flight of the butterfly, trendy trees; Inks: chocolate chip, whisper white, bashful blue; Cardstock: lovely lilac, bashful blue, chocolate chip, whisper white; Embellishments: chocolate chip poly-twill ribbon, white gel pen; Tools: circle scissors plus, glass mat, big shot, stampin’ up! hearts & brackets originals die, stampin’ up! beautiful butterflies bigz die, scallop edge punch