Organize your Buttons/Metals, Eyelets, brads, etc. Challenge #11 Scraproom and Craft room

Challenge #11 Week #3 – Buttons/Metals, Eyelets, brads, etc.

I know some of you are done with this (woo hoo a night off for you).
Today we are going after all our little pieces, Itty bitty

Lets go over really quick all those types of little pieces.

Buttons: Some of us are at a loss of what to do with
them so here is an article excerpt from Ezine @rticles it is written by
Christine Perry

    Buttons are not just for clothing. It’s unclear when scrapbooking
    with buttons began as a trend. Even in early scrapbook albums, it wasn’t
    unusual to see a button placed on a scrapbooking page. Quite often it
    was a keepsake button, like from a vintage piece of clothing or a baby
    girl’s first dress. As scrapbooking pages started to become more 3-D and
    scrappers looked for unique embellishments for their pages, buttons
    became more popular. Manufacturers started offering buttons to
    coordinate with their paper lines, and buttons with themes like
    Christmas and sports became available. Monthly scrapbooking kits and
    page kits often include complementary buttons as part of their packages.
    Consider these tips for using buttons on your pages.

    1. Buttons lined up together can make a border for your scrapbooking page layouts.

    2. Place buttons in your titles by using them to dot your “i”s. You can also use them as the center of letters like “o” and “p.”

    3. Buttons can be secured to a page using embroidery floss by sewing it onto the page.

    4. Glue dots work very well to adhere larger-sized buttons to a page, as well as buttons that are not flat on the bottom.

    5. A few buttons make nice accents to anchor a ribbon border to a page.
    Again, glue dots will securely attach the buttons to the ribbon.

    6. Try placing a button on the flap of an envelope to decorate a simple page element.

    7. Flowers are still very popular on scrapbooking pages. Silk or paper
    flowers come in all sizes and colors now. A button makes a perfect
    center for a flower. An added benefit is that the button can hide the
    adhesive that typically shows through a paper flower.

    8. Take 4 small buttons and attach them to the 4 corners of a
    photograph. The buttons will look like they are holding the photo to the

    9. Create a bullet list for journaling. Use buttons as the bullets.

    10. Scrapbooking tags can be used for page elements, photo mats, and
    journaling blocks on a scrapbooking page. You can use a button to
    decorate the hole at the top of a tag.

    11. Try placing a button on a page and then hanging the string from a scrapbooking tag from it as an anchor.

    12. An antique, vintage or unusual button can be used individually on a
    page as a page element all its own. Try double matting the button to
    highlight it on your layout.

    13. Attach a button to a page with the holes empty, or thread some floss
    through the holes and tie it in a knot or bow for an added accent.

    14. Don’t limit yourself to one size of buttons on your page layout. Mix
    sizes and styles of buttons. You could stay with the same color, but
    have a variety of different buttons in that same color on a single page.

    15. Buttons can be memorabilia. Save buttons from shirts, handbags, hats
    and other clothing that have sentimental value, but that you no longer
    can use. The buttons can be added to a scrapbooking page to remember the
    times when you wore those items. Baby buttons look cute on a baby page
    layout as well.

Metals: These will be your clips, hinges, keys, name
plates, tabs, wire, frames, staples, tags etc. Anything that is metal
(accept brads and eyelets). Some of you may not have any of these… I
love adding metal to my pages but I always forget I have them. They are
stuffed in the back of a drawer. Lets take some time to organize them.

Eyelets: These are great for lacing ribbon techniques
or just adding color and texture to you page. They are the metal and
have a hole in the middle. These items that take a cropadile or two
tools to set them into your paper. They come in all shapes and several
sizes. I have seen a few that don’t have the hole in the middle but that
is rare.

Brads: Are the ones with the two prongs on the back of
the metal shape. They have no holes usually but I have seen them mimic
eyelets every now and then. The prongs are pointy and can pierce the
paper then be folded back behind the sheet to secure the item onto your
page or card. They are colorful and can add a little extra pop to your

Beads: There are various beads being used in the
scrapbooking world too. These are also used on flowers, strung with wire
or even the micro beads that are adhered like glitter with adhesive to
your project. Beads come in glass and plastic and can add a 3-D sparkle
by catching the light with their commonly shinny surfaces.

STORAGE SOLUTIONS: The majority of these are tiny and
micro sized so we are going to be looking at much smaller options for
storage today. You will need to decide if you want to sort them by color
or by style, MFG, shape or size.

    Here is mine they have not changed from last year:

What I truly love about most of these is you can think outside the Box
store and create a trash to treasure by using something you would find
at a thrift store, garage sale, Craig list or for free from your
kitchen. Even the metal storage tins on the metallic board. Try using a
cookie sheet and some wedding treat tins, adding magnets on the back.
Have fun!
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