Altered Art Scrapbook Embellishments

Altered Domino
Altered Domino | Source

Altered Art Embellishments Explained

Take an object that's lost its luster, decorate it and re-purpose it as a beautiful, unusual embellishment for your scrapbook pages. That's altered art and this pages might inspire you to get started.

Let's start with the basics. What is Altered Art?

Altered art is an art form in which you take an object, do something to it, and turn it into an artful item to display, use, keep or sell.

The trend started with altered books and then grew to include altered items of any sort imaginable.

So, if you take a small object, decorate it in some way, then use it in your scrapbooks, you have created an altered art scrapbook embellishment.

Scrapbook Embellishment  Made From CD Disk
Scrapbook Embellishment Made From CD Disk

Scrapbookers Embrace Altered Art

Altered art is experiencing a growing surge of popularity these days. Scrapbookers are no exception. Although ready-to-use embellishments are great options and often very affordable (especially if you catch sales or take advantage of coupons), there is something special about using a piece of altered art that you made yourself.

Not only are you being environmentally friendly by reusing and recycling, you are putting your personal "fingerprint" on a scrapbook layout in a way that could never happen with a purchased embellishment.

The embellishment to the left is made from a piece of broken CD disk. If you heat old CDs in hot water, you can cut them more easily with craft scissors. I colored the piece of CD using craft paint. Next, I rubbed it with a water mark ink (i.e. Versamark) and then applied several coats of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). While the UTEE was still wet, I applied black pigment ink to a rubber stamp, and stamped the hot enamel. When cool enough, I removed the stamp, then heated the surface with my heat tool until the UTEE melted slightly. I affixed tiny beads into the hot UTEE. The finished product is attractive and colorful. One could attach a pin at the back and use as a brooch. I opted to mat it on card-stock and use it as an embellishment in a scrapbook layout.

Altered Art Embellishment Made From Earring
Altered Art Embellishment Made From Earring | Source

From Old Jewelry to Altered Art Embellishment

Old jewelry makes wonderful embellishments for your layouts. Use wire cutters to remove unwanted elements such as pins or earring wires, then decide how best to use your new found treasure.

In the picture shown, I cut the wires off a hoop earring. Next, I stamped a small leaf image on cardstock, using blue pigment ink and a rubber stamp, I centered the earring so the stamped image showed through the hoop, then glued it in place. Lastly, I filled the hole with a dimensional product such as Crystal Lacquer and let it dry. Matted, the altered earring became a very attractive addition to a layout.

Embellishment  Made From Formica Chip
Embellishment Made From Formica Chip | Source

Formica Chip Becomes Altered Art Scrapbook Embellishment

Formica chips, or the counter-top samples found at home renovation stores, make wonderful altered art embellishments. Extremely versatile, they lend themselves to many techniques and products.

The formica embellishment shown was altered in much the same way as the CD piece described above. I colored it with pale blue paint, applied Versamark, then used a mixture of clear UTEE and Gold Utee. As before, I stamped an image and then added a few beads in the still-hot UTEE. Lastly, when everything cooled, I attached a sticker reading "Peace" and tied a ribbon through the hole.

Decorated Bottle Cap Embellishing Scrapbook Cover
Decorated Bottle Cap Embellishing Scrapbook Cover | Source

Altered Bottle Caps Make Good Scrapbook Decorations

Altered bottle caps make great scrapbook decorations. There is so much you can do to alter them. In the picture shown here, I have painted and glazed the top of a bottle cap, and then used small stickers to spell out a word.

The flower to the left side is a flower I made from an old beer can, using a TH die and the Big Shot -- so I suppose it qualifies as an altered art scrapbook embellishment also.

In a way,you could say the whole mini-book is altered art because it is made from flattened toilet paper rolls. You could also use the rolls from paper towels if you preferred. However, this top is about altered art embellishments, so I will stick to discussing altered bottle tops and flowers made from beer cans.


Tag Decorated with Altered Items From the Hardware Store
Tag Decorated with Altered Items From the Hardware Store | Source

Altered Washers and Items from the Hardware Store

You wouldn't believe what you can find at a hardware store, or perhaps in your box of tools what junk hidden in the garage. Old fishing lures are good too, once you remove the hooks, of course.


In this picture, I decorated a tag using bits of cord and old washers that originally came from the hardware store. I colored the washers with paints and glazes. The cords were dark to begin with so I left them as they were.

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Cindy Lietz 8 years ago from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Very cool ideas Nightcats! Believe it or not I have a stack of Cd's and a small box of Formica chips that I can try these tips on. Thanks!


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nightcats 8 years ago from North Vancouver Author

I envy your stack of CDs. I have used my stack, and now that AOL no longer distributes the free ones, I am forced to buy CDs for these projects.


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StarryNightsDiva 6 years ago from Wethersfield, CT

That Formica idea is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!


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nightcats 6 years ago from North Vancouver Author

Glad you found the Formica idea helpful. I hope you give it a try.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

Utterly creative. I need to follow you. Pinning this to my craft board so that others can get a peek at your ideas.


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nightcats 23 months ago from North Vancouver Author

Thank you so much for your generous comments. I so appreciate you taking the time to visit.

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