- Arts and Design
Different Kinds of Flowers for Scrapbooking
"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Types of Scrapbook Flowers
Just as there are hundreds of different kinds of flowers at your local florist, there are lots of options to choose from when it comes to adding flowers to your scrapbook layouts.
- Buy shaped flower punches and make tiny flowers using scraps of paper from other projects.
- Buy paper scrapbooking flowers from a company such as Prima.
- Use flower rubber stamps, embossing powder, and colored pencils to make your own flowers.
- Look for 3-D flower stickers made from chipboard with glittered accents.
- Doodle a simple flower with an acid-free marker.
- Take apart a bouquet of silk flowers and add the blooms to your page.
- Print digital scrapbook embellishments onto cardstock and add them to your layout.
- If you have a sheet of paper with a floral design that is pretty, but too bold for your project, cut out part of the design and glue it to a solid colored sheet of cardstock to make it easier to work with.
- Fold origami flowers such as the Origami Flower Picture Frame on About Origami.
Consider how much time and money you want to spend creating your layout, as well as what type of look you want for the page, before deciding which flowers to use.
If you like pages with an eclectic look, try using several different types of flowers on one page. This technique is fun to use on scrapbook layouts with a single photo, since pages with more pictures on them often don't have a lot of extra space for embellishments.
Using Flowers on Masculine Scrapbook Pages
Many people make the mistake of thinking that they can't use scrapbook flowers on their layout if they are making pages about a male subject. Flowers aren't just for girls! Flowers can be perfectly appropriate for pages about your son celebrating Easter or you taking your husband out for a surprise picnic in the park. You can also use flowers that are a slightly more abstract in nature, such as those made from a rubber stamp or paper punch, on a page about a male subject as long as you add them sparingly.