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How to Make Simple Decorative Borders

The steps below will help you create simple and beautiful borders for your scrapbook pages.

Difficulty Level: Average      Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:
  1. Begin by choosing a wide-tipped, acid-free, permanent scrapbooking pen in black or any color that coordinates with your page layout.
  2. Draw a thick straight line with this pen anywhere that you would like to border, for example down one side of the page, around a corner of a page, or on opposite sides of facing pages for a two-page spread.
  3. Next, add one or more thin lines using fine tipped pens over the bold line in a contrasting color and shape (wavy, zigzag, scalloped, etc.).
  4. Now add stickers to fill-out the border. Consider small stickers that coordinate with the theme of your page. Adhere these stickers on and around the lines you have drawn.
  5. Finish the look by using fine tipped pens to add simple filler doodles like tiny dots, swirls, motion marks, little hearts, or use your own imagination.   
  1. Try using stickers from two different sets like hearts and bows, music notes and flowers, or party hats and gifts.
  2. Experiment with different colors and shapes of the lines in step 3 to achieve an endless supply of different looks.
  3. Dotted lines can be used to indicate motion on borders, for example falling leaves or snow flakes look great with swirling dotted lines "floating" on the page above them.
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