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12 Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads

Attach Ribbon, Transparency, Journaling and More with Mini Brads

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Scrapbooking ideas using mini brads can be found all over About.com Scrapbooking. They are a very versatile and inexpensive scrapbook page embellishment that come in a variety of styles and colors. One of the best parts about mini brads is that they do not require any special tools to set or use. You can easily set them on your pages or embellishments using an office push pin - watch the Attaching Mini Brads Tutorial Video to see this process in action. The 12 scrapbooking ideas for using mini brads below are sure to inspire your creativity and get you scrapbooking this week. Remember that you can click on any of the images below to see them full size and in greater detail. You can click on any of the twelve title links to go to the full, step-by-step, how-to article about how to use mini brads as shown on the sample scrapbook page idea.

1. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads and Ribbon

Embellishing and Attaching Ribbon with Mini Brads
Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads work well for attaching grosgrain ribbon to your scrapbook pages and greeting cards. When attaching ribbon, mini brads work as both a way to hold the ribbon in place and also a textural embellishment. In the layout shown here, the mini brads hold the small pieces of ribbon at the top of the scrapbook page that highlight the journaling, and they also embellish the ribbon across the center of the page.

2. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads and Transparencies

Scrapbooking ideas with mini brads
Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads are an excellent way to attach transparencies to a scrapbook page. The problem with most adhesives is that you can see them through transparencies. Using brads, once again, both attaches the overlay and also embellishes it at the same time.

3. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads with Circles and Squares

Using Circles and Squares as Scrapbooking Page Embellishments
Rebecca Ludens
Brads and mini brads can also function in the place of geometric shapes. These colorful, small circles are shown on this scrapbook page idea layered with cardstock circles and squares. Each of the decorated squares can then be used to embellish and fill the scrapbook page. This technique would work equally well on greeting cards.

4. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads and Circle Title Charms

Rebecca Ludens
The title on this scrapbook page is made with layered circles. By using metallic silver paper for the background circle, the finished letters look like charm tags.

5. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads as Page Accents

Jennifer Schmidt
One of the most common ways to use mini brads on your scrapbook pages is simply as dimensional accents. On the scrapbook page shown here, they work as a set of triple dots that draw attention to the semi-circle in the middle of the layout. This same technique is used with punched cardstock circles on the scrapbook page "Imagination."

6. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads as Journaling Accents

Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads can also be used to draw attention to any feature on your scrapbook page. On this scrapbook page idea, they are used to accent the journaling.

7. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads with Circles

Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads in the center of circles make quick and easy scrapbook page embellishments. The page shown here uses pastel colored circles that coordinate with the patterned papers on the layout to give them impression of water splashing or bubbles.

8. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads with Label Maker Strips

Rebecca Ludens
A fun way to use mini brads is as dots down a strip of label maker journaling. For the project shown here, the label maker tape has been replaced with a piece of cardstock with a white core. This article shows you step by step how to create this unique journaling look.

9. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads to Make Pinwheels

Rebecca Ludens
Pinwheels are fun and festive scrapbook page embellishments. The center of these tiny pinwheels are held together with mini brads.

10. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads with Photo Mounts and Tabs

Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads make it look like photo mounting tabs are attached to your scrapbook pages with rivets. They are the ideal accent to combine with cardstock or even chipboard photo mounts. This article contains free patterns for several styles of photo tabs and mounts.

11. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads for Paper Piecing

Rebecca Ludens
Simple paper piecing are given dimension when embellished with mini brads. This article shows you how to make this simple summer scrapbook page decoration.

12. Scrapbooking Ideas Using Mini Brads to Make Flowers

Rebecca Ludens
Mini brads turn a basic flower shaped punched piece of cardstock into a 3-D finished flower. In this tutorial you will see how to turn a paper pieced tree (from a free tree pattern here on About.com Scrapbooking) into a flowering tree.

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