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.
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.
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.
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."
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.