SCRAPBOOK Embellishments from Around the House

SCRAPBOOK Embellishments from Around the House

Look around! Scrapbook embellishments and creations are often seen but not used! Find them! Use them!

Embellishments for your scrapbook layouts and pages are a fun way to scrap and add a lot of dimension to the layout. But you don't have to spend a lot of money for something unusual. Look in your junk drawer! Or you wallet for that old credit card!

What you need

Items you find around the house, in the garage, your purse or junk drawer!


Just because it was not purchased in the scrapbook department, doesn’t mean it can’t end up on your scrapbook layout!! Pull out your imagination and see what one of a kind scrapping creations you can create to make your scrapbook layout and page spreads the most unique and talked about layouts in town – – – or at least in the generations to come! Just seeing what you used as in your scrapbooks and albums will create a new memory of you for those looking at your albums.

Look around the house! The craft room, sewing room, kitchen orthe work bench in the garage are all great places for finding things to use. We’ve all used the usual, ribbons, trims, buttons, snaps, and other “sewing” related items. Beads and jewlery makings and the like. Even clay!


Here is a list of items I have recently heard of being used. I have not used all of them all, but some I have and it is pretty cool to create with these things.

But I would also like to hear from you guys about unusual things that you have used as emellishments in your scrapbook layouts. Especially the items that didn’t cost anything, that are found around the house and such. Share your ideas as a comment here so we can all get that “Oh, cool! I never thought of that before” feeling that will throw us into scrapping mode immediately!!

Rings from soda cans (we used to call them “pop tops” as back in the old days, the ring used to pull all the way off. Now, they just fold up inside!) Anyway, these little gems make great embellishments. i have used them for a clasp on an envelope. Use them for an embellishment on a tag. As the “loop” part of a tie effect.

The square, plastic bread clips – the ones that keep the bread bag closed – these come in a variety of colors. Just add a sticker, add some glitter. Add a 3-D flower embellishment. Then you just clip it on the edge of something, or if you have a tag, clip it on to the hanging strings. Hang it from a ribbon

Party favors or cake decorations. Depending on the thickness of the item, often these items can be used in a scrapbook layout. At my daughter’s baby shower, there were little ring kind of things on the cake, I used those in the layout. My DIL’s baby shower there was plastic confetti decorations – little horses, bottles, pacifier, I grabbed a couple handful at clean up time, and added those to a shaker box in a layout. Also, they can just be glued on! I used the napkins and party hats – cut out the theme of the party and used them as die cuts.

Aluminum foil – heavy duty kind. Just crinkle it up as you want and rub ink over the crinkles to add dimension and color! Makes a great frame for a masculine scrapbook layout!

Old credit cards – yes OLD ones!! Ones that are no longer valid! Put them on a shopping theme layout. A great embellishment for a “money learning” theme for teenagers. How about an expired AAA card for a “first driving” theme or a “just got my drivers license” theme? These are all layouts that are common in scrapbooks so an expired card is a great embellishment

Washers, thin nuts, small chains, old keys, paper clips, and other “hardware” items are great embellishments! And you didn’t have to go to the scrapbook store to get them!

From: Scrapbook Layout Ideas


  1. I’m cutting out all the cute pictures from gift bags when my 7 mth old son was born for his Baby book..they have the sweetest little quotes & characters..another idea I have is to print out his baby pics on old vintage book paper ! I can’t wait !!!! If anyone has good ideas pls let us know bc I want his Baby book to be as perfect an Beautiful as possible..& I want him to look back an say ..” mama is so creative & smart!” Haha!

  2. My Ideas 🙂

    Bottle Caps

    I only thought of them like just then, so yeah, not many…

  3. its an outstanding site..
    when I browse some sites i feel irritated the way it is designed..
    but this is totally cool.. each point gives me an idea..
    hats off to the author..:)
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  4. ChiMeRo Unleashed says

    Nice article, quite inspiring to use in-house materials.
    I use some of these too:
    -Chocolate wrappers, Cookie wrappers.(of course not the sticky ones)
    -Old Greeting cards, wedding cards or invites- they make great borders or frames.
    -Stamps, coins, Luggage tags – especially if you making a travel related scrapbook
    -Ear studs, pendants, (especially flat ones)

    And i firmly believe – its about how you use any stuff on hand to add that extra meaning to the layout….it could be just anything. It’s all Fun!!

  5. I save all the embellishments from the baby clothing of my kids when the clothes are too stained to reuse. I cut off the embroidered and other embellishments. I use them in my layouts for my scrapbook pages. It’s so personal too since it’s from their actual clothing.

  6. awesome

  7. Great site! Each category I read gives me a new great idea! Thanks for your help. Really wonderful site.

  8. My mother was cleaning out our basesment of all the kiddy toys and you would not beleive all the perfect little trinkets she was going to just throw away. I saved perhaps a medium sized tupperware container of them. There was old buttons, broken belts, those glow in the dark stars, and so much more. I love revamping them to fit my personal needs, its almost as fun as the actual scrapbooking. nice article 🙂

  9. this is great for me
    i am in grade 6 and we r makin scrapbooks for memories for the whoole year

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