Beads – A Brief History

What do you think the earliest recorded use of beads is – is your first thought perhaps beadwork created by the Egyptians? Yes, there certainly were a lot of beaded items in Egyptian times, but beadwork has been found dating back to the Stone Age (the Upper Paleolithic period). Beads were added to rudimentary clothing; these beads were made of shells and ivory. Of course, the beads weren’t as finely crafted as later beads, but still, they were beads. So even in caveman times, men and women were interested in improving their clothing and appearance with the use of beads. The beads that we tend to think of as traditional beadwork are called seed beads – because of their small …

Basic Scrapbook Essentials

Many people would like to get started in the Scrapbooking hobby, but a lot of them are fearful to start because they think of the costs. They look at all the embellishments, patterned papers, and doodads and think that they aren’t creative enough to start. Well, this article will prove to those people you don’t need to spend a lot to make a scrapbook. You can make it as expensive or inexpensive as you want. Here is a “Must Have” starter list. Some of these items you may want to invest the extra money into so you get a good quality product. Scrapbook Starter Kit Paper Trimmer – this tool is one you will use the most so it is …

Basic Embossing with Rubber Stamps

This is a simple technique using Rubber Stamps and Thermal Embossing that will add dimension to your cards and artwork. Nothing looks as elegant as a stamped image that has been embossed in gold and has rich color added to enhance your artwork. You can use rubber stamps and thermal embossing on many different surfaces such as paper, glass, wood, leather, tile and ceramic objects. It’s fun to experiment and create your own unique and individual sense of style. Don’t be timid and have fun. The following steps will teach the beginner where to start Embossing with rubber stamps takes practice and the more you do it, the better your results. Remember your art is unique to your personal style. …

Are you addicted to scrapbooking?

Many who suddenly get the scrapbooking bug say they started when they realized that so few pictures were taken of them as cute little tykes – and they want to make things better for their own children. What ever the reason, scrapbooking has become a big business. There are estimates that over 4 million people, almost all of them women, gather for “crop-alongs” or “power layouts” every month! All these people are on the lookout for new and exciting scrapbooking ideas and share their thoughts and techniques on how to create that perfect keepsake. So many people are seeing that life is short, and they want to preserve family memories for their children. With today’s ever mobile society and families …

Add a Special Touch to Your Stamped Cards with Embellishments

Once you have the basic stamping techniques mastered, you will likely want to move on to something more. By adding embellishments to your handcrafted cards, you will create cards that are more than just messages of greetings, but little pieces of art as well. When you think of embellishments, you may immediately think that you need to spend a lot of money to add beautiful things to your cards. But this is not true; by using a few embellishments wisely, a strong statement can be made on your creations. Some of the easiest embellishments can make the most difference to your finished look. Common additions include eyelets, brads, buttons, charms, and fibers. Eyelets Eyelets are very easy to add to …

10 Themes for Scrapbooking

There are so many reasons out there to scrapbook! For one, it’s history, right? And it’s important for us to remember and cherish these memories, especially for our generations to follow. I would have been so thrilled had my mother saved stories to go along with all her photos. She still keeps my baby photos and photos of her and her family in shoeboxes. Awful thought isn’t it? Well, we all have those tons of photos of our ancestors, at least most of us do, but there are so many other memories to cherish besides family trees. How about a baby’s first year? You can document month-by-month how your ba by is growing and all the things he or she …

5 Reasons Why Scrapbooking Should Be Your Next Hobby

Word Count: 588 Summary: Scrapbooks Protect Your Photos Not only does a well-made scrapbook protect and preserve your photos, it also makes the photos themselves more fun to look at. Most people would much rather thumb through a scrapbook with its extra, fun touches than a plain photo album. Scrapbooks Make Great Gifts Because they are so personal, scrapbooks make a great gift for a loved one on a special day. Some especially good occasions to give a scrapbook as a gift are: weddings, annive… Keywords: scrapbooks, scrapbooking, arts, crafts Article Body: Scrapbooks Protect Your Photos Not only does a well-made scrapbook protect and preserve your photos, it also makes the photos themselves more fun to look at. Most people …

Knot With My Thread – Stringing Choices For Beading & Jewelry Making.

Word Count: 452 Summary: There are many issues about the choice of stringing material for beading. Here is an interesting article on the different stringing materials and their usage. Keywords: beads, beading, gemstone, gems, quartz, precious, jewrly, jewelry making Article Body: One very important lesson I learned is that there is no one, all-purpose (Universal) stringing material. Here are the major stringing materials along with how and when to use each of them. SILK THREAD: Silk has a wondrous “hand” (a soft, flexible feel). This thread comes in many sizes and colors. It comes packaged on spools, and “carded” with an attached needle. This is a classic stringing material and forms beautiful knots between pearls and beads. But, silk tends …