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Ribbons and Lace
Ribbon and lace are by far most common and most beautiful border embellishments. The flowing nature of both materials encourages a touch of softness and elegance. Ribbon and lace are especially popular in gift and memory scrapbooks. Ribbon is easy to glue and attach. Lace requires a bit more patience.
For an interesting change from ribbon and lace, try using jute or raffia.
Embroidery cotton can be used in a number of interesting scrapbooking ways. Individual fibers can be used to add a focus to special items or used to give dimension to artwork or drawings.
Embroidery fibers can also be twisted or braided for use in artwork or as imaginative borders. Embroidery cotton can even be used to tie down other items in a beautiful and creative way.
Hemp can be used for a number of purposes in scrapbooking. Single, twisted, or braided fibers can be used to add focus as picture frames, or along edges of scrapbook page as a border. Hemp looks especially good in scrapbooks with a western theme. In general, hemp can also be used to make a scrapbook appear more masculine.
Hemp glues quite easily and hides glue messes well. To increase likelihood that a piece of hemp will stay in place while glue is drying, place a piece of scotch tape over rope until piece dries fully.
Always trust your own instincts and have confidence to organize and decorate your scrapbook according to how you see people and events it represents. That way your work will form a unique record and have even greater personal value.
Nigel Patterson is a writer on arts and crafts and the publisher of numerous articles to help you with your scrapbook, including tips on scrapbook layout and scrapbook supplies.