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ARRR! Scrapbook a Pirate’s Life with 28 Lilac Lane

Hi, Connie here hosting the Buttons Galore and More blog today!  I have a really cute scrapbook page to share using the Pirate’s Life Embellishment Kit by 28 Lilac Lane. This was such a fun kit to create with and couldn’t have been more perfect to create a scrapbook page with for the photos that I had.

A Pirate's Life scrapbook layout

The Pirate’s Life embellishment kit by 28 Lilac Lane includes buttons, sequins, velvet trim, a charm, small seed beads and pirate skull embellishments. I used the Pirate’s Life kit to create my page accents and it was really fun. I looked up pictures of pirate images. Then I hand drew them out on cardstock, cut them out, and embellished them with the contents in the Pirate’s Life kit.

Pirate's Life scrapbook pageThe first embellishment I created was the pirate ship. Drawing a pirate ship can be kind of scary when you’re not sure what one looks like to begin with.  When you have a picture in front of you, it’s not so hard at all! Once the pirate ship was created from pattern paper and buttons, it was ready to put in place on the scrapbook page. It’s amazing what can be created with paper and buttons!

A Pirate's Life scrapbook layoutThe next embellishment to be created was the pirate’s hat. I traced the outline of the hat on cardstock and then embellished it with sequins and the pirate skull from the 28 Lilac Lane “Pirate’s Life” kit.  The embellishment cluster was enhanced with grey pearls from the kit as well. The black velvet trim was added below the film strip of black and white photos and I tucked in a few large buttons in the bottom pirate cluster also. Next, the journal text was created and added to the side of the Pirate cluster.

I hope you are encouraged to create unique, one-of-a-kind embellishments for your craft projects using the embellishment kits by 28 Lilac Lane!

Supplies used:

Thanks for stopping by~

Connie Mercer/DT Member


Scrapbook by Embellishing Pre-Designed Paper with 28 Lilac Lane Kits!

There’s many papers available for scrapbooking that are pre-designed to look already partially “done” as a layout. But how do you take those from looking flat to looking fantastic? The secret to fabulous scrapbook layouts is embellishing pre-designed paper with your 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits! And I’m going to show you exactly how to do it with this easy scrapbook layout from my recent trip to Paris.

Paris Scrapbook Layout


I started with a pre-designed background paper from DCWV. It is designed to look like a piece of ledger paper that has florals and several vintage elements layered on top of the left edge to frame it.

Because this paper comes from a paper stack, I was able to create practically the entire layout using pre-coordinated items from the stack. All of the paper items on the layout are cut from sheets in the same stack.

pre-designed paper background

That large brown vintage receipt ephemera was white space that was just begging to be filled! It was the perfect place to put my Eiffel Tower stamp, stamped in dark brown pigment ink to continue the vintage theme.

eiffel tower stamp on paris scrapbook layout background

But of course, a stamp is still flat – and I wanted to add some dimension to this area. So I grabbed my 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits, which are perfect for embellishing pre-designed paper! A few buttons and flat back pearls from the “Love Story” embellishment kit (along with a strip of tissue tape) were the perfect addition to finish off the area where I’d just stamped my Eiffel Tower.

At the very top edge of the page, I dabbed clear glue in the center of a few of the pink flowers and dropped a few pearl sequins on them to add a bit of shine and dimension to the flowers.

embellishing pre-designed paper

On the other side of the layout, I cut and arranged all of the paper elements. I stamped the Paris stamp with Shimmer ink, and used black pen to write my journaling (leaving room to put the charm on).

Once all the paper elements and the photo were in place, I tore and stuck down two pieces of tissue tape along the edges of the large pink block. These pieces served as grounding for my buttons.

I used button shank removers to cut the shank off of the large white filigree button from the Attic Findings kit, and glued it in place at the bottom of the layout. Then I selected a cream colored button from the same kit and adhered it at the top of the layout. Finally, I glued the heart charm from the “Love Story” kit onto the journaling block.

embellishing pre-designed paper

Having a selection of 28 Lilac Lane embellishment kits on hand makes it so easy to scrapbook by embellishing pre-designed paper. Select a paper, grab the kit in the coordinating color scheme, and in minutes you can have a beautiful layout!


Create an Easy & Fun Button Title with Becki Adams!

Buttons Galore is delighted today to welcome blogger and designer Becki Adams to share her tutorial for a button title using some of her favorite Buttons Galore products! Becki’s impressive resume of design teams includes work with Carta Bella Paper, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, Elle’s Studio, Imaginisce, Pebbles, and many others. To learn more about her, visit her blog.
Hey Buttons Galore friends and fans, I’m Becki. I’m thrilled to be here on the Buttons Galore blog today. I’ve been a crafter for years. And through those years many supplies have come and gone. Buttons, however, have always remained a staple in my stash. I always keep buttons! I am a scrapbooker/memory keeper. I chose to use lots of these buttons and sequins to create a scrapbook layout with a button title.


 When I sat down to create with such an awesome array of primary colored buttons and sequins, I wanted them to make a big impact on my layout. I chose to make a button title “read to me” with a huge emphasis on the word “read”.
becki-adams_read-to-me_4I started by cutting my title with an electronic die cut machine. I cut the “read” portion of the title out of white cardstock with large block letters. Using a pencil, I traced the cut portion of the title onto another piece of white cardstock. I used this as a template for adhering the buttons and sequins.

Becki Adams button title

For this portion of the project, I turned on Netflix and started gluing buttons and sequins in place. I started adhering the larger buttons first and then filling in the gaps with smaller buttons and sequins. I would recommend using a strong adhesive for this technique as the cardstock can buckle under the weight of the buttons.

Becki Adams button title

When I had all the buttons and sequins adhered to the background cardstock I used foam pop dots to adhere the die cut “read” on top of the button/sequin layer to create this awesome button title.
becki adams button titleI finished the layout by adding my photo, journaling, and a few more sequins on the top layer.

Read to Me scrapbook layout by Becki Adams featuring a button title for www.buttonsgaloreandmore.net

The buttons and sequins made this layout stand out with TONS of bright colors and textures. I can’t wait to use this button title technique again! Thank you for stopping by the Buttons Galore blog today! I’ll see you again soon!

white cardstock
black and white patterned paper
glue dots
liquid adhesive
dimensional foam adhesive

5 Ways to Use Buttons for Scrapbooking + NSD Sale!

Happy (Inter)National Scrapbook Day! Buttons are a perfect match for scrapbooking. They are a quick and easy way to add a pop of color and dimension to any layout design!

Five ways to scrapbook with buttons


Today, in honor of scrapbooking’s special day, we’re going to share with you our favorite examples of the wide variety of ways that buttons can be used on layouts.

Buttons & Burlap

Buttons and burlap are always a good pair, especially on a scrapbook layout. Keri Lee Sereika paired them with bright red and crisp turquoise for this brilliant summer layout of her son.

Buttons & Burlap Scrapbook Page - Keri Lee Sereika

Brown & Blue

If you like the combination of turquoise and brown, but burlap isn’t your thing…try using brown buttons! Designer May Flaum used her 28 Lilac Lane Paws & Pets kit to make some brown elements pop out of a solid turquoise background to highlight her Scrappy pup!

Scrappy layout by May Flaum using 28 Lilac Lane


Natural materials (like the cork letters above) are a great combination with buttons. Ashli Oliver decided to extend the natural and handmade look to the paper on her layout, pairing her 28 Lilac Lane buttons with a rustic handmade paper. The contrast between the smooth, hard buttons and the rough, wild paper is perfect!

Handmade paper and buttons layout by Ashli Oliver

My Girls

We’ve seen lots of button clusters so far, but May Flaum showed us in her My Girls layout how to use buttons scattered as 3D trinkets alongside ephemera as well. She scattered some of her 28 Lilac Lane Attic Findings and Just Peachy buttons – as well as the coordinating sequins and pearls – to prove that a few buttons can pack a design punch as well.

28 Lilac Lane with Crate Paper

Good Morning Sunshine

Guest blogger Karla Yungwirth took the scattering to a new level of delicacy! Her gorgeous pastel layout, with just a touch of one or two buttons dabbed here and there for a spot of color, shows how buttons (and sequins and pearls) can have an impact while still being subtle.

Sunshine scrapbook layout using 28 Lilac Lane embellishment by Karla Yungwirth

But wait, there’s more…a sale! We’ve got 20% off on our entire website to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! So you can save while stocking up on all the buttons and embellishments that you need to put the perfect finishing touches on your scrapbook layouts! Use code NSD20 at checkout and save now!



Decorative Photo Tray

This Decorative Photo Tray has had a bit of a transformation from it’s original state.

I started with a plain pine serving tray from Walnut Hollow. I knew from the time I got the serving tray, that I was not going to be using it to serve anything. I wanted to decorate it more like a shadow box frame to showcase a very special photo.


I started by painting the pine serving tray with a white acrylic paint. I chose not to seal mine, but if you think your tray may get a little wear and tear, then perhaps a coat of matte finish Modge Podge would do the trick.


I used a regular metal clip that I picked up at my local stationary store to actually hold the photo within my Decorative Photo Tray.


All of the patterned papers and coordinating embellishments are from the Teresa Collins, Memorabilia Collection.In order to adhere the papers to the wood, you will want to make sure that you use an adhesive that will withstand some wear and tear. I used Mini Glue Dots to attach all of those black and grey buttons to the Decorative Photo Tray.


Thank you so much for stopping by and I I would love to see you crete some spectacular photo displays like this Decorative Photo Tray.



Button and Twine Medallion Tutorial

Join me for a step by step tutorial where we will make Button and Twine Medallions to use as embellishments for a seaside themed scrapbook layout. Nothing says seaside or nautical like red, white and blue with the texture of rope incorporated.

Products used to create this layout with Button and Twine Medallions:


You want to start with cutting out circles from cardstock. This is going to be what you create your Button and Twine Medallions on. So make sure you use a punch that is the size you would like the embellishment to be.


I then used hot glue to start adhering the twine to the outside of your cardstock circle.


I left a small space in the middle of each of my medallions. That way if you have chosen buttons that have shanks, then you should be able to still just hot glue the buttons to the medallions.


Here are the buttons that I chose from the Nautical Value Pack for my Button and Twine Medallions.


I added my Button and Twine Medallions to the border of my scrapbook layout.


I added a few more buttons from the Nautical Value Pack along with some canvas stickers to the top of one of my photos.



Here is my completed scrapbook layout with the Button and Twine Medallions as the perfect accent to my photos from the stunning Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope these Button and Twine Medallions make it to your next nautical themed craft project.IMG_5720


Make a Ribbon and buttons masculine scrapbook page layout


Ribbon and buttons are something that all scrapbookers should have on hand. The simple combination of the two can add so much texture and dimension to an otherwise simple layout.

One of the things I hear most often from other scrapbookers, is how hard they find it to scrapbook their more masculine photos. Whether it is little boy layouts or those of grown men. Adding flowers, gems or anything that glitters often comes easier to us. Making embellishing a masculine layout often a little harder to do. Adding ribbon and buttons is one of those easy ways to add dimension and texture.

This is a simple layout that I created using the Fancy Pants collection called Swagger, a great masculine line.

Ribbon and Buttons Scrapbook Page Layout

Directions to make a Ribbon & buttons masculine scrapbook page layout:

Here are a few of the patterns and embellishments from the collection and the buttons and ribbon I chose to use with it.IMG_4714

I decided on the patterns and cardstock that I wanted to use as the base of my layout and cut them accordingly.IMG_4717

At the bottom of my layout I have 3 layered squares. The largest layer is 4″. I inked and adhered all my layers together.IMG_4718

Then I punched small holes in each of the 4 corners of all of your squares.


I cut 6 pieces of ribbon, all about 7 inches long. Start by feeding one piece through 2 opposite holes in your button.IMG_4728

Take a second piece of ribbon and feed it through the other 2 holes in your button. Repeat this for the other 2 squares.IMG_4730

Then you’re going to feed the ends of the ribbon through the holes in your squares. You want to keep the button as close to the middle as possible. I then just taped the ragged ends of ribbon in behind the squares.


At this point you are ready to assemble your layout. Add a few more DIY embellishments and a few more small buttons. Plus a triple matted photo and you’re done.

Products use to create this ribbon and buttons layout:

  • Brown Buttons
  • Patterned Paper and Coordinating Embellishments: Swagger by Fancy Pants
  • Dark brown, light brown and cream cardstock
  • Yellow ribbon
  • 1/8″ hand punch
  • Mini Glue Dots



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