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Build – with Frugal Metal Embellishments

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In my house, there always seems to be bits of metal laying around – such as screws, bolts, washers and various other whatnots – picked up from who knows where and brought home because you never know when you might need it.  LOL.   I was tidying up one day and the metal washers caught my eye as a potential embellishment because they are flat and lightweight.  I repurposed most of the washers on this layout from my husband’s stash, but they are also very inexpensive to purchase at a hardware store, usually about 15 cents each depending upon the size.

The Typography collection from Graphic 45 was perfect for this layout.  It is simply gorgeous.



I used my favourite chalk ink in ‘Blackbird’ and a foam applicator by Clearsnap to smudge the edges of the layout in black and give it the right feel.


As always, adhesives are important, especially when using non-traditional embellishments. Beacon Adhesives 3-in-1 liquid glue was perfect for attaching the metal washers and making sure that they stayed put.  And I always reach for my Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares to add dimension to my layouts.


foam squares

Here is my final creation!


Supplies:  Graphic 45 patterned paper and embellishments,  s.e.i. letter stickers, Maya Road wooden ruler, Clearsnap ink, Beacon Adhesives and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

Want to see more GREAT Metal inspired projects?  Be sure to pick up the Spring 2014 copy of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine

Canadian Scrapbooker SPRING 2014 Front Cover

CLICK HERE – to order yours today!



To view more of Connie’s work, visit her blog, Every Day’s An Adventure.


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  1. Denise Shepherd Reply

    I love the use of the washers on your scrapbook page. This is something I would never have thought of. Thank you for the inspiration x

  2. Pamela MacLean Reply

    That is an awesome layout. Did you do anything to the washers to clean them or make them acid free? I actually bought bolts and things in the jewellery section, just haven’t used them yet. They were cleaner than my husbands. lol

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