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How to Use Scrapbooking Brads

Decorative, functional, and safe around your precious photos, scrapbooking brads blend personality and practicality.


  • Step 1: Punch a hole Use a 1/16-inch hole punch to make a small hole where you want to attach the brad. Thread it through the hole and simply spread out the prongs on the backside of the page.
  • Step 2: Use to attach overlays Use decorative brads to attach transparent overlays to your page or secure layers of pages together.
  • Step 3: Fasten vellum Fasten vellum to your scrapbook pages using decorative brads.
  • Step 4: Use in place of buttons Use easy-to-affix brads in place of buttons that need to be stitched on or attached with messy adhesives.
  • Step 5: Use as bullet points Use brads as bullet points for journaling in your scrapbook, as the center of flowers, or in the corners of a photo mat to create texture and interest.
  • TIP: Since brads are metal, you can use sandpaper to create a rustic, shabby chic look.
  • Step 6: Get all shapes and sizes Choose from a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes for any theme. Styles include flowers, leaves, balloons, music notes, and even eyelet shapes.
  • FACT: According to the Hobby Industry Association, sales for the scrapbooking industry rose from $400 million in 1997 to $2.5 billion in 2003.

You Will Need

  • Scrapbooking brads
  • 1/16-in. hole punch
  • Transparent overlays
  • Vellum
  • Other scrapbooking decorations
  • Sandpaper (optional)

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