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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tuesday's Tip: Serendipity Squares


Why has scrapbooking become such a hot topic? In an interview in the New York Times, Deirdre Bullock,  a consultant of Creative Memories says, "It keeps the art of storytelling alive." Even beyond that, sociologists have noticed a trend towards 'cocooning' that started somewhere in the 1990's. Home and family are more important to us now than in the wild and crazy years that came before. Scrapbooking is a great family activity, as well as a good excuse to get together with friends for cropping parties and to teach each other new techniques. Finally, in the time since that awful day we call 9/11, it's become even more important to all of us to try to hold on to our relationships with friends and family. Sharing scrapbooks is one good way to bring people back together, and to remember those who won't be coming home again. "Memories," says Bullock, "are priceless."
In order to help us all keep those priceless memories for generations to come, I am introducing a new segment on my blog this year called: Tuesday's Tips. Each month, I will feature a special new tip for you to make your scrapbook pages keep your storytelling alive. This month's tip is Serendipity Squares.

As scrapbookers, we NEVER throw away scraps -- there are just too many wonderful things to do with them! One of my favorite things to do is make Serendipity Squares. These are 1 inch by 1 inch squares you can use to decorate just about anything from a scrapbook layout to a card to a home decor project. To make a Serendipity Square, first take a blank piece of paper, then glue down (in any random way) all of the scraps from your last project. When you're done, you will have something that looks like this.


The next trick is to cut the paper into 1-inch squares. Actually, feel free to cut it into any shape, I prefer cutting the 1-inch squares in half from one corner to the other creating photo corners, but this is scrapbooking after all, so get creative! A bit larger square or rectangle and they would make gorgeous picture mattes, a long rectangle would be beautiful on the front of a card, or three 1-inch squares (or circles!) down the side of a scrapbook layout would make lovely embellishments. I can't wait to see what your project with Serendipity Squares looks like, please leave a link to your project below!

 

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