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Who Says You Can't Teach an Old Scrapper a New Trick?
By Meg Dickman, Owner of the Crop Shop in Lighthouse Point, FL

Do you feel like you are stuck in the creative ideas rut? Always doing the same design, just switching things around a little? Try mixing it up! Be daring. Do something NEW!

One of the hottest new trends in scrapbooking is the use of slide frames. They are so easy to use and really can add dimension and a different look to your pages.

Take any slide frame and use it as is, or add glitter, cover with paper or beads! Now THAT will change your old look for sure! Also, note that most slide frame packages come with a "front" and "back" side of the frame. You do not have to snap them together. Remember, once mounted on your page, nobody will see the "back". So, you now have twice as many frames to work with! Also, when mounting the frames, use strong, liquid glue as sometimes tapes and dots will do be strong enough.

How about trying something different with that die-cut machine? Try running metal-rimmed tags through and punch the letters out of the centers! Or, use metal sheets to make shapes and letters. This will really add color and a very different medium to the plain pages that have been plaguing you! Check with your scrapbook store for permission to run these items through their machine.

While on the die-cut machine - try this! Instead of using the actual letters that you are cutting out, use the paper shape that was left. Then, place a different color paper behind the punch out and it's like a see-through letter with dimension!

OK, how many pictures do you put on a page? Try to increase or decrease that number. Take a picture and blow it up to 8x10 and cover the page. Or, make it spread across two pages! THAT adds impact.

For more ideas, check out the "Resources" page of the Crop Shop's web site: www.LHPcropshop.com

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