Brads and Eyelets are an essential part of the Scrapbooking process, as there are so many uses for these little embellishments. They can be used as a means of attaching things to a layout or simply as embellishments. The variety and colours that you will be able to get at your hobby store nowadays is endless.
Eyelets were traditionally used to thread things through. Eyelets are also popular for attaching items to your layout. This is a non adhesive technique and it creates an understated and contemporary look for your page. Eyelets are simple to apply if you have the correct tools to work with.
To attached a photograph to a mat you could do the following:
First mat your photograph onto your card stock with double sided tape. Next lay the *matted photograph onto a cutting mat. Using an eyelet punch and a weighted hammer to carefully punch a hole in each corner of the photograph. Make sure to punch through the photograph and the matting. Drop a correctly sized eyelet into one of the punched holes. Hold the eyelet in place and turn the matted photograph over and lay it on the setting mat. Use the eyelet setter and the weighted hammer to set the eyelet in place.
If attaching eyelets to the corners of your photograph, mark and measure the position with a pencil before punching your holes, or you could end up with it looking uneven.
Try threading ribbon or embroider thread through your eyelets for a pretty frame for your photograph.
Brads are slightly easier to attach than eyelets, and are also a non adhesive way to attach items to your layout. They can work well for vellum, which is always a problem to stick with adhesive. You will be able to once again choose from the many different sizes and shapes that are available.
If attaching a photograph with brads, try to use brads to compliment the colors in the photograph. Once again mat your photograph first. If you don’t have a punch, you can lay the photograph on your cutting mat and after measuring where you want the brads, push just the tip of your craft knife into each corner to cut a tiny slot.
Next push the arms of the brad through each corner slot. Turn the page over and open out the arms of the brad so that they lie flat against the back of the photograph.
Every scrap Booker should keep a supply of eyelets and brads in his or her scrap-booking kit. They always come in handy.
* Matting - Placing a photograph on cardboard or paper and then cutting it out so that the cardboard frames the photograph.