There are a lot of things you can do with buttons (put them in rows, sew them on a layout, use them as centers of flowers) but I wanted to highlight FIVE of my favorite ways to use buttons.
1.Put brads through the holes. I first saw this idea on a layout Cindy Tobey had published in Memory Makers Magazine (on the cover) earlier this year. I’ve even seen other designers doing this same technique—just too much fun!
I made Mickey Heads on buttons with brads in the "Disney Magic" class I taught at The Scrappin' Table:
2. Create a trail. It can be a trail behind a star, from a cloud or rainbow…just make the buttons follow some kind of curve or line on the page.
On this layout I followed the rays coming out of the flowers on the paper on the right-hand side:I created a handcut curve on the paper, followed that curve with my letters for the title, and naturally the buttons followed in a row too!
Here I used the buttons to form a trail from a star. This page is actually scraplift I did for a challenge to use a layout where they did a similar thing with buttons.
3. Scatter. Just spill the buttons over the page and see where they look the best. Then start glue dotting them where ever they fell!!
Here I stamped stars on some of the buttons so they would match the motif in the paper and on the epoxy stickers I used:
On this layout I used the visual line created by the button holes to make sure they were straight:
Though the buttons are not in a row on this page, I made all the holes face the same direction to keep the look crisp and clean:
And here's a BONUS technique- Button Flowers!!
Auntie T at Scrapbook.com has these cool button flowers in her gallery and I spied them there the other day. She was so nice to allow me to post them here!! Thank you!! If you want to know how to make these, she has the instructions and I can post them--just say the word.
Hopefully I've shown you something "new" and you'll be inspired to break out the buttons and create!