Have you ever thought about using non-scrapbooking supplies, like beads, in your scrapbooking projects? I loved creating “dangles” to hang from mini books and scrapbooks and they are incredibly easy to make. You can buy pre-strung beads or wire-wrapped dangles that are ready to hang or make your own with beads, jump rings, head pins, and eye pins to use in scrapbooking projects. Here's how:

You can view this video and more info over at The Weekly Scrapper, where I shared about how to make your own custom beaded dangles for mini books.  

A Very Merry Christmas Mini Book with Jennifer Priest Echo Park 001

If you want to make the mini book pictured, here is a free PDF you can download. It doesn't have the beads in the instructions – that's the beauty of adding dangles. You can add them to any book, even if it was a kit or a Smashbook or even a plain jane photo album that you want to spruce up.

A Very Merry Mini Book Instructions by Jennifer Priest

Looking for places to get beads? Here are some of my favorites:

  • Prima Bead – this is the online arm of Cousin Bead Corp. If you shop for beads at chain stores or even Wal-Mart, you have probably seen Cousin beads. You can get them at Prima Bead for an amazing deal – my fave is this Beader's Delight Kit from under $40. It includes a TON of beads to get you started on making dangles for every occasion, as well as making jewelry.
  • ICE Resin – ICE Resin makes resin, not beads, but they do sell rosary chain, bezels and resin that you can use to make really cool dangles to attach to a book cover or book binding. 
  • HopScotch Crafts by Drew Scott on etsy – Drew has been sourcing and selling beads and findings for years and he ships super fast!


Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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