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.
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.
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!