Hi there, Stefanie here giving you some ideas in stash busting. Amanda Yi includes a fabulous variety of buttons into her kits and bundles. How do you add them to your pages? Do you love them as much as I do? What if it isn’t a sewing page or what if it’s a masculine page? I love buttons, they are cute, small and easily add dimension and visual attachment to a layout. Most kits have them and I think they can be easily overlooked for their flashier embellishment cousins, the flairs. In many ways buttons are dependable and unobtrusive and add a special “handmade with love” feel to a beautiful layout.
Buttons can be used as part of a cluster, they are small and easy to tuck in with flowers or sequins as a small grouping. Small embellishments like this add dimension, fun and a homemade touch without really drawing attention away from the photos. For this layout, I used My kids have manners by Amanda Yi Designs and Meghan Mullens.
I love stitched buttons or buttons that have a bow in them to aid visual attachment. I love that they can be used to dot the “J” within a title, as in this layout. I used Summer Bucket List (collaboration) Collection by Amanda Yi Designs and Laura of Wishing Well Creations.
Flowers can be layered one on top of another and a button can be added as a little crowning element and to finish off the multi-layered bloom. This layout features A New Yesterday by Amanda Yi Designs. (retired)
Buttons can be used to visually attach goodies. In the same way that buttons can close a shirt or jersey, they can be overlapped and appear to fasten a journal card or photo to the background papers. This layout uses My kids are Mischievous by Amanda Yi Designs and Meghan Mullens.
Buttons can be used to create a scatter, sequence or sense of movement through the layout as well. Here the stringy element is lightly shadowed and the button serves as a visual attachment, but also adds to the sense of movement from left to right along the center of the design. I hope that you have been encouraged to take a second look at your supplies and to dig in and use more buttons. This layout features #schoolcool#girls by Amanda Yi Designs, Studio Basic and Two Tiny Turtles.