Ultimate Buttons Stash-Busting: Fill a Shape!

For our Buttons Week Finale, we are talking about the ultimate button-stash-busting tip of all: Create & fill a shape on your card or layout with buttons!

PCC Creative Squad member Kimberly Neddo created a beautiful card to demonstrate …. {swoon!}

Card created with papers from Crate Paper, Little Bo Peep collection; Buttons from Jenni Bowlin.

Kimberly says:

My goal for this card, was to create a shape with using different color buttons inside the frame, a mosaic kind of effect, to help the image shape stand out. I used my tonic scissors to cut some buttons to fit. The result? A simple sentiment, shown in a unique fun way, showcasing the heart in the center as the message.

How easy & fun is this?!

Here are a few other projects from others I’ve found that share some popular shape ideas that you can create with your buttons stash …

Hot Air Balloon of Buttons: Card by “Yepbrook” in the Sweet Shop Designs Community Forum

Tree of Buttons: Layout by “Marnel” found in the Scrapbook.com gallery

Rainbow of Buttons: Layout by Heather of Stamp with Heather.

Buttons as Animal Shapes: Like this Elephant Canvas project from “Busted Buttons

So using your button stash and a wire cutter or scissors, you can create a custom made embellishment to accent any story! Trees, hearts, rainbows, clouds, cupcakes, pumpkins, and more. The sky is the limit!

If you have projects you’ve created using the “fill a shape with buttons” approach, I’d love to see them! I invite you add your projects to this post via the “linky” tool below↓

Buttons as Design Element for Scrapbook Layouts & Cards

Alright team! Did you eat your wheaties for breakfast? Today is our most challenging day of Buttons Week. Today, there are no guidelines to follow. No flower centers to add buttons to;  No car wheels to replace with buttons; No chipboard to stack a button upon. Nope, today, buttons simply ARE one of your design elements.

It’s tough … but you can do it! Especially with the beautiful inspiration we have for you today!

Buttons as a Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Design Element

Frame Your Photo

On the below layout, PCC Creative Squad member Kimberly Neddo frames her photo with buttons ….

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Kim says:

I wanted to get a little more creative with the buttons and framing a photograph for this project, so I created different buttons with a button punch and patterned papers, as well as real buttons. This added a really great dimensional effect to framing my photograph.

Any time you want to really draw the viewers eye to your photographs, framing ideas like this will really help achieve that goal. It is simple and effective every time.

I love how she slipped those flat paper-punched buttons underneath the edge of her photo mat as well as underneath the flower embellishment and then used some on top of the edge of the mat. It adds such a nice level of dimension & visual interest!

As a Pop of Color

Kimberly created this gorgeous, sophisticated black & white card … and used her buttons to add subtle color….

As a Pop of Dimension

Check out this card Lisa VanderVeen created for Jillibean Soup

And don’t forget Corrie’s amazing Starburst layout we showcased during Misting Techniques Week.  The buttons on her layout added pops of dimension to her background.

Strategic Scatter

And the most difficult to define & mimic — the general “strategic scatter” category!

In this layout, Sarah Hill from The Paper Bakery leverages the “circle” as a design element with her buttons …

And check out this AMAZINGly adorable card Cheryl Leong created for Pretty Little Studio

I love those few buttons thrown in with the sequins, tiny diecuts and confetti. This card just looks like FUN!


We have just ONE more stash-busting button technique to share and then Buttons Week will be complete! Have you been taking careful notes? Because I have a feeling there may be a quiz of some kind 😉

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Clear Buttons: Your New Best Friends!

I will never look at clear buttons the same way again —  And after you see these PCC Creative Squad projects from Ro & Christine, neither will you!

Welcome back to Buttons Week. So far this week, we’ve shared 25 ideas, tips & techniques for using BUTTONS on your projects. Today, we have just 1 idea — but it’s a big one! Turn those CLEAR buttons into your favorite new embellishment!

Clear Buttons –> Your Favorite New Embellishment!

First up, we have a clever tag from Christine Ousley. Her tag is her take on the ever-so-popular BANNER. Check it out.

Christine says:

This was so easy to do.  First I collected some clear buttons in two different sizes.  Then I punched out circles from patterned paper that were close to the size of my buttons.  Then lining the buttons up on the circles of paper, I used a paper piercer to punch through the button holes.  Then I threaded a needle with embroidery thread, (I used all 6 strands), and sewed through all of the buttons and paper without cutting the thread.  Then I attached the strand of buttons to the tag with adhesive.

I love this! What a clever idea! The button banner combined with the buttons as flower centers turns a simple tag into a work of art!

Clear Buttons -> Embellishment: Layout & Tutorial!

Ro Phillipsen took a similar approach by taking her simple clear buttons and backing them with paper. Her approach ….

Step 1: Use a punch to punch a mini circle …

Step 2: Use a generous amount of transparent glue or Glossy Accents.

Step 3: And you will have a NEW, customized button!

And you put it all together and checkout what these fabulous, custom-made embellishments can do ….!


And do you see that she also used a few of those same clear buttons in the upper right and simply threaded them with a floss color to coordinate with her Webster’s Pages Game On & other fussy cut elements? AMAZING!!

WOW! Can you imagine? What could YOU do with a stash of clear buttons?

Stay tuned. More BUTTONS ideas coming your way. EEK! I think BUTTONS WEEK may spill over into a few extra days! There are just too many great ways to use buttons on your layouts, cards and altered arts projects!

Button Ideas – Off the Page!

Welcome to day 3 of BUTTONS week! Today, we are going OFF THE PAGE to show some great home decor and gift ideas that will really bust that button stash!  Strictly a paper gal? Don’t worry — we’ll be back tomorrow & Friday with more “on” the page button tips & ideas!

Buttons — Off the Page!

First up today, I have an amazing home decor project PCC Creative Squad Ro Phillipsen made us for buttons week. Check it out …

Isn’t that adorable!Ro does such amazing work ….{sigh …}

Even though I have HUNDREDS of buttons in my stash right now, I’m not sure any are as cute as these Doodlebug Buttons! Yikes! (Stay tuned — I have a feeling some Doodlebug buttons *may* find there way into our upcoming buttons week giveaway. Shhh!)

As you know, I’m a huge fan of all of Ro’s work …. here is another of her “off the page” projects featuring buttons. It’s an Easter tree she created in April for an online class she was teaching …

Isn’t that beautiful! You can visit Ro’s blog here for the full instructions & step-out photos. The instructions are in Portugese but she has google translate enabled!

So now that we’re thinking “off the page” — what other home decor & gift ideas do you have?

Buttons as Gift Wrap, as with these packages featured on the One Lucky Day blog  …

Or this simple version from the Inspiration for Home blog

Button Monograms:

Embellish or create a monogram using buttons. Select button colors & styles that coordinate with the style of the room you’ll be using them in! A huge range of possibilities ….

Like this brightly colored rainbow monogram from the “Let’s Button Up” shop on Etsy would be terrific in a child’s room!

Or a more sophisticated approach … like this  monogram ‘A’ created by Jen Jockish for American Crafts …

Visit the American Crafts blog here to see Jen’s photo tutorial on how she made it!

Create ART

And what about this FABULOUS artwork that paper crafter / mixed media artist Candy Rosenberg created …???

Totally amazing, right?!? You can learn more about this project and see a close-up of that corset on Candy Rosenberg’s blog here.

Christmas Ornaments

I could never do what Candy did …. but I could make a few Christmas ornaments, I think!

Visit the Curbly blog here to see 4 more ideas for creating Christmas decorations using buttons!

And I could go on & on …. and on….. but alas, I can’t! I need to get cracking on TOMORROW’s post for more ideas for using as THE visual interest element on layouts & cards. Yes, we’ll be back ‘on the page’ tomorrow. See you then!