Do you have an ever-growing button stash? I sure do! They are just so darn cute, inexpensive and easy to collect! But I must admit that I struggle with finding creative ways to actually USE those buttons. So this week, we are sharing a multitude of ways to incorporate buttons into your cards, layouts and ‘off the page’ projects.
Are you ready to get started?
Today, we are starting with one of the easiest and ‘clever’ ways to add buttons to your projects …. simply use buttons to represent another circular element on your page.
Clever Button Ideas Tutorial
PCC Creative Squad member Christine Ousley has created a FABULOUS page & tutorial to give you a few ideas ….
Buttons are such fun embellishments. There is a way to use them on everything you create. I have a huge stash of buttons that I have collected over the years. Most of them I have sorted by color so it’s easy for me to find the ones that I need. I had a lot of fun using buttons on this layout.
When I decided to create a beachy layout, I thought it would be fun to create an underwater scene. Right away I knew I wanted to use buttons as bubbles. I had a couple of sparkly clear buttons but not enough so I decided why not create my own.
I applied Stickles to some clear buttons in a couple of different sizes and let them dry. Note: It does take a little more time to dry than I have experienced on paper.
The fish eyes were another fun way to use my buttons. I wanted some dimension and decided to use buttons for the eyes but when I tried the plain white ones they didn’t look so good. So I got out my Ranger Inkssentials Enamel Accents in black and squeezed a drop on the middle of the white button and let it dry. The enamel covered up the holes nicely and created the look of a pupil.
My final button accent were the orange stars. These are some new buttons from Bella Blvd and the star shape and color worked great in my underwater scene. They also were a fun accent in my title where they took the place of the “oo’s” in Cool with a movie star flair. Perfect for the picture of my young son wearing his sister’s glasses.
Wasn’t that fun! Such cute ways to have use your buttons to support the “theme” of your layout! Thank you, Christine!
Let’s make a list of 10 ways to incorporate buttons as project elements … using some of the tips from above and MORE!
10 Clever Button Substitutions
- Replace the “O” in your title (as above.)
- As ‘bubbles’ (as above) or as with this layout by Amy Heller for October Afternoon …
- As the eye of a fish, insect or animal diecut. (as above)
- Use one large button & two smaller ones to represent the “Mickey Mouse” logo as with the layout by Allyson Meinholz for Bella Blvd shown below …
- As the wheels of a car on a diecut, as with the adorable icecream truck card created by Heidi Van Laar for GCD Studios …
- As the ‘dot’ of an ‘i’ or ‘j’ or exclamation point in your title.
- As points on a map as with this home decor project by Laura Beth from “Step In The Journey” blog.
- As balloons as in this card from Ivy of “I should be sleeping” blog…. or as hot air balloons like in this simple card by Susan Raihala on her blog, Simplicity By Late Blossom …
- Buttons as cherries …. like on this card by “She Who Must Stamp” …
- Buttons as Christmas Ornaments, like on this card by Michelle Philippi
So, what do you think? Just with these ‘literal’ uses, your stash of buttons is already starting to take on a life of new possibilities, isn’t it? And just think …. we’re only just getting started with Buttons Week!! See you tomorrow!