Eyelets are the new craze in scrapbooking. See what the fuss is all about.
Eyelets are embellishments used for scrapbooking and other craft projects such as card making. Eyelets are generally made of aluminum or brass and come in two sizes and three types. The most common size for eyelets is 1/8″, although they also come in 3/16″. 3/16″ eyelets are larger than 1/8″ eyelets and generally cost more.
Types of eyelets include plain, top coat, and anodized. Plain eyelets are not painted so they are the color of the metal they are made out of. This type of eyelets is not very common. Eyelets also come with a top coat color. These eyelets are painted. The last type of eyelet is anodized. Anodized eyelets have a more metallic color than eyelets with a top coat.
Eyelets have a hole through the center that is used to attach them to your paper. Brads are often sold with eyelets. Brads differ because they do not have this characteristic hole. Instead, brads have two metal flaps on the back that can be bent to attach them to paper.
Where to Use Eyelets
Eyelets come in many shapes and colors. They can be used to attach items such as ribbons, paper, pictures, and tags to scrapbooking pages. Eyelets are a simple way to add to the color and theme of your scrapbooking pages.
Here are 15 ideas for using your eyelets.
- Embellishments on a paper piecing picture such as buttons on a snowman or dots on a lady bug
- Attach vellum paper
- To hange tags or frames from
- Create movable parts on your paper piecing
- Create a page theme such as shells for a beach page or fish for a fishing trip page
- Corners of picture mats
- In the hole of a tag
- As bullets for a list
- Journaling accents
- Eyes of animals such as owls
- The center of flowers
- Create your own bugs, butterflies,or bees from eyelet shapes
- As the dot on an i or the center of a letter
- To make a string of Christmas lights or as the ornaments on a christmas tree
- The M&Ms in M&M cookies
- String ribbon or craft fibbers through a line of eyelets
The list could go on and on. You can use eyelets to add dimension that will spice up any page.
How to Use Eyelets
It is time to roll up those sleeves and break out your handy tools. You will need a hammer, hole setter, and a resilient work surface such as a rubber craft mat to get started using eyelets.
- Place your scrapbooking page face up on your work surface.
- Put the hole setter on your page where you want to insert the eyelet.
- Lightly tap the end of the hole setter a few times until a hole is created.
- Place your eyelet upside down on your work surface and put your scrapbooking page over the eyelet so that the back of the eyelet sticks throught the hole you just created.
- Place the setter with the flat end over the back of the eyelet and lightly tap the end of the setter with your hammer until the back of the eyelet begins to bend outward.
- Hammer the back of the eyelet directly until the eyelet flattens down into place.
- Turn your scrapbooking page over and be proud of your work.
Where to Buy Eyelets
You can purchase eyelets from me! My eBay Scrapbooking Store has hundreds of mixes of eyelets. Just look for my seller id: scrapsandcrafts
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