A Non-Scrappy Embellishment For Your Layouts

Since I’ve been talking about details quite a bit lately, I thought I would share an embellishment find: Memory Thread. I read about this product a few months ago on Ali Davis’s blog. She uses it as a finishing touch, to add some additional detail. Despite it’s scrapbook-ish sounding name, it is not scrapbook product. It’s made by DMC and you can find it in crafts stores near the embroidery threads.

What is Memory Thread? It’s fiber wrapped wire that is bendable, twistable and comes in 18 colors with three yards to a card. I paid $2.99 for each color.

I’m always looking for unique and different products to use as embellishments on my scrapbook pages. Memory Wire is acid free but I probably won’t use in much near my photos. I think this will be the perfect addition to floral clusters, as an outline to shapes, coils for flower centers, swirls to flower stems…and any other creative idea you can think of.

Adding the finishing touch is something I often forget to do. Sometimes I just run out of creative ideas and I’m glad to have a completed layout so I move on. But finishing touches can polish off the entire design. I went through my albums and found a few layouts that could use a finishing touch or two.

I like the design of both layouts, but I didn’t spend that few extra minutes to really look at these pages and figure out what else could be added.

On the first layout (L), I added some bling to the felt border and to the “F” in the title. The memory thread was added to the title for a bit of interest.

On the second layout (R), I added a few brads to help anchor the memory thread on the bottom left side of the layout. I also added dark brown hand stitching around the photos on the cardstock side, to give them some extra definition.

Here are the results:

I’m happy. It only took me a few minutes to add these touches. That’s a good reminder — it doesn’t take long, so before you finish your layouts, take a look and see if you could add a few finishing touches.

For more examples of ways to use memory thread, go here.

So what non-scrapbooking related embellishments do you like to use on your pages? Leave me a comment and give me some more ideas!


  1. I thought those pages were perfect the way they were. But, wow! That really added some “zing” to your pages. Definitely going to try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! I wasn’t sure it was going to make a difference but it really does. So simple too.

  2. Great layouts! I love the way the torn paper looks but for some reason can’t master it. It always looks a mess.

    • Funny that you say that – – half the time I don’t like how it tore but once it’s done, you can’t go back and re-do it so I just go with it. 🙂

  3. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh ! Now I know what I’ll use my Hobby Lobby coupon on! Thanks for the heads up! I can’t belive how this completed your layouts! Great job!

    • LOL – I love my coupons! I got my Memory Thread at Joann’s. I haven’t checked my Michaels or Hobby Lobby yet. Hoping everyone has it!

  4. Those pages look great whichever way you choose.
    But that little extra does give it a nice pop.

    • Thanks Tracy! Sometimes it’s the little things that just polish it off!

  5. Those two beautiful LOs, I really love that wire floss. I will definitely be checking that out next time I’m at Joanns 🙂

    -Gabi from Savannah, TX

    • Thanks Gabi! There are many pretty colors! That was the hardest part – picking only a few. I’ll be picking up more soon, too!

  6. That stuff is way cool! I’m going to have to check it out! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Wow, that Memory Thread just went on my shopping list! Thanks for your comment on my blog!



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