Virigina Nebel, Design Team Coordinator for Scrapalicious, is our Guest Poster for today’s article. Virginia’s work can be seen at The Cupcake Blog which she authors as well as in many upcoming publications, the list of which is shown in the sidebar of her blog.
(Note: click any of the photos of Virginia’s projects to enlarge.)
So I’ve been working with this new material lately. Well it’s not actually new… it’s been around for ages- foam board. Otherwise known as foam core. You know, the stuff that kids use for presentations at school.
When I was helping my daughter, Anna, put together her school presentation we used foam board (by Elmer’s). The light bulb went on in my head. Here is a material that’s been around for so long. It’s lightweight, you can cut it, paint it, glue paper to it… why can’t we use it for scrapbooking or papercrafts?
Chipboard is still pretty popular, but foam board could be used in the same manner. The main difference is it has a nice chunky quality to it. The great thing is that it’s super light and you can also use your regular scrapbook adhesive to adhere it to your projects. I haven’t seen foam board used in any of the magazines or scrapbooking sites, so I hope this might open up a bunch of creative possibilities for papercrafters that would like to experiment with something new. (Sort of like what the lunch bag did for making paperbag books!).
Foam board is so versatile. You can make ‘board books’, raise the level (literally) of your card and much more. You can cut foam board with a craft knife or you can roll them through heavy-duty die cuts for fun shapes. Pictured here are a few examples I’ve tried. I already have plans to make a few more books and maybe a baby book too!