Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Custom buttons with Ashli

Hi there! Ashli here to share with you how I put together my layout for this week's Button Challenge.

I have had a love/hate relationship with buttons. Yes, it's true. I am not sure why exactly. I just know that for some reason, they always seemed to be "floating" on my page. That is, until I started playing around with different mediums and altering my store-bought buttons.
So, let's take a look at that, shall we?

Here we have some Jenni Bowlin Vintage Buttons as well as some Favorite Findings Wood Buttons:
First up, if we just flip one of those plain wood buttons over, there is a perfectly smooth side...
 Perfect for stamping! A little Archival Ink and A Script Stamp does the trick:

 Ooooooh - pretty!

 And now for some embossing!

 With the buttons turned right side up, a little Wow Embossing Powder hits in all the right places:

 That looks lovely, but I want to play a little more. I should mention that I am not a precision embosser. Well, you have probably figured out that I just don't do precise. So, when I heat emboss, I love to sprinkle on different colors while the powders are hot and play with blending...

Love that gold! How about some more of that? Those Jenni Buttons are so pretty, but a little extra shine won't hurt...

 Alrighty! With all that embossing done, now it's time to break out some Color Shine:

A little spritzing and splashing with some various colors as well as some Distress Paint and we have this:

 Now, with my kraft matt all cleaned up, it's time to finish things off with some Washi:

After sticking that on and trimming, I simply punched the holes back in with my paper piercer and now for some distress around the edges...

 And there they are! Aren't they pretty?

OK, let's get those on a layout. I have a photo here with all my girlies enjoying our newly completed home library. I am thinking the vintage feel of buttons goes quite well with the vintage feel of a library. So... let's go with that!

With my photo all layered up with some Serendipity and Sundrifter papers, it's time to place around those buttons:

Once I had them all tacked in place with some Matte Medium, I just grabbed some basic thread and started stitching them on...

 Making sure to leave lots of extra hanging for some added texture...

And after some finishing touches of a Pocket for my Journaling Tag and some Pen Lines and such...

Here we have it!

 A layout full of vintage, altered, misted, washied, buttoney goodness!

I hope this has inspired you to change-up some of the buttons in your stash and to get your creative play on! Have fun and see you soon!


  1. Awesome Ashli! Love buttons, adore your ideas and the looks you've achieved. Gonna get playing. Hugs, Jenny x

  2. Great tutorial Ashli, I love stamping on wooden buttons and the touches of gold look fabulous. Lovely to see them on your layout, they add so much interest and dimension. Great way to showcase the element of our challenge. Tracy x

  3. Love these ideas and the end result, Ashli. Beautiful page, as always. I can definitely do the washi/wood button transformation. :)

  4. Love this! Never thought to alter buttons

  5. This is beautiful, love the way you customized each button.

  6. Love how you treated your buttons and made them all your own. Lovely lay-out as well.

  7. Oh wow!!! I will totally be doing this. Thanks Ashli!

  8. I LOVE THIS!! Be expecting some altered buttons from me soon ;)

    Beautiful layout as well, I LOVE the layers!

  9. Love the age and patina you gave these buttons!

  10. Fantastic. Love the stamping and the embossing. Great idea to dress up some boring buttons....

  11. Fabulous tips. Thanks so much.

  12. Delicious altered buttons - so cool!
    Alison x

  13. Wonderful button ideas. Thanks for sharing.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  14. Great ways to alter buttons ... some I hadn't seen before. Thanks for the tutorial, Ashli! :)

  15. LOVE THIS!!! I have been contemplating doing away with a lot of my buttons. They take up space and I find I do not use them. Rather than do that..... I shall try this. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Blessings ~~ dawn

  16. Great to see how you have used your buttons, I am very lucky to have a huge tin of buttons dating back over 100years, I don't use them anywhere near as much as I should, getting them out this weekend for a project now you have inspired me. Thanks

  17. Great tut, and gorgeous layout with these wonderful buttons!!!

  18. some great ideas here. thanks for sharing!

  19. You did your magic here! Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. So many great altering ideas, totally love what you did with all the buttons, thanks for this wonderful inspiration!!

  21. Fantastic tute & inspiration Ashli! TFS! x

  22. Beautiful layout, love the buttons and the different techniques you have used to make them match! Maddy x

  23. Thanks for the ideas! I've stamped on wood veneer before, but not buttons (imagine my shoulda-had-a-V8 forehead slap.) And I definitely want to try adding washi tape to wooden buttons, too! :-)

  24. Love this tutorial, so much fun to customize buttons like this! Hugs, Sandra

  25. What a great tut! Thank you so much for this inspiration, I`m lovin it and really liked to try it like this.
    hugs Clarissa

  26. Thanks for all the button ideas, Ashli.

  27. The great thing about buttons is how versatile they can be, I think that the first photo really reveals that. I really like the vintage buttons but I have to admit that I like the wooden buttons more because they are perfect for crafting. I love the stamping on the wooden button.


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