I teach a beginner scrapbooking class for the parents in our Boy Scout troop each year. My focus is on teaching them proper preservation of photos and memorabilia as well as some easy techniques for embellishing pages without breaking the bank. Here are a few pages we've made in these classes and a few I've done for my own scrapbooks.
For this "Court of Honor" page, I used a flattened bottle cap, a couple of circle punches with some leftover paper, and ribbon to create a cute doodad. The photo mats were embellished with a corner punch I bought for $1 at a garage sale.
How simple is this one? We used a Crop-o-dile to punch holes at intervals around this photo mat and then laced it with some hemp cord purchased at the dollar store.
A tag, some buttons, ribbon and a Dymo label maker were all I used on this color-blocked page.
The "pole" on this fishing page is made from a grill skewer stained with distressing ink. The "fish" were a graphic found on the internet that we printed onto shrinky dink paper. The "lures" were made from jewelry eye pins, construction paper, and some loose feathers from a boa -- and don't forget the googly eye!
Even a more formal page is dressed up with a bit of ribbon and a bit of glitter. The fleur-de-lis was stamped on cardstock with a glue "ink" pad and then glittered. The title is a combination of stencil, die cuts, and a stamp on a tag sticker. A dotted outline around the word "scout" makes it standout from the background.