Welcome to the last day of "use your stash" week. Today, we are tackling using those stamps.
I consider stamps to be the "gift that keeps on giving", you can use them over and over again, and they can go with any and every project. Since I have so many of them, I set out on a mission to see what I could do.
This is my stamp basket. These are just my acrylic stamps, and aren't they so organized??
The kit clubs that I belong to also contain stamps, so I get at least 2 new stamps a month. I am going to share with you some of the ways I have used stamps on some of my projects.
I am usually a bit of a chicken about stamping directly on my project. Usually to fix that, I stamp on seperate paper, and then add it to my project, like I did with the "details" accent at the top of this layout.
I decided to throw caution into the wind on this next layout, and create a background design using a small arrow stamp. It was super easy, and I felt very proud that I created this all on my own. :) I used a pencil and ruler to measure out where I wanted them to go, and then just stamped away. After the ink dried, I carefully erased the pencil lines.
Another way I like to use my stamps is to create a pattern on embellishments. I cut out some hearts using my cameo, and the large one I cut out of patterned paper. The smaller two were out of cardstock, so I grabbed one of my stamps and stamped a pattern.
In this next layout, which you've seen before (it was my Nov Gallery layout), I used the top part of a tag behind the top of my pictures, and I didn't want to not use the bottom part. When I put it on the layout it looked so plain, so I grabbed a stamp set and added the sentiment accross the bottom of the tag.
The lovely Christine sent along a handful of gorgeous cards with some amazing stamping to share. Take a look at she used the heck out of her stamps to create these amazing cards.
If that doesn't get you stamping, I don't know WHAT will! I hope you had as much fun as I did this week, and that you are inspired to use some of that stash we all seem to have. If you need some more reasons to get scrapping, there are a ton of challenge blogs out there that can those creative juices flowing. Here are a few of my favorites.
The English Geek-this one is near and dear to my heart because it's run by our own Amy Sorenson.
Hello everyone! Thanks for coming back and joining me for another day in embellishment week. Today we are going to look at wood veneers, which are wildly popular right now, and the tried and true chipboard. Both come in many shapes and sizes and are a great addition to any layout.
Wood Veneer Ideas
The beauty of wood veneers is that they look great all on their own, without any altering. For this layout, I simply accented a couple tags with natural snowflake shapes and also tied twine around one by the title.
Do you see a couple other techniques we talked about earlier this week? Yes! The colored hanging tags accented with snowflakes and the fabric brad used for the center of the "o" in the title. All fun easy ways to add extra touches to your layouts and get all those cute embellishments on a layout to enjoy.
Many of the basic shapes that are available in wood veneers have open centers. Try using the open space to highlight something on your photo, journaling or other important detail on your layout. I used the heart to draw attention to the sun which makes the sky look like it is on fire. It was also the inspiration for the play on words I used in my title.
Wood veneers are easy to alter with spray mist. It is my go-to method for coloring them. For a more intense color, spray lightly, let dry and spray again a second time. On this layout, the brightly colored wood veneer stars frame the photos making them the focal point. The title is also made of wood veneer with a brad used as part of the punctuation!
I took full advantage of the open centers of all the circle wood veneers on this layout. One houses part of the title, one is home to my journaling and the other is backed with patterned paper that coordinates with my theme. A couple veneers were stitched down, which is functional and decorative too.
Finally, look for ways add similar shapes in different mediums for visual interest. Here I mixed stamped asterisk shapes with asterisk wood veneers. I like the way the two work together to lead you through the layout.
Let's not forget our beloved chipboard. Some manufacturers offer chipboard in colors, patterns and designs that coordinate with their paper collections. Other manufacturers offer natural chipboard giving you the option to paint them, cover them with patterned paper or even leaving them natural.
On this layout, I created a scene with a tree chipboard. To dress it up I added small punched flowers accented with rhinestones, an owl perched on a branch with a kite tied off next to the owl. It's fun to alter the look of chipboard with paint too, like I did with the alphabet chipboard in the title.
With just a few simple touches you can really dress up chipboard that coordinates with a line. I used several pieces to create an entire scene that coordinates with the theme of my layout. I added a couple small details that make a big difference to dress them up. Take for instance the cute egg chipboard banner...the addition of the tied seam binding on the ends really sets it off. I also used a piece of chipboard as the background for the title and layered a small birdie chipboard on top. These simple little touches make all the difference.
Chipboard can be beautiful left natural too. On this last layout, I left the chipboard unaltered but adhered small pearls to create a choker necklace on the silhouette shape. It was just the right detail for my vintage layout.
Thank you for visiting today. I hope you are inspired to get out your stash of wood veneers and chipboard and add them to a page. I'll see you back here tomorrow for our final day of embellishment inspiration and a giveaway!
Hello and welcome to the last day of stamping! Today will be all about stamping for Project Life. Stamps are a fun way to add a little extra embellishment to your Project Life pages. My pages are fairly simple, but I do like to add stamped images here and there.
This year I'm using the Clementine kit. I usually use the cards that came in the kit or sometimes the cards with the grid design, and I add a few stamped images as I'm putting together a layout like I did in these examples:
Becky Higgins has recently introduced more options for the 3x4 and 4x6 cards. They are still available in the grid pattern, but they are also available in solid white and textured cardstock in colors to match each kit.
So I decided to use all three - white, grid and colors to create some journaling cards to use in my future Project Life layouts (or maybe even some regular layouts). Some of the cards will eventually be the background for an instagram photo and others will be for journaling.
These were a lot of fun to make and I love how they turned out... I will definitely be making more! Can't wait to use them in my next Project Life layout!
That's it for our week of stamping. I hope you're inspired to use those stamps you've been collecting! If you're interested in the stamps I've used this week, I've included links to them on my blog here.
It's give.away.day. and we figured there was no better way to celebrate our week of stamping than with some stamps!!
We are excited to have Simon Says Stamp! as our sponsor today. They have a huge selection of stamps, inks and other paper crafting products. Including some exclusive Kelly Purkey stamps. Would you like one? How about two?? For our giveaway today one lucky person will receive the Kelly Purkey Rad Stamp set, and the Autumn Stamp set.
These stamps are so versatile and work great for layouts. Look how masterfully Deb used both sets on her layout.
If you would like to be considered for this giveaway, please leave us a comment telling us something you love about stamping, or something you would like to learn. Comments will remain open through this evening. One lucky number will be selected at random and posted tomorrow. Don't forget to check back as it is your responsibility to claim your lucky number by midnight Saturday!
Hi there! Are you excited about stamping yet? I know I am! I love what stamping adds to a layout and you will find at least a bit of stamping on almost all of my layouts. Today is day three of our week on stamping and I'll be sharing layouts with stamped titles and other words or phrases used as accents on the page.
First, I used alpha stamps to create the titles on these layouts. It's fun to combine the stamped words with letter stickers!
I stamped the name "Charlie" on this layout.
I stamped the word "first" and then cut out each letter on this layout. (It didn't take long!)
And here's one more with the stamped word 'enthusiastic" which is a very appropriate description of our dog, Maisy, I might add. I prefer to stamp each letter individually because the letters seem too far apart when I try adding them to the acrylic block all at once. I just try to get them in the right place. It's okay with me if they aren't perfectly straight; they are hand stamped after all.
The "enjoy the ride" stamp was the inspiration for this layout and I used it for my title.
And now, here are some layouts with words or phrases as accents. I use this type of stamp a lot. I love that I can convey a feeling or emotion in a subtle way.
Some words are stamped directly on the page, like "beautiful" and others that are designed with shapes like the "look at this" stamp look nice cut out and adhered with dimensional adhesive.