Use stamping techniques to create custom backgrounds for your scrapbook pages.
Design by Shannon Tidwell
The stamped journaling lines on Shannon's scrapbook page serve as a striped background and a place for her handwritten journaling.
Editor's Tip: For a more modern look, don't match the lines exactly. But if you want a straight line, use a ruler to line up the stamp.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Stickers: American Crafts. Stamps: KI Memories (journaling lines), Autumn Leaves ("forever friends"). Ink: StazOn by Tsukineko. Pen: Elmer's Painters. Ribbon: Strano Designs. Pin: Heidi Grace Designs. Buttons: Autumn Leaves.
Design by Vicki Boutin
Vicki created the background of her scrapbook page by using nearly clear watermark ink so her funky design doesn't compete with her images for attention.
Editor's Tip: Back your muted stamping with a bright solid-color cardstock like Vicki did to give it some oomph.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Scenic Route Paper Co. Chipboard letters: Heidi Swapp. Stickers, chalk: EK Success. Stamps: Gel-a-tins. Ink: VersaMark by Tsukineko. Brads: Making Memories.
Design by Amy Yingling
Amy added texture to her background behind her title and journaling by stamping and heat-embossing circles on her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use an element from your pattern to add pizzazz to your title. Amy replaced the letter "o" with a flower with an embossed center.
SOURCES: Cardstock, acrylic stamps, ink, embossing powder, punch: Stampin' Up!
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia used several stamps and ink colors on scrap pieces of patterned paper to create the colorful background for this scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use clear stamps to make sure you're stamping where you intend to.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Patterned paper: K&Company (red, aqua dot), BasicGrey (gold, textured), Club Scrap (dark teal), My Mind's Eye (cream dot). Chipboard accent, buttons, gem: Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Inkadinkado (stitches, text), Gel-a-tins (circles), Autumn Leaves (butterfly). Ink: Tsukineko, Stewart Superior. Embossing powder: Stampendous. Punch: EK Succss.
Design by Shannon Landen
With an embossing stylus, Shannon carved shapes into a piece of foam-core board, then sprayed orange paint over the pattern and immediately stamped it onto a piece of cardstock to create this spunky design.
Editor's Tip: If freehand embossing isn't your strong suit, make designs by tracing your favorite patterned paper or wrapping paper.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (white), Paper Reflections (black). Rub-ons: Li'l Davis Designs. Letter masks: Heidi Swapp. Spray paint: Krylon.
Design by Jennifer Gallacher
To emphasize the theme of her scrapbook page, Jennifer stamped the word "hero" all over the background.
Editor's Tip: If the word is important to your scrapbook page, turn it into a graphic element by repeating it in the background. Use a ruler for easy and perfect placement along the page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper (dark green), Prism Papers (all other). Patterned paper: Karen Foster Design. Fonts: Batik Regular (on tab) off the Internet, Century Gothic (journaling). Stamps, chipboard accents: Li'l Davis Designs. Paint: Delta. Punches: Gemline (circles), McGill Inc. (corner). Metal-rim tag: Making Memories
Design by Laura Kurz
Laura overlapped a torn sheet of cardstock on the stamped background of her scrapbook page to help the subtle design draw more attention.
Editor's Tip: Don't feel like you have to stamp the entire background. Sometimes a single decorative stamp can make a lot of impact on a simple scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Font: Arial. Patterned paper, stickers: Making Memories. Stamp: Hero Arts. Ink: ColorBox by Clearsnap.
Design by Leslie Lightfoot
Leslie used a clear stamp placed on a roller to create the floral pattern in the background of her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Don't be afraid to layer your stamped background. Leslie used a stamp intended for borders and simply rolled it over the entire area to give it a patterned look.
SOURCES: Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Fonts: Charisma (title), Highlight (journaling) by Autumn Leaves. Stamps: Hero Arts. Paper trim: Doodlebug Design. Flowers: Hero Arts (blue), Doddlebug Design (black).
Design by Lori Bergmann
Lori stamped her textured block multiple times behind her title before reapplying the image in other shades.
Editor's Tip: Letting your design run off the edges of your page is a cool effect. To get the look, mask off areas you don't want stamped with low-tack tape or stamp on a separate strip and then add to your scrapbook page.
SOURCES: Font: Chaparelle Pro (main text), Pharmacy (date). Rubber stamps: Sunday International (title), Delta (block background). Ink: Clearsnap. Rub-ons: Creative Imaginations. Epoxy products, dyes: Environmental Technology Inc. Adhesive: Aleene's Platinum Bond Glass & Bead Adhesive, Duncan Enterprises.
Design by Renee Villalobos-Campa
Adding buttons and jump rings to Renee's diamond-stamped background made her scrapbook page more interesting and eye-catching.
Editor's Tip: Don't overdo your embellishing. Accents should enhance the background without stealing the show.
SOURCES: Font: Handcrafted by Autumn Leaves. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko.
Design by Erikia Ghumm
Erikia dipped a wine cork in acrylic paint similar in color to her cardstock to create the soft but spunky background on her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Make a softer design pop off the scrapbook page by giving it an outline. Erikia doodled around her circles with a black pencil to make them stand out.
SOURCES: Cardstock, stickers: Club Scrap. Rubber stamps: Making Memories. Ink: Ranger Industries (background), Archival (date). Acrylic paint: Making Memories. Ribbon: Offray. Brad: Limited Editions. Velvet leaves: Artchix Studio. Punch: Emagination Crafts. Glitter glue: Ranger Industries. Color pencil: Sanford. Metal foil: AMACO. Scissors: Fiskars.
Design by Cindy Tobey
Randomly dispersed circles, made with stamps and wire mesh dipped in paint, create a playful feel to match the rest of the layout and accent different parts of Cindy's page.
Editor's Tip: Use a variety of stamps or materials. The contrast will give your scrapbook page a unique touch.
SOURCES: Patterned paper, ribbon, rickrack, buttons: We R Memory Keepers. Font: Lucida Sans off the Internet. Stickers: American Crafts. Chipboard accents: BasicGrey (numbers), We R Memory Keepers (letters). Stamp: Heidi Swapp. Ink: Tsukineko. Paint: Making Memories. Mesh: Magic Mesh.
Design by Tracy Kyle
Once Tracy's shapes were stamped with resist ink onto glossy paper, she used a brayer to spread orange ink over it to create the bubbly background of her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Your design doesn't have to be a perfect pattern. Take the opportunity to tailor your background to emphasize parts of your scrapbook page. Tracy made her tag more eye-catching by placing it over one of the circles.
SOURCES: Glossy paper, ink: Ranger Industries. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts (letters), Technique Tuesday (shapes). Tag: Pebbles Inc.
Design by Lisa Russo
Stamping doesn't have to be perfect. Sporadic stamping with watermark ink gave Lisa the free-flowing, playful background on her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Stamp your own embellishments and patterned paper to emphasize a theme like Lisa did with her circle accents and strips of cardstock.
SOURCES: Font: Serafina BT off the Internet. Rubber stamps: Hero Arts. Ink: Tsukineko. Acrylic paint: Li'l Davis Designs. Chipboard letters: Advantus. Brads: American Crafts. Pearls: Westrim Crafts.
Design by Joanna Bolick
Joanna cut out some of her stamped flowers and raised them so they literally pop off her scrapbook page.
Editor's Tip: Use your stamped images as embellishments to continue your theme. Stamp the images, trim them, and place them over your images like Joanna did for easy, unified decorating. Adhere with foam adhesive to make them pop more.
SOURCES: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Me and My Big Ideas. Rubber stamps: FontWerks (flowers), Making Memories (flourish). Ink: Tsukineko. Embossing powder: Stampendous. Pen: Uniball Signo.