Saturday Layout Challenge – Ink It Up

Stamping ink is such a versatile embellishment. It can add color, mute color or simply distress something to make it look more aged or worn. Paint is the same way. It can be used in so many ways on your scrapbook layouts. Todays challenge is to get creative with stamping ink or some paint. Use a lot of it. Not just a little swipe or dab, nope LOTS and LOTS! There needs to be tons of color or if you don’t want a lot of color than just use one color a lot. It doesn’t matter what type of paint … Continue reading

Technique Tuesday: Stamping and Dyeing Ribbon

This week’s technique stems from the fact that I have often heard scrapbookers complain that they aren’t enough ribbon colors to match their papers and supplies and they wish for more ribbon colors. If you are a ribbon fiend, these techniques are just what you might be looking for. There are actually two different techniques included in today’s Technique Tuesday. Dyeing Ribbon First off, I recommend beginning with a pure white ribbon. This makes the color truer to what you are looking for, rather than using another shade only to get an odd color at the end. Next, you will … Continue reading

Using Ink Pads to Distress or Add Dimension to Your Layouts

Ink pads are such a versatile supply. They are one of those things that were created for a specific use, to use with your rubber stamps, but they can go so much further than that. They are perfect for adding distressing or adding dimension to your scrapbooking layouts. There are a lot of different ways to use ink pads to create these amazing effects on your pages, one of my favorites, which certainly adds a bit of dimension is to create backgrounds. These papers were made by multiple ink pad swipes across the page. I chose complementary colors that went … Continue reading

Organization – Storing Unmounted Stamps

As I mentioned in earlier articles, I am starting some specific articles, dealing with storage and organization of different types of scrapbook supplies. Not all scrapbookers use rubber stamps. And even those that do, might choose not to use unmounted rubber stamps. However, many scrapbookers find it challenging to store these little pieces of rubber. Never fear, there are solutions out there. It is about figuring out what works for you, and which system will allow you to get the most use out of your unmounted stamps. While there are several binders and systems, made exclusively for storing unmounted stamps, … Continue reading

Scrapbooking with the Versamark Ink Pad

As scrapbookers go, I’m probably on the frugal side. It is, of course, my money pit, but the pit isn’t too deep. I save money wherever I can, and try to come up to alternatives to most of the trendy things. The Versamark inkpad is a notable exception. I have tried a substitute that supposedly was the same; it wasn’t, and the $3 I saved turned out to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. So now I definitely fork out the money for the real thing. The Versamark is a watermark pad. What I like most about it is that it’s subtle. You … Continue reading

Holiday Gift Tags

Handmade Gift Tags In addition to scrapbooking with my stash of supplies, I also like to find other ways to put my paper and embellishments to good use. This past week I created a few Christmas gift tags out of my supplies. This was such a fun way to use my supplies and create something meaningful that will add a special touch to a special gift. Here are some pictures of the tags: The tags were really fast and easy to make and will add a nice touch to gifts this Christmas. Here is the short list of supplies that … Continue reading

A Simple Way To Store Those Unmounted Stamps

Lets face it, stamping has become so popular in scrapbooking, it is almost an addiction by itself. For many, it is their primary addiction, for others it is just fun to have the stamps to use in your scrapbooks. Regardless of where you fall in that little spectrum, storing the unmounted stamps can be a challenge. Once upon a time, I actually stored them in a drawer in my iris cart. But it was difficult to find what I was looking for and I got frustrated easily. I came up with a better solution that you will hopefully find useful … Continue reading

Friday Funnies: Another 12 Step Program For Scrapbookers

Just last week I shared with you an original 12 Step Program funny for scrapbookers. I wrote the one I shared last week, but this week I have one provided by another scrapbooker who received it via email. I hope you have an excellent weekend. We’ll be shopping for school supplies in our neck of the woods, and spending some time together as a family for our last weekend before school starts. See you next week! 12 STEP PROGRAM FOR SCRAPBOOKERS (author unknown) 1. I do not need any more paper! 2. I do not need any more punches! 3. … Continue reading

Basics for Inking

The technique of inking has taken the scrapbook world by storm. But what does it mean to ink? And how do you do it? Simply put, the term inking describes the process of smearing ink across the background and edges of paper. The messier you make it, the better it looks. One of the reasons I love inking is because it looks good, it’s easy to do and it’s extremely inexpensive – no special tools to get started. Really, you just need an ink pad in just about any color you would like. Take the ink pad and rub it … Continue reading

Cleaning Your Rubber Stamps

Keeping your rubber stamps clean is important. You want to make sure that the residue is gone and that your images come out crisp and clear each time you use the stamp. But what is the best product to clean your stamps with? That’s really a matter of choice. But here are a few options for you to try and see what you like best. Baby Wipes Many scrapbookers use baby wipes to clean their stamps. Baby wipes offer an affordable cleaner as well as being easy to find and easy to use. You can just dab the stamp on … Continue reading