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

Ink Pad Storage and Organization

Stamp pads can accumulate quickly, with all the luscious colors out there, and all of the different companies. From one company alone I have 35 different colors, not to mention a variety of other stamp pads and types. So what do you do when the stamp pads add up and the way you are storing them isn’t working for you? Over the years I have seen lots of different storage methods, but my favorite by far is the way that I have them stored. The reason I love it so much is because it was a totally FREE item that … Continue reading

The Three Biggest No No’s People Do With Their Photographs

There are so many things that people do with their photographs or have done with their photographs in the past, that sincerely make me cringe. Of course, it is not just me that is cringing. The people who are dedicated to archival quality of photographs are cringing too. These three no-no’s are so common, it is scary. Please avoid these three horrible ideas at all costs. Marking the Photograph Do not, I repeat, do not mark on the back of your photograph with anything other than a photo pencil that has been created and designed to keep your photographs safe. … 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

Making Your Own Rubber Stamp Ink

Since I recently explained how to make your own rubber stamps at home, I thought it might be beneficial to include a few ways that you can create rubber stamping ink at home as well. I’ve tried it, and was pleased with the end results. It saves money in the long run, and you can make as much or as little as you need. In addition you can mix colors and create some that you might not be able to purchase at the store. Or you can match the ink color to colors in the layout you are working on. … Continue reading