Scrapbook How-to: Layer Vellum with Patterned Paper

Nearly transparent and more delicate than cardstock or patterned paper, vellum brings unique qualities to your scrapbooking.

Mou Saha layered vellum over patterned paper on her My Houseplants layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza. She selected a design that she could easily cut with a craft knife and used colored vellum that blended beautifully with her patterned paper.

My Houseplants by Mou Saha from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

My Houseplants by Mou Saha from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza

Create the look:

Step 1: Sketch or trace design on vellum with pencil.

Step 1: Sketch or trace design on vellum with pencil.

Step 2: Cut out the design with craft knife or fine-tipped scissors.

Step 2: Cut out the design with craft knife or fine-tipped scissors.

Step 3: Adhere negative potion of vellum cutout to patterned paper.

Step 3: Adhere negative potion of vellum cutout to patterned paper.

Tips for success:

  • Different weights, opacities, and colors of vellum are available. Experiment with various types to find which you prefer to work with.
  • Vellum is easy to see through, so tracing an image to cut out is very simple. You can also cut out a shape using a die-cutting machine.
  • If you’re concerned about seeing the adhesive through the vellum on your layout, consider spray adhesive or look for adhesives specially formulated to work with vellum.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Create a Stamped Title with Masking

You want your title to stand out on your layout and one way to do that is add a background to your text. April Massad masked a portion of her stamp when creating the title for her Loving Life layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink.

Loving Life layout by April Massad from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamping & Inks

Loving Life layout by April Massad from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Create the look:

Step 1: Stamp phrase on scrap and trim to desired shape. This is your mask.

Step 1: Stamp phrase on scrap and trim to desired shape. This is your mask.

Step 2: Place mask on tag and stamp background design over mask.

Step 2: Place mask on tag and stamp background design over mask.

Step 3: Remove mask to reveal blank area ready for phrase to be stamped.

Step 3: Remove mask to reveal blank area ready for phrase to be stamped.

Tips for Success

  • Punch small shapes, like the ovals April used on several of her tag accents, to serve as ready-made masks.
  • Try this technique using two sizes of nesting dies or punches.
  • When your project requires very precise placement to stamp inside the masked area, consider using clear stamps or a stamp-positioning tool.
  • Apply repositionable adhesive to masks to keep them in place, or create masks from sticky notes.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Make Your Own Flag Accents

Create a rollercoaster background for your layout by creating your journaling in a rolling wave shape, using either a photo-editing or word-processing program. Print the wavy shape on cardstock cut to 8 1/2″ by 12″ (most ink jet printers will accommodate longer paper). Mat the wavy shape with black cardstock on the top and striped patterned paper on the bottom. Finish the look with black paper carts made from hand-cut rectangles and punched circles.

Laina Lamb finished off her One Amazing Day layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel with a multi-color flag title. She cut each flag from a different color of pattern paper.

One Amazing Day layout by Laina Lamb for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

One Amazing Day layout by Laina Lamb for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

Create the look:

Step 1: Cut bamboo skewers to size. Tie crepe paper to tops.

Step 1: Cut bamboo skewers to size. Tie crepe paper to tops.

Step 2: Adhere patterned paper flag to skewer.

Step 2: Adhere patterned paper flag to skewer.

Step 3: Adhere title letters to flag, and adhere flags to layout using foam squares.

Step 3: Adhere title letters to flag, and adhere flags to layout using foam squares.

Laina also create these flag images in PDF, PNG, DXF, and SVG formats for you to use on your summer layouts.

Download a PDF of these flags to use on your scrapbook page

Download a PNG of these flags to use on your digital layout

Download a DXF or download a SVG of these flags to use with your digital die-cutting machine

 

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Free Downloads: Journaling Cards to Print

Journaling cards can be used in a variety of ways including as accents, titles, and to record journaling on layouts or to create quick photo pocket scrapbook pages. These free downloads can be printed as is or resized and enhanced (in photo editing software). Happy scrapbooking!

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PDF version

Download JPG version
Download PNG version

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Make a Synthetic Flower

These bright, cheerful peonies are easier to make than you might think and are the perfect way to give your page a textile touch. Cluster together with sweet scallops and other fabric like lace trim to draw the eye toward a focal point on your layout or balance out a heavy title on the opposite page. Stacy Cohen created a cluster of flowers on her You Had Me at Meow layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies.

You Had Me at Meow by Stacy Cohen

You Had Me at Meow by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Create the look:

Step 1: Hand cut or punch petal shapes using synthetic fabric. Note: For a fuller flower add more layers.

Step 1: Hand cut or punch petal shapes using synthetic fabric. Note: For a fuller flower add more layers.

Step 2: Briefly hold petals near flame to singe and curl edges. Note: Always use extreme caution when working with fire; some fabrics are more flammable than others.

Step 2: Briefly hold petals near flame to singe and curl edges. Note: Always use extreme caution when working with fire; some fabrics are more flammable than others.

Step 3: Layer petals and embellish with a button.

Step 3: Layer petals and embellish with a button.

 

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