Scrapbook 10-Minute Tricks: Clear Stamps

See the true creative potential in your clear stamps. From bending them to cutting them, these quick tricks will have you seeing your clear stamps in a whole new light! Maggie Holmes used three creative stamping ideas on her Pretty Princess Dress layout found in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink.

Pretty Princess Dress by Maggie Holmes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Pretty Princess Dress by Maggie Holmes from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Stamp a Scene

Save time by stamping several images at once. Clear stamp blocks come in various sizes, so you simply have to select a larger block to build your scene.

Cloud closeup

Cloud closeup

Clouds arranged on acrylic block

Clouds arranged on acrylic block

Bend and Shape Your Stamps

Clear stamps are flexible, making it easy for you to bend an image to create an entirely different design. Fold a banner into a circle to create a sun, or go with a square for a funky photo frame.

Sun closeup

Sun closeup

Curve stamps for a new design

Curve stamps for a new design

Remove What You Don’t Need

Rather than taking time to mask, simple cut away the part of your clear stamp you don’t need. Don’t worry; you can piece the stamp back together on your acrylic block when you want the image in its original form.

Journaling closeup

Journaling closeup

Remove portions of stamps

Remove portions of stamps

 

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Sketch Download for Eight Photos

Do you have lots of photos to fit on your layout? This sketch from Becky Higgins has spots for eight photos. Becky created her The Loves of My Life layout using the sketch. Notice how she curved her title along the half circle at the top of the layout and stretched her journaling across the bottom of the layout. You could also use taller photos to fill the rectangle areas, but Instagram photos or close-ups are perfect for these spots.

The Loves of My Life layout by Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

The Loves of My Life layout by Becky Higgins from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Linda Harrison took a slightly different approach on her The Order of Things layout while still keeping to the basics of the sketch. She enlarged a photo and used it for the accent at the top of the layout and stretched her title across the top of the pages. Also, she divided her journaling into small pieces that she included on each rectangle with the corresponding photo.

The Order of Things layout by Linda Harrison from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

The Order of Things layout by Linda Harrison from Creating Keepsakes Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Sketch:

Sketch 10 from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2

Sketch 10 from Creative Sketches, Vol. 2


Download this sketch to use when scrapbooking your stack of photos.

Both of these layouts are from Creative Sketches, vol. 2. Additional layout sketches and ideas are available in Creative Sketches, vol. 1.

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Journaling Card Downloads for School and Autumn

The September 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking is now available and it has several journaling cards available as free downloads. These two are perfect for back-to-school and autumn pages. Whether you use them for as accents or titles on your layouts or in photo pocket scrapbooking, they’re great to have on hand for quick pages.


Download JPG version

Download PDF version

 



Download JPG version

Download PDF version

 

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Free Download: Tickets for Journaling Spots & Accents

It’s summertime and the living is easy. You’re taking oodles of photos on your getaways and every day adventures with your family and friends and you can’t wait to scrapbook them. Our designers created these images in PSD and printable PDF formats for you to use on your travel photos and layouts.

Joannie McBride shows how to use the downloads in two ways on her My Happy Place layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel. Print one ticket large enough to hold your journaling, then print several copies of all three in a size small enough to create a cute banner.

My Happy Place by Joannie McBride from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

My Happy Place by Joannie McBride from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Summer Fun & Travel

My Happy Place title closeup

My Happy Place title closeup

My Happy Place banner accent

My Happy Place banner accent

 

Downloads:

Printable Tickets to download

Printable Tickets to download

Download a PDF of these tickets to use on your scrapbook page.

Download a PNG of these tickets to use on your digital layout.

To save to your computer, right-click on the image and select “Save Image As” (or a similar phrase, depending on your computer options) and save the image to your desktop.

 

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Scrapbook How-to: Kiss Stamping

In stamping speak, “kissing” is the process of pressing two stamps together. It’s an easy way to add patterns, textures, or extra details to a stamped image, which gives you even more cool ways to use your stamps. Those extra details from from pressing an uninked stamp against an inked stamp. the uninked stamp will remove color from the inked stamp, leaving its pattern in its place.

Alicia Thelin used a stepped up version of this technique on her Fair Food layout in Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink, by pressing two inked stamps together. Instead of removing ink from her first stamp, her second stamp left its image on it in a different color.

Fair Food by Alicia Thelin from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Fair Food by Alicia Thelin from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Stamps & Ink

Stamp Kissing on border

Stamp Kissing on border

Create the look:

Step 1: Ink background stamp; place face up on work surface.

Step 1: Ink background stamp; place face up on work surface.

Step 2: Ink second stamp in contrasting color.

Step 2: Ink second stamp in contrasting color.

Step 3: Press second stamp onto background stamp; remove stamp, lifting straight up to avoid smearing the stamped image.

Step 3: Press second stamp onto background stamp; remove stamp, lifting straight up to avoid smearing the stamped image.

Step 4: Stamp image on photo mat.

Step 4: Stamp image on photo mat.

 

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