"Hi Everyone, It's Pam again. It's great to be back having fun with some great PaperArtsy products on my scrapbook pages. This week my posts are all focused on the details, specifically using stamps to add little embellishments that help to make your layouts interesting and keep the eye travelling round the page".
If you are a scrapbooker you will have noticed that there is a huge trend for pocket scrapbooking just now. Page protectors come divided into pockets into which you just slip your photos and some of the fabulous journalling cards that are available to purchase. The idea is that your memory keeping is simplified and you will document all the little things that happen in your day or week. Well, it's a great idea, but in reality we scrapbookers are a creative lot, and just slipping things into pockets, while simple and convenient, doesn't always satisfy our creative urges! Never fear, as you will see in this post, you can still be creative while utilising pocket scrapbooking! The one thing to remember though is the pockets cannot accommodate bulky items, so when adding details you need to keep them flat. So today I'm going to show you how I've made my own pocket scrapbook elements, with a focus on adding details without adding bulk.
First of all I cut some Smoothy Heavy Weight stamping card to size, and using a sponge blended some Tango, Haystack and Cheesecake Fresco Paint to create a background.
I then blended some Claret Fresco Paint around the edges to give the cards a vignette effect.
I used JOFY Mini 05 to stamp completely over the background on some of the cards, and around the edges of some others.
Using black Stazon Ink and Ink and the Dog Frames Plate 4 I stamped a border around the cards.
Having made my backgrounds, I set about making some embellishments. First I painted up some more stamping card. I wanted to add colour and marks to the card, but needed to keep a smooth finish for stamping on. So basically I used my craft sheet as a makeshift print plate. First, just scraping some paint on with a plastic card, then taking a print. (This craft sheet is an oven liner, and has its own interesting texture.)
Then adding more paint and making more marks into my 'printing plate'.....
...until I was happy with my prints.
I then used the Cat's Meow Collection - Cheese plate to stamp, and then cut out images to use to embellish my cards.
The black circles are die cut using Spellbinders scallop die, and detailed added with a white pen.
I added some stencilling using snowflake fresco paint and a Crafter's Workshop stencil. I also used a Sara Naumann 06 image.
Join me again tomorrow evening with another project.
Leandra Says: I've said it a zillions times, I really, really love the retro nature of the Cat's Meow stamps, and the 'cheese' collection is perfect for those using photos in their work regularly. You have used those and Sara's stamps perfectly Pam, AND shown us a wonderful alternative to gelli-printing that works perfectly with the supplies we all have handy. What a fantastic start to the week!
Gillian Says: Wonderful composition Pam, the warm colours with the bold pops of black & white are a visual treat. Great layout to capture those precious memories.
If you would like to join in this week's challenge and play along with Pam's techniques, then do link up your creativity here, and go in the draw to win some PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by 17:00, Sunday March 2nd 2014.