Sweet Scrappin’ – I love to go a-wandering

Hello Sweet Scrappers! Today I’ve got a layout where I did a lot of stamping directly onto my background paper. That can be a little scary to do, right? I only had one sheet of this pretty Amy Tangerine ‘Sketchbook’ paper, so I was careful in my planning and stamping. Let me show you how it came together.

Here’s my layout:

Before I stamped on the background, I actually stamped on some scrap paper and cut out the pieces. I chose inks that coordinated with the colors already in the patterned paper. This was my rough plan before stamping with Calendar and Distressed Chevron:

Now I was confident in what I was doing so I went ahead and stamped! I added some text and arrow stamps using black ink and ended up with a page like this:

 My black on blue stamping in the corner of the photo got a little lost. I fixed that by layering a few strips of paper under the photo, and just covered that stamping right up! The paper strips helped to ground my photo anyways, so it wasn’t just ‘floating’ on the page.

Next, I thought the stamped calendar was a little out of proportion with the rest of the page. My eye was drawn to the calendar instead of the photo. So I just layered some embellishments over it. You can still see that it’s a calendar, but it doesn’t stand out as much.

Then some text stickers and arrows down the side, to direct your eye to the photo:

Then to balance the layout, I embellished the upper right corner of the photo. Notice that I restamped the little View Finder banner (that I previously covered up) onto yellow paper and cut it out.

Here’s the completed layout again:
To sum up some of my tips for stamping on your scrapbook page background:
  1. Plan out your stamping. Stamp on scrap paper and cut out the pieces to better visualize on your layout.
  2. Cover up stamping mistakes with embellishments or patterned paper.
  3. Give it a try and have fun!!

Thanks for coming by today, and please visit me anytime on my BLOG.
-Michele

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23 Responses to Sweet Scrappin’ – I love to go a-wandering

  1. Yes!!! Loooooove a layout on here!! And it gorgeous!! I think it’s absolutely GENIUS to stamp on scrap paper before stamping directly onto the background! Awesome awesome awesome layout!

  2. Jessica says:

    Love it! The Amy Tan Sketchbook, the stamping on scraps for planning purposes, the grouping. Girl, you got it all going on here. <3

  3. Mistylynn says:

    Looks so good!!!

  4. Tracy says:

    Amazing Layout!

  5. wow your right this is a must see.. gorgeous layout..

  6. Caryn S says:

    Uh-DORABLE! And now you have me singing that song!

  7. Seriusly…ah-mazing!!! love this layout soooo much and what GREAT tips 🙂

  8. Emily says:

    This is amazing! I’m inspired to start stamping again and try my hand at a layout! Fabulous!

  9. Niki G says:

    Love reading how scrapbookers think and plan their layouts…great tips!

  10. AllAmy says:

    Yummy colors. I adore everything about this!

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