Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On the third day of Christmas...

Hello everyone! Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Waltzingmouse Style! It's my turn to share with you some ideas for holiday crafting (and beyond)!

My project is a scrapbook page. I know most of you are card makers, but I have a feeling that many of you are also scrapbookers like me. I turns out that many Waltzingmouse Stamps are perfect for scrapbooking!

My first tip is to sew on your pages, not just your cards. It really adds so much interest to your layouts, especially zig-zag stitching.

I use a Janome Sew Petite because it's small and lightweight, easy to set aside in my craft room and pull out when it's time to sew.

My next tip is actually Claire's, but it bears repeating in case you missed it. You know how it can be tough to get a clean image when stamping with solid images? Well, all you need to do is this...

First, ink up your stamp with embossing ink

Then ink the stamp with distress ink, right over the embossing ink. Don't worry, it won't hurt your distress ink pad!


Quickly sprinkle with clear embossing powder

Heat set and voila, a vibrant, clearly stamped image!

I've used the largest ornament stamp from the Vintage Ornaments stamp set, which coordinates with Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament dies. Here's a tip... once you've positioned the die over the stamped image, tape it down with some removable tape.

Your stamped image will turn a different color! LOL... not really. I just decided the Fired Brick version of my ornament didn't match the paper, so I made another one with Peeled Paint. (*grin*)

Another tip is to stamp images directly on your designer paper. You can use images or text to create more interest. Here I've used the pine branch stamp from Festive Foliage and stamped in Tim Holtz Walnut Stain distress ink.

Raise your hand if you've ever tacked things down and then decided you should have done one more thing beforehand. I do it more often than I care to admit. I should have inked the edges of all of my paper layers with Walnut Stain distress ink before stitching. But at least I was able to go back and add ink to the outside edges, which I think gives a nice effect.

Here is the final page. I also added some ribbon to the top of the ornament. I haven't put anything inside the blank space of the ornament yet because I plan to use that for journaling once I pick the pictures for this layout.

I also added a vintage tag for good measure. It's a fairly simple layout, but one I think will showcase a couple of Christmas snapshots very nicely. Note that I stamped "Photo" on my placeholders using Victorian Alphabet, which is an especially good set to have for creating titles for your scrapbook pages.

I hope you've picked up an idea or two. Do try adding some stamped images to your scrapbook pages... you will love the results!

Please be sure to join us everyday through December 17th for more tips and ideas! You'll find all the links on the Waltzingmouse Stamps blog.

Happy Holidays!

31 comments:

ParentesFantomet said...

Wow! Thanks for the tips on getting beautiful stamped images. And thanks for sharing that layout, it's beautiful!

Dee in N.H. said...

That is just gorgeous! Love the stamping and the color choices. Very pretty. Oh, and my hand went right up when you asked....I do it too often, change my mind after it's all attached. LOL!

Claire Brennan said...

Gorgeous layout Lisa!!! LOVE the stitching and the warm colours!!! FAbby tutorial!!!

Isabel Z said...

This is absolutely stunning; I love it!

Julia Aston said...

What great ideas for a Christmas photo page Lisa! love the colors, the stitching and the stamping! Thanks for all the tips too! I've sort of gotten away from scraping - but I have a 3 month old grandnephew now and we already have about a million pics of him - so I suddenly feel that scrapbooking might be coming back!!

Lisa F. said...

Love it!! Made me sit back and go "mmmm, mmm,mmmm" so beautiful!!

Kelly S. said...

Thanks so much for those tips, Lisa! Love your charming, vintage scrapbook page!

Bonnie said...

This is fabulous Lisa - Great idea to add sewing to a layout and love the idea of adding journaling to the ornament!

Cassie_lu said...

beautiful layout and great reminder about the embossing and colored inks.

anya said...

Great scrapbook page, Lisa! The stitching adds a great touch and works so well with the old world look of your papers and accents! Would love to see the finished product once the photos are added! :)

Carly said...

What a wonderful layout idea! Just lovely Lisa!

Belinda said...

Lovely scrapbook page for your Xmas memories! Love all the tips that you shared as well!

Dani said...

So lovely!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

This is a beautiful page! Thank you for repeating the steps and tips. I always forget about stamping onto pattern paper and it looks so pretty when done. TFS!

Amy said...

Love this! Thanks for re-sharing the inking tip of Claire's. I missed it before!

Pam S. said...

beautiful page Lisa! Sure hope my ornament stamps come soon! so cool!
Pam Going Postal

Meredith said...

Thanks for the tip about embossing over coloured inks by backing it with Versa - I plan to use that one! The best part was the colour changing trick... ;)

I giggled a couple of times in this post - Haven't we all forgotten to distress an edge here and there? ;)

Joanne Gilch said...

I have never sewn on a scrap book page, but will definitely give it a try next time I am scrapbooking...like after the New Year!!! Love your page and all the photos!

Chris said...

Fabulous layout, Lisa. Love the stitching, colour and distressed edges.

Chris

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Gorgeous LO Lisa! Love the Vintage Vibe and the embossed ornament! Thanks for the tutorial and inspiration :)

Helen L said...

Such a lovely page!! I love all the great details: Thanks for all the tutorials too!!

Shirley N said...

A beautiful layout! Thanks for the great embossing tip!

Debgem said...

What a beautifully vintage scrapbook page - I love it!! I haven't tackled stitching on cards yet - but may give it a try. Thans for the tip about the large stamps - I think I'll give that a try.

Deirdre said...

Beautiful.

Stampersue said...

A lovely layout and thanks for the stamping tips.

Stampersue
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Angela Timms said...

Vintage!!! Ahhh!! I love it!

Valerie said...

Thanks for the tip on using distress ink on top of versamark, definitely going to try that one! A lovely layout and vintage is my favourite :)

Alice Wertz said...

thanks for the wonderful tips, Lisa! beautiful page, too!

Sharli said...

Awesome, Lisa! I love this layout and your tutorial is so fun!! I'm sitting here having my morning coffee when, suddenly, the ornament changes from red to dark green?? Huh??? But you didn't miss a beat - I loved your little joke!

So - I thank you and applaud your work! Very nice - I'm saving this one to my inspiration folder!

Sandra said...

what a fun page!
Sandra

LaurieJ said...

I'm finally getting the chance to hop around to all of the 12 Days posts. Beautiful layout, Lisa! I love the vintage look.