Stamping Tips for a Fishing Scrapbook Layout

Welcome to another Creative Design Team video collab! This month, we are sharing tips, tricks, and techniques you can use when stamping on your scrapbook layouts. Make sure you set aside time to watch all of the videos in the series. You are going to be inspired!

Stamping on layouts is something I don’t do as often I should, so this month’s assignment challenged me. I think it’s the perfectionist in me. I worry about making a mistake if I stamp on the layout, or that the stamped images will look like child’s drawings, or that I won’t be able to pull it all together into a cohesive layout.

If you have struggled with the same fears, then you are going to enjoy this month’s video collaboration. Not only did I stretch myself and fight a few fears, I have also learned so much from my friends. With some stamps in hand, the Wander collection, and a how-to book at my side, this is the layout I came up with.

The fishing photos are from a reservoir in Colorado where the rocks and beaches are a beautiful earthy deep red. Those peacock and paprika colors in the background paper from the Wander collection matched the photos so well.

The paper I chose had rolling hills at the base, but they didn’t quite match up. I assume that most people wouldn’t use two of these Wander papers side-by-side, but I wanted the illusion of hills rolling across my pages, so I made it work. The hills make the perfect backdrop for my title.

The page was inspired by a design in the Make it From Your Heart Volume 2 book. My crafting brain hasn’t been working this year, so I’ve been using idea books as a jumping-off point when creating scrapbook layouts.

Not only was I inspired by the bold title, but I also wanted to replicate a stamped border along the left side of the page. This is a simple way to use stamped images on a layout without worry. If I stamped a square incorrectly, I just needed to stamp another square.

I used White Pigment ink to stamp the images giving them a chalk-like look. Pigment ink takes time to dry, so make sure you are careful to not to smear the images and set them aside for a few hours before assembling the border.

On the border, I stamped images from the Take a Hike and Wander Scrapbooking stamp sets. I also used icons from these two collections to create some matching die cuts for my page. To see how I made and re-made the border, you can view the process in my video.

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Using stamps to create personalized die cuts is a great way to make sure they match the elements on your page. You can’t always find the perfect sticker or die-cut in your collection, but you can shade a stamped image in any color you want to match your layout.

I used Peacock, Toffee, and Espresso ink pads to watercolor the backpack, I stamped the Boot Print in Espresso, and the Compass was stamped with layers of Toffee, Espresso, Peacock, and Black. All of these colors match other elements on the layout, and I was able to use my inks to personalize them to fit my design. Pairing them with stickers and other elements in a collection, gives your layout an overall cohesive look.

I also used stamps on my title. The Topographical Map image was used to create a pattern on the letters of the “Flatiron” title. This is another simple way to use your stamps on a layout. You can stamp images onto die-cut letters, foam letters, or sticker letters to give them a whole new look.

Adding stamped images to your layouts doesn’t have to be daunting or unnerving. Just do what I did and start a little at a time. Use a few images as die-cuts, create some patterns on your letters, or make a unique border. I hope that today’s project inspired you to use stamps on your next layout. If you have any questions about today’s project, feel free to comment below.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

It’s a Stamp-tacular Sale!

This year’s Stamptacular sale is here and you are going to relish the savings! During this month-long stamp extravaganza, you can save 35% on selected stamps and up to 50% on Thin Cuts bundles.


Stamping is a huge part of who we are here at Close To My Heart, and we’re thrilled to have this opportunity to share our wondrous selection of stamp sets a little more love. I have used quite a few stamps in my crafting career, and I am not being biased when I say that these stamps are the best quality sets of their kind on the market. They will last you for many crafting years to come.

Not only are the current stamps on sale, but you can also shop some of our most popular retired sets. We have brought back some of your favorites during the month of April. Here are just a few that you might have missed out on.

Throughout the month, you can enjoy incredible deals on stamp and thin cuts bundles during the Stamptacular sale. Many of our stamps include a set of matching dies. These are my favorite types of stamp sets! There is no need to fussy cut out the image – you just have to use the matching metal die with a die cutting machine to create the perfect die-cut.

All Stamp + Thin Cuts bundles are only available while supplies last and may run out before the Stamptacular special is over. Be sure to order early so that you can be sure to get all the stamps and Thin Cuts you have your eyes on before they disappear for good! Here are just a few of my favorites that are in the sale.

You can view all the Thin Cuts collections on my website OR download a flier HERE to view all the collections that we have available.

For those of you who are new to stamping OR want to learn a few new stamping techniques, you can view my recent Stamping 101 mini-class. In honor of Stamptacular, I went live for the first time on my facebook page. I wanted to share ways that you could use these amazing stamps. After all, if you’re going to stock up on stamps while they are on sale, you might as well learn how to use them.

I hope that my little video inspired you to try a few new things with your stamps and that you were able to learn something new. Don’t forget! All the Stamptacular deals are available from April 1 through April 30 while supplies last. Once a stamp set or stamp bundle sells out, it is gone for good. If you are a VIP, you get 15% back in rewards when you shop the sale – it’s a win! win!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

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Stamping Techniques on a Classic Smiles Card

Before August comes to an end, I decided to pull out the stamp of the month one more time to create something simple and classic.  I have seen these Floral Celebration images used in every bright colors possible, so I decided to go an alternate route and make my flower a muted shade of grey. 

I know that this may seem like an odd choice, but I like to go the opposite direction of the tide.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out in a classic red and decided that a grey was a fitting color choice to pair with the Candy Apple

The sentiment was stamped onto a grey splattered white tag that I cut using the Tags & Tabs thin cuts dies. After stamping the image, I added some baseball stitching to match the candy apple color of the sentiment. 

The tag was layered onto some embossed cardstock with a brick pattern using foam tape and a decorative knot of grey ribbon was adhered to the top.

To create the dual toned flower, I used the rock & roll stamping technique with Pewter and Charcoal inks.  I stamped the leaves in Charcoal then cut out all of the images to layer onto the tag atop some loops of Silver Embellishing Thread

After adhering the flower to the card with thin & thick foam tape, I added a small red accent in the center.  This helped to form the visual triangle of red I needed on this project. 

If you have never tried the rock & roll stamping technique, you can learn about it in my Stamping 101 video. In this video I show you six basic stamping techniques you can try on your next project. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group in May for National Stamping Day, but I felt like it was time to make it public to share with those of you who are learning how to use acrylic stamps. 

I honestly love how this card turned out with its classic black and red tones and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my customers to thank them for placing an online order. 

This Floral Celebrations stamp set will be retiring on August 31st.  It is our current stamp of the month which means that it is only available during the month it is featured and can be purchased for $5.00 with any $50 purchase from my website. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan on creating a few more of your own using the Floral Celebrations stamp set. 

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