If you are a scrapbooker (or any kind of crafter really) you know the variety of supplies and design possibilities can seem endless and for some (like me) overwhelming!! I have found that this can really put a damper on my creativity and motivation to scrapbook, and who wants that! So, my solution as of late has been to try and put limitations on my projects by focusing on a small group of products or supplies. This way I am not staring at my whole stash going "I could use this, and what about this, and would this look better than this?" and then finally putting it down to come back to later or in some cases never.
This is not a new concept and lots of artists and scrapbookers do this, but I thought it would be fun to share my take on it. So, I am starting a new series called Pick-a-Product. I am going to stick to using this for my traditional layouts and I plan on picking one type of product and really pushing my creativity by seeing how many different ways I can use that one product/ supply. This doesn't mean I will be using ONLY that product on the page, but at least a good majority.
I thought stamps would be an easy way to start. I have a BUNCH of them and they are pretty versatile.
This layout is telling the story of our move to Fargo. The actual on-the-road, driving-cross-country, in-the-car-for-18-hours part of it. Here is what the whole layout looks like. Keep reading to see the different ways in which I chose to use my stamps.
CREATE A PATTERN
I had a rough sketch of the overall layout for this page in mind before getting to work, so I cut my photos and paper into squares. Then I knew that for one of the "squares" I wanted to stamp a pattern. I used two little triangles that came with a studio calico kit I ordered a while back and then just kind of randomly stamped them on to create a pattern. I added a little green paint for color.
WHITE PAINT/ INK
This is another square I created using white paint and a really old foam stamp. I think that white paint or ink stamped onto kraft or a really dark cardstock can add some contrast to a layout and change things up a bit. Plus I love writing with my white gel pen.
I actually used white paint on this too. I have a date stamp roller (I can't remember what brand right off hand, but there are a bunch of them out there) and I LOVE it. It works for just about any layout and is a great way to add that little detail in. Side note: look at that cutie in the back seat, melt my heart!
LETTER/ NUMBER STAMPS
These are something almost every scrapper has in their supply stash. Most of us have more than one and in a variety of sizes and fonts. Again, these are some really old foam stamps (which I love because they work so well with paint!) I didn't really use them in an unconventional way, but it saved me from going through and trying to pick the "perfect" letter stickers. I also used a set of number stamps I had for the details above the title.
See that little location marker there above the journaling? I made that! I used a self-adhesive foam sheet from the craft store (the cheap 8.5 x 11 ones) and just cut out the shape I wanted and stuck it to a little block of wood I had. Custom and inexpensive! I want to do a more detailed post on creating custom stamps in the future, because they are super fun :)
So, there you have it. I'd love to see you stamped creations! Follow and play along on Instagram using #pickaproduct or share a link in the comments.