Sunday, 31 July 2011

Make your mark

We all love a bargain, don't we? Or to find a way to save money... Well don't look any further because this month's stamp at Scrapagogo is just what we were all looking for! Yes! Believe me! Some of you might read this thinking "yeah right" but let me explain: this month stamp is a background stamp. Now I am a serious stamp lover and have a fair collection and I can say hand on my heart that I have never used a stamp as much as a background stamp! It allow you to make your own patterned paper, your own embellishments, accents, etc... The only limit is your imagination!

 On my layout "Future Punks", I used my stamp with some clear embossing ink on the pink and the red cardstock to create my own patterned paper. The result is very subtle. I wanted as well to stick to my punk theme and punched the green cardstock where I knew the photos and embellishments would hide the holes. I stamped the circles and embossed them with white powder. The effect is very striking and definitely gives that edgy "rock" feeling to the page.

Did you notice that I did not use any patterned paper on this layout? The stamp really helped me make the most of my cardstock! I could not have realised this layout without this stamp as it helped me to show a contrast between the very sweet photo and the story I wanted to tell. It helped it all come together!

You can go completely the other way too with this stamp and make a page more romantic and feminine. I used Gogo Create, Strawberry Laces and Stamp.

For this layout I used my stamp do make a pattern behind my photo. I used a pink ink and then distressed the card. I then use the stamp as an embellishment behind the title and journaling. I simply stamped once at an angle and embossed it with a light turquoise powder. The title and journaling say: "Second time a success, Maurice made an honest women of Michele". It is the wedding photo of my parents. The baby is me!!! It is my father's second wedding and it is still going strong after nearly 28 years!

A few close-ups:

So I hope that I gave you a few ideas on how to use the Scrapagogo stamp from the August kit!  See you all soon around!


satalitegirl said...

I love these Lo's, that blue/green in the first one is fantastic.

Jenny said...

Brilliant LO's Emilie, the background stamp is indeed a crafters true friend :)
Love how you've used it on both pages.
Jenny x