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Old 08-21-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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I have been a scrapbook for over 10 years, and use primarily CM products. I have been a stamper for about 2 1/2 years and use mostly SU products. I am pretty much caught up on scrapbooking and I cards out the wazzoo, I need to get some advice on how to use my stamps for making scrapbook pages.

Any tips or great sets for scrapbooking out there, let me know.

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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I also use stamp sets in my scrapbooks. I would say it depends what your scrapbooks are about. Mine are mostly pics of my kids, so I use a lot of kid sets, current ones I use quite a bit would be Bugs and Kisses, Prehistoric Pals, Wild About You. I also use Christmas sets and birthday sets a lot. I would say I've probably used every stamp set I own in a scrapbook at some point. Alpha sets are also very useful in scrapbooks.

But the best advice I can give you is to just find something that goes with what you're doing and have fun with it.
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Old 08-22-2008, 05:02 AM   #3
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Julie's right...it really depends on your scrap style and what you're scrapping. I don't do many "theme" pages and stick with really neutral stamps...shapes, journaling lines, cute and stylized flowers that aren't really girly (I have two boys), travel, words that are somewhat generic, alphabets, some flourishes, photo corners, arrows. I used SU!'s retired In the Wild set to create a border for a zoo page, and that's about as themed as my books get. I used flourishes and a journaling lines stamp to create a page about my autistic son welcoming a guest to our home (he was so attentive to our guest!). There's a stamp alphabet somewhere on almost every page I make. Oh, and Making Memories date set, although they need to come out with an updated one for the future, 'cause I think that set only goes to 2010.

You can search the gallery for scrapbook pages. There are also lots of cool ideas at Hero Arts website.

Experiment and have fun with it...stamping opens all sorts of possibilities for scrapping!
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I like to make my own embellishments by using stamps. You can cut-out or punch-out any image that you choose, then color it or paper-piece it with patterned papers, layer it with cardstock or chipboard... there are a bunch of possibilities
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I like to use stamps to make a border to embellish areas of my scrapbook pages.

I make embellishments (like tags, or photo mats) with stamping on them. Alphabets too, although I like the clear stamps for this applications. If I use woodmounted alphabet stamps, I generally have to cut out the letters because I can't stamp straight.
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You can also use stamps to make your own cool background and accent papers. They're also great for cool titles. You could do "JOY" where the "O" is an ornament, "HOLIDAY" where the "A" is a little tree, etc.
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Since I am primarliy a card maker, I just consider a scrapbook LO like a huge card with the photo as the main focal image.

Larger stamps that can be repeated or are lot so defined work great - flourishes, flowers etc.

I LOVE to stamp right on the photo or cover it in acrylic then stamp on that like I did here. this is blocks but it uses photos so maybe it will help you - hard to tellbut there is a lot od stamping on it:
http://blog.papermonkey.org/photos/e...cture_018.html
http://blog.papermonkey.org/photos/e...cture_032.html

If you have a hard time, scrap a smaller LO then work up to 12x12

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Old 08-22-2008, 06:04 AM   #8
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I think the alphabet sets are great for scrapbooking pages especially the bigger ones. stampsets like brocade basics and boroque motifs are great too you can make some beautiful backgrounds with those types of stamps. Stampin round wheels are a good choice too.

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Old 08-22-2008, 06:42 AM   #9
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I love using my stamps on scrapbook layouts to customize my papers. I am focusing on using what I have in my stash, and I have found my stamps and inks do an excellent job at making papers and products from different companies coordinate.

ETA: I think my most-used technique is to stamp a pattern on cardstock using Versamark.
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I like the Fun with Shapes set for scrapbooking, but it retired last year.

It's great for borders:
Bubbles, Trees, Presents, Ornaments, Houses, Candles, whatever you can imagine. The gallery has turtles and pigs as well.
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I use the alphabets constantly... no more leftover sticker letters! My big advice is use the "stamp-a-ma-jig" or you will go batty trying to line up your letters!
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One question I haven't seen answered here: What ink do you use? I hear the craft ink is more archival. Is that what you're using? Do you heat set it? What about VersaMark? Is that OK to use in your scrapbooks? I know Staz-On is OK, but that's hard to get off the rubber.
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I just gave a demo using the new SU Upsy Daisy stamp set. I created a bottom border by starting at the right side and gently sloping down at the left side (to create a hill). I used scrap paper to mask the bottom of the daisy stamp when I was higher up on the daisies. I began with a lighter ink (Pink Pirouette) for shadow and went over at random with Riding hood red. After I was satisfied with the number of daisies, I tore the paper on the curve, sponged the raw edge and around the edges and it was ready for the bottom border of the page.
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I have used both classic and craft ink for scrapbooking. I haven't noticed any fading with the classic, but then none of my scrapbooks are more than 4 years old. I do use the craft ink now, and yes, I heat set it. I have always used Versamark in my scrapbooks, it's a great way to make your own patterned paper.
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One question I haven't seen answered here: What ink do you use? I hear the craft ink is more archival. Is that what you're using? Do you heat set it? What about VersaMark? Is that OK to use in your scrapbooks? I know Staz-On is OK, but that's hard to get off the rubber.
I have read on SCS from some members who have used Soft Subtles dye ('classic') ink and even when the stamped images were protected from sunlight, they faded over time. I personally use only pigment ('craft'), chalk, watermark, and Ranger Distress dye inks in my scrapbooks. These are all colourfast and archival.
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I use a lot of basic shapes in my scrapbooks, circles, squares, and also flowers. I do use alphas sometimes, but not as much as I originally thought I would.
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I make my own backgrounds by sponging craft ink (always craft ink--I've got a master's in museum studies and another in library studies--classic will fade too much over time!). You get a great texture with sea sponges--great for sky, grass, etc., but I use it anytime I need a certain color.

I live for alphabet stamps to do my titles--I use them more than any other method for titling.
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I often use a versamark or matching paper and ink to add some "print" to a page. When I do a birthday I may stamp birthday images like balloons or cakes as a subtle background. For an Easter page I stamped a few random easter eggs on the page. Less is better sometimes.
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Check out Jennifer McGuire's blog
http://jennifermcguireink.com/
and Nichol Magouirk's post from today for some ideas on using stamps in scrapbooking...
http://nicholmagouirk.typepad.com/th...rts-layou.html
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About Stazon staying on rubber, try the cleaner that's specially designed for Stazon. Stampin' up even sells it now, apparently acknowledging that the "regular" cleaner won't work for Stazon.
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One question I haven't seen answered here: What ink do you use? I hear the craft ink is more archival. Is that what you're using? Do you heat set it? What about VersaMark? Is that OK to use in your scrapbooks? I know Staz-On is OK, but that's hard to get off the rubber.
If you're concerned about keeping your scrapbooks archival, look for inks that say archival, waterproof (or at least water-resistant), acid-free, fadeproof (or fade-resistant). Pigment inks are best, esp. the quick-dry ones like VersaFine and Brilliance. VersaMark is fine as well. Hybrid inks like Palette are also good. Some dye inks are specially formulated to be archival, fade-resistant, and water-resistant: Memories, Ancient Page, and Ancient Inks are three brands I'm familiar with and like, but they DON'T work well with clear stamps for me, though. That's why I'm leaning toward Palette and VersaFine for scrapping since I'm getting more clear alphas.

Hope this helps!
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SU Craft Inks are safe for use in scrapbooking, and won't fade either. I don't think they recommend using their classic inks for scrapbooking. I personally like to heat emboss different images and cut them out to create borders or page accents.
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I know in your post you said you use mainly SU! products, but didn't know if that meant you would NOT like to use other products... but anyway, Technique Tuesday is a clear stamp company who makes all of their stamps specifically for scrapbookers.

I'm primarily a card-maker but I love their stamps anyhow.
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Hi There - I started off with scrapbooking and moved into card making. I love using wheels and background stamps to creat patterned papers. I also use stamp sets for embellishments. For example, if I'm creating a scrapbook page for the beach, I will use beach themed stamp sets to add embellishments to the page (flipflops, sand castle, sand pail, sunglasses). I kinda use stamps the same way a lot of scrapbookers use stickers.

As others have stated - I use alphabet stamp sets to stamp titles. I use journaling stamps for my journaling on my pages, and I love using flourish stamp sets as a background or embellishment.

I have a bunch of scrapbook pages in my gallery if you'd like to take a look for some ideas. But if you get Creative Keepsakes magazine, you will see that there are always scrapbook pages in there that include stamping. Same with the SU! Catalogs.
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