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Tutorial: Masking With Stamps

If you are new to stamping there are a lot of fun techniques that you’ll be excited to learn. In this post I will show you how to layer your stamps using masking to create fun and creative projects.

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If you are following the Make it Monday blog circle you’ll have arrived from Jen’s weekly scrapbooking challenge. Join the fun with her free template! She also has a new Facebook group to share and be inspired. Jen Wright Designs I’ll share the next stop on the hop at the end of this post.

Masking Tutorial

When I was creating my Spring Babies layout (you can see it HERE) I used a masking technique to stamp a group of baby chicks. (Fun fact: a group of baby chicks is called a clutch.)

In this project I’m using a foam and rubber stamp that has been in my stash for years. (Yes, I use old stuff. You can read more about that in THIS BLOG POST.) You can use rubber or acrylic stamps, either will work fine, although acrylic are easier to line up where you want them… because they are clear and you can see through them! ;)

Let’s get started with masking!

1. Stamp your first image.

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2. Create a mask by stamping the same image onto a sticky note. Sticky notes are perfect for this because they will temporarily hold in place as you stamp the next overlapping image.

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3. Cut out your mask and place it directly over the image you just stamped.

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4. If you are creating an image that will be repeated multiple times, like the baby chick in this example, you should always stamp the images that will be in the front first.

TIP: Stamp the images that belong in the front first.

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5. You may require more than one mask.

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6. As you create your grouping, move the mask to completely cover a previously stamped image before stamping the next one. This is how you stamp all of the background images!

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7. Continue moving the mask, or masks, and stamp the image onto your paper.

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8. When you have completed, you will have a layered image created with a single stamp. :)

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Fun with Stamps

At the beginning of this post I mentioned fun stamping techniques you’ll be desperate to learn… have you tried heat embossing? Heat embossing was THE reason I fell in love with stamping!

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On your next stop on the Make it Monday blog circle you’ll see a little baby boy and a LOT of pink, in a Digital Scrapbooking HQ layout.

If you have a question about this technique I’m happy to help. Ask a question in the comments or on the Facebook page!

I’d love to see what you create use a masking technique with stamps! You can share a link in the comments or a photo on the Facebook page.

Let your creativity shine!


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Spring Babies

Spring is the time of new beginning and… BABIES! In this post you’ll find 3 fun techniques to create the feeling of spring on your layouts.

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Jen has a unique Spring Flower Layout get your free scrapbook template for Make It Monday at Jen Wright Designs.

Use the symbolism of new life when you are creating a layout about spring.

Spring Symbolism:

  • baby animals; chicks, lambs, ducklings, rabbits
  • birds nests
  • umbrella’s, rain boots, and rain drops
  • flowers and blossoms; crocuses, daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms
  • fresh colours palettes; try green, blue and white or pink, yellow and white

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Fun Techniques:

1. Cut the background paper.

Using a craft knife cut the tips of the flower petals and curl them. You may need to line the back of the layout with paper.

2. Make fuzzy letters.

Add flock to alpha letters to create soft and fuzzy titles.

3. Layer stamps using a mask.

The grouping of baby chicks was created using a single stamp, stamped multiple times.


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Kristie shows a great way to use a full page photo on this Spring layout at Artful Adventures.

Have fun with these techniques and scrapbook a spring layout today!

Let your creativity shine!


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Checkmate: Fun and Games

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If you are scrapbooking about fun and games, why not have a little bit of fun creating your layout? This post will share a playful way to add journaling to your page.

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If you are hopping along the Make it Monday Blog Circle, welcome! You’ll have arrived from Artful Adventures where Kristie is sharing a technique for spring themes. I’ll share the next post to hop to at the end of this post.

Fun and Games

Scrapbooking allows you to stretch your creativity in many ways. One way to do this is to make sure the tone of your layout fits with the topic you are scrapbooking. Let me explain.

In this layout that shows my son, Ryan teaching my cousin, Emily how to play chess I’ve used paper with a checkerboard/chessboard pattern. This would have been super easy to recreate even if I didn’t have the paper, it’s a simple grid of squares.

Okay, that’s kind of fun. What else?

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You’ll also notice that the colour tones on the page are quite muted, not bright and lively. This was done to emphasize the mental aspect of chess. It’s a game of strategy, not a game of lively excitement, and I felt that was suited to a more simple colour palette.

Sure. Anything else?

This particular game of chess was Emily’s introduction to the game. Not only is the game difficult to learn but you have to learn how each of the players move. There were a lot of questions! I thought it would be fun to tell the story and share a sample of the questions asked using speech bubbles. Not all of the speech bubbles are part of their commentary as I used some of them for the journaling I wanted to add to the page too.


I challenge you to get playful with your designs the next time you scrapbook fun and games. Make sure the page you create matches the tone and mood of the game.

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Your next stop on the Make it Monday Blog Circle will take you to see one of Connie’s favourite layered layouts at Clicky Chick Creates. You’ll love the wonder in little faces during Easter egg hunts! 

If you do create a fun layout about games I’d love it if you’d share it! You can post your creation on the Facebook page.

Now go ahead and let your scrapbooking creativity shine!


Scrapbook you SquareP.S. Don’t forget that March 31 is the last day to register for the class Scrapbook YOU! Get more details HERE.

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Confession: I use old stuff!

Confession I use old stuff imageIf you’ve been here before you’ll know that I have a passion for scrapbooking. You’ll also know that I love sharing tips and tricks to help other scrappers make pages that they love.

But did you know….

I use old supplies, and tools ALL OF THE TIME!

I even share old layouts. Layouts I made 5, 10 or even 15+ years ago.

It’s true. Here’s proof.

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Now you might be thinking, “Gee, get with the times!” Or “Why would you show me pages that are dated and old?”

I’ll tell you why.

I share pages that have good ideas, cool techniques, or awesome journaling tricks.

I’m not going to pretend that every page I create is a design masterpiece that is worthy of a scrapbook magazine (if you’re looking there still IS one, it’s called Canadian Scrapbooker and it’s great).

My designs are good. I follow some rules, sometimes. But that’s not the point.

I want you to see real pages. Pages that anyone can make. Layouts that don’t require $20 worth of products. Layouts that share real life.

My life isn’t perfect. Neither are the pages I create.

I consider myself to be a pretty good speller. My grammar is decent, but I certainly won’t win a “best grammar on the Internet” award. But you know what? (Yes, I did just start a sentence with the word ‘but’. Get over it.)

It doesn’t matter! It took me a long time to learn this. I’ve made pages that have glaringly obvious spelling mistakes. I used be very worried about it and I’d go back and fix the mistakes when I found them, but I don’t anymore.

Now, I scrapbook in the present. I don’t have time to go back and redo things I have finished! I’m looking towards the future and capturing the stories from our lives right now. Is a spelling mistake a make it or break it problem? No!

I use old supplies because I have them. I don’t worry about the trends, although who doesn’t like to buy some new stuff? I mix a bit of the new in with the old and keep going. I want to create pages that matter, not pages that are fabulous because they are defined by the current design aesthetic.

If you want to get real with scrapbooking, you want to tell your stories, you want to use supplies that are old, new and somewhere in between, then I think we’ll be friends. I’ll show you the tricks I know to make pages that you love, and we can both move forward capturing the stories of our lives for our scrapbooks.

When I think they are a good fit I’ll share old pages. If you want you can laugh, I do! The great thing about scrapbooking is that it changes with the times. We have new products to play with and new techniques to try. This allows us to get creative and play while we enjoy the beautiful stories that make up our lives.

Are you ready? Let’s get scrapping!


Scrapbook you SquareP.S. If you are ready to tell your own story and want to make a scrapbook all about yourself don’t miss out on this: Scrapbook YOU!

Deadline to register is MARCH 31 at Midnight (Mountain time)


Fun Friday: This Actually Happened

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Hey! It’s Friday. Normally I like to share a fun scrapbooking quote, but today I have something else that will make you chuckle. I scrapbooked a funny story, and I’m happy to be sharing it here today, with my son’s permission! Lol! ;)

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Journaling reads: What a kid! I was floored when I opened this email from his math teacher. I guess that’s one way for Ryan to remember his stuff!

Ryan has been completely out of paper for quite a while. He has been having a hard time remembering to get some so we both though it might be a good idea to ask you to help him remember to bring paper. He has been using some plain white paper but it will be much easier for him to keep his work neat and organized with lined paper. 

Thank you, 

Grade 9 Math Teacher. (name removed)

Did you notice that I din’t use a photo on this layout? When you focus on telling a story you don’t always need to use a photo.

Challenge yourself to share a funny story in your scrapbooks this weekend!

Happy scrapping!


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