So, if you are like me, you want to get everything you can out of your stamps. I want to share some tips on how to do that by incorporating your "card" stamp sets into "scrapbooking" sets as well!
This is a 2-page 12x12 scrapbook spread that I put together a few weeks ago. The patterned paper is not TAC's but if I would have had the new Angelee paper line that is in TAC's newest book, I would have used that instead!!
Tip #1: Using only one piece of patterned paper: A lot of times I only have one piece of patterned paper to work with. That's fine! It saves me money! If I buy TAC's paper packs or if I pick the paper up at the scrapbook store, I really only need ONE piece! Why? Because I don't want to overly distract from my photos by having too much distration in the background! Especially since I am one who likes embellishements!
So, cut your paper up and place it on your page to ENHANCE your photos but not overdo your page! You can see how I used one piece of 12x12 patterned floral paper on my pages shown here--I used some on both pages (and I still have scraps left over!).
Tip #3: Use your punches, decorative scissors or paper trimmers to create decorative elements. You can see that I punched the circles out using my circle punches and used scissors to make the scallops. I also using my corner rounder punch to make the round edge on the "beautiful girl" piece above.
Tip #4: Use eyelets and brads (which are fairly inexpensive) to create flower centers or add interest to your stamped images. The purple eylet below is from the TAC Toodle Loo hardware set. This gives the stamped flower even more interest. I also stamped that flower in two different colors.
Tip #5: Use gel pens--glittering, gelly, or souffle--to add additional interest. Many of the flower centers have been colored in with Stardust Glitter pens--which I LOVE to use!! And, if you look closely at the closeup of the "T" above you will notice that I used my gray tombow marker to outline the title to help draw it out and add dimension.
Tip #6: Use your ink pads and outline your embellishements and/or photo mats. This helps to create visual interest and help your images pop.
Tip #7: Use pop dots to create dimension. You'll notice that some of the circles are popped up. I love adding dimension to my pages and this is a super easy way to do it!! I go through lots and lots of pop dots!!