Saturday, April 23, 2011

Books - Layout using stamped journaling

Lenny and I are regulars at the local library.  We have cards for the library in the next county over as well.  While I can see the value of a Kindle or Nook, I still like holding a regular book and flipping the pages.  Mostly, I still like reading for free.  (more money for travel and scrapbooking supplies :-)  It is one of life's simple pleasures and something those of us in developed countries should never take for granted.

For this page, I used some techniques from Nichol Magourik's 2 Peas class on stamping on your scrapbook pages.  This month we were to stamp some of our journaling.  This was a particular challenge as I have very few word stamps that aren't card greetings.  It was suprising though to find how many of those card greetings could be adapted to a layout particularly if you were doing one about holidays, families or a loved one.  I found a stamp that said "Imagine" and one that for "explore" which I think are very applicable to books.  I also used a little phrase from a Define Your Life stamp about the joy of simple things.

The two journaling blocks are stamped as well and then the journaling printed on.  Both are new stamps to me and I know they will get a lot of use.  So I went ahead and set up a Word document with the right spacing to print properly.

The words "we read" are from a new Ali Edward's set. They are colored in with markers. I love these messages as they really mix and match although I was sort of expecting the stamps to be larger.  I stamped the numbers for the date.  Finally, I got to break out my alphabet stamps which get very little use when I inked "BOOKS."

Also on the page is a found object - literally.  I found the library checkout card laying around.  My husband found it in an old library book and had been using it as a bookmark.  I've been saving it for a page like this since it was for a book called:  A likely story.  It is positioned so the signatures remain covered.

Whew!  That is a lot of stamping.  Oh and I forgot the flower, it was stamped on vellum.  I do love to stretch my supplies and it was a fun layout to put together.  I've worked on it off and on all week as I had time and cooperative joints and muscles.

Thanks for visiting!

Ingredients:  Stamps:  Ledger from Hero Arts; Worn Journals and Perspectives by Ali Edwards by Technique Tuesday; Fabulous Flowers by Hampton Arts; Flourishes by Autumn Leaves; Define your Life by SU!; Spring by Inkadinkado
Ink: various including Prussian Blue by Colorbox; Antique Linen by Ranger; Riding Hood Red and Bermuda Bay by SU!; Timber Brown by Staz-on
Ribbon:  Stampin' Up! and Basic Grey; Prima
Sticker:  October Afternoon
DSP:  Cosmo Cricket's Material Girl; October Afternoon 8x8 pad


  1. I love your layout, so special.

  2. that is a really great LO, with amazing use of stamps. Iappreciate seeing all the detail in the close ups and the only thing I miss is a close up to see the titles of the books.... I am so nosey I love seeing what others are reading!!

  3. Agreed with you on all points about the books. I love going to the library, holding books in my hands, and I love having the option to check out books and use the money I save for other things! Sometimes I get irked when I have to pack 3 or 4 books in my suitcase for a long vacation, but I prefer that any day to an e-reader. Great layout!

  4. This is such a wonderful page. The colors, the stamping, the card actually from the's all so terrific. TFS!

  5. So many wonderful elements to this creative project. Love it, Lisa!

  6. Great layout - so well put together.

  7. Great page to come across. graphics Calgary saw your creative nature to give such look to the dull items.

  8. I just saw your page on Craft Gossip and had to come over and comment on it because I LOVE it! I love it so much I want to make a page about the same subject (and I could almost copy your journaling since I agree so much with what you wrote!)


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