If you're afraid of stamping directly onto a scrapbook page, this tip is for you! Never mess up your page again. I stamped directly onto the page on this layout. Here's how I did it:

I frequent scrapbook.com, a message board/forum for scrappers and a thread was started asking, “To stamp or not to stamp?”. Myself and others left some comments and tips about the benefits of stamping but Gina, screenname “gg loves Matthew”, left the most awesome tip EVER: http://www.scrapbook.com/forums/showtopic.php?tid/1425249/tp/1/

Here is the tip:

“Stamp on a transparency…..lay it on the layout where you think you want it…if you like the way it looks then just go for it and stamp right onto your layout…if not wipe off the transparency and you can use it again and again! (Just don't use STAZ ON ink for the trial because it will not wipe off!) Oh and be sure when laying the transparency on your layout keep the side you stamped on FACING UP so it will not mark your layout.”

Can you believe how awesome this is?! You can always make sure your stamp will fit and you can save money by using the transparency over and over again. I just love it!

So I had to try it for myself. I did learn that on transparencies that you can print on, you want to use the glossy side that says “Do Not Print” so the ink doesn't stick. The ink kind of sticks to the printable side.

Here are the pics of my stamping on transparency to see if it fits the LO:

I stamped the transparency with the word I wanted:

This is the word on the transparency:

Then I positioned the word several places I thought I might like it on the page:

Good thing I used the transparency–“Dad” does not fit there!

After I found a the placement I liked best, I wiped off the transparency and stamped the word on the page.

Then I thought I'd want a journaling block in blue ink. So I stamped that on transparency and moved it around on the page:

I didn't like it there so I moved it to the opposite corner:

I decided I didn't like the blue and I didn't like the journal box so I left that off. If I had not used the transparency, I would have stamped the journal block and decided I didn't like it but then I would have been stuck with it since it was already stamped.

I love this technique!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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4 thoughts on “To Stamp or Not to Stamp–never mess up again!

  1. Great tip! BTW- I didn’t know you were a blogger either. I will be adding you to my blog roll if you don’t mind.


    Posted on July 14, 2007 at 9:12 am
  2. This is a great tip, that I have been using for awhile and I *love* it. Saves me grief and big ugly mistakes.

    Posted on July 16, 2007 at 5:25 am
  3. I forgot to say that I *love* how you did a play-by-play in pics of how this tip helped you. You R so cool!

    Posted on July 16, 2007 at 5:26 am
  4. Thanks for the great instruction blog. I love it. I’ve done this before, but it is a great reminder to use it again. I too love the play-by-play since I am a visual type of person. Thanks as always Jennifer.

    Posted on July 22, 2007 at 5:30 pm