Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Create It Green Earth Day Blog Hop

Earth Day Blog Hop
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i'm a sucker for designer stamps, there's such a vast choice & so many pretty patterns! But i also love to stamp with found objects, the possibilities are limitless. Have a look around you right now, i bet there are a handful of things you could use to create interesting stamped images with!

Here's a few ideas of things you could use for stamping to get you started: coins, the end of your pencil or pen, chicken wire, bottle tops or lids, toothbrush, bottles, jars.

On this page i used the end of a toilet roll to create my own patterned paper. i just dipped the end in acrylic paint and stamped away. Acrylic paint dries pretty quick so you won't have to wait too long before you can use it on your project.


On this page i used bubble wrap as a stamp to create a grunge effect, i even used the bubble wrap on my page once i was finished stamping!



From the kitchen you could use a fork, a wire whisk or sponge.

Have a look in your craft stash, i bet there's a few things in there that could be used as a stamp! Buttons, plastic flowers, bobbins (these can make great flowers), and corrugated cardboard can all be used. Try dipping thread in paint and swirl it around on card or wrap it around a block of wood to create a cross hatch pattern, line's or x's.

You could also try making your own images by carving patterns into things like mouse mats, cork, potatoes, clay, wood or foam. Here's a pattern i made by cutting a flower shape out of some sponge. i painted the centre with a different colour paint and used a pen to draw around the outlines to finish it off.


Having a spring clean any time soon? Before you throw those unwanted clothes out, check to see what you could re-use. Fabrics are great for stamping too, especially textured ones like corduroy. Lace and doilies can be used to create delicate patterns on your projects. Here i've covered a doily in paint before pressing down on the cardstock.


How about outside? Stamped leaves would look great on autumn pages.

What about you? Thought about using your finger prints or hands as a basis for a layout? Think of all the things you do with your hands, there's a story to tell there! You could even stamp the hand prints of your whole family, if you have kids it will be wonderful to have a record of this when they grow older.


Try using stuff as masks too. On this page i've drawn around my hand and painted the rest of the page leaving the patterned paper to show my hand print.

i hope i've given you some new ideas & you are inspired to try stamping with found objects! If you've got any more suggestions please leave it in the comments, i'd love to hear!

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28 comments:

Sian said...

Wow, that's a really inspirational post Alexa. Lots of lovely ideas and beautiful layouts (I really love the bubble wrap one especially)

Caketin said...

Love it! The doilie idea is genius :)

Mole said...

Some fab ideas - and results - here!

Jan said...

Lovin all these layouts and the painted bubble wrap is so cool!! Great use of toilet tissue spoolies, too :)

Jane Wetzel said...

these are ALL very cool projects! WOW..just awesome ideas! tfs!

craftymom205 said...

Thanks for the great ideas of things that can be used to make patterns on your scrapbook layouts. Great layouts.

Jennifer Scull said...

what wonderful pages! each one is a work of art! glorious! :)

VanillaCarmel said...

oh what great ideas! i have used some of them, like the bubblewrap and tp roll!! I have also used some toys around the house..blocks and gears. The kids old toybox is a good source of stamping items.

Tammy said...

These ideas are fabulous. I try and go green alot in projects.
Great inspirations..
smiles...Tammy
http://tamminniesdesigns.blogspot.com

Sharon said...

Wow cann't wait to see the rest of the stops never would have thought of using a lot of the the things you used.

sdenimandlace1@aol.com

Bev said...

Some great ideas Alexa, thanks for the inspiration :)

Peggy said...

I love people who are more creative than I am. Thanks for the ideas!

Rebekah said...

Wow, those projects are so creative!! Love it!

Stephanie Zito said...

Wow! What fantastic recycled projects Alexa! Love all of your ideas and I'm definitely going to try most of them! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Carol said...

Thanks for the inspiration. So many things I can do and now for the time..... Carol.

Joan said...

These are such wonderful stamping ideas - thank you!
I think all of your layouts rock!!

Georgia Ehrmann said...

great ideas for re-using items! Thanks for all the ideas and your pages are wonderful!

Carrie said...

Love your scrapbook pages. They are adorable. I love all the creative ideas. I would have never thought of them.

RiNNE said...

What great creations out of re-usable everyday items!! You rock!

cottagerca said...

thanks for sharing all your different techniques for back ground paper. happy birthday earth day

Loretta said...

Great layouts especially the one with the hand. Great tips too!!!

Anonymous said...

You are so clever and creative Alexa....All those ideas that are cheap, recyclable and more importantly beautiful looking on a page.

I haven't been able to scrap in a while but pages like this make me want to start again!

Genius!

Katty

Char- The Mad Shopper said...

I love the look you made by using the hand as a mask. Thanks for all of your info.

Rachel said...

Wow, lots of great ideas Thanks so much!!
hugs,
Rachel

Dora said...

O wow what great ideas to recycle.. I would never have thought about bubble wrap he he :)

Dani said...

FABULOUS ideas!! I can't wait to try some!

Carla said...

Thanks for sharing all those wonderful ideas!

Jean Marie said...

Thank you Alexa, for all the wonderful creative ideas you have shared!
Your use of the Recycled Paper came out fantastic!
Great Read!

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