Stamps & Scraps: Make it Move!


Good Monday morning all! I’m Ally and I’m your monthly Stamps & Scraps host.  Grab yourself a warm cup of joe because today I’m going to talk all about adding movement to your layout creations.

One of my favorite aspects of card and layout creating is making my creation do something; you know… a panel moves, a tag pops out of a pocket and even having aspects move around.  So today I thought I’d share some techniques on how I created an interactive layout.  Let’s begin…

My first thought for my layout was that I wanted a layout that had some kind of window.  A window where I could kind of see my journaling through but was completely removable from my page so I could completely see my entire journaling spot clearly.  So I began by creating a window panel.

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I first machine die cut a starburst shape with the inner aspect open.  I adhered some Clear Cover Cardstock to the back of my shape, carefully cutting it to ensure the edges were tucked behind my shape.  Then, to add some interest (and sparkle!) I decided to make it a shaker aspect so I sprinkled in some color matching glitter and also some punched paper confetti.  I added a unending piece of foam tape around my star burst shape and then backed it with another piece of Clear Cover Cardstock to hold all of fun stuff inside!

Then I prepared my cardstock base.  I decided that my layout was going to feature yellows, blues, white and black so I grabbed my yellow and grey ink pads and designed a fun back ground for my layout.  I knew I wanted a “love” theme to my page so I grabbed the fabulous ornate heart from the “From the Heart” stamp collection.

First I stamped my background heart with yellow ink.

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Then I grabbed my “London Fog” ink from Memento and stamped slightly to the sides of all of my yellow heart images.

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I knew my journaling had to be on a more neutral background so I die cut the same starburst shape into my cardstock base so when I came to decorate the back ground more, it wouldn’t get further inked.

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Next I grabbed some fun color coordinating mists to add some drops and splashes to my back ground.

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To get the splatter look, I took a good ol’ straw and blew air across the larger drops of mist causing the ink to spray outwards.  I think it’s kinda cool!

Next I grabbed the large heart from the “From the Heart” stamp collection again and stamped it onto some fun bright yellow pattern paper.

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I wanted some the ornate details of my heart so pop off the page so I grabbed my Inkssentials White Opaque Pen and added some white detailing to the scrolls of my heart image.

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I knew I wanted my heart embellishment for the front of my shaker window but my window decorations weren’t quite complete so I grabbed a luggage tag and began to create!

First I took my ornate scroll from the “From the Heart” stamp set and stamped it randomly all over my tag using MementoLondon Fog” ink.

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Then I grabbed my Versamark ink and some clear embossing powder and added another layer of scroll images.

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Next I grabbed the beautiful script stamp from the  “Sweet Nature” stamp set and some MementoDesert Sand” ink and stamped the script on an angle all over the tag front.

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I wanted a subtle colour to my tag so I took my RangerShabby Shutters”  and “Peacock Feathers” inks and blended them into the tag with a sponge applicator.

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I couldn’t see the script once I added the colour so I used some MementoLondon Fog” ink and went over the tag again.

I knew I wanted to add the new sentiment “I love you to the moon and back…”  from the  new “Just My Type” stamp set.  So I cut I long strip of patterned paper wide enough to accommodate the stamp width and stamped the image 3 times.  I added some white paint to distress the image.

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I then began to work on the paper layers of my back ground.  I wanted my journaling to show through the window so I printed it using my computer on the left side of the star burst shape and taped the shape back in position.  Then I added some fun strips of patterned paper peeking from the window.  I added a LOT of fun stitching too!

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I knew I wanted to place my title in the bottom right hand corner of my layout but I knew I also wanted a more subtle version of the “number 9″ (an aspect of my title).  So I machine die cut the number 9 in Roman Numerals and knew I was going to use it as a mask.

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I used some bright RangerScattered StrawDistress Ink and inked up my “IX“.  Then I grabbed the “You & Me Forever” sentiment from the “Love Sweet Love” stamp collection and stamped it randomly within my mask shape with grey ink.

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It’s a subtle effect but I know it’s there :)

So I put my tag, my heart and all of the other embellishments on my page.  I adhered my shaker window to a long piece of Clear Cover Cardstock and then onto the back of the layout there the window flips up and out of the way to you can read the journaling.  Here is the end result…

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This page is in honor of my husband and I being together for 9 years this month hence the title of my page.

Here is the background detail…

(window up)

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A journaling close up…

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And finally my title close up where I finished it off with some paper strips and I also stitched around my masking…

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So the next time you pull out your paper to create a layout, think about how you could make your page interactive!  Super fun!!!

Thanks again for stopping by today.  I’d love to hear what you think about my creation this month.

Happy stamping!


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  1. Tricia T says:

    Gorgeous, Ally! What a lot of work you put into this beautiful page!!!!

  2. Joan VanCourt says:

    Wow, what a beautiful page. Thanks for all the pictures and details.

  3. Artistic doesn’t even begin to cover this page and when you peel back all the beautiful layers and see why you created this page — wow — how very touching!! I love how the heart – when you take a step back, almost looks like a chevron pattern – like I said – so many layers to this gorgeous page! Congrats on 9 great years!

  4. Girl, you are so gifted. All the thoughtful elements you put on a page, and all the design touches that take it to WOW every time! Love the window…love the tag…love the roman numerals….awesome page!

  5. Marlena M says:

    Ally, this is SO BEAUTIFUL. Your words are gorgeous too~what a lovely and eloquent tribute to 9 years~congratulations!

  6. Broni says:

    Wow, Ally! This is fabulous! I love all the extraordinary detail and love you put into each and every piece of this layout! The love story itself is pretty darn awesome too!! LOVE THIS!!!