I don't have an extraordinary amount of stamps. Sure, I have my go-to favorites. And you know what? I noticed something about those go-to's recently... they are all mounted (or large cling backgrounds).
What does this tell me?
Well, for one - that I am too lazy to peel the little cute acrylic stamps off of their sheet and mount them on a block.
Sad, I know.
Last week, I figured it was time I did something about that. After all, Camp Scrap was just a couple days from getting underway, I was between layouts and gearing up for Camp, and the kidlets and I needed a fun outing to the craft store.
Off we went to Michaels and I purchased as many of those cheapie acrylic blocks that I could find after a good dig in their discount bin:And then I pulled off some of my favorite, yet seldom used, acrylic stamps:
I even took some of the teenie ones and grouped them together... a custom stamp, if you will:
After making some tough editing decisions, I ended up with this assortment:
And then I neatly lined them up right above my work area. I plan to keep them there for a while. If I don't see them, I won't use them...
And as luck would have it, as soon as Camp Scrap started, we were shown some fabulous ways to work stamping into our projects! YAY!
So, I grabbed some little doxie die cuts that a friend cut out from her Cameo and I had already glittered, along with an 8x8 of my beloved 15 1/2 year old Susie girl. She was the ring-bearer in my wedding. True story. She is now blind and deaf, and totally awesome.
I layered up my papers as per usual. And then, something happened...
I realized that in order to work some of those stamps into my page and to use them the way we were shown in class, I would have to change the order in which I do things. Eeegad!
Just kidding... that is one of the main reasons I take classes - to change things up, shake up my routine, work outside of my comfort zone. When that happens, I am one happy student. It makes me really feel like I am learning, stretching, and growing!
Stamp are usually my very first thing, or my very last thing. I hardly EVER layer them on in the middle of my process. Perhaps there is more "risk" in that? More chances of "messing up?" But, here I have my lovely layers and I am going for it!
I stamped a sentiment, along with some little hearts:
Doilies were added in black to contrast my shiny little pups:
I even managed to stamp some white polka dots - after the photo was there, and on top of it even!
And after all of that fun, I ended up with this:
My sweet Old Girl :)
This page makes me smile. Not only is it of my beloved doxie, but I worked outside of my norm, used my stamps more, learned a lot, and ended up with a fun page in the end!