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Scrapbooking  rubberstamps-incorporating the two: 

Rubberstamping has been around for awhile, typically used for creating greeting cards.  However, rubberstampers have creatively branched out and are using rubberstamps for many other crafts including scrapbooking

If you are looking for ideas on how to incorporate rubberstamps in your scrapbooking, be sure to check out the following article.

Incorporating Rubberstamping into your Scrapbooks

By Dawn Stegall 

I started out as a stamper.  I remember being amazed at how a line art drawing could produce such beautiful results.  I started out simply stamping and coloring in and progressed to more advanced techniques.   And then I was introduced to scrapbooking via a home party.  But I was a stamper!  How could I combine the two? 

I began incorporating my rubberstamps into my scrapbooks and you can too.  You can use rubberstamps as backgrounds, titles, decorative accents, decorative borders and any way you can think of.  For me using rubberstamps in my scrapbooks provided an additional creative expression to pass down to my children. Of course, rubberstamp styles and techniques have changed over the years and even some stamps are available specifically for scrapbooking.  Here are a few ideas for incorporating rubberstamps into your scrapbooks.

· Stamps as backgrounds-Randomly stamp all over a sheet of 12x12 cardstock to create your own custom background combining color combinations to coordinate with your photos. Idea: stamp various leaves in beautiful fall colors randomly on a sheet of 12x12 cardstock.  A perfect background for photos of your kids playing in the leaves.

 Scrapbooking Rubberstamp layout sample


Background is stamped allover with bubbles!  Title is stamped with alphabet rubberstamps on a stamped background.  The bubble theme is further carried out by stamping bathtub and bubbles on bottom border. (stamps by Dream Impressions)

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· Stamps as titles-Many stamps would make great titles all by themselves.  A stamp that says “Happy Easter” would make a perfect title for an Easter layout.

· Alpha stamps as titles-There are plenty of alphabet stamp sets in various fonts.  Pick your favorite or two and stamp a title. Or simply stamp the first letter in a journaling block.  Stamp the letters a little staggered for a fun look and then you don’t have to worry about stamping a straight line.  Another idea is to stamp out the letters to compose the word or phrase you want and then punch out with decorative punches.  Circles, squares, tags, flowers and other decorative punches for a whimsical touch to your pages.

 Scrapbooking rubberstamp layout


Alphabet stamps were used to stamp the Summertime title and puched out with a circle punch.  Also used decorative stamps to stamp the border along the bottom. (stamps by Dream Impressions)

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· Stamps as decorative accents-stamps of children in Halloween costumes make a cute accent to your Halloween pages.  Or how about a stamped snowman for the “playing in the snow” pages?

 Scrapbooking rubberstamp layout 2

Easter Greetings

Decorative Easter stamps were used to create the tags.  Also used as a title. (stamps by Dream Impressions)

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· Stamps as decorative borders-stamp around the page, along one side, as a border on a photo matt or journaling box.  For example, on a baby page stamp baby theme images like a bottle, pacifier, teddy bear, etc. as your border.

 Scrapbooking rubberstamp layout 3

Happy Easter

Decorative chick stamp used as border along the top and bottom of layout.  Happy Easter stamp also used as the title of the page and more decorative Easter stamps as accents. (stamps by Dream Impressions)

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  • Stamps made specifically for scrapbooking-there are many stamp manufacturers realizing the popularity of rubberstamping in scrapbooks and therefore have met the demand with stamps made especially for scrapbooking.  Some examples are journaling boxes, titles and more.

 Scrapbooking rubberstamp layout 4

A Gift for You

Notice the journaling box on this layout is actually stamped.  The background is also stamped along with the tag. (stamps by Dream Impressions)

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If you have rubberstamps and have been wanting to incorporate them into your scrapbooks, I hope the above ideas will help get the creative juices flowing.  You can even use the same ink brushed, sponged or stippled to add a distressed or shabby chic look.  So what are you waiting for?  Try stamping in your scrapbooks today!

About Author:

Dawn Stegall is the owner of a Christian scrapbook resource site. She is also a regular contributor here at For more tips and ideas, be sure to sign up for the weekly scrapbooking tips and updates.

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