Wonderfully Ordinary Average Day

Hi everyone! Welcome to a special segment on scrapbooking with Christine Ousley. Enjoy!!
Stamping on scrapbook pages is so fun and easy.  Used as an embellishment, a background element, or even a way to journal, stamping can enhance any scrapbook page.  So come along and let me show you how. 
Text stamps are probably one of my favorite kinds of stamps to use on a layout.  On my layout I used the text stamp, Give Me the Wonderful Ordinary Everyday stamp as a background element, stamping it in alternating colored ink directly on the cream cardstock.  I also repeated the same technique on the top of my page with the words, Everyday Moments using a red ink instead of the navy blue to give it that extra pop.

For my title, I used another stamp from the same set which read, Wonderfully Ordinary Average Day.  I actually stamped it on the back of one of the paper embellishments from the 9 to 5 Miscellany embellishment pack which I knew I wouldn’t use so that the color of the paper matched my layout perfectly.

Here are some tips on how to stamp on a layout.  
1.  Clear stamps are the easiest to use when trying to put an image in a certain place.  When it’s inked you will be able to see through the acrylic block and stamp and see exactly where the stamp will be placed.
2.  If you are using rubber stamps, you can still have confidence stamping on layouts.  There is a great tool to use that takes the fear out of stamping. It is called a Stamp-a-ma-jig by EK Success and it has been my most loved tool since I started stamping. I no longer have to fear ruining my page by stamping in the wrong spot.  My Stamp-a-ma-jig helps me get precise placement every time.
3.  When stamping with any kind of stamp, ink up your stamp really well by patting it on your ink pad several times. Then position your stamp directly above where you want to stamp and move both of your hands straight down.  Press evenly, no rocking, and then pull the stamp straight up in the air. This should help to stamp the image evenly and not get stray marks on your paper.
4.  Use a ruler to help with repeating patterns such as the text border I created on my layout.  I measured the text sentiment and then divided that number by the size of my stamping area.  That way I knew how many times I could repeat the pattern.  
Another tip that I wanted to share with you is how I use my 6×6 paper pads on my layouts.  I love using 6×6 paper pads for my cards and have a ton of them in my stash so that means I usually have a bunch of left over paper in them.  So I will often use it on my scrapbook layouts.  I actually prefer using the smaller patterns when I just need small accents of paper on my page.   
Here is a list of the supplies that I used to create my layout.
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