is a great way to make your own background papers!
found some collections of stamps in little bags in a local charity
shop. This collection is of lovely colourful flowers from around the
I wanted to use the stamps on a layout, but wanted to place them on more
than one layout,
so I decided to use them as a background for one
of the pages in a "hanging concertina (Accordion) Album" that I
was making (so the pages were about 4" square).
After soaking the stamps off their backings and drying them (see below), I
arranged them all on a piece of paper and then placed a sheet of acetate
over the top and flipping it all over carefully, placed it on my scanner
and took a full colour scan of the stamps. (If you don't have a scanner... see note at the end)
result was a reusable and very colourful background paper about 6x6"
in actual size. Of course you can do this with anything, such as labels,
tickets, menus, timetables, etc. Just make a pleasing collage and then
scan it in (or just colour photocopy it).
And then you can have a background that is unique to you. It's helpful to
do this if something you want to include in a layout is actually bound
into a book that you don't wish to destroy. Just use the same method. Scan
it in, or just photocopy it and then make a collage by positioning your
other items over the scanned image, then rescan with all your other items
in place if necessary.
Of course, unless you have a large format printer, these backgrounds will
be for A4 (up to 8x8") maximum, but you can always use the image as a
mat on a 12x12!
Oh and by the way... the little bow embellishment... is one of a pair of
earrings. I cut off the stem at the back and it makes a lovely
the backing off used stamps
amazingly enough… my husband’s experience as a stamp collector when he
was a boy, came in handy for this. He knew that to get the stamps off
their envelope backing I needed to place them into a bowl of hot water
(hand hot, don’t start boiling the kettle!! LOL!) and they would peel
Hey… what satisfying fun! I did just that - put them in the hot water,
waited for a while (only a few minutes) and then was able to easily peel
the stamps from their moorings. Some of them fell away by themselves.
They were then laid on some kitchen roll on a tray to dry.
Of course as they dried they curled a little bit, but then I (and my 4
year old daughter) laid them out on a sheet of A4 paper, put another piece
on top and then, after placing them between two scrapbooking magazines, I
tucked them underneath a big pile of my daughter’s books!
I left them for a while (over night should be enough) and I then had
lovely flat colourful flowery stamps to use.
If you don't have a scanner at home, try taking a close-up photograph (use
the macro setting on your camera if it has one) - get in really close and
fill the whole frame with your homemade background and then load onto your
computer and print the picture out large enough to made your background