Use Your Stash | Basic Grey Doilies

Welcome to another installment of Use Your Stash. Do you love these Basic Grey doily papers as much as I do? I don’t pick them up from every collection, but I do have quite a few of them in my stash. And *gasp* I’ve only ever used one on a layout. How sad is that? I’m not one to save products for perfect photos, yet I do have this habit of letting stuff sit in my stash.

In Shimelle’s Pretty Paper Party class, she mentioned that if you really love a pattern paper, aren’t you going to love it even more when it’s in your album and you can actually enjoy looking at it? I thought that was the perfect excuse to dig into my collection of doilies.

5 Ways to Use Doily Paper

1. Bridge a 2 page layout

I used the doily on this page as a way to create a cohesive background for my 2-page layout.

These doilies also provide a great canvas to embellish. Add flowers onto the background. Add jewels, brads and pearls to the flower centers. Die cut flower shapes from acetate to add dimension without the bulk.

And a quick design tip – the aqua flowers I picked were just a tad too bright for my layout. I grabbed my Malted Milk paint dabber by Jenni Bowlin for Ranger and painted on top of them. It instantly brought the tone down without losing the color entirely. I ended up painting on all the flowers because it looked so cool.

Full disclosure – it wasn’t until after I got this layout half done that I realized I packed all of my Europe memorabilia. I have several things I want to add to this layout so I did not glue down all the flowers. Some day when I move and unpack, I will create a pocket in the left corner include my memorabilia (postcards, museum tickets, receipts, etc…). After that is down, I can glue down the flowers.

2. See through

Check out this cool layout by kristii that I found in the 2 Peas gallery:


I love that the foundation of this layout is the doily paper.  She created a smaller page within the canvas to showcase her photos, but the background doily is still intact with the zig zag edges the holes you can see through. I love the unexpected! And if you feel like it needs to be mounted on something for stability sake, try a sheet of this plastic paper from Bazzill. It will give the same effect but still keep the background open and airy.

3. Stretch it


By all means, if you simply love the pattern, don’t feel like you have to use one full sheet on your layout or spread. I love the design of this layout Kristina came up with in this Basic Inspiration layout and video for Basic Grey. She cuts about 1/3 of the sheet so you’d have the rest to use on another project — or two or three projects!

4. Unique background

Source: via Tammy on Pinterest

On the other hand, for a totally different look, Keisha Campbell used a doily as a background in this layout and it creates a gorgeous tone on tone muted effect. It’s a great canvas for the fussy cut flowers. This background would be gorgeous for a wedding photo or an enlarged portrait photo.

5. Make special cards with scraps

And lastly, after you slice up your pretty paper doilies to create your layouts, take the scraps and make a few special cards. In this one, I used a bottle of stickles to add accents and flower centers. I love to create embossed backgrounds and to get all inked and stamped up, but sometimes, it’s faster and easier to just use a pre-made background. I don’t mind taking the shortcut when I’m pressed for time. The pretty paper makes the card special and that’s what counts.

A few more random ideas –

  • further stretch your doilies by cutting out individual flowers and using them as embellishments.
  • If don’t love one of your doily patterns anymore, consider using it as a mask for your mists
  • Punch a large square from a doily paper and use it to fill in a square on a grid layout

I hope you were able to get a variety of ideas for using your own doily paper. What are you waiting for? Go get them out of your stash and onto your scrapbook pages!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Oh Tammy, that layout is beautiful! I am the same way with Basic Grey, I have several of their papers, but very rarely use them on layouts. I love your tip about toning down the color, I have some Tim Holtz Picket Fence and I just might have to try that!

  2. This is great! I don’t think I have any doilies in my stash because I never know what to do with them. But now I do!

  3. These are really great ideas! Thanks!

  4. what great inspiration! thanks tammy

  5. beautiful layouts, and beautiful kitty cat! 🙂

  6. Your card is simply gorgeous! And I’ve had a whole doily page I haven’t been using for… what was the reason again? Your post makes me want to use it! THANKS!!

  7. Fabulous ideas-thanks so much for the inspiration-I have a number of sheets of doilies that I just have had no idea what to do with!

  8. Great post today! All of the layouts are fantastic! 🙂

  9. Love the colors!!

  10. Alas I don’t have any BG doily paper and BG is my favorite scrapping paper evah. I guess I need some now, eh? You pages are so great.

  11. GREAT post! Love the ideas and sample layouts… the doily and diecut papers are some of my favorite scrapbook items to play with. 🙂

  12. These are fabulous ideas!

  13. These are all great ideas 🙂

  14. Wonderful post Tammy!! I love YOUR layout!! What a great way to spread across a two pager!


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