In this month’s Use Your Stash, we are going address stickers. If you are like most scrapbookers, you probably have a healthy supply of stickers in your stash. Once upon a time, stickers were among the only kind of embellishment you could purchase to add to your pages. Since we all have them, let’s take a look at some great ways to get them off the sheet and use more stickers on our pages.
1. Use dimensional adhesive
One of the reasons I haven’t used stickers much lately is because stickers are flat. With so many other embellishments that add dimension and interest, I tend to pass on flat stickers. Many collections now come with coordinating sticker sheets, so the desire to include them on layouts has been growing. The easiest way to add new life to stickers is to pop them up on dimensional foam adhesive.
In this layout, I’ve used the sticker sheet that coordinates with the For The Record collection by Echo Park.
The dimensional foam adhesive adds another benefit – once you add the adhesive, keep the adhesive backing on so you can move the sticker around on your page until you are ready to stick it down.
2. Create sticker cluster embellishments
Another way to create dimension with stickers is to create stacked and cluster embellishments. Take a queue from this layout from Shimelle and stack stickers with a similar shape together, largest diameter on the bottom, smallest on the top.
3. Letter stickers
Who doesn’t have letter stickers? These days, alphabet stickers come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. One way to make a statement with letter stickers is to vary the sizes, shapes and typefaces in one title:
You can also make letter stickers stand out by outlining them the way May Flaum does:
4. Cut them apart
Another way to get more mileage from your stickers is to cut them. Use half of your sticker on one side of your layout and half on the other side of your layout to maintain balance. Amy Heller uses this technique on her pages all the time, especially with label stickers.
In general, if a sticker is too big, cutting some of it away is always an option. In my layout above, I loved a black flourish sticker on the sticker sheet but it was too big to add to the white flower the way I wanted to. I just snipped off part of the sticker and put the half I didn’t use back on the sticker sheet
5. Change them up
When all else fails and you can’t figure out how to use a certain sticker, you can always alter them. Many stickers come with a coating on them that resists paint and other medium, but if you lightly run over the surface with some sandpaper, it will help. Try paint, mists, stickles, etc… I love how soapHOUSEmama (aka Ashli) misted these banner stickers to get the exact color she needed for her layout.
If you have a sticker that is just too plain, don’t forget you can always add gems, pearls, and buttons to spruce them up.
I hope this gave you some ideas for using that stash stickers you’ve been holding onto!
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