This month’s Use Your Stash is going old school. When I was unpacking recently, I came across a pack of 12×12 vellum that I didn’t even know I had! I don’t remember buying it as I was never a big user of vellum back in the day.
But after my discovery, I started seeing vellum everywhere. Has it made a big comeback that I am not aware of? Or is it one of those things that sat quietly in the background but never really went away? Whatever the case, it made the wheels start turning in my head to come up with a fun way to use it. Along the way, I found some other fun projects to share with you.
How many of you still have some vellum in your oldest stash? Clear off the dust and try one of these ideas on your next layout or project!
1. Mute the background
The idea for this page came from Erin Lincoln. I don’t remember where I saw her layout, but the image stayed with me. She layered vellum over a bunch of cutesy die cuts and added a photo of herself as a child on top. I also unearthed a stash of these old Frame Ups while unpacking. (Remember when My Mind’s Eye only produced die cuts?) I am not ashamed to admit I still have a big stack of these things. I adored them and just seeing them makes me nostalgic. With this layout, I killed two stash items with one layout!
Taking a cue from Erin, I added these die cuts in the background and covered them up with vellum. The fun backdrop scene is there, but the focus is brought down to the photos. These are just random photos of my nephews, taken at different times, each highlighting something about their personalities.
This idea would also be perfect for any bright pattern paper that might be overwhelming your layout or card. Just lay a sheet of vellum over the top and the colors are instantly muted.
2. Add dimension
Remember my butterflies from last week? I wasn’t that thrilled with my coloring job, but a layer of vellum not only mutes the color but adds interest. I added a stamped swirl to the vellum and heat embossed the image in white. Now I feel like I’ll actually be able to use these on a card or project.
3. Confetti Pocket
Have you gotten in on the confetti craze? I think it’s fun, but so far have avoided it. After I saw this fun page from Nicole Nowosad on Jillibean Soup’s blog, I thought it might be doable. Vellum is the perfect way to contain all the bits and pieces but still see it on your card or project. Great for a birthday page!
4. Positive and negative shapes
Using vellum to make die cuts or punches will add subtle interest. I saw this lovely layout from Audrey Yeager on the Crate Paper blog. This technique is especially effective if you need to add “something” to your project but don’t want to detract from the photo.
5. Hold photos or journaling tags
Love this layout from Wendi Antenucci. Jillibean soup recently came out with some vellum envelopes that are perfect for tucking photos or tags into. Great for journaling you might not want to broadcast or a photo that could be sensitive but you still want to include it.
I hope this gives you some ideas to try this weekend!
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