Use Your Stash | Vellum

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 AntenucciJillibean 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!

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. So many great ideas! Thank you for sharing them all. I know I have bunches of vellum sitting unused in my stash. 🙂

  2. Wonderful ideas for vellum! I think it’s making a comeback. After seeing tons of new project ideas recently with vellum I had to go dig some out of my stash to play with and still haven’t had the time to play with it yet!

  3. Too funny because I just received my first piece of vellum in years. The cloud vellum paper from the Dear Lizzy line. I used vellum a lot several years ago, but haven’t in a while.
    Those are all great tips! Especially the confetti pocket, and muting the background. I love how that one makes the photos really pop 🙂

  4. I do have some vellum in my stash & these are great ideas. I especially like how it looks on your butterflies!

  5. Oh my gosh, I don’t think I even have any vellum anymore! Haha! I just LOVE your butterflies and I’m like you, I’ve avoided the confetti thing too, but that pocket is awfully cute!

  6. cool ideas! loving the vellum craze going on. I really like it for your idea number 1. muting strong colors in pattern papers for a softer looking layout.

  7. Vllum is versatile.Funny how we forget why we loved things in the first place.

  8. Thank you, thank you thank you! I have a bunch of vellum and I love these ideas-I’ll be putting them to use this weekend!!!
    You have the best ideas on this blog! Love it!!!

  9. Oh thanks for the great ideas. Really love the layered butterflies

  10. Great ideas here. I mostly used vellum to tone down a too bright or too busy backgrounds; but not anytime recently as I have come to love bright and/or busy.

  11. Thanks so much for the idea of using heat-embossed vellum over your butterflies. Can’t wait to try that on my next card. I’m sure your other ideas were great as well, but only the first two photos came through. I wish I could see what the confetti pocket looks like.

  12. Great ideas for using up your vellum.
    I only had a couple of sheets, never really figured out how to use it. I love the pocket idea with the photo.

  13. oh what fun ways to use vellum- i still have a large stash and i should use it! tfs!!


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