December 2023 Wk4 Scrapbook Page Layout

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December 223 Wk4 Scrapbook Page Layout

Unleashing the Power of Stencils

Mary, our guest scrapbooker has been using stencils on this week’s layout.  Have you considered adding flair to your pages with the humble stencil? Here’s a few ideas on how to use these versatile templates. You’ll be surprised at the cost-effectiveness of incorporating these artistic tools into your crafting repertoire.

Backgrounds and Borders

Stencils are excellent for creating intricate backgrounds and borders in your scrapbook layouts. Whether you prefer geometric patterns, floral motifs, or thematic designs, stencils provide a quick and easy way to add visual interest to your pages. Chose plastic stencils or invest in more intricate metal stencils for more detailed and professional-looking results using finer pens.

Embellishments and Accents

Enhance your scrapbook with eye-catching embellishments using stencils. Create custom shapes, such as hearts, stars, or arrows, to complement the theme of your pages. Stencils are also perfect for adding texture to your embellishments, allowing you to experiment with different mediums like ink, paint, embossing or texture paste.

Themed Elements

Stencils come in an array of themes, making them ideal for crafting pages centred around specific occasions or festive events. From Halloween to birthdays, there's a stencil to suit every theme. By incorporating themed stencils, you can effortlessly tie your entire scrapbook together, creating a cohesive and visually appealing album.

Photo Frames and Mats

Use stencils to create custom frames and mats. This adds a personalized touch to your scrapbook while ensuring that each photo stands out. Experiment with different stencil shapes and sizes to find the perfect frame for each picture.

DIY Stencils

If you're feeling particularly creative and / or thrifty, why not make your own stencils. This allows you to tailor your stencils to your specific needs, giving you endless creative possibilities at a minimal cost.  Go low tech and cut your own from thick card, or high tech and cut stencils with your electric die cutter.

Sharing Stencils with Friends

How about a stencil swap with fellow scrapbook enthusiasts. This way, you can exchange stencils and try out new designs without having to invest in a vast collection yourself. It's a cost-effective and social way to expand your stencil repertoire.


Stencils offer a cost-effective way to elevate your scrapbooking game. Unlike some other embellishments and tools, stencils are generally reusable, allowing you to get multiple uses out of a single purchase. Look for multipacks or bundles to maximize your options without breaking the bank, and don’t forget to check out the children section in the arts and crafts stores.