Thursday, March 3, 2016

Brigitta Budahazi: Scrapbook Cover with Stencils

This is Brigitta Budahazi here again!
Before I started making scrapbook albums, I tried several hobbies and crafts.
Two of my favorites were stitching and sewing. Today, I'm embellishing a scrapbook cover on stretched burlap.
I combined three of my favorite techniques: stenciling, stitching and scrapbooking!

When I start creating a scrapbook page, I always study the main colors of my photo.
This time I chose a photo of my older son and me, so I have decided to create a layout with masculine colors.

1.                  First I made couple of splashes here and there with white acrylic paint on the surface of the burlap.

2.                  Next, using an old plastic card, I put on some Decoart All purpose glitter paint where I thought my focal point would be. Here I used Traci Bautista’s Tropical Floral Stencil stencil.

3.                 Then, to balance the future layout, I repeated step 2. with another stencil and put on some paint again near to the upper left corner. I was delighted to see that I could imitate misted surface using Lesley Riley’s Starlight stencil with a paint! Great, isn’t it? 

4.                  Using my Sizzix, I die-cut the row of numbers from glittered cardstock (Tim Holtz’s Stacked Artful Words Sizzix Sizzlits) and simply stapled it on. This is a layout about a boy, so I thought it would be stylish to use a stapler.

5.                  Then came my favorite...Carolyn Dube’s Wall of Words stencil! I just pressed the whole inkpad onto the surface and stenciled a light colored text layer. Here I used Distress Ink from Ranger. 

6.                  At this point I have decided to include a handmade element into my layout. I wanted to add some subtle touches, something that gave the impression of a mother's soul that hugs her loving child. So I picked up a pencil and traced Terri Stegmiller's Stepping Stone #1 stencil onto the burlap, and stitched that with a thread.

7.                  Finally I added my photo, with some additional layers underneath (I stacked them together with my stapler again from paper scraps, chipboards, vellum stickers, a brad, some thread and a little piece of patterned organza) wrote the journaling, added the date and finished my layout. The journaling is in Hungarian and translates to “I cannot count the ways I love you, my little star.” Here you can see the finished project and some close-ups.

Thank you so much for the opportunity. I am so glad I could share my tips with you, here on StencilGirl Talk.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding this project.
You can contact me through my blog or on Facebook.

Hello, from Hungary,
Brigitta Budahazi aka Gigi :)


  1. beautiful, a great idea, and BRAVE!!

  2. beautiful, a great idea, and BRAVE!!

    1. Thank you so much, Elise! :D ha-ha do you mean I am brave because of the stiching? First I thought I would check this out, whether it worked or not... but it did.

  3. I'm delighted to see a scrapbooker using stencils!!! I can't remember any other time I've seen this. Thank you for showing us how wide a range stencils have -- and for sharing your beautiful art!

    1. Thank you, Cecilia. I'm sooooo glad, you like it! Are you a scrapbooker too? This is MY pleasure, that I can share my creations here, indeed.

  4. Gorgeous scrapbooking page! Love all the layers- and the stitching! Wow!!


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