Friday, July 22, 2016

Scrapbooking with DIY Background Paper

Scrapbook with DIY background paper
This is Brigitta Budahazi here again. Hope you will like my new tutorial here on StencilGirl Talk. In this post I will show you how to build up a DIY background paper made of several layers for a scrapbook page using your StencilGirl stencils. So, here we go!
Stencils I used: Carolyn Dube’s Wall of Words Stencil, Traci Bautista’s Tropical Floral Stencil
1.                  First I permanently fixed the paper (a 13” x 13” lightweight paper) with washi tape to my desk. You can use Scotch tape or masking tape as well, but it is very important to secure your paper all along of its four edges when you are making DIY paper with mixed media technique. If you do this way, despite of the moisture of the medium you put on during the creative process, when the layers dried completely, your paper will be plain again.
2.                  Using the Wall of Words Stencil and mist spray in black color, I made a text pattern along the edges. I placed the stencil in a small angle and tried to keep that angle during this process.
3.                  For the second layer I used the Tropical Floral Stencil and another mist spray in vanilla color. I stenciled the small dotted parts here and there. Be careful and wait until your first layer dries – you can see, I was a bit impatient, ha-ha.
4.                  Then I wanted to achieve some light texture on my paper. I love the impact of textured layers to the other colored mediums I put on later. So, using white gesso and the Tropical Floral Stencil again I made these bark-like areas.
5.                  Then came the fourth layer: some misted parts -  I used a mist spray again in ginger color.
6.                  Next I wanted to use some special medium. I’ve felt I needed bold color or some texture again. So, I have decided to use oil pastels! When you color with it, it’s smooth but makes a great contrast what I like so much on my creations! So I colored some areas of my paper, which already had a really exciting surface!
7.                  At this time I have realized that I needed more contrast and more color! So I took a dye ink pad in mandarine color and “stamp” with it directly through the Tropical Floral Stencil to the paper. So then I got some beautiful tropical flowers and some dots in a great shade of color!
8.                 Here you can see the finished background paper. Which, after it was completely dried, I detached from the desk. Finally I wrapped a 12”x12”chipboard with the paper, so my DIY background was ready, yay!
9.                  Then I finished my scrapbook layout.  Using some Sizzix dies and black cardstock, some sequins (you don’t want to know how long it takes to sew a 24” long row of sequins ha-ha), two layers of color cardstock and my favorite portrait of my last summer holiday.

Here you can see the finished project and some close-ups.

Hope you like my project and try this technique in the future! Thank you so much for the opportunity. I am so glad and proud that 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. You did a GREAT job. love that background!!! impatience gets us all. ;- )

  2. What a gorgeous scrapbook page you've made!


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