Stashbusting: Using Woodgrain on Your Pages

by Lain Ehmann on March 6, 2013

Some great ideas for using #woodgrain on your #scrapbooking layouts, including boy scrapbook pages and more.

If you are into trends, one of the latest is anything woodgrain. The combination of the organic pattern with the fun colors we see all over makes for some great options! I bet you’ve got some woodgrain somethin’-somethin’ in your stash already!

If you are wondering how to actually put your stash to use, we’ve got some pages from ScrapHappy members that will give you some great ideas to get those woodgrain products out of your stash and into your albums.

One of the easiest ways to use woodgrain is as a background. It’s a great, neutral pattern that helps ground your page, and can help illustrate your story as well. Case in point, this simple and sweet layout from Joy McHargue:

scrapbooklng layout

The aged look of the wood emphasizes the antique look of the photos, as well as complementing the cowboy theme.

Woodgrain product isn’t always patterned paper, however. More and more we’re seeing it in embellishments where it shows up as a subtle texture added to shaped stickers, wordfetti, and alphas. In this page from Marcia Fortunato, not only is there a bit of patterned woodgrain paper as a grounding strip across the center of the page, but also in the banner, stars, border strip, and title alphas. The repetition of the woodgrain creates unity on the page, and helps tell the story, while letting the focal photo shine. Woodgrain can be a great boy-ish addition for masculine scrapbook layouts.

simple scrapbooking layouts

Woodgrain patterns don’t always have to be photo-realistic, though. (Nor do they have to be used on pages about cowboys!) This page from Jane Bain uses a more graphic style of woodgrain, as well as an actual wood embellishment. The combination of graphic approach with real wood creates a fun and cozy page that just begs to be touched, due to the variety of textures and layers on her page.

fast easy scrapbook ideas

Woodgrain is also useful when you want a pattern but not something that is so bold that it will distract from the overall page. Here’s a page I created with woodgrain background. It’s so subtle it could be seen as a neutral or solid. It also ties in well with the photo of the woods — a stripe or a polkadot (my other two favorite patterns) might have conflicted with the natural theme, but the woodgrain patterned paper actually reinforces it.

simple scrapbooking

As you can see, it is very easy to use woodgrain patterns in your simple scrapbooking since it is a natural and neutral pattern. If you don’t have any in your stash, it’s a worthwhile addition, since it is so adaptable. If you’ve got any fun examples, link them up below!


P.S. Here are some super-cute and fun woodgrain products and embellishments:


Love Knots clear stamp set


Amy Tangerine 12×12 Ready Set Go papercrafting kit (Also available in a 6×6 paper pad)


Authentique Family Woodgrain Diecuts



Crate Paper Woodgrain & Doily Thickers


Crate Paper Story Teller Wood Frames


Creative Imaginations 6×6 Woodgrain Patterned Paper (10 pack)


Cuttlebug 5×7 Embossing Folder


  • lynne moore

    Nice overview of woodgrain ideas. It is too easy to overlook the idea it is a pattern and not just a theme.

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    Thanks, Lynne! I agree – it can support a theme, OR just be a cool organic pattern. :)

  • amyptucson

    Do we need to worry about actual wood elements being non-archival? (something about acid or lignin…)

  • Lain Chroust Ehmann

    If you are using actual wood elements I would confirm that they are acid-free if you are concerned about longevity. The wooden frames above do not have any info listed on their product page, so I’m not sure if they are archivally safe or not. But great question!

  • Laura Strack

    We can add Gesso to the wood 1st, to protect other embelishments/photos, just to be safe, right?

  • Laura Strack

    I have seen some nice wood grain stamps, as well. Have you ever used any of them?

  • Laura Strack

    Oops, I see your Stamp Set, my bad :)

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