Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Half-price sale still on at The Scrapbook Garden. Prima Flowers also half-price - limited stocks available.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all - hope you have a good one!

The winner of the Blog Candy is:
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Congratulations to June. Your Blog Candy will be posted out to you after the Christmas break - enjoy and thank you for all your wonderful comments!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this Blog Candy giveaway - better luck next time.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Blog Candy Numbers allocated

The numbers for the Blog Candy Draw have now been allocated (see bottom of the page).

The draw will take place tomorrow (hopefully at 1.00 p.m. approx.) - please log in tomorrow to see if you are a winner!

Good luck to everyone who has entered.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010


I have decided to start The Scrapbook Garden winter sale early this year. Half-price bargains are available - some very limited stocks! Come in and have a look around - you may see something you like!

At least the 'white stuff' has now gone (but coming back on Thursday - uggghhh!!!). I hope you are all coping with your Christmas shopping? I went out for a couple of things today and (after 3 hours) came back with almost nothing!

Friday, 10 December 2010

Free Prima Craftable Flowers offer!

Just to let everyone know that there is a Free Prima Craftable Flowers offer on at the moment at The Scrapbook Garden shop.

Just spend £15 or more on any combination of Ranger products and a pack of Prima Craftable Flowers will be sent out with your order automatically! Pass this offer onto anyone who you think may be interested.

The snow is starting to melt - hurrah!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

One to make you smile!

I thought this layout (one of Joanne's) would make you smile! Taken a couple of years ago in the garden (when it was lovely and sunny!!!).

The colours are great and match the photo perfectly (check out that Dennis the Menace T-shirt!).

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Calendar layouts!

Looking through some of my previous layouts I remembered that I used this photo (taken December last year) for calendar layouts. Remember that scrapbooking doesn't have to be strictly for an album - you can make scrapbook layouts and use them for calendars as I have done here. This first one I did was from a Mind My Eye's Calendar Kit - everything was included and all I had to do was stick it all together - result! A quick and easy way to make something hand-made.
This second calendar layout was for a present and I used a blank calendar from The Paper Mill Shop. The patterned papers, rub-ons, gems etc., were taken from my stash!

Why not make someone a lovely 'hand-made' present this year. I am sure they will appreciate all the time and effort you have put into it - and most importantly, it will be unique!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Reminder of the Summer!

This is one of two layouts I have done for Thursday's scrapbooking class using 'paper punches' as the technique. The photographs are of a lovely sunny 'Sports Day' last Year! I thought you might want to see something that doesn't have snow in it! This layout is kept simple to show what the corner rounder punch can do and also the ribbon slot punch (which I threaded some of the patterned paper through).On this second layout I used an edger punch, the corner rounder as before and a Martha Stewart Daisy Punch (that I used last week as well). The patterned papers (that are double-sided) are from Crate Paper (Pink Plum Collection). The corner rounder and edger punches are from Dovecraft.

I doubled up the photographs on the layouts because I wanted to show some 'action shots' as well as the 'posed' ones. It is difficult when working on the 8"x8" sized layouts to get multiple photographs - one way is to print them out smaller. The ones I used were just 6x4 that I cut down to size.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Let it Snow!

Another fabulous layout from Joanne (my daughter) of two of the girls when they were smaller, playing in the garden. I thought it was apt seeing as most of us (well here in the North East especially) have plenty of the 'white stuff' at the moment. I have officially decided that Joanne is now part of the Design Team here at The Scrapbook Garden Blog as her work is so fab!

One thing that the snow does give is that 'Chrismassy' feeling (only 4 weeks left to go to the big day) that was missing before. Saying that it would have been wonderful to actually have the snow fall on Christmas Eve!

Let me know how the snow is affecting you (wherever you are) and whether it gives you inspiration to craft (think warm and cosy, indoors etc.).

Friday, 26 November 2010

Same photo - different layout!

You know how the scrapbook magazines sometimes feature layouts using the same photo? Well, I came across these two layouts whilst looking for something else and I thought I would share them with you.This first layout I did ages ago (when I first started teaching scrapbooking in the Community) and I have used this (or recently something similar) as the first technique layout I demonstrate on the course. I deliberately made it simple (but effective) so learners could see how easy it is to scrapbook!

This second layout was done by my (grown up) daughter and the photo depicts her middle daughter (Kate). I was fascinated on her interpretation of this layout. Not only has she used completely different patterned papers and elements but they so compliment the photo. I also love the title (cut out words that look like quilting!).

I think I may have some other scrapbook layouts lurking around that I may have scrapped twice using the same photos. I will have a look and post any I find.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

How to leave a comment?

I have had a couple of requests asking "how do I leave a comment on your blog?". I will try and talk you through this process:

Click on comment (at the bottom of the post you wish to comment on)

A 'post a comment' box appears

Write your comment then click on select profile (I suggest you use google account)

An eBlogger page will appear asking you to log in/or make a google account

Follow the on screen prompts after this

Once you have an account you will be directed back to this blog - you may be asked to insert a series of letters (to ascertain that you are a human and not a computer trying to leave a message). You then have the option to review your comment before publishing it.

I hope this clarifys things - let me know (via the comments box if it works, or email if you get stuck). My email address is

Hope to hear from you soon!

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

One I made earlier!

Following on from my previous post - this layout is one I did earlier (a few years ago) using the same Crafter's Workshop Template. As this layout is 12" x 12" I had more room to use the template to its full advantage.

I love this photo as it was taken when Kate was watching television in her room. I called her name and as she looked up I took this photo. I called it 'Day Dreamer' as that what it looked liked to me at the time - in a world of her own!

The Crafter's Workshop Templates may seem like an expensive buy to start with (about £7 ish) but they last for years and are so versatile!

Friday, 19 November 2010

A day trip to ... Alnwick

This is the first of two layouts I have done entitled 'A day trip to .... Alnwick' using a 12" x12" Crafter's Workshop Template. Although the layout is 8" x 8" the template can still be used.These layouts are for next week's scrapbooking class (morning session). I have used Delish Designs patterned papers. These colours really compliment each other and the other nice thing is that they are double-sided!
I have added a Menu Card under the photograph in this layout (In life there are no ordinary moments), also from Delish Designs. These work as a title and also a journaling card! The flowers are punched from the same papers using a Martha Stewart Daisy punch and then I just added some bling in the form of some ZVA self-adhesive embellishments (little gems).
Overall, quite easy layouts to do using different elements and tools.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

November Scrapaholix Layouts

This month the Scrapaholix Club kit technique was layering and the patterned papers we used are kaiser Hey Birdie. I wasn't that fussed when I first saw the patterned papers as they are not my usual style (not that I know what my style is exactly!). Anyhow, I set about looking for some photo's that would go with these papers and found the above 'new baby' photo of Kate. Her little outfit was made for these papers - the same bright pink! (how lucky was that!). I set about thinking of a title and thought if I could find another photo of an older Kate on her own (preferably wearing the same colour, that would be lovely).

The only photo I could find (on her own and wearing pink) was this one. It is a Christmas photo I can hear all you purists saying! So what, I say - the colours go and I like the photo!

This is what I like about scrapbooking - there are rules - but rules can be broken! Anyhow, when I finished the layout I loved it! I am not one for using Christmas papers with Christmas layouts anyhow and I doubt whether I would have actually scrapped this photo otherwise. I quite liked the idea of being a 'rebel' (even if it is one without a cause!!!).

I had to photograph this layout as when I scanned it, there was a horrible shadow across the middle of the layout - but you can get the idea of what I did. Overall, I am happy how they both turned out!

Monday, 15 November 2010

1/2 price Christmas!

Just to let you know that The Scrapbook Garden has now reduced Kanban and Nitwit Collections of Christmas Decoupage, Toppers, Concept cards and A4 Card. Also half-price is Christmas 12x12 patterned papers, embossed stickers, transparancies, brads, rub-ons, felt and alphabet stickers.

I know Christmas is an expensive time and therefore, I have decided to reduce some Christmas stock now (instead of waiting for the January sales!). Stocks are VERY LIMITED on some lines though, so you have to be quick to get the bargains you want!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Posts to come ......

Apologies for not posting for a while but this week has has been incredibly busy. I have layouts from the Scrapaholix Club to show you and will do this next week - promise.

Thank you to all that have left comments so far. Remember that every comment gives you an entry into the draw (but only 1 comment each day please). If you have a blog and you feature my blog giveaway on your blog I will give you another entry into the draw.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Same layout!

This is one of two layouts I made using the same layout but different patterned papers, photos and embellishments. If you want to make a couple of layouts quickly, this idea can help you get your pages done a bit quicker! I used Crate Paper Brook Collection patterned papers and stickers on this one with some Bazzill flowers thrown into the mix.

On this layout (same as before) I used Crate Paper Pink Plum Collection patterned papers and chipboard elements with Prima e.line flowers. I loved the papers on both ranges and I just wanted to see if I could make the layout first (with no particular photo in mind) then just add the photo and embellishments after. I managed to do this on both layouts.

I have scanned both images into a scanner and used a software programme called Panorama Maker 3 to 'stitch' both halves of the scanned image together. It works beautifully most of the time but sometimes it can distort the image a bit.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Latest Blog Candy up for grabs!

Here is the latest blog candy up for grabs! This little lot consists of:

Crafter's Workshop 6x6 Template - Mini Doodad

Glitz Design clear stamp - Love Nest Bird Cage

ZVA Creative - self adhesive crystal embellishments in Jet Black

Petaloo Flora Doodles - Velvet Butterflies in pastels

Prima e.line Designer Pearls - flower

Prima e.line Flowers in white

To get your hands on this little lot - here's what you have to do:

Leave a comment on the blog (limited to one comment each day please). For every comment left (only nice ones please) your name will be listed for entry into the draw. Seeing as it is coming up to Christmas I will leave this blog candy draw open until Christmas Eve (so lots of chances to get your name in the draw!).

The draw will take place at 1.00 p.m. Christmas Eve and I will use a random number generator to select the winner. Good Luck!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Princess for a day

Another two 8" x 8" layouts - this time using craftable flowers! These flowers come in packs of varying sizes and various numbers of flowers to each pack. They are easy to adapt to whatever colour you want. I have used 2 flowers on the above layout. Firstly, I coloured the flowers using a dye-based ink pad, then used a water brush to dilute the ink colour. Depending on the depth of colour you want, use more or less water. I then layered one on top of the other and fixed to the page with a flower shaped brad.
Even though the papers are the same on this layout, I coloured the flowers to match the bouquet in the photo on this layout.

Downsizing to 8" x 8" layouts makes you think about the patterned papers that you use. Really big patterns don't work on this size layout. The upside to doing this size layout is that the pages get finished quicker!

Much Joy

This is the first of a double page 8" x 8" layout I did using buttons as an embellishment. The title reflects both aspects of the day. Firstly, how the children in the photo's do bring 'much joy' when you are around them and secondly, look how 'much joy' they are having from the simple things in life. Hence the journalling, which reads 'Good old fashioned fun & games @ York Museum' - Not a DS or computer game in sight! I used Bazzill embossed cardstock for the background (Oopsy Daisy in white); strips of 2 x 12 cardstock from My Mind's Eye (Wild Asparagus); Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock (Phoenix); Buttons Galore buttons and Bazzill Bitty Blossoms (Neutrals and Garden Mix).I wanted a 'fun' layout to capture the essence of the photo's, so I used the flowers and buttons to add the colour and kept the background fairly neutral. When teaching techniques to 'newbies' it is important to offer layouts that can be adapted to any photo and with the change of flower and button colours, this layout works with any colour scheme. The strips of patterned papers come in other colour and patterns, which lends itself to plenty of layout options.

The layouts were both quick and easy to do (as the patterned papers are already in strips of 2x12), just cut them to whatever size you want, ink the edges and stick to your background cardstock. I used the red dotted swiss card to mat my photos, cut some swirls in green card (to add the flowers to). The options on adding the buttons to the flowers are plenty. I opted for sewing them to the flowers on the first layout and just sticking (double-sided tape works well) them on the other layout. You could use other mediums, such as twine, wool etc. to give more texture to the layout.

I think flowers and buttons are really versatile embellishments you can have on your layouts as there is so much you can do with them - give them a try!

Monday, 1 November 2010

Winner of Blog Candy!

Tah Dah! (drum roll please) - the winner of the latest Blog Candy giveaway is:


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Congratulations to Jaqi W you are the winner this time!

Thank you to everyone who entered.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Last chance!

Today is the last chance for followers to enter their reviews into the Blog Candy Draw. Take advantage, log into The Scrapbook Garden website @ or click on the link on the top right of this page. Find a product to review, write the review - and then I can give you an extra entry into the Blog Candy Draw.

The Draw will take place tomorrow (1st November). I have allocated numbers to those who have entered so far. The number of entrants hasn't been very high this time, so I will look to see whether I can tempt more people to join in next time by offering something which has a wider appeal.

Some followers have entered more reviews into the draw but, unfortunately, I cannot count them as the rules state - 1 review per day!

You can find a list of entrants at the end of the page - good luck to all who have entered.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Glitz Design - now in stock @ The Scrapbook Garden

Hurrah! The Glitz Design patterned papers (Hoopla and Love Nest) and matching clear stamps have now arrived! I have the patterned papers on the website shop for .75p sheet and if you buy all 6 designs the price is £3.75 (saving .75p) on each range. The clear 3" x 3" stamps are only £2.75 each - they are perfect for scrapbooking and card-making.

Everyone will have their favourite but all the designs are really fabulous and of course each patterned paper range co-ordinates (so no problems matching colours!).

Remember there is still time to get your reviews done (for extra chances in the draw for the Blog Candy) - it ends on 31st October.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Using Chipboard on layouts

This is the first of two layouts I have done for the scrapbooking course using chipboard. The chipboard I used was just the run-of-the-mill white chippies that you can get fairly cheaply. I covered mine with patterned papers and added bling and ribbon on this one.

The papers are from Cosmo Cricket - Honey Pie, and have been around for a while now but are lovely 'girlie' papers - so fresh! I love the colours of pink and green together. I have had to photograph the layouts as I tried the scanner but it wasn't playing today! The title was cut from one of the papers that had words all over it (so helpful when looking for different ways to add titles to your layouts). For the layout itself, I just cut a circle (using a saucer as a template) and then cut 1.5" circles on the cricut to make the 'flower' shape.

I have used this layout several times on 12" x 12" layouts, so had to downsize this for these 8" x 8" layouts. I rounded the photo to fit the large centre circle and just added the chipboard flower and heart to finish. This second layout was simpler to do as I just used what was left over from the previous layout. This time I made a larger chipboard flower, cut a circle of patterned paper for the centre and added some bling (Prima pearl). The letter 'L' is a die-cut letter that goes with the papers.I hope the learners enjoy doing these layouts as it is fun to make your own chipboard embellishments rather than buying them.

I am receiving a delivery of the new Glitz papers on Friday - there will be some 'special offers' on full sets of papers. Check the website on Friday for further details!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Monochrome layouts

This week on the scrapbooking course we did two monochrome layouts, using black and white patterned papers (double-sided), black and white card and black and white embellishments. This is the first one - both are 8" x 8" in size. Luckily, I had these photo's from the day I took the gandchildren to York Museum - they fitted the papers perfectly! Whatever Kate does, Emma is not far behind!

For both layouts I just cut the paterned papers into equal strips (2") and varied the length and stuck it across the page. I mounted the photo on what was left of the cardstock, added some Bazzill Just The Edge, flowers with brads and finally a journalling card (sticking out from under the photo in this layout. The title (running across both pages) added the final touch!

I will be really busy next week as starting another course in the afternoon as well! Luckily, I can use some of the layouts I have already done so the pressure is off for a while.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Happy Birthday Boldon Scrapaholix!

Boldon Scrapaholix Club is 3 (years) this month! It started in October 2007 with me and three others in my kitchen. The following month we moved to Boldon C.A., where we have been since. I took this photo at last night's club meeting - it is only the bottom of the table (sorry to other members if I missed you out!). It was just a quick snap whilst they were all engrossed in their scrapbook layouts.

We had cake (some were very good and had Weight Watchers cake) but apparently they tasted just as good! I say apparently because my philosophy on cake is - the naughtier the better (calorific value naughty that is!).

I asked members if they wanted to share their layouts on the blog and they were happy to do so. So next time I will photograph the finished ones and post them on the blog for you all to see.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

October Scrapaholix layouts

This month the Scrapaholix Club Kit technique is Stamping. Here is the first of two layouts I have made using this kit. The colour of the patterned papers are lovely and just 'go' with this photo. The butterfly stamp was specially made for the club kit - I love butterflies. I think they have been really popular this year. I just used a copper coloured ink pad and stamped the image onto white card, cut them out, then added some aqua glitter! Easy but the finished effect is lovely.
This layout was made using the other sheet of patterned paper - the words 'Cherish' and 'Adore' were already printed on the papers (makes life easier). I decided just to stamp the butterfly image onto white card and attach it to a tag (cut from the Cricut - what would I do without this machine?). I used the copper coloured ink pad as before and found some lovely copper coloured glitter, which looks lovely).
Hopefully, I may be able to persuade some of the club members to share their layouts with you this week - watch this space!!!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Using Rub-ons on layouts

Here is another two 8" x 8" layouts, this time using rub-ons on the pages. I know I have met many people who will not use this technique because they are afraid of messing up their layouts if they don't rub-on properly. Personally, I think it comes down to the quality of the rub-ons. If you use good quality rub-ons this should not happen.I used Crate Paper Prudence Collection patterned papers for both layouts. I cut one sheet to 8" x 8" then layered the papers up, putting a larger piece on the top so I could use the rub-ons as a title. The word Joy is a rub-on too. I used a rub-on on the corner of the photograph also.For this layout I cut a piece of patterned paper 8" x 8" and layered different sized papers on top before adding my photo. I like the present trend of 'banners or flags', (or whatever you want to call them) to pages - just remember to cut them to size in proportion to the layout otherwise it overpowers the page. I added the rub-ons 'Love' and 'Life'. My journalling is added on strips at the bottom of both pages.

These layouts were designed for 'newbies' to scrapbooking and therefore are quite simple (but effective) in design.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Another good show!

Just come back from the MAX Papercraft Show at Nissan, Sunderland! Another good day had by all. Saw and spoke to a lot of my customers (who come back each time I am there) and some new ones (who hopefully will be back next time).

The weather was awful but didn't deter the crafters (we are made of sturdy stuff!). It is nice to meet up with fellow scrappers as a lot of people who attend these shows are cardmakers.

I didn't take any photo's this time but I do have some more 8" x 8" scrapbook layouts to post next week.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Layouts using Overlays

At last, two of the 8" x 8" scrapbook layouts that I have been promising to post! This is the first layout using the technique of 'overlays' on your page. The scanner has picked up a bit of the background but you can get the just of what I did. I used 8" x 8" patterned papers from the Laura Ashley 'Love Song' Designer paper pack and cut them in half diagonally. As you can see from the picture I used one patterned and one plain paper and joined one of each piece together at the back (using double-sided tape).My photo was matted to a lighter cardstock and the overlay added. Because the photo is quite dark it is difficult to see by the scanned image. I added the 'Savor Every Second' sentiment (I know it is the American spelling of Savor - isn't that annoying!) and cut a butterfly using the Cricut. I added some bling to the butterfly and my title (also cut on the Cricut).
On this second layout I did the same with the papers as before. I cropped the photo so it was central and matted that onto cardstock. The overlay was added, along with the title and butterfly as before. It is a fairly simple layout to do but quite effective.

I have the MAX Papercraft Show tomorrow at Nissan, Sunderland so will post next week how we got on.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Sneak Peeks!

I thought I would give you a 'sneak peek' at some of the lovely patterned papers I have on order. They are from Glitz Designs and this first one is a range called 'Hoopla'. I think the colour combinations are lovely! This second range is from Glitz Designs too. This range is called 'Love Nest' and I think it is probably their 'Valentine' range (I know February is ages yet!!!) but a lot of manufacturers bring out ranges well in advance. If it isn't, it is perfect for all those romantic style layouts. They are lovely muted colours.
There are 3"x3" clear stamps to co-ordinate with these ranges as well. Both ranges, hopefully will be in stock mid October.

I have been really busy this week sorting out the layouts for Thursday's class, I had a crop last night and last but not least - the MAX Papercraft Show on Sunday! I have just been informed that I have another scrapbooking class starting on Thursday afternoon's (starting mid October). No rest for the wicked!!!

I know I promised to post the 8" x 8" layouts - they are on my list 'to do'.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

8" x 8" Scrapbook layouts

I have been busy slaving away (!!!) doing 8" x 8" layouts for the scrapbooking course I am doing on a Thursday morning. After years of doing 12" x 12" layouts I found it quite a challenge. I think I have got so used to the space you have on the bigger layouts that the 8" x 8" layouts feel restrictive. Saying that, I have managed to make some layouts that I really like.

I make the 6"x 6" chipboard albums and the 'name albums' quite happily but for some reason I seemed to get a mental block on what to put on the 8" x 8" size. I think I am conquering the block as the weeks go by though.

Once I have scanned the layouts in I will post them for you to see and get some feedback on what you think.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Sew Dinky!

Look what I bought yesterday! I am sure I was drawn to it by the colour of the box (pink stripes). No seriously, I have been thinking for a while now that I should buy a sewing machine for my scrapbooking layouts - it is something I haven't had a go at yet but it didn't warrant a full-size machine. So when I saw this mini sewing machine in Hobby Craft I couldn't resist.

It isn't pink inside (which would have been nice) but it still looks pretty good for the price. I haven't tried it out yet but I am itching to have a go.

I haven't actually used a sewing machine for ** years (too many to say), but I will give you a clue - I was only about 16 or 17 years old the last time I used one. My eldest daughter is now 36 (so you work it out!).

Anyhow, I am hoping by the end of the day to have had a go at stitching around the page on my scrapbook layout! I will let you know how I get on.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

I spy!

It's amazing who you can bump into at Marks & Spencer these days! I was in Sunderland shopping this morning and two faces from television were in there shopping in the food hall.

Les Dennis (Family Fortunes) and Michael Starke (Sinbad from Brookside) were doing a spot of food shopping and getting plenty of nods and nudges from people in the shop (some doing a double-take). Apparently, they are starring in Hairspray at The Sunderland Empire (until today).

I know they are not exactly 'A' listers (not like bumping into Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt) but still they had people talking.

Just like to add - good luck to everyone who is running (for very good causes) in the great North Run tomorrow. I hope you raise loads of money for your charities. Fingers crossed the weather stays fine for you all.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Blog Candy update

Oops - forgot to say that you need to join this Blog (as well as The Scrapbook Garden shop website) before you can be entered into the draw.

Blog Candy up for grabs!

Ta dah! This is what is up for grabs in the next blog candy giveaway. It is a Round-It-All (from Zutter), those clever people who designed the Bind-It-All Machine. The Round-It-All cuts materials up to 1/8" in thickness. It claims to cut anything and everything from chipboard, tin, leather and acrylic! It comes with a matching bag - both in a lovely shade of PINK (what other colour would do!!!). The bag is a perfect way to safely store and transport your Round-It-All. The RRP for these little beauties is £24.99 - but is up for grabs for FREE! To be in with a chance to win this delectable duo this is what you have to do:

a) Write a Review on any product that I stock in The Scrapbook Garden - it would be lovely if you have bought the product from me (but this is not essential).

b) To do this, you will have to create an account with The Scrapbook Garden. This will then allow you to log in, find the product you wish to review and click on reviews. This will take you to another screen that will let you write a review on that product.

c) For every review that you write, your name will be entered into a prize draw and the winner will be decided by a random number selector.

d) RESTRICTIONS: Only one review can be written each day - but don't worry, the draw will not close until 31st October 2010 so you have plenty of time to get in several entries!

Good Luck to you all!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Christmas is coming.......

This is one of the lovely Christmas toppers that was delivered this morning. I spent all morning uploading images and descriptions of all the new Kanban products that arrived. It looked very Christmasey with the toppers and cards strewn around the table top. Anyhow, it made me realise that we are indeed, well and truly on the countdown to Christmas. I have always thought that once the kids go back to school after the summer holidays, Christmas never seems far behind! This year Autumn seems to have arrived earlier (we have had to put the heating on) as there is a definite chill in the air! I was hoping that after the dismal August we had, we may have had a half decent September (weatherwise) but it looks like that isn't going to happen.

At the Scrapaholix Club last night, we were all busy with our buttons (in the crafting sense that is!). I saw lots of layouts being undertaken with buttons galore. I forgot to take my camera but will ask the members next time if I can photograph their layouts to share with you.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Army Games

This is the third layout I made using the September Scrapaholix Kit. As I said earlier, the technique this month is using buttons. I have always like buttons on my layouts and when I first started scrapbooking I used them quite a lot. Although I like flowers on my layouts, I am not sure about using them on 'boy' layouts. This photo was taken at Sunderland Air Show this year. The Army put on games and activities for the kids and make the day really exciting for the youngsters. The Air Show itself was really spectacular this year and the Red Arrows always 'steal the show'!

I didn't sew the buttons on this page - just used double-sided tape. I find this works ok. You could also use something like Glossy Accents, which works well.

Will update you on what we get up to at the club tomorrow night on Wednesday.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

At last!

This is the first of the layouts that have been lying on the table, waiting to be finished for Tuesday's Scrapaholix Club meeting. The technique for this month is buttons. I like buttons on a layout because it adds dimension and texture to a page. These are not the original designs - I had looked at what I had originally and changed it at the last minute! Typical me, if I look at something for too long before sticking it all in place, it usually gets changed (what do they say about women and changing minds!!!).This second page is part of a layout telling the story of my youngest daughter's obsession with horses. I made the 'flowers' by cutting circles with some Dovecraft Creative Scissors (Bubbles), inking the edges and sewing the buttons in place before attaching them to the page with foam tape to give some extra dimension. I like flowers on my layouts but I thought these were something different. I think they look more like rosettes (but they are perfect for the layout).

I have another layout made from this kit (and loads of buttons left) - will post that one tomorrow.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Good Day!

I was at Sunderland Library yesterday - as part of the Adult Learning Extravaganza! It was a long day (from 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.) but I met and spoke to a lot of lovely people about scrapbooking.

These are the days I like (apart from actually teaching classes) when you just go out into the community and meet the people. I managed to inspire a number of people to try their hand at scrapbooking and I am starting to teach a course next week.

It is always exciting starting a new course (but on this occasion I have actually met all the students) as getting to know everyone individually is such a joy. I think I was born to do this (scrapbooking and teaching).

I will finish off all the layouts I promised earlier in the week and post them over the weekend.

Sunday, 5 September 2010

All that glitters!

My Mind's Eye have some lovely new patterned papers out at the moment.Here is a glimpse of one of the new ones I have in the shop. It is from a range called Madison Avenue "Happily Ever After" and this one is called 'Delightful'. It is lovely and glittery and the photo really does not do it justice (as is the case of many papers from MME).

I am waiting for a new line of patterned papers from Advantus, which will include Halloween and Christmas designs - hopefully these will be in stock by the middle of September.

I have 3 layouts on my table, waiting to be finished (for Boldon Scrapaholix Club on 14th September). I will upload images when I have them completed. The technique this month is - buttons!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

And the Winner is .......

The winner of the BLOG CANDY is:


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Congratulations to Sparkly Moo aka Samantha. Please email me with your address so I can send you your Blog Candy.

Thank you to all who participated!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Prima Craftable Flowers

I have just had a delivery this morning of the new Prima Craftable Flowers and they look really good value for money. They were made specifically to use with stamps so that you can paint, ink or colour them with non-porous markers. The packs contain a variety of different shapes. Some of the packs contain large flowers, some medium and there is a pack with teeny weeny flowers in - ideal for cardmakers or for scrapbookers who love loads of smaller flowers on their pages. They are sold by weight - so no indication on the outside of the pack how many flowers they contain.
Flowers are one of my favourite embellishments on scrapbooking pages! What are yours - let me know in the comments box.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Names listed for FREE BLOG CANDY Draw

I have listed everyone (that has joined the blog so far) and hopefully have allocated the correct number of entries for each person. If you have a blog and have added my link you will receive an extra entry. The list is located at the bottom of this page.

If I haven't given you the correct number of entries - please let me know asap and I will rectify it. The draw will take place on 1st September 2010.

Still time to get extra entries in - let as many people know. It is FREE after all!

Good Luck to everyone!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Emma's Album

This is a chipboard album from Tando Creative that I started making a while ago - you know what happens, you start it, put it to one side, then forget about it - well that's what I usually do. Anyhow, having this blog has made me look at all the 'unfinished' stuff that I have lying around and get myself sorted and actually finish them!
This page at least has a photo on and some embellishments! The chipboard albums are easy enough to cover with lovely papers, or paint or any other medium that you fancy. I just love using patterned papers over everything! I chose these colours because Emma suits the colours and turquoise happens to be one of her favourite colours! I am going to complete the album using lists of things that she likes and hopefully get her to write some of the lists herself - that way I have a lasting momento of her handwriting at this age.

The chipboard albums can be ordered with any name, or place of holiday e.g. Paris, Rome etc. and are a good way to add photo's quickly and easily without having to complete a whole 12x12 album.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

My shop @ the Show

This is one of the photo's I took of the 'shop' at the Ross papercraft Show at Rainton Meadows, Houghton Le Spring on Sunday (I did say they weren't very good!!!).

I was at York yesterday with the grandchildren. We all had a lovely day out at York Castle Museum and the National Railway Museum - some photo's of the day on the left of the screen - I am sure I will be scrapping them soon!

Just to remind anyone reading this, who have not done so already - last day to register as a follower of this blog to win the trio of goodies, is 31st August 2010. I will allocate numbers to everyone at the weekend and the draw will take place on 1st September. Good Luck to all of you who have entered!

Monday, 23 August 2010

Ross Papercraft Show

There was a great turn out for the Ross Papercraft Show yesterday. I took a couple of photo's before it started (they aren't great but I will share them with you when I upload them on the computer).

I met and had many conversations with some really lovely people. I have realised that many people who attend these shows love making cards but would also like to try scrapbooking but find the prospect a bit daunting. Several people have expressed an interest but don't feel they are able to produce layouts that are 'good enough'. Rubbish! When I first started some of my layouts were pretty basic but that is the beauty of scrapbooking, your layouts grow with you.

Just like card making, you start off with simple designs, then when you are feeling a bit more confident, you start experimenting with more complex designs. Scrapbooking is just the same. I say if you want to do scrapbooking, give it a go. Start by making one layout using just 1 photo. If you are looking for inspiration, try a website called 'Page Maps'. It is brilliant at giving you loads of ideas and they produce a monthly printable sheet that gives you ideas for layouts. Even if you have been scrapping for ages it can just kick start your creative juices! Give it a try.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone who came along yesterday and an extra special thank you for those that took the time to stop and say 'hello'.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Busy, busy, busy

I have been full of busy this week - Scrapaholix Club on Tuesday and the 'Ross' Papercraft Show this coming Sunday. I have been busy getting all the shop stuff ready for sale on Sunday.

If you live in the area please pop along on Sunday between 10.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. as there will be plenty of retailers there with loads of goodies for sale (at very reasonable prices I am sure).

Details of the show can be found under 'Diary Dates' on this blog. I hope to take some photo's of the 'shop' when it is set up to show you all.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Second August Scrapaholix Layout

This is the second layout I have completed using the August Scrapaholix Kit. I take no credit for matching everything as the kit comes with papers, cardstock, journal cards, flowers and paper lace - all ready for you to complete your layouts. I have to admit to adding some bling and chipboard letters of my own. The kit uses Delish Designs patterned papers, which are gorgeous for wedding, christening, anniversaries etc. I have some of their designs in the shop if you want to check them out. I used the Crafter's Workshop Template Trendy Bracket to get the shape on the background paper.

Went looking yesterday at new computers but didn't buy anything as it was Friday 13th (I am superstitious!) and didn't want to chance it.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

My laptop has gone to computer heaven!!!

My laptop 'died' on me last night - right in the middle of doing some work. It looks like I will have to get a new computer and get the laptop fixed as a 'back-up'. Luckily hubby just bought a laptop a couple of weeks ago - so using his at the moment. Hope to get back up to speed shortly!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


This is the first of 2 layouts I have completed for this month's Boldon Scrapaholix Club. I have added some chipboard and 'bling' of my own to complete this the way I wanted it. I got the idea for the title from an article I was reading somewhere recently about using song titles and words of songs in your layouts. I have used part of the lyrics from the Robbie Williams song 'Angels' on the journal card.

The scan has chopped the cream border away from the layout (it is really annoying when it does that).

Monday, 9 August 2010

Dragons Quest - Part Deux

This is the second layout I have completed (using the same patterned papers as before) on the Dragons Quest theme. I have used a chipboard bracket on the left of the layout and made some arrows out of grungeboard. I haven't used grungeboard for ages but I love the texture it gives the layout. The blue corrugated type card I bought years ago (before I had my shop). I got a pack of all different colours and I have used it on other layouts. I like the effect because it adds dimension to the page (difficult to see in photo). The bunting (or flags, or whatever you want to call them) is made from triangles of the patterned paper and card. I have used this on a few layouts now - it appears to be 'fashionable' in scrapbooking layouts at the moment. I like how it just 'goes with the photo' on this occasion.

I have been busy with the Scrapaholix Kit for August (nearly there). I have 2 potential layouts lying on my dining table (eating in the kitchen again tonight!). Just making sure before I stick it all down then I will post what I have done.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Glad to help!

I got an order the other week from a young couple getting married soon, looking for a particular patterned paper to complete their wedding menus. I was in the fortunate position to have said patterned paper in stock and was only too happy to send the order out by 1st class post, so they could get on with making up their menus.

Today, they left a lovely 'thank you' message in the guestbook on my shop website. It is little things like this that make working for yourself worthwhile (so I can forget about my tax return waiting in the corner of my 'office' for another day!).

The reason I am relating this story is this: if you are looking for any particular product, please email me your request. I cannot guarantee that I can get it for you but I will try my best.

I have been really busy this weekend but I do have some layouts to upload - will do this sometime next week - promise!

Friday, 6 August 2010

Dragons Quest

I have been on child-minding duties most of this week, hence the lack of posts! Hopefully, I can make up for this over the weekend. I did manage a couple of layouts though - the photo's were taken at Alnwick Castle a couple of weeks ago. The Knights Quest is described as "interactive fun in the medieval world of a trainee knight, including the Dragons Quest". There is another layout to come.

Details of the materials I used will be added to gallery (when I upload the layout there).

Monday, 2 August 2010

Ribbon Flowers

There is a 'freebie' of Ribbon Flowers in one of the papercraft magazines this month. I got a copy because I have an advert with them. Although they are a simple idea (aren't those the best!), I thought I would show you them made up. They are simple enough to make your own. Just draw and cut out in card or heavyweight paper a flower shape (or use your die-cutter). Mark the centre and cut a small circle (use a cropadile if you have one), mark slits big enough for the ribbon to go through in each petal, thread the ribbon through the centre of the flower, then the slits in the petals in turn - and there you have it! There are loads of things you could use to thread through apart from ribbon - things you will have in your craft box or around the house (wool, raffia - any material scraps would work as well). Just add your own buttons, gems, brads etc to finish!