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:


Random numbers generated Sep 1 2010 at 8:25:2 by

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!