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.