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:


Random numbers generated Nov 1 2010 at 8:38:26 by

Congratulations to Jaqi W you are the winner this time!

Thank you to everyone who entered.