Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Certificate in Paper Craft

If you are a regular to this blog you will no doubt know that I am doing a qualification in paper craft (Certificate in Paper Craft), through the Craft Qualifications Centre - www.craftqualificationscentre.comSeveral people have asked me what it entails and I thought I would give you a quick overview of what it's all about.

Firstly, The Certificate in Paper Craft is aimed at all adults and young adults (14+). The qualification is awarded by the Craft Qualifications Centre in association with NCFE.  This particular programme focuses mainly on card making in all its forms and scrapbooking.  NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualifications regulators.  The Craft Qualifications Centre is an Approved Centre with NCFE.

In a nutshell, to achieve the Certificate in Paper Craft you are required to complete 4 units in total.  There are two mandatory units and two optional units.  There are four optional units to choose from.

Unit 1 (mandatory) requires you to submit 3 paper craft designs with corresponding recipe cards and a workbook.  Unit 2 (mandatory) requires you to submit a workbook (with evidence of participation and development) in your chosen paper craft.  Unit 3, 4, 5 and 6 (of which you choose two units) each require you to submit 3 paper craft designs and three corresponding 'recipe cards' for each design.  The recipe cards are full details on how and why you chose to do that particular design.

The whole qualification is done online and all of the assessment is also done online or by post. You are allowed to take up to 1 year to complete but you can aim to finish in about 3 months if you have sufficient experience to go straight for the units.  Full details can be found from the Qualifications Centre on the above link.

I have sent my final two units in for assessment and I am awaiting the outcome (fingers crossed).  Once I have this qualification I am hoping to go on and get the Diploma in Paper Craft, which should be available from the Craft Qualifications Centre at the end of this year.  I have enjoyed the process and it certainly keeps you busy.  As I teach crafts (mainly scrapbooking) it is nice for someone to assess me instead of the other way around.

I hope this answers some of the questions I have been asked?  If you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (last day today) and rules apply.  Best of luck!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Last 2 days before Blog Candy Draw!

Only 2 days left before this month's Blog Candy Draw ends.  The winner will be drawn (by random number selector) on Thursday 1st September 2011.
If you haven't yet entered your name into the draw - please do so now by leaving a comment on this post.  To qualify you must be a follower of this blog - full rules on the left of the screen, along with a picture of the blog candy up for grabs.

Good Luck!

Monday, 29 August 2011

August Bank Holiday!

I can't believe it is August Bank Holiday already!  I heard my hubby on the phone yesterday saying to a friend "It's August Bank Holiday tomorrow - after that it's a rocky road to Christmas".  I gasped in horror but he is probably right (apart from the rocky bit).

I always think that once the children return to school after the summer break, Christmas and all it's trimmings isn't far behind.  That said, I have seen my first Christmas cards - yesterday at the Metro Centre, Gateshead!  BHS had them in (I think they were last years and they were selling them off but I cannot be 100% certain).  Now I know all you card makers out there have already made a start on your Christmas cards but I really think August is far TOO EARLY to be selling them!

What do you think?  Leave me a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Only a few days left now if you want to get your name in this month's draw!

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Scraplifting layouts

Following on from yesterday's theme when I was talking about using 'sketches' for layouts and cards.  Well today I want to show you a 'scraplift' I did from the Scrapbook Magazine, which I sent in and got published!

I did a scraplift of a layout based on an original by Lesley Oman, which was in Issue 55 of the Scrapbook Magazine.  Lesley called her layout 4925 miles and I based my layout on her design, using the same layout but my own papers, card, photo and embellishments and called mine 4186 Miles.  We both had stories to tell and mine was about my Sister who lives in Canada and how many miles there are between us.

I sent it in to the magazine as part of the papercraft qualification I am doing at the moment and also to show that it is quite acceptable to scraplift layouts as another means of inspiration for your scrapbooking pages.

I have sent another entry into the magazine and hopefully that will be accepted too.  Have you ever 'scraplifted' a layout?  Let me know and for every comment that I receive (see rules) your name will be entered into the blog candy draw.  Best of luck.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Creating with 'sketches'

The remit for the Design Team next month is to create using some of the brand new lines available from The Scrapbook Garden online shop using 'sketches'.
The concept of using 'sketches' has been around for a while and there are many websites available who allow you to use their 'sketches' so that you can create scrapbook pages and cards.  Obviously, when using a 'sketch' it is only good manners to give credit to the site where you obtained the 'sketch' especially if you are then entering the project you have made using the 'sketch' into a blog competition or any other public place.

Pagemaps, is one if the sites that you can use and the link to the website is on the side bar if you wish to have a look.  The Design Team will be showing you what they have come up with from Monday 5th September, so make sure you come back and see what they get up to.

Do you use 'sketches' when creating scrapbook pages or cards?  Let me know by leaving a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 26 August 2011

FREE Postage weekend!

Just to let everyone know that I have a FREE postage weekend on at The Scrapbook Garden this weekend (offer ends on Monday - includes Monday though!).  So, if you spend £12.50 or more you can get your lovelies sent out free of charge. 

I have over 100 new lines added this month, so why not treat yourself!  The new Prima lines are fab, so is the Authentique Collection and the gorgeous Bazzill Two Scoops. 

The code (on checkout) is AUGBANK2011 - happy shopping!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Are you a scrapbooker?

At the Rainton Meadows Papercraft show recently I realised that a lot of people would like to start scrapbooking but don't know where to start.  I have known this for a while but I think it was brought home to me at the show, especially when I heard people commenting on the layouts I had on show and saying things like 'Oh they are lovely but I couldn't do that' and 'I wouldn't know where to start as I have so many photographs'.  I think this is probably typical of a lot of people and therefore they don't get started with scrapbooking at all!

I thought I would do a little ad-hoc survey amongst the bloggers who may be reading this today.  How many people want to try scrapbooking and haven't actually got around to doing so?  Why?  How many people would like to start scrapbooking but don't know where to start?  Are there crafters out there who would like to join a scrapbook club or crop but don't know where to start looking? 

Another question I would like to ask is - if you are already a scrapbooker - how did you start?  What type of craft clubs/crops are there in your area?  Do you attend any craft clubs/crops?  If you do, what do you actually do when you are there?

It would be interesting to get some feedback on this question and if you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thank you.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

New Mask releases from Tando Creative

Tando Creative have released some new Masks and today I have decided to show you the two Christmas Masks, along with some Christmas chipboard.
This is a fab Snowflakes Mask that can be used time and time again and only costs £3.00!  There are just so many lovely Christmas cards and craft projects you could make using this lovely Mask.
Another favourite is this 'Hanging baubles' Mask - again super value at only £3.00!  These masks are made from a durable plastic that can literally be used time and time again (year after year I suspect!).  These are truly traditional images that never date!
These lovely chipboard Candle Ornaments would look great on the front of a special Christmas card.  All the detail is already on the chipboard - all you have to do is colour it in using pens, paints, or whatever medium you want - they take practically anything you throw at them!
This is the chipboard version of letters spelling 'Christmas' and can be used for making special Christmas projects. Tando Creative have a fabulous one on their blog that you can make for the festive season.

Please leave a comment and I will add your name into this month's blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Winter Fun

This is the third and final layout in this unit, using an Electronic Cutting Machine.  I used the Cricut to cut the 'snowflakes' style shapes in both card and acetate, adding some gems to give some sparkle!  This is another layout based on a sketch by Cherie Averill of Sassylilsketches, which I changed to suit my photographs.
I used Fancy Pants Designs - Christmas Magic patterned papers for this design. The base of this layout is 'Christmas Carol' and I used the reverse side, which gave a snowy background to add the Christmas Magic Strips patterned paper. 

I used the Cricut to make the title using layered text of red and white.  The word 'fun' is the negative piece you get once you cut the words out and I used this instead of the cut words.  I placed a piece of white card behind it to give a bit more interest to the title.

Please leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Best of luck!

Monday, 22 August 2011


This is the second layout I have done for Unit 6 of the Papercraft qualification.  As part of this unit I had to use my Cricut machine to cut welded text and I used the Animal Kingdom cartridge to cut the words 'Zoo' and the words on the sign (Dont' feed the animals).  I based this layout loosely on a sketch by Cherie Averill at Sassylilsketches.  I added more layers than the original sketch and changed a few things but the sketch started my inspiration.
I used Authentique patterned papers from the Journey Collection (Stroll, Jaunt), using both sides of 'Stroll' paper.  I started by using Bazzill French Vanilla as the base and then adding Bazzill Great Lakes on top of this, then layering with the patterned papers and cardstock.  I matted the photographs onto some Great Lakes cardstock and made the flowers on the Cricut, adding a silver brad in each centre.  The journaling and date was added using Safmat.

If you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Boy Zone

This is a layout I have created for another unit in the Papercraft qualification I am doing.  The remit for this unit is using an electronic cutting machine (ECM), so I have used my trusty Cricut machine.  For this unit I had to use welded text and layered text, so in this layout I have used both for part of the title.  I also had to show that I could make something with a dashed or perforated line and I have shown this by making a tag pocket for this page.

I used Bazzill Avalanche for the base and Bazzill Scalloped Dotted Swiss in Deep Blue on top of that before adding another layer of Bazzill Avalanche as a mat for my photographs and patterned paper.  As the long strip of patterned paper had a touch of lime green in, I used this as a contrast colour, making the tag and parts of the hearts in the same green shade.  I added faux stitching around the edges of the patterned papers and dots around the outline of the heart shapes, which I decoupaged to add dimension.  I added the buttons at the end as I thought the layout needed some texture.

Leave me a comment on this layout and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thank you and good luck!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Prima: Printery, Alla-Prima & North Country

At last .... Prima stocks have arrived.  I have the paper collections of Printery, Alla-Prima and North Country as well as stamps and Printery Tiny Alphas all uploaded and ready on the website shop.
The North Country Christmas Tree clear stamp is pretty special, along with the Printery clear stamp - Keys.  I think these will be flying off to new homes very soon as they only cost £2.25 (great value for money).

Why don't you pop over into the shop and have a look see!  Let me know what you think about the collections, what's your favourite, or whatever you like and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Two Scoops has arrived!

Bazzill Two Scoops has arrived at The Scrapbook Garden.  I have uploaded all the new Bazzill Two Scoops images onto the website (with the exception of Moose Tracks, which arrived damaged - these things happen!).  They are so, so much better in real life than looking at a picture.  For starters the embossed patterns are so delicate!  I know I gave a taster last week of what was on order but in reality the colours are stunning!  This has to be one of the best ranges of Bazzill ever (and that from someone who loves this brand!). 
I have Prima ranges to upload next .... I have all the stock I ordered apart from the flowers (a bit disappointing but they are expected soon).

Pop by the shop and have a look - report back on what you think of the colours and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Witches on broomsticks, Pumpkins and more!

Spooky goings on at The Scrapbook Garden!  I have just had an order from Tando Creative and there is a theme emerging - namely, Halloween!
This Witch on her broomstick is a new chipboard release from Tando Creative but can be also purchased as a Mask - a must for Halloween invitations and spooky scrapbook pages!

These chipboard Pumpkins would be perfect for adorning gift bags or table decorations for the perfect spooky theme!

This Grab Bag of Bats could be flying your way soon - all chipboard and waiting to be covered in whatever paints, pens, pencils, embossing powders, you want to throw at them.  These are ideal for children to colour - make a Halloween themed party and let them loose on a bag of bats!

These Skulls aren't for the faint hearted!  Would be perfect for 'Pirate' themed layouts, party invitations, decorations .....

The Spider's Web is available as a Mask that can be used over and over .......

What do you do to celebrate Halloween?  I know it's a while yet but if you are thinking of having a Halloween themed party for the children now is the perfect time to start planning.  Decorations, invites and activities for the little ones can be handmade and are much more fun to do than just popping to the shops and buying them (which can be quite expensive). 

Leave a comment to say how you celebrate (or if you don't!) and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  The usual rules apply though.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Petaloo Flowers

I have just had a delivery of some Petaloo Flowers and these lovely Crinkled Rose Layers in Light Blue are a good match with the new Authentique papers as are the Mini Delphiniums (Lt. Blue mix).

My favourites though are these gorgeous Glittered Layered Daisies that have a lovely sprinkling of glitter and a gem centre - beautiful for wedding invitations, cards or scrapbook pages!
Flowers have to be my no. 1 embellishment and I went through a phase where practically every layout had a flower of some sort on the page!  What is your favourite embellishment?  Leave a comment to let me know and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply as usual).  Best of luck.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Rainton Meadows Show

I would just like to say a big 'thank you' to everyone who attended the Ross Paper craft Show at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Sunday.  It was a fantastic turnout!  I would also like to thank my regular customers (who turn out each show), especially Heather, Karen, Janice, Julia Linda (x2), Lisa, Joyce .... the list goes on.  I promised a few photographs - I apologise that they aren't very good as I just snapped them before the show started.
Unlike, some of the bigger shows like the Arena (Newcastle), the traders do not have a separate 'pod system'.  We all put together our own little section for our shops made from various stands, tables, wire grid wall etc.
Although I do take along some 'card-making' products like decoupage and toppers, punches etc., the majority of my stock appeals more to the scrapbookers that attend.  I did have one lady say to me that I was the only person selling scrapbooks!
It is difficult to know what to take to these shows as obviously, you can't take all your stock and all the different lines of products that you sell on-line - but you can bet that the one thing you don't take, someone asks for!
I always take along some of my layouts to display and Joanne always makes some cards up for me as customers like to get ideas on what to do with the various products.  The new Authentique patterned papers went down well as I displayed the two layouts I have just made and I got a lot of lovely comments from customers.
I always do a mini audit on the sales I make at the shows as it helps when planning the next one.  The top three sellers at Sunday's show were:

1.   Patterned Papers & Collection Kits
2.   Tando Creative Masks and chipboard
3.   Kanban Decoupage/Toppers

If you went along to the show, let me know what you thought about the venue, the number of retailers etc. in fact anything you want - I would be interested in your feedback.  If you leave a comment, I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 15 August 2011

A Journey ....

The title on the card reads 'A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles' and is a quote by Tim Cahill.  It is part of the Icons sheet that co-ordinates with the Authentique 'Journey' patterned paper collection.  I have used the same base and patterned paper as before (Voyage) and added another one of those great Poundshop buy flowers.
I have done the layout similar to the one I posted on Saturday using photographs of the Cathedral of the Resurrection, St Petersburg, Russia.  I was lucky enough to go there a few years ago (as part of a cruise) and visited some beautiful places.  It is an amazing place to visit and I would love to go back there one day!  I would just pray that the weather was better - it rained practically all the holiday.

What's the best place you have ever visited (or would like to visit)?  Leave a comment to let me know and I will enter your name into the draw for the blog candy (usual rules apply).  Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Showtime at Rainton Meadows!

Just to remind everyone in the area (and beyond) that it is the 'Ross' Papercraft Show today at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring.  The show opens at 10.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m. and I will be there - so if you live in the area or just fancy a day out at a craft show - this is one not to miss!
I have been informed that there will be a couple of people who have appeared on Sky TV demonstrating card making and craft equipment, as well as other demonstrations taking place on a whole range of trade stands.

There will be FREE prize draws every hour from 11.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m. with a prize of a £20 voucher (that's a total of £80) that can be redeemed anywhere in the show.  The admission is only £3.00 and there is FREE parking available too.  If you pre-book your ticket for the January (2012) show you can purchase this for HALF PRICE!

This year there are 34 stands at the show and some you will see at the big shows at Manchester and Birminghm (where you can pay up to £15.00 for parking and entrance) for the same number of papercraft stands.  There are some smaller retailers at this show that you won't see at the bigger shows (me included), who sell different products from some of the bigger retailers.

So, what are you waiting for - get those trainers on and get yourself along to the show.  Please stop by and say hello - I love to meet my customers at these events.  If you cannot get to the show or you live too far away - I will take some photo's to show you.  Leave a comment today and I will enter you into the draw (rules apply).  Looking forward to today!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

On this Journey Together

I created this layout using one of the fabulous Authentique 'Journey' collection of patterned papers.  This one is called 'Voyage' and I decided it would go with these photographs taken a few years ago when we were lucky enough to go on a fantastic Baltic cruise.  I have scrapped some layouts featuring other places we visited during this 'Great Escape' but I have never really found any patterned papers I liked for these particular ones .... until now!
I combined this lovely patterned paper with some Bazzill Bling 'Blank Check' as the base and Bazzill Great Lakes (that lovely dark blue), which I cut down to 11" x 11" and layered over the top.  The layout inspiration came from this month's Scrapbook Magazine (again!), this time a layout from Missy Neal.  I love this block graphic design type layout anyhow and have done some very similar in the past.  They work really well with holiday photographs and photos of the same theme as you can put three photographs on one layout.

I used the Authentique co-ordinating Icons and Headlines (title card) and the flower is made from felt and is a Poundshop find!  Thanks for popping by today.  If you leave a comment (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  Good luck!

Friday, 12 August 2011


Liz from the Boldon Scrapaholix Club kindly let me show this layout she created at Tuesday's club nightYou may remember that Liz was the 'Guest Designer' for The Scrapbook Garden blog last month and she created some super layoutsLiz created this layout of her daughter's Christening using the Scrapaholix Kit for August.

Liz used four of the patterned papers (from the six sheets in the kit) to create this layout based on a sketch from this month's Page Maps.  The title is made with American Craft's Thickers and the flower is one of the wooden ornaments, which is this month's kit technique.  The journal card is from one of the new K & Co. SMASH Pads (Family), which contain 30 pieces.  A lovely layout once again from Liz - thank you for sharing it with us.

If you want to have your scrapbook layouts or cards or any paper craft creation shown on this blog, just email me a photograph to and for every one I show I will give you an extra entry into the blog candy draw (so double your chance). 

Thank you for stopping by ... leave a comment and I will enter your name into the draw (see rules please).  Best of luck!

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Two Scoops!

Bazzill Basics paper has added a new unique line of colourful, textured paper to its collection.  This cardstock is sure to be a favourite, especially to those who like to tear, emboss, distress, ink or sand.  The sheet can be used as is - or the second colour (shown along the strip with the bar code) can be revealed to create decadent colour combinations that always look great together.  They have even given them delicious sounding names and with two gorgeous colours all rolled into one paper - what more can you ask for!
This gorgeous new edition to the already fabulous Bazzill brand comes in three textures of Dots, Flowers and Cathedral Window.

This orange lovely is called 'Orange Sorbet'

This gorgeous green is called 'Prickly Pear'

This pretty pink is called 'Strawberry Cheesecake'

The full range of these new cardstock colours will be available to buy from The Scrapbook Garden very soon.  Another gorgeous range that is sure to be very popular.

Please leave a comment on what you think about this new range and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (usual rules apply).  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


Another layout I have made from the August Scrapaholix Kit.  I do admit to adding another sheet of white cardstock but there are plenty of sheets of patterned paper in this kit this month.  The technique this month, (Kars wooden ornaments) are really cute shapes that can be coloured in with pens, paints, inks etc., and are light enough to be stuck on with a glue pen.
I couldn't resist adding some of those adorably cute stickers from Simply Creative.  I especially love those little birdies!  I have this paper range in stock in 8" x 8" size along with co-ordinating rub-ons.  If you buy the paper pad and rub-ons together you can save some money.

Thank you for stopping by today.  If you leave a comment and you are a follower of this blog (see rules) I will enter your name into the draw to win this month's blog candy giveaway.  Good luck.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Glitz Design: Vintage Blue

Those lovely Glitz girls have come up with another fabulous range in this one called 'Vintage Blue'.  I think this manufacturer is fast becoming one of my favourites as they are so on the money when it comes to style and colour combinations.
I thought I would show you a closer look at one of the papers above.  This one is called 'Toile' and it is gorgeous!
Of course, each range comes with their own little 'Teeny Alpha Stickers' and this  pack is called 'Pearl'.  There are Navy Stickers and White Type Stickers all winging their way to The Scrapbook Garden too.
Let me know what you think of this new range from Glitz Design.  I think it is important to get customer feedback and I am interested in your comments.  For each comment you leave (see rules) I will enter your name into the Blog Candy draw.  Best of luck.

Monday, 8 August 2011

Christmas range from Prima: North Country

This is the Christmas range from Prima called North Country.  Below is one of the patterned papers from this range called Snow Fall.  Prima describes this range as 'Woodland images of the forest in winter, coated in snow ... trees standing bare ... deer congregating among the natural beauty' - sounds almost poetic!

There is also a 2.5" x 3" clear stamp of the North Country snowflake in a Christmas tree arrangement with Merry Christmas sentiment on order with this range.
The range wouldn't be complete without the fabulous Flower Market flowers that co-ordinate with the patterned papers and stamps.
Is it just me or does it seem like Christmas comes earlier each year?  I know the card makers amongst you will be itching to get your hands on these little lovelies to start making your Christmas cards.  Perhaps you have already started on them!  Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this range, whether you are already making your cards (or already made them!).

Thank you for stopping by.  If you leave a comment (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  Best of luck!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

More new releases: Prima Printery Collection

This is sure to be a favourite!  This range is called 'Printery' and Prima describe it as 'A Prima artist stack of double-sided cardstock papers, impressions selected from a Victorian Era printmaker's library of etching plates'.

'Unlock the magic with a set of beautiful key impressions made with this 2.5" x 3" clear stamp', which perfectly co-ordinates with the patterned paper range.  There are also the Flower Market flowers to go with the Printery range.  All this loveliness will be available in stock soon.  Please leave a comment on what you think if this range and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (usual rules apply).  Best of luck!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Having a Splashing time

This is another layout created from the Scrapaholix Kit for this month.  I used a Jenni Bowlin paint dabber on the corner of this layout using some Lace Cardstock from K.I. Memories as a template.
I used three different papers from the Sugar & Spice patterned papers in the kit for this layout.  Once again I used a template to shape the striped paper and layered up the other papers as shown.  The stickers are from Simply Creative and are called 'Birds and Bees' and they go really well with the colours of this paper range.  I used another of the Kars wooden ornaments  in the shape of a butterfly and this time I just added Stickles to it to give a little shimmer!  The title is made from a mixture of using Safmat and Delish Designs flocked alphabet stickers.

If you leave a comment I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules of entry).  Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, 5 August 2011

New releases from Prima: Alla-Prima

I wanted to show you some of the fab products that Prima have brought out for this season.  This first one is from the Alla-Prima range and is called 'Aquarella'.  Prima describe this as 'A painterly anthology of flowers expressed in a refreshing mix of summer hues'.

There are also some co-ordinating flowers in this range aptly named 'Flower Market'.  Prima never cease to amaze me with the gorgeous flower ranges they come up with.  This range is described as 'Tiny treasure blooms in mulberry paper prints and solids that co-ordinate with the paper collection'. 

This patterned paper range, flowers and stamps are all on order and will be coming to The Scrapbook Garden VERY SHORTLY!  Leave a message on what you think if this range and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (rules apply).  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 4 August 2011


This is a layout I created using a lovely photograph of the windmills of Mykonos. I visited there over 8 years ago as it was part of a Greek Cruise. If my memory serves me right I think there were 5 windmills in all but I could only get 4 of them in the photograph (due to the angle at which I was standing). I love this photograph as it brings back happy memories (isn't that what scrapbooking is all about?).
I used Bazzill French Vanilla for the base of this layout and My Mind's Eye Wild Ride 'Only Smiles' Hot Dots and Seeing Stars patterned papers.  I cut the flowers on the Cricut, varying the sizes (to copy the sizes of the windmills in the photo).  I added buttons to the centre the add interest and texture.  I love this colour combination as it is so Mediterranean and gives the layout a lovely summery feel!

Have you a special holiday memory that returns when you look at that scrapbook layout or photograph?  I'd love you to share that memory with us.  For every comment (and memory) you leave, I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (rules apply as usual).  Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

New kid on the block!

This new company called 'Authentique' have some gorgeous new ranges out now and I have the 'Journey' collection of patterned papers, plus Icons, Headlines and Petite type circle alphas all in stock now!

Check out their blog (especially the gallery) for lovely ideas on what to make with these fab papers. I have added the link to the right of this page - just click and it will take you right there.

Leave a comment on what you think of this new range and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Angel in disguise

This is the third (and final) layout I have created for Unit 4 of the Papercraft qualification I am undertaking. If you want further details of this qualification - just email me at and I will send you the link.
I used American Crafts black cardstock for the base (which I gutted - so I could use the remainder on the layout), and the edges were sanded and inked. I cut the white card and adhered over the base - inking the edges first.
The patterned paper is Glitz Design 'Hallow' Words, which I machine stitched before adhering to the left side of the layout. The gorgeous photo was matted onto Bazzill Dotted Swiss in Phoenix, white cardstock and then black cardstock (which I machine stitched around first) before being added to the page.
I machine stitched across the Bazzill 'Just the Edge' strip and added it across the bottom of the photo mat. I added a date journal card (Delish Design Peppercorn Menu Cards) and cut a 'bat' shape from some black card. I added some gems for the 'bats eyes'!The word 'Angel' is from Tando Creative and is chipboard, which I coloured black then added some black glitter. The remainder of the title is chipboard letter stickers.
If you would like to leave a comment on this layout (as the 'Baby Boy' one), I will enter your name into the blog candy draw twice (rules apply). Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 1 August 2011

Winner of July's Blog Candy & New Candy up for grabs!

Tah dah! The winner of the Blog Candy 'Prima Floral Quartet; is .......


Random numbers generated Aug 1 2011 at 9:5:55 by

Congratulations April on your win! Please contact me with your details and your prize will be sent out to you. Thank you to everyone who participated in the draw.

And now - August's Blog Candy:
This month the blog candy consists of:

Simply Creative Stickers - 1 pack each of 'Owls & Trees', 'Floral A' and 'Floral B'.

Simply Creative Metallic Alphabet Fabric Stickers - 1 pack each of Purple and Blue.

ZVA Creative - 1 pack of self-adhesive embellishment gems in Pink.

Prima e.line Flowers - 1 pack each of Slate Blue, White and Vintage Asstd.

To be in with a chance of winning this blog candy (see rules on the left) - leave a comment on a daily basis (on the day of the blog post) and your name will be entered into the draw. Draw closes on 31st August 2011. Good Luck!