Friday, 30 September 2011

Design Team: Keep Life Simple

This is the final layout from Julia for this month using 'sketches' and the beautiful Prima Alla-Prima patterned papers, clear Floral Flourishes stamp and Prima flowers.

This sketch is from www.3scrapateers.com

Julia has used strips of the Alla-Prima patterned paper down the left hand side of the layout (both sides of 'Encaustic').  She used the Floral Flourishes stamp (through a circle stencil) to produce that lovely stamped effect on the base.  The four squares at the right hand side of the layout, open up to show ... well pop over to Julia's blog to find out.  You can find her at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com  My take on this sketch will be posted on Sunday's blog.

Leave a comment on today's blog and if you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  The draw will take place tomorrow, when I will release details of next month's blog candy giveaway.  Best of luck!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Family at Christmas

I had some of those lovely Prima North Country patterned papers calling out to me, so I decided to give in and use them on today's layout.  This is based on the sketch that Jules used yesterday.  The photograph was taken last December around Christmas time and as soon as I saw the patterned paper range from Prima, I knew that I would use them with this photograph.

I used Bazzill French Vanilla as the base of this layout and used Prima North Country patterned papers called 'Glacier Roads' and 'Red Deer' (used reverse side).  The 'Glacier Roads' paper is strips of all the North Country Collection, so it co-ordinates with all the range.  I decided to do circles along the bottom of the sketch and the idea came to me to make them look like Christmas tree baubles, which I did by punching out 2" circles from Bazzill Ruby Slipper cardstock and adding some Christmas stickers and some little white ribbon bows.

The title is made from American Crafts Thickers Jewelry Box in black, which I have used on several layouts now (and still have loads left).  The smaller letters are from my own stash (I think they are Papermania).  If you leave a comment on today's post I will enter your name (if you qualify) into the blog candy draw for this month.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Design Team: Mr Taz

This is the final layout this month from Jules on the DT challenge of using a sketch.  Jules decided to use a sketch from Sassy lil sketches and she used patterned papers from the Authentique 'Journey' Collection and Bazzill Two Scoops cardstock called 'Tin Roof'.
Jules has used the Bazzill Two Scoops cardstock to mat the two photographs and has used pieces of patterned papers from the Journey range for the bunting and along the side of the layout.  The flowers are Prima e.line in Slate Blue and the other embellishments are from the Journey Icons sheet, which co-ordinate with the paper range.  The small blue alphas are from the range too (Petite type circle) and the brown corrugated alphas are K & Co. Urban Die-cut alpha stickers.

For more information on this layout pop over to Jules' blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com

Leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by and pop back tomorrow when you can see what I have done with the same sketch using different patterned papers.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

'Hold Me'

As Jaqi made cards with the remainder of her kit yesterday, I thought I would have a go at another 'sketch' - this time chosen by me!  I decided on this Anna Bowkis sketch from www.pencillines.com

I decided to use the lovely Prima Alla-Prima Collection to create the layout using this photograph taken in 2000 of Lucy and Jamie as the colours match so well.

I used Bazzill French Vanilla as the base and using a template I cut the shape from Alla-Prima Composition patterned paper.  I gutted the middle so I could use this to mat the photograph.  I cut a square of patterned paper using Alla-Prima Ferrulle (used the reverse side) and a strip from the same paper (dotted side), layering them up.  The photograph was first matted onto Bazzill French Vanilla, then the Alla-Prima Composition patterned paper.

The flowers are the gorgeous Alla-Prima Flower Market range and they compliment the patterned papers beautifully.  I made the title from American Craft Thickers (Jewelry Box) in white, which I inked using a Jenni Bowlin dye ink pad in Spice Tin.  I cut a 'blurb' box using the Cricut and Plantin SchoolBook cartridge, added the words ' close, don't let me go' to complete the title.

Leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw.  The usual rules apply - you must be a follower of this blog.  Join now, it takes literally minutes and you could win a lovely prize.  Thank you for stopping by.  Pop by tomorrow to see what Jules has created for her last week on using 'sketches'.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Design Team: Card selection

Jaqi decided to use what patterned papers she had left from this month's kit to make some simple cards.

Jaqi's kit this month included the gorgeous Prima Printery Collection and she has used pieces left over from Love Ledger, Monogram, Signature and Emperor. to create these four simple, but effective cards.  There is also some Bazzill Two Scoops 'Black Cow' cardstock included, which looks like it has been sanded to reveal the inner core of the paper.  The flowers are from Prima 'Marri Collection Botanical', which co-ordinate well with this paper range.

Further details on these cards can be found on Jaqi's blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com    Leave a comment on this post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, 25 September 2011

New Glitz Design 'Vintage Blue' has arrived!

This brand new collection from Glitz Design is just beautiful!  I know I may be a bit biased but it is truly lovely.  Here is a selection of the patterned papers for you to feast your eyes on:
This one is called Vintage Blue Stripe.

This one is called Vintage Blue Motif.

Both are beautiful in their own right but I have used both together in a lovely layout that will be shown next week as part of the 'sketches' month we have been running here at The Scrapbook Garden blog.

There are some lovely Teeny Alphas to go with this range also and I used the Navy ones, which co-ordinated really well with these patterned papers.

Tomorrow begins the last week of the DT sketches challenge and Jaqi will be next up to show some cards she has made using patterned papers from the Prima Printery Collection.  Leave a comment on today's blog and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw - not long to go now.  Usual rules apply though.  Good luck!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Let it Snow

This is my take on the sketch Julia chose for yesterday's blog.  I used Bazzill Dotted Swiss in Salt for the base as it reminds me of tiny little snowballs!  I used one sheet of patterned paper from Prima 'North Country' Collection aptly called 'Snow Fall'.
I used both sides of the gorgeous paper as I was spoiled for choice on which side to use.  With a little bit of 'creative cutting', I managed to get the blue snowflakes side as my background and use the lovely image of the 'deer in the snow' on the other piece.  The ribbon is actually another piece of patterned paper from the same range (which was left over from another layout I have made using these papers) and it is called 'Glacier Roads'.

I double matted my photograph onto a piece of Dotted Swiss Salt and Bazzill Bitter Chocolate.  The 2" circles (for the background of the title) were punched from the same Bazzill Bitter Chocolate cardstock.  The American Craft Thickers (Foam Letters) are from my own stash and they are called Rootbeer Float.  The remainder of the title and the journaling are made on the computer using Safmat.  The 'sewing' along the edges (may be difficult to see from photograph) is in actual fact some rub-ons I found (it's amazing what you accumulate isn't it!).

I enjoyed using the sketch for this layout as you can deviate from any sketch and make it you own, simply by changing something really simple.  I hope you have a go and try one of the sketches the DT have used this month - I would love to see your efforts.

Leave a comment and if you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  Best of luck!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Design Team: My Girl

Julia has chosen this sketch from 3 Scrapateers.com for her third layout this month.  Using Prima Alla-Prima patterned papers and Bazzill Two Scoops on this design, Julia has created another lovely layout.

The Prima Alla-Prima patterned papers used in this layout are called 'Ferrulle' (used both sides) and 'Fresco' (used reverse side).  As the sketch suggested stitching on the layout, Julia has machine stitched where the sketch indicated.

The 'ribbon' is in fact strips of Bazzill Two Scoops cardstock in Daiquiri Ice, as is the photo corner.  The title is stamped using a turquoise ink to compliment the colours in the layout.  Another great sketch to use!  Further details can be found on Julia's blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com

If you fancy having a go at one of the sketches, why not let us see what you have done!  Leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Come back tomorrow to see what I have done with this sketch.  Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Serious Face

This is what I created using the sketch that Jules used yesterday.  Although I have used patterned papers from the same range, mine are different to those used yesterday. I decided to use the Authentique 'Journey' patterned papers in 'Explore' (used both sides), 'Promenade' (used reverse side), and a little scrap of 'Stroll' (reverse side) for the centre of the rosette.
I used Bazzill Two Scoops in 'Fudge Ripple' for one of the circles to add some texture and Bazzill 'Great Lakes' for one of the circles and the rosette.  I cut the rosette on the Cricut using Plantin SchoolBook cartridge. The title is made from Thickers and other stickers from my own stash.  I doodled around the edges of the page and added some dots around the circles.

Leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  The usual rules apply though - if you don't add your name as a follower, you will lose out on getting your name into the draw.  Best of luck!

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Design Team: Are you comfy little kitten?

This is the third creation from Jules this month using the beautiful Authentique Collection and a sketch from 'Sketchy Thursdays'.

Jules has used Bazzill Dotted Swiss in Salt for the base, which she has added 'dots' and outlined them using a black journaling pen.  For the circles, Jules has used Authentique 'Journey' patterned papers in Jaunt (reverse side), Voyage (reverse side) and Promenade (reverse side).  The dark blue strip across is Bazzill Great Lakes cardstock.  The mini (blue) alphas are Authetique Collection 'Petite Type Circle'.
If you want further details on this layout visit Jules' blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com

Leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (rules apply).  Come back tomorrow and you will see what I have created using the same sketch and similar patterned papers.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Rain (never stops play)

As Jaqi created her layout yesterday with a sketch she designed herself, I thought I would look for a sketch that would suit the photographs I wanted to scrap and found this one from Sassy Lil Sketches.

I decided to do a layout with two photographs taken in Florida a few years ago.  For this layout I chose patterned papers from Crate Paper Portrait Collection called Honeymoon, Bouquet and Pearls.  Although the names have a 'wedding theme' to them, they are suitable for other layouts as well.


I used Bazzill French Vanilla for the base and inked the edges of the cardstock before adding the strips of patterned papers.  The edge across the bottom is from Bazzill 'Just the Edge' in Pepper and it is Dotted Swiss cardstock, therefore, it has that lovely dotted texture to it.  The 'flowers' are from the same 'Just the Edge' pack as well (I just cut them down to the size I wanted).

I matted the photographs onto Bazzill French Vanilla and then onto Bazzill Mexican Poppy.  The title is made up of American Crafts Thickers in Jewelry Box and the remainder is printed on the computer using Safmat. 

I hope you have a go at making some of the layouts featured this month.  If you do, I would love to see them.  Please leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw (see rules).  Best of luck! 

Monday, 19 September 2011

Design Team: Granda's Ledger

This is Jaqi's third creation this month using the fabulous Prima Printery Collection of patterned papers and stamps.  Jaqi has decided to use a sketch of her own for today's layout.

For this layout, Jaqi has used Prima Printery 'Love Ledger' for the base and Prima Printery 'Emperor' patterned paper along the bottom edge of the layout.  Jaqi has used the Prima Printery Keys clear stamp on the tags and on the background of the journaling.
For further details on how Jaqi put this layout together, visit her blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com  Please leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules).  Best of luck!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Buy together & save!

Just to remind customers that there are several 'Buy together and save' bargains throughout The Scrapbook Garden website shop.  This means, if you buy one particular item, you can get a bargain by buying the related item at the same time.  These bargains are limited to certain colours.  You will find savings on the following:
Jenni Bowlin Ink Pad & Jenni Bowlin Paint Dabber

8" x 8" Pastel Blue Album & Album Refill

Glitz Design: Afternoon Muse paper collection & Love Games paper collection

Glitz Design: Hoopla paper collection & Love Nest paper collection

Dovecraft Ink Pad & Wooden stamp

Prima Marri collection Botanical flowers & Prima Gianna collection Botanical flowers

To find your bargains, click on the item you want and scroll down the page.  If there is a 'Buy together and save' bargain, you will have the option to click on this button - and save.

Leave a comment on today's post and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (see rules).  Pop back tomorrow to see what Jaqi has created for her third layout this month.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

A bit of a 'Do'

This is my take on Julia's sketch from yesterday.  I have deviated from the sketch in that I have added a journal card at the top right hand corner. and placed my ribbon and flower to the left of the layout. The sketch says 'journaling' so I added a card instead of writing on the base cardstock.  I haven't used ribbon either - instead I have used some Bazzill 'Just the Edge' strips and this one is shaped like 'rick rack'.

I have used Delish Designs Peppercorn Collection of patterned papers called Appetizer and Main Dish.  The flower is cut from the Cricut and the centre is a button from my stash.  I added the 'tags' underneath the flower and they contain part of the title (a bit of a) and the 'Do' is American Crafts Thickers (Jewelry Box) in black.  I made this layout to co-ordinate with one I made last week (LBD).

I would love to see your layouts using a sketch you have made from one of the suggestions from the DT this month.  Leave a comment and I will add your name into the draw for this month (see rules).  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Design Team: Sleepy Eyes

This is Julia's second layout this month using a sketch from 3 Scrapateers.com using the new Prima Alla-Prima Collection.

Julia used Bazzill Avalanche for the base of this layout and used the Prima Alla-Prima Floral Flourishes clear stamp to form a frame around the journaling and around the edges of the cardstock to frame the page. 

The patterned paper Julia used is called Fresco and the embossed cardstock is Bazzill Two Scoops 'Daiquiri Ice', which has been sanded and inked.  The ribbon is a piece of the Fresco patterned paper and the tag has been stamped using the Floral Flourishes clear stamp.  The flower is from the Prima Marri Botanical Collection.

For further information, why not pop over to Julia's blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com  If you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month.  Usual rules apply though.  Don't miss out - become a follower of this blog!  Come back tomorrow and you will see my take on this sketch using different patterned papers.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Pagoda

I used the sketch Jules' chose yesterday for today's layout.  The photograph was taken in Co. Wicklow, Ireland in the beautiful Japanese Gardens within Powerscourt House and Gardens.

I have used the same patterned paper collection as Jules yesterday but chose different papers to showcase the versatility of the range.  I chose Promenade (used reverse side) and Explore patterned papers along with Bazzill Two Scoops Fudge Ripple cardstock.  The title was cut on the Cricut using Bazzill Deep Blue Dotted Swiss cardstock, which I used for matting the photograph and one of the Icons (in the lower right of the layout).

The 'swirl' is from Tando Creative and I just inked it with a Jenni Bowlin Dye Ink Pad in 'Spice Tin'.  The flowers are a combination of flower shapes cut on the Big Shot and the middle of the blooms are Petaloo mini delphiniums, to which I added mini silver brads.

Why not try this sketch yourself?  I would love to see what you come up with.  Please leave a comment today and I will enter your name into the draw for this month (usual rules apply).  Best of luck!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Design Team: The Road Less Traveled

For her second layout this month, Jules has used a sketch from Pencil Lines and the beautiful Authentique 'Journey' Collection of patterned papers, Headlines, Icons and Petite Type Circle Alphas.

Jules has used  Itinerary (the reverse side), Voyage (the reverse side) and Promenade patterned papers from the range.  The title is made up from a mixture of the Petite Type Circle Alphas from the 'Journey' range and K & Co. Urban Die-cut Alpha Stickers.  The flowers are Prima e.line in Slate Blue.

Jules has also added some elements from the Icons sheet and the Headlines tag is from the range also.  If you want further details on this layout, visit Jules' blog at www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com

If you pop back tomorrow you will see my take on this sketch.  Please leave a comment to say you have stopped by and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month for your chance to win some lovely Halloween goodies!  To ensure that you get your name entered please see rules of entry.  Thank you.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Cherub

This is what I created using Jaqi's choice of sketch from yesterdayThe patterned papers and cardstock are from the September Scrapaholix kit.  The buttons are from my own stash and the title is made from K & Co. Urban Rhapsody Die-Cut Stickers.

The Scrapaholix Kit this month includes patterned papers from Fabscraps called 'Heritage Floral' and 'Heritage Script'.  I created one layout called 'Angel' last week with this kit and today have used it for a little boy layout to show the diversity of the papers.

I pretty much kept to the layout of the sketch but instead of using circles down the side of the photograph I decided to add 'banners' as I thought this was more suitable for a little boy than using flowers with button centres (which the sketch suggested to me when I saw it).   The beauty of using a sketch is that you can put your own interpretation to it, unlike a scraplift, which you really have to follow to the letter.

I think this is a lovely sketch to try and would be interested in your interpretation of it should you like to give it a try.  If you do send in your picture of a sketch you have seen on this blog I will give you an extra entry into the draw (rules apply).  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Design Team: The Kells

This is the second 'sketch' layout created by Jaqi for this month's Design Team submission.  Jaqi was given the gorgeous Prima Printery Collection of patterned papers, Keys stamp and the lovely Two Scoops cardstock.  The sketch that Jaqi has used today is from 'Scrapbooking Sketches OZ - Aussie Style'.
For this layout Jaqi has used Bazzill French Vanilla for the base, Prima Printery 'Signature' and 'Monogram', along with Bazzill Two Scoops in 'Black Cow'. For two of the circles, Jaqi has used the Prima Keys stamp. Further details on this layout can be found at Jaqi's blog at www.jaqi-scrapbookinginmysleep.blogspot.com

Another sketch to try out - I will be giving you another version of this sketch tomorrow when I try my hand at interpreting the sketch.  Come back tomorrow to see what I have created.  I would love to see what you come up with!  Send me a photo of a sketch that you have used from this blog and I will give you another entry into the blog candy draw for this month.  The usual rules apply - see left of screen.  Good luck!

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Last day of 20% off promotion!

Today is the last day of the 20% off promotion at The Scrapbook Garden (www.thescrapbookgarden.co.uk)   The 20% off applies to a spend of £20.00 or more (on full-price products only and UK addresses only).  Use coupon code: SEPT2011 when you check-out to claim your discount.

Remember to pop back tomorrow to see what the DT have been up to designing using 'sketches' and some of the fab new lines available from The Scrapbook Garden website shop.  Leave a comment and I will enter your name into the draw for this month (usual rules apply).

Saturday, 10 September 2011

(LBD)

This is what I made with Julia's sketch from yesterday.  The title of this layout LBD (Little Black Dress) came from my love of this dress in the photograph.  I think everyone in their lifetime has some item of clothing they love and this was mine!  It was bought for a 21st birthday party, which was a 'black tie' event.  The dress itself was very intricate and had loads of gorgeous beading around the neck and top of the sleeves.  The photograph isn't that good quality but I wanted to scrap this anyhow to remember the occasion.
I played safe with this layout and used a black and white theme, so the colours didn't clash with the background.  I followed the sketch for the entire layout but added some embellishments in the 'picture area'.  My photograph is quite small as I cropped out much of the background and triple layered it.  I used Delish Designs patterned papers (Peppercorn Collection - Main Dish and Appetizer), added a couple of black and white flowers, pearl centres and added the title using American Crafts Thickers (Jewelry Box) in black.

This is quite a simple layout but one I could see working with several different photographs.  Why not have a go yourselves - I would love to see them.  If you do decide to use the sketch, please let me see a copy of what you did and I will give you an extra entry into the blog candy draw.  Leave a comment and if you qualify (see rules) I will enter your name into the draw for today.  Best of luck!

Friday, 9 September 2011

Design Team: Precious

It is Julia's turn from the DT today and she has chosen this sketch from 3 Scrapateers.com for her layout. 
Julia was given products from the Prima Alla-Prima range to design with and for this layout she used the 'Low Key' paper for the background.  Julia has used ribbons for the 'strips' behind the photograph.  The letters for the title were cut individually and clear embossed.  As the sketch didn't suggest any room for journalling, Julia made a journal pocket and added it to the top of the layout, just behind the photo.
To get more detail on how Julia put this layout together pop over to her blog at www.straydreamsblog.blogspot.com 

This is a simple but very effective layout - if you come back tomorrow you will see my take on the sketch.  Another sketch for you to try - I would love to see someone else's take on this.  If you do decide to have a go at this sketch, send me a photo and I will give you an extra entry into the blog candy draw.  Leave a comment today and I will enter your name also (usual rules apply though).  Thanks for stopping by - see you tomorrow.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Angel

This is my take on Jules' sketch from yesterday The patterned papers, card and charms are from the September Scrapaholix kit.  The papers are from Fabscraps and are called 'Heritage Floral' and 'Heritage Script'.  The technique this month is using 'Charms' and the charms in the kit are also from Fabscraps.
I kept to the sketch that Jules sent me for the layering of the papers and cardstock but deviated slightly in the top right-hand corner by adding a chipboard heart, which I added two of the charms from the kit to.  The sketch suggested some splattering  at the top and bottom of the photos (either buttons or flowers came to mind) and I decided on flowers with an added swirl, so it didn't look like they were floating in mid air!

The flowers are Petaloo Mini Delphiniums with an added 'pearl' in the centre.  The Tando Creative word 'Angel' I have used before but this time all I did to it was ink it with a Jenni Bowlin Dye Ink Pad and it covered beautifully!  I added a bit of doodling around the edges of the cardstock which wasn't on the original sketch but then that makes it that little bit different.

I decided against loads of journalling to the right of the layout as the sketch suggests, opting for a more modest journal block just peeping out from under the layers of paper.

Another sketch for you to try - if you do and you send me a picture of what you have done, I will give you an extra entry into the draw (usual rules apply).  Best of luck and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Design Team: Smiler

This is the first creation this month from DT member Jules who was given some of the patterned papers from the gorgeous Authentique 'Journey' Collection to play with (I mean design with), along with the remit of using a sketch.  Jules decided to use this sketch from Shimelle:

Jules used Kraft cardstock for her base before layering up using the patterned papers then adding her adorable photographs of Mojo.  The patterned papers used are Promenade, Jaunt and Voyage (used both sides of this one).  

The Authentique Collection also have Icons which co-ordinate with the patterned papers and Jules has added a couple of those to the layout also.  The word 'Smiler' is K & Co. 'Urban Die-cut Alpha Stickers and finish off the layout perfectly!  If you want to pop over to Jules' blog (www.scrappingmojo.blogspot.com) she will have further details on this layout.

If you leave a comment and you qualify, I will enter your name into the draw.  If you come back tomorrow you can see what I made of the same 'sketch'.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Comic Book Hero

This is my take on the 'sketch' used by Jaqi yesterday.  Whilst Jaqi used the fabulous Prima 'Printery' Collection of papers, I have opted to go for the equally fabulous Bazzill 'Two Scoops' embossed cardstock.

I have been itching to get my hands on the lovely 'Two Scoops' cardstock and when I saw this photo taken in Florida, I knew that I just had to use some of the delicious colours to create this layout.  I have used the colours of Orange Sorbet, Lemon Custard and Blue Moon from the Two Scoops range to put together this page.  I wanted to create a 'comic book' feel to this layout and hopefully I have achieved this by using the colours in conjunction with black cardstock, speech balloons and the cut out stars.

Sketches can be used as a starting point or followed to the letter.  I have substituted stars where the sketch suggests flowers, changed my subtitle slightly and added extra layers of cardstock.  The embellishment is a sticker and it brings everything together.

Why don't you give this sketch a try.  I would love to see what you come up with.  If you make a layout using this sketch - email me what you have done and I will show it on the blog.  You will get an extra entry into the blog candy draw as well as your usual entry for leaving a comment.  Usual rules still apply.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Design Team: Just a Special Moment in Time

We start the return of the Design Team (from their summer hols) with a layout from Jaqi.  The remit I gave the team this month was to use 'sketches' along with some of the new product arrivals just in at The Scrapbook Garden shop.  Jaqi was given some of the gorgeous Prima Printery collection of patterned papers and one of the co-ordinating stamps (keys), along with the fab Bazzill Two Scoops ('Black Cow').

This is the sketch that Jaqi chose to use for her first layout this month.  It is a Google images sketch 'Sketches for scrapbooking'.
This is what Jaqi created using this sketch and one of her famous family photographs, which is absolutely lovely and matches so well with the Prima Printery paper.
Jaqi used Dovecraft Wicker cardstock for the base of this layout and layered this using the Printery (Emperor) patterned paper and Bazzill French Vanilla cardstock.  The larger flowers are cut from the Emperor paper and the 'Black Cow' Two Scoops cardstock.  The smaller flowers are from Prima (Marri Botanical range) and the ribbon and charms are Jaqi's own stash.

Details of how Jaqi put this together can be found on her blog 'Scrapbooking in my Sleep' (see side bar for link).  If you leave a comment on this post I will enter your name into the draw for this month providing you are a follower of this blog.  Drop by tomorrow to see my take on the same sketch. 

Sunday, 4 September 2011

We're off to Harrogate!

We (meaning me and my daughter Joanne) are off to Harrogate next Saturday.  The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza is in town for 2 days and we are going shopping!

We aren't going as traders but as 'customers' to have a look around and hopefully get some new ideas on new products that I may not have had to chance to see yet.  When you are at these events as a trader, sometimes you do not get the chance to have a look around, so it will be a nice change to actually go and look around properly.

Joanne hasn't been to Harrogate either and it was a bit of a treat for her to go and hopefully we will have chance to have a look around the shops as well.  Maybe even visit 'Bettys' for an afternoon coffee and a slice of cake!

If you are going to the papercraft show or have been in the past, (or even if you haven't) - let me know by leaving a comment.  I will enter your name into the draw for your chance to win the 'Halloween' goodies.  Usual rules apply though.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Just chit-chat

Trying to fill a few days before the Design Team come back on board, so I thought I would fill today's post with some idle chat!  Today is my birthday - not quite 21 again (but then who is) but neither am I collecting my bus-pass (not quite yet anyway).  I got some feedback from Jackie (the assessor) at the Craft Qualifications Centre on Thursday to say that I had passed my last 2 units for the Certificate in Papercraft I was doing.  So hurrah for that!

Anyhow, like I said the DT are back (doing what they do best - designing) on Monday.   The remit of the DT this month is using 'sketches' and I thought I would try and match them 'sketch for sketch' so to speak.  Jaqi is up first and she has a layout she has created using a sketch and the absolutely gorgeous Prima Printery patterned papers and the equally lovely 'keys' stamp from the same range.  Jaqi has sent me a copy of the sketch she has used, so I thought I would try my hand at doing a layout (using different papers and embellishments) to see how my interpretation of the same sketch turns out. 

So if you want to follow the blog to see what we all come up with, as well as leaving a comment (that will entitle you to an entry into the blog - see rules) come back on a daily basis for the entire month!  Leave a comment today to start you off.  Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Cousins

I was looking through some of the piles of stash I have (of my own - not the shop) and came across a page layout kit I had bought from Scrapaholix (in 2008!).  I thought it was about time I did something with it and this is the result!
I have to admit - this is a pure scraplift (including the same papers) that was an original by Carolyn from Scrapaholix.  I think it may have been designed for one of their workshops they do.  Anyhow, I am really pleased with how it's turned out.  The patterned papers are from Paperloft (Well Worn) range and the ones in the kit were Oxford Stripe and Flowers.  Carolyn kindly had the instructions for paper sizes etc. also in the kit so it made my life very easy.

Have you ever used a scrapbook page kit (complete with instructions) or similarly a card kit with instructions to make up?  Leave a comment and I will enter your name into the blog candy draw for this month (rules apply - as always).  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Winner of August Blog Candy Draw & September Blog Candy!

The winner of this month's blog candy draw (drawn by random number selector) is:
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Random numbers generated Sep 1 2011 at 9:11:32 by www.psychicscience.org 

Congratulations to Pamela!  If you email me your details at ann@thescrapbookgarden.co.uk I will arrange to post your blog candy out to you.

This month's Blog Candy has a 'Spooky Theme' and is made up of products for Halloween. 
Tando Creative chipboard - A pair of Skulls
Tando Creative chipboard - Bag of Bats
Tando Creative chipboard - Pumpkins (small)
Tando Creative chipboard - Witch on Broomstick

Glitter Rub-ons - Halloween Title Glitter
Glitter Rub-ons - Spooky Pumpkins Glitter
Glitter Rub-ons - Spooky Ghosts Glitter

All this could be yours by leaving a comment on this blog.  The usual rules apply and these can be found on the left of this page.  Each day I will leave a post on this blog and if you leave a comment (on the same day), you will receive 1 entry into the blog candy draw.  Best of luck!