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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Another school layout by Sarah Rickard using Kaisercraft On the Dot papers

I have already showcased this paper previously, but I just had to share another layout that I have done using the Kaisercraft On the Dot paper range - you can find the paper here.
The layout is quite simplistic - I have used only 2 pieces of patterned paper, part of a page out of an old book that I have torn, some white Making Memories paint, shipping tag, twine, a brad and some American Craft Thickers.

I would love to see some of your school layouts in the gallery :-)

Happy scrapping,

Sarah xoxoxo

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Step by Step Card by susan luke using the Score Pal

 Susan has created an amazing little purse with tags and it bounds with ric rac. It is adorable and would love to see you have a try...

Sweet Marmalade Sugar Sweet paper
Teal blue Bazzil
Purple Ric Rak
Batic Multi flowers and buttons
plain white envelope
Double sided tape
Paper cutter
1 1/4" circle punch
Stampin' write markers
Kaiser Champagne rhinestones
Linen thread
Sentiment stamp - whimsical words from Stampin' Up!
Black embossing powder, Versamark ink and a heat gun
Start with an ordinary white envelope. Seal the envelope shut.
Now cut the envelope in half like this.
Next put some double sided tape down the middle of one of the half envelopes to stick the two together like this:
Take the cardstock you want to make your wallet from. Measure how wide the envelopes are across, and cut your cardstock a little wider than the two pockets. Make the cardstock three times the height of your envelopes and place it in the Scor-Pal. Scor a line right down the middle of the cardstock.
Then score lines on either side of the middle line, making the distance slightly longer than your envelopes. My cardstock measured 30cms long and 10cms wide. It turned out needing to be scored at 9cm and 24cm, for example. You want to wind up with two shorter pieces at each end.
Now fold your flaps inwards and tape the inside of the left hand flap as shown.
Press some ric rak to the sticky tae so that equal lengths hang out each side of the wallet.
Fold the end flap in over the ric rak and then place some tape on the outsides of your pockets and adhere them inside the wallet like this.
Turn the wallet over and decorate the back. I used some scrapbook paper and Kaiser gems.
Measure how big you would like your tag inserts to be and make some. I doodled around the edges of mine and added some ric rak to the punched holes so they could be pulled out of the wallet more easily.Add your own messages and sentiments to suit the occasion.
Decorate inside the front flap and even inside the wallet itself if you like. I cut some borders from the scrapbook paper and punched out one of the flowers then doodled around it.
Decorate the front as well. I added an embossed in black sentiment, the die cut border from the scrapbooking paper, some batik flowers and a button tied on with linen thread, and doodled a
little border of my own with a black marker. Then I used the ric rak to tie my wallet shut.
Thank you for stopping by
Have a wonderful day
luv tanXx

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

WE ARE OPEN!...come and see us today!

Come and see us today/this week for we are now open for you to enjoy our shop full of goodies!...
I would like to thank Shazz Pratten, and my local Design Team Members - Nicky Amber and Sarah Rickard for all your hard work and suport in helping me get the shop looking so lovely! *mwah*!!!

I would like to thank my Design Team they are working hard on samples which we don't have in the shop right now but will have soon!... 

We would love to see your work in our shop, please pop in a layout we can display. We will only have them up for one week and change them over as new layouts arrive to keep our back wall interesting and fun.

Monday           Closed
Tuesday           9.30 – 2.00pm
Wednesday      9.30 – 2.00pm
Thursday          9.30 – 2.00pm
Friday             10.00 – 1.00pm
                         1.30 – 9.30pm
This is our FREE CROP night/TECHNIQUE night… come and join in our fun and learn lots of fun ways of creating.

Saturday        10.00 – 3.00pm – 1st sat month – this is subject to change and more Saturdays could be open if in demand.
Sunday -          CLOSED

PHONE: 0458217911....
ADDRESS: 47 Northcott Cres, Alstonville 2477. (Wollongbar Industrial Estate)

You’re welcome to come anytime during opening hours if we don’t have a class on to scrap for FREE.
If your creating something and using our tools to excess their will be a fee.

If you would like to teach some classes please email me at cardartbytanya@yahoo.com.au for enquires. Or phone us on 0458217911

We have in store specials and a free gift for every purchase this week.
COME AND SEE US TODAY if your local! you won't be disappointed....

luv tanXx

Sketch by Kylie Abel and a layout by Alison Callcott

Today we have a sketch designed by Kylie Abel. We would love to see what you come up with and place into our gallery.


We have a sample of this sketch by Alison Callcott. It is an amazing layout and thankyou for sharing with use Alz xx.

by Alison Callcott


Kaiser Peachy Keen Collection …
*            patterned paper:  Neat, Kosher, Dandy, and Super
*            embellishment pack
*            rub-ons (colour)
*            die cut elements
*            6” paper pad
*            digi printables
*            magazine ‘ freebies’

Kaiser Pearls – Chocolate
Kaiser rub ons – Experience
QuicKutz Leafy Vine 12” die
VersaMagic Jumbo Java chalk inkpad

Tips and Techniques

When ephemera are equally as important as the photo, include both.  In this instance the ephemera for this LO was a letter from my great-great-great uncle and aunt to my grandparents on the loss of their son “Little Lennie” when he was but a young infant.  All my life I grew up knowing of my uncle, “Little Lennie”, however it wasn’t until I discovered this letter to my grandparents whilst scouring around doing the family history that it all became quite real for me.  To scrap this photo on its own would not have told the full story. However to include a scanned copy of the original letter would have taken over the LO.  The solution was to type the letter and print it on an inkjet transparency.  This way the letter would not take over the LO and although not clearly legible in some parts, the primary points of interest in the letter could be read. As an added bonus I printed a complete copy of the letter and adhered it to the reverse of the LO.  Dare I admit it LOL?  The family historian in me wouldn’t allow me to do anything else!

Ordinarily we might block patterned paper on plain cardstock for contrast.  Why not have a go at doing the reverse and block subtle patterned paper or plain cardstock on busy patterned paper.  It really helps the bulk of your LO to ‘pop’ off the page.

Gone are the days when almost every LO we created had large, bulky, oft times chipboard, titles. If you have the space, go for it! However if your LO is already busy and comprises a lot of layering, try using smaller alphas (in this instance rub-ons) for your title.

When working with transparencies, remember the varying elements of your LO can be placed either behind or in front of the transparency.  Using a mixture of both as I have done on this LO will help to create a beautifully ‘blended’ result.

Alz   :)

we look forward seeing your beatiful layouts in our gallery

Have a wonderful day
Thanks for stopping by
luv tanXx

Monday, April 26, 2010


Using the Punch...

I have a lot of beautiful Punches that I probably do not use enough. Lately I have found that I am using them more and more and not just for card making but for my layouts.

In your scrapping lifetime you will own at least one - my first was a medium corner rounder punch, I now have the whole set, along with shapes, animals and the very popular border punches that have been gracing the market.

The layout below is titled Free Spirit. I took the photo of my daughter on an angle and thought to myself 'how on earth was I going to scrap this' - I love the photo, it was just that it was a peculiar angle... but once the layout was finished i was really happy with the outcome.

A lot of 'scrap rules' tell you not to put your photo in the center of your page... but having the photo on the angle has helped balance the layout. I wanted to use something nice and bright to make my layout stand out and to compliment the background paper so I picked some Bazzill Bling cardstock to co-ordinate with the daughter printed paper.

I decided that i would lift the wings of the butterflies that were printed on the paper by using my craft knife to cut the sides and lift them over the photograph - under the wings i placed a small foam dot to keep them raised.

Next i added some punched flowers. I have both the large and medium in the daisy punches and used these to punch out quite a few that I then scattered to the bottom left of the page and to the bottom right of the page. Before adhering I inked the edges and pinched each petal so that it was slightly lifted off the page.

Adding further embellishments finished off the page. Ribbon was added as a border to the top of the printed paper and to accent the circle on the printed paper at the top right,  I added a large decorative eyelet... I continued with the decorative eyelets down the page adding them throughout the flowers.

I used a few black rub on butterflies and the 'Free Spirited' rub on to finish off the layout. I do hope you have more fun creating with your punches, they are a great way to add more to your layouts.

Have a fantastic week

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sunday Gallery Spotlight - Maz....

Thankyou everyone for placing your wonderful layouts inour gallery, we very much enjoy seeing your amazing creations.

The spotlight for today is Maz and your welcome to check out more of her work HERE! your layout is wonderful Maz . I love your use of ribbon and your title looks unreal! Thankyou for sharing, we hope to see more of your work in our gallery.

Luv tanXx

Saturday, April 24, 2010

OUR NEW SHOP----- let the setting up begin!.......

Well it seems like forever I have been planing this day and it is finally here!... I am filled with so many mixed emotions and hoping that it will all work out and better for everyone.

We will be able to cater for classes much better and do so so many fun things we have planed....

I firstly would like to apologise to anyone who have placed orders this week. With packing and unpacking boxes it has been just about almost impossible to find what you have ordered. We will for sure have all your orders packed and send off to you Tuesday the 27 April no matter what.


Firstly I would love to thank Shazz Pratten for everything you have done, your truely amazing and I really couldn't have done it without you.

Here is Shazz taking out our first load of goodies...

Here is our empty shop before the boxes move in!..


Today we made huge progress even though it didn't seem like it. I had Nicky Amber and Shazz Pratten and my Katie all day and Sarah Rickard for a couple of hours. Thanks heaps Sar for bring out another load of goodies for me that couldn't fit in my car.xxx These girls are truely amazing and work extreamly hard..*mwah* my friends.xoxo

Today I think i accomplished a fair bit on my own. I also had delivered the divider at the back to seperate from my class area, I think i need another one but it will have to wait for when i get some more $$$$. I had no idea how expencive setting up a shop was... man alive!...

And I can't forget to mention I got my new phone today! yayayaya! only now i have to learn how to drive it and that is the tricky part...lol!


This was one huge day! Thank you to Shazz Pratten and Nicky Amber for all your hard work, you truely worked extreamly hard and we acheived so so much thank you *mwah*. Nicky and I also stayed back last night till 10pm sorting out lots of goodies... hard work and thank you !

Today... DAY 5 and 2 more to go before opening...

I am going to be back their againg sorting out the last bits and peices before we start making the shop looking gorgeous with my DT samples and lots more!...

Sorry for the long post and hope you have had a good laugh and now you know where we have been all week!...

I will try and update you all in a couple of days...

Please pop in and say hi and checkout what we have acheived... please remember their will still be lots of Design Team samples yet to come for I have them working hard atm.

You can find us at.... 47 Northcott Cres Alstonville (wollongbah industrial estate).

If you have trouble finding us please phone 0458217911
We will have an opening day and have fun things planed for this and will advise of the date in our news letter!...
Have a wonderful saturday everyone
take care
luv tanXx

Friday, April 23, 2010

An overflowing plate

Like most of us, my days and nights seem to be blurring into one big 'to-do' list lately. I've been saying 'yes' to school commitments, scrapping commitments, photography commitments and work commitments and I hardly have any time to enjoy my family and friends for fear of falling behind with everything I have on my overflowing plate.

And so, with much sadness, I say farewell to the Design Team Position that I've had with Tanyah at Scrap 'n' Craft with T since October 2008. I've had a great time and I can't thank Tanyah enough for her wonderful friendship - this won't change at all - as well as the friendships that I made with the girls who are part of the DT and also so many of Scrap n Craft with T's  customers.

I look forward to dropping by every now and then and seeing all the amazing creations that the Design Team are constantly making and also saying hello to everyone who has supported me during my time with Tanyah.

I wish Tanyah all the best with the opening of her new and beautiful store - I'm sure you will have so many fantastic things planned.

Take care,
Leanne Stamatellos

'Note to Self' - a step-by-step layout by Ingeborg Dijkstra

I made this layout about a book I read recently. The title of the book is: 'Beautiful in God's eyes' by Elizabeth George. The book is about a chapter of the Bible; Proverbs 31. For as long as I can remember I have been challenged by that part, since it always tend to make me feel inferior (in my eyes the woman described in that part seemed like a mega super woman)! Reading Elizabeth's book changed my perspective and I am so grateful for that! I added a picture of myself with a smile on my face, since I truly am happier after reading that book!

In the last few years I have started to make layouts about books that are special to me. I love reading and I think it is important to let our children and future generations know about who we are, what we believe, what we like etc. Too many times I create layouts about my children, my husband, friends, holidays, but I encourage you to create more layouts about yourself too!

Anyway ... here is a list of materials that I have used for this layout:

Using another piece of scallop cardstock, I traced the shape on the back of the pink patterned paper.

I cut it out and stuck it onto the green paper.

I have torn a rectangle shape out of the 'Recycle' patterned paper to create a border around my photo. I rounded the corners of my photo with a punch.

I decided to use one of the die cut shapes to create my title. The words 'note to self' were already printed on it, so all I had to do was add the rest in my own handwriting. I used a small sticker strip to stick from left to right. The stem and petals of the flower were made with the chipboard stickers. I used the journaling block for the additional text. This journaling block is like a
note pad and has quite a few pages.

I added some buttons in the middle of each scalloped shape for a final touch. Done! This is the finished result:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Journalling ideas - using quotes and poems.

Your journalling can set the tone for your layout but sometimes you just can't find the right words.  Quite often I find all I want to say can be found in the words of a certain poem or quote.  Even the words of a favourite song can be used as your journalling focus.  If you are new to scrapbooking and the thought of journalling on your layouts seems a bit daunting than this is a great way of easing yourself into it.

This is probably my favourite journalling technique and I have a list of favourite quotes that I keep handy and jot down any quotes or poems that I come across that I think I could use in my projects. 

Here are a few projects that have quotes or poems as the journalling focus.

This doesn't have to be limited to your layouts - try it out on your cards as well.  Here are a couple of super-simple cards - all I have used is a piece of scrap paper (with some sewing around the edge) and the quote.

Why not try this technique in your next layout or try making a card with the quote on the outside instead of the inside. 

Remember we would love to see your creations in our gallery.

Happy creating!