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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Roll Your Own

I just love all the different effects you can get by rolling and curling paper. Must be a left over from all those boring functions with paper tablecloths and wet drink rings. Anyway heare another layout that features edge rolling.

Uses: Ruby Rock-it Upstairs Downstairs papers and ATC cards, pale blue and brown cardstock, two tone red ribbon, Kaisercraft alphabet stickers and mini alphabet.


1. Cut patterned paper to 8 1/2" x 7" . Cut a 1" x 8 1/2" strip off the bottom of this. Cut an 8 1/2" x 1 1/4" strip of matching patterned paper. On top and bottom edges, wet and curl back and forth between your thumb and index finger, tearing a little here and there. distress side edges.

2. In pencil, mark an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" square in the centre of background paper. Attach largest patterned paper piece at the top, leave a gap and attach matching strip, then 1' wide strip.

3. Double mat photo. Ink and distress edges. Attach 1/2" in from the left and 1 1/4" down from the top of patterned paper.

4. Attach title below photo on matching paper strip.

5. Cut bottom of one ATC card with fancy scissors. Ink edges of both cards. Punch hole through top of card and tie ribbon. Attach cards at side of photo.

6. Attach butterflies in top left corner and around cards.

A quick layout for a quiet evening at home.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Echo Park 'Little Girl' range - a layout by Sue Smith

I am so in love with the Echo Park 'Little Girl' range, and couldn't wait to use them with my favourite photos of my daughter Elise taken over 20 years ago. Unfortunately after struggling with seemingly all the right ingredients for over 8 hours, the final result is more like how you shouldn't use these papers.

If I hadn't planned to use it for today's blog post, I probably would have put it away for a couple of days and returned with fresh 'eyes' and perhaps I would have ended up with something I was happy with.

Anyway, if any of the elements I have used have caught your eye, here is the list of everything I used on this layout....

* Purple cardstock

* White cardstock (photo mats)

* Echo Park 'Little Girl' range (all double-sided and totally gorgeous)
--- Suzy Stripe

--- Cindy Circles

--- Betty Bird

--- Journaling cards

* VersaColor Ink Spot - Charcoal

* AC Thickers

* Prima Flowers - Petunia Chopin

* Creative Memories Paper Flowers

* ChelleyBean Designs Felt Birdies

* White Gel pen

* Sam & Lucy Weave Extras Teeny Tiny Stickers

Here is a close-up of the embellishments I used...

Don't forget to visit Tanyah's online shop and grab some amazing bargains while you can!!! Everything is still heavily discounted until sold out!

Until next week...happy scrapping everyone! xxx

Friday, February 18, 2011

Using a sketch for a layout and a card by Ingeborg Dijkstra

Last week I made this layout:

I decided to create a sketch based on my layout, which looks like this:

When I created the sketch I thought it would be fun to turn that sketch into a design for a card. The square shape and strong lines seemed perfect for a card!
I started by creating a sentiment out of journaling card from the Summerhouse Collection from Ruby Rock It. Using a craft knife I cut the white lined area out of the cardstock to make a frame for my sentiment.

I stamped my sentiment on a scrap piece of matching paper from the same collection.

I stamped it on another sheet as well. I wanted to cut the heart out of another colour to make it more colourful.
I added three strips of paper. I used the back and the front of the 'Journal' paper.

I added my sentiment on the left and added a small strip of 'Tropic' paper across the card. These gorgeous papers are now only $ 0.50 each! And here it is: the card based on a sketch based on a layout:

Have a wonderful weekend!
x Ingeborg.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Why not make it yourself and get the most out of your stash - then you can spend more on new products guilt free.

Here are some really easy "make your own" effects anyone can try.

A Frog


black journal pen

tiny alphabet

string and felt

1. Make a patterned paper frame by hand cutting a 9" square. Fold it in half and then in half again over the top. Cut out the inside square leaving a 3/4" border (note - don't cut across any outside edges or you won't have a frame). Unfold.

2. Scalloped borders. Cut a 7" x 2" strip of patterned paper (I used the reverse of my patterned paper). Fold it into three. Hand draw scallops along the bottom edge making sure there is a valley at each folded end. Cut out and unfold. Repeat for a 4 1/2" x 1" strip.

3. For the felt brackets I glued the felt to thin chipboard first to give it strength. I drew the brackets on the back and cut out. Gives great texture and Tanyah has heaps of colours in felt.

4. There are so many ways you can make your own flowers. But this time I wanted to layer them so I used a daisy wheel and paper string. If you love these but don't have the gear Tanyah sells these daisies in many colours.

5. I used a punch to mat my small photo in cardstock. There are lots of punches you can use to make mini frames and don't forget about those fancy edge scissors.

6. Doodling and sewing are great ways to add a little extra emphasis to a layout. When I sew on a page I poke the holes first with a poster board pin into an old mouse pad - makes it so much easier. You can sew with just about anything you can get through a needle eg string, embroidery thread, ribbon, wire, raffia.

Have fun


Monday, February 14, 2011

A Mixed Media Canvas - by Sue Smith

Well this week when I sat down to do some scrapping for this blog post, nothing happened...I had no idea what to do, and nothing inspired me. So I decided just to play around with some canvas, paints and any other bits and pieces that took my fancy.

I had no idea how it would turn out, but decided to take some progress photos along the way in case it was decent enough to share....and here is the finished result (just click on any photo for a closer look)...

First of all I started with a piece of canvas that had already been primed with gesso and just roughly slathered it with some watered down acrylic, and then dug into my big box of ancient music, ripped some pages and started to stick the pieces on with Matte Mod Podge....

The music book I was using had an interesting graphic on the front (complete with ancient stickytape) so I decided to incorporate that as well....

Some more bits of music paper and then some white gesso over the top....

Some more paint....

Once it was dry, I added some gel pen lines around the edge of the question mark...

I then used numerous distress inks to highlight the details of the graphic and some other areas of the canvas....

To finish off, I added a big swirl of Croco Crackling paint (white) and 24 hours later, when it had crackled I coloured that with distress ink also...

The next three photos show some close-up detail....

TFL xxx See you next Monday!

Friday, February 11, 2011

'Smile' : a step-by-step layout by Ingeborg Dijkstra

This week I wanted to create a layout about our son Rick, who makes us laugh all the time. The journaling reads:

'If you feel a SMILE begin, don't leave it undetected.
Let's start and epidemic quick and get the world infected!'

The three photos show how he is starting with a 'neutral look' (trying not to laugh), but with a gorgeous smile on the third photo! How I love that boy! Anyway, let's quickly show you how I made this layout. I started with three strips of paper and place them on the right side of the cardstock. I used papers and embellishments from the SummerHouse Collection from Ruby Rock'It. The two papers I used are called 'Tropic' and 'Journal'.

I placed a photo on each strip of paper:

I added a journaling card from the same collection (Summerhouse Narrrative Pad, now only $ 3.90 for 24 sheets!) on the left. I added my title and journaling. I added some orange rhinestones, punched a few stars and added a bit of embroidery thread and done!

Have a wonderful weekend!

x Ingeborg.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Step by step layout


Photo: one 4" x 6" landscape photo

Uses: Creative Imaginations - Old Guys Rule

Black, white and red cardstock

adhesive backed embossing foil

red mesh ribbon or 2" wide sequin waste

brads, cog, wire

title stickers


1. Cut foil to the size of embossing plate. Emboss and lightly swipe Staz On ink over raised bits. Attach to white cardstock 1" in on the left 4 3/4" down from the top sideways.

2. Cut patterned paper to 7" wide and tear the bottom edge so it is 7 1/2" to 8 3/4" long. Ink and curl edges. Attach 1/2" in from right edge 2" down from the top of white cardstock.

3. Attach mesh across layout 5 1/2" down from the top. I used staples and tape to secure.

4. Double mat phot with cream then black cardstock. Distress edges. attach 3 1/2" in from the left edge and 3 1/2" down from the top.

5. Attach title to 1 1/4" wide strip of red cardstock and attach to piece of chipboard for dimension. Ink edges and attach overlapping bottom corner of photo.

6. Cut 3" x 1" piece of red cardstock and chipboard. Attach and ink edges. Cut out car from patterned paper and attach with tape and 3D dots where it overhangs block. Embellish block with brads, cog, wire and attach to top corner of layout.

7. Cut narrow strips of red cardstock for journalling. Ink edges and attach 7" in from the left under patterned paper. Ink edges aof layout.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ruby Rock-It Summerhouse Range - A Layout by Sue Smith

Today's layout uses the bright modern Ruby Rock-It Summerhouse range and really is perfect for those summertime layouts. These patterned papers are 200gsm cardstock and are double-sided.....

Here is a list of the goodies I used to make this....

* Cardstock

* Ruby Rock-It - Summerhouse "Hot Hot Hot"

* Ruby Rock-It - Summerhouse "Streak"

* VersaColor Inkspot - Bark

* Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE) in Zinnia and Blue Iris

* Judkins Embossing Powder - Aquamarine twinkle

* Words or Whatever (WOW) Chipboard Flourish 2 (Linda Baldock Design)

* Mesh ribbon

* Trim Curls Self-adhesive scroll ribbon

* Kaisercraft Fozz Fonts - Fonzo Alpha (white)

* American Craft Thickers - Rockabye and Sprinkles

* Docrafts Anita's Calendar Tabs

To make the layout, I took the RR Hot Hot Hot paper

and cut a large square, and then made some random triangular cuts and stuck it to the cardstock moving every second strip out a couple of cms to give that 'ray' effect.

I cut the blue portion from the RR Streak paper

and then cut a large scallop along one edge, then inked the edges and outlined with black gel pen, sticking it down so that it sat half below where the photo was going.

I stuck the white scallopy ribbon along the left hand side and added some slightly crumpled mesh over that before securing the photo in place.

I added a title using the 3 different alphas and outlined them with black gel pen, and then attached the cute little calendar tab after colouring the edges slightly.

To finish off I found this chippy diecut from WOW that kind of looks like bubbles, and thought it would go well to embellish the layout. Here it is in it's raw state...

If I have plenty of time, I love playing around with raw chippy...it's so much fun.
With this one I covered the shape with lots of Versamark...you really do need to dab all over it numerous times to get it sticky enough as the chippy is so porous in it's raw state (alternatively you could cover it first with a paint like Gesso and you wouldn't need so much ink then). I then sprinkled it with the sparkly Judkins embossing powder, and applied heat. Then I applied more Versamark to the 'bubbles' on the shape, and sprinkled with the zinnia (green) UTEE and applied heat. I then decided I didn't like the sparkly bits, so I Versamarked over them and sprinkled with the blue iris UTEE and applied heat. Then while the UTEE was still melted I sprinkled a little bit of green over the blue in places and applied heat once again.

It's a pity I didn't think to take progress photos of all the stages because all of that probably doesn't make much sense. But here are some close-ups of the finished embellishment...

Thanks for looking at my contribution this week...hope you like it!

Don't forget that Tanyah's store is still on sale, and still open for another couple of weeks for scrapping bargains like you wouldn't believe!

See you next Monday! xxx

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Layout by Chris Sexton & Our shop is open today if your local!

For lots of us it has been a busy week settling kids in school again. For me both of my kiddies started new schools and onto new adventures. They tell me they had the best week , hope your kiddies have had a wonderful week too.

Scrap N Craft with T's Sale continues.... Our Shop at 47 Northcott Cre Wollingbar (Russelton Industrial Estate) is Open today from 10am - 2pm.... if you want to grab a bargin and local come and see what we have left... lots of really lovely things...

Your welcome to shop online too but please keep in mind that our stock control isn't accurate due to our sale.

I would like to share with you another beautiful layout from Chris Sexton. Isn't it lovely... it is more so in real life with all that quilling. Thankyou Chris for sharing with us and I hope this layout inspires you to create this weekend...

thankyou Chris for sharing your layout with us
hope everyone has a wonderful day to day and if your local come and pop into our shop and say hi!

take care

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gift in a jar: 'Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix' by Ingeborg Dijkstra

I love making gifts for family and friends. I think handmade gifts are the best, since they add a personal touch. Today I'd like to show you a 'gift in a jar' for a friend of mine. The background of these pictures are two sheets of patterned paper from the Nonsense Collection (We'R'Memory Keepers). These sheets are now only $ 0.70, which is 50% of their original price of $ 1.40 !

Click HERE to see heaps of patterned papers with 50% discount!

I started with a cleaned jar and added my own 'Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix' . I have a Tupperware container full of this stuff and scooped a bit into the jar:

These are the ingredients of the 'Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix' :
  • 1½ cups milk powder
  • 1½ cups white sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ¾ cup non-dairy creamer (Coffee Mate)

Obviously only a bit of this mix will fit into the jar; I kept the rest for my own family ;-) ... To cover the lid I cut a circle out of white felt:

To attach it to the lid, I stitched all around it. Make sure you are still able to tie it once it is on the jar!

The top of your jar wil now look like this:

As you can see I added a strip of patterned paper from the Nonsense Collection (We'R'Memory Keepers) at the bottom. I didn't like the look of the top, so I covered it with a circle of white tule. I also added an orange ribbon around it to keep it in place.
Ribbon is discounted with 40% in the store, make sure you check all the ribbon HERE !
I also added a tag. The front says: Hot Chocolate Mix and on the back of the tag I wrote the instructions as shown above.
I punched some butterflies, added another strip of paper, a few more embellishments and done!
The gorgeous orange embellishment at the top of the jar is handmade by ChelleyBean Designs and can be found in the shop HERE. If you would like to see the other handmade products of ChelleyBean Designs (like the cutest birds and flowers), please go HERE.

If you are inspired to decorate your own 'gift in a jar', you might want to consider joining this month's competition at the International Scrapchallenge Blog. The challenge is to decorate a jar! Click HERE to read all about it!
Have a wonderful weekend, ladies!
x Ingeborg.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Glimmer mist background by Lisa

I  LOVE  glimmer mist and I have  LOTS of colours so  I just wanted to show you  how you an make your  own  pretty  background using mists.... 

  • I  have a  few different masks so I  applied those to the white cardstock and 
  • then I used a blue, a pink and a green  mist  and  randomly applied them tot he  cardstock.  
  • Liftoff the  masks and  allow to dry.  
  • I then handcut some Prima patterned paper  to  set my photos on.  
  • I have used a variety of trimmed down  photos to make this collage of Teleah at the beach. 
  • Once you have adhered your photos - you  can add your embellishments - 
  • I have used some handmade flowers, some bling and some ribbon and 
  • I dragged out my  trusty old rubons and  added  those   for the title as well.

Tan has a great selection of  Glimmermists  in store at  awesome prices

At Scrap N Craft with T we have uploaded some new products and if your local we have lots not uploaded yet if you want to come and check them out!

have a fantastic day everyone

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Easy gift bags

As you might be aware by now, I like things that are quick and easy to make. 

Today I have made some easy little thank you gift bags for a get together I'm having on the weekend.

Materials used:

Here's a step by step:
Step 1.  Cut out some cardstock.  I've used a spellbinder die but you can just cut a rectangle to suit.

Step 2.  I've printed a sentiment on the cardstock using my printer but you can use alpha stickers or a stamp.

Step 3.  I've folded in half...

Step 4.  Inked around the edges.

Step 5.  Fill a small bag with some treats, fold over the top and placed in between the folded card.

Step 6.  Punch a couple of holes in the top (or staple) and tie with string.

Step 7.  Fold a flower in half and attach to the cardstock.

Step 8. I've cut out a circle of patterned paper and placed it over the flower.

All done!

They make great party favours or a lovely little gift for a friend....with Valentines day coming up you could even fill with some chocolates and a sweet little note.

Don't forget Tanyah's GREAT SPECIALS -get in quickly they won't be around for long.

Happy creating...xxxooo