Scrapbooking -Version 2

Here is a second layout created using the same basic plan as yesterday’s layout.

People will often ask me how I plan albums for each of my four children.    My children enjoy my scrapbook pages almost as much as I do and I’m sure you can imagine the arguing there would be if one child featured in lots of layouts and another child didn’t…..so I do my best to keep it fair! Although it is fun to experiment when you are scrapbooking- There are other times where it isn’t necessary to ‘re-invent’ the wheel.  I find that sometimes if I want to scrap a page for each of my children I may follow the same basic plan but use different colours or different patterned papers so that each child has a page to go in their album.  Side-by- side you can obviously see the similarities in the layout however in their separate albums no-one would even notice.  You can see an example of this by comparing yesterday’s layout with today’s page.

For this particular layout I obviously have a subject other than my children.  This is our precious dog who passed away in September last year.  I wanted to be able to include some personal journalling about her passing and it was nice to be able to include it on the page but I didn’t want it to be obvious- It was perfect to be able to slip it inside the Petite Pocket

My little treasures.

Here’s a scrapbook layout I’ve displayed at a few workshops recently.   I wanted to include the ages of my four cherubs and the date the photo was taken but didn’t want those details to dominate the page- As a result I popped a Petite pocket (cut out using my Bigshot) on the left hand corner and included a tag (Two tags die) with those details

When I created the page I showed my husband who said “You’re not going to like this but you’ve made a spelling mistake in the title”  I gasped in horror thinking “Oh no- I’m going to have to pull stuff off my page to fix it”.  This was then followed by a bit a relief as I figured that at least the title had been created using a combination of the Timeless Type Alphabet (Bigshot) as well as the Just Perfect Alphabet stamp set so at least I could easily cut and stamp some more letters if required.  I looked the page over and just couldn’t see the spelling mistake so I asked him to point it out.  He pointed to the word “Treasures” and said “That’s not how you spell ‘Terrors’”  Hmm! :-)

I’ve got a second scrapbook page to show you- but I don’t have time to post it right now so please be sure to check back tomorrow for that one :-)

You are loved

If you’ve not see the Summer Mini Catalogue OR the Sale-a-bration brochure- I can only strongly urge you to check them out some time in the next 10 days or so.  In LESS than two weeks the FREE sale-a-bration items will no longer be available.  Also the Summer Mini catalogue finishes on the 31st of March and a lot of the items in that catalogue may never be available again.   Please click on the links in the side bar to view each of these catalogues.

Today’s card showcases the FREE sale-a-bration paper called “Everyday Enchantment” and also a stamp set called “You are loved” (on page 12 ) from the Summer Mini Catalogue.

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the way Stampin’ Up products co-ordinate.  Did you notice that the flower I stamped in the card above (from the “You are loved” stamp set) matches some of the Everyday Enchantment patterned paper?  Other pieces of the patterned paper- (not featured in my card above) also match the flowers in the sale-abration stamp set called “Fresh Vintage“.  Other sheets match images from the “Elementary Elegance” Stamp set.  It makes working with the products “Oh so easy”  It is definitely worth popping in a qualifying order so that you can receive some of these free items.  For every $100 spent on merchandise- you can select a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  Please get in touch with me via E-mail or phone and I would be more than happy to help you out!

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My little ‘work of heart’

I haven’t shared a scrapbook page in a while so today that’s what I’m going to do!  I love my cardmaking but my scrapbook pages are a really a ‘work of heart’ ;-)

I  made use of the “Tickets and Tags” Simply Scrappin’ Kit and some “On Board” Chipboard (“Merry Medley” and “Alphabet soup“)

On this particular day Luke was wearing a blue top but we only had a red hat as we were on holidays and didn’t have his entire wardrobe at his fingertips.  The hat wasn’t exactly the best choice for his outfit but protecting my kids from the sun is more important than colour co-ordination.  Let’s just say I was pretty pleased when I printed out this photo and found that it worked quite well with the colours in the kit.  Even the lady sitting behind Luke in the train was kind enough to wear black with polka dots to work with the adhesive stickers in the kit.

I love how the “Tickets and Tags” Simply Scrappin’ Kit even has a little journalling block.  I could have handwritten directly onto the journalling block but opted to run it through my printer instead

These kits honestly make it so easy to create your pages.  If you’d like to see more of the kits available- please check out pages 132 and 133 of the main idea book and catalogue

Well hello there

The other day I shared a little box.  While the concept of the box is great- the colour combinations weren’t working for me at all.  I was determined however, to make use the of Beyond the Garden Designer series paper. It is designed to work with the really lovely “Fabulous Floret Stamp set” but as I don’t have that stamp set I was feeling a little stumped.  Yes- we all have those creative blocks sometimes.

The paper looked appealing enough in the catalogue for me to purchase so I knew I could make it work….and make it work I did.  What I did was take something that wasn’t working for me in the beginning (the paper) and teamed it up with a few things I LOVE.  I love love LOVE the colours Blushing Bride (lovely musk pink) and Rose Red (A deep warm pink) These aren’t the colours indicated as a match for the patterned paper in the mini catalogue but I could see hints of these colours in elements on some of the sheets of paper.  I also LOVE the stamps sets called “Creative Elements” and “My Friend”. So I combined the patterned paper with some favourite stamp sets and got this…… In the end I was really happy with how it turned out.  What do you think?

My next problem was that I couldn’t decide whether to put the sentiment in centre, towards the top OR towards the bottom….so I tested them all out! :-)

Do you have a preference?  I asked my husband what he liked best and he politely responded by saying “You can do whatever you want!”   Well Yes of course I can- I already knew that!

So…I haven’t shared a scrapbook page in a while.  Do you want to see one of those?  Stay tuned- I might just have one to share.

Outlined Occasions

Here’s another stamp set on offer for FREE during Sale-a-bration.  It’s called “Outlined Occasions”-  Simply contact me with your list of items to order and if you’ve spent $100 on merchandise you can choose to add something like “Outlined Occasions” to your order at no additional cost! Pretty cool- huh!?

As you can tell- it can be used for a variety of occasions.  I’ve made a birthday card to share with you all

Please don’t forget that only THREE weeks remain to place your orders to receive your FREE Sale-a-bration stamp sets!  I can still take bookings for workshops but if you can’t squeeze in a workshop- please just give me a call or send me an E-mail and I can have your order shipped directly to your doorstep!

Boxes from Petite Pockets

I love the versatility of our Bigshot dies. One that has been a favourite of mine has been the “Petite Pocket” Die (It is the same one I showcased a few weeks ago where I made a little sewing kit)  Today I have a little box to share with you.

Let me start at the beginning…..

When you run your cardstock through the bigshot using the Petite Pocket die you will get a shape that looks like this.  If you were to fold it up as intended you get a nice little pocket envelope

For this particular box you will need to cut out four petite pockets (but you could also try cutting 6 for a hexagonal box)  The curved section of the petite pocket is too long so you will need to trim it down so that the flap is only 5.5cm long.  You then secure each of the petite pockets by the tabs as shown in the next image.

It is simply a matter of securing the last piece to the first piece and securing the tabs at the bottom and you get a box that looks like this.

How’s that for bright and summery!?  To be honest I’m not sure I really like the colour combination but we all have such different tastes….and that Tangerine colour really seems to feature a lot in fashion at the moment so it might just be someone’s cup of tea.

So the colour may not be my ‘thing’ but that flower certainly is and it is “oh so easy”.  Simply run some cardstock through your bigshot using the “Fun Flowers” Die.  You can always give Tangerine Tango or Calyposo Coral a miss ;-) (or find a better balance of colour) and opt for a different colour.

Here’s what you get….

Hmmm….actually it’s not quite what you get.  The Bigshot is pretty special but it won’t give you lovely Pacific point flowers if you cut from colours like Tangerine Tango or Groovy Guava….but I’m sure you get the idea.  To give your flowers a more natural look simply SPRITZ them with some water or some smooch spritz and then SCRUNCH the paper and unfold.  Layer the pieces on top of each other and then pop a brad through the centre.  Leave it to dry for a few moments before securing it to your project.

You could always try some of these ideas using different colours, different papers and different types of flowers like this example I have shared previously

Happy Birthday Linda!

I had a few scraps of the Everyday Enchantment Designer Series paper on my workspace from another project.    (Yes- it is that paper you can get for FREE that I keep going on and on about!)

Not wanting to waste it (because it is SOOO yummy)  I cut the little scraps into squares and laid them out creating the following card.  In case you aren’t aware the pieces are double-sided and I couldn’t decide which pattern I liked the most.  Fortunately this card allows me to showcase quite a few of the different patterns!   I decided I would make one just like this for my sister! It is her birthday today.  I believe she is celebrating yet another anniversary of her 21st birthday….. AGAIN! :-)  Happy Birthday Linda! I hope you have a really lovely day!

Postage stamps

Here’s that FREE stamp set again!   For the cards I have to show you today I used the small ‘postage stamp’ style stamp from this set (in the foreground in the photo below)

Voila- Here is is…..

I’ve used the same stamp set as I did for the card yesterday but this card has a totally different look.

………and with a quick change of a stamp and a sentiment the “Thank you” card becomes a “Happy Birthday” card.   If you’re going to sit down and make one card- you may as well make two! Right!?

The gorgeous patterned paper on these cards comes from the “Spice cake” Designer Series paper in the Summer Mini catalogue. If you’re curious it is on page 10 and features some yummy colours soft suede, more mustard, pool party, pear pizazz, river rock and very vanilla.   It is only available until the 31st of March.  If you’d like a pack of this paper please let me know! :-)

Oh…and how could I forget- I also used a couple of the NEW punches from page 20 of the Summer Mini catalogue.  A 2.5cm square punch and also the postage stamp punch!  Gosh we take these super handy tools for granted sometimes!  These punches are the PERFECT size for the “Pretty Postage” stamp set I also used on this card (and also featured on page 20 of the mini catalogue)  :-)