One sleep to go!

There’s one sleep to go until the release of the brand NEW  Stampin’ Up Catalogue.  Are you excited? I know I am!   Please be sure to visit my blog tomorrow to view the NEW catalogue online.  If you would like me to post a copy to you- please get in touch with me.  (041 947 047 or miriamthomas@westnet.com.au)

If you live locally you are more than welcome to pop into my home to collect a copy of the catalogue this coming Saturday at any time between midday and 3pm.  Please contact me for my address.   If you have a busy day simply drop by to collect your catalogue OR if you have time stay a  little while and chat about the gorgeous new products.  I will have a selection of second hand stamps available for purchase at great prices and I am happy to collect orders from the new catalogue as well.

Only a few hours remain to order items from the retiring list.  Visit my online store to pick up any last minute items.

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One of the items I will miss are the simply Scrappin’ Kits.  Here is a page I’ve created using the Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin kit. Available in my store here  (for only a few more hours)

 

dandelion clock card

 

If you wanted to re-create a page like this here are the basic dimensions of the 12 x 12 page.

dandelion clock

I used a ‘quote’ as my title from the following stamp set called “From my Heart” (Click on the image to view it in my online store)

from my heart

 

Killing two birds with the same stone!

 

 

Some visitors to this blog might think my days are spent swanning around in my studio playing with stamps and paper all day creating loads of cards and scrapbook pages  Gosh- I WISH!  My papercrafting is one of my passions and although it is very important to me- as well as being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator-  I am a busy Mum of four busy kids, a wife, a homemaker, a part time Primary school teacher, and a volunteer.   Like many others- my time is precious and it is limited.  So…..if I can find a way to make things ‘easier’ then I do!

Now…..Some people are “cardmakers” and some people are “scrapbookers”.   Some people- like me- like to dabble in BOTH.   Rather than trying to squeeze ‘both’ things into my life, I try to find ways to ‘overlap’ the two crafts.  One way I do that is to use a cardmaking design and turn it into a scrapbook page and vice versa.  The saying “killing two birds with the same stone” comes to mind.    Let me show you what I mean……

Here’s a card I have created with strips of paper from the Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper Pack (View it in my online store here )
paper strip card

 

I have simply taken the same idea and then converted this card design into a scrapbook page.

layout

 

Sometimes it is wise to just keep it simple- and not over- complicate things.  Don’t you agree?   With my little tip in mind, take a look through the catalogue and I’m sure you will find inspiration for lots of scrapbook pages in the card designs and vice versa!   :-)

Twin Love Scrapbook page

The precious little people in the following scrapbook layout turned 9 years old a couple of months ago.  Some days it feels like only yesterday that they were little ones cooing and smiling and rolling all over the floor.

twin love layout

 

The papers used in this layout retire at the end of the Seasonal catalogue TOMORROW 30th June- There’s still time to grab a pack of this gorgeous paper- Just click on the following image to visit my online store!

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Scrapbooking- Boy and girl layout

I was going  through some photos the other day and stumbled across the following layout that I created for a Scrapbooking class some time ago.   I thought I had shared it on my blog but it appears that I haven’t….so here you go!

This is the sketch that was offered to participants.  People were able to use papers and colours that worked with their photos.

scrapbook layout sketch copy

One of my sample layouts was of my son- This was actually last year’s School Swimming Carnival (2012) and we’ve already had this year’s School Carnival….oops! Time does pass rather quickly.  This photo from last year shows Jared and his good mate after the carnival.  Last year Jared was runner-up Champion Boy and this year he was awarded Champion Boy which he was rather chuffed about….I must get around to scrappin’ that photo too!    ( I must add that in the other photo in this layout I tried to capture my son swimming in our backyard pool.  He couldn’t resist  ’posing for the camera’- There’s no way he would stop and grin like that in an actual race! )

swim layout

For this layout I used the International Bazaar Designer Series paper (pg 164 Product code 126920)

I also created a second layout that was a little more girly.  This is my precious daughter, Erin and my sweet Great- Niece (as in I’m her Great- Aunty not that she isn’t ‘great’ as well!)

girl layout

I used the Floral District patterned paper for this layout (pg 163 Product code 126919)  The title was cut with the “Typeset Alphabet” Dies and my bigshot (pg 193 Product code 127553)

girl close up