Sunday 8 October 2017
Hello fellow crafters. A month ago I made this layout of my mum (I can't believe it's been a month). Anyhoo, I had fun making this layout using the new (to me) Kaisercraft High Tea collection plus a few other bits and bobs. The LO was inspired by Gabrielle Pollaco Memories Layout shown on YouTube.
Sunday 10 September 2017
In August I decided to the buy the Wrapped In Paper (WIP) September 2017 Scrapbook Challenge kit. The kit is designed to make a page layout. The completed layout goes on display in WIP and patrons of the store can vote on what scrapbook layout appeals to them. The main condition with the kit challenge is that you must use a little bit of everything in the kit. You can incorporate product from your own stash if you want, which I did.
Here is a photo of the kit contains. It contained two cardstock and two pattern papers plus a few embellishments.
Here is a photo of the layout I made from the kit products. I also incorporated using a stencil with some resin sand texture paste, I used my spray mist to make splatters, added a couple of doillies and to finish it off a flower stem.Edit: 8th Oct 17 - I called in to WIP on Saturday 7th October and Gail (WIP owner) advised me that I had won the September scrapbook challenge. This means that my LO will be displayed in the shop for the month of October and when I go to collect the LO I will be given a prize.
Thanks for stopping buy and checking out the layout I made.
Thursday 23 February 2017
Hi Fellow crafters. Today I am sharing with you the kit contents of my first home made kit for 2017. I am naming this kit celebration due to the vibrant colours included.
This photo shows the 12"x12" Kaisercraft patter paper from the Fiesta collection that I used to base my kit on. This pattern paper had numerous colours that I could use to make a kit full of different colours giving me quite a diverse range of product that would allow for many types of photos to be scrapped.
This next photo shows my craft table set up with the kit contents close at hand. Having the product laid out how I have and using a number of containers that help show case the colours of the product helps me to be motivated to create.
The next set of photos shows the different products that I have used to make up this kit. I have used my "putting the kit together" process to select the products that I want to use, love to use and always give my pages the look and feel that I like.
12"x12" Kaisercraft Fiesta collection
12"x12" Kaisercraft Finders Keepers collection
12"x12" Kaisercraft Chase Rainbows collection
12"x12" American Craft Amy Tangerine Better Together collection
6"x6" Pattern paper - all the same as the 12"
Better Together Core Kit
12"x12" Speciality Cardstock
Ephemera from the paper collections
washi tape, frames, die cuts, silhouette cuts, enamel dots, sequins, flairs
Sticker Sheets - Elements & Aphabets
Stamps & Dies
Modelling paste & Mists
Watercolour paints & Inks
I have also complied a quick YouTube video for those of you who may like to watch videos of kits put together.
I will be working with this kit over the next month or two, so stay tuned for a follow up blog post and YouTube video show case the layouts that I make with this kit.
Thursday 14 July 2016
Hello my fellow crafters. I'm sure many of you, like me, love to acquire paper crafting products. I have heard, and agree with other scrappers that purchasing product is just as much a hobby. In our desire for more product, we may favour one type over another. As an example, I have a friend who loves stamping and therefore she has a huge collection of stamps. As for myself, I love pattern paper, particularly 12" followed closely by 6".
Like many fellow crafters, I have put myself on the odd craft spending freeze. There are weeks, even months that I do really well before "falling off the wagon". In nearly all instances there will be some 12" pattern paper.
One way to encourage myself to use up my product, with emphasis on my 12" pattern papers, I have put together my own scrapbooking kits. For more information on that, see my blog post title Scrapbooking - How to create your own scrapbook kit.
Working with my own kits has been great and it is something I really enjoy doing. However, I was looking for a different approach, just to shake things up, and one I thought that would be just as effective in helping me, even inspire me to use up my product. This led me to come up with this series. I had a number of title ideas, for example "Scrapbooking through the manufacturers A to Z" or "Scrapping A to Z". However, I couldn't decide if they are manufacturers or companies. For example, American Crafts owns so many brands such as Heidi Swapp and Bella Boulevard and Pink Paislee, who I categorise in their own right, so it just became too confusing for me. I also didn't want a title that may be misleading, especially to someone new. As such, I decided the title for this series is "Scrapping through my 12" pattern papers A to Z".
To clarify, I am someone who sorts my 12" papers, and in fact the majority of my craft products, by their brand e.g., American Crafts, Simple Stories, Graphic 45 etc.
My plan is to start with my 12" papers under the letter A i.e. American Crafts, Authentique etc.
Now, American Crafts has generic paper collections and a number of designers e.g., Amy Tan, Elizabeth Kartchner and Shimelle Laine. Where a collection and/or designer has embellishments and other coordinating product they will be paired up with their 12" pattern paper. Where there is not embellishments and other coordinating product, I will pull from my stash those brand products that I do not have any 12" pattern papers for e.g. flairs, sequins, wood veneer, kit club cut-a-parts, recollections etc.
This approach will allow me enough flexibility to be creative, but will also help me to work through my huge stash of 12" pattern papers.
Here is a photo showing how I store my 12" pattern papers and cardstock.
So, the 'brands' in my A to Z 12" pattern paper line up are:
- American Crafts
- Amy Tangerine
- Dear Lizzy
- Basic Grey
- Bella Boulevard
- Bo Bunny
- Carta Bella
- Close to my Heart (CTMH)
- Crate Paper
- Maggie Holmes
- Creative Memories (CM)
- Daisy D's
- Die Cuts With A View (DCWV)
- Echo Park
- Elle's Studio
- Fancy Pants
- Glitz Design
- Gossamer Blue
- Grace Taylor
- Graphic 45 (G45)
- Hazel and Ruby
- Heidi Swapp
- Jillibean Soup
- Making Memories
- There are many one-off pieces that I have stored under the general brand of 'miscellaneous'. In other words, not enough or not important enough on my scale to rate having a row with their own brand name.
- My Mind's Eye (MME)
- October Afternoon
- I currently have no OA and am debating on whether I continue to keep a row for this brand.
- Pink Paislee
- Ruby Rock-it
- Rusty Pickle
- Simple Stories
- Stampin' Up!
- Studio Calico
- Teresa Collins
- Tim Holtz
- The Girls Paperie
- We R Memory Keepers
- Webster's Pagers
As I finish with a brand, I will share my layouts. Until then, happy scrapping.
Monday 14 March 2016
Hello fellow crafters. If you have read my earlier post, Calvinball 2016, you will know that I am participating in this challenge. I am, unfortunately, off to a slow start. The weather in Canberra, Australia has been hotter than usual so my home has not been the most comfortable for scrapping, even with a fan. This means that I have not had very much inclination or mojo to spend time in my craft room. However, the weather seems to have now turned and it looks like normal Autumn temperatures are starting to appear. As such, I took the time to create a couple of layouts this weekend. I had hoped to do more, but other interests kept me from making scrapping a priority. Without further ado, here are the three scrapbook layouts that I have made since 1 March.
This layout was made using my FMAK #6/2015 - Puddles. I've titled it "Shopping Day".
This layout was made using my FMAK #6/2015 - Puddles. I've titled it "But I need it".
This layout was made using my FMAK #7/2015 - Treat. I've titled it "Hooray".
Thanks for taking the time to check out my layouts. If you haven't already, jump on over to the Get it Scrapped Forum and check out what other crafters are creating for the Calvinball 2016 challenge.
Saturday 27 February 2016
Hello my fellow crafter. I have decided to participate in the Calvinball challenge hosted on the Get it Scrapped (GiS) Forum. I have never participated in this type of challenge before, and come to think of it I don't think I've even participated in any challenges in the past, but I thought it would be fun to give this challenge a go.
Calvinball, which was created by Doris Sander and Celest Smith, is based on the 1980's comic strip Calvin and Hobes. If you would like to know more about how it started, check out the podcast Calvinball: The Original Story over at the Digital Scrapbooking HQ.
Clabinball 2016 runs 1-31 March. The aim of Calvinball is to have fun and participate in the community over at GiS. You earn points for different projects, for example one point for a scrapbook layout. The rules change constantly and can be added to by participants as they play.
As this is my first time participating in Calvinball I really don't know what to expect. My focus is to ensure I have fun while trying to make as many layouts as I can, and to find inspiration, and maybe provide inspiration, from my fellow challengers.
I haven't really prepped to much for this. However, I do already have three homemade kits that I can use and have set them up on my craft desk for easy accessibility.
I plan to use the following kits, which you can find more information on by clicking on the link for that kit:
I have also done up a quick video showing how my craft room is set up for this challenge.
FiLoMa's set up for Calvinball 2016
If you haven't heard of Calvinball, I recommend checking it out and consider joining in the fun over at GiS. I know that it is going to be a great motivator for me to try and make as many scrapbook layouts and possibly art journal pages while using up my existing stash.