Monday, 30 January 2012

It's Big....It's Fun Challenge Week 5

This week's stationery challenge is to create a calendar - choose your own design and style but it needs to be able to sit on your desk, carry in your handbag i.e. not one for on the wall.  It could be in a container like a birthday calendar with cards for each person, or a diary calendar to note events, or........

Check out this example on the Scrapbook Crazy blog - this is a blog full of tutorials!!!!

Weekly challenge
Summer Fun - create a layout about summer in your life.  It must include the following:
a sun or a cloud
a happy/smiling face
and an embellishment made using cardstock

Upload you creations to the gallery by 9am on Monday 6 February.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

OTP Inspiration with We R Memory Keepers

Hi Everyone!

I thought I'd show you what I made with the rest of my kit using the Family Keepsakes range.  The one thing I don't think we as scrappers are very good at is documenting things about ourselves because we are so busy documenting the stories of our children and family life, that sometimes we forget to step out from behind the camera.  With that in mind, I decided to create a mini album about our house and the story behind why we bought it and what we have changed since we moved in 8 years ago.  But like our house, I wanted to start it from scratch, another words I wanted to make the entire album, instead of buying a premade one I just had to decorate.
Theres a blog I follow called Follow the Paper Trail by Laura Dennison.  This lady creates some amazing albums and OTP items, has a show on UStream showing you how to make them and you can also find the patterns and/or kits for sale in her etsy shop.  I have bought a few of her patterns and this album was one of them, its called a Stack the Deck album.
The pages are made from envelopes, so I needed to make some to tie in with the papers I had left over, so I chose some old Daisy D's papers and made them.  I then used the papers and chipboard stickers I had left over from my kit, as embellishments and yes Ive even used more Prima packaging as accents again too!  Comes in very handy that packaging, grin!  The covers are made from some extra thick black chipboard Ive had left over from ages ago.

With the second to last photo I created a flip tab, so I could have a journalling spot underneath the photo and then decorated the rear of the photo.  And before you ask I did make a card with the left over scraps from the envelopes grin! (still sticking to that resolution!)  The album is now in the shop for you to have a look through.

Happy Scrapping Everyone!

Other items used:
Cherry Lynn flourish die
Melissa Frances resin frame
Petaloo flowers - Canterbury Collection
Prima Cinderella vines
Imaginarium Designs chipboard fence
Martha Stewart edge punches and leaf punch
Tim Holtz mini bulldog clips
Basic Grey rubons
Donna Downey foam stamps

Monday, 23 January 2012

It's Big....It's Fun Challenge Week 4

Six Week Stationary Challenge -

Create a journaling notebook or a diary.  Every scrapbooker or cardmaker needs a journal notebook to record those 'special conversations or oneliners things that were said by your toddler', journal prompts, birthday dates, annieversaries, title ideas, sketches, loved quotes, printed ideas etc.  The criteria for this is - you must use fabric, a button, twine or string, and stamping - you can use more than this but this is the minimum.  You do not have to create the notebook from scratch, you can use a purchased one and alter it, and it can be any size.  Upload your take to our gallery by 9am on 30 January

Weekly Challenge

Create a layout about your country - what do you love about where you live or where you were born?  What is special or different about your country?  You must include two items that are specific to your country - they can be photographed or a piece of memorabilia - and your layout must be created using the colours of your national flag.  Upload your take to our gallery by 9am on 30 January 2012.  You MUST include the name of the country you have scrapped about and the flag colours.

Thanks for taking part :)

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Introducing our lovely Guest Designers for 2012

Welcome aboard Sara Zenger and April Walker from the US, and Jessica Toulmin from NZ!!

Hi I am Sara Zenger and I am honored to be working with the Scrappin' Patch!  I live in Northern NY with my husband, our one 7yr old son (Cole) and our new puppy (Bauer). 

I have been scrapbooking for about eight years and have loved every minute of it!  I dont think I have a particular style but I do gravitate to making things with dimension - I go to through pop-dots and foam tape like you would not believe!  My favorite manufactures are Sassafrass Lass, Crate Paper, October Afternoon, Pink Paislee just to name a few.  

I am a craft alcoholic!  I love creating scrapbooking layouts but that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to my crafty love.  I love to make cards, home decor, gift bags, banners, playing with fabric and more!  I am blessed to say that I have made many new friends both locally and online since my crafty days started! These friendship mean so much to me! There is nothing better than sharing something your passionate about with others that share the same passion.

I organize monthly craft days at my home (Scrap N Chat Days is what we call them) for a group of about 20 local girls.  Then once a year I organize a weekend long (Friday- Sunday) retreat where we all stay over and all our meals are provided there are goodie bags and prizes galore!  This past October I hosted my 8th Crop Til You Drop Retreat to 79 girls!  I love doing this for them!

I wish I could say I crafted all day but  I do have a 'real world' job as a manager of a convenient store.  When I am not working or crafting I enjoy being outdoors with my family, working out, reading, baking/ cooking or taking photos!  
Check out Sara's blog too!!!

Welcome aboard Jessica!!!
Hello, my name is Jessica Toulmin and I live in Bulls, New Zealand, with my wonderful fiancé. Together we have a very boisterous two year old son, who I am a stay at home Mum for.

I have been a crafter since I was born, making all sorts of embellished pictures, books, cards, paintings, cushion covers, clothing and decorations, to name just a few. I have tried almost everything crafty there is to try, but have settled predominantly on 12x12 layouts and cards in the last five years or so.

I do like to experiment and try new things; however my typical style is clean & simple.

Craft is my passion – every available opportunity I get I am creating something.  I am absolutely thrilled to have been chosen for a guest designer spot for Scrappin’ Patch in 2012.  You can see more of my work on my blog.”

And a big welcome to April!!!
Hi there!!  My name is April Walker and I’m 34.  I’ve been married to an amazing man named Mark, also 34, for 13 years and we have two beautiful daughters, Emily and Madison.  We live in the gorgeous mountains of western NC and absolutely love it here! 
I’ve been a scrapbooker for 3 1/2 years now and I seriously can’t imagine my life without this amazing hobby.  I’ve always loved taking pictures ever since I was a little girl, and once I was married with kids, the urge to take them grew even more!  I felt like the amazing memories I was capturing needed to be preserved in a better way than just being stuck into photo albums though, so I looked into how I could change that.  I searched around online, came across a scrapbooking site, and was instantly hooked!  To me, there’s nothing quite like taking a picture, pairing it with some amazing supplies and a story, and creating a memory that’ll last a lifetime.  I’m thankful every time I create something new that I found this part of my life and I know I’ll never quit!

Check out April's blog for some lovely inspiration.

Keep an eye out for these girls work during the year and be sure to check out their blogs and leave them a lovely comment :)


Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Utilising Scraps

What an exciting week its been with all the Design Team announcements being made!  Its nice to be working with some familiar faces and lovely to see some amazing new talent joining our wee team :)

The last time I posted, I showed you a mini album I created using Pink Paislee Vintage Vogue collection.  You can see it here.  And I promised you I would show you what I did with some scraps.  So here goes!

Recently I purchased a Sizzix die, a pillow box.  I had in mind a birthday gift for my mum coming up soon, so I thought this is the perfect opportunity to tuck inside a necklace I had bought for her.  I had just enough paper left over to make the pillow box and a card to match.  Ive also used some of that dimensional black ribbon that Adrienne stocks - just love this stuff, it gives dimension to any project without even having to think about it :)  what more you want!

The sketch for the card I found at Juliana Michaels blog, she does some amazing sketches, and I like the versatility of using them for cards as well as layouts.  Heres her blog:

Well, I hope this as inspired you to get using those scraps - my resolution this year is to make a card after every layout or OTP is completed, with the scraps, wonder how long I can keep it up!

Happy Scrapping everyone!

Monday, 16 January 2012

GREAT Webster´s Pages NEWS

Hi Ladies,

Nina here.  I would like to share some great news with you!
At the beginning of 2012 I´ve got a mail from Webster´s Pages. I´m a "Webster´s Pages clean and simple" designteam member *yeeee*
And I have to hold the secret until now....

I am very happy to be a part of Webster's Pages and the warmth welcome from Brandin, Anabelle, Courtney and the other girls still completely has blown me away...

Thanks, and have a nice week...


Congratulations to the following ladies for their submissions.  Check out the close ups in the gallery.

1st Michelle van Oudtshoorn
2nd Anne Tripney

3rd Tanya Watson

Winner of the Stationery Challenge - Angie B

 Have a great week,

It's Big.....It's Fun Challenge 3

And for this week....

Six Week Stationery Challenge
Create a set of 4 or six cards that have been inspired by one of the projects of our OTP designers - Rebecca, Lana, or Megan - that was revealed in the DT announcements.  Also create a 'container' to store the cards in.  Check out this example by Sarah, one of our recent OTP designers for inspiration.

Weekly Challenge
Create a layout based on one of the images of our 'layout' design team members - Annelie, Erin, Nina, Michelle, Heidi, Belinda - that was revealed in the DT announcements.

When you post your layout or cards in the gallery you must include whose project you have been inspired by and which aspects you have included from it.  Check out the girls blogs for a huge amount of inspiration.

If you haven't submitted anything in the first two weeks it is not too late.  The points board is wide open.......we would love you to join us!!!  Weekly prize of $10.00 voucher to the winners of each challenge, and a $100 product prize pack to the person with the most points at the end of the competition.  You gotta be in to win!!!

Upload your take to our gallery by 9am on Monday 23 January 2012.

Friday, 13 January 2012

And staying on for 2012...

The very talented Megan Gourlay.  I am thrilled that she decided to stay on board to complete the team.

My names is Megan Gourlay and I live in a little town called Woodend just outside of quake central, otherwise known as Christchurch, New Zealand with my husband Forbes and our two woofers Dougal and McKenzie.

I originally started making cards back in 2001 and then progressed to OTP which is my main addiction.  Its only in the last four years that Ive got into layouts which I love creating but my main passion is OTP.  Ive always had a creative streak - before Scrapbooking came along I was mad into cross-stitching and embroidery.

Im not sure if I have a style, but I tend to lean towards anything heritage, and have quite a, probably unhealthy addiction to flowers :)

Im looking forward to another creative term with Scrappin Patch!  You can catch up on whatever else I get up to on my blog.



Introducing another local girl.......Belinda Leen

I am thrilled to welcome another Cantabrian to our team to complete our full team.  Check back over the next day or so to meet our guest designers.....

Hi guys! My name is Belinda Leen and I’m a local Christchurch girl in this bumpy city. Mum to 3 energetic boys including one wee recent addition who is 8 weeks old, partner to the loving and very understanding Matthew, and part time art history student at Canterbury University.

I have been scrapbooking for 7 years now and have been lucky enough to work in scrapbooking retail, tutoring, and have tried my hand at Design Team work once before.

I am uber excited to join Adrienne and her team at Scrappin’ Patch and hopefully will get all your creative juices flowing as I scrap my way into 2012!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

And returning to the team......Michelle Whorwood

I am thrilled to welcome Michelle back onto the team for 2012.  Her style is an ever popular one both online and instoreand will complement the team well.

 Hi, my name is Michelle Whorwood and I live in Albany on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand with my husband, Gary.  We currently have two kids Liam (7 years) and Taylor Grace (17 months)  and another little bundle on the way in April as well as our very bouncy Retrospoodle dog, Indy.  

I started scrapbooking about 5 years ago when Liam was little and it has been the one hobby that I have ever stuck with long term and I can't think of any reason why I would ever stop.  My scrapbooking style is ever evolving but you will definitely find lots of layers on my layouts and I love trying out new products and testing the boundaries in my scrapbooking.   When I'm not scrapbooking you will find me hanging out with my family, drinking good coffee and shopping!

Feel free to visit my blog

I would say that Scrapbooking for me is like therapy… I find it very relaxing and it’s often my time out or my ‘me time’. I love that scrapbooking  enables me to preserve my families’ memories, to be creative and allows me to  indulge in some retail therapy all at the same time. 

I'm super excited to be back on the Scrappin' Patch team for another term!




Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Introducing......Nina Ostermann

Join me in welcoming Nina all the way from Germany.  Nina has a gorgeous style, she will inspire you to create beautiful things.

Hi there, my name is Nina Ostermann. I´m 32, and I live with my husband and our
2 kids (boy and girl) in Germany. At this time I´m a stay at home mum.

I started scrapbooking over 5 years ago and I can´t live without it. It
inspires me new everyday. Yes, I’m a paper crafter from heart.
Here in Germany, scrapbooking is not as well known and I would love to change
it. I think we’re on our way…

My favorite people to document in my layouts are definitely the kids. I love to
document their childhood, and I love to take photos.
So I have definitely have enough stuff to scrapbook.
Aside from scrapbooking I love to play piano and guitar. I spend a lot of time
with my family and also like to visit flea markets.

I’m so thrilled to be designing for Scrappin´Patch and sharing my passion for
scrapbooking with you!
You can follow me on my blog.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Welcoming back.....Heidi Barclay

Heidi had taken a 6 month break from DT work but now she is back at the Patch to inspire you with the rest of the talented team.....more still to be announced.

Hi, my name is Heidi and I live in Christichurch with hubby, Richard and two daughters Abigail and Emma.  We are originally from SA but moved to NZ in 2000, spent 10 years in Auckland and then decided we needed a lifestyle change and moved down South, to Canterbury and have not looked back.

I am a customs broker and work for one of NZ's largest Freight Forwarders and love my job.  I have been scrapbooking for 7 years now. Initially I started buying stuff at the Warehouse and then I discovered on-line scrapbook stores and was totally hooked.  I have been on two design teams before, one with Scrapbook Studio where I taught classes in Auckland and then down in Christchurch was part of the Scrappin Patch design Team from 2009 to 2011. 

My style has certainly changed since I first started scrapping, I went through a Shabby Chic style and then an arty farty style which I seem to enjoy more now.  My favourite manufacturers at the moment are Echo Park, Simple Stories, Lilly Bee Design, October Afternoon, and Little Yellow Bicycle.  I love using Distress Inks, Glimmermist, Paint, adding texture and adding lots of little bits and pieces.

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the design team for 2012 and look forward to working with all the talented ladies on the Design Team.  Please visit my blog.



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