Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Lil' Robots

For awhile now Ive had some paper in my stash waiting for the perfect opportunity  to play with it.  Finally it arrived, or should I say my cute little great-nephew arrived :)

OTP Inspiration : Rebecca

Hello again! I am back with some more inspiration for you in this chilly October! Here in Canada we have just celebrated our thanksgiving and Autumn over. Winter is right around the corner! I cannot help but envy those of you in New Zealand, I understand the weather is getting colder for you, but warmer! I might just have to swing by there one of these winters to escape the snow and ice, and of course I would have to visit my favourite scrap booking store while I was at it! There are so many goodies there, I am not sure where I would start filling my basket, so its a good thing Adrienne gets to choose, and look at the gorgeous product she sent me to work with!

The papers are from the Pink Paislee Nantucket line, such a versatile line and perfect for my little project. I paired it with some goodies from my stash, but mostly embellishments that were included in my DT kit.

Hope this inspires you to create something beautiful! 


Monday, 29 October 2012

Simple Stories - Completed

Well as promised here is the final couple of pages of my December Daily Journal, which I am absolutely thrilled about how it has turned out, the Handmade Holiday range is just perfect for this album.

Page 17 & 18

Love the look of page 17, it's simple and clean.  Again I used the Handmade Holiday Paper - Vertical Journal which was backed onto Black Cardstock to make it pop out against the Spotty Paper.

Then I have added a Handmade Holiday Paper - Vertical Journal tag "Making a List" in between page 17 & 18.

Again using the Handmade Holiday Paper - Vertical Journal tag as the backing for a photo, completes page 18 backed onto Black cardstock and finished with a sticker which I have put onto a Transparency so I could pop it with Foam Tape to give it dimension.

Here is a close up of the Snowman.

Page 19 and 20

Loving the sticker range .....and used some of the Sn@p - 3 x 4" Journal Cards which again I backed onto Black Cardstock, so one will be for my journalling and the other will be for a small 2x3inc photo.

I actually think if you got the Sn@p - 3 x 4" Journal Cards you could easily make some tags for Christmas Pressies....

Page 21 and 22

I didn't have enough of the Chipboard Album - Mix & Match sheets, so I created one of my own, making a little Triangle for page 22.

Page 22 (back) and 23

For the base of page 23 I used the Photo Mat & Quotes page as my base, and added some yummy stickers, I just simply LOVE the Number Stickers, they are just super cool.

and finally Page 24 and 25

Lots of journalling on page 25 to do, and I could perhaps sneak in another page to add some extra photos.

Check out the number 25 - how cool is that,

Well that's it, the December Daily is now completed, I hope you have enjoyed going through each of the pages with me, if you are thinking of doing a DECEMBER DAILY, I can highly recommend these range of papers.

TFL and happy Scrapping

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Simple Stories Handmade - December Daily Continued

It's that time again, another post with lots of new pages......

Day 10 and 11

Nice and easy for this page, as I used the Flash Cards Paper as my page, I can either pop a small 2x3inc photo on it or just use it for Journalling.  They are just the perfect size to add in between the pages.

For Page 11 I used another Flash Card but this one goes landscape and placed it over the Handmade Holiday Paper - Photo Mat & Quotes as the base and then placed the Flash Card over it, added a couple of stickers and presto - all done.

Page 12 and 13

I think this is my favorite page, I absolutely love the way this double page came out, the Handmade Holiday Paper - (Journal 2) which I backed onto Black Cardstock just pops, then stuck it down onto the Handmade Holiday Paper - Photo Mat & Quotes - which was quite a difficult page to use, so by sticking the Postcard PP down onto it, it made it a little different.  The number stickers are just fabbo too.... they are such cool sizes.

Page 14

 Again another favorite page, again using the  Flash Card which I have cut down to size and added a little sticker on the top and the super doopa NUMBER STICKERS.....  Base Page Handmade Holiday Paper - December 25,

Page 15 - nice and small

I used the Handmade Holiday Paper - Vertical Journal again which I have backed onto Black Cardstock and all I am going to do is tick the appropriate Holiday Favourites and pop a photo on the back and viola the page is done and dusted.... These Journal cards are just super for this type of album where you don't want a full on page every day.

Page 16 - another fav

This page was really simple to complete, I used the Handmade Holiday Paper - Page Elements as my base page, and popped those gorgeous Number Stickers on it. 

a little TIP - I have outlined all the pictures on this page using a black fine liner......

I will be back next week with the rest of the album....


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Labour Weekend Challenge Winners!

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the slight delay in announcing the winners from the Labour Weekend Challenge!

Here we go!

The winner drawn from layout entries is:

D. Angel

The winner drawn from the card entries is:

Rachel Wade

Congratulations ladies!!

D. Angel if you could please get in touch with me via email (mwhorwood at gmail dot com) and Rachel if you could email Adrienne directly so we can organise for a RAK to be sent out to you both. 

Thanks again everyone for playing along over the weekend.


Monday, 22 October 2012

Here is my last installment of my My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing kit. This range has been so easy to work with and goes such a long way.

I have used a doily and glimmer mist to create a silhouette behind the image, and scraps from my previous layouts, loved how the papers worked so well with my photos. Products used are: MME Bluebell Playful Layered Stickers, MME Bluebell Bright Paper Meadow, MME Bluebell Smile Paper Beam, MME Bluebell Remember Buttons, MME Bluebell Bright Paper Blossom.

Thanks girls for looking. Hope you are all enjoying our Labour Weekend Challenge, can't wait to see all your fabulous creations,

Love Belinda

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Labour weekend challenge - final ingredient

Ok friends, we are almost done. One more thing needs to go on your project, and then we are done. Well the recipe is done. :) You can still add some of the freebies if you haven't already done so.

So who can guess what the last igredient is? That's right:

add a 2 word title/sentiment

And voila! Easy as that!

And remember:

    You have until midnight on Monday 22nd October 2012 to upload your entry.  You can upload your entry to either the SP Gallery here, to the SP Facebook page or via Mr Linky in the FRIDAY POST. 
Thanks for playing everyone!

Labour weekend challenge - sixth ingredient

Your project must be looking MIGHTY FINE right now. We are all so excited to see the differences in the projects, although you're all using the same recipe. LOVE IT!
OK, enough chitter chatter, your next ingredient is:

5 stars

Well, who saw that one coming? Have fun with that! See you again soon!

Labout weekend challenge - fifth ingredient

So what could the NEXT ingredient be... I will tell you right now in fact, it is:

ribbon OR twine

Be right back!

Labour weekend challenge - fourth ingredient

Hope those buttons are stuck down. Ooooor. Hmmm. Do you maybe want to move them after you've heard about our fourth ingredient???

Your next ingredient is:

1 banner/bunting

(can be made with product over and above the allocation of other items)

Good luck, see you back soon!

Labour weekend challenge - third ingredient

Well hello again. have you got all those papers sorted on your LO/card/OTP?

Your next ingredient is:

3 buttons

Be back soon!

DT Inspiration

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing some final My Mind's Eye inspiration from my last kit - the School Daze range and the Miss Caroline Howdy Doody range.

I loved the main pattern on my first card so I wanted to show a lot of it and make it the main feature. This card also shows off a lot of my favourite design elements - rounded corners, faux stitching and a rosette and not to mention the simple design. For a little bit of effect I put some glossy accents on the apples to create a bit of shine.

My second card also features one main element and that is the Miss Caroline rub-on flowers. Rub-ons are so quick and easy to use and most come with a tool of some sort to help 'rub-on'. The Miss Caroline Rub-ons include a range of flowers and decorative pieces in a few different styles. I thought the flowers I choose would be just perfect for an anniversary card so I finished the card off with an anniversary sentiment.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe long weekend. Keep an eye out on the blog today for your next ingredient for the long weekend challenge!

x Lana

Supplied used: My Mind's Eye School Daze, My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody Lovely Mum's Paper, My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Howdy Doody Happy Rub-on Transfers. 

Labour weekend challenge - first ingredients!


Are you ready to scrap? Tools and products all in order? Photos and adhesives good to go?

Here is the first & second ingredient for our recipe (check back to the first post what our freebies are!)

1 piece of cardstock


3 pieces of patterned paper

See you a little later for the next ingredient. Happy scrapping!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Labour weekend challenge!

Happy Friday people!
Michelle came up with the bright idea to have a little challenge running over the long weekend! Sounds good to me, what do you think?
Unfortunately Michelle is stuck where she can't get internet, so I promised to post about it here on the blog. So here it is, from Michelle to you. Make sure to pay attention... //Annelie
Hi everyone,
It is almost the long weekend!  I hope you are all going to get some time for some creativity! 
As mentioned in the newsletter, I have decided it was time to run another long weekend challenge and what a perfect opportunity to celebrate the 2nd birthday of the Scrappin’ Patch moving into their new big store as well.
So, how will the challenge work?
Over the course of the day on Saturday I am going to put up posts on the SP blog and in each post there will be an ingredient that you must use on your project. 
The first post will go out at 8am on Saturday morning.
Then by the end of the day on Saturday, you will have all the elements that you need to create your project – there are no other instructions other than the rules detailed below -- it is totally up to you how you arrange the ingredients on your project. 
The rules of the challenge are:
·       You can make a card, a layout or an OTP project.
·       You MUST use all the elements in the recipe.
·       The following items are free:
o   You can use as many photos as you like. If you are making a card or OTP item then no photos is fine.
o   Punches /Dies
o   Journaling
o   Ink/Mist or Paint
o   Masks
·       You have until midnight on Monday 22nd October 2012 to upload your entry.  You can upload your entry to either the SPGallery here, to the SP Facebook page or via Mr Linky below. 
·       Two RAKs are up for grabs that will be drawn randomly – one  from the card/OTP entries (kindly donated by Adrienne) and one from the layout entries (donated by me!).  So if you do a card and a layout then you will go into both draws!
I think that is it … see you at 8am for the first ingredient you need to find. 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Simple Stories Handmade - Continued

Yay - another post to share the next couple of pages of my December Daily book.

Day 3 and 4

I used the Handmade Holiday Paper - Handcrafted paper as my base and then created a little black mat for a small photo on the page, and added some of the gorgeous Fundamental stickers to finish the page off.

For Day 4, I decided to use a pre-cut tag which Adrienne cut out for me using her Huge Accucut Diecut Machine, so day 4 will just have some journalling on it at the back, nice and simple.

Day 5

I used the half circle page for Day 5, covered it with Red Dot/Santa List paper, and to add a little difference, used one of the Photo Mat & Quotes papers, but putting it landscape instead of vertical.

Day 6 and 7

For the base of Day 6 I used the other side of the Red Dot/Santa List paper and again used one of the Vertical Journal Tags to give the page a little difference.

Day 7 was pretty plain, as I thought I would add a photo on it, so used the Handcrafted paper as the base
and added a Fundamental stickers on it but added some foam tape underneath to give it a little dimension.

Day 8 and 9

Pretty simple pages, I used the back side of the Flash Card paper, made a little banner and added the number 8 sticker on it, again I used some Dimensional Magic to go over the top of the number eight to give it a little shine and dimension.  I created a little journal pocket using the left overs from the Holiday Cheer Paper and added a little journal tag inside it from the Sn@p - 3 x 4" Journal Cards book, so Day 8 will all be about journalling about that day.

Page 9 was even simplier as I used one of the  Photo Mat & Quotes papers as my page, so I can add a small 2x3 photo on it and add a little journal on top.

So there you go ladies, some more pages to get you inspired to complete your December Daily Book.

As you can see there are different ways to use those Photo Mat & Quotes papers and Vertical Journal Tags .

See you soon for another long post displaying some other pages.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Its all in the Technique

Morning girls. Well as we know Doilies are really in at the moment but some of my layouts are looking like a tea party with a bunch of blue rinsed ladies, so I felt like I needed to "dirty" them up a bit. This is where your faithful old Modge Podge and an ink pad comes in.

First I lay my doily on my cardstock where I wanted the image then generously applied Modge Podge over the doily paying particular attention to getting the medium within all the little cut out bits. Be generous with the amount you use. I also took my paint brush just around the edge of the doily to create a clean image.

Peel the doily off the cardstock carefully whilst the Modge Podge is still wet and you will have an image like this. It is very important to wait until the Modge Podge is fully set! 

Once dried, and I mean DRIED, rub your ink pad over the image. For mine I used a white ink pad which was nearly on its way out so I could really work into shading etc.

Once done, use a wet wipe and rub lightly over your image where the Modge Podge is and as the ink won't adhere to the Modge Podge it will wipe away leaving a positive image and yet you can manipulate it to how you want using different coloured inks or paints.

I then inked the rest of my card stock to add shading and to make the doily look as though it was part of the paper. This could look great on Heritage layouts using vintage colors.

And here is my finished layout, I hope you've enjoyed this tech and give it a go yourself. Happy scrapping,

Love Belinda

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Smash Books!

Hi Everyone :)

Spring has definitely been here at last :) Ive been loving these sunny days with a gentle norwest wind and all the flowers beginning to bloom again - definitely my favourite time of year!

I was thinking about that while deciding what to do with my latest DT kit, and ended up channelling those spring, flowery days.  Smash books and me don't really connect, I wondered what all the hype was really.  Im not into ecletic, artsy styles, Im a bit too anal for that :) well I thought I was til I started this album, but I'll let you decide :)  While I was deciding what to do with my smash album I did a bit of net surfing and came across a host of ideas and discovered just how different they can be, even for those of you as anal as me! :)
Whenever I start an album I have to do the cover first, and I can't seem to move forward until its completed. I thought I'd have a go at trying something a bit different, and use some of the techniques I'd learned at retreat with Cindy Porter.  I had also come across a technique I had come across Janine Kocswara's blog and wanted to give that a try too - my plan is to incorporate that into the book as I go.
But firstly I needed a theme!  The album itself is a travel album, but by the time I'd finished with the cover you would never know, so I thought I'd make it an album about me, about all my little quirks, the things that interest me, things I love, and things that I don't like - you get the picture :)

So heres my front cover.  I used mod podge as my sealer/adhesive  for the base, adhering 7Gypsies tissue paper on first, and then separating a paper napkin and layering random pieces of it on top, then sealing the lot.  This was Janine's technique :) I love how the napkin looks like its part of the tissue paper design!  On top of that I used a Prima mask and texture paste and when dry inked over the design in black archival ink. I then just organised the items I wanted to use to decorate the front, and sprayed Glimmermist over the whole lot, and inked the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.
The key word for me here is BELIEVE which is on the wooden ticket. Because Im not much of a believer in my abilities, and Im not just talking about scrapping - Ive been told Im like a caramello, hard on the outside and soft and squishy in the middle :)  So for me this book will all about trying to believe.

And a few closeups :)

Each time I post on the blog I'll be showing you the next lot of pages Ive done, and share what techniques Ive used to create them. I hope you join me along the way, and share your thoughts :)

Products Used:
Prima Mask
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut stain
Lily Pad Glimmermist
Peacock Glimmermist Chalkboard
7Gypsys Tissue Paper
Prima Flowers - Soubrette
Prima Wooden buttons and Tickets
Melissa Frances Resin Frame
Prima En Francais chipboard stickers
7Gypsys Gaffer Tape

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

OTP Inspiration : Rebecca

With fall now in full swing it feels like a good time to shut out the cold weather and get comfy in my craft room with a mug of tea, which is exactly what I did over the weekend. Its been a busy summer for me with very little time for crafting, but who can complain. We moved from a no-so-nice rental to our own little farmstead, took some road trips to visit family, but best of all, welcomed an addition to our own little family in August! Crafting had been put on hold because I wanted to concentrate my energies on getting to know my little girl. But with this holiday weekend (Thanksgiving in Canada) I was able to take some time while Daddy was home to help watch Sofia.

Thanks for stopping in to take a peak!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Simple Stories - Handmade

I was so excited when Adrienne gave me the pre-cut Mix 'n Max chipboard album as part of my design team kit this month.  I had purchased the Simple Stories Handmade Holiday Kit, so this was just perfect for what I had in mind using these papers.

I decided to do up a December Daily Album all ready for December.  I actually managed to use every single piece of paper in the kit and even had to go back to get an extra couple of papers just to complete the whole album.  So this month I will be sharing my December Daily pages with you, to inspire you to create your own or even give it as a gift to someone.


I popped into the shop to cut all the papers so all I had to do was glue them down and decorate each page individually, I have created some little tags and even a triangle page to add a different look to the album, no two pages are the same.

For the cover I used Handmade Holiday Paper - Page Elements paper as the base page,  and then added my title using the Expressions Sticker Sheet, and outlined the tape pattern on the Elements paper using a black pen just to make it pop our a little.  To give a little dimension to the Alpha's I added some Dimensional Magic over the word DAILY.  I have actually used Dimensional Magic over most of the Numbers in the album, it gives them a nice glossy look.

Day 1 and 2

I have used the Winter Wonderland Paper which is double sided - so it was just perfect and matched together beautifully.

On page 1, I added a Vertical Journal Card and then placed a Transparency over the top. When you buy the full Kit it comes with six 6x4 Transparencies which fit perfectly over the top of the Journal Cards.  The Journal cards are great to use as a matt for your photo's.  Here a before and after look using the transperancy.


To add a little special Christmas feel to it I painted the chipboard Santa Hat with Rustic Glimmer Glam, and then added some Dimensional Magic over the top.  For the white piece of the Santa Hat, I inked it with White Stazon - allowed it to dry and then embossed it and before it dried  then added some Diamond Dust over the top to give it dimension and a little sparkle and this allowed the Diamond Dust to dry and get hard with the Embossing Powder.

On page 2, I just added the Number 2 from the black sticker sheet and then added some black Distress Stickles on top of it to give it a some sparkle.  I did the same over the top of the of the flowers on the paper but it didn't come out very well it was too pink although I used a red Distress Stickle, so I painted some Rustic Glimmer Glam over the top which worked perfectly.

 So there are my first two pages plus my front cover, I will show you the rest of the album during the month, I hope this has inspired you to create your own little album.

TFL & Happy Scrapping

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Inspiration can be the sweetest thing...

Hi girls, where have these months gone? It's my turn to share some scrapbooking love with you already! Naturally I was thrilled to receive from Adrienne a beautiful selection from My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell collection, I love that fact that it's blue and flowery, so great for not only little girls pages but also for those sweet little men too! This range is still available in store so get your hands on it before it fly's.. hope you like this sweet wee page of Master Louie and his gorgeous cousins.

Love Belinda

Monday, 1 October 2012

October Sketch and winners!!!

 Another month already....where is the year going!!!  Rebecca has a lovely sketch for you all this month, along with a beautiful example that she created.   She has been a busy lady of late with moving house and welcoming a beautiful new baby girl named Sofia into the family!!!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Without further ado here is the sketch and Rebecca's example.  You need to create a layout or card based on this sketch and upload it using the Inklinkz button at the end of this post by 31 October 2012 to be in to win a $15.00 RAK.  You need to upload your image to your blog, facebook page, or our gallery and then link to it here.

We have two winners to announce - Scrap Your Stash Winner #4 is ANNE!!!  You have a $20.00 voucher to spend in store.  And the winner of the September sketch......can't believe we have chosen already and it is only the 1st of the next month :)......ANDREA - you will receive a $15 RAK.  Thanks to all those who entered - love what you have made!!!


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