Monday, August 25, 2008

Alcohol Inks

So it is time for another little technique tip, this week I pulled out my Alcohol inks, and had a little play with them. There are a few different ways that you can use them, and here is just one of them.

OK so what your going to need is
A cardboard box
some Transparency
Alcohol Inks(I have used these)
and a Blending Solution
First up, (I put some paper down inside my box, cause it was pretty messy in there and I wanted you to see the full effect)lay your transparency down in your box (pizza box's are great for this, easy clean up), then let the Alcohol inks drop onto your transparency, mix up your colours too.
then using your blending solution squirt a little on to help the colours to blend in, this will 're-wet' any drying ink if it dries on you, and will help to clean up any mess on your desk too (found that one out the hard way!)
If you are after a more blended effect blow on the inks too, a straw would be great for this.
then using another piece of transparency place it over the top of your inks, think back to those school days and your 'butterfly paintings' when you peal it off this is the effect you ill get.
let your inks dry, if using a box like I did then put the lid down and put it in a safe place, shouldn't take more then half an hour to dry depending on the weather.

Once dry use as a new embellishment!!

here I have punched it out using circle punches, and scalloped it and stapled it on
and this one I punched out and attached to white cardstock, it really makes those colours stand out, then used doodlebug glitter on the edge of the scallop circle.

These inks are also great for Heidi Swapps clear ghost embellies and alphas also (available in the shop) also if you purchase the Scraploot clear albums, you could do this on a whole clear page, that would be a great personal effect!

SO what are you waiting for???


Sunday, August 24, 2008


Hey everyone...
Hope that you are all well and have had a great weekend... we have had lots of fun here at Scraploot with lots of new yummy goodies that have come in recently... make sure you go and check out the *NEW* sections on the website...

So what is new...

Pink Paislee... These will definately not dissapoint you. From the Yellow's and Blues to the Pink and Greys both Pop Fashion and Vintage Moon will be a must for every scrapbooker. Patterned papers, rubons and new topsiders plus a gorgeous new font in their alpha stickers

From Fiskars we have a selection of fabulous new border and corner and embossing punches. Be sure to check out our other punches from Fiskars as well.

More American Crafts Thickers are now available, with more on order. Available now a selection of Felt and Velvet Thickers.
Another great range of papers and embellishments have come in from October Afternoon. Hometown is a great range with double sided patterned papers, journal cards and Die Cut Shapes. Also some great cardstock stickers to match Hometown range, Daydreams and Detours
Basic Grey is here. 3 of their new ranges from CHA Offbeat, Eva and Ambrosia, including patterned papers and element stickers. Great colours and fun designs.
Creative Imaginations have come up with a fantastic new mini album concept, Easel Albums. A great way to display some of your gorgeous pictures in a 16 page mini album including 3 clear transparency sheets. These can be easily displayed on a shelf with a small easel at the back of the album.
From Autumn Leaves we have a selection of new Stampology clear stamps. Heather Bailey's collection of bright coloured papers and embellishments. And Cuteworld, the cutest of cute range for boys and girls. Be sure to also check our remaining stocks of Autumn Leaves clear stamps from previous selections which are at a reduced price.
From Jenni Bowlin, we have her new die cut paper, new mini bingo cards and fantastic new stickers.
So as you can see we have been very very busy trying to get this all in the system and up on the website... the shop is stocked full...
So go on over and check it all out...
Ok well thats about all.. dont forget to also check out the gallery for some fun inspiration from the DT on September the 1st...
have a great week
Sue, Craig and the Team at Scraploot.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cosmo Cricket New Releases

So a little while ago I tried out for the Cosmo Cricket Design Team, I was lucky enough ( that out of over 300 applicants ) to make it to the top 12, it was after this that they picked 6 lucky ladies for their team, unfortunately I didn't make it to their team, BUT they were kind enough to send me out a pack of each of their new CHA Summer releases, NOW who could argue with that!!

On Monday they arrived and I was in a Scrappers heaven, soaking up the smell of product direct from a manufacturer, and drooling over their new designs!

Anyway moving along, and I have some shares of the new papers, NOW they aren't in the shop yet, BUT keep an eye out, cause they will be very soon!

Here is a pic of what they sent me (it includes 2 pieces of EVERY paper! like WOW!!)

And a LO using the Jacks World papers, GORGEOUS papers!
and another LO using the Mr Campy line!!
I just wanted to share this too
and this
SO cause it is good for your diets, there is no stopping you from purchasing it!! =)

Hope you enjoyed my little sneak peak


Sunday, August 17, 2008

Step by step....paper edge distressing

Hi everyone
Hope you have had a lovely weekend...We have been lucky enough to have two lovely sunny days up here in sunny QLD!!
Well it's my turn to show a technique this week & I hope this one will become part of your scrapping favourites as it has mine!!
For this technique I like to use the sharp edge of scissors to score along the edge of your paper.
Alternatively you can use the Heidi Swapp edge distressing tool that Sue & Craig have available in the shop. This is a much easier way to start for beginner's and it gives a more gentle effect.
Start by using firm pressure just drag your scissors along the paper as many times as you like in the same direction until the desired effect is reached. It really is that easy yet so effective. The same goes for the distressing tool .....always making sure your drag it along in the same direction otherwise you may end up with chunks out of your page & not nice little tears like we are after!!........I always learn the hard way!!....LOL
Don't be to worried if you happen to tear the paper as this gives a wonderful effect to your page.
When the desired effect has been reach, gently rub around the edges to release any stray pieces of paper. Gently moisten any tears you may have in the paper and roll them down between your fingers for added volume to your pages.This looks very effective when creating a vintage page.

Now for a more vintage look you can ink & distress the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing ink applied with a foam wedge or foam of some sort. Sue also has a wonderful range of colours available in the Tim Holtz distress ink available through the shop.

Now looking back over these pic"s I probably should have arranged for a hand double!!...LOL

I really hope you may get a chance to give this technique a go & I look forward to seeing your edge distressing creations in the scraploot gallery!!

Happy scrapping

Kylie x

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Step by Step techinique

Hey everyone...hope your all enjoying your weekend... its freezing cold and raining here at the moment so im sitting in front of the heater lol...
So this week i thought i would share with you all a technique that i find very easy to do on a page and one that i used on my last DT page...

This is NOT a fast technique (depends on how much you use) but it is quite effective and i love how it turns out...

This technique is hand sewing... i know all of you are going "i dont sew" but hey if i can do this technique then anyone can lol...

Ok to start off with I tend to draw a line of where i want it to go when i start to sew... for the circle i used a dinner plate but a circle cutter would work also.. i then lightly drew around it in pencil...

i always put holes before i start sewing... i use a making memories paper piercer to make the holes..
i start by making the inside holes first (on the line that i drew) i then go back and make the second and third line of holes (these i dont measure i just place where ever i want them to be and how big my stitches will be usually around 1cm apart or there abouts).

as you can see i place the second and third holes roughly off centre to the other ones just gives a diffrent effect once it is complete.
once the holes are done its time to sew... i use embroidery thread to sew with and i use a whole strand of thread but for diffrent effects you can use 3 or 2 strands...i start with the middle line first again to get the line and shape...

i start at one end and use a back stitch to sew... this is quite an easy stitch to do...
i then continue on sewing till its finished then i start with the other lines... (dosnt matter which ones) i do this till my whole line where i want the sewing to be is completed...

so that is how it should look at the end...this is the page i did using this technique...this page is made using the new basic grey Euphoria.

Products used on this page:
BG Euphoria Alphabet Stickers
BG Eurphoria Paper Arcadia
BG Eurphoria Paper Delirium
BG Eurphoria Paper Frenzy
Kaiser Craft Rhinestones
GT Blossoms Blue Sky Blue Medium
GT Blossoms Green Lime Medium
GT Blossoms Pink Hot Medium
GT Blossoms Purple Medium
EK Paper Shaper Retro Flower Medium
Bazzill Cardstock Ocean
Bazzill Cardstock Limade

I hope that you give this a go.. even if your not a sewer its easy to do and looks great once it is finished...

hope the rest of your weekend is a fun one

take care


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

My Apologies

I have been doing a little clean up in the Gallery as some members are having difficulty loading their images in the gallery, and as such have deleted images that were loaded back in February and March 2007 to make more room for you lovely ladies to do some more sharing. So if you have received an email regarding the Scraploot Gallery, then this is the reason why, I apologies for loading up your in-box's.

Thank you for your patience


Sunday, August 3, 2008

A Closer Look

The Design Team have been busy with their first Design Team Kits, and what better way to introduce the new team then by having them complete a layout about themselves. so without further ado here we all are

Anthea got busy using the We R Memory Keepers papers

Julie took to the Prima Urban Cosmo papers with some scissors

Kim used the Cosmo Cricket Hello Sunshine papers and put a twist on the Journaling cards

Kylie did a brilliant job with the new SEI Poppy papers

And Sheree used the new Basic Grey Euphoria papers beautifully

So now you know a little bit more about the team.

Stay tuned, Sheree will be updating the blog next week with a little technique to share with you all.
Till then keep on Scrapping