Wednesday, October 29, 2008

New stock and some exciting news...

Exciting News:
We are back in shop mode. The lease is all signed, everything is in place and we should have the keys this week. So the work really starts next week –
Sue is letting Craig have this weekend off! LOL
The MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR is back on. Clues will be posted on the home page, so be sure to join in - First one to guess the correct location (suburb and street) wins a $100 spending spree from Scraploot during our Grand Opening weekend! The clues will be coming fast because we plan to open very very soon. Lets guess the suburb first! So far some of you have been close, but others, well, not even close! Remember we have just come off a big roundabout!
We will announce the location of the shop and our opening weekend in the middle of November…the opening date will not be long after we announce it.
We also have a fantastic event planned for the 18th December. Those of you in Sydney or near to Sydney won’t want to miss out, so put your leave app in for the day off, organise sitters for the children….this will be announced in mid November

So whats new:
From Bella, the Allegory range is here. Great colour combinations of burgandy, green and blue. Also velvet covered chipboard alphabets and two great value card packs, just in time to start your Christmas Cards. From 2 Crafty we have some new chipboard embellishments, like this gorgeous bird cage. Two fabulous summer themed VWs complete with surf boards, and then the cutest of cute barnyard animals.
We have 2 new great die cut papers from Rusty Pickle…these were the only 2 papers we selected from their halloween range. Marvy, we have the first shipment of Extra Giga punches – the first to arrive in Australia. We have done our best to keep the price down in light of the drop in the exchange rate and the increase in freigh costs. We have a super special on at the moment for the Extra Jumbo punches, so check the home page for more info.

Crate Paper Mia and Prudence is here now. Some fabulous die cut papers.

Coming Soon
K& Co
We R Memory Keepers
October Afternoon
Pink Paislee
And more!
till next time
Sue, Craig and the team at Scraploot

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Complementary colours

Welcome back to the scraploot blog.
This week I'm going to be talking about the Colour wheel and in particular complementary colours.
You probably remember painting a colour wheel at school, mixing paint to fill the little pieces of the pie, Colour wheels are basically an organization of colour hues around a circle.Here is an example of a colour wheel, this is a fairly basic example and there are hundreds on the net for you to choose from.

Lets start with the Primary colours (red, blue, yellow) 3 colours that cannot be made from other colours.

Secondary colours are formed by mixing primary colours (green, orange, purple).

Tertiary colours are made by mixing a primary colour with its adjacent secondary colour.

In Scrapbooking or art and design certain colour schemes are pleasing to the eye, they create balance, harmony and order. For example Analagous colours- 3 colours which sit side by side on a colour wheel. Complementary colours -Any 2 colours that sit opposite each other on a colour wheel(blue/orange - green/pink - purple/yellow). These colours when put side by side contrast with each other.

When creating layouts with complementary colours you can choose to use either coloured photos if the colours fit, for example;

Keys- Using the basic grey offbeat range of papers here and American craft creaming soda foam thickers here

However you can change your photos to black and white allowing any colour scheme to be used, for example;

looking coit ( A term of indearment my husband uses to describe my son's backside) - Using Teresa Collins Boardwalk beach towel paper here and American Craft rootbeer float vinyl thickers here
I hope you have learnt a little bit more about colour schemes and utilise these when creating your next layout or when you want to try something a little bit different.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Box Board

Hi there, Anthea here.

I thought I would share with you a new trend I have been noticing.

Box Board.

I often find myself 'blog hopping' which can be a bad thing, taking away from scrapping time, or it can be refreshing. It was while blog hopping that I came across a Scrapper that uses a lot of box board instead of cardstock on her layouts, and the effect, well it was amazing!

You can apply a load of texture to your layout by just ripping away at the layers of the board, and then grunge it up with a swipe of your ink pads, and well the possibilities are endless.

So what I have done here is I have used White Acrylic Paintand while it was still wet I sprinkled on some Doodlebug Glitter and yep it sticks, when the paint is dry shake off the excess glitter
Here I have torn away some of the layering of the board and then used Distress Inks to grunge up the board, but also it brings out the texture too.
and here I have used the Rose Moka papers. In keeping with the grunged theme I have punched out circles and then scrunched them up, flattened them out then sanded over the shapes. This will sand out the creases from scrunching it up, adding a distressed look.

And here is the end result

So I hope you are now going to try this out for yourself. You have no excuses not to, I used box board from my Pizza Box (from my pile of Pizza Box's) from my shopping with Scraploot =) you just need to trim it to the size you work with.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Whats new...


From Heidi Swapp, new paper collections Dream Dining Room, Street Smarts and Winter Fresh are now available. We were disappointed that most of Heidi’s new release embellishments still haven’t arrived in Australia….we are waiting to here when these will be available. But we did get Heidi’s new Velvet black florals…very, very nice!
The Fedex Man rocked up yesterday with a very big box from Prima…new paper collections, great felt matties and felt gates, crystals and studs and some gorgeous new lace ribbons.
A new line for us Collage Press was delivered yesterday. Very nice papers indeed! And we have ordered more…
From Fancy Pants, new releases – patterned papers, transparencies, die cuts and mini clear stamps, plus some bargains of other Fancy Pants product
From Cosmo Cricket, their Christmas range Oh Joy

Plus a whole heap more, so be sure to check out all the *New* categories.

Coming Soon
Extra Jumbo Marvy Punches
K& Co
Basic Grey (More)
Heidi Swapp
Tim Holtz
We R Memory Keepers
October Afternoon
Pink Paislee
And more!

Shop News
Its seems that we will be off the roundabout very shortly and back on track – our solicitors are now finalising the lease for our new premises…YE HA, finally
We will restart our magical mystery tour…when the keys are in our hands!
So while we are going around and around in circles around a big round about ….maybe you might be able to guess the location of this big roundabout….no one has guessed it correctly yet.
First one to guess the correct location wins a $100 Stash from Scraploot, to be collected at our Grand Opening!

And dont forget that any sydney girls that want to come out to shop are more then welcome... we are open wednesday 10-3 and Fridays 10-4 so come out and say hi...

Sue, Craig and the team at scraploot

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Adding some texture to your embellishments....

Hi Melissa here! I'm very excited to be typing up my first post for Scraploot! I have had a great play with some stunning Rose Moka papers. They are so bright and fun - perfect for spring and summer LOs! Full of colour and life!
There are so many fantastic chipboard die cut embellishment available at the moment. The great thing is, being raw, you can alter them to suit your LO perfectly! Here is a quick step by step to show how to add some bling to your chipboard - with out going overboard!
Doodlebug have an awesome range of very fine glitter - Sugar coated that is easy to use and gives that extra sparkle to your chipboard. You can apply it with all your regular adhesives but I found you can sprinkle it straight onto wet paint and it adheres perfectly!
Step 1 : Give a coat of paint to your raw chipboard diecut.

Step 2: Lightly sprinkle the SugarCoated glitter onto the paint while it is still wet. Remember to have a piece of paper or a plastic plate underneath and shake off excess glitter.

Step 3: Allow paint to thoroughly dry.

Step 4: Give the chipboard one last shake to get rid of any excess glitter and then glue to your layout!

The same technique can be used with Doodlebug Flocking powders....I used Dimensional Magic to adhere my flocking powders, but there are various other adhesives created specifically for flocking powders! Scraploot even have fabulous double sided adhesive shapes and alphas to make it even easier!
Step 1 : Paint or cover your chipboard.
Step 2: Cover in adhesive.

Step 3 : Cover in the flocking powder.
Step 4: Carefully shake of excess and allow to dry.
Step 5 : Adhere to your layout!

* You can alter all manner of embellishments, chipboard shapes, flowers, alphas - it's endless!*

Grab some of these fabulous products to add a new dimension to your scrapping!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Diecut papers...

Hey Everyone....
Hope your all enjoying your weekend... nice and warm here today which was a great day to be outside...

So its my turn again to update this blog and this week im going to show you how to use those diecut papers that are very popular at the moment. There are so many companies coming out with diffrent shaped papers now such as Pink Paislee, Jenni Bowlin, Making Memories etc... some cute shapes and colours.

So how can you use these. Well there is the usual way and just stick them onto some cardstock as your background patterned paper such as this this is the new papers from Pink Paislee.

or you can use them as your base paper. I love doing it this way it makes your page look diffrent then just having base cardstock everytime. here are a few samples of this technique

this one is using Jenni Bowlin diecut papers.
this one is made using the gorgeous spring fling line from Pink Paislee

and this one is made using Making Memories round die cut papers...

and this one is totally diffrent using the new papers from Autumn Leaves.

So as you can see they give you such a diffrent effect to your page when its not a typical square shaped...

So why not step outside the square and give it a go.. its lots of fun

till next time


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Hello avid readers (waving frantically) it is my turn (Jodi) to update the lovely Scraploot blog, I have decided to share a technique that I use quite often in my scrapbooking. I know that many of us do not like our own handwriting and quite often will resort to using hidden journaling or worse still none at all!! My technique is very simple and allows you to add journaling of any font and brushes to any part of your layout.

Step 1. Type out your journaling in word or Photoshop (or whichever program you usually use)

Step 2. In your printer options change your settings to print in reverse or mirror image.

Step 3. Print your journaling onto a blank transparency (I have a piece that I use over and over)

Step 3. Carefully place the transparency ink side down onto your layout. Gently rub your finger over the entire section of the transparency being very careful not to move it or it will smudge. I actually place a tissue under my finger to help it glide over the transparency instead of my finger sticking to it.

Step 4. Remove the transparency and wipe clean so that you can use it again and again

Step 5. Sit back and feel happy that you have added important information to your scrapbooking


Please note that sometimes parts of the print may be lighter than other parts if pressure hasn’t been applied evenly, this can be corrected by using a pen of the same colour but always test to make sure that the ink doesn’t bleed before using on your layout

I hope that this tip has been helpful and please don’t hesitate to leave a question in the comments section…I am more than happy to answer questions :0)

Happy Scrapping
Till next time

xx Jode

Friday, October 3, 2008

Octobers Competition

Scraploot is now sponsoring a Scrapbooking Forum called CD Doodles, you can find it
HERE. CD Doodles is not attached to a online store, it is just a friendly place for Scrapbookers to go to to chat about what they love most, Scrapbooking.

So to coincide with the sponsoring of CD Doodles, Scraploot is hosting a competition during the month of October.

What you need to do is create a layout that has a 75% minimum product base using October Afternoon!!!

Scraploot have a lovely range of October Afternoon in the shop already, but if you already have some in your stash then thats fine too, we just want to see a layout using a minimum of 75% of October Afternoon product, this should be easy because October Afternoon not only have Patterned papers, but Alpha Stickers, Journaling Cards and Die Cuts, just follow the ink to the shop to check out this fantastic range!

OK the PRIZE??? how does a $25 voucher to spend at Scraploot sound??

You have till October 31st to have your layouts up in the gallery at CD Doodles to be eligible.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Scraploot Newsletter

To help further in the research for a cure for Breast Cancer, and to also help the many foundations that support women undergoing Breast Cancer treatment, during October we at Scraploot will be doing our bit to support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research and Support.
Scraploot will be donating 25% of all profits of Melissa Francis product sold during October to the Jane McGrath Foundation whose foundation directly supports those that dealing with Breast Cancer. Be sure to read Melissa’s inspirational story of her own battle with breast cancer and the realisation of the Thankful range in this month’s Scrapbooking Memories.
Follow this link to
Melissa Francis product


From Basic Grey, we now have the Chocolate Chipboard range – a selection of albums and alphabets.

Teresa Collins new 9x9 tabbed album covers as well as 8x8 papers and the Tis The Season and Bon Appetit range is now available

From Rusty Pickle, we have a selection of very bright and funky summer patterned papers from the Candy Land range.

From Jenni Bowlin, new alpha stickers and crepe paper ribbons

Today we will be loading up new Kaiser Craft Christmas Papers and yes, finally, new Sassafrass Lass! So this should be available by late Wednesday night, depending on how quick Sue can enter it!


From Basic Grey we have the Urban Prairie range for girls (one of the best Basic Grey releases for a while) as well as a selection from Granola. Coordinating embellishments, chipboard, buttons, brads, stamps and rub ons are now also available for Ambrosia, Eva and Offbeat – well worth a look.

From American Crafts, Dolce Fabric thickers are now available.

We have also received top ups of Pinata Alcohol Inks, Heidi Swapp and Green Tara Flowers

Plus a whole heap more, so be sure to check out all the *New* categories.

Coming Soon
K& Co
Cosmo Cricket
Basic Grey (More)
Fancy Pants
Kaiser Craft
KI Memories
We R Memory Keepers
October Afternoon
Pink Paislee
And more!

Shop News
Its seems that we will be off the roundabout very shortly and back on track, although a little delayed in opening our shop.
More news to come next week, when we will restart our magical mystery tour.
So while we are going around and around in circles around a big round about ….maybe you might be able to guess the location of this big roundabout..
First one to guess the correct location wins a $100 Stash from Scraploot, to be collected at our Grand Opening!

10% saving when your order totals $50.00 or more
discount will be applied during check out
store wide, including specials and double up products

Til next time,

Sue and Craig