Friday, April 24, 2009

Scraploots 4th Birthday Sale and Competition

Its hard to believe that Scraploot is 4 years old. To celebrate, from 5pm on the 23rd April until 4pm on Sunday 26th April, we will be increasing our discount on purchases over $50 (before postage) to 15%. Sale is storewide, including new product, double up and product already on sale. Discount applies to individual orders, not combined orders. During our sales, only Credit Card and Paypal payments are accepted.
And to celebrate more we are giving away a $25 voucher to the winner of our Birthday Competition. All you need to do is create a layout with;

  • 4 photos, and using
  • stitching,
  • stickers and
  • scallops.

Upload your work into the Scraploot Gallery (in the correct gallery please) between Friday April 24th and Sunday May 10th midnight EST.

Here is my sample using some Sassafrass Lass Papers and co-ordinating stickers and Chipboard pieces

Don't forget this sale includes New Products as well as those in the Double Up Section, so why not head on over and grab yourself a bargain!! I look forward to seeing your wonderful work in the Gallery.


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Shop Update

Well where do i start... with all the new yummy goodies that keep arriving this may be a long post LOL... ok lets start

Fabulous very cute new release from Little Yellow Bicycle, Baby Safari, with papers and embellishments for boys and girls. From Rose Moka, 3 new ranges with fabulous vibrant colours and coordinating alpha stickers. The alpha stickers are a must such a great price and great colours also.

Oh and my all time favourite product range Teresa Collins CHA 2009 releases are here. Fabulous papers in three ranges, some coordinating chipboard and 6x12 transparency. 6x12 file covers will be arriving shortly. I so cant wait to start creating with these ranges...
SIA 2009 new releases from 2 Crafty...great Aussie products! (for lots of great inspiration check out Anthea's gallery she does some amazing work with chipboard)
From Kaiser Craft, April releases, 3 collections and 3 great wooden albums. and there are still more to come... make sure you go and check them out you wont be dissapointed...

Well we are into the middle of April now and the classes are going very well in store... still lots of fun classes to go for the rest of the month...make sure you come in and check out the samples and book in....

On Saturday 18th April we had our first of our Australian product promotions. This month we were showcasing Buzz and Bloom products...Everyone that booked in made a gorgeous Mother's day album out of some of their new products... it sure looked like they were all having a fun time with lots of painting, inking and tearing... i cant wait to see lots of the finished are some photos from the day..

and then some of them stayed on to scrap the night away at our Crop night... these nights are so much fun... we laughed and talked lots... dont think much scrapping got done (well for me anyway LOL) but it was a great night...

Brenda trying to concentrate LOL

Nic and Paula having fun...

And here is our newest staff member Rachel (actually working LOL JK)...

it was definatly a fun night... if you want to come and join us make sure you book in asap as they do book out....

well i think that is long enough... the new class schedule will be out soon so keep your eye out for that...

have a great week...


Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stickers haven't they come a long way since I started scrapbooking. I remember the first scrapbook store I walked into and stickers came on ROLLS. There was slightly transparent letters and animals of all kinds from bumble bees to whales. I used to coach children very close to a scrapbook store and I still remember the girls going in and buying the stickers for their sticker collections.
Well we have moved on and now there are some FUNKY stickers out there on the market. Stickers that enhance scrapbooking pages and add a little bit of extra detail to a page, like these. I love word stickers that support the story or add meaning to a photo. 7 Gypsies 97% Complete stickers are fantastic for this. They come in so many different themes.
The words perfect fit come in a long strip. I just cut what I needed and placed the strip back on the sheet to use another time.

To help correct placement of Letter stickers i love to lay them out on my ruler first and check the spacing. This helps ensure you are not pulling them off if you are not happy and ripping the sticker.
Once you are happy stick the top down and slowly guide the ruler away.

The stickers on this tantrum layout cover some dead space in the photo and hide the dirt on my kitchen floor.
It is great to also give stickers a bit of a lift by placing foam tape or chipboard behind them.
Sewing around stickers also gives more of a personal touch.
I store my stickers using 3 different methods.

I store them with the paper collection they match. Many companies make matching stickers that coordinate with their papers so I store them together in my cropper hopper so I don't forget I have them.

I hang a lot of my word and definition stickers on my Clip-it-up in themes. So boy stickers go together and Christmas hang together.

My alphabet stickers are in plastic sleeves in a foolscap folder. I like to keep brands and colours together.

Sometimes when I have some stickers left over from a sheet I pop them on a card. I wanted to use this sticker on my first bike layout but it did not fit so I made a card with some left over card stock.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Easter bunny comes to visit

Happy Easter to everyone.
Being my son Larsen's first Easter I wanted to create a fun layout that captured this special occasion. I designed a large bunny using card stock and then finished the layout with some cute embellishments. If you would like to make the bunny your self just follow my simple directions.
Here is my layout

Step 1
Cut out your pieces- two large circles 14 and 9 cms in diameter and two small ovals for the feet. Then cut out the outside of the ears, then using coloured card or pattern paper make the insides of the ears and two small circles for the pads on the feet. Make sure your ears are not too long by using a full 12 x 12 sheet and piecing your bunny together temporarily.

Step 2
Ink all of your pieces, I have used some pink ink.

Step 3

Turn your pieces over and using this double sided tape, stick your pieces together, again keep checking that your bunny fits onto the 12 x 12 paper.

Step 4

For the feet use some foam tape to give a raised effect and then place 3 pink brads in a semi circle for the toes. Cut 3 very fine black strips from black cardstock and a small black triangle with rounded corners for the nose then using the foam tape place the whiskers under the nose and bend into shape. For the eyes I have used two black full stops from a thickers packet. Draw in the mouth with a black pen like this one.

For the layout I have used white, pink and blue bazzil. Also this easter egg ribbon from Carolees Creations. Some blue flowers from Green Tara. Black letter stickers from doodlebug and Kaiser craft rhinestones.. Again for the centre of the flowers I have used some fullstops from these black vinyl thickers.

I would love to see what you come up with for your Easter layouts in the gallery.

Happy scrapping !

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Using felt

So I was in desperate need of a Scrap Shop, I mean I have been a very good girl this year so why not spoil myself right...... well I hoped in the car and went for a road trip up to Scraploot and shopped to my hearts content ( now to make amens with my bank account hehe)

Well Sue has loads of GORGEOUS new yummies in the shop and I couldn't resist getting my ink covered fingers on these. So today I am going to share with you a layout I started while up at Scraploot using a fabulous Heidi Swapp Mega Mask and other little bits and pieces.

So here is my layout

First I used the Mega Mask and some Tim Holtz Distress Ink with a Blending Tool to create my frame. These masks are FABULOUS, but a word of warning be careful pulling them off their backing cause they may tear, and to loosen the sticky so it is easy to get on and off your project attach them to your pants or the carpet a couple of times to get a little lint on them.

I then attached my patterned papers and photo using a template to draw my circle around the photo.

Now for the felt, I used my Cuttlebug and Nestibilities plain circle and ran it through the Cuttlebug

I have used 3 different sized circles.

I then used my scissors to cut thin triangles from the circles

like the photo above and just repeat it around the circle.

Then attached these to my layout, I find that Pritt Power Gel is FANTASTIC for sticking almost anything, felt included.

On this felt 'flower' I punched out a circle from the patterned paper some gorgeous new
Prima and attached it to the centre of the felt

these following 2 I used Kaiser Brads in the centres

And that's it.

I wanted to share another tip with you too today. I love my
Glimmermist and was pretty bummed when one of my sprays just would not work no matter what I did. So still wanting to use it I found another way. Using an old dropper I fill it up with Glimmermist and 'drop' it onto my project. The higher the drop the bigger the splatter, and closer to the page the smaller it will be.

If you use this tip I would love to see it, leave a link here.

So till next time thanks for popping by


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Design Team Update

Hi Everyone.

It is the beginning of a new month, and the DT girls are busy loading their creations up into the Gallery so be sure to pop on over and check them out!! (dont forget to leave some love=) ) The theme this month is BIRTHDAY because guess what,
Scraploot is turning 4!
Happy Birthday to Scraploot, well done Sue and Craig on such an amazing feat.