Cuttlebug and mothers day

This week is card week at Ideal Papercraft and I decided to have a little play with my Cuttlebug. Mary had sent me some bits of the new Coordinations Whitewash collection and I wanted to have a go with that as well. I’m surprised at how little time it took to whip this card up – and yet it looks very pretty (well – in my opinion anyway). 🙂

I’ve popped a piece of the Whitewash cardstock (I think it is the Cellar Door colour but not sure as it did not have the name bit on it) through the Cuttlebug using the Jules Jewels folder. Such a sweet and pretty design this one with the flowers, vines and butterflies.

For something different I have popped it in reverse. Rather than have the embossed side on the Coordinations side, I chose to have the other side (the hollowed out so to speak) side that way. This meant when I ran my sandpaper over the cardstock the colour shows up around the pattern and not on the pattern itself.

I’ve mounted the embossed cardstock on a piece of contrasting chocolate brown cardstock and distressed the edges of that for a soft and pretty look. This was again mounted (offset) on another piece of cardstock the same colour (well – almost) as the blue Coordinations cardstock.

To embellish – I kept it simple – since the embossed pattern is so pretty.

Just a new Prima rose, with a couple of die cut hearts made from the Coordinations cardstock. For a final touch I added some Kindyglitz to the embossed butterflies in the cardstock. And of course – a sticker title for ‘Mum’.

In real life it is very soft and pretty. So check out the store and have a little play yourself for mother’s day.


Generation Z – LYB Newsletter feature (part 2)

Apologies this is a little late. We were all a bit of a mess last week waiting to see if DS2 was to go on his France/Italy school trip on Thursday or not. If it was ‘or not’ we stood to lose thousands of dollars – so it was all a little nerve-wracking to say the least.

Anyway – part 2.

In the next layout – Play Ball – I tried not to make a feature of the cogs/gears and I even toned the tribal tattoo down a little. I wanted to focus more on the star shapes in the papers and on the word stickers. There was also the left-over transparency from the Gen Z class to use up. Using a colour photo this time also allowed me to make more of a feature of it by matching the greens of the shirt and grass; the black of the helmet; and the orange of the glove with the same colours in the patterned papers.

I traced a star onto the reverse side of the Striped Metallic Comp paper and cut it out. Inking it gives it a sharper edge. I then added a word sticker from the Fresh Verse Sticker sheet to the top of the star and one of the Clear Cuts wing/shield elements underneath it – tucking the whole thing into one of the chippy tribal tattoos helps to fill in all that empty space at the top of the layout.

Leftover bits of patterned paper made a base for the title and gave it a colour pop (the green) – with a word sticker adding an element of interest. The chippy title is simply embellished by inking it with black ink. The thin strip of Zigzag paper is again a left-over from one of my border punching efforts. It’s surprising what you can do with these little ‘left-overs’ and I always keep mine for a bit just in case they are useful.

More layering – and yes – I know there are some cogs/gears here, but you don’t really see them for what they are, other than the colour splash and the decorative element. A winged shield Dimensional Sticker also adds interest and repeats the pattern seen elsewhere in the layout.

I’ve used the star pattern strip from the Striped Metallic Comp paper together with one of the stars from the Chipboard Sticker Embellishments and a journaling tag from the Journal Tablet. The journal tablets represent good value – there is a variety of different styles in there with several copies of each. The arrow and the ‘2 cool’ sticker are also from a sticker pack in the range (but not available in store).

This time for the chippy I inked it all silver and then edged it with a black chalk ink. This gives a softer edge to it than a Stazon ink would do. I ‘set’ this with my heat gun and then inked up a stamp that had spots in a background pattern and stamped this onto the chippy using black Stazon ink. This repeats the spots pattern from the transparency sheet and the arrow sticker and helps to bind all the different elements of the layout together.

I thought I would include the Gen Z class layout here too (check the forum for the actual instructions on how to make this), as it was done in conjunction with this layout.

One of the intentions of these two layouts was to show how you can use those 12 x 12 transparency sheets that are part of the range. Cutting up these large sheets is a very economical way of making use of them and helps reduce them from large intimidating ‘what-do-I-do-with-these’ items to much more manageable pieces. This way you can feature aspects of their pattens, rather than lose some of the fine details under everything else you stick on the page. I still have enough of the original transparency sheet to use it on another layout or a couple of cards.

At this stage I have done 4 completed layouts using the range and have 2 more partially done (using the aqua/silver and the dark blue) – and I am nowhere near out of ideas on how to use them. All three of my boys have given 2 thumbs up as an indication of their approval and this is the first time I have had them come to me to offer to have their photo taken so I can use it for a layout. As an added bonus, the DT for LYB have produced some stunning layouts and OTP items and LYB have put instructions on how to replicate most of them on their website. So check out Generation Z in the store and get scrapping those boy layouts.

123 Blind Crop layout

Here is the layout for the last Blind Crop we did at 123. I used the gorgeous Devonshire papers from Kaisercraft.

Love the little ‘strip’ of embellies that is so trendy these days – marvellous what a tag, some flowers and a rubon can do.

The flowers are part of the “embellishments” pack you can get with the range – but the centres I cut out from one of the papers, as were the leaves. A couple of rhinestones and pearls and whallah – all done.

Lol – I often break up my rubons to use in a couple of places, but this time it felt like I was dismembering them – they went all over the place. It was an effective way to use a repeated rubon pattern though. Love these flowers – so tempted to get another pack of them. The ink was the perfect colour for the papers too – love it when it all just comes together. Planning for this layout was super quick – even if the actual doing of it did take time.

Thanks for joining me on the night all you lovely ladies – so glad you are happy with your layouts.

Wilma still has some of this range in store – take advantage of the closing down sale and grab a few bargains while they are there.

Generation Z – LYB Newsletter feature (part 1)

It’s been a long time since I have been this impressed by a range of masculine papers – but Generation Z by LYB has everything you could want to do boy layouts – particularly teen/pre-teen layouts. Having three of that sub-species of my own, I had my hand up very quick when Mary was asking for volunteers to work with it.

It’s hip; it’s cool; it’s metallic. Put the usual huge range of embellishments together with funky boy papers and you get teen culture in a big way. Trendy tribal tattoos paired together with the more traditional gears and cogs, all with a dash of rock star angst – make this the range de jour for boys. There is a wide range of colours too: traditional blues (aqua and a bright navy), green and vibrant orange all paired nicely with the black, white, grey neutrals for contrast. The final touch is a generous splash of metallic silver.

The great thing about boy pages is that they seem to come together much more quickly and with much simpler collections of embellishments than girl pages (or at least they do for me). I think taking all the different elements out of the packaging took more time than putting the first layout together. Which makes a nice change from the hours it can sometimes take me with the girly ones.

The first layout – My Life according to Me – uses one of the orange dominated papers (Orange Metallic Wings) with a little of the Lace Cut Cardstock as the base elements of the page. Other than the photo mat (Bazzill Raven) which I border punched with the Fiskars Bracket punch for interest – the rest of the layout utilises the patterns on the base paper with some simple clustered embellishments.

The line comes with the usual LYB range of Clear Cuts (not in store) embellishments and I have used them liberally throughout the layouts here today. The winged shield is particularly cool to use. Here I have simply adhered it over the top of the same wing/shield pattern on the paper and added a couple of epoxy number stickers to give DS1’s age.

The title strip comes from the Journal Tablet and is not only a feature of the page but tucked behind the photo is the journaling section where DS1 wrote about his life at 17 (just prior to his 18th birthday). The tribal tattoo motif features a fair bit in the embellishments for the range and you could either use the rubon here (or like I did for space reasons – it’s slightly smaller) the Clear Cuts version. The die-cut alphas come in both a black and a metallic silver version with similar sheets of a cog/gears pattern.

I have to admit though that it is the cogs/gears that do it for me. Love em!! Mixing and matching the various embellishments allows you to not only vary the colour but also the texture and size. Here I have used 2 of the Metal Gears Brads (oos); a Dimensional Sticker; a Clear Cuts; and a chipboard cog from my stash (no idea which brand) which I inked black. To maximise their effect I have layered some of them over each other and made sure they are appropriately placed on the paper pattern. The “totally random” is a rub on from the range and the “extreme’ and the ‘crown’ are more of the Clear Cuts.

One thing to remember with using die cut sheets like the numbers here – if you are using them behind other sections of paper – cut them into 2 and stick them on either side of your ‘top’ layers so that you don’t waste any. It is simple enough to ‘line’ the two sections up so that they look like they are one section of paper. You can then use the ‘cut out’ bit somewhere else on another layout.

I have to have a little smile whenever I look at the second layout for this range. For me, one of the things about scrapping is that it is about leaving a legacy for your children of who they are – warts and all. Living with a teen is a roller-coaster ride full of ups and downs and sometimes I like to put my thoughts/feelings into a layout – where the message is often softer and less aggressive – but more clearly recognised. Having had a few more downs than ups lately I found myself scrapping something completely different to my original intentions when I did this layout.

X-treme – also relies on clustering of embellishments for the major design elements – though there is greater use of strips of patterned paper. The black and white photo is fairly stark – so I have softened it with the Yellow Grunge Dot paper. The Clear Cut Frame is just stunning – these would also be in my top 5 list of ‘must buy’ products in this range. The bits of Orange Metallic Wallpaper paper are the ‘leftovers’ from edge punching a piece for a different layout – waste not want not those left-overs – as they can be very effective used as ‘trim’ pieces like you see here. The same with the Zigzag paper – there are two thin strips at top and bottom and they are leftovers from another layout.

Here you get a closer took at that yummy frame and you can see that all the papers have been distressed by inking their edges. With ‘grunge’ layouts like these, distressing is an important element in the look. More embellishment clustering – and you can see how effective it is to layer with different textures, sizes and colours. There is a mix of stickers, brads, chipboard and clear cuts in that grouping. The tribal tattoo you can see is one by A2Z Scraplets, made specifically to match the Gen Z range and I am totally gobsmacked at how great these little chippy beauties are. Since mine are the prototypes, I can’t confirm yet exactly how many will be in a pack – but you will get the two sizes. Keep an eye out for them in the store for when Mary gets them in – as they, along with the chippy title will be exclusive to her for the first month of their release.

And here is that to-die-for chippy title. I will be posting up to the gallery a little later in the month another layout that uses the other half of the chippy title pack. The title pack allows for 2 titles (both say x-treme) that can be made in several combinations of the elements in the pack. Here I have used the “X” with the cut-out centre and the ‘negative” for the rest of the word.

Lots of layering in the title cluster – and for my tip sometime this week check out the forum where I give some pointers about embellishment ‘clustering’ using this weeks layouts as examples.

To embellish the chipboard I have inked it with metallic silver ink (Mary has some in the store by Maya Road) some aqua ink and the blackish looking colour is not ink but Walnut Ink Crystals. To get that look you scatter the crystals over the chippy after you have inked it all up and then spray lightly with a water mister so that the crystals partially dissolve. Quickly dry the chipboard with your heat gun. You get this lovely textured rusty sort of look to the chippy. After the chippy is dry, dob a little Kindyglitz Crystalina over the aqua bits and again dry with your heat gun.

Since the other two layouts deal with DS3 and not DS1 (as these did) I will leave them until later in the week. I’ve really enjoyed playing with this range and there are heaps more ideas running around in my head for using it.

What a weekend – Printblocks Creative Block

Mary and I have had a ball of a time here – taking classes, meeting exciting people (like the owners of Graphic 45 and the boys from Bo Bunny), doing make-and-takes and of course shopping for the store (you are all going to LOVE what Mary is getting in). It was so cool to finally catch up with Mary – thank goodness no volcanoes over here to disrupt the flights.

Catching up with Mary – on the corner of our favourite booth – you could make this stunning flower for the Graphic 45 make-and-take. That’s Mary being colourful on the left and me (obviously suffering from too much shopping for teenage boys) on the right.

Some of the stunning work in the booth – I could happily have stuffed it all in the van to take home.

Thanks to this little layout I need to go shopping again. Not only do I want some of that paper with the nursery rhyme music on it – I MUST have the machine that puts the crimping pattern into the paper. I need a new scrapping toy like a hole in the head – but that look is just adorable. They had stuff with some of their early ranges – the Babes to Brides and the (forget the name) Nursery range and it’s killing me that we never got them here when I knew about them.

That’s the new Le Romantique range – just gorgeous.

This is also from that range – the signature paper. Is that not the most stunning thing you have seen??

Graphic 45 is actually a mother/daughter team and here those lovely women are suffering through yet another photo with yet another strange Australian person. I bet they are sleeping well tonight after three hectic days.

And some other people who will be sleeping well – but the rest of the wicked for these naughty boys. Don’t let those sweet smiles fool you. This is one set of cheeky fellas. I am sure someone back at Bo Bunny central will eventually realise their mistake in sending them unaccompanied over here to Australia – but not before a very large number of Aussie female scrappers get taken in by those baby blues. The make-and-take for Bo Bunny was a do-it-youself card – because according to Bunny Man 1 “you guys have all the talent and can do this so much better than us”. Lmao – what that translates to is “we will sit here and watch you guys do all that creative stuff and enjoy ourselves”. A little bird whispered in my ear that one of them is the son of the owner (again – another family owned business) and is really a banker of some sort and the other is his cousin. Frankly – I don’t care. Whatever they are – they were lovely and let me rest my tired tootsies at their booth whilst I made a little card and chattered to them about the joys of little girls and the fear of said little angels reaching puberty (and I hope that his daughter eventually forgives Daddy for being away from her yet again).

And I met poor Michelle Van Etten – who had the bad luck to lose her voice on her second day. She took the Provocraft class that was my first class and did a huge job in managing to run the class with a voice that hurt me to listen to her. Kudos to her for struggling on with it and doing a great job. Sadly though, unless they supply a teenager with every Cricut Gypsy they sell (to work the bloody thing for you – it looks like an overgrown gameboy for scrappers) I won’t be getting one.

So – thank you Mary for the opportunity to catch up and have a great couple of days. I had a wonderful time. And you guys get to score too – since we will be doing the Graphic 45 minialbum as a class soon and later on there will be another class for layouts using one of the Imaginisce ranges.

A sad decision…

123 Scrapbook has been a huge part of my life for the past (nearly) 3 years. I’ve shared some wonderful times and made so many good friends through the forum. Working there was never like work – just a bunch of friends getting together to share their scrappy craft. It has been a ball. Together we discovered Timmy, Websters, Graphic 45, Glimmermist and Twinkling H2O’s – and had some of the best fun a girl can have on a Friday night.

Huia and her choccie balls; xxxxxx (name hidden to protect the innocent) and her nudie dancing on the table; the naughty couch (cause a chair was never big enough) Mon and her Pollywaffles – all of these are memories I will cherish. Late night chats until we fell asleep at our desks and people who will insist on reading instructions from different classes and then wondering why their layout does not look right. Again – all precious memories.

No – I am not leaving – 123 is leaving us. Poor Wilma has some family issues happening (sending hugs your way) and rather than drop the high customer service standards the store is known for, has reluctantly decided to close. I am sure all of you who have been customers of the store will join with me in mourning the loss of one of the best online scrap stores out there.

It’s not all over yet though – Wilma is going out with a bang. Check out the store over the next couple of weeks for the closing-down sale specials AND she still has a few tricks up her sleeves as far as a surprise or two goes. Come reminisce in the forum with us and talk over all the fun times we had together. And of course – when the final date is announced – come to the 123 Wrap-up party – to have one final night of fun.

Blind Scrap Layout – Websters Pages ‘Garden Gala’

Ok – so here is the first of the updates.

For the Blind Scrap class I gave over at Ideal Papercraft (TSE’s new name) I used the new Garden Gala range by Websters Pages. The inspiration was this wonderful photo of Madame – and I must thank Maggie (you know who you are) for the loan of her gorgeous red Chinese parasol. My poppet ADORES this parasol as she is “Mulan” mad at the moment and jumped at the chance to take some photos with it.

Anyway – here tis the layout in full.

Just love the reddish tinge it gave her hair through the parasol.

I had my usual fun with the cutwork – Websters are just made for cutting up. Lol – though I do confess the real reason for the brown bits here was to hide a chinese lantern on the base patterned paper that I did not like showing.

And here is the parasol from the patterned paper that gave me the whole idea for this page. Loving the little lanterns here too.

I love their journalling cards – not always sure how to use them – but love them anyway. And I can’t believe I never noticed the stray rhinestone until AFTER I took all the photos. Sigh!!

Aside from that glorious Prima – isn’t it to die for? – this is my favourite bit of the layout. The scalloped paper edge (my new Martha Stewart punch), the way the photo is tucked into the paper by cutting out some of the flowers pattern; and that little border strip (the blue bits) just underneath the photo. Love that bit. It was a buggar to cut the mat so that it showed that bit and still fitted the photo under the flowers AND had enough paper for it all in the first place – since it was cut from the middle of the patterned paper after I cut other bits off it. The things we do to make out creations.

Anyway – I had a fabulous time on the night girls and I have enjoyed all your moaning and groaning about flower clusters (and emergency “how do I fix this?” emails afterwards. This would have to be my fav Madame layout at the moment – so thanks for the class! 🙂 I look forward to seeing you at the next one.

Mary still has a lot of this in stock – so check out the store at Ideal Papercraft and have a go at the page.