Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Sneaky Peek

Sorry for the delay, but here is the sneaky peek for January :)

And another.....

... and a few more ...

Dont forget there is still time (albeit a little time) to enter the December challenge.....

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

How I made my December page.

I wanted to keep it fairly simple so I started with a piece of Lime Green Bazzill.
The size of the rectangles was determined by the photographs I had printed which were approx 2.5 x 3.5".
I had already decided to make it a double page so cut 8 pieces of patterned paper the same size as the photos, rounded the corners and inked all edges.
I cut a strip approx 2x10" and added it to the lower right hand side then added a futher strip  @ 1" of a different paper with a punched edge (Martha Stewart) below. I added a ribbon over the join with a faux tie to finish.
The same detail was reversed for the 2nd page.

I arranged the rectangles evenly on the top of the page overlapping the strip of patterned paper and alternating pattern and photo.

At this point the page was sitting on my pink cutting mat and Anita commented that she liked the pink border.
Hmmmm, I thought, so trimmed the lime bazzill and added a pink piece behind - thanks for the inspiration Anita.

I used embellishments from my stash to decorate the patterned rectangles or cut and decoupaged areas from the original design.

A broken line was added between the rectangles using a fine liner for definition.

The titles were cut with the Cricut Don Juan Cartridge and shadowed with the pink from the border.

There is still time to enter this months challenge - have fun!

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Your Scraplifts for December

The original post for December is likely to become very long so we will add your entries for the month to this special post of their own.
See HERE if you have not seen or to take you back to the original post for the December Scraplift.

A quick reminder of what to do if you are joining in:  Create a layout using the DT pages for inspiration. We hope you will let us share your finished layout on this blog. You also need to become a follower (if not already) of this blog to be considered for the prize.

First this month is ...












You have until Wednesday 5th to enter this challenge.

Entres received after colsong date.

Wendy will choose her favourite layout form those on this post in early January 2011.

Please upload your layout to your blog and add a link to your comment. If you don't have a blog - no problem! -  Just drop us an image attached to an email (If you don't have Outlook, simply copy and paste the email address into your normal web based email system.)

Have fun and good luck xxx

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Winner of the November Scraplift

Many thanks to Cindy for choosing a winner from all the fab entries we had last month - not an easy task.

... and the winner of the November Scraplift is...


with this super entry

Thanks so much to everyone for taking part and looking forward to seeing your entries for December.

Susy please contact me HERE with your address so we can send you your promarker prize.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Cardinal Colours 2011 Retreat - Blog Candy Winner

Last month Scrapology offered a £10 voucher towards the Cardinal Colours Retreat 2011.

We are pleased to announce the winner......................................

Big Drum Roll......bbbrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!


Well done Sharon, we will pass the voucher to Jill to apply to your account :)

Friday, 3 December 2010

Prize for December Scraplift Challenge

Jill of Cardinal Colours has come up with another fantastic prize for us.  This month it's a Tote from QuicKutz in black with pink tag trimming. What a great way to store and transport your stash.

So if you want to be in with a chance of winning this great prize, go back and check out this post and have a go at scraplifting Wendy's original layout. You also need to become a follower of the Scrapology blog (if you are not already).

The last day to upload your layout is 5th January, Wendy will be choosing her favourite layout on 6th December and the winner will be announced on here on 7th January.

Don't forget to link your blog entries if you are featuring your layout on a blog, or EMAIL us. Please note the email address has been updated.

Looking forward to seeing your layouts.

Good luck!

Many thanks to Jill for the prize.

NB Competition open to all, but postage costs for sending prize free to UK addressees only.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

M is for Multiple photos and Mix 'n' Match

This month we asked the talented Wendy if we could scraplift one of her lovely layouts. It was difficult to 
choose just one from the many she has created, but we especially liked this one using multiple photos. Having looked at using and making embellishments last month we thought you could mix and match shapes with embellishments and your photos.  


Here area few words from Wendy:

"...Hi My name is Wendy...I live in a small town in the south east of England...right near the sea. I live here with my husband of 10 years and my gorgeous 6 year old boy. I have been scrapbooking for over 6 years now, since I went to a creative memories party at my sister's work and I have made some amazing friends along the way. I very quickly accumulated enough stuff to fill a scrapbooking room and spend as much time in there as possible. I love making pages, cards or anything that I can find that can be altered in some way!

When I am not in my scrapbooking room I can be found taking photos of everything...reading or trying to beat my son at Monopoly.

I have been lucky to design for several companies over the last few years...i am proud at the moment to design for American Crafts, My Scrapbook Nook, and also for Papermaze ....

Wendy x"
Here is the sketch drawn from Wendy's Layout. 
 And the Design Team's Layouts.


Please join in the fun and create a layout using these pages for inspiration. We hope you will let us share your finished layout on this blog. You need to leave a comment below. We would also ask you to become a follower of this blog to be considered for the prize. You have until midnight on 5th January to enter the competition.

If you create a page after that date, please still share it with us.

Please can bloggers leave a comment with a link to the relevant post on their blog. If you don't have a blog - no problem - just drop us an image attached to an email. (If you don't have Outlook, simply copy and paste the email address into your normal web based email system.)
Please note the email address has been updated.

The prize winner for the best layout to be selected by Wendy announced on 7th January. Please check this post on this blog in a few days for details of the fab prize Jill has offered for this month's scraplift.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sneaky Peek at December's Challenge

Ok, here's nearly time again so hurry and submit your November LO's to be in with a chance to win the fab Promarker prize.

Hope this has whet your appetite, check back on the 6th December for the full story....

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Alcohol Inks

Anita has come up with an answer to Jilly's Question:

"Could you give me some advice on how to achieve a beautiful effect with alcohol inks please. Everyone that I see looks lovely and mine just looks a mess lol"   Jilly

Anita's Answer:
"Before you use your inks make sure that the room you are using is well ventilated as they have a fairly strong smell.

If you have never played with alcohol inks before you are in for a fun experience, you will need a few different colours (they come in a huge variety!!), protective covering for your work area and you need a non porous surface to try them out on. Examples of suitable surfaces are acetate, aluminium foil, glossy card (even though photographic paper is glossy, I have to say I haven’t had any luck playing with it), glass, mirrors, dominoes, shrink plastic and metal. They can all  be used and will provide a stunning variety of different results.

You will also need something to apply the inks with. You can easily buy alcohol ink applicators in good craft shops. Or alternatively you could always have a go at making your own. You will need a piece of wood (an old rubber stamp block is perfect) or an acrylic block, and some self adhesive Velcro. Stick the rough sided Velcro to your block and then you need to cut small rectangles of felt and press them onto the Velcro.

A little ink goes a long way, you will be surprised! Just place the nozzle of the ink bottle into the felt, and give a small quick spurt. You can use different colours at the same time, but use just one squirt of each colour, and in different areas of the felt. Don’t make the mistake of spurting them on top of each other or instead of having a collection of beautiful colours you will end up with a muddy looking mess!

Then you are ready to ink away! You can try dabbing, dragging, swiping, stippling,twisting…..just experiment! Also it can be quite effective to literally just ‘plop’ little droplets of ink onto your chosen surface and ‘tip and trickle’ with them.

Another thing to try is to pop a few drops of blending solution onto the felt pad and dab all over your inked area , this will blend the colours together and give them a softer edged look.

Alcohol inks are a wonderful way of creating beautiful decorative projects and altering once bland objects into desirable items, why not try dressing up an old mirror, tins and plastic storage pots, make domino jewellery or maybe dab some inks over an old glass container and pop a candle inside to create a subtle glow lamp for a candle. You could colour co-ordinate your items to fit in with your house d├ęcor.

There is no right or wrong way to do this you know, you can experiment and play and see what effects you like best. Don’t expect or try to create the perfect effect straight away, each time will be unique and unrepeatable….enjoy the process. Have fun!"            ANITA

Alcohol inks are made by Ranger Inks Tim Holtz® Adirondack®

You can purchase alcohol inks from Jill at Cardinal Colours and also from Vanessa at Paper Maze.

The nylon crochet ribbon on this layout (by Anita) was coloured with alcohol inks to make it fit in with the colours of the papers and other embellishments.

In this layout Lynn used alcohol inks to colour the silver miri card circle and the acetate flower. The layout was designed bu Vanessa of Paper Maze and was a crop class kit a few years ago.

Lynn's letters were covered in foil tape and dabbed with alcohol inks.

Linda added foil tape and alcohol ink to this card circle.

If you have any layouts using alcohol ink that you would like to share, please email us a picture or comment with a link to your blog and we will add them to this post.