Monday, 30 August 2010


The winner of the Halloween Blog Candy is .....


Well done Sarah, please email me to arrange delivery of your prize.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

Sneak Peak

Here is a little Sneaky Peak at Septembers Scraplift.....


In true Rolf Harris style.... Can ya guess what it is yet?

Monday, 23 August 2010

Halloween Blog Candy


If you would like to be in with a chance of winning this selection of Halloween stash, all you need to do is comment on this post and make sure you are a follower of this blog. The winner will be drawn out of a 'hat' and announced on next Monday evening - 30th August. If you have a blog, please add a link to this month's challenge.

It contains papers from Basic Grey's Eerie collection, Making Memories, Karen Foster and Reminisce. Cardstock form Coredinations and Bazzill. Stickers from Jolee's Boutique, Doodlebug Design, EK Success, Sandylion and Bo Bunny. Various ribbons, some themed, some plain, black lace and fibres. Buttons, themed and plain. Charms, brads, and eyelets. In addition Halloween die cuts from QuicKutz and Cricut, with words numbers and images.
NB Competition open to all, but postage costs for sending prize free to UK addressees only .


.... And of Course ...

Don't forget you still have two weeks to enter the August scraplifting challenge to be in with a chance of winning another prize. This one has been offered by Jill of Cardinal Colours. Look here to see what other entrants have come up with. 

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Your Scraplifts for August

The original post for August is getting so very long I decided to move the entries for the month to a special post of their own.
See here if you have not seen the original post, or to take you back there.
A reminder of what to do if you are joining in:
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 also need to become a follower of this blog to be considered for the competition.

Don't forget there is a prize on offer for the best layout to be selected by Anita in September. Please see here for details of the prize.

Please uploaded your layout to your 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.)

In order that the layouts have been sent to us:

Here is the first scraplift from Jill of Cardinal Colours
I love the colours and the way you made these into flowers with petals.

Here is a clever record of growing up by Kathy of kathyjscrapping - thanks for joining us Kathy. A lovely way to record such milestones in a child's life. Kathy said "Well I was not going to scrap tonight until I looked at this site my scraplift is on my blog. Thanks for the insperation!"

LindaC Great idea to have the title going round each flower aperture.

Here is an entry from Sarah (Scrappy-Sarah) Her blog is Sarah's Scrapbook. What a great idea to use just cardstock. Lovely layout and you captured the carefree feeling you were after very well. Sarah said "I have had my Eureka moment today!!! Here is my layout :)"

This looks good fun Glynis, The placing of the letters fits with the activity in the photos perfectly.

Donna sent in this lovely version of the layout, looks like your children are having a lot of fun there. I like the way your apertures have some many more points, and I do love all those circles.
 Donna said "This is my layout I made after finding a link to your fab blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration I really enjoyed this month and I can't wait to see what you will be doing in September."

Kim sent this cool layout, I just love the colours in this and the girl in the photos looks like she was having great fun. Kim said "My attempt is on my blog now. I really loved this challenge and look forward to following your lovely blog."

KathyG, Love all the bling you have added to make this really sparkle.

Sharon (who google have decided to call Rosie!) This is such a lovely colourful Halloween layout.
Sharon said: "As soon as I saw the challenge I knew exactly which photo I was going to use, I really enjoyed this and its one of my favourites. Thank you looking forward to the next challenge."

SharonO. The layering on this layout really stands out. Brooke and her Mum will be really pleased with this.

Sy, What a clever idea to use the content sheet from the Basic Grey collection pack to give you lots of small pieces to play with. Sy said  "Hi Scrapology! I'm bogged weeks in advance at the mo, so I'm e-mailing my entry.  Apertures are perfect for Polaroids as they can't be cut. Here's one I made earlier, with scraps of Basic Grey. Some of these scraps are off the cover sheet of the collection pack"
Good point about the Polaroids.

Jo sent in this cute layout, the first to have a layout of a different size. Love your tiny petals Jo.

Sharon O, made a second layout using in different papers and colours to the first, this time for Ethan. Great to see you got your mojo back Sharon.

Karen has created this pretty pink girly page. Love he little butterflies,you can see them in more detail on Karen's blog. 

This pretty layout is from Susiescrapper, Love the shape of the apertures on this layout, and the colours are lovely. Sue said "Thanks for a lovely challenge, I really enjoyed making this Lo, never having done apertures before it was quite a challenge, it took me 3 goes to get it right… good job I practiced on scrap paper first. I’m looking forward to September’s challenge. Keep up the marvelous work please."

Great autumn colours Lizzie. Love the different apertures you have made.

Dot emailed this layout. She said  "After having been away from scrapping for quite a while this has been such fun to make....and given me a real boost at the same time! I am so glad to have found your blog and cannot wait to see what each month holds in store for us all, Thank you so much!"

You have until Saturday to join in for the prize. If you still take part after that, please send your image in so we can share it with you.

Entered after the challenge.
Thanks for sharing
From Sunday 05/09/10 
Adela, you're the first to offer a double layout.  What lovely colours an love all those apertures..

Ann H
This was taken at the seaside, beside the beach huts. She is in need of a title and would welcome suggestions.

Two family layouts

Your Next!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Prize for August Scraplift Challenge

Just heard from Jill at Cardinal Colours, and she would like to offer a prize to the creator of the best layout for the month of August. See August Challenge here. This is the lovely prize she is offering:

EZY Locking Purple Ultra Suede Caddy.
Includes six 2XL 14 compartment caddies.

So if you want to be in with a chance to win this great prize, go back and check out this post and have a go at scraplifting Anita's original layout. You also need to become a follower of the Scrapology blog. Anita will be choosing her favourite in early September.

Don't forget to link your blog entries if you are featuring your layout on a blog, or email me here.

Looking forward to seeing your layouts, and good luck. x

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

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Papercraft Essentials for Beginners

A big thank you and welcome to Jill of Cardinal Colours for this useful guide to equipment for scrapbooking and other papercrafts.
Over to you Jill:

The majority of you reading this will be experienced Scrapbookers and Card Makers so it will seem like I am trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs, as they say. But there are always new people coming to the craft and the list of essentials may seem daunting, so this is just a simple list for those new to Scrapbooking and Card Making, and going to classes or crops.

Firstly we have the Tools of the Trade. Don’t think that you have to spend a fortune or have the latest gadgets to start. Your basic tools kit for crops and classes should consist of:

Scissors - a pair of small ones for detailed cutting and a maybe a larger pair for trimming paper and cardstock. This pack of 3 scissors gives most sizes that you will need.

A craft knife - sometimes a pair of scissors just won’t do and a craft knife is just the tool. This fingertip knife is easy to hold, if you have problems gripping things.

To go with the craft knife you will need a cutting mat. These are generally self healing mats and come in a variety of sizes, and will save your table top from damage. (Voice of experience here :))

A ruler and pencil - well this is self explanatory. One with a metal edge is best. Then when you cut along your card or paper with a knife it won't shave a little bit off the wood and blunt your knife blade. You can get metal ones in most stationers but here is an extra long one.

A good trimmer is a must. You could use your scissors but a trimmer gives a much neater edge and is so much quicker for cutting off strips of paper and card. There are various types on the market, and some of the best are Fiskars, Martha Stewart and Woodware. You can purchase extra blades for the Woodware trimmer and this will allow you to cut fancy edges to your papers. If you are scrapbooking do make sure that the trimmer is 30cm so that the 12 x 12 papers will fit into it. Here is the Woodware trimmer

I personally cannot do without my tweezers and again these come in all shapes, flat ends, pointed ends, reverse tweezers etc. Here is a set of 3 which should cover most of your tweezer needs.

If you are a Card Maker then a bone folder is a handy little piece of equipment, but not really that essential to be honest, but they are cheap and are very useful

Some of the other most basic things that you will need is adhesive and these come in many different forms:

Double sided tape in varying sizes, to fix your photos or paper to a page. The red super sticky tape is what it says but do make sure that you have positioned your photo etc correctly because this tape won’t shift one it touches the paper.

Or the great little Herma tape dispenser. This comes in repositionable or permanent and as it is dry won’t wrinkle your pages. Just touch the dispenser to the page and roll it along and it will give a little row of adhesive dots. You can also get the Herma tab dispenser which gives little adhesive squares.

Foam pads or squares which raise your embellishments off the page. These come in varying thicknesses, shapes and sizes. The usual white ones, black ones when you don’t want the white to show and the clear which are generally a little more expensive but won’t show under your raised embellishments.

Glue dots for fixing flowers small embellishments. Again these come in different types to suit your project.

And finally a wet glue. My personal favourite is Art Institute glue. This dries clear and is brilliant for sticking chipboard to your projects. Another is Glossy Accents which beside being a strong glue can be used to coat embellishments to give a lovely shiny finish.

As you become more drawn into this hobby you may want to add to your tool kit and there are plenty of gadgets on the market for you to choose, but these few things will get you started along the way.


Thanks again for this informative guide Jill. If you want to shop for any of these products from Jill's online shop - then pop along to her website - Cardinal Colours. Her lovely blog - A Calendar of Colours is well worth a peek too.