Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Happy Australia Day

Scrap metal!

Hey everyone! It’s Amanda here bringing you ideas for freshening up some of those metal embellishments we all have hoarded away!

I have a whole drawer full of metal. I have everything from brads, to charms, to greetings and a lot more. I rarely think to use them as I generally create by colour. As I never really use gold or silver cardstock, I never think about adding something metallic other than glitter to my work! So, I decided to sort through my metal embellishments and pick out a few to re-colour. All of these started out silver, and I coloured some to show you the effect. You will have to forgive the photos – it’s harder than I thought to get photos of metallic embellishments!

It’s super simple to do if you have any kind of permanent pen. I used copics, but you could use Promarkers or Sharpies just as easily. Just grab your metal, a pen, and start colouring!

I used the heart embellishment and a few flowers to make this simple valentine’s card. Metal packs quite a punch so I kept the focus on that.

See? Simple!

I’d love to see your creations if you give this a try :)
Have a great day!
Amanda x

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Hey everyone...Nicole here, my turn today!!
(As you read this I am somewhere up the coast of Queensland on a cruise ship enjoying myself)

Do you ever look at something and wonder if you could use it on a layout and then thought nah? Well my question is to you is why not use it? I am famous amongst my scrappy friends for adding anything and everything to my pages. It's not unusual to see my rifling through a second hand store for anything or looking at something that someone was going to throw out and snapping it up for myself.
Hubby was throwing out his old belt the other day and I stopped him before it got to the bin...I checked out the buckle and took it off to keep...then I looked at the belt and thought to myself...ahh why not, so I kept that too. I will use it somewhere one day.
I have been known to pull apart hair clips, earrings and necklaces to use. I even bought hideous old (and new) brooches that were on throw out tables in shops and they have looked amazing on a page in the right setting.
And if acidity levels is a worry for you, just make sure anything you use that is out of the ordinary doesn't come in direct contact with your photos.
Here is a little sample of some of the things I have waiting to be used. There's an old doily, an old bandage, some old clock parts, the belt buckle that I talked about earlier, some clothing tags, a phone dangle, a keyring and some earrings. Not all this will be used on pages, I do lots of OTP and canvases as well and will use different things then.

Now for some examples of some of the unusual things I've used.

Hermit Crabs: I used hessian across the bottom, the blue and red thing with the yellow button I found on a throwout table (it's meant for a kid's coat) and the red strips in the corner is actually electrical tape (it was just the right colour)

Woody's Stand In: the tag behind the photo is from a new shirt, I just inked it up and then cut it in half, and the strip across the bottom is some of the bandage that I mentioned earlier. Oh and the background is actually the top of a pizza box (nothing is safe in my house!!)

Christmas Joy: The bow I pulled of a box of chocolates, The leaves are from some fake flowers I bought a long time ago and the red holly balls I bought in a little bundle from a haberdashery store. There is a brooch sticking out from under the bottom of the bow. I found that at a second hand shop. It has a stone missing so I just tucked that part of it under the tail of the bow!!

This is a canvas that I did a little while ago. I used lots of lace on this (and someone thought of using lace once upon a time) and there are 2 brooches on this - one at the top, left corner on the cog and the bottom left corner near the dark red frame.
So see, you can use anything on a page. The only problem I usually come across is how do I attach things to my work!!!!

I owe you a winner for the December Sketches

Hi everyone

My apologies for the delay in announcing a winner for the December Sketches.

It was a very hard decision as the entries were all so amazing!! Thank you all for participating and sharing your creations with us.

The winner for the December Sketches is.....

you have won a fantastic prize pack of A2Z Scraplets and more!!

Please email me with your postal details so I can send off your fabulous prize pack!!
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I look forward to seeing more awesome entries for the January sketches.
Fantastic prize pack to be won!!

Have fun!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A pocket of memories...

Hi everyone, Natalie here with you today...

I have a quick and simple project to share with you today that can be used for a variety of purposes...a page pocket.

Every now and then my son would come home from Pre-school last year with a little drawing in his bag from his best friend...or I should say his future wife...hehehe. I knew that they wouldn't be going to the same school this year and that their friendship would become a thing of the past and so I kept all the little drawings that she did for him in a safe place knowing that one day I would create this page.

Here are a few quick and easy steps to create a pocket on your page... (please excuse the bad photos and the messy desk...I scrap at night with the kiddies are in bed :)

1. Cut a piece of patterned paper in half.
I punched along part of the edge to add to the feel of the page...

2. Run double sided tape along the bottom and side edges of your cardstock.

3. Adhere patterned paper.

4. Add photo(s), title and embellishments.

5. Place items in the pocket...see what I mean, TOO EASY!!.

This is also a great way to store birthday cards, certificates and memorabilia from school, love notes ;), etc.

If this idea inspires you we would love to see your take on link us up.

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Hi and Welcome to ScrapwithV.I wanted to share a technique with you all today.It's MASKING with TEXTURE PASTE.For those that know my scrapping style ,know that I love lumpy bumpy pages so
when I discovered this product I thought surely I could use this on my layouts and indeed I do.
Once you have chosen a mask and have roughly planned your layout in your head,lay your mask onto your card and lightly spread a thin coat of texture paste on carefully holding your mask in place as you don't want it to move or it will spoil your finished look..Don't worry you can always hide mistakes later so don't panic if it does slide a little.Spread it just like you would icing a cake but very thinly just covering the mask.

Once you have covered the whole thing leave it for a second and then carefully lift your mask off the page.Leave to dry it won't take long I usually walk away and come back in 10--15 minutes and it is dry
Now you will need to go wash the mask under water STRAIGHT AWAY as you don't want the paste drying into it and spoiling your mask..It will just wash off,you can rub it with your fingers if it is sticking a bit.
I have also used lacy die cuts for this ,it is a little more difficult and of course they spoil afterward,so consider this when you are trying different things to use,you can also cut your own masks.ON this one I used Tattered angels glimmer screens

Once dry you can either sponge ink on or paint with a brush .I have used 3 different inks and just sponged
Next complete your layout.I've also added a layout I did a little while ago,so you can see the technique
.Thanks for stopping by,we love visitors and please,if you create a layout using this technique we'd all love to see it ,so could you pop the link to it in the comments section.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Product Review: My Mind's eye

Hello! Today I am here to share on My Mind's eye fine and dandy collections of paper! I am loving the range of paper from them. Fine & Dandy - Tickled Pink collection features lots of colorful fun papers, banners, cute birds and lovely accessories. Each paper is double sided and feature many smaller patterns that you can use on cards too. The suggested colors to coordinate with the collection can be rose pink, turquoise, lime green, light blue, strawberry pink , orange and chocolate colors! Have you grabs those pretty papers? I will be showing photos of the beautiful papers that I have used in 2 layouts that I have done.

Below are the 2 layouts that I have done using this collections of paper.


Hope I have inspire to use this range of papers! See you guys ard!

With love,

Blog Hop Winners

I Hope everyone enjoyed our Bloghop
There was plenty of action on the individual Blogs which was nice....

The winners have been drawn from three of the DT Blogs.
These people will win a $10 voucher from Scrap with V
The winners are:

From Kim - Di Maddock
From Anne - Kerri
From Lisa - Kerry
The winner of the $20 Voucher
To win this you had to leave comments and do a layout....
The winner was Kylie Howland
And this is her layout...
"Start New"

Winners could you please leave a comment in this post with your email address
and we will forward you vouchers!
Thanks so much for joining in on the fun!

January 15th Sketch

Hello everyone Tina here bringing you the sketch for January the 15th.

This time I'm using a Sketch made by Moma

Hope you like it !!

This is my take on the sketch

Natalie Hearn - A secret Past

Nicole Knopke -He unlocked my heart

Lisa Kamphuis - 45 Years

Kristie Taylor- Blue Skies

Karolina Wycislik-Maly Tutok

Jodi Dolbel- Splash

Eve Sheppard - Biker Boyz

Amanda Jones-Viloet

Entries close midnight 31st January 2011.
Link your take on the sketch to Mr Linky below to be eligible to win!!
If you have any problems linking please email me at

Enjoy!! look forward to seeing your take on the sketch.

Ps. Mr Linky has now been added below!!

Happy Scrapping !!!
Cheers Tina

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Friday, January 14, 2011

I am making paper blooms!

Hi everyone!Kristie here I just wanted to show you that it is super easy to make some really cute paper blooms with any cardstock or patterned paper that you can buy in the scrap with v store..
All you need is standard paper punches,a popsicle stick,some inks, paper of course,a small mister with water or ink in it and some fast drying paper glue.
its really easy, you just punch out you shapes, spritz then with a little water(or ink) rub your popsicles stick along the petals to shape them and give your blooms dimension.(I place mine on an old upside down mouse pad, but you could also use a floded towel) let them dry then stack them glueing along the way.. easy squeezy! you can alos slap a little paint or ink on the edges of the petals, use a marker to give details.Another hint is that you need to look at you punches a little differently, for instance, a snowflake can make a very nice stamen when all scrunched up, also a simple heart can be the perfect petals for a rose, I also used my scissors to give the flowers character, by cutting the petals of a standard daisy punch.You could place a brad or gem in the center, or even a button would look cool.Also a big glob of stickles, looks good, but be sure to allow lots of time for drying!
Remember, they dont have to be perfect, as a matter of fact, sometimes to les perfect they are, the better they look, just experiment and have fun!
Happy scrappin!
here are a few photos to show you some of the flowers I made, and a few layouts containing those flowers too.. Let me know what you think.......

Monday, January 10, 2011

Prima's Bronte Blooms - Review

Bronte Blooms are a beautiful collection of lace flowers perfect for any scrapbook layout. It has a coordinating pearl in its center. Available in 5 different colors and can be found here at the Scrap With V Shop

What I Like.
The colour range is truly amazing and the colours are very soft and subtle the fact that you get 6 flowers made from 3 different types of fabric is very pleasing and the packaging is also able to be used in your layout. I think Prima has made a terrific concept with reusable packing

What I didn’t like.
The glue dots with most prima products seem to come of the flower and stick to the packaging and I don’t like this about the product.
What I made.
You can see from the below LO how simple the packaging working its the lace doily