Wednesday, August 31, 2011

It's September!!!!!

Are you ready? September is finally here. We have new challenges for you, and a whole new design team. Let the fun and excitement begin!!!

First up, we have the September Sketch Challenge. Here's a fun little sketch that I have designed. You have until the end of the month to complete this challenge (there will no longer be a sketch challenge in the middle of the month). A winner will randomly be chosen, and will receive a RAK prize. Please email your entry layouts to Julianne at

Let's take alook at the inspiration the design team has created...

Michelle Wallace

Caroline Hancock

Annette Gearside

Kirsten Casey

Leah Schaeffer

Helen Tilbury

Raissa Costa Carvalho

Rebekkah Lynch

Kim Kendall

Kristie Taylor

How amazing are all these layouts? So now it's your turn. Dust off your scrapping supplies and join in the fun! Happy scrapping everyone!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Executive Decision...

I've made an executive decision about the Scrapbook Kits store, and since I am the boss, no-one can tell me I can't. I do not enjoy running the scrapping suplies store side of this business, so I am going to close it down as at the 1st September. From then on, the store will only sell class kist and limited edition kits. Which means, if you want to get any last minute goodies (still 40% off), you have 3 days left. So I'm guessing you all want to know what I'm going to do with all that stock I have left over? I've got a plan. In addition to Scrapbook Kits (kits only) I'm going to open an Etsy Store and sell mixed media canvases, pre-made layouts to which you add your own photographs, and possibly some Off The Page projects too. I don't have a choice - the thought of doing stock-take every year, and uploading thousands of images of products for purchase, just does my head it. It's no fun for me, and it's interfering with my scrapping. So it has to go. And if a kit hasn't sold within 3-4 months, it will be recycled and re-used for a new project. No kits will be wasted!!! (-: As a result of this, my next Design Team will consist of 12 members. Let's just say we are using this first DT term as an fun experiment. I need to find out what works, and what doesn't work. (-:
And not only that, with the 1st September, we are going to introduce new inspiration challenges, new sketches, and new Design Team tutorials and blog posts. Are you counting down the days? I am - only 4 days to go!!! :-)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tutorial- stamping on die cuts

Hello there bloggers!
I wanted to share a tutorial today on adding some interest
to store bought die cuts.
Die cuts come is so many shapes and sizes and colors these days.
They come in alone or in packs, with or without other matching products.
But either way, we've all got them!

So when I was looking at my stash, I started thinking about how to make these more interesting.
And the first thought was- stamps! Stamps are one of the most versatile craft products on the market
with the ability to transform a project. They can be used in card making, scrapbooking or just
for altering embellisments.

Here is a handful of die cuts I pulled out of my stash to play with today.

On the first one here, I stamped a background stamp in a very light pink (which I don't think will
show up on camera), the blue ruler and the word Enjoy. The second one with a flourish stamp and then a text over that. Think layer and layer. The more you later, the more interesting it will be.

The yellow piece had the white flower so I simply stamped a couple flowers over that one. Simple but much more interesting! The next has a text stamp and a cloud stamped in Versamark. Want something subtle? Try stamping in Versamark.

The fun journaling prompt was great alone. But I added another fun sentiment and then a grid background stamp. Both in neutral shades. The bright scallop circle was brought to even more life with the large red heart, small hearts and flourish (though that may be hard to see). I accented it even further by adding a white gel pen and matching the white distressing of the paper.

And here is a finished card. I happened to have needed something for my Father in law and when I saw those pieces together I immediatly thought they could look good together on a card. I stamped the card base with a woodgrain stamp, layered the stamped die cuts and added a die cut sentiment which I covered with Stickles. Very cool! It wasn't the fastest project because of all the stamping but putting it together went together very quickly.

And thank you so much for coming by today...

Don't forget the sale going on!!!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Overhaul Sale!!!

It's SALE time!

Starting Sunday 21st August 2011.

Get 40% off everything in store.

(Except August Class kits and Limited Edition Kits).

But hurry!!!

Stocks are limited.

And the sale is for a short time only.

Just enter the voucher code "OVERHAUL" during checkout.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scrapbookkits work

These kits are so much fun, and so easy to work with! The papers and embellishments are all coordinated and mesh so well, that you cant help but make something lovely! This kit has some gorgeous papers by Teresa Collins the paper line is called "Posh", and it is so pretty! We also added in some stunning glitter paper, some a2z scraplets, and lots of bling. I made two layouts and stull had paper left over for a few small cards.

The kits comes with everything you need to make both of these layouts plus instructions that are super easy to follow! Even a novice scrapbooker can put out some stunning work! The kit can be bought here
in the scrapbookkits store.

Monday, August 15, 2011

15th August Sketch Challenge.

Have you got the "middle of the month" blues? Or the "it's only 4 months until Christmas" blues? (Yes, I just said that - 4 months until Christmas - shock! horror!). Well, we have the answer for you. A lovely sketch by our very own Lisa Kamphuis, to help cheer you up and keep you distracted. Would you like to see what the team did with this:
Holly Connors
Eve Sheppard
Juanna Sia
Kim Kendall
Kirsten Casey
Leah Schaeffer
Lisa Kamphuis
Erin Reed
Petra Offrell

Rebekkah Lynch
Jodi Dolbel

Kristie Taylor
So, are you all inspired (and distracted from Christmas???)? I certainly hope so, and I can't wait to see what you create. The challenge closes at midnight on the 31st August. The winner will be randomly drawn, and announced, on the 4th September. Please email a copy of your layout to Jules at
Happy scrapping everyone!!! xxx

Friday, August 5, 2011

And The July 1st Winner Is...

Congratulations to "AMANDA". You are the randomly drawn winner for the 1st July Sketch Challenge. Please email ( your name and mailing address to me and I will get a prize pack out to you shortly. Unfortunately, we did not have enough entries to draw a winner for the 15th July Sketch Challenge.
Thank-you to everyone for participating. It was a pleasure to see your creations, and your interpretation of our sketches. I look forward to seeing what you do with our August sketches. But come September, I have a few changes in store. We've found new ways to inspire you. (-; Want to know more? Well, you can't, lol! You will just have to wait and see...

Monday, August 1, 2011

One Last Entry...

We have one last entry for the 1st July Sketch, from Samantha Young. I will announce the winners in the next couple of days. (-:

1st August Sketch Challenge...

Here's the 1st August sketch challenge. (We've had a minor issue with scanning and uploading this sketch, so please forgive me as I am not a computer expert, but I am working on it, lol!!!). Now, are you ready for some AMAZING inspiration? The DT (both new and returning members) have been busy creating these incredible layouts for you:
Petra Offrell
Juanna Sia
Caroline Hancock
Rebekkah Mitchell
Annette Gearside (done as an 8.5" x 8.5")
Kristie Taylor
Kim Kendall
Nick Knopke
Amy Bender
Holly Conners
Michelle Wallace
Raisa Costa
Lisa Kamphuis
Kirsten Casey
Jodi Dolbel
Aren't these amazing? Yes, I've been blessed with a wonderful team. But now it's your turn. The team and I would love to see your creations. You have until midnight on the 31st August to get your entry in. The winner (random drawing) will be announced early September, and a RAK full of goodies will be sent out to that person. So now it's time for you to go and have some scrappy fun, and get those entries in.