Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Sunburst Tutorial!

Hello there! Juanna here! How was Christmas for all of you? It seems like December came quickly and is about to end quickly as well. I do look forward to a brand new year though and am thinking about resolutions now. I am hoping to come up with 5 realistic ones and really focusing on that. Would love to hear about your resolutions, let’s encourage one another as we enter a new year together. (:

For today, I will be sharing a layout that I recently finished as a gift to my other half. I would like to call this the sunburst effect!


Firstly, you will need to determine the size of the sunburst that you would like on your layout. For mine, I chose to do the sunburst on the bottom half of a 12x12 layout.

On another piece of cardstock (half), I drew the sunburst using a pencil. With all the lines in place, I label each shape with a number so that I don’t mess up on their positioning. Next, I cut the different pieces.


Using the shapes that you have cut from the sunburst design, trace the shape on your preferred pattern paper and cut it out.



Do the same for the rest of the shapes from the sunburst. You can now form your own sunburst with the patterned papers of your choice.

Give it a go! (: Have a fabulous holiday season!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Tag Sets

On behalf of Jules and the entire Scrapbook Kits DT we would like
to wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas!
We wish you and your families all the happiness
that this day could possibly bring!

Hugs, the Scrapbook Kits DT!

Well it's Leah here today and I have these glass honey jars that I am giving to my sisters and my Mom for Christmas presents. I created a tag for the jar as well as a matching tag for the gift bag. I have to say that these were really, really fun to create! I hope you enjoy these as well!

These are all Sizzix embossing products that I got recently on sale for 75% off! Woot Woot! I've hand cut this handsome reindeer and added some Stickles Glitz, I've also embossed the background. All pieces inked with Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Brushed Corduroy (which is the same for all tags).

The matching gift tag with some added punched snowflakes.

You can see it better here but all tags have also been sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist so they are lovely. This is de-bossed and watercolored accents and clear bling.

The embossed tag, with more watercolor and lots more brown colored bling.

I'm so in love with these! LOL! This embossed snowflake was just taken from the center of the embossing'll see in a second what I did with the remaining piece. I've added more Stickles Glitz and a lovely jeweled brad.

And another snowflake only half embossed so I had space for the To and From.

And what did I do with all those left over scraps..but made them into a card! I got the idea when my craft sheet was covered with still useable glimmer mist so I took that embossed card and rubbed away using up that left over a shimmer here as well! There is some good dimension to this card but I don't think that photographed. Still pretty though...

Thank you all SO much for coming by...and I hope you all had just a wonderful, magic filled day!

Lots of love, Leah

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Adding some "Christmas" ***Sparkle*** to your Layouts!

Not all scrapbookers like the idea of "blinging up" 
their pages,but with Christmas just around the corner & lots 
of festive layouts to think about I thought I would show
you some subtle & sophisticated ways to use some
{{{{Sparkly Products}}} on your pages :)

Can you see that I've added a big bling rhinestone
in the centre of the chipboard flower at the top left?
You can buy similar rhinestones in most scrapbooking
stores so that you can create the very same effect 
- mine is from Glitz Design.

Another way of adding bling without your page looking 
OTT is to use a beautiful flower with a bling centre 
like I have done.  Mine is from Lily Bee but there 
are some absolutely gorgeous ones available all over 
the place, from companies like Prima & Maya Road.

So think about adding a bit of festive sparkle to 
your pages now that the silly season is here!

To inspire you further I've included a few more
examples on how to work that bling!  Enjoy!!

Hope you are all having a wonderful week :)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Three different techniques to use with the same stamp

For these tags I used various blending, spraying, and water techniques...but to day I am going to show you how I used the same stamp on all three tags, but in a different way.

All the papers were Kraft or manilla color to begin with before I stamped and ink distressed them.

1) I used distress ink to stamp the tag (before adding any other colors) to create a background print - the butterfly in stamped in purple

2) I stamped in Staz-on ink in black, then blended in red distress ink over the top of the stamped image, cut the image out, and then added some red stickles to glam it up.

3) I heat embossed with red glitter embossing powder, blended with red distress ink over the embossed image, cut the image out, and added orange stickles to glam it up.


Erin R.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

November Drum Roll Please...

After much consideration, and tearing my hair out because this was NOT easy, I am pleased to announce our two winners for November:

November Inspiration Winner - Leila
November Sketch Winner - Gillian Hume
Congratulations ladies, and thank-you to everyone who entered. Your work was amazing and I look forward to seeing more of it in December.
Ladies, please email ( me your address and I will get a kit sent out to you as soon as possible.

The Last Of The Batch...

Unless I've totally missed an email or link, then these are the last two entries for the November Challenges. If I have missed your entry, please send me an email and let me know, lol!!!
Gillian Hume - November Sketch Challenge
I just love those polka dots and cute animal stickers.
Kimberley - November Inspiration Challenge
More polka dots! Are you ladies sure you didn't use the same paper, lol???
I will announce the winners within the next 24 hours. Stay tuned...

Using up your scraps

Hi there its Caz again back to share some of how i scrap.

Since i found kits i have never looked back and I'm one of the few scrappers that actually have no stash, now i do have a ton of tools and inks/mists etc but these are things we use on a daily basis. For me i just can not have a TON of papers lying around, it always makes me feel as if I'm behind in my work somehow.

Anyway when i first got into scrap booking i bought everything lol then i became aware of always getting stressed because i just had way too much. Then came kits and OMG i love them, i don't have to have a stash i just work from my kits, I'm also lucky enough to be able to finish kits every month so i don't have a build up. Right now i have 1 half used kit sitting and this will no doubt be done before next months :) i think that's good going, don't you?

I love to use my kits down to every last scrap, sometimes i think my kits are finished but i will just get all my scrap papers out and stick them down and before you know it i have an extra few layouts, good huh!

So i thought today i would share a few layouts i made entirely from scraps and i LOVE every single one of them. I'm not kidding i was about to pack this kit away ( i tend to give the absolute scraps to Lucy) when i saw the amount of scraps i thought hey I'm not wasting them lol and down to work i got.

I hope i have inspired you to use up some scraps, its amazing what you can do with some card stock and scraps, I think these are my favourite layouts from the whole kit i was using lol

Monday, December 5, 2011

How to use washi tape

Hi it is the 5th and it is time or my blog day and today I would like to show a few ways of using washi tape.
Are you all familiar with washi tape? It is sort of a paper tape that comes in millions of colors and zillions of patterns.

These are a few ways of using washi tape:

As a pattern on a gift bag made from an envelope:

With Twine to make a banner:

As a decorative border:

As a stripe (the green and red narrow stripes are tape):

On top of a pattern paper:

In the edges of the PP cluster:

Hope you enjoyed and got some new ideas


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Sale!!!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas... so I have decided it is time to celebrate. I am having a 20% off sale over in the Scrapbook Kits Store. This includes all kits (except the current December class kits and the Limited Edition Christmas Kits). All you have to do is type in the word JINGLE in the voucher/coupon option when you checkout. This sale is on now, and will run until the 15th December 2011. You might want to come back and check occasionally, as I will be adding more new kits between now and the end of the sale.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December Inspiration Challenge...

This has got to be one of my all time favourite Inspiration Challenges. I found this beautiful piece of inspiration on Pinterest. I'm not a traditional green and red kind of gal, so the moment I saw this, I knew it would be perfect for our December Inspiration Challenge.
I hope you feel the same way. (-:
So, how does this inspire you? The colours? The grid pattern? The flowers and branches?
Or maybe the glitter? (sorry, just had to put that in, lol!).
Let's see how our design team was inspired: Are you ready?

Annette Gearside (Off The Page Project)
Kristie Taylor (Off The Page Project)
Kristie Taylor
Nick Knopke
Kim Kendall
Card by Leah Schaeffer
Juanna Sia
Holly Connors
Helen Tilbury
Erin Reed
Caroline Hancock
Aren't these just amazing? What I love the most, is that although the inspiration piece was Christmas inspired, these layouts are not all about Christmas. It just goes to show, you don't have to interpret this "literally". Anything is possible.
So, if you would like to play along for your chance to win a kit from our store, please email your entries to or add your direct blog link in a post below.
Competition closes midnight 31st December 2011.
Winners will be announced early January 2012.

December Sketch Challenge

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - unless you're in denial like me!!! Seriously, only 25 days until Santa arrives. For those of you who need a distraction from the Holiday Season craziness (like me), we present "The December Sketch Challenge"!!! Let's have a look at what amazing creations the Design Team have whipped up to inspire us:
December Sketch by Amy Bender
Caroline Hancock
Annette Gearside
Holly Connors
Kirsten Casey
Michelle Wallace
Nicole Knopke
Petra Offrell
Once again, amazing work by my incredible team. So many styles, and so many different interpretations. Fabulous inspiration!!!
This competition closes at midnight 31st December 2011.
The winner will receive a kit from our store.
Please email your entries to, or post your direct blog link below. Winners will be announced early January 2012.