Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Not out with the old...use it!

Hello! It's Terhi here to share my tips with you using old stuff on your new layouts.

I recognize myself as a guilty of using only new products, if available, and that's I am forever buying more storage as my hoard just grows and grows. I had to figure something out to get all the old stash used. So here is what I came up with whilst doing my layout for the Scrap365 August sketch challenge.

1. Don't hide it!
The biggest crime is to hide your old stash. If you can't see it, you'll never use it. I store all my papers in the same place, sorted according to the manufacturer. When choosing a paper, I choose it by colour, by pattern and/or manufacturer, not by year or how new it is.

2. Think before you buy it!
Why buy the whole new collection? Why not just choose the papers you really, really like? Buying the whole paper pack might seem much cheaper than choosing just the ones you want, but it's not really cost effective unless you can honestly say you always use the whole collection!
A great tip is to ask a friend to make that order with you, and split the papers. Extra bonus, split all the postage costs, too!
This tip contradicts what goes on in my head a little. My parents have created their own small business, and I have seen how important it is to support people who are in business. Giving a tip to not buy is fighting hard against my principles. We all just saw how one of the biggest scrapbooking stores went out of business. But it's always good to think before buying, whether is't papers or vegetables.

3. Mix it!
When starting to do a layout, I choose papers that match each other, and of course the picture too. Forget that you NEED to use your latest purchase it's more important to choose papers that work with your photo and the feel of your layout.
If I have a new paper in my hand, I try to find matching old papers and stash to go with it. It doesn't have to be a big piece of paper, just a little circle peeping behind the picture is enough. Or try mixing old and new alphas to your title. Another idea is to mix alphas and word stickers - that gives a nice texture, too!

4. Paint it!
Even the yuckiest old paper becomes cool with paints and other mediums. If you haven't tried any mixed media, do it now. For example a slight layer of gesso, maybe through a beautiful stencil, makes every paper look trendy. Also water colours are the must have for the season so dig out your old paints and brushes!
Misting sprays are everywhere; and if you already have them in your stash...great! If not, make your own with paint, a little PVA glue and water :)
If messy medias gives you goosebumps, try cleaner things like stamping or pencil doodling.

5. Decorate it!
Like all layouts, layouts with old stash needs to be decorated. Confetti, flowers, sequins, stickers, glitter, enamel dots, what ever comes to your mind, they give a nice finished look. My favourite thing is thread, and I love to use it around the picture - it moves the viewer's attention to the image and that's why we do our layouts, right?

Hope you get your papers and stash all used up soon!

Thank you for looking!

Terhi <3

Saturday, 19 July 2014

It's that time again - Day 2!!

Hello, hello!!

Lovely to see you again for Day 2 of our DT sketch inspiration :) 

Did you see what our four lovelies created for us yesterday? No? Well you may just want to take a look as the prize details and 'rules' are on that post too!

Here is our August sketch based on the artwork of our very own magazine lovely Els Brige.

Now that you have seen the sketch, let's see how our DT interpreted it!! This, for me, is always the best bit...until your work starts to filter in of course!!


Amazing how they all chose pink palettes!! I promise you it was a fluke :)

Now that our DT have shown you their beautiful work, we look forward to seeing yours in the linky on the side bar!!

Thank you so much for popping in today, have a happy weekend.

Ali (Ed), Bella (DT Co-Ordinator), Jasmine, Jennifer and Annette x

Friday, 18 July 2014

It's that time again :0)

Hello lovely scrappers!

It's time for another Sketch Challenge...yippee!! This month's sketch is based on artwork created by the very talented and queen of CAS Els :)

We have a fabulous prize for you this month; an abundance of Glitz Designs products to liven up your craft room!

Kindly supplied by Stampbox :)

This month we encouraged our DT to dig around in their craft room and use up their stash!! Yes, just like you, we are guilty of using what is on the top of the pile ;) 

So, here is what they came up with...and as always they have come up trumps!!

I'm inspired, are you? 

All you need to do to be in with a shot of the gorgeous Glitz goodies (!) is create a layout using our sketch. Put a link back to our blog on your post and link it up via the linky on the side bar :)

I cannot wait to see what you come up with and neither can the team :)

Thank you so much for popping in today. Make sure you join us tomorrow to see what Jennifer, Annette and Jasmine created using the sketch as inspiration!!

Ali (Ed), Bella (DT Co-ordinator), Sandra, Terhi and Olga x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

We have a WINNER!!!

Hello lovelies,

you know what, I say it every month, but seriously we have the BEST entries to our challenge!!

Each and every one of you should be giving yourselves a HUGE pat on the back for creating such beautiful work :0)

Thank you, thank you, thank you... looking through the entries is never a chore!!! Choosing a winner is one almighty headache though!!!

So, who caught our eye and is the very worthy winner of our GD spot and the very fabulous 7 Dots Studio collections???

Be still my heart!! I LOVE this lot!

But we are handing it over to:

We loved how gorgeously serene and 'natural' Napur's layout is. The tranquil colour palette works in harmony with the photo and yet the eye is still drawn in to follow the path. Sunning work! Napur, please email me at scrap365@traplet.com with your address and for details of the Guest Designer spot...and don't forget to grab your winner's badge from the side bar :0)

Now onto our Super Duper Scrappers for this month!!

We loved that Yuliya turned the sketch around! With it's gorgeous drips and smashing stamping what's not to love about this minimalist layout? Beautiful :0)

I don't get a vote but if you know my style you won't be surprised to hear that I LOVE Jo's interpretation of my sketch, bright, white and bold! Divine work :0)

This is ethereal femininity personified!! Fantastic background work, gorgeous stamping and a stunning photo...truly sensational :0)

Congratulations to all three of you; hold your heads high as the competition was phenomenal!!

Please grab your badge from the side bar and display it on your blog with pride.

As well as that, we would love to send you a copy of the current magazine so please email me at scrap365@traplet.com with your address :0)

Thank you all so very much for popping in today. We'll be back tomorrow with the new sketch and a ton of inspiration!!

Ali (Ed) and all the Sketch DT girlies xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Sorry folks, who knew it was Wednesday already !!!

I've been busy preparing my own embellishments en masse these past few days....I set aside a couple of hours and get to work with some of my stamps, punches and die cut shapes.

Arrows are a great favourite of mine and work perfectly with the pocket pages. I just use up my scraps of card stock. These arrows are from Spellbinders and are tiny, so take up a very small amount of card. I even used funky foam to make some and they worked perfectly well too! Cork worked but its very delicate....

With the cork, I used one of DCWV's cork stack, 15 sheets of 6x6" cork, absolutely brilliant for stamping on. I used a combination of Technique Tuesdays Ali Edwards stamps and some new Kaisercraft stamps to cover the 6x6" sheet, look how many stamps I managed to get out of one sheet!!!! I then either punched or cut by hand around the image - it was very easy, and I love the results!

Next time I'll show you some more homemade embellishments - y'can never have enough !!!

Week 23

Not a huge amount happening this week, I think I'm starting to like the ratio of photos and cards now, although I'm sure I will have weeks where I am over-run by photos, and will struggle to fit any cards in! I think I'm just going to have to accept I'm not into plain & simple, although I love that style too !

Week 24

The weather was actually warm enough to have a water session in the garden, luckily I had my camera handy. We have a new puppy addition for one of the boys in Canada, a gorgeous little French Bulldog called Bali, named after their travels. The kittens are growing up quickly and will soon become a nuisance I'm sure!

Hopefully the editor can now sit down with a glass of wine, instead of her morning coffee to read the post - sorry ED xx
Hoping you get some inspiration from this weeks pages - I'd best start getting up to date with the next lot - (yes, even we fall behind some times!)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Going for Gold!

Hi all,

its Sanna with you today to share the video process of a layout that is featured in an article I wrote for the AUG/SEP issue of Scrap365.

I hope you enjoy it :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

Happy New Issue

Hello lovely scrappers I am beyond thrilled to share the cover of the latest blooming marvellous issue of SCRaP365 with you today :)

It is jam packed with a host of floral delights from Kim Price, Gabriella Pollacco, Els Brige and many more!

Alongside all the prettiness we have a fabulous misting tutorial with Eila, Lisa points us in the right direction with arrows, Sanna brings some bling to our pages, Tracee dips into Sunset Shades and Kim W shows that neon doesn't have to be blinding!

There is a host of other wonderful articles and projects including our fantastic readers' layouts in the gallery and Sandra's debut!

PLUS we have the FANTASTIC Cricut Explore to give away to one lucky winner...as well as a plethora of other gorgeous goodies :)

AND if you live in the UK you can have this beautiful bumper issue sent to your door with FREE p&p...yes that's right FREE p&p!!! Click on the magazine image on the side bar to place your order :)

Happy Friday :)

Ali (Ed) x