Friday, 31 October 2014

Guest Designer - Nupur Patel

I am delighted to introduce this month's Guest Designer Nupur Patel!
Nupur tells me that she is very nervous about taking on the GD role for Scrap but I have assured her that she is most worthy of the title and we are incredibly proud to be showcasing her work.

Please give a warm welcome to this lovely young lady:




"I am Nupur Patel, 22yrs old from Mumbai, India. I live with my loving and caring parents and my sweet little sister. I have been crafting since my early schooling years, I developed the liking and love for art and craft after having introduced to visual arts at the Ecole Mondiale World School. Playing with various colors, medias, elements and explorations opened new doors for me and lead to a new world of Mixed Media, Photography, Graphic Design. After having Learnt and explored the handwork it was high time that I step into the Digital World and explore what more could be done to enhance my creativity and this let to a Graphic Design career. As I truly think a blend of both the handwork and digital could do wonders.Now as a Graphic Design graduate I have started scrapbooking is unleash my creativity and reach new horizons. Traveling, Capturing and Trapping memories are my inspirations to Enter the World of Scrapbooking. Scrapbooking is a very huge World in itself, there is a lot more learn, to explore, to meet new people, reach new horizons and much more."

To see more of Nupur's work pop along to her blog: http://downthememorylane9008.blogspot.com.au

As always, we asked Nupur to share two of her favourite layouts, and what delights they are!




and now for Nupur's take on this month's sketch (can you believe it's the third one she has sent me!!) and what a gorgeous take it is too :)



A huge thank you to Nupur for being a wonderful GD and a massive thank you to you, lovely follower, for popping in to see us today :)

Looking forward to seeing your interpretation of the sketch in the linky. 

Happy Scrapping

Ali (Ed) x 


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

WINNER WINNER - WOW! Embossing Powders

We have our lucky winner :)

Congratulations to HANNAH!!

I am also lucky enough to live close to Marion's shop, and she is the one who inspires me. I love looking through her examples for inspiration. I also enjoy finding ideas on Pintrest.

Thank you for the chance to win, Hannah x

Please email me at scrap365@traplet.com to claim your gorgeous prize Hannah.

Thank you to everyone who left a comment; you still have time to be in the draw for the Creative Embellishments gift card...here and a few hours to go into the draw for Birgit's Carabelle stamps...here.

Good luck! 

Ali (Ed) x 

Pockets With Pizazz- Jaine Drake

Hello there, happy Wednesday and welcome to another Pockets with Pizazz feature. It's Jaine taking over the blog today with one of my Project Life pages.

I started at the beginning of January this year, having resisted it for so long but having said that, it grabbed me immediately. Not a massive fan of creating big 12 x 12 layouts, the smaller format cards were much less intimidating, plus having been an ATC fan for so long it seemed quite natural to work with the small cards.

From the very start I knew I wanted to do a page a week, a big task, and I kept it up right up to the summer when I imagined I'd get loads of time to create I actually got zero!! So I'm at week 30 which isn't too bad on the whole.

If I have enough time, I'll have a go at making my own cards. I have a box of bought cards ready for when I just want to throw a page together or lack inspiration, which happens....often!  Anyway, this is the way I do it.


For this layout, I've taken a sheet of watercolour paper and given it a wash of paint. It could be spray or acrylic paint but today I was going for the watercolour look.


I've recently found this Becky Higgins die set which is perfect for people who want to make their own cards.


Once it's cut up it looks so much better and starts looking like PL cards.


I start with my title card which is the week and date stamp and this one usually sets the tone for the rest of the layout.


Even though PL pages are usually colourful and eclectic, I have to have some consistency throughout the page and using the same pieces of paper or washi tape brings the page together nicely.


 As you can see here I've used the same tape and papers to keep the theme going.


Even the little heart is cut from a piece of card covered in the washi tape to keep some balance,


and just a little bit under the days here continue the colour down the page.
 


I hope you enjoyed this look into my PL album.


Have a good day

Jaine x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Product Review: Creative Embellishments with Terhi

Hello all! 
It's Terhi here and I'm introducing Creative Embellishments chipboards to you today...plus we may just have a little something for you to win...read on!!! 

Creative Embellishments is a family owned company from the USA. They create and sell chipboards, wood veneers, flair buttons and rubber stamps. Their main vision is to offer premium quality products with a great price and with excellent customer service.

I think they are exceeding in this vision; let me tell you why!


When I received my first package full of Creative Embellishments goodies my heart almost stopped! I mean that with every product I pulled out each one was more beautiful and inspiring than the one before!!!
I do like their own colour, it's dark brown kraft, but I prefer to alter it and these really can take it. On the layout above, I used Lucky in Love-chipboards and Photo or page corners Set 1, and painted them with a silvery paint and covered with glitter.

I love to paint my chippies, but even more I love to use embossing powders. Next three layouts are all made with this favourite technique.




See what I mean? These chipboards really will take anything? They are AMAZING to work with!

And now, as promised, I have got something for you! One lucky winner will receive this gift certificate worth $20 to spend in the Creative Embellishments store! How cool is that!?



All you need to do is leave a comment and we will choose a winner next Tuesday :) Good luck!
You can find all those delicious chippies, stamps and everything from:

For more inspiration, please visit:
http://twitter.com/CEchipboard

Happy scrapping,
Terhi

Monday, 27 October 2014

HAPPY MONDAY Craft Space - Marsha


Hi there! It's Marsha here and today I'm going to give you a tour of my craft space!

I started scrapping at this table more than ten years ago. The table was in my living room back then and it was just our dining table. All my scrapbooking supplies fitted into a plastic container that was moved into a cabinet when I was done scrapping.

The situation lasted about three years and by 2006 I was ready to move into a corner of our attic. There was no heating there, but there was room for a desk and even better: enough space to house all the supplies and tools I had collected. I was scrapbooking right next to my washer and dryer, which of course meant that I always managed to stay on top of the laundry!

We had a separate room that we called the study, which was where we kept our desktop PC. I started to spend more and more time in there, to edit and print photos, type journaling and to check out the online scrapbooking forums.

My scrapbooking stuff was on the other hand spilling over to the rest of the attic... I clearly needed more room and the thought of central heating was kind of appealing too. So about two years later we moved my scrapbooking corner into the study.

Fast-forward to the current situation:



I have somehow managed to get rid of all the home office stuff in here. We no longer own a desktop PC, which makes things a lot more flexible!

My old dining table got replaced and found a new home in my craft space. My husband elongated the legs because I like to stand while creating.


The table recently moved to the centre of the room. I'm slowly trying to minimize the amount of stuff that is stored on these shelves.

It's where you can find my packaging materials, pencils, crayons, punches and bigger tools, photo gear, 6x6 paper pads, canvases, printed photos, die-cuts, embellishments, tags, chipboard, envelopes, coloured cardstock, memorabilia, printer paper, photo paper and sewing materials...
 

On the other side of the chimney is an Expedit:



This is where I keep magazines, works in progress and... even more memorabilia:
 

My memorabilia hoarding habit is a problem that honestly needs to be fixed!

I have made progress in sorting it all out and now I need to do something with it. Some of it is tied to the works in progress, some of it is tied to potential projects, other stuff I keep for nostalgic or emotional reasons.

I have promised myself that this is it. I have to finish a project or decide to chuck things out before I can accumulate any more. I also need to decide what to do about the potential projects. Use it or lose it... That's the question!

I know you can hardly see it here, but left of the Expedit sits a vintage record case. I keep my entire collection of 12x12 white, kraft and black cardstock and patterned paper in that record case!

On the opposite side of the table is another Expedit, that functions as more of a mixed media station:


Most of my inks, adhesives, special paints, pan pastels, embossing powders, watercolour mediums, washi tape, pens and markers are in those drawers, but you can also find roller and alphabet stamps, enamel dots and wood veneer in there.


This Expedit houses collage material, acrylic paint, spray inks, stencils, UTEE, clay, mediums, clear stamps and... my waste paper bin:


And last but certainly not least, there is a wine box on the window sill that contains my essential tools:



Here I can reach for my paint brushes, attacher, several pairs of scissors, hole pokers, craft knives, palette knives, foam brushes, several rulers, craft sheets, baby wipes, spray bottle with water and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

I love that this is a moveable feast: I can take out what I need, or I can just move the whole box to the worktable if needed.

I spend a lot of time in this room. This is where I paint (and splatter), cut, paste and sew. It's also the place where I do my photo editing, writing and other computer work. It's my room, I don't have to share it with anyone else and I can leave unfinished projects out on the table if I want to.

I assure you that it isn't always this tidy. I tend to pull out all kinds of stuff while creating. But I do try to put everything back once a project is finished. Having a place for everything really does help a lot and I consider myself very lucky to have a space like this!

That it. That concludes the tour of my room. I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you a lovely week!

Marsha.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Jennifer Grace - Layout Process Video

Lucky us! 

Jennifer is indulging our love of watching her create :)

Enjoy the process of her Sketch Challenge layout.




Friday, 24 October 2014

Terhi's November Sketch - a video tutorial

Are you a sucker for tutorial videos too? Then come and join me as we sigh over Terhi's incredible talent!

Enjoy :)