Sunday, December 26, 2010

December ScrapPack

The December ScrapPack from Better Scrapbooking is fantastic.  From the Making Memories Paper Reverie Collection, the Brun Antique colour range is simply gorgeous and quite versatile. 

Here are my layouts and OTP project using the ScrapPack.  Step-by-step instructions and also other layouts from the Design Team can be viewed in the December Newsletter.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas holiday layouts

Have been busy making Christmas presents so haven't been doing much scrapping lately.  Will post pics of the Christmas presents after Christmas so Mum doesn't see it before she should!

A couple of layouts I did manage to finish though this week, using Kaisercraft paper.

In the first layout I just cut out the shapes from the paper (love easy, co-ordinated embellishments).  The second layout I used Cricut cartridge Paper Doll Dress Up for the clothes.

Kindy Christmas

New togs


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Chocolate-filled gift boxes

For Christmas, I made some little gift boxes for my son's kindy teachers and filled them with chocolates.  Quick, easy and very cute. 

I was shown how to make these simple boxes by a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Patrice Halliday-Larsen.  Rather than stamping, I have used double sided patterned paper instead.  You appreciate the pattern on both sides when you open the boxes up.

One sheet of standard 12 x 12 inch paper makes two boxes plus two small gift cards.  Each box requires about 40cm of ribbon.

Six gift boxes using Kaisercraft Christmas Spirit range

Gift box with co-ordinating card
So here's how to do it.....  cut a rectangle 15cm x 21cm.  Fold in half and score lines from that fold to the middle of both edges, so you get a diamond shape pattern (see photo below).

Score lines

Fold into a triangle box and punch holes in each side.  Fill with chocolates, thread ribbon through holes and tie in bow. 

Fold into triangle box and punch holes for ribbon

The little cards are made from the remaining paper from the two boxes.  Simply cut remaining paper in half and fold to make card.  I also rounded the corners on the cards. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Simple Christmas cards using scraps

I make my Christmas cards and to keep it simple I choose a design and make all the cards the same.  My friend found a great design in a card-making magazine and I really liked it.  I modified it slightly, but essentially its the same. For me, cards need to be simple to make, especially when mass-producing. 

I used scraps from Christmas layouts to make these cards, so I feel good about using all those up.  The cards are made using only paper.  Even the 'ribbon' on the cards, is paper cut into 1cm strips.  The scraps were left over from the Better Scrapbooking November ScrapPack.  Here is a selection of four of the cards I made.

Christmas cards

Monday, December 6, 2010

Making Lace cardstock

Lace cardstock is great but you can make your own if you are lucky enough to have Cricut and Design Studio or a Gypsy.  By welding together shapes or letters, 'lace' out of cardstock can be created.

I used various hearts from several Cricut cartridges and welded them together.  This was my first attempt at making 'lace', and it wasn't hard, though it did take me a while because there was alot of welding to do.  Of course now it is saved, I can use it time and time again.

The full title actually reads - Big hugs, Big Love, Big Brother, though only the 'Big Brother' is obvious since it was lettering that was inked and popped onto 3D foam.  The first part of the title was embossed by rubbing over the letters placed underneath the cardstock.

Some journal strips, dates, and some ribbon attached with heart brads, and its all done. 

Big Brother

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Hmmm, Cadburys...

Whenever I see the deepest purple I think of Cadburys.  So when I was scrapping some pics of my sons first Easter, I was inspired by his Easter stash. 

I found that although I have alot of purple embellishments getting the right Cadbury's purple was quite difficult.  On a hunt for Cadbury purple I found ribbon, a pipe-cleaner, embossing powder Opals 'Lily Pilly' and metallic paint. I also decided to use the Cadburys foil from a king sized block (which just happened to be in my pantry).

The cool technique I used on this layout involved my retro Dymo labeller.  I typed in my journalling and then wrapped foil around each strip.  By rubbing over the top, the embossed words show up quite well.  I wiped a bit of metallic paint over the top to make it stand out a bit better (The photo doesn't do it justice).  It's readable but wouldn't be great for lots of journalling.

The sketch I used was from the SBO Friday Night Challenge


Journalling on aluminium foil covered Dymo labels

The journalling reads "Mum stole all the chocolate.  I got to keep the bunny."  Lachie was only 8 months old so I thought it was only good parenting to prevent him from over-indulging.  My motives were pure...