Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Just Scraps - Christmas Tags

I held off as long as I could. Really I did. But those Memorandum scraps have been shouting Christmas! at me and I was finding them hard to resist.

I decided to make some gift tags with the help of my Slice.

I layered the different tag shapes up to make them feel a bit more special

and even added a bit of Christmas sparkle. Then I hung them all on my new display board and turned it into this:

Get ready for Christmas as Gotta Craft! The Memorandum kit is now sold out (although you can buy the pieces to make your own right here). But Sandra has a beautiful December kit planned. Watch this space!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Take One Collection...

Using only papers from the new Harvest Market collection now available at Gotta Craft, 8 scrappers came up with 8 very different but equally stunning layouts:

Wendy used the blues and neutral tones to match her black and white photograph and create pretty borbers and matting.

Wendy used a whole sheet of one paper as her background and embellished it with brown and blue embellishments to create a wonderful vintage feel.

Sandra created a bold collage of photos against a red and blue background complete with patterned paper bunting. We all agreed 9 photos on one layout is very hard to do but this still has a lovely uncluttered and stylish feel to it.

Michelanne went for a spotty red and white design, using the spotty papers to enhance the photos of her little baby ladybird. How adorable is he?!

Gaye used her papers for matting, for creating flowers and for the buckle embellishments on this bright and bold design.

Debbie used the Cricut to cut one patterned paper into a gorgeous border for this very pretty layout.

Lynne layered up her papers against a yellow background and misted the lighter papers to create the wonderful flower cluster at the top

And my layout (minus photo of me!) had lots of white space and a splash of colour from both sides of the papers used to create matting, frames and embellishments.

We were all surprised when we put the layouts together just how many different styles and colour schemes and themes could be made from one paper collection.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Something Spooky.....

So Halloween has been and gone as well as Bonfire Night (where does the time go!) and if you have some pictures to scrap from Halloween then the October kit is perfect. My two dressed up for the occasion so I decided to scrap some of the pictures of them in their costumes.

I had already used most of my papers on the mini book and card that I made so I cut some of my scraps into diamonds and laid them out a bit like patchwork onto my kraft card background. It is hard to tell from the picture but a lot of the papers  have glazed designs on them which make the papers feel very luxurious and it gives them an extra dimension. The title was cut out from one of the papers as was the little owl on a branch that I stuck onto the journaling card.

If you already have the kit we'd love to see your Halloween layouts made with it, and if you don't have it already there are still some kits left in the shop.

Have a great week x

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Note to Self: Buy More Memorandum

So there I was, crouched in the wet grass, with no coat on, taking pictures of pumpkins and thinking "Sandra, these papers better be worth it".

And of course, they are. November's kit has Lily Bee's stunning Memorandum. This collection is beautiful! every last little bit of it. Honestly, I have already been back to the shop and ordered a Tiny Tablet because I am thinking about using it for my Christmas album this year. See how it looks with a Christmassy page?

The patterns are truly lovely; but what makes this collection so special is the ledger paper reverse sides. Each one is a winner - very easy to use as a background or cut into journaling blocks or mini albums. Check them all out in the shop. But don't hang around taking notes for too long - just remember, supplies of the Memorandum kit and its lovely add on won't last forever!

And those pumpkins? Here they are.

We faked it this year. These ones came from a shop. You'll find that pretty blue ribbon in the kit, along with some cute things I have even started on yet. I'll be back with more..

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fancy a peek?

November's kit goes on sale tomorrow ... and just to tempt you, here is a naughty little peek at something Sian created from it

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Scrap365 has landed

The doorbell rang yesterday morning, and I signed for a lovely package marked Gotta Craft, and I kept thinking, "what am I expecting today"? ... So I quickly opened it up, and boy did I smile .... for in my hands I held copies of the amazing brand new magazine that has just been launched ... SCRAP365.  Now you're probably thinking, why is she buzzing over this ... well our very own SIAN is on the Design Team - how exciting is that!   I quickly scanned through it to find her projects, and trust me ...Sian and the other design team memebers sure don't disappoint.  Sian has also done an article entitled "Rip it Up and Start Again?" which I just know you'll enjoy.

Its a magazine packed full of amazing projects, from scrapbooking layouts, art journals (I know I'm going to try the "My Stuff It book") to a really lovely door wreath with paper flowers attached.  You'll even find a couple of really nice cut out and keep sketches.  Its really well thought out, and I know I'm a complete magazine junkie, but trust me, you'll really enjoy this one.

I've also started stocking The Craft Stamper! and the fact that this comes complete with a stamp, makes it a real win win magazine. 

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Using up those scraps....

I'm sure most people reading this are probably the same as me when it comes to throwing away those little scraps of pretty papers - I just have to keep them! Occasionally I feel the need to try and use them and for these scraps I had left over from Authentique's Blissful 6x6 papers I decided to make a patchwork effect background for my card. I cut a circle from scrap paper, covered it in glue and then stuck my scraps on randomly (making sure they were all cut with right-angled corners so they lined up) When I had covered the entire circle I turned it over and trimmed back the overhanging edges, and then added some faux zig-zag stitching with a black fine line pen.

I made some flowers to embellish the card using plain card spritzed with glimmer mists layered with more of the paper scraps.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Looks what's new

Here is a little sneaky peek at the box that's just arrived ...... check out the site soon, for all this gorgeousness from My Minds Eye.