Monday, November 29, 2010

Multi-media elements

Scrapbooking is all about the photos and telling a story through journalling.  I love that.  But other multi-medial elements can be incorporated to enhance the story-telling.

In the first layout 'Blowing Bubbles', I used an audio recording of my daughter as a baby, blowing raspberries.  It brings a fun interactive component to the layout plus it is a memorable moment that is preserved. 

I picked up the flat sound card from craft store Spotlight, the batteries last for years and its re-recordable.  I used a Making Memories Page Pebble over the top of the play button with the word 'Push' to start the audio recording.

Blowing Bubbles with audio recording

In the next layout 'Look at me!', I had videoed my daughters' first steps as well as taken photo's. The DVD sits in a pocket and can be easily removed for viewing.  The DVD is not just memrobilia but also is functional as an embellishment and title.

Look at me! with DVD movie

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Feeling the Magic

I've been having more fun with the new Core'dinations Black Magic collection and have been trying alot of different techniques as seen on the Core'dinations website.  For this layout I tried Tearing, Embossing, Debossing and Labelling with the red/black cardstock.  Very cool.

I had already chosen a 'vintage' look with my photos and by teaming it up with Bo Bunny paper and Core'dinations, I think the layout has a grungy/shabby chic feel about it.  It's a very different layout style for me and I absolutley love it!

I did this layout for the Scrapbook Outlet Friday Night Challenge - love their weekly challenges.


Monday, November 22, 2010

Cute Christmas gifts

PIn need of some inexpensive and thoughtful presents this year for Christmas???  Well these 'Cookie in a jar' presents are just the thing.  A friend suggested this idea and I made these last year for family and was thrilled with how they turned out.

There are heaps of websites with 'Cookie in a Jar' recipes such as Family Crafts.  Some websites include recipe tags which you can print out, making it even easier.

I used the large 200g Moccona jars, ribbon and rafia to deocorate.  Each jar had a tag with instructions and what 'wet' ingredients to add.  I made a separate complete recipe card and laminated it and the tag.  I also included a cookie cutter or wooden spoon to go with each jar.

The M&M cookie jar was my favourite as the M&Ms were so colourful.  The tag was very simple - a circle with a letter M on it (just like an M&M).  The recipe card was also very easy - a circle with punched circles of various colours (to look like the finished cookie).

M&M cookie jar

Although the ingredient jar is not quite so colourful, the gingerbread decorations are super cute!  I used a Cricut (cartridge My Community) to make the gingerbread man tag and gingerbread house recipe card.

Gingerbread cookie jar

I hope you try making these fun gifts - fun to make and fun to eat!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Black Magic

I finally managed to get hold of some Core'dinations cardstock - Black Magic collection - Hocus Pocus.  It's particularly hard to get hold of but Crafty Tart has it and seems to be the only place in NZ that does stock it.  Check out the LHS of the layout.... after embossing the cardstock, I then lightly sanded the top to reveal the core colour (red in this case) underneath.  Magic! 

Check out for videos on other ways to use this cool product.

Shiny and New

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Magazine freebie paper

I am always excited to get free stuff from magazines and always keep it.  But the question is, what do you do with it all?  I'm not convinced the paper that you get from Scrapbooking Memories mags are acid free plus its creased in the centre, so its not ideal for scrapbooking. 

So I've decided to make an effort and use all this free stuff and make cards.  I'm not one for making cards, in fact I cringe when I have to make them.  I just can't seem to come up with any cool ideas. 

After gaining inspiration from Card Making mags and sorting through my free paper stash, these four cards are what I came up with.  The paper was actually an Easter design but I thought it looked more useful for masculine cards.  Additional to the paper I used ribbon, square page pebbles, 3D foam and stamp "Wish Big'.  I'm a simple girl, so I make simple cards...

Freebie paper

4 cards made from freebie paper

Thursday, November 11, 2010

October ScrapPack

The October ScrapPack from Better Scrapbooking was Christmas themed so I had a blast getting lots of Christmas layouts done.  Instructions for the following layouts can be seen on the Better Scrapbooking website.  Check out the other design team ladies using the same product in the October Newsletter.

Holy Nite

Holy Nite - Close up of holly

Xmas 2007 - With flaps the layout has 25 photos

Christmas Party

Christmas Party - Detail of 'buttons'



Christmas gift boxes

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dog Tag invites

My sister, although scathing of my papercraft obsession, always gets me to do birthday invites for my nephew.  This year the theme is an action packed war game, so I decided to do dog tag invites and they are by far the easiest invites I have ever made!

I cut out dog tag shapes from Cricut cartridge Tags, Bags & Boxes - 2 grey cardstock and 2 camouflage paper per invite.  I printed out the details on the grey cardstock (personal details have been obscured in photo for privacy).  I used a Dymo labeller for the names and adhered to a camo piece.  Each grey piece was backed with the camo paper, punched and hole and set an eyelet.  I then threaded with string.  It was very quick and perfect for a grungy boy themed party.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday Night Sketch

This is my latest layout created for the Friday Night sketch for Scrapbooking Outlet.  Have been wanting to scrap these pics for some time ever since I found these cute whale buttons.  Just needed to be inspired and the sketch was perfect.