Saturday, January 28, 2012

Vintage Red, Black and Cream Class....

Today we had the Vintage Red, Black and Cream class. We had 6 ladies who created 3 single pages with a kit we put together using Jenni Bowlin papers and a variety of other items. It was hard to get them to all look up from their work for a group photo, but after a few boo-boo's, we managed to get them all to look at the camera at the same time!!

Here Julie is rummaging through her bag of buttons to find the perfect one! We know she did!

Here is a picture of the first layout they created. Very plain, simple and elegant. This layout has original photos of a wedding. They date back to 1971. We tend to not want to use the older photos we have of our parents, grandparents etc. Why not? We should!

It was time for a tea break after all that hard work, and the ladies relaxed at the back with some delicious refreshments. Just for a short while, though, because then it was back to the grindstone to create the next layout!

This is also a very effective, but quick page. Using some of the left over papers from the first layout and just one extra full sheet, circles are cut, some fuzzy cutting is done, photos are arranged and in less than an hour, another scrapbook page is completed!

Here the ladies are all in action - they did not want to waste a minute! They were such a fun group to teach - so eager to learn and so innovative with adding their own personality to their pages. They promised us that they would bring their layouts to photograph when they all had photos on!

This was the bonus page, made with scraps from the first two pages. It is a freestyle layout, using masking and misting as well as some stamping and punching. This is such a quick and easy page! We hope the ladies enjoyed the class and that they will be using the techniques taught in today's class to create loads of their own stunning pages reflecting who they are! Our Saturday classes are very popular and tend to get booked up quickly, so please visit our website to book your seat before it is too late! Remember that we will repeat any Saturday formal class on any day of the week that we have available if you would like to do that! Just send an email to and tell us which class you are interested in. Also sign up for our newsletter at and you will always get the class schedules way in advance! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and make time to just have fun!!!!
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Friday, January 27, 2012

A Shabby Chic Recycled CD............

Do you also have loads of useless CD's lying around, and you feel you just can't throw them away? Well, here is something for you to do with them! Donsie created this beautiful piece by taking an old CD and transforming it into something spectacular! Just for the record - she had no idea where she was going with this when she started. She was keeping her husband company, and started cleaning and rearranging her table. She was sorting her paperscraps when she found a lost cd on the table. As she had just sorted her Fabscraps paperscraps, she decided at the spur of the moment to create something. She started off by covering the CD with some scraps of the stunning Fabscraps Shabby Chic range. She then decided to play and see where her playing would take her!

She cut a circle from chipboard and covered it with puffpaint and some Ranger Verdigris Embossing powder. She used her heatgun to heat the puffpaint and melt the embossing powder. She glued it to the center of her covered CD. She then made 3 roses from another piece of Fabscraps Shabby Chic paper. She coloured a darling little Tilda with Distress Inks and a waterbrush pen, and mounted her on top of the puff paint circle. She punched some leaves with a MS punch, and arranged them together with the roses at the bottom of the CD, so that it appears as if the little Tilda is peeping out from behind the flowers. Stickles were added to the roses for a stunning effect. She attached some pearls around the outer edge of the CD to finish off the project. She punched a hole in the CD with her Crop-a-Dile and attached a piece of ribbon to it. All done! We were amazed when she came to show us the next day. We sometimes forget to just play and have fun with this wonderful hobby we all enjoy. This project would be ideal as a gift for a little girl or a "just because" present for a friend! We hope you enjoyed looking at this project, and we hope it inspires you to also create something with your old CD's!!! What have you done lately with an old CD? We would love to hear from you!! Please visit us at for all your Scrapbooking Supplies, Cardmaking Supplies and much more! Remember that we have a huge selection of Scrapbook, Cardmaking and Papercraft Tutorial Videos in one place for you, as well as a Scrapbook Gallery filled with Scrapbook- and Cardmaking Inspiration!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Layout using one Large Photo - Step by Step

We often get people who want to use one large, special photo on a page, instead of just putting it into a frame. We used a paper by Kaisercraft that had a pre-printed "frame" on it, that would naturally frame the large photo. We used a large 12 x 12 stencil to add some graphics to the center -although just a small piece of it protrudes around the photo, it just makes the page look grounded. To do this, we took 4 sheets of A4 typing paper, and adhered a thin strip of Tombow Mono Multi (green glue!!) along one long edge of each paper. We then waited for it to dry. We then applied it to the edge of the printed frame, and placed the stencil over it. Using Adirondack Dye Ink ( or any inkpad of your choice) and a blending tool, we added colour. When we were satisfied, we removed the stencil and carefully peeled off the A4 paper sheets. As you may, or may not know, Tombow Mono Multi glue is repositionable when you leave it to dry. We use it for everything. It was the only adhesive used to create this whole layout. All these adhesives are currently on sale here

We used plain white Cardstock and painted it with an Adirondack Denim Paint Dabber to create a strip for the title to sit on. We did the same thing for the journaling mat. We just added some Adirondack Pearl Paint Dabber to the edges, instead of chalk to create a contrast. To create the red and white striped banners, we took off cut pieces of white cardstock and coloured a thin strip with a red Tombow marker ( you can use any marker) and for the striped banner, we just drew lines on it with a ruler. We then added a layer of clear embossing powder to add some shine. For the journaling block we used an index card that was slightly blended with Old Paper Distress Ink and then misted with some Brushed Corduroy home made mist. We then used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to distress the edges. The journaling shapes were cut using a Cuttlebug and a thin steel rule die.

For the title, we used a technique that Jowilna Nolte taught in a class a few years back. It is really effective. You take any old stickers or rubons and glue them (properly!!) to pieces of cardstock cut to size. You then mount that onto chipboard. Chalk the edges ( we used Coffee Archival ink, as we did not want it to blend when we did the next step) and then add a generous layer of Glossy Accents to all the letters. It is really important that the layer with the alphas are adhered properly, otherwise the Glossy Accents will cause them to kind of curl up. The heart was created using a stamp that was inked with Tombow Markers, and then stamped onto white Cardstock. A Heatgun was used and a layer of Clear Embossing Powder was added, the heart was cut out and added to the layout. The off-white strip was once again an off cut, that was blended with Old Paper Distress Ink to match the colourscheme. We hope you enjoyed this and that you will start scrapping those professional photos and add them to a frame on your wall, or a page in your album for all to see! All the products used on this layout that are highlighted with links to our website, are on promotion until our next post! Grab them while they are HOT!
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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Layout using Bo Bunny, 7 Gypsies and Tim Holtz!

People have been asking us for ideas on how to make Scrapbook Pages using Tim Holtz/Ranger items for the Scrapbook Studio/Scrap Affairs competition. ( For those of you who don't know, you can win prizes worth over R3000 by just entering one of your creations using 3 or more Tim Holtz/Ranger products prominently) We created this layout to show you how easy it is to incorporate these products onto your scrapbook pages.

Using the Bo Bunny Welcome Home Collection, we added some elements using Tim Holtz products by die cutting the tickets with the Tim Holtz Ticket Strip die. Then we stamped the ticket and the wording using Ranger Archival Coffee Ink. The tickets were die cut from some of the left over Bo Bunny papers. They were then blended with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. A little birdie was cut out from really old left over patterned paper, and glued behind a fragment. The "E is for Escape" is a very popular 7 Gypsies 97% complete sticker, filled with all the elements you could want for a holiday project. You can find it here

We used FabScraps Chipboard corners that were embossed with Tim Holtz Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Powders. Over that a layer of Peeled Paint and Broken China Distress Stickles were added. We used the Distress Range, as this is a "manly" page, and we did not want too much Bling. Of course, if these were photos of a tropical holiday or something else, you could just have used normal Stickles and Adirondack Embossing Powders for a smoother, glitzier finish

Some journaling and a few blings here and there finish off the page. So, nothing should be stopping you from creating a page that uses 3 or more of these products! Please send your entries to You can enter as many times as you want! The closing date is 5 February. Good luck and happy crafting!!
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Mini Album Class

Donsie taught this mini album class Saturday and Monday, and just look at all the ladies with their stunning creations! She used the new Organics range by FabScraps. These little books are easy to make, and with a few "Donsie-flowers", Liquid Pearls, some distressing and glitter, the little album is truly a special place for memories!!

Janida with her book

Julie with hers

Xonra with her creation

Hazel with her book to be filled with Fairies!!

Gayle and hers

And finally, Desrae and her stunning true organic book! We hope the ladies enjoyed themselves and that they will create many more of these filled with memories! If you would like to come for this class, just email us at or phone the shop at 042-2932781 to book your one on one seat, or a group! We hope you will have a stunning week!
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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Alcohol Ink Class

On 4 January we had our first formal class at the shop - the Alcohol Ink Technique class. We had 7 stunning ladies attend the class. Only one of them had ever used Alcohol Inks, so they were all very excited.

A well deserved break at teatime in our tea garden. ( we will share some more photos of this stunning area later)

Here Tina is assembling her page. The students used Pink Paislee's Mistable Papers, two pieces of cardstock, masks, die cuts and various glossy papers to create their masterpieces. They could all choose their own colour schemes and could use all our class products. Included in their kitted price of R180 was an Alcohol Ink of their choice for each student, as well as a pack of glossy cards so that they could go practice at home.

Yvette with her blue page - we just love the combination of blues and the Silver mixative she added. The gears were cut using a Tim Holtz Sizzix die, cut with the Cuttlebug.

Linda is not a Scrapbooker at all - but you would never say so! She created this Wild Life themed page using some photographs she took when she was still in photography.

Sharon is actually a cardmaker, but she had this original photo of her parents on their wedding day. Her father coloured it. She created a stunning vintage page featuring soft greens and gold.

Elize from Cape Town scrapped a page of one of her daughters. She used dark reds and purples with some Copper Mixative.

Leonie wanted to do the double page to show off her beautiful granddaughter stealing her glasses during Christmas 2010. The colours are so vibrant and beautiful and we think her version of the layout is much better than the original! We hope the ladies enjoyed their class and we look forward seeing all their alcohol ink creations!! Remember that you can book this class on a one to one basis as well! Enjoy your week - we hope it will be filled with Scrapbooking!

Jeaunes first/last Class

All good things must come to an end...... Jeaunes Viljoen from Let's Scrap Design Team taught her beautiful layouts at our shop 3 times this holiday. Her style is unique and she loves using paper and has an eye for putting together various collections to make one stunning layout. The layout above was made by Sandy in Thursday's class. Sandy, once again - a masterpiece!

Here is a snapshot of the ladies working hard at their creations. Elizna Parsons who is a regular teacher at the shop, also joined in. Also in class we had Anne-Marie from Gauteng and Amanda from Bloemfontein - all creating stunning pages. As soon as we get the completed layouts, we will post them

The layout above was done by Janida in Jeaunes previous class just before Christmas. She came to show it off. Her dad made her two stunning frames to display these in. Just look at the use of different colours. Who would have thought!

Another one of Janida's layouts she did in Jeaunes' class. It was hard to choose embellishments for a teen-boy, but you did a stunning job!!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Alcohol Ink Class

On Wednesday 4 January 2012, Scrapbook Studio's first technique class for the new year will take place. The class will focus on Alcohol Inks, but using Distress Inks, Resist Papers, Glimmer Mists, Border Punches, Stamping and more also features. It is a kitted class, meaning you only pay the class fee and everything is included. We recommend a black and white or sepia photo, but if you want to use a colour photo, you are welcome! You can choose your own colour scheme. The cost of the class is R180 and in your kit you will also get your own alcohol ink as well as some glossy cardstock to take home! You only need to bring your basic tools, and if you are on holiday in Jeffreys Bay, you don't need to bring anything - we have all the tools in class for you to use. To book your seat, phone Scrapbook Studio on 042-2932781 or send an email to
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