November 30, 2006
You might REMEMBER THIS! from last year, it was a promo in our 2005 Christmas TV ad and has spent time ever since being oooohhhed and aaaahhed over whilst gracing the walls here at Scrapbook Designs. The gasps haven’t been over the simple techniques (I can say that because I made it and believe me, it was VERY VERY QUICK – Elaine). The noise has all been about the gorgeous faces in the photos – Cassie and Ollie, cute nephew and niece of our staff member, Kelly. Being such stars in their own right, it made this page such a breeze but I did have a helping hand, read on. TIP: Taking lots of photos with a digital camera at the same time gives you lots of images to play with and make great collage type pages like below.
Of course if you look at each photo individually, they do tie in together. Once you realise just how many shots you like to present at once, you can then go on and tell a sequential story, hence the term “storyboard”. This can also greatly help out if not all your photos are perfectly shot as you are working with so many to start with and you can usually “weave” imperfections into the layout without them even being noticed if you need to. TIP: Make sure you do take notice of the camera’s photo editing software, most come with at least a basic version which will allow you to choose the size of your photos and the position on the page you would like them to be printed. Using photo paper these photos were chosen from one of the many layouts available in the printing options of the software, after a play, you notice all sorts of printing options that will excite you such as repetitive small, strip format, full size etc etc. The photos were actually 3 photos x 3 photos but I cut the last top RH side photo away to add a uniqueness to the layout and to make room for the simple addition of the chipboard heart inked with Pearescent Ivy Brilliance ink pad. A little bit of red cardstock edged with the same ink placed on top and some simple rub on magic makes this page a winner!
November 29, 2006
Just a quick line to say we had a new delivery of Twinkling H20’s and they are on the shelf but going quicker than we can demo!! Oh and a note for anyone that hasn’t read further down – they are on special at 15% this week and makes them only $16.95 a set!!
If you are having a Christmas bash, work function or would like to send a different type of greeting rather than traditional Christmas cards then look at these classic yet simple invites below, we have everything you need to make them including fully printer compatible cardstock & paper, ribbons and paper studs to go, all you need to do is set up your printer with your greeting and put together layers. They of course can be easily changed to a Christmas greeting. IDEA: why not print a mini calendar or photo on them and place magnets on the back.
We have just had delivered 18 stacks of the most beautiful NEW RELEASE Annie P A4 papers you could ever imagine to find in fine stationery market. All of the designs are available in both metallic and tracing stock and are fully printer compatible. Click on the thumbnail to see the name and a bigger view of these luscious designs. Due to that fact that each design is either translucent or metallic, no photos or scans could ever do full justice, believe us they are EVEN MORE EXQUISITE IN REAL LIFE!
November 28, 2006
Swags of beautiful stamps have arrived from Stampington including stunning Christmas images to get you started (or finished) on those handmade Christmas projects. Along with the stamps are a limited numbers of premium publications such as Somerset Studio, Material Visions (working with fabric as an art medium), Somerset Workshop (step by step fantastic & inspiring art projects), Signatures and Artist Trading Cards – An Anthology of ATC’s. Also from Stampington are the fantastic Lynne Perella Artist Papers (click on below thumbnails for larger images). Stock is selling quick as always here at Scrapbook Designs so don’t leave it too late. By the way, we have more Twinkling H20’s arriving today/tomorrow if you happened to miss out on a set yesterday when the special hit the blog. Sets were snapped up quick sticks (including the many sets Sarah sold yesterday as she demo’d, demo’d, demo’d these gorgeous sparkling little gems). No doubt she will be on fire again today for anyone who wants to see her in action. Go Sarah!
November 27, 2006
Mondays just keep rolling around quicker than any of us here at Scrapbook Designs can believe. What happens Monday??? that’s right, awesome SIREN SPECIALS are here again for another week!! Here’s how it works : every week between NOW right up until Christmas, we bring you 2 “SIREN SPECIALS”. Specials are available from 9am every Monday thru to the following Saturday 1pm. Only 5 more weeks until Christmas! Remember we can get these specials to you wherever you are, you can pay and secure your purchases over the phone & are welcome to email orders and queries. If you are visiting the store look out for the ORANGE BALLOONS to point you in the right direction. This is a fantastic chance to buy some stocking fillers for the kids, gifts for friends or to just indulge for yourself! So stay tuned every Monday morning for these ripper specials and stock up! What’s on offer this week? Firstly we have Pearlex kits and Twinkling H20’s packs on offer for 15% off the retail price. This represents excellent value, especially on the large kits of Pearlex. Both Pearlex and Twinkling H20’s are perfect for adding shimmer in lots of different ways to your projects, check out http://www.jacquardproducts.com/galleries.php for heaps of great ideas. We will also be demonstrating how easy these 2 products are to use at the store all this week!
Our 2nd special is sure to delight you just as much as the 1st: 7 Gypsies Tag Packs. These tags are part of the range appropriately called 97% Complete. Use them on cards, pages, boxes, tins, canvases & more. The pack contains 21 fantastic tags. RRP $9.95 save a HUGE 20%, this week only $7.95. Below is the assortment you will get in the pack and a sample card using the one of the tags.
November 26, 2006
Chipboard is so much fun to play with, did you know that “chipboard” in Australia is more commonly known as the humble cardboard? Lots of people of course would associate it with the building material but in our industry it means cool funky cardboard embellishments which is way more fun!. Chipboard comes in all different sizes, colours and shapes. We are particularly fond of the Deluxe Designs range. For some simple guidelines & photos on basic chipboard altering know how, check below. For even more great ideas on using the Deluxe Designs chipboard shapes check out their layout page http://www.deluxecuts.com/pages/PlainJaneLayouts.htm.
Whether they be simple and subtle chipboard shapes or crazy hip designs, there are some basic principals that you can use over and over again to suit your projects.
Covering chipboard in your favourite paper design can allow you to make 3D embellishments easily, especially if you are using generic shapes such as squares and rectangles. Cut a piece of paper about 1.5cm’s larger than the shape. Turn over the shape and secure the paper to the shape with double sided tape. You can leave the paper in a natural state or distress around the edges and on the face of the chipboard shape with light sandpaper. This can soften the edges to a more rounded look if you prefer that.
Another favourite way of altering the plain state of the chipboard is to use ink pads. You can use any dye based ink pad or ink pad that can dry naturally or assisted with a heatgun. On the upper left hand side photo we have added an complimentary inkpad around the edges of the paper covered shape and on the other photo we hav given a light coat of white paint on the shape followed by a stamped image.
If you use a wet pigment ink you can add embossing powders or opals (thick embossing powder). You can then leave the shape plain and smooth with a gorgeous gloss on top or while the powder is just melted and still hot, you can press an UNINKED stamp into the surface. This WILL NOT harm your stamp. The stamp will part with the molten powder and leave a deep impression of the stamp in the shape (see above right hand photo).
So there you have it! Easy ways to add great texture and dimension to any project with Altered Chipboard Shapes. Of course, this is just the start, there are oodles more things you can do with raw chipboard…painting, adding rub-ons and stickers, placing holes with an eyelet setters, doodle on them and add photos to them, build them up by placing smaller ones on top of bigger ones, make them into name plates and more!!! Phew! what a great product chipboard is to have a play with!
November 23, 2006
Seriously! No more posting on the blog today! Too busy unpacking the goodies!!! We have been inundated with NEW STOCK, FLASH news is there are only 3’s or 6’s of each product so if you want something you either better pick up the phone 08 9842 5714, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the store to see the the full range. We have only loaded thumbnails (click for bigger picture) as there is just way too much and we couldn’t take photos of EVERYTHING but below is some of the stacks of merchandise ready for the Christmas rush!! It may even still be on the counter waiting to be put away on the shelves so do us a favour and save the girls a job!!! Don’t forget to print your EASY santas wish list too….my-christmas-wish-list.pdf it’s only a few weeks away now!