Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Inspired by the June/July issue

Hi there! It's Riikka here to share something I did with Marsha Valk this month. Or actually do every month... We have this thing we call "Inspired By". It dates way back, when we got to know each other and were talking in Whats App about movies. But what is Inspired by? Every month we choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be almost anything - we've used movies, items, paintings or music as past inspiration. Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it in our blogs on the 10th of the month.

This time we thought not to look further than to the fabulous magazine we both create for, Scrap365. We took the latest issue, Jun/Jul 2014 and went from there! Well, latest then we decided the theme as the new issue is just published.

The June/July issue is full of great projects, like always, but what struck me the most was articles by Emma Trout and Ifa Zainon. I loved Emma's doodlings and the way she had arranged them on the page as well as the big frame she had in her layout. Ifa's piece on the other hand had fantastic ideas for embellishments - like Hama beads! So I combined the two sources of inspiration and put together this layout you can see below.

Can I just say that I love those photos I used? We, Marsha and me, traveled to Version Scrap this spring and while in Paris, Marsha spotted a photo booth in a metro station and in we went! Result were these lovely photos! It felt so right to be doing a page about Marsha for the challenge! She's my darling, very good friend and I really loved spending time with her this spring! So thank you Marsha for taking the trip with me! The journaling is about that moment we decided to take the photos and how I just love them.

I recorded a little video while working with the page. There's some gaps there - like the whole doodling part - as I thought that a) my head would have been constantly in the shot and b) that would have been so boring to watch for 10 minutes how I slowly color and doodle the design. Hopefully you'll enjoy it anyway!

If you have the magazine you can see how Ifa's layout also inspired me in my composition. And that little rainbow thingie. I did do many different Hama embellishments, but somehow the rainbow fitted to this page the best. It's like finding a treasure at the end of one - a good friend! Like in Ifa's page I also used a lot non-scrapbooking supplies in my page and went rummaging through my kids crafty stuff. That little toad stool for example came from there, but if my memory serves me correctly, it originally came from Marsha. 

The doodlings were also heavily inspired by Emma. Well, for the big flowery one I traced the design in the paper and then colored the segments differently, but the little falling ones are very much like those in Emma's page. She had used a doodled frame in her piece, but I decided to let myself easier and used two fuzzy cut ones from a paper by Sodalicious. The big one is from a dolly house packaging from Ikea. I've been hoarding it since Christmas as I really loved the design.

So there you have my piece inspired by the Scrap365 Jun/Jul 2014 issue! Thank you for your visit! Wishing you a lovely day!

Materials: Glitz Design, Design Memory Craft, Badges Folie, Prima Marketing, Sodalicious, Teippitarha, My Mind's Eye, Sharpie

How fabulous to find out that our magazine not only inspires you, our reader, but also our designers!! 

Amazing work from Riikka, as always ;) Be sure to join us on Friday for Marsha's Inspired By post...I wonder what articles inspired her?!!

If you would like to get your hands on the JUN/JUL back copy then please visit our online shop here.

Have a happy Wednesday,

Ali (Ed) x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Not out with the old...use it!

Hello! It's Terhi here to share my tips with you using old stuff on your new layouts.

I recognize myself as a guilty of using only new products, if available, and that's I am forever buying more storage as my hoard just grows and grows. I had to figure something out to get all the old stash used. So here is what I came up with whilst doing my layout for the Scrap365 August sketch challenge.

1. Don't hide it!
The biggest crime is to hide your old stash. If you can't see it, you'll never use it. I store all my papers in the same place, sorted according to the manufacturer. When choosing a paper, I choose it by colour, by pattern and/or manufacturer, not by year or how new it is.

2. Think before you buy it!
Why buy the whole new collection? Why not just choose the papers you really, really like? Buying the whole paper pack might seem much cheaper than choosing just the ones you want, but it's not really cost effective unless you can honestly say you always use the whole collection!
A great tip is to ask a friend to make that order with you, and split the papers. Extra bonus, split all the postage costs, too!
This tip contradicts what goes on in my head a little. My parents have created their own small business, and I have seen how important it is to support people who are in business. Giving a tip to not buy is fighting hard against my principles. We all just saw how one of the biggest scrapbooking stores went out of business. But it's always good to think before buying, whether is't papers or vegetables.

3. Mix it!
When starting to do a layout, I choose papers that match each other, and of course the picture too. Forget that you NEED to use your latest purchase it's more important to choose papers that work with your photo and the feel of your layout.
If I have a new paper in my hand, I try to find matching old papers and stash to go with it. It doesn't have to be a big piece of paper, just a little circle peeping behind the picture is enough. Or try mixing old and new alphas to your title. Another idea is to mix alphas and word stickers - that gives a nice texture, too!

4. Paint it!
Even the yuckiest old paper becomes cool with paints and other mediums. If you haven't tried any mixed media, do it now. For example a slight layer of gesso, maybe through a beautiful stencil, makes every paper look trendy. Also water colours are the must have for the season so dig out your old paints and brushes!
Misting sprays are everywhere; and if you already have them in your stash...great! If not, make your own with paint, a little PVA glue and water :)
If messy medias gives you goosebumps, try cleaner things like stamping or pencil doodling.

5. Decorate it!
Like all layouts, layouts with old stash needs to be decorated. Confetti, flowers, sequins, stickers, glitter, enamel dots, what ever comes to your mind, they give a nice finished look. My favourite thing is thread, and I love to use it around the picture - it moves the viewer's attention to the image and that's why we do our layouts, right?

Hope you get your papers and stash all used up soon!

Thank you for looking!

Terhi <3

Saturday, 19 July 2014

It's that time again - Day 2!!

Hello, hello!!

Lovely to see you again for Day 2 of our DT sketch inspiration :) 

Did you see what our four lovelies created for us yesterday? No? Well you may just want to take a look as the prize details and 'rules' are on that post too!

Here is our August sketch based on the artwork of our very own magazine lovely Els Brige.

Now that you have seen the sketch, let's see how our DT interpreted it!! This, for me, is always the best bit...until your work starts to filter in of course!!


Amazing how they all chose pink palettes!! I promise you it was a fluke :)

Now that our DT have shown you their beautiful work, we look forward to seeing yours in the linky on the side bar!!

Thank you so much for popping in today, have a happy weekend.

Ali (Ed), Bella (DT Co-Ordinator), Jasmine, Jennifer and Annette x

Friday, 18 July 2014

It's that time again :0)

Hello lovely scrappers!

It's time for another Sketch Challenge...yippee!! This month's sketch is based on artwork created by the very talented and queen of CAS Els :)

We have a fabulous prize for you this month; an abundance of Glitz Designs products to liven up your craft room!

Kindly supplied by Stampbox :)

This month we encouraged our DT to dig around in their craft room and use up their stash!! Yes, just like you, we are guilty of using what is on the top of the pile ;) 

So, here is what they came up with...and as always they have come up trumps!!

I'm inspired, are you? 

All you need to do to be in with a shot of the gorgeous Glitz goodies (!) is create a layout using our sketch. Put a link back to our blog on your post and link it up via the linky on the side bar :)

I cannot wait to see what you come up with and neither can the team :)

Thank you so much for popping in today. Make sure you join us tomorrow to see what Jennifer, Annette and Jasmine created using the sketch as inspiration!!

Ali (Ed), Bella (DT Co-ordinator), Sandra, Terhi and Olga x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

We have a WINNER!!!

Hello lovelies,

you know what, I say it every month, but seriously we have the BEST entries to our challenge!!

Each and every one of you should be giving yourselves a HUGE pat on the back for creating such beautiful work :0)

Thank you, thank you, thank you... looking through the entries is never a chore!!! Choosing a winner is one almighty headache though!!!

So, who caught our eye and is the very worthy winner of our GD spot and the very fabulous 7 Dots Studio collections???

Be still my heart!! I LOVE this lot!

But we are handing it over to:

We loved how gorgeously serene and 'natural' Napur's layout is. The tranquil colour palette works in harmony with the photo and yet the eye is still drawn in to follow the path. Sunning work! Napur, please email me at with your address and for details of the Guest Designer spot...and don't forget to grab your winner's badge from the side bar :0)

Now onto our Super Duper Scrappers for this month!!

We loved that Yuliya turned the sketch around! With it's gorgeous drips and smashing stamping what's not to love about this minimalist layout? Beautiful :0)

I don't get a vote but if you know my style you won't be surprised to hear that I LOVE Jo's interpretation of my sketch, bright, white and bold! Divine work :0)

This is ethereal femininity personified!! Fantastic background work, gorgeous stamping and a stunning photo...truly sensational :0)

Congratulations to all three of you; hold your heads high as the competition was phenomenal!!

Please grab your badge from the side bar and display it on your blog with pride.

As well as that, we would love to send you a copy of the current magazine so please email me at with your address :0)

Thank you all so very much for popping in today. We'll be back tomorrow with the new sketch and a ton of inspiration!!

Ali (Ed) and all the Sketch DT girlies xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

Sorry folks, who knew it was Wednesday already !!!

I've been busy preparing my own embellishments en masse these past few days....I set aside a couple of hours and get to work with some of my stamps, punches and die cut shapes.

Arrows are a great favourite of mine and work perfectly with the pocket pages. I just use up my scraps of card stock. These arrows are from Spellbinders and are tiny, so take up a very small amount of card. I even used funky foam to make some and they worked perfectly well too! Cork worked but its very delicate....

With the cork, I used one of DCWV's cork stack, 15 sheets of 6x6" cork, absolutely brilliant for stamping on. I used a combination of Technique Tuesdays Ali Edwards stamps and some new Kaisercraft stamps to cover the 6x6" sheet, look how many stamps I managed to get out of one sheet!!!! I then either punched or cut by hand around the image - it was very easy, and I love the results!

Next time I'll show you some more homemade embellishments - y'can never have enough !!!

Week 23

Not a huge amount happening this week, I think I'm starting to like the ratio of photos and cards now, although I'm sure I will have weeks where I am over-run by photos, and will struggle to fit any cards in! I think I'm just going to have to accept I'm not into plain & simple, although I love that style too !

Week 24

The weather was actually warm enough to have a water session in the garden, luckily I had my camera handy. We have a new puppy addition for one of the boys in Canada, a gorgeous little French Bulldog called Bali, named after their travels. The kittens are growing up quickly and will soon become a nuisance I'm sure!

Hopefully the editor can now sit down with a glass of wine, instead of her morning coffee to read the post - sorry ED xx
Hoping you get some inspiration from this weeks pages - I'd best start getting up to date with the next lot - (yes, even we fall behind some times!)