Celebrate with Scrap Girls for their 10th anniversary!

Everyone loves a party, right? You are now officially invited to a three-week party as Scrap Girls, one of the top digital scrapbooking sites on the web, celebrates their 10th anniversary! Starting today, October 17, through to Saturday, November 8, Scrap Girls will be having chats, free classes, challenges, and giveaways galore! And they’ve even designed a freebie just for Scrapbooking Memories, so keep reading….

When Scrap Girls started in October 2004, they weren’t just the new kid on the block, they were pretty much the only kid on the block. When they first opened their digital doors, they mainly featured digital designs that could be printed out to use in traditional scrapbooking because no one had really heard of digital scrapbooking! But after 10 years, they have taught tens of thousands of scrapbookers how easy and fun it is to create pages quickly with their computers. Now the Scrap Girls Boutique is full of thousands of products that help people explore things that can only be done in digital, like merging photos together, adding effects, or customising products to be any size or colour desired.  Plus most of their products are still printable and can be used for paper projects like the inspiring ones shown on their blog each month.

Scrap Girls is looking forward to what the next 10 years brings, as more of our everyday lives are conducted digitally. Today, some of our most important life moments happen in the form of text messages, emails, social media posts, and pictures captured on smartphones. Scrap Girls plans to continue evolving and finding more ways to help people preserve these special memories through digital scrapbooking.

For their 10th anniversary, Scrap Girls is releasing a commemorative line of products called “Create a Collection” – which features dozens of paper sets, embellishments, alphas, and lots more that you can customise to create your very own unique collection. And just for Scrapbooking Memories, they’ve created an exclusive freebie that matches the Create a Collection line.  The freebie can be used for digital scrapbooking, or printed out to make a terrific greeting card.

So dash over to Scrap Girls and grab your freebie – and be sure to sign up for their free newsletter that gives you freebies in every issue. And while you’re there, join the party as Scrap Girls celebrates all that digital scrapbooking has become in the past decade!

Go clay-zy with STAEDTLER’s new FIMO accessories!

Creating your own clay embellishments is so on trend in scrapbooking, and STAEDTLER’s FIMO soft polymer clay is a quality product that is super simple to use. And now there are some brand new FIMO accessories to play with so that you can make your clay shapes look even cooler!

Grind’n polish set: Sanding sponges and flexible foam sheets at three different grades mean your clay pieces will be as smooth as you want them to be. Move over enamel and resin pieces!

Blades: This assorted knife set with different blades (serrated, rigid, flexible), means you can cut your clay easily, without any ragged bits. Just lots of clean edges!

Shaped cutters: These super cute motifs (including hearts, starts and clovers) will look good on any layout! Now you can add that perfect little handmade charm to finish your page off nicely.

Metallic powders: Add a sophisticated touch to your clay shape with this impressive finish! In gold or silver, it’s a very cool way to add bling to your next project!

So get moulding ASAP!

Silhouette project freebie!

Are you a very lucky scrapper who owns a Silhouette Cameo? Well you’re about to be even luckier, because the good people at Silhouette Australia are giving you the instructions for this gorgeous Up, Up and Away project for free!

Decorate a child’s room, a party, your craft room, or even your outdoor area with this gorgeous hot air balloon!

Download the step-by-step instructions and a list of the cut files used here.

Shop for a good cause!

The amazing volunteers of Quota International of Carindale all have one common aim: to help those in need. One way to do so is to raise funds, and QIC does this in such a fun way – by holding a Craft and Gift Fair!

This year will mark the 10th annual Quota Craft and Gift Fair held in Brisbane. These fairs have previously raised over $30,000, and this year will add to that total to raise money for
CleftPals QLD, Asperger Services Australia and other Quota-affiliated charities.

The fair will be held on Sunday, October 12 at the Carina Leagues Club, 1390 Creek Rd, Carina and will run from 9am to 4.30pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for pensioners, with all proceeds donated to the charities mentioned above. Plus you get a free gift on entry, and lucky door prizes are held every half an hour. So your money supports charities
while you enjoy a day at the craft fair – what a win-win situation!

Not only will there be plenty of stalls selling a wide variety of craft products and gorgeous one-of-a-kind pieces, but you can also take part in workshops on scrapbooking, cardmaking, cross-stitch, sewing, beading and much more!

Book this into your calendar now!

Get Dreamy with Heidi Swapp!

Kylie from Scrapping Clearly fell in love with the Dreamy collection from Heidi Swapp as soon as she saw it, and she knew her customers would love it! This range is full of pink, blue, yellow and teal, and is bright and fun without being garish. So we thought we’d ask a few people to have a play, starting with Kylie herself!

Love by Kylie Tout

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy paper, ephemera, tag and mini memory file; Other embellishments – Heidi Swapp chipboard, label and glitter stickers, doily, banner, hatpin, epoxy dots, Zig Writers.

Tips from Kylie

- Create extra depth when using the Dreamy papers by layering them with box board.

- Using a mini memory file on a layout allows you to add extra photos and journalling without crowding your design.

- Use different pen point sizes and handwriting styles to enhance your journalling.

 

Next up is a layout from Manda Moore!

Love you by Manda Moore

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy patterned paper, claer words, glitter frames, ephmera and word stickers; Other embellishments – Crate Paper frames, machine-stitching, Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

Manda’s tips

- Try a grid design with a twist! Set it on an angle rather than on the horizontal.

- Use up your word stickers.Use whole sheets or sections of a sheet as background paper as I have underneath the frame.

- Cut up your frames! Cut them up into pieces and use them for layering or as an embellishment.

“I adore Heidi Swapp’s lines and Dreamy is one of my favourites. The mixture of soft pastels with pops of bright colour is so fun to play with and can work for all kinds of themed layouts. Also the script words are a beautiful touch to layouts for those of us who aren’t gifted in the art of writing script.”
And last but not least, Tess Pretty!

Love the snuggles by Tess Pretty

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy patterned paper, glitter frames, tags, bows and stickers; Cardstock;Stamp – Date; Other embellishments – Tim Holtz letters, A Flair for Buttons flair, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, K&Company Smash pen.

Tess’ tips

- Fussy-cut words from patterned papers and tags for your title.

- Spray Color Shine onto a freezer bag and then dab it onto your background for a different form of texture.

- With lots of paper layers, sometimes minimal embellishment is best.

“I love the colours of this Heidi Swapp collection and the papers are nice and thick. The embellishments will work well with just about any type of project.”

You can purchase the Dreamy collection and other Heidi Swapp products from Scarpping Clearly here.

 

July special – 20% off patterned paper at Two Sisters!

Hey, deal hunters! This one is for you.

For the month of July, Two Sisters is offering 20% off patterned paper! This excludes paper packs but does include all new patterned paper releases! Woohoo.

So whether you’re in need of certain colours and patterns or just want to add to your paper stash, check it out now!

Scrapbooking for a good cause

 

On June 20th to the 22nd 2014, forty-four ladies made their way from all over Australia to Lake Keepit Sport and Recreation Camp near Gunnedah NSW for the 2014 Art and Craft Retreat.

The retreat was organised by long time scrapbooker and mixed media artist, Deb Godley, to raise much needed funds for 2014 Kidney Kar rally participants, the Warren family of Tamworth, aka ‘Kar 24- Cody’s Country’.

The Warren family

The Kidney Kar Rally raises money for Kidney Health Australia kidney kids’ camps, and the Warrens know first hand all about having a child with chronic kidney disease. Their youngest, Cody lost one of his kidneys after several operations to try and save it.

So not only did the scrapbooking and crafting community come to the rescue – they had a wonderful time doing it.

 Classes and demonstrations with Anita Rodway and Jodi Dolbel inspired the retreat attendees, along with a Dusty Attic Birdhouse challenge, a layout challenge and a ‘Heroes and Villains” dress up night.

Anita Rodway having some fun in her class.

A couple of birdcages from the Dusty Attic challenge.

Donations from Kaisercraft, Manor House Creations, Flutterby Designs, the Scrapbook Nook, Scrapbooking Memories plus independent Stampin Up! consultant Joanne Slee,  Kaszazz consultant Allara Bamforth, and Kim Jeffress for Heidi Swapp made raffles and goody bags a bounty of crafty goodness.

Many of the girls didn’t sleep – they just created all weekend – so there were many beautiful things to look at! Everyone left on Sunday exhausted but with a smile on their face, desperate to know when the next one would be.

The retreat managed to raise just over $2000 for ‘Cody’s Country –Kar 24’ which will all go towards Kidney Health Australia’s goal to raise one million dollars in 2014. Great work ladies!