Cardstock backgrounds


Step 1

I wanted a subtle background for my photo so I chose two pieces of cardstock in the same colour but with different tones. Having decided on a ‘sunray’ style pattern, I used a ruler and a pencil to mark out long trapeziums – wonky rectangles that are skinnier at one end – on the lighter-coloured sheet.

Step 2

Use a trimmer or ruler and a sharp knife to cut along your pencil lines. Depending on how thick you make your shapes you’ll need between four and eight pieces. When they’re all cut, arrange them on your base with the skinny ends of the shapes coming from a common point – don’t worry if this point looks a bit messy; it will be covered by your photo later.

Step 3

When you’re happy with the arrangement, stick the shapes on the cardstock then trim their edges in line with the base of the cardstock. You could sew along the edges of the shapes at this point if you like. Stick your photo over the ‘origin’ of your sunrays and continue with your layout!


Step 1

Draw rough circles all over a sheet of cardstock with a pencil. Of course, you could trace the circles if you want to be neater, but I wanted more of an organic look. Use a sharp craft knife to carefully cut out your circles then go back and rub out any pencil lines showing.

Step 2

Lay the piece of cardstock you’ve just cut up over a sheet of card in a contrasting colour. Using the circular holes as a guide, draw smaller circles on the bottom piece. Again, I went for an organic look and drew them in random shapes, but you could trace yours with a template if you like. Cut out your circles.

Step 3

Take a third sheet of cardstock and lay your first, holey, sheet over the top of it. Apply glue around the edge of the sheet with the holes in it and around the edge of the cut-out circles so your page doesn’t gape. Stick it down firmly on the cardstock, then stick your little circles inside your bigger ones. You’re done – and ready to experiment with lots of different shapes and colours!

The Trinket Track

Recently one of our regular contributors, Monica Brady, opened a new online store called The Trinket Track. As I’m sure you can tell by the name, The Trinket Track specialises in embellishments for your scrapbooking pages. Stocking chipboard, flowers, buttons, wooden, metal, cork and acrylic embellishments it’s a one-stop for all the little knick knacks to make your pages pretty. It also stocks a bunch of ribbons, tapes and wire so that you can create your own handmade embellishments. So check out The Trinket Track now!

Quick cards using the Scrapbooking Memories free paper and scrapabet

Free paper cards

Materials for all cards: Paper – 7 Dots Studio free paper and scrapabet; Other paper – Bazzill; Cardstock – Core’dinations; Punch – Stampin’ Up!; Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, Brilliance Ink; Embellishments – Stampin’ Up! Write Marker, Artee Supplies embossing powder, twine.

These cards were made in less than 10 minutes each using this month’s free paper and scrapabet, designed by 7 Dots Studio. Try it out today when you purchase Scrapbooking Memories Vol 15 No 3.

The links for the free paper and scrapabet can also be found below.




Scrapbooking Memories Blog Hop

We’re pleased to announce that Scrapbooking Memories are hosting their first ever blog hop! Inspiration from our Masters and regular contributors will be posted daily from 3-7 December. The fun will be starting right here bright and early next Monday morning (3rd December AEDST), so make sure you check back to join the blog hop. In the meantime we will also be posting updates on the blog hop and bringing you regular scrappy goodness.

5 min chat with Marelize Frisby

5 Minutes with…

Full name:  Marelize Frisby

Position/ Title:  How-to: Basics columnist for Scrapbooking Memories

1.  Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

I don’t know if it’s that easy to describe my style.  I love to keep things fairly simple and love a layered look.  I almost always use flowers on my layouts which I like to cluster with other embellishments.  You might call my style ‘simple shabby’ sometimes.  I studied and practised Fashion Design as a career for many years and I love a beautiful elegant, clean design and I think that has affected the way I scrapbook.  I love to have my colours all matched and there has to be balance on my page.  This does make my scrapbooking process more complicated, but it doesn’t matter what I do, I don’t seem to be able to break away from these old ‘habits’.

2.  How do you plan a page?

I won’t call it planning as such.  I would normally pick a photo or two and then search for papers to match the theme, the colours, etc.  It all depends if I am scrapping for a challenge, just for myself or whether it is part of my Design Team work.  Sometimes I start with the paper and then have to search for a photo to go with it.  Once I have my papers and photo(s) in front of me, I shuffle things around until I have a design in mind.  I then try and pull out all the embellishments from my stash that I think would match my design and start cutting and placing things on my background paper.  I use a magnetic mat and little magnets to keep everything in place.  When I’m totally happy with it, I will start sticking everything down and finally I will add my title and journaling.

3.  What drives and inspires your projects?

There are so many amazingly talented scrapbookers out there.  I love looking at blogs from all over the world and get so inspired if I see something new that I would like to try!   Because of my dislike for ‘mess’, I have only recently tried my hand at multi medium techniques.  I have been admiring the beautiful multi medium projects of some of my scrappy friends for years and have finally decided to give it a go.  I am by no means great at it, but I am so excited to explore this ‘messy’ road to widen my experiences.

There are a few favourite manufacturers that can sometimes get me so excited about a new paper range that my daughter rushes to see why I am hyperventilating in front of my laptop!  J  My family are great supporters of my hobby and even let me scrap the ‘not so flattering’ photos that are part of our daily lives.  My teenage kids love showing my albums to their friends, especially the layouts of when they were little.  This inspires me to make sure that I document all the important parts of our lives to make sure they remember their ever changing personalities as they approach adulthood.  Luckily I have enough photos to keep my scrapping for years after they leave home!

4.  What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

I don’t think I am doing anything that hasn’t been done before.  My style is continuously developing as I learn new techniques.  The only thing that always remains is my love of clean straight lines.

5.  What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

There are so many!  If I have to pick one, it will have to be Martha Stewart punches.  I love to convert an otherwise straight boring line into a beautiful detailed edge.  I mainly use my MS punches to create beautiful borders or doilies for my layouts and cards.  The only drawback is that they take up a lot of space and my ever growing collection is taking over my craft space!

6.  Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

Paints and mists can often save the day.  If you don’t have the right colour flowers, use mists to transform white or cream flowers to suit the colours of your layout.  If the colour is too bright, randomly dab a bit of Gesso/white paint on the petals to tone it down.  Don’t have the right colour or not enough of the same alphas for your title?  No problem.  Use a range of left over alphas and paint them all in the same colour to make for an interesting title.



Product of the week

Oui oui! This lovely collection of black and white specialty cardstock will coordinate effortlessly with any project. Simply leave as is for classic elegance, or add a pop of colour to create a dramatic focal point. Featuring 36 sheets in a handy 8in x 8in size, you can find out more about this and other Merci products at Hunter Leisure.

Layered paper for beginners


Step 1

I like to ground my paper layers on the page by creating a background on my cardstock. A light layer of mist and some subtle stamping around the area you’ll be using adds an extra dimension.

Step 2

Collect your papers – I like to use a variety of coordinating patterned papers, die-cut papers, vintage-book paper, tags, and extras like ribbon and film. Look for different colours and textures. Cut your papers in a variety of sizes, and alter the edges of some using ink, edge punches, sanding or machine-stitching.

Step 3

Assemble your stack! Add dimension between layers with dimensional tape, pop dots or scrap cardstock. Layer larger pieces of paper at the bottom and smaller pieces towards the top, with strips peeking out in between. Top the stack with your photo, title and any other embellishments you want to add.



Step 1

Take a tag or journalling spot as the base of your layered embellishment, and spritz it with a light layer of mist. Trim it down to the size you want.

Step 2

Collect a variety of different patterned papers and cut small shapes from them. Add interest to the edges by sanding, sewing or inking them. Layer them on your tag, using scrap cardstock in between the layers to add a small amount of dimension. 

Step 3

Complete your embellishment by layering a die-cut shape and dimensional decoration on the top. Add a sentiment in tiny letters, handwriting or computer journalling, and include other small adornments such as rhinestones or pearls. Now you have a cute dimensional embellishment to add to a layout or card!

Creating Keepsakes 17.6 on sale Friday!


Creating Keepsakes
Vol 17 No 6

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

Yep we’re at that time of year again and CK is full of articles that will keep you busy over the holidays, including:

  • What to take photos of during Christmas and how to incorporate them in your layouts
  • 14 different tag techniques to give a go
  • Easy ways to add word art to your projects

All this and more! On sale November 23rd.

5 min chat with Geli Duncan

5 mins with…

Full name: Geli Duncan

Position/ Title: Scrapbooking Memories Creative Team member

1. Define your style in five words and explain how this style came about or why you feel you scrap the way you do?

Colourful, fun-loving, experimental, playful, eclectic.

My inner Hippie loves a creative mess (just look at my craft table). I love rough edges and a nice cluster of random embellishments. I admire the artsy, messy style of others, but mine always turns out a lot more clean and organised. I guess that inner Hippie has to share with the inner German!

2. How do you plan a page?

I like sketches, they give me a springboard to start. I also cut out layouts that inspire me from old mags and keep an idea book on the coffee table and a file of ideas on the computer. Often I just copy a small detail or the general arrangement.

My pages usually start with a technique, a tool or a product I want to use, then I find some paper and a photo to go with it. I very rarely know what I’m doing when I first sit down. I just grab a few papers, put on a podcast and get started. Things flow from there.

Do I dare mention Pinterest or YouTube here? Whenever I get stuck I look at some tutorials and always find something new to try.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

I teach 5 scrapbook classes a week and we make almost all our embellishments from scratch to keep the cost affordable for all. This means I try out lots of techniques and products and use dies and stamps to create things for my pages. I’m a happy budget scrapper. Expensive product often lands in the “too nice to use” pile.

4. What do you think is the one thing that distinguishes your unique approach to the craft?

Hmmm, that’s a hard one. Maybe it’s my refusal to spend a fortune on embellishments that I can make myself. My pages have a lot of handmade things on them. I have quite a few technique tutorials on my blog, too:

5. What is your favourite product and your favourite way to use it?

Definitely patterned papers. Oh, and I seem to have a ribbon addiction, judging from the overflowing ribbon drawer. You can do so much with a few matching papers and a piece of ribbon. If the money doesn’t stretch to buying all the matching embellishments (when does it ever?!) I will improvise and make something up. I also can’t scrap without my Cuttlebug.

6. Do you have any special tips or tricks that you would like to share?

Whenever I like a piece of paper, I buy 2 or 3 other sheets from the same collection too. I have a pile of single papers I loved but have nothing to match and they were never used.

If I’m looking at buying a new tool, I try to think of 2 or 3 ways to use it. If I can’t immediately think of more than 1 way, it’s not worth it. The most used tools in my stash are the simplest, like circle cutters, border punches and basic shape dies that I can use in many different ways.