2Crafty Design Team call

2Crafty is inviting applications from crafters
who are interested in joining their  Design Team.

If you love using chipboard in your scrapbooking and papercafting, then they would love to hear from you.

The term will be for 6 months, beginning in May 2013 and finishing at the end of October 2013.

Successful applicants  will commit to 2 new layouts/projects every 4 weeks, including tips and techniques as part of your post.  As well you will need to have, and update, an active personal blog and facebook page.

In return for your commitment to the 2Crafty DT, you will receive a GENEROUS amount of 2Crafty chipboard to play with and use.

So if you think you are up for the challenge and would like to be part of the team, 2Crafty would love to hear from you.

International applicants welcome.

To be considered, send 2Crafty:

 1.                  Three recent layouts/projects that show us your style and 

                                talent and what you have to offer .

                  (preferably using chipboard, but not compulsory)


2.                  All links to personal blogs and galleries.


3.                  A Short bio about yourself, including any DT experience  
 past or present and any other papercraft experience.


Applications close on 8 February and successful applicants will be notified soon after so that you can get started on your projects and be ready for the May 1.


Please send applications to Vanessa at salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au, marked DT Call.

 ** Make sure your photos are no bigger than 500kb each.

Good luck!

Aussie blog hop participants

How is your Australia Day going? Are you enjoying the blog hop. By now you would have visited some amazing Aussie talent, and there’s plenty more to come!

Here’s the full list of participants so you can go back over any you might have missed, and get ready for some great posts to come later in the day!

Thank you for participating!

Studio Flergs


D-Lish Scraps

Imaginarium Designs

Digi-licious Designs

Purple Pumpkin

Manor House Creations

The Trinket Track


Charm’s Creations

Words Or Whatever

Feature Art

Darkroom Door

Flourish with a Bling



Aussie blog hop starts now!

Happy Australia Day everyone!

How will you be spending your day today? Having a barbecue? Watching the cricket? going for a swim?

We’ll be celebrating some great Australian scrapbooking companies, and we hope you can join us! There are so many fabulous Aussie papercraft companies out there, and we’re going to take you along the ride to check out a few of them!

Just to shoe some of that cheeky irreverence that is part and parcel of being Australian, our first stop on the blog hop is a digi site! Check out Studio Flergs for some great digital scrapbooking supplies!

We’ll bring you a full list of all participants in the blog hop later on today.

Happy Australia Day!






Organza flowers

Step 1

Choose the fabric you wish to use – these flowers can be made with more than just organza and are limited only by your imagination! You will need to cut out at least five circles, ranging in size from small to large.

Step 2

Take your largest circle first, then, using a candle, gently singe around the edges of the fabric so it crinkles. Most importantly, be extremely careful not to burn yourself while doing this. Repeat this step for all remaining circles – the more circles you use the fuller the flower will be.

Step 3

Starting from the largest to the smallest, layer all the circles together then pin them with a decorative brad through the centre. Alternatively, you could stitch the centre or use double-sided tape to keep them secure. 


Step 1

Cut out a circle of fabric to use as the base of the flower. You can either use felt for this or the same fabric as the flower. Next, cut a long strip of organza about 30-40cm x 5cm. This will be used to create the bloom.

Step 2

Cover the base completely with double-sided tape, then stick down the strip of organza, starting from the centre and working your way to the outside in a spiral shape, twisting it as you go. 

Step 3

When you get to the end of the strip, glue it down and press firmly to make sure all the bits adhere. Tuck away any edges that may be poking out. If the base is larger than the flower, just trim off the edges so it can no longer be seen. If you wish, finish with a decorative brad in the centre.

Will you be making these organza flowers? Which other fabrics do you like to make flowers out of?

Aussie blog hop!

To celebrate Australia day, we’re hosting a blog hop on Saturday to promote Australian scrapbooking businesses. Join us here at 9am AESDT to celebrate the great Aussie products on the market! You might see a couple of great offers too!

5 minute chat with Anita Stokes!


2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master

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

Artsy, textural layers, freeform, mixed media, organic.

I think my style is continually evolving. I like to create from my heart and I try to relay the emotions and experiences on my projects with a mixture of techniques and mediums.

 2. How do you plan a page?

I am not too sure, it kind of just happens!

Sometimes I start with a photo, whereas other times I start with the papers. It all depends on what I want to achieve out of the project and what I have to work with.

I find sketches are a great starting point because we all seem to have our defined ‘comfort’ placing of photos, embellishments and a sketch can give you new ideas.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

The story behind the photo. I try and portray the feelings of the photo through my papers and techniques. Colour says a lot and most times my title is part of a saying which sums it all up. Pinterest is great to find the right quote or inspirational words.

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

My way of layering all sorts of textures and mediums onto the page, this creates my “textural uniqueness” and makes my pages a bit different from others.

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

I have way too many favourite products.

But what I love most are Prima’s embellishments! From flowers, wood buttons, pins to Ingvild Bolme’s range of the Shabby Chic Treasures to Junkyard Findings.

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

I have loads!

1. Don’t be scared to try new techniques.

2. Use your fingers when applying mediums. Yes, it’s messy but the effects are great.

3. Think outside the square, eg. a brown paper lunch bag = the perfect background!

4. Remember to layer up everything.

5. And scrap from your heart and for yourself!


What did you think of Anita’s tips? Are you going to give them a go?

Product of the week – Hearts A Flutter stamp set and Framelits dies by Stampin’ Up!



 It’s only a couple of weeks until Valentine’s Day and it’s time to start getting ready! Want to create a gorgeous card for your partner? How about some decorations to get your office into the fun? Whether it’s for February 14 or any other day when you want to express your love, use the Hearts A Flutter stamp set from Stampin’ Up!


Corresponding Framelits dies can also be used with this gorgeous set to make your next project extra special. With a couple of cute hearts and some different-shaped pennants, you can create a sweet banner for a layout or even a card. This set is only available until the end of June, so grab it before it’s too late!


Farewell Scrapbooking Memories readers!

Today is my last day as Editor of Scrapbooking Memories and I tell you what, it is a very bitter-sweet goodbye. After more than five years at the magazine, I have decided to have a career change and work closer to home. I won’t miss the long drive to and from work, but I will definitely miss the lovely people I have met in my time at Express Publications, and the readers of SBM!

Vanessa has been promoted to Editor, and I know she will do a fantastic job! She does not need any luck in wishing her well as she is a very capable and experienced colleague, and one who I will miss greatly!

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and the magazine over the years. Without that support I would not have enjoyed each and every day here. I love the magazine and have enjoyed seeing its progression to bigger and better heights. I look forward to joining up as a subscriber so I can still get my Scrapbooking Memories fix!

All the best to everyone for the future!

Attention all scrappers from New Zealand! Or anyone else in need of a holiday for that matter! If you have been living under a rock and have not yet heard of the biggest scrapbooking event in NZ for 2013, then listen up!

Creative Adventure Downunder is a scrapping event unlike any other seen in the southern hemisphere! Three of the biggest names in scrapbooking today – Heidi Swapp, Donna Downey and Teresa Collins will be teaching six amazing and sought after classes over three days. A carnival dinner will also be held in their honour so that everyone can mingle. What an event! So if you want to learn from some of the biggest names in scrapbooking, create with likeminded scrappers and have some fun at the same time, book your spot before they’re all sold out!

When: May 24-26.

Where: Novotel, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand.

Tickets: Weekend package is $650 (accommodation not included).

Tutors: Heidi Swapp, Donna Downey, Teresa Collins and Maggie Armstrong.

More info: Visit www.creativeadventure.co.nz

STAEDTLER Calligraph duo Markers

These popular and easy-to-use double-ended calligraphy marker pens are the perfect tool to create beautifully journalled scrapbook pages.  Each marker pen is double-ended with a fine chisel point (2.0mm) and broad chisel point (3.5mm) – capped at either end. This makes it so much easier to get just the right look for your project. Both end tips are supplied from a single ink reservoir for perfect colour matching.  The STAEDTLER calligraphy marker pens have a long marker life and even ink flow. The ink is pigmented and waterproof, lightfast and acid-free, so you know that your layouts are protected when you journal with these markers. Available in a boxed set of 5 colours (red, blue, black, green and violet), or individual pens in black, you’ll find the perfect pen to use with STAEDTLER. For more information, visit www.staedtler.com.au