School time scrapping

School Day by Linna Ding using Feature Art’s Back To School collection

Now that kids are all well and truly back to school (a collective sigh of relief from all the mums out there I’m sure) they will be creating great memories for you to record of their time there. I look back at school as some of the best times of my life and I love reminiscing about the harmless fun we got up to, the lifelong friendships I made, the teachers who inspired me and the goals I accomplished. These really are the golden years for most kids, so make sure you scrap your children’s school journey. Linna Ding, owner and designer for Feature Art created these gorgeous layouts, with her Back To School collection, of her daughter as she starts kindergarten. I’m sure in twenty years both Linna and her daughter will look back lovingly on these layouts, as they will hold special memories for both.

Kindy by Linna Ding using Feature Art’s Back To School collection

Make sure to grab your camera and start taking those photos of uniforms, homework and awards ceremonies. Collect ribbons, certificates, reports, artwork and anything else the kids bring home from school – they make for great ephemera!

What are your favourite memories from school? What do you want to capture from your child’s time at school? What’s the best piece of advice you can give them about that stage of their lives?

Product of the week – Ranger Dylusions Ink Sprays

We love these new Dylusions Ink Sprays from Ranger! Their bright and vibrant palette will add colour to paper, Sticky Back Canvas, wood, paper, clay and more. Use these gorgeous sprays to create backgrounds on cards, scrapbook and journal pages, and in mixed media art projects. The latest colours – Calypso Teal, Cherry Pie, Dirty Martini, White Linen, Funky Fuschia and After Midnight – are to dye for! (Sorry I couldn’t help myself). So head to for more information.

15.6 Masters Challenge – Webster’s Pages


As a trusted producer of quality scrapbooking supplies, Webster’s Pages is home to beautiful patterned papers and embellishments of every kind. It has kindly given each of our Scrapbooking Memories Masters an enormous pack of goodies, so we’ve asked them to create a layout with it. Make sure you pick up a copy of Scrapbooking Memories Vol 15 No 6 today to see the end results!

Chip in some fresh ideas as part of the Scrap FX Design Team!

Scrap FX is now calling for the 2013 Design Team.  They have an exciting opportunity for talented scrappers, off the page artists and card makers to join the 2013 Scrap FX Design Team.  

As a Scrap FX Design Team Member you will have access to the latest and greatest in chipboard designs, be part of creating new trends and ideas in the market place and have fun playing with the huge range of Scrap FX products.

To apply for this fantastic opportunity, see details on the Scrap FX blog: Applications close 1st March 2013.

5 minute chat with Beck Beattie

Beck Beattie, 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?

Grungy, layered, shabby chic, and detailed.  I actually started out with a more vintage feminine style scrapping my wedding photos prior to having children. I would layer many expensive embellishments and flowers to create my pages. When children came along and they were both boys, my style had to change as I love the challenge of not putting any flowers on a male-only layout. It really developed my style and the need to experiment with different embellishments and elements to create the same interest and detail I have always enjoyed about my style. It has also led to a budget-friendly way to create style as I create a number of different elements for my pages from paper, stamping or screening.

2. How do you plan a page? 

I like to choose my photos or paper first. I then like to get out a range of different elements that will work best with it. I then start by creating my background (I often use a fairly plain patterned paper or plain cardstock) using various mediums and techniques to create depth and interest. I then play with the photo, patterned papers and embellishments to bring it together. I like to finish by adding lots of little elements by way of twine, little embellishments, tags, buttons, etc to finish it off and ensure there is a good balance of colour and design.

3. What drives and inspires your projects?

I am really inspired by the photos and memory I am scrapping. The subject or colours in the photo often influence how I will actually put the layout together. I very rarely scrap a photo more than once and I love to ensure there is journalling on the page talking about the memory I am preserving. 

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

My detail and depth in the backgrounds to match with the photo or patterned papers I am working with.

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

At the moment it would be screens as they are able to be used in so many different ways to create fine details or add texture to a project.

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

When I am very near the end of putting together a project I like to photograph it on my phone and look over it to work out if something is missing or just not quite right.  It really helps to ensure there is the right balance of colour and design.