Product of the week – Brag Book by Fancy Pants Designs

The Fancy Pants Designs Brag Book is part of the Artist Edition collection and is a simple, efficient way to store and share your favourite moments. The unique album has been designed with 12 segments and 50 scrapbooking pages, making it great for documenting a year’s worth of memories. The cover comes in 5 different colours – navy, black, brown, red and sand. The covers are customisable so you can design them however you like to make them more personal to you. The Fancy Pants Designs Brag Book will be your best companion for memory keeping. For more information visit



Step 1

Cut a piece of denim to the size you would like. I cut a rectangle to accommodate my diamond-shaped kite. Fold your material in half, then draw an elongated diamond shape on the back and cut it out with sharp scissors. You may like to fray the edges of your kite for a different feel.

Step 2

Take your kite shape to the sewing machine and stitch along the middle of the kite from corner to corner, then turn it and stitch from corner to corner again. If you do not have a sewing machine, use some embroidery thread in a contrasting colour that coordinates with your layout. Glue your kite into position.

Step 3

To create the tail, I usually use coloured baker’s twine cut to the desired length. To get the smooth curled look to the twine, add a couple of drops of tacky glue to the end of the twine and use your fingers to run it along the length. Wait a minute or so until it becomes a bit tackier, then lay the twine down on your project in the desired position. You can use staples to hold it in place if you prefer.


Step 1

Cut a square of the desired size out of your denim. Fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle, then cut a slit from the open corner of the triangle to just before the folded edge. Unfold the square and repeat this on the other diagonal. Unfold it again and lay it flat.

Step 2

Pick up one corner then fold it into the middle of the square, and secure it with a small drop of tacky glue. Repeat this for the other three corners, making sure you choose the same corner to complete the pinwheel shape.

Step 3

Once your pinwheel is complete, choose a big bold button and sew it to the centre of your pinwheel with some coordinating embroidery thread. Now your pinwheel is complete and you can add it to the project of your choice.

Submit to Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft!

                                                       By Iwona Palamountain

Are you a cardmaker as well as a scrapbooker? Then why not try submitting your handmade cards to our sister publication, Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft!

Right now the team are looking for projects with a Christmas theme:

  • Projects of 3-5 cards (using the same products and colours in various orientations/sizes)
  • Dimensional projects – like garlands, wreaths, advent calendars, table settings, mantelpiece scenes, or
  • Decorations – groups of 3-5 small hanging ornaments/tree decorations

You can work in any colour scheme or style you like; use any variety of products, textures and mediums and include any kinds of motifs and sentiments.

Think traditional, non-traditional, modern, shabby-chic, cute, pretty, pastel, bright, candy colours, monochromatic or complimentary and more!

Send your submissions to with ‘Christmas Submission’ in the subject line by June 21st.

                                                By Colleen Boshoff


Product of the week: ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Sprays! by Stephanie Barnard

ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Sprays! by Stephanie Barnard in Banana, Spearmint, Guava and Bubblegum.

Clearsnap and Stephanie Barnard have teamed up to create these vibrant ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Sprays! The sprays can be used on most materials, and are quick drying and won’t warp your papers. They are intense, vivid and have a lovely matte finish. The sprays come in 12 cute shades – grape, tangerine, chocolate, blueberry, banana, spearmint, licorice, sky, artichoke, guava, bubblegum and strawberry – and they are just as delicious as their names! The ColorBox Premium Dye Ink Sprays! by Stephanie Barnard will make your layouts burst with colour and are a great way to unleash the artist within.



Step 1

Place your cardstock or patterned paper onto a cork mat, or a flipped over mouse pad, with the good side (the side you want to see on your layout) facing down. Using a shape template and your paper-piercing tool, prick holes around the circle approximately 3mm apart.

Step 2

Remove the cork mat and keep the paper facing down. Open your embossing folder and slide it underneath your paper. Remember, you want to use the side that has the divots in the pattern, not the bumps. If you are working close enough to the edge of your paper you can fold the top of your folder over and press gently within the circle to reveal some of the pattern making it easier to hand emboss.

Step 3

Using the small ball end of an embossing tool, gently press into your paper to create the embossed pattern. You may need to gently roll the toll a little to get into every groove. Ideally this technique is done over a light box or up against a window as it takes away the guess work in finding the embossing pattern through your cardstock or paper.



Vellum is making a bit of a revival these days and is perfect for hand-embossing as you can see through it easily. Here I have pierced the flower shape and added a hint of colour with chalk before embossing so the dots appear white through the colour.


Silver, copper, gold metal or even aluminium foil can be hand-embossed to achieve a polished effect. Although it is almost impossible to use on an embossing folder with fine details, it’s quite easy to create your own patterns without a folder. Here I pierced the pattern into the foil then, using a ruler and a cork mat, I ran my embossing tool along the ruler to create a straight line pattern across the flower. I then turned the flower over and gently pressed along either side of the ruled line to make the metal sit perfectly flat.


I use so much acetate in my projects as I love the effect it creates. Embossing is just another way of giving it a purpose. Transparencies are the easiest to emboss as they are quite thin. Although, I do prefer the thicker acetate as it holds its shape, especially with flowers or butterflies when you want the petals and wings to stand up. I’ve coloured my flower on the reverse side using a marker and then smooched it across the cardstock to give a slight pattern.

5 minute chat with Tarrah McLean

2012 Scrapbooking Memories Master

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

Clean, fresh, trendy, changing, colourful.

My style has changed a lot throughout my 7 years of scrapbooking and still changes every time I sit down to do a layout. Sometimes I feel like getting all messy with my pages but other times I will stick to more clean lines with lots of colour. I tend to lean more towards the cleaner style at the moment with ‘trendy’ thrown in for good measure…this style just seems to come together easily and flows well for me.

How do you plan a page?

I plan a page by deciding what photo/s I might work with and then choosing papers and embellishments to go with the photo/s and or theme. I always shuffle everything around until I am happy with it and take a photo of the layout before adhering it all down so that way once I start adhering, I won’t forget how I had designed the page.

What drives and inspires your projects?

The most important thing that drives and inspires me for my projects are the photos of my family, they are my everything and this is what scrapbooking is all about-to document memories for your family to look back on one day.

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

I am a very versatile scrapbooker, I try all different styles and often by accident come up with a page that I am really happy with, but it may not be something that I would normally create.

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

That’s a hard one but I would have to say my favourite product is patterned paper and my favourite way to use it would be to make flowers with it, punch the edges of it and distress it. You name it, I do it!

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

If you are ever lacking mojo I always go on to Pinterest or pick a sketch to start working from. Quite often I will start with a sketch to work from but my layout ends up looking totally different, but they are a great starting point for this very reason.

Visit Tarrah’s blog here.

Product of the week – Flatbacks by Jenni Bowlin Studios

General store Flatbacks (left) and Icon Flatbacks (right).

If you want to add a vintage flair to your scrapbooking, Jenni Bowlin Studios new Flatbacks are the way to do it. Each pack includes six Flatbacks that measure 1 inch in diameter and are self adhesive. Flatbacks are a great way to add dimension to your page, and come in three different packs. The general store and icon Flatbacks will take you back to your childhood and are a great way to give a classic vintage style to your photos or journalling.



Step 1

Sometimes the hardest part of stencilling is choosing which one to use. I decided to go with a whimsical garden scene so my selection was quite simple – butterflies and flowers. Place your stencil onto paper and using a chalk applicator loaded with the lightest colour of chalk, gently dab the area inside the stencil with your first layer of colour. Load up your applicator with a darker colour to create the shadow areas and apply.

Step 2

Keeping your stencil in place use a black journal pen to create an outline around the image (this really adds to the whimsical effect). I recommend giving your image a light spray with hairspray to set the chalk areas. Another technique you can use with stencils is paper-piercing and stitching areas to create added interest and dimension. Place patterned paper onto a cork board or similar and use a paper-piercing tool to poke holes around the inside edge of your stencil image.

Step 3

Lightly dust chalk along the pierced areas then choose a similar colour embroidery thread and stitch through each of the pierced holes. You can also decorate your work with bling or add some Glossy Accents to create a little bit of interest on certain points of the image. Cut out the pieces and apply them to your layout using different thicknesses of foam adhesive tape to build up a scene.


Step 1

Stencils are a wonderful and easy way to create an elegant pattern on cardstock to form the basis of a unique and stylish card. Using a flower stencil and a piece of pre-cut Kraft cardstock I filled the stencil image with a white gel pen to cover the entire area. It is important to allow this to dry before continuing.

Step 2

Re-position your stencil over the white areas and using a good quality black journal pen that doesn’t bleed or run, draw an outline around each image. The outline defines each image and really lifts the overall look.

Step 3

To complete the card I placed a row of Pebbles Inc red ruffle ribbon and a bow across the top of the Kraft piece before adhering the whole piece to the American Crafts white pre-cut gift card. Using Pebbles Inc rub-ons I added the words ‘thank you’ and finished with three Kaisercraft black rhinestones either side of the sentiment.

100th post!

This is our 100th post on the Scrapbooking Memories blog! Thank you to all of you out there for making it such a success. We hope you enjoy the content we bring you in the future. Here’s to plenty more posts!