Book your place on a Crafting Cruise holiday!

Can you think of anything better than a tropical holiday on a luxurious cruise that involves plenty of scrapping?

Turn this dream into your reality by booking a place on a Crafting Cruises getaway! There are three epic South Pacific sailings to choose from in January and February:

  • An 11-night scrapbooking cruise with Melissa Kennedy on the Radiance of the Seas.
  • A 10-night stamping cruise with Jane Mann and a guest instructor on Voyager of the Seas.
  • An 11-night South scrapbooking cruise with Kaye Ebbott and a guest instructor on Voyager of the Seas.

You would have your own dedicated scrapping space and 24-hour access to the private crop room for the duration of the cruise. The price includes accommodation, gourmet meals, Broadway-style shows, duty-free shopping, pools, a fitness centre and so much more!

For more information, visit the website or email

Guest post – Sarah Klass on using Stampin’ Up!’s MDS software

                                               Photo Shoot! by Sarah Klass

Take three sweet cousins, a sunny day at a newly discovered riverside park and a mummy who likes to play photographer and you get a whole afternoon of photo shoot frivolity!

I was looking forward to scrapbooking these fun pics that we took last school holidays, and since I had just taken myself shopping in the digital downloads section of my Stampin’ Up! online store, I determined that the newly acquired My Digital Studio™ This and That Epic Day Kit was the perfect accompaniment to my photographic efforts.

I started out with a basic layout consisting of six rectangular photo boxes and just built up the page from there.  With the enormous array of coordinating papers and embellishments contained within the Epic Day kit, I barely needed to stray from its confines at all – only to add some stitching and some text. Happy days!

I started out by filling the photo boxes – two with large photos, others with some of the coordinating Designer Series Papers, and I also decided to replace one of the photo boxes with an embellishment from the kit so that I could use it as a journalling block.

The fact that the journalling block embellishment wasn’t the same dimensions as the photo boxes was easily fixed by double clicking on the embellishment itself and altering the values for width and height (making sure to uncheck the “Keep Proportions” box first) so that they matched the photo box dimensions, which I had determined first by right clicking and selecting “Edit Object” from the dialogue box that popped up.

I added smaller photo boxes here and there, popping in photos, adding mats and dropping shadows as I went, thanks to the intuitive program that opens up the relevant section of the Design Centre depending on what I click on on the layout.  Gotta love a program that knows what I want before I do ;-)

After that it was simply a case of adding embellishments, which I did by selecting a huge pile of them from the Resource Palette and dropping them all on my page at once.  I was able to move them all off to the side and swap them in and out, resize and rotate them to test out how different ones looked in different places before I settled on the ones I would keep.

Some stitching between the blocks, some journalling and a title in fun fonts, and I was all done and super happy with the result :-D

I’m also super happy to be sharing my unbridled love of this amazing digital design program in a series of events in Australia and New Zealand, starting next month!  Join me and a room full of other digital enthusiasts at the Make a Statement Digital Tour in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth or Auckland .

The event fee is just $35 AUD / $45 NZD and includes the full version of the software (valued at $24.95 AUD / $27.95 NZD and available to download as soon as you complete your registration), plus a half day of training in different digital techniques to familiarise you with the fantastic design opportunities available within MDS.

All the event details plus registration links can be found on the dedicated My Digital Studio website.

Hope to see you there!

Sarah Klass

Product of the week – 2Crafty chipboard

2Crafty’s new range of chipboard pieces is so funky and on-trend right now that there is bound to be a piece or two that would be perfect for any themed layout. Whether it’s one-off pieces, shapes, phrases, borders or flourishes you can go chipboard crazy with these gorgeous new pieces. Emboss them, stamp them, paint them, cover them in washi tape of leave them raw – how you use them is up to you!

For ideas on the different ways you can dress up your chipboard, visit 2Crafty’s blog for a sticky beak at the Design Team’s projects and all the different ways they’ve used pieces.

So if you haven’t already, ask your local scrapbooking store to order in the cute new range from 2Crafty and get creating!

Massive stocktake sale at Scrapbook Boutique!

Take advantage of Scrapbook Boutique’s stocktake sale, on until the end of July. Everything in Sale Central (almost 3000 different products) has been reduced even further. You can save up to 65% off the retail price! Plus, if it is your first order, you will receive an extra 10% discount on your purchase.

These sales only apply while products are in stock – so grab yourself a bargain (or an early Christmas pressie) quick!

Check the website for details and conditions.

Shop at Photocontinental for a BIG experience!

Photocontinental is the ultimate treasure trove for any serious scrapbooker. Housing over 50 000 craft products, it is impossible to leave the store empty handed. This superstore is large yet incredibly cosy, with a cafe to help you with a caffeine craving while you shop.

With a full classes and events calendar, there is always something happening at Photocontinental that you can be a part of. But if you’d rather just shop, feast your eyes on all the gorgeous goodies at your disposal,. Plus you can earn rewards for purchases – an added bonus for your retail therapy!

However if Mt Gravatt in Brisbane is too far for you to travel, never fear! You can shop 24/7 on Photocontinental’s online store. And with more than 60 years in the business, Photocontinental knows how to take care of all your papercraft and photography needs.



Gradient effect

Another version of the mini flower background which looks wonderful on cards is the gradient effect. Try an array of soft pastels or perhaps some bright, cheerful colours and lay them in rows from light to dark to create a rainbow.

Punched background

Using a border punch and the same-coloured paper or cardstock as your background, you can give your card or layout a very pretty yet subtle look that adds a distinctive touch without being overstated.

Raised punching

Polka dot paper can be enhanced with a simple flower punch. Using the same paper as your background, punch out flowers over the polka dot pattern and attach them to your background paper with a pop dot that raises it slightly off the page and adds a fun dimension to the overall look.

Victorian Masters Tour


Three of our Masters – Beck Beattie, Heather MchMahon and Leonie Neal-Dawson – hail from Victoria. After getting together to discuss all things scrappy, they decided on doing a local tour to share their expertise and knowledge with other keen scrappers. So if you’re in the areas mentioned below, book yourself a spot in the classes these talented ladies are offering!

The first round of classes will be held at the Kaisercraft Geelong outlet on Saturday 3 August. Each class will run for an an hour and a half and will cost $40 to attend. Book your spot in all three for $110! The classes are as follows:

9-10:30am with Leonie Neal-Dawson: Sweet as a Pea. Learn how to creat a unique, textural background using stencilling techniques, and adding colour using Distress Inks, using various blending, bleaching and stamping techniques.

11am-12:30pm with Heather McMahon: Dylusions dreaming. Create a unique page with an unusual twist using Dylusions sprays and stencils.

1pm-2:30pm with Beck Beattie: A bit of boyish charm. Use layering techniques from mixed media to create a modern-style layout. While masculine, the layout can be adopted for a feminine feel also.

For information on the tour, head to

Product of the week – Encrusted Jewel Kit by Stampendous!

Stampendous! Gold Encrusted Jewel Kit

Stampendous! Gold Encrusted Jewel Kit

The Encrusted Jewel Kit by Stampendous! has 5 pots of embossing powders and elements that can be used in a variety of ways. The gold Encrusted Jewel Kit shown above contains Aged Gold Embossing Powder, Pearl Champagne Embossing Powder, Gilded Mica Fragments, Champagne Glass Glitter and Gold Halo Glitter Mix. The Encrusted Jewel Kits also come in pink, silver, copper, blue, teal, red, green, white and purple. The chunky crushed Glass Glitter and the delicate Glitter Mix are a great way to add a little vintage charm to your pages, while the Mica Fragments are a beautiful way to give your layout a natural pearly sheen. Both the glitters and fragments can be applied with any adhesive. To use the Embossing Powders simply pour them over a stamped impression and use a heat tool to melt the powder evenly until it is shiny. To create a more unique texture sprinkle the Glass Glitter, Mica Fragments or Glitter Mix on to the Embossing Powder and heat underneath to melt together. For more tips and techniques visit