Two great deals from Scrappy Chat Designs!

Our friends at Scrappy Chat Designs are offering SBM readers two very great deals!

KIT DEAL: Receive 25% off all kits + only $10 P&H. Enjoy video classes with these kits from the comfort of your own home! Use the code SBM0315KIT at checkout.

METALLIC MELTS DEAL: Buy the gorgeous pack of Tinby Designs Metallics Melts (shown below) for $50 with FREE postage! Save over $10! just use the code SBM0315TMM at checkout.
Such great deals!

Go clay-zy with STAEDTLER’s new FIMO accessories!

Creating your own clay embellishments is so on trend in scrapbooking, and STAEDTLER’s FIMO soft polymer clay is a quality product that is super simple to use. And now there are some brand new FIMO accessories to play with so that you can make your clay shapes look even cooler!

Grind’n polish set: Sanding sponges and flexible foam sheets at three different grades mean your clay pieces will be as smooth as you want them to be. Move over enamel and resin pieces!

Blades: This assorted knife set with different blades (serrated, rigid, flexible), means you can cut your clay easily, without any ragged bits. Just lots of clean edges!

Shaped cutters: These super cute motifs (including hearts, starts and clovers) will look good on any layout! Now you can add that perfect little handmade charm to finish your page off nicely.

Metallic powders: Add a sophisticated touch to your clay shape with this impressive finish! In gold or silver, it’s a very cool way to add bling to your next project!

So get moulding ASAP!

Get Dreamy with Heidi Swapp!

Kylie from Scrapping Clearly fell in love with the Dreamy collection from Heidi Swapp as soon as she saw it, and she knew her customers would love it! This range is full of pink, blue, yellow and teal, and is bright and fun without being garish. So we thought we’d ask a few people to have a play, starting with Kylie herself!

Love by Kylie Tout

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy paper, ephemera, tag and mini memory file; Other embellishments – Heidi Swapp chipboard, label and glitter stickers, doily, banner, hatpin, epoxy dots, Zig Writers.

Tips from Kylie

- Create extra depth when using the Dreamy papers by layering them with box board.

- Using a mini memory file on a layout allows you to add extra photos and journalling without crowding your design.

- Use different pen point sizes and handwriting styles to enhance your journalling.


Next up is a layout from Manda Moore!

Love you by Manda Moore

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy patterned paper, claer words, glitter frames, ephmera and word stickers; Other embellishments – Crate Paper frames, machine-stitching, Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

Manda’s tips

- Try a grid design with a twist! Set it on an angle rather than on the horizontal.

- Use up your word stickers.Use whole sheets or sections of a sheet as background paper as I have underneath the frame.

- Cut up your frames! Cut them up into pieces and use them for layering or as an embellishment.

“I adore Heidi Swapp’s lines and Dreamy is one of my favourites. The mixture of soft pastels with pops of bright colour is so fun to play with and can work for all kinds of themed layouts. Also the script words are a beautiful touch to layouts for those of us who aren’t gifted in the art of writing script.”
And last but not least, Tess Pretty!

Love the snuggles by Tess Pretty

Materials: Heidi Swapp Dreamy patterned paper, glitter frames, tags, bows and stickers; Cardstock;Stamp – Date; Other embellishments – Tim Holtz letters, A Flair for Buttons flair, Heidi Swapp Color Shine, K&Company Smash pen.

Tess’ tips

- Fussy-cut words from patterned papers and tags for your title.

- Spray Color Shine onto a freezer bag and then dab it onto your background for a different form of texture.

- With lots of paper layers, sometimes minimal embellishment is best.

“I love the colours of this Heidi Swapp collection and the papers are nice and thick. The embellishments will work well with just about any type of project.”

You can purchase the Dreamy collection and other Heidi Swapp products from Scarpping Clearly here.


Product of the week – Wood veneers by Jenni Bowlin Studio

The perfect addition to any scrapbooker’s repertoire, these cute, stylish frames, embellishments and albums from Jenni Bowlin Studio are super versatile and fun. Simply add a two-inch photo to the frame for a classic addition to your scrapbooking projects. Create a small mini album as a gift for a loved one, or embellish your projects with the smaller pieces. Available in a range of styles and cuts, you’re sure to find a wood veneer piece to enhance your layouts. Available for purchase from Joybells Scrapbooking.


Mixed media is a fantastic way to be free with your art as there are no restrictions and mistakes are welcome. Whether you are a lover of mixed media, or a scrapbooker eager to try a new technique, the DecoArt Media program is a fantastic way to get yourself started. We understand that mixed media can at times be overwhelming but the products in this line have been formulated and produced after consulting by top artists in this genre so even the most experienced artists will appreciate the quality that these products offer.

The full range includes antiquing creams available in 6 colours, permanent spray misters in traditional and shimmer, texture products such as modeling paste. texture sand, liquid glass, gesso and matte medium, crackle products, varnishes in matte, satin and gloss, a brush and stencil cleaner and finally fluid acrylics that are highly pigmented in traditional, metallic and interference.

Because there is such a wide range of products available DecoArt provides short video tutorials by renowned mixed media artist Andy Skinner to show you the product basics, and there will also be more advanced tutorials available when you are ready. For more information, visit DecoArt.


Andy & Belle are a fantastic small business specialising in beading, scrapbooking and quilting/sewing products. Andy & Belle take pride in their wonderful customer service and stunning products. They love trading online and have found it is their specialty. They are 100% owned and operated in Australia and their gorgeous collections are designed in house and printed on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

Pretty patterned paper

One of their latest collections Poppy Parade has made quite the impact on us in the office. The striking illustrations and vibrant colours make it the perfect collection for scrappers who love their layouts bright, bold and beautiful. Their papers are A4 in size and double-side printed on 160gsm acid free paper. Perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Colourful patterned paper

Majestic patterned paper

The hues of orange and pink compliment the bright shades of yellow and green perfectly and the hint of red adds a little special touch, and we love that the unique patterns bring a delightful texture to each page. The florals on the Majestic and Picturesque patterned papers are vivid and rich in colour but still have a soft and subtle style that will look beautiful as a background for any layout or can even be fussy cut into small embellishments.

Picturesque patterned paper

Visit Andy & Belle to find out more about their gorgeous products,


Mixed Media artist and Ranger’s Signature Designer Dyan Reaveley has teamed up her unique style with Ranger to create this fantastic range of Dylusion products. Dyan makes wonderful use of imagery in her artwork and even uses text as part of her design elements. Dyan uses vibrant and rich colour combinations of inks and paints and allows her expertise in mixed media to shine through in this fun line.

Ranger has partnered with The Crafter’s Workshop to create the fine quality stencils in this collection that of course reflect Dyan’s eclectic style. There are four new Dylusions stencils available and three new stylish silhouette stencils. Each stencil is an original design that she has created and they come in two different sizes – 9in x 12in and 5in x 8in – for use in both small and large projects. The stencils are ideal to use with the Dylusions ink sprays or any inks, markers paints or even Perfect Pearls.

The Dylusions ink spray dyes are of an incredibly high quality and are acid free and nontoxic. Dyan has introduced 6 new colours to the already wide range of sprays including an awesome new neutral Slate Grey. The other five colours are Pomegranate Seed, Tangerine Dream, Chopped Pesto, Polished Jade and Ground Coffee. All of which are beautiful and bright and by using a combination of the warm and cool tones you will create colourful and vibrant backgrounds for your layouts in no time.

There is also a fabulous new range of clear and rubber stamp sets to drool over. The six new cling rubber stamp sets feature Dyan’s original artwork and her favourite quotes. Dyan has also revealed her six new sets for her stylish Dylusions Couture Collection of clear stamps. Use the sets with the Dylusions Journal Block which is a large unmounted clear stamp block designed to fit the Couture collection.

This line is ideal for anyone who loves to express themselves through the creative release that is art journaling or crafters who love to create unique mixed-media pieces. For more information on the Ranger Dylusions By Dyan Reaveley line visit Stamp-It.


If you were lucky enough to get away for the holiday season then you know that coming back with hundreds of photos and memories from your time away can only mean one thing – lets get scrapping! I just recently came back from a wonderful holiday in Hawaii, the weather was perfect, the atmosphere was amazing and I took too many photos to count! So naturally all I want to do is scrap madly about all the incredible adventures I had on my trip.

While I am positive everyone has loved seeing all the gorgeous reveals of new lines from CHA, one of the ones that caught my eye is this sweet travel line by Adrienne Looman. I must say I am drawn to it more so than others completely because of my own holiday adventure, and all I want to do is scrap about it using this gorgeous collection. The patterns, colours, designs – everything about it screams I need another holiday! But in all seriousness there is something special about this collection that takes me back to Hawaii and reminds me of the exciting moments I had. I love how bright and cheerful it is – it definitely stands out from most travel lines I have seen.

Journey Begins and Pure Happiness

Journey Begins and Pure Happiness

The Journey Begins paper took me back to sitting in my aeroplane seat looking with wonder and amazement out at the sky above and counting down the minutes – actually hours – until I got to my destination. The Pure Happiness paper has an enchanting bokeh effect that reminded me of spending New Years Eve on Waikiki Beach, the fireworks going off all around me and the feeling of sand beneath my toes.

Arrow and Camera paperclips and Cameo variety pack

Arrow and Camera paperclips and Cameo variety pack

What I love the most (if it is even possible to choose my favourite thing) are the Arrow and Camera paperclips… as soon as I saw these little gems my mind started racing with ideas on how to use them! What a clever idea the little camera is, and such a big trend right now is using the camera image as embellishments on layouts. Lots of what we saw at CHA involved this delightful camera image so we are happy to see it has made its way into this gorgeous collection. The paperclips also work a treat with the Cameo packs too!

Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms

Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms

Oh and I can’t forget about the Globe and Nautical Frame and Dome charms – they are just too cute and of course very fitting for this theme! So that’s enough about my travel stories, but to find out more about this stunning collection visit Webster’s Pages.


In the office we are just loving these fantastic Tim Holtz Layering Stencils and we know you will love them too! These stencils are remarkably detailed and of great quality. The Shatter stencil is one of our favourites, it gives a look of real shattered glass and we think it works awesome when used in conjunction with these stunning Tim Holtz Distress Paints. The amount of tiny details added to give it that glass effect is so inspiring. If you love getting a perfect grungy texture use the gorgeous Bubble, Honeycomb, Rays or Clockwork stencils. Or for a unique way to add lettering or numbering to your page use the Cargo stencil, it has a great vintage charm.

I know scrappers often find it hard to store their stencils without them getting lost or damaged, but this won’t be an issue with these stencils. The genius that is Tim Holtz thought of the brilliant idea to design the stencils in a tag shape with a hole in the top of each so they can be easily organised, what an awesome idea! Stencils are often used with your favourite paints, stamps, inks, pastes or whatever mediums you prefer to use. The little imperfections in these stencils make them all the more intriguing and will add a different element of texture and imagery to your page. The creative possibilities for using layering stencils are endless, and your imagination is the limit. So go ahead and give them a go! For more information visit Stamp-It!

Guest post: Creating a photo advent calendar by Sue Madex

I’m always on the lookout for ways to get my scrapbooking out of my albums and up around the house.  Here’s a great way to relive lots of fun, past Christmas moments during the month of December, by making your own Advent calendar.  I’ll show you a few different display options too.

I’ve used MDS™, intuitive digital design software, featuring Stampin’ Up!®’s exclusive artwork, colours and templates to make a photo-sized Advent calendar. You can download MDS software for a 30-day free trial, or purchase it for just $24.95, by clicking here.

Each 6in x 4in page for this project features photos of the kids, Christmas feasts, our decorations and lots of other festive highlights that will help build anticipation for Christmas Day. Some hints and tips for this project:

- First step: have a look through your Christmas photo files and select some favourites to work with.  This bit always takes me the longest – decisions, decisions.

- Use the custom size option in MDS and create a blank canvas 6in x 4in (or larger if you’d prefer.)

- I’ve used the 12 Days Of Christmas Swatchbook template (on offer during November- 30% off selected digital downloads!), along with lots of other festive themed digital downloads. You can use the template as is and just drop photos into the spaces, or do as I’ve done here and use the papers, digital stamp brushes and other elements that come with the download to make your own individual one of a kind project.

- For many of my 25 little Advent projects, I’ve started with a digital punch – circle, oval or even an ornament – then used the photo fill option to insert my photo into the shape.  You can easily add a mat and drop shadow to highlight your photo.

- Some pattered paper, a number stamp and a few finishing touches and you’re all set.  This was a fun project to get creative with.  Working with photo-sized projects made it quick and easy too.

-  The last step was to save and print on my little photo printer. Then there are a few different options for displaying this Advent calendar. I found this lovely slip in photo frame – perfect for displaying one a day during December.

Here’s another clear slip in frame option I picked up at the supermarket – a very affordable option.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to pop them on the fridge using one of the magnetic frames.

When Christmas arrives, you can slip them all into a pocket-page album.  It makes a great set of pages highlighting some of your favourite Christmas moments from years past.

If you’re looking for an Advent calendar idea that’s a little individual – perhaps you’d like to give this one a try.  Have fun!

Ask your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator about MDS and the My Digital Studio™ Seasonal Sale - hurry, sale ends 30 November! If you don’t have a demonstrator you can search for one here.

Sue Madex