Colour Challenge - Winner

Congratulations - Sally
(you've done it again)

Above were the colours to use in your layout for last fortnights colour challenge. Sally you've done a great job, right down to the clothing that James is wearing. What a gorgerous wee fella to use in your layouts. Well done! I will be in touch with your $20 voucher.


Time for another Challenge...

...Yes it is that time again. So for the challenge this time round...'All Things Spring' think lambs and spring blossoms. Lots of bold bright colours to be used on your layouts. Your topic can be on anything, but merit will be given to the layout that celebrates spring the most.
You have until Sunday 11th October to email your finished layout to fiona@scrapboxnz.com.
Good luck and have a great week.


Top Tip Thursday...

TOP TIP: This weeks top tip focuses on balance and eye appeal. This will apply to scrapbook layouts and cards. The general rule of thumb for balance on a layout or card is to have all your elements in threes. So to apply this to a layout look at my 'Believe' layout.

I have used THREE base colours and I have THREE major embellishments (the vine, the tree and the word believe). You may not be able to see this detail, but I have also used three red pearls on the flowers of the vine.

This rule can also apply to a card. So lets take a look.

Notice how I have used three satin flowers in a cluster, plus again I have three major elements (the bunch of flowers, the circle embellishment and the tag,) and each draws the eye to the next element. Not so obvious is the colour combo that I have used. (the blue, fawn and the white of the vellum.) There is also the three different embellishments, (the flowers, ribbon and button).

This rule however does not always apply, but it is usual to use ODD numbers of elements. So five will work too.


More Yummy Product...

...yes I have been fortunate enough to have another play with some of the new product lines that are starting to filter through.

So I have come up with this little number using the Tis the Season line of papers from Bo Bunny

I used every last scrap of paper for this project and I made full use of the patterns in the paper and the sheet of tags, that it was not necessary to use very many embellishments. I have used the Blackboard Album from Cosmo Cricket, then stamped, inked, made pockets and flaps for messages and photos. I finished it all off with some co-ordinating ribbon, which I have tied around the album ring. I just love the bright cheery colours, reminiscent of a summer Christmas. (Even though I have stamped it with snowflakes-Oh well)

Hope you are having a great week:) I will try to post the Thursday Top Tip on time again this week.


Ponder this thought ...

Age is an issue of mind over matter.
If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

~Maya Angelou~


Top Tip Thursday...

is finally on time!!! so here it is.

Top Tip: You may find this site useful when trying to co-ordinate papers with cardstock, especially if you are buying online.
It will certainly make life a little easier.

Winner of "5 things I do with Dad" & Card

Congratulations to ... SALLY

Layout and card look great, obviously lots of fun had with dad. Hope he enjoyed Fathers Day. Email me Sally and I'll pass on the details for your $20 voucher. Well Done!!


Fortnightly Challenge...

Here is your challenge for this fortnight. Notice how I have put the Bazzill Basics Cardstock colours along the bottom. For this challenge you have until the 27th September to email your 12x12 layout to fiona@scrapboxnz.com You may be interested to find the papers that will work wonderfully with this challenge --->HERE
Good Luck:)



...feels good to get back into it for a while. I have been so busy with making cards and gift boxes, that i nearly forgot what scrapbooking was? How sad is that? Anyway Fiona gave me the assignment to work with some of the latest papers that have come into the shop. They are just soooooo yummy. I had so much fun yesterday while it was wet in my craftroom having a 'real' play.

This is what I have come up with using the new December Journal from Websters Pages as well as the new Glazed Holly Flourish Cardstock for the tree. The papers also match well with my own stash of papers from Basic Grey's Wassail range. Here on this layout I have used the cardstock sticker elements from that range and the alphabet stickers. I have cut out the word believe from cardstock using the Silhouette and then used dimensional magic and glitter to highlight the word. These papers don't need a lot of embellishments as they speak for themselves and seems a shame to cover it all up. I have finished the page off with red pearls from KaiserCRAFT.

Now to the sneak peak of what I am working on using the new papers from Bo Bunny's 'Tis the Season'


Just a couple more days ...

to complete your fortnightly challenge.

Create a 12x12 layout with the title '5 things I do with Dad' and as an added twist...create a card from your paper scraps from this layout. You have until this Sunday the 13th to email your creations to fiona@scrapboxnz.com
Good Luck and happy scrappin'

$20 voucher for the winning layout & card. Looking forward to seeing your creations.


Top Tip Thursday...

...TOP TIP: I know some of you are a little confused about the different types of inks. Pigment ink, Chalk ink, Dye ink. Which ones do you use and where. Well I have found this article that may answer some of those questions.

Chalk Inks
Chalk inks are archival, acid-free, and fast-drying, and they give a soft look. You can use them on wood, leather, paper, and more! You can heat-set chalk inks to enhance the permanence. These are great for distressing your papers and using background stamps along with regular stamping. The inking surface is usually a sponge.

Dye Inks
Dye inks are water-based and are permanent once they are stamped on papers. This is a great general-purpose ink that can be used on all types of papers and is great for everyday stamping and scrapbooking. Dye-base inks will fade over time.

Pigment Inks
Pigment inks are wonderful to use on clay, mica, wood, paper, shrink plastic, and more. Pigment inks are thick and fade-resistant. The inking surface is usually a sponge because it is thicker and distributed better over a sponge. They are also archival and acid-free, and are perfect for embossing!

StazOn inks are acid-free, archival, and dry within three to five minutes. StazOn is perfect for surfaces such as transparencies, vellum, glass, tile, metal, plastic, and more!

VersaMark is a clear pigment ink, and is great for watermarking or embossing.

For more information you can find the full article --->HERE



Finally some of the new stock is coming through. Keep an eye on the "What's New" page in the shop as I am loading new items often at the moment.

Some of the new flowers from Prima got loaded and sold in the first day! They are gorgerous in spots or gingham. Not all of the Christmas papers have arrived. They should be here by the end of this month or maybe October. Start planning and then when the papers arrive you will still have plenty of time to get organized for Christmas. Check out the "Beyond the Page" section in the shop. There are some new albums that could make great presents.

Below is a great range of papers for boys by Bo Bunny. Pages with journalling cards, three of the papers have stars on the back and all co-ordinate well together. Some of the words are: Super Hero - Play Hard - Get Dirty - 100% Boy. They will make some awesome layouts for the boys in your life.

These papers below are from a range called Rough & Tough by Fancy Pants. Papers are named: Far Out, All Star, Oh Boy and Wishing Star. They also a journalling card pages with them.

I couldn't not include a photo of the Webster's Pages. They are gorgerous. They are from the Nature's Storybook range and have lovely scenes on them. Butterfly, birds and journalling lines. All double side and quite a heavy paper. Great value for money.

Hope you all enjoy these lovely papers and the embellishments that are arriving. Might have to be quick on some things as they are selling fast. Some of my suppliers have run out before they have arrived in the country.
Do take advantage of the Sale this month. 15% off patterned papers - it does include the new releases.


To all the Dad's out there ...


I don't think it is until you become a parent yourself, that you understand and appreciate what your Dad (& Mum) has done for you. Good on you Dad. Wishing all Dad's a great, relaxing family day.


Top Tip Thursday ...

Try these 3 ideas in your next layouts!

For a gloss finish to your chipboard lightly sand, then paint and cover in Dimensional Magic.

Rhinestones - are an easy & affordable way to add sparkle to any page.

Try using Dimensional Magic as glue. It will stick most things that can be a little fiddly, such as beadwork.


Congratulation to...

Elaine, for her sketch challenge layout. Please email fiona@scrapboxnz.com to collect your voucher. Thanks to everyone who has entered again. It is so exciting seeing all the entries and for each and every one of you... you now have another page complete for your albums.


Random Act of Kindness

Today is national "Random Act of Kindness" day. So with that thought, I will be sending something special to three lucky customers. Watch your letterboxes!!

Enjoy your day.