Friday, September 30, 2011


At the Scrapstars retreat last weekend I was lucky enough to do a class with the amazing Emma Trout, she taught a stunning class using gorgeous Websters All About Me papers and I finally think I have mastered the art of misting without leaving splodges! I have long been a fan of Emma's scrapping and it was great to meet her in real life, she is a really lovely lady.

I think my painting technique needs a bit of work, this was my second attempt, I took everything off my first page and did it all again after the class but I really want to try and achieve a softer more subtle look. Must try harder next time!!

I have been busy creating with the October My Creative Scrapbook kits over the past few weeks, the big reveal is next week and the kits are definitely worth seeing, they are amazing!! Jolaine has set a great challenge over on the forum, all you have to do is create a page which incorporates circles. Pam has put together a great prize as always, take a look at this! 


Monday, September 26, 2011


Why is it when you are having such a great weekend the time goes so quickly!
I travelled up to Leeds on Friday for the Scrapstars retreat where I was teaching alongside 3 other teachers...Emma Trout, Lida De Witte and Kirsty Wiseman. I was very nervous about teaching along side such seasoned scrapping teachers but they were all lovely. Their classes were amazing, I was totally in awe of Lidas creations, she is so innovative, I should have taken photos of her class projects so I could show you I know you would have all been as impressed as I was.
It was really great to catch up with old friends and also make new ones, the delegates really were such a lovely group of ladies.
I taught 2 classes, both 12x12 layouts so I thought I would share them with you...
My first class used Websters Country Estate papers.

I really love sitting and cutting out elements from the papers but I'm not sure all the delegates were as keen by the time they finished my class lol they all gave it a go though and their pages were looking really lovely, I am looking forward to seeing some finished projects uploaded.

 Penny and Amanda busy scrapping away!

Hannah adding the finishing touches to her page, I had chatted to Hannah a few times on line so it was really great to finally meet her in real life.

Caroline, Lesley ( the event organisers) and Carol who came all the way from Spain for the event!
My second class focused on how easy it is to add transparencies to your pages. I used the gorgeous Glitz range, I don't usually do yellow but this range has such a lovely vintage feel it made the yellow acceptable lol.

Caroline and Lesley did an amazing job of organising the weekend, fingers crossed they haven't been put off organising another one!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Four Ways Challenge

I was asked to create a layout for the four ways challenge in the current issue of Scrapbook Magazine and the kit I was sent was right up my street, gorgeous Websters Pages Hollywood Vogue! I love creating pages which incorporate lots of hand cutting, I find it very satisfying creating a page where I manage to achieve lots of depth and dimension by cutting and layering elements of the paper.

I am off to Leeds on Friday to teach at the Scrapstars retreat, I am so excited (and rather nervous), it will be the first time I have taught outside of Sarah's Cards! I know Caroline has organised an amazing weekend so hopefully I can share some of what we get up to next week and show you the two classes that I will have taught. Hope you all have a great weekend.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mini Album

For the current issue of Creative Cardmaking magazine I was asked to create some mini albums that could be given as Christmas gifts. I decided to use an old pizza box for the cover of this album and distressed it with white acrylic paint. The Pink Paislee Daily Junqe papers were great to decorate the mini book as there were so many elements in the paper designs that could be cut out and used.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

My Creative Sketches Contest!

The amazing Big Sketch Contest has started over on My Creative Sketches, it is a contest that is spanning over a period of three months with three different sketches and some amazing prizes to be won including a three month subscription to the Limited Edition kit from My Creative Scrapbook......definitely a prize worth winning!!!
Here is another one of the prizes up for grabs, this amazing bundle of goodies will be given to the winner chosen by the design team.

Check out all the details over on the blog........
Here is this months sketch

I created two pages using the sketch, the first one I used the gorgeous Limited Edition kit from August.

The second page that I created was using some gorgeous Bo Bunny Gabrielle papers.

After I had stuck this all down I wished I had hand cut some more out of the patterned paper on the right to create a less solid look at the bottom.

I hope you play along, I am really looking forward to seeing what you create and how you interpret the sketch.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Only 2 Days Left!

Just thought I would let you all know that you only have another 2 days to post your for the first My Creative Sketches challenge. You definitely want to enter to be in with a chance of winning some amazing prizes!
Prize one...

Prize 2....

Prize 3..

Pop on over to My Creative Sketches for all the details but remember if you don't want to miss out you need to post your layout by 15th September.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest Design Team Call For My Creative Scrapbook

Guest Design Team Call Deadline Oct 28th....

My Creative Scrapbook is happy to announce:

The call is open from Sept. 17, 2011 through Oct.28, 2011.
We will announce the new Guest Design Team on our blog and in our forum on Nov 5, 2011.
We are looking to fill spots for Guest Design Team positions but hint, hint, we have chosen our permanent DT members from our past Guest DT members.
Within these positions we are looking for skills in creating layouts, mini albums, cards, altered items and sketches.
Once we have made our choices then we will announce it on our blog and contact you.
We want you…”if”…you are a creative, energetic, and ambitious and want to have fun creating with us.

Our Expectations of Guest Designers:
- Open communication skill.
- Consistent style and range and ability to design and showcase our kit supplies.
- Teamwork, cooperation and the ability to meet deadlines.
- Ability to create layouts, cards and altered projects on a more experienced skill level.
- Ability to teach techniques with written instructions and/or step by step photos or video.
- Photography skills to produce clear and accurate photos of your projects.

Guest Design Team Requirements:
- Active participation in our forum including the message board and galleries. (This is a must for all.)
- 3 Layouts and 1 card/altered item per kit per month.
- Step by step picture or video tutorial to share with our members in our forum on a rotating basis using a kit.
- Head up challenges for our members in our forum on a rotating basis.
- Give a tip each month from a project you created using our kit.
- Note: We ask that you “not” Design/Guest Design for another kit club while with My Creative Scrapbook but MFG teams and Online Sketch sites…etc. are fine.

What’s in it for you?
- Each month you will receive a kit packed with the latest and greatest products to create with.
- We will post your projects in our Main DT Gallery.
- We will submit your DT projects to the Manufacturers for appreciation and exposure.
- We have a drama free environment and have lots of fun.
- You will be working with a great group of friendly and talented designers that work together to inspire and uplift one another.

Please submit:
- 3 Layouts and 1 card/altered project that bests represents your style. Files should be 500 pixels.
(Please share any specialties, such as mini albums, sketches…etc.)
- Your Name
- Email address
- Address
- Phone Number
- Link to your Online Gallery
- Link to your Blog
- List of Past and Present Design Teams (list all requirements for the present teams you are on).
- We would like to know a little about you and why you would like to join us here at My Creative Scrapbook.

You need to register in the forum while the call is going on if you’re not already a member. Please make your presence known in the forum in the Introduction Thread. We would like to get to know you and allow you to get to know us.
Site Link:

Please send all submissions to:
International designers are welcome to apply. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition Kit

As promised here are my creations using the My Creative Scrapbook Limited Edition kit, when I opened my lovely box of goodies I fell in love with the colours in this kit, so rich and warm. It is jam packed full of Creative Imaginations papers along with Prima blooms, a mistable canvas, bling and so much more!

When I saw this canvas I wasn't quite sure how I was going to use it, I don't have a huge collection of mists and I thought that there are probably lots of scrappers in the same position so I thought I would try and improvise. I decided to use good old coffee to stain my canvas, using 4 different strength coffee's I was able to create a worn vintage look which I was quite pleased with and it now smells lovely!

I used my Promarkers to colour in the roses and leaves so that they coordinated more with my page.

This LO involved lots of layers and distressing and of course the odd butterfly or two!

This was the last page that I created with the kit and it turned out to be my favourite, I always think my first page should be my favourite as I have everything in the kit available but I have to say 99% of the time it isn't the case.

Thank you for all the lovely comments that you left for my main kit creations, they are greatly appreciated and it is lovely to know that people like what I spend hours creating, I am such a slow scrapper! Thank you xx

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Creative Scrapbook September Kit Reveal

Yesterday the gorgeous September kits were revealed over on My Creative Scrapbook, as always four gorgeous kits plus a flower add on. I was very lucky and got to work with the Main kit and the Limited Edition kit, both packed and I mean packed, with the most gorgeous stash.
I thought I would show you what I created using the main kit today.

The paper collection comes with a great sheet of stickers and I absolutely loved the old fashioned lamp. I wanted to raise the lamp off the page and wrap the vine around it, I matted it onto some cardstock so that I could handle it and move it around without risking it getting stuck in the wrong place.

The rest of the design team have created some stunning pages using this kit, if you fancy a look then pop over to the gallery at My Creative Scrapbook.