The Inkreators Blog Hop – Scrapbooking

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Happy Monday and welcome to another blog hop from the Inkreators team.  Our theme this month is scrapbooking.  You may be starting here or have come here from the talented Lauren at LoveLifeLauren either way you can follow your way around be clicking on the “next” button at the end of this post. That way you won’t miss a thing.

Now to say I am a “scrapbooker” would be stretching the truth, not to say I don’t love it I just never seem to have the time to finish a complete layout.  That’s why I love Project Life from Stampin’ Up! it’s quick and easy.  All you need is your photos, some pocket pages and  your Project Life card collection and you’re up and running.

Today I’m sharing some photos from my son’s recent birthday and I’m using one of the 12X12 pocket pages.  But instead of a Project Life Card Collection I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own cards using stamps and embellishments you already have at home.  So I went about collecting up a few of my birthday sets, including one of my favourites Amazing Birthday – soon to be retired, .

I printed my photos in black and white and just used the pop of colour to add contrast.

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I was surprised at how quickly it all came together.  You will be pleasantly surprised author much you can accomplish in a short space of time.  Maybe it won’t be such a daunting task to tackle the huge backlog of memories I still have waiting to be “scrapped” lol!

In some of the pockets I adhered stamped images directly to the photo.  However for some of the smaller 3×4 pockets I printed photos 2 to a 4×6 print and then created my own card to add to the pocket.  This gave me much more artistic freedom to say way I wanted with my images.

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I know you will love seeing all the other creative ideas from the girls sharing with you today so hop on over to see what the talented Liv at Inkreations has created for you.

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Happy Stamping

Michelle x

To make this project at home –  you will need these products.

Scrapping with Glitter

Ever since I ran my Glitter technique class early this month I’ve been obsessed with it.  No kidding I’ve been blinging up everything in sight.  Since it’s a while since I’d scrapped anything I decided I’d scrap with glitter too.

This page was inspired by a layout I saw at Convention this year by Shannon West from Stampin’ Up!’s home office in the US.  Hers was a christmas layout too.  This photo of my oldest son has been stored in one of those ugly cardboard folders they give you when you get “Santa” photos done at your local shopping centre so I decided it was time it had a page of it’s own.

I used some retired chipboard letters, lots of heat and stick and then gold glitter.  I also glittered the brad holding the “first” tag on my star as well as another red one at the start of the ribbon ruffle (which you could see if it wasn’t for the ribbon lol).  You can’t really tell from the photo but the central red cardstock panel has been embossed with the “petals a plenty” embossing folder and then sprayed with shimmer paint (made into a mist by mixing it with rubbing alcohol).  It is really very shimmery (is that a real word) in real life.

The chipboard star was sponged with “Poppy Parade” classic ink, sprayed with shimmer mist and then I added a coat of crystal effects.  Once it was dry there was a very nice subtle shimmer…..more than you can say for the rest of the page.


I used the ornament punch and some of the lined paper from the “Newsprint” DSP to create my journalling tags.  I didn’t need much room to write, the picture says it all.

I was really happy with the end result especially since it’s been a long time since I scrapped 12 x 12 and I was very rusty.

Happy Stamping

Michelle

Clearly for You – a mini book

Hi there.  I hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend so far.  The weather was beautiful here in Melbourne today and even though I didn’t get outside much to enjoy it I still appreciated the warm sunshine streaming in through my windows.

Today marks the final day of the Autumn Winter mini catalogue so I thought I’d show you this little mini book I made with some ladies recently.  It features the “Clearly for You” stamp set which was my absolute favourite from this catty.  I sure hope it makes it into the new SU catalogue on 1st September.

The skeleton of book was made up of several small envelopes cut from Elegant Soiree dsp using  SU’s scalloped envelope die and my Big Shot.  I stacked them all together,  punched two holes along the left hand edge with my Cropodile and then tied them all up with some hemp twine.

To give it a more vintage feel I sponged all the edges with Soft Suede classic ink, including the little notecards inside each envelope.  These notecards would be perfect for small photos or just a message or short note.

I hope you can check back tomorrow when there will be some exciting updates with the  “Last Chance List” of retiring stamps and accessories.  Don’t forget I can also start selling the new 2011-2012 Idea Book and Catalogue from tomorrow for delivery when my pre-order arrives in the next few days.  Get in early and be one of the first to see brand new products available from 1sr September 2011.  Contact me to reserve your copy.

Happy Stamping!

Michelle

Whisper Sweet Nothings

As a scrapbooker I’m always looking for new and innovative ways to show off my photos.  Now I know these “explosion” boxes are not new, they have been around for sometime now, but boy are they innovative.  These small boxes hold over 20 photos and make great displays for coffee tables, desks or your workspace.   What better way to feature a special event or even just to collect together a group of photos to give as a gift.

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This project I made not long after the new catalogue came out and it features product from the new “Sweet Nothings” Scrappin Kit.  These kits are really versatile, you can use them for both scrapbooking and cardmaking and they go a long way. 

I have had so much interest in this little box that I will be running it as a class next Saturday 20th June @ 1.30pm.  I still have some places available so if you would like to come along  email me michellegrech@netspace.net.au and reserve a seat.

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And there’s more……..

Sorry everyone I was so excited in my last post about the fantastic promotion currently on offer to join Stampin’ Up! that I forgot to tell you about the other promotion.

Again, for all you scrapbookers out there ( and cardmakers too) here are the details:

dspromoBuy three packs of select Designer Series paper ($16.95 each), and get one FREE!

See selections below:

 Item Page  Description 
 112042  132  Urban Garden Designer Series paper
 112470  132 Haiku Designer Series paper 
113976   132 Pink Flamingo Designer Series paper 
112468   132  Sweet Always Designer Series paper
113992   133 Tea Party Designer Series paper 
113975   133  Raspberry Tart Designer Series paper
 113966  134 Good Morning Sunshine Designer Series paper 
 112469  134  Holiday Treasures Designer Series paper
 112041  134  Bella Rose Designer Series paper
 113974  134  Bella Bleu Designer Series paper
113978   135  Urban Oasis Designer Series paper
 112461  135 Washington Apple Designer Series paper 
 112039  135 Windsor Knot Designer Series paper 
 113980  135  Candy Lane Designer Series paper

If you would like to place an order give me a call or send me an email michellegrech@netspace.net.au

Join Stampin’ Up! in May for just $150

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In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month,  join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator for only $150 with our limited-time Scrapbooking Starter Kit.  This would have to be the best offer ever!  Whether you are wanting to start your own business, or would really just love to purchase your Stampin’Up products at an amazing discount, then there is nothing to lose with this offer for May.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit contains the following:

Schoolbook Serif Alphabet stamp set* $77.95
Simply Scrappin’ Petal Party $36.95
Earth Elements Assorted textured card stock (12″ x 12″) $21.95
Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad $11.95
Craft & Rubber Scissors $37.95

*Substitutable for any stamp set up to $77.95 value.

Please note: Each of the products listed above may be substituted for like items. Please see the Scrapbooking Starter Kit Order Form for details.

The Scrapbooking Starter Kit also contains all the business supplies contained in the standard Starter Kit:

Getting Started DVD
Getting Started Guide
Guest Invitation Postcard (100)
Idea Book & Catalogue (8)
To My Hostess Envelope (10)
Project Sample Sheet
Recruit Brochures (20)
Hostess Brochure (20)
Hostess Benefits Form (10)
Customer Order Form (50)

That’s already a saving of over $30 on product even before you begin to take advantage of all the other demonstrator benefits.  So if you’ve been thinking about joining or already have lots of Stampin’ Up! products but would love to have more at a discounted price then give me a call or an email  (michellegrech@netspace.net.au) I can send you some obligation free information or answer any questions you may have.

Back to Scrappin

Just dropping in for a quick post before I take the boys of to the skate park for the afternoon.  I have been trying to do a bit of scrapbooking over the holidays, I have so many photos piling up I will be consumed by them soon.  This is a 12 x 12 layout using elements from the Winter Bright Scrappin Kit, some of the retired xmas chipboadrd plus a few other odds and ends thrown in.  The photo is from Xmas 2006 (see how behind I am).  I think the boys might be getting just a bit big for Santa’s lap, don’t you think.

It’s hard to see in the photo but the chipboard snowflake is covered in dazzling diamonds and is really sparkly IRL.

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The photo doesn’t really do it justice, I really struggle to get good shots of my work.  I mean how hard can it be, my camera’s fully automatic so it just should be a matter of point and shoot but I always end up with a crooked shot or strange colours. I think I need to go off and do one of those sort courses on how to get the most out of my digital camera.

Hope you all enjoy the Australia Day weekend and I will drop by tomorrow with some creations featuring the new Sale-a-Bration sets which you can get for free during January and February.

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