Monday, September 26, 2011


I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Ange for having me on her DT for the last 18 months. Due to personal reasons I have decided to step down from the DT. I have really loved being on this team and working with Scrapware's amazing arrange of chippie pieces.
I would like to share one final project I made recently using lots of Scrapware chipboard pieces. My youngest was having trouble remembering his colours so I decided to make him a book to help him out. I used glitter, paint, flock, kindy glitz and glimmer mist to cover my chipboard pieces.

Thanks again Ange for all your support and friendship!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

technique anyone?

Hi everyone!

This is a technique that I first came across in a class by uber talented CĂ©line Navarro way back in October 2007 and then gorgeous Natalie May came up with this step-by-step using the metal tape on top of our chippy on a layout. Here it is (as written by Nat)
I've had this idea in my head for quite a while and thought it was about time I gave it a go.

This is a variation on a technique that I use regularly with Cuttlebug projects and thought it would look good on a layout.

I raided my hubby’s shed and came across some Aluminum Tape. I actually think it's used for roofing or something like that but it does the job just nice! It's super sticky and VERY unforgiving {and also cuts worse than a paper cut}.
Firstly I placed all my chipboard on a heavy chipboard background, positioned it then glued it down.  
I cover the entire LO with the tape wrapping the ends to the back of the chipboard being careful not to pull it too tight as the tape will be pushed into the crevices. 
Using a scoring tool or something that has a round tip, I ran it around the edges of the covered chipboard shapes so that they were more enhanced.
Next thing I did was create some patterns using various tools. Firstly I did some scrape with my fingernails, then some zig zags and dots with the scorer and finally using a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I transferred the pattern by using a rolling pin to force the pattern thru to the foil tape.
I decided to see if embossing powder would stick to the tape so I gently rubbed the Distress Ink Embossing pad direct to the shape then sprinkled the black powder over the top and it worked beautifully.
So next comes the messy bit. Using Ranger Alcohol Inks, I completely covered the entire project in Black Ink making sure to get into all the gaps and edges.
Once dry, I used a few different sanding blocks to sand it back. I move in circular movements and back and forth to get the look I am after. Get into the chipboard shapes and if you find you take off too much ink, just put on another coat.
After this step, I gave it a light spray with a heavy Metallic Silver spray by Memories Mists by
StewartSuperior and let it dry then a light coat of Cinder Glimmermist. This gave it a little more texture and came up looking great.
The entire layout had to sit overnight to completely dry and the result this morning just blew me away. I love the way the ink has settled into the nooks of the chipboard and the light catches it at different levels.
Thanks for allowing me to share this technique with you and have a great week!

Natalie May 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Doily frames...

I so love these Doily frames from Scrapware, for me they are my most favourite chippie ever!, they frame a subject in a photo beautifully.
On my layout LOVE  I have used one of Scrapwares new small doily frames. I kept it raw for a rustic boyish feel and added some pritt glue to the bottom and simple layed it over my photo!


Monday, August 15, 2011

daddy's lego

My eldest loves to play with daddy's old lego, I wanted to celebrate this memory with a layout.
How easy it is to highlight the subjects in your photo by placing a Scrapware frame over the photo. Here I have used a small Natalie frame found here CH 383 .
 I inked my frame with some versamark ink and then sprinkled on some Tim Holtz distress embossing powder. I love that it gives a shabby distressed  feel to the frame by leaving some parts of the chipboard raw!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello and Goodbye...

I'm very excited to introduce you to our latest Design Team Member....Ebony van der Starre!  I have been a long time admirer of Eb's work, but we met in real life at Camp Mojo last month and we instantly hit it off.  Welcome to the team Eb!  Here's a little more about Ebony...

Hi my name is Ebony van der Starre and live in Warrnambool on the South West coast of Victoria. I am married to a gorgeous man, Steve and we have too mostly adorable children, Will who is nearlly 8 and Maya who is 4 and a half (going on 16!!).

I started scrapping over 9 years ago with the intention to do a baby album when Will was born and like so many I became addicted!!!!  I have been blessed to be involved in various design teams since then and have made SO many amazing friends!!!!!

I love using paints, mists and anything art related and love to create many layers on my pages. I love using bright colors and I would probably describe my style as eclectic grunge!!!

Thanks Ange for having me on the team!!! 

Ebony's Blog

After a massive two and a half years on the Design Team, Lisa Warren is moving on.  I would like to thank Lisa for her long standing support and work on the DT and wish her well with her new Blogging adventures and further success of her kit club Storyboard Kits.  Thanks Lisa!

Paperific is fastly approaching and we have some fantastic new products for you!  Don't forget that Nic Howard is here doing some amazing classes, you can see details HERE.  Come and meet our amazing Design Team girls at the show...we have Beck Beattie, Bec Miller, Skye Johnson and Ebony van der Starre working the booth.  It's going to be a massive show & we have some fabulous FREE make-and-takes for you!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A little bit of Correboard ...

As a lover of Art Journalling and little mixed media projects I am often looking for different materials I can use as backgrounds. Recently I decided to have a play with Scrapware's Correboard as my starting page to build on - and I was quite happy with the results!

I started by tearing the Correboard (which comes as a 12" x 12" sheet) to the size I wanted to work with. Don't be too careful when you tear it - part of the fun is letting it tear indiscriminately, showing parts of the grey substrate underneath. For extra texture and depth, I tore sections of the white covering layer off in parts as well - followed by a smooshing (very technical term) of cream acrylic paint in sections, just using my finger to avoid a brushed, neat look.

I have then layered pieces of printed fabric, cheesecloth, lace paper and stamped images - securing it all together by running it through my sewing machine. Yes - you can sew through Correboard, with a denim needle in your machine it is a breeze. I think the machine stitching gives another dimension to the texture, but if you don't have a machine you could hand stitch or even staple the different elements on top for another look again.

I've used Unity Stamps on the second page along with Scraptivate's German Scrap wings and a new Scrapware product .......

How about a little giveaway? Leave a comment and tell us what new Scrapware product you spotted on this page and you could win a little bundle of Scrapware goodies from me!

I have a few more things to share, so I shall be back very soon!
Happy Scrapware-ing ...

Natalie Wolfe xx

Sunday, July 17, 2011

New Design Team!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome our newest Design Team members...welcome on board Beck Beattie, Skye Johnson, Tara Scobie and Bec Miller!

Although my name is Rebecca most know me simply as Beck.  I am married to a wonderful husband and have two beautiful boys under two years of age which keep me on my toes. 
I started out as a card maker learning simple stamping techniques with a girlfriend back in 2004.   A few years later I walked into my then local scrapbook store Tomorrow’s Memories in Perth WA Australia, with a card for my parents 40th wedding anniversary that was only half finished, I was asked if I needed any help.  Well that is where my scrapbooking journey begun.  One of the owners Vicki quickly offered me some guidance, did some die cutting and distressing, and my card was on the way to being finished.  I will never forget that day, as it was then that I found out that there was SO much more to paper crafting than stamping!  These days I am all about dimension, so yes I don’t get as many layouts into an album, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!  The more dimension the better I say.
My scrapbooking love includes layouts to off the page projects, and cards as well.   I wouldn’t say that I have ‘one’ specific style as I do enjoy trying different styles and tailoring the layout to suit the subject or photo whilst adding different texture or techniques into my work.  I love to teach and share my ideas to hopefully inspire others along their paper crafting journey.

I am 26 years old, I live in Melbourne and I have been scrapbooking for just a little under 3 years now.  I don't have children, and I suppose that makes me a little bit different to a lot of people who scrapbook, but I started when I wanted to find something to do with all of the photos I had from mine and my partners 21st birthdays. Needless to say, the rest is history (and I never quite finished either of our 21st albums!).  I am on the creative team for Scrapbooking Memories magazine and have been lucky enough to travel a little bit with my scrapping and meet some wonderful ladies.

My favourite thing about scrapbooking is the beautiful and supportive community of women who inspire me every day and who I am always grateful to call my friends!

I can never quite pinpoint my style, so when I'm asked to, I usually define it as evolving - I love to play with texture and am always incorporating paint and fabric into my projects somehow - the messier the better!

I am so excited to be able to create for Scrapware and I can't wait to get messy with some of the amazing products!

I am 29 years old, and living in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains with my partner Mark, and our 3 gorgeous kids, Jaiden 10, Tanika 7 and Zayne 2.  I work part time as a florist, but am otherwise a stay at home Mum, which I love!

I have been scrapping for approximately 8 years now, on and off, and I am a current Scrapbooking Memories Master.  I have been on the Creative teams for a few challenge blogs, including the STUCK?! sketch site which I am still on currently.  My latest style would definitely have to be simple, with plenty of paint, usually using multiple smaller photos.  Polka dots, flowers and twine are also some favourites.

I am looking forward to creating as a part of the Scrapware team!

I’m a Mum of a 10 year old boy and 2 year old girl working in child care a few days a week.  I think I am married to the best husband when it comes to my scrapping hobby as he understands my need to create and be creative including it being my time out from everything.

I began scrapping in 2007 when I thought that I could cut costs and do my own wedding invitations.  Then I had a tonne of wedding photos and Honeymoon photos that I just had to do something with.  Mind you, my wedding album still isn’t finished and I’ve only just finished my Honeymoon album.

My work will include a lot of white, lace, paint, ink, distressing and pearls.  I lean towards texture and dimension in my pages and Off The Page projects and have been lucky to have some of my OTP’s published.

I am really honoured to be part of the Scrapware DT and to have the opportunity to work alongside a group of designers that I admire.

The girls have all been madly working on projects and I will show them off during the week!