Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Just unwind

It's amazing what you can learn from other crafters. While teaching a layout class at Alison Bevis' BYO Stuff craft event, I learned some cool techniques from the other 2 teachers, Sharon Pick and Beck Beattie. They were kind enough to let me scraplift their ideas for our class next week. 

First we will stamp a frame for our photos, like Sharon did. It's so effective! It works for any shape photo, but we will cut some photos into circles for the best look. 

Then we will use a heat embossing technique with Beck's Metallic Melts. See how the stars have lots of different colours embedded in them? They look amazing and show different colours, depending on the lighting.

You will choose your contrast colour (where I used yellow), to go with your own photos.
All you will need is 2 photos and they don't have to be black and white. Mine were both 4x6" but the larger one needs to be a portrait photo to get the right size circle. If you only have a landscape photo, you can either flip the layout on its side or use an enlargement (5x7 or 6x8"). We can adjust the size of the circle to suit your photo. If you have a choice, print the photo without a white frame. And if you're really keen, you can use 3 or 4 photos and make more stamped circles. 
Then we'll add some cool embellishments like a zipper frame, a light bulb and winding up key, also some  journaling spots (to write on them, bring a permanent pen) and some stenciling with the amazing pearl paste.

Would you like to give it a try?
Come to TJ's on Monday at 9:30am or Tuesday at 10am or 5pm (new start time!)
Cost is $25 and includes all materials.
See you there!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Inspire joy

How cool is the new Kaisercraft Basecoat collection?! I just love this blue and green painted paper. And with a little bit of safron yellow it simply pops! 

It all matches perfectly with denim. You just know we're going to make this denim rosette, don't you? 

And this sweet little tassel too! We can whip that one up in no time with a cool little trick that I will show you. If you want to find out, you'll have to come to class.

Hello, sweet little fluffy photo border...I haven't used mulberry paper in years and right now I'm wondering what I was thinking! This stuff is amazing at adding texture without effort. You will love it.

Bring a photo (mine is 3 1/2 x 5", so just a bit smaller than a regular photo), it can go in any direction. 
Important class update: Tuesday night classes will now start at 5pm to cater better to you early birds. If you want to come, but can't make it at that time, just send me a note and we can start you a bit later. I'm a night owl, so I don't mind. Don't forget to book in!
Monday 9:30am
Tuesday 10am & 5pm (!)
Scrappin' With Style, 21 Mayes Ave, Logan Central QLD 
(aka "Toni's)
How much?
$25 gives you everything you need to walk out with a finished layout

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This smile - let's get some colour on!

Our basic tools and mediums are so versatile and you don't always need the latest range of products to create something beautiful. Next week we'll scrap any size / any amount of photos on a painted background. There are some textured love hearts, subtly peeking out here and there and bold purples on gold. 

If that is too much colour for you, why not pick a different combination? I will have all sorts of sprays and Magicals available for you to make your perfect colour palette. 
A pretty little mirror birdcage adds a bit of bling and they're also available in white or black.

We'll embellish it all with some small lace pieces, flowers and soft vellum leaves. I have painted some buttons and the die cuts with my gold pen, if you still have the gold and silver markers from last Christmas, please bring them along.

I am thinking of changing the Tuesday night class to 5pm in the future to make it a bit easier on those of you who get tired at night, Please let me know what you think! Yeah or nay?

Please bring:
- Photos: whatever number, size and direction you want! Anything goes, we will make the layout match your photos. We can die cut the photos in class, if you want (lots of sizes available).
- gold & silver markers (if you have them)
- Your basic tools

Class times will be as usual:
Monday at 9:30am
Tuesday at 10am & 6pm (we won't change the evening time until I've had a chance to chat to you)
at Scrappin' With Style @ TJ's
Cost is $25 incl all materials and mediums

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Live a colourful life - music and teens

One for the music lovers! Or the teenagers, if you prefer. 

The main photo opens out to reveal another two 4x6" photos and the possibility to scrap 2 minis as well (3x4") - to or use the space for journaling. 

(note: I have blocked out Hannah's school friends to make it internet-friendly)

Lots of tags, metal-look and grungy embellishments add a pretty cool vibe.

Maybe you're not into music? How about a different theme then. We're scrapping with papers from Feature Art and there lots of other options:
BMX / dirt bikes
Dancing (hip hop style)
Martial arts

If in doubt, simply go with some cool and happy photos, my photos actually have nothing to do with music either. You will need three 4x6" photos (landscape) and two minis (3x4" portrait - those are optional)

You will also choose a colour of cardstock that goes best with your photo.
Let's grab a few photos and come to Toni's shop on Monday at 9:30am or Tuesday at 10am or 6pm!
As always, cost is $25 and includes everything you need, just bring your photos and tools. If you have a scoring board or a scoring blade on your cutter, please bring them along too.
See you in class!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

To the moon and back

What's happening in class next week? We're treasure hunting. It's amazing what's hiding at Toni's shop.

We're scrapping 4 photos with a wooden dress form, an embroidered thingy, a wreath with tassles (soooo cute!) and a hinge. 

Before you throw out small paper off cuts, let me show you how you can make some quick and simple flowers to match your layout. And we're making the tassles, by the way, because it's easy and looks adorable. 

Sweet dusty pink and soft grey flatter most skin tones, making it perfect for portraits. But you can use any photos and if in doubt, make them black and white or sepia. You will need 4 photos to be trimmed to a 3 1/2" square.
If the chocolate brown as accent colour doesn't suit your photos, we can change anything brown to a different colour. 
As always, we meet on Monday at 9:30am, Tuesday at 10am & 6pm at Scrappin' With Style @ TJ's.
Cost is $25 and includes all materials (there are heaps this week, making this a real bargain!)
See you there!