Scrapbooking, Technique, Thrifty Thursday

One with me, using scraps

I loved  Jenifer Hignite’s layout as soon as I saw it and knew it would be a good one to CAS(E) . Her’s was a digital layout so much easier to line up all the strips but I dont think I did too bad a job thanks to my trusty metal ruler. Here is the layout


I used some old retired paper that I love but only had strips left ot. All the strips are 1″ wide and most started out as 2″ lengths. Here is how I used my ruler to line up the pieces as I glued them down.

p1090272You can see the narrow even strip on the left of the ruler, I just held the ruler steady and butted up the next column against the edge. Viola!


My Top Five…..Scrapbooking Tips

OK I’ve decided to start a regular (I hope) post called My Top Five and I’m going to start with Scrapbooking Tips!

I’ve been reading a few blog, web sites etc. lately and came across this tip which made me stop and go Why didn’t I think of THAT! It was so simple but it made me feel FREE!!!

So My Top Five are:

  1. Crop your photos – I am currently going through my box of printed photos cropping the photos so when I have the urge to scrap that is one less step I need to take. I decided to try and keep the sizes standard if I could so 4X6,  3.5 X 5, 3X4 or square.
  2. PRINT your photos – They are no good to you on a stick or in your computer unless you are going Digi!
  3. Use a Pagemap or sketch – this really helps if you’re like me and just getting your Mojo back or having a blank moment.
  4. Have a decent set of basic tools. – Paper Trimmer, Corner Rounder, Archival quality Journalling Pens ( I just got the SU Project Life Pen pack which has 2 different tips sizes and are great!!) and an adhesive eraser for those gluey booboos.Stampin' Trimmer by Stampin' Up!

5. Limit the supplies and limit the time you spend on doing a page, don’t stress over the “perfect placement”. Just get ’em stuck down and move on to the next page. I learnt this from Lain Ehmann from Layout A Day. I think she has let the website lapse now but there are still plenty of great ideas and helpful info there.


This page actually started as an 8X8 layout I did at a Stampin’ Up! event (many of you other SU demos might recognise it LOL) but as I don’t scrapbook in that size I converted it with  a 2nd photo into a 12X12″ layout. The stamp set is a retired one called Clockworks, I couldnt part with that one!

Cards - Birthday, Cards - General, Photopolymer

Photopolymer all the way

Hi folks I had another play with my new Photopolymer (man! they could have named them something shorter than that!) stamp set Show and Tell One and created a completely (except for the letters) PP (there thats shorter) Card right down to the funky patterned background.


They banner border was easy peasy as you can see right through the stamp, same with when I added the arrow heads ( the wonky ones are my fault not the stamps : O )

As I mentioned in the last post I had a problem getting a good image from the Dance with Me Pennant stamp with the new style juicy ink pads. After some advice from those in the know and some more experimenting I can get it pretty good each time. Here were some of my first attempts, the wisteria is old style pad and olive new style


So how did I do it. Well it helps if you have the right surface under your work, A phone book, a Stampin’ Pierce Pad, something like that. Solid but with a bit of give. Then the trick is to hold the stamp and the ink pad up and ink it in the air. I tell my ladies, with the old style pads use Kangaroo Hops ( 2 or 3 firm jumps) with the new style pads its Bunny Hops (2 lighter bounces) but when inking Photopolymers (especially those with fine line detail) its BABY KISSES! P1020617

Here are my end results now Wasabi Old style at the top and Espresso New Style at the bottom. Not a lot of difference eh! I was pretty pleased with that. So, my friends, ink them in the air with the gentlest of BABY KISSES from the pad then press onto card firmly. You can see the ink transferring to the card and may need to add pressure to spots where it hasnt quite transferred. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. Feel free to add a link to your samples in the comments section of this post. Remember if you buy both Show and Tell One AND TWO you recieve a FREE online class on how use Photoploymer stamps


Cards - Babies and Kids, Cards - Birthday, Photopolymer, Technique

Old and new unite – Photopolymer

I pulled out a very old set to stamp this card. I have actually had this image all coloured up sitting on my desk waiting for inspiration for some time and when my new Photopolmer stamp set Show and Tell One arrived the planets aligned!


The Dance with me sentiment was just what I needed but I had an awful job trying to get a good image from it using the new style ink pads so ended up using one of the old style ones and bingo there it was. The great thing about Photopolymer stamps is you can shape them. I did this for the banner string, curving the stamp onto the block instead of leaving it straight.

So my impressions so far of the Photopolymer stamps:

They can be shaped

Really firm hold on the blocks and if they lose their sticky then just wash in warm lightly soapywater to get it back.

Also being that they are good solid stamps Iwas worried you would have to tug them off the sheet ( I have had some clear stamp sets that have been so hard to get off the storage sheet that I was worried they would rip or stretch) but they peeled nicely

They are a bit stinky when you first get them out

You need to give them a good clean (season them) before use. this gets rid of any release agents still on them from the molding process

Lots in the pack and quite a few smaller images which are great for gap filling or pattern making (see tomorrows post) $28.95 for 24 images

They are solid stamps, some other brands I have used have been quite squishy but you still get quite a nice crsi clean image from our ones.

They do only come in a cellophane type packet but I have heard that any released after the new catalogue will be in our clearmount cases.

Must clean up fairly quickly to avoid staining and with a CLEAN Stampin’ Scrub (Shame on me it wasnt clean and now I have stained my stamp : (

You can use them with StazOn ink and use the Staz On cleaner BUT you must make sure EVERY drip of the cleaner is removed. My plan is to give them a wee rinse in the warm water afterwards.

I was disappointed that the hexagon stamp and banner stamps didnt fit our punches but then I remembered this set has been out in the States for longer than we have had the punches

So all in all a good investment and I hope to see more of these available to us


Big Shot, Box Bag Tag, Gift, Punch Art

Have your cake but dont eat it!

Tomorrow is Rolleston Community Market Day so if you’re in the area drop in and say Hi! We will be there from 10 – 1 at the Rolleston Community Centre.

While your thinking about that take a look at this.

This is one of the displays on our stand at Dunkleys last weekend. The middle tier showcases the new in colours, arent they pretty? I used the new Petite Pennants Punch to decorate the sides of the wagon and the star is from the matching stamp set. The top tier was my first attempt at one of those gorgeous “cakes” Ive been seeing everywhere. I had to create my own pattern in the end and mine is top opening with the lid connected to the outside of the cake. I embossed the lids with the Elegant Lines embossing folder after stamping it all over with Blushing Bride flower vines. The trick I have found for embossing Whisper white cardstock (without over stretching the fibres) is to fold a piece of computer paper around both sides of the piece. It works a treat!