Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello Blog friends and Happy Wednesday!

I am back this week with another video tutorial for you.   Forgive the tongue ties and brain freezes while you are watching it is very late at night when I created this video and I had a ton on my mind getting ready for my move this coming weekend.

This time we are making our own Fun Flock, have you ever used this product?   I have only tried it a couple of times, though I am not sure why, after trying out this technique I will use it again.  The only thing I forgot to mention in this video is that you should use sold core cardstock.

If you want your project that uses this technique, featured on this blog, email me your creation before Thursday, July 7th here.

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been busy creating.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sneak Peek

Hello blog friends,

I thought I'd pop in with a little sneak peek for you, just to tide you over until the revealon Friday!

Hope you have a creative sort of day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello blog friends!

Happy Friday to all of you!  I hope you like this week's sketch!

Don't forget if you create a layout base on this sketch, you can have it published here on this blog by emailing me a picture of your creation by Thursday June 30th at 6pm here.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a crafty weekend!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tip and Technique Wednesday

Hello blog friends!

I thought I'd share a little stamping technique today as I noticed that we have many stampers in our midst.

This technique is called "Rock and Roll', watch the video to learn how to add this technique to your projects.

If you use this technique on your project and you want to see it featured on this blog send me a photo here, before Thursday the 30th of June.

Thanks for popping by!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Scrap Pink

Hello all!

Have you heard the great news?  We are hosting an all day crop for the cure, on September 17th, from 8am until 8pm at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre located at 711 Mount Pleasant Road.

Be prepared for a full day of scrapping with great loot and prizes as well as terrific food, for lunch, dinner and refreshments!

The cost is just $45.00 per person, plus HST.   A portion of the proceeds will go to the Cancer Society for breast cancer research.

We only have 50 spaces available for this great event, and they will be sold on a first come first served basis.  Book your spot now and help make this event a huge success.!  You can join us by emailing us at, calling 905-730-2673 or booking online here.

We hope to see you there!
Elaine, Anita, Eileen and Laura

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Brand New Scrapbook & Cards Today

Hello blog friends!

Note - Our magazines cannot be delivered to us until the Canada Post labour dispute is resolved.  Our sincere apologies.  Please let us know when you place an online purchase if you would like to have a copy held for you, when we receive them.

We know you love this magazine as much as we do, so we are pleased to tell you that the newest issue, Summer 2011, will be in store for you June 24th and is free with purchase!  Can it get any better than that?

Get yours while they last!

Anita, Elaine, Eileen and Laura

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello Blog Friends and happy Friday!

I am back this week with another sketch for you, I added a hint of ScrapMuch? purple in my black and white doodle!

Enjoy the sketch and if you want to get your take on it published here on this blog,  send me a picture of your layout here before next Thursday the 23rd of June!

Thanks for visiting!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

More customer creativity!

Good Morning!

I have another share for you today.  One of our customers, Shelly, joined us for our recent crop.  We noticed she was making the sweetest little handmade embellies, so we asked if we could share them here to get your creative juices flowing. 

Have a look at Shelly's creations....

cotton candy

drink umbrellas

yummy chocolate chip cookies

a sweet little bird

a girl can't have enough shoes

gumball machine
 And check out these cards. Shelly made....
fuzzy slipper 'girls night in' card

sweet little purse cards
Thank you Shelly for letting us share your designs here, I am sure I will be lifting some of these, the cotton candy especially!.

Thanks for popping by today..

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

June Featured Customer

 Hello blog Friends!

We have asked Suzanne Carlsen-Skunca to be our Featured Customer this month.  Suzanne is a terrific girl, great Mom and talented scrapper.  I had the pleasure of rooming with her at the last retreat , she is another late night scrapper like me so it was a perfect fit.  We had a great time with lots of laughs.

Let's take a minute to get to know Suzanne better, here are her answers to our standard FC questions....
1.   How long have you been scrapbooking?

 I've been scrapbooking for about 8 years. I started just after Dana (my 2nd child) was born.
2.  Do you also create hand made cards?

No, but I wish I did.
3.  Who is your favourite subject to scrapbook?

My favourite subject is my family. I love scrapbooking my kids. I love being reminded of the moments captured with each picture, it keeps me grounded and focused. I love being able to return to those feelings when I look at the pages and I love seeing how the pages remind them of the memories as well (even if they don't pay as much attention to the design details).
4.  Where do you find your scrapbooking inspiration?

From a variety of sources. Blogs, other scrapbookers, magazines. One of the places I love right now (besides your blog :) is Big Picture Classes. Some of the classes have really made me question the "why" of why I scrapbook, and have helped me recognize and return to the memory keeping aspect of it.
5.  Where do you scrapbook?

Mostly at day crops and retreats. Whenever ScrapMuch? puts on an event and I can make it I'm there!! So excited about the retreat in November that was just announced!
6.  What is one of your current favourite products?

This is tough. I think I'll actually have to say how much I love my We R Memory Keepers albums. I love the quality and the look. I make a lot of use of brads, journalling spots and Bazzill Basics flowers. And I'm a little addicted to Thickers.

7.  Do you have a blog that we can share with our readers?

Not currently. I'm working on putting one together focusing on the changes I'm making in my life. Fitness and food wise. Along with how I'm spending some time on myself (scrapbooking and reading - 2 of my pleasures in life :) I think it will keep me focused and accountable, particularly on the fitness front.
And  here are some of Suzanne's favourite layouts that she has created, we can see why!
I love that Suzanne journals, these words will be very important to our children later.

This layout features beautiful colours, and yes a flower on a masculine layout, good for you Suzanne, and more of your beautiful journaling.

If  that babe and her beautiful blue eyes weren't enough, this layout is lovely too!

I love that Suzanne has scrapped herself.  As the Mom's, the memory keeps and often the 'glue' we are important in the story of our family,  good for you Suzanne for including yourself!
I love that Suzanne used tulle and acetate on this layout.

Beautiful little handmade flowers.  I'd say she's been following along and trying out some techniques, but this gal is pretty crafty!
A big thank you to Suzzane for playing along this month, we really appreciate our friends and customers.

If you would like to be a featured customer send me an email here, I NEED a scrapper for our August feature, and going forward from there.  If you enjoy this feature as much as those of us at ScrapMuch? do, sign up for your turn today!

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello Blog Friends!

It's Wednesday and that means another tip for you!  I learned this little flower making technique from scrappy friend, Julie at our recent crop.

And here are a couple of still photos, but bear in mind the Stickles are not dry yet ;)

I'm sorry I didn't post a project featuring this flower, but I am super short on scrappy time.  {Julie if you have a photo of a layout that features these flowers and you would like to share it send it to me here.}

Thanks for stopping by today to see what I am up to!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sketch-y Friday Follow Up

Good morning!
Scrapmuch? has the best friends and customers!  You ladies have been playing along with our tips, tutorials and sketches so much lately.  It is wonderful and we we really appreciate you coming to the blog and seeing what we are up to.

At our crop this past Saturday, Ann shared this layout she created based on last Friday's sketch, you can see it here.

Thanks for letting me share this with our blog friends Ann, your layout is fresh and summery and a terrific take on the sketch!

Have a scrappy day everyone.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Photography Follow UP

Hello and Happy Monday Blog Friends!

Last week I posted some information about taking photos of your layouts to share online.  The question was posed by Brianne and I answered it here on the blog.

Well can I tell you Brianne is an excellent student!  She spent some time photographing a layout she did at the ScrapMuch? crop this past Saturday and look how well it turned out!

And she also added a pinwheel to her layout, that was shown here, in last Wednesday's tutorial! 

Congratulations Brianne, your layout and photography are stunning!  thanks for letting us share it!

Thanks for popping by.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello all and Happy firday!

Here is this week's sketch for you to play with! 

Hope to see you at our crop.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I have a fun technique for you today, actually just a simple and quick tutorial about making pinwheels to add to you creations.

First, gather your supplies...

 You will need a square of double sided patterned paper (mine is  3" x 3"), a pencil, an eraser, a piercing tool or thumb tack, scissors, a brad, and a small circle of coordinating paper, and an ink pad (optional).
 First, draw some pencil lines with a ruler from corner to corner of your square.
 Using your scissors cut along the pencil lines, but not right to the centre, leave about 1/4".

 Erase your pencil lines and ink the edges if you wish.  If you are inking you will want to ink both sides of all of the edges.
 Next pierce a hole in the centre and one side of the little 'triangles' .
 Slip your brad through your small circle piece, then through each of your 4 corners, and lastly the centre of your square, and secure.  This is what you end up with.
Now it is ready to use of your project.  I whipped up this quick and fun Father's Day card.   I have used these pinwheels on layouts too, I am okay with them getting flattened after they are in may album, in case you were worried.  They still look like a pinwheel and still add a bit of dimension to your project.
 Oh, and here's a little close up.

Do you have a question or a tip you would like addressed?  Feel free to leave a comment on this post or email me here

Thanks for popping by today!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

All Day Crop

Hi there,

Just a quick reminder about our all day crop on Saturday.  You can find out all of the information here.

We are offering a card class as well, you can join us for the crop, the class or both.

We only have a few spots left so don't delay, book your spot today!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Question Answered

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am loving this fabulous weather, a little too busy to enjoy it but loving it all the same!

I thought I'd pop in quick and answer this question that was posted on the blog over the weekend....

Laura - how do you photograph your layouts to post on the blog? I assume you crop them after you take the picture?
thanks - Brianne 

Thanks for your question Brianne!  Yes you are correct I crop my photos of my layouts afterward.  First, I lay my layouts on the ground in a bright area (which is basically one small area of my living room at about mid morning).  Then I use my tripod to keep my camera steady, if you have a steady hand you do not need a tripod, my camera is on my tripod a good portion of the time so it's handy to grab it.  Then I look in the view finder and line up the top and one side of my layout with two sides of my view finder, this helps me keep it straight which makes cropping so much easier.  A huge tip, stand directly over top of your layout, you do not want any angles as it will give your layout a fish bowl effect and make cropping really difficult.  Make sure you are facing the light source so that you do not cast any shadows onto your layout.  And then start snapping.  I usually take a couple of photos.  You never know if you make a slight movement and ruin the photo and it's so easy just to keep snapping once you have things lined up.  It's not difficult just a few things to remember and once you do it a few times it becomes second nature.  Then open up you photo editing software, I just use Windows Live Photo Gallery, it came with my computer and is fairly idiot proof, which suits me fine!  Crop your photos and you are done, though you can play with the settings a bit if you want.

Thanks again for your question Brianne, I challenge you to try out my tips and send me your photo of your layout here, I will for sure post it on the blog!

If anyone else wants to have a layout added to our inspiration slide show, try out this tip on your next layout that you create with product available in our store and we would be happy to share it with our readers.  You can email me at the link above.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Sketch-y Friday

Hello !

It's that time of the week again, you know the time that I get to give you what I hope is some scrappy inspiration.  I just finished creating this sketch to share with you,  hopefully it will get your creative juices floweing!

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tips and Techniques Wednesday

Hello there!

I am back today with another quick flower making tutorial, these little Popover flowers are quick and easy to make and are super sweet.  But they are not over the top fru fru so you can totally use them on all of your sweet little boy pages.

And here is a still photo of my card as well as a close up,

Thank you for stopping by to visit today!