Sunday, 29 July 2018

Butterbeer at FraserPop 2.0 - Scrapping Fun Kits DT

When I saw that The Store Of Requirement was going to do a pop up shop at FraserPop 2.0 I decided before I scrapped another thing with the July Harry Potter inspired Kit I needed to record my boys shopping at the store.  The crowds at FraserPop 2.0 were huge this year, 10,500 attended and due to the amount of people inside the store and it being dark inside to give the right ambiance getting photos was challenging.  So I took photos of the 2 staff members serving us and the boys drinking their Butterbeer, it was so cool that they had Butterbeer on tap at the pop up store, it just added to the experience.  So this layout is about the Butterbeer.

Before I started scrapping I typed up some journalling about the day added some free printables including a Butter Beer label and printed it on 160gsm paper.

After much fiddling trying to make the layout work on a 12x12 I decided to do a 6x12 and use the parchment edge washi from the kit to create a parchment feel for my background.
I started by adding the washi to my bottom edge, completely up the left and 5cm up the right side; I mitred the corners so it looked like a proper edge of a piece of old parchment.

Note: I use the left overs from kit creating for my scrapping so sometimes I have a little more of something and sometimes a little less so I decided to only use how much was in the kits so you can recreate it if you wish.

Next I grabbed my Distress Ink in Walnut Ink and used the packaging technique followed by dragging the cardstock through the left over ink to create a more parchment feel to my white cardsock.  I spritzed some water in my hand a few times and sprinkled it onto my cardstock, dabbing off with paper towel before it dried.

I also coloured my printed journalling with the watered down walnut ink and I inked the edges with the ink pad to give it a darker edge.

To embellish I used the mug of Butterbeer from the cut apart and some of the thread from the Gryffindor tassel in the kit.  In addition to these bits from the kit and the Butterbeer label from the free printable I used a Hogwarts crest.

To adhere the Butterbeer label and Hogwarts crest I added a couple of layers of scrap cardstock in the middle to lift them but I didn't want the cardstock showing so used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots at the points and just had the cardstock in the middle.  I also used Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots to adhere the mug of Butterbeer from the cut apart and my journalling.  This gave them a nice little lift and helped them pop.

When trying to work out how I wanted to add the tassel I accidentally messed up my Scrap Dots but they still look great.  I realised I couldn't use the full tassel so instead just added some of the thread coming out from under the top of the Butterbeer label, I adhered it down with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

I used my photos and embellishments to hide the white wherever possible which helped the layout come together, the only decision I made about placement was that the staff member pouring the Butter Beer should be placed as the first in the sequence to help tell the story.
I matted my photos and journalling with some black cardstock and since I always stick things slightly wonky and have to fix them I used Helmar's Acid Free Glue so I would have some wiggle, it was so much easier than how I used to stick my photos down.

I love this layout, and I actually journalled which is always a good thing.
Once I decided on using the parchment washi and some distress ink the rest came together quickly and easily.
If you would like a mini version of this kit send me a email and I will create a mini kit for you.

Friday, 27 July 2018

3 2 1 Crawl - Helmar Creative Team

I found these cute left over chipboard alphas at the op shop for 50 cents and I wanted to use them as a background on a layout of my granddaugter, while playing with the letters I realised I had the right letters left to spell out crawl so I changed my plans and saved the rest to try again on another layout.
Helmar's Acid Free Glue was perfect for adhere my chipboard letters and squares.  It gave me the wiggle I needed when adhering the chipboard pieces as I often stick things down and then want to wiggle them.

I also used it to adhere the papers and flower die cuts that were not being popped up with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots.

I adhereed some pink spotty paper and a scrap of bright pink cardstock behind my photo and then added Scrap Dots between these layers and the ones adhered directly to the cardstock.
I also used Scrap Dots on the flower die cut that would be closest to my photo.  I absolutely love Scrap Dots, they are my new favourite Helmar product as they give me the pop up I need without fussing with foam or cardboard.
I love the lift I have gotten on the die cut and you can't see any foam or cardboard underneath it, it looks like it is floating.

I also have a Process Video so you can see how it call came together.

A simple doodle boarder using a old pink pen I have in my stash was a great way to make the layout feel complete.

I love how this layout turned out.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

July Challenge List

Welcome to the July Challenge List.
Appollogies that the July challenge list is late and that June wasn't updated, my continuing issues with limited computer time have impacted my getting updates done, thankfully starting the July list on the 8th means most challenges are now up so there are lots of fantastic challenges to inspire you in this list.

I will try to update the Challenge List mid-month with any challenges that are not up yet.  So check back in a week or 2 to see what new challenges are up.

Due to positive feedback I will continue to split the list into Australian based challenges and International challenges, so make sure you scroll through and check out all the wonderful challenges as many allow entries from all over the world.
Please if I have put a challenge into the wrong catagory let me know, I worked hard to be correct but we can all make mistakes.

Please if there are any Challenges you are aware of that I have missed let me know.I am really loving participating in Challenges, it is getting me to craft more often, to do projects I may otherwise save to do later, and some there is the added challenge of completing them when I have limited supplies that meet the requirements but that just adds to the fun.
So now for the list, I will provide a link to each challenge that has a direct link for it and either their Facebook page, website, shop, whichever is appropriate so you have all the details you could possibly need.
Those that are in a Facebook Group I will link to the group, please contact admins of the group to let them know you are joining to participate in the challenges or look at the challenges as some admins have requested this due to the waiting list. 

White with 1 is a lovely shade of blue this month and a sketch to help inspire you.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Scrapping Good Time - Scrapbooking Group Australia is a Closed Facebook Group that has multiple Scrapbooking Challenges and sometimes a Card Challenge each month.  This month they are having a special giveaway and to be in the draw you need to enter every one of their Challenges and participate in some other things throughout the month.

Scrap the Boys has a fun prompt this month. Here is a link to their Facebook Page.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges.

Scrapping Fun Kits has a new Moodboard Challenge featuring a lovely Winter theme.  All Scrapbooking sizes are welcome including Traveler's Notebook, also cards and tags, art journal and off the page projects are welcome to enter.

Scrap the Girls has a fun moodboard this month.

Aussie Scrappers Society is a closed Facebook group that has challenges.

Off the Rails Scrapbookinhas a lovely moodboard this month.  Here is their Facebook Group.  Make sure you check their blog for the rules of their Challenges. 

SCRAPBOOKIT has a fun sketch this month

Kraft+ Challenge has a fun prompt this month, make sure you head to their blog and read the requirements for this one. Here is the Facebook Group.

Aussie Crafters is a Closed Facebook Group that has a monthly challenge and swaps.  Please pm the group owner when you request to join. 

ARTastic has a lovely artwork on a plate this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

Anna's Craft Cupboard has a lovely colour challenge this month which you enter either via a Online Gallery or their Facebook Community.

Archi-scraps has a interesting prompt this month.

Scrapping Clearly has a lovely moodboard this month.

Use Your Stuff is a great weekly challenge that is all about using the stuff you have.  

Sketchy Boards Challenge has a great Sketch and prompt this month and a fun prompt this month.  Follow the link for inspiration and rules.

Mystical Scrapbooks has a fun sketch this month.

Kaisercraft has a lovely floral prompt this month.  Here is their Facebook Page.

International Challenges

More Than Words has a great prompt this month.  Here are the Rules for their Challenges. Here is their Facebook Page.

Crafty Creations Challenge is a bimonthly craft challenge.  Make sure you read their rules as entry closing dates are different to most challenges.

Pixel Scrapper is a Digital Scrapbooking community that has a monthly challenge.  I am so glad I found this wonderful community. 

Lasting Memories Scrapbooking Challenges have multiple challenges each month to inspire you.

Creative Inspiration is a online forum/group that features multiple challenges throughout the month.

Stick it Down has 3 Challenges a month, a card sketch, a single page sketch and a double page sketch.  Head to their blog for further details. 

CSI Challenge - Color, Stories, Inspiration is a fun challenge formatted as a case file for you to do.  I look forward to giving this challenge a go. 

Counterfeit Kit Challenge is a great concept where you take inspiration from a new kit that is out and create a kit from your supplies using that inspiration and so create layouts with your own kit.  They do a blog hop with their team showing each person's kit and layouts.  Well worth checking it out.

Craft-Dee Bowz is a monthly challenge that involves using a bow.  Head to their blog for more details. 

Challenge YOUrself has a fun prompt this month. They also have a Facebook Page. 

The ScrapRoom is a bimonthly challenge starting with their Sketch Challenge this month.  Their Freak Fast Formula for July is also up.

Rochelle Spears has a new Scrappy Friends Challenge.   She also has a bonus challenge this month

Scrappy Land is a bimonthly challenge that is all about getting out those dies and using them.  Make sure you list  the brand of die you used and that it is one their store stocks.

Scrap Our Stash has a fun prompt this month.

Altenew has a inspiration challenge this month.  Head to their blog for rules and inspiration.

Project Life

Here is a list of Challenges that would suit creating Project Life layouts.  Note I do need to check the challenges that are new to the list and update this sublist.  I will update shortly.

Scrap the Boys have said they will accept PL layouts.
Scrap the Girls have said they will accept PL layouts.
Kraft+ Challenge accepts tradition layouts, art journalling, tags, etc so this challenge would suit PL I think.
ARTastic Challenge Blog accepts all forms of Scrapbooking as entries.

Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia accepts PL entries.
Show us your stuff accepts PL entries.
Scrapbook Boutique accepts scrapbooking, off the page, etc so I think it would suit PL.  The new challenge is posted on the 10th of each month.
Dusty Attic states in the August Moodboard Entry Rules (so assuming it is the same) that your project can be anything you desire including layouts, cards or off the page so it sounds like PL will be accepted.

Previous Lists

My scrappy friends who only scrap when at a crop, or who have stopped or reduced their time scrapping for any reason I think you will love some of these, have a look at each one.

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