Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Silly Sophie

I wanted to share this page that Debbie did of her Niece at our crop. I love the layout of the page and the bright zingy colours. It captures Sophies fun character so well.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

July Cre8tive Crop Class

I hope you are all enjoying the sun now it is finally here :) Oh what a difference a week makes.... this time last week it was cold and wet and today it is clear blue skies and hot hot hot... wonderful. Even better because my youngest is on cub camp this week and my middle son is sailing over to the Isle of White to see the queen :) My eldest is the only one home although he is recovering from a practice hike for his Duke of Edinburgh award and flying with the air cadets yesterday so he's doing lots of fun stuff too :)

Talking about fun stuff we had a great time as always at the recent Cre8tive Crop. I taught a class - see below for my page as well as some of the pages from the ladies in the class too :0) In my class I had 8 students whilst the other ladies did their own scrapping in the hall. It's funny though of those 8 three were Maureens (and one Maureen who usually does the class couldn't make it either!), I also had two Penny's on the day and three Sue's!

Anyway on to the pages....

Here is my page... it's my youngest son in the small boat and the 49er sailing team for Team GB just happened to be sailing at the same time! Go Team GB!

This page was made by Little Maureen.... she has never done ANY crafting before... as she said "I don't even have a pair of scissors!" Brilliant!

This page was created by Big Maureen!! I love the 3 photos going down in size, so nice when people make pages their own.

The last page I managed to get a photo of was Su's page of her daughter in her Rainbow uniform. I love the way the title follows the circle and the shamrocks in the corners... what a great place for the journalling too on the flower!

If you would like to buy a kit with full instructions to make the page you can find it on our site here. The only thing you will need apart from the usual tools is a hole punch and eyelet setter that can set 3/16" eyelets anywhere on a page, a border punch such as the Fiskars Threading Water or Brackets punch and a white pen.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Cre8tive Crop Sneak Peek

It is the last Cre8tive Crop before the school summer holidays on Saturday. If you are local to us please feel free to join us, there are still a few spaces and you can book online here. This is a crop with an optional class so if you want to learn a new technique and go home with at least one completed page then the class may be for you. If you aren't local and would like to buy a class kit which has full instructions for completing the page just get in touch.

Here is a sneak peek of the class for those who are taking part so you can choose your photos to match the papers (you will need two 6"x4" photos, one landscape direction and one portrait).

Friday, 6 July 2012

Basic Grey Page of the Month

The latest page of the month kits are in and have started shipping. Here is a peek for those who have the kits... the Clippings bunting is lovely. It is basically a 12"x12" sheet of various different bunting stickers joined together with stitching. I love stitching on paper crafts but my sewing machine isn't very good so to have the job done for me is brilliant! If you are interested in the kits let me know and I'll add you to my list of people to send information to before the next year starts.

Monday, 2 July 2012

UKScrappers Bloghop

Welcome to you if you are visiting from the UKScrappers Sponsor Blog Hop. If you are following the hop then you will have come here from Crafty Templates.  Don't forget to comment (and BE SURE TO MENTION YOUR UKS USER NAME in your comment) to be in with a chance of winning a prize.

I hope you like our page. It is inspired by a page in Scrap 365 and a kit is available online here with not only the papers used for this page but also the rest of the Albert and Victoria pack (9 double sided papers and an accessory sheet), bakers twine, a Basic Grey alphabet sheet and eyelets to complete your page.
Here are step by step instructions for the whole page with lots of photos to help too. If you have any questions please ask and do follow the blog or like the Cre8tive Facebook page to keep up to date with special offers, tutorials and much more.

Ok so on to the page....

1.       Cut the grey and white dandelion paper (Wishing Flowers) to 10 ¼ ” x 10 ¼”
2.       Stick centrally onto the black 12”x12” card
3.       Using a white pen add doodling around this as a frame. This could be faux stitching, swirls, zigzags or in my example I did a small burst which resembled a little the dandelions
 4.       Set your compasses to 3.5” and draw a circle on the Golden Damask paper (the circle will have a diameter of 7”). Draw the circle near to the edges of the paper so you have plenty of spares left for another page.
5.       Draw a grid of squares measuring 1 ¼”x1 ¼” on scrap paper as below. Use this as a guide to mark where your eyelets will go on your circle. Make holes and set 3/16” eyelets .There should be one eyelet in each corner.
6.       Taking a length of bakers twine use some tape wrapped around the end to make a needle. Fix the other end of the twine to the rear of the circle and then thread the twine in and out of the eyelets until you have twine on all the straight lines as above. Again fix the end to the rear of the circle when finished.
 7.       To make the box pleat around your circle you will need at least four 12” lengths of the dark grey paper (rearof the Black Damask paper). If you want to go around the entire circle you will need approximately 5 ¼ lengths but as some is hidden behind the photos you only need to do 4 lengths.
8.       Cut four 12” by 1 ¼” strips. Use the Fiskars Threading Water punch to create a decorative edge.
9.       To fold the strips you can use the scallops in the punched design as your guide.
Step 1 – Fold the first scallop forward
Step 2 – Fold the second scallop back
Step 3 – The next fold is after two more scallops and goes backwards
Step 4 – The fourth fold is folding one scallop forward
Step 5 – Two scallops and fold forward
Step 6 – Once you have finished folding one strip you start the next strip so that it can join onto the end of the previous strip and keep the pattern going so the first scallop on the new strip will repeat the last scallop on the previous strip. Add glue to the back of the overlapping scallop and stick together.
Step 7 – Repeat until you have all 4 strips joined
10.   On the back of your circle put a good width of double sided tape around the edge roughly working out how much of the circle will have the box pleat around it.
11.   Stick the box pleat to the rear of the circle gradually bending it around so that it follows the shape of the circle. I do this with the circle right side up so I can see what it will look like as I go. It is a bit more tricky than having the circle right side down on the table with the tape facing up but as I say you can see what it will look like better.
12.   Stick your circle to the top left of the page with the area with no pleat at the bottom right so it will be hidden by the photos.
13.   Add photos using 3D foam squares.
14.   Add die cut shapes from the paper pack to the bottom right of the page adding a date and bakers twine to the little tag.
15.   Add your title passing some letters underneath the bakers twine and adding 3D foam squares under some.

Sit back and admire your finished page… and then have a look at all the papers left and decide what you are going to make next!!

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