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Make your own…

…journaling tags and labels. I keep seeing beautiful journaling tags for sale online and thinking to myself ‘I could do that!’  So, with the help of some Studio Calico Classic papers and tissue paper trims, some Jenni Bowlin stickers, Amy Tan stamps  and washi tape along with my daughter’s spirograph, I set about making some […]

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*****November Challenge Winner*****

It’s time to announce the winner of our November challenge, where we got you all to break out from the norm and think negatively!! A big thank you to everyone who entered, we all really enjoyed looking at your pages and how you interpreted the challenge! A big congratulations goes to our chosen winner…….Emma! The […]

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More Non Festive, Festive Scrapping!!

Hi!  Its Sandie here, and I am following on from Louise’s fabulous blog post yesterday where she has scrapped some Christmas photographs on non Christmas themed paper.  I am also not a huge fan of themed papers and find that I don’t scrapbook alot of my Christmas photographs because of this. I have decided to […]

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Non Festive, Festive Scrapping!

Hi it’s Louise back again with a couple more LOs using the Echo Park Times & Seasons range. Every year paper manufacturers release festive ranges perfect for scrapping our Christmas memories. But what if you’re just not that into festive themed papers? I am very bad at scrapping Christmas photos, and I think it’s because […]

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Let the countdown begin!

Hi it’s Louise with my last couple of posts for this year. Can you believe we’re into December already?  Where has the year gone? Only 24 more sleeps until Christmas! This month I did something I very rarely do… I chose a whole paper range from one manufacturer, right down to the element and alpha […]

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Spice it up and a dash of ketchup.

How did the title of this post grab you ? I hope it got you interested. I love thinking up far fetched titles for my layouts. Why settle for generic titles like Smile and Dream when you could have “Your beautiful smile”, “Your enigmatic smile” or even “Your cheesy smile”. My layout today is nothing […]

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Mistables from Pink Paislee

Along with the gorgeous Pink Paislee – Vintage Vogue, this month I also decided to get some Pink Paislee – Mistables. The Mistable products from Pink Paislee are designed with materials and textures that will accept misting sprays, inks and even markers. You convert the blank surfaces into unique designs by simply adding your chosen […]

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In Vogue with Pink Paislee’s – Vintage Vogue

Hi all 🙂 Gems here.  This month I got to play with the gorgeous Pink Paislee – Vintage Vogue. The girly tones are perfect for scrapping photos of my daughter and I got to work straight away on the first of my layouts…. [A love of Words]   [Please Click to View Larger]  Ashton is […]

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* * Scrapping with Studio Calico * *

Hello all It’s Laura here today and I have been playing with a couple of the new Studio Calico goodies that can be found at Sarah’s Cards. Here are the goodies that I started with and I wanted to scrap three layouts out of this little selection.  I want to talk today about repeating elements […]

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One for the boys !

Hello all.. This month I got to play with the fab and funky American Crafts Chap range, and I love it!! For this layout I used the sketch challenge from our recent retreat (I will post a copy of this up for you ASAP). The thickers to match this range are very different, but match […]

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Mixing it some more!

Welcome to day two of my little jaunt into mixing papers from different manufacturers. Today I’m back with a girly layout….although given the photo I used, that is debatable I suppose 😉 Here’s my completed page: Please click on any pictures to view a larger, detailed image The Spiffy Mustache paper from the gorgeous new […]

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Mixing it Up!

One of the initial draws for me to scrapbooking was all the wonderful colours and patterns of paper available to mix and match together. Although the manufacturers make it super easy for us to pick well-matched papers by providing coordinating ranges and lines, my favourite part of scrapbooking is sometimes breaking loose from this and […]

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Note it down

Hi all, Jen here, I hope everyone is having a lovely November so far!  This month I’m stepping outside my usual realm of layouts a little to bring you a simple but fun & useful project. I often find I think of ideas for pages or techniques at the most inappropriate time, for example in […]

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*November Retreat – Class Layouts*

Last weekend, the third Sarah’s Cards Retreat took place at the DeVere Hotel, Daresbury, near Warrington.  Each delegate had the opportunity to take six classes taught by the Design Team as well an optional card class too. Here are the example layouts from each of the classes: Claire: ‘Tactile Memories’ Jen: ‘Fancy Flora’ Lou: ‘Krafty […]

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Halloween and beyond…

I’m not normally one for themed pages or ranges of products but after taking the kids to a Halloween party during the holidays, I had a whole load of pictures that needed scrapping.  The American Crafts ‘Nightfall’ was ideal for them.  I also noticed that the patterns on some of the sheets or the reverse […]

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***October Challenge***WINNER***

Thank you so much for the lovely entries that we had for our Pinterest Challenge last month. I am really pleased to announce that we chose Kirsty (K) as our winner! Contact Lianne to find out how to get your £20 voucher to spend in the shop. The November challenge goes live on the 11th, […]

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November Retreat 2011

Hello, Rachel again, so we have had a fabulous weekend at the retreat this weekend, I have been taking a few photos to show you what we got up to. Beautiful Bar Bit of behind scenes unpacking eekkk Stopped for a spot of dinner Some pricing everything was very tempting bit of last minute pricing […]

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Hello all, I have to pre schedule this post as on the 6th of November I and a good chunk of the DT will be away on the Sarahs Cards Retreat, having a fabulous time I am sure! So this months I have used possibly every paper manufacturer in the shop Cosmo Crate Studio Calico […]

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Double the fun!

If you are anything like me, you’ll often get the idea for a project that requires more than just one scrapbook page. We’ve recently enjoyed renovating old furniture for our new home together, and I wanted to document the “befores and afters” but I had far too many pictures for just one page. I firstly considered […]

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Hi Sandie here!  I adore sketches, and whenever I am in a scrapbooking rut I will refer to my catalogue of saved sketches to get my mojo going again.  What I love about them is the versatility they offer, you can rotate them, flip them even reduce the whole sketch in size to create a […]

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More tags, tickets and a twist of twine…

Welcome middle of the week, not long until the weekend Wednesday… I like Wednesdays, especially as today it means only 1 more sleep until I meet up with the rest of the DT at the November 2011 Sarah’s Cards Retreat! I have another LO to share using tags, the Tim Holtz journalling tickets and baker’s twine. […]

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Tickets, tags and a little bit of twine…

It’s Louise again, which means it’s the start of a brand new month. Hope you’ve all recovered from the trick or treat adventures of last night.This month I chose to work with A mix of Studio Calico Classic and Memoir, the Lily Bee Memorandum 6×6 pad, and the lush Tim Holtz Journalling Tickets. I like […]

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It’s official, Summer’s End(ed)

It’s the end of the month again so it is Ifa again with you. Happy Halloween for tomorrow! I have a couple of layouts to share with you. I used to love Fancy Pants but I haven’t been drawn to buy a range until I saw Summer’s End. I love the stylised tree and those […]

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~*Studio Calico – Memoir*~

Hi all, its Gems here with some gorgeous Studio Calico papers from the Memoir collection. This collection was my most favourite release from the last CHA show and I couldn’t wait for it to come into the shop! [Red Arrows]   The first of my layouts I created to remember the fabulous day we spent […]

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* * More travel layouts using Boarding Pass * *

Hello again, it’s still Laura here with day two of travel layouts using the gorgeous “Boarding Pass” range from October Afternoon. First up another excuse to scrap a handful of New York photos… this time four 2.5 x 2.5 photos.  I always use photobox for ordering my prints as I think the quality is fantastic and […]

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* * Travel themed layouts with October Afternoon * *

Hello all, it’s Laura here with some October Afternoon goodies for you today.  This month I have been catching up on scrapping some honeymoon photos using the travel inspired range “Boarding Pass” by October Afternoon. I was drawn to this collection by something new from October Afternoon and that was their pack of “Miscellany” which […]

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Its getting to that time of year when we’re all thinking about christmas cards and presents.  A few weeks ago I bought some little calenders (for 15p each) and thought, I could put my spare chipboard to use and create some handmade calendars for the family. Here are the calendars. I couldn’t find my chipboard, […]

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As Time Goes By

Hi everyone.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like my kids are growing up far too quick.  It only seems like yesterday that I was holding my now nine year old in my arms! When I saw Echo Park’s new Victoria collection, it got me all sentimental and my layout today is somewhat appropriate […]

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Beautiful Trims

Hello all. This month I have chosen some beautiful trims to play with and have managed to make some simple yet very beautiful flowers. I’d love to see your variations on this as the possibilities are endless. So here’s how I created these flowers. 1. Cut a small circle of fabric (I used scraps of […]

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Let’s talk chalk!

Jen here! Chalkboard (or blackboard as I remember it from school!) is hugely on trend right now across the home furnishings and papercrafting worlds. American Crafts have released a selection of chalkboard goodies in one of their latest lines – Nightfall.  You may have overlooked this collection, thinking it was too themed. Although this range […]

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