Monday, September 30, 2013


Of the $20 SFS gift voucher for our September Challenges is

With her layout for Charms quote challenge!

Sadly we only had 27 entries for this months challenges so the EXTRA prize has not been given.

Thanks to everyone who joined in with us.

Look out for the new October challenges that will be loaded later today!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Step by Step - Using Glitz Designs Wild & Free Kit...

Hello Everyone!

I am very excited to be sharing with you the step-by-step of a layout I created using this gorgeous funky fun kit...

Glitz Designs Wild & Free

Here is the layout I created....


First of all I was inspired by the paper - what I have done is cut out the weaved centre of the dream-catcher, and then stuck the photo behind it.

I have kept the leftover piece, turning it over and sticking it to the right hand side of the paper - this is my "journalling spot." I didn't attach it until after I stuck down the quote...

 The quote I chose was based on the "dream" theme, which matches in with the layout, I have then started the quote from the end working my way backwards, so that I know I have room for the whole thing, seeing as it is a rather long quote...

What I love about this kit is that it has a great mixture of alphabet stickers, so thought I would mix them up when creating the quote... afterwards I have added the extra embellishments and doodled around the edges roughly to make them stand out more...

When creating with a kit, I am always inspired by looking at the Embellishments in the kits and see how I can create something myself that can tie in with the page...

I saw the little arrow heads and stars and decided to stick them randomly on the page like so - pointing the arrow heads towards the journalling semi-circle...

I have doodled arrow tails and around the edges of the stars...

Firstly, I used a ruler and measured approximately 4cm

and then doodled the "feathers" starting from the end working my way in...

To finish off the page I have also given a bit of definition to the Dream-Catcher feathers to highlight them a bit more and tie the whole page together...

I have been having a lot of fun with this kit, and created a few more layouts, including this one which is for Anita's September Sketch Challenge, you can see the sketch along with our two other September Challenges HERE!

Wow! You have all bought this kit before I had to show you what I have done with it!

xo Charm

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Anita's Confetti Pockets for PL

So it's my 'WOW' again & this time I've decided to show you
all how to make a confetti pocket for your Project Life albums / Mini albums
(or really for whatever you like.)

First you'll need a 3x4 PL card to trace around & a normal everyday
A4 plastic sleeve. Trace around the PL card to give you a size to
work off. Don't worry about the pen marks - they will be cut off later!

Then using your sewing machine, stitch the 2 sides & bottom about (leave top open for now) 1/2cm in from the traced edge (to ensure it's going to fit in your PL sleeves).

Grab some goodies to put in it, like wood veeners, sequins, glitter,
small punched shapes etc.


I recommend using a sheet of paper to work off - making it easier to funnel
your bits & pieces in when your ready. Once you have everything in
- stitch the top up with your sewing machine.

Then trim around cutting off the traced area - but not too close to the stiching.
And then Ta-Da!!!! Slide into your PL album. You may need to give the things a little wriggle so they sit nicely in your album.

Make sure you head over to the shop to grab some wood veeners.

Have fun!!! Anita xox

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Packing To Fly

A question that I get asked a lot is 'how do you pack to fly to retreat?' So, I thought I would do a blog post just on that for you. 
Because I live in country Queensland there are not many retreats nearby, 
so I have to fly to most of them.

It has taken me years to 'perfect' the way that I do it. 
I would take a massive suitcase and have it loaded to the weight limit, and then would find that I hardly touched any of it! 
One important thing to remember is that if there is going to be a shop at the retreat, YOU ARE GOING TO BUY MORE SCRAP SUPPLIES! 
They usually have new stock that you MUST HAVE, you will learn new techniques from classes or even from a person sitting at your table. 
So, off to the shop you go to buy that brand of mist that you have fallen in love with (in several colours of course!), or that range of paper 
that the girl next to you has just used to make a stunning layout. 
That means that you will need room to pack it back up and get it home!

Packing for retreat takes a little planning, I scrap with mostly kits that I buy, from SFS of course! These mostly come with matching alphas and embellies.  I go through the kits and work out what colours of mists that I would most likely use with them and put them in a sealable container.

 Another thing that is handy to have to help you pack for retreat is several different sizes of snap lock bags. These will save your stash if you happen to have a spillage of some sort. (not that I have, but always be on the safe side)

For really runny, messy things like mists (if you want to bag them instead of a container) I would double bag them to be on the safe side!

I also pack a container with my tools in it.

More snaplock bags to put alphas and stickers in.

And then it is time to start packing! Make sure you put the heavies things at the bottom of the suitcase, you don't want to find your paper stash all crushed when you get there! (learnt that one the hard way!) 

Another important thing to remember, YOU NEED TO GET YOUR LAYOUTS HOME! I use a Work in Progress album to put them. 
I also put in a 12 x 12 bag with handles so that if they don't fit in my suitcase, I can take them as carry on. (at least you know they won't get lost in transit!)

I then put approx 6 kits in on top and then add a few bits and pieces to to fill the gaps.

Don't forget that Scrappers are great at sharing! Don't hesitate to ask to borrow something, Whether it be a mask, an ink pad or even a missing letter that you need for a title. 


That's it, I'm packed and ready to go! I have left room in my suitcase to bring new purchases home and also my toiletry bag as you can't take that as carry on. (which my clothes are in)

I hope this helps answer a few questions that you may have!

D xx

Ps. Don't forget to pop over to the retreat blog to see what retreats that we have planned for the rest of the year and also 2014.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Heidi Swapp Color Shine & Color Pop...

 Hi guys! Welcome to WOW - can you believe its yet another Wednesday... gosh the weeks fly by!

I have been busy with creating using the gorgeous Heidi Swapp Color Pop Papers - now these have a gorgeous gloss pattern on them.... I will show you the full layouts, but you will see the effect better by the closeups I have taken...

The main paper is Heidi Swapp Color Pop and so is the Hot Pink Spotty Paper I have used behind the photo I have taken...

I have taken a photo so that you can see the gloss effect that makes the "Color Pop"
The main paper here is another Heidi Swapp Color Pop paper, and as you can see by the following photo has a gorgeous shine to it as well...

Next I wanted to show you the gorgeous new Heidi Swapp Color Shine Spritz

I loved to use them for backgrounds as used on this layout...

It gives a golden glittery type of look to it...

I'm hoping these photos will give you a better idea....

I have also used the Spritz on the Studio Calico Wood Veneers...

It creates a different type of an effect than paint as it soaks into the wood grain slightly...

you can see it on this layout too...

and here - which is a sneak of my September Challenge... have you seen it yet?

I hope I've inspired you to use some Heidi Swapp Color Pop or Color Shine!
Have a fabulous Wednesday!

xo Charm

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It Is Wednesday Again!

And that means it is time for.......

I just loved the new My Minds Eye 'Cut and Paste' kit that Peta sent me this month for my DT kit.

I have also used some of the new Mambi Pocket Pages Clear Stickers, they come in both Black and White and are great for adding a little something to your pages.
I have done three layouts so far with the kit and have heaps left over to do at least 2 more.

I hope you like them and it gets you motivated to get scrapping!

Donna xx

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Gelatos Tutorial with Kel...

Good morning scrappy friends,

It's Kel here with you today sharing what I have recently completed using Gelatos that Peta has recently started stocking at 
Scrapbooking From Scratch. 
I, myself, have only just jumped on this latest trend
 in the scrap booking world and have had fun playing :)

To start my page, I first covered my cardstock with gesso then drew onto the cardstock with my gelatoes...
obviously the more gelatos you use the more vibrant the colour will be. 
Next I grabbed myself some of these wonderful things......

Baby wipes!!!.....and simply rubbed the wipes across my page to help make the gelatos blend into the page...

Here, you can see where I have blended the yellow into the page, but not the pink/coral colour..the wipes make it so easy to blend the colours together and not have the stripey look the gelatos would otherwise leave. 
You can also stamp onto the top of the gelatos....

Next on my page, I decided to use the gelatos to dress up my chipboard piece. Again, I used gesso on the chipboard first to make the colour pop...

 Next, I simply coloured in the chipboard...

then used a watercolour brush to blend in the colour...
 (Peta also stocks these in the shop!!)

Last step, I used some dimensional magic (or you could use glossy accents) to give the chipboard some shine....

And here is my completed page...

Be sure to check out all the amazing colours Peta has in the shop... 
(I'm thinking I may have to add some more to my stash too :)

and if your looking for more ways/ideas to give gelatos a try, there are plenty of videos on You Tube to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by,