Saturday, 21 May 2016

May Sketch Challenge - Love Life layout Rachel Lowe:

Hello STB friends.

Today I am here to share how I went about creating my layout using the fab sketch by Laura Whitaker.

I do not usually scrap more than one photo on a layout so I relished the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. I have used three 3x3 inch photos (pretty handy having three boys for this sketch!).

I have essentially kept true to the sketch.

I have used the new collection by Simple Stories, Life in Colour. I kept my colour choice masculine.

When your layout is not so technique based (i.e. mixed media) then you need to ensure you add texture and interest in other ways.

I have sewn heavily on this layout to add texture. I have sewn in a 'messy' fashion which I think suites this boy layout.

I have then focused on embellishment clustering so your eye is drawn to areas of your layout.

I have created my title 'love life' by using the heart die cut and word flair. I often use embellishments to create a title as opposed to traditional word titles.

If my layout does not have journalling on it, I at least ensure I have the year the photos were taken and then write something meaningful on the back of the layout.

I hand punched some stars and glittered them the same hue of the wood grain base paper again to add texture.

I am a big fan of foam tape to create 3D elements on the page and have foam taped several embellishments.

Here are some close up photos:

Not all layouts need to be technique based but with colour and pattern choice and placement of embellishments can ensure your layout still has maximum visual impact.

Thank you for joining me today and I can't wait to see all your layouts of this sketch.

Comment and tell us what you think of Rachel's layout for your chance of a prize.
(Australian Residents Only)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Hello There STB Friends,

Time for winners we have FIVE prizes to announce tonight.
Lets get started.

The winner of
is Judy from

The Winner of
 A Prize from Flutterby Designs,
is Sue from

The winner of
 A Prize Pack from the Personal Stash
chosen by a random number generator is Ali from

And the winner of a Prize Pack of the Close Up Post Comment
Chosen by the randomised number generator is-
Karen B said...Thanks so much for sharing your process. A wonderful combination of stencilling and stamping.

And Finally the International Winner who receives a Guest Design Spot is
Oh wow I love to announce winners and that was a LOT
Congratulations girls please email me on aj(dot)little(dot) with the subject April Winner for the next steps to claiming your prize

Stay Scrappy
Amy xo

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Challenge

Hello STB Fans

Its a new month! Time for a NEW challenge

Our May Sketch was provided by Laura of Stuck Sketches blog. I tried to create my own but I really am NOT good at it. Like REALLY NOT GOOD!! So I am so grateful that Laura was happy to donate a couple of sketches to us. So lets get on with showing this fabulous sketch

Here it is

And Lets have a look at what our Design Team Created. I have also linked the team's Instagram Accounts. So if you love the layouts show some love and follow along

 Rachel D

 Rachel L,

Wasn't that just AMAZING! I love what everyone has done with their layouts.

Now what are you playing for?

An AWESOME A2z Prize Pack,

And the fabulous Tarrah Mclean has donated a prize pack from her personal stash

I am so excited to see what you all make from this sketch. If you post them on facebook or instagram make sure you tag us in.

Stay Scrappy

Amy xo

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

April mood board - Anguree Tuturial

Hello everyone

It’s Anguree on the blog today and I am very excited to share how I created my take on the challenge this month. I absolutely loved this process and you will be amazed how quickly it all came together. So even though it may seem like a very long process, it did not actually take that long at all. So go grab a cuppa and sit back to see how I've done it.

First you will need a 12. 12 inch sheet of kraft cardstock.

Lay down a stencil ( I used Crafter’s Workshop) on the top left of the page and  add white texture paste or modelling paste to your paper. Dry with a heat gun.


Repeat step 2 by adding another stencilled shape towards the right side of the paper, but position it more towards the middle of the paper. Dry with a heat gun.

Use another stencil and add more texture using coloured paste. I used Colourblast texture paste (Leather) and loved it, but you could also mix some mica powder into 3D gel or impasto if you don’t owe Colourblast texture paste. (Position the stencil to both fill and overlap the gap between the other 2 stencilled shapes. Add more texture past to the bottom left and middle right side of the stencilled shapes.

Position your photo over the stencilled background to get an idea of where it will be placed.

Cut strips of grip-tape and start adding them to the background paper, as shown in the photo.
Test the positioning of the grip tape against your photo placement.

Cut some cardboard shapes using a Tim Holts die. (I used the arrows).

Choose a title for your layout. I chose this stunning Adventure chipboard by Srap FX Australia.

Now for some stamping. I used this large compass stamp which I have bought a few years ago. Compass stamps/die cuts have been very popular, so you could use any similar ones you may owe. Use Brown Archival ink and add 2 stamps to the background as shown in the photo.

Use smaller but similar compass stamp and the brown Archival ink to stamp 6 images on a scrap piece of white card stock.
Fussy-cut or punch 3 of these images in the exact size as the stamp. ( I just used a large circle Punch)
Repeat step 14, but this time cut 3 smaller circles. (I just used a medium circle punch)
Use some mounting foam and layer the smaller circles on top of the larger circles
Stamp aeroplane shapes using embossing liquid and emboss with white embossing powder.
Fussy-cut the planes and use mounting foam to layer the planes on top of the smaller circles.

Adhere some white string to your background and shape it to form little hoops or balloon shapes, using adhesive of your choice.
Add more texture to the background using white Archival ink and a grid stamp.

Look through some paper scraps or paper pads you may have and choose a suitable piece of paper for mounting your photo. As you will note, I only used 2 tiny strips.
Search for another piece of coordinating card stock and cut a tag shape using one of the dies you may have in your stash. (If you don’t have any, you can very easily create your own little tag shape)

Position your photo and paper strips and then add the tag under the photo. Adhere all the pieces to the background.
Paint your cardboard arrows with white gesso.
Ink your title with Archival ink
Add embossing liquid and emboss with Tinby Design Melts or your choice of embossing powder.

Add some highlights to the embossed title using gliders paste or rub-on wax or paint.
Add some embossing liquid to your background. I used Stampedous and used the dabber end, but then took the top off and flicked some liquid onto the paper using a paintbrush.
Add some Stampendous white embossing powder randomly over the embossing liquid and emboss with a heat gun.
Position the arrows and circle and plane embellishments onto the background and adhere using adhesive of your choice.
Add some journalling using Tim Holtz phrases and mounting foam. You could also type and print or write your own.

Yeah you are done. J I hope you enjoyed this and would really love to see your take on the challenge and or any layout you do, using the above techniques, so please don’t be shy to share your creations with us.

Comment below for a prize!!!
(Australian residents only)

Monday, 11 April 2016


Hello STB Fans,

We have winners to announce!!!

The winner of the
A Prize Pack from A2Z Scraplets
is Fleur
And the winner of a
 A Quality Pair of Fiskars Scissors
is Jody

Congratulations Ladies. Great Layouts Please send me an email with your mailing address to
aj(dot)little(dot) so prizes can be sent out to you.

Join in on April's challenge for your chance to win some great prizes.

Stay Scrappy
Amy xo

Friday, 1 April 2016

April Challenge

Hello Scrap the Boys fans,

April is here and its time again for a new challenge. Easter has been and the weather is changing even if it is slowly.

I love this new challenge and am excited to share it with you.

Here it is. So be inspired by the quote or the image and create something beautiful for us. Here is what the Design Team has created

Rachel L,
Rachel D,

Krisy Podolak,

And now you are sufficiently inspired WHAT ARE YOU PLAYING FOR

Well we have a prize pack from Cocoa Vanilla Studio
 A Prize Pack from Flutterby Designs,
 And A Prize Pack from the Personal Stash of the gorgeous Lauren Hender from A little Peek at Me
Who is excited to win one of these???

So get started

and Stay Scrappy
Amy xo