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

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Moody March Inspiration with Amanda Baldwin

Hi Scrap The Boys Friends & Fans!

Amanda here with you today to share a lil more about my layout that I created from the gorgeous 
March Moodboard!

I know, it's just divine isn't it?!!

I immediately fell in love with the colours and knew they would form the feature of my layout, 

"Awesome Takes Practice"

I know - he really is too awesome for words! 
And that background, well I did say I was drawn in by the colours!
I've used Kaisercraft's fabulous Kaisermists in Red, Turquoise, & Denim, as well as a fine point black sharpie pen to create this fun background. I always intended to use the
 Cocoa Vanilla Studio: Made Of Awesome collection - not only is it the perfect 'go-to' collection for scrapping our boys, but the balance of black and white works so well with the pop colours in the board.
Combine the colours, the cool patterned paper and then those fabulous coordinating embellishments (again, all from the Made Of Awesome collection) & it was always going to be a fun page!

Let's talk techniques....

Layering is fundamental to this layouts success. 
I started by trimming my white cardstock to 11" x 11" and layering it over that super cool LUCKY STAR pattern paper .
I then used the black sharpie pen to scribble a rough outline border, & drew on the wavy lines to guide my ink work.
How did I achieve that cool inky background? 
Well.... I'd like to say it's some fancy pants technique, but the truth is I simply dipped my paintbrush into the Kaisermists and painted the wavy pattern on. Starting with the red first - because it's so dominant, then the turquoise, & finally with a finer tip brush, the denim ink. I also allowed each colour to completely dry before adding the next one. 
Finally, I splattered the Kaisermists in my negative space. Easy peasy! ;)

As the mood board also featured some fantastic textiles, and those awesome vintage cameras,  I decided to incorporate these elements into my embellishing....
The natural burlap and turquoise tulle were just scraps from my material box. I think they really added texture and dimension to the layering of my photograph. Love it!
The camera ticket, enamel little stars and ephemera coordinated perfectly too, but it's that 
LUCKY CHARMS CAMERA that brings the layout together. The ultimate finishing touch. 

A few staples, and that incredible DIE CUT EPHEMERA title complete my page. 
And there you have it!

My take on the March Mood Board & a quick review of how I created my layout.
I hope you enjoyed it!
I can't wait to see your interpretation of this challenge :) 
For more inspirational ideas, be sure to visit my blog  & follow me on Instagram, 

til next time, 

Now leave a comment to go in for a Faber Castell prize announced next winners post