Friday, May 27, 2011

Tarrah's Scrap Room

Hi guys, Tarrah here!! I thought since Tracey, Bec and Kim have shared their scrap rooms with you that I would do the same. I didn't do any cleaning up though so you get to see what it looks like ALL the time....its sometimes A LOT worse LOL!!! So I have my room/space in a little corner of our sunroom. Now we have a TINY 2 bedroom house with a sunroom attached but I still manage to keep a space to scrap going. I don't have enough room for too much storage so a lot of things are on the floor etc. I share my room with the Wii, some lounges, a computer and desk, a change table for the bub and some teddy bears that keep me company too LOL!!! 
So this photo is looking straight into my space. The window to the right faces east so it gets the morning sun and the other faces north so it gets lots of natural light and I love it. Its beautiful to sit here in winter when the sun is shining and get some warmth. Very cosy.....
 Here is a close up of my desk where all the magic happens LOL!!!! As you can see there is just enough room for 1 layout to be be worked on here. Oh and can you see my clever little ribbon curtain in the background there? I have put a broom handle across from here over to the other cupboard and I bought a $2 plastic shower curtain and got the hooks out it. I have then put similarly coloured ribbons together by stapling them onto some cheap white cardstock/paper and then punching a hole into the top so they can all then be put onto the shower curtain hooks. They all now hang in a colour co-ordinated fashion and I love that they aren't just all shoved in a bag or drawer, this also helps them to get the kinks out of them too. 
Here is my favourite cupboard that my beautiful Mum gave me. She is a folk artist and does the most AMAZING painting. She has been painting for like 15 years now and loves it just as much as I love scrapbooking. 
Its perfect for a bit of storage. There are 12 little drawers to put bits and pieces in plus 3 drawers you can't see underneath these as well. It has one big drawer in the middle, this is where I keep all my stamps and its perfect for them. Below the big drawer is a cupboard that keeps things like laces, dress making patterns, fabrics etc, things I don't use so often as most of the time I can never get the door open as there is always something in front of it stopping it LOL!!!

 Thanks for taking a peek into where I do all my creating, even though I don't have a perfect room or much space it suits me and maybe one day I can have a little more room to spread out...I will just keep dreaming and creating!!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

EZ Mount Offcuts.

Hi everyone!

For those of you that don't know, EZMount is Static Cling Foam that you adhere to the back of red rubber stamp sheets (like the ones from Darkroom Door) before cutting out the images so that they cling to your acrylic blocks for stamping.

I don't know about you, but I have LOTS of EZMount offcuts!

I keep all the bits that I don't use, just in case I buy any smaller unmounted stamps that I can mount with the off cuts.

However, I now have way more offcuts than I will ever have small stamps to use them on! LOL! And I bet I'm not the only one. So let's share some ideas on what to do with them!

Recently I ran out of double sided foam mounting tape, so in a pinch I used a small piece of EZMount. I adhered the sticky side to my embellishment, and then just glued the smooth side down to my project. Worked like a charm! The EZMount is thicker than normal mounting tape, so you get a much more 3D effect. Used in conjunction with other embellishments mounted with normal foam mounting tape, you could also create different depths on your projects! Too cool!

While I was teaching a class recently, one of the ladies mentioned that her daughter used the offcuts to create foam stamp shapes for kids to paint with! What a fabulous idea! Apparently the kids made some awesome Christmas wrapping paper by stamping their shapes with paint onto brown paper. Fantastic!

So - have you seen or heard of any great ideas for using up EZMount leftovers? What do you do with your left over bits and pieces? We'd love to hear from you, so let us know in the comments! :)


Monday, May 23, 2011

Steampunk Cards Class

Hi everyone!

Sarah here with a quick reminder that I will be teaching my Steampunk Cards class this Saturday, 28th May.

In this class we will create 6 beautifully vintage looking cards using the new Steampunk Debutante paper range from Graphic 45. Here's a sneak peek:

The rich browns, terrific teals and luscious images make these cards perfect for any special occasion.

* Saturday 28th May 2011 - 10am - 12pm.

Cost for the class is $30.00 and that includes everything you'll need to make 6 gorgeous cards.

This class is good for beginners as well as experienced crafters, so come one come all!

To book please call 1300 664 228, book online here, or pop in store to reserve your spot.

I look forward to seeing you in class!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Bec's Creative Space...

I would like to give you a little tour of my scrap room! Please note that it rarely looks like this!

It usually looks like this! (when it gets this bad! I move to the dining table and then I am forced to clean it!)

I am lucky enough to have a dedicated room, it's not my dream space but it is great for now!

The desk I salvaged from my old job when they demolished an office about 2 years ago and had excess furniture, it was a really good find.

We live in an old farmhouse in Jilliby and my scrap room would have originally been a veranda and the whole room is on a bit of lean - a bit like me! :) with big windows along one wall allowing lots of natural light!

I fill every bit of the shelves with bits and pieces and it is constantly getting moved around!

I love my Copics and my spinner that keeps my inking tools handy.
  I have a tub of my favourite non mounted stamps partly because I use them alot and I like to have them within easy reach and partly because I'm too lazy to put the away! :)

 I love this idea for your fiddly products like glitter, embossing powder, distress embossing powder, flock, sparkly fluff and hot set powder! I have decanted them all into separate containers and added a spoon. It eliminated the need for a powder tray and it saves soooo much mess! Try it - You will be more inclined to use your powders for smaller projects too!

I like everything to have it's place but unfortunately it is often not in it's place when I need it!

 I love my Ink Pads especially my Distress Inks! Which I have labelled
This is probably the only thing I don't enjoy rummaging around in!
I like them organised and easy to get at.

One of my favorite storage ideas is buckets! I love to fossick through them to find just the right thing that I need, whether it's paint, alphas, stamps, ephemera or ribbon I love to dig around in it!



Ephemera, brads, paints, wood mounted stamps, Glimmer Glam and Glaze

I love old tins and jugs, I keep all sorts of bits and bobs in them. Some times it's organised and sometimes it isn't!

The view from my window! A bit special! I love the Country! Although I wish someone would come and clean the windows for me!!!

I hope you enjoyed having a sticky beak at my creative space and remember that whether it is a whole room, a desk in a corner or the kitchen table while it's not being eaten off of! It is your space create so make sure you have what you need where you will use it!

Happy Scrapping


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Steampunk Cards Class with Sarah Schwerin.

In this class we will create 6 beautifully vintage looking cards using the new Steampunk Debutante paper range from Graphic 45. Here's a sneak peek:

The rich browns, terrific teals and luscious images make these cards perfect for any special occasion.

The photo really doesn't do them justice, so make sure you pop in store to have a look at them in real life. :)

Here are the class times:

* Thursday 19th May 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm.


* Saturday 28th May 2011 - 10am - 12pm. 

Cost for the class is $30.00 and that includes everything you'll need to make 6 gorgeous cards! What a bargain!

This class is good for beginners as well as experienced crafters, so come one come all!

To book please call 1300 664 228, or pop in store to reserve your spot. 

I look forward to seeing you in class!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Vintage Prima Mini Album using the Cinch with Kim


You won't believe how fast and easy it is to create this gorgeous minibook using the newly release Prima products. Come along and learn how to complete a vintage style minibook keepsake either as a gift for someone special or to store some old favourite photographs for yourself. I will show you how to complete this project in under two hours and we will be binding it all together using the Cinch. If you love that feminine vintage style, then this class is for you.

Tuesday 17th May
$30 including kit

Phone the shop to secure your place on 1300 664 228 or book online here.

The Team at Pages 2 Scrap.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Vintaj Findings - New In Store

Very excited to now be stocking some gorgeous new brass findings from Vintaj. These little treasures look amazing when included in your altered art, mixed media, scrapbooking, cardmaking or jewellery pieces. Use them as they are or you can add some personal touches with various art mediums to make them your own. Pictured are just a few of the samples we have in the shop. Why not call in and take a look.

The Team at Pages2Scrap

Thursday, May 5, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day - this Saturday 7th May 2011!

This Saturday 7th May is National Scrapbooking Day!

To celebrate, we will be having a lucky dip in store!

Every customer with a sale over $50 (after membership discount) will be able to pick a mystery item from our lucky dip basket! There will be all sorts of awesome goodies - you won't be disappointed!

We are also running some great classes on the day:

Sarah's Heritage Layout - 10:30am - 12:30pm. Cost $30.

Tarrah's Mothers Day Gift Bag / Mini Album - 2pm - 4:30pm. Cost $40.

Book yourself in to create a present for mum, or book your mum a spot as an early Mothers Day present!

We can't wait to see you in store!

The Team at Pages 2 Scrap.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

More on Understanding ATC's.

Hi everyone! Sarah here again!

Earlier this week we shared a post about our staff ATC swap. We will soon be featuring an ATC display on our walls in store, so I thought you might like to know a little bit more about them!

ATC stands for Artist Trading Card, and they are mini works of art that you trade and swap with other artists, much like children trade baseball/basketball/football cards.

ATC's are 2.5 inches x 3.5 inches (6cms x 9cms) and can be made from any type of materials you wish! They can be made in either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation. The sky is the limit for every other aspect of the art!

ATC's have no geographical boundaries - they can be swapped with anyone all over the world!

There is only one main rule for ATC's and that is that they should never be sold - either your own, or ones that you have acquired in a swap.

Some artists get around this rule by creating ACEO's - which are essentially ATC's that artists have specifically created for sale. ACEO stand for "Art Cards, Editions, and Originals". However this practice is often frowned upon by ATC traders.


Miniature works of art created on cards have been around for centuries, however the modern-day concept of ATC's was conceptualised by artist M. Vanci Stirnemann in 1996. In May 1997, Stirnemann held a gallery showing of 1200 cards at an art and text bookstore in Zurich.  Those that attended the show were told that if they wanted one of the cards on display then they had to bring in one of their own to swap - and so the artist trading card movement was born. The idea quickly spread across Canada and the USA, and eventually the world! These days online swaps are very popular, and there are an infinite number of online swaps you can take part in.


ATC's can be displayed individually on a min easel like this one that my ATC is on:

However it is more common for them to be displayed in 9 pocket sleeves in a folder, like these ones:

I recently taught a class that featured 5 ATC's in their own display box:

Pretty cool, huh?!

We are thinking about having a regular ATC swap, or ATC club here at Pages2Scrap - if you are interested, please let us know by leaving a comment, popping us an email, or telling us next time you're in store.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Mothers Day Gift Bag/Mini Album with Tarrah McLean

Hi all, Tarrah here!! Hope everyone is having a lovely Easter break and eating lots of yummy chocie eggs like I am hehe!!!!

Just thought I would pop on today and show you two photos of the gift bag/mini album that I am teaching just in time for Mothers Day!!! We will be creating this cute little bag/album using the all new and gorgeous Echo Park 'For the Record' range of papers and embellishments. 

Date: Saturday the 7th of May, 2011
Time: 2pm-4.30pm
Class Cost=$40 (this includes the kit)
Please call the shop on 1300 664 228 to book your spot in this popular class!!

This is what the bag looks like when together and then....  
 when you open it up, you have a mini album to put your photos and journaling.
Isn't it cute? I am sure you or your Mum would LOVE one of these!!! So why don't you come along and make this gorgeous little bag with me, perfect for a gift in time for Mothers Day, I would LOVE to see you there!!
Don't forget to ring and book in on 1300 664 228, be quick as this class looks to be popular!!!
Hope to see you there,


Sunday, May 1, 2011

Heritage Layout with Sarah Schwerin.

Hi everyone!

I have a scrapbook page class coming up soon so I thought I'd tell you a bit about it!

In this class we will create a single page 12x12" layout to fit 3 photos. The papers and stamps that we will be using from Pink Paislee best suit a heritage or vintage theme, but more modern photos would work just as well. Here's a sneak peek:

We will be using the Cuttlebug to emboss as well as die cut some flower shapes. We'll also be stamping, punching, inking, and distressing!

I'll be showing you how to get the most out of your stamps on your layouts by using them in the background and as custom made embellishments.

Here are the dates and times:

* Saturday 7th May 2011 - (National Scrapbooking Day) - 10:30am - 12:30pm.


* Thursday 12th May 2011 - 10:30am - 12:30pm.

Class cost is only $30!

It's rare that I teach scrapbooking layouts, so if you've been waiting for a layout class from me, get in while you can!

To book your spot please call the store on 1300 664 228, pop in store, or book online here.

I look forward to seeing you there!