Sunday, 27 April 2014

It's All About The Techniques.

Hi! It's Heather here. I hope you had a wonderful long weekend.

Today I'd like to share a post that's all about techniques. I'm using the April Scrappy Chat Designs kit. This page is a little less embellished than I would normally create, however I wanted to clearly show you the different techniques that you can use with this kit. I didn't want to hide the techniques with embellishments!

Firstly, my layout:

Now I'll show you all the different techniques I used to make that background.

1. Use a circle cutter to cut three circles in an old piece of paper.

2. Place the paper over your background cardstock and spray the irRESISTibles spray through the circles.

3. Your background should now look like this.

4. Trace a circle onto your plasters tape and cut it out. Use the self adhesive backing to stick it to a stamping block. Now use this as a stamp to add textural circles to your background.

5. Punch circles in scrap paper and apply ink through these circles onto your background.

6. Make smaller mesh circles by punching them out. Use these as stamps again but also add the coloured, punched circles directly to the page.

7. Cut circular shapes so that one fits inside another with a bit of space between. Sit them on your background so the new circles overlap parts of others. Attach with temporary adhesive it it helps. Apply clear VersaMark ink then add Tinby Metallic Melts. Remove the papers and heat the Melts.

8. The result should be something like this.

9. I then roughly outlined all the circular elements twice with a black pen.

I then added a title and fussy cut a few images from the papers to use as embellishments. I also use ink through one of the patterns on the stencil to create the border.

A few close ups of the finished layout:


Thursday, 24 April 2014

Making Memories

Hi There Scrappy Chat Friends,

It's Renee here, to share with you a layout I have made using the April Kit.

This is my first layout, out of 3 that I have made using this super trendy kit!!

I went a little chalkboard crazy with this layout. 

The layout started with the background.

I used the Crafter Workshop template from the kit in the bottom right with some textured paste.
I then also made a line across the middle using the same pattern from the template.

Because of how defined the spots were, I decided to make a border using the dot pattern.
This was all done using my Faber Castell White Pitt Pen. 
But you could use a white pen of any description.

Here is how it looked when I finished that process:

I then began layering the photos and some paper that I made to look like polaroid picture.

I cut up a few strips of the mesh that was included in the kit to show in the back of the pics.

There are so many funky pics that can be turned into embellishments from the patterned paper.
Using the paper called "Say Cheese" and the twine from the kit I made a Camera Banner.

I wrote my journalling in white pen.

The title was cut out using the paper from the kit and my silhouette machine.

I really loved the colors of this kit and how this layout turned out.

Thanks for stopping in.
And don't forget to check back on Sunday night, when the very talented
Heather McMahon shares another layout with you.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

'Picture Perfect Today' kit Release

Our new kit is here....

This kit features some cool less consumable product and filled with LOADS of techniques to learn!  All teamed up with some really fun Kaisercraft papers.  There is plenty of pattern paper, Cardstock, a The Crafters Workshop stencil, Maya Road papertwine, Tinby Designs Metallic Melts, adhesive grid tape, IrRESISTibles spray (a very hot new product) and Dusty Attic Chipboard.  As you can see this kit is jam packed with product for you to get creative with and create these three layout!   Yes each kit comes with instructions and videos for the layouts.

Spellbinders dies have been used in the creation of the layouts, and whilst not included in the kit, are very easily adapted patterns for those that do not own a die cutting machine.  Dies can be purchased with your kit, so advise if you are interested in these when ordering.  Dies used in this kit are the very new 'Birds on a wire' & 'Feathers on the wind!'.  They are a must have being very on trend designs.  

You will learn lots of different ways to create interesting backgrounds with the product in the kit.   THREE videos to help you nail all the techniques for each layout that don't have a view by date - you get to watch them forever if you wish!   

Kits are still $39 + Postage with LOADS of value for you money, as it is like doing 3 classes!

Here is some more information for those wanting a to know little more information about our kits.

They are self-paced class kits to complete in the comfort of your own home or with a group of friends

Each month there will be LOADS of added inspiration with one of the designers creating 3 layouts of their own style with the kit, and to not leave it there the other two ladies will be sharing some added techniques using the product in the kit, so you can learn more and more!

Each premier kit comes with:
  • Video AND  instructions to complete the three layouts
  • Feature a many techniques with product to be used well after the life of the kit.  (With all of our kits you will have plenty of product and knowledge to add to future projects)
  • Photos of each project including close up detail pictures
  • All the product needed to complete the project with a list of additional basic items used such as ink/ paint/ gesso/texture paste you will need out of your supplies.
The kits focus on how to use various products teamed up with some pretty paper to compliment them, so there is always less or non-consumable products in our kits, to not only help you complete some beautiful projects, learn many techniques and ways of using the different product as well as taking them well beyond the kit projects.

Kits are $39 + postage and come out monthly

To order e-mail us at

Scrappy Chat Designs Kit club Membership:

This lasts for 3 months is $135 and includes 3 kits at 5% off and postage for all 3 kits (they are released monthly).  As a member you also get ‘insider’ info on what is coming up in the next kit – sometimes even a pic!  You are also guaranteed the kits which do sometimes sell out VERY quickly.  If you are interested in membership, you need to pay the membership fee by the 15th of the month prior.  So to commence in May (next kit to be released) you need to have your membership fee paid by 15th April.  Happy to extend this until the 25th this month

Current Kit stocks:
Check out the side bar on the right for kits still in stock.  The numbers are now VERY limited on each of these.

Remember, not to hide away scrapping ALL the time and get out there and make the memories to scrapbook as well!!  

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Don't smile!

Hi everyone.

It's Heather here. I hope you've been enjoying using the latest Scrappy Chat Designs kit. I sure have!

This week, I used my March kit to complete the sketch challenge at The Dusty Attic. I love what I was able to create with the kit.

Firstly, here's the fabulous sketch from Nadia. For once I managed to stick to it fairly closely! I'm a shocker for getting sidetracked from sketches and then my final layout looks nothing like the sketch!

And here's my layout:

I was trying to take passport photos of Connor at home. I've done it before and the ones of my daughter worked this time but not the ones of Connor. The lady at the post office told me that his jawline wasn't defined enough! I should have gone to another post office....

The cardstock, stamps (I love these!), Tinby Metallic Melts, Pink Paislee paper and Izink were all from the March kit from Scrappy Chat Designs. How cool are these products!

To make the background, I first swished around some Alabaster paint then applied some Gelatos over the top. I mixed some Izink with water in a spray bottle but there wasn't much in the container and it splattered rather than sprayed. I love this effect. I then used a stencil I had recently bought and added some texture with texture paste.

The chevron strip on the right side under the photos is the negative section left over from when I took out the chevrons for the left hand side. I think these 'waste' strips make awesome embellishments! Using Dusty Attic paints and Tinby Metallic Melts, I faded the colours of the chevrons from blue through to white.

I also used the Metallic Melts to colour the Geometric Corners and used blue and black inks with those fantastic Kaisercraft stamps to add more activity to the background.

I must confess, I had a near disaster with that title! I had painted it with the Izink and wondered how it would react with Dusty Attic's Clear Crackle Varnish. I hadn't used the crackle for a while and the nozzle had blocked so I gave it a good squeeze. (You can see what's coming can't you?). SPLAT! The lid blew off and crackle flew onto my walls,  my window and my set of drawers! After my initial panic I soon realised that it all cleaned up with just a cloth and water. Phew! Meanwhile, a large blob had fallen onto the title so I just kid of smudged it around a bit. It tended to remove the colour in the Izink (any water-based product does) but it did manage to crackle it and I love the final result!

Happy scrappin'!


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Love at First Sight

Hello There!
Sandra here again with my third and last layout using the gorgeous Hello Kit.
As with the other layouts I used  a Page Drafts sketch for my layout
this time I used sketch number 23_1

I used the IZINK with impasto to create the background.
The IZINK turned a gorgeous yellow when I mixed it with the clear impasto...

I had fun creating my own flower and leaves with left over cardstock and paper (and I still have plenty of sheets left!!)
and making a heart with the paper twine (that stuff is seriously cool!)
playing with a border punch, sequins and yep, that super fun stamp set.

This kit has been so much fun!
And as you can see by what Heather, Renee and Beck have created there are so many different ways to be inspired by it!

Check out the details here if you are interested in purchasing the kit.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

You Love To Ride

Hi There Scrappy Chat Friends,

Renee, here to share with you a layout I have made using the March Kit.

There are so many fantastic ideas that the design team have to share.

I chose to make my layout a little boyish!!

There are few different techniques I used on this layout that I would love to share with you.

My first technique is how I put the background together.

These are the products I used:

Along with these above I used Spellbinders Stars 5 die set, nested together to create different size stars out of the Heidi Swapp Paper in the kit.

It is no secret I love to stamp.  And one of my favourite things about this kit
is the Kaisercraft stamp set.

I used Hero Art Neon inks, but you can really use anything that you have in your stash at home
and achieve the same thing.

It means that you can take a blank white sheet of cardstock and turn it into patterned paper.

See how the design element is almost like a letter Z.  It takes your eyes from the top left to the top right,
diagonally down and then to the bottom right.

The next technique is how I was able to achieve the textured stars on the background.

Using the Pigment IZink, that came in your kit.
I used a medicine cup.  
Added my texture paste (start with a little bit first, you can always add more)
I used about 2 squirts of the IZink.
Mix until it is smooth.
If you need to add more color you can.
Keep adding until you get the color you want.
Then, using a stencil and a palette knife, I scraped the mixture over the stencil in the three
areas on the background of the layout.

Here is how it worked out.

Technique Number 3 is what I did with the twine.
I wanted to bring some red into the layout to match the photo I used.

So I painted the paper twine with red paint.
Let it dry.
Then shaped it to become a zig zag embellishment.

For the Title of the Layout I used the Jillibean Soup Word Stickers from the Kit
and some red paint again.

The other part of the Title is Kaisercraft Chipboard Lettering from my stash.
I inked them first.
Then using the Tinby Metallic Melts from the Kit,
I embossed onto the lettering.

Thanks for stopping in.
And don't forget to check back on Thursday night, when the very talented
Sandra Wallace shares another layout with you.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Missing you Today

Sandra here again with my second layout from the "Hello" kit

--This layout is out for publication-- 

 With all my layouts this month I went to PageDrafts for a kick start
for this layout I used sketch number 46

To create the background I diluted the IZINK ink in water and put it in a spray bottle and lightly misted the background.

Then using the awesome stamps in the kit  and the mango gelato I stamped the background.  (spray the stamp with water before adding the gelato to create a delicious water colour affect)

using a paint brush and adding a stronger solution of IZINK and water I dropped a few drops next to the stamped spots and also spread it around with the paint brush.

Dry with a heat gun.

I then painted and sprayed the background with both diluted IZINK and mango Gelato.
Dried with a heat gun and then stamped with randomly with a script stamp and doodled a border.
Then I created the layout.

the flowers I made with one of the pieces of white cardstock.. I coloured them with IZINK and mango Gelato.
The paper twine was wrapped around a skewer to give a cute little twirl.

I added some celadon ink to the title and then used the TINBY METALLIC MELTS to create a beautiful texture and colour, added some punched butterflies and some journaling and  it is complete.

I enjoyed playing with the IZINK and the Gelatos and discovering different ways to use them.

Well that is it from me for now until next time with another layout to share. :-)