Susan's Saga

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Join Stampin' Up!

If anyone who lives in Australia is thinking of joining Stampin' Up! there is just one week left to take advantage of the fantastic joining special:

* Not only do you get a great deal on the starter kit (pay $169 and get over $200 worth of goodies) you also get two free stamp sets of your choice!

* You also get an extra 10% off your first order!

This deal is over on July 1st and I don't know when anything like it will be offered again, so I urge you to consider it now before it disappears! You can join here.

I'd love to have you on the Craft Sister's team!

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

More layouts for my Album Gift

I enjoyed making these layouts for my friend's 18th birthday present album. It was really not too hard once I found a pack of designer series papers and some page layouts that I liked. In fact, some friends tell me they scrap better when they decorate the page first, THEN find the photos, so maybe there are distinct advantages to traditional scrapping this way! Thanks again to Stampin' Up! for the supplies and Pagemaps for the sketches, I was off and running:

This  layout was meant for a square photo. I liked the little squares of paper on it and of course carried over my butterfly embellishment:

This one was a double layout made especially for party pictures. There are spaces for many photos on this page, and of course, opportunities to tell the story:

Because it was a party, I thought the pennant banner went particularly well with the layout. Also, I made that little medallion in the lower right using a circle of Whisper White cardstock, the Hogsbreath logo cut form a serviette, and some Mod Podge. Some of the embellishments on this page are non Stampin' Up! ones, such as the little glitter heart.

The cover of the album, purchased by my friends who doubled with me to create this gift, also had a window for a picture, so I left it as it was except for adding a little birthday love message. The birthday girl can add a photo of her own to the cover. The album was also black and white which fit in with the party location and the papers and cardstock I chose (this album is also non-Stampin' Up!):

I hope you have enjoyed seeing the layouts for this album. There are of course many more pages in the book for my friend to fill up in her own way.

Have you ever made a similar project? If so, I'd love to hear about it and visit your blog post about it. Tell me your story in the comments!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

More 18th Birthday Album Layouts

I just realised I had not yet posted more of the album layouts I promised you! I'll do that right now :) If you missed the first two pages, they are in a post below this one.

The next page was a page just for the birthday girl's portrait. I chose a layout that would take an 8" x 10" photo. I used similar papers and embellishments to follow the theme I started with the title page. The young woman has blond hair so I thought the teal colours would do her justice.

Then I thought 'who would be most important in her life?' and decided you can't go past family! That's why I chose the family page to do next. I left room for a couple of smaller photos and some journaling so  she could tell the story of how important they are to her, and thank them for her special day.

Don't you love the circle banner? It was fun to make, too. Again. I chose colours that fit in with my theme and used papers that complimented previous pages.

Next time I will show you a double layout made just to showcase her party!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stampin' Up! Retirement List!

Did you know the Stampin’ Up! Retirement List finishes on the 2nd of June? There are still some great bargains to be had with loads of discounts available till then. You can access the Retired list on the link below. Be quick if you want any of these products as there is not too much time left and stock is selling fast.
The new annual Catalogue starts on the 2nd of June so we are in a rare sweet spot, with products from the old and new catalogue available (with the discounts still in place) for ONE DAY ONLY. The 2nd June might be a terrific day to have some girlfriends over for a catalogue party. If you live in the north Brisbane area, let me know if you would like to be a Hostess for one at your home.

Retirement List

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

18th Birthday Present

Someone I know was about to turn 18 and a friend and I wanted to surprise her with something special. We thought she would appreciate a memento of her party but weren't sure how to go about giving her that. Then suddenly we had it! We knew she appreciated handmade craft, so my friend bought a 12" x 12" album and I made blank layouts to go inside! That way she would be able to print out photos and just place them in her album. I found some retired and current Stampin' Up! products, went to Page Maps for inspiration sketches, and was away scrapping. Here's the cover page:

To make the 18 I created it on Word and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock, then added a few more lines and a bit of colour with my Stampin' Write! markers. I cut them out and adhered them on the designer series newspaper mat. All the flowers and borders were made with Stampin' Up! punches and dies. (I'm so glad the butterfly die is carrying over to the 2015-2016 annual Stampin' Up! catalogue. It's a gorgeous die). I used some washi tape, some stick on alphas, Garden Green and Lost Lagoon cardstock, and retired designer series paper. There's some linen thread and buttons in amongst the embellishments too.

Next I needed to create a party sign-in page. This mostly needed to be blank to allow people to write special messages to the birthday girl, so I didn't need a sketch :)

I used some (then) current designer series paper for the border and cut along one of the wavy lines in it. The background cardstock is Daffodil Delight. The title is done with stick on alphas and I added a tiny Daffodil Delight bow and some bronze coloured pearls. We provided a marker for people to write messages on the night. The page was full when the party was over!

I'll show you some more layout pages another day.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Embossing Folder Stamps

I love my Big Shot. There's nothing like it for embossing, die cutting and for combining both cutting and embossing on one project. It's the tool I reach fro most, along with my stamps and paper punches! But did you know, you can make your Big Shot embossing folders into stamps?? Gasp! It's true!

You can find out how to stamp with your embossing folders by watching this technique video made by our friendly and talented Stampin' Up! home office staff. They are great!

Prepare to be amazed at the possibilities!

See? You don't even need a Big Shot machine for this technique! How portable is that for crops away from home or just making something incredible, quick and easy at home?

Right. Bye for now. I'm off to turn my embossing folders into stamps :)