Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Back To Basics Facebook Live Series: Copic Markers


Welcome back to the latest installment of our Back to Basics Facebook Live Series! This week's focus is on Copic Markers. Rosie walks us through everything we need to know about colouring, blending, and creating amazing images, all while making some gorgeous cards as examples. Click on the video below to watch the Live replay, and head to the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page for all of the Live replays from the series.


Back to Basics is a weekly Facebook Live series that shares tips and tricks on various techniques and tools to help you elevate your cardmaking. You can catch the Live every Thursday at 1pm MST on the Facebook Page. Be sure to say hello in the comments during the Live or within 24 hours of the replay being posted for your chance to win a Scrap Shotz prize 💙 See you there!

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Back to Basics Facebook Live Series Pastes and DecoFoil

Have you been following our Back To Basics Facebook Live Series? Every Thursday Rosie and Karla explore different ways that you can elevate your card making skills. Not only are you going to learn about different products and how to use them, but you will also pick up loads of tips and tricks and you even have an opportunity to win a prize! Click the video below to watch Rosie take you through the world of Pastes!!!

 




In this past week's live Karla shares everything she knows about DecoFoil to add some gorgeous shine to your cards. Click the video below to catch the replay!!!
 


You can also catch each week's Live on the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page, as well as the replay's for previous videos. Be sure to pop by and say hello in the comments duringt the Live or within 24 hours of the replay being posted in order to have your name entered into the weekly draw. 
Is there a topic or product you'd like to see us cover? Let us know, we'd love to hear from you :) See you on Thursday :)

Monday, May 6, 2024

Double Page Layouts with Simple Stories Simple Vintage Spring Garden

Hello everyone! I have two double page spreads to share with you today using the Simple Stories Simple Vintage Spring Garden Collection. I also continued with the Easter theme from my last post. Get ready for some flowers, bunnies and butterflies. 


For the first layout I distressed a variety of papers to layer under the photos. I used some of the cut-apart cards in the paper pack for journaling. 


I also cut-apart some tags and attached some string from my stash. Finally, I embellished the layout with butterfly bits and pieces, cardstock titles, chipboard stickers, foam stickers and enamel dots

My second layout uses the frames to the max. Even though they have embellishments incorporated, I added more for dimension. 

I added some bunnies and butterflies using a variety of embellishments - bits and pieces, chipboard stickers and foam stickers. 


I finished it off with some enamel dots and cut apart cards with twine bows. 


Thanks for stopping by today and make sure to take a peek in the shop!

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Photoplay - To the Moon Collection

At first glance, I loved this collection. The colors in the line are gorgeous and so different from most of the lines out there right now. Then last week we were in Houston, and the patterned paper and stickers were perfect for this photo from the Space Center. I popped up the stickers and when I cut out the alphas, I loved the look of the negative space, so used that instead of the individual letters.
This plaid patterned paper is very gender neutral, so easy to use for masculine pages. I printed the photos in black and white so they would stand out  and matted them with black. The alphas are from my stash, an old Heidi Swapp booklet. They weren't distinctive enough, so I traced them with a black pen after matting them on solid cardstock from the add on cardstock pack. To cut out the words, I find it easier to draw a bubble around them with a pencil then fussy cut. If there are any stray pencil marks, they are easily erased.

Finally, I used the sticker sheet and the 3x4 cut aparts in the collection to create baby cards. These are really sweet. All I added was foam and enamel dots and some twine and ribbon. I also used stickers for the inside sentiments where I could. This made for no-stamp cards, which are fun for a change!





Thanks for stopping in! 



 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cocoa Vanilla Great Escape Traveler's Notebook by Jenn

 Hello Jenn here sharing some layouts from my Camping Traveler's Notebook, using the Great Escape Collection from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I am using 12x12 papers, chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, foam phrases, puffy stickers, and ephemera from the collection to create a TN documenting our camping trips from the summer of 2023. To stretch the collection a little bit further, I am combing it with the Adventure collection from Wild Whisper Designs and a few other elements along the way. 

I started with the cover for the TN, where I also incorporated some hand stitching for the Scrap Shotz Paper Crafting Facebook Group's April Challenge. Throughout the album I will carry the stitching by using faux stitching to embellish the pages, and occasionally I will add some hand stitching as well, keeping in mind how chunky my TN is getting!!! The cover is a great place to add some bulky embellishments like chipboard, buttons, flair, foam stickers, ect... that might be too thick to add inside the pages of the TN. Be sure to add extra strong adhesive to the embellishments on the outside cover because they are more likely to get caught on something or knocked off.


I have a lot of pictures from these trips and I'd really like to get as many as possible into the TN so I like to sort my pictures and tuck them all into the pages in the order I think I'd like to see them, to help me judge how much space I have. I have a feeling that I will need to stretch my summer camping picures of a few different TN's but I aim to find creative ways to get multiple pictures onto each page so that I limit the amount of TNs it will take the document all of the pictures. The other goal is to limit the added dimension on each page so that the TN can close nicely when it's finished. Keeping all of this in mind, lets get started and see how I do!!!
My first page is the inside cover of the TN. This is a great place to add journalling cards, cutapart pieces or ephemera that you really like that you want to showcase in some way! I like adding a table of contents or list of what you will find in the TN. Its also a great place to add photos if you have a lot of them so don't skip the inside cover!!! I added a list of the places we went camping throughout the summer.

I kept my second page very simple! I have a fun tradition of taking a picture of my camping mug that says "The Adventure Begins" at the start of every camping trip. I always try to do it in a different way so that each one is unique. I thought this picture would be a great first page to the album, so I just printed it at 6x4 and then added two stickers, and the title "Let's Go Camping" using some old Basic Grey alphas.



My third page is a full layout that includes 10 photos. I like to print my photos at 2x3 quite often and when I do, I always try to arrange them in a way that I can use the fill 4x6 picture as one, or I can cut them apart as 4 separate photos. For this page I kept the collage together on both sides, but I also had two 4x3 photos that I wanted to add so I created two fun tip-ins to include those photos. The tip-in on the left side flips upwards and I put a Wild Whisper journalling card on the back of it, and the tip-in on the right flips downwards with another Wild Whisper card on the back. I use washi tape to create my hinges because I find it a little it easier and less bulky, but you could easily create a paper hinge as well. An alternative would have been to create just one tip-in with the pictures pasted back to back instead of including the cards, but I like that this is another opportunity to showcase a card you might not want to cover up, or gives you an area to do some journalling of your own. I completed the layout with a simple embellishment on each side from the Great Escape Ephemera Pack.



My final page for today is a fun one! On the left side of the page I added just one 4x3 photo, with some layers of paper behind it, and a few stickers. On the right side, I took one of my favourite 12x12 papers from the Great Escape collection and folded it into three sections so that it created a fold out page where I could then add 4 4x3 photos, and also preserve the mountain range image on the paper. I kept the embellishment very simple, with a phrase from the foam phrases, and a piece of chipboard on the middle section, and then a frame around the picture on the right section, with two little phrase stickers. To add the chipboard piece, I peeled back the top layer of chipboard, that has the image on it, so that it wasn't very thick, and then I could add it to my page without adding extra dimension.

I love adding unique pages and elements like the tip-ins and folded page. They are a great way to get extra pictures onto your layout, and also makes the TN fun to flip through and look for all of the interactive elements. There is no limit to what types of interactive elements you can include. My biggest piece of advice is to look at the supplies you are working with and then think about fun ways you might be able to include them in the album. Give your ideas a try and see what works. I try to alternate interactive elements with more simple pages to help keep TN as flat as possible, but I like to have fun and experiment with different ideas that keep each TN I create interesting. I have full process videos on my channel of each of these pages, as well as the others I have created in this TN so if you'd like to see how I put the pages together, please visit my channel https://youtube.com/@JenniferGagne . You can also find me in Instagram and TikTok as KaezMum, with more closeups and flip-throughs of this TN as I progess. If you have any questions, please let me know, and head over to the Scrap Shotz Store to grab the Great Escape Collection for yourself :) Thank you so much for popping by. Until next time, Happy Scrapping!
Jenn











Friday, April 12, 2024

Back to Basics Facebook Live Series: Stamps


 Hello!! This week's Back To Basics Facebook Live focused on Stamps! Karla has pulled out a bunch of stamps and inks to share all of her best tips and tricks on how to add stamping to your cards. You can click the video below to catch the live on replay now! Be sure to comment on the Live and say hello by the end of today (Friday) for your name to entered into the giveaway.



You can also head to the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page to find the whole Back to Basics Series. Catch Karla and Rosie Live every Thursday with a new topic to help you take your card making skills to new heights. Comment during the Live or on the replay within 24 hours of it being posted to have your name entered into the giveaway for a prize from Scrap Shotz. See you next week :) 

Friday, April 5, 2024

Back To Basics Facebook Live Series: Better Press LetterPress


 Hello, welcome to another Back To Basics Facebook Live Series installement! This week Rosie shares everything you need to know about the Better Press Letterpress. Watch the live below to learn what the Better Press system is, how to use it, and how to incorporate it into your card making.


You can also find the whole series of lives on the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page, to catch the series from the beginning. You can catch the Back to Basics Facebook Live series every Thursday on the Facebook Page. Be sure to say hello, and comment during the live or on the replay within 24 hours of it being posted in order to have your name entered into a GIVEAWAY for a little prize from us!!! Thanks so much for joining us.