‘When You’ve Got Way Too Much To Say’ by Natalie Elphinstone

Ed note: Today we have Natalie Elphinstone blogging with us! Make sure you visit her blog too: One Scrappy Doctor. (And her instagram–I can’t get enough of her gorgeous kids.)

I know a lot of people have trouble adding journaling to their scrapbook pages. It’s easy enough to add the ‘who, what, where, when’ details, but difficult to know what else to say. However, there are some topics that get your mind racing, your heart pounding and your emotions whirling right? And in those circumstances you find that you’ve got so much to say that you don’t know where to start, and you certainly don’t know where you’ll fit it all on your layout.


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Trend Alert: Wood Veneers

I am loving wood veneers at the moment. They are one of the most versatile little products and come in the coolest shapes and designs. And Studio Calico are possibly my fave right now! I love how they add the perfect touch to a card.

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Chipboard & Gelatos: a match made in heaven

I’m loving playing with my Gleatos at the moment. They are such a versatile medium that can be used on just about any project.

Today, I’m showing you how to alter chipboard using Gelatos and heat embossing. (Make sure you click on the images to open them up and enlarge the instructions!)

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Creating layers with mixed media texture, by Alison Callcott

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by the ever-talented Alison Callcott. If you’ve arrived her from her DT post, welcome! Don’t forget to sign up to get our posts delivered directly to your inbox by signing up to on the right.

As more and more arts and crafts of other forms have crept onto our pages, creating with mixed media and texture has become firmly entrenched in the scrapbooking world. What is mixed media? Quite simply it translates to using a mixture of different mediums and textures when creating. Mixed media can be as simple as adding some paint and twine (for texture) to your layouts or as elaborate as working with multiple stencils, numerous mediums and lots of textural items. Layering with mixed media and texture is a lot simpler and easier than it looks once you know a few handy tips and techniques.

My layout She (right) is an example of ‘more is more’ in mixed media, textured layering. It may look time consuming and like a lot of work but it’s actually quite a quick and easy way to scrap. You don’t need to worry about imperfections or mistakes, they can either be covered up or left as they are; and there’s not a lot of measuring and cutting.

Before creating these types of layouts I work out the placement of my photo(s) so that I don’t spend time working on a background that won’t be seen, and because adhering products onto an uneven, rough surface isn’t always easy. Once I’ve studied my layout with the placement of my photo(s) I visualise where I want my embellishment clusters, title and journaling to go, and the general design of my background. After stashing my photo(s) somewhere safe so they don’t get damaged by ‘messy’ products (think sprayed inks and paint splatters) its time to get started. Continue reading

Looking for gifts for teachers? Why not make your own!

With schools starting to shut up shop for the summer holidays (here in Australia), what DO you get for the teachers? It’s always hard to find gifts, especially for people you don’t know very well, like teachers. But this is a great, personalised, and fun gift the whole family can get involved in making.

(Ed Ellen note: chocolate, however, is always appreciated by the teachers’ families–as the daughter of a teacher, I can promise this.)

Design Diva Geli Duncan has struck gold! Check out some of the teaser images below, then head over to her website to get the details on how to make these delightful bottle cap magnets for yourself!

We’re looking for you!


The SC team is looking for someone to join our online team next year with a very specific Project Life (modular scrapbooking, pocket scrapbooking, etc) project in mind. If you’re a creative and ambitious PL-er, then we want to hear from you!

To hear more about this opportunity, please email Ellen at eharvey [at] universalmagazines.com.au with links to some of your previous PL pages.

[Comments are closed on this post on purpose–all ‘applications’ are to come through email. If you want to share your excitement about this new project, please share the post on facebook. ]

Interview with a Scrapbooker: Belinda Spencer

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Today I’d like to introduce you to an amazing Adelaide scrapbooker, Belinda Spencer!

Belinda teaches with me at Seriously Scrapbooking and is one seriously amazing scrapper. I love her versatility and her love of techniques — her stamping is simply amazing and attention to detail is admiral!

Belinda is a currently part of the Darkroom Door Design Team, The Scrapbook Store, White with 1 and has been on numerous teams over the years.

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