We’re on hiatus!

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Thank you for all the love and support this year. As my first (of many) years as editor, I’ve loved getting to know so many of you. As our community grows, I look forward to getting to know even more of you. Enjoy the holidays and have a fun and festive season, however you choose to celebrate it. — E

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WINNER: Chipboard Christmas Blog Hop

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It’s Christmas come-early for one lucky hopper. We had a very successful Chipboard Christmas blog hop earlier this month, and if you missed all the excitement, then don’t worry! We’ve got the links to all the projects below:

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Adrienne F
Michelle L
Misty R
Scarlett S
Jasmine S
Claire B
Anita B
Geli D
Elisabeth B
Cindy P
Angella P
Renata M
Maria S
Kylie C
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And now, onto the winner! The lucky winner for the ScrapFX prize pack and the SC subscription is…

Ava Gavloski

Congratulations Ava! Please email me at scrap.editor [at] gmail.com with your address and we’ll get your goodies out to you ASAP.

A simple card solution for the super busy

I just love working with old book pages. In fact, old Reader’s Digest Books are probably my fave and incorporating them into your card making or scrapping is super easy. (Ed’s note: We did feature on old books and how to use them in scrapbooking in issue 101 — it’s definitely a hot topic right now!)

These cards were created in next to no time at all for my daughters’ dance and school teachers.

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Now, don’t get me wrong … this is a technique that has been around for years – and it is far from my own; but revisiting it has reminded me how effective and super cute it is!

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Interview with a Scrapbooker: Amanda Hall

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Hello hello! Today I’d like to introduce you to a very good friend of mine, Amanda Hall.

Amanda and I have known each other since our early teens having both grown up on the Eyre Peninsula. We have reconnected over the last ten years. Amanda is one of my closest friends and I truly admire her and her creativity.  Nothing makes me happier than sitting back with her, laughing over a glass of wine!

She is also one of the creative brains behind one of the most sought after Scrapbooking Retreats, Escape 2 Create.

This is what Amanda had to say about her Scrapbooking journey.

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Mini Album Love!

I’m a bit of a fan of the Mini Album. I’ve been making them for years and find they are the perfect way to showcase a series of photos from one day or event. I love that they make great gifts too and I admit to having a shelf full of mini albums that I made for other people but then couldn’t part with!

Today, I’m sharing a few of my fave Mini Albums that I have made during my years of scrapping.

First up is this Grungy Boys Album I created to showcase photos of my sweet little next door neighbour Jackson. For this album I kept the materials very raw and simple using envelopes to create pockets, cardboard and Bazzill for the pages.

This next one was created from Chipboard. I custom cut the cover to suit the size I wanted, then covered it in patterned paper. Each page is created from cardstock and is designed to showcase full size photos. I love the punched edges of the pages with this one.

I love creating albums at Christmas time too! I have not quite got into the December Daily album simply because I just don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to document it all – my Project Life is so far behind it’s ridiculous! Showcasing my fave photos from the Christmas season is the next best thing! This album has lots of different size pages, simple embellishments and is bound using the Zutter.

And last of all, this is something I did back in 2008 and will be doing again in 2014: The Gratitude Journal. I created if for a couple of reasons … to use up some of my scraps and to write down what is important.

We get so caught up in the everyday and quite often forget the good things that happen. The simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful, I found this to be incredibly therapeutic and reminds me that there is something good in each day.

I set this up with 52 pages (one for each week of the year) and each night I took two minute to write down something positive that happened that day – too easy. Some days it was as simple as talking to Mum on the phone, other days it was just laughing with hubby.

So that’s my love of mini albums!

A Mixed Media Christmas Album, by Natalie Elphinstone

Ed’s note: This is the final in the series of three guest posts by Natalie Elphinstone. The other two can be found here (Working with Neutrals) and here (When You’ve Got Way Too Much To Say). Enjoy!

There are many different varieties of Christmas journals out there, probably the most popular being Ali Edwards “December Daily” and Shimelle’s “Journal Your Christmas” where the idea is to keep some kind of record of what you do in the Festive Season. But today I’m not going to share ideas on what you can include in your journal, I thought instead I would show you how I put together my front cover. Along the way I’ll show you how to use a variety of different wet mediums that you may not have tried before.

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