The Iris Folding Template


In issue 103, Geli Duncan introduced us to a wonderful way to bring some colour and add some interest to any layout or card. We have a template for this technique–Iris Folding–however, some instructions go with the template (which is downloadable below).

Firstly, the template is a JPG file. When you print it out, please make sure you print it out at the size you want! We’d hate for you to mistake this and get something too big or too small.

Secondly, to use the technique, you don’t actually need to use the template. You can make up your own and we’d love to see anyone that does. Please leave us comments below if you decide to do this.

Thirdly, have some fun with it!

The template is available here.


“You” a layout by Leonie Neal-Dawson

Ed note: You’ve probably seen this lovely layout in our latest issue of Scrapbook Creations (that went on sale last Thursday). We wanted to show just how Leonie Neal-Dawson created these layouts.

The layout and technique I’m sharing along with the ‘Today’ layout featured on the blog earlier both came about through an online scrapbook challenge. Which is one of the reasons why I love participating in challenges, because they can really push you to create something you may never have thought of before. The challenge was to use a tea bag on your scrapbook page. I’m sure we’ve all heard of soaking a teabag in hot water and dripping the liquid over your page but as well as doing this I wanted to add something a little different.

You Instructions

  1. I began by cutting open a tea back and tipping the tea leaves onto my base cardstock. Using a palette knife I then added a dollop of Gesso and mixed the two together. Once the tealeaves were thoroughly mixed in I continued using the palette knife to spread the mixture over my page in a fairly random fashion and allowed it to dry completely. At this stage I had a very cool looking white texture on my cardstock, so I now needed to add colour.  Continue reading

Digital Sketch (as mentioned in SC#103)


In issue 103, we’re trying something different. Digital scrapbooking is getting a larger and larger following, especially as more and more people keep blogs. So we trying to help you out–if you’ve never tried digital scrapbooking or are interested in learning about how others do it, then this is for you!

Emma Stafrace, SC’s digital expert for 2014, is leading the charge with her own feature every issue for the rest of the year. And in issue 103, she teaches us how to get the most out of a digital sketch. In the feature, we mentioned you can download the sketch from our website, so here it is. Available in all sorts of formats (make sure you download it according to the article!):

PSD file | JPG file | TIFF file


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Scrapbook Creations (issue 103) ON SALE NOW

In this month’s issue of Scrapbook Creations, we reveal our new-look design! We bring back our Colour and Sketch teams for another year of inspirational goodness, along with favourite regular features such as Scrappin’ Out with Angella Peardon. A new year means a new set of bigger and better features, including introducing our digital expert Emma Stafrace and her step-by-step method to making YOU the digital scrapbooker you want to be. We asked in-demand Claire Apostoloff to head the card making section with her very own ‘Try This!’ feature. But never fear, the Quick Grabs gallery is 33 pages of delicious scrapbooking and we even dip our toes into predicting the trends for 2014 with Raquel Bowman. Get your copy of Scrapbook Creations today!

Hold up!

Before you go anywhere, if you can’t find SC in your local newsagent, leave us a comment with your newsagent’s name and address and we’ll get our distribution team to get mags out there ASAP. There are so many newsagents that sometimes they fall off the radar, but our distribution team is pretty amazing and are very quickly able to get magazines out to people who want them. All you need to do is let us know that you want your newsagent to stock them. Please don’t hesitate to leave your newsagent’s store name and address with us here. — EE

Apologies from the SC Team

As with all magazines, especially ones like ours that are commissioned six months before going on sale, are designed three months before going on sale, and then sent to the printer two months before going on sale, there is always this time lapse where, as an editor, I have the mag for about a month before it goes on sale. And in that month, I pour over its pages. Of course, being a perfectionist, I find errors. Sometimes small, sometimes big.

Amy_PureLove_fullWe made a HUGE error in this issue, and I can not apologise enough for it.

The layout on the left is called Pure Love. It is featured on page 64 of the new issue. And it was created by Amy Prior. We have mistakenly attributed it to someone else. All of Amy’s social media is available on that page, and it is here again:

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Secondly, the Next Issue teaser says that issue 104 will be published in March. Again, this is due to the timelapse between designing and on-sale–Issue 104 will be published in April. All issues for this year have been pushed back a month. (May is now June, July is now August, etc.)


Sneak Peek Week: Leonie Neal-Dawson’s ‘Today’

Each issue we pick a Who’s Who of Scrapbooking and, not to ruin the surprise, but this month issue it’s Leonie Neal-Dawson. You may recognise her name from the mag previously–she’s been on some of our design teams, and is always creating up a storm!

Leonie recorded how she made her layout ‘Today’ and we wanted to share that video with you! (Make sure you click through to see the video.)Today (by Leonie Neal-Dawson)

‘She Is’ by Anguree Jansen van Rensburg

Ed’s note: You may recognise this layout–it was originally published in issue 102 of our mag as part of the Design Diva finalist gallery. We couldn’t fit all the materials in the mag, so while I wanted to share the full list, I also thought that we could get Anguree to tell us how she made her wonderfully intricate layout.

She Is

A layout by Anguree Jansen Van Rensburg


Cardstock: Tim Holtz & Ranger Core’dinations, Creative Pearlised; Paper: Tim Holtz, white copy paper; Other: Scrap Matrix chipboard, Scrap Matrix trinkets, Prima trinkets, Finnabair trinkets, Kaszazz trinkets, Genuine Heritage Craft Products clock hands, Finnabair ribbon, Scrap Matrix ribbon, Tim Holtz ribbon, Kaszazz brads, Prima marketing brads, Passion 4 Paper flowers, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft pearls, KCK Craft alphabet letters, wire, gesso (white and black), Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, Ranger glossy accents, transparency, Tim Holtz Alterations (Rays & Retro, Circle Set Texture embossing folders), Sizzix (Clock Set embossing folder), Courture Creations (Time Piece embossing folder), Sizzix Big Shot, Tim Holtz washi tape, Ranger archival ink, Ranger distress ink, Ranger distress stain, Rock Candy distress crackle, Ranger Adirondack alcohol inks, Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst spray, Tattered Angels spray, Amaco Rubb ‘n Buff, Patina Vintaj inks, Martha Stewart border punches, Prima stamps, Kaisercraft stamps, Kaszazz stamps, Graphic 45 stamps

Design Tip

Use the “gaps” in your chipboard pieces for journalling boxes. That way you can play and decorate without having to worry about leaving space for telling the story behind your layout. Continue reading