Guest Post: Bubbly Backgrounds by Belinda Scott

Hi my name is Belinda and I am thrilled to be writing this guest post for SC! Today, I want to show you a layout and how to create its background using a bit of detergent (washing-up liquid), mists, stencil, gesso, texture and stamps. I am someone who loves creating background that suits my photos or the mood I want to show. It’s fun just to sit down and play with my stash — you never know what will happen.

First, the layout:


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“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

‘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

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Happy Australia Day: How To Selectively Recolour Your Photos

Good morning and Happy Australia Day! Hopefully, you are sitting back on this lovely public holiday having a leisurely read before popping off to an Australia Day BBQ with friends and family.

Here is an Australia Day layout to set the tone for the day:

The photo is in black and white but the coloured details of my daughter’s Australia Day flags and her temporary tattoo are in colour.  I created this effect using a process called ‘Selective Recolouring’.  Let me show you how to do this in Photoshop CS5.  Other photo manipulating software that use layers  work in a similar manner.

Step 1: Launch the software and open up your coloured photo.

Step 2: Copy the layer and convert the copy to black and white.  Black and white conversions can be carried out many ways –  I simply desaturated the image.

The black and white photo is now perfectly stacked on top of the underlying colour photo.

Step 3: Erase the black and white portion of the photo from the  flags so the underneath coloured image can show through. There are two ways to do this.

Option 1: Using a layer mask is a sophisticated and highly effective way of doing this as you can easily paint in and out what you do and do not need and the process is totally non destructive.

Option 2: Simply erase the portions of the black and white photo you do not want.

Whichever option you use, remember to zoom in and magnify the image so you can accurately get into all the nooks and crannies.

Enjoy your Australia Day lamingtons and vegemite. I know I will be! — Jenny xx

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.


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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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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Fun & Funky Christmas Tags, by Donna Williams

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by the very talented Donna Macpherson-Williams (check out her blog here), who is often in our mag, and specifically she created the This & That Christmas Planner Journal for issue 102. This time we’ve got something a little funkier that uses non-traditional Christmas colours–I hope you enjoy it!


I don’t know about you but at this time of year I find it is really hard to stay enthusiastic about red and green! Don’t get me wrong I love this traditional colour scheme but you see it absolutely everywhere. So I usually rebel just a little by creating at least one project in none traditional colours just to keep my creative juices flowing. I hope this fun set of three gift tags brightens your Christmas just a little.

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