Wednesday, 29 July 2015

New classes are UP!

My Beginners class on 19 September

I've just posted up most of the classes for next season - still a few more to add, and also some pictures so you can see exactly what's going on... so watch this space!

Chris's Fabulous Foils class on 10 October

We're also welcoming a new teacher - those of you who have been to the shop will already have met Symeon, who is a fabulous young man (and a dancer and choreographer). Wildly artistic and talented, as you can imagine!

The 'My Fabulous Journal' series on Sundays, starting 20 September

Symeon's first class is on 26 September, and will be Shaker Cards. Samples and a full class description to follow... but I just wanted to get most of the dates up quickly as people are already asking!

Class details are all on the Workshops page.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

How to use a scrapbook layout sketch

Copyright Papercraft Inpsirations magazine

I bet you've looked at scrapbook sketches in magazines, and wondered how they translate into Real Life! Well, thanks to Papercraft Inspirations Magazine, here's how to do it! This is a great little YouTube video, really easy to follow.

Bet you feel a little more confident now! Why not have a go yourself...

Thursday, 9 July 2015


Here's a really spiffy (and quick) background technique using PaperArtsy acrylic paints.

As PaperArtsy acrylics are totally matt, and have a chalk content, you can safely use them in your journals without any fear of your pages sticking together! This also means they are great for stamping on top of, writing, doing tangle doodles etc... and here, Lin has created the entire piece using only 3 colours.


Thursday, 25 June 2015


Copyright Juliana Montoya at ILuvVintageScrap
I adore roses! In fact, I adore almost any flower embellishment. I adore Prima - but sometimes I also adore making my own, too! So I thought I'd put up some YouTube tutorials for you to play along with. Here's a really simple one by Julie Walters, and a more complex one further down, by Juliana Montoya.

Copyright Julie Walters
Here's a fabulous - and simple - giant flower out of a sheet of 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. To make a smaller one, choose 8 x 8 or 6 x 6 papers.

Video by I'm Miss Polly

Use up all your leftover bits of scrapbooking papers, try manilla card, Kraft paper etc - and get out your Distress inks, your Stickles glues and your Glossy Accents, and prepare for an afternoon of mess and fun!

Copyright Juliana Montoya
Copyright Juliana Montoya
This one is a little more complex - using Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die and some Martha Stewart doily edge punches. You could punch out a flower shape, also stamp and cut out a flower shape.

I've given the YouTube links underneath the videos, in case you'd like to see more (I disable the links on the blog as they start autoplaying, whether you want them to or not, lol)

So enjoy these, drool away, and have fun.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

TIM HOLTZ STYLE & STAMP CARVING - two upcoming classes in July

Tim Holtz Style class - Saturday 11 July

By popular demand, I've been asked to teach these two classes, and thanks to Deirdre (Manageress) at Blade, I've managed to squeeze them in before the Summer holiday season, hurrah! Go here for full details.

Tim Holtz Style - Saturday 11 July

All about all things Tim, the Distress inks, alcohol inks, sprays, masks and stencils...

STAMP CARVING - Saturday 18 July

Stamp Carving - Saturday 18th July

If you've always wanted to have a go, now's your chance! Whether you want to make a simple swirl or a whole alphabet, I'll show you how.

These will be the last classes before the Summer break, then we'll be back with a new Autumn/Winter Schedule and some fabulous new classes.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Printing on fabric

Thought you might like to see two of my handbound and handmade books - a Kiss journal (top - so called because the stitching forms two 'X's on the spine, forming the kisses) and a Coptic journal, where all the stitching is exposed on the spine.

You'll notice the effects are a bit of a patchwork ... and that's exactly what they are! Small pieces of cotton sewn onto a thin piece of cotton sheeting as a base, different shapes and sizes - and then OVER STAMPED with simple blocky designs or with ink applied through stencils.

What have I used, you might ask? Ink suitable for fabric - if you like using an inkpad, try VersaCraft (which you can also smoosh through stencils). Or what about fabric paint by Speedball (available only in our shop - so email or phone if you would like to know more). To use this paint, squeeze a bit on an old plate or a tile, and apply with a sponge or a brayer.

Alternatively, try Ranger's Adirondak Color Wash dye ink spray (but be really careful or you might cover more fabric than you'd intended to, lol).

Iron Bondaweb or similar on the back of your finished piece, then iron onto bookboard or chipboard - or use PVA glue (a small amount spread onto the board - too much, and it will show through the fabric). Once dry, bind your book as normal, using your favourite method.

Fabric books really are a little bit special - or why not use your stamped fabric pieces for bags or cushion covers as well, while you're at it ...

Have fun!

Sunday, 3 May 2015


Copyright-free image from morgueFile

Well, I had to....saw this sweet little baby girl image, and just had to use it!

Big congratulations to William and Kate!