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Happy Scrapping from Susan.

Monday, November 25, 2013


It's starting to look a lot like Christmas! In case you haven't checked lately, Memory Maze has loads of great Christmas chipboard for Scrapbooking, card making and off the page projects. Not only does the Christmas chipboard look great on your projects but you can also alter their other chipboard to make it Christmassy! I have some examples to show you today so enjoy.
It took awhile for my grandson not to be afraid of sitting on Santas knee and have his photo taken. Now he stops and poses whenever he sees a camera!!
This wreath started out as plain chipboard and not even a Christmas piece but with a bit of green acrylic paint mixed with some PVA glue and a pile of green glitter on top and left to dry then add some stick on pearls......then WOW!...Christmas wreath. The gold doilley underneath the wreath just adds a bit of brightness to the layout.

The words precious and memories were decorated the same way. I used green, dark green and red marker pens to shade the chipboard. Dimensional Magic coated on top gave the words a nice shiny finish.


vintage lace frame (vow3)


Other Materials Used
Acrylic paint, PVA glue, glitter, Kaisercraft stick on pearls, marker pens, Flourish with a Bling swirl(cut in half) & Dimensional Magic
I decided to do a photo shoot one year( and never again!) outside in our yard for family photos for our Christmas cards.......Well between my hubby and 2 sons it was adventure! I finally had a family shot that was worth printing and decided (I still hadn't learnt my lesson yet!) to take individual shots.
This is my younger son who talks non stop so I just kept taking photos until I had one where he stopped for breath and smiled. It was a fun afternoon because we all spent time together decorating the tree, playing Christmas music and eating Christmas goodies. That's what I love about scrapbooking.....it keeps those memories alive.

I have taken a real liking to the Memory Maze frames and they seem to have one for all occassions. It also makes a layout come together quicker. The frames can be used as one piece or cut apart to use as many different pieces. With this frame I added more pieces onto it. The more the merrier!
The square part of the frame was painted with white crackle paint and the other parts were painted using distress stain and luminare paints.
The sayings were painted with Luminare paints in Bronze Medallion. These were layered onto the frame to add extra touches.

The candle was painted with white crackle paint and the other parts were painted with Smooch and Luminare paints.

To have clearer, brighter colours with the paint you can undercoat the chipboard with white gesso.

I like to paint the chipboard with a brush because you can blend the colours more easily and be more exact where the paint/medium goes. The fob watch was added onto the frame.



Christmas candle(so108)

Christmas frame(zo051)
Other Products Used
Distress Stain-brushed pewter, Smooch-siren, silverfox, moonlight & gold larme, Luminare-heavenly bamboo, bronze medallion, ribbon flowers, paper flowers, tags, Kaisercraft pearls & gems.
It's been a lot of fun creating for Christmas so I hope I have given you a few ideas you can try yourself. Until next time...Happy scrapping!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Memory Maze Post

Hi again and this month I'm showing a couple of layouts with lots of wonderful chipboard pieces on them. I love using the Memory Maze Designs frames and there is a large range to choose from.


Like most children, my grandson likes to dress up and play different characters. This pirate frame was perfect for this layout. It comes as a black piece so I left it as plain board and just decorated it with the pirate word sheet and other embellishments.

Ahoy matey was inked in black then coated in Dimensional Magic. Argh was coated in red ink with the edges dabbed with black ink. Treasure was painted with glitter paint in red.

Buccaneer was ink in red and black. Pirates was painted with red glitter paint. I placed white mesh ribbon behind the skull on the flag and sequin waste as reflection behind the light house.

Pirate frame 20036
Pirate word sheet SO811

Other Products Used
Washi tape, Kaisercraft Rubons, stickers, sequin waste, mesh ribbon, twine, My Minds Eye-the spiders web, KC-Old World-Northern Star.



Living near the beach we have a lot of fun in the sun. The frame was sprayed with Maya Mist in blue hydranga and the circles painted with Lumiere in Halo Blue Gold, Pearl Turquoise and Russet.
The flags were embossed with an embossing folder and sprayed with Maya Mist in Hydranga Blue and Radiant Rain in persimmon.

This title was sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Jingle Bells and the bottom half with Radiant Rain in Persimmon. It gives it a graduated look from light to dark.

This title was sprayed with Radiant Rain in Persimmon and the heart was coated with Glitzee in pink.
Fun in the Sun 0702101
Metro Frame LO046
I Love Summer Set with flags
Other products used
Green Tara Flowers, paper flowers(mist sprayed to match colours), Kaiser -Tropicana-coastline, Imaginisce copper pieces.
Titles are such an important part of your layout and they can add information without a lot of journalling. Look for the great range of titles and word sets that Memory Maze Designs has to offer.
Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Archi-scraps November Challenge

The background page of this layout started as a white sheet of card. I sprayed mists over a mask onto the background then turned the mask over onto the sheet again and pushed down onto the mask to let the ink seep into the card stock. It creates a negative effect to the mask imprint. The Memory Maze Designs chipboard net was painted with distress crackle paint in pocket fence. The plaque $ just kicking back title were sprayed with mists.

This months archiscraps.blogspot.com.au challenge is this picture with the added criteria if a sea theme. Head over to their site and have a look to see the projects that have been done and maybe have a go at their challenge.
Happy Scrapping!