Monday, November 28, 2011

White with 1

I finally finished my layout after it sitting on my scrapping desk for 3 days half finished.


A few close ups:

I have used a bright and funky Bee button from Purple Pumpkin
on this layout.

The brightly coloured pink tickets are perfect just to tuck under a few embellishments.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Out of the Hat & DT Call

A good excuse to get out my punches!!!

I love agood challenge and i love entering Out of the Hat....

November Challenge(just getting in before time is up!)

1. Spots or stripes

2. 2 different punches

3. Make a flower

Here is my layout for the challenge:

and a close up of my flowers i made from a punch - i found the idea off another scrapping site while blogging around....LOL...

DT Call for The Paper Variety

Special Announcement :)

Hello crafty friends!

As we approach 2012, Abby and Suzanne have decided to make a few new and exciting changes to The Paper Variety! Beginning in January, the TPV blog face will receive a makeover and we'll also be including tutorials (photo & video) for our readers :) There are a few other improvements in the making, but you'll have to join us in January to see them :)

With these new changes, we're also seeking creative crafters who would like to join our Design Team!

We're looking for 8 designers to share their love of paper crafting and inspiring others - artists of all styles and experience levels. If you love paper and enjoy using it to create a variety of projects, then we hope to hear from you!

Here are some DT requirements:
•Be able to create a variety of paper projects including layouts, cards, mini-albums, altered items, banners, decorative pieces, gift bags etc.
•Submit a project every 2 weeks which follows the scheduled challenges
•Once a month, submit a tutorial (photo or video) with detailed recipe and instruction of your project.
•Have a blog and link our design team blinky on your side bar
•Post current TPV challenges and your projects on your blog, linking TPV and sharing sponsor information
•Be aware of project due dates and be able to meet them
•Use mostly current products on your projects
•Comment on participant entries
•Commit to a 6 month term beginning January 4th
Presently there is no compensation for your DT commitment. However, Abby and Suzanne do send small gifts of thanks and appreciation to each team member. Also, sponsors may provide product for our designers on occasion.

Applications will be accepted until December 16th midnight. The announcement of the new team will be posted on December 21st and each designer will be introduced daily following the announcement. :)

If you'd like to apply, please email us at with the following information...
•Your full name and an introduction of yourself.
•Your blog address
•Links to your online galleries.
•Current/Previous DT experience (not required)
•Photos of 3-5 projects that best showcase your papercrafting style. Please provide at least one layout, one card and one other paper project (such as a mini album, altered item, gift box etc).

(International crafters are welcome to apply, however they will be asked to pay shipping for any sponsor product provided for the DT if such an occasion should happen.)

Previous design team members are welcome to reapply! :)

We hope to hear from many creative paper crafters!
Abby & Suzanne

Friday, November 25, 2011

Little Sister...

Don't you hate it when siblings most of the time fight amoungst themselves and then make up about 20 min later...

Well that is exactly what my 3 girls do all the time!!!

So capturing this photo, was one of those times when they were friendly towards each other and not dobbing one another in to mum or dad!

I have based my layout on the latest sketch at Handmade by Suzanne

The felt buttons and crochet doileys were perfect for my page - gave the look of softness along with the girlie colours.

The twine is so good for making banners which is all the rage at the moment in scrapbooking.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.Make sure you pop over to Purple Pumpkin and Handmade by Suzanne. I hope you all got a little inspiration from my page....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

SIWAS "Thankful" Blog Hop

We are having a blog hop at Scrap it With a Song!

You have arrived from Cara's Blog

If not head over to Scrap it With a Song to start!

To celebrate Thanksgiving in the USA we have used the song "Thankful" by Kelly Clarkson.

Here is my layout example:

I have used the latest Scrappiest sketch by Liz.I love her sketches because they are simple and easy to work.

If you like my blog, you can become a follower to win this prize:

Make sure you leave a comment to let me know.....

So hop on over to Elena

Be sure to leave a comment on the Scrap it With a Song blog to be eligible for a prize sponsored by....

You could win this...

along with coordinating embellishments!! Good luck to all and hope you will get a chance to play along with our challenge!




I have a great new scrappy friend Ann. She has just started scrapping with Kim and I on our scrapping crop days...i think she may be scrapping more than me now...LOL...But Ann is not frightened and having a go at any challenge that "pops" up which is great to see and new people need encouraging I think...after all we have a wide and great scrapping community that is growing by the numbers....

So do stop by Ann's blog and say hello....

The Paper Variety..

There are so many avenues you can take with an inspirational photo!
Colors: Brown, Gray, Slate Blue, Cream, Red
Add leaves to your project
Create a project about nature
Create an Autumn project
So many possibilities!
Don't forget to mention how you were inspired! :)


Wouldn't it be nice to shop for yourself for Christmas!? :)

Here is my example layout:

I was inspired by the leaves and these Scrapmatts chipboard embellishments were perfect for my layout.

Enter your paper project following this week's inspirational photo challenge before Tuesday noon EST for your chance at winning a $20 shopping spree for yourself!

If you enter before Sunday evening, we might choose your project to be featured in our Sunday Spotlight!

Link up your project here. Just ONE entry per person, please!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Bird is the Word

Our new word to be announced is TRUST.

Please use the word TRUST on your layout as a title or in your journaling. Link up your entry here and give credit back to Bird is the Word on your blog.

Our design team will vote at the end of the challenge. Five layouts will be chosen and the final winner will receive a prize kit from Tidbitz In Time.

Mary Thomas
(sketch use is not required to win the challenge)

Here is my layout:

And here is something to think about:

Just a quick note to make sure everyone checks in on Thursday or Friday to participate in our 1st SIWAS Blog Hop!! While everything is in the oven and cooking you'll have some time to come check out some awesome projects!!! See you there!!!

ScrapFIT is

For its Fans!

This week we are here to tell all our Fans, the people who look forward to our workouts each month and join us in staying actively scrapping!

To celebrate our fans we are giving way some FREE goodies!

This is a a lot of loot including stamps, stickles, glitter, ribbon, odd embellishments and a chipboard album! (Colors and designs of some items will vary)

We have 3 of these goodie lots to give away!
Here is how to win one!

*Leave a comment on this post with your favorite Christmas Song (mine is Rockin Around The Christmas Tree) and on November 30th will randomly draw two winners!
* We would like to reach 550 Fans (followers) ( currently we are at 528). So we need our Fans to spread the word about ScrapFIT and our Giveaway! If we reach 550 Fans (followers) by November 30th we will select a 3rd Christmas Song commenter!

Spread the word about our giveaway and send some new Fans our way - we want to keep you all tip-top scrapbooking shape!

Giveaway ends November 30th

I also want to say THANK YOU to all the FITgirls past and present, so thankful to have been graced with their talents!

A special THANK YOU goes to Missy Widden for saying yes to me when I asked for her help! I could not maintain ScrapFIT without her, she is talented scrapbooker and she is an amazing Weekend Warm Up Coach. Thanks for all you do Missy!

Lastly, Thank you to ALL of our Supports & Sponsors! I appreciate every donation and every shout out about ScrapFIT!

Thanks for making this a FUN thing to do!

Sara Zenger

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Very Girly...

Today my post is based on the Scrap the Girls Nov Challenge.


I have used embellishments from Purple Pumpkin and Scrapmatts packed with colours that i could use on my layouts for lots and lots of girly type pages.

I have used the giant polka dot button and a smaller one side by side with a crochet doiley which i have cut in half - they go a long way when you do this to them for your pages.

So i hope you got a bargain at the sale and i hope they included the funky buttons and doiley which i have used on my layout. If you missed out, pop on over - there may be some left over.....

Saturday, November 19, 2011

My Creative Sketches

Contest Sketch #2..."by Kim Keane"

and here is my layout:

and a close up:

Can't wait for the next sketch now.....

Friday, November 18, 2011

My Pick....

Scrap It With A Song is my turn to pick a song for our recent challenge and i hope everyone can join in ...i know you can all create a page based on my fabulous song choice

Fabulous right? Does it bring you right back to the early 80's??!! Feel free to use the lyrics, title or song for inspiration! We want to see what you create! You have until November 30th to link up here & be entered into our prize draw & Top 3 picks! And now - my page...

We know this is a crazy time of year -- hopefully you'll find some time to play along with us!!

Entries are due by November 30th! Thanks for playing!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Bit Technical...


Oh, how we all love our technical gadgets! Computer, iPods, iPads, Wii, DS, Smart Phone, Digital SLR Camera and soooo many more! What technical gadget do you hold dear to your heart? Show us and tell us why you cant live with out it!

Workout #56 - Technically Inclined


Burlap & Buttercups is a monthly kit club delivering beautifully coordinating scrapbooking supplies. Every month we provide our subscribers with a generous assortment of patterned paper, cardstock, stickers, ribbon, and many other fun embellishments – enough to create a number of layouts and projects. Each of our scrapbook kits puts inspiration at the fingertips of those seeking to preserve treasured memories. We continuously browse the manufacturers' latest offerings, selecting some of the hottest new products to hit the market… so our members can simply open their boxes when they arrive and begin creating!

Burlap & Butterscups is back again for this workout to offer you another AMAZING kit as a prize for the winner of Workout #56!

Here is my example:

Now its your turn to show us what technical toy you cant live without! You will have until November 30th to link your layout here for a chance to winner the kit from Burlap & Buttercup! Winner for this Workout and Workout #55 will be announces on December 1st.

Purple Pumpkin

Lucky Dips Are Back!!

Here at Purple Pumpkin HQ, we have been madly busy getting everything for our END OF YEAR SALE. When we offered the Lucky Dip Bags at our birthday sale in July, we were not prepared for just how popular they would be, and they sold out in a matter of minutes. So this time, we are prepared!! Just like last time, each Lucky Dip bag is packed with BRAND NEW NEVER BEFORE SEEN BUTTONS, NEW Embellishments, and other goodies that will ONLY be available in the Lucky Dip Bags. Also hiding out in these bags are some old favourites, and some very sought after buttons, which have only previously been available in kits.

LUCKY DIP BAGS will be available in 5 varieties, so you can be sure you'll be getting goodies that you can use - Boy, Girl, Mixed, Vintage and Christmas. They will be priced at $25 each, but the contents of each bag will be worth way more than that.

We'll also have loads of fantastic buttons packs on offer, and some great specials too. The sale will start at 7pm on Friday 18th November (AEST Qld Time), and this is one sale you definately won't want to miss!!

As most of our exciting new products are in the Lucky Dip Bags, we won't be able to show you any sneak peeks, but we can show you just a few of the buttons that will be available on the night for individual sale

Have you entered our GIVEAWAY yet? You've only got 2 days left to get your entries in for your chance to WIN some spending money for the sale!!

For another chance to win, head over to facebook, for our exclusive FACEBOOK GIVEAWAY, for your chance to win the Lucky Dip Bag of your choice.

See you tomorrow here a few more little sneaks before the sale!

And i am now a new Aunty...

Alexa Grace Alchin was born on the 14th Nov 2011.

She is the first baby for my baby brother and his wife...

The 3 girls could't keep their hands away ..

And we had another birthday in our family...

Em celebrated her 10th Birthday today but had a little sleep over with a couple of her close friends....

Now lets hope for alot quieter week...LOL...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A BIG Day....

Yesterday morning, hubby got up for work at 5:45 and another "little"person decided to join him...LOL....

Bridget celebrated her 7th Birthday and she was really excited...we gave Bridget her presents on Tues night so that Dad would be able to see her umwrap her surprises...unknown to us she could of did this on the morning of her birthday with her Dad watching....LOL...

A walking horse with Dora proved to be the best present....everything else did not matter....why do we buy so much, that is what i ask myself....but she did have a wonderful birthday and got spoiled heaps...

The Paper Variety

Our challenge this week is all about Family! :)


I know MANY of us have been drooling over this new Echo Park collection,
Winter Park!

Here is my DT layout example for this challenge:

and a close up of the cluster:

Now it's your turn! :)

Enter your paper project following this week's family challenge before Tuesday noon EST for your chance at winning that FABULOUS Echo Park collection kit!!

If you enter before Sunday evening, we might choose your project to be featured in our Sunday Spotlight!

Just ONE entry per person, please! See our rules page here.

Please enter your project here...


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