Friday, November 30, 2012

December Blog Hop and Kit Reveal !

Welcome to the ScrapThat! December Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! We are so excited to show you our wonderfully Christmas themed December kit featuring the beautiful "Turtle Dove" Collection by Kaisercraft.

We are so thrilled to have the amazing Robin Shakoor join us as our December Guest Designer!

We have more exciting news as we welcome Tracey Gregory, our November Guest Designer, to the ScrapThat! family as an official DT member!!

So, without further ado . . .introducing our 
 ~ December Kit Reveal ~ "Memories. . ."

Featuring Kaisercraft's "Turtle Dove" line, this kit combines elegant vintage images with classic Christmas colors, so whether you prefer shabby, classic or vintage style pages ~ you can do it all with this kit!

Included are poinsettias and holiday leaves from WOC and Green Tara, multiple ribbons from May Arts, Christmas chippies from Fabscraps and more! The Prima flowers in the add-on are such a great mix of textures from neutral to blingy!

December Main Kit

Flower Add-On

Embellishment Add-On

Paper Add-On

More details on this breathtaking Christmas Collection can be seen here: ScrapThat! Store

We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.
For more information,
complete the form on the link below:

Look what Amarilys created for December's sketch challenge!
See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges
Everyone is welcome to participate, all entries due by December 15th

Our Blog Hop features 6 fantastic blogs from our Design Team.

They have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you their creations!

Our SPECTACULAR December Blog Hop Prize
is a ScrapThat! April "Serendipity" Main Kit
 featuring the amazing Sweet Nothings Collection from Kaisercraft.

To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize you must complete the following:

* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch (comments are very much appreciated).
* Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word to make up a secret sentence, collect these
words along the way.
* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!
* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.
* For you last stop on our Blog Hop return here to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog.
Leave a comment letting us know you have
completed the hop.
(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)

*Email the secret sentence to Tracey Sabella:
The Blog Hop ends Sunday, Dec 2 at Midnight EST

The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member, then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

The first secret word is:

Next hop over to our December Guest Designer:

Should you lose your way, come back here for the Blog Hop sequence:

For your final stop, return to the ScrapThat! Blog to let us know you have completed the hop.
Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to 

All of us at ScrapThat! wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas Season!
Thank you for sharing your pages and stories with us!
Let the scrapping begin!
We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

December Sneaks and a New Designer!

It's time to share the lovely sneaks for the very beautiful ScrapThat! December kit!!!
  Be sure to drop back on Friday for the full reveal and blog up! Here is the awesome prize up for grabs:

We are thrilled to announced the newest member of our ScrapThat! Design Team. Our talented
November Guest Designer
~ Tracey Gregory ~
will now be joining us each month with her amazing work!!

We are delighted that Tracey will be inspiring you each month with her amazing ScrapThat! kit creations. She resides in the mountains of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts with her husband and children. More of Tracey's gorgeous work can be found on her blog, A Lifetime of Pages.

"I am so excited to be a part of the ScrapThat! family! I am a Christian, happily married mom of 4 children, ages ranging from 12-21, and my spoiled yorkie. I work as a RN in a long term care center which often blesses me with the gift of hearing the stories and seeing the photos of my geriatric residents as they share their histories with me. When not working or scrapping, I can be found at my daughter’s drama activities, the church nursery or working with my church’s drama team.
I would say my style is definately shabby. I love layers of distressing and lots of flowers! Mixed media is where I am eager to learn and play. I am inspired by music and color and always have scraps of paper or napkins with layout ideas scribbled on them! I am currently on DTs for Scrapping Everyday Miracles and a Stuck on U Sketches, a sketch challenge blog. I am so looking forward to getting to know you all better!"

We hope to see you again on Friday!!!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Introducing our December Guest Designer ~ Robin Shakoor

We are honored and delighted to have the
join us as our December Featured Guest Designer!!
She is a former ScrapThat! designer and is currently
designing for Dusty Attic and Graphic 45. 

I have been a paper crafter since February, 2008. I started shortly after a cruise I took with John Mayer. Yes, you read it right, John Mayer! My daughter is a huge fan and Mr. Mayer was brave enough to cruise the seas with a few hundred of his closest fans!
When we arrived home, we had over 1,000 photos. I remembered seeing a store called Scrapdoodles. I figured it was a scrapbook store, but I wasn't quite sure. One day I stopped in, took a look around, touched my first piece of patterned paper and I was hooked!
I have over 10 years experience as a floral designer and my love of flowers is reflected on most of my projects. I always have the urge to add a flower here or there. I truly love the art of design in all aspects of life.

If I had to define my style using one work it would be "Romantic." I love beautifully embellished projects with lots and lots of detail. I use die cutting, detail cutting, inking, paper piecing, punching, stamping, and anything else you can do with paper.  
I am honored to be a ScrapThat! Guest Designer!
Thanks so much for having me. 

Be sure to stop by Robin's blog 
to see her fabulous work!!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

LOTW-November 25th

Hi everyone, Amarilys here today to share with you our LOTW! Now, the gallery has been beaming with amazing layouts, cards and projects but one of them stood out.

Help me congratulate Michelle Marks, since her layout "Dance with me Daddy" was chosen as LOTW this week!
Her layers, distressing, stitching and beautiful pictures come together beautifully! Please stop by her layout and leave her some love! Congratulations Michelle!! Please send an email to for your LOTW badge code.

Friday, November 23, 2012

November Kit Creations by Sandi Smith

Hi everyone...Sandi S here today to share my creations from the ScrapTHat! November Kit. It was such a pleasure to work with and I loved the colors. 
My first layout is once again of my sweet girl. The day I made this she was in school and when she came home she was feeling a little upset and down on herself. I didn't say anything but told her to come to the scraproom because I had something to show her. I had this layout completed and gave it to her along with a hug and a little pep talk. Young girls are so hard on themselves and have such little confidence.
OK...enough babbling.
This layout is based on Amy's beautiful sketch and uses only the Main Kit.The lovely quote I found on Pinterest.I made the frame by stamping on transparency with Staz on and cutting to fit my layout.I did some stamping, random punching and some misting I did lots of fussy cutting and made a few rolled flowers. I rarely do a layout without them! The gorgeous  gorgeous Black Jessie Flourish is from Flourish with A Bling.  The black Thickers were from my stash.  Here are a few closeups:
I also used two photos for this layout, cutting out Claudine and layering with pop dots over the picture. Love this effect but it is hard to see in the pictures.

My next layout is also of surprise!!This month, ScrapThat! sponsered Sketchabilities and this layout is based on the following sketch that I rotated.
The background for this layout is actually the Prima packaging for the alphas that came in the kit. I also did lots of inking with the Prima ink that was also included in the kit. And here are a few closeups:

You can find a little tutorial on how I made these textured leaves here.
Onto my last layout....
This layout is of me and my new found hobby...kayaking and is based on the October 26th sketch over at Stuck on U Sketches.  
Here are just a few closeups:
That's it for sure to drop back on the 28th for some sneaks of the BEAUTIFUL December Kit and the 30th for the full reveal and blog hop!Hope to see ya there!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tulle Flower Tutorial by our November Guest Designer, Tracey Gregory

ScrapThat! would like to welcome our November Guest Designer back to share a fabulous tutorial with you.

Hi there! Tracey G. here!
Today I am going to show you how to make a easy and thrifty tulle flower like the ones below:

Tulle is readily found at any craft store, but I can find large rolls of it at my Dollar Store in the "Bridal Aisle". If I overheat and melt a layer, it's not a big cost!

You can mist and alter the colors as you wish. I created the black flowers from the ScrapThat! November Kit and the cream flowers were spritzed with peach glimmer mist.

Let's begin!

And there you have it! Some points to note ~ the layers can can get quite hot, so keep your fingers out of the way, please! Try heating the layers separately or all at once for a more cohesive look. I kind of like mine rumpled. I find that the gems adhere better with Glossy Accents than glue. Glossy Accents dries nice and clear, too!

There are so many ways to alter this flower to your project! Have fun with it and can't wait to see what you create!

To see more of Tracey's fabulous work,
be sure to stop by her blog, 

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Kit Creations by Sarah

Sarah here and today I'm providing the details/close-ups of my creations with the beautiful ScrapThat! November Kit "Remember When . . ." 
My first layout is based on the November Sketch (designed by Amarilys Doria). I created this layout for my sister - who has been trying to convince me for years that we should get matching tattoos of the Chinese characters for "Sisters". I'm not a fan of needles - so there is no tattoo (yet?!), but I thought this might make a nice gift for her since it is my favourite picture of the two of us.
All the items on the layout, are from the ScrapThat! Main Kit, with the exception of the chopsticks, craft sticks, embossing powder and white cardstock. I did lots of layering, distressing and fussy cutting for this layout. I also added in some Prima packaging as a photo mat - you can see  it peeking out to the left of the photo. I used a Martha Stewart Edge punch for the black paper and fussy-cut the yellow 'bracket' shapes from the Bo Bunny Serenade "Trellis" paper.

I just loved the Bo Bunny Serenade papers - especially the "Garden" paper with the red poppies - perfect for fussy cutting! I cut out and layered the poppies and then highlighted the centres with Stickles in Yellow.

Given the Asian theme of the layout - I decided to create some mini-fan embellishments (check out the tutorial here!) - I just love how these turned out!
I also added a pair of Bamboo Chopsticks as embellishments. I inked these with the Prima Ink that came in the kit and added some Zva Pearls to the tops of the chopsticks.
Autumn Leaves
This month, ScrapThat! teamed up with Sketchabilities and played along with the October 30th Challenge. I went with an Autumn theme for this layout and scrapped some adorable pictures of my son playing in the leaves in our yard in early October.
Lots of inking and distressing (including water distressing) on this layout - I wanted the paper edges to look like crinkled leaves.
Instead of just the three squares for the photos, I created tags using some of the cardstock that came with the kit and added ribbon (also in the kit) and twine bows (twine from my stash) to the tops of the tags. I also added a doily, which I cut in half and misted/inked (doily and mist from my stash, ink from the kit).
For the floral elements, I used the embellishment add-on and flower add-on from the kit - which included the gorgeous Prima beaded leaves and paper flowers, respectively. The large flower cluster (bottom right) includes a little window from the chipboard doors that came with the main kit - I simply inked it a few times to get the nice, dark finish that goes so well with the flowers.
I added the gorgeous pearl stick pin (main kit) to the flower cluster at the top of the tag on the right.
There are actually a few peek-a-boos on this layout - but this close-up really shows one of them well. You can also see one of the brown spirals that I created using the stems that I cut off the beaded leaves - I simply wrapped the wire stem around a narrow paintbrush handle to create these neat little accents.
You Hold the Key to my Heart
I absolutely love the Prima Wood Doors that came with the Embellishment Add-On in the November Kit - but they kind of stumped me at first. So I decided to use them as - doors! - that open and reveal a picture of the cutest baby ever (not that I am biased at all).  Playing on the "doors" theme, I called the layout "You Hold the Key to My Heart" (so true - my son is the love of my life!). Here are the two views of the layout (i.e. doors closed and doors open).

I used three different papers (though only bits of two) for this layout and embellishments from the Main Kit, Flower Add-on and Embellishment Add-on. The doors/bricks are the focal point of the layout (obviously) - but it took a lot of steps to get to what you see on the finished page, so bear with me if you want the full details!
Here are the steps I took to create the brickwork around the doors:
1. Trace the Prima Wooden Doors onto a piece of scrap paper and cut out the shape - this will form a "mask" so that you can leave a void for the placement of the doors inside the brickwork.
2. Decide where on your page you want the doors. You'll need to plan your page in advance - I chose to put my focus in the lower right since the Bo Bunny Serenade paper had such a pretty design in the upper left anyway.  Attach the scrap-paper door shape to the layout with removable adhesive. 
3. Choose your mask - I picked bricks to make it look like the doors were opening out of a brick wall - but any mask you like will work. 
4. Place your mask and start filling it in with light molding paste (I used Golden brand). Don't be too perfect in this step - I did not want a perfect square of bricks and intentionally went with the offset, diagonal brickwork. Allow molding paste to dry.
5. Reset your mask and paint over the masked design - I chose black paint. It doesn't haven't to be perfectly painted - the next step will take care of any white that shows through. Allow paint to dry.
6. Reset your mask (again) and brush perfect pearls powder over the masked design - I used two colours, red and pewter. This will cover any white space left in painting and give the masked design a nice, multi-toned appearance (unfortunately, the full-effect of the perfect pearls doesn't come across in photos).
7. Remove the scrap paper door template and you now have a masked area with a void for the doors.
To attach the doors, I cut a piece of black cardstock to the same size/shape as the doors and used ribbon from the main kit to create "hinges" - gluing the ribbon to the back of the cardstock and back of the wooden doors. I then covered the back of the doors with some of the red/black patterned paper in the kit - not only does this look great, it hid the ribbon that I used to hinge the doors! Finally, I Photo-shopped my favourite baby picture of my son to include the title and printed it and trimmed it to fit behind the doors.
The last step for this layout was the embellishing! I used the tulle flowers from the Flower Add-on, keys and beaded leaves from the Embellishment Add-on and black tulle and white paper flowers from the Main Kit to create my floral clusters at the bottom left and top right corners of the doors. I also added in some fussy-cut dragonflies from another sheet of patterned paper.

That's it for my first month with the ScrapThat! Design Team. I hope you found a little inspiration from my layouts! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial ~ Tracey Sabella

Hi everyone! It's Tracey Sabella here to share my Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial with you today. I changed up a technique I viewed by Michelle Grant to suit the Maya Road Doors in the November Kit.

 I've recreated this technique for you using a chipboard gear from my stash. If you would like to see more details, click on the photos to enlarge.

Misted Rock Salt Chipboard Tutorial

White gesso or acrylic paint
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist ~ Almost Black
Rock Salt
Ranger Crackle Accents
Mod Podge - Glossy
Prima Distress tool, or other wire brush.
Paint brush
Craft Mat (Optional)
Heat tool (optional)

Step 1: Paint chipboard piece with white gesso or acrylic paint. Allow to dry or use a heat tool to speed things up. If you use a heat tool, don’t hold it too close to the painted chipboard and keep it moving or your wet gesso can overheat and form bubbles.

Step 2: Mist with a dark mist. I used Tattered Angels Almost Black mist, but you could use any non-paint based brand or color that is translucent or even make your own from re-inker.

Step 3: Immediately cover the chipboard with rock salt. The salt draws the wet mist on the surface and leaves a beautifully splotchy and distressed surface as it dries. If you have a more solid chipboard piece, you could use less rock salt and spread it out some. With the door in the kit and this gear shape, the chipboard is narrow so I used a heavy coverage of rock salt. You can let this sit overnight, or give it 10 minutes or so for the rock salt to draw up the ink, then use your heat tool to speed the drying time.

Step 4: Once the rock salt is sprinkled/piled on, mist again.


Step 5: Once the mist is completely dry, brush off the rock salt. This really has some nice distressing. I could have easily stopped here but wanted even more dimension and kept on going.

Step 6: Use a stiff wire brush to remove some of the mist, leaving scratch marks.

Step 7: Squeeze some Crackle Accents across the piece, then spread it out with your finger.  Set aside to dry. Do NOT use the heat tool. (You could also use Ranger’s Clear Rock Candy Crackle paint for a similar effect.)

Spread out:
When dry:

Step 8: When the crackle is completely dry, it will be loose in spots and flakes off easily. I decided to go with this and chipped off some of the crackle here and there for a more weathered, distressed look.

Step 9: Using a paint brush, apply a sealant so the crackle will stay in place. I used glossy Mod Podge. If you don’t have a sealant product, you can thin down regular white glue that dries clear. (Elmers or similar product).

Now here is what it looks like when dry:

I hope you have learned something new, and will have fun playing with this technique. You can stop at nearly any point along the way if you like what you see or experiment with different colors and products.

If you give this a try, be sure to share your finished product in our ScrapThat! Gallery.

More of our Design Team's tutorials can be located in our ScrapThat! Forum