Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Today I would like to share with you a couple of new layouts I recently completed.  
The first one is a beach layout using some very basic mixed media techniques.  

For the background I chose a rustic wood paper that I have had for some time.  I painted a coat of clear gesso over the paper to seal it.  Some papers are very porous and when you spray or use a water-based item it can soak into the paper quickly which limits how much you can blend.
I then painted a thin watered down coat of gesso over the centre area and outwards to the outside edges.  Using a diamond patterned stencil, I stencilled moulding paste onto the outer areas around where the picture will go.  I then sprayed using Prima's  "Sunshine" mist, then lightly with Prima's "Sorbet" mist.  These two colours were the same colours you see in the towel.  When the entire surface was completely dry,  using a sponge, I  lightly dabbed white gesso around the outer areas to give more texture but making sure that I did not completely cover over the sprays.
Next I painted the chipboard frame using white gesso then I heat embossed white embossing powder over the surface.  For the chipboard lattice pieces I dabbed white gesso here and there keeping some of the natural colour showing through.  I put my picture into the frame and then I placed some pieces of scrap paper at the upper left corner and bottom right corner of the frame.  Using pop dots I adhered the frame to the layout in the centre.  I tucked a piece of the lattice chipboard at the top and the bottom of the frame.  After I added my flowers, I took some Finnibair glass beads in the "butter" colour and glued them in and around the flowers and onto the large yellow flower.
Below is a picture of the yellow flower to show you how the glass beads adds a little glitter .  I also brushed on some white gesso onto the flower petals to help blend them with the frame.

My next layout is very simple as the background paper is bold but pretty.  I first stencilled texture paste onto the background paper using the Tim Holtz  speckled stencil.  I wanted to break up some of the bold pink.  I then cut a piece of paper (6" x 8") from the Prima "Ephiphany" collection and two other pieces with the decorative black scrolls on it from the same paper.  I made a paper collage for behind my picture.  I added a die cut doilie to the upper right corner and bottom left side of the paper collage.  In my stash I had a wood doll cutout from the  Prima "Julie Nutting" collection.  I painted the clothes and hair to match my two beautiful granddaughters in the picture.   Using pop dots I added it to the layout, added some chipboard flourishes which I painted black, and a few flowers.
Here is close-up of the painted wood doll.  I think it is adorable and goes along with the theme of the picture.

That is it for now.  Until next time
This is Donna wishing you a great day and


Friends:  "If you're alone, I'll be your shadow.  If you want to cry, I'll be your shoulder.  If you want a hug, I'll be your pillow.  If you need to be happy, I'll be your smile.  But anytime you need a friend, I'll just be me."

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Special Message

Good morning everyone.  This is an update for everyone to let you know that we are hard at work countin inventory and updating product in our on-line store.  We hope to be completed most of the updating very soon.  Our on-line store is currently still open and you can still place orders.  We know that you will be pleased with our future plans for the Scrapping Bug.  Lots of new products, lots of new layout kits, plans for all-day crops, etc. are in the coming months.  We will keep everyone up to date here on our blog.

Now I would like to share with you a project that I completed that will make a very nice gift for that special person.  At my local dollar store I found several wood gift boxes that were very inexpensive.  I purchased the one below because of its shape.

First, I painted the entire surface of the box inside and out with a cream coloured kraft paint to give it a protective seal but also so that no bare wood  will show.
I then took crackle paste from Prima and applied it all over the top of the lid and the base of the box.  Using my heat gun, I dried the crackle paste.  I then took an acrylic stamp and stamped randomly with black staz-on ink to give more texture.  I then took one of my favourite stencils and moulding paste and applied the paste just at the ends of the lid as well as around the base of the box.  Using a paint brush I very lightly brushed on some Prima Colour Bloom sprays in glistening waves and sorbet, using the sorbet first, then the glistening waves then came back very lightly with watered-down tangerine.  I used a brush rather  than direct spraying as I wanted to control how much and where I put the sprays.  Make sure that you play with your colours on a scrap piece of paper to get the combination that you want.  I only wanted a bit of contrasting colours mainly around the outer edges of the box lid  I also went over the stencilled areas.  You can add one of the colours to the rim of the lid and the base.
This next step I found to be worthwhile to give the box extra protection.  There is a product that you can get from most craft stores called Decopauge.  Some of you may be familiar with it.  It is a clear liquid that dries quickly to a gloss finish.  Simply apply it with a flat paint brush making sure that you don't go back and forth and keep your brush strokes going the same way.  This will protect the box from any finger prints or water damage and give it a nice finish.  All I had to do next was my embellishements.  Below is a picture of the top of the lid.

For some reason ,this year, I am liking the peach colours.  I find it very refreshing and colourful.   I placed a picture of a fairy into a small white resin frame and adhered it at the centre.  I used a hot glue gun for all my items for a stronger hold.  I placed the flowers around the frame along with some small tiles, a loopy bow from fine cording and some pearl drops that I found in the wedding dept. at Michaels's.  And finally around the outer edges of the lid and the lid rim, I placed dots of dimensional pearls in a peach colour.  Then I added some items to the front of the box base as you can see above.

I hope you enjoyed this latest project.  Until next time,

                 from Donna
"If I'm not at the mall at least twice a week, they send me a Get Well Soon card"

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Yes...its true...The Scrapping Bug will be closing its retail location as of July 18th.  We are sad that we have to close our store location...we hoped to be able to keep it open for everyone to continue to visit us.  But we can't.  However, we are keeping our online store open and will be re-vamping our website and the products that we're offering.  Watch our site and blog for more great things to come from The Bug...we'll keep supplying your favourite lines plus a ton of new kits from our instructors that so many of you were able to participate in classes with.
I would like to take a moment to personally thank all of the people who have made owning The Scrapping Bug a treasured experience for me.  This won't be the last you'll see what The Scrapping Bug has to offer...thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support and patronage these past 4 years.  I look forward to seeing you again soon.
And of course we are having a sale...starts July 2 until July 18.  All sales are final and the sale prices will remain unchanged for the two weeks.  We are also clearing out our tool room, paper racks and store fixtures.  If you're planning on re-organizing your stash,this is a great time to scoop up some of our paper racks...we have lots!
Please note:
Our store hours will remain the same until July 18th. 
The class that is running on Saturday July 18th will still be open for registration and there will be class time given for Bev to have everyone at the store as always. 
Membership discounts no longer apply and coupons can be used...however our sale prices will be better.  Coupons cannot be used in addition to sale prices.
Our Store Hours are:: 
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hope to see you all soon
  July Copic Class with Bev          
      You can check out our calendar at Our Calendar to see the supply list soon!
Join Bev to make 5 cards and a gift box using the newest release from Stamping Bella...the Tiny Townies.
Book early for your spot.  Spaces are limited.  These stamps will be available for purchase next week.  Kits will be available but pick up will have to be July 18 or arrangements can be made to get it to you.

Saturday July 18th
10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Cost:: $30
The store closing sale does not apply to the cost of this class/kits or the stamps used.

Monday, July 06, 2015

9 x 12 Canvas

Today I thought I would share with you a couple of canvases.  They are 9" x 12" which is my favourite size to use.  I used some mixed media techniques on both and have included some closeups of sections of the canvases.

The background for this one, above,  was created using various sprays, stamps and stencils.  I backed the frame in the centre with pieces of paper and then added them using pop dots.   I had a quote block in my stash which I adhered to the back of the frame in the centre.  You could also add a picture.   I added some glitter at the bottom right corner and at the side of the flowers at the upper left corner.  I also inked the sides with a brown ink to define the edges.  I made the large flowers using paper doilies.  A picture tutorial is at the end of this blog on how I made them. Very easy.
A couple of closeups

For the next canvas I used the same technique with the sprays for the background.  I did place a thick coat of heavy gesso using a spatula onto the canvas first which gave it more texture.  Using moulding paste and a word stencil, I added this to the background.

I cut strips of various patterned papers, tore the ends on a slant, then layered them .  I also used some honeycomb chipboard pieces which I embossed first with white embossing powder.  After I completed the entire canvas, I added some dimensional pearls to the honeycomb chipboard.  The centre decorative piece is   embossed  with white embossing powder.  I cut out the flowers in the centre from a patterned paper and adhered it to the back of the frame.  I also layered some papers behind the frame and used pop dots to adhere to the canvas.  Added my flowers as shown making sure that they were in the same colours as the sprays that I used.
A couple of closeups

Doilie flower tutorial:  First you will need a doilie.  I used a 5" doilie for my flowers.
Fold the doilie in half and crease so that you get the centre.

Next, unfold the doilie and pinch the centre of the doilie with your fingers, which you see below.
Holding the pinched point turn it upright and carefully begin adjusting and fluffing the doilie to create ruffles and to get it how you would like.  If you want you can add some glue at the centre, but I found it was not necessary.  I then took some glimmery paint (two colours) and painted the centre of the flower.  When this was dry I added and adhered another small paper rose to the centre.  And there you have it.  I will mention when I adhered it to my project I nipped off the pinched point on the bottom first so it laid flatter.  I knew once it was adhered down the flower would not come apart.

And there you have it.  I hope you enjoyed.  Please give the doilie flower technique a try.  I bet you will find yourself making lots of them.
Until next time
"Scrapbooking is so much cheaper than a psychiatrist."

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Hello everyone.  Today I thought I would share with you a couple of layouts I did a few weeks at my favourite scrapbooking retreat - Memories Manor.  
The first one is more of a rustic look.  I have a 12 x 12 stencil with diamond shapes on it.  So I placed it onto my paper and stencilled Shimerz textured paste onto the paper but only around the outside edges.  I cut strips of various papers and adhered them down the left side overlapping them and giving them different lengths.  I added some tags at the left as well.  The white mesh that you see accenting the layout is actually the mesh that you use for needlepoint.  I cut some pieces off and used them as an accent.  It worked quite well.

Here is a closeup which shows you the diamond stencil pattern.

The second layout is a summery layout.  I fussy cut the flowers that you see  from a patterned paper.  If I find a piece of  flowered patterned paper in my stash I quite often cut out the flowers
 and put them away for future use.
I used a stencil that looked like bubbles and applied white moulding paste on the outside areas.  I cut and layered other papers for behind the photo which I raised up with pop dots.  Did a bit of stamping with a stamp and black ink around the layout.    Added my flowers and a resin frame.  And there you have it.  When I was completely done the layout I took a stiff brush and brushed extra thick white gesso onto the edges of the flowers.  This helps to blend the flowers together.

A close up of one of the fussy cut flowers.
The bit of white material tucked under the bottom of the fussy cut flower was cut from a doilie to give a little more accent.

Enjoy.  Until next time,
"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, 
and the lawn mower is broken."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hello everyone!!!!  I have a few new layouts for you to take a peek at.  I decided to try making a tag which is something I rarely do - in fact I have not made one in many years.  I saw some tags that other people had made and decided to use up some left over items from a layout that I had done.   I enjoyed making it but did not know what I was going to use it for.  So I ended up making another layout and adding the tag to it.  I really surprised myself.   Here is the tag and the layout.

I did do some stencilling with moulding paste on the page first and a bit of spraying for more texture.  The tag completed the page and I did not need to add too many more items on the page. 
Here are a couple more layouts I did.  The first one is a heritage layout which I did in a class at the store.  I decided to share it with you.  

And this last one is another mixed media layout.  Lots of texture with a stencil and moulding paste.  I then painted the squares from the stencil in different colours using watercolour paints.  I accented the squares here and there with a black journaling pen.  

I do hope you enjoy these layouts.  Until next time,

"The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, 
and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had."

Thursday, April 30, 2015

This weekend marks National Scrapbooking and we want to invite you to come celebrate the day with huge savings in the store, and on-line!

Stop by the store anytime on Saturday May 2nd, from 10am - 10pm to grab some great deals store-wide!

Here is a little sample of what we have on sale this Saturday...

ALL Christmas and Halloween papers and embellishments 30% off.

ALL Echo Park papers and embellishments 30% off.

ALL Fancy Pants papers and embellishments 30% off.

ALL Take & Make Kits 30% off. 

ALL Dies and Stamps 30% off.

ALSO... For every $50.00 you spend in the store, or on-line before taxes, you can enter your name in a draw for a $30.00 store gift certificate!

This sale applies to our on-line shoppers as well. You must order Saturday between 10am EST and 10PM EST for this sale to apply to your order.

Hope to see you Saturday and enjoy a great weekend of scrapping those awesome memories!