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!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

May Updates at The Scrapping Bug

Spring has finally arrived, and we have lots of things happening in the next few weeks at The Scrapping Bug, so grab a coffee, and read on!

New Products

Our DHL friend has been busy delivery boxes of goodies to the store this past week... finally!  Here is a list of all the goodies so far...

We R Memory Keepers - Albums, Fuse Tools, Page Inserts

Crate Paper - Confetti papers and embellishments

Crate Paper - Craft Market embellishments and some papers

American Crafts - Shimelle - all papers and tons of embellishments

Bazzill - Kraft paper with gold foil and New MYLAR papers too!

Pink Paislee - Atlas and Citrus Bliss papers and embellishments

Pebbles - Homegrown papers and embellishments

Amy Tangerine - Embellishments... paper to still arrive

Crate Paper - Journey collection

Jen Hadfield - Cottage Living collection

Dina Wakley's new paint colours, as well as some new stencils from Tim Holtz.

I am sure I am missing a few things, but we hope you stop by the store to see all this goodness for yourself!

National Scrapbook Day - May 2nd     
Join us for a day of fun and laughter as we hold an all day crop in honour of National Scrapbooking Day!
Join us from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm to crop the day away!
This includes lunch, dinner, snacks throughout the day, goodie bags, games and so much more!

Cost $40.00
Call the store 519-895-0554, to register!

May Crops
            Friday May 8 : 5pm-10pm

            Saturday May 16: 4pm - 11pm  
            Friday May 22: 5pm - 10pm

          *Saturday May 30: 4pm - 11pm
          * Note: This crop is a pot luck crop.. call the store to
                      find out what you need to bring!       

All crops cost $5.00, and include snacks! We usually order out for dinner if you want to join us, or bring your own.

Call the store at 519-895-0554 to register... t]our crops fill up fast, so don't delay!  Or email us at  orders@thescrappingbug.com to register also.

May Classes          
            We have a busy, busy month with classes!! You can check out our calendar at Our Calendar to see what we have too!

Mixed Media Class with Donna
Saturday May 9th from 10:30 am - 3:30pm.
Join Donna for a day of learning all about mixed media while creating a gorgeous 11 x 13" canvas. 
Mixed Media is all about personal taste... if you want a different color than what is shown, please do not hesitate to bring your own colors of ink sprays and we can help you with this.
Cost: $45.00
Note: Bring your lunch, snacks will be provided.

Altered Card Class with Janet
Wednesday May 13th from 6:00 - 8:00pm
If you're looking to make some cards and you're not into colouring, this is the class for you! Join Janet for an evening and create 6 assorted all occasion cards!
Cost: $30.00

Copic Class with Bev
Saturday May 16th from 10:30am - 1:30 pm
Join Bev in creating some cards using Copic Markers and House Mouse stamps.  Check the calendar for images of the class soon!
Cost: $30.00

Copic Class with Janet
Saturday May 23rd from 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Join Janet to create 6 gorgeous cards using copic markers and Uptown Girl stamps.
Cost: $30.00

Zentangle Class with Brenda
Sunday May 24th from 1pm - 4pm
Join Brenda Shaver, a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT),  for an afternoon of learning all about Zentangles!
"Zentangle is an easy to learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. It helps to increase focus, creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction along with a sense of personal well being." 

We will be doing the 01-Basic class leaning some zentangles on tiles, and also receiving a mini kit (valued at $10.00).
Cost: $40.00
Call the store at 519-895-0554 to register! This class will fill up fast!

Beginner Copic Class with Janet
Thursday May 28th from 6pm -8pm.
Join Janet for an evening of colouring using Copic Markers. This class is for beginners and you will learn how to colour and shade skin, hair and a few other goodies.
Cost: $20.00

Teacher Gift Class with Janet
Saturday May 30th from 1-4pm
 Get a jump start on your teacher gifts with Janet. Make 2 altered notepads and an envelope filled with notecards!
Cost: $25.00


Call the Scrapping Bug at 519-895-0554 or email us at orders@thescrappingbug.com to register for any classes or crops!

Monday, April 13, 2015

My Canvas Creations

Hello everyone!!!!  Today I would like to share with you two new 9 x 12 canvases that I recently completed.The first one I kept to the pastel colours.  And the second one I did the heritage look.  I am also giving you a surprise tutorial on one of the items that I made and added to the pastel canvas below.  I'll let you know in a minute.
For this canvas I first started by applying several mixed media items to the canvas.  You can see there is netting, cheese cloth, dry wall tape, and several different stencils with moulding paste.  I then painted the entire surface with gesso then I sprayed the canvas using colours that matched the flowers that I planned on using.  I gave it lots and lots of texture.
I found the frame in the centre at my local craft store.  I then cut some pieces of matching paper from my scrap bin and placed them to the outside without adhering.  The picture inside the frame was from my stash.  I liked it so much that I decided to adhere it to the back of the frame.  I added the frame to the canvas next adjusting the papers to fit then adhered the papers down.  I began placing my flowers around the frame, without adhering, until I got the look that I wanted.  Then I simply adhered them down with a hot glue gun.  I added some metal pieces here and there.

Here is a couple of close-ups.

Now for the surprise tutorial.  See the leaves under the owl below.  I made those using polymer clay, leaf fondant cutters and a rolling pin.

This is all you will need.

  Very easy.  Simply roll out the polymer clay very thinly.  Cut out the shape with the cutter, add veins using a toothpick, slightly roll up the edges so the leaves aren't completely flat.  Bake them in the oven at 250 degrees for about 15 minutes.   And lastly, you can paint them in any colour you want using any kind of craft paint.   And there you have it, easy to make leaves.  Lots of other cutter designs you can use as well. 

Here is the other canvas.

For this canvas I applied a good thick coat of gesso on the canvas surface.  I inked the outer edges with a brown ink and came in a bit with the ink on the corners.
To start with I cut several pieces of heritage papers layered them to create a background for my picture.  I did not adhere the papers onto the canvas just yet.   I then added my picture to the papers, first mounting it on chipboard then I adhered with pop dots.  Oh yes,  that picture is not a family picture - It is a card from Tim Holtz "Found Relatives" cards.  These are great for something like this.
The diamond shaped chipboard pieces is from Dusty Attic.  I simply cut different sized pieces and laid them down where I wanted them to go.  Before adhering, I placed the papers with the picture on it onto the canvas, adjusted if necessary then adhered everything down.  The rest of the items are again from my stash of goodies - flowers, more chipboard pieces, and metal items.  When I was completely finished, I accented here and there around the main section with paints and a paint brush.  Just randomly here and there.
Here a couple of close-ups.

I hope I have given you some ideas and a bit of inspiration.
Until next time
"Memories are like keepsakes, always to be treasured."