Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A new mixed media layout

Hi everyone, Donna here.  Today, I have another mixed media layout to show you.  This one consists of lots of layering using canvas strips, patterned paper, threads from the canvas, moulding paste, burlap, sprays.  I tried something new using the canvas as I would patterned paper.  Here is the layout.

For the background I used corrugated paper.  I then took a sheet of paper with a wood design on it, cut it down to a 10" square,  tore around the outer edges, heavily inked the edges and adhered it to the centre of the corrugatged paper.  I also took a piece of canvas and cut it into various width strips.  I frayed the edges and kept the pieces of threads.

I then took the strips of canvas and adhered them down in a basket weave style.  One straight down, another one beside it, then one or two across the first two making sure that I varied the lengths of the strips.   I just adhered down randomly.  I then took a piece of patterned paper and cut strips from it and adhered these here and there on top of the canvas.  I did not completely cover the canvas with these paper strips.
Using a stencil I then added textured paste, mainly in the corners, added some drywall tape here and at the outside edges of the wood paper.
Then I took the threads from the canvas and just dropped them onto the layout, spreading them out as I went.

Using various colours of sprays (green, blue, some orange (as there is orange in the shirt) and brown lastly) I sprayed onto the paper here and there.  Onto the corrugated paper I rubbed some rusty coloured kraft paint to highlight it.
Around the picture I cut some scrap pieces of corrugated paper and burlap as shown.  Added a clock sticker and a journaling block at the bottom right corner of the picture.  Did not need to add too much behind the picture as I let the textures on the background paper highlight the picture.  And there you have it.
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time,
here is a little bit of inspiration for all the
HAPPY SCRAPPERS
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, 
you can look beside you and your best friend will be there"

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October News

It's October!!           
            The leaves are changing colour, there is a crispness in the air, and it is a fantastic month to get some amazing photos of those Thanksgiving feasts, the colours of fall, and those little ghouls and goblins! And of course, you will want to scrapbook those memories.... so grab a coffee, sit back, and read about all the exciting new products and such that we have to offer to get that scrapbooking done!          

We've Been Nominated!!           

A huge Thanks to our customers who nominated us for this years Record Reader Award for Your Favourite Craft Store!!
We are thrilled!!  It's because of our wonderful customers that we have that we strive to provide the best customer service. Thanks to all who will vote for us!       

 Cards for Kids!! 
Just a little update.... A Huge Hug to Tammie White and Shirley Bish as they will be delivering 2 huge boxes of cards to SickKids Hospital in Toronto this coming week, and we want to take this opportunity to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all those wonderful people who have donated some pretty amazing cards!!! The kids will love them! I will update you on the delivery later!
We are going to continue to collect cards for the kids until the end of the year, so please help us out by donating some cards! They can be any theme, just keep the inside blank. These are for the kids to give to their visitors and such.
Our last 2 sessions of card making were a blast, so we have decided that this months cards for Kids session will be
Sunday October 19 from 10am - 4pm!
Stop by and bring your stash to make a card or two for a child to give to someone they love!

GARAGE SALE
            Our Garage Sale was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who participated by bringing in their sale items and for those of you who waited in line to shop!  Watch for a spring cleaning garage sale in the spring!

Classes at The Bug this month!

Christmas Copic Card class with Bev
Join Bev on October 18 from 10:30 - 1:30 to make 6 gorgeous Christmas Cards using new Whipper Snapper Stamps and the new Wink of Stella brushes!  Both are so great to work with!  Check out her cards online in the Calendar or at the store.
There are still a few spots left, so call 519-895-0554 to register or to put a hold on the stamps and Wink of Stella brushes!

The Older Crowd - Copic Card class with Janet

Join Janet as she makes some fun cards using the Art Impression stamps!  (examples online soon)
Saturday October 11 from 1-4.

October Crops        
                    Saturday Oct. 4: 4-11pm
                     Friday Oct. 10: 5-10 pm
                    Saturday Oct. 18: 4-11pm          
              Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)
        

ALL DAY PJ CROP
Saturday October 25th
10am-11pm
Wear your PJ's for a fun filled day of scrapping and playing!
Call the store @ 519-895-0554 or email us at  orders @thescrappingbug.com to reserve your spot.

New This Month!!       
It has been non-stop this week with new products arriving in the store daily!! It's awesome!!
 New in the store this past week has been:
Carta Bella - All Bundled Up
Authentique - Spirited, Grateful, and Classique: Pretty
My Favourite Things - numerous Dies and stamp sets
Echo Park - Designer Dies and Stamps (cute Christmas ones!)
Echo Park - Home for the Holidays and Christmas Cheer
Pebbles - Home for Christmas
Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes - Open Book
Dusty Attic - gorgeous chipboards
ADORNit - 4 new paper lines and decorative frames
Ranger - Dylusions - stamp sets, Wendy Vecchi Embossing
                  Powders, Tim Holtz Distress  Stain Spray                        

I think that's all.... I may have forgotten a thing or two, but do stop by and check out all the goodies soon!!
    

Looking Forward          
            There are still lots of boxes of new product to be arriving this month...
Doodlebug Design: Frosty Friends and Happy Camper
Graphic 45 - Raining Cats & Dogs
Petaloo - Flowers and such
Heidi Swapp - September Skies
Pink Paislee - Bella Rouge
American Crafts - Amy Tangerine - Stitched
Bella Blvd - Hello Autumn, Tiny Tots, Halloween Magic, and Christmas Cheer
Needless to say.. it is a busy time at The Bug. Products will be on our online store soon after they arrive at the store.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Art of "OLD AGE"

Hello everyone!!  Today I would like to share with you one of the most heart-warming and delightful Art Journaling/Mixed Media books that I have seen.  It was designed by Helen the manager at the Scrapping Bug store and I was totally delighted when she gave me permission to show it to you.  This book totally tickled my heart and I find it to be one of the most creative mixed media items that I have seen in a while.
The book is titled "Old Age".


Here are a few of the pages.  The quotes are equally delightful and suit each picture perfectly.

The quote:
"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."

The left side picture quote:
"The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years.  Your body changes, but you don't change at all.  And that, of course, causes great confusion."

The one on the right is one of my favourites.  The face and the quote puts a smile on my face.
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty 
- they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."


The left side "The secret of a good old age is simply an honourable pact with solitude."
And the right side picture
"I pray to see another day."


"Sing out loud" says it all for this picture.  Simply delightful.


The picture and quote on the left really made my day.
"There's one advantage to being 102.......there's no peer pressure."

Even though I'm not 102 yet, there is nothing further from the truth.

And finally the picture on the right, again makes for a chuckle.
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."

I hope you enjoyed this posting and I especially hope that it brought laughter to your heart and a smile on your face.  I plan on making an "Old Age" book for myself - to sit on my coffee table and to look at when I want to brighten my day.
Until next time,
"In my next life, I'm going to have more memory installed."
Thanks, Helen, for your creativity and insight.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Scrapping Bug News

GARAGE SALE
For those of you who have signed up to participate in our garage sale, just a reminder that all your items are to be to the store before 5pm Tuesday September 23. Thanks!
          
  Shopping starts September 27th from 9 - 4pm for our annual garage sale!  Come early for some great shopping deals!
 
          If you want to participate, there is still time to sign up! Call 519-895-0554 or email orders@thescrappingbug.com to reserve a spot!           
 
       
We have lots of new products that arrived this week ....

Memory Box Dies
 
The Dusty Attic chipboard!!! Yup... and it is gorgeous! (just saying!)
 
ADORNit decorative frames and paper lines.
 
Little B Decorative Tape
 
And next week we expect to see Authentique, Echo Park, Carta Bella, Ranger, Pertaloo, Bella Blvd, and lots more!

 Stop by and check out all the new goodies!!          
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For the month of September we will be showcasing our very own "The Scrapping Bug". Did you know that The Scrapping Bug has a group of super talented ladies that make our original take & make kits? That is right.. and this month, we want to Thank them!

A HUGE Thank You to Donna McLean & Janet Boyd for making the majority of our one of a kind original kits! Of course, the girls at The Bug make some too, but the majority are made by these talented ladies!! Thanks!

There are new kits available now and new kits arriving weekly. In September, for every kit you buy, you will get a ballot. At the end of the month, we will pick a winner and they will receive 3 free kits (value of about $50.00).

Come check them out! They are gorgeous!
 
 
Classes and CROPS at The Bug
            Check out our calendar for a list of classes we have ready to go for the rest of the year, and crops too! More about these in the next newsletter!    CALENDAR         
 
Register early, as classes fill fast. Call the store at 519-895-0554 or email us at orders@thescrappingbug.com to reserve your spot.   
ALL WEEKEND CROP  **Date Change**        
           We will be having our first weekend crop January 17 and 18th, 2015.... That's right.. a whole weekend of laughter, playing, and eating!!  The crop will be Saturday January 17 from 10am - midnight, and returning Sunday January 18 from 8am - 4pm. There will be games, prizes and a ton of food!
 
Cost: $65.00 for the weekend!
 
Sign up early, as I can imagine that this will fill up fast!

We're on Facebook!
To find out when new products arrive and all things happening at The Bug, we're posting it all on Facebook...
We'd love it if you LIKED us! 
Go directly to Facebook here  
To follow us on Pinterest go here 
 
 
Sincerely,
Joanne, Stephanie, and Helen

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A New Sketch

Since I haven't posted a sketch for a while I decided I would share this one with you along with a layout based on this sketch.  I have included some measurements for you.  When you see lines and some circles drawn in some of the sections - this simply means this is one piece of patterned paper.  That way you can see better where the papers start and end.  Again, referring to the picture of the layout is the best way to see the various papers and their placements.
THE SKETCH

THE LAYOUT

I have found that using multiple papers with different designs, you can do simple embellishments, especially for a cute little boy layout.   I  used the navy paper to act as an accent for the pictures.  I always try to make sure that each paper has pretty much the same colours in them, 
however, the navy paper did give it a bit of a punch.  I made sure that I had it in two other spots.  
I tied some thread through the buttons and adhered them to the flags.  For a girl layout instead of buttons add some flowers.  Take this basic sketch and make it your own.
Until next time,
to all you 
"HAPPY SCRAPPERS"
"The world is an incredible unfulfilled tapestry.  And only you can fulfill the tiny space that is yours."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Bug Updates

There is one spot left for Donna's altered frame class this Saturday! Call the store at 519-895-0554 to register.

Also... Little B decorative tapes arrived in the store yesterday... and they are gorgeous! Just saying!!
Dusty Attic chipboard is to arrive any day now!  I can't wait!
Echo Park, DoodleBug, Petaloo, Graphic 45 (Raining Cats and Dogs), Carta Bella, Ranger, and many more to be arriving soon too!

Our weekend crop that was scheduled for October 25 and 26th, has been changed to January 17-18th.  We will be having an all day PJ crop on the 25th instead! Wear your favourite PJ's all day long and come join us or a fun filled day of food, laughter, and lots of treats! (even the boss will be in her PJ's... even if she doesn't know it yet!).

Check back often, as there is lots happening these next couple weeks! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

 Just a little update...           
           Just a few new things happening at The Scrapping Bug I wanted to fill you in on....  
GARAGE SALE
            Shopping starts September 27th from 9 - 4pm for our annual garage sale!  Come early for some great shopping deals!
 
          If you want to participate, there is still time to sign up! Call 519-895-0554 or email orders@thescrappingbug.com to reserve a spot!           
 Cards for Kids!!
 
Our next card session get together to make Cards for Kids for Sick Kids Hospital will be Sunday September 21st from 1-4. Stop by and bring your stash to make a card or two for a child to give to someone they love!
 
If you can't stop by, we will accept any themed card at the Store... remember.. just keep the inside blank! We have a ton of cards already... THANK YOU!!!!  If we have more than we can donate to Sick Kids, we will donate to McMaster and London Hospitals too!
 
See you then! 
 
       
We have a month full of exciting classes!
 
Christmas Copic Card class with Bev
September 13th from 10:30 - 1:30
Cost: $30.00 for 6 cards.
Whipper Snapper stamps are in the store now.
 
Vintage Frame with Donna (SOLD OUT)
Donna has made this gorgeous vintage frame chock full of all kinds of techniques and goodies....
                   
         
Christmas Card Workshop with Donna
Join Donna September 23 from 1-3 or from 6-8 to get together to create 5 stunning vintage Christmas cards... 
 
 
Beginner Copic Class with Janet
September 24 from 6-8pm.
Cost: $15.00 if you have markers
$25.00 if you use ours.
All Copics on sale 20% off our already low price for registrants!
 
 

 Call the store at 519-895-0554 for more details, or check out our calendar on our website... www.thescrappingbug.com

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Crops in September: (still a few spots left!!)


Friday Sept. 12: 5-10 pm

Saturday Sept. 20: 4-11pm

Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)
We usually order out for dinner too!
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We have lots of new products that arrived this week ....

Simple Stories: Sweater Weather, Cozy Christmas, Christmas DIY, Legacy, and a few extra goodies too!

Bo-Bunny: Souvenir, Candy Cane Lane, Madeline, Wild Card, new Sprays, pastes, wood veneers, pearls and lots of other papers and embellishments to go with these adorable lines.

Doodlebug: Ghouls & Goodies, Friendly Forest

Echo Park: Arsenic & Lace, Fine & Dandy, Christmas Cheer, Home for the Holidays, Creative Agenda, Themed Packs (too many to mention!), stamps and dies

Carta Bella: Christmas Time
 
These products are to arrive soon....

 Bella Blvd: Hello Autumn, Tiny Tots

Petaloo: a ton of gorgeous flowers and stuff!

Memory Box - Dies

And in a week or two we will be getting a big box of goodies from Ranger and Dusty Attic!!!!!!!!!! (there goes my pay check!).

And I am sure there are some that I am forgetting! But as you can see, we will be busy this next couple weeks!

Stop by and check out all the new goodies!!          
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For the month of September we will be showcasing our very own "The Scrapping Bug". Did you know that The Scrapping Bug has a group of super talented ladies that make our original take & make kits? That is right.. and this month, we want to Thank them!

A HUGE Thank You to Donna McLean & Janet Boyd for making the majority of our one of a kind original kits! Of course, the girls at The Bug make some too, but the majority are made by these talented ladies!! Thanks!

There are new kits available now and new kits arriving weekly. In September, for every kit you buy, you will get a ballot. At the end of the month, we will pick a winner and they will receive 3 free kits (value of about $50.00).

Come check them out! They are gorgeous!
 
 
ALL WEEKEND CROP         
           We will be having our first weekend crop October 25 & 26th! That's right.. a whole weekend of laughter, playing, and eating!!  The crop will be Saturday October 25th from 10am - midnight, and returning Sunday October 26th from 8am - 4pm. There will be games, prizes and a ton of food!
 
Cost: $65.00 for the weekend!
 
Sign up early, as I can imagine that this will fill up fast!
October Classes
            Check out our calendar for a list of classes we have ready to go for October! More to come on those in the next newsletter!  CALENDAR            

September Happenings at The Scrapping Bug!

I hope you are enjoying this busy month so far! Here is a little update on what is happening at The Scrapping Bug this month!

Classes for September are filling up...

 Saturday September 13 is Bev's Christmas Card Copic class.

 Saturday September 20 is Donnas Frame class (SOLD OUT)

 Tuesday September 23 is Donna's Christmas card Workshop from either 1-3 or 6-8pm.

 Wednesday September 24 is a beginner Copic Coloring Class with Janet from 6-8pm.

Call the store at 519-895-0554 for more details, or check out our calendar on our website... www.thescrappingbug.com

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Saturday September 27th is our annual Garage Sale! The store will be open at 9am for shopping for some great deals!

If you still want to participate, there is time.. give us a call and we will get you set up with all you need to know! 519-895-0554.

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Crops in September:

Friday Sept. 12: 5-10 pm

Saturday Sept. 20: 4-11pm

Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)
We usually order out for dinner too!

Call the store at 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot!
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Sunday September 21 from 1-4 is our Cards for Kids get together! Bring your supplies and join us to make a couple cards for the kids at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto. We have already have a ton of cards for the kids, but we can use more!! If we have too many to donate to Sick Kids, we will be donating them to McMaster and London hospitals too!! Any themed card will do... just keep them blank inside! These are for the kids to give to their visitors!!

If you can't make it, just drop off your cards at The Scrapping Bug! We really appreciate all you have done so far!!
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We have lots of new products arriving this week and I have to say...I can't wait!!!!! Here is a sample of all the new goodies arriving by the end of this week/ beginning of next...

Simple Stories: Sweater Weather, Cozy Christmas, Christmas DIY, Legacy, and a few extra goodies too!  HAS ARRIVED!!!!

Bo-Bunny: Magic, Candy Cane Lane, Madeline, Sprays, pastes, wood veneers, pearls and lots of other papers and embellishments to go with these adorable lines.  HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!

Doodlebug: Ghouls & Goodies, Friendly Forest  HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!

Echo Park: Arsenic & Lace, Fine & Dandy, Christmas Cheer, Home for the Holidays, Creative Agenda, Themed Packs (too many to mention!), stamps and dies  HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!

Carta Bella: Christmas Time  HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!

Bella Blvd: Hello Autumn, Tiny Tots

Petaloo: a ton of gorgeous flowers and stuff!

Memory Box - Dies

And in a week or two we will be getting a big box of goodies from Ranger and Dusty Attic!!!!!!!!!! (there goes my pay check!).

And I am sure there are some that I am forgetting! But as you can see, we will be busy this next couple weeks!

Stop by and check out all the new goodies!!
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Product of the Month NEWS
Last month we had American Crafts as our Company for the month with a raffle for those of you who bought the new AC lines that we got it.. well.. the Boss picked a winner, and Lee Anne Skipper is the winner of a $50.00 gift certificate from the store and a basket of goodies! These will be ready after Wednesday for you to pick up! Congrats!!
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For the month of September we will be showcasing our very own "The Scrapping Bug". Did you know that The Scrapping Bug has a group of super talented ladies that make our original take & make kits? That is right.. and this month, we want to Thank them!

A HUGE Thank You to Donna McLean & Janet Boyd for making the majority of our one of a kind original kits! Of course, the girls at The Bug make some too, but the majority are made by these talented ladies!! Thanks!

There are new kits available now and new kits arriving weekly. In September, for every kit you buy, you will get a ballot. At the end of the month, we will pick a winner and they will receive 3 free kits (value of about $50.00).

Come check them out! They are gorgeous!

Chat to you soon!