Thursday, December 04, 2014

Today I thought I would share with you three layouts that I recently completed.  I tried to keep them simple and easy.   For the first one below, I cut my various papers then matted them in black cardstock keeping a very fine outline of the black around the pieces.  It pops the papers and adds some dimension.  I also matted the banner pieces in black as well and used pop dots on every other banner piece.  I will be using this matting technique again as I feel it really accents the page.

The second layout below I matted the centre background paper in black to make it stand out.  I added some pearl accents with yellow and white flowers which kept the layout simple but pretty.  

Here is a third layout similar to the first layout above.  This time the banner at the bottom has been layered with banner pieces in different sizes and different papers.   I added some thin white lace across the top of the banner pieces, then added some flower buttons evenly spaced.

Until next time,
have a safe and happy week.
"Light tomorrow with today."  Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black Friday Sale at The Scrapping Bug

Black Friday Sale!!

When: Friday Nov.28, and Saturday Nov. 29 ONLY!

What: All 6x6 paper pads - 25% off
           All in-store Collection Packs - 20% off

           All Brads and Eyelets - 35% off

           All Fall paper and embellishments - 25% off

           All Halloween paper and embellies - 30% off

           All metal dies - 20% off

           All stamps - 20% off

How: Stop by the store this Friday or Saturday to take part in this awesome sale! If you can't stop by, shop on-line. All these sales apply to our on-line store as well, but no store pick-ups.

We hope to see you this Friday or Saturday!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My "OLD AGE" Book

Hello everyone.  I did get my OLD AGE book done, so today I thought I would share it with you.  It was a lot of fun making.  Lots of mixed media, layering, and texturizing using all sorts of products:  cheese cloth, moulding paste, stencils, sprays, inks, netting, etc.  So to start, here is the front cover.  I hope you enjoy.

The first page quote:  To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent -
that is to triumph over old age.
Second page quote:  In youth we learn; in age we understand

The third page quote:  Don't worry about wrinkles; they're just antique smiles.
The fourth page quote:  My wild oats have turned into prunes and bran flakes. 
(I had to add in some humour.)

5th page quote:  The best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.  (How true)
6th page quote:  No wise man ever wished to be younger.

And for the next quote:  You know you are getting old when your pacemaker opens the garage door.  (Some more humour  to help keep you smiling.)
 Next page quote:  I'm not old - I'm a recycled teenager.  (She even has that teenage look.)

The face on the left is one of my favourites (very saucy):  You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.  
Another favourite picture:  Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.  (We will all do the same someday.)

And the last quote (picture on the left):  I'm not old.....I've been young a very long time.
(And another very coy expression)

And there you have it.  I was pleased with the way it turned out.  I keep it on a table in my family room for anyone that wants to look at it and hopefully make their day a happy one.
Thanks for looking.
Until next time, remember
"Over the hill?  I don't remember any hill."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mixed Media Frame

Today I would like to share with you a frame that I did using some simple mixed media techniques to create lots of texture.  The frame I purchased at our local craft store and is about 6 1/2"x 8 1/2".  The background inside the frame is a piece of 5" x 7" canvas board that I got at my local dollar store.  This is a very inexpensive project.
Here is the completed frame.

I wasn't sure what I was going to do at first.  So to start with, I took the canvas board and covered it with a serviette that I had adhering it down with matte gel medium.  I then took a piece of  cheese cloth and covered the complete surface.  You can't really see the cheese cloth in this picture, but it is there.

I then took a stencil from Crafter's Workshop and applied moulding paste onto the cheese cloth.  I did the complete surface with the paste.  This gave it lots of texture which is what I was going for.

I let everything dry completely.  I then misted here and there using Prima's "peony" spray, followed by Prima's soft teal, then here and there with Prima's iris spray, of course drying each colour.  This is how it turned out.  I wasn't sure how the serviette would look but you can see it
 coming through and adding some depth.

For the frame, I painted the surface with white gesso.  I let this dry then I took pieces of tissue paper, wrinkled them up, spread them out slightly (I wanted to keep a lot of wrinkles) and applied them to the surface using matte gel medium.  You can also use matte mod podge if you like. 

 I painted the surface again with gesso to give a good base for the next step.  Using Tim Holtz "bundled sage" distress stain, I went over the surface here and there.  Let it dry, then I went over the surface with "tumbled glass" distress stain.  I did wipe a bit off here and there to let some of the white gesso show through.  I also rubbed on some Inka Gold Metallic Rub, a colour called "haematite" which is a very dark grey blue, onto the raised tissue and around the inside and outside edges.  And for a finishing touch, I placed white dimensional pearls around the entire outside edges.

For the inside of the frame I added a piece of cheesecloth at the bottom left corner.  I painted and added one of my favourite Dusty Attic chipboard vines with some purple roses.   And added some dimensional pearls in and around the vine.   Kept it simple.
The bottom left corner of the frame I added some flowers from my stash, gave it a bit of a punch with the peach coloured flowers.   The purple flowers were painted using Shimmerz paints to get the colour I wanted. Added a loopy bow made from cording as well as a piece of green silk vine that was hidden in my stash.

And there you have it.  Very simple and easy to do.  Thanks for watching.
Until next time,
"Reach for the moon.  If you fall short, you may land on a star."

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

November Happenings

November Happenings!        
            It is hard to believe that it is already November! The year has flown by!  It is going to be a busy month at The Bug, so grab a tea, sit back, and read about all that is happening this month!           


Product of the Month
            When deciding what product to feature for the month of November, we decided that we are featuring something that we have lots of, but need more of! Patterned Paper!!!  That's right! We have 1000's of sheets of patterned paper, and this month for every 5 patterned papers you buy, you will receive 2 cardstock of your choice FREE!  
           Hope you can stop by and browse our selection of patterned paper, I am sure you will find something you just need to have!           


Classes at The Bug !
Bev's Copic Colouring Christmas Card Class (FULL)
Join Bev Saturday November 8th from 10:30-1:30pm while she shows you some cool techniques in making some fun cards using the Your Next Stamps stamp sets.  Cost: $30.00
Beginner Copic Class with Janet
Join Janet on Monday November 10th from 6-8pm to learn all the ins and outs of copic colouring! We will learn how to shade hair, make gorgeous faces, and colour some flowers!
Cost: $15.00    ... snacks included!
All registrants will receive 20% off any copic markers purchased.
Shadow Box Class with Donna
Join Donna on Saturday November 15th and make this gorgeous Graphic 45 Shadow Box using a ton of mixed media techniques! What a beautiful gift this would make!
Cost: $40.00  - just bring some glue!
Time: 10am - 2pm
Heritage Layout with Donna
Join Donna on Tuesday November 18th from 6-8pm to learn some techniques while making this gorgeous heritage layout. What a perfect idea to make for a Christmas present.
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $15.00
Call the store at 519-895-0554 to register, or email us at


Upcoming Crops        
                     Saturday Nov. 15: 4-11pm
                        Friday Nov. 28: 4-10pm
                    Saturday Nov. 29: 4-10 pm
                    Call the store at 519-895-0554
             to reserve your spot for all crops please.
              Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)
                We usually order out for dinner too!
ALL DAY Christmas CROP ( a couple spots left)
Saturday November 22
Cost: $40.00
Call the store @ 519-895-0554 or email us at to reserve your spot.


Looking Forward           
            We have had a lot of new lines in the store, and it seems like there is always more arriving!  Make sure you stop by and check what's new, or stop by our online store and see what is new.
Hope to see you all soon!           


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Silk Flower Tutorial

Hello everyone.   I thought that I would share with you how to make a simple silk flower that you can use on any layout, card, or tag.  

I chose a very light silk fabric for the flower above.  You can use almost any type of fabric - canvas,
 wide silk ribbon, burlap.
To start you will need to cut 8 circles from your fabric.  These will be the petals to the flower. You do not have to be too fussy with trying to get the perfect circle.  Try to keep them the same size and don't worry if your edges are a little uneven.
Punch out a small circle from cardstock which will be your base for the flower.
Now take a circle, place a glue dot in the middle, then fold the bottom up to the top and secure with the glue dot.  Next fold from the left over to the right again securing with a glue dot at the fold.

At this point you can trim off on the curved edge to make the petals a little smaller which is what I did.  Just make sure that you trim all of the petals.

Now take your cardstock circle and cover it with glue dots or two-sided tape.  Take a petal and adhere the point down to the centre of the circle.  Take a second petal and do the same beside the first one.  Do this with two other petals until the circle is covered.

Adhere a large glue dot to the centre of the first petal layer.  Adhere the remaining 4 petals to the centre the same as the first layer making sure that you go over where the petals meet on the first layer.  (in otherwords overlap them)
And there you have a silk flower.  Add what ever you want to the centre of the flower.  I adhered down small white pearls.  You can add a button, another small paper flower, ribbon, or a brad.
And of course, here is a layout I did using my silk flower.

For this layout I used the new Bo Bunny Madeleine collection which is such a pretty line of paper.  The fabric I chose matched perfectly to the colour in the paper.  I added a rezin heart frame from along with some blue flowers which matched the small amount of blue in the fabric.  I took apart a pre-made Prima vine that I had in my stash for some time and added it to the layout.  I also painted the flowers on the vine with a white shimmer paint and highlighted the tips with white gesso.  I added  some of the flowers from the vine to the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces in the upper corner.
Here is a close-up of the silk flower on the layout.

Until next time, to all you
"It's the little blessings that help us to see just how lovely life can be."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Update at The Scrapping Bug

The Scrapping Bug Update

Saturday October 25th, join us for our first ever Pajama Party!! We are holding an all day crop from 10am - 11pm, and still have a few spots left if you want to come and crop the day away while relaxing in your PJ's!! Lots of games, prizes, food and laughter! Call the store at 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot.

If you can't make it to... our crop, then be sure to stop by the store and check out all our new products.

If you come in your PJ's, you will receive

20% off your entire purchase!

BUT.... you have to have your PJ's on!!

Hope to see you this Saturday!

Classes at The Bug !

There are a few spots left in our upcoming classes....

ADORNit Frame with Donna

 Join Donna on November 1st to make this gorgeous frame using the new ADORNit frames we have in. What a great Christmas gift this would make.
There are still a few spots left, so call 519-895-0554 to register. Cost: $40.00

 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 November 1 from 10am - 1pm. Cost: $30.00

Check out our Calendar for more upcoming classes in November and December!

Upcoming Crops:

Saturday Nov. 15: 4-11pm

Saturday Nov. 29: 4-10 pm

Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)

We usually order out for dinner too!

ALL DAY Christmas CROP

Saturday November 22


Cost: $40.00

Call the store @ 519-895-0554 or email us at to reserve your spot.

See you soon!