Wednesday, July 25, 2012

August ScrapPack Layout Video - Miss Bel

Here is the last layout from Jennie made from the August ScrapPack
Here is what Jennie used for this layout:
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Ginger pattern paper
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Jasmine pattern paper
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Kitchen Spice pattern paper
Brown InkBo Bunny Kitchen Spice Combo Stickers for lettering

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Happy Scrappin' everyone!

August ScrapPack Layout Video - Vin

Here is another beautiful layout from DT Jennie

Here is what Jennie used on her layout:
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Cinnamon pattern paper
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Rosemary pattern paper
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Kitchen Spice pattern paper
Orange cardstock
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Combo Stickers
Brown Ink

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Happy Scrappin' Everyone!

August ScrapPack Layout Video - The Girls

Here is another beautiful layout from our DT Jennie
For this layout Jennie used the following:
Blue Cardstock
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Combo Stickers
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Sesame Pattern paper
Brown Ink

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Happy Scrappin' everyone!

August ScrapPack Layout Video - My Boys

Here is Jennie's layout My Boys and the video of how she put this beautiful layout together.
For this layout she used:
Bo Bunny  Kitchen Spice Cinnamon pattern paper
Bo Bunny Kitchen Spice Kitchen Spice pattern paper
Orange cardstock
Blue cardstock
Brown Ink

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Happy Scrappin'

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Spectrum Noir Sunday Class

This Sunday July 31st starting at 2:30pm

Michele Widdows from Memories Forever will be showing us the fun technique of colouring fur with the Spectrum Noir Pens.

The class is $35 and includes a FREE set of 6 pens.  What a great way to get your collection of pens started or to even to add to the pens you do have.

You will also get to play and make a small project using your new technique.

To book for this class simply email me at:
There will also be an afternoon tea afterwards.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Craft Out West Craft Show

Well, what a weekend.  It was so great to see and meet so many of you.  Thank you for coming out and supporting not only Better Scrapbooking but also the West Auckland Hospice.  The weather was not particularly helpful yesterday but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of everyone that came.

We had a great time sharing new products with you as you came through.  I do hope you enjoyed our specials as well as all the lovely things at our stall.  I was amazed at how many people ran into me from past working places, friends and even from school (oh boy!)

My daughter who was selling her baking also did very well, thank you to everyone that supported her, it really made her weekend.

How we are ready for our See It! Try It!  weekend classes.  These start this weekend:

This Sunday 29th July starting at 2:30pm  Spectrum Noir Pens

The cost of this class is $35 but it does include a FREE set of 6 pens valued at $26.50

During this class you will learn a fun technique with your pens and create a fun card (or two), so come an join us for a fun afternoon of crafting and colouring.

To booking simply email me at:
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mini Tags Using Goodies from our Craft Out West gift bag

To create these fun tags you will be using the goodies from your gift bag, some items will be slightly different.  The only other things you will need are ink, scissors, adhesive tape and white liquid glue.

Lets start with the plastic scalloped oval tag.  Take one of the chipboard shapes that you think fits best on this tag and ink it.  Here I have used the Tim Holtz Walnut Distress Ink and just inked of the whole chipboard piece.  Adhere this chipboard piece to your oval tag using liquid glue.  to decorate the front I have cut a small piece of the mesh and added a button to the top.  (These buttons had shanks on the bottom, these can be cut off using small wire cutters) I added the button with the liquid adhesive for a good secure bond.  Lastly I added some fibre from the gift bag.  This tag is now finished.

With the second cardstock tag, firstly I cut some mesh and added it to the bottom of this tag.  Next I added a strip of tape adhesive and added my ribbon which a wrapped around to the back.  I then added some fibre, I started at the back the bought it to the front and tied a bow.  Lastly I added a button to finish off this tag.

I hope you have fun with your goodies from your bags.  I would love to see what else you use these on.

Happy Scrappin' everyone!

Mini Pizza Box tutorial

This is one of the quick projects I will be demonstrating at Craft Out West this weekend using the lovely Martha Stewart Score Board.  This is a great tool and fun to use when making cards, envelope and little boxes like today's project.

I do apologise before we start that some of the photos are not very clear, my camera did not want to focus on this colour cardstock, hopefully though you do get the idea and will enjoy making this box for yourself.

Okay you are going to need a Score board (or something you use for scoring, I use to use just a trimmer and score tool)
51/4"x 91/2" cardstock of your choice
and adhesive

Take your 5 1/4"x 9 1/2" cardstock and place it on your score board so that the long edge is at the top and score at the following marks:
1", 4 1/4", 5 1/4" and 8 1/2"

Next turn your cardstock 1 quarter turn so now the short edge is at the top of your score board and score and the following marks:
1" and 4 1/4"

Fold in each of the score lines then cut and trim out little triangles so that your cardstock now looks like this.

Turn your cardstock over and add adhesive to each of the small tabs as shown here.

Fold up your box and adhere the tabs so they are on the inside of your box

Your box is now ready to be filled either with 3"x3" cards, or a small gift of some sort.  Lastly all you need to do is decorate the top of your box.

Please leave me a comment below and let me know how you like this project.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

It's like Christmas at Better Scrapbooking

Oh my goodness, it really does feel like Christmas when you get up in the morning to be greeted by the courier man with three hugs boxes of gorgeous Martha Stewart product for Craft Out West.
Now, I did not have time first things this morning to go through each box thoroughly as I had to get the girls to school (yes school in school holidays) for their production rehearsals.  But I did open them and have a brief look on the top layer of each box.
Check these out ... can't wait to really go through them later today!!!

 Aren't these albums beautiful.

So be sure to come and see us at Craft Out West next weekend.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Craft Out West Update

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July 2012

Oh my goodness we only have 11 days until Craft Out West.  So very excited!  This has to be my favourite craft show each year.  I think part of the reason is because some of what we do here goes to the West Auckland Hospice.  I have had a number of friends that have used or worked with West Auckland Hospice, they are such a great bunch and deserve all the help we can give them to carry on the fabulous work that they do.

This year Craft Out West is being held at the West Wave Recreation Centre, 20 Alderman Drive, Henderson. (right next door to West Wave Swimming Pool) .

Admission: $5 Adults
$3 Seniors
Children under 12year FREE!

I have just heard from one of my suppliers and a shipment is on its way today for the show with lots of lovely Martha Stewart products.  I am also looking forward to my shipment of Spectrum Noir, Stamps and Rock-a-Blocks next week.

This is going to be an awesome show!  Be sure to come and visit me at booth #112.  If you print off this blog page and bring it with you and show me at the Better Scrapbooking booth, I will give you a special FREE gift!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Scooter Lessons

Such a beautiful morning, ideal for Scooter lessons for Grace.  Grace is now 17yrs and has not be overly interested in getting her drivers license.  But just recently she has been keen to get a scooter, just a 50cc, still its a scooter.  So Brad gave her a quick lesson in our driveway the other week, but there just not enough room.
Today was the ideal weather and we found a big enough car park where Grace could really give Bumble Bee a go (name of the scooter for those that don't know).  So we all popped down to the Waitakere Trust Stadium car park and Grace had a blast.
So here is Grace getting the helmet done up.  So funny Brad had to give the helmet a gently slap to get it on Grace's head like in 'Cool Runnings' the bob-sled movie, I don't think Grace liked that much, but at least she thought it was funny too.
Helmet now on and ready to go.  I like that I can see the excitement in her eyes.
And away she goes.  I was really surprised how comfortable I was with Grace driving the scooter.  Maybe because she is not on the road yet?  Don't know.  I do like that with the scooter she won't be distracted and that she will not be giving anyone a ride for a long time.  Grace really picked up driving the scooter quickly.

The Waitakere Trust Stadium car park really did have a lot of room.  She did meet a couple of cars, but they were great and could see she was learning.
Check out the smile on this girls face.  She was so stoked with the ride.  No doubt looking forward to her next lesson - indicators and getting use to doing two things at once, driving and turning on the indicator.  Very good today Grace, very proud Mum here!!!

After Grace had her lesson Melissa and I had a ride on the back of the scooter with Brad.  I can Melissa will soon be asking to get her Scooter license.  I enjoyed my ride with Brad, it bought back memories of our dating days and riding on the back of his motorbike.

A fun morning for all today I would say!

Icy Morning In Auckland

Oh my goodness it was cold this morning.  Brad and I went out for our long Sunday morning run at just after 7:30am.  It was so hard to warm up but looking at all the frost on the ground and cars was amazing.  Some things looked like they had been sprinkled with white glitter, so beautiful.

When we got home about 50min later we noticed our wheelbarrow not only had water left in it from the rain we had last week but there was a sheet of ice on top.  We just had to go over and have a look and naturally take photos.

Totally amazed the how beautiful the ice formations were.  I just had to grab and piece and take it inside to show the girls who were still warm in their beds (wise children)