Category Archives: Stamping

Using Alphabet Stamps – just a tip

Here’s a quick video shot today at The Scrapbook House to show how you can trim the clear stamps to allow for a tighter font when stamping. Using clear alphabet stamps, archival ink and a clear block.

Happy stamping


New Layout Kit – Handmade Quality

Here’s a layout I created with a picture of my Dad at home in his shed. I just loved the set of stamps (they are included in the kit) and our trusty brick die cut got another workout.

I have a limited kits available. Click the picture for more information on how to purchase, or message us.

Workshop 198 Handmade Quality

I thought it was time for a masculine page, this one suits the handyman or the tradie. With embellishments like tools, bricks, gears and wood elements there are a variety of subjects to use. It would also suit a home building or renovations style theme.




Inspired by others

I dusted off the old Art Journal last night, feeling inspired as I have been looking at Michelle’s glorious journals on my front counter all week.  She is holding a great class next Friday night using Distress Ink and it’s been seeping into my thoughts all through the days.

There are some keen students in this class, and after booking in we got to chatting (as we do) and the subject of ‘foam alphabet stamps’ came up. Oh my goodness, I have some of those stashed somewhere! I must remember to go looking, I dug into the box on the piano and found them. Wow, they haven’t been used in years (some look brand new) and I happily stamped out a title for this page. Then I had to stop for dinner (salmon for me tonight, yum, thanks Andrew xxx)


Later I decided to start another… so this one has a layer of Distress Paint (Antique linen), then texure paste through a stencil (I sprinkled a little clear embossing powder to see if it would add a little ‘something’) and heat set. Sprayed some Glimmermist, but that didn’t take very well, so blotted it off and then used a foam dauber to add Distress Ink ( fired brick &  aged mahogany). Stamped with black archival ink and then loved that “negative” stamp so much I thought I might put a few little photos in there too.


If anyone knows me they’d know it takes me forever, so it was  getting mighty late by now, and I was  going to be tired and grumpy pants in the morning, so I called it quits after I chose my title… but I left a HUGE mess on my desk all ready to get back to it after class tonight.


I’ll post the full page tomorrow when the title is done… I’m thinking I might trace off an Audrey Hepburn quote…. you know, the “happy girls, pretty girls” one, seeing as I have a few pretty girls photos on my page.

Night xx


Prima Doll Card Kits

Viv’s Prima Doll Cards are so sweet. We had fun in class making this cute trio and as our card making kit has instructions and the stamp too we can take it home and make more!

Prima Doll Cards

We coloured the hair and skin using a waterbrush and distress inks, aged Mahogany,Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade for the hair tones, and Tea Dye  for the skin and edges of the patterned papers. Waterbrushing the dolls give that lovely blended soft look.

Have a sweet day!



Seeing through the negative

Monday is a good day, because at the end if it I get to be with 11 creative ladies and learn some cool stuff! I get ink on my fingers (although I think Eva has way more than me) and come home with a page almost complete in my art journal and inspired to do more.
Tonight Michele taught us a cool technique and we all embraced it and came up with vey different looking pages following her steps the through the layers.

How cool is this? Thank you Michelle for an awesome class!
It was so fun going around seeing what everyone was up to – each in their own little creative zone! I didn’t catch photos of everyone but here’s a few to share

20130520-233509.jpgJulie took a while tonight to find her groove and when she did she was on fire! Colours are her thing, she does them so well! Look at that vibrant green!

20130520-233700.jpgLorraine and Josie getting inky.

20130520-233815.jpgThere was no stopping Suzie tonight, she had two on the go! Just beautiful!

20130520-233937.jpgWhen you’ve finished looking at this fabulous page by Eva, check out her fabulously inky fingers! Love that saying Eva!

20130520-234152.jpgMinnie really makes me smile, not only is her work gorgeous, but you should see her face when she learns something new and cool, now that is gorgeous!

20130520-234444.jpgand I leave you with this one… I assume it is Janice’s, but can’t be 100% sure, I kinda got a bit sidetracked and I don’t think the owner was about when I snapped this pic… edit – I spy Eva’s gorgeous apron and see now that is it her second page! These girls are too clever! Love it!
Remember to breathe.


A Day with Tim Holtz


Good golly Miss Molly I am a tad excited! I have been hanging out to tell of our news… The Scrapbook House has been invited to spend a day with Tim in Melbourne at a special retailer day. Oh my oh my, this is so good! I just about peed my pants I was so excited! That is 8 hours with Tim! Oh my oh my! Invite only!

And… I get to invite a friend – I bet ya’ll wanna be my friend now!

Actually, The friend needs to be working in my store – so I bet ya’ll wish ya as working in a scrap store right now!

So, seeing as Kira is going to be indisposed for a little while with her new bundle of joy it will be Sharon going with me. Lucky though, might have had mutiny on our hands if Kira was able to go.

Our invitation is due to the terrific range of Tim Holtz products we stock at The Scrapbook House and have had since it first was introduced. Of course, anyone who knows us, also knows that the Holtz lines are synonymous with our classes, and there has been many a class with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the requirement list. My absolute favourite, and it’s paid off! Woo hoo!

More news soon…. But this can only mean one thing for sure…. More Tim Holtz at The Scrapbook House.


It’s not all fun and games and dressing up you know! We actually do get some scrapping done.

Here are some layouts my friends and I completed over our weekend away. Enjoy!

by Alison. Play – Al loves Kraft!


by Alison – A Wild Ride.

by Alison – Wild Boy

by Nat – Friends

By Basilia – The Travelling Red Dress

Basic Grey POTM February kit, Tania – Horseriding

by Tania – My Crafty Boy

Basic Grey POTM kit 2011, Tania – Michael Buble

Nats class kit, Tania – A little fruity

by Basilia – Little Man

Nat’s class kit, Michele – Mates

by Michele (apologies for losing your ‘f’) Father and Son

By Nat – Happy Feet

by Alison – The Groundsman

Copy of a Geraldine Pasinati layout, by Basila – Dream Big

Copy of a Geraldine Pasinati layout, by Nat – Your Beauty Radiates

Copy of a Geraldine Pasinati layout, by Tania – The Little Things

Copy of a Geraldine Pasinati layout, by Michele – My Precious Girl

Scrap FX

 Mum-To-BePeas in a PodPirate PackTool Set, mediumFlourish FFlourish M Damask LeafFlourish Q Swirl

I love these chipboard words, shapes and off-the-page products. Because they are sold ‘raw’ (or “naked” hee hee) you can do so much with them. Ink them, Glimmermist spray them, or cover them with papers. You can paint them  or chalk them or add crackle mediums and texture paste and go to arty-town~!

We have so many of these chipboard babies in store already, but I am doing another order soon, (they KEEP bringing out new stuff!) so please head over to the ScrapFX Website and take a look at their awesome range of products. If there is a piece you’d like, flick me an email (Contacts at the top of this page) and I will add it to my next order.

I love Michelle Logan’s work, she is on the design team for Scrap FX, and  if you have another minute (and you KNOW there is always another minute on the computer.. just one more minute…) head over to her blog and check out the creation above in more detail as well as many other works!

Also… check out the Scrap FX Gallery for lots of cool pages, each listing the items used… so easy for you to re-create.











Here is a layout  completed recently on a ‘Winter Girly Weekend’ and it was documenting our previous ‘Summer Girly Weekend’. I used Pink Paisley paper and glimmermisted it, then stamped with a script stamp in a few places. 7 gypsies rub-ons (love the colours in these)  were added, then Prima and Tim Holtz ribbons are layered up (and misted) as well as a punched border using black card. The lamp post is Cricut cut using Heritage, and then a few Prima flowers (and one from Petaloo) Hidden in there are some filmstrip ribbon by Tim Holtz ,some Martha butterfly punches and a new trinket by Bo-Bunny. The scrolls are Twiddleybitz Nero range and the title is by Scrap FX. This is painted white, then sprayed with glimmermist. It is also backed it with black and hand cut.  

Scrap FX is a laser cutting and etching business, designing and manufacturing cardboard (chipboard), acrylic, wood, and paper products for wholesale in the craft industries: scrapbooking embellishments, cardmaking, titles, handmade invitations, home décor and more.



New on the block

 We have been madly getting organised for new scrapbooking and cardmaking classes that start next week, planning, photographing, writing, printing packing and ordering. Yes, you heard right… “we”.

I am delighted to say I am permanently adding to the team with a new staff member (it seems there are so many these days) and her name is Kira. I was spoiled for choice as there are so many lovely ladies out there who would love a position at my little shop, stay tuned… there will be another one added soon.

Kira is a cardmaker and scrapbooker with a lovely personality and will fit in just fine and I just know the girls in class are going to love her.

So… no more ‘going-it-alone’ for a while for me, as much as I loved it. Working too much, even if you completetly love it, is not what life is all about and I have to learn that I just can’t do it all, and let go of that control freak inside me. Wanting to do it all.. all of the time. I am actually very excited about this.

My designers are working hard to bring you the best in cardmaking and scrapbooking classes and have the Term planned out. But wait… what’s this? CHA is on in the US at the moment… and the new products are being released. Oh my oh my~!  I can’t wait for the yumy new stuff to hit our shores. Prima has done it again… with delicious new flowers, centres, stamps and more. There is over 200 pages in ther new catalogue… I am almost grateful that I do not have a copy. I would be flat broke. I love it all!

The new Basic Grey stuff is awesome.. but when do they ever fail to deliver? Their stuff is always (well pretty much) going to be a hit. Love their 4 new ranges, wish now I hadn’t got so much of the latest one as I think when the new ones come they’ll take centre stage.

The card classes use lots of Hero Arts Stamps.. and I have been waiting for the new ones… holding off ordering till these were released… and here are the clear stamps. There are Clings and Wooden ones too. So… I haven’t put my order in yet.. but if you want to preorder any of these email me at, or give me a call 99648288 (we can take messages after hours too) or best yet… come see me!

Now have a look at these… Lubbly!~ I just love new stuff, don’t you?

Copic Class

Anyone use Copic? I did this class and learned to blend and colour with these groovy pens.

While I loved what I did, I still love my watercolours. Funny how we get attached to our favourite techniques.

The biggest trouble I can see is that I will require too many colours, needing to have each shade and then the refills too. I can see this emptying my purse very quickly, so I am not convinced in stocking them yet.

Think they are cute? The blending technique you can see is the shading of colours, most noticeable on the shoes and dress, where there is a darker shade.

What we are up to in our classes

We have classes at The Scrapbook House every week, and each week it’s something different. We teach Scrapbooking of course, but also cardmaking and off-the-page projects too. Our samples are usually up in the workroom. Here’s a look at this week.

Tuesday we had Scrapbooking class, (there are 3 times for this class to suit everyone). This week we created a flower from Grungeboard and added it to a lovely vintage looking page designed by Nat Perks using 7 Gypsies. It was time-consuming but totally worth it and each and every one looked beautiful.

Our Wednesday class yesterday was learning to make these great little gift bags, boxes and cards using the Crafters Companion and decorated using the Cuttlebug. These were made from 3 sheets of scrapbook paper and a bit of white card for the butterflies. Everyone went home with a set. How sweet.

Next week we are making 3 gorgeous cards using Hero Arts stamps, distress inks, chalk inks and a little bit of cuttlebugging too. There’s a couple of different techniques we want to master with water misting and distress inks to create lovely watercolour images.

The Thursday night class is also using Distress Inks (can you tell they are my absolute favourites?) We are making 4 notecards, each with a different technique.

There’s always more, and each week we come up with something new, come by to see our displays.

Cards Class

My desk is chock a block full of cardmaking stuff… it’s overflowed onto the bench behind me and I’ve filled up the trestle table we brought in. I have been under the pump to get these cards designed for the upcoming term and finding creativity difficult when it’s so noisy. I hoped when the kids went back to school and ‘normality’ set back in, I would be a goer again.
I love what I have done so far, but I haven’t finished. I will, I just have to stop procrastinating and DO IT.

Here’s the first card series for this term, Wednesdays, teaching watercolouring along with a whole lot of other basic stuff. I love that we are using the new Hero Arts stamps and the new embossing folders by Cuttlebug. Oh my goodness, I can do a whole term of classes on the new stamps and folders, I have to hold myself back.  If you are interested in a couple of hours of cardmaking fun you can still book. There is room in the morning class for one more, and plenty of places in the afternoon class.