Friday, January 31, 2014

New Design Team Members!

We've got some exciting news to share today, we have a couple new additions to our Design Team!

You may or may not know that Debbie Sherman designs for our Scraps of Elegance kits, well we are thrilled that she will also be designing with our Scraps of Darkness Kits!

I'm Debbie and I live in Wyoming with my husband Jeff and our 2 Labs Mojo and Pearl. I'm also a grandmother of 7, who inspire me everyday, they are the reason I started scrapping!

I have been involved with one craft of another all my life.  I started out beading jewelry when I was about 7 and sewing when I was 12. One day I discovered scrap booking and then it became an obsession/passion!  My husband thinks I'm a hoarder now but I say I'm just well supplied. My style varies and over the years has changed.  One day I can be in a Shabby Chic mood and the next day  I find myself elbow deep in paint and art journals.  I'm a visual person and when I see a product I love I create around it.  I draw inspiration from many places, flea markets, family, grandkids, old and vintage and color.
I'm an avid photographer and have been blessed with many professional photo opportunities. I spend time with my camera daily. More photos = more scrapping!!
I'm beyond honored to be designing for Scraps of Darkness and with all the wonderfully talented designers you know.
Debbie's Blog


Lizzy Wurmann will be joining our team as an Educator!  Lizzy's innovative and colorful work has long been an inspiration for me and so many others, and we're so excited that is joining us!

My name is Lizzy and I'm from Santiago, Chile.
I'm a mom of three kids. Daniela (30), Valentina (26) and Felipe (20).

I've been scrapbooking since 2005. I started  as a digital scrapbooker and then I joined many DT's (Doris Castle, Lawanna Dejardin, Michelle Shevland among others).
I got published in Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital Studio, Digital Scrapbooking (CK Media)...

In 2007 I started with traditional scrapbooking and now a days, I'm trying different techniques and styles and I'm in love with art journal and mixed media. I could say I have a free style,  sometimes quirky or abstract. I LOVE color, it inspires me to create.
Lizzy's Blog

Both of these talented ladies will begin inspiring us all with our March kit, and we can't wait to see what they do with it!

Welcome Debbie and Lizzy!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

My first Style & Sophisitication reveal!

Hi everyone!

Today I am sharing my first layout I did with the gorgeous Style & Sophistication kit!

I fell in love with the colors of this kit - they are stunning !

The lacey ribbon in the kit is beautiful but I wanted to do something more
with it so I used some gel medium and just before it was dry I wrapped it around my foam paint brush handle and let it finish drying!  So I got this cool ringlet - then I added some gesso.
The pretty blue flowers were the white flowers from last months kit that I sprayed with mist from a previous kit!  I also added gesso to the kit flowers

I used my mask and some modeling paste to create the background then I used my gelatos from the store and then sprayed the image with Lindy's Stamp Gang Starburst Mist - Midnight Rendezvous Raven from the color add on.
I also 'dropped' mists around the page

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Angelica's Debut!

Today I wanted to show you the gorgeous
first layouts from Angelica Astrom 
our newest design team member!

This layout is stunning!

I love the dimension, layering and the clustering...simply gorgeous!

her second layout is also as beautiful!

she adds so  much dimension with her fussy cut flowers!

It is so soft and delicate but full of drama with all her elements!

Thanks for stopping by!

Graphic 45 Couture tag journal tutorial - Make It In Minutes! by Renea!

Want to create a gorgeous gift or a place where you can journal and tuck in some of your favorite memories, but don't have a lot of time to put into it? Well, then I have a fast and FABulous project that you can put together in about 20 minutes, and it will look like you spent hours on it!! All you need is this month's Scraps Of Darkness Style and Sophistication Kit, a flower from the Floral Add On (or one from your stash) some glue and some foam tape and you will be set to create this Couture Tag Pocket Journal:

Step One:
Take the Graphic 45 Couture Collections - Accessorize Paper from the Kit and
Cut at 8 inches (You will have a 8 inch tall x 12 inch wide piece)
Score at 6 inches
Then fold in 1/2

Step Two:
Mark a 45 degree angle down the front side of the fold and cut away  the top section.
Glue open side and bottom together to form a "pocket".

Step Three:
Take the May Arts Black Lace cut to  fit angle and then adhere.

 Step Four:
Cut a 4 1/2 inch x 6 inch rectangle from the Graphic 45-Stunning paper in the Kit.
Distress the edges and ink with the Ingvild Bolme Rusty Bucket Ink from the Kit.
Center and adhere with glue to the pocket.

Step Five:
Fussy Cut out the "Simply Stunning" piece from the Graphic 45-Elegant Paper from the Kit.
Layer on top of the rectangular piece and adhere with glue.

 Step Six:
Create a pocket using the Graphic 45  Tags And Pockets piece.
Adhere with foam tape on top of rectangle.

Step Seven:
Take matching "Simply Stunning" tag from the Graphic 45 Tags And Pockets.
Punch hole at the top.
Take a 5 1/2 inch length of the Darice Trim from the Kit, cut it in 1/2, and tie one of the halves through the punched hole, and tuck the tag into the Pocket.

Step Eight:
Fussy cut the women from the Graphic 45-Elegant Paper in the kit.
Add it to the side of the pocket using foam tape down the backside and letting the lady in black overlap the pocket for wonderful dimension.

 Step Nine:
Take a stash flower or one of the Paprika Wild Blossoms from the Floral Add on and add it to the bottom of the lady in terra cotta's dress, then add in one dark and one light Kaisercraft Olive Paper Bloom from the Kit.

Step 10:

Cut out the remaining 4 Journal Cards from the Graphic 45-Elegant Paper.
Punch holes at the top, and use pieces of the May Arts Black Lace and Darice trims to form pulls.
Tuck the cards in layers into the pocket.

And there you have it - a wonderful pocket full of double sided pull out tags for journaling, placing small photos onto or for sending notes on!! A perfect gift or piece for any Fashion Diva~made in minutes!!
I hope you have enjoyed my quick and easy project and if you get a chance to create one of your own, please be sure to drop by and show it off ~Hugs~Renea

Monday, January 27, 2014

layout tutorial from Shanna!

you are all going to be so happy to watch this tut!


You will be able to create a layout like this

More from Mandy!

I wanted to share some more awesomeness from Mandy!

Isn't this amazing?

She started this page using "Kaisercraft" cream paper included in the kit.  By using the "Blue Flame" Silks Acrylic Glaze that was available with the add on for the kit she completely altered the look! She just kept adding color and color.....

She even used the silks on the chandelier garland!

this is so beautiful!!!

Her next layout is just as beautiful

the texture and layers and all around gorgeousness is amazing

Check out this cluster

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Kathy's beautiful projects

Good morning everyone!

Today I wanted to show you a couple of layouts by Kathy

I just adore her color combo - the bright green just pops off the beautiful blue!
The many layers, background work, distressed edges and the cardboard create texture and circles seem to create motion.  I also love how she laid the cord out!

The next one I will show you so sweet!
I love so many elements of this one - the die cuts, the doily behind the photo, the beautiful clusters!
It is such a beautiful layout!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa's gorgeous Graphic 45 shadowbox

Every month I am so inspired and overwhelmed by the sheer talent of my teammates!

Lisa's shadowbox is exquisite!

She did so much fussy cutting and layering of the elements

I just adore how she layered in the G45 chipboard pieces

The added silvery lace and chipboard she used the mists from the color add on to alter
are perfect

Th techniques and time she put into this luxurious box is amazing

she tore up book pages and adhered them using gesso, then misted using the mists from the color add on! She stamped and applied more gesso - crazy talented!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Win our January kit!

That's right, we are giving away one of our Style & Sophistication kits to one lucky winner!

Get the details on how you can win this fabulous sold out kit on our Facebook Page:

The winner is going to be chosen by a random draw, so this is not a talent or popularity contest, everyone who enters has an equal chance to win!  Good luck to everyone who enters!!!


Friday, January 24, 2014

Renea's stunning tray!

Hey everyone!

Today I am going to blow you away with an awesome project by Renea!

Ok while you pick yourself back up I am going to share some of the details.....

she stained the tray with multiple layers of mists, and stains, then added a distressed look, by painting random places with some Croco paint, added in lots of different paper pieces for the backgrounds, as well as doing some backgrounds with stamping. The Ingvild Bolme Ink in the kit was perfect for adding those stamped details!

She did so much fussy cutting

I am in awe!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sandi's gorgeousness

Its is crazy how talented some people are....

Sandi is one of them that is uber talented

check out her fabulousness (<---- Laura word lol)

She created this gorgeousness using this months sketch!

She used the Kasiercraft Key to my Heart Collection
She did lots of layering, fussy cutting, stamping and it seems like everything got an alteration of color from the mists. Here are a few closeuops...


she cut the doily in half and used mists!
Her next project is just as wonderfully beautiful!

She first tore all the blue tone papers in the kit and glued down to make the base for her canvas.
Then came the layers of color using Silks paints(color addon), mists, alcohol inks and gelatos!
Her tiara of flowers consist of the Blue Petaloo flowers and pink gems from the kit and the rest are flowers from her stash.
The gorgeous butterfly is also from the kit...altered a little.
Here are a couple of closeups......see the butterflies using the kit stencil!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Getting to Know Bente!

I was so super excited when Bente joined our team!

She is so uber talented and I love her style!!!!!

How long have you been scrapbooking?

I have actually been scrapping for a few years now.
I am not sure how many.., and the first years don't really count anyway as I have hidden away those pages at the back of my wardrobe LOL!
It is only the last three years since I started my blog that I have become more serious in my creating and have evolved as a scrapbook artist.
I started playing around on different challenge sites etc and learned a lot.

What was your favorite subject in school?

When I was a child I enjoyed and was even good at all the subjects at school. I think I enjoyed languages history and geography the most.
I did not like maths so much but still ended up doing economics and statistics at university,....

What's your favorite movie of all time?

There are so many great movies, I cannot say that I have a clear favourite.
Just to mention a few; Local Hero (with Burt Lancaster) , Lorenzo's oil, (with Susan Sarandon) , Nostalghia (by Andrei Tarkovski)
and on a lighter note Something's Gotta Give (with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson)

Aside from food, water, and shelter, what one thing could you not go a day without?

I need my scrapbooking supplies and my computer! From there I could probably do almost anything I want.
(At least it seems like that right now, but who really knows what you will miss the most until you don't have it anymore :-D)

Would you rather have a Margarita or Pina Colada?

Could I have both please,.... I don't really drink very often as I normally have to drive my kids somewhere.
Still you managed to pick my two favourites.
We lived in Mexico for three years and I developed a longlasting love for Margaritas, and apart from these two drinks I love me a good cold Mojito!
Cheers!! So happy to be here at Scraps of Elegance!!

Lets check out one of Bente's outstandingly beautiful layouts
She Used the gorgeous pink KaiserCraft papers with the stickers, pearlstring and lace.

the layering is perfect!

The gorgeous clusters!

I love the dimension she achieved

Check back in the next few days for more of Bentes gorgeous work!