Sunday, 23 June 2013

Workshop Secrets

Hi there,

I'm so sorry I've been a but quiet on the blogging front lately. I've just been busy! I've had a busy time with work, kids and scrapping and something else had to give! Anyway, I am here to make amends.

I thought It's high time I gave an update on my Workshop Secrets articles in Scrapbooking Memories magazine.

Vol 15, No 6
This subject was about using old papers as I felt this is an issue we all have to deal with. Since I wrote that article I haven't thrown out any old papers as I keep using them for backgrounds and in the ways I discussed in my article. Here's my favourite layout from that article.

I used mists over chipboard shapes to create the background and layered strips of old paper along with a painted chipboard border to form the vertical piece. The black ribbon is exactly how it was cut off a present a long time ago and I topped it all with that gorgeous Manor House flower.

Vol 15, No 7
This was hopefully the only time I ever have something published that I'm not happy with! When the magazine offered me this regular article there was so little time to get the first couple of articles done. Neither of the layouts in this edition turned out the way I wanted but I had no time to re-do them. This will be a long post if I put all the layouts up so I'll just leave these ones out!

Vol 15 , No 8 and No 9
These were my articles about photographing your work for blogs and submissions and how to get published in magazines. I hope you got a few ideas from them! In a bit of a twist, the magazine chose some of my layouts that they had already accepted as the ones to publish with the second article. Here's one they chose.

I had fun creating this one. I randomly stuck chipboard letters all over the background but deliberately stuck the x and o where I did. I used Dylusions to spray over the centre of the layout and built the page up over that.

Vol 15, No 10
I chose a somewhat different subject for this one - I discovered that it can be pretty cool to create shadowbox layouts by raising the edges and other parts of a page. Adding 3D elements around the edges can really give the page that extra pop.

For this layout I cut the border from the Graphic 45 paper and added this over another piece of the same paper. To help you pick the detail on a flat photo, the border includes (clockwise from centre top) the trapeze girl, the ringmaster, the running clown, the curtain and the title. The pages are quite stunning in real life but don't show the detail on photos.

I hope you're enjoying the articles. If you have any comments or suggestions, by all means let me know!



  1. I know!! I have had a most extra busy week this last week, and have a few days of blogs to catchup on.. but thankfully the school holidays begin and I hope to slow down and do some scrapping this week!! I did see these articles in the mag, but seeing your photos on your blog helps to see the details much better.. I do like how you used the letters in the back ground, and I have some papers that would have to be painted over many times to make them acceptable to me now.. oh what was I thinking when I bought some of those!! Some of the thicker papers I use to just re-inforce the back ground papers if they are not card stock thickness and this has been helping use up some papers I have got when I bought the 'stack' type books of papers.. I hope you have a great week!! Thanks for all your tips too!!

  2. Wow wow wowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! These are all gorgeous!! So many beautiful colors and layers... and totally LOVING that alpha one!! AMAZING!!!

  3. Your daughter's so pretty and neat Heather. Great page. Be happy about your work. . . it's all great!

  4. Thanks for sharing your tips. I have used a few old papers lately as borders around a layout. It is a sense of satisfaction to use old papers up, as I know I have way to much stuff, but what is a girl to do , when there is soooooo much lovely product around, makes it hard on a girl :)

  5. great techniques thanks for sharing :) have a great week :)

  6. Lovely work!!! My fave is "smile". Everything you do is awesome! :D

  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! These are simply amazing! Love all of them!

  8. You've got some lovely pages here Heather, the misting looks fabulous.

  9. You've shared lots of cool techniques so far! Awesome!