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A Papercutting Journey Part 2

Following on from my first attempt at Papercutting I have been continuing to learn and work with this new skill.

I love doing it, but it is not an easy thing. It takes a lot of time, it is very fiddly, and things do go wrong, but none of that has put me off, and really was what I expected. But I am determined to keep practising as I think papercuts firstly are beautiful in their own right, but secondly will make a lovely addition to any of our albums or keepsakes. It is an idea I have had for a while and one that I am working hard on making a  reality.

I love a challenge and I really challenged myself with my second papercut.

It was very different to my first one, it involved a lot of free hand cutting, I no longer had the security of my ruler for straight lines. It also involved writing and was one a much smaller scale.

I wont lie it was a tough papercut, and I did make mistakes, a few leaves didn’t stay because I was a bit too heavy-handed, but every mistake is a learning curve and the only way to get better is too make mistakes.

But in the end I was really pleased with how it turned out.

I stuck the papercut onto a nice slightly patterned paper and then backed this with black card, and placed some brown string onto the back to be able to hang the papercut with.

It now is perfectly placed in our lounge and is another papercut that I am very pleased with.

(This papercut is for personal use only and will not be sold)

(All credit for this paper cut design goes to IPmaxie you can find this template here)

Product Of The Week 10/06/2015

Product of the Week is an opportunity when we highlight a product, show what can be done with it and have it on a special price for one week only where that product is 10% off.

This week our Product of the Week is a little different!

Instead of just one product we are having the Product of the Week over a range of Products, the Father’s Day Range of products and keepsakes.

All of these products and keepsakes are have 10% OFF until Monday 15th June 2015, (It is only lasting until Monday for the item to be posted and arrive in time for Father’s Day)

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This Dad’s Gardening Book is a great little twist on the Five Paged Mini Album, and shows how versatile this album really can be!

This album stores little packet of seeds, and has tags in the album to write all the information that you need about the seeds in.

Small enough to fit in Dad’s pocket, large enough and full of enough character to have a permanent space in the potting shed.

Until Monday 15th June this keepsake is only £13.95 including Postage and Packaging. (Can be personalised and made in your own colours and themes)
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This Happy Father’s Day Framed Scrapbook Page, holds up to a 8″ x 10″ photo and is set in a wooden box frame, so you can store some 3D items in the frame as well.

 

A great 12″ x 12″ page that will look stunning on any wall in the house, and be perfect for Dad to show off all year round.

 

It is a great price at only £22.95 including Postage and Packaging. (Can be personalised and remade in any colour or theme that you want)

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This Red and White Five Paged Mini album, again shows how versatile this album can be. This one is made with a selection of handmade tags, 10 large, 4 medium and 4 small tags.

 

The tags are very small, they could be used for photos, but can also be used for personal messages to Dad, vouchers that he can use over the year, or just little pictures that the children have brought him.

 

Again this keepsake is only £13.95 including Postage and Packaging and can be made in any colour or theme, and can be personalised to what you need for Father’s Day.

IMG_0947_edited-1This “Dad” Scrapbook Framed Page, is another 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook page.

But one that is very different to the previous page, this page holds three 6″x 4″ photos, and the middle photo mat is not completely stuck down so that the photos, either side of this mat, edges can slide under the middle photo mat.

A great page for the Dad that loves photos, or for the Dad that has more than one child.

At only £22.95 this is a great offer on the page, and includes all Postage and Packaging. This page can be custom-made to your own colours and themes and can be personalised.

These products of the week will stay on offer until Monday 15th June 2015 and a new product of the week will be announced next Wednesday.

 

Father’s Day Presents 2015

If you live in the UK you will know that in the next few weeks it is Father’s Day, actually in 11 days it is Father’s day, and if you are like our house that ends up being a slight mission. Along with Mother’s Day we have presents for our Fathers, and then presents from the boys for their Grandads and presents from the boys for Daddy. That is a lot of presents in one day.

And I don’t know about you I find Dads very hard to buy for.

So for the first time this year I decided to have a specific section of albums, and scrapbook frames for Father’s Day.

The Father’s Day Gifts section went live last night in the shop, and only has four items in it.

But there are many variations with these items.

Each item can be brought as it is, and it can just be wrapped and posted to you.

Each item can be personalised, with yours or your children’s name on or the year, or date, or even the name that you or your children use for your dad.

Each item can also just be an example of what can be made. The four items are two types of albums and keepsakes the Five Paged Mini Album and the Scrapbook Framed Page and both of these can be completely custom-made for Father’s Day, so your colours, your theme, your style and your words. That is still possible before Father’s Day.

The choice is really yours.

The biggest thing is that all of our albums can be used for Father’s Day, but I have made the choice on a select few and have actually made specific pieces so people can see what is possible for Father’s Day and the biggest news is that all these albums are currently on sale.

Until Monday 15th June 2015 all of the albums and keepsakes in the Father’s Day section are 10% off their usual price including postage and packaging. This is a great sale to coincide with Father’s Day and one I hope will be taken advantage off.

PLEASE NOTE: All Father’s Day orders need to be made by Monday 15th of June for postage purposes, completely new custom ordered products need to be made by Friday 12th June for time to make the order and postage times.

A Papercutting Journey

I love paper, as I think we all know and I love any craft with paper to be honest.

I am addicted to Scrapbooking, and have developed a love for Book Folding / Book Art but have always had a yearning to have a go at paper-cutting.

It is like I have always been drawn to it.

I have looked and admired it for a long time. But this week decided to finally take the plunge and have a go at it myself.

I got a free template from PrettyLittlePDesigns via Facebook, you can see their full website here, that can be used for personal use, and when Boo went down for his afternoon nap I printed the template off at home and sat in the craft room having an attempt at my first papercut.

I thought that the papercut would be really hard to do and was worried about the curved lines, but I found that it wasn’t as bad as I first thought and I actually really enjoyed sitting there doing it.

I had a good two-hour session on the cutting in the afternoon, and then in the evening I started again and within another hour I had completed the whole cut.

I found some lovely dark blue card and knew that this was the perfect backing paper for the cut.

And then I found a lovely new white photo frame that set of the cut beautifully.

By the end of the evening the cut was up and hanging on our wall in our lounge.

It is by no means perfect, and there are still things that I need to learn and I need to practise. But for a first attempt I am so pleased with the finished piece. It is something I have always wanted to do and I am so pleased that I went for it.

Firstly because I love it.

Secondly because I enjoy it.

Thirdly because I think it will compliment the albums, scrapbooks and keepsakes that I already make, and will open up a new range for Scrapbookerry, in the future.

But this piece will remain hanging on our wall as a reminder of the very first papercut that I did!

A papercut to always remember.

(This papercut is for personal use only and will not be sold)

(All credit for this paper cut design goes to PrettyLittlePDesigns you can find them on Facebook; www.facebook.com/prettylittlepdesigns or on their website www.prettylittlepersonalised.co.uk)

MyMemories Review

As you know from my previous post, I dip in and out of traditional and digital scrapbooking, and love to do both of them.

I love the ease of digital scrapbooking, and it the immediate effect of it, there is no printing of the photos before you can scrap them, it is a case of take the photo, edit it and scrapbook. With the ease of the laptop it is something I can do instantly after taking the photos, and can do in front of the TV as well. What a great way to spend an evening!

I don’t want digital scrapbooking to be difficult I am a firm believer that no scrapbooking should be difficult. Which is why I love MyMemories Suite

It is a digital scrapbooking software that is so easy to use and has great flexibility, you can be totally creative and develop your pages from scratch, or you can use pre made templates to make your pages. You can drag and drop your photos into the pages, or you can use the auto fill feature. So basically it is up to you how creative you can be, or how difficult or simple you can make the pages.

And you don’t have to just do scrapbook pages. You can use this software to create scrapbooks, photo books, custom gifts, invites and many more items.

If that isn’t enough you can get your digital pages printed professionally or you can print at home. It really covers everything and is a scrapbookers dream.

I love the ease of the software and that you can make a page, save an album and then add to that album as and when you need to. A great feature as I am not a chronological scrapbooker, I scrapbook pages as I have ideas for them, so always have lots of albums on the go at the same time.

It is quick as well.

Only this morning I made these two pages, within an hour, using the exact same items, but creating two completely different pages.

Such a simple style, nothing too complicated, two different pages that really compliment each other.

The library on the software has been perfectly fine for what I have needed so far, but the advantage of MyMemories is if I wanted some different items, or pages, their shop on the site is vast, and I have been looking regularly at the different items that can be brought. There really is something for everyone there, which I think is an added advantage, and all are so reasonably priced or even free. You can’t get better than that.

I certainly will be using MyMemories from now on for my digitally scrapbooking and will be recommending it to anyone that asks as well. As it is such a joy to work with.

And the best bit is that MyMemories have given me a lovely code for you the readers.

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This code gives you $10 discount of the purchase of the My Memories Suite making the software only $29.99 which is a complete bargain as I promise you, you will use this software for many years and for many items.

Just go to this link to buy your software, click on Add to Cart and then enter this Code into the Promotional Code field on the Shopping Cart Page.

 

Traditional versus Digital Scrapbooking

This is a question I get asked regularly.

What is the difference between traditional and digital scrapbooking?

Traditional Scrapbooking

Traditional scrapbooking is using physical products to make a scrapbook. So you use cardstock as the main page and for mats for your photos, you use embellishments to decorate the page and stickers or stamps for headers and journalling on the page. All the items in a traditional scrapbook are stuck onto the main page, via adhesive and all the physical items that you use need to be photo safe, so acid free and lignin free to preserve your photos at their best state for longer.

You complete a page at a time, some are single pages and some are double page spreads and then all the pages are put together into an album.

Digital Scrapbooking

Digital scrapbooking, still includes backing papers, photo mats, embellishments, and headers and journalling. But the big difference is there is no adhesive.

All digital scrapbooking is done on a computer and generally on a photo editing software, I personally use MyMemories Suite (I will be blogging about this at a later date) the adding of the photos, embellishments, and journalling is all done via your computer, or editing programme.

Once a page or scrapbook is completed there are two options at the end, you can either keep the whole thing on your computer (if you choose this option please back up the scrapbook as it could be lost very quickly) and just view it digitally or you can print the pages, or complete scrapbook off. This can be done in a variety of ways. Via a printing company, or at home, (if you have a large enough printer) individual pages, or as a photo book. But once it is printed the page is completely finished and all the designing has been done digitally.

Hybrid Scrapbooking

Hybrid Scrapbooking is a bridge builder.

It is a version of scrapbooking that combines both traditional and digital, where you do most of the page digitally, print it off and then add some traditional embellishments to the page via adhesive.

What is the right way to scrapbook? 

There is no right and wrong answer to what is the better way to scrapbook, it is just about what you are most comfortable with.

People can be very firmly in one camp or the other and don’t feel that the other is as good as what they do.

I am not that type of scrapbooker.

How do I scrapbook? 

I started scrapbooking as a traditional scrapbooker, and to be honest most of the time I still am. But I dip into digital scrapbooking, more and more now a days to be honest, purely because I don’t always print my photos and it can be a more spur of the moment thing. I can have a bit of time free of an evening and decide to complete a page in MyMemories, and then will get it printed at our local printers.

My albums have both options in them, they are traditional and digital, I don’t add embellishments etc to my digital pages once they are printed, but I do have hybrid albums. Some pages are completely traditional, others are completely digital, but in total they make a stunning album.

So it really depends what you like, and what you feel comfortable with. I am totally of the thinking that as long as you are scrapbooking whether it be traditionally, digitally, or hybrid then that is a good thing as you are preserving your photos and passing them onto your future generations.

Learning To Decorate Candles

I love crafting, paper and scrapbooking is my baby, but I love all sorts of crafting, and I love to learn new things.

So when I got the opportunity to have a go at decorating candles I snapped it up.

I thought it would be really difficult and I was totally wrong, it is actually one of the easiest crafts I have every tried.

All you need is some napkins, or decoupage, an embellishment iron and some candles, and you are ready for a night or relaxation and crafting.

It is really that easy.

The only thing that really stops you is your own creative imagination.

It is also a very quick craft, both these candles were done in two hours, that included sharing the iron with four other people. So if you were using this solely on your own you really could complete the candles very quickly.

We love candles in our house and I wanted a different candle that wasn’t really feminine and that would appeal to both the husband and I.

I made this very simple candle, using two napkins and some gems. It is a simple yet striking design and one that both the husband and I like. I was really pleased with the look of it.

Then I decided to be a little organised.

Every year I want to incorporate a lot of handmade presents into our Christmas gifting, and to be honest it doesn’t really ever happen, mainly because I am busy with the business making items for other people. So I thought this year I would get organised and start very early with my making.

So I made this candle. It is for a specific person and it will be a Christmas present.

Again, it was such a simple make, just a napkin and some star embellishments added to the napkin design. It is so simple yet so lovely once finished, and I know the person I have made this candle for will absolutely love it. I can not wait to see their face when they receive it.

What other crafts would you like to learn?

Do you give handmade for presents? If you do I would love to see some of them.

A Packaging Update

For a while now I have wanted to update the packaging that the albums are sent to customers in.

It isn’t so much the outside packaging that i wanted to change but more what comes with the albums inside the packaging.

I have been aware especially if the albums are brought as a present for people that they may not know what they are receiving.

So yesterday I changed this.

It was something that I had brought the typewriter for a little retro packaging to go with our gorgeous albums.

Now each album will come with a little thank you note, a thank you for your order, and a little information if there are any issues, or if you want to have a  further look at our website.

They also now come with a little instruction leaflet for each album you buy.

These are a simple instruction leaflet that tells you about your album, how many photos it can hold, and what size pictures it can hold in the album.

Something nice and simple, but something that I hope will make the experience of buying a Scrapbookerry album even more enjoyable.

These along with the business cards, and the adhesive make a great addition to every album, and I hope that they make our albums more enjoyable and easier to use as a gift or if you are buying them for yourself.

A Catch Up and Some Plans

As you may have noticed Scrapbookerry has been very quiet recently. We have been doing a lot of work at home these past few weeks, and we still have a lot of work to do. We have been in our house for nearly 8 years now and for the first time ever we don’t have children on the way, or tiny children in the house, or a wedding, or dogs moving in. So now is the time to actually get the jobs that we have always wanted to do done. The first job has been the kitchen, which is a huge job and is still in the process of being finished, after that a wall will be coming down downstairs, and another is being built and a new doorway is being knocked through. They are big jobs, but they will make the downstairs look amazing and it is the best way to get the most space out of our area. Especially with two boys who are getting bigger and bigger by the day and need more space every few minutes.

What has been done so far is amazing, what still has to be done is huge. I promise to share some photos when the kitchen is all finished. But the work and the children have been keeping me massively busy at home.

We have been making lots of memories, lots of photos have been taken and we have been having trips out every day, but time has run away with me.

Although one thing that the break has made me realise is that I have missed the business.

Really missed the business.

I started this business because I was passionate about keeping your memories alive, and sharing your photos, memorabilia and your memories with your future generations.

I will be totally honest and admit, somewhere along the way, I am not sure if it was happening for a while, or happened quickly, but somewhere I lost that passion. I lost the faith in what I do. I questioned what I was doing, and why I was doing it.

The thought of actually closing the doors even entered my head, mainly because I had lost the passion, secondly because the sales had become low.

I lost the enthusiasm, and that developed a ripple effect, people started talking about my hobby, not my business, I got told about jobs that were going nearby, all because I wasn’t acting like my business was my business. I lost the drive.

But having this break has shown me even more that I have the drive.

I have the passion.

I want people to understand Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes.

I want people to truly understand the importance of Scrapbooking, Memory Keeping and Keepsakes. This isn’t just about making you photos and memorabilia pretty, this is about passing down the moments. Keeping them for yourself so you never forget that special moment, place or person, but also protecting your photos and memorabilia and passing them onto future generations.

We are a throw away society, sometimes this is good, sometimes it is really bad.

It really is a disaster for people not to pass on their memories, photos and keepsakes and I want to show people this, make them understand this and help people to scrapbook, memory keep, and make keepsakes.

While I have been in the depths of entertaining children and living in a building site I had a think, a very long serious think and after doubting my products, and I really have this year, I now believe I have been doubting the wrong thing. (Well I truly hope so anyway, I do believe the products are good products they are great albums, mini albums, journal jars, and keepsakes)

However the marketing for the business is not great. I am a one woman business and it isn’t possible to do it all. Some things have got to change.

I can do all the work, make all the albums, but unless I am seen on the internet and tell people about what I do no one knows I am here, no one will buy from me and no one will learn about scrapbooking and memory keeping.

So I have made some marketing decisions.

I will be keeping the website, I will be sorting out the SEO on the website, and really tweaking it to be the best it possibly can be.

I will be making some new ranges, I have a lot of ideas but I need to put some feelers out to see what you as the customer really want, and what you think is a good or bad idea. Keep looking out for the market research questions, as these will give you a clue to what is coming.

One thing I am going to be doing is not solely rely on Facebook and my website. I need to really develop the marketing of the business so I will be joining a selling site, something along the lines of Etsy or Crafty Magpie and I will be spreading my wings across social networking sites.

There will be lots going on behind the scenes and with two children things can happen slowly but I am in this for the duration and will be helping people to protect their memories and photos for as long as possible and I hope you will continue to join me.

Oh and if there is anything you really want to see in the business then now is the time to shout leave any ideas or suggestions below.

Product Of The Week 11/03/2015

Product of the Week is something that used to happen every week on our Facebook page, but was never transferred across the board.

It was an opportunity when we highlight a product, show what can be done with it and have it on a special price for one week only where that product is 10% off.

So for this week only the Product of the Week is…

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These albums are a great mini album, at only 4″ x 3″ in size, they are big enough to hold your favourite items in, but also small enough to have with you at all times in your bag.

The album has five pocket pages, and each page holds a tag in the album which is a little smaller in size than 4″ x 3″, in total there are 8 tags in the album and these can be used on both sides, giving you 16 areas for photos and memorabilia.

All Five Paged Mini Albums come with enough adhesive for you to attach your photos and memorabilia to the tags.

Perfect for gifts, as you can fill them with love, or perfect for yourself to have all your family photos near you.

Over the years the Five Paged Mini Albums have been a great hit.

They have been sold pre-made, and have been a popular seller as a custom ordered album.

They have been ordered for many reasons, and this is just a small list of why people have brought them.

Autograph books, Five Paged Mini Albums are the perfect size for children to collect their autographs while on holiday in Disneyland.

Brag books for Grandparents, these are a huge hit to give to Grandparents as brag books, a great way to send them some great photos of their grandchildren that they can carry around with them and show to all their friends.

Travel Books, Five Paged Mini Albums are small, but big in personality and because each page has tags in the album, they are a brilliant album to use when travelling. They are a perfect size to keep a couple of photos of each trip and also perfect for storing train tickets, show tickets etc.

Business Card Holder, a great way to display your business cards and to store other people’s cards that are given to you so you never misplace them.

Portfolio, these are great little albums to use as portfolios for your own business. They can be stored in you bag and can be used to show of your own work when anyone asks.

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But there are so many other reasons to order a Five Paged Mini Album, they can be used just to store photos in, to write your favourite quotes in, write in affirmations, or just to record your favourite song lyrics.

Five Paged Mini Albums are fab little flexible album that has many uses.

For this week only running from the 11/03/2015 – 17/03/2015 all Five Paged Mini Albums are 10% Off making them only £13.95 including Postage and Packaging

  • Product of the week applies to pre-made and custom ordered Five Paged Mini Albums.
  • Each Five Paged Mini Album ordered within the Product of the Week promotion includes 8 tags in the album for £13.95.
  • Product of the week runs for one week only from the dates shown above and will stop running at midnight on the 17/03/2015.

Currently there are three pre made Five Paged Mini Albums the Dark and Light Pink Album which you can buy here, the Travellers Album which you can buy here and the Christmas Five Paged Mini Album which you can buy here.

If you would like to order a custom ordered Five Paged Mini Album you can do so here.

 

 

 

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