Monday, May 26, 2008

New Design Team Placement!

It's official! I am very excited to announce that I am one of the new justjohanna Design Team members!

justjohanna is a stamp company from the USA that manufactures and sells a beautiful collection of fun and fanciful wood mounted stamp designs that are suited to both stampers and scrapbookers alike.

I am one of 9 new members to join the team - comprising of 26 very talented ladies from all over the world! You can see who else made the team here.

It's a 6 month position from June 1 to Nov 30 2008 and I am looking forward to what the next 6 months will bring!

You can see the range of stamps in the catalogue and purchase directly from justjohanna in the USA, or through Lime Tart which is the distributor of justjohanna stamps in Australia & New Zealand.

And never fear - I am still a very proud and happy member of the Scrapbook Savvy Design Team as well! :)

~Sarah~

Friday, May 23, 2008

May 08 Savvy Sketch Challenge!

I created this layout as an example for the May 2008 sketch challenge at Scrapbook Savvy!

The sketch used is from Becky Fleck's Pagemaps site. You can see it here.

I have used:

* Bazzill Cardstock
* Dream Street Papers (new in the store - go check them out!).
* Grungeboard letters
* Kaisercraft Flowers
* Prima Flowers
* Kaisercraft Pearls (chocolate)
* Carolee's Creations Tiny letter stickers
* October Afternoon rub ons (Cream)
* Chipboard flourish
* LYM Gem brads
* Heidi Swapp Brads
* Lace, ZIG Writer, Inks, Ribbon.

Why don't you give the sketch challenge a go this month? You could win a $25.00 Scrapbook Savvy Voucher!

Until next time.....

~Sarah~

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mel's Savvy Scraplift - May '08.

This month, the task for Mel's Savvy Scraplift was to scraplift this layout by Renee Dowling!

You can see Mel's fabulous example here.

Here is my example:

I have used:

* Fancy Pants Patterned Paper
* Kaisercraft Patterned Paper
* Luxe Designs Transparency
* Hambly Screen Prints Transparency Frames
* Prima Felt Flowers
* Kaisercraft Flower
* Grungeboard Hearts
* Making Memories Noteworthy Chipboard letters
* Making Memories Eyelet Lace
* LYM Gem Brad
* Bazzill Cardstock

Here is a close up of the flower / hearts embellishment:

This month at Scrapbook Savvy, the entire Fancy Pants range is on special for 25% off, so be quick and grab a bargain - the sale ends at midnight on the 31st May 2008.

Bye for now!

~Sarah~

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Renee D's Photo Challenge - May 08!

This month, Renee's photo challenge was to capture an image (one distinct object/animal/element) in mid air/flight ( or even falling), with the image in the foreground of your shot.

You can see Renee's example here.

Here is my example:
I took the photo with my Canon DSLR set to "Close Up" mode. As the bubble was a moving object, I first locked the focus on the bubble blower and then moved it out of shot - hoping that the bubble would get in the shot and stay in focus! Which it did eventually!

This was a really hard challenge - it took many attempts - and it was a two person job! I had to get my Mum to create the bubbles while I took the shots!

But I'm glad I persevered because I think it looks pretty cool! I love how you can see my mum's arm holding up the bubble blower on both sides of the bubble - and how you can really see the oily texture of the bubble!

Thanks for looking!

~Sarah~

Friday, May 16, 2008

The Savvy Celebrity Spotlight on Fleur Broughton!

Today my Savvy Celebrity Spotlight is shining on well published scrapper and ScrapFX design Team member Fleur Broughton!

I have always liked Fleur's work when I have seen her pages in the scrapbooking magazines, and I recently got to see her pages in person on the ScrapFX booth at the SIA trade show! They were awesome!

Check out my interview with Fleur here.

Fleur is also an Independent Stampin' Up demonstrator, so if you would like to get your hands on an IDEA BOOK & Catalogue, or to book your own WORKSHOP, you can contact Fleur via her blog!

~Sarah~

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Savvy Saver Layout!

This month it was my turn to do the "Savvy Saver" layout - i.e a layout created for less than $5.00!

It was soooo hard to limit myself like this! I'm a total product junkie and I love using all the latest and greatest, so it was really hard to hold back for this layout!

Here is what I came up with:

This layout only cost $3.40 to make! The only thing I purchased was 2 x sheets of Fancy Pants patterned paper and the rest came from my stash or the recycling bin!

I have used:

* Fancy Pants patterned paper
* Acrylic paint stamped on with recycled bubble wrap
* Recycled cardboard from packaging
* Ink, ZIG Writer.

I used my computer to print out the title onto the recycled cardboard, then cut each letter out with fine tipped scissors. I gave the letters texture by running them through my cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I used the same cardboard for the photo mat.

I inked all the edges with brown ink, and I created the "buttons" using a circle hole punch and an anywhere hole punch.

See - you can create great pages on a budget! You can check out the past Savvy Saver layouts by the other DT girls here - now you'll have no excuse not to get scrapping! :)

~Sarah~

Monday, May 12, 2008

Pagemaps!

Sorry it's been so long since I last posted - it has been super busy here of late and I have been sick! But I'm back now with a layout to share!

I was recently lucky enough to be asked by Becky Fleck of PageMaps to create a sample layout for her May newsletter!

PageMaps is a great site that has sketches or "page maps" to use as inspiration to create scrapbooking layouts and cards in all shapes and sizes! I love Becky's sketches - I often use her sketches when I create my layouts.

Here is the sketch I got to work with:

And here is my layout:

That's me and my daughter! :)

This sketch was for her "SideMaps" which are for horizontal 8.5" x 11" sized scrapbooking pages. You can see my page and the other great SideMaps sketches and examples here as well as the new 12"x12" PageMaps here.

I just recently bought Becky's new book - "Scrapbook PageMaps: Sketches for Creative Layouts". It's fantastic - I've already used it to create a few layouts! It has these great cards with it that you can take along to crops etc if you're in need of some inspiration without having to bring the whole book. It's soooo cheap at Amazon at the moment and only takes about 2 weeks to get to Australia - and it's well worth the wait when even with postage you're looking at paying about half what you would pay in stores in Australia!

If you're ever stuck for ideas on how to lay out your next page or card, visit Becky's extensive archive section - there's LOTS of inspiration there!

Thanks for looking!

~Sarah~

Monday, May 5, 2008

And the winner is.....

SALLY from GEORGIA, USA!

Congratulations Sally!

You have won yourself this fabulous prize pack of goodies from Darkroom Door!

Please email me with your details and I will get Rachel to send your prize pack out to you ASAP!

I know you'll have as much fun with these goodies as I did!

Congratulations also to Debbie Baker, who was the lucky winner over at the Darkroom Door blog!

A big thank you goes out to everyone who stopped by both here and on the Darkroom Door blog to check out my creations - I really appreciate all the lovely comments that were left! :)

Stay tuned on the Darkroom Door blog as there will be more guest designers revealed in the coming weeks. I know who some of them are, and they are ULTRA talented, so be prepared for some inspiration and eye candy!! LOL!

~Sarah~

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I'm a Darkroom Designer! *Give away alert!*

OMG I'm so glad today is finally here and I can share my exciting news with you!! I've been busting to let the cat out of the bag for weeks now, but I have managed to keep it a secret!


I am thrilled and honoured to announce that I am the current guest Darkroom Designer over at the Darkroom Door Blog!

I have been busy creating samples for Rachel and Stewart with the fabulous new range of goodies from Darkroom Door, and they will be featured on their blog over the next few days!

There's a bit about me, as well as details on how I made each project, and the products that I used.

Rachel Greig is without a doubt my all time favourite, no questions asked IDOL, so I am absolutely beside myself with excitement to have been asked to take part! :)

***GIVEAWAY!!!***

Rachel has very generously given me a pack of Darkroom Door goodies to the value of $25.00 to give away on my blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner at the end of the special feature on the Darkroom Door blog. How cool is that! I'll share a pic of exactly what's up for grabs soon.

Rachel will be giving away another pack on the Darkroom Door blog, so leave a comment there too for another chance at winning some of these great Darkroom Door products!

~Sarah~

Sarah's Random Challenge! May '08.

This month I have chosen a colour combination for my Scrapbook Savvy Random Challenge!

Your task is to create a layout using only Black, White, Pink, and Green!

Here is my example:

Believe it r not, it wasn't until I was half way through the page that I realised I was sing the Scrapbook Savvy website colours to create my page! LOL!! I picked the colour combination, because I had new papers spread out on my scrap-desk and the colours just jumped out at me!!

I have used:

* Fancy Pants patterned paper
* Kaisercraft patterned paper
* Teresa collins patterned paper
* Prima felt daisy (these are sooo nice!).
* American Crafts Thickers letters
* CC tiny letter stickers
* Ink, black cardstock, zig writer, foam mounting tape.

Here's a close up of the Prima Fun Felt Venti Daisies - they are gorgeous - so much nicer than your average silk ones from other brands!


So, get your entries in using this Savvy-tastic colour combo by Midnight 31st May 2008 for your chance to win a $10.00 Scrapbook Savvy Voucher!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's entries! :)

~Sarah~