Thursday, 8 October 2015

October 3T's and some September winners ...

I will be announcing our September winners shortly but first I would like to introduce you to our next edition of Tips, Tricks and Techniques for 2015 - this month presented by team member Wendy O'Keefe.

Hello Scrapbooking Friends,
It’s Wendy here today to give you some tips on how to incorporate ephemera or paper memorabilia in your digital layouts. There are many ways to use memorabilia on traditional layouts – in memory pockets, in envelopes, glued to the page, etc., but it’s not always immediately obvious how to do it on a digital page.
My first tip is to keep any bits of paper that remind you of an enjoyable experience. It could just be a tatty ticket, or an advertising brochure, which may appear to be insignificant at the time but you will be amazed at how much they can jog your memory when it comes time to journal your experience. You will often find that, far from insignificant, you can incorporate some parts of the memorabilia in your layout.

I kept this advertising flyer as a prompt for my journaling.

I actually ended up using it as a main component of my layout when it turned out that I hadn’t taken any good photos to scrapbook. I’ve used the flyer to show you three different techniques of how you can use it on your digi page.
First, I’ve just used the actual flyer as a photo on the page. I did this by scanning the flyer, saving it in photo format, and adding it to my layout. This is probably the easiest way to use the flyer and, as you can see, the journaling is the hero on this page.

Second, I’ve extracted the picture from the flyer and used it as an embellishment on my page. After removing the background I added a 3D edge and a shadow to the picture of the puppets.

Finally, I’ve made the picture of the puppets and integral part of the background. This I did by enlarging the embellishment I created for my second layout, removed the 3D edge and the shadow, and softened the edge instead. Then I changed the opacity of the altered picture to around 80% (so it would blend in better) and flattened it against the background paper.

Now I have a layout to remind me of a fabulous experience, even though I didn’t manage to get any photos at the time.
Thanks for taking the time to read my tips and techniques.


Thank you Wendy - this is such a clever technique and is really very effective.

and now onto our September winners .....

Thank you everyone for playing along with us last month - we had some really fabulous entries and it was incredibly difficult to come up with our voted upon winners. 

 Regina Chandler is our winner of the prize pack from Flourish with a Bling. 

Haley Hamblin is our winner of the prize pack from Mystical Scrapbooks.

Our random draw winner of a lovely prize donated by myself is #12 - Giorgia Rossini

Giorgia Rossini for Paper House

Congratulations ladies.

Could the winners please contact me with their postal details.  You have until the announcement of the winners for next  month to do so. Don't forget to grab our winners badge from the sidebar.  Could I just remind everyone that while we welcome you combining with other challenges our limit is two - so ours plus two others only and this includes items you may have done as part of a DT.

Our Creative Team highlight from last month is Mary.  She will receive a little surprise something from me.

Don't forget to enter this month's ARTastic challenge.  All the details are in the left sidebar. Remember you have until the end of the month to submit your entry.

Please pop back on the 15th when we will have more delightful team inspiration to show you. 


  1. Yay! Wonderful winning pages.....fabulous:) And I LOVE those hints, Wendy. Even as a trad scrapper, I've got some new ideas! Thank you:):)

  2. Congratulations winners. Well deserved. Hope you can join in our challenge this month :-)

  3. Very Clever Wendy, I have not done digi scrapping , but they are great ideas ! Congrats to the winners and I am very suprised to be the creative team highlight , thank you !