Scrapbooking on a Budget!

It has been said that Scrapbooking is an expensive hobby.  Let's be honest - most hobbies are expensive. BUT that does not mean that Scrapbooking has to be expensive.  If you consider the many hours of pleasure you get from Scrapbooking a page or making cards or a Mixed Media Project, it is actually not expensive at all.  Having said that - people do of course measure the cost in $ - if you live in South Africa - Rands and Cents!
Cariena set out to prove that you can really scrap on a budget.  She spent less than R350 and created 5 Scrapbook Pages!
Best of all, she still has enough paper, stickers and chipboard left to create at least 2 more layouts!
She used the fabulous Simple Stories Travel Notes Collection.  This collection features bright colours and bold designs - but you can select to create toned down projects as seen below, by simply choosing your papers carefully.
Buying a paper pack with matching embellishments like Stickers or Chipboard, means that you can be assured that everything matches.  You can then add simple elements like flowers, bling, ribbon or a die cut and some glitter, to add interest to your pages.  Most Scrappers own these elements and we all need to use our stash. 
We hope that you will be inspired by these layouts.  We are offering FREE scetches of the layouts below with measurements if you purchase the products Cariena used or you can purchase the complete kit for assembling these layouts.
Just send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to order the kit with all the add on products.
To create the layouts, you will need the following products:
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Cariena Explore Simple Stories
Cariena Adventure 2 Simple Stories
Cariena Adventure Simple Stories
Cariena When in Doubt Simple Stories
Cariena Escape Simple Stories

Important News and Competition Time!

As you may or may not know, this weekend sees the launch of our NEW Flagship Annual Scrapbook Event - simply called THE EVENT!  We can't wait to welcome all the attendees to our new Event - they are going to be spoilt rotten and have so much fun!

Our shop will be closed to the public from 4pm Friday, 15 June and will re-open on Friday 22 June at 8:30am.  We are taking a few days' break after the Event before the busy season starts again with the School Holidays and the JBay Open International Surfing Competition.

Our Online Store will shut down Friday 15 June but re-open Sunday evening 17 June.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

We leave you with some inspiration, a FREE sketch and a chance to win.  This is a layout Cariena did for Lady Pattern Paper in 2016 using some of her GORGOUS papers that are still available for purchase!

Create your own version of this layout using ONLY Lady Pattern Papers and you can win a Scrapbook Studio Product Hamper filled with Lady Pattern Papers and some other awesome exclusive goodies - only available from our shop!

Send you layout to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 20 July.  You must use the sketch as a guideline for your layout.

We hope you will have lots of fun creating your own project based upon Cariena's layout.

Keep warm and please be kind to those who are not as fortunate as you are. 

There, but for the Grace of God, go we all.

The Sales Team
Scrapbook Studio

Step by Step - Chipboard/Stencils and Rust Paste

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Products used

Just Because Travel 1 papers

Finnabair Rust effect paste

Finnabair Patina effect paste

Celebr8 word Brave MB2604

Celebr8 Gear corners MB27411

Bubble stencil

Melange Art pebbles


First of all, I created my basic layout.  Added the photos etc.  Now it was time to create all the elements.

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The chipboard word and gears where painted with the rust paint and with a fine brush the patina was added and blended.

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The Melange Art Pebbles where treated in the same way.

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With the bubble stencil I mixed the dark brown of the rust pasted with textured paste and used thru the stencil with a pallet knife and then waited for it to dry.

Then added the other 2 rust effect paste with a fine brush to the bubbles.

I then added the patina in the 3 shades with a fine brush.

I did not mind if it went over the edges of the circles it added to the paint splatters on the paper

(but if you don’t like that effect place your stencil over the bubbles and then do the other steps it you will get much cleaner lines)

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Hope you enjoyed this technique






Have you used your Finnabair Prima Marketing Inc. Authentic Rust Pastes recently? We want to see how you, the "normal" scrapper, uses these products in your work.

You must just like your project and it must have made you happy creating it!

Send your project to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with a write up and explanation of what inspired you and you could win a Scrapbook Studio Shopping Hamper Valued at R350.

We have 5 of these to give away.

Get your entry to us on or before 30 June 2018.


Demo Day - Mixed Media Background

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i used a Lady Pattern Paper Technique Cardstock for demonstration purposes.  i just love this paper.  it can handle moisture as well as heat (obviously within reason as all paper) and the Primary Elements just loved being misted on this surface...  hope you can see the shimmer in the photo below.
to achieve the look, i simply sprinkled some of the Primary Elements Powders onto my background and then misted it with water to make the powder react with the water.  i did use a heat tool to dry the page.  of course it had slight wobbles, but i simply glued the whole piece to a piece of thin cardboard, which straightened it out again.  you can make your own glimmer mists with Primary Elements as well, you simply mix the powder with water in a mister bottle.
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Nuvo Glitter Paste is literally GLITTER with a little paste that adds dimension to your projects when used through a stencil.  it is thick and luxurious, not runny at all and dries fairly quickly.  the glitter effect is subtle - loved working with it!
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i applied the Couture Creations Gloss Finish Paste through a Kaisercraft Stencil - Collage and then sprinkled it with a custom made glitter mix.  love how it picks up all the colours i used on my project.  you should try mixing a few colours of glitter together - it is like magic!
i used Lady Pattern Paper Dainty Damask together with  Studio 75 Violet Love - the two complement each other perfectly! i used the LPP Paper as a base, fussy cut the flowers from the Studio 75 paper and also used it to stamp my title and type my journaling on.
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 Tonic Nuvo Mousse is one of my favourite products at the moment.  i applied it with a jumbo dauber through a Scrapbook Studio Just Because Moroccan stencil.  this is just to add a soft look to a layout - it does not add texture when you apply it with a sponge.  the beauty of the mousse is that you can apply it with a spatula and then achieve a textured look.  i also used the mousse to chalk the edges of my papers and to make the splats on the page.
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i finished the page off by adding some of the Kaisercraft Silk Foam Flowers Endri had made demonstrating how fabulously easy it is to make them - it just adds a softness to the project and livens it up.
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hope you will also try just creating a background and then filling it with elements - it is a lot of fun and there are NO RULES - except to enjoy yourself and have fun!
hope you have a great and creative week.
big hugs

Inspiration Sketch April 2018

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Sometimes the most ordinary days can turn into a GRAND Aventure!  This happened to Frans and Susan in December 2016 when they went for what they thought, would be a very uneventful cruise on a quiet lagoon.
They day turned into a Grand Adventure when they lost their balance and the canoe capsized!  Lucky for them there were a few avid photographers nearby and these moments were captured forever!
Cariena used the Celebr8 2018 Core Ranges to create this layout. 
If you click on the layout you can download the FREE class from Create with Cariena.
Life is a Grand Adventure Sketch

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