Friday, 1 August 2014

Guest Designer - Solfrid Bjerga (JONNA)

I say it a lot, in fact I am the proverbial broken record, but I never fail to be amazed by the incredible talent that you, our wonderful followers, have! The biggest thrill for me is that we get to know a little bit more about some of you by inviting you to be our Guest Designers.

I am over the moon that our GD today said yes to such an invitation. She is a fantastically talented lady and I am delighted that she is here with us to share her beautiful work. It is the one and only....JONNA!

As always, we asked Jonna (Solfrid) to tell us a little bit about herself:

My name is Solfrid Bjerga, also known as Jonna, and I live in Sandnes, Norway. I discovered scrapbooking back in 2005, and have spent lots of time (and money) on this hobby since then….
I mainly make layouts for my twin girls, now almost 10 years old. But occasionally, I get the opportunity to use other kind of photos. I also make cards, and a few altered objects.
I do like to try out various styles of scrapbooking, from mixed media style with lots of paint and ink, to more clean & simple. And I always try to get better at journaling.
Even though I’m the mother of 2 girls, and have 7 nieces, my layouts are usually not too girly. I seem to prefer boyish colors and embellishment, and that style seems to fit my photos better.
Currently I’m on the designteam for a local scrapbooking store, so I always have easy access to lots of gorgeous products. So it’s more about finding the time to be creative, than lack of great photos, inspiration, and supplies….
I’m really honored to be a guest at Scrap365, so thank you very much!

The other thing we ask out GDs for is their two favourite layouts; how they choose is beyond me! 

Here are the ones Jonna (Solfrid) chose :)

Love that delicious background work!!

Jonna's last task was to create a layout using our current sketch...and she did it to perfection!

Hooray indeed!!! 

Thank you so much to Solfrid (Jonna) for being our Guest Designer and thank you to you for popping in today :)

Ali (Ed) x


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz

I seem to be doing a lot of apologizing lately !!!! This week I had my first Wedding Shoot, I loved it.....I came home and processed most of the photos. My new computer arrived, I re-installed all my photo software, started processing the remainder of the photos and my helpful 18yr old son, somehow managed to delete all the photos I'd been working on !!!! Of course I had backups and copies of the original images, but it means I've got to process them all again, and as I took 1,500 photos it may take a while !
Its also the start of the school holidays in the UK, so the first week or two is always chaotic, but it does mean there are usually a lot more photo opportunities, and maybe a holiday away?
I've also not been too well, so I'm sorry I've only managed to get week 25 done - I'm Wayyyyyyyyyyyyy behind, but it does seem that lots of other people are too. This weekend I've got an all day crop, so hopefully if I can get the photos printed out I should manage to do 3 or 4 weeks worth ! (That's after doing all the wedding processing first of course, the Bride & Groom are desperate to see the photos!)

WEEK 25:

A pretty average week again - this is what life is really like, and the children still wait excitedly to see my pages - a good sign!  Hopefully its the start of summer, the flowers in the garden are looking spectacular. I was away for the weekend on a retreat and had some new pj's....and we're trying to eat more healthily, well apart from the big jar of cookies !

I'm using some of my handmade cork embellishments and some funky foam arrows I made from my Sizzix Tim Holtz artful arrow die....its a whole mixed bunch of arrows that are perfect for using on these pages, I used card stock, funky foam and cork to make a pile of them !

I believe for the next Pockets with Pizzazz you're going to have a new volunteer designer, it'll be really nice to show you even more styles of pocket pages. There's a lot of talent on the Scrap365 design team and they are slowly starting to embrace this style of memory keeping.

Hope to be back soon, Elaine

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Illumination Love

Hello lovely scrappers,

it isn't very often that I get time to scrap these days, but when I do I am beside myself with glee!!

None more so than when I get to play with the most sublime papers and embellishments from our fabulous sponsor this month; the wonderful Tusia and 7 Dots Studio :)

I totally fell in love with the Illumination collection; I adore the ice cream colours and love the dark charcoal B sides of the papers.


The embellishments are pretty amazing too!!! Black and white text stickers and die cuts, co-ordinating coloured stickers, fantastic wood (aka chipboards) and beautiful stamps (both images and quality!)

So with all this bounty on my desk I couldn't wait to play :) 

I started off by spraying some yellow ink onto the Acceptance paper. I sketched a square (ish) with pencil and then went over that with white Gelato.

Then came my favourite bit; the layering up of all the bits and bobs. I had a load of off cuts from other projects that I had done for the magazine. Bizarrely, I am always happier finding homes for the wee bits - somehow they always fit into place!! 

The stamps are brilliant; I cannot tell you how many times I have used the circle sentiments!! I currently have a pile of rather lush gold embossed live, laugh, love circles on my desk :)

Finally, came the dimensional 'chipboards', which to my mind are always the perfect finishing touch!

If you haven't invested in any of the 7 Dots Studio products yet; then go and take a peep here.

There is something to suit everyone and believe me when I say the quality is sensational!! Tusia has made sure that the papers will stand up to anything you want to throw at them....I just choose to keep mine pretty much as they are ;)

Thank you for popping in might just want to head over to our Facebook page in a bit....just saying ;)

Ali (Ed) x

Monday, 28 July 2014


Hullo there, my scrappy friends. I've shared one of the pages I created using Kreinik Threads HERE....& for this post, I'd like to show you this:
Oooh! Totally DELISH:) I've created a little canvas celebrating crunching my shoes in autumnal leaves!!!
Then I pulled out the Kreinik thread that is you can shape it! The sample I got came in white - I imagine it comes in other colours, or alternatively, you could colour it if you wanted!
 So, I created some hearts & spirals...& went to 'town' with a PILE of threads on this page!!!
Here's a closie of this SPARKLE-icious COPPER thread:
 Thanks for looking ~ & happy scrapping ~ Lizzy ♥♥♥

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Guest Designer - Sarah Groen

Hello lovely scrappers!

The best part of my job is, without a doubt, seeing all your wonderful work and my favourite post of the month is the Guest Designer spot :)

This month we have a wonderful scrapper and a super duper lady to boot....our winner of the April sketch challenge...Sarah Groen!!

Let me hand you over to this talented English Kiwi to tell you all about herself:

Hi Scrap 365 fans.

Firstly let me say how thrilled I am to be Guest Designing for this awesome challenge. I first came across Scrap 365 on a trip home to the UK and it really was ‘love at first read’.
I currently live in New-Zealand with my husband, Mark, and our 6 gorgeous children, Chris 23, Jaime 21, Adam 20, Natalie 17, Sophie-Kate 9 and ‘baby’  Benji 5. I was born in Stoke-on-Trent, near Manchester and, although I love NZ, I still think of England as being ‘home’.  I have been scrapping for around 8 years and try to do something ‘scrappy-related’  every day. It is my ‘me’ time. Most of my inspiration comes from my family. I am currently on the design teams for the chipboard manufacturer 2Crafty and the on-line challenge blogs Color, Stories, Inspiration (better known as CSI), 1,2,3, Challenge blog, Stuck? Sketches and Scrap the Boys. I have been published in many magazines both overseas and on NZ, and in 2009 I was lucky enough to be picked as an ‘elite team’ member for NZ’s premiere scrapping magazine ‘Up2Scrap. My style is a little arty, a little whimsical and sometimes rather quirky. I love to create my own backgrounds and could not live without spray inks, masks and white card stock. My favourite manufacturers include October Afternoon, Crate Paper and American Craft. My favourite colour combo is pink and teal (I use a lot of yellow in my pages too - it is such a happy colour!).
Thanks so much, Ali, for the opportunity to design for this challenge. I hope that I have managed to inspire you a little and that you enjoy trying out this awesome sketch for yourself.
So now onto the fun bit...seeing Sarah's beautiful layouts in all their glory :)

Finally we have Sarah's stunning interpretation of this month's sketch:

Totally scrumptious eh? Just how much beauty can you pack onto a page?!!

A massive thank you to Sarah for being our GD and, as always, a big thank you to you for popping in today.

Now that Sarah has shown you how versatile our sketch is I really hope that we see your work in the linky soon - who knows you may be our future Guest Designer :)

Have a smashing weekend,

Ali (Ed) x 

Friday, 25 July 2014

Inspired by the June/July issue

Hello, hello!

It’s Marsha and I'm going to show you what I created with the June/July 2014 issue of Scrap365 as my source of inspiration.

If you've stopped by the blog on Wednesday you've already read about 'Inspired by': Riikka Kovasin and I challenge each other each month to create something with a particular theme or thing in mind.

This theme or thing can be anything and for July Riikka and I decided that the June/July 2014 issue of Scrap365 would be a brilliant source of inspiration!

As you know, Riikka and I are both contributors for the magazine. I’ve been on the team right from the beginning. I love working for Scrap365 and I love reading it. There’s a great mix of styles in the magazine and there is always something that blows my mind. I’m biased of course, but I think this is the best scrapbooking magazine around and I’m proud to be a part of it!

My 'Inspired by'-project was a no-brainer: my summer break was coming up and I thought that I would probably need something to document my summer break adventures in. So… the idea for a mini album was born.

I decided to use a Snap! binder as a foundation. I’m not sure if I will keep everything in there for good, but I figured that I could always choose to bind the pages in another cover later on.

For the inner pages I cut about 15 sheets of mixed media paper to size and I thought that the Hello, hello Studio Calico scrapbook kit would provide me more than enough papers and embellishments to last me my 14 day break.

And then my summer break started…

And I played around with paint and had some fun scraplifting from the magazine…

But the summer break weather wasn’t that good…

And my husband and I ended up doing a lot of cleaning and purging…

And that wasn't particularly noteworthy…

And when we did do fun things, I didn’t have time to document…


All I had to show for this 'Inspired by' are a couple of foundation pages...

I had a lot of fun making them though! One of the things I did during my summer break was organize my craft supplies (again...) and it was extremely satisfying to use some of those supplies in the process of creating the foundation pages.

I didn’t really think things through beforehand. I just started with the first article and I went on from there, skipping to fun background ideas first. If you happen to have the June/July issue at hand, it might be fun to grab it and see where I got my ideas from!

Inspired by: Inspiration Station – Doodling by Emma Trout

Zentangle and doodling are so on trend right now. And it’s so relaxing to do! I love the way Emma combined it with scrapbooking. Her pages look fab! My doodling still needs a bit of colour, but I’m a bit hesitant because I don’t want to ruin things!

Inspired by: On the Bright Side by Sanna Lippert

This was a step-by-tutorial. At first I thought my page looked terrible… But I just continued to follow Sanna’s directions and I had the best time creating these backgrounds.

I was happy to use Nathalie Kalbach’s Stampendous stamps on these along with Distress Stains/Inks and WOW! Embossing Powders.

Inspired by: Stash Savvy by Birgit Koopsen

Birgit makes brown paper look sophisticated… I dug out one of my self-carved stamps to create the background paper, just like Birgit did in the article!

Inspired by: Jazz it up with Gesso by Ali Parris

I just followed Ali’s directions and then left my pages to dry for a looong time… That’s why these are still quite bare.

Inspired by: Viewpoint by Kristin Tweedale

I’m a big fan of Kristin, not just because of her simple scrapbooking style, but also for her choice of subjects to document. So I just had to include her! I liked the idea with the alpha’s so much that I basically scraplifted her page.

And that’s all I have to show for now… I keep all pages in the Snap! binder until I figure out where all the photos and stories are going to go:


I still have to print the photos and plan on finishing the mini album soon after. I have a serious habit of not finishing any vacation album if there isn’t a deadline attached, so wish me luck!

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Inspired by the June/July issue

Hi there! It's Riikka here to share something I did with Marsha Valk this month. Or actually do every month... We have this thing we call "Inspired By". It dates way back, when we got to know each other and were talking in Whats App about movies. But what is Inspired by? Every month we choose a subject to be inspired by. It can be almost anything - we've used movies, items, paintings or music as past inspiration. Then we make something inspired by that theme or a piece of art and share it in our blogs on the 10th of the month.

This time we thought not to look further than to the fabulous magazine we both create for, Scrap365. We took the latest issue, Jun/Jul 2014 and went from there! Well, latest then we decided the theme as the new issue is just published.

The June/July issue is full of great projects, like always, but what struck me the most was articles by Emma Trout and Ifa Zainon. I loved Emma's doodlings and the way she had arranged them on the page as well as the big frame she had in her layout. Ifa's piece on the other hand had fantastic ideas for embellishments - like Hama beads! So I combined the two sources of inspiration and put together this layout you can see below.

Can I just say that I love those photos I used? We, Marsha and me, traveled to Version Scrap this spring and while in Paris, Marsha spotted a photo booth in a metro station and in we went! Result were these lovely photos! It felt so right to be doing a page about Marsha for the challenge! She's my darling, very good friend and I really loved spending time with her this spring! So thank you Marsha for taking the trip with me! The journaling is about that moment we decided to take the photos and how I just love them.

I recorded a little video while working with the page. There's some gaps there - like the whole doodling part - as I thought that a) my head would have been constantly in the shot and b) that would have been so boring to watch for 10 minutes how I slowly color and doodle the design. Hopefully you'll enjoy it anyway!

If you have the magazine you can see how Ifa's layout also inspired me in my composition. And that little rainbow thingie. I did do many different Hama embellishments, but somehow the rainbow fitted to this page the best. It's like finding a treasure at the end of one - a good friend! Like in Ifa's page I also used a lot non-scrapbooking supplies in my page and went rummaging through my kids crafty stuff. That little toad stool for example came from there, but if my memory serves me correctly, it originally came from Marsha. 

The doodlings were also heavily inspired by Emma. Well, for the big flowery one I traced the design in the paper and then colored the segments differently, but the little falling ones are very much like those in Emma's page. She had used a doodled frame in her piece, but I decided to let myself easier and used two fuzzy cut ones from a paper by Sodalicious. The big one is from a dolly house packaging from Ikea. I've been hoarding it since Christmas as I really loved the design.

So there you have my piece inspired by the Scrap365 Jun/Jul 2014 issue! Thank you for your visit! Wishing you a lovely day!

Materials: Glitz Design, Design Memory Craft, Badges Folie, Prima Marketing, Sodalicious, Teippitarha, My Mind's Eye, Sharpie

How fabulous to find out that our magazine not only inspires you, our reader, but also our designers!! 

Amazing work from Riikka, as always ;) Be sure to join us on Friday for Marsha's Inspired By post...I wonder what articles inspired her?!!

If you would like to get your hands on the JUN/JUL back copy then please visit our online shop here.

Have a happy Wednesday,

Ali (Ed) x