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Step-by-step with Leeann Pearce

Master the art of faux wax impressions

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Step-by-step with Jodie Butler How to use fabric paper

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Step-by-step with Gail Lindner Create your own cloud embellishments

10 Step-by-step with Gail Lindner Create crepe paper rufes

12 Step-by-step with Melinda Spinks Rediscover the art of stencilling

14 Step-by-step with Kim Jeffress Creating shabby-chic embellishments

16 Step-by-step with Melinda Spinks Unique embossing ideas

18 Step-by-step with Kim Jeffress Using vellum on your pages

20 Step-by-step with Melinda Spinks Paper rolling techniques for you to try

22 Step-by-step with Skye Johnson Creating your own layered transparencies

24 Step-by-step with Gail Lindner Washi tape

26 Step-by-step with Kim Jeffress Creating denim embellishments

28 Step-by-step with Melinda Spinks Using punches to create your projects

30 Step-by-step with Gail Lindner Stamping with paint

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ne of the most popular of our regular features is our step-by-step articles. Completed by our Creative Team, they are informative and help scrappers learn new techniques and ways to advance their scrapping. This is why we’ve put together this handy little magazine with some of our favourite step-by-step articles.

We cover topics such as creating embellishments from your journalling, faux-wax impressions, organza flowers, stencilling and interactive pages. Our wonderfully talented Creative Team members over the last few years – Gail Lindner, Jodie Butler, Kim Jeffress, Leeann Pearce, Melinda Spinks, Skye Johnson, Sue-ann Tilby and Tammy Milborn – have created these articles with you, the scrapbooker in mind. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or advanced, or somewhere in between, you will find plenty of inspiration in the pages ahead.

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Step-by-step FAUX-WAX IMPRESSIONS By Leeann Pearce I’m so glad I’m making these embellishments; now I can stop peeling them off wine bottles! I can also produce them in a rainbow of colours and use lots of my own impressions from found objects around the home. They’re super easy to make with Fimo and take no time at all, plus they’re a fun way to personalise your page. Once you’ve given them a go I’m sure you’ll think of many other things to create with the rest of the Fimo. Even better, you could get the young ones in your family to make something special out of it for your next creation.

Two rockin’ divas BY LEEANN PEARCE Materials: Paper – Sassafras Lass; Punch – Butterfly; Embellishments – SEI brads, Fimo, Li’l Red Rocket button, Making Memories flowers, The Chip Chop Shop doily, Luxe Design letter stickers, staples, wool, machine-

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HANDMADE WAX SEAL

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STEP 1 Grab some Fimo in assorted colours, choose a colour to start with and break off about a quarter w of the block. Play with it till it’s soft and pliable, then roll bits of it into one long, thin sausage. Break it into pieces just smaller than a five-cent coin.

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STEP 2 I used a proper wax seal to make my impression, but buttons and other small objects are just as good. If you’re using buttons, go through your stash and pick out different types and ones with a lot of detail. Put the button on top of one of the small pieces of Fimo and press down, then peel it back carefully to reveal your impression. Keep going till you’ve done a few.

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STEP 3 Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging regarding baking the Fimo, then line a tray with wax paper, put the impressions on top and pop the tray in the oven. When the pieces are cooked and have cooled, finish them with a coat of varnish. Now, it’s just a matter of embellishing your next creation with your handmade wax seal!

FAUX WAX BUTTONS

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STEP 1 Once again, choose a particular colour of Fimo to work with. You’ll need more of it this time around so b break off half the block. Play with it till it’s soft and pliable, then put it on a bench and roll it out flat with a rolling pin. Flip it over and roll again so it’s even all the way across – you want it to be about 4mm thick.

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STEP 2 Open one of the embossing plates you use for your Cuttlebug and lay it over the Fimo, then go over it a couple of times with the rolling pin. Lift the plate to reveal your impression. To remove the Fimo, slide an egg flipper under it so it doesn’t stick to the benchtop.

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WARNING: Always read the safety directions on the packet before working with Fimo.

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STEP 3 Look for a few small circularbase objects around the house and use them as templates for cutting. Cut out some circles then poke two sets of holes in them with a skewer so they look like buttons. Once again, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for baking. When the buttons have cooled, swipe some paint across them and leave them to dry for a few minutes. Wipe off any surplus paint; this helps to highlight the impressions and gives them a ‘shabby’ look. Varnish to finish then get scrapping! www.patchworkandcraft.com.au 5

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Step-by-step FABRIC PAPER By Jodie Butler Fabric paper is fast becoming popular, with many scrapbooking companies releasing their own ranges. A little thicker and more durable than paper, it’s a versatile medium and great for adding texture to a page. Here’s how to make your own by combining fabric scraps and Jac paper … and a few fun ways to put it to good use!

Sweet heart BY JODIE BUTLER Materials: Paper – October Afternoon, crepe; Cardstock – Bazzill, American Crafts; Embellishments – Kaisercraft letters,, Prima Marketing Inc embellishments, ts, vintage playing card, paper doily, buttons, wooden pegs, twine, fabric. c.

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FABRIC LETTER STICKERS

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STEP 1 Put one piece of Jac paper on your work space, then peel back the w ttop layer to reveal the adhesive. Carefully place your fabric on top, with Caref the right side facing up, then smooth it over quickly with your fingers to remove any creases or air bubbles.

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STEP 2 Next, choose your title and copy the letters onto your fabric paper. There are a few ways to d do this, the easiest being simply to draw the letters onto the fabric by hand. Alternatively, you can trace the letters onto the backing sheet or even use a die-cutting machine that’s suitable for use with fabric.

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STEP 3 Cut around your letters with small scissors, using a sharp blade for any fine detail. Remove the backing sheet carefully and your letter becomes a sticker – simply press it in place on your page! And don’t throw out the leftover pieces; you can cut them into small strips and use them as decorative tape.

FABRIC BANNER

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STEP 1 Begin by cutting one A4 sheet of JJac paper into three or four pieces, depending on how many different ttypes of fabric you’d like to use. Next, cut out fabric scraps the same size as the squares of Jac paper – use contrasting patterns and colours for a fun, vibrant effect – then stick the fabric and Jac paper together, as shown previously.

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STEP 2 Open one of the embossing plates you use for your Cuttlebug and lay it over the Fimo, then go over it a couple of times with the rolling pin. Lift the plate to reveal your impression. To remove the Fimo, slide an egg flipper under it so it doesn’t stick to the benchtop.

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STEP 3 Lay string or baker’s twine flat, then take one diamond shape and remove the backing. Place it under the string, which should run directly through the middle, then fold the shape in half carefully, ensuring the points match up perfectly. Press the sides together so they stick, then repeat this step with the remaining shapes, alternating the colours and patterns.

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Step-by-step CLOUD EMBELLISHMENTS By Gail Lindner There’s something about fluffy white clouds in a beautiful blue sky that makes me happy, so it’s no wonder I try to evoke that same cheerful feeling in my projects by incorporating a cloud design! You can easily create your own stunning cloud backgrounds with supplies you have on hand already.

Carefree BY GAIL LINDNER Materials: Paper – Echo Park Paper Co; Cardstock – Bazzill; Embellishments – American Crafts letters, Greatest View fabric and felt flowers, thread, buttons, VersaMagic ink, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Font – Freestyle Script.

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FREEHAND CLOUDS

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STEP 1 Cut white cardstock down to size. Make your template by freehand M drawing or tracing a cloud design along the top of another piece of cardstock or stencil plastic. I like to make two templates that are slightly different to ensure a more random look.

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STEP 2 Place the template just on the bottom of the page and lightly spray it with sky-coloured mist. Carefully lift up your template and f move it up the page a few centimetres and lightly spray it again. Continue moving the template up, alternating the templates if you wish, and misting until you reach the top of the page.

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STEP 3 Finish off your clouds by removing the template and lightly misting the bottom of the page (the first row of clouds) so it blends in a little better with the rest of the page – leaving you with a finished page of clouds.

MASKED CLOUDS

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STEP 1 Cut Jac paper (double-sided adhesive paper) to the size you want. Peel off one side of the w backing b ki paper then, using a ready-made cloud template, trace and cut clouds out of this backing paper to use as masks. Arrange on one side of the Jac paper.

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STEP 2 Pour fine light blue glitter over the top of the masks for your sky. Ensure all sticky bits have been covered in glitter before shaking of the excess.

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STEP 3 Carefully peel off the cloud masks and pour white or crystal glitter over the newly exposed Jac paper to fill in the cloud shapes. Shake off the excess glitter. Embellish as desired to create a card front or use as part of a layout.

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Step-by-step CREPE PAPER RUFFLES By Gail Lindner With the variety of crepe paper colours readily available, a delightful, dimensional ruffle can suit a whole host of themes from girly to rustic and everything in between. Creating a ruffle with a gathering stitch will give you the perfect result every time – but we won’t just stop there!

Little miss diva BY GAIL LINDNER Materials: Paper – My Mind’s Eye; Cardstock – Bazzill; Embellishments – American Crafts letters, Prima Marketing Inc and Green Tara flowers, Elle’s Studio journalling spot, Zva rhinestone swirl, thread, bead letters, doily, crepe paper, VersaFine ink, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Font – Poor Richard.

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FOR THE FRILL

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STEP 1 Cut two chunks of crepe paper out of the rolls, one 4cm wide and the other 3cm wide. Unravel them, then llay the smaller strip on top of the wide one and stitch them together right down the centre using a loose gathering stitch on a sewing machine. Leave plenty of thread at both ends and cut notches in each end of the crepe paper before you start stitching.

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STEP 2 Gently pull on the thread at one end to gather your strip. Take it gently so you don’t tear the h crepe paper! When the crepe paper is nicely ruffled and the length you want, tie each end off and cut the surplus thread.

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STEP 3 Now comes the fun part – embellishing! Carefully fluff up the top frill to add more dimension. Spritz your ruffle with mist to give it a glittery shine. To really add sparkle, run a paintbrush with PVA glue or Glossy Accents along the edge before pouring glitter over it. Attach the finished ruffle to your layout with strong doublesided tape.

CIRCLULAR RUFFLES

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STEP 1 Punch circles out of Jac paper. I made larger rosettes so I used a 1½in circle. Cut two pieces of crepe paper out of the roll with decorative scissors or pinking shears. Place the strips together with the smaller one on top then stitch them along one edge. Gather your crepe paper.

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STEP 2 Fan the crepe paper strip into a circle, sticking it to a Jac paper circle as you go. When you’re happy with the shape, ensure it is well affixed to the Jac paper.

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STEP 3 Cover and embellish the centre of your rosette with another circle of Jac paper which you can coat in glitter. Fluff up the top layer of crepe paper and add a button to the centre to finish.

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Step-by-step STENCILLING By Melinda Spinks Have you had a rummage through your scrapping stash lately and come across items you thought were a wonderful idea at the time but never got around to using? Stencils would have to be high on this list for most scrappers as they are really cute and have numerous possibilities, but just never seem to make it to the craft table. I’m going to share a couple of ideas for using stencils that might see you dust them off and give them a whirl!

Girl’s best friend! BY MELINDA SPINKS, QLD Materials: Paper – Pebbles Inc; Embellishments – Pebbles Inc chalk stencils, American Crafts Thickers and rub-on letters, Imaginisce i-rock and glamrocks, thread, pen, Glossy Accents.

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STENCILLING WITH CHALKS

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STEP 1 Sometimes the hardest part of sstencilling is choosing which one tto use. I decided to go with a whimsical garden scene so my selection whims was quite simple – butterflies and flowers. Place your stencil onto paper and, using a chalk applicator loaded with the lightest colour of chalk, gently dab the area inside the stencil with your first layer of colour. Load up your applicator with a darker colour to create the shadow areas then apply.

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STEP 2 Keeping your stencil in place, use a black journal pen to create an outline around the image ((this h really adds to the whimsical effect). I recommend giving your image a light spray with hairspray to set the chalk areas. Another technique you can use with stencils is paper-piercing and stitching areas to create added interest and dimension.

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STEP 3 Lightly dust chalk along the pierced areas, then choose a similar colour embroidery thread and stitch through each of the pierced holes. You can also decorate your work with bling or add some Glossy Accents to create a little bit of interest on certain points of the image. Cut out the pieces and apply them to your layout using different thicknesses of foam adhesive tape to build up a scene.

A UNIQUE STENCILLED CARD

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STEP 1 Stencils are a wonderful and easy way to create an elegant pattern w on cardstock to form the basis of a stylish li card. Using a flower stencil and a piece of pre-cut Kraft cardstock I filled the stencil image with a white gel pen to cover the entire area. It is important to allow this to dry before continuing.

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STEP 2 Reposition your stencil over the white areas and, using a good-quality black journal pen that doesn’t bleed or run, draw an outline around each image. The outline defines each line and really lifts the overall look.

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STEP 3 To complete the card I placed a row of Pebbles red ruffle ribbon and a bow across the top off the Kraft piece before adhering the whole thing to the American Crafts gift card. Using Pebbles rub-ons I added the words ‘thank you’ and finished with three black Kaisercraft rhinestones either side of the sentiment. www.patchworkandcraft.com.au 13

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Step-by-step SHABBY-CHIC EMBELLISHMENTS By Kim Jeffress Shabby-chic is all the rage at the moment, but having two boys, I sometimes find it difficult to incorporate this style in to my scrapping. I have however found a way to use it on my layouts by altering chipboard pieces and incorporating vintage music paper for the shabby feel.

Life joy BY KIM JEFFRESS Materials: Paper – Webster’s Pages, Jenni Bowlin Studio, vintage music paper; Cardstock – Bazzill; Embellishments – Scrapware chipboard, Jenni Bowlin Studio bingo card, letter stickers and stickers, October Afternoon and Crate Paper word stickers, Tim Holtz negative strip ribbon, My Little Bit of Whimsy pin, The Greatest View vintage music paper banner, Craft Inspiration paper button, shipping tag, twine, felt robot, brads, Colorbox chalk ink.

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CREATING SHABBY CHIPBOARD

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STEP 1 Take your chipboard piece – I find T larger pieces are easier for this ttechnique – and cover the front with craft f or PVA glue. Now here’s the catch to creating the shabby look, don’t completely cover the chipboard with glue, leave small areas untouched. Take your piece of vintage music paper and lay it on the chipboard. Flatten and smooth it out, and leave to dry for several hours or overnight.

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STEP 2 Now here comes the fun part. Once the paper is completely dry, begin to tear and rip away the vintage music paper from the chipboard. Don’t be afraid of ripping too hard; the shabbier the look the better. Again, it is important to leave some of the chipboard raw. If there are intricate areas on the chipboard, I like to use a craft knife to carefully cut around the edges.

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STEP 3 Once all the paper around the edges has been removed and you are happy with the shabby look and feel of your chipboard piece, you need to sand the edges of the chipboard with a piece of fine-grade sandpaper. Once the edges are smooth, to further add to the vintage shabby look, I like to ink the edges with brown ink.

VINTAGE PAPER FLAGS

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STEP 1 Fold a small piece of vintage music paper in half and cut an elongated ttriangle shape out of it. You need to make sure the base of the triangle is on the folded edge of the paper. Of course you could choose to cut regular triangles or even flag shapes out of the paper for a different look.

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STEP 2 Once your double triangle is cut, open it up and ink the edges of both sides of both faces of the triangles with brown ink. Use double-sided tape or a glue stick to place adhesive on one inner face of the triangle.

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STEP 3 Find a decorative pin with a fancy head, place it on the inner fold of the triangle, then glue the pin to the inside of the triangle by closing the sides together. Press firmly for a few seconds to ensure it affixes properly. Finish off your vintage flag with a word sticker appropriate to the theme or style of your layout. www.patchworkandcraft.com.au 15

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Step-by-step HAND-EMBOSSING By Melinda Spinks Have you ever wished for a 12in x 12in embossing machine you could run your entire cardstock through to create fun backgrounds for your layouts? It’s the one item I really lack as I’m always looking to add something different to areas of my layout that need a lift. One way around this problem is to hand-emboss small portions of your paper and, although it is time-consuming, the effect is amazing and gives your work a truly unique look.

Ball boy BY MELINDA SPINKS Materials: Paper – Imaginisce; Cardstock – American Crafts; Embellishments – Imaginisce die-cuts, Glamrocks, Hotrocks, brads, i-rock and i-top, American Crafts Thickers and Memory Marker, Papermania brads, face washers, paper piercer, Cuttlebug embossing folder.

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EMBOSSING THE CIRCLE

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STEP 1 Place your cardstock or patterned paper on a cork mat or a flippedover mouse-pad, with the good (the side you want to see on your side (t layout) facing down. Using a shape template and your paper-piercing tool, prick holes around the circle approximately 3mm apart.

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STEP 2 Remove the cork mat and keep the paper facing down. Open your embossing folder and d slide l d it under your paper. Remember, you want to use the side that has the divots in the pattern, not the bumps. If you are working close enough to the edge of your paper you can fold the top of your folder over and press gently within the circle to reveal some of the pattern making it easier to hand-emboss.

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STEP 3 Using the small ball end of an embossing tool, gently press into your paper to create the embossed pattern. You may need to gently roll the tool a little to get into every groove. Ideally this technique is done over a light-box or up against a window as it takes away the guesswork in finding the embossing pattern through your cardstock or paper.

EMBOSSING DIFFERENT MEDIUMS

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V VELLUM Vellum is making a bit of a revival V tthese days and is perfect for handembossing as you can see through iit easily. i Here I have pierced the flower shape and added a hint of colour with chalk before embossing so the dots appear white through the colour.

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METAL Silver, copper, gold metal or even aluminium foil can be hand-embossed to achieve a polished effect. Although it is almost impossible to use on an embossing folder with fine details, it’s quite easy to create your own patterns without a folder. Here I pierced the pattern into the foil then, using a ruler and a cork mat, I ran my embossing tool along the ruler to create a straight line pattern across the flower. I then turned the flower over and gently pressed along either side of the ruled line to make the metal sit perfectly flat.

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ACETATE I use so much acetate in my projects as I love the effect it creates. Embossing is just another way of giving it a purpose. Transparencies are the easiest to emboss as they are quite thin. Although I do prefer the thicker acetate as it holds its shape, especially with flowers or butterflies when you want the petals and wings to stand up. I coloured my flower on the reverse side using a marker then smudged it across the cardstock to give a slight pattern.

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Step-by-step USING VELLUM By Kim Jeffress Vellum is one of those staples in scrapbooking that has been around for a long time. I recently stumbled across this fabulous product again and have been using it to create layers in my projects. Because of its sheer appearance it can be used to soften the look of a layout – you can cut it with a trimmer or tear it for a softer feel.

Imagine BY KIM JEFFRESS Materials: Paper – Studio Calico, Jillibean Soup, K&Company; Cardstock – Bazzill; Embellishments – Scrapware chipboard, Jillibean Soup journal tags and letter stickers, My Little Bit of Whimsy pin, Making Memories tin tag, flowers, vellum.

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VELLUM ON A LAYOUT

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STEP 1 Let’s start with tearing the vvellum. Begin with a piece of vvellum in the colour of your choice regular clear vellum) and hold it ((I chose h in your left hand. Using your right hand, tear the vellum towards you slowly to create a torn edge, then continue until you have torn the piece in two!

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STEP 2 Now, the trick of attaching the vellum to your project. Arrange and glue down your background cardstock and patterned papers. Place the torn vellum over the background and, when you are happy with the placement, use a stapler to attach it to your page. Alternatively, you could use brads or eyelets to attach it.

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STEP 3 Next comes the fun part. Begin to build up layers of papers, embellishments and journalling. Start by placing some items under and some over the vellum, you can even have items peeking out from the vellum to create a two-tone effect on your layout. When you are happy with the placement glue them down.

VELLUM ON A CARD

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STEP 1 Cut a piece of vellum to the desired ssize. Choose an embossing folder, place the vellum in it and run the folder through your embossing machine – be careful as some vellums can tear. Attach the embossed vellum to your background cardstock by piercing holes in the top corners and adding brads to hold it in place.

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STEP 2 Grab some scraps of vellum and tear two strips as you did in the previous step-by-step. Remember to hold the vellum in your left hand and tear towards you with your right. Once you have two strips, cut them to size with scissors or a paper trimmer.

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STEP 3 Assemble your card as shown, then use brads to attach the two strips of vellum to the bottom part of your card. Glue down the embellishments, creating a layered effect by tucking items (in this case an alien) between your torn strips.

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Step-by-step ON A ROLL! By Melinda Spinks Are you always on the lookout for something a little different to add that ‘wow’ factor to your projects? Paper rolling is a technique that is timeconsuming and fiddly but it certainly gives any project a wonderful and unique look! I’m going to share a few different ways to add little paper rolls to your projects and provide that extra lift you’ve been looking for.

Thursday’s child BY MELINDA SPINKS, VIC

Materials: Paper – My Little Shoebox; Punches – Fiskars border, EK Success mini retro flower; Embellishments – My Little Shoebox cardstock stickers and letters, Green Tara skeleton leaves, American Crafts rub-ons, acetate, Imaginisce i-bond.

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PAPER ROLLING

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STEP 1 Choose a paper that isn’t too thick sso it is easier to roll and cut into sstrips. My rule of thumb is to always cutt five centimetres in length and to vary the width you want a staggered effect or to keep the width the same if you’re after the straight-line approach. I use a small screwdriver to roll my paper around as it’s the perfect thickness to produce a medium roll. You could also use a toothpick for really small rolls or a pencil for larger rolls.

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STEP 2 Unroll a small amount of the paper end so you have somewhere to put your glue. I always use a hot-glue gun as the bond is instant and there is far less mess. If you choose to use a liquid adhesive it will need to be fast-drying and an extra strong hold.

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STEP 3 I never stick the rolls directly onto a project to prevent mishaps that cannot be removed or the cardstock underneath buckling from the glue. I prefer to attach the rolls to a strip of clear acetate that can be moved around the layout to find the perfect position before it is glued in place.

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You can also create shaped embellishments using your rolls. Take a piece of acetate and cut it into the required shape, then roll your strips to the appropriate lengths and adhere to the shape. I added a ribbon around the heart to complete the look.

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Flowers are another fun look for the paper-roll technique and look wonderful using newsprint or music paper. Just add a button or decorative brad to the centre for the perfect finish. You could also give your flower a spray with Glimmer Mist for that extra sparkle.

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Step-by-step CREATING YOUR OWN LAYERED TRANSPARENCIES By Skye Johnson I’ve always loved how transparencies can add extra dimension to a page, and add to a nice patterned paper without covering it up. There isn’t always a transparency available to suit my page, so lately I’ve taken to making my own.

Paris calling BY SKYE JOHNSON, VIC Materials: Paper – Prima Marketing Inc; Embellishments – My Mind’s Eye brads, Jenni Bowlin Studio flag and letter stickers, American Crafts Thickers, 7gypsies rub-ons, transparency.

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PRINTING TRANSPARENCIES

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STEP 1 Choose two images and print them onto plain white paper. You can use any image, but it is generally easiest to use clear, black-and-white ones. Remember that you are going to be layering these images, so too much detail may get lost.

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STEP 2 Once the images are printed at the size you desire, photocopy them onto a transparency. Inkjet printers won’t stick to transparency, so it needs to be done with a laser copier. If you don’t have access to one at home, most copy stores will do this quite inexpensively.

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STEP 3 Play around with the positioning of your layers until you get the desired effect and then secure them. Once ff this is done, you can decorate using glitter, rhinestones, rub-ons or other embellishments to create a unique transparency to suit your project!

STAMPING TRANSPARENCIES

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Using a rubber or clear stamp and a permanent ink such as StazOn, sstamp your desired image onto a ssheet of transparency.

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Cut around the stamped images and layer them as desired to create the look you want. Most transparency sheets will be large enough to fit several stamped designs so you can layer two or three images.

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Decorate your image using inks, washes, glitter, rhinestones and rub-ons to suit the style and theme of your page then secure it to your project!

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Step-by-step WASHI TAPE By Gail Lindner We are spoiled with the increasing array of Washi tapes, or decorative masking tapes, available! I love working with them – they’re quick to use and aren’t too sticky so are very forgiving. Here are a few of my favourite ways to use Washi tape in scrapbooking.

Lollipop girl BY GAIL LINDNER, QLD

Materials: Paper – Echo Park Paper Co; Cardstock – Bazzill; Punch – Martha Stewart; Embellishments – Pretty Tape Washi tape, American Crafts and Echo Park Paper Co letters, Elle’s Studio journalling tag, Zva Creative rhinestones, Craft Inspirations flower, Greatest View cabochon, pin and twine, paper doily, VersaColor ink, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

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WOVEN BORDER

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STEP 1 Choose washi tape for your project, alternating sizes, colours and patterns. Start laying down strips of tape leaving a small gap between each and overhanging the edges of your page.

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STEP 2 Continue laying down strips of tape. When you’ve added enough, it’s time to start weaving. Because of its low tack you can easily peel up the tape as you need to, to weave lengths over and under to create a corner feature.

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STEP 3 To finish off, fold over the ends closest to your decorative corner and trim the outer ends at an angle for extra detail.

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STEP 1 Flags – Fold a piece of washi tape over a stick pin or wooden skewer tto make a flag. Trim the ends and embellish if desired. These are perfect for tucking behind other elements!

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STEP 2 Banner – Fold pieces of washi tape over a length of twine, leaving a small gap between each. Alternate patterns, colours and lengths to add interest. Trim the ends and it’s ready to add to your project!

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STEP 3 Covering chipboard – It’s so quick and easy to cover a chipboard shape with Washi tape. Apply lengths of tape to the shape, overlapping each strip. Trim around the shape leaving a small overhang then fold this over to the back to finish off nicely!

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Step-by-step DENIM EMBELLISHMENTS By Kim Jeffress I recently found a bolt of denim at my local fabric store and immediately began dreaming of embellishments for my scrapbooking pages and cards. Denim is such a versatile fabric; it’s soft, pliable and can be cut into any shape using scissors or many dies from manual cutting machines – the possibilities are just endless!

This old scooter BY KIM JEFFRESS, QLD

Materials: Paper – October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin Studio, Crate Paper; Cardstock – Bazzill; Embellishments –October Afternoon tin pin, word stickers and letter stickers, Studio Calico wooden stars, Elle’s Studio and Jenni Bowlin Studio journalling spots, Pink Paislee letter stickers, Kaisercraft pearls, My Little Bit of Whimsy birdie pin, ColorBox chalk ink, baker’s twine, denim, bamboo skewer.

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DENIM KITE EMBELLISHMENT

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STEP 1 Cut a piece of denim to the size yyou would like. I cut a rectangle to accommodate my diamond-shaped kkite. Fold your material in half, then draw an elongated diamond on the back and cut it out with sharp scissors. You may like to fray the edges of your kite for a different feel.

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STEP 2 Take your kite shape to the sewing machine and stitch along the middle of the kite from corner to corner, then turn it and stitch from corner to corner again. If you do not have a sewing machine, use some embroidery thread in a contrasting colour that coordinates with your layout. Glue your kite in position.

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STEP 3 To create the tail, I usually use coloured baker’s twine cut to the desired length. To get the smooth curled look to the twine, add a couple of drops of tacky glue to the end of the twine and use your fingers to run it along the length. Wait a minute or so until it becomes a bit tackier, then lay the twine down on your project in the desired position. You can use staples to hold it in place if you prefer.

DENIM PINWHEEL

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STEP 1 Cut a square of the desired size out of your denim. Fold it in half diagonally to form a triangle, then cut a slit from the open corner of the triangle to just before the folded edge. Unfold the square and repeat this on the other diagonal. Unfold it again and lay it flat.

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STEP 2 Pick up one corner then fold it into the middle of the square, and secure it with a small drop of tacky glue. Repeat this for the other three corners, making sure you choose the same corner to complete the pinwheel shape.

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STEP 3 Once it’s ready, choose a big bold button and sew it to the centre of your pinwheel with some coordinating embroidery thread. Now your pinwheel is complete and you can add it to the project of your choice.

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Step-by-step ADDING A LITTLE PUNCH! By Melinda Spinks If you’re like me, you have a drawer full of punches that never seem to get used. I often think it was probably not a good idea to buy every punch I ‘just had to have’. So, I’m going to share a few techniques I like to incorporate in my projects to give them a unique spin, and also to give my punches some time away from the back of the drawer. And, who knows, you may be surprised to find one you forgot you owned.

Wingless angels BY MELINDA SPINKS, VIC

Materials: Paper – Pebbles Inc, book; Cardstock – American Crafts; Punches – EK Success; Embellishments – Pebbles Inc dimensional stickers and button candy dots, American Crafts Thickers, rub-ons and foam dots, Tombow liquid glue.

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PUNCHED FLOWER BACKGROUND

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STEP 1 For this effect I used my EK Success mini retro flower punch. Select yyour paper and get punching, as it usually takes about 200 to 400 flowers for a layout background; I find it’s a great evening filler when watching football on a Friday night.

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STEP 2 Turn the flowers face down and fold the petals so they form a little upside-down cup shape. I like to work with a single row at a time which would be about 20 flowers. Add a drop of glue to the top of each flower. I use the Tombow Mono liquid glue as I have found that its nozzle is the perfect size for the tiny drop needed and it dries almost instantly, which is really important with this process.

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STEP 3 Lay a ruler across your layout and start applying your flowers so they line up against the ruler and the petals just touch each other. The flowers will relax a little, which will fill the gaps and create the uniform look you require. Feel free to add a pearl drop or rhinestone to the centre of your flowers, however make sure you have enough to do every flower before you begin.

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EFFECT 1 Another version of the mini flower A background which looks wonderful on cards is the gradient effect. Try an array of soft pastels or perhaps some bright, cheerful colours and lay them in rows from light to dark to create a rainbow.

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EFFECT 2 Using a border punch and the same-coloured paper or cardstock as your background, you can give your card or layout a very pretty yet subtle look that adds a distinctive touch without being overstated.

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EFFECT 3 Polka dot paper can be enhanced with a simple flower punch. Using the same paper as your background, punch out flowers over the polka dot pattern and attach them to your background paper with a pop dot that raises them slightly off the page and adds a fun dimension to the overall look. www.patchworkandcraft.com.au 29

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Step-by-step STAMPING WITH PAINT By Gail Lindner Give your stamps a whole new lease on life by stamping with paint instead of traditional inks. It gives you a much more opaque look and it’s rustic and imperfect too – perfect for beginner stampers! I just love the look of stamping with paint and hope you do too!

A big imagination BY GAIL LINDNER, QLD Materials: Paper – The Girls’ Paperie; Cardstock – Bazzill; Stamps – Autumn Leaves swirl and Unity heart, Making Memories paint; Embellishments – Heidi Swapp, American Crafts and Collections letters, My Little Bit of Whimsy pin, Collections chipboard, Greatest View cabochon, Kaisercraft pearls, ribbon, calico, eyelet.

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STAMPING ON YOUR PAGE

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STEP 1 Work out a basic plan for your page. W If you want some stamping peeking out from behind an element, lightly trace the outline on your background so you’ll know where to stamp.

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STEP 2 Squeeze a small amount of paint onto a palette or plastic lid, and with a paintbrush apply the paint to the back of your stamp. I don’t brush the paint on the stamp, I dab with the side of the brush. Work fairly quickly and don’t leave any large blobs of paint in the stamp detail.

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STEP 3 Turn your stamp over and press it to your layout. Use two hands and push fairly firmly all over the stamp avoiding too much ‘rocking’. After you’ve stamped your image, leave it to dry and wash your stamp with a wet cloth straight away.

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STAMPING ON FABRIC Apply paint to the stamp and stamp the image on fabric such as calico or canvas. Allow to dry and trim or diecut into your desired shape and add stitching detail. Perfect for quote or sentiment stamps!

SPLATTERED BACKGROUND Squeeze paint onto a palette and add a little water and mix until it’s quite runny. Load paint onto an old toothbrush. Flick over the background for larger drops and run your thumb over the bristles for a fine spray. Layer colours.

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EDGING Load a paintbrush with paint and run it along the edge of your layout. I hold my cardstock flat and my brush at a 45 degree angle. Start with a small amount – you can always add more!

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