Archive for June 2009

Scrapbook Pages - Supplies and Tools You’ll Need

Are you are beginning scrapbooker excited about learning how to scrapbook pages for a beautiful end result? If so, you are sure to find scrapbooking to be exciting and fun. However, before you actually start making those scrapbook pages, there are some supplies and tools that you are going to need. Making a great scrapbook means you have to have the right supplies and tools. So, if you want to learn how to scrapbook, here’s a look at some of the supplies and tools you are going to need to have.

Several Types of Scissors
First of all, when you are looking for the right scrapbooking tools so you can enjoy making scrapbook pages for your scrapbook, you are going to need to have several types of scissors. Scissors are one of the basic, yet most important tools that you can have around. You’ll want regular paper cutting scissors to help you with photo cropping and for cutting other papers. Crafting scissors can also be helpful and can cut in many different shapes, giving your pages a unique look.

Creative Hole Punches

Creative hole punches are another great supply to have on hand when you are designing your scrapbook pages. Many of these punches will create special shaped decorations for your pages. There are also regular hold punches that come in handy when you need to punch holes in the papers to attach something like a thread or ribbon to the page.

Glue or Tape
Glue and tape can both be great scrapbooking tools to have around as well. After all, you have to have a way to attach photos and embellishments to the scrapbook pages that you create. Stick glue is a great option, since it doesn’t make a mess and it keeps things sticking well to the pages, including photos. If you use tape, it should be double sided tape.

A Simple Pair of Tweezers
While it may sound odd to consider tweezers as a scrapbooking tool, you’ll find that they can definitely come in handy. They are especially helpful when you are trying to glue and place smaller items on your scrapbook pages. You don’t want to end up smudging your pages, so using the tweezers on those small embellishments can make a big difference.

Other Tools and Supplies to Have Around

There are a variety of other tools to have around to help you create your scrapbook pages for your new scrapbook. Some great ideas include rubber stamps, tracing stylus, paper trimmer, cutting mat, glitter pens, tag makers, background papers, scrap paper, and more. With all of these tools and supplies, you’ll be able to create beautiful scrapbook pages and in the end they’ll all come together to create a lovely scrapbook.

Interview of Ngaire Bartlam

Scrapbook and Papercraft expo Interview with Lynette Carroll

Ok so I have been at the annual Scrapbook and Papercraft convention and expo in Brisbane for the last few days and will be there each day until it’s over for this year and if you weren’t already aware we here at Scrapbooking Companion have been fortunate to secure interviews with four of the key note speakers from the expo these speakers are have taught all over the world and are internationally published with a combined experience of over 40 years experience in Scrapbooking between them.

This interview is with Lynette Carroll, Lynette was kind enough to give us a small amount of her time in this interview she discusses her must have tools and the items that live on her desk not to mention how she got started with scrapbooking and her number one tip for beginners.

This Interview was only made possible by the wonderful help received from Print Blocks, and the Scrapbook and Papercraft expo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview here are some links to Lynette’s favourite products - Exacto knife, tweezers, metal edge clear ruler, adhesives, q tips

So keep an eye out on this blog for the interviews of Ngaire Bartlam, Jodi Holbrook and Noralee Peterson coming very soon.

The Most Amazing Scrapbooking Storage Unit I have ever seen!

The Most Amazing Scrapbooking Storage Unit I have ever seen is called The Work BoxTM and it’s fantastic. It’s all on wheels so you can move it anywhere, it folds neatly into a 3′ wide x 3′ wide and 6′ high box that locks shut and you can colour coordinate it with you furniture. So that’s what it looks like but once you fold it out it is a complete work unit with so many storage I couldn’t even count them plus it has it’s own fold out work bench.

They have thought of every thing it even has smaller transparent containers that stick to the walls so you can keep smaller items in site and in grasp. I can’t believe you get all this plus all the shelves are adjustable they really have thought of every thing.

I don’t know about you but I’m always looking for a better way to store all my scrapbooking supplies. Have a look at the Amazing Scrapbooking Storage Unit in the demonstration video.


I challenge you to show me a better craft storage unit.

Plus as a bonus from Scrapbooking Companion if you  are ordering from the USA  simply tell them that the team from Scrapbooking Companion sent you - You will receive upto  $100 off the total shipping price.  Don’t forget when your ordering the Scrap Box Scrapbooking Storage System to tell them the team from Scrapbooking Companion sent you! or if you are ordering online simply put ‘100ship’ in the coupon code section to make sure you get your $100 shipping discount.

Brisbane’s annual Scrapbook and Papercraft convention and expo is underway

Brisbane’s annual Scrapbook and Papercraft convention and expo is underway and have been fortunate to secure interviews with four of the keynote speakers with a combined experience of over 40 years experience in Scrapbooking between them.

So keep an eye out on this blog for the interviews of Ngaire Bartlam, Lynette Carroll, Jodi Holbrook and Noralee Peterson coming very soon.

So for the expo it’s self it has been very busy very informative and heaps of fun. A lot of the stands have demonstrations how to use things and all of the stands have heaps of great stock on them. I lot of great tools and embellishments for sale. Something for every layout or card design and every price range.

Not to mention some great prizes to be won both by the organizers and on individual stands them selves.

We have an official launch of a new Scrapbooking Magazine, Do Crafts Creativity - currently the number one crafts magazine in the UK! The magazine will only be available in your local Scrapbooking Supply stores in Australia 1st August. The magazine is packed full of great ideas and for a change hardly any advertisements.

So as you can imagine heaps of things going on at the Scrapbooking and Papercrafts convention and expo 2009 if you missed it this year but want to catch it next year the expo is held every year the June long weekend.

Look out for my other blog posts from the expo with interviews from the experts an possibly the most amazing Scrapbooking storage unit I have ever seen, some great ideas with embossing and a few other tips and tricks.

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Scrapbooking Crafts - Great Ways to Store Your Scrapbook Projects

If you are involved in scrapbooking crafts, no doubt you often find that it is difficult to find a place to store your projects. You may already have a great place to store your tools and supplies, but where do you put your projects when you are working on them? Well, there are actually many great ideas that you can use to store your scrapbooking crafts when you are not working on them. Here are a few that are worth trying.

Using Binders to Store Scrapbooking Projects

One great idea for storing those scrapbooking projects is using binders to store the scrapbooking crafts. Often you may work on several different pages at a time when you doing some creative scrapbooking. When you put them away, you don’t want them to get bent. So, a large binder is a wonderful place for storage. Just make sure that the binder is large enough for the projects you need to store. This way you don’t have to worry about any damage and you’ll be able to find them and work on them again next time.

Large Plastic Scrapbooking Containers

Large plastic scrapbooking containers are excellent for storing scrapbooking crafts as well. You can often purchase them at craft stores or even department stores in the craft section. You can simply put the scrapbook and your current project right into the container and close it. Then put it away and everything you were working on is safely stored. There’s no need to worry about any smaller pieces getting lost this way either.

Scrapbooking Bags

Scrapbooking bags are yet another way to store scrapbooking crafts. The great thing about choosing the bag is that they are so easy to carry around. If you go to class to scrapbook or you go to scrapbooking parties with friends, having something that makes it easy to carry the projects around is a great idea. These bags store everything nicely and keep them protected and in good shape when you aren’t working on them.

Bulletin Boards for Storing your Scrapbooking Ideas

Sometimes you come up with ideas when you are doing your scrapbooking crafts. Perhaps you want to start them for later so you don’t forget them. Well, a great place to store them is on a nice bulletin board. This keeps them safe and it will put them in a place where you can see them later as well.

Keeping any scrapbooking crafts stored when you are not working on them is important. With these ideas, it’s easier to come up with good storage methods. Consider using one of these storage methods. This way you’ll keep your scrapbooking crafts safely stored so you can work on them again in the future.



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