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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.

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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Will I see you at Australia’s annual Scrapbook & Papercraft Convention & Expo?

The who’s who of Scrapbooking will be there – will you be?

This year’s line up of tutors is extraordinary with most of the tutors having 10 years experience or more with Scrapbooking. A large majority of the speakers are Internationally Published experts in Scrapbooking and a few have even been shipped over hear from the USA specifically for this event! They will all be there for 3 days teaching anyone who is keen to learn.

Not only will you find the who’s who in scrapbooking at the expo but all the representatives for all the leading scrapbooking and papercraft from around the country will have on display the latest products that you will be able to purchase and take home with you. Everything you have ever dreamt of in scrapbooking will be available from Scrapbooking Kits, General Scrapbooking Supplies and every tool you can think of for scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking and all related papercrafts.

I’ll even let you in on a secret at the scrapbooking expo you will see new products never before seen they will be launched at the expo!!! I can’t wait. You will also get to see all the latest ranges of scrapbooking, stamping, cardmaking and papercrafts. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on all the latest products and supplies and as this is an expo and all the products are sold by the distributors so you get the best possible prices. I have checked the details and the range of retailers is huge plus you get to see all the demonstrations. Not to mention it’s a great opportunity to meet new people who all share the same passion as you.

One of the things I really enjoy when going to scrapbooking shows like this is that you get to see an amazing range of different displays and layouts created by the best Australia and the world has to offer. You can’t help but to leave with your head popping with ideas and inspiration straight from the tutors and the demonstrators.

You can also attend classes to help you improve your skills - simply choose a class that is of interest to you and you can scrapbook right there and then most classes are 2 hours long and range in price from $30 - $50 and the class included some of the latest products for you to use and the supplies that you need supplied by the sponsors.

I told you the who’s who of Scrapbooking will be there I mean all you need to do is look at the sponsors you’ll find representatives for Fiskars, Friendly Plastic, K & Company, Krafty Lady Art Moulds, Making Memories, My Mind’s Eye, Pipe Dreamink, Opals and Provocraft just to name a small few of the sponsors.

The Scrapbooking Expo is held only once a year and only ever in Brisbane. This year it is June 6 to 8, 2009 ~ June long weekend at Brisbane’s exhibition centre south bank 9am to 5pm daily.

The Scrapbooking Expo Tutors for 2009 are Ngaire Bartlam, Lu Benson, Sue Bowers, Lynette Carroll (USA), Jane Clark, Nicole Farrell, Jill Geraghty-Groves, Cassandra Glass, Niamh Henshaw, Mylene Hillam, Jodi Holbrook (USA), Melissa Kennedy, Angela O’Neale, Sara Pearcy, Zoe Pearn, Noralee Peterson (USA), Rachel Richter, Andrea Thompson, Teneale Williams and Alison Wood – WOW!!!!

I can’t wait I hope to see you at the expo but if not I’ll be more than happy to blog as much as I can of the event for you.

Creative Scrapbooking - Making a Business Out of Scrapbooking

Do you enjoy creative scrapbooking? Perhaps you spend a lot of your time scrapbooking. If this is the case, you may want to consider actually starting up your own scrapbooking business. Just think, you’ll be enjoying yourself, using the familiar scrapbooking tools you love, and all the while you’ll be making money. Of course if you are considering scrapbooking as a business, there are some things to consider. Here are a few things to keep in mind if this sounds like something you’re interested in.

Two Types of Businesses

First of all, it’s important that you realize that there are two types of businesses out there. If you want to start a creative scrapbooking business, you can either work selling supplies for scrapbookers or you can actually scrapbook for other people as your business. Of course yet another option is to combine the two business options. Selling the supplies can be a great business, but if you really enjoy doing the scrapbooking, then you may want to actually do the scrapbooking for other people.

Marketing the Business

Marketing your creating scrapbooking business is also going to be important if you decide to make this a business. If you are designing scrapbooking pages for others, don’t expect to just suddenly have business. You are going to have to market your business in order to make money. You can go through traditional sales methods or you can consider selling and marketing online. Today many people find that the easiest method is marketing online, since you get a broader base to appeal to.

Legal Information for Starting Your Scrapbooking Business

Of course there is some legal information to keep in mind when starting up a creative scrapbooking business as well. First of all, it’s important that you keep great records of the business. You’ll have to report both expenses and income to the IRS each year, so you will need to keep up with those records. In some cases you may need a license or a permit to start this type of a business where you live. Check in your area to find out what kind of laws are on the books and what you have to do to have a business at home.

Have Fun and Make Money While Scrapbooking

The best thing about having your own creative scrapbooking business is that it gives you the opportunity to have some fun and make money. Since you enjoy creative scrapbooking, why not have a business of your own and do something you love while making some money. Many people never get to do something they love. So, if scrapbooking is your love, maybe starting a business is a great option for you.

Scrapbooking - It’s all about the tools

You wouldn’t expect a painter to come to your house to paint with only a dried up old paint brush. When you want a job done it’s really important to make sure that you have the tools that will make the job easy. It’s the same when you are Scrapbooking.

While there are heaps of great tools you can use there is one that is commonly overlooked and I believe to be under rated is the Fiskars Shape Cutter. It wasn’t until I was talking with a friend of my who purchased the Fiskars Cutter under my recommendation when frustrated she mentioned that she was having trouble with this is showed her the way it was supposed to be used that she really got the benefit of easy cutting for her scrapbooking out of the Cutter. Now she raves about the Fiskars Shape Cutter so I thought I would share the tips with you as well.

One thing to remember when using the Shape Cutter is to make sure that the cutting mat that you are using is not too soft. If the mat is too soft then often you will find that the blade is cutting too far into the cutting mat and quickly making your blade blunt. So while it is always recommended that you use a cutting mat so as not to cut your furniture it is important that the mat you have isn’t too soft.

The next thing to do is make sure that you are using the Fiskars Shape Cutter correctly I have found a great YouTube video that explains the best way to use the Fiskars Cutter have a look this should help.

Enjoy cutting out all those difficult little embellishments.

Getting Started with Scrapbooking Crafts

Perhaps you have seen the scrapbooking crafts of others, and thought that it would be exciting to start scrapbooking yourself. Scrapbooking is definitely a whole lot of fun, but it is a good idea to take some time to learn about it before you get started. If you are interested in getting started with your own scrapbooking crafts, here are a few things you’ll definitely want to do to get a good start.

Start by Getting the Supplies and Tools You Need

First of all, if you want to get started on scrapbooking crafts and learn how to scrapbook, it’s a good idea to start by getting the supplies that you need as well as any tools that you don’t have. You’ll of course need to have a scrapbook as well as some basic items like backgrounds and embellishments. Scissors / Trimmers and glue are two of the most important tools to have on hand, but stencils, pencils, and even a ruler can be helpful.

Organize Your Pictures

Next you are going to want to find all your pictures and then get them organized. If you don’t have your photos all organized, when you get started with your scrapbooking crafts, it can get pretty difficult to find what you are looking for. This way you can easily find the picture you are looking for and put it right into the scrapbook page layout that you are working on.

Consider Taking a Class

Another great idea to help you get started with scrapbooking crafts is to consider taking a class on scrapbooking. There are a variety of stores that often will offer classes for free. Other community places may offer scrapbooking classes for a small fee. You’ll learn the basics of scrapbooking, which will help you to get a good start.

Check Out Magazines for Ideas and Information

You can also check out magazines for ideas and information on scrapbooking crafts. There are many scrapbooking magazines out there that you can order that can be a huge help to you. Not only do they offer you some great ideas, but they also offer some helpful articles to give you more information to help you as you start out with scrapbooking.

Learn More Online

If you still have questions as you are getting started with scrapbooking crafts, you can learn a lot more online. In fact, the internet is one of the best places to go for information about scrapbooking. You’ll find many visual aids to help you out and even tutorials that can help you to create your very first scrapbooking crafts successfully.

Purchase Scrapbooking Companion

I also recommend you get Scrapbooking Companion as it contains over 100 pages of great tips ideas covering all these details and so much more.  It is a great reference and a wonderful place to get started or to touch up on all your skills.

Crushing Economy turns me to Digital Scrapbooking

I always enjoyed the art of the digital scrapbook but preferred to put my time and energy into the details of regular scrapbooking. But now that the economy is hitting so hard, I just don’t have the money I used to have to invest in scrapbook pages and scrapbooking crafts. I mean, they really start to add up after awhile and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so!

More and more 99 cent or Dollar stores have started stocking creative scrapbooking supplies to meet the demand of everyone who’s out there making it happen between the book covers, but the quality and cute factor of the pages, stickers and tokens are just not the same as some of the cool things you can find in other stores. Walmart, for example, carries specific packages that are perfect for theme scrapbooking but even Walmart, known for its low prices has gotten a little too expensive, since all my money has to go towards paying off debt and other fun things like bills and gas and ugghh. I’ve realized this blog has taken somewhat of a negative turn so PICTURE A YELLOW FELT SCRAPBOOK PIECE AND PLACE IT ON A LIGHT BLUE PAGE! See, bright and sunny once again. Haha.

I’ve discovered that digital scrapbooking layouts are a lot less expensive to use for my books than purchasing pre-made supplies at the store and there are all sorts of free scrapbooking sites out there that don’t require you to hold the digital software to run their programs. This is certainly appreciated because free digital scrapbooking is a much more cost effective option these days. (I’m also thinking about people who are just learning how to scrapbook, because investing in a lot of expensive scrapbooking tools just isn’t a good idea until you know that it’s something that holds your passion.)

Anyway. I like digital scrapbooking enough that it’s an easy transition for the time being but I also know that when I can afford it again, I’ll never stop with the regular scrapbooking.

Scrapbooking layout in less than 5 Minutes!

Well I don’t know about you but I spend most of my time thinking about how and where I am going to position things on my scrapbook layouts.

Some times I pick the photo’s first then I look through all my scrapbook supplies and come up with some matching scapbooking card stock and some scrapbooking embellishments then I move it all around the page several times over until I’m happy with the layout and finally I glue it all in place.

Other times I simply have a theme or color that I’m working with and I look for pictures to match them. So I go through the whole layout quandary again until I come up with a scrapbook page that I’m happy with then I finally glue it in place.

This whole exercise for me takes at least 15 minutes per page and I have been scrapbooking for years.

So when I decided to see if I could find any quick scrapbookers and I came across this great YouTube Video that I thought you might like so enjoy.

Have fun Scrapbooking.

Digital Scrapbook - Top Terms to Know When Digital Scrapbooking

Planning to create your own digital scrapbook? If so, it’s important that you not online know how to scrapbook digitally, but that you know some of the important terms that are used for digital scrapbooking. When you are just getting started, you may not recognize some of the terms that you find surrounding this type of scrapbooking. So, here is a look at some of the top terms to know when you start to create your own digital scrapbook.

Term #1 - Quick Album - This is an album that only has pages in it that are simple to use. You only have to add in a photo or two and a bit of journaling and it’s all done. If you want a fast digital scrapbook, this may be the way to go.

Term #2 - Alphabets - Many people think that alphabets for a digital scrapbook actually refer to the type of typing. Actually these are letters that stand alone, just like a letter sticker does in traditional scrapbooking.

Term #3 - Fonts - Fonts are different than alphabets. The font is actually a type of text that you can choose. Usually they are on your computer already and they can be used with software programs when you have to type in the text.

Term #4 - File Formats - File formats for a digital scrapbook have to do with the format that a picture is saved in or a document is saved in. A JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, which is a special time of format that includes image compression. PDF files are files that are for Adobe Acrobat. Then you have PNG files, which stands for Portable Network Graphic. They replace and make better the .gif files, and they can be used in various programs.

Term #5 - Freebie - This refers to items available for free for your digital scrapbook. It could be an entire digital scrapbooking kit or it may just be one element to use in the scrapbook. Sometimes you’ll have to have an account to get the freebie, while other places allow you to download for free by just giving them your email.

Term #6 - Hybrids - This is simply a digital scrapbook that is printed out and then put together in a physical scrapbook.

Term #7 - Piracy - Piracy refers to copying and using kits, products, and elements without permission.

Term #8 - Resolution - Resolution deals with the resolution of a graphic, such as pixels per inch or dots per inch, which can be important when creating a digital scrapbook. When you want to print your scrapbook, going with 300 dpi resolution is going to be the best.

Term #9 - Templates - Templates merely refer to the layout patterns for the digital scrapbook. Many sites provide great templates to help you create backgrounds of your own.

These are just a few of the important terms to keep in mind when you want to know how to scrapbook digitally. Armed with these terms, creating your own digital scrapbook will be much easier. So, before you start your own digital scrapbook, learn these terms. You’ll find the process gets much easier when you know the important terms.

I hope that the tips help.

Hve fun Scrapbooking.


Conventional and Digital Scrapbooks - Great Scrapbooking Papers for Your Pages

Creating a scrapbook is a wonderful idea. It allows you to have a great time while creating your own memory book to keep for the years to come. Whether creating digital scrapbooks or conventional ones, you are going to need great templates and papers for the pages. Having great papers for your pages is important to the beauty of your scrapbook. So, how do you ensure you get great scrapbooking papers? Here’s a closer look at scrapbooking papers for your scrapbooking pages, whether they are for conventional or digital scrapbooks.

Types of Scrapbooking Paper Available
When you are creating digital scrapbooks or even conventional scrapbooks, you’ll find that there are many different types of scrapbooking papers that are available. Great papers are the building blocks for your scrapbooking templates. The papers available can help you to personalize your scrapbook and allow your personality to shine through. When you’re buying actual traditional papers, you’ll find that there is card stock, patterned papers, and so much more. Online papers are available for scrapbooking digitally too.

Considerations When Purchasing Papers
When you purchase papers for digital scrapbooks or traditional ones, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First of all, it’s important that you consider the quality of the papers. Since they’ll be creating your scrapbooking pages, good quality is essential. For traditional papers, ensure that your papers have a long shelf life. You don’t want them to discolor over time and you need to ensure that they aren’t going to damage your pictures either.

Customizing your Papers
Customizing the papers for your digital scrapbooks is a great idea. Traditional papers for traditional scrapbooks can be customized as well. After all, you’ll want to personalize the papers that you have for great scrapbooking templates. You can combine different papers for a great look or you can use whole punches or stickers for personalization as well.

Digital Scrapbooking Paper
Of course digital scrapbooking paper is quite popular today with all those creating digital scrapbooks. The great thing is that you can create so many different options when going with digital papers. You won’t have to pay for them or even store them. Not only can they be used for your digital scrapbooks, but you can print these papers for use in your traditional scrapbook as well. So, creating your own papers digitally is definitely a wonderful idea.

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