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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Mini Distress Inkpad Storage Unit - Designed & Built by Jen (ozegran)

Well I have been busy lately making yet another storage solution. This time I've made a storage unit for the new Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inkpads. It holds 48 of the mini inkpads (yes, I know Tim Holtz hasn't released them all yet - yes, YET LOL. We all know he will release the entire distress ink palette for his mini's, just a matter of time.

The storage unit also holds at least 8 ink blending tools and has four drawers to hold your foam pieces, daubers, or whatever else would fit. AND of course it S P I N S!!! LOL Another advantage is that it has doors on the unit which makes it perfect for portability!

I have uploaded a few videos of how I made this unit up on YouTube and you can see the first part by clicking HERE. There is also a Cutting Guide & Basic Instructions pdf document on my blog under the HANDY LINKS section, but you can click HERE to download it and save it to your computer.

When it came to determine what paper to use to cover this storage unit I looked no further than the new Tim Holtz Wallflower paper!!! I had sprayed the raw chipboard (after I had primed it first) with Tattered Angels Glimmer mists in Sea Glass, Turquoise Blue and Jazz Blue as well as a light spray of Cocoa Bean Copper by Lindy's Stamp Gang. The Tim Holtz Wallflower paper was a PERFECT match of paper to compliment the blue sprays.

I must say also that the kraft-tex is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G material! It colors up really well with sprays and is so strong that it's what I will use for my hinges from now on!

Now my storage units are not true storage units if they do not have a spinner attached, they are a MUST for my storage units as they allow you to hold a lot of product in a tiny space but still have easy access to it all! I have searched Australia high and low for the plastic spinners, that Barrie &Carol sell over at Scrapadabadoo, to no avail, so whenever I need a restock I will definitely be ordering from Scrapadabadoo!

Happy building :)

Here is a list of what I used to build the storage unit, each item has a link directly to the product on the Scrapadabadoo web store:

Tim Holtz Wallflower paper pad kraft-tex Sprays (I used Glimmer mist but you could use any type of sprays, Lindy's would be awesome!)
Gesso (I used a primer but you could easily paint on some Gesso)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Use your Stash for Mother's Day

Tussie Mussie - By Margaret Ann Moffat

Hi lovely people, Mother’s Day in the UK has gone but I realised the US still have to have yours.  So I thought a wee something for the bairns (children) to make.  So a wee holder for sweets, scrapping goodies, flowers, scarf anything that they could make.

So make a holder TUSSIE MUSSIE and they can decorate to their hearts content from your stash lol.  I have done this with the wee ones and got them to crayon over paper and then made the cone.

I used some patterned paper I had (Bo Bunny Primrose), and a delightful lady Char Huffman sent me some gorgeous ribbon to use as decoration for the handle and dangle..
Attached the ribbon handle with glue and put some lovely buttons over the top for decoration.
I made a wee dangle with some ribbon.

You can find the full pattern by visiting my blog. Be sure to let me know you were there

Saturday, April 26, 2014

BoBunny Modern Miss Mini Album By Gwen Casteel

Chip Board Mini_2014
Design Team Chip Board Mini Album. 
 Paper Collection:  "Bo Bunny Modern Miss Paper Collection".  I used the Chip Board embellishments and Note Worthy embellishments that matched the paper collection.  I also use additional embellishments from my stash (flowers etc., not to many). Photos of the project included.  All supplies provided by "" 
for more info on this project Please visit my blog
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Scrapadabadoo has the cutest chipboard albums and this one is
a combination of ones they offer.. The cover is from the
you can find them all in the store and they are fun to mix and match .

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First Page showcases the Oval that will show through the Front Cover
The embellishments are in the Noteworthy pack and all of them are super cute.

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Second Page, Tag and Ticked supported with light chip board.
A punched edge on the pocket makes a great addition and you can find a ton of
edge punches  in the store .. again the embellishments can be found in the Noteworthy

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Back of Second page, pocket holds a Tag
(can be used for journaling on back)
Third Page, half page with
wood embellishment (Camera)

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Fourth Page Is covered with the adorable Glasses paper from the
 collection and of course more of the embellishments from
the note worthy and chipboard stickers.

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And last but not least the binding..
I used a Bind-it-all machine, but you can use what ever you have
including punching holes with your Cropadile, and using book rings

Thanks for looking and be sure to check out my blog... Gwen

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chipboard Mini Album Using Tim Holtz Wallflower Paper by Jenny Potter

Hi everyone! For those of you who do not know yet, I have been one of 10 lucky crafters who were chosen to be on the FIRST Scrapadabadoo Design Team!

I have received my first "box of goodies" from Scrapadabadoo, and I must say I am very happy with what I received! Carol & Barrie must know me pretty well is all I've got to say LOL. Yes, I have a few projects to follow this one, and I could have used more of the products that were sent, but hey, why not make more! Anyway, let's just get started on this chipboard mini album first!

The chipboard mini album I received was similar to the Natural End Bracket Album W/Holes, but mine didn't have holes and the piece of acetate I received was the scalloped edge. My first train of thought when starting to put this mini album together was how best to use the die-cut sheet of acetate. I was going to cut it into thirds (the album has 4 chipboard pages and one sheet of acetate 8 1/2" x 5 1/2") to put between each page inside the album, then I thought, nope - I will ink it up! And that's exactly what I did, as well as adding torn paper and a fussy-cut bird - yes, I fussy-cut an image!

I colored the back side of the acetate sheet with Clover, Lettuce, Aqua, Pool, Latte, Butterscotch & Caramel alcohol inks. I tore a piece of paper at an angle, edged it with Frayed Burlap distress ink and adhered to the front of the acetate sheet with Glossy Accents. I tried, unsuccessfully, to stamp onto the acetate sheet (very slippery) so I had to cover the mess up with paper on the back of the entire piece of acetate.

I used three of the wooden banners for the sentiment on the front of the album. I inked all edges with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink, then glued them together using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. I took of thin tissue paper, stamped the sentiment using StazOn  Jet Black ink and attached it to the banners using Matte Medium. I then adhered it to the front of the album using Glossy Accents.

To cover the shaped chipboard pages I cut pieces of the Wallflower paper slightly larger than the size of each chipboard page, adhered the paper to the chipboard using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, left to dry, then cut around the edges using a craft knife. I then sanded all edges of each piece, inked all edges using both Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain distress inks.

It was too hard to cover all the gorgeous papers so I decided to add extra half-page pockets between each chipboard page. I made a pocket using just the paper, then using the Caged Bird die by Tim Holtz I die-cut the cage from acetate, inked it up with Latte, Sail Boat Blue and Black alcohol inks, as well as the gold and copper alcohol ink mixatives. I then added some black matte rhinestones to the base of the cage. As an afterthought I decided to punch a hole in the pocket to attach the cage with a black brad. In doing this I then had to cover the brad prongs with paper on the inside of the pocket to ensure they didn't rip anything pushed into the pocket.

The second half-page pocket I made using acetate, paper and another fussy-cut image - this time a flower. I adhered the acetate piece to the paper using Glossy Accents. I added some gorgeous Webster's Pages Green Petals trim and three of the wooden banners. The wooden banners (Studio Calico Flags Wood Shapes) are an awesome embellishment to use for titles on pages! I tied a piece of string through the hole in each piece. The Twisted Natural Burlap String at Scrapadabadoo would be perfect for this!

The next "extra" pocket I used a piece of acetate cut to 8" x 5 3/4", scored at 1/2" along both long sides and 3/4" along the bottom short edge. I applied Scor-tape to all edges of the scored sections in the folded position, then adhered a  piece of cardstock cut to 7 1/4" x 4 3/4". The "NESTS AND EGGS" info sheet fit perfectly in this, however it is not adhered to the acetate so you could slip a photo in there quite nicely!

For the last section of tags I die-cut 3 tags using the Tag & Bookplate die by Sizzix using white cardstock. You could use three of the Ranger #8 Shipping Tags instead of die-cutting them. I stamped various images over it in Archival Coffee ink and Memento Gray Flannel ink on both sides of the tags, just to give some texture to the tags. I then sponged the entire tag using Antique Linen Distress Ink, then added some Old Paper Distress Ink around all edges, then finished it off with a thin layer of Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges. To ensure the tags had a similar color to the pages I sprayed some Vanilla Breeze Glimmer Mist over all tags. I then ripped some of the paper, inked the edges and attached it to one side of each of the three tags and finally cut some natural string and tied a knot through the hole in each tag. You can use any string or twine, click here to see a similar twine I used.

To ensure I lined up all the holes correctly using my Bind-it-All, I first made a template from cardstock. I measured the center point and ruled a line right along the length of the cardstock. I then placed this piece of cardstock into my Bind-it-All and punched my holes - one page at a time (I only used 6 holes so only one punch action was necessary). Once all pages and tag sections had been punched I used the 3/4" wires and bound it using the Bind-it-All, however you could use the Cinch or even just binder rings!

Lastly I took some gorgeous green grosgrain brown picot edged ribbon and attached them by tying bows onto the binding rings.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Go Your Own Way

    Go Your Own Way
By Patti Sylvia        

This is my first post as a design team member for  My first assignment was to create a layout and I can't think of any better subject than my 2 year old grandson, Cash.  I think this layout perfectly captures his personality.

I will include links to the supplies of this layout at the end of this post.

I began by choosing my papers from the Memories Captured Collection selecting the Shining Star, Memories and Family album papers.  I also used some of the tape stickers from the collection.

I then randomnly stamped my background paper using the Chevron and Edges stamps by Kaisercraft  in Coffee Archival ink by Ranger.

I then moved on to the main cluster of embellishments by using a sprocket chipboard piece by Paper Accents that I layered with some diecut pieces using the Tim Holtz Bigz Gears die that I used Gilders paste  in copper and german silver then added some Distress Embossing powder in Vintage Photo to give the gears a realistic metal look.



To complete the cluster I added a label sticker from the Memories Captured collection, some chipboard hearts using the Sizzix movers and shapers mini hearts by Tim Holtz and topped it off with some Studio Calico arrow wood veneers.


I repeated the same techniques in my second cluster for continuity and to keep your eye moving across the page.

 I then scattering some enamel dots from the Teresa Collins Family Stories collection that matched perfectly. I love being able to pair collections together.


I completed the look by dipping a fan brush in some chocolate Dylusions mists and tapping the handle to create the spatters.

Thank you for looking  ~Patti~



Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easy Flower Tutorials 1

Hello Ladies! 
Jani here to share some easy flower tutorials.

If you have visited my blog, Paper Compulsions, you will know that I am a little obsessed with making my own handmade paper flowers. Truth be told, it started when I was very young. I would draw flowers on paper and cut them out to give to family. Since then I have learned how to make lots of flowers from different materials. I want to share some of that knowledge with you. I look forward to doing several flower tutorials here on the Scrapadabadoo blog over time. 

Now, I did not want to overwhelm you in this first tutorial by sharing too much of this flower power, LOL I am going to start out taking baby steps and will layer on more information in future posts. 

Today we will focus on these flat flowers pictured above and flowers that curl down pictured below.



I have written all the instructions out in a free PDF document that you can download HERE.

You will find detailed instructions in the download. Let's go over some of the basics.

First of all..don't feel intimidated. You can make any flower you want just by learning small steps and practicing. I promise.

I use a needle tool , a.k.a. paper piercer, in the flowers shown today. You could use any small smooth round tool such as a skewer, the end of a paintbrush, a bamboo skewer, or the Tonic/Tim Holtz retractable pick. If you really want to expand your flower making skills you should consider getting the McGill Stylus Set and a mat. I can talk you through making all sorts of flowers with these styluses, a mat (I use a mouse pad type mat), and household items. You can use any type of glue, but I find it really important to use a bottle with a narrow applicator tip. You can fill it with any glue you prefer.

If you want to make flat flowers for cards that can be mailed or scrapbooks that aren't too thick, I find that starting with 2 or 3 flower shapes the same size 

or you can start with 2 large petals and 2 smaller petals.

Be sure to stagger the petals when you stack the flower pieces. 

Now that is easy enough isn't it! :) 

Now for a simple technique...

Curling the petals down.

Use the piercing tool to press against the backside of each petal while holding your thumb against the front. Slide your thumb and the tool from the base of the petal to the tip. With a light pressure "curl" each petal downward. (Similar to pressing curling ribbon between scissors and your thumb)

 It will look like this when you are done.

Now,bend each petal straight up about 90 degrees (see figure 4) and then 
back down again. 

Repeat this for each petal. They should look like this when you are done.

With these easy steps you can shape petals in various sizes to create pretty flowers like these. I show the number of petals and sizes that you need for each.
Again, you will find step by step instructions and measurements in the PDF document

Here they are on the cards.

The materials used in the flowers pictured can all be found in the Scrapadabadoo online store.

The cut files for the flowers pictured today will be available on my blog.

I have some flower tutorials on my YouTube channel and will post some here on the Scrapa blog soon.  Feel free to visit the flower pages on my blog that are listed under the header.

I will also be sharing the details on the center step cards pictured at the top of this post and the other flowers on them.

Please leave comments on what you would like to see in flower and card projects.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Folded Treasure"

Folded Treasures By Wendy Kats 

When i opened my designer box one of the first things i noticed was a pack of extra large envelopes and immediately my mind went into 5 different directions.
After fiddling with them for a while I had the classic light bulb moment and within a few hours  "Folded Treasure" was born.

With this project I used 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 brown bag envelope's from Paper Accents in combination with Crate Paper DYI Shop.

For the embellishment's I used the DYI Shope overlays, layered stickers, ephemera pack and

During the making of this album I found the hinges to be a bit dull so I drove into my punch drawer to see what I could find that would fit this album.
Almost immediately the binding edge slim punch from EK jumped into my hands and in combination with the nesting doily ovals from lifestyle crafts it gave me the finishing touches I was looking for.

I had great fun making this album and the possibilities are endless. If you would  like to make one you can hop over to my blog and download the short tutorial I will put up their under the tab Gallery and then Scrapadabadoo.

My first project has come to an end but make sure you pop in again this Saturday..... why you ask?  Well our lovely Jani or better know as Papercompulsions will be the next of our Design team to share her project.

For now all I can say is craft on, stay safe and lot of hugs,


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boxed Memories

Boxed Memories
By Margaret Ann Moffat

I love to be thrifty and go through charity shops (thrift stores) and came across some old VHS cases and thought oooh I can use that, so I decided to see if I could convert it into a mini album.  It was sooo much fun.

along with some May Arts  ribbon trim.  I love the soft colours in this collection and the name called to me as well lol.

I have such a big stash and thought I had better use some of it so I included some charms that came from one the charm bags from Scrapadabadoo I received some time ago.  Fairies and mushrooms were in it so they fit with the theme of the book very well.

On the spine of the box I made an accordion fold to hold 3 envelopes 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" and folded tags to insert. The die I used is Cottage Cutz Wishing well . I love this die as it has lots of areas to alter. I used the brickwork part of it as a stencil with modelling paste. I am sure I will someday use  the wee bucket beside a cottage door, and the bottom of the well can be extended as a wall. I do like to make the most of the things I have and to use them in different ways.

This was a fun mini to make and quick to complete.  Please visit my blog to see further pictures.

Be sure and visit again especially Thursday where the delightful Wendy will be posting her first DT design.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Basket~Bo Bunny Primrose Collection

Hi Zandra here with my first project using Bo Bunny's Primrose collection.  I created this basket from a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.  I also, used Martha Stewart Butterfly Scallop punch, May Arts ribbon, Wild Orchard flowers and Cheery Lynn Butterflies die to decorate the eggs.

I created the eggs inside from the plastic eggs and covered them with dictionary pages added white glue and glitter to make them sparkle and again added seam binding and Wild Orchard Craft flowers.

Here are a few more photos of the decorated side eggs with the Cheery Lynn die and paper clay roses.

Here is a closer look at the Harty Clay Air Dry I used to make these flower using Viva Decor Patchy Molds and Martha Stewart butterfly punch.
This is basket is great for Easter or any thing you would like to fill it with. Use different papers or embellishments to fit your occasion. Please visit my blog so you can find out how to make this to.
I hope you give it a try and be sure to check back on Monday for another creation from our design team member, Margaret Ann.  
Hugz, Zandra

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Let's meet the New Scrapadabadoo Design Team Members

Lots going on in our little corner of the world! If you follow us on Facebook you have heard that we now have a fabulous new Design Team...and I must say we scored the cream of the crop. We could not be happier with the submissions we received and we had a difficult time deciding on a core group. Several of the other entries are so wonderful  that  we want to find a way to  use all the talent that came our keep watching for projects from them too.
Most of you know and love many of our DT members and you have seen some of the projects they have posted...and we know you will love the new gals to...
We'd like to introduce you to the new Scrapadabadoo Design Team;

Wendy Kats
Spijkenisse, The Netherlands
I am mom to my son Steven
I used to enjoy quilting and knitting until I discovered paper crafting about 2 years ago.
Since then that has been the focus of my crafting. My style would be described as vintage with a side of shabby chic.
Construction is my passion and more often I will reach for metal embellishments before any flowers.
Paper crafting takes most all of my free time and sleep is impossible when I have an idea pop into my head.

Heather Bickhoff
Mackay, Queensland, Australia

I am a retired Teacher Aid
I am married and mother to two adult sons.
My addiction to paper crafting started with card making in the early 90's and branched out to scrapbooking in 2000 when I began to journal  and scrap my family history branching out to all areas of crafting.
I find crafting and creating to be very relaxing and therapeutic . Getting lost in a project give me great pleasure and it's a wonderful way to relieve stress.

Jani Lewis
 Friendswood Texas

Retired Elementary School Teacher
Married and mom to a terrific son who is in college
We have the honor of serving 3 very spoiled kitties.
Crafting has always been my passion. I enjoy card making, scrapbooking,  constructing and digital file cutting.
I try to decorate my little corner of the piece of paper at a time

Jenny Potter
Newcastle, NSW, Australia 
Married mom to 3 beautiful adult daughters and grandma to 4 gorgeous grand kids.
I have been crafting most of my life...but avidly online since 2009. I love to construct projects and build storage solutions for my supplies. I also enjoy mixed media arts and I have just recently been bitten by the "card making bug"


Ashleigh Hepinstall
 I am married step mother to Ana and Conner and also mommy to my 2 four legged fur babies. I started crafting about 3 years ago making my first anything which was a 12x12 album for my niece Alexis. Since then i was hooked and crafting  became a positive outlet for me in which i can create keepsakes  to store my most precious memories 


                                                             Margaret Ann Moffat
                                                                Glasgow, Scotland

I have been crafting most of my life and i must say I never met a craft I didn't like.
I enjoy papers and cardstock, fabric, embroidery, needle lace, and beads.
I also love Gilders Paste and gilding flakes. I am the self proclaimed "Gilding Queen".
Lately I have been drawn to stickpins, flowers and lace. I would describe my style as "shabby chic".

Zandra Cudney
Garden State, New Jersey
Married mom to my wonderful daughter who recently graduated college.
I've been scrapbooking since 2005 and consider myself an innovative artist with the ability to visualize and use products beyond their conventional use. My passion is mini albums but I love all aspects of crafting fro paper to mixed media. I love to teach and inspire others to think outside the scrapbook

Patti Sylvia
Winter Garden , Fla

I am married to my husband Rick for 33 years. I have a daughter Stefanie and 2 beautiful grandsons, Maddox 8 and Cash who is quickly approaching the "terrible twos". And last but not least is my 13 year old Daschund , Tyson.
I work full time in accounting for the citrus industry and long for my creative corner after a full day of spreadsheets.
I began scrapbooking in 2008 after returning from a family vacation to the Grand Canyon with hundreds of photos. I vowed they would not wind up in a box.
Most days you can find me in my happy scrappy corner letting my creativity flow or snooping thru YouTube UStream or blogs searching for inspiration.

Debi Schnabel
I am married and Mom to three wonderful young adults
I have been papercrafting for about 5 years and enjoy every aspect of it. Lately I have been stepping out into mixed media and really enjoy it. I consider my self still in the learning process...but definitely improving

Gwen Casteel
Westfield, In
Married mother of one and grandmother to Walker and Avery.
Semi retired Real Estate Broker and working currently as Certified Real Estate Appraiser.
I started my art venture in oil painting and took lessons in pastels and charcoal.
I have been paper crafting for the past ten years starting with greeting cards and branching out to altered items, mini books,banners, canvases and custom orders.
I have taught classes previously and made You Tube videos and would like to do more

Kim Russell

Retired Flight Attendant (25yrs) originally from New York.
Mom to a grown daughter who is recently married and lives in Bristol,UK.
I have been papercrafting most of my life ... since making paper clothes for my Barbies.
My other hobbies include gardening, sewing, fishing, skiing, traveling and motorcycle riding
on dirt, track or cross country tours.
These ladies have created some wonderful projects to give you inspiration and ideas to use some of your favorite papers and embellishments. I know you will have lots of fun with them..
We will begin posting projects this Friday April 11th and I think you will enjoy what they have planned.
Please leave a comment and let these gals know what you'd like to see from them.
Have fun,
Barrie & Carol
The Scrapadabadoo Design Team