Saturday, 4 May 2013

Visit the Design Team - Challenge 3 (For NSD)

Hello again!
So, how is your day going? Plenty of scrapping? Enjoying this beautiful weather?
I certainly am! I have been scrapping lots today and enjoyed a fun trip to our local park with my girl this afternoon!

It's time for another NSD challenge!!
If you're new here, a big welcome to you!!
You can catch up on Challenge 1 here: A Sketch Challenge
Challenge 2 here: Just ONE manufacturer
And details of a giveaway here: Facebook Giveaway
For this next challenge I'd like you to "meet" the wonderful  S J Crafts Design Team!!

These ladies have all been with me since the start and have been a fantastic support to me and S J Crafts. Their endless enthusiasm for papercrafting and desire to share their creative talents with others is second to none! I now consider them my firm friends and have been lucky enough to meet and craft with three of them and hopefully one day soon I'll also "meet in person" the fourth!!

So, for this challenge you will need to visit each of their blogs and have a browse around and find the answers to the questions below.
When you have all the answers send an e mail to me with DT Visit Challenge in your subject line and tell me what you think the answers are.
E mail me at:   sarah (at) s j (remember to turn it into a proper e mail address .... just don't want loads of those rubbish spam messages in my inbox!)
Whilst you are visiting the DT Blogs it would be absolutely wonderful if you would leave a comment for them to let them know you stopped by and of course if you like what you see there you could follow their blog too! I know they'd all appreciate it!! 
Here's the blog links:
Lisa-Jane :  Inside My Head
And the Questions:
* What was the item of clothing that Lisa-Jane scrapped about recently on a layout featuring her young son?
* Jennifer recently scrapped about a wet weather walk with her daughter. What colour and pattern are on Jennifer's footwear on that layout?
* What did Louise's son say about the Harry Potter ride in Florida which features as a title on her recent layout made with Studio Calico's Snippets collection?
* Jenny recently made a lovely Christmas card featuring a snowman. What colour is the snowman's tie and which papers did she use on the card?
One winner will be picked at random from all the correct entries (all questions must be correct!) to win a prize pack of Crate DIY Shop papers and stickers (shown in the pic below).
Closing date for entries: Saturday 11th May 10pm BST
The winner will be announced on this blog soon after the closing date!
Good Luck and enjoy "meeting" the Design Team Girls!!!
I'll be back later this evening (or possibly first thing sunday morning!) with a special NSD discount code just in case you fancy a little stash shopping this bank holiday weekend!!

Just ONE Manufacturer - Challenge 2 (For NSD!!)

Thanks for joining us for our National scrapbooking Day celebrations!!
If you've just joined us you can catch up on the Sketch Challenge here and the Facebook Giveaway here!!
Next Up we Challenge you to:
 "Create with supplies from just ONE Manufacturer!!"

Maybe there is a manufacturer that is your current favourite that you just love!
Do you purchase co ordinating papers and embellishments all from the same collection? If you do grab your latest purchases and create a project for this challenge!
If you are more of a mix and match kinda girl then you will need to take a few minutes to collate some supplies that are all the same manufacturer .... these can be different lines and collections, some old and some new ... just so long as they are all the same manufacturer!  Have a good rummage through your stash - you might find things you had forgotten you had!!
I have lots of favourite manufacturers including Echo Park, Crate Paper, Glitz Designs and Studio Calico. These tend to jump in and out of favour with me depending on how much I like their current collection but one manufacturer that I have been in love with for many, many years and I probably have more of their products in my stash than any other is My Minds Eye .
So for this challenge I have used their brand new collection Sky's The Limit!, some older MME bits from my stash & Mister Hueys which I know are a different manufacturer but as they're inks they're allowed!!
My supplies include: MME Skies The Limit Papers: Ephemera, zigzag, Look, and MME stickers. The Sweetest Thing Word Stickers, Boy Crazy and My Girl enamel dots and Studio Calico Mister Huey Mists (Cash Money and First Kiss). Tools: Martha Stewart Pinking circle punch and Butterfly punch


So, here's what to do if you want to play along with this challenge:
Make a scrapbook layout, card or some other project using primarily supplies from just ONE manufacturer. Exceptions allowed are inks, punches, adhesives and basic tools but all stamps, papers and embellishments must be from the same manufacturer. We'll also allow letters/alphas as an exception but try to use alphas from the same manufacturer too!!
Post your entry on your blog mentioning that it is your entry to this challenge and you must include a link back to this post.
Then using Mister Linky (below) enter the link to your blog so I can come and see!
This challenge will close at 10pm (BST) Saturday 11 May so you have all week to enter.
I will choose my favourite entry to win a prize!! Don't forget to check back here soon after the closing date to see if you are a winner.
If you don't have a blog, don't worry - you can still enter by e mailing your project to me at .... sarah (at) s j papercrafts (dot) co (dot) uk .... obviously turn it into a proper e mail address - just don't want loads of spam robots sending me e mails too!!
Good Luck and Have Fun!
I'll be back soon with another NSD post but in the menatime why not pop over and join in with the chat over on the S J Crafts Facebook Page

A Giveaway (For National Scrapbooking Day)

Hello and a very Happy National Scrapbooking Day to you!!

Today is the day when papercrafters all around the world celebrate their love for pretty paper, inks, paints and embellishments!!

We are celebrating at S J Crafts with challenges, giveaways, special offers and fun happening both here on the blog and on our Facebook Page. Hopefully you will get some time to indulge in this wonderful hobby of ours and join in with some of the fun but if you're not around today (I know how manic life can get!) don't worry as most of the challenges and giveaways will remain open for at least a few days to give you time to catch up!

We kicked off yesterday with a sketch challenge with the chance for one lucky entry to win a £10 voucher.
Today we are getting things started with a fantastic GIVEAWAY!!!

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is pop over to the S J Crafts Facebook Page and "Like" our page. Then simply leave a comment on the Giveaway post on the facebook page. Yes, that's it! Easy!!
One "liker" who has also left a comment on the Giveaway facebook post will be chosen at random to win the Photo Freedom Bundle of 5 double sided papers, sticker sheet and pack of photo sleeves!!
The Giveaway will close at 10pm (BST) Tuesday 7th May!
Good Luck!!
I'll be back soon with more fun for NSD!!!


Friday, 3 May 2013

A Sketch Challenge (For National Scrapbooking Day)

As many of you will know National Scrapbooking Day (NSD) or maybe that should be ISD (International) is tomorrow!!
Here at S J Crafts we thought we can't let NSD (ISD) pass by without some kind of little celebration so we have a few things happening this weekend to celebrate our love of pretty paper and we would love it if you joined us!
First up, we have a Sketch Challenge!
If you are planning some crafting this weekend (or anytime soon as this challenge will stay open right up until the end of May!) why not play along and enter - you could win a £10 voucher to spend in the shop!
So, here's the sketch:


The sketch was based on Jennifer's "Disney Family" layout from this post and  huge thanks to Jennifer for designing the sketch for us!

The Design Team all played along with the sketch challenge and this is what they came up with! Don't forget to click on their name to visit their blog and let them know you stopped by!

Louise adapted the sketch for her landscape photo and instead of layering up papers and patterns as per the sketch she used paint and placed stickers in places that should have been papers.

Supplies include: Alphas from Echo Park All about a boy collection, Studio Calico Hot Diggety Mister Huey mist, Studio Calico chipboard Cameras and Arrows from the Snippets Collection and Hero Arts Red gems.


Jenny made a stunning card based on the sketch, showing how a scrapbook sketch can be used for cards too!!

Supplies include: My Minds Eye Collectable Collection Memorable 6 x 6 Pad, Self Adhesive Pearls & Diamond Stickles

Lisa-Jane stayed close to the original sketch apart from changing the photo orientation and extending her title along the full length of the photo.
Supplies include: Echo Park  Birthday Wishes Collection and WRMK washi tape.

Having already made the layout on which the sketch is based, Jennifer chose to make a card. By keeping the main elements of the sketch and reducing the size of the layers, this card is perfect for sending to a friend!

Supplies: Maggie Holmes and DIY Shop Collection Packs, Studio Calico Wood Veneer Cameras and Chevrons, My Mind's Eye My Girl Enamel Dots, Hero Arts Clear Gemstones.
Sarah has rotated the sketch 90 degrees anti clockwise but still included the main elements.
Supplies include: Echo Park Sisters papers, stickers and journal card, Glitz Polka dot washi tape, Studio Calico Snippets Arrows.
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So, here's what to do if you want to play along with this challenge:
1 - Make a layout or card based on the sketch. You can rotate it and adapt it but we must be able to see that the sketch has been used as your inspiration or starting point.
2 - Post your entry on your blog, mentioning that it is your entry to this challenge and you must include a link back to this post.
3 - Using Mister Linky (below) enter the link to your blog so we can come and visit.
4 - This challenge will stay open until Friday 31 May so you have lots of time to enter.
One lucky entry will be picked at random to win a £10 voucher to spend in the  S J Crafts Shop!!. The winner will be announced on here soon after the closing date.
If you don't have a blog, don't worry - you can still enter by e mailing your project to me at  .... sarah (at) s j papercrafts (dot) co (dot) uk  .... obviously turn it into a proper e mail address - just don't want loads of spam robots sending me e mails too!!
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Look out for more NSD challenges, chat, giveaways and fun happening here on the blog and also on the S J Crafts Facebook Page