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We are a UK based scrapbook kit supply team with years of papercrafting experience between us.

Our aim is to inspire you, in unique ways, to enjoy the kits and use them to create layouts and albums to record your special memories ;)

By Emma & Di, May 8 2017 08:57AM

Good morning! Hope you all enjoyed NSD and got lots of scrapping/ crafting done this weekend :)


It's been a busy few weeks for Emma and I as we have been freshening ourselves up and bringing the business up to date on social media and all apps associated with it.


This is our home and where you all come to visit us as friends and customers so just like a home, it needs redecorating and sprucing up every once in a while! We've been here now for almost 2 years and although we loved our logo, as it was designed for us to launch ourselves, we felt it was time to bring it more up to date with where we are now and the trends of today.


Emma went to an event that the fabulous Sarah Cook was hosting, to promote mindfulness in business, and it prompted us to ask Sarah to help us use all of these resources to shake things up and re-market ourselves to a wider audience. Sarah introduced us to new apps and social media platforms that we weren't sure of/ knew much about and as you can see, we've taken all of this on board.


Emma and I have put our heads together and redesigned our logo, look and are working on a couple of other things whilst still maintaining our core values and keeping YOU, our customers, at the forefront of everything.


Sarah can be found on instagram at http://instagram.com/sarahcookbusinesscatalyst

By Emma & Di, May 1 2017 07:48AM

Good morning crafters....


Its MAY!!!! I hope you're all having a nice relaxed mornng without too much to do on this bank holiday Monday??


If you do happen to have a spare 10 mintues, why not take a visit to our Youtube channel and check out the latest entries. This morning I recorded a new unboxing video for the people who don't do facebook or may have missed the live feed that I did their showing off the new products.


You can find that here:


Its ten minutes long so make a cup of tea, treat yourself to a biscuit and enjoy ten minutes of peace to yourself, I'll let you :)


Let us kow what you think of the kits and of the videos.... Like the video, if you do? and subscribe to the channl so that you dont miss future videos that get uploaded.


Happy Scrappin'


Emma


xxxx

By Emma & Di, Apr 30 2017 11:09AM

Good morning crafters.....


This afternoon, on the last day of April I just want to share my kill the kit video with you.


Here you can see the bits and pieces that I have left from my Kits and also the 10 pages that I've made with it.


KILL THE KIT - APRIL



heres the link for our Facebook group, should you want to visit, share your ideas and gain inspiration from our brilliant and friendly community.


Happy Scrapping,


Emma


xxxxx

By Emma & Di, Apr 20 2017 11:03AM


This is the latest layout that i've created using leftovers from the April kit. I hope you enjoy the process video.


This is the link to Ginger Williams blog post for the layout that I scraplifted:


and here is my finished layout:




Thanks for taking a look.


Happy Scrapping


Emma


xxxx


By Emma & Di, Apr 17 2017 06:51AM

Good morning crafters!!


What a weekend its been here at MTS headquarters!


Yesterday brought the reveal of the Chinese whispers challenge that some of our regulars have been working on for the past 4 weeks... We each took a sketch of our choice and made our own version of it. Then we passed it ont the next person in our group, who did their version of it and so on and so forth until it came full circle back to us, which prompted the reveal!


This went incredibly well, there were no major hiccups, everyone felt inspired and completed their challenges and the layouts that were made from it are just amazing.


Today im going to share one groups pages with you as they are the ones that leapt out to me as being the ones who stuck so close to the original from start to finish.


So this was the layout that Melinda Gree chose to lift:



Gorgeous isnt it!! I love all of the mixed media layers and the textures are just perfect...

Then we move onto the AS STUNNING layout by Melinda Greer:




I Love how Melinda has added an extra photo and changed the layers up slightly but you can still see that its based very heavily on the original.


Now onto Lil Bowers:



Lil brings another colour change, which amuses me as its almost back to original colours! She added in slightly bigger embellishments and focal points and went back to one photo, without knowing it!!!


Last but not least we have the layout by Claire Thomas:



I love how Claire has ramped everything up in this version... the Stamp layers are more grungy, the stamping is bigger and more frequent, the circle is bigger.... knowing Ruth, the girl in the photo.. this BIG approch definitely responds to her BIG personality and not only that, but it reflects the theme of the page. Hearing music through your teeth is amazing, when you think of music you think loud, sometimes crazy and the fact that the title is Rock On you get that rock music feel from the grunge.


I think these ladies did an amazing job with this particular chinese whispers challenge, if you want to see everyone elses albums... and there are quite a few.... why not join us on our facebook group... We are starting a new chinese whispers challenge in the next week so sign ups will start from today. Feel free to jump in and join us, you wont be short on inspiration!!!


Important things to know this month:


* We have SOLD OUT of embellishment kits for APRIL but we do have just 1 mixed media kit left and a couple of April scrapbook kits.

So if you dont have yours but have been admiring everyone elses layouts made from it, then don't hesitate any longer!


* We have opened up places for the Mind the Scrap summer 12 hour crop!!!

If you want more details then these can be found on the shop page and you can order your place there by purchasing you ticket!!! places are limited so get in there soon. These events are always popular.

If you are travelling from further afield please remember that you will need to book a place to stay ASAP. The event is takign place on the same weeeknd as the Bristol Balloon fiesta, which means that you could combine the 2 things in one trip, the fiesta never dissapppoints.... but it also means that local travel lodges and premier inns fill up quite quickly!


* One last thing and its a personal request from myself and Di.

IF you have bought anything from us in the past and loved what you received, we would be very greatful if you could pop over to our Facebook business page and leave us a review.

If you havent already done so, please like and follow our page so that you can see all of the different inspiration that we post there.


Thats all for now , i hope you enjoy your bank holiday Monday and we will see you all soon


Emma


xxxx

By Emma & Di, Apr 1 2017 12:31PM

Good afternoon crafters....


I'm here today to bring you the Launch of the April kits... If you missed the Live reveal on facebook you can still catch that and see each piece in detail.


Or you can stay here and enjoy these photos that I took to show everything off and to show you what you are missing out on if you havent already ordered yours.


Shall we start with the papers in the Main scrapbook kit and add on paper pack??



These are the fronts.... I'm unusually in love with the large florals and the star vellum and cant wait to get stuck into those right away!



The backs are quite neautral and very easy to use. My fave here being the black grid and the ledger paper.


don't forget that when you order an add on paper kit you will receive ALL of these papers!



Next we have the kit in full.... this months embellishments include the gorgeous 3D butterflies, some MTS flair badges, the gold foiled acetate words and the cream alphabet that look a little blue!??!?!


I cant wait to see beautiful butterlies making an appearance on peoples pages, they look fabulous and will be the extra special touch on any layout.


now lets move to the embellishment kit:



The embellishment kit is luscious, it includes the 12x12 Oasis chipboard alongside the Vicki Boutin ephemera and some glitter enamel shapes. Think of all the fabulous layering and clusters you will be able to create with this lovely lot.


Last but not least I'll show you the mixed media kit:



We have gone nuts about Vicki Boutin this month.... you will find her products in this kit, in the shop we also have the glitter sets and they featured in las tmonths kits too! the products are fab and perfect for our mixed media enthusiasts as well as our learners.


The kit this month comprises of an applicator for your mixed media, some irredescent glaze and one of 3 masks to use them with!


I hope you like what you see and if you do, dont forget to visit the shop and order yours today. Customers have already received theirs and are loving them so dont miss out.


Happy Scrappin


Emma


xx

By Emma & Di, Mar 28 2017 05:36AM

Good morning crafty peeps!


Well I’m coming to the end of my March kit now, with a few scraps and 1 full sheet left so have pretty much killed it :)


My latest page, featured today, was a pure fluke and I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out with the March papers but I’m quite surprised and happy with how it turned out….



I’m glad I still had a full sheet of the yellow/ birds paper in my stash as this worked well as the background. To be honest, I didn’t think I would have used the yellow as such a large block, so when I unearthed this photo of Molly on her play mat, it worked :) I used a sheet of Red cherry card from my own stash to make the border and set it slightly off centre.


I played around with the colour blocks in different positions, layering them, turning them etc, but settled for a grid shape like the window on the mat then added the other elements after. I also matted each block with white to give them a bit of definition against the yellow. It doesn’t show very well, but the photo is raised on foam dots so I was able to slot bits and pieces behind quite easily.


There wasn’t really any story to be told (as this was taken around 21 and a half years ago) and I didn’t think it needed journalling so I doodled Molly’s name and age to finish things off.


Just in case you missed it last night, Emma did a live feed to reveal April’s kits and new stock. You can see the kits (and Emma) in all their glory HERE :) As you can imagine, there were quite a few orders placed after this aired so stocks are being snatched up quickly. If you want 1 kit, 3 kits or even just the new glitters ;) get ordering as Emma is packing and sending out the orders tomorrow!!


Happy crafting :)


Di x


By Emma & Di, Mar 22 2017 07:09AM

Good morning crafters...


Today I'm just bringing you a quick post about a layout that I've made using the March scrapbook kit.


This was kind of a team effort as I did the page and Di gave me an idea for the BEST title ever ;)


here it is:



So I chose the fruity Lemon paper teamed up with the navy pattern to make this summery page. I used both sides of the lemon paper to really emphasis the fruity elements as my daughter is holding a Blueberry


Di gave me the title of Straw-Berry as Elsie is holding a blueberry on the end of her straw..... I thought that was genius so went with it.


The picture was taken at our summer 12 hour crop to celebrate our first year as a businesss and its fast approaching our second birthday and another fun day with great girls... theres already talk of it over on the facebook group so we could end up with something extra special this year!!!


I added the leftover frmes that I'd pre cut for the live video I made last week and added a fringe butterfly from the cyber crop mini kit. a couple of stickers and the heart gem finished off the page nicely.


Thanks for joining me today.



Happy scrapping!


Emma


xxxx

By Emma & Di, Mar 20 2017 07:03AM

Good morning!


So, the Chinese whispers challenge has started and Melinda has already completed her sketch lift!! Who else has made a start?! I’ve picked a sketch but knowing me, I’ll change my mind before I get started so who knows what I’ll do :D This will be a mad 4 weeks full of mystery and intrigue as we wait to reveal the originals and our pages!


The page I’ve done for this blog is a sketch lift that I found, here, and knew instantly that the squares would look good replaced by the frames, cut out individually, then doodled around. I chose 2 ink colours that would pick out elements in the photo and used the ‘packaging technique’ to apply them on top of the frames and in the top right hand corner.


I had to play around with the placing of the title, I tried under the frames on the left hand side, split it over and under the frames, and even under the photo but eventually found it worked as it is now with the globe as part of it. I finished off by adding the worded elements and using the roller stamp.


I can see that this layout could be very adaptable and may even lift this sketch again, using other elements as the focus or maybe different shapes…hmmmm, thoughts running through my head!! Lol


Time to switch them off and get ready for the day now, so see you all soon ;)


Di x


By Emma & Di, Mar 15 2017 05:46PM

Good evening!


How are we all?! Me, I'm enjoying the spring weather and lighter evenings, at last ;)


At the weekend I went a bit stitch happy with my sewing machine and made 3 layouts featuring sewing! I shared 2, that were sketch lifts, on Facebook but left 1 in reserve to share with you today as this one was a little bit different.


I wanted to use the background I'd created with an airbrush but didn't necessarily want it to be the focal point or to overwhelm the rest of the page so I layered it on top of one of the pearlescent paper sheets and the Paige Evans patterned paper then used my sewing machine on zigzag stitch to create a frame and a division between the 2 patterns. I added a couple of gold ink drops then blew them so that they imitated the shapes of the branches in the photo.


As you can see, I added a couple of embellishments from last October’s kit as they were woodland themed and the globe was to signify my Canadian niece staying with us for the summer.


I was so impressed with the airbrush and ordered one which came today so I’m very excited and champing at the bit to play!! I might start boring you with airbrushed effects on my pages but I’ll try to differ it up once I’ve worked it out and calmed down my enthusiasm for it!! Lol :D


I’ll be back over the weekend with another layout and sketch challenge, but until then…..


Happy crafting :)


Di x





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