Thursday, February 26, 2009

Another Sketch!

Here's another simple sketch, perfect for using with circle or scalloped paper. Simply add your photos and patterned papers where shown, give it a title and place a few embellishments. It's so easy to make it your own!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Take Away Kits

We have a steady supply of brand new take away kits coming into the shop every few days. There are a limited number of each kit available so make sure you get in quick to get the ones you want! This is just a sneak peek of the new kit in the shop today. You will create 1 double page layout and one single page layout using the Basic Grey Offbeat range of papers an embellishments. All instructions are included so you can take it home and do it in your own time, or do it at the shop on one of our free crop days!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


This is a very basic sketch but it's a great starting point for a layout. You could use a single large photo or a couple of standard sized photos - it's up to you so you can make it your own!

Monday, February 23, 2009


Come and check out these great specials we have in store right now -

30% off these Kaiser ranges - Coco, To Have and to Hold, Old World, Skull Girl, On the Dot, Grunge, Playtime, Romance.

30% off these Basic Grey ranges - Oh Baby Girl and Oh Baby Boy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Photo Tips - Taking Good Group Photos

Taking a great group photo can be difficult at the best of times. There is often someone missing from the photo, someone blinking, some people smiling, some serious. It often doesn't turn out as you had hoped. The best thing you can do is prepare in advance. People often hate being kept waiting while you try to get your shot organised but there are a few things you can do to make things go more smoothly:

1. Prepare - decide on the location for your group photo in advance and make sure the lighting is right. You dont want people squinting into the sun while you take your photo. Also think about how you will pose people - taller people at the back, smaller people and kids in front. There may also be some people who you want to be in the middle of the photo, eg birthday person at a birthday party etc.

2. Take Lots of Shots - the best way to get a great shot is to take as many as you can. Many cameras have a continuous shooting mode where you can take many photos in just a few seconds. This is your best chance of getting a shot without someone blinking.

3. Get in Close - this applies to you and the people whose photo you are taking. When people are standing together for a group photo there is often little gaps in between people which takes away from the look of the photo. Getting people to move in close together makes it look much more like a group of people happy to be photographed together than a group of strangers standing in the same place. Get in as close as you can to take the photo without cutting anyone out, to give you as much detail as possible.

4. Use a Tripod - This is especially useful if you want to be in the shot too. Always take a few shots of the group first and check to make sure every thing looks right before you set the timer and jump in yourself.

5. SMILE - Getting everyone to smile nicely for the camera can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Using the old "Say Cheese" is a good standby for getting everyone too look at the camera and smile. And with photographing groups of kids, bribery always works well. Try offering a lolly to a group of kids who let you get some good photos of them. It works every time!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New 3 Bugs in a Rug Papers

Come in and check out these gorgeous new papers and embellishments from 3 Bugs in a Rug.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


If you love kits, then you'll love what we have on offer at the moment. We have a range of kits to suit all tastes and budgets, from simple to elaborate, single or double page, there is sure to be a kit that is just right for you. Limited numbers of each kit are available so be sure to get in quick!

New Basic Grey

We have three gorgeous new ranges of Basic Grey papers in store. Make sure you get in quick as these are sure to go fast!