Friday, 14 December 2012

Christmas Wishes

It's that time of year again FabScrappers!

Our desks are all tidied (some of us were better at this task than others), fresh desk calendars laid out and our filing is all done. We are shutting down from today until the 3rd of January 2013 (2013 already!!!!!!). Before we leave I thought I would give you a quick break down of what a great year it has been for FabScraps.

We launched EIGHT FABulous new collections. We also acquired the rights to sell some special new products from Viva and Luminart in South Africa (keep your eyes open for that). 

Speaking of new additions, the FabScraps family grew this year! Tish joined us in April this year and I did in September. We welcomed Jock, Bee's adorable Yorkshire Terrier pup, as well as little Luke, Lau's bundle of joy!

FabScraps exhibited at 4 international shows, 3 in the USA and 1 in Australia. 

We found a FABulous distributer in XpressGraphx, our products are now available in Australia!

We also had a pretty good year on the internet! FabScraps partnered with Amazon to sell our products online in the States. We also launched our online store, FabScraps Direct, to South African FabScrappers. Our FABulous Facebook family grew by 7 383 (at last count) people, that is a lot of love from you!

Next year is no quieter! We have 3 collections ready to launch at CHA in January. The office diary is already filling up with 4 shows on the books already!

We wish you and your families a FABulous festive season.

Here's to looking forward to what we believe will be a fantastic new year!!!


Thursday, 29 November 2012


Jennifer Snyder created this stunning garland.

For This Project You Will Need
  • FabScraps papers – Victoria Collection Victoria’s Tree C49 001
  • FabScraps Christmas Collection Bells and Whistles C51 001
  • FabScraps Christmas Collection  Little Children C51 007
  • FabScraps Christmas Collection   Santa’s Helper C51 008
  • FabScraps Marie Antoinette Collection Garden C53 003
  • FabScraps Chipboard  Vintage Baby  Collection Angel Wings  DC43 022
  • FabScraps Chipboard  Burlesque Collection Music Swirls  DC44 013
  • Flowers,  floral sprays , floral berries
  • leaf punch or die
  • small flower punch/die
  • gems for flower centers
  • Embossing powder/heat gun
  • Fibers (some must be 60cm long), ribbon, wire
  • Cardboard
  • Decorative branch, wood piece
  • White paint
  • Green/olive  and brown colored ink

1.     Using various fibers that are 60cm long, wrap a decorative piece of wood/branch in a swag-like fashion.  Glue in place.

2.     Cut 3 stars (measuring 10cm point to point)  from cardboard and distress with white paint. 

3.     Cut 3 stars (measuring 10cm point to point)  from Marie Antoinette Collection Garden C53 003.  Ink the edges with green/ olive ink. Glue on top of the cardboard stars, a little off center making sure the cardboard is peaking out from the sides.

4.     Decorate the stars with fibers.

5.     Cut 3 ribbons 30cm long.  Tie one end to the decorative wood branch and glue the star to the ribbon near the center.  Make sure approx 8cm of ribbon sticks out from the bottom end of the star.

6.     Flower Embellishment Preparation:  mini flowers – each flower has 2 layers punched from Christmas Collection  Little Children C51 007.  Use your choice of small flower punch or die.  Glue two layers together and ruffle up the edges with your fingers.  Add a gem on the center and glue on stars.

7.     Punch leaves from Victoria Collection Victoria’s Tree  C49 001 – glue to accent the flowers.

8.     Punch snowflake shape from Christmas Collection Bells and Whistles – C51 001.  Glue onto stars.

9.     Decorate stars with fibers, metal, flowers, floral sprays as desired.  

10.   JOY Letter Embellishment Preparation:  cut or punch letters (5cm long)  from  Christmas Collection Bells and Whistles  C51 001 and Christmas Collection   Santa’s Helper  C51 008.  Ink edges of letters with brown ink. Glue on top of each other for a layered effect.

11.   Glue letter to the bottom foot of the star and also to the ribbon.  Decorate with fibers.

12.   Chipboard Embellishment Preparation:   Vintage Baby Collection Angel Wings  DC43 022 – emboss with white. Glue to the stars.

13.   Burlesque Collection Music Swirls  DC44 013 – emboss with white and glue to the top wood branch. Finish off the piece with metal loops, fibers or floral sprays.  

Monday, 19 November 2012

Limor's Gorgeous Christmas Card

Good Morning crafters!
The Holidays are approaching faster than I would like to admit and I love to give hand made cards to my family and friends so here is a card I created using the Christmas Collection by FabScraps.

Products you will need:

  • Santa Surprise Patterned paper C51 006
  • Bells and Whistles Patterned PaperC51 001
  • Victorian Angels Patterned Paper C51 003
  • Christmas Stickers ST51 001
  • Christmas Flowers MC DC-10
  • Ribbon
  • Gems or flower centres
  • Martha Stewart Punch - Branch
  1. Using Bells and Whistles cut a card with the dimensions 10x12 and fold in half to make it a 5x6 card.

Using the Santa Surprise paper, cut out one of the windows, with a craft knife cut out the centre of the window.

Using the Martha Stewart Punch Cut out several branches using the Victorian Angels Paper and create a circle as shown.  Start adhering the branches to each other using liquid glue.  Add more branches as desired to make a fuller wreath.

With some flower centres or little gems apply them throughout the wreath as shown.

Create a box with some seam binding or bow of your choice and apply to the bottom of the wreath.

Using the Christmas flowers punch out flowers in several different sizes and assemble as shown in photo.

Adhere foam dots to the window frame and glue down on card.  Apply flowers and Wreath as shown in photo.

Cut a small strip using the Victorian angels paper and create a banner, glue Merry Christmas Sticker on the banner from the Sticker collection.  Apply banner to the card as shown.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

Limor Webber

Monday, 12 November 2012

Geordie's Enchanted Gardens Canvas

Hi Fabscrappers, Geordie here I just wanted to share a canvas project that I created using the Enchanted Gardens collection , and a picture of my friends daughters. Aren't they Beautiful?

Step 1.
Tear your pattern paper, apply all over using pva and a soft brush and a soft hand . Brush a coat over top of pattern to secure. Choose your chipboard tittle and paint with gesso.

Step 2.
Paint bubble wrap with gesso and press to canvas in various places.

Next take your material and pull stings from top and bottom (distress the material)

Step 4.
Layer your lace and then material centred (but not measured or prefect) in top right.

Step 5.
Cut patterned paper to frame your 10 by 8 picture ink edges of patterned paper

Step 6.
Tear music paper and ink edges slot either side of layers
Step 7.
Adhere all layers using either glue, hot glue

Step 8.
Create a ruffle with your mesh ribbon using stick strip and the finger to thumb method lay on bottom of layer(don’t adhere yet)

Step 9.
Chose flowers, handmade , paper, silk chochete, resin .lay on bottom left hand of well and build up depth, choose and add gems, metal embellishment and tile, lay into cluster. Move items around until u are happy with placement. (take a picture ) now remove each element and replace with glue don’t forget your mesh this is also in the cluster

Step 10.
Now this can be daunting but just breathe mix the gesso with a tint if u like leave it plain the choice is yours we will now spread the molding paste  to parts of the canvas using a knife and a mask and a small amount of paste.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Nature Calls Layout

1. Use the FabScraps tag DC 53 015. Roughly tear small pieces of the masking tape measuring approximately 3-4 cm each (Don’t measure each piece). Crumple masking tape slightly and start sticking down on to the tag. You are creating the effect of tree bark so it should be lumpy and stuck randomly over your tag.

2. Cover the tag completely with the masking tape and trim the excess pieces of tape that hang over edges of the tag.

3. Paint the tag with brown paint; make sure you cover all creases of the masking tape with the brown paint. Dry brush small amounts of the rust and black paint on the tag in the creases.

4. Thread through the green ribbon and apply the flower from the Rustic flower book MCDC 07 to the tag (stack different colour petals onto one another and attach a FabScraps fabric brad B002 in the middle).

*Distress the edges of all pieces of paper

5. The rustic brown striped C48 005 is the base paper. Distress the rustic paper C48 006 which has around the edges, wet and crushed and then curl the edges upwards, then dry with a hair drier. Glue to the centre of the striped C48 005 (this gives a more rustic appearance to the paper).

6. Glue the green piece of Rustic paper C48 001 measuring 24cm x 24cm to the centre of the rustic crushed paper.

7. Glue the 12cm x 23cm piece of the dark green dot C48 002 vertically 1cm from the right edge of the light green paper; make sure to glue it closer to the top of your crushed paper.

8.  Glue the small brown piece of paper C48 006 horizontally along the bottom of the dark green dot paper. Leave approximately 1cm of the dark green dot showing at the bottom.

9. Now stick the 3cm x 23cm piece of dark green dot C48 002 dot horizontally over the top of the small piece of brown paper that you have just glued down to meet with the edges of the light green paper.

10. Glue the tag at an angle to the bottom left hand corner of the page.

11. Paint one of the trees DC40 004 black and use dimensional glaze on top of it. Then paint another tree with olive green paint and stick one on top of the other slightly off centre to create a shadow. Use the wooden button BE1 002 that you have stitched through and knot it in the front, glue with foam dots G1 001 onto the thin green dot strip.

12. Use green distressed embossing powder on the compass DC48 004 and attach it to the matching chipboard circle which you have covered with the compass picture from the MC 48 001 journal with a pearl brad B 009. Glue it to the bottom right hand side of the page

Take the small light green piece of paper measuring 14cm x 10cm and attach it to self-adhesive foam core TS14 001, glue it horizontally in the centre of the large dark green dot paper C48 002 (this is where you will attach your photo).

13. Glue the chipboard ‘Nature Calls’ title DC48 016 in the top left hand corner which you have painted brown and dimensional glazed.

14. Lastly glue down the three small pieces of green and brown polka dot self-adhesive ribbon to the right hand side of the photo, glue the three brown pearls MP2 006 on top of each piece of ribbon with glue.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Midweek Markdowns!

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From kits to embellishments and a wide range of our papers, you can buy our products safely online and have them shipped directly to you for just R69!

FabScrapsDirect is so excited to introduce our 

Midweek Markdowns!!!

Every Wednesday, you get 50% off all products!!! What a bargain!!

This recipe kit normally sells for R171,00. Get it for just R85,50 every Wednesday!

Get one of our 8x8 Mini Paper Collections with 80 pages for just R71,22 on Midweek Markdowns!

Hurry over to to have a look at what else we have on offer for you and take advantage of these phenomenal scrapbooking specials!!!

Monday, 5 November 2012

Evgenia shows off Enchanted Gardens

Hello ladies! Its Evgenia Petzer here today with you with a layout, made from Enchanted Gardens, I think this collection is very versatile. And what I love about all FabScraps papers that their backsides of the papers are always with easy patterns, that will always work fo you- dots, stripes, etc.

Ok, well so lets see what I created. I used the picture of me for a change:)

and some close ups:

These chippies I first inked with an ink pad and then add some finishing touches with dry brush with a bit of acrylic paint.

Love the rosette flowers, they are so easy to work with and they give you this extra dimensional look that we often look for...

I must admit it is not  quite my colors and I was  a bit worried when I started, but the layout came out VERY easily and I just want to give you advice to try to work with different kind of papers, may be you will discover new style...

Materials used:

  • FabScraps Papers: C52 003, C52 007, C52 004
  • FabScraps chipboard: DC52007 (butterfly), DC52005 (birds on a wire), DC 53004 (lamp with hanging sign)
  • FabScraps rosette flowers made from MC DC 11
  • stamp, lace, gliier, black embossing powder from my stash
Have a great day and don't stop scrapping:)

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Decision Time!

Hi FabScrappers,

I think that the time has come for me to go to a scrapbooking class! I need to know a bit more about what goes into all the beautiful projects that come my way on a daily basis.

I'm a worrier and I do like to know as much about something before I dive into it

The trouble is that a Google search of classes in my area yielded, no jokes, over a thousand results!! So, my question is this, FabScrappers, how do you go about choosing a class to attend? I mean from the absolute start, I know nothing!! What do I take with me? Who do I take with me?  I'm not super creative, will I even fit in?

So, besides the little panic session there (I've told you before, my mind bounces. A lot!), I think that I could enjoy learning a new craft. I can't be the only one that has this problemSo give me all the advice you can, please, FabScrappers!

With love from Michy


Its coming up to fright night FabScrappers. We have no doubt that, if you celebrate this holiday, you have been hard at work on costumes, decor and planning. All this will inevitably lead some delightful photos to be scrapped!!

Now, I know that you can very easily search all of this your self, but you have other things to do, right? I have gathered a selection of phrases/titles and poems to make your layouts even more special!! They say a picture says 1000 words, why not have a 1005 to make your layout stand out ;)

  • Boo Bash
  • Positively Defrightful 
  • Too cute to spook!
  • Mommy's lil' pumpkins
  • A haunting we will go
  • Carving out memories
  • There is mischief brewing
  • Eat drink and be scary
  • Ghouls just want to have fun!!!
  • Bippity, boppity boo!!
  • Come as you aren't
  • Every little thing she does is magic
  • Pumpkins come and pumpkins go but a Jack-O-Lantern

  • Jolly wolly pumpkin face, you're happy, tell us why, "I'd rather be a pumpkin face and not a pumpkin pie."
  • On Halloween, the thing you must do is pretend that nothing can frighten you. And, if something scares you and you want to run, just make out like it's Halloween fun!

These are just a few of my favourites. What are some of yours?

How are you making your Halloween layouts special this year, FabScrappers?

Monday, 29 October 2012

Shona Stops By with a Little Inspiration

Hi everyone, Shona here and I would like to thank you all for stopping by. Today I have 2 new layouts that I have created with the yummy Fabscraps Marie Antoinette Collection. This collection is so delicate and delicious! My first layout is called “Shining Star” and this is my adorable grand daughter. I got inspiration from a fellow scrapper Marilyn Rivera for this layout …she is a super talented lady and you can find her blog here. There is lots of punch work, distressing and inking on this layout.

I have used the collection feather chippys as leaves and tucked them into the flower clusters.  Paint the chippy feathers with white gesso and spray with some glimmer mists. After this dried I added some clear crackle paint to them. I also tucked in some of the Metal Fabscraps Embellishments.

The butterflies are punched from the scraps…gotta use up all those tiny yummy pieces, hehe! Add some flowers, bows and paint spatters and you are done.

My next layout is called “Flower Girl” and this is my cutie pie niece. The hearts and banners are all fussy cut from the collection papers.

For the hearts I fussy cut them, inked the edges and added some pop up adhesives and gauze between the layers. I have finished them off with some twine bows and some Metal Fabscraps Embellishments.

This collection comes with so many gorgeous chipboard pieces and I have used the title and feathers on this one. The title is just painted with gesso and I added some glimmer mist.

One last close up of the feathers used as leaves in my flower cluster.

I also created one more layout earlier this month with this collection for a reveal at The Color Room. The title and frame are from the collection chippys and I did lots of background masking on this one.

Thanks for stopping by today, make sure to stop by our Facebook page and show us what you are creating. I can not wait to see what you do with this collection. Take care and happy scrapping!

“Shining Star” Fabscraps Products Used:
FabScraps Marie Antoinette paper range: C53 004/007/008
Die Cut Chipboard DC53 010 (the two larger feathers only)
Fabscraps Metal Embellishments
“Flower Girl” Fabscraps Products Used:
FabScraps Marie Antoinette paper range: C53 004/005
Journal Die Cut Book MC53 001
Die Cut Chipboard DC53 010/024
Fabscraps Metal Embellishments

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A Little Competition Amongst Friends.

My best friend and I were waiting for a concert to start the other day and we got to discussing how our friendship started 8 yeas ago at a concert. This, inevitably, led to a discussion of all of our favorite concert memories. I said to her that I wished that we had a collection of all of the photos that we had taken together at all the concerts that we had been to. I decided that, when I've eventually learnt enough about scrapbooking, I want to scrap all of the photos into a pretty layout to frame for my music room.

I'm sure that you're all the same; everyone has that one friend that they have made some crazy memories with!

FabScraps wants you to share those memories with us!!

We want to know the best thing that you and your friend have done together; something that has lead to a memory so precious that you couldn't possibly NOT scrap it!

Tell us your story on our Facebook page, and you could each win a mini album, a mini paper collection and a book of journal tags to help you record those special memories that make you smile! Post your story under the designated image. Don't forget to tag her/him in the story. The story with the most "likes" on the 31st of October wins.

Monday, 22 October 2012

Never Ending Christmas Card

This is the first of Michele's lessons for The Collins Show. She used products from our Christmas Collection to make a card that has many places for you to write messages and display special photos for your loved ones!


1. Cut 2 rectangles measuring 12cm x  28cm of brown card stock. Mark A, B, C and D as per the diagram (don’t worry about this as this will be covered). Cut and mark 2 more rectangles that are 14cm x 24cm.   Score all the rectangles as per the diagram below. Glue the four pieces together, with the A facing the A, B to B, C to C and D to D. The longer piece must be on top of the shorter pieces which lie horizontally.

2. Glue exactly to the diagram. Please make sure that you have the A and A together B and B together the C and C and the D and D together one vertical and the other horizontal, the shorter one is vertical. (As per diagram). You will also note the way you should glue the pieces together on the diagrams.

3. How to fold the card:

4. The chipboard boots DC 51 008 and hats DC51 014 are wet picked; do this by wetting the part of the chipboard that is unpainted (which is the part that resembles the fur). Using a craft knife make small little cuts to fluff up the chipboard to resemble fluffy fur, leave it to dry and come back to painting it once it is dry. Dab brown paint on and then take some cream paint and stipple a little bit on to get a mottled affect, remember to use very little on the brush. Carry on with the other steps until dry (please remember, when painting, try not to push too hard as it will flatten the fluff).

5.  Use the C51 004 paper and cut, from the Christmas scene at the bottom, 12 cm across x 14 cm. From C51 005, cut 8 rectangles measuring 6cm x 7cm. Distress all the rectangles with an electric paper distresser and then rub cream paint over the distressed edges to resemble snow. Once dry start gluing on the rectangles, please glue as close as possible to the top and the bottom for the row of 4 red brick on each edge, the secret is to not cover your scored lines. Glue the Children in the centre on the left and the tree on the right (Make sure you can still turn your card at this stage). Attach the fancy buckle ME1 005 with brads MP 003 in the centre of the large square by the opening. Attach the sticker “we wish you a merry Christmas” (ST 51 001) in the bottom of the large square on the left with children (not the side with the Christmas tree) Punch snowflakes with the craft punch and apply them to FabScraps self-adhesive foam core (TS 14 001). Rub cream paint on to the tips, once dry attach them with Fabscraps foam dots (G1 002) to the centre of all the red brick squares. Paint the chipboard bell (DC54 009) cream and decorate the etched part of the chipboard with silver stickels. Tie a brown ribbon around the bell just under the bow of the chipboard and then attach it to the left hand corner of the centre block with the children at an angle. That is your cover completed.


6.  Open the next page as per attached picture. From C51 001, cut 2 large rectangles (12 cm across x14 cm down) using the side of the paper that has the lady and the bell on the side. Cut 4  rectangles measuring 6cmX 7cm from the back of the same paper (the wood panels). Apply the same technique as above to distress the edges and apply the cream paint to the edges. Embellish this page with the words "faith, hope, love" (DC 51 018), 5 stars (DC51 009). Paint the chipboard with cream paint and rub  silver stickels over all. Glue the two large rectangles to the centre, the bell at the top and the lady below. Attach the cream wood panels to the 4 corners the 4 stars to the centre of the cream squares. Glue the "faith, hope, love" to the top centre square as far down as possible and a star in the right hand corner. (You can attach a photo with Fabscraps self-adhesive foam core (TS14 00)1 on to the picture or you could leave blank and write a message.)

7. Flip the card from the 2 centre squares as per diagram.  Cut 4 more rectangles from the red brick side of  C51 005 (6cm x 7cm). Cut 2 large rectangles from the dotted side of C51 007 measuring 12 cm across x 14 cm down. Use the same technique as was used on the paper, distress the edges and apply cream paint. Once dry, glue the 2 red rectangles in the centre. Glue the red brick to the top 2 small squares and the bottom 2 squares. Cut 2 pockets from the striped side of C51 008 measuring 5cm x 8.5cm, include a 1cm border around the sides and bottom to fold inwards. Use a circle punch to punch a half circle in the middle of the top of the pocket. Rub cream paint on the edges and leave to dry. Make a tag with a rounded top measuring 4cm across x 10.5 cm from the C51 001 paper. Add a flower embellishment (E1 001) with a pearl (ME1 013) in the center just below the punch hole for the ribbon. Thread a thin, brown ribbon through the tag hole and tie.  Attach the pockets to the outer edges of the red dot paper. Place the tags inside.  Stick the stickers ST15 002 on to the bottle tops (BC 003), use dimensional glaze on top of the stickers. Glue the bottle tops on to the 4 pieces of red brick paper, one on each. Glue the 2 Christmas boots to the top inside corner of the red, dotted paper as close to the edge as possible. Add the hat to the bottom of the pocket on the right and the "Merry Christmas" sticker (ST51 001) at the bottom of the pocket. You will have to cut Christmas so that it can fit on the pocket.


8. For the last page, which is the back of the card, cut 2 large rectangles from the music notes side C51 003 (12 cm across x 14 cm down) and 8 rectangles (6cm x 7cm) from the dotted side of the left over C51 004 paper. Distress and paint the edges as you have done throughout. Glue the large rectangles in the centre at the top and bottom, making sure not to stick the squares over the scoured lines. Glue the smaller rectangles along the left and right edges.

We would love to see how you have made this project your own! Send us photos of your work or photos of classes that you teach!

With Love from FabScraps