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NSD 2013 & my fangirl experience

So Saturday (US time) was the National Scrapbooking Day, or as those of us not living in the US call it, the iNSD.

My iNSD actually started on Saturday (Australia time) as I went to the Better Homes and Garden Expo – to meet Amy Tan!

I was so nervous about speaking to her but she’s super nice! I swear I gushed like the fan girl that I am, but she totally did not call me up on it.

My SO completely laughed at me and my fangirl moment, but he still waited patiently with me whilst I did the papercrafting make and take that Amy hosted.

We made a very cute card and an adorable tag.

After the class, I saw people asking Amy for her autograph. It started me looking through my bag for something that she could sign on too.


I thought I was a complete genius when I asked her to sign the piercing mat that came with Amy Tangerine’s embroidery stencil kit. I had only just bought it (I had been wanting to get that for AGES, but couldn’t find it in Australia) and had to crack it open on the spot!

But that wasn’t all for my first iNSD.

After getting home at 2am the next morning (I had a friend’s birthday drinks to go to), I remembered that there were NSD festivities and challenges going on in the 2Peas Forums. So despite my lack of sleep, I decided to join in…


Here’s part of the mess whilst I was late-night scrapping. All the items on the floor were actually stuff I bought at the Spotlight booth at the expo. Yes, it was pretty much all from the Yes, Please collection. (Okay, let me just say that I’m also a fan of the Dear Lizzie line and the Maggie Holmes x Crate Paper line – but a girl’s budget can only stretch that far… baby steps)

I participated in a recipe scrap; here is the recipe I was given:

  • 1x photo
  • 1x solid colour cardstock
  • 3x patterned paper
  • 1x ribbon, washi or twine
  • 1x mist or paint
  • 1x pen
  • letter stickers

And here are the instructions:

  1. Cut the patterned paper into the following sizes (can be smaller, but not larger)
    • 4×5
    • 12×7
    • 1 strip of 12×2 or 2 strips of 12×1
  1. Arrange and adhere the patterned paper to the cardstock
  2. Add ribbon or the washi to two places on the layout
  3. Add mist/paint
  4. Adhere the photo – you can mat the photo with any of the scraps you have from the original patterned paper
  5. Put down title and journaling
  6. Add any embellishments you see fit

And here is my resulting layout (please keep in mind that I did this spread in the hours between 4-6am):

This is the first time I’ve participated in any kind of challenge, and they don’t call it a challenge for nothing! I had no idea what I was going to do, and it was the first time I used ribbon or mists on a layout. I really liked the experience, but I’m not too keen on the page itself. I think I need to change the cardstock to something less glaring bright.

So what did you get up to during NSD? Did you participate in any of the challenges? If you did, leave me a comment with a link to your blog/gallery. I would love to see what you’ve made.

amy tangerine’s day book

As mentioned in my previous post, I recently purchased a few of Amy Tangerine’s Daybooks.

Here’s a few of my layouts so far:

We went to the Melbourne aquarium for the Aquarium After Dark event a couple of months back. As the first thing we did in the new year, I thought it was a good way to start off the daybook.

I did all the post-editing of the photos in my iPhone and then printed them out using the Polaroid PoGo and the Polaroid GL10. The PoGo was temperamental as usual, but the GL10 produced really nice 3×4 prints. May be the perfect fit for Project Life.

Valentine’s Day dinner, again dim environment killed any possibility of good shots with my iPhone. You don’t really expect to take a DSLR to a Valentine’s Day date though, right?

We’ve been talking about going to Puffing Billy since we first met, and now, two years later, we finally get to go.

The only problem I find with the GL10 prints is that they are quite big in comparison to the tiny daybook. Multiple photos on a layout would completely overwhelm the page. So I decided to do a bit of photo-collaging on my phone before printing it out and that works just fine.

three scrapbooking classes… at the same time!

Omg, I don’t even know how it started, but I’ve been bitten by the scrapbooking bug.

Okay, rephrase, I’ve been bitten by the purchasing-loads-of-scrapbooking-stuff bug.

I already have loads of 6×6 paper pads from my art journaling – which I haven’t been doing much since meeting my SO – but I’ve recently discovered Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine.

Amy Tangerine Daybooks and a Smash pen

Next thing I find, I’ve purchased three of Amy Tangerine’s Daybooks, stickers and wood veneers (I haven’t purchased anything from Studio Calico because I missed their subscription date, I’m on their Project Life Kit waiting list – oh don’t get me started on Project Life!).

My SO didn’t help the matter much either; he whole heartedly encouraged me to purchase a scrapbooking album and full kit from a KaiserCraft store we happened to walk by.

With all this gear, I’ve also signed onto a couple of classes… ok, so it’s three – I’m so broke now…

The first one is The Curious Scrapbooker’s Field Guide by May Flaum over at Big Picture Classes. I heard this on the PaperClipping Roundtable podcast (yes, I’ve gotten into podcasts too).

It’s very much about techniques and using your existing stash of craft supplies, and not necessarily traditional scrapbooking supplies. In the current week’s lesson, we’re looking at using paint on scrapbook layouts.

Problem is, I’ve never scrapbook before, so I find that there’s some big gaping holes in my scrapbooking basics. And my pictures… they’re are a mess (organisation-wise).

Which is where the second class comes in, Stacy Julian’s Finding Photo Freedom also hosted at Big Picture Classes.

Finding Photo Freedom (previously known as Library of Memories) is an organisation system for your photos (both printed and digital) with scrapbookers in mind.

Neither classes have gone on for very long, so I can’t really write much of a review, but trying to get through two classes worth of material can be a bit mind boggling (especially if I try to do all their recommended homework as well!).

But I’m not finished yet. I also registered for {mo}tography, another class that I heard about on the PaperClipping podcast (that show is so bad for my wallet!).

This class teaches you to use your instagram photos in your scrapbooking.

Unfortunately, I thought there would be more information on the printing of photos from your phone and using them in scrapbook layouts. Instead it mainly introducing students to smart phone apps which could help you edit your photos in preparation for printing.

However for $19 I got a bit of my money’s worth from the digital fonts and templates that they give away as part of the class.

So now I have to juggle three classes’ worth of material as I navigate the treacherous waters of scrapbooking (not to mention trying to watch all the CHA 2013 videos that PaperClipping has put up – there’s 50 of them!) 

PS. In the process of writing this, I’ve also joined up as a premium member of – my justification, I need to mend those gaping holes in my knowledge! I know, I’m just bad at spending money (or not spending it).