So let’s tackle our second newsletter for 2016. I cannot believe that this year has gone by so fast. It is October already and we are busy preparing kits for Christmas as well as a few lovely projects for the Christmas table. You are going to love doing these projects, especially the centerpiece for your Christmas lunch or dinner table.
We will be launching this project by mid November and this will give you lots of time to complete this surprise for the family. Herewith a small sneak peak – and at a fantastic, reasonable price – you will not believe it. You can even make a few of these for the table.
First of all we would like to bring to your attention, that Bohemian Scrapsody has picked up two problems with S.A. Postal Service over the last 18 months. Although it is not a lot if you compare it to the number of orders we received over the same period, it is still quite embarrassing. This is why we recommend that our clients make use of Aramex Courier Service when placing orders. The cost, including the picking, packing, doing follow-ups, etc. comes to R110.00 per order. The great advantage is that these parcels are delivered to your door and within 2 to 3 days from receiving the payment, you will have your parcel. This is an amazing service and we have received great compliments from our clients.
It is therefore important to weigh up the advantages of making use of Aramex versus the normal postal service:
- Exceptionally quick delivery times
- Cost is R110.00 per bag, and you can load quite a lot in each bag – up to 8 kits per bag.
- Door-to-door delivery. If you stay on a farm, we recommend that you give us an address in the town closest to you for the delivery of the parcel.
- We will need a physical address for the delivery, as well as the cell number of the client and the postal code of the area of delivery.
In our first newsletter for 2016 we asked for some suggestions on what we should include in our newsletters and we got some excellent ideas. A number of scrappers asked for specials on our kits and also products that we may have on special. This gave birth to our project of putting together some kits on a monthly basis at a very reasonable price – R90.00 to R100.00 per kit.
This has been a great success as these kits are so popular and scrappers are very keen on these versatile kits that lend themselves to:
a. adding lots more photos;
b. replacing one photo with a booklet that allows a number of additional photos;
c. using the embellishments in a variety of additional ways;
d. potential to add some of your own embellishments to personalize these layouts.
Our bargain bin has the following on offer this month. Herewith the small scrapbook album – 5” x 7” with 10 plastic sleeves – all for the bargain price of R55.00. The album is covered with a beige fabric and has two album posts holding together the sleeves and the cover sheets. If you scrap quite thick, we recommend you purchase a set of longer album posts to allow your album to extend evenly on both sides and not look like a big gaping jaw that glare at you.
We furthermore also have a number of refill sleeves available for these small albums at the reasonable cost of R30.00 for 5 sleeves.
It is important to note that we are limiting these albums to a maximum of 3 per customer and a maximum of 1 pack of refill sheets for every album that you purchase.
Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order. You are also welcome to combine this order with other products you may find on our web-site. Just click here, fill your basket and let us do the rest
Okay, that is enough of telling you how wonderful we are. Let’s start with our recommendations of some great, innovative page titles. It is not always a must to have a page title, but it is important to make sure that whatever you put on your layout, should complement the photographs and also give purpose to the page and theme of the layout. Herewith a few nice, new title recommendations:
• Days like these….
• In Full Bloom
• Special Day
• Summer Fun
• True Happiness
• Be-You-Tiful (meaning ‘Beautiful’)
• Best Of Times
• Follow Your Path
• Just Like Mom / Dad
• Simply Awesome
• Life’s Little Moments
Now we will focus on a few good quotes to use when doing a layout. It is so effective if you print the quote you would like to use on a piece of vellum. Then adhere the vellum to your layout with brads, other embellishments e.g. a flower, piece of lace, vellum glue or vellum tape,
Quote 1: Enjoy the moments that make you smile.
Quote 2: Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass ….. it is learning to DANCE in the rain.
Quote 3: All passion becomes strength when it has an outlet.
Quote 4: The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Quote 5: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Tips and Techniques
This is always the most difficult part of our newsletter. Tips and techniques are never mind-boggling new. They are often quite old, but we just need to dust them off and polish them up a bit – by this we mean that you should use them over and over until it becomes second nature and your hand automatically move to those tools and / or embellishments when you start putting a layout together.
A good example we can use here, is the use of doilies in various shapes, sizes and colors. The use of the doilies on your layouts were discussed and shown in the January 2016 Newsletter.
1. Flags, Bunting, Flags and more Bunting
The use of flags and bunting are probably some of the most popular techniques that are being used by scrappers today. It is an excellent way to fill white space and always looks beautiful and neat, even if you use it in an unorganized way on your layout.
The nice thing about bunting is that you do not need a lot of paper. Small, off-cut pieces can be used with great success. Combine the little flags with some butcher’s twine and there you have a stunning, stunning layout with very little effort.
One of the most beautiful bunting I have seen is where the scrapper took some miniature pegs, broke them in half and then created a washing line with the little pegs holding the small flags onto the “washing line” created with butcher’s twine.
Another layout was created by cutting out little baby toys such as a teddy, rattle, ball, rocking horse, etc. and tying these toys onto a piece of thin silk ribbon to create a small baby mobile on a page layout.
The use of stitching on a page layout is also still very popular. Cross stitches and ordinary tacking stitches are of the most popular hand stitching that are being used on layouts.
You can also use a sewing machine to do stitching on your layout, especially stitching all around the border in a very non-orderly manner. The unorganized way of using the stitching creates a type of unplanned neatness on a layout.
The use of texture paste has really taken the scrapbooking world by storm. The Ranger Distress Dabbers are very popular to use with stencils if you want to create a bit of dimension on your page. If you just want a pattern of the stencil to show, it is better to work with a dauber and some chalks or inks.
Some of the most popular stencils are the brick wall, barbed wire, chicken mesh, swirls and doodles. Some of the printing stencils are also very popular e.g. dictionary stencil, eye test, ruler stencil, etc.
Hot Tips from Scrapbooking Magazines and Publications
1. Scrapbooking Memories
- Use black cardstock as a background to help bold, bright colors pop off the page (Vol 19 No 3)
- When using a background that is heavily patterned in some way, frame your photo to ensure it remains the feature of your layout. (Vol 19 No 3)
2. Scrapbook Magazine
- For more subtle journaling effects, use a white pen on a lighter coloured cardstock. The writing will still be legible, but does not take the focus away from the photo. (Issue 51)
- Use Glimmer Mist to add color to pages with a very pale background. You can also add many stripes of layered patterned paper for extra detail. (Issue 51)
3. Scrap 365
- Use leftover papers and alphas to create gorgeous layouts. (Issue 4; March 2012)
- Create cute flower embellishments by gluing hemp twine to the back of a button. (Issue 4; May 2012)
- Weave plain cardstock strips into a textured background delight. (Issue 4; May 2012)
- An old map makes a fabulous recycled page accent – try it for holiday pages. (Issue 5; April 2012)
Herewith some more great, great surprises. We have a few more double page layouts available at unbelievable prices
We have a number of our economically priced kits available from our October range. Herewith the pictures. Just let us know if you would like to order one or all of these kits at R100.00 a kit. They are lovely and our designers really did a great job in keeping them within our budget price ranges.
Happiness Is … (R100.00)
Doggie Layout (R100.00)
We have also slashed our prices on a limited number of our more expensive kits (they were priced at R250.00 a kit). Not only are they beautiful, they are entwined with stunning techniques, they come in various colors and they are popular. They come complete with embellishments, cut-outs (where applicable) and comprehensive notes.
These beautiful kits are available at the below cost price of R130.00 each.
A Moment In Time (Heritage layout) (R130.00)
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All the latest products are on the web-site – new chipboard embellishments, Scrap Collections paper range; flowers; . Have a look and add this to your order of the kits. You will be amazed at all the new products. Just click here to view
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To order, you can also contact us via e-mail. Just list the items you are interested in and e-mail these to us at email@example.com. The clients who would prefer to order telephonically, please contact us on 042 2933386.
While you are busy on the computer, hop on to the website www.scrapbookrhapsody.com to view all the new (and old) products that are available in the shop.
Best of love from all of us!!!