Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sneaks of my latest kit creations at Scrapbook Kits with Jules {and some bad news}

I received my kit parcel in record time recently - 12 days from Australia - containing 2 months worth of kits from Scrapbook Kits, the kit club in Australia recently bought by Jules McKenna De Lumen
 I'm not able to share my full layouts with you just yet but am able to give you a couple of sneaks.
Bright stuff indeed! 

 I did my best to use as much of the product I was sent on the 2 layouts I was asked to create, without being able to add any extras from my own stash 
- simple on the one hand, challenging on the other, but,
given the specifications I think I did as best as I could :)

It's not easy scrapbooking with products that aren't of your own choosing but it's something I need to learn :)

I've also tried to use some simple techniques on each page -
so that someone buying the kit is inspired to try something different.

Yes these kits are actually page kits - sold together with instructions on how to recreate them so I am getting experience in writing up instructions too.

On the one page the purchaser will learn how to :-

1.  fussy cut
2.  Raise up some elements using chipboard
3.  Create an "aura" around the edge of some elements using an ink-pad
4.  Journal around the edge of the elements (for a change from straight-forward hand-journaling)
5.   Customize chipboard die-cuts so that they can be used in different ways.

On the second page (within the same kit) the purchaser will learn how to 

1.  create a border edge around a layout
2.  Mock-stitch using a pen
3.  Doodle leaves using a journaling pen & colour them in with pencils
4.  Make a Picasa photo collage or create a square grid using various photos
5.  Strip-journal

I enjoyed having to think of someone else for a change, whilst I was scrapbooking.

It was a totally different experience. 

 I wasn't scrapbooking for me at all, I was scrapbooking to sell a product & to make the customer want to come back for more - in other words, teach them something new & have them wanting to buy more of "my" kits again in the future!


***The bad news is that I'm sick again, and it's worse than  before :( 
My neck is as stiff as a tree & I'm coughing like a  hobo again.
Me & the boys have all had bronchitis & now it looks like we are set for round 2 - not good news...    

I've been trying to fight it for days now so that I could get my layouts done in time but I think I'm going to have to get an early night now & come back in the morning.  ***


sandi said...

Helen, I'm sorry to hear that you're sick again. Maybe the Dr. needs to give you some meds. to get it out of your system. :(
On the brighter side of things...your sneaks are just fab! From what I can see, you've done a great job with the kits. Can't wait to see the full reveals!
Take care my friend and try to get some extra rest!
Hugs! :)

Svjetlana said...

I am looking forward to see those layouts in full. Hope you will recover from your cold or whatever is soon

Tina said...

Awesome layouts Helen! I hope you get better soon.

Lynette Jacobs said...

So sorry to hear that you are feeling sick again...I will pray for you.

I am sure you did your usual gorgeous work with these page kits.

Alison said...

Helen, can't believe you're ill again...think you need a few days R&R-get some rest
Alison xx

Keshet said...

Very pretty sneaks! I hope you feel better soon, will be thinking of you!!

Lea said...

Oh no, so sorry to hear that you're sick again! But the sneaks of your kits look fabulous! Can't wait to see more!!!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Sorry to hear that you are not well, please take care and recover soon, we so want to see your lovely projects.... hugs!!!

Jasmine S said...

Oh Helen, I hope you recover soon. This seems to be the year for lots of families with sickness.
Put your feet up and try and rest.
Love your sneakies. Cant wait to see the reveal.

yyam said...

The sneaks look good!

Please take care of yourself and rest well. It's a signal your body is giving you to slow down! Hugs!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So sorry to hear that you are sick again :(:( I loveeeeeeeeeee the sneaks and can't wait to see them! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Cathy said...

Such pretty sneaks Helen!! So sorry to hear you are sick again.. I think it's your body telling you to slow down a little, so get plenty of rest and feel better soon.. I have a very sick daughter here and I'm off to the doctor's with her again.. I hate winter bugs! Take care :)))

Diana said...

get better soon
it's not sounding good at all :-(

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear that you're sick. Just want stop by and say hello! Feel better soon..get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids..thinking of u..Marivic

Blossom inch said...

I am so looking forward to view both layouts and what a beautiful sneak peeks...love those.

Oh wow...that is bad, I hope you and family get well soon and please take plenty of water.


Bente Fagerberg said...

You must slow down a little for a few days so you can have a chance to get better!!
I can see what you mean about selling a product. I have had that experience too, creating for assignmentes with product I received that I did not even really like. (I am not saying it's like that for you)
I think the sneaks show us you made a pretty page and your photos of Cam looks gorgeous as always!!
Get well soon!

Sabrina Scrapbook said...

Hi Helen, looks like you did well with the kit. I totally understand what you were saying. I was a DT for a kit club before and I have to admit I did not do very well. Please have enough rest for time being and I wish you and the boys a speedy recovery!! Take care, Helen!! {Hugs}

Heather Jacob said...

oh Helen I am sooooooooooooo sorry to hear you are ill again ... please rest if you can that will help I'm sure ... my hubby and my daughter have both been on the sick list too .... not good ... I have acupuncture regularly and I am sure that helps me to stay well and I meditate every day also ... anyway please take care and get well soon ... big hugz x
your LO is gorgeous and your daughter is beautiful ... those eyes .... your son is really handsome as well, a beautiful family .... xo

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Lovely sneaks - loving those bright colours too. But super sad to hear you are sick again! :( Hope you get well real soon and take it easy! xo

Rachael Funnell said...

That's not good that you are sick again!!!!
Maybe you need to rest a little more... Yeah! easier said than done....
Yep! I don't have the time to apply for Basic Grey either.. I just wanted to share it so if anyone out there would like to apply!!!!
& those Sneaks are looking Gorgeous Helen!!!
Beautiful work as always!!

Bellaidea said...

Please, please, get some rest! I think you push yourself too much.Mayby you also need to take some stuffto bust your imm system?
I like your layouts a lot but hope 2morrow you sleep late and rest too.

Marilyn said...

Oh Dear, I hope you are feeling better now!!! I've been sick for three weeks and I understand you. And last Sunday, the hurricane Irene swept the island and I hadn't electric service until yesterday but we're fine until a lot of people continues without basic services. Hey my friend You need to rest, rest and rest!! I had pneumonia a few years ago, one week in the hospital, so rest my friend!! Love the pics of your pages, I understand what you said sometimes I worked with materials that aren't for my style. Well Dear get well soon!! A Big Hug!!! :)

Kerryn said...

:( I hope you are feeling better very soon.

Shell said...

Ur sneaks look gorgeous! Hope u r feeling better soon. Luv ur work. Thanx so much for all the kind comments u have left on my blog too. Cheers XX

Kiki Aposeki said...

I'm sorry to hear that you're sick again i hope you get well soon and take care of yourself!!!!Your LO is beautiful and your daughter looks like an angel!!!!

scrapbookertink said...

Oh Helen, you poor thing, we all had something like that near the end of the school term, thought we where all just run down, sounds like you need antibiotics to get rid of it, take care and your sneak peaks look super fantastic. Doreen x

Eila Sandberg said...

DID YOU GET THE GENERAL MESSAGE of all the previous ladies?! wouldn't do to have you wiped out flat again. I think the sneaks look really fabbo, totally sure you rocked the kit and cannot wait to see the whole chabang on your blog. Hugs,