Friday, March 29, 2013

ScrapThat! April "Within Nature" Reveal and Blog Hop

I'm part of two blog hops this weekend so please be sure to check out my SEM Blog Hop post where I get to share some exciting news. 

Welcome to the ScrapThat! 
April Kit Reveal and Blog Hop!! 

If you came here from 
Donna Salazar
you are on the right track!

If you want to start at the beginning or lose your way, here is the Blog Hop order:
Scrap That!!

We are so excited to share the details about our newest kit featuring brand new papers
created by Donna Salazar for GCD Studios.

 The Queen of Girlie Grunge herself, Donna Salazar, will also be joining our hop!

When you get to her blog, scroll down and you will see a familiar face - our own fabulously talented DT Leader, Tracey S., is one of 5 artists chosen to be on the 2013 Donna Salazar Guest Design Team! We are so proud of her !!

We are so thrilled to welcome the beautiful and creative artist
Lynn Shokoples
as our April Guest Designer!!!

Hi everyone! My name is Lynn Shokoples and I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I've also been blessed to join the Bo Bunny and Quick Quotes design teams this year. When I'm not scrapbooking I'm a wife, and a mom to two wonderful young adults, Nicole who's 25 and Ryan who is 20 and my new son-in-law Christopher. I'm so thrilled and honored to be a Guest Designer this month with such a group of talented artists here at ScrapThat. I love to blog and love to meet fellow scrappers, so please feel free to stop by anytime. 

Stop by and visit Lynn's blog at

Now, without further ado,
 introducing our fabulous April Kit, "Within Nature"

Featuring the GCD/Donna Salazar collection, "Natural Beauty." Opening the box to this kit feels like opening your closet and finding your most favorite, comfortable clothes packed with a little bling! The colors are rich and vintage and range from elegant pale neutrals to muted pinks, to deep denim blues and sages. These are paired with textured blooms from Prima, Petaloo and more!

Take a look:

Main Kit

Embellishment Add-On

Flower Add-On

Paper Add-On

More details on this  Collection can be seen here: ScrapThat! Store 

We are currently accepting new
Kit Club Members.
For more information,
complete the form on the link below:
New Subscriber 

Look at the beautiful sketch Amarilys has created for April:

See details about the challenge here: Sketch Challenges
Be sure to also check out the details of our monthly DT challenge
 hosted in April by Tracey S. here: DT Challenge

Everyone is welcome to participate.
All entries for both challenges are due by April 24th
Something new! All winners of our challenges, including Layout of the Week, will be eligible to receive 10% off any 2012 Kits-includes Add-ons!

This April Kit was amazing to work with. It is no secret I adore working with Donna Salazar's fabulous designs. This collection is totally gorgeous "Girlie Grunge" with the earthy neutrals, greens, and blues and the girlie pinks. As you'll see with our DT Creations this kit can go in so many different directions. My first project today is a page inspired by Amy's oh so lovely April sketch. 

My niece was the sweet flower girl in Elizabeth's wedding this past October. Isn't she darling?

"Flower Girl" 

In place of the single doily in the sketch, I layered paper doilies along with a doily I punched with one of my decorative corner punches. I fussy cut the cage and bird to add to my cluster. This cording is so gorgeous and unique. It is quite thick, but so soft and easy to work with. I pulled some thick handmade mulberry paper from my stash along with my Donna Salazar dies to make a few flowers to add to the gorgeous MK and FAO flowers. The kit and FAO flowers are so fabulous!! I usually do something to alter my flowers, but these are so pretty and so perfectly coordinated with the papers, that I used them straight out of the package. The flourish is from my stash. 

I have used lots of techniques on this page, so be sure to watch for my featured project post where I will be sharing all the details with close-ups. 

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Next up is a photo of Andrew before the wedding - contemplating his future with Elizabeth. Such a special photo and I wanted to create a special layout for it. 

"The Journey Awakens the Soul"

I love the earthy organic feel to this particular paper and thought it would be perfect for this more masculine page. I have been inspired by the work Frank Garcia is doing with cording on his pages and enjoyed giving it a shot. Here's a little tip if you want to give it a try. Be sure to reinforce the point of the paper where you plan to connect the cording. Drop by Frank's blog for more inspiration. 

To get the banner effect under the curled paper, I cut flags from the kit burlap and layered with some mulberry paper flowers I created. The beautiful flower centers are from the EAO Kit. These little metal roses are just so sweet. Don't you just adore the Prima focal flower. It comes already inked, and layered with the fabulous button in the center ~ it looks so gorgeous without any altering.

I know there are a lot of creative things that can be done with the corded Prima Hearts in the EAO Kit, but I couldn't resist placing them across the page just the way they came out of the package. I'll be sharing the details of how I created the gears from scraps and my Sprightly Sprockets dies. The chipboard and title plate are from my stash. 

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One of my close scrapbooking friends, Mandy, celebrates her birthday on St. Patrick's day. I couldn't resist using the greens in this collection to create a card for her. 

Birthday Card ~ Mandy
MK only

I used my Cricut along with the CTMH Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges for the shapes. The orange tinged flower was left from my February Kit, and I used the kit pearls for my Wonderful Wings butterfly body. (Mandy is a CTMH consultant, so if you are looking for one of these cartridges, stop by her blog for details on how to order one.) Be sure to stop by on March 8 for a photo tutorial to create my sparkling butterfly.  

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My husband's birthday is coming up in April, so I made him a card too. I'm not too worried that he will see his card, since he'd rather play golf than look at my blog. He's so supportive of my craft, and I wanted to create an extra special card for him. 

Birthday Card ~ Gary
MK Only

The banner flags are all hand cut and most of them stamped. The center red heart was also embossed. The flowers and leaves were cut from kit paper using Donna Salazar's Rose Creations for the flowers and Bitty Blossoms dies for the leaves. I had one little snippet of that gorgeous cording left, so I pulled it apart and tucked the curled pieces into my cluster. The chipboard and ribbon are from my stash. 

Now on to our Blog Hop Details:

Our Blog Hop features 11 fabulous hop sites including our Design Team blogs. 
We have been scrapping away and are so excited to show you our  creations! 

Two Prizes are up for grabs this month !

Donna Salazar will be drawing a winner from hoppers who comment on her blog for this amazing prize package including some of her new products from the Family Jeans collection and one of her brand new stencils.
 Be sure to check out her blog for additional details.

Next up is our SPECTACULAR April Blog Hop Prize
This kit is chock FULL of fabulous scrapbooking products including the amazing Sweet Nothings Collection from Kaiser Craft. With rich warm colors, and rustic embellishments like wooden gates and bronze cord, this kit lends itself beautifully to heritage layouts layouts.  We have included a white pen for you to use when creating a faux stitching effect.

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To qualify for this month's FABULOUS Prize, 
you must complete the following:

* Visit each blog listed on the hop to see what each designer has created using this month's kit and sketch(comments are very much appreciated).

* Each designer's blog hop post will feature a word to make up a secret sentence,
collect these words along the way.

* You must become a FOLLOWER of each blog along the way 
and LIKE us on our Facebook Page!

* Post the ScrapThat! Blinkie on your blog.

* For your last stop on our Blog Hop return to the ScrapThat! Chat Blog.
Leave a comment letting us know you have
completed the hop.
(Please do NOT include the secret sentence in your comments.)
*Email the secret sentence to Tracey

The Blog Hop ends Sunday, March 31 at Midnight EST

The prize MUST be claimed within 3 days of the forum announcement which will also be made on the ScrapThat! Blog.
~ If left unclaimed a NEW winner will be chosen ~
**Winner will pay actual shipping costs for sending the kit from Canada.**
Shipping costs will be invoiced via PayPal unless you are a kit member,
 then your prize will be shipped with your monthly kit.
Prizes won during the month will be mailed out the first week of the following month.
Due to Customs clearance, International mailings sometimes take 30-75 days to receive.

My secret word is: 

Next hop over to :
For your final stop, return to the ScrapThat! Blog 
to let us know you have completed the hop.

Remember ~ only send the secret sentence to

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Happy Hopping!


  1. Wow have created such beautiful them all!

  2. Wow, as always Tracey, your projects just blow me away!! I love the designs and the embellishments you used!! The layouts are stunning and the cards are gorgeous!! Wow!! Happy Friday :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. you definitely rocked this kit Tracey! Wow! Love all of your projects!

  4. Truly beautiful projects Tracey....I remembered this time...Just hopping for support and inspiration! LOL

  5. Beautiful projects indeed!
    Alison xx

  6. Love, love, love the masculine layout!!!!

  7. Tracey your layouts are always a treat to look at! another amazing job with this kit! TFS :) Hugs Pam

  8. I so love your work Tracy. Always stunning. I have been a blog follower for a long time. Thanks for the inspiration. Time to hop on.

  9. Tracey your projects are all so amazing. I love all the details and your designs! Beautiful work!

  10. I adore these, Tracey! Especially Gary's card which I am soooo going to have to lift. BTW, I did a right hand corner peekaboo page like yours that reveals in May. Don't you love the effect?

  11. I just adore the "Frank" inspired layout - you did an amazing job! Fantastic projects with this kit Tracey!

  12. Wow! Amazing the layered doilies & I can see Franks' insp in your banner LO...looks great with the photo in the corner....gorgeous cards, too...can't wait for your Featured techniques, either:):) Have a joyful, blessed Easter:):)

  13. I so have to scraplift your "Frank" layout,love it! Gorgeous pages!

  14. tracey, your take on the sketch is perfect. I was happy gazing at all your work and then, stopped still in my track's over your card for your husbands birthday card. My nose got 2 inches from my computer screen as i was reading how you got the look!!!! thanks for sharing, i need to add this banner style to my bucket list. check out my blog and see that i do love my banner clusters.

  15. Your projects using this kit are so amazing, Tracey! I love all of them! I especially like the one about your son's wedding! But they all are amazing. Happy (early) Birthday to your hubby! And to your scrappy friend who was born on St. Patty's Day! Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!

  16. Beautiful goodies in the kits. You made such wonderful projects with them. Love the way you did the paper wrapped banner on the masculine card. Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend.

  17. What gorgeous creations you made with this kit! LOVE the charm banner! :) Thanks for the inspiration Tracey!

  18. You really rocked the sketch!!! Beautiful pages and projects. I love this blog. So much inspiration!

  19. Oh I do LOVE that LO!! So So Feminine, such perfect girly embellies to go with the sweet pic of your niece! Love your friends HB card and your Husbands is Stunning with the layers and the combo of papers :)

  20. Gosh, this is amazing, girl! I don't know where you get the time or supplies to continue putting out these amazing pages, but I just love 'em to bits!


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