Category Archives: Scrap Club

The Start of Scrap Club!

Although I offered scrapbooking classes at A Maze of Memories from 2006 when we first opened, it wasn’t until January 2011 that our current monthly scrap club started. I thought I would share the very first layout we did. The title was Just Me and I asked everyone to bring a photo of themselves – sound familiar?
The base is patterned paper, and a large circle has been hand stitched on top.

A large tag pulls out from behind the photo mat so there is plenty of space for journaling. I added a decorative edge with a punch.
I used a Hero Arts flower stamp set to make the flowers.
They were stamped onto a selection of patterned papers and cut out.
Glossy Accents has been added to the flower centres.
I cut the title using a new machine on the crafting market called a ….Cricut! It wasn’t possible in those days to manipulate and weld images like today.
So, how about scraplifting my original design yourself?
And have you spotted my mistake on the layout?

Scrap Club Finale – Just Me

When I opened A Maze of Memories twelve years ago there was only about half a dozen of us scrapbooking locally. My aim was to grow the hobby and inspire lots of other people to scrapbook. With around eighty scrapbookers coming to scrap club each month I feel very happy to have helped that happen.
When you look back on a layout it is always the journaling that will draw the eye. What’s the page and photo all about?  This final page incorporates a revolving circle for journaling, an idea that came to me when making a card design for card club!
I try to include a variety of techniques. This month we stamped, stencilled and made our own faux enamel dots!
I have always enjoyed designing layouts that other crafters can make their own. So I always try to make more than one sample layout to show how the design can be adapted. This second page “Enough Said” features two main 6×4 photos, smaller circular photos rather than patterned paper used on the original design, and two revolving circles, one for journaling and one for additional photos!
This is a very adaptable design and I have another six partially completed layouts to finish that uses it. Just as well I’ll have a bit more time in the future for scrapbooking as I still have tons of layouts to finish and heaps of photos and memories I want to capture!

April Scrap Club – Sneak Peaks

Our final scrap club classes start tomorrow. This month we are highlighting and celebrating some-one special – you –  so you will  need to bring a recent photo of yourself.

All the kit colours are a neutral cream, white and black with a little extra colour added.

We will be making our own faux enamel dots in class:

There is no need to bring anything special to class apart from a fine line black pen. However, If you have a 1 3/4″ round punch that would also be useful.

If you would like to join us please ring 01844 208996 or email to book a place.

Happy Birthday Pandas!

Judith Morray has created a lovely layout for her scrap club challenge.
I love the way the pandas have been used as embellishments. Both the Marianne die cut Panda…
…and the Woodware panda stamps have been used. Although the pandas are in line they can easily be cut apart.
The Basic Grey patterned paper from the shop has been used for the background, and Judith has also cut out the flowers from the paper to act as the floral element of the design.
Judith has added all the details we used to create our vintage layout but has managed to give the page a modern feel.
Thanks so much for sharing Judith. Such a sweet Layout.


Julie Staves has created a really lovely layout for her scrap club challenge using this months scrap club design, but with a modern take.
Lace peeps out from underneath the photo:
The flower cluster is really beautiful. Julie has cut the Creative Expressions Meandering Twigs Die  apart for the foliage. A very clever idea Julie!
A pretty decorative edge punched area has been backed with some patterned paper:
The title has been made with a Tim Holtz thinlet die:
A tag pulls out from behind the photo for the journaling. I like the way it has been decorated to match the rest of the embellishments.
A really fabulous page Julie. Thanks for sharing it with us.

“Christmas Day 2017” by Linda

Linda Clare has completed her scrap club optional challenge and used three photos from Christmas for her modern take on the design.

Linda has added corner punch detail plus used a decorative edge punch and lace as we did in class. The tag pulls out for her journaling.

Cream poinsettias, pine cones and foliage make a lovely embellishment:

Linda used this Elizabeth Crafts pine cone for her arrangement:

Linda has die cut the title and added another flower to the bottom corner:

A really beautiful layout Linda and a lovely modern scraplift of my vintage design. Thanks for sharing.





Awesome Birthday

I have used my vintage March scrap club design and given it a modern twist!  The photos were taken on the evening of my daughter Sarah’s birthday. Her boyfriend took her to see Phantom of the Opera, which she loved!
The photo mat is hinged so I could include a couple of extra photos and space for journaling.
Using white card I hand drew a mask, and then covered it with sparkly white embossing powder. The black edge was created by cutting out a slightly larger mask and covering it with sparkly black embossing powder. The two layers are joined with 1mm foam. I was really pleased with my unique embellishment!
I used a new word die set from Creative Expressions for the title.  The flowers were cut out from the black and white Bo Bunny patterned paper. I layered them and added pearls to the centres.
A littlet peak of lace adds interest and texture:
I am so pleased with this page, and I’m happy to say that Sarah liked it too!


My vintage layout for this months scrap club. As all the kits were different everyone went home with a unique page.  The photo features my paternal grandma Olive Marshall, and myself, when I was only 10 months old!

The photo of my grandma evokes many happy memories from my childhood. Perhaps that is what makes scrapbooking so different to all the other creative hobbies I have enjoyed over the years. It is just so personal.

March Scrap Club!

The March scrap club sessions start tomorrow and will be running as normal, but in view of the weather conditions I am running an additional Saturday afternoon session next Saturday ( 10th March) as well as the second Saturday morning session. We have a few spaces in the morning of the 10th March so if you feel unable to come tomorrow your booking can be transferred.

This month we are creating a feminine vintage style layout. I have used a 5×7 photo but you could use 4×6 or even a couple of smaller photos if you want. We have lots of different coloured kit choices.
Please bring a brown ink and blending tool, plus a distressing tool if you have one.
I visited the craft centre this afternoon to check out the conditions. These two first views are the roads leading into Woodway Farm:
This was the drive:
And this was the car park.
I’ll make sure to arrive early tomorrow to put the heating on full!


Love this bright and bold layout Pauline Plant has created for her scrap club January challenge. It features her son who works for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
BOB isn’t Pauline’s son’s name – it refers to the area covered by the service: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. We are very fortunate to have this charity operating in the area where we live.
I was really impressed with Pauline’s embellishments. Made with shrink plastic and the Woodware helicopter stamp set. How clever is that!
The coloured helicopter has also been made with the same stamp set but this time coloured.
The tiny clouds are also made with shrink plastic. These were made with stamps from the Creative Stamping Whatever The Weather stamp set we used at Magathon last year!
The rainbow is another stamp from the same set:
Did you also spot the sayings from the stamp set that Pauline has also shrunk as additional embellishments? Thanks so much for sharing Pauline.

My Top Tips when using Shrink Plastic:

Stamp image with Stazon ink.
Cut out before shrinking. If creating charms also punch the hole before shrinking.
Colour’s intensify when the image is shrunk so bear this in mind when colouring an image.
If using colouring pencils or Sakura pens colour the front of the image. If using alcohol pens such as promarkers colour on the reverse. This is important to prevent the Stazon and alcohol inks from reacting together and becoming a muddy mess!
When heating don’t panic and remove the heat gun as the shrink plastic shrivels up. Just keep heating and the image will open up again as it shrinks.

A4 sheets of white or translucent Shrink Plastic are available in the shop for 75p.