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It’s Cybercrop Time

Hi everyone! Well it’s cybercrop time again here at Chook Scraps. We have three challenges and there is a $10 voucher for the winner of each challenge. If you want to enter just upload your entry into the appropriate album in our gallery by midnight on Monday, 24th February and you will be in the running to win.

This month we have used the explorer Bruni d’Entrecasteaux as inspiration for our challenges. Here are the challenges and some inspirational samples from our design team.

Challenge One

-Bruni was governor of Mauritius for a time. The flag of Mauritius has red, blue, yellow and green stripes. Use at least four colours (not including black and white) on your LO. 
-Bruni was in the navy in the time of the big wigs and powdered hair – include something curling or wavy on you LO 
– Bruni’s mission to Australia was, at least publicly, to track down Jean-François de La Pérouse, who had not been heard of since leaving Botany Bay in 1788. I want your to look through your stash and “find” something you have had for more than one year. 
– It was in December 1792 that Bruni again found himself in the area of the South of WA but the explorers encountered terrible weather and their further plans to explore the southern coastline of Australia were aborted. Use distressing of some kind to represent this difficult time.

Sample by Emma


Sample by Sue-Maree



Challenge Two

-Bruni’s exploration was coming to an end as the revolution bubbled in France. Thinking of the guillotines I would like you to use a die cut or something hand cut on your LO 
– Food at sea was often in short supply and Bruni died of scurvy in 1793. Create a minimalistic page where the photo and embellishments take up less that 1/3 of the page. 
Include something metal to represent the guns on the ships and the metal on the naval uniforms
– The expedition changed tack several times and, following Bruni’s death and the death of several other officers it was a very different looking party by the end. Alter something on your LO.

Sample by Emma



Sample by Lil’ Rach



Sample by Sue-Maree



Challenge Three – Card

Use red white and blue – the traditional colours of France
Use a banner, flag or bunting to represent the revolution (yes, alright, I am thinking of Les Miserables here Wink )
– With forcible change there is always pressure on people who may not be that keen. Use pressure with embossing or a rub on. 

Sample by Anna



Sample by Lil’ Rach



Sample by Sue-Maree



Sample by Emma



Can’t wait to see everyone’s interpretation of the challenges.

Have a creative weekend all!


Another free desktop wallpaper

Hi everyone!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

I enjoyed making the February calendar desktop wallpaper so much that I decided to use a scan of a canvas I created to make another one today. I think this one will be perfect for Valentine’s day next Friday. Enjoy!

1024×768 Love Birds Desktop Wallpaper


1680×1050 Love Birds Desktop Wallpaper


Welcome Rach

We have great pleasure in welcoming Rachel Humfrey (Lil’ Rach) to the design team for the next four months. Rachel has been a member at Chook Scraps since January 2008 and we just love her minimalist style with a hint of grunge.

We asked Rach to complete our DT questionaire so we could learn a little more about her and here are her answers:

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself 
I have been married for just over two years and we have a little boy called George who is just about to turn one. I am still a stay at home mum at the moment. Apart from scrapbooking and other crafty pursuits my main interest is basketball.
2. How were you introduced to scrapping?
I can’t remember exactly. One day I think I decided I wanted to start doing something more with my photos so found out about scrapbooking. Turns out my mum’s friend Steph (Grannie Sam) was into it so she showed me some of her stuff, gave me some magazines, introduced me to Chookscraps and here I am!
3. How long have you been scrapping?
On and off since 2008.
4. What is your favourite scrapping technique? 
Tough one, sanding does tend to make an appearance in pretty much everything I do!
5. Who is your favourite scrapbooker and why? 
Louise Nelson as I just love her minimalist and mixed media style. Whenever I start looking through her blog I tend to get caught for ages.
6. Where do you find inspiration for your scrapbooking?
Mostly the internet in various forms: forums, blogs, tutorials, pinterest. I also get magazines sometimes.
7. What is your favourite scrapbooking tool? 
I don’t think I have that many tools as such, I am getting a lot of use out of my corner punch these days. Once I have some more dies I will use my Big Shot more too.
8. What would be your most used scrapbooking product? 
White cardstock.
9. How would you describe your scrapping style? 
Minimalist and frugal!
10. What do you hope to gain from being a part of the Chook Scraps DT?
I hope this experience will give me lots of new ideas, push my boundaries and encourage me to make the time to get back into scrapping properly.

Here is the page Rach submitted with her DT application and the accompanying sketch:

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Such a cute page and a great sketch – I must use it for my next project.

Please make Rachel feel welcome and I am looking forward to working with her.

Happy scrapping all!


February 2014 Challenges

Hi everyone! Well here we are at the beginning of a new month and it’s time for some new challenges. You will see we also have some wonderful samples from our 2014 design team to inspire your creativity this month. Thankyou Sue-Maree for once again setting some wonderful challenges.

Challenge one:

“Words to Live By”

This was a Photo A Day prompt and I thought it was really interesting so I would like you to be inspired by this for your first challenge. Here are some samples: Sue-Mareefebchallenge1 emmafebchallenge1 annafebchallenge1

Challenge Two: Sketch


and some samples:

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Challenge Three: Stash Busting

I was looking at my distress stains, which I adore, and was surprised to see how little I have used out of each bottle… we all have wet media (inks, stains, paints, sprays) I am sure – I want you to use it! Here are the samples:

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Challenge Four: Year in Review

Have you all finished 2013? And have you started on 2014? Upload something you have done for your YIR this month.

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Challenge Five:

The theme for the Creative Jump Start this year was “around the home”. Use something from around your home as either an embellishment or a tool.

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Challenge Six: Christmas Card

Let’s get stamping. Once you have made a Christmas card or tag you may use the stamping prompt on other non-Christmas items e.g. card, mixed media, OTP or LO.

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I think you will agree the samples are gorgeous and the Design Team chooks have out done themselves! Keep an eye on the blog this week as we will be introducing our design team over the next few days.

Hope you find time this month to complete some of our challenges and upload them into the gallery or put a link to your page in the comments here. Remember you will be in the running to win a $10 voucher which you can use in our shop.


Desktop Wallpaper Freebie

Hi everyone

I hope all of you in Australia had a wonderful Australia Day and enjoyed the long weekend celebrating our great country.

I was playing around in photoshop last night creating myself a Desktop Wallpaper which included a calendar for February. It turned out to be so cute that I thought I would share it with you. I have made it in two sizes – 1024×768 for the traditional square shaped monitors and 1680×1050 for the widescreen monitors. If you need another size send me your screen resolution (which you can find by right clicking on your desktop) and I will resize the file to fit your screen. To download click on your selected image and open it in a new window then right click to download to your computer. To set as your desktop background find the file on your computer then right click and select “set as desktop background”. I would love to know if you think this is as cute as I do so please take the time to leave a comment.

Till next time, Lorraine

1680×1050 February 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

February 2014 Calendar Wallpaper 1680x1050


1024×768 February 2014 Desktop Wallpaper

February 2014 Calendar Wallpaper 1024x768 

Year in Review – January Calendar Page

How are you all doing with your Year in Review album? I started mine with a January calendar page. I love the calendar pages that Kate Crane makes in her art journal as part of her art calendar challenge, so I decided I would make one each month in my Year in Review album. I have chosen to use an altered book for my album this year. I wanted to do this last year but decided against it as I was worried I wouldn’t fit the whole year into one book but this year I have decided it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t fit – I can just get another book (yeah I know – totally obvious but I couldn’t give myself that freedom last year).

Here’s a quick step by step to show you how I created the January calendar page:

Firstly I swiped Distress Paint across the page and sprayed with a water mister to blend the paints. I also flicked some drops of water onto the paint while it was still wet to get a mottled effect. Colours I used were mowed lawn, anitque linen and vintage photo.




When it was dry I used my Crafters Workshop spilled hearts 6×6 template and gesso and added some hearts to the page.



When the hearts were dry I sprayed the page with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine. I used coral and seafoam. I held the book up and misted with water to create some drippage.



For the next layer I stamped with two Darkroom Door background stampsFrench script and button, using the rolling method I described in my last post. The script is stamped with black archival ink and the buttons with Gathered Twig distress ink (the buttons are very subtle and you may not be able to see them on the picture). I also used the Darkroom Door Carved Birds Vol. 2 and Mowed Lawn distress ink to stamp some birds on the bottom of the page. How cute are they? So loving that stamp set at the moment.



I then cut 31 rectangles from some scraps of paper I had left. The papers were Shabby Chic from the Kaisercraft Basecoat 3 range and Excited and Salty Kisses from the Kaisercraft Paradiso range. I arranged the rectangles on the page to form the calendar. I stamped more birds along the bottom, stamped some foliage in the top left hand corner and added a title and some doodling and the page is ready for me to record one or two important events for each day.



I hope you have enjoyed reading this quick step x step. If this has inspired you to create your own calendar page please share it by linking in the comments. I love seeing everyone’s creations. And don’t forget to check out Kate’s Art Calendar Challenge.

Happy crafting all!


Creating borders and texture with Darkroom Door background stamps

One of my favourite stamp manufacturers is “Darkroom Door”. They are Australian owned and they use quality rubber to make their stamps. I find the Darkroom Door stamps are great to use as they give you a lovely, clear image every time. I think my most used Darkroom Door stamps are the background stamps. They are sized so you can stamp a background for a card in one go but my favourite way to use them is for creating texture on scrapbooking pages and mixed media projects.

I created a border for this page using the new chicken wire background stamp.


To use the background stamp to make a border like this simply hold the stamp so it makes a “u”, roll the curved part of the stamp on a stamp pad then roll it onto the edge of your page starting off the edge and rolling onto the edge as shown in the photo.

And here is the page with the completed border.


I have also used this rolling technique to add the white splatters to this canvas with the Darkroom Door splatter stamp and paint.

*If using paint on your stamps apply it with a foam brush so there is an even layer and clean the stamp straight away or the paint will dry and you won’t be able to remove it.

I hope this inspires you to get out your background stamps.


Photo a Day Challenge

This year I am making a concerted effort to participate in the Photo a Day challenge that Chantelle runs over at her blog “Fat Mum Slim” (Don’t you just love that name – I do) For those of you who don’t know how it works Chantelle posts a list of prompts at the beginning of the month and you use the prompts to inspire a photo.

Here is January’s list:


Here we are eight days into the year already and I have managed to take photos for four prompts. MMMmmmmm…………… four out of eight – that’s a success rate of 50% so I’m thinking that’s not too bad ……………. but maybe not so good either.

Here are the photos I have managed:

January 2nd: Begins with green and I took a photo of some of the green ribbon on the shelf at the shop.


January 3rd: My Town. I admit I didn’t get this idea myself as Sue-Maree had a photo taken from the newly opened footbridge in town too but mine is better as it has my favourite shop in it 😉


January 5th: Something found. I found this gorgeous moth flying around in our house and then he landed on the orchids Mum had brought up for me at Christmas. I think out of the four photos this is my favourite.


January 6th: Happens Everyday. Not very creative but something that I definitely do everyday and sometimes more than once.


This is a fun challenge and definitely a way to, not only make you take more photos, but to take photos of things you normally wouldn’t. If you would like to play along with us I have created an album in our gallery or you can post a link to your photos in the comments here.

Happy snapping all!


January 2014 Challenges

Happy New Year everyone!

Sue-Maree has posted our monthly challenges in the forum and there have been a few changes to the way we are running the challenges this year. If you want to check out the details you can see them in our forum.

Here are the challenges for January:

Challenge One – Sketch

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Challenge Two – Colour Challenge

Fly your true colours! With Australia Day this month it is time to get patriotic. We would like to see some green and gold flying.


Challenge Three – Stash Busting

Time to stash bust your alphas… there always seem to be all of those left over alphas that just don’t fit with the letters you need. Use your alphas in a creative way, either by changing letters, mixing up alphas in your title, changing the colours to something more useful or using your alphas to create a feature on your project.


Challenge Four – Year in Review

If you have done a YIR in 2013 your challenge is to finish another month in that and, if possible, to complete the album altogether. If you are planning on starting in 2014 then your challenge is to create your cover or your title page.


Challenge Five – Card

January is a time of new year’s resolutions and trying new things. We would like you to create a card that is a twist on the traditional rectangular card with straight edges opening to the right hand side. You might want to make a trifold card, an easel card or just a card that has a fancy edge. Different shaped cards would also work here… just step a little out of your comfort zone. If you want to convert this challenge to a LO challenge I guess we would need a shaped page.


Challenge Six – Christmas Card

Christmas card – Red and green are such traditional colours for Christmas. We would like you to start with these colours in mind but to twist it up a little. You might add different colours or just change the red a green slightly e.g. pink and green or red & aqua


As you can see you don’t need to create cards or layouts for these challenges – they can be interpreted however you like. To be in the running for a $10 Chook Scraps voucher make sure you upload your entries into our gallery by midnight on January 31st.

Happy creating, Chooks!

Celebrating Toni aka Scrapdragon

Over the past twelve months Toni has been a member of our design team. It has been wonderful working with Toni and I’m sure you will agree with me that her pages, cards and OTP’s are always inspirational. We will miss her creative input and I know many of you will be sad to hear that she will not be giving out any more cryptic clues ;). To celebrate her time as a Creative Chook I am sharing with you a selection of her projects.

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Thankyou for your dedication over the past 12 months Toni. Everything you have done in your role as a Creative Chook has been fantastic and such a help to me. I wish you all the best for the future and please don’t be a stranger.