Monday, August 8, 2011

Not long to go now....

What a very very busy weekend. But after a lot of work we are just that little more prepared for retreat in just 18 sleeps time! Goodies bags are all packed, overflowing but packed. Prizes have been allocated and the super surprise has been tested out. Rose is super super busy entering all the stock that was bought last week. Plus with more amazing stock coming in the following weeks, I don't think Rose will have time to do anything else but enter stock.

With our August Workshop just a few days away, we are even busier. Packing kits up for all the ladies who are coming to enjoy in the day! we have a couple of seats left for those interested in coming along. Please make sure you email us ( to book your seat. We also have a few kits up for sale for ladies who can't come along to the classes. You can purchase the kits through our Facebook page just go to our Facebook page and click on shop now to see the available kits. All prices include postage. 

For anyone who didn't receive a copy of our latest newsletter you can view it by following this link 

Remember that the Scrap with Friends shop will be open on Saturday August 13th from 10am.

We hope to see everyone there!

Happy Scrapping!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Not just a Scrapper!

Hi everyone,

Lately I (Kristy) have become obsessed with pinterest (if you haven't discovered pinterest yet have a look I just adore all the inspiration I can get from just a quick look whilst having a coffee. Well, one day whilst drooling over some wonderful pins, I came across a novel idea. Cake Pops. So yesterday I decided to give them ago. After quickly watching a youtube video on making them I felt I was ready! How wrong I was. I should mention, whilst my Grandmother was an amazing cake maker and decorator. I did not seem to get the baking gene.

Step One: Ingredients ASSEMBLE!!!
I required; one cake (pre-made and cooled), a tub of frosting, and my trusty mix master.

Step Two: Mix the ingredients together.
After crumbling the cake and putting it into the mixing bowl. I added frosting till the mixture just comes together. I unfortunately looked away at that point and kept adding frosting till the mix looked something like straight frosting...... Whoopsie.

Step three: Mould your balls.
Scoop even amounts of mix into your hands and roll them into a ball shape. Now that sounds wonderful... on paper. But I was unable to scoop even amounts. I also did not realise that the balls needed to be much smaller than I had made them. I made big manly sized cake pops..... Another whoopsie.

Step four: Coat your Cake Pops in Chocolate.
Melt some chocolate and dunk the balls in the chocolate till they are evenly coated. Refrigerate till required for eating. Once again, I learn by my errors. Due to my cake pop balls being so large and weighty, dunking them in chocolate was not achievable. I had to plonk them in the chocolate then roll them around till they were semi coated. I then pulled them out of the chocolate mix and rolled them in my hands (yes I had gloves on, it was too icky not to) until they were covered.

Step five: Enjoy your yummy Cake Pops.
Yes they are yummy. But BBQ skewers did not support these bad boys. For the purpose of the photo I was able to balance one quickly before it slid down onto my hand.

What I learnt whilst doing this.....
  • I am not a baker. End of Discussion.
  • Cake Pops need to be refrigerated during each step.
  • Putting lots of frosting in turns Cake Pops into Frosting Pops.
  • Frosting Pops are very heavy.
  • Frosting Pops are yummy, however, they have lots of sugar and the ceiling is not the place to be at 11 o'clock at night.
  • Skewers look much nicer, but corn cob holders support Frosting Pops much better.
  • Smaller..... They need to be smaller.

In summation..... Get someone else to make them :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

A while between posts.

Hello Everyone,
It has been quite a while between posts, hasn't it.
I can tell you that we have been super busy organising our August retreat, the monthly workshops, retreat workshops, and another surprise for 2012. We will reveal that at our August retreat.

With CHA this week, we have been very busy selecting all the gorgeous products to add to our "to get list".
Tim Holtz has a series of new stamps and a gorgeous line of stationary called District Market. If you haven't seen District Market just yet, I can tell you the Tote bag is just beautiful! It is definitely on my personal to buy list.
Prima has way to many products coming out to try to list. Lots of new flowers, say it in pearls, say it in crystals, and tools.
There is a new company called Authentique. Launched only this year, Authentique aim to "promote the belief being genuine is the only way to live! Our products reinforce this message through quotes, saying and the names of our Collections. They are designed to enhance the authentic side in each of us". Scrap with Friends is very excited to be stocking the Journey and Uncommon ranges. With more to come after CHA.
Bo Bunny have a lovely range on its way to us, called et Cetera. For those scrappers and card makers who love vintage colours, you will adore this range.
My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee, Tattered Angels and Teressa Collins have also been pre-ordered.
There is a heap of beautiful new products on their way to Scrap with Friends and they shall be revealed at our August retreat. Then in September at our workshop day.
Our August workshop day is just a few weeks away and we have 3 fantastic classes on offer.
In our Technique Class you will use a cuttlebug/ big shot to create 2 gorgeous cards perfect for Fathers Day. You will also create a beautiful pop up card, this technique can easily be transferred to a scrapbook layout.
In the layout class you will create a double page layout using some fun new products, bottle caps and mini tickets, you will also be using a Martha Stewart punch around the page set and a 6 x 6 inch paper pad.
Cricut Class has been opened up to those who don't have a cricut, you can purchase pre-cut kits. These are strictly on a pre-order basis to ensure no one is disappointed. This month you will be using the B is for Boy cartridge and you will learn how to plan your layout and cutting. This layout is titled "Here comes trouble" it could be used for any age of boy or a mischievous girl.
Please don't forget to let us know if you would like to attend so we can ensure we have enough kits for everyone.
We would love to see everyone at our August Workshop day, either to shop, scrap or chat.

Happy Scrapping everyone.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Workshops on July 9th.

Hello Everyone,
Our next workshop day is to be held on the 9th of July. We have 3 fantastic classes for you and of course our shop will be nicely stocked with goodies for you. Including Kaisercrafts new ranges; Blae & Ivy and Little Toot.

In July we have have lowered the price of the class fee. The cost is now $20 for a full day of scrapping plus kits. This fee includes lunch!
So for $65 you can do 3 classes and have lunch!

Don't forget that we open from 9:30am and you are more than welcome to come along settle in, grab a cuppa, shop and scrap till your class starts. You are also more than welcome to stay after your class and scrap away.
We will break for lunch during the layout class.

We would also like to remind you about our Retreat in August. Places are filling fast, so if you are interested in coming along, please ensure that you let us know and pay your deposit before the August Class.

Scrap with Friends will be located at 52 Banks St East Maitland, this is the St Peter's Anglican Church Parish Hall. There is a link to a map at the end of this newsletter.

Please have a read through our classes on offer in July and let us know which class or classes you would like to do before June 1st. RSVP by reply email or

Happy Scrapping,
Scrap with Friends

Technique - 9:30am to 11:30am

This is the first class featuring our new designer and Scrap with Friend, Deb.
This amazing card uses the very attractive double twisted easel card fold. Don't be concerned by the long name. The fold is easy once you learn it. Making the card beautiful is the fun part. You will be distressing, inking and using string beads. The papers are from Melissa Frances' beautiful new range attic treasures.

What you will need for this class: Distressing tool, Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, tacky glue, sponge or inking tool and your tool kit.

Kit cost is $10 + Class fee.

Layout Class - 11:30am to 2:30pm.

Another month and another awesome inspiring layout, this month by Deb!
This month you will receive enough product to create a fantastic layout where you will learn how to create a mini album. This mini album is perfect for special pictures or personal journaling you would rather people not see. You will get to make a gorgeous twisted ribbon rose and more string beads to help accentuate the flourishes on the beautiful Timeless range by Teressa Collins. Distressing is also heavily featured on this layout.

What you will need for this class: Distressing tool, Brushed Corduroy Distress ink, sponge or inking tool, paper piercer, tacky glue and your tool kit.

Kit cost is $20 + Class fee

Cricut Club - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Having a cartridge is fantastic, but sometimes a cartridge can do a lot more than you may first think. In this class we will explore Plantin Schoolbook. Creating a layout using elements from the cartridge.

For this class you will need: paper trimmer, mounting foam and your normal scrapping tools and most importantly your Cricut, mat and power cord.
Kit cost is $15 + Class fee.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Changes at Scrap with Friends.

Hello Everyone,

Firstly thank you so much to all the ladies who came to our June class to scrap, learn and shop. It was a fantastic day and it was lovely to see so many ladies doing what we all love to do. We can not wait to see you all again on the 9th of July for another fantastic day.

We do have a few changes that have happened with Scrap with Friends.

Jennifer has decided to leave Scrap with Friends due to personal reasons. We wish Jennifer all the best in the future.
As sad as we are to see Jennifer leave, Scrap with Friends will and must go on.
As our workshop days are a little too busy for two people, Rose and myself warmly welcome Deb (you may have met Deb at our June class) to the Scrap with Friends team.
Deb is wonderfully talented and she will be helping design and teach classes.

This brings me to the change in our classes. There really isn't any. We are running the three classes. The new class we were introducing will be incorporated into the Cuttlebug class. Cuttlebug will now be known as a Technique Class and you will not need to have your own Cuttlebug or big shot to participate in the class. Of course it is helpful to have your own machine, but it is now no longer essential. We will be doing a Double Twisted Easel card in our July class. This is the same fold of card that Jennifer was going to teach you. But of course the adornments will be different. I have seen a sneak peak of the card and it is just as beautiful as Jennifer's.

Due to the feedback we received at the June class we are reducing the class fee.
It shall be a flat rate of $20 for the day plus your class kits.
This $20 will now include lunch (however if you have special dietary requirements we ask that you bring your own lunch along).  We will be jiggling the class times to allow for a break for lunch.
Next Monday we will be sending out our next newsletter which will include class details for July.

Please mark the 9th of July on your calendar as it is going to be fantastic,

Until then happy scrapping everyone,

Rose, Deb and Kristy.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

A New Beginning - 2011 Retreat

Scrap with Friends 2011 Retreat

Looking for a weekend to get away, relax and just do what you love best?
Well we have the place for you.....

Imagine 4 days and 3 nights of no cooking, no housework, No-one to bother you just great friends old and new. Plus the opportunity to work on those unfinished projects and learn some exciting new techniques.

Friday August 26th to Monday August 29th


Edmund Rice Retreat and Conference Centre
1315 Mulgoa Road, Mulgoa 2745

Just leave it all up to us! We will provide you with; comfortable twin share accomodation with private en-suite. Round the clock tea and coffee. Great Food and a shop for all your scrapbooking and card making needs!

Not to mention workshops, demonstrations, competitions, games, raffles and loads more.

Check out the packages below for that one that suits you:

One Day (Saturday or Sunday)

Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner

Goodie Bag
Whole day of Scrappin fun
only $140.00

One Night Stay (Saturday to Sunday)

Saturday Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

Sunday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
One nights accommodation
Goodie Bag
2 great days scrappin'
only $220.00

Two Nights Stay (Friday to Sunday)

Friday Dinner 

Saturday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Sunday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea
2 Nights Accommodation
Goodie Bag
2 nights and 2 days of scrappin
only $300.00

3 Nights stay (Friday to Monday)

Friday Dinner 

Saturday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Sunday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

Monday Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch
3 Nights Accommodation
Goodie Bag
3 nights and 4 days of scrappin
only $380.00

You can secure your spot now by emailing us

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A rainy Tuesday night.

It is a very very rainy Tuesday night. The television is once again disapointing, bub is in bed, husband is at work, so what is a girl to do....... Golly, do I really need to ask that question :)
Well, I have decided to try my hand at a mini album. Made using paper bags. I am hoping that it will look as great in person as it does in my head lol. I will be using a super cute range by Imaginisce called Animal Crackers.
Which will be avaliable at the Scrap with Friends workshop day (this Saturday).

Have a great rainy night everyone :)