Monday, January 22, 2018

My Brother Scrapbook Layout with Charlene Byrd

Hello bloggers!

Charlene here. Thanks for joining me today. The layout I'm sharing with you today is a very special layout, one that was really hard for me to create but one that I felt my heart needed to create. As scrapbookers we scrapbook life, the special moments, the memories we want to remember, things that are close to our hearts. I want to remember my brother....forever!


Sadly he was suddenly and unexpectedly taken from us a couple months ago at the young age of 49. A mother shouldn't lose her son, a wife shouldn't lose her husband only 18 days after saying 'I Do' and I shouldn't have to say goodbye to my oldest brother at this early age. Life is just so unfair sometimes.

I am so thankful that I love this hobby that we share, that we can create beautiful pages to celebrate life. My brother will always be remembered by everyone who loved him, I will remember him forever and miss him everyday!




I painted the chipboard pieces with copper acrylic paint. I then gently sanded the edges to reveal a bit of the chipboard and added Walnut Distress ink to the edges.

This past year I have lost my step dad and my brother. It has taught me that life is short, too short. Be sure to tell your loved ones that you love them, take the time to be with friends and family. Do what makes you happy, and scrapbook those memories, for one day they may be gone. And to all of you reading this, thank for for following me. I hope that I inspire you to create beautiful pages too!

Southern Ridge Trading Products Used:


Other Products Used:

- Basic Grey paper and diecuts
- Prima flowers
- Walnut Distress ink
- Copper acrylic paint
- Twine

Until next time!
Happy creating,
Charlene




Friday, January 19, 2018

On Cabin Time Card with Katelyn Grosart

Hey Southern Ridge Trading Company fans, Katelyn here. Today, I've created for you a fun On Cabin Time Card, that's perfect to use as an any occasion card. You'll want to read below as I share with you how I created my On Cabin Time Card at home.


To start, pull out the large Abstract Circle Frame. Use a blending tool with foam and blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire surface of the frame.


With the Vintage Photo Distress Ink still out, use a blending tool with foam and blend Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the entire surface of both snowflakes.


From the Sleighs package, pull out the large sleigh. Apply two coats of Candied Apple Distress Paint to the sleigh. Once the paint has dried, ink the edges of the sleigh using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Take the small and medium sized Cedar Trees out of the package. Apply two coats of Pine Needles Distress Paint to the trees. Once the paint has dried, ink the edges of the trees using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Take two pine branches out. Apply two coats of Evergreen paint to the pine branches. Once the paint has dried, ink the edges of the branches using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


From the Corrugated Stars, take out a small and large star. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of each star. Sprinkle Salted Navy Embossing Powder over each star. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.


Take out one of the Sm. Primitive Stars out of the package. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the star. Sprinkle Salted Navy Embossing Powder over the star. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.


From the Small Merry Deer Mix, pull out one of the deer. Apply Emboss It Ink to the entire surface of the deer. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder over the deer. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with your heat tool.


You'll need one Lg. Wood Snowflake from the package.


Next you'll need the  4x4 Journaling Card patterned paper piece from the Cabin Fever paper line. To cut the "On Cabin Time" circle, use the 3 1/4" fitted circle die. For the circle in behind the "On Cabin Time" circle, use the 3 3/4" fitted circle and cut out of the knit square. Distress the edges of the circles. Ink the edges of the circles using a blending tool with foam and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


From the other patterned paper pieces from the Cabin Fever line, you'll need to choose three other patterns. Here are the measurements you'll need to cut the patterned pieces at:
- Patterned Paper Piece #1: 5" x 5"
- Patterned Paper Piece #2: 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
- Patterned Paper Piece #3: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Distress the edges of each patterned paper piece. Ink the edges of each patterned paper piece using a blending tool with foam and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Adhere the 5" patterned paper piece to the 5 1/4" patterned paper piece. Adhere the 5 1/4" patterned paper piece to the 5 1/2" patterned paper piece.


Adhere the "On Cabin Time" circle to the knit circle.


Adhere the Abstract Circle Frame to the knit circle. Foam square the knit circle to the middle of the 5" patterned paper piece.


In the top left corner of the circle, adhere one pine branch, the sm. primitive star, the lg. snowflake and the other two snowflakes.


In the bottom right hand corner of the circle, adhere the two corrugated stars, the sleigh, the other pine branch, the two cedar trees and the deer.


In amongst the chipboard pieces in the bottom right hand corner of the circle, adhere two red roses, three cream roses and one light brown rose.


In the top left hand corner of the circle, in amongst the chipboard pieces, adhere three cream roses, two red roses and one light brown rose.


Add enamel dots in all four corners of the 5" patterned paper piece. In the top left hand side of the circle, add four enamel dots in amongst the flowers.


To finish, add an enamel dot to each of the snowflakes and adhere the card front to the 5 3/4" x 5 3/4" card base.


Here are a few close up shots of my card.






Here's the finished card.


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:

- Pine Branches
- Snowflakes
- 10mm Roses: Cream and Light Brown
- 15mm Roses: Red

Other Supplies Used:

- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder and Salted Navy Embossing Powder 
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink Dabber
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Distress Paint - Candied Apple & Pine Needles and Blending Tool with Foam
- Dina Wakley for Ranger Ink: Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Evergreen
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Fitted Circles
- Carta Bella: Cabin Fever - Frosty Snow Globes, Woodland Creatures, Border Strips, 4x4 Journaling Cards & Enamel Dots
- Creative Scrapbooker Magazine: Super Stock
- Tombow: Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Until Next Time!

- Katelyn


























Monday, January 15, 2018

Guest Design Team Call - Winter 2018


Guest Design Team Call - Winter 2018 

We are excited to announce that we are looking to add 3 Guest Designers to add to our team for a 6 month term!

Southern Ridge Trading Company is a Manufacturer of Chipboard and Wood designs made in BC. 

If you love to create cards, scrapbook pages, altered items and mixed media projects we are looking for you!

Your term will start April.1st, 2018 and end September.1st, 2018.

This call is only open to those who live in Canada or the US.



Your responsibilities as a Design Team member are: 
  • Have an active blog. By active we mean posting regularly. We want to see you share as much as possible on all social media platforms such as: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, etc. and make sure to hash tag Southern Ridge Trading Company when doing so. Our hashtag is: #southernridgetradingcompany
  • We require 1 blog post per month with a minimum of 2 pieces of chipboard on your project. 
  • You must be able to write professional and personable posts as well as provide detailed photographs of your work.
  • You must be able to follow a schedule.

Benefits of joining our team:
  • You will receive $50.00 to spend in the Southern Ridge Trading Company store every two months. 
  • You will receive a discount in the Southern Ridge Trading Company Store during your 6 month term.

How to apply for our design team:

Email Katelyn at: Katelyngrosart@gmail.com and Karen at: karen@chipboard.ca with the following information:

Subject Line: Guest Design Team Call 
  • A bit about yourself, email address and where you live.
  • Your blog link and any social media platforms you are currently using.
  • A list of current and past design teams that you have been on.
  • We also would like you to send us three pictures of your projects that best describe your style.

The Guest Design team call will end on Thursday, February. 1st.  Selections will be made Tuesday, February.6th.

Due to the number of submissions that are sent in, we will only notify those who are considered. 

Best of Luck,

Karen and Katelyn

Friday, January 12, 2018

Snow Day Mixed Media Canvas with Deb Riddell

Hello and thank you for stopping by today, Deb Riddell here to share a mixed media canvas with you that I created with Southern Ridge Trading Company’s brand new Winter Kids and Pine Branch chipboard.


I also added one of Southern Ridge’s Snowflake chipboard embellishments, it’s one of my favourites!  I’ve a few step out photos on how I created my Snow Day mixed media canvas, read on for the how to.

I started out with a piece of chipboard cut to 6 ½” x 7” (pssst, did you know that Karen sells 12x12 sheets of chipboard that you can cut on your own?  Perfect for cutting custom sized backgrounds or die cuts for your projects!).  I gave the chipboard a coat of white gesso and then sealed it with Distress Matte Collage medium.


Several shades of blue Distress Stains were swiped across the background in a random fashion.  I used a water soluble medium because I wanted the blue colour to slightly seep up through the layers of texture paste that I was going to be adding on top.

Ranger Opaque Crackle Texture Paste was added next with a spatula across the top and bottom of the background and some Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter was sprinkled on here and there while the paste was still wet.


While the texture paste dried and crackled, the Pine Branch chipboard piece was painted with several shades of green DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, pouncing the various colours on wet on wet until I was happy with it.  The Pine Branch was then given a coat of satin varnish and set aside to dry.

Two of the adorable sledding Winter Kids were given a coat of Lamp Black Americana acrylic paint and a coat of gloss varnish.


And the Snowflake was painted with white acrylic paint and then embossed with Emerald Creek Craft Supplies Iridescent Shimmer embossing powder for a little winter sparkle.

White sanded texture paste (this is Martha Stewart White Texture Effect) was then added to the middle of the background and a spatula was used to shape it into ‘hills’.  While the paste was wet, a variety of glitters and embossing powders were sprinkled on top for more winter sparkle.  The sanded texture paste was also added to the Pine Branch chipboard piece in ‘globs’ to simulate drifts of snow.


The texture paste was allowed to dry thoroughly and the whole canvas then sealed with gloss varnish.  Once the varnish had dried, the canvas was given a wash of Stormy Sky Distress Stain.  The blue stain was lifted off of the varnished surface with a paper towel right after it had been applied so as to only leave it in the crevasses and crackles.

More drying followed (there’s a lot of drying time on this one!) and the Snow Day sentiment was die cut from navy cardstock that had been adhered to some Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets.  The letters were die cut with Tim Holtz’s Broadway Alphabet die and adhered along the bottom of the background once everything had dried.


All the other elements were then adhered to the background, the Pine Branch was added along the top edge;


The Snowflake nestled on the left underneath the Pine Branch;


And the Winter Kids added to the snowy hills. The edges of the finished piece were then shaded with Faded Jeans Distress ink.


I hope that you have enjoyed seeing how my Snow Day mixed media canvas came together, brings back childhood memories for me of those special days when school was closed because of a blizzard, what fun we all had!


Southern Ridge Trading Company Supplies Used:


Other Supplies Used:

- Sizzix: Broadway Alphabet die
- Ranger Ink: Distress Ink, Distress Stain, Distress Collage Medium and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter
- Therm O Web: Rebekah Meier Designs Mixed Media Foam Sheets
- DecoArt: Americana Acrylic paint
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Iridescent Shimmer Embossing Powder
- Martha Stewart: White Texture Effect
- Miscellaneous: Blue Cardstock, German Glass Glitter and Gloss and Satin Varnish

Thanks as always for stopping by today and happy creating!

Deb xo











Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Every Day is Coffee Day with Erin Quiding-Sampson



Hello and Happy New Year!!
Today I’m sharing a sign I created to hang by my coffee bar. I won’t have a coffee bar until I move into my house in February but in the mean time here is how to make your own 😊


I started off with SRTC’s https://chipboard.ca/products/every-day-is-coffee-day, 2 different sized hearts leftover from a past project https://chipboard.ca/products/handrawn-heart and one of the new stencils.

I painted all the chipboard with white acrylic paint then allowed it to dry.


I used the stencil over top of the cup, then started with my darkest shade at the bottom right then went lighter as I moved up the cup. When I removed the stencil, I lifted the white paint off in a few places, but I really liked the effect, so I left it like that.




I cut a piece of brown paper for the coffee cup and then added some foam dots to the hearts to pop them up and give them some dimension. Since I don’t have anywhere to hang this now, I have temporarily hung it one a piece of white chipboard.


Since I don’t have anywhere to hang this now, I have temporarily hung it one a piece of white chipboard.  
I love the colours of this and I can’t wait to hang it up in my new house!
Southern Ridge Trading Company Products Used:

Thanks for looking,
Erin