Please Welcome our August GDT


Sarah Groen photo

I am so excited to be guest designing for  ‘Crazy Monday Kits’ (thanks so much for inviting me Annelie). I live in Auckland NZ with my hubby of more than 20 years (Mark) and my 6 gorgeous kids (who range in age from 5 to 23). I have 4 boys Chris 23, Jaime 21, Adam 20 and our ‘baby’ Benji 5 and two daughters, Natalie 17 and Sophie-Kate 9. I am a stay at home mum and since I discovered scrapbooking I have been a hopeless addict. I am currently on the design teams for 2Crafty chipboard, CSI, Stuck? sketches, Scrap the Boys and 1,2,3,Challenge blog. I have been published many times both in NZ and overseas I am really looking forward to sharing my work with you and hope that I can inspire you a little along the way.

You can find Sarah and more of her scrapping goodness at her blog


We are very excited to have Sarah as our GDT for August. Here is a look at her first page created with our kit “Stars & Words & Things”:

Sarah Groen 1-1

And Sarah’s description:

I am so excited to get to guest design for Crazy Monday using this amazing kit!
I fell in love with the background paper as soon as I opened up the box. Usually I go for white card stock backgrounds but this time I was inspired to try something a little different.
 Sarah Groen 1-3
Because the paper is so bold and bright I needed a close-focus, eye-catching photo to take centre stage. I also felt that the paper needed some black (stamping and inking) to add depth and draw more attention to the photo. A little black is often all that is needed to ‘liven up’ a ‘flat’ page.
I matted my photo on grey card stock that I ran through my paper crimper to give it a ‘corrugated’ look and to further lift up and separate my photo from the page. I layered all my favourite papers from the kit underneath my photo and added die-cuts and tags from the awesome Crate Paper ‘ephemera’ pack (my absolute favourite part of the kit).
Sarah Groen 1-4
I used the word ‘Shine’ from the Studio Calico wood veneer pack as my title. I was planning to paint it but when I laid it on my page I loved the look of the ‘raw’ chipboard and settled on leaving it natural.
Sarah Groen 1-2
A couple of buttons and a few lengths of bakers twine to thread through my tags and the page was finished.
Thanks for looking at my page today. I hope that I have managed to inspire you a little – have a great day!


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