Friday, 24 November 2017


If you like the look of monochromatics for Christmas but still want a touch of classic,
try this kit created by Sharon Bernardi.   It uses the  beautiful Couture Creations Be Merry monochromatic range with reversible papers so you choose the lighter or darker pattern, and combines it with a perfect hint of red.
For only $40.00 this kit comes with full cutting guide, some step by step pics to help with fussy bits, a full 6x6 paper pad, full ephemera pack, full pack of adhesive rhinestones, coloured lace flower, die cuts, flowers, pearl cabochon and more.  

Perfect to take on the road as you only need a small trimmer and adhesives to complete it.

Best of all, when you've made these 9 cards, you'll have enough paper  and ephemera to make another 9 just by adding your own embellishments.

 Sometimes a touch of bling is all you need and since we now carry it in continuous lengths in 4 different sizes at a price all of us can afford.

At only $3.50 / metre, this bling adds a special touch of class and elegance to any project.  

 Combine lengths of bling with adhesive rhinestones on your die cuts and you've got a winning combination.

 Die cuts in red glitter and red cardstock have been added to these cards to tie the colour in.  If you have flowers that don't have silver centres, hold back the petals and colour them with a pen or some ink from an inkpad refill by using a fine brush.

And of course, tiny bows with fine satin held add some texture and tie your matting colour in perfectly.

Hope you're getting all your Christmas cards achieved ~ Unlike some of us!

Happy Creating Gayle
and the
A Place to Create Team

Saturday, 18 November 2017


This new 10 card kit includes:
 a 40 page 6.5 x 6.5" paper pad
* cardstock
* full colour photos.

 * oriental screen template and heavy 300gsm cardstock to make it out of
*  painted wooden embellishments
 * deep golden micro beads perfect for the die cut bonsai
 * co-ordinating ribbons

* painted wooden embellishments 

 * tags and metal accents

 * fabulous gold foil elements to highlight the golden elements in
 * beautiful co-ordinating trims
 * 2 different bag templates and border elements
* punch flowers and adhesive golden pearls

The kit makes 10 assorted cards with heaps of left over papers,
 tags and ephemera for additional crafting.
Cost $45.00

Happy Creating Gayle
and the
A Place to Create Team


Thursday, 16 November 2017


To finish off November with a load of fun (and while Gayle is away), we are having a
 $5 make and take frenzy
 and fabulous free demonstrations. 
 This is a great opportunity to explore new skills, techniques, tricks and just have fun
 for only $5 / project.  Please call the store to book into each session so we can prep kits for you.


with pockets, tags and layered embellishment cluster
Choose between Christmas or Pretty in pink - Only $5
Tuesday 21st November ~ 11.30am
Thursday 23rd November ~ 12noon

Christmas themed one sheet wonder card
 Add delicate glitter effects with Colour Blast Shimmer Pen
 Pretty in pink flower, tulle and ribbon cluster

Pretty in pink one sheet wonder card


See how easy it is to create amazing effects with the Go Press and Foil machine utilising your existing dies.  Combine this with gorgeous ribbon, bling, die cut foil board and a fabulous metal embellishment and you have a priceless tag for someone very special!
Only $5
Tuesday 21st November ~ 10.30am
Thursday 23rd November ~ 1pm
 Fabulous die cut foil board makes a striking statement
Delicate foiled effects using dies in your Go Press and Foil


Create a beautiful card with die cut matting after you stamp, emboss and colour your image with a variety of resist / colour techniques including framing with embossing powder.
These gorgeous cards are finished perfectly with a sheer ribbon bow.
Only $5
Tuesday 21st November
arrive any time between 10am and 11am to complete this gorgeous project.
 Beautiful shades of blue / lilac for irises.
 Happiness is a yellow daffodil.
Use different inks to create very different effects.


And if that's not enough fun for a week, why not pop in for a fabulous demonstration on how to decorate  baubles with lace for a shabby chic look.
Let Sandra show you how to use the Plaid all purpose paints that will take to any surface, 3d heavy gel medium, shaved ice, glitters, shimmer pens and more.
Saturday 25th November
10.30 am
and 1.30pm
Cost ~ FREE
Happy Creating Gayle
and the
A Place to Create Team


Wednesday, 15 November 2017


Amanda Hartmann brings a whimsical and colourful approach to
scrapbooking and mixed media
and will be joining us at A Place to Create on
Saturday December 2nd for a Colour Blast Fun Day. 
 Read on to learn more about Amanda and to see some of her fun loving layouts.

I have been scrapbooking for many years, as evidenced by my well-organised large stash and shelves full of albums and piles of layouts! My life is always about the balance and juggle – as I divide time between my gorgeous family (husband and 3 girls), my rewarding work (full time as a Speech Pathologist) and my “me” time (Scrapbooking and Jujitsu). I have worked on a variety of Design Teams, including Colour Blast Australia, as well as Teams for challenge blogs over the years. I have been published in Scrapbooking Memories. I love to use patterned papers, and combining mixed media to create interesting backgrounds.  Embellishment clusters are part of my signature style!


Amanda will be teaching a double page layout where you will create a colourful and fresh background page and spread it across two pages to create a co-ordinating background across your double layout. 
In this class, you will play with:
Colour pastes,
Colour sprays,
Shimmer cubes,
Stencils and more.
Choose your colour (pink or blue or shades in between) then create your own embellishment clusters to finish off your layout.
Saturday 2nd December
9 am - 11.30am
Cost $35.00 - includes all materials and mixed media elements
BYO basic tool kit and apron
Phone the store on 3851 2200 to book your place.

You can follow Amanda on the following links.
Instagram: @amandahartmann8

Look forward to seeing you there.


Tuesday, 14 November 2017


We are very excited to announce that this year, the Dreamscapes Album Series will be introduced to A Place to Create for the coming year ahead. The Series will be taught by Melissa Struhs who comes with 9 years of experience teaching these albums and many happy scrappers in her trail.


Hi, my name is Melissa Struhs. I am a wife to a Cabinet Maker husband (and yes, he is extremely patient with my never ending updates to the craft room) and a mum to a teenage son. He is the reason I began scrapbooking over 16 years ago when I was on maternity leave and I never intended for it to become a career change.

I have been teaching in local Gold Coast and Brisbane stores for nearly 15 years now. I am also on the Design Teams for the Scrap the Boys and Colour Blast.

My scrapbooking style could be best described as traditional, as I still love double layouts and combining gorgeous patterned papers. What I love most is incorporating hand stitching, laser cut chipboard and mixed media techniques to create the textures and layers in a streamlined way.
You can see more of my work on Instagram or Facebook


More about the Album Series:-
Completing an entire album can be very rewarding to see all of your favourite photos or special events all in one place, to have a treasured keepsake at the end of the year to share with others. This class is open to intermediate to advanced scrapbookers only. It takes a huge commitment to see a project of this size through, to make the time to attend a class once a month, for ten months. The nature of the project requires a considerable amount of planning and ordering in advance to help everyone have a productive and successful year. The time and effort we put in can be best utilised by others who have the time, commitment and who come prepared to each class.

What will the class involve?

# Class - They will start in February and will continue until the end of November. You only need to attend once a month, for ten months. During this time, you will have Mel on hand to help guide you and offer support for the length of the project. Classes will be scheduled based on interest levels and will likely be offered on a Saturday. The classes will be 2.5 hours long and will be capped at 10-12 people. If numbers exceed 12, there may be a possibility of having a morning and afternoon session.

 # Album Themes - You get to choose your own theme of your album. If you are unsure of how to approach it, ask Mel for help (it’s her 9th year in a row), she always has some suggestions up her sleeve: dream vacation, first year of school, baby's first year, 2018 calendar year, wedding etc.

 # Monthly Core Kit - These will be priced differently each month, according to what is in them, but we do ensure they are a reasonable price.  These are products that are chosen to inspire and push you to try new things and are something a little out of everyone's comfort zone. We do endeavour to keep these pieces as neutral as possible (for example, clear, white, cream, kraft, brown or black), allowing you to make decisions about colour to suit your photos and theme. Kits are a set part of the project, there are no changes or opting out of the kit for the month. We will hold you a kit if you are unable to attend and it will be available to you on your next day of attendance.

# Cost / Payment Structure – This year, payment in full will be required up front - $150 either at the launch or the first class you attend. This is a big commitment for you and for the studio and that is why we are asking for payment up front. This covers the class fees only, each month for the 10 months. This will apply to all customers attending the Dreamscape series. There will be no refunds on class fees. If you are unable to attend a class, the album will be available for you to take photos.

What is the Dreamscape Series?

What if you can pair traditional 12x12 layouts with flip out panoramic refills and add layers and more length to the horizontal look to standard double page spread? Each of the flip out refills will hold 4 standard 12 x 12 layouts and will add a whole new dimension and look to your project. This gives you the opportunity to mix them with the refills that come with your album, dropping in the flip outs where you would like to add more photos and increase the numbers of the layouts to create a dreamlike scene or landscape look to your layouts. Black and White photographs can evoke a very subtle but dreamy look, giving you the freedom to create with any colours and incorporate any styles throughout the album. It helps to bring together random images that would usually be harder to find more of. It is a chance to add your own variations to the album project and give you the creative freedom to make it unique.

What will you need:

# 12 x 12 Ring Albums - These are the best style of album to use, available in many colours and designs by so many different companies. Our suggestions would be We R Memory Keepers, Project Life, American Crafts or Teresa Collins. Standard refills from your album can be used and more can be reordered if you require them. We are happy to show you a comprehensive look at colours and styles of albums and place an order for you. It is not essential to have your album initially to put your pages in, as we find they are best suited to add your completed pages to at home, saving the wear and tear of bringing it to class, but you will need to use the 12 x 12 refills that accompany your album. Mel will be using Classic Leather albums by We R Memory Keepers which come in 27 standard colours plus plenty of gorgeous specialty style albums as well.

# Storage containers or tubs - these are always helpful to keep you organised, hold your kit pieces, refills, photo's and essential items for class each month. The ease of keeping everything together will allow you to grab all essential items and head to class.

# Page in Progress Albums - this is something temporary to hold things in while you are working on the current month’s page, to bring to class, hold ideas and to save your other album from being damaged.

# Refills - The refills that will be used for this album will be 12x12 and a flip out panoramic. Depending where you put them or how ambitious you are feeling, you could do a double, triple or quadruple page layout. This is will allow everyone to customise their album to suit the amount of photo' you would like to include, do as much or as little as you want. We will be selling them at an individual price, and will place orders as they are requested. But already have some in stock and they will be available at the first class.

# Photos - your chosen theme will need to big enough to support the use of a lot of photos. It is not necessary to print them all now, or even in a month. Participants have found it helpful to print as they go, this eliminates the cost skyrocketing or unnecessary reprints because you have changed your mind. Relying on other people to send or provide you with photos can be the biggest downfall of your project and having your images with you at every class is essential. Make the most of your time by being prepared, Mel can only help if she has something to work with. This will be a great platform to create layouts with multiple images and assorted size options. It will be your choice how many you wish to include each month, Mel is happy to help you design your layout and make them fit.

# Pop up shop – if there is something that Mel has used from the store she will take the same product, or something very similar from the shelf to be held for you to choose from during class time if you wish. It gives everyone a place to start or even a spot to find something for your Dreamscape Album.

Melissa will be sharing her albums and providing free information sessions on Saturday 2nd December,  10.15-11am and 12.30 - 1pm.

We look forward to seeing you there,
Gayle and the A Place to Create Team