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Review: KaiserCraft ‘Beyond The Page’ [Giveaway]

KaiserCraft is a company based in Australia that has quickly become one of my favorite imports from the land down under. They make great scrapbooking and paper crafting products, and I always look forward to see what they’ll do next. I don’t spend a lot of time on altered projects. Instead, most of my time and energy goes into scrapbook layouts. That said, I really do like the idea of altered projects, and I love a good product that can help me be creative and save time. It’s for these reasons that I have really grown to love KaiserCraft and their ‘Beyond The Page’ line of products.

shown above: Holly Wreath, Stocking Garland, and Love Monologue

The wood items are easily covered, painted, or otherwise decorated. All come with a small photo of the finished item, but instructions are not included. For some projects it has taken me a bit of time to work out the best way to put it together, but for the most part the pieces I’ve selected are simple enough that it is immediately clear what to do to assemble them.

What I really do enjoy with these projects is that I can choose how easy or hard, how detailed or simple, I want to make them. To start off with, I decorated this tree.

To cover the wood, I used green cardstock (and a light coat of liquid adhesive). Then I cut it apart, and used the KaiserCraft Be Merry elements and their ’Tis The Season’ acrylic holly leaf stamp. Very soon, I had tied this tree together and was ready to hang it up! I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Distress Embossing Powder (with the holly stamp) as well as edging this piece in Distress Ink.

A few items I’d recommend when working with this line include a good adhesive/sealant such as PPA by USArt Quest, sanding tools such as the Basic Grey sanding tool set, and plenty of patience. Whether you’re painting, misting, or paper covering (or some of each) your piece, you’ll want to allow it to dry thoroughly in between sessions to ensure the best possible final product. Whenever I rush I end up with smears, mistakes, and other problems. I also recommend using adhesive all the way to the outer edges when covering with paper so that the edges won’t lift away from the base.

All of that advice is really true for any altered project, and while the tree above only took two sessions, the one below took quite a bit longer than that.

This tree took a number of hours (over a few weeks), but it’s actually a simple enough project. I used paints, mists, and everything else I could think of to make this ultra colorful tree – which is soon to be centerpiece on my buffet.

key supplies used in making of this tree:
KaiserCraft Large Flourish Tree
Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks
Acrylic Paint (KaiserCraft or other brand)
Glitter Glues (Stickles, or other brand)
Making Memories red brads and rhinestones
Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass
Fiskars squeeze punch (bird wings)
PPA by US Art Quest (adhesive/sealant)
Liquitex irridescent/pearlescent medium

I have seen this particular tree done very simply (and beautifully) in a single paint color, glittered, or otherwise done a lot quicker than I have here. However, I really just wanted to play and have fun. I kept painting on layers of color, testing different products, and if I didn’t like something I simply covered it (once dry) with a new layer. So much fun!

My best advice when working with a large project like this is to frequently take breaks so you don’t burn out or get sloppy. Just relax and enjoy yourself! I chose to work with paints, inks, and other similar mediums so that I could easily layer over color and change things as I went. I didn’t apply the white paint edging to this piece, or the glitter glue, until I was very comfortable with my nearly finished piece.

I have been having so much fun with these pieces that I have found myself looking over the current selection available and thinking about purchasing more items to play with! I recommend the pieces, like these two above, that are very simple in design and have only a few pieces at the most. They are the easiest to use, sturdiest, and the most fun in my opinion. I count the many mini-book options among these. They are exceptionally sturdy books in all shapes and sizes that could be oh-so-fun to customize.

That said, I’ve also enjoyed some of the more intricate pieces available. Above is a screen shot from the KaiserCraft website of their advent calendar. I really appreciate how many projects and images they share both on their blog and the website itself.

The Advent Calendar has a lot of pieces – so expect to spend some time cutting apart and securing all the bits and pieces. What I love most about this piece is that it has a large center area that you can decorate, and also use as a shelf to add little trinkets and holiday cheer.

I chose to paint mine, and decorate the center portion (on the back/base) BEFORE adding all the cubbies and such. I felt this made for much easier decorating, and I didn’t have any pesky paint lines at edges because I was able to work with the individual pieces vs a pre-made piece.

As you can see, I still have some work to do on this project, but I wanted to share these “in progress” photos with you. I am using Crafty Power Tape (by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) to hold the chipboard boxes in place and also on the paper that I’m adhering to them. A strong double sided tape works great to both hold the boxes together and secure the paper.

In this project, I am using one of KaiserCraft’s two holiday lines (Tis the Season) for my Advent calendar and WOW! I sure do love this line. It’s so full of damask, holly, sheet music, and vintage Santas – it’s just my thing. I’m looking forward to using it a lot in my holiday crafting.

I look forward to utilizing a lot more KaiserCraft wood alterable items in the future – for both home decor and paper crafting projects. The prices are reasonable and the results are great every time. I have had a lot of fun sharing a bit about these projects with you and I hope they’ve got you in the mood to put your scrapbooking stash to work “beyond the page”!

We have a giveaway to share here today as well – KaiserCraft has generously provided a box full of goodies from both of their holiday lines as well as a Funky Wreath that one lucky Scrapbook Update winner will win.

How To Enter: All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Wednesday night, November 24th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

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183 Responses to Review: KaiserCraft ‘Beyond The Page’ [Giveaway]

  1. Carol November 23, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    I am on a roll making homemade gifts. These are great projects and I would love to win. I haven’t seen these because we don’t have any stores that carry this line around here.

  2. Lisa November 23, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I have worked with many of Kaisercraft’s products and love them all!!! Thanks for the in-progress photos. They were fun to see!

  3. CraftyTafty November 23, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I like what you’ve done with them. Sparks the imagination!

  4. Rene November 23, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Love to win anything from Kaisercraft products am soooooooo i’m love with this company, but haven’t had the cha chin to buy any. Make my birthday or Christmas to me! Hint Hint!!

  5. Mel November 23, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Wow, those are some festive projects, May! I love them all, and thanks for sharing!

  6. amy w November 23, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    OOooooh! How fun it would be to play with these products! Thanks for reminding me to relax and enjoy the process when working on holiday projects. I tend to try for perfection, but I have way more fun when I’m playing.

  7. Angela H November 23, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Great projects May these really look like fun especially the advent, we usually buy one at the store each year it would be great to have my own to fill as I please.

  8. Cindy d November 23, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    These products look so fun! I’ve always been a fan of KaiserCraft.

  9. Jennifer Earley November 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Beautiful projects! You are so talented. I love the glitter on the Christmas trees!

  10. debbie myers November 23, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    your projects are just wonderful. i love going to your blog for ideas. thanks for the chance. debbie

  11. Linda Adkins November 23, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Love all the items!!! Need to hit the stores!

    Linda A

  12. Mary S. November 23, 2010 at 9:39 am #

    This post certainly put me in the mood to start celebrating the holidays. Love the creative way you did the tree and advent calendar. What wonderful and unique items. I just recently heard Kaisercraft mentioned by several gals in the Big Picture Classes and I was not familiar with them. Now, after this wonderful post, I know a lot more about them. Thanks May! I hope you have a fun and festive December!!

  13. Sandi Smith November 23, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    So cute! Love all of them. Thank you for the giveaway!
    Sandi

  14. Cindy J. November 23, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    love reading your reviews…I get to find out about some awesome products I would otherwise not know that I NEED to buy 8-)
    Would love to win this one!!!!

  15. Diane November 23, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    These are so cute! I would love to try one of these projects. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

  16. Lisa November 23, 2010 at 10:13 am #

    Wonderful products…and great photos of your progress on creating them!

  17. Renee Lecatsas November 23, 2010 at 10:32 am #

    Kaiser Craft has some of the most wonderful pieces. I just love their desk items. Your in progress advent calendar is lovely. I acutally like the in progress photo, because it’s inspiring to see where something started and how it’s blossoming as you work. Thank you for sharing May!!

  18. Lyneen November 23, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    LOVE altered projects… All of the forms… Trees, stocking, wreath and the awesome advent calendar are amazing. I love the birds in the flourish tree. Thanks for your great review. Opens our eyes to great new products.

  19. Pamela McGillin November 23, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Love the Xmas trees!!!!

  20. Kym November 23, 2010 at 10:41 am #

    I LOVE your projects! They are gorgeous. I also love KaiserCraft products, they are so fun and easy to work with. I came across your blog through Tim Holtz and I am thrilled that I did. I will definitely will be a follower!

  21. Mitch J November 23, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    What great ideas you have given me; can’t wait to try them myself. Kaisercraft always has such great stuff.

  22. Linda Leonhardt November 23, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    These are great Projects, they are beautiful! I would love to win so I can try them!

  23. Renee November 23, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Love your projects!!!
    Thanks for a chance to win some holiday goodies!

  24. Tina V November 23, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I discovered Kaiser Kraft this summer at CHA and really do like their products. My budget was a bit limited so I was only able to get a few things but I love ‘em! I have been eying the advent boxes so winning would be super fun!

  25. Gayle Stauffacher November 23, 2010 at 11:10 am #

    Oh, I LOVE, love, love these pieces. I am a BIG fan of Vintage Santa’s also. Actually, any Santas are fine by me. I have collected them for years. Don’t have as much room to put them all out anymore, so I change it up every year. That way I find some I almost forgot about and it’s even more exciting!! Gayle

  26. tammy kist November 23, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    Love these alterables, and what you did with them is amazing!

  27. Erin Glee November 23, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    I love your Centerpiece, May! I’d like to try the wood stuff from Kaisercraft~Thank you for the chance to win some! Eringlee at sbcglobal dot net ~: )

  28. ej November 23, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    Love KaiserCraft product and these samples are terrific, thanks for the chance to be a winner.

  29. Pam Prather November 23, 2010 at 11:33 am #

    I LOVE Kaiser!! I first became acquainted with it at CHA in Vegas and quickly fell in love with the company and Melissa! It has been fun and exciting watching this company grow over the past few years- and it just keeps getting better!! LOVE the projects!

  30. Pam H. November 23, 2010 at 11:49 am #

    Such great Christmas lines! I love their mini albums, I have made several and it was so much fun!

  31. Vidette B. November 23, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    This is such a great way to have the kids help decorate for christmas and it will always look pretty.

  32. Pat Baker/Silver Rabbit Studio November 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    mmm I just love the advent calendar – of course not for xmas – I have no kids or young relatives to appreciate it – but it would be great with some cork board in the center and the little cubbies/drawers for knicknacks.

  33. Terri Harmon November 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    I am loving Kaisercraft products but this is the first I’ve seen the wood pieces. I would love the chance to play with them. Thanks for the opportunity.

  34. Linda H November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    What great products! Love the advent calendar! Hope you share a picture when you finish it! Thank you for an opportunity to win!!!

  35. Michelle Salazar November 23, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    Your projects are adorable and oh what fun a girl can have with Kaisercraft goodies!

  36. Amy McKeehan November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    WOW! I love the advent calendar! U need to post your finished project!

  37. Candy November 23, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    LOVE this stuff! Thanks for the inspiration…so much time and effort…thanks May!

  38. Barbara November 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

    Beautiful projects..and love what you did with them too!
    Looks like endless possibilities with Kaisercraft goodies!

  39. Wanda Contreras November 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    love of your projects!!! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

  40. Martha Richardson November 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I love KaiserCraft…just recieved papers from the Lush & Secret Society paper lines…gorgeous!

  41. Linda B. November 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    I was fortunate to see KaiserCraft at the CHA Consumer Show this summr, and the gentleman in the booth was so nice and informative. Their chipboard pieces are amazing, and I was so enamoured with the Advent Calendar, and how pretty is that Flourish Tree with the birds built right in. I would love to bring some “funk” to their Funky Wreath. Thanks for the spotlight on this “Aussie-mazing” company.

  42. Rhonda G. November 23, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I love, love, LOVE the advent calendar! KaiserCraft makes the best stuff!

  43. Sharon McDonald November 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    I wish I could find these products locally. Love the look of them!!!

  44. sandra m. November 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    wow, these look like really fun projects, right up my alley. would love to paint something.

  45. conniemelancon November 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    Love all your projects May (as alway!). Would love to win these goodies. Thanks for the chance.

  46. Lynna Gibson November 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    I love KaiserCraft’s Beyond the Page items. I’m currently working on the 3D tree. Can’t wait to see what new products they bring to us in January!!! Go KaiserCraft!

  47. Evelyn Sloppy November 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Would I love to win these! Love KaiserCraft!

  48. vicki November 23, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    I’m in the process of doing some off the page projects for the festive season. I really love to see what other people do with their projects.

  49. Mary November 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm #

    Wonderful products by KaiserCraft. Would love to create with them. Thank you for the chance to win.

  50. Kelly L November 23, 2010 at 4:37 pm #

    The advent calendar is especially great- very cute!

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