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This week we will be featuring a blog post Christy created for us 3 years ago.

When to stop and when not to? by Christy Riopel

January always makes me a little introspective and I tend to scrapbook more interpersonal stuff this time of year. I created this layout about dealing with the old(er) girl in the mirror these days.


SUPPLIES: FabScraps pattened paper and chipboard, Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap, May Arts ribbon, Impression Obsession stamps, ColorBox Surfacez ink by Clearsnap, Spellbinders dies and Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Dymo Label Maker, Ranger Industries gel pen, Beacon Adhesives.

It ended up being an exploration in not just one hard question ( when did I get this old?) but in another unrelated question I often face….. When do I stop? When is enough on a layout?

Here is a picture of what It looked like when I first thought it was done.


 Not that I was unhappy with it but I just felt it needed more.

I loved the Spelbinders die cut flowers I cut out using the NEW teal Grand Calibur

Teal Grand Calibur - Spellbinders

And layered with FabScraps Oh Sew Beautiful collection of patterned paper and chipboard.

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I used a beautiful mix of Impression Obsession stamps including my favourite leafy branch stamp to create background textures!

Leafy stamp Impression Obsession

Yet it needed colour! So I pulled out my Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap .


 I put a dab of two of my favourite colours on my palate and sprayed them with a little water.


This let me use them as a watercolour and with a brush I was able to add bits of colour around and under my elements. I loved the result!

All of this fabulous texture stuck together using some of my favourite adhesive from – Beacon Adhesives

 Beacon Adhesives

How do you know when your layouts are finished?


Happy Scrapping!

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is honoured to announce that we have started an ART Scholarship in Christy’s name. For those of you interested in honouring Christy Riopel and helping her legacy of ART continue, we are collecting donations for art scholarships for youth through the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary.

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Thank you so much for helping us share Christy’s love of art and keeping her legacy alive.



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