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Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a bright and colourful layout featuring  one big photo and some strips of CTMH cardstock.   I love this cardstock – it is smooth and just the right weight for electronic die cutting and card making and has a white core, meaning it looks stunning when dry embossed or distressed.  Anyway, I had bits and scraps left over from other projects lying around, most of it from the Whimsy cardstock line, and they make an absolutely perfect background for this photo of my son in front of a height chart. The inspiration for this layout totally came from the photograph.  I simply mimicked the coloured stripes on the height sign with strips of similarly coloured cardstock.  Tto dress up the cardstock a little bit, I punched some little cloud shapes out of the same colour of cardstock on a few of the rows…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout I created from the BoBunny collection called Petal Lane.  The colours are mostly soft pinks and yellows with some striking black and the patterns dominated by flowers and bicycles.  It’s gorgeous!  Although it’s a feminine colour palette, it works for a lot of other photos too.  Here, I used it for my son’s kindergarten class picture. Here’s an image of the Petal Lane Collection pack. I was inspired by some small hearts on one of the sheets of patterned paper to add some more hearts with the BoBunny Lots of Love stickable stencil and some BoBunny glitter paste.  These stencils are fabulous to use because they don’t move around while you are applying paste.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any yellow glitter paste in my stash, but I used the colour called ‘Sugar’, which is basically clear.  After it dried, I coloured it with…

Hello, Connie Nichol here to show you one of Creative Memories predesigned albums, Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy.  It is gorgeous and makes memory keeping so easy.  All the design work has already been done, so basically you just add photos and journalling and embellish as desired.  Here’s a two page spread I did in a matter of minutes. I’ll take you through the process so you can see how easy it is.  Here’s the album cover.  Isn’t it cute? The album comes with 16 pre-printed double sided pages.  Here’s the one I worked with – I selected six 4×6 photos and placed them on the designated spaces.  (I added one black and white photo just for fun). Cute, but I wanted to ad some more oomph, so I started by matting some of the photos with cards from the Woodland Whimsy Mat Pack.  These were the perfect size and colours…

Today we want to show you a brilliant idea for party decor designed by Candace Robichaud, a talented paper crafter from Edmonton, Alberta.  Candace transformed a miniature cereal box into a festive pinata party  invitation with a few strips of patterned paper.How cute is this?  You can’t wait to open it! It’s actually pretty simple to make.  Candace bought some of those individual cold cereal boxes, then took out the cereal and replaced it with a party invitation and some treats.  She closed the box back up,  wrapped the box in plain white copy paper and then adhered four strips of fringed patterned paper in an overlapping pattern.   A bit of pom pom trim around the top serves as the final accent. You can put a of stuff into a miniature cereal box.  Think about the possibilities!Don’t forget to decorate your invitations – Candace printed her invitations onto Bazzill…

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring some bright sunny colours and a couple of easy techniques featuring reinkers, gesso and cling wrap. Supplies Used:  CTMH stamps, ink, reinkers, heart dies, cardstock and patterned paper, Ranger Industries gesso, stencil and glossy paper. I started by tinting some white gesso from Ranger with a few drops of Lemon reinker from Close to My Heart and smooshing it through a Dina Wakley large block stencil onto a piece of cardstock.  I just wanted to take the edge off of the white, but if you wanted a more intense colour, just add more reinker to customize the gesso colour to whatever you want.   While that was drying, I made some marbleized looking paper by spraying some ink onto a piece of crumpled cling wrap and pressing onto a piece of glossy paper.  I let that dry too, then cut out…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout inspired by the March sketch from the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine sketchy gallery and products from the beautiful Simple Stories Reset Girl line. Here’s the sketch.  I know I’m a month late, but hey, sketches never expire.  The Sketchy Gallery has the perfect sketch for any occasion. The layout was very easy to put together.  I just took pieces of patterned paper from the Reset Girl collection, rearranged them and rotated to look sort of like the March sketch and added a few stickers to finish up.  I also like applying washi tape to the top and bottom of the page, it just adds a little bit of ‘extra’.  Simple and done – another memory and beautiful photograph of friends is ready for the scrapbook album.    Supplies Used:  Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive, Sakura pen. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to…

Hello! I’m happy to be here to share a special layout created with products from the gorgeous new “Forever Yours” Collection by Creative Memories! The collection is designed to help you preserve your wedding memories, but it worked just as beautifully to preserve the memory of a very special woman. My mom passed away recently and she’s been on my mind a lot. I wanted to create a layout to remember her by that featured one of the last photos taken of us before her Alzheimer’s disease became very advanced. I knew that the colors in the photo would work beautifully with the colors in the Forever Yours papers (rich cream, silvery gray, gold, navy and pink) and the coordinating Stickers and Pearl Adhesive Gems from the Embellishment Pack. I also used CM’s lustrous Gold Shimmer Cardstock as a backdrop, and Navy ABC/123 Stickers for my title. I wanted to…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a very simple layout that uses minimal supplies – basically just cardstock!  If you have an electronic die cutting machine like the Sizzix Eclips2, you really don’t need much else. This layout is totally about the Sunflower cut file from Quietfire Design.  I fell in love with it when I saw it, and what better page embellishment for sunflower photos?  I was so excited last year when a friend told me about a nearby sunflower field.  You can of course customize the colours and size of the flowers as you see fit so it is a very versatile file. I cut the flowers and the title out with a Sizzix Eclips 2.  I opened the svg file, ungrouped the shapes and cut them out of different colours of cardstock.  They were so pretty I didn’t want to add a lot of other ‘stuff’…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring ‘Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! This paper is a free item in the Sale-A-Bration campaign that ends March 31, 2017, so hurry if you want some!!!  If you’re not familiar with Sale-A-Bration, you get free items from a special catalogue with every $60 you spend ($50 for my American friends), so it’s a great time of year to stock up on Stampin’ Up!  products. The pack of free paper comes with 12 sheets, 3 each of 4 designs that you can colour with whatever you want!  Pencil crayons, markers, watercolours….. colour a little, or colour a lot! I decided to colour my paper with Chameleon pens.  These are SO cool.  They are alcohol ink markers that allow you to create a variety of shades from just one pen.  So all the shades of pink and green that you…

Hi there! I’m excited to be back today to share a layout featuring a couple of new products that were released by Creative Memories this month – the Sorbet Collection and the Rectangle Templates for the Custom Cutting System! The Sorbet Collection is full of delicious colors and patterns, and it also has a bit of a retro feel to it. I dug out a variety of old photos of myself that echoed the colors and had a bit of a vintage look. I knew I would have to tone down the bright, busy pattern of the paper with a solid color to make the photos stand out. But instead of just using the Rectangle CCS Templates to simply matt my photos, I thought I would try my hand at creating a cut-work style overlay with them! First, I traced out the various sizes of rectangles and squares onto a…