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Hello, it’s Connie Nichol here today with a quick layout featuring the Simple Stories ‘So Rad’ line.  As the mother of boys, I adore the colours and patterns.  It’s so bright and energetic.   The word dies ‘Live’ and ‘Laugh’ from Elizabeth Craft Designs are perfect accents to many scrapbook pages, especially those that feature whitewater rafting.  Haha.  The Rocky Mountains are about a four or five hour drive from my house and we try to get to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia every couple of years.  I really love it there.  The last couple of trips my family has spent a day on the river with Kootenay River Runners.  So much fun and it is great to introduce our boys to all sorts of different experiences. I created this layout using the Simple Stories – So Rad Collection   I used a Quietfire Design stamp to embellish the page.…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a project featuring Heartfelt Creations Italian Riviera paper collection and Italian Grapevines die.  I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days last fall in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada last fall and these products were the perfect fit for photos I took during a wine tour.  Did you know there was almost 100 wineries in Ontario?  Wow.  What a beautiful part of the country. The layout went together very quickly.  The patterned paper is so pretty you don’t need to add much in the way of embellishment.  I die cut some grape vines from the light green coloured sheet in the paper collection to make a border along the bottom of the page and added a stamped quote from Quietfire Design.  The calligraphic quote fits perfectly on a Heartfelt Creations journalling card. Supplies:  Heartfelt Creations patterned paper and…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout featuring a Quietfire Design stamp and an assortment of Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and patterned paper.  I love using quotes on my scrapbook pages and am often inspired by the stamps I find on the Quietfire Designs website. Elizabeth Craft Designs has just released some 6×6 paper packs featuring close up phototographs taken by Els van de Burgt of stone, wood and metal.  Pretty cool idea! For the page title, I just used the word ‘Happy’ from the Happy Anniversary die set and sponged it with some Clearsnap ink to take the edge off of the white cardstock.   The Stitched Oval dies are one of my favourite ECD sets.  The sizes and shapes seem to be just right for stamped sentiments and I adore the perforated edges.  A nice elegant look with no fuss.  The little pail and shovel I used as…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a simple scrapbook layout featuring a beautiful patterned paper line from Creative Memories stamps and digital cut files from Quietfire Design cut with the Sizzix Eclips 2. and some stitching with the Brother Sewing Machine The scrapbooking process is a little different for everyone, but when I start with a Quietfire Design quote stamp, I am totally inspired by the quote and go from there.  I looked through my photos and found this one of my friend Jackie with a massive hydrangea bush from 2013 that I thought would do the quote justice.  Next, I selected the beautiful Creative Memories Watercolour Paper Pack and Watercolor Love Embellishments to form the basis of the layout.  The soft colours and patterns are just beautiful.  Although romantic, the papers work for a lot of other photographs too. Lastly, I considered how I might accent the page with…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here with a scrapbook page featuring the CTMH Stuck on You stamps and matching thin cuts metal dies. The Stuck on You sets are available in the CTMH seasonal catalogue, but only until April 30, so grab them now before they are gone forever.  The stamps are so darn cute and the matching dies make it so easy to create a whole forest of cacti.  Use them to make a lovely card, or embellish a scrapbook layout.  The cacti are perfect for accenting any photos from a desert location, and I was lucky enough to travel to Phoenix for a few days last year.  I might have taken a few (i.e. hundreds) of photographs at the Desert Botanical Garden when I was there.  I was so happy to see this roadrunner.  Such a neat looking bird.  Unfortunately for me, the roadrunner song from Bugs Bunny and Wile E…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a couple of projects featuring the new Celebrate die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Suzanne Cannon.  This die is part of the ‘Way with Words’ series and the word ‘Celebrate’ works beautifully for both scrapbooking and card making. Here’s a scrapbook page featuring the Celebrate die and flourish and exclamation point from the Calligraphic Elements 1 die set.  I love being able to add flourishes at will.  The calligraphic elements 1 also include a beautiful heart.  It’s a very handy set.    The scrapbook page background is a piece of Stampin Up paper from my stash that had the most beautiful and subtle clear embossed musical design.  I used a Happy Birthday stamp from Quietfire Design to add just a little bit to the patterned paper with some Colorbox brown chalk ink. The shimmery squares on the scrapbook page are pink and…

Ah…..Connie Nichol here today.  There is nothing like sitting down with a crisp new issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and a cup of tea.   Especially in the summer when you are sitting outside in a lawn chair listening to the birds singing and the grass feels good under your bare feet.  I snapped this picture a couple of summers ago, and it still makes me smile when I look at it. To scrapbook this picture, I used products from Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite line.  It’s a very versatile paper line containing everything from soft pastels and delicate florals to bold black and white patterns.  It would work for everything from baby photos to travel or wedding photos. The Office Suite alphabet set is big and bold and makes a page title just pop.  This alphabet set  comes in the paper pack or you can buy it separately. You can also…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a romantic scrapbook layout inspired by the February sketch in the CSM Sketchy Gallery. Here’s the sketch this month.  I ended up only using the idea of a heart tucked behind the photo, but it was a good place to start. I started with the most gorgeous piece of patterned paper from Heartfelt Creations Peacock and Paisley line.  The colours and patterns are simply beautiful. I stamped a romantic stamp from Quietfire Design onto one of the patterned Heartfelt Creations journalling cards.  It was a perfect embellishment for a wedding photo. For the finishing touches, the title ‘Always and Forever’, heart and butterflies were cut from Quietfire Design digital cutting files using a Sizzix Eclips 2 and the calligraphic heart is a metal die from  the Calligraphic Elements 1 set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.   Head over to the Quietfire Design blog to see…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here with my interpretation of the January sketch in Creative Scrapbooker’s  Sketchy Challenge. Here’s the sketch.  As you can see,  I used it as starting point, but sort of flipped it and changed the circles to other embellishments.  Sketches make the whole scrapbooking process much faster for me. I used Close to My Heart’s Urban Paper Packet and Complements for the project.  This is great boy line – very masculine colours and patterns.  The Complements are a variety of stickers and chipboard die cuts to embellish the page. To add a little more fun, I took a wet paint brush and flicked a little blue watercolour paint on the background page.   There is already some blue droplets on this particular patterned paper, which gave me the idea to add more!  At the end, most of it ended up being covered with my photograph, but…

Hello, Connie Nichol here with some cards I created with Impression Obsession stamps and dies, Chameleon Pens and Core’dinations cardstock.  I only meant to make one card, but I was having so much fun stamping and colouring that I ended up with a few slightly different versions.  My philosophy is that while you’ve got all the supplies scattered about, keep creating!!  It’s an awesome feeling to have a bunch of cards prepared and ready to go when you need them.  But now I can’t decide which one I like best….  they are all sort of similar but different. When I started creating these, I stamped the Mixed Flower stamp from Impression Obsession three times on white cardstock with Ranger Adirondack black dye ink and coloured them with Chameleon pens.  These markers are very unique – they are alcohol based markers that allow you to get a variety of colour tones with…