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Hello everyone! It’s Kelly Klapstein here today with an easy watercolour technique you can use on a card or other crafty project. I created this card with a beautiful Magenta stamp, Chameleon Pens, and a Sizzix embossing folder using Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock paper. First, I inked up my Magenta stamp with Clearsnap Colorbox white pigment ink, and stamped and heat embossed onto white Superstock.  I wanted a white outline background to colour in. Magenta rubber stamps have gorgeous, intricate details that show up perfectly when stamped! To create a watercolour effect, I took out my set of Chameleon Pens. These alcohol ink pens are amazing! You have all shades or tones of colour in a single pen. So for the yellow petals, I coloured in gradations of yellow because the Chameleon pen allows you to add toner to the pen nib with a couple of easy steps.  There’s a LOT…

Today we welcome Barb Brookbank, an Albertan photographer who elevates her photos into works of art! Hi! I’m Barb Brookbank, and I’m thrilled to be a guest blogger at Canadian Scrapbooker. I’m a wife, mom, and grandma, living in the beautiful province of Alberta. I’m the blogger behind Keeping With the Times where I share my love of food, photography, and life. You can also find me on Instagram @keepingwiththetimes. I started scrapbooking in 2003 after my first grandson was born and scrapped traditionally for many years. It was a great fit since I had been making greeting cards and loved working with paper and glue. However, life changes and evolves, and I became interested in digital scrapping after purchasing a copy of Photoshop Elements 4. The box included “Learn Digital Scrapbooking” by Linda Sattgast of Digital Scrapper. Learning Photoshop took time, and a lot of work, but when it…

Can you believe it’s time for WHERE YOU CREATE already? These weeks are going by way too fast! Time to slow down and visit Anna’s craft room! Lots of great organizing ideas and a pretty sneaky suspicion that PINK is Anna’s favourite colour. Here are some pictures of my “Pretty in Pink” craft room.  It is still new to me as I only completed it last October.  I still had most of my scrapbooking and crafts in boxes from the last time we moved and newer things, still in the bags from the store.  Once my son was old enough to sleep in a big boy bed, we moved him to a new bedroom and I started working on my own space… a place that is all mine! It was a lot of work, a lot more than I imagined but it was totally worth the effort!  Not only…

Kelly Klapstein has put together a GORGEOUS family tree in a matter of minutes! The tree itself was put together using a Branch Tree and Mini Heart set of dies from  Sizzix along with the Big Shot die cutting machine. These dies were punched out of Core’dinations ColorCore Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Shattered cardstock collection This layout features patterned paper from Simple Stories – the Legacy Collection Kelly used Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L E-Z Runner, Dodz and 3D Foam Squares to adhere all the elements onto her page. Add a little bit of May Arts Ribbon twine – and you’ve got yourself a Family Tree! Watch as Kelly puts all these products together  in our latest web show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-lse0SUz8c Happy Scrapping

Kim Gowdy here with a simple page anyone can create. I don’t know about you but sometimes I head to my craft room in hopes of being creative, turn on the T.V. for “company” and get pulled into whatever show happens to be on…making for some very unproductive creative time. If this sounds familiar…this page is for YOU! Adornit has come out with these fun Art Play Printables. 12 x 22 pages with fun images for you to colour, I am certain you find a few you can’t live without! The pages are made from sturdy, quality watercolour paper, so they will stand up easily to paint and markers. So here’s the  trick…turn on the T.V. and colour! Relax, enjoy the program and be productive…your brain can design a layout [which takes more focus] later! For this layout I pulled out my Chameleon pens and just had fun. They make it so easy…

Check out Desiree’s take on the May sketchy challenge SUPPLIES:Simple Stories patterned paper, Prima Marketing metal embellishment, May Arts ribbon, Tombow Xtreme Adhesive. Page pocket scrapbooking is made so easy when using Simple Stories patterned paper! For this layout Desiree used the Hey Pop collection. Desiree used May Arts Ribbon for a little accent here and there.   Everything was stuck together using Tombow Xtreme Adhesive We would love to see your take on our monthly sketchy challenge! CLICK HERE to join the fun! Have a wonderful Monday everyone!

Another Friday has made it into our lives! I am frantically packing last minute things for our holidays; it leaves me feeling anxious and excited at the same time!  One thing that ranks up there on the “awesome list” with holidays is a well organized craft space! You will LOVE Christine Traversa’s space. She has some great ideas for keeping things in their organized place The room was 9 long years coming together, but worth the wait. When I first come in the door, I have my patterned paper on a tall rack, and a long work table with stools. I love this work area, my daughters sometimes paint there and it is very handy for holiday gift wrapping. I wanted a space to have all my “color agents” I have them in a recessed wall area on shelves. This includes watercolor and acrylic paints, pastels, colored embossing powders, colored…

Today we welcome guest blogger Krista Ritskes, who has some wonderful Close to My Heart projects to share! Hello Canadian Scrapbooker fans! My name is Krista Ritskes and I’ve been a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant since 2007. I’m excited for the chance to share my artwork and love of CTMH products here on the blog. I live in Oshawa, Ontario and am married to my Pharmacist hubby, Chris. We have 2 kids. Our daughter is thrilled to have just hit double digits and our son is 7. I discovered scrapbooking when my daughter was born and I had decided not to go back to my teaching job. When I was pregnant with my son, I found Close To My Heart and joined up, never having touched a stamp! Now, I can hardly create any sort of project without including ink and stamps. There are a lot of things…

Pinwheel Photo mats    Materials: Magenta Paper, Stencils, and Stamps, Liquitex Gesso and Texture Medium, Beacon Adhesives 3in1, Oil Pastels, Ranger Gel Pen, Clearsnap ink Who says photo mats have to be square or flat? We have seen pinwheels used in scrapbooking for years. They are an inexpensive and fun way to embellish any page, but I thought it might be fun to use them as photo mats under this group of fun shots of my daughter being silly.   To soften the edges of them I brushed them with a little gesso.   To add more texture to this page I scraped a texture paste through a Magenta stencil and let it dry. I also punched circles out of the same paper as the pinwheels and brushed them with gesso. Instead of traditional journaling I let this fabulous Magenta stamp do all the talking for me.   This Magenta…

It’s 7am and I’ve just gotten home from an early morning bootcamp. I’ve never understood “those people” that are up at the crack of dawn until now. I get it. I’ve showered, exercised and I already have a load of laundry in the washer while the children are still dreaming of lollipops and rainbows. Productivity at its finest. But the best part of this new routine is that I have a few moments of peace with a steaming hot cup of coffee before chaos ensues. I usually catch up on some blog reading or update my to do lists. Today is a little different and quite delightful. I have a brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue to devour. I will be making a large wish list with my new ‘be amazing’ pen and it feels like Christmas. You got it. June 2nd is “New Catalogue Release Day.” I was lucky enough to have…