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Today we welcome Nicole Wright, also known as Canadian Nickel Scrap’n, who creates amazing projects with Sizzix! Well, can I just say I’m thrilled to be a Guest Blogger on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!  Hey everyone, my name is Nicole. I live in beautiful Calgary, Alberta with my husband of 20 years and 3 growing kids. I’m a proud Canadian Blogger and I love all things grungy, vintage and messy.  I’ve worked hard to find my style and I love sharing my creative process. In 2014 I entered and won the Sizzix http://www.sizzix.com/home  Who Are You Contest as North America’s Top Crafter.  I was flown to Sizzix where I spent the day meeting the Sizzix Team, crafting and learning.  Every crafters dream! I was asked by Sizzix Designer Eileen Hull to create 5 projects for CHA from her newest Sizzix Collection.  I’m excited to share with you my Travel Trailer.  This new Sizzix collection…

Here we are…the last week of January! The days are noticeably lighter; longer and we are one month closer to Spring. We have had an abnormally wonderful, warm month here in Alberta and my heart goes our to our friends in the East who are struggling through lots of snow this week. Hang in there…YOU TOO are one month closer to Spring! Although we aren’t holding a shovel to clear your driveway, we feel your pain. As Canadians we ALL know to well that Mother Nature has her own agenda, we are never to sure who she’ll pick on until it happens! For now…pay her no attention, it’s time to see where Donna Mather creates! Thanks for sharing your space with us Donna! Remember…we LOVE getting your pictures. Tell us in a few words why you love your space, share your favourite storage ideas and let us take a peek! We,…

The dramatic displays in the graphic 45 booth at the Craft & Hobby show are always impressive. Each collection is housed in its own display cabinet and area.  There are 3 newest releases….Home Sweet Home is reminiscent of home cooking, gardening and similar vintage images. Precious Memories is a stunning baby collection, with cherubic darlings and soft colour palette, suitable for either boys or girls. Artisan Style is a new Art Deco collection filled with beautiful 1920s and 1930s imagery and patterns. Time to Flourish is their second ‘calendar’ themed collection, which was a successful theme last year. If you love seeing all of these amazing projects on display and the papers, then click HERE to visit the graphic 45 website and blog, where inspiration abounds!

When it comes to liquid adhesives, Beacon has all the answers to your sticky problems! Beacon has pretty much an adhesive for EVERY single type of craft you can imagine for EVERY type of material under the sun! Scrapbookers are probably most familiar with Zip-Dry, a fantastic fast-drying liquid adhesive that does not wrinkle paper.  Another favourite is Fabri-Tac. To get the job done right, you need the right adhesive and Beacon Adhesives has a lot to offer!  For more product information, please click HERE to visit the Beacon website.

WINNER – Congratulation to Suellen Kelly – This weeks lucky winner! It is Wednesday and we love giving stuff away EVERY SINGLE WEDNESDAY!!!!! This week we are giving away a fabulous collection of patterned paper, journaling tags, stickers and chipboard from the wonderful people at FabScraps! This prize could be yours! Why not eh???? To enter to win 1. Visit FabScraps on facebook – CLICK HERE – Tell them CS sent you! 2. Leave a comment right here under this blog post. You have until Friday, Jan 30th at midnight to enter! Good luck everyone!

The Plaid booth is a busy, busy place at the Craft & Hobby show. Perhaps most of us think of Plaid for its well-known product:  Mod Podge. Part of this line now includes a dimensional embellishment you can make, called “Mod Melts,” where you fill silicone molds with heated ‘Mod Podge’ glue sticks. Plaid also has a few brands of craft paints that most of you are familiar with:  Delta, FolkArt and Apple Barrel.  These brands also have a huge assortment of stencils. There are lots of fun projects on display! For more product information and inspiring projects, please click HERE and visit the Plaid website.

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.…

It’s hard not to get giddy in the May Arts Ribbon booth at the Crafty & Hobby tradeshow!  JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT RIBBON!! There isn’t a pattern or colour under the sun that isn’t found in the May Arts ribbon booth. Every texture imaginable is available too….canvas, twill, burlap, twine, etc. The metallic trend is even found in ribbons! There is an Artful Accents collection with some packaged banners too. Plenty of velvet rickrack! Here are some newly released ribbons….beautiful vintage print inspired! Love the patterns on these larger widths, with printed burlap being another new trend. Here’s what May Arts has to say about the Spring Summer 2015 trends in ribbon: “For spring and summer, we are still seeing a love for nature and rustic vibes, but a love for patterns is increasing. Expect to see demand for gingham, oversize floral prints, and jumbo dots. As far as colors,…

There are some FABULOUS new products in the Core’dinations booth at the Craft & Hobby show! The brand new Kraft Polka Dot Pops collection comes in two varieties:  Pearl and Kraft.  The polka dots are raised and literally pop off the page.  There are accompanying ready-made boxes of Kraft Polka Dot Pops cards in both Pearl and Kraft, too. Party Mixers are fun, easy-to assemble sets of Rosettes and Flowers to help decorate for your special events. There is a rainbow of colours to choose from! The Party Mixers Flowers are gorgeous too! Another really excited new releases are Core Basics 12 x 12 patterned paper collections: Look at all these tone-on-tone patterns in a variety of colours! There were some cute projects showing off these new patterned papers… The Core’dinations Vellum collection has expanded to include quotes and titles, etc. The vellum quotes come in these cute packages. They…

To make sure we are up to date with all the latest and greatest cutting tools, we always visit the Westcott booth at the Craft & Hobby tradeshow. Love this Craft 6 Pack… all your cutting essentials in ONE package! Or you can still choose animal print scissors! There are cutting and measuring tools for professionals too, not only hobbyists. Even alphabet and shapes stencils are available. I HAVE to get these awesome fringe scissors! The pinking shears cut through layers of paper or fabric. The hot product being demo’ed was the Axis iPoint Evolution Electric Heavy Duty pencil sharpener. Your colour pencils will be super sharp! Check out the tip of this pencil! This really fine sharp tip will allow you to colour all those intricate designs. There’s a smaller iPoint electric sharpener for school or home… So stay SHARP…and check out Westcott’s website for more product information.  Click HERE!