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Happy Friday! We are back again featuring another fantastic scrapbooking room! I sense this will be a great year of sharing. I still have pictures to share from last year’s submissions and they are starting to roll in for 2015! Keep them coming! When sharing your room, remember…I love getting pictures with high resolution as they are easiest for me to work with and make sure you share YOUR words about your space, what you love most, favourite storage ideas, etc… Now, let’s take a peek into Tammy’s space! Hi Kim, I thought I would share my space. My family and I moved to our new home in Blackfalds, AB. on July 8th, 2014 and it gave me the opportunity to show you my new crafting space from start to finish. Our home is a rental so I had to be creative in how I used the wall space,…

It is that exciting time of the year when the biggest crafting tradeshow takes place in Anaheim, California, and Canadian Scrapbooker joins in the fun to share with you all the wonderful new releases and products from our favourite manufacturers. The first booth we will show you today is Spellbinders. “Shaping a Beautiful Life” is the guiding statement of this company that is much more than than the die cut system it is well-known for.  Entering this booth is nothing short of magical. Displays are just gorgeous… It seems as if you are transported back in time to an age of vintage glory and antique wonders. One new collection is called “Laced with Love” There are many new intricate 3D dies… Many projects and cards on display were so beautiful and inspirational! These cut out vintage book frames were stunning! At the other end of the booth is…

Hi everyone, Karen Ellis here… I thought I’d show you a little something that I’ve been playing with in the studio recently. Stamping on cardboard!  I absolutely LOVE doing this. I use flat corrugated cardboard sheets for this so that it’s a hard, flat, not creased surface but you can use recycled cardboard too – just be sure to use a smooth piece. First, you’ll need to GESSO the front of your cardboard.  This does two things: makes a white surface to stamp on so, however you colour it later, the colour will be bright and vivid.  It will also make the cardboard less porous so you’ll use less paint/ink and you’ll have a little more playtime with it! Then go ahead and stamp your favourite images using a permanent stamping ink (I use Ranger’s Archival Inks).  Be sure heat set the ink or let it completely dry to avoid…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Robin Mowat – this weeks lucky winner! It’s WEDNESDAY!!!!!  We love giving stuff away on WEDNESDAYS!!!!  This week we are giving away 3 Tim Holtz dies and the Movers & Shapers base tray from the wonderful people over at Sizzix! All this love could be yours!!!!!!!!! 1. Visit Sizzix on facebook – CLICK HERE – tell them CS sent you. 2. Leave a comment under this blog post for your name to be entered to win! You have until Friday Jan 16th at midnight to enter to win! Good luck everyone!

Brrrrrrr…it is NOT a toasty January day in Alberta. For those of you in a deep freeze…stay warm, for the rest of you…invite us for coffee! Most of us have settled back into routine after the holidays and I am happy to be bringing back more creative spaces in 2015! As we look into Wendy King’s room today, I hope you will consider sending in some pictures of your space so we can share ideas with like-minded scrapbookers throughout Canada and across our borders! Yay…I am so excited to send you pictures of my haven. I have been a scrapbooker for over 20 years and my home has my PERFECT scrapbook space. My favourite things are… My Paula Deen Gathering Table; high and perfect!!! I don’t get a sore back anymore. My Expedit Shelf from IKEA: Turquoise: Frames, I LOVE frames: I have spent years trying figuring out what…

Quick share today on the blog! I LOVE working with Sue Sykes’s sketches that she designs for our Sketchy Challenge! Every now and then I come across one that’s difficult to work with,  though sometimes it’s just MY state of mind at the time! That being said, this months sketch was awesome from the moment I laid eyes on it! I knew from the  time it was revealed which pictures I would work with. I pulled out my Simple Stories DIY collection!  It is colourful and fun; like the pictures I was using! No special techniques here, just some layering of paper and stickers! I did pull out some old chipboard alphas (that fit my space perfectly) and painted them with Viva Decor’s Inka Gold paints. I love the punch of colour and shine it adds to my page! If you like sketches as much as I do, you’ll LOVE this…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Joanne Lacombe – this weeks lucky winner! It is Wednesday and we love giving stuff away EVERY SINGLE WEDNESDAY!!!!! This week we are giving away The Undefined Stamp Carving Kit and Undefined Refill kit from  the wonderful people over at Stampin’ Up! This prize could be yours! Why not eh???? To enter to win 1. Visit Stampin’ Up!  on facebook  – CLICK HERE – Tell them CS sent you! 2.  Leave a comment right here under this blog post. You have until Friday Jan 9th  at midnight to enter! Good luck everyone!!! What to see this kit in action?  Be sure to pick up the Winter issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine CLICK HERE to order your copy today! Good luck everyone!

Enjoy Local Scrapbook Activities A few times a year, which is all I can squeeze into my schedule, I take great pleasure in attending an evening crop or class at a local scrapbook store.   I usually try to round up a few friends, but I don’t mind going by myself either.  It is just lovely to be surrounded by fellow scrapbookers and their creative energy while working on a project uninterrupted by the details of home.  I always meet some new people and learn some new things.  Inspiration is everywhere! I am lucky enough to live in an area that has a number of scrapbook stores within a reasonable driving distance.  Treasured Memories, in Edmonton, has late night crops running throughout the year and often has special themed weekend crops.  These typically include dinner, dessert and many snacks, goodie bags,  door prizes and a photo booth.   I was able to…

It’s 2015 and guess what? I got another year older. This year, my aging friends and I decided to have a DIY gift exchange (don’t ask… we don’t even know what we were trying to achieve). With little time and my box of new Stampin’ Up! goodies from the Occasions catalog, I created my gift… several years of embarrassing pictures in one tiny album. Introducing…. the amazing “So You Project Kit” from Stampin’ Up! This kit comes with twenty 4×4” page protectors, a mini kraft album, “wood-sy” patterned paper, washi, wood veneers, window sheets, epoxy stickers.. and so much more! Sorry… embarrassing photos are not included! I am not re-inventing the wheel here but instead providing you a quick an easy way to cross off your New Years Scrapbooking Resolutions’ Project List. I am always looking for an easy way for everything – rather than get out my sewing machine…

Sizzix Eclips2 – Using SVG files Today I decided to try using some free SVG files I found on the internet.   An SVG file is kind of a universal format that can be imported into most electronic die cutting machines.  The possibilities are endless and files are widely available – there are even some free cut files on the Canadian Scrapbooker website!  Check these out here  http://www.canadianscrapbooker.ca/cut-files/.   If you google ‘free svg files’ you will begin to get an idea of some of the images that are available.  There are even more wonderful svg files available for a small fee.   A couple of great websites that I have discovered so far are http://www.misskatecuttables.com/ and http://svgcuts.com/blog/. In order to cut svg files with the Sizzix Eclips2, you must upgrade the Ecal ‘lite’ software that comes with the machine to the full featured Ecal software.  This costs around $60 but having it…