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Kim Gowdy is on our web show today walking you through how to create die cut inserts. This is a relatively simple technique that gives your project an added sense of depth and slightly more texture. This technique is even easier if you have coordinating dies for your stamps so you eliminate any tedious fussy cutting. No Talkie Before Coffee Here is the card that Kim will be stepping out on our webshow. The Art Impressions stamped image of the happy lady spinning in her office chair was stamped and then cut out with a coordinating die. Kim then used the coordinating die to cut out where she would like to place the image on her card. Next she simple adhered the die cut stamped image into the space – creating a die cut insert.  Pretty simple. If I confused you – it will all be clear after you watch…

Looking back to the Fall 2013 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine when Christy Riopel crafted up a “Crafty Halloween” feature just in time to inspire all those crafty halloween people out there.  This feature was full of interesting, easy to create and relatively inexpensive ideas to decorate your home for a party, for the big halloween day or to craft with kids at school or in play groups. Scary Apothecary  One of the things I loved the most about Christy’s article was this apothecary set up. Christy simply filled tiny glass bottles of  different shapes and sizes with things like rocks, grains, rice – whatever – she added some labels and BOOM – you got yourself a scary looking medicine cabnet! How fun!!!! Spellbook Add even MORE spookiness to your medicine cabnet by creating a SPELLBOOK! This is so Harry Potter. You will have a ton of fun adding  your…

Hi everyone Noreen Smith here today.  So glad to be on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog today to share a not-so-spooky double page Halloween layout I created with Creative Memories’ Toil and Trouble Collection! It is really the cutest Halloween collection I’ve seen in a long time and I am loving the color scheme – the various oranges paired with the aqua and turquoise are so refreshing, and I really like that there are some versatile floral and geometric patterns that don’t scream Halloween! The collection features a Paper Pack, Stickers, a foiled Album cover and – wait for it – PHOTO-SAFE WASHI TAPE! Yes! Leave it to Creative Memories to make a photo-safe washi tape that we can feel good using on our archival scrapbook pages! I’m also thrilled about the return of an old favorite – the Pumpkins Border Maker Cartridge. If you have the original Pumpkin BMC,…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Dana Bennett – this weeks lucky winner. Hello folks! Who out there wants to WIN a Kawaii planner? THIS PRIZE IS FOR YOU!!!!!! Today is Why Not Win Wednesday on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. EVERY single wednesday we join forces with the leading manufacturers in the paper crafting industry to offer you FABULOSA prize packages – EVERY WEDNESDAY!  Wednesday truly is my favourite day of the week. Planners are HOT! So I know that this super prize package from Paper House Productions is going to knock your socks right off! This week the wonderful people over at Paper House Productions are giving away the Kawaii planner set. This prize package is for those of you who love planning, who look for happiness every day, who love colour and smiles and laughter! This collection is the one for you! The prize package includes everything you…

Happy Monday everyone! Kerry Engel here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. Don’t you just love patterned paper with large life-like quality graphics on them? Full image graphic patterned papers, such as those from Paper House Productions are so stunning I am almost afraid to use them with my photographs. I find that I  just want to put the paper with the beautiful graphic images, without anything on it, in my albums! They are so gorgegeous and at the same time can be intimidating! The Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team has fallen in love with the Delish Collection from Paper House Productions. A few weeks ago Tracy McLennon also created a layout featuring this gorgoues collection of patterned paper with LARGE graphical photo quality images on them – CLICK HERE to see Tracy’s creation. Here is what I created with a few different pieces of patterned papers from Paper House…

Hello crafty friends, Tracy McLennon here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I am playing with the FabScraps Mother Earth collection of patterned papers perfect for heritage themed layouts.   I have a little vintage scrappy inspiration for you. I have a love for my collection of heritage family photos. I am lucky to have had access to huge photo collection from both sides of my family. So I have scanned, printed and archived many of them. So today I am sharing a layout that I created using a photo of my grandmother (left) and her 2 sisters. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting any of these beautiful, strong women. But I can create and share their legacy. FabScraps Mother Earth Collection This collection from FabScraps is the perfect pairing with heritage photos. I created a patchwork of pattern behind my photo. Simple squares of multiple patterns, make a…

In the Winter 2015/16  issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Christy Riopel celebrated our 10 year anniversary with her TOP TEN MUST HAVE TOOLS! Christy picked 10 tools that she felt she could simply NOT live without. The Punch Some of the tools in this article that she featured,  were  everyday basic punches. Punches come in all shapes and in all different sizes. There are so many different varieties on the market today allowing you to punch out shapes from monkeys to Christmas trees.  Christy was mostly drawn to basic shapes rather than punches with a more limiting shape. She always had a circle punch and a square punch on hand in her favourite sizes. For this layout Christy used a number of different sizes of circle punches from Stampin’ Up! It really is amazing all the different things you can do with a circle or squre punch.  One of…

Scrap ‘N’ Stamp is celebrating Friday the 13th today with a Freaky Friday Blog Hop! You definitely need to check this one out! Eight different designers are playing with all kinds of your favourite Ranger products! From Tim Holtz distress inks, Dylusions stencils, alcohol inks, distress spray, texture paste distress crayons…. YOU NAME IT!  The one thing that stays the same is that they are all including the  Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Ancestors on each of their projects.VERY VERY COOL! Start hopping and enjoy seeing how different designers used these dolls in each of their creations. Blog Hop If you are new to blog hopping – this is the perfect hop to join! Each blogger showcases a project of their own creation, the products they used along with a link to the next bloggers page. Blog hops often happen over a few days….you might have to wait a day for…

Hello everyone! Vicki Wizniuk here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. Today I am sharing a layout I created using the new Falling For You patterned papers from Close to My Heart! I also added the orange strip at the bottom of the pages from the new Cats & Bats patterned paper packet from Close to My Heart. The word FALL is from the new Block Alphabet Thin Cuts dies – I seriously love these – they make creating titles an absolute breeze. I cut the leafy branches from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge. I added shimmer to the leafy branches using a Shimmer Brush, and added some White Dots, which are adhesive backed and just add a little extra pizzaz to my layout. I stamped the date in black ink using the Jennifer’s Hand alphabet stamp set. So many awesome details on this layout. If you don’t have a copy of…

WINNER – Congratulations to Donna Rudy – this weeks lucky winner. Today is WEDNESDAY – and that means we have another FABULOUS giveaway!!!! This week we have partnered up with The Kit xChange. This is an awesome company with some nifty storage ideas for all kinds of embellishments, jewelry, beads, ribbon – you name it! Their products are super cute and trendy! You are going to LOVE IT! Someone is going to win this prize package!!!! WHY NOT YOU!!!!!!  The Kit xChange organization system, designed by accessories designer Alicia Klein, is the perfect way to keep your small tools and embellishments organized! At home, hang everything conveniently on the wall or in your closet using our Panels. See at a glance the item that you need! Headed out to crop? Grab just the Ziptop Baggies of items that you need and pop them in our stylish Envelope to take along, organized…