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Today on our blog, Kerry Engel is sharing some beautiful watercolour effects on her scrapbook page using Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I love making my own embellishments. This layout began with a doodled flower that I created last summer. I actually have a stash of Tombow flowers just waiting for a story that needs telling (and embellishing). It’s so easy to make your own embellishments with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. In this layout I used the Tombows to create the following accents: 1. Journaling strips 2. Watercoloured flowers 3. Hand lettered title. Make your own customized journaling strips 1. Layer different colors of Tombow ink on watercolour or mixed media paper. 2. Wash with water to create an ombre, watercolour effect. 3. Let it dry then run it through a printer. The first time round I cut the paper into thin journaling strips. I thought my hand lettering was too…

Today on our blog, Kerry Engel is sharing some wonderful projects and techniques using Magenta Nuance Powders. I’m one of those lettering people. Always playing with pens, practicing my down strokes, experimenting with different mediums. I’ve been playing with Nuance Powders since Christy Riopel introduced me to them at the Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton last September. It’s a little embarrassing how happy the Nuance Powders make me. There are many ways to use the Nuance powders. Lately, I’m enjoying the unpredictable magic of tapping them onto pre-watered areas. It reminds me of the invisible messages we used to create with lemon juice when I was a kid. I’m using watercolour paper by Canson, cut to 4×6 size, Nuance ink and water. That’s it! 1. Choose a harmonious color family of ink. I used three colors. Poke a hole in the lids of your powders so that you can…

Planning and Organizing Your Project Life Scrapbooks with Cathy Caines I am a chronological scrapbooker. I mix traditional layouts and pocket pages. I don’t like to scrapbook in “order”. I jump from date to date, month to month – whatever inspires me in the moment. So, how can I achieve this without feeling overwhelmed? Ah ha. My “In Progress” album. It is my planner of scrapbooks. The “In Progress” album is a system I developed for myself but I know there are other memory keepers like me out there… and you need my help. It is an album that holds all my incomplete pages (and some completed pages) until they are ready to move into their final albums. It kind of looks like this – lots of Post-its™! How does this work? Once a month, I go through the following process: Step 1: Delete any photos that are taking up…

Today on our blog, we welcome Alana de Fortier, a scrapbooker from Calgary who is sharing some fabulous layouts with us. Good day readers of Canadian Scrapbooker. My name is Alana de Fortier. First and foremost I want to thank Canadian Scrapbooker for the invitation to do a guest post on this blog. It is a great honor to be here today. I was born and raised in South Africa. Art and crafts have always been my favourite pastimes. Scrapbooking became part of my life in 2005. I was hooked and mesmerized by the whole concept, what a grand idea to tell the stories behind the photographs! Of course I was a few years behind the trend, but hey, who keeps score? Supplies were few and far between in the small coastal town of Shelly Beach where I lived at that stage, and hence “Scrap a Story” was born. A…

Today on our blog we welcome Stephanie Hart, an artistic crafter from the East coast. Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie Hart and I live just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia with my wonderful husband, two amazing step sons and six cats! Yes, you read that correctly! Six! I prefer the term “Creative Cat Lady”, and this is explains why I chose the domain for my personal blog: www.thecreativecatlady.com I’ve been scrapbooking since 2008, and I fell pretty hard for the hobby. Scrapbooking is my main love, but I also like to make jewelry (beading and silver Metal Clay), polymer Clay, pet photography, watercolors and mixed media. Some of my Polymer Clay embellishments have even been featured on the cover of Canadian Scrapbooker (Fall 2009), and I will always remember the moment when I spotted one of my little mushrooms on the main display at the Chapters Books Store. Ever…

Today on our blog we welcome Marjolaine Walker who has some beautiful Bible journaling pages to show you! Hello creative friends, I’m so pleased to be here today sharing my journey into bible journaling! I first took notice of people colouring in their bibles a little over a year ago. I loved the idea at the time but was not ready to commit to it just yet. I have a habit of jumping into new things and then abandoning them which ends up being a waste of money and time. To be sure that I would be committed to this new adventure, I started doodling in a bible that I already owned, slowly getting braver as I experimented on each page. After a long while I purchased a wide margin bible and dove right in. There’s a certain style of bible journaling that I absolutely love. It’s where…

Today we have Kerry Engel as our Guest Blogger, and she is sharing how she is using up her stash by making something new with something old! I have a confession. I find card making stressful. I’m a scrapbooker. I marvel at the beautiful cards that card-makers create. The meticulous stamping, perfect embossing and amazing colouring… I have trouble thinking without a photograph and yet, I still make cards. Mostly to use up my stash because …I have stash-guilt. I got on a card-roll earlier this summer when my daughter came downstairs and declared, “We are out of cards!” Buying cards just feels wrong when I can make them so I tend to go on a card-making-bender each summer. This year, my card-making-bender was made simpler by the addition of the Core’dinations ColorCore Polka Dot Pop card package. I need to confess two things. I love Kraft coloured paper and…

  I’ve been experimenting with different shapes and sizes in my scrapbook albums lately. For awhile now I’ve been mixing the traditional pages with the Project Life pages. It takes a lot of organizing to be able to do so if you are a chronological scrapbooker like myself. I use an In Progress album to help keep me straight since I don’t scrapbook chronologically despite organizing that way. One way that I found helped when mixing traditional and pocket style scrapbooking by only using Design A pocket style pages such as in the picture above. By using this style only I knew that vertical photos were to be printed 3×4 and horizontal pictures were to be printed 4×6. However, lately I’ve been loving the new Stampin’ Up! pocket page protectors – Variety Pack 2. There are three sizes including one 12×12, another 8×11 and another 6×12. The picture above shows…

Welcome to our guest blogger, Laurie Finch, who is sharing her love of Pocket Letters! Today I wanted to tell you about my newest obsession – Pocket Letters! And specifically, mixed media pocket letters. Have you seen these? Little trading card sized pockets of creative fun, sent around the world through a network of like-minded artists. You craft cards to fit in the nine pockets of a trading card protector sheet, slip some extra crafting goodies and a nice, chatty letter in the back and it folds neatly in 3 and fits in a standard business size envelope for mailing. I love this idea! It’s like combining all the best parts of penpals, papercrafting, RAK (random acts of kindness) and art work in one! So let’s get started! I taped an 8 x 11” piece of heavyweight watercolour paper to my work surface so that the wet mediums don’t make…

Today we welcome guest blogger Lynn Lefebvre who is sharing her love for scrapbooking! Hello everyone! I’m Lynn Lefebvre and I’m super excited to be here today!  I live in a small town in Northern Ontario with my husband, two daughters and two Siamese cats. I have been scrapbooking since 2002, but I really fell in love with the craft when I discovered the blog world in 2012.  I love all the different challenge sites, which really pushed me to get out of my comfort zone.  I am a huge fan of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, and I am honoured to have been published in a few issues.  My daughters often argue to be on my next layout because they love to see their photos in the magazine. In 2013, I started a monthly challenge blog called Challenge YOUrself, which encourages scrapbookers to get in front of the camera and include themselves in their layouts. I…

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