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I don’t know what it is, but Graphic 45 papers make me pull out my sharpest scissors and start fussy cutting! The images on some of these papers from Botanical Tea collection made fantastic embellishments for my layout. One of my favourite things I LOVE about Graphic 45 collections is that they layer so easily. I think as scrapbookers, especially if new to the craft; layering can be the hardest thing. Graphic 45 has nailed it! Fantastic combinations of large and small prints in color harmony make it simple for everyone to work with. Add to the mix [my title] some Core’dinations Signature Series cardstock; colours designed to work with the Graphic 45 palette and you have a match made in scrapbooker’s heaven! My layout below is an example of how easily these products all play together. I have also distressed the edges of some of my papers with Stampin’…

Featuring Aladine Izink Pigment inks distributed by Clearsnap and Quietfire Design stamps Hello, Connie here impatiently waiting for the snow to melt, the mud to dry and the garden to grow. This layout was totally inspired by my stash of fake flowers.  I was trying to declutter my basement and gathered up all the artificial flowers that I have collected over the years.  Most of these were purchased from Dollarama or from the clearance aisle at Michaels and Walmart stores, but have largely turned into dust collectors since I rarely use flowers on layouts these days. Before I passed these posies on to their next home, I thought I would do one more layout with them for old time’s sake.  I started with a piece of Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock and made my own really simple customized paper by adding a rainbow of colour with Izink inks.   The Izinks are manufactured by Aladine…

Happy Spring, everyone!  Even if Mother Nature is not co-operating in some areas of our country… 🙂 Today I wanted to share a quick Easter treat box that we made up in just a few minutes.  And yes, I said WE… Every time my 10-year old daughter hears my Silhouette singing, her Pavlovian instinct kicks in and she comes running to help!  Which is awesome, because you know, a family that crafts together… usually ends up with twice as much stuff!! 🙂 We used this adorable Lori Whitlock cut file from the Silhouette Store to create the box, stuffed it full of Easter grass and some marshmallow eggs (my favourite!) and voilà!  Easy Peasy Cute and Squeezy! 🙂 Supplies used:  Silhouette Cameo die cutting machine; Lori Whitlock cut file; Bazzill Basic Paper cardstock; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. Thanks for visiting! Cheers! To view this and more of Sue’s designs,…

Hoping for spring! Materials: Magenta Stamps and cork sticker, Liquitex Gel Medium, book paper, Clearsnap inks, Canuck Crafts Spectrum Noir coloured pencils, Charcoal pencil I did this little art journal page to give myself a little bit of spring. I don’t think I am the only person who is ready for birds singing and sun shining! I started by using matt gel medium to attach these images over my background. I really like colouring over the gel medium with these Spectrum Noir pencils. They are so smooth and silky and blend beautifully. Happy Spring! To see more of Christy’s work visit her blog – Creating a Life I love to Share

Hello Canadian Scrapbookers! Happy  DAY AFTER St. Patrick’s Day!!!! To honor the 25% of my genetic makeup that is Irish, I decided to create a St. Patrick’s day layout for the blog. But because I am the curious sort, I had to find out why this day dedicated to leprechaun tricks and green beer even exists. Turns out St. Patrick was a 5th century fellow who had some rather interesting adventures! British by birth, he was captured by pirates and sent to Ireland as a slave. Good fortune smiled on him, and he escaped 6 years later, after hearing voices tell him a ship was waiting to take him home. He became a cleric like his father and grandfather before him and returned to Ireland to minister to the people there. I guess they loved that because he was made a saint and he is celebrated with some solemnity there.…

Hi, Connie here today. This layout was inspired by the February sketch in the Canadian Scrapbooker It’s a Sketchy Challenge and the new Kaisercraft Shine Bright collection. The latter turned up in my mailbox as part of the latest Scrap Shotz monthly kit and the colours were so striking – bright yellow and black and gray – perfect for some older soccer photos in my collection. I knew I wanted to create a soccer ball to use as the circular element suggested by the February sketch and quickly realized that my Sizzix Eclips2 electronic die cutting machine could make that soccer ball an easy thing. I simply googled ‘soccer svg’ and found a lovely free soccer ball cut file on the internet.   I imported the file into Ecal (the software used with the Eclips2) sized it appropriately and then cut it out on a couple of different colours…

Hello everyone!  Today is my turn to share some scrap happiness with you.  As usual, the weather was cold and snowy last weekend, so I sat down with the Canadian Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge for February and came up with this layout: Here is Sue Sykes’ February 2015 sketch: This is the first winter in a very, very long time….since my kids were little and playing outdoors a lot…that I have gone outside.  And it’s all because of our pup Finn, who is fanatical about snow and is always too hot inside.  Finn takes me on walks at least twice a day, every single day.  I still can’t believe it myself! I’m even enjoying it. I just LOVE the colours in this year’s winter collection from BoBunny.  Altitude has fabulous patterns and stickers! I cut the title from a piece of patterned paper and made it into a banner: My journaling is…

Hello everyone!  Can you believe that it’s already Feb 3rd?  2015 is flying by! A few days ago, I posted the February sketch in our Sketchy gallery.  In case you aren’t familiar with our monthly sketch challenge, let me be the first to enlighten you!  Each month, I create a sketch and post it in a new section in our challenge gallery.  Each month has its’ own gallery which contains the monthly sketches, along with lots of inspiration from our talented team members and readers! Quick tip:  If you want to see all of the sketches at once, you can find them HERE in my gallery. This month, the sketch features a single photo but you can easily adjust this sketch to suit multiple photos by simply enlarging the circle elements and adding more photos.  In honour of Valentine’s Day and its’ theme of love, I created this layout using…

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.…

I am drawn to books like a thirsty traveler to an oasis. I read every night before bed and if I can’t for some reason, I have a difficult time settling into sleep.  I love the tactile feel of the pages and have not yet adapted to digital formats like my husband.  I love the look of text flowing across a page and disappearing into another time and place. It took several years of marriage before I could convince my husband that when I was reading, I was ‘doing something’ and that he did not need to leap to my rescue by pointing out other entertainments or ‘things to do.” I come by it honestly. My mom is a reader and in fact has a couple of rooms in her house filled with books. I remember her getting a box of books every month from some far off library, and…