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Do you have a favourite tool to add colour to your creative projects? What about writing tools to tell stories on your scrapbook layouts, art journals and planners? Pens, markers, highlighters and colouring supplies are all tools of our trade…they need to stand the test of time, the touch of little fingers that sneak into our craft room and provide quality each and every time we use them! WHO DOES ALL THAT? Let us introduce you to STABILO! A family run company that is one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of writing instruments. You may already be familiar with the name, but these quality German products have been inspiring creatives all over the world. STABILO is part of the Schwan-STABILO group. They are visionaries with their ground-breaking, trend-conscious and innovative designs and over 160 years of experience behind them. THE RIGHT TOOLS STABILO’s diverse products add colour…

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is super excited to once again have the lovely Nicole Wright teaching at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Calgary. Nicole brings a wealth of knowledge to her classes that always have a classic grungy feel to them. To get a better feel of the beautiful work Nicole does – check out her blog – Nicole Wright Designs. The first class Nicole will be teaching in Calgary is a Mixed Media Double Page Layout This class is for scrapbookers looking for a double page layout to add a unique look to your albums. Nicole used Mixed Media elements to create this double page layout by layering paper, tags, stamping, gesso, distress crayons and stenciling. Bring your photos: 4×6 (2) and wallet sized printed on card stock so you can ink that too. Get a head start on your scrappy pages with mixed media influences.econd class is an…

Creative spaces and the 1st of September! Hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful long week-end, it’s like the last hoorah before we get back into routine again. My son is no longer in school, but I must admit September routines are like resolutions in January…the are deeply engrained! I look forward to spending more time in my creative space as the weather cools. We’ll keep our intro short today as Alyson Mayo has a great photo share for us…here we go! Let’s take a peek… I have been told several times that I have a very interesting (and organized) creative space. I actually deal with diagnosed OCD and it manifests itself in the form of perfectionism so I can’t stand disorganization. I also love the colour turquoise so that was a huge factor when choosing elements for my space.I am fortunate to have a large room in my…

Hello everyone! Kim here with a spotlight on Echo Park Paper Co.! I love being able to share my love of great companies with you here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s blog! Let’s do this! What you may not know is that Echo Park was founded in 2010. I was a bit surprised to learn that they are still a relatively new company, I feel that they have been around forever! That is a sign that they are doing it right! It’s a sign that they are providing quality products year after year and staying on top of the industry trends! Echo Park’s goal is simple – create easy to use crafting products while incorporating fun designs and bright colours! NAILED IT!!! Although this fun company started out creating papers, they have quickly expanded to albums, dies, stamps and stencils. There current catalogue features over 2000 products! I recently found…

A new way to organize our lives is taking the creative industry by storm….look out planners, here comes the bullet journal! What is a bullet journal, or ‘bujo’ for short? Essentially it’s a way to organize our daily lives, tracking anything like daily schedules, tasks, or moods or exercise or nutrition….the list (no pun intended) is endless. All you need to start with is a blank notebook, and there are lots to choose from. One of the more popular journals is a Leuchtturm brand, which is a hardcover book with grids or lines or dots. I decided to get a Leuchtturm with a dot grid, and then I went online to learn more. A few YouTube videos later, I joined a bullet journal Facebook group and jumped in to create my first ‘weekly spread’ with a big bunch of fabulous Tombow products. To design all the colourful elements, I used…

Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a bright and colourful layout featuring  one big photo and some strips of CTMH cardstock.   I love this cardstock – it is smooth and just the right weight for electronic die cutting and card making and has a white core, meaning it looks stunning when dry embossed or distressed.  Anyway, I had bits and scraps left over from other projects lying around, most of it from the Whimsy cardstock line, and they make an absolutely perfect background for this photo of my son in front of a height chart. The inspiration for this layout totally came from the photograph.  I simply mimicked the coloured stripes on the height sign with strips of similarly coloured cardstock.  Tto dress up the cardstock a little bit, I punched some little cloud shapes out of the same colour of cardstock on a few of the rows…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout I created from the BoBunny collection called Petal Lane.  The colours are mostly soft pinks and yellows with some striking black and the patterns dominated by flowers and bicycles.  It’s gorgeous!  Although it’s a feminine colour palette, it works for a lot of other photos too.  Here, I used it for my son’s kindergarten class picture. Here’s an image of the Petal Lane Collection pack. I was inspired by some small hearts on one of the sheets of patterned paper to add some more hearts with the BoBunny Lots of Love stickable stencil and some BoBunny glitter paste.  These stencils are fabulous to use because they don’t move around while you are applying paste.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have any yellow glitter paste in my stash, but I used the colour called ‘Sugar’, which is basically clear.  After it dried, I coloured it with…

Happy Friday! Didn’t we just turn the page on June? How did it get to be the 9th already! Before you know it, the kids will be done school and holidays begin! Do you have some big summer plans or do you prefer “stay-cations” – hanging out in the sprinkler and enjoying what your neighbourhood has to offer? I might clean my craft room on a rainy day!!! Speaking of craft rooms, let’s peek into Melanie Bennett’s space, her story will make you appreciate how powerful our hobby is! I love my crafty space, it’s my place to decompress. I was diagnosed with MS several years ago and turned to crafting once I was unable to work anymore. Crafting has given me such a wonderful way to spend my time and has opened the door to meet some of the best men & women that I am lucky to now call…

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring some bright sunny colours and a couple of easy techniques featuring reinkers, gesso and cling wrap. Supplies Used:  CTMH stamps, ink, reinkers, heart dies, cardstock and patterned paper, Ranger Industries gesso, stencil and glossy paper. I started by tinting some white gesso from Ranger with a few drops of Lemon reinker from Close to My Heart and smooshing it through a Dina Wakley large block stencil onto a piece of cardstock.  I just wanted to take the edge off of the white, but if you wanted a more intense colour, just add more reinker to customize the gesso colour to whatever you want.   While that was drying, I made some marbleized looking paper by spraying some ink onto a piece of crumpled cling wrap and pressing onto a piece of glossy paper.  I let that dry too, then cut out…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Marian Dunn – this weeks lucky winner. We want everyone to get Gel Press Obsessed. Creative Scrapbook Magazine and Gel Press have partnered to bring you this awesome Gel Press prize package. Included in your prize is ONE 8×10 Gel Press plate. ONE of our brand new Impressable textured plates, this one is Overlapping Circles, designed by Sally Lynn MacDonald of Palettini. And to round out a good beginner set- a super easy to use basic brayer. All you need is paint or ink, some paper and lots of imagination! Gel Press printing and paper crafting- a perfect match!”To enter to win 1. Visit Gel Press on facebook – CLICK HERE – Say hello from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine 2. Leave a comment right here on this blog post. You have until Friday April 14th  at midnight to enter to win!  Its that EASY! Wondering…