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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…

How you Bean… Nicole here and I am sharing my Art Journal pages in my 115 year old book!  ACK… I know it’s old but it is so much fun.  Not everything I get in the mail is something I would normally create with.   That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the challenge of making this my own style.  It creatively opens my mind up and pushes my limits. I picked this pretty spring paper Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow Petite Paper pack.  I do love plaid.  I stamped on the pattern paper and wait for it… fussy cut. All those jelly’s stamped and yes, more fussy cutting.  I wanted to layer and stack the jars.  Trimming the beans so they spill the way the jars tilt. ACK… trying the new Ranger Distress Oxide Ink by watercoloring the jelly’s.  Love them!!!  Time to make this easy and my Xyron Create a Sticker to adhere all these jelly…

Hello from Vicki Wizniuk! Today I am sharing a single page layout I created using the Rustic Home Fundamentals papers from Close to My Heart! I seriously am in love with how versatile these papers are.  They are very masculine, but can also be used for a more feminine project. This layout features just a couple of the patterned papers from this fabulous paper packet, plus I added some embellishments from the My Boy Complements.  The perfect pairing!  And the black gems are from the Black & White Dots pack.  I kept my layout quite simple, to give you an example of how you can create quick layouts with few supplies. If you don’t have a copy of the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations catalog or the Seasonal Expressions 1 (mini catalog), be sure to contact your local CTMH Independent Consultant.  Or if you don’t have a Consultant and…

Check out Kim Gowdy’s super fun party SPA invitations! SUPPLIES: Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock, Art Impressions stamps, Ranger distress crayons, Dylusions paint pen and  ink, Fancy Pants Designs stickers, Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, Tombow Mono Multi adhesive, unknown ribbon. TOTALLY love Art Impressions stamps – they are true SMILE MAKERS! Kim coloured her stamped images with Ranger distress crayons and Dylusions paint pen Finally she stuck everything together with Tombow Mono Multi adhesive Kim I hope you send me one of these invitations! Happy Sunday everyone! To see more of Kim’s work – visit her blog – It’s a Beautiful Day! For more spring and Easter inspiration, be sure to get a current copy of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine; it’s full of ideas!

This saturday we are going way back to the Fall of 2012 – Christy Riopel’s Tool Junkie article featuring the Stampin’ Up! Simply Scored scoring tool. Here is one of the layouts she designed that I love and a little tutorial from the article itself. SUPPLIES: Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper, rub-ons, stickers and transparency, Clearsnap ink, Stampin’ Up! Simply Scored Tool, unknown staples, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Photo by Ashley Pudo. One thing that I love about scrapbooking – this article is 5 years old – but yet the technique and tools are very much trendy today.  Go through your stash – make OLD – NEW again! Christy would love that. Happy Scrapbooking everyone. Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is honoured to announce that we have started an ART Scholarship in Christy’s name. For those of you interested in honouring Christy Riopel and helping her legacy of ART…