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Have you had a chance to peek at the  August 2014 sketch in the CS Sketchy Challenge gallery yet? Here’s the layout that inspired the sketch: Supplies used:  Bazzill Basics cardstock; Crate Paper patterned paper, title and stickers; Me and My Big Ideas puffy sticker (feather); Close to My Heart ink; Silhouette Cameo and sketch pen; Fineliner Script font; Heidi Swapp distressing tool; Stampin’ Up! stitching template and doily; My Mind’s Eye journaling card (Remember This); Lawn Fawn, Doodlebug Designs and miscellaneous sequins; Freckled Fawn wood shapes; KaiserCraft pearls; Recollections washi tape; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. There was a lot of everything going on here!  I find that I tend to do more fussy cutting when I’m at a crop (this was completed in February at Younique!) because I can concentrate on the socializing more! 🙂 I used the Silhouette Cameo sketch tools for the journaling – perfect for when…

Recently, Stampin’ Up! has joined forces with Becky Higgins to develop an amazing Project Life by Stampin’ Up! product line. These exclusive products include items such as the 4×6, 4×4, and 3×4 cards, embellishments, alphas, stamp sets, punches, framelits and more. I am here to show you why Project Life can work for you! Many people find that the Project Life system helps them create beautiful scrapbook pages without spending hours on a single page. Although, I believe this is very true, it isn’t why I love it… I adore traditional scrapbooking because I feel like the page is my piece of art – my canvas. However, there are times when I simply have too many photos. For example, I take a huge amount of pictures during family events as I try to annoy everyone as much as humanly possible capture special moments with family and friends. These are the…

Did you know there is a fantastic blog hop going on this week with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Graphic 45? You can win some awesome prize packages! Plus, you get to visit a whole bunch of fabulous blogs and be inspired by projects made with Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Join in the fun!  Click HERE to visit the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog and start hopping! Hurry….it ends FRIDAY. GOOD LUCK!

Hello everyone!  It’s Kelly Klapstein here today to share some designing tips using Spellbinders® dies.  I created this vintage layout by layering Spellbinders die cuts behind my photo. I used the beautiful graphic 45 “Botanical Tea” collection, which I thought was perfect for this photo of my mom and her friends having a casual tea party back in 1953. This gorgeous Spellbinders Nestabilities® set called “Elegant Ovals” (S4-425) die cut beautifully with this cream card stock (which came in the graphic 45 paper pack) Just look at those intricate cut designs! You cannot get that result from an electronic cutting machine. I used the dies themselves to trace the same shapes from patterned paper to fit inside each Elegant Oval. All of my embellishments are either graphic 45 stickers or fussy cut from the patterned papers. I can always count on Spellbinders dies for intricate cut designs that really pop…

Today we are welcoming guest Shona Keehn to our blog, who is a talented member of the FabScraps Design Team! My name is Shona Keehn.  I have been on the FabScraps DT for the past 2 years, and I just adore their collections! I love that each collection has little extras that make completing your projects so easy. One of Fabscraps newest collections is called Industrial Chic, and today I have a layout to share that I have created using it. The papers are amazing. I have fussy cut some of the birds and flowers from the papers and tucked them in here and there. Look at all those gorgeous chipboard pieces….also part of the collection! It is an honour to be part of the FabScraps family, and I am thrilled that Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine asked me to share with you! Thank you, Shona, for sharing your inspirational project.  We…

Hello everyone! Karen Ellis here! I hope you summer has started on the right foot and you are having a fun and fabulous time with the ones you love — a fun, creative time, of course! I love the summer.  I’m sure it’s psychological but I tend to be a little more “relaxed”, find myself noticing the small things and revelling in the simplest of pleasures.  I also tend to be a little more adventurous…   not just the type of adventurous that would find me on the beach in a swimsuit – the creative kind – taking the time to experiment with my supplies and discovering something new about them. That’s what happened recently to me — I played with a product that’s been in my stash for years that I haven’t had the notion to pull out again until now – Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. I was inspired by a post by…

Colour Blocking with Ink Pads – with Cathy Caines Summer has finally arrived on the East Coast of Canada!! Whenever the sun is shining I need to take full advantage so I like quick and simple layouts during the summer months. Typically when I start a scrapbook page, I haul out a 12×12 piece of white cardstock and go from there. Using that as a canvas, I let my imagination take course so that the page and the pictures morph into a piece of art. After playing with mega blocks with my little girl, I thought about how to incorporate it into my scrapbook pages. Using four Stampin’ Up! ink pads, I turned them face down to create a cool background. Arrange them on the paper before opening your ink pads to get your page organized. A quick tip is to first apply a thin layer of gesso on…

Hello from me…Kim Gowdy! I am back into routine after a wonderful holiday with my family. I LOVE time off work, it gives me time to relax and lets the stress leave my body! My shoulders start to loosen and drop, my brain wonders away from work things and I get to reconnect with my family! Another thing that happens is my creative self grows. Sometimes I find my scrapbook layouts reflect daily life…when routine is rigid, my pages are also. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I really love when I let myself  be more free. This page I feel is a result of holidays. I just had fun placing embellishments kind of randomly, adding some ink splotches and stitching…I really like the feel! I kept my supplies simple using only patterned paper from one line: Fancy Pants Nautical Collection. A little ribbon from May Arts Ribbon and…

Happy July 1st everyone!  Connie Nichol here with a patriotic red and white Canada Day layout.  I was briefly tempted to use non-traditional colours, but just couldn’t do it.  LOL I used the July Canadian Scrapbooker sketchy challenge sketch as a starting point.  It looks like this: I decided to start with a base of Core’Dinations Spotted cardstock.  It looks so lovely and textured, especially when you sand a tiny bit off of the top. The other day I saw that Rhonda Steed had some free Canada day printables up on her blog (hot link www.rhondasteed.com) and I was totally inspired to use a couple of these project life typecards as part of my layout. Then, instead of reaching for patterned paper strips to follow the July sketch, I decided to use a variety of May Arts ribbon.  Sometimes ribbon is a pain to adhere to a layout, especially skinny…

Good Monday morning everyone! Connie Nichol here with a blog post featuring Sizzix Elegant Flourishes Bigz die, DCWV Coral Couture Paper Stack, Clearsnap Ink and Embossing Powder I am slowly scanning my dad’s 35 mm slides from my childhood, wanting to scrapbook them while I can still remember some of the details, or at least verify them with my parents.  The colours and patterns seem to go perfectly with my pictures from the 1970’s and I love that there is a matching cardstock stack. I find the DCWV paper to be so gorgeous that it pretty much stands alone without much embellishment.  So, I left the layout very simple, just adding a bit of fussy cutting and some metallic chipboard flourishes. The flourishes were just the perfect touch for this patterned paper.  I used the Elegant Flourishes die to die cut some Grafix Chipboard.  Since it is a Sizzix Bigz…