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Some layouts are harder than others to create. Lots of things can stall the process…not having the right product, not enough time, not being inspired or lack of creative mojo. Though the memory in my layout is a happy one, it was tough to create because our dear friend Christy passed away in August. I wanted this page to honour who she was to me…a creative soul, friend, teacher. I hold dear to my heart the laughs, conversations and art that were shared during this art retreat in the Spring. Supplies: Magenta Nuance powders, Simple Stories patterned paper & wooden heart, Core’dinations vellum & glitter cardstock, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Kelly Klapstein’s word stamps were perfect for what I wanted to say. 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…

Hi! Kim here with another Sketchy Challenge completed! I am all caught up and ready for the August reveal! Here is the July Sketchy Challenge that inspired my layout! I chose to rotate it and work vertical! All patterned papers are from Close To My Heart’s [CTMH] Georgie Workshop to go. I have also used cardstock and ink from CTMH’s product line, everything plays so nice together when it comes from the same company! Several adhesives from Scrapbooking Adhesives by 3L keeps everything together. The following pictures are some close ups of some of the embellishments I cut using CTMH’s Artistry Cricut Cartridge. This is such an amazing cartridge of images, there is something for every possible occasion or event. It is one of my most used cartridges, followed closely by all of CTMH’s cartridges. For more inspiration, be sure to find yourself a CTMH consultant, their newest catalogue will…

Hey everyone, hope your summer has been great to date. I have a quick share today, a card I made, inspired by the June Sketchy Challenge. As I often do, I rotated the sketch. Just by rotating or mirroring a sketch, you can have so many different layouts from the same starting point…give it a go! My desk was too messy to take on a full page layout, yet somehow this card took as much time to figure out! I used cardstock, stamps, ink, markers and dies from Stampin’ Up. If you weren’t aware, their quality dies are made by Sizzix, so they can be used for years and years to come! Everything is held together by various types of Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L products. I used their tape runner, foam squares, photo corners and Dual Tip Glue Pen. Thanks for joining me on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog today.…

Hi! Kim here! Just a quick share of layout I was working on before our summer holidays. I was tidying up some paper stash and came across one of my Scrap Shotz’ kits that needed some love! …and so starts the process! I used papers and die cuts from the Kaisercraft “Botanica” collection. I added a bit of dimension and interest to the leaves by outlining the leaf veins with my Pico Embellishers, a fun product I was introduced to by Design Team member, Christy Riopel! I painted on a small amount of Art-C Ultra Chalk [soft, matte paint] where I wanted my journaling. Once dry, it provided a fantastic surface to write on with my Dylusions Black Marble paint pen. The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals are right around the corner! AND we are super duper excited to start announce that are both for our Registration for our 9th annual…

Hello everyone! It’s my day to hang on our TUEDAY WITH THE TEAM blog post. I really love theses posts as it’s a chance to see what our team is up to without a particular assignment on the plate. I have been dabbling with mixed media over the past year…I have learned a lot but still have TONS to learn! I swoon over mixed media pages, but it doesn’t come easy to me! I continue to play with products and practice, practice, practice. Here is a layout I recently completed. I started with CSM Superstock! This cardstock can stand up to lots of product and it’s a bright white, so colours stay true. I painted a thin, base of Dina Wakley Gesso [Ranger Ink] onto my cardstock, let it dry and started layering products. I worked with Distress Crayons [Ranger Ink] to lay down some colour, I used stencils [Dylusions…

Hello! Kim here, just logging in to share my take on this month’s Sketchy Challenge! This month, for the most part, I stayed true to Kelly’s sketch. As always, a sketch is a fun place to start creating from…especially if your mojo is on hiatus. I pulled out my “A Year to Remember” collection from Creative Memories, and had fun going through the many different embellishments to find the ones that I felt worked best. I really like the colour palette of this collection, and look forward to pulling it out again. Here’s a detail shot of the banners. I cut between each banner, so I could add some texture and movement to it. I also curled and distressed the edge of some of my paper…I love texture and layers, but still need my pages to be flat enough to fit in my albums. Another layer I have added but…

Hi everyone! Kim here with a quick share of a mini album I just completed. I used a Close To My Heart “Workshop on the Go”. These kits they put together are genius! Patterned paper, cardstock, stamp set, embellishments and an idea sheet…ready for you to play! I choose to work with “La Vie en Rose” set…I love it! Thanks for checking out my album. This project is not hard technically, but requires time. In the end, it’s a nice reminder of a fun girls trip to Washington State. I have LOTS more pictures to scrapbook from this trip, but this mini album is like the “Coles Notes” version of our trip. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

Hello again! It’s Kim here with my take on the February Sketch designed by Kelly Klapstein. I was inspired to rotate the sketch as shown and from there just started to play until I felt I was done! I love how it turned out, though my husband doesn’t see any similarity to the sketch…LOL! The papers and embellishments are from Bo Bunny’s Believe collection. I was hesitant at first to get this collection of papers, as I wasn’t sure if the theme would work for my style of scrapbooking.  Once I opened up the papers, stickers and die cuts I was pleased to find LOTS that I was comfortable working with…I love the colours and whimsy so much. The products that don’t “work” for me will easily be altered and adapted for my needs. So many inspirational sayings and thoughts, I can’t wait to play with this paper collection again. I…

Hello! Kim here with a layout I worked on after Christmas. I used our January Sketchy Challenge, designed by Kelly Klapstein. It was a great jumping point to get back in the groove after a creative hiatus over the holidays. For my projects I used the Bo Bunny “Whiteout” Collection along with elements from the co-ordinating Ephemera pack available with the collection. It was all part of a monthly kit I purchase from Scrap Shotz out of Calgary. I laughed when I saw Kelly’s layout…she used the same collection! I promise this was by coincidence [great minds think alike…] Here is a quick detail shot of some of the yumminess found in this collection…a little glitter for winter layouts is perfect! The word stickers are older Tim Holtz idea-ology stickers that never go out of style. For my journalling I used a Micron Pigment Marker by Sakura. These markers come…

Kim embraced the love of scrapbooking in 2004, starting only as a means of spending time with friends. It didn’t take long for the passion to sink in and her supplies to grow! It was the perfect hobby for her existing love of photography. Kim has been an Alberta resident for over 15 years but still calls Nova Scotia “home”. She is married to hubby of 26 years – Bill, is Mom to son Taylor and is still figuring out where she sits in the family hierarchy according to her chocolate lab Bella! Together they love travelling, camping, going for walks and exploring their surroundings. When Kim isn’t working our Social Media sites or creating projects, she can often be found behind her desk at her “other” job in a dental office or behind the lens of her camera. Kim’s Blog