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Hello everyone Jayme Loge here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I am now the mother of a fourteen-year-old girl. She is feisty and brilliant and amazing and she is going to do wonderful things in this world. She is evolving before my eyes and it is exciting to see her discover her strengths, make mistakes and make choices about whom she is going to be. It’s lovely, and completely unbalancing. Some days she changes faster than I can keep up with and then when I think I can stretch no further, she relaxes and cocoons herself in the safety of home. I take a break from this dance by looking back at old photos and remembering all the little details of who she is and where she has come from. It’s funny the traits that don’t change. Her hands-on approach is one of them. She loved wearing ‘twirly’…

As I went through all the blog posts that Christy Riopel supplied Creative Scrapbooker Magazine over the years, I was once again AWE-STRUCK  by how incredibly talented Christy was. Often you can look at a layout or project and  say “That was created 10 or 15 years ago” based on the style or design of the layout. That just isn’t the case with Christy’s designs. They are timeless creations that look like they could have been created yesturday. Like this layout Christy created almost 10 years ago featuring chipboard gears from FabScraps.This week I am sharing with you the extact blog post Christy shared with us – TEN YEARS AGO! Amazing! Christy Riopel’s Blog Post Using Christmas Ornaments as Embellishments by Christy Riopel With all the stores stocking up Christmas ornaments I often keep my eye out for themed ornaments that are flat enough and super fun to use as…

Hello! Kim here today on a cold and wintery Alberta day! Today we are going to take a look at a scrapbooking company that has been near and dear to our hearts, for many years! We will shine our CSM Scrapbook Spotlight on Creative Memories! The New Creative Memories The new Creative Memories story begins in November of 2014 under the new ownership of Caleb Hayhoe. Caleb’s connection to Creative Memories however, started back in 1997 when his company was bringing scrapbooking  innovations to the Creative Memory team of that time. As the new owner, Caleb has brought a fresh perspective to the company we have become familiar with for many years. New scrapbook products are being introduced monthly, insuring that your projects can be fresh and current. With all these new collections, certain products remain part of the core line. Creative Memories has many best-selling items that continue…

Ever wonder what the heck texture paste, gesso and all those other mediums are and what they are used for? Way back in the Summer 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine we asked Christy Riopel to do a feature article called “Mad for Mediums” to answer these very questions. In this article, Christy played with and explained the various uses of the different kinds of gesso and texture paste. Her projects included techniques using a variety of different types of gesso with everyday scrapbooking supplies like  stencils, recycled magazines, distress spray, dies and so much more. She had so much that she wanted to share with everyone that we ended up dividing  the article into a TWO part series. Part one can be found in the Summer 2016 issue and Part two can be found in the Fall 2016 issue. Coloring Texture Paste One of my favourite techniques that Christy…

Sewing on your paper crafting projects, without a doubt, adds an instant homemade feel to just about anything. Over the years we have encouraged our readers in a number of different articles and features within Creative Scrapbooker Magazine to dust off their sewing machines and to not be afraid to add sewing to their next project. Fall 2012 Issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine In the Fall 2012 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine our Frugal Scrapbooker – Connie Nichol – wrote an article entitled “Put a Hole In It”. This article touched not only on adding machine sewing to your scrapbook projects – but to not be afraid to add faux stitching or to simply add holes in a decorative way using a basic hole punch to create fun designs. Connie always finds a way to add embellishments to your projects for pennies!  She truly is our #1 Frugal Scrapbooker! Christy Riopel’s…

Hello crafty friends, Tracy McLennon here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. I am playing with the FabScraps Mother Earth collection of patterned papers perfect for heritage themed layouts.   I have a little vintage scrappy inspiration for you. I have a love for my collection of heritage family photos. I am lucky to have had access to huge photo collection from both sides of my family. So I have scanned, printed and archived many of them. So today I am sharing a layout that I created using a photo of my grandmother (left) and her 2 sisters. I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting any of these beautiful, strong women. But I can create and share their legacy. FabScraps Mother Earth Collection This collection from FabScraps is the perfect pairing with heritage photos. I created a patchwork of pattern behind my photo. Simple squares of multiple patterns, make a…

In the Winter 2015/16  issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Christy Riopel celebrated our 10 year anniversary with her TOP TEN MUST HAVE TOOLS! Christy picked 10 tools that she felt she could simply NOT live without. The Punch Some of the tools in this article that she featured,  were  everyday basic punches. Punches come in all shapes and in all different sizes. There are so many different varieties on the market today allowing you to punch out shapes from monkeys to Christmas trees.  Christy was mostly drawn to basic shapes rather than punches with a more limiting shape. She always had a circle punch and a square punch on hand in her favourite sizes. For this layout Christy used a number of different sizes of circle punches from Stampin’ Up! It really is amazing all the different things you can do with a circle or squre punch.  One of…

Hello everyone Jayme Loge here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blog featuring Wild Whisper Designs. Every single tuesday we highlight a project or two designed by one of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine design team members – this week is my turn! Wild Whisper Designs Wild Whisper Designs is a new company in the scrapbooking and paper crafting industry which was officially launched in November of 2016. They are designing paper collections that include 12×12 double sided paper and pocket scrapbooking cards. They are also currently carrying products from Southern Ridge Trading Company, Spiegelmom Scraps, and Emerald Creek. These boutique-style items support the unique concept of their paper products.with layouts from a fantastic new scrapbooking paper company. Scrapbook paper gets my heart beating a little faster at the best of times, but when I get my first papers from a new company I get extra happy! I waver between…

Christy Riopel designed the following layout featuring FabScraps for the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog approximately 4 years ago. The line of patterned paper and chipboard from FabScraps no longer exists however the beauty of the design is timeless. The Blog Post The copy for the blog post that Christy wrote was very short and to the point….exactly like Christy. There was nothing complicated about her teachings and her designs. Here is the post …. as written in her words…. “I wanted my layout to hint towards the military nature of the Museum so I cut pennant flags from FabScraps patterned paper and arranged them like a soldiers medals. I curled the paper with my fingers to add dimension to the page. I used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares to attach the flags so they would stand up from the page.” Christy Riopel Giggle Giggle – like I said…

Looking through the internet today – I found this layout designed by Christy for a Crop and Cruise event many years ago. This layout featured products from Susan K Weckesser Inc. 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 continue, we are collecting donations for art scholarships for youth through the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary. CLICK HERE to donate. Thank you so much for helping us share Christy’s love of art and keeping her legacy alive.