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When I travel I like to document my thoughts, experiences and days in a journal. When I have a bit more time (or my husband needs a nap) I like to draw and record the colours and patterns around me too.  Kelly Klapstein’s new products were made for hand lettering but the minute I got my hands on them I knew they’d be great for using as a journal. Traveler’s journals are all the rage right now and Kelly’s journals and juicy pens are definitely going into my suitcase.   If you do a bit of prep before you leave you can have fun making water color backgrounds to add more interest to your documentation.   Here’s how I created my journal:  1]   I prepped my journal page by spreading gesso with an old hotel room key (a loyalty card would work too).  It doesn’t have to be smooth, actually a…

Betty Hung has absolutely taken the Kelly Creates Aqua Brushes and Fineliner pens to an incredibly HIGH level! Check out this stunning display of coloring we found over on Betty’s blog! Betty used Kelly Creates Aqua Brushes Kelly Creates Multicolor Fineliners  to color in the illustration from the Ayahuasca Jungle Visions coloring book. Here is a process video for you to watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCCESgSgnFQ Be sure to jump over to design team member, Betty Hung’s blog, for all the details.  CLICK HERE Happy coloring everyone.  SUBSCRIBE TODAY to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine – HOLD IT! READ IT! LOVE IT!

The beginning of a new month MEANS there is a NEW FREE coloring card for you to download designed by our illustration and coloring commander in chief – Betty Hung! This month Betty  has designed a heart warming Easter themed card that will look perfect in any Easter bunny nest on Easter morning! The Template Here is the the card template Betty created – CLICK HERE to download your copy.Betty Hung’s Take on the Card Each and every month Betty also colors her project – jump starting your creative juices. Here is Betty’s take on her Easter illustration. Supplies Used To color the illustration Betty used a variety of Kelly Creates products Kelly Creates Aqua Brush Pen Set Paint your art with this brilliant set of aqua brushes from Kelly Creates. These brushes ensure a comfortable grip and a smooth color spread for all your artistic illustrations. You can use them…

Kelly Klapstein, the creative mind behind the Kelly Creates line of hand lettering products, is on our web show today  – Hand Lettering on Thank You Cards – Technique Tasters #130. Watch as Kelly walks you through the very basic steps on creating gorgeous handmade cards that look like they would take literally hours to create but really only took a few minutes. Here are the products Kelly used Kelly Creates Metallic Jewel Brush Pens Kelly Creates Deluxe Lettering KitAmy Tangerine for American Crafts Clear Stickers Bazzill Basics Paper Foil Accent Cardstock Grab a coffee and enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFT74bBVhJc&feature=youtu.be Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube for hundreds of scrapbooking ideas – CLICK HERE Happy Hand Lettering Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine – HOLD IT! READ IT! LOVE IT!

When I first picked up a brush pen 3 years ago and began practicing lettering, I quickly started to think about how I could teach others how to learn this beautiful art form of calligraphy. Soon I developed my own set of tracing worksheets (just like I used in elementary school) that would help others develop the skills to write pretty letters. Then American Crafts came along, and we collaborated to design an entire product line of pens, workbooks, practice journals and more that would make learning calligraphy easy and fun. Now I can teach workshops with my own Kelly Creates pens and workbooks! If you can’t attend a workshop, here is what you need to learn brush lettering: Workbooks, a Practice Pad, and The Deluxe Lettering Kit, which has both large and small brush tip pens for both workbooks. You could also use the Dream Pens (large brush tip)…

Creativation is one of the biggest crafting trade shows in the world. At this show many crafting companies release and display their latest and greatest products – the winner of this prize package will receive a little taste of the latest products from 44 different crafting companies!!! YAHOOOO!!! THIS IS A HUGE PRIZE!!!!!! It is DAY#2 of a Taste of Creativation featuring Paper House Productions, Art Impressions, American Crafts Kelly Creates, American Crafts, Clearsnap and Simple Stories How the contest works 1. This contest is all about giving our sponsors some LOVE! 2. During the next  10 days (Jan 29 – Feb 7th) we will ask you to visit  44 of the HOTTEST scrapbooking manufacturers on facebook LIKE their pages or FOLLOW their blogs. Joining their communities will keep you informed of all things good in the scrapbooking industry! What will you win – A TASTE OF Creativation sample pack worth …

Creativity – The More You Use, The more You Have – Maya Angelou. Hello! It’s Susan from Susan K. Weckesser Inc. on the blog today and all ready to get creative with you. We finally finished moving into Cochrane, Alberta and my new studio is kinda set up. It really is beautiful and I love seeing the Rocky Mountains out my studio windows. Today I am creating a Mother’s Day card using one of my designed co-branded Unity Stamp Co. kits. I had so much fun with this card. Have you ever looked at some of your themed stamps and wished that you could use them all year round? Well, take a look at how I created this fun card using one of my favourite Christmas stamp kits that I designed. SUPPLIES An (Artful) Ornament Stamp Kit: Susan K. WeckeserInc/Unity Stamp Co. ColorPOPMini Inks:Susan K. Weckesser Inc/Clearsnap ColorBox in snow,…

Check out this layout from Karen Tamir that was featured in Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Fall 2012 issue.  Its stunning! SUPPLIES: Bazzill Basics paper cardstock, Simple Stories patterned paper, American Crafts Thickers, Echo Park alphabet and stickers, The Crafter’s Workshop stencil, Viva Decor crackling color and paper pen sand paint, Prima Marketing and Recollections crystals, Cosmo Cricket Glubbers, unknown gold head band. Some techniques are simply timeless.  Karen used a Crafter’s Workshop stencil and Vivia Decor paint to create the circled background.  The effect is simply stunning. Do you subscribe to our quarterly publication?  Each issue is FULL of timeless paper crafting ideas for stamping, card making, scrapbooking, home decor and so much more.  SUBSCRIBE today and receive a FREE gift from Clearsnap with the Winter 2016 issue! CLICK HERE Happy Scrapbooking everyone!

Hello everyone – Jayme Loge here with Tuesday with the Team! My kid is a bookworm, and when I saw Bo Bunny’s Beautiful Dreamer paper line, I knew it was meant just for her! Not only do I love the colour scheme, the book and imaginative images are wonderful. I paired the paper with Creative Scrapbooker’s October 2016 sketch: I am currently having a very serious love affair with the Ranger Dylusions paints and so decided to use them to create the background shapes on my layout. I laid down my stencil and applied the paint with a paper towel, ‘ishing’ the circle shape. I used three colors that coordinated with the paper. I added a little of the green around the edges of the paper and lightly smooshed throughout the background for just a bit more texture. Once the paint was dry, I built my layout on top. One…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with an 8 1/2 x 11 layout that I created when I was looking through older pictures and remembering Christy Riopel.   I just love this stamped quote from Quietfire Design.  It is so true and it made me smile and weep at the same time.  Some people that come into your lives make such an impression that you are grateful that you have known them. The Remember word die and the stitched oval dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs, while the papers and stickers are from American Crafts.  I liked the brightness and the happiness of the patterns and the colours from this Rise and Shine paper line – perfect for creating a scrapbook layout about happy memories.  Remember to always cherish your friends and family and hold them close because they might not always be there.     Supplies Used:  American Crafts patterned paper…