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This week we will be featuring a blog post Christy created for us 3 years ago. When to stop and when not to? by Christy Riopel January always makes me a little introspective and I tend to scrapbook more interpersonal stuff this time of year. I created this layout about dealing with the old(er) girl in the mirror these days. SUPPLIES: FabScraps pattened paper and chipboard, Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap, May Arts ribbon, Impression Obsession stamps, ColorBox Surfacez ink by Clearsnap, Spellbinders dies and Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Dymo Label Maker, Ranger Industries gel pen, Beacon Adhesives. It ended up being an exploration in not just one hard question ( when did I get this old?) but in another unrelated question I often face….. When do I stop? When is enough on a layout? Here is a picture of what It looked like when I first thought it was…

In loving memory of Christy Riopel – here is a page from our Winter 2013 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  Christy loved her furry friend Spike – she created many layouts over the years featuring this cute little dude!  SUPPLIES: BasicGrey patterned paper, tags and alphabet, Marvy gel pen, May Arts Ribbon twine and string, Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft gluel, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. This layout makes me smile! 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejDCoC0WVos

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine ran a feature article a few years ago inspired by the famous Canadian author Robert Munsch. Our readers and design team were asked to create a layout inspired by one of his books. Here is Christy’s contribution to the article. This layout features her daughter Ashley. SUPPLIES: Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper, corrugated paper and stickers, Clearsnap ink, Liquitex gesso, Spellbinders die, Beacon Adhesives, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. 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.

We have sooooooooooo many things go be thankful for!!!!! I have so enjoyed these past few weeks of THANK YOU cards that we have been featuring on our blog! Thank you Kim Gowdy for creating this card featuring May Arts Ribbon, DCWV and Sizzix! SUPPLIES: DCWV cork, Sizzix dies, May Arts twine, Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Beacon Adhesives. The DCWV cork is so much fun to work with! Mix it with some Sizzix dies and some of our favourite May Arts twine and you’ve got t made! Happy Thankful Thursday everyone

Are you ready to trim the tree?? LOL!!!!!!  Probably not but the Christmas and Winter lines will be popping up EVERYWHERE in the next few weeks so here is a little layout – designed by Connie Nichol – to get you in the spirit of shopping for Christmas themed supplies! SUPPLIES: Stampin’ Up! cardstock, Simple Stories patterned paper, letter stickers and die cuts, Spellbinders curved rectangle and flourish dies, May Arts ribbon, Brother sewing machine, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L . Check out the reindeer and Christmas tree garland ribbon from May Arts Ribbon that Connie used She also used this funky die set from Spellbinders called – Modern Stationary Card Creator dies. And this layout is entirely stuck down using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L We are very excited to announce that   are THREE of our The carnivals are right around the corner in Calgary and Edmonton!!!! YAHOOOO!!!!…

Pinwheel Photo mats    Materials: Magenta Paper, Stencils, and Stamps, Liquitex Gesso and Texture Medium, Beacon Adhesives 3in1, Oil Pastels, Ranger Gel Pen, Clearsnap ink Who says photo mats have to be square or flat? We have seen pinwheels used in scrapbooking for years. They are an inexpensive and fun way to embellish any page, but I thought it might be fun to use them as photo mats under this group of fun shots of my daughter being silly.   To soften the edges of them I brushed them with a little gesso.   To add more texture to this page I scraped a texture paste through a Magenta stencil and let it dry. I also punched circles out of the same paper as the pinwheels and brushed them with gesso. Instead of traditional journaling I let this fabulous Magenta stamp do all the talking for me.   This Magenta…

Featuring Aladine Izink Pigment inks distributed by Clearsnap and Quietfire Design stamps Hello, Connie here impatiently waiting for the snow to melt, the mud to dry and the garden to grow. This layout was totally inspired by my stash of fake flowers.  I was trying to declutter my basement and gathered up all the artificial flowers that I have collected over the years.  Most of these were purchased from Dollarama or from the clearance aisle at Michaels and Walmart stores, but have largely turned into dust collectors since I rarely use flowers on layouts these days. Before I passed these posies on to their next home, I thought I would do one more layout with them for old time’s sake.  I started with a piece of Canadian Scrapbooker Superstock and made my own really simple customized paper by adding a rainbow of colour with Izink inks.   The Izinks are manufactured by Aladine…

Hi everybody, Connie here with my take on the March sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooker It’s a Sketchy Challenge .   I stayed pretty true to the sketch this time around and used it to feature a favourite photo of my boys and I on a vacation in the Rocky Mountains a few years ago.   Heartfelt Creations has a beautiful paper collection called ‘Celebrate the Journey’ that went perfectly with my picture.  The papers in this line come in soft hues of teal, pink, green and brown and feature subtle travel themed patterns such as words, script, maps, bicycles and balloons.  Matching stamps and dies are also available. Inspired by the flourishes on the March sketch, I reached for a Heartfelt Creations flourish backgrounds stamp and added some subtle blue touches to the page behind the photo mat. For embellishments, I just cut out pieces’from another piece of patterned paper in…

Graphic 45 has a brand new collection that features images that are perfect for us that love to cook, garden and farm. When I saw the paper and saw pictures of seed packets with carrots and peas, I went weak at the knees. I have a lot of gardening pictures! The colours are rich and vibrant and so fun to work with. You can buy this collection in individual 12×12 sheets or in three different sizes of paper pads. Graphic 45 has also designed matching chipboard, stickers and stamps. Look for it at your favourite scrapbooking stores – it should be arriving any day. I used the January 2015 sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooker sketchy gallery as inspiration and created this layout. I like scrapbooking summer pictures in the depths of January. It makes me hopeful that winter might end someday soon. Think happy summer thoughts! Then, when I had…

When it comes to liquid adhesives, Beacon has all the answers to your sticky problems! Beacon has pretty much an adhesive for EVERY single type of craft you can imagine for EVERY type of material under the sun! Scrapbookers are probably most familiar with Zip-Dry, a fantastic fast-drying liquid adhesive that does not wrinkle paper.  Another favourite is Fabri-Tac. To get the job done right, you need the right adhesive and Beacon Adhesives has a lot to offer!  For more product information, please click HERE to visit the Beacon website.