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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 done.    Not that I was unhappy with it but I just felt it needed more.…

Hi Everyone…or should I say, “Happy Halloween!” It’s Kelly here to share a layout. Do you have you have your costumes ready and spooky décor around the house?  I know I have some cobwebs here and there! ha ha ha Here is a Halloween layout I designed using Simple Stories’ fun “Frankie and Friends” collection, along with some awesome Sizzix dies. I based my design on Sue Sykes’ October Sketch. Have you been playing with her sketches and uploading your layouts to our Sketchy gallery? Here are the three Sizzix dies I used: I die cut them from American Crafts glitter paper… love the sparkle! Beacon Adhesives is great for adhering these pieces: I bent the bat wings for added dimension and just glued their heads down. With white and black markers, I added faux stitching around the title and other cut paper elements. It’s never too late to create a layout based on…

Pull out your Sizzix Eclips2 There are thousands of different free fonts that are available on the internet and they can be easily installed and cut with the Sizzix Eclips2 using the free Ecal Lite software that comes with the machine. I can see that I will soon need to upgrade the ‘lite’ software so that I can cut svg files, but that will be the topic of future blog posts. Today I am focused on installing, resizing and welding a font to make a title for a scrapbook page. This blog post isn’t meant to be a comprehensive step by step tutorial but will give you an idea of what is involved. I found it easy and wanted to share my first attempt. I’m sure, like anything else, it will improve with time and practice. If you’re interested, there are some excellent videos on the internet that will guide…

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…

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…

Love this fun layout designed by Desiree Saskiw featuring BasicGrey! SUPPLIES: BasicGrey “RSVP” patterned paper, alphabet stickers, die cut cardstock, transparencies and canvas frame stickers, Prima Marketing vintage trinkets, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Beacon Adhesives. Desiree based this layout on our Jan sketchy challenge Join the fun – visit our Sketchy Gallery – we would love to see your work. Happy Thursday everyone!

YES – Impression Obsession has dies for you to play with!  Check out Connie Nichol’s creation! SUPPLIES: DCWV patterned paper and burlap, Impression Obsession stamps and dies, Clearsnap ink, Sizzix Big Shot die cut machine, Beacon Adhesives,  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Watch how easy Connie’s projects came together httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USggwAeyMfo&list=UUmuMGQnmXpsQs2hVMbe0E_A Enjoy!

One of my favourite layouts in the Spring 2014 issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine is this one created by Kim Gowdy SUPPLIES: Kaisercraft patterned paper, tags, banners and stickers, Bazzill Basics Paper cardstock, Unity Stamp Co. stamps, Clearsnap ColorBox pigment ink and Sprtiz, Stampin’ Up! stamps, Prima Marketing wooden embellishments, Beacon 3-in-1 Adhesive, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. All the photos on Kim’s layout were taken with her Smartphone! Everyday photos that she has shared on Instagram!!!!  I LOVE IT! Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine has a daily photo prompt on instagram to get you going with EVERYDAY photos!!!!! Here is the April one! Join whenever you like and share your photos with other Canadian Scrapbooker readers and followers!  THEN scrapbook them like Kim has done! Want to see more GREAT instagram and smartphone photography inspired layouts? Be sure to pick up the Spring issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine! CLICK HERE to order…

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I am sharing a layout I created using a military themed lined of products from FabScraps Materials: FabScraps patterned paper, stickers and chipboard, Clearsnap ink, Beacon 3in1 Adhesive, Dymo tape, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam squares. I wanted my layout to hint towards the military nature of the Museum we visited so I cut pennant flags from FabScraps 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 foam squares to attach the flags so they will stand up from the page. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone! To see more of Christy’s work visit her blog – Creating a Life I love to Share