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Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a summer layout featuring digital cut files and a stamp from Quietfire Design.    A few years ago my boys decided to canoe (i.e. float) down the North Saskatchewan River.  They launched in Edmonton, and I was instructed to pick them up downstream in three hours time.  Unfortunately, the river was quite low and the current slow, and it took a lot longer than the predicted three hours.  Of course, my husband had no cell phone with him so I had no idea where the canoe was.  I waited and I waited and they finally showed up…… phew.  They have never repeated that particular adventure. I love the versatility of having an electronic die cutting machine.  It’s amazing.  Need a canoe to embellish a canoeing layout?  Presto, wave the magic wand and cut a canoe, paddles and water with your Sizzix Eclips 2.  Any…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring Momenta cardstock and Art-C texture cream.  My youngest played team handball at school this past year and I wanted to scrapbook the photographs the school took of the team. I started with a piece of Creative Scrapbooker Super Stock and applied Art-C silver texture cream through an Art-C plastic stencil on both sides of the page. Don’t be shy, just smear that texture cream with a palette knife or an old credit card generously through the stencil.  It’s easy to do and just adds such a neat touchable texture to your page. Let dry.  It doesn’t take long.  I then took a couple of pieces of Momenta cardstock and layered them in the middle of the page.  If you have not used this brand of cardstock, you need to go check it out.  It’s heavy and beautifully textured and a pleasure…

Hello, it’s Connie Nichol here today with a quick layout featuring the Simple Stories ‘So Rad’ line.  As the mother of boys, I adore the colours and patterns.  It’s so bright and energetic.   The word dies ‘Live’ and ‘Laugh’ from Elizabeth Craft Designs are perfect accents to many scrapbook pages, especially those that feature whitewater rafting.  Haha.  The Rocky Mountains are about a four or five hour drive from my house and we try to get to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia every couple of years.  I really love it there.  The last couple of trips my family has spent a day on the river with Kootenay River Runners.  So much fun and it is great to introduce our boys to all sorts of different experiences. I created this layout using the Simple Stories – So Rad Collection   I used a Quietfire Design stamp to embellish the page.…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a simple scrapbook layout featuring a beautiful patterned paper line from Creative Memories stamps and digital cut files from Quietfire Design cut with the Sizzix Eclips 2. and some stitching with the Brother Sewing Machine The scrapbooking process is a little different for everyone, but when I start with a Quietfire Design quote stamp, I am totally inspired by the quote and go from there.  I looked through my photos and found this one of my friend Jackie with a massive hydrangea bush from 2013 that I thought would do the quote justice.  Next, I selected the beautiful Creative Memories Watercolour Paper Pack and Watercolor Love Embellishments to form the basis of the layout.  The soft colours and patterns are just beautiful.  Although romantic, the papers work for a lot of other photographs too. Lastly, I considered how I might accent the page with…

Ah…..Connie Nichol here today.  There is nothing like sitting down with a crisp new issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and a cup of tea.   Especially in the summer when you are sitting outside in a lawn chair listening to the birds singing and the grass feels good under your bare feet.  I snapped this picture a couple of summers ago, and it still makes me smile when I look at it. To scrapbook this picture, I used products from Fancy Pants Designs Office Suite line.  It’s a very versatile paper line containing everything from soft pastels and delicate florals to bold black and white patterns.  It would work for everything from baby photos to travel or wedding photos. The Office Suite alphabet set is big and bold and makes a page title just pop.  This alphabet set  comes in the paper pack or you can buy it separately. You can also…

Connie Nichol shows a great way to add colour to glitter paste Here are the card Connie created Here is a close up of the colouring on glitter paste on the two projects Projects feature Chameleon Pens BoBunny Gitter Paste and stickable stencils Close To My Heart cardstock, ink, glitter gems, sequins and stamps Bother Sewing Machine to add a few stitches Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – to keep everything together Watch how it all comes together https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NI4V1jfcf0 Have a wonderful Sunday everyone!

Connie Nichol designed these two cards using a recycled thesaurus! This card features products from Close To My Heart – acrylic stamps and ink. Chameleon Pens – for all the colouring and shading Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – the photo corners and E-Z Runner Brother Sewing Machine – the decorative stitching here and there. Watch Connie create this card from start to finish! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PeNuGhgXrI Start recycling today!

Hi, Connie Nichol here today with a couple of cards featuring the new Way with Words dies from Elizabeth Craft Design.  Head on over to the Quietfire Design blog to see more details.  A simple watercolour background is easy to create and makes a great backdrop for the calligraphic words. Just moisten some watercolour paper, brush with some watercolours of your choice and add the die cut word.  Make it fancier by adding some sewing around the edges and some glitter dots and punched shapes from Shimmer Sheetz.  Quick and easy! Supplies:  Elizabeth Crafts Design Way with Words dies, watercolour paper, Shimmer Sheetz, and glitter dots, Close to my Heart watercolour paints, Brother sewing machine and Fancy Pants Designs corrugated paper.    

In Canada, November 11 is Remembrance Day.  It is a statutory holiday in most provinces and territories in order to commemorate members of the armed forces and to remember and honour those who have fought for our country and our freedom.  It’s about respecting our past and thanking those that have served.    I grow many poppies in my garden and they always make me think of the iconic war poem ‘In Flanders Field’ by John McRae. To add some subtle texture and interest to the piece of Bo Bunny Heritage patterned paper, I used a Bo Bunny stickable stencil and smeared a little molding paste through it with my finger.  I adore the way these stencils stick, even after repeated washings, so the molding paste ends up where it is supposed to.  All the time.   It can’t sneak under the stencil and make a mess.   Then, I sprayed a…

T’is the season of reflection – being grateful, being thankful and simply saying THANK YOU! We are continuing our quest of posting THANK YOU cards featuring products from all our sponsors of the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals this past Sept in Calgary and Edmonton!  We are so grateful and thankful for all they do for everyone in the scrapbooking industry! Today’s card is designed by Connie Nichol and features Close To My Heart and Karen Foster Design SUPPLIES: Close To My Heart cardstock, patterned paper, embossing folder and ink, Karen Foster Design swirl burst brad and stamp, May Arts ribbon, Brother sewing machine, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. THANK YOU once again – we truly appreciate all you have done for us!