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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…

Hello! Kim here with a quick share of my take on last month’s Sketchy Challenge! Kerry designed this neat sketch for October, try as I did…I wasn’t feeling the ‘angle’ for the photos I wanted to work with. SWITCH IT UP Instead, I worked with elements of the sketch! I moved, shuffled, altered my papers and pictures until I was happy…sometimes it’s a LONG process! I must say I was quite happy with the finished results. PRODUCT LOVE! Simple Stories’ ‘Vintage Blessings’ collection was such an awesome choice for the photos I was working with. The soft, muted colors of the papers, embellishments and quotes were perfect for the old family photos I was scrapbooking!  Die –hard story tellers, need not fear! After I took the photo of my layout, I did go back and use my Stabilo pens to document the names of those in the photos! I needed…

Wild Whisper Designs has a fabulous line of scrapbooking supplies that tugs at our Canadian heart strings. The name of collection reflects the sentiments Canadians have for this wonderful country that we call home – Strong & Free Strong & Free This physical collection contains six double sided 12×12 patterned papers. The Strong & Free collection celebrates our Canadian nation! It is perfectly suited for documenting your travels around Canada, exploring your own backyard, and any sort of fun festivities. Of course it is also suitable for non-Canadian themes are extremely versatile. To create this collection Wild Whisper Designs took inspiration from all things Canada including our Rocky Mountains, the Northern lights, Native artwork, and more. Be sure to visit the Wild Whisper Designs website for all the details. The Collection in Action Here is the Strong & Free collection in action on a stunning layout designed by Kim Gowdy.…

Kim Gowdy is on our web show today walking you through how to create die cut inserts. This is a relatively simple technique that gives your project an added sense of depth and slightly more texture. This technique is even easier if you have coordinating dies for your stamps so you eliminate any tedious fussy cutting. No Talkie Before Coffee Here is the card that Kim will be stepping out on our webshow. The Art Impressions stamped image of the happy lady spinning in her office chair was stamped and then cut out with a coordinating die. Kim then used the coordinating die to cut out where she would like to place the image on her card. Next she simple adhered the die cut stamped image into the space – creating a die cut insert.  Pretty simple. If I confused you – it will all be clear after you watch…

Hello! Kim here again today shining our CSM spotlight on a company that is dear to our hearts, Heartfelt Creations! I hope to share some fun facts about this family company as well as a layout using their Tropical Paradise collection, just one of many favourite product lines they create.WHO THEY ARE This lovely family owned company got started in 1997 by Linda Bontrager, wearer of many hats: CEO, main artist, passionate scrapbooker, stamper, mother, wife…the list is long! I encourage you to read Linda’s fascinating letter about discovering and growing her passion for her creative life and family! I have always sensed that passion and love runs this company, even before taking the time to learn more about them, as women we often have good intuition! My thoughts are validated when I read this: “We exist to dynamically inspire, uplift, and add value to each person that comes in…

I LOVE turkey and mashed potatoes as much as the next guy, but the best thing about Thanksgiving is what comes next! Halloween! I have loved Halloween as long as I can remember! I’m not sure why, maybe because I’m an October “baby” and many birthday celebrations were shared with Halloween events or maybe it’s the colours of fall and the chill in the air…time for sweaters, candles and candy! HALLOWEEN DECOR Of course, when my turn came up for this week’s Tuesday with the Team…I knew I would do a Halloween theme! Without further ado, here is the project I worked on! A little Halloween décor to creep up a corner in my house! This diorama was quite easily put together. I had a box from some Christmas cards that I had saved because it was very sturdy and I loved that the cardboard cover had an opening making…

We are thrilled to spotlight a company that is near and dear to ALL of our creative hearts! After all, whether you are a scrapbooker, card maker, mixed media artist, planner or art journaller…we all need to stick things down! Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L can get all your creative ideas stuck down! Who they are. 3L Consumer Products A/S has 40 years of designing adhesives for the creative industry. In 2004 they launched the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L brand. The line focuses on crafting adhesives that are safe to use and vigorously tested! These easy to use adhesives will suit all of your creative, paper crafting needs. So much to choose from! You are sure to find the specific type of adhesive for your projects, and if you aren’t certain, the company blog is full of information to help you make an informed, creative decision. Think outside the box. When…

Do you have a favourite tool to add colour to your creative projects? What about writing tools to tell stories on your scrapbook layouts, art journals and planners? Pens, markers, highlighters and colouring supplies are all tools of our trade…they need to stand the test of time, the touch of little fingers that sneak into our craft room and provide quality each and every time we use them! WHO DOES ALL THAT? Let us introduce you to STABILO! A family run company that is one of the world leaders in the manufacturing of writing instruments. You may already be familiar with the name, but these quality German products have been inspiring creatives all over the world. STABILO is part of the Schwan-STABILO group. They are visionaries with their ground-breaking, trend-conscious and innovative designs and over 160 years of experience behind them. THE RIGHT TOOLS STABILO’s diverse products add colour…

Some of you may think it’s silly to do a CSM Spotlight on Ranger Ink, after all ‘everyone’ knows who they are and what they do. While those of us who have been stamping, playing with mixed media or who have worked in the industry for some time, no doubt know who Ranger Ink is, we really do want to introduce these wonderful products to crafters of ALL levels! First up a little history. Ranger Ink was founded in 1929!!! I did the math…that’s 88 years in the INK industry…that’s a whole lot of homework backing their amazing products! Initially they manufactured commercial inks used in the banking industry. In 1979 they developed the first art stamp pads, and began doing private labels for stamp manufacturers in 1998. Since then they have grown to successfully market their own quality products that we have come to love! Products such as Distress…

Hello everyone! Kim here with a spotlight on Echo Park Paper Co.! I love being able to share my love of great companies with you here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s blog! Let’s do this! What you may not know is that Echo Park was founded in 2010. I was a bit surprised to learn that they are still a relatively new company, I feel that they have been around forever! That is a sign that they are doing it right! It’s a sign that they are providing quality products year after year and staying on top of the industry trends! Echo Park’s goal is simple – create easy to use crafting products while incorporating fun designs and bright colours! NAILED IT!!! Although this fun company started out creating papers, they have quickly expanded to albums, dies, stamps and stencils. There current catalogue features over 2000 products! I recently found…