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Every season has a story Back to routine.  Back to photo management.  Every month I go through my photos and hit “delete”. Typically, this does happen every month but not this summer.  While trying to catch up, I ran across these photos from a last minute trip to Cape Spear, Newfoundland – only a twenty minute drive from my home. This story needed to be told right now. I jumped off the couch and got every rolling. In fact, I had already documented this story on a blog post.  All I had to do now was put the layout together. This time I started with the story.  I copy and pasted the story from the blog post onto an 8.5×11” canvas in Photoshop.  I hit print. I printed the photos with a border using my Canon Selphy printer knowing which photos I wanted where.  Note that the two vertical ones…

I was hot. I was sweaty. It was time to go in the cool basement where my craft room resides. I was uninspired. But anxious to document a story. I have been doing a lot of wedding projects lately and I haven’t been keeping up with my memory keeping.  “This is okay,” I tell myself. I hauled out a 12×12 piece of paper. I slapped some pictures on the page but didn’t feel the rush of creativity running through my veins. I was too lazy to take out a device to browse Pinterest. In fact, it’s more likely that I my bottom was stuck to the chair. We don’t have air conditioning. Blah. Blah. Baa humbug. But I started to flip through the All Year Long Project Life™ accessory kit by Stampin’ Up! Then, I found “the item.”  A silver foiled card, which was saying exactly what I wanted to…

Happy Mother’s Day!  We hope you have time this weekend to do take some photos, do some scrapbooking and record those wonderful family memories. The May sketch is up in our Sketchy Gallery ready to inspire you! I was lucky enough to spend some time scrapbooking on National Scrapbook Day and designed 2 layouts based on this sketch.  The first one features the Simple Stories “Heart” collection. I did a little brush lettering with the Tombow Fudenosuke soft tip brush pen to add “you have my” to the title. For the second layout, I rotated the sketch a quarter turn clockwise and used Fancy Pants Designs “Me-Ology” collection.  I’m trying to scrapbook more photos of myself this year, and the ME-ology line is perfect! I used the Tombow Monotwin to doodle on the layout and add some interest with black lines.  The Monotwin has 2 tips of different sizes…

Happy Tuesday! Tracy McLennon here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog! Life In Color, what a great name for a collection…nicely played Simple Stories. That being said, I love the colours in this collection, so vibrant and rich. I have always loved earthy tones, I think it comes from the fact that I have a red tinge to my hair…pinks and purples just do not work for me. But since Sean and his beautiful girls came into my life, they have brought me an entire rainbow of colours I can now craft with! Now I’m living a Life In Color! Project Recipe: Simple Stories- Life In Color Collection – Patterned Papers, Cardstock Die Cuts, Stickers, Cardstock Stickers May Arts Ribbon- Yellow Burlap String Tombow Xtreme Adhesives tape runner Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock I love all of the bits and pieces available in this collection. I did some fussy cutting of the…

Have you been playing with the BoBunny Believe collection? Our design team members sure have been!  Check out this layout designed by Christy Riopel featuring the BoBunny Believe collection! GORGEOUS! This line works so well for all your sunshine and happy layouts! Happy  Friday everyone! Get your next copy of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine at Barnes & Noble!

Here is Tracy McLennon’s take on our April Sketchy Challenge featuring Simple Stories Tracy put this layout together using the Simple Stories YOU ARE HERE collection Here is the sketch she based her design on. I hope you are able to play along with the April Sketchy Challenge this month! We would love for you to join our sketchy community! Happy Scrappin To See More of Tracy’s work visit her blog – Scrappy Chick Designs SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

Hi everyone!  It’s Kelly Klapstein here to share my layout based on our March Sketchy challenge. Here is the sketch: I used the gorgeous paper collection called “Soiree” by BoBunny. These papers are perfect for my daughter’s photo because she adores all things vintage and retro. I used my Brother ScanNCut to create the title, including the hand lettered ‘Hello,’  which is a cut file I designed myself. I also outlined the “Sweet Sixteen” with a Sakura white Gelly Roll pen. This dimensional flower with leaves is from the ScanNCut machine library of images. And the banner is an Impression Obsession stamp that was scanned and cut with the ScanNCut also…. no fussy cutting! I coloured the banners with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. Did you know the ScanNCut also has the ability to draw designs?  I used the drawing pens feature for the journaling. That little brown gingham…

Today on our blog, Kerry Engel is sharing some beautiful watercolour effects on her scrapbook page using Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I love making my own embellishments. This layout began with a doodled flower that I created last summer. I actually have a stash of Tombow flowers just waiting for a story that needs telling (and embellishing). It’s so easy to make your own embellishments with Tombow Dual Brush Pens. In this layout I used the Tombows to create the following accents: 1. Journaling strips 2. Watercoloured flowers 3. Hand lettered title. Make your own customized journaling strips 1. Layer different colors of Tombow ink on watercolour or mixed media paper. 2. Wash with water to create an ombre, watercolour effect. 3. Let it dry then run it through a printer. The first time round I cut the paper into thin journaling strips. I thought my hand lettering was too…

Today on our blog, Kerry Engel is sharing some wonderful projects and techniques using Magenta Nuance Powders. I’m one of those lettering people. Always playing with pens, practicing my down strokes, experimenting with different mediums. I’ve been playing with Nuance Powders since Christy Riopel introduced me to them at the Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton last September. It’s a little embarrassing how happy the Nuance Powders make me. There are many ways to use the Nuance powders. Lately, I’m enjoying the unpredictable magic of tapping them onto pre-watered areas. It reminds me of the invisible messages we used to create with lemon juice when I was a kid. I’m using watercolour paper by Canson, cut to 4×6 size, Nuance ink and water. That’s it! 1. Choose a harmonious color family of ink. I used three colors. Poke a hole in the lids of your powders so that you can…

Hello everyone! Kelly Klapstein here to share my take on the January sketch Challenge. Our family spent a wonderful 3 days of the Christmas break in Jasper, so I snapped lots of photos and wanted to scrapbook them.  I love this shot of my son and his girlfriend, hockey sticks in hand, skating on the outdoor lake with the mountains in the background. I used the new BoBunny winter collection “White Out.” It is such an awesome collection for any winter layout! The collection comes with papers, stickers, ephemera, die cuts, buttons, etc. all matching to make designing the layout really easy. For my title, I hand lettered the word “Frozen” with a Tombow Dual Brush pen and then scanned it and cut it out with my Brother ScanNCut machine. I also designed this cute snowflake heart  with the Brother ScanNCut and cut it out from Canadian Scrapbooker SuperStock.…