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Today on our blog, we welcome Tracy McLennon to share her talents using May Arts Ribbon. Hi! My name is Tracy McLennon, and I am really so humbled to have been asked to share some of my crafty life with all of you here on the Canadian Scrapbooker blog. But first, here is a little bit about me. I live my crafty life on the east coast of Canada in Truro, Nova Scotia. What makes my world go round is my talented band teacher hubby, 2 beautiful teenage step daughters, and our crazy rescue pooch Kya. I have the best crafty friends around too! I have been scrapbooking and teaching paper crafting for about 17 years now, and in that time I have seen SO many changes, and love how the art has evolved. My style would best be described as clean, classic design. I love to mix patterns and…

It’s hard not to get giddy in the May Arts Ribbon booth at the Crafty & Hobby tradeshow!  JUST LOOK AT ALL THAT RIBBON!! There isn’t a pattern or colour under the sun that isn’t found in the May Arts ribbon booth. Every texture imaginable is available too….canvas, twill, burlap, twine, etc. The metallic trend is even found in ribbons! There is an Artful Accents collection with some packaged banners too. Plenty of velvet rickrack! Here are some newly released ribbons….beautiful vintage print inspired! Love the patterns on these larger widths, with printed burlap being another new trend. Here’s what May Arts has to say about the Spring Summer 2015 trends in ribbon: “For spring and summer, we are still seeing a love for nature and rustic vibes, but a love for patterns is increasing. Expect to see demand for gingham, oversize floral prints, and jumbo dots. As far as colors,…

Sizzix Eclips2 – Using SVG files Today I decided to try using some free SVG files I found on the internet.   An SVG file is kind of a universal format that can be imported into most electronic die cutting machines.  The possibilities are endless and files are widely available – there are even some free cut files on the Canadian Scrapbooker website!  Check these out here  http://www.canadianscrapbooker.ca/cut-files/.   If you google ‘free svg files’ you will begin to get an idea of some of the images that are available.  There are even more wonderful svg files available for a small fee.   A couple of great websites that I have discovered so far are http://www.misskatecuttables.com/ and http://svgcuts.com/blog/. In order to cut svg files with the Sizzix Eclips2, you must upgrade the Ecal ‘lite’ software that comes with the machine to the full featured Ecal software.  This costs around $60 but having it…

Hello Everyone!  It’s Kelly here today to share with you a Christmas card I designed using beautiful FabScraps papers.  Have you made any cards this year?  I don’t know how it’s already December, and I have been trying to finish off a few more cards. The hanging ornaments are FabScraps chipboard that I altered with a FabScraps stencil and Viva Décor Ferro, which is like a grainy molding paste with a metallic finish. I first painted the chipboard ornaments with white gesso. Then I used this FabScraps stencil and applied the Viva Décor Ferro with a palette knife. When you lift off the stencil, you see a really cool 3D metallic pattern. Just let dry for a few minutes. It dries very quickly! Using May Arts ribbon, I finished off the ornaments and card. This will be my last post until the new year….so even though it’s early, I wish…