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Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a Christmas layout featuring the Believe Way with Words die from Elizabeth Crafts Designs, the Merry & Bright Christmas collection from Bo Bunny and a Quietfire Design stamp with a beautiful quote.  My kids are getting older, but even as gawky teenagers, they still adore Christmas and all the special traditions that come with it.  Make sure that you  take a few pictures to capture the memories this Christmas, even if it is not ideal.  This past Christmas we were still in the middle of renovations and the flooring had all been ripped up.  Plywood is not a very conducive environment for Christmas decorating but it is still a special time of year and I’m glad to have these photos to remember it by. I actually started with the December sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s sketchy gallery.  It’s a card sketch, but there’s no…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a bright and summery scrapbook layout to lift our spirits during the dark days of November.  This last week or two has been cloudy, dark and gloomy, not typical for the Canadian prairies where I live.  Scrapbooking with bright colours and summer pictures helps keep my mood up.  Can’t you just smell those roses? I started with a few pieces of FabScraps patterned paper.  This Country Kitchen line is so pretty – I especially love the papers with sunflowers and gold finches.  The papers are two sided  so I used both sides of the two papers pictured below, Sunflowers and Tea Lovers.  I moistened and then curled the edges of the photo mat to create some extra emphasis and stitched around the main part of the page with dark green thread. I fussy cut a few extra sunflowers and mounted them with dimensional foam…

Hello, Connie Nichol here with a Halloween project featuring the Happy Haunting Collection from Simple Stories and two stamp sets from Quietfire Design.  My oldest son went through the ‘ghoul’ phase when he was 9 and 10 – he wanted only to be a scary masked ghoul with a weapon.  The scarier looking the weapon, the better.  Sigh. Gone were the cute animal or super hero costumes. Here’s the Simple Stories mini-kit I used: This is such a great kit!  Six sheets of double sided patterned paper and a 6×12 sheet of cardstock stickers is the perfect size to create a handful of Halloween layouts and cards without being overwhelmed. Here’s the Quietfire Design stamp sets I used – there are 9 stamps in the Crows set and even more in the Halloween Wicked collection!  It’s nice to have so many stamps to choose from – big and little, crows facing right…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a layout featuring Bo Bunny, Elizabeth Craft Designs Way with Words dies and a Quietfire Design stamp.   This layout was inspired by the September sketch in the Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge.  It turned out looking nothing like the sketch, but hey.  That’s the creative process.  A sketch is a good place to start! Here’s the September sketch designed by Kelly Klapstein.  Be sure to go check out the new Sketchy Gallery and upload your interpretation of this sketch.  I love to see how everyone else’s projects turn out. The photos in this layout are of my friend Sue and her beautiful daughter Caitlin from 11 years ago.  We used to take our children on all sorts of little adventures, and although the kids don’t remember any of them now, not a single one, the stamped quote is totally true.  All the things we…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with an 8 1/2 x 11 layout that I created when I was looking through older pictures and remembering Christy Riopel.   I just love this stamped quote from Quietfire Design.  It is so true and it made me smile and weep at the same time.  Some people that come into your lives make such an impression that you are grateful that you have known them. The Remember word die and the stitched oval dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs, while the papers and stickers are from American Crafts.  I liked the brightness and the happiness of the patterns and the colours from this Rise and Shine paper line – perfect for creating a scrapbook layout about happy memories.  Remember to always cherish your friends and family and hold them close because they might not always be there.     Supplies Used:  American Crafts patterned paper…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with two simple shimmery cards featuring Always and Forever, two of the new dies released by Elizabeth Craft Designs and designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.  You can use them separately as I did here, put them together with an ampersand or add hearts from the Calligraphic Elements 2 dies.  These would be great for wedding or anniversary cards. These were very simple to make but I love the way they turned out.  I started by dabbing Izink pigment ink (manufactured by Aladine and distributed through Clearsnap) through an Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil to make the ‘patterned’ paper.  You could use any ink but I love the shimmer and the gorgeous colour of the Izink ink.      Then, I dry embossed Shimmer Sheetz with a Close to My Heart embossing folder to give the sheetz some pattern and texture.   The CTMH embossing…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout that features Graphic 45 patterned paper from the Enchanted Forest line and the Dream die manufactured by Elizabeth Crafts Designs and designed by Quietfire Designs. This was a very simple layout to create.  I just layered different pieces of Graphic 45 patterned paper from the 6×6 and 8×8 Enchanted Forest paper pads, putting some of the smaller pieces on with dimensional foam adhesive by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and embellishing with machine stitching and bits of May Arts ribbon.  The page title is a die manufactured by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Perfect for a page about a boy and his books.   The beautiful calligraphic word dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs inspire me to create many layouts. I also added a couple of butterflies cut with the Sizzix Eclips 2 using from Quietfire Designs Butterfly Heart Card cutting file shown below.  The file is…

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 heritage wedding layout featuring FabScraps papers and embellishments, a beautiful Remember word and stitched circle dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and a romantic stamp from Quietfire Designs. I found this photograph of my grandparents wedding in a shoe box.  Both of my grandparents passed away quite some time ago and I think it is important to capture the who, what, when before all the details are forgotten.  Actually, if the date of the wedding was not written on the back of the photo, I would have had no idea when they got married. I was totally inspired by the May Sketch by Kelly Klapstein in the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s sketchy challenge.  Sketches are such a fast way to get started on a new layout.  I flipped this one and used a paper doily from the dollar store for the circular element.  This sketch…

WINNER CONGRATULATIONS to Evelyn B – this weeks lucky winner! YAHOOOOO! It’s Wednesday!  and we love giving stuff away every single Wednesday! Today we are giving away a pile of AWESOME sentiment stamps from the wonderful people over at Quietfire Design. YOU NEED THIS prize package for all your card making and scrapbooking projects!!!!!! To enter to win this contest leave a comment right here under this blog post. Visit Quietfire Design on facebook – CLICK HERE – Say hello from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine! Leave a comment right here under this blog post. You have until Friday, June 10th at midnight to enter! Good luck everyone! SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!