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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…

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…

WINNER UPDATE – Congratulations to Patti Neville – this weeks lucky winner! WHY NOT WIN WEDNESDAY IS HERE!!! There is nothing better than giving away a little something something on HUMP DAY! Some energizing excitement to get you through the rest of the work week until you can SCRAPBOOK all weekend long!!!!! This week we are so excited to be partnering up with Simple Stories. They will be giving away one of their latest collections called Vintage Blessings. This collection is absolutely stunning and perfect for your next scrapbook page, card, paper craft or planner. SEE THE COLLECTION IN ACTION While I was visiting the Simple Stories blog – I came across this beautiful planner featuring the Vintage Blessings Collection. Simple Stories is definitely famous for their assortment of planner supplies and for the talented designers who feature their products. Emma Toon’s design is no exception. Be sure to visit…

Hello everyone – Kerry Engel here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog once again! I thoroughly enjoyed creating with the Simple Stories Summer Days collection and this month’s sketch! Creating projects based on a sketch is SUPER FUN AND EASY! Using a sketch is the ultimate starting point to kick start your creative juices. Each and every month I design a sketch for The Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Gallery – you take the sketch – create with it and then upload your projects in the gallery for us all to enjoy!  Be sure to visit our gallery to check out literally years of sketches and designs created by hundreds of different scrapbookers. It is a wonderful place to get inspired. The Sept Sketch Here is this month’s sketch- a super cool design based on a pie formation. We are going to have fun with this one. I can hardly wait…

Hello everyone Kerry Engel here today on the blog having fun with the Canada 150 logo. Did you know that the super cute Canada 150 logo is available for you to download? There are so many imaginative ways for us to use it. A quick search on Pinterest revealed that quilters have taken up the challenge but I haven’t seen many paper crafters doing anything imaginative with this inspirational design. (Except of course, Tracy’s McLennon’s coloring page that’s available free on our website!) – CLICK HERE to get Tracy’s colouring page. The logo was created by Arian, Cuvin from Toronto, Ontario. According to the website “The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional…

Welcome back fellow creative planners! This is Leah O’Neil from the Simple Stories creative team, joining you on the blog again today for the next installment of my Creative Planning blog series. In this series, it is my goal to demonstrate to you a variety of ways you can use and decorate your Carpe Diem planners.  So far, I’ve shown you how I set up an overall wellness planner, and some of the ways I decorate my day-to-day life planner. Today’s post is about using a planner for memory keeping.Documenting memories is very important to me and brings me a lot of joy. These days, I don’t create many 12×12 scrapbook pages because I do all of my memory keeping in my planner and a traveler’s notebook. I like the ease of incorporating memory keeping into my planner since I already have it with me most of the time. You…

Hello everyone – Tracy McLennon here today! Are you a planner lover like I am? Even before decorative planners were “a thing” in the paper crafting world, I enjoyed keeping organized with a paper planner. I never went digital. I like to doodle and play with fonts, so I made ordinary planners my own over time.But now, look at all of the pretty things available at our fingertips to make our everyday lives just a little bit cuter. So I thought I would share what my planner pages look like before I begin the month. Over time I add little notes here and there, appointments, memories and to-do lists.Project Recipe: Simple Stories- Carpe Diem Collection: Planner, Epoxy Metal Clips, Washi Tape and Binder Rings Simple Stories- Domestic Bliss Collection: patterned paper, clear stickers, sticker sheets Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L- EZ RunnerI love how the squares in the stickers sheets from…

Hello everyone – Kerry Engel here! With the start of a new month – brings us our monthly sketch challenge. Here is July’s sketch… Six photos on one page! This is a great layout for telling a visual story. Clustering the pics tightly on the left and keeping the right side empty balances the design. Succulent Summer LayoutMy daughter and I have a lot of succulents. The Simple Stories Summer Days Collection was perfect for our springtime ritual. I created the “succulent” title and white border (based on the sketch) on my cutting system. I filled in the flowers with different papers from the collection. I stained the title and edged things with green Clearsnap ColorBox ink to finish it off. Supplies: Simple Stories Summer Days collection, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Clearsnap ColorBox ink. Art Journal PageThis page is just layers and layers of Ranger oxide inks. I colored the cut…

Today we turn the pages of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine’s Summer 2013 issue. Here we found a layout designed by Christy Riopel celebrating her love of being Canadian. It made us smile!SUPPLIES : Bazzill Basic Paper cardstock, Simple Stories patterned paper and stickers, Marvy Gel pen, Scrapbook Adhesvies by 3L.  Happy Birthday CANADA! I hope you all find some time this year to enjoy our beautiful national parks!Creative Scrapbooker Magazine is honoured to announce that we have started an ART Scholarship in Christy’s name. For those of you interested in honouring Christy Riopel and helping her legacy of ART continue, we are collecting donations for art scholarships for youth through the Boys & Girls Club of Calgary. CLICK HERE to donate. Thank you