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WINNER Update – Congratulations to Anette Meandro – this weeks lucky winner YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO  It’s WEDNESDAY!  Check out this selection of products we are giving away this week from – SPELLBINDERS! This prize package could be yours! To enter to win 1. Visit Spellbinders on facebook – CLICK HERE – Say hello from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine 2. Leave a comment right here on this blog post. You have until Friday April 7th  at midnight to enter to win!  Its that EASY! Good luck everyone SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door

This week we will be featuring a blog post Christy created for us 3 years ago. When to stop and when not to? by Christy Riopel January always makes me a little introspective and I tend to scrapbook more interpersonal stuff this time of year. I created this layout about dealing with the old(er) girl in the mirror these days. SUPPLIES: FabScraps pattened paper and chipboard, Aladine Izink inks distributed by Clearsnap, May Arts ribbon, Impression Obsession stamps, ColorBox Surfacez ink by Clearsnap, Spellbinders dies and Grand Calibur die cutting machine, Dymo Label Maker, Ranger Industries gel pen, Beacon Adhesives. It ended up being an exploration in not just one hard question ( when did I get this old?) but in another unrelated question I often face….. When do I stop? When is enough on a layout? Here is a picture of what It looked like when I first thought it was…

CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) holds one of the biggest crafting trade shows in the world. At these shows many crafting companies release and display their latest and greatest products – the winner of this prize package will receive a little taste of the latest products from 45 different crafting companies!!! YAHOOOO!!! It is DAY#8 of a Taste of CHA featuring Lawn Fawn, Spellbinders, Kaisercraft, Graphic 45 and Imagine Crafts How it works 1. This contest is all about giving our sponsors some LOVE! 2. During the next  9 days (Jan 30 – Feb 7th) you need to visit 45 of the HOTTEST scrapbooking manufacturers on facebook LIKE their pages or FOLLOW their blogs. Joining their communities will keep you informed of all things good in the scrapbooking industry! What will you win – A TASTE OF CHA sample pack worth  over 1000.00$ of the latest product released by each of…

Spellbinders is a name we have all come to LOVE in the scrapbooking and DIY industry. They offer fantastic, innovative solutions for die-cutting, embossing and stencilling. Visit their site to browse all the wonderful products available for your crafting needs. Spellbinder Etched Dies are simple to use and love intricate details. Spellbinder Steel Ruled Dies are your go-to die for multiple layers of paper or thick materials. Spellbinder Embossing Folders and Templates add beautiful depth and texture to your projects. Of course none of these wonderful products can do the job on their own. Spellbinders has a team of newly designed machines to transport your dies and embossing folders into the realm of ‘magic’ [or so it would seem ?]. Don’t let their good looks fool you, these machines are beasts on the inside…ready to take on the task of your cutting needs. Be sure to follow Spellbinders across most…

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine ran a feature article a few years ago inspired by the famous Canadian author Robert Munsch. Our readers and design team were asked to create a layout inspired by one of his books. Here is Christy’s contribution to the article. This layout features her daughter Ashley. SUPPLIES: Fancy Pants Designs patterned paper, corrugated paper and stickers, Clearsnap ink, Liquitex gesso, Spellbinders die, Beacon Adhesives, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. 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 so much for helping us share Christy’s love of art and keeping her legacy alive.

A beautiful project designed by AJ Otto is on the Spellbinders blog today! AJ Otto created this project using dies from Spellbinders – did you know they have a Die of the Month Club?  That is seriously AWESOME! CLICK HERE for more information on the various clubs you can be involved in at Spellbinders! The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals are right around the corner! In fact – Edmonton’s carnival starts TOMORROW!!!! YAHOOOO!!! AND we are super duper excited to announce that is once again…. one of ….. Join us for shopping, make and takes and classes!  You do not have to be a registered crop participant to join the activites! CLICK HERE for crop and class info. Register online or by phone 403.809.4888 We can’t wait to see you there! SUBSCRIBE TODAY to our quarterly publication – delivered right to your door!

Hold onto your socks – LOOK what Spellbinders is releasing soon! Designed with your creative versatility in mind, the Platinum™ Die Cutting & Embossing machine is the latest in Spellbinders® Creative Arts line of innovative machines. With Platinum™ the creative possibilities are endless. It provides unsurpassed power and cutting pressure. Cuts over 40 different materials of varying thickness & cuts up to 8 layers in a single pass with Contour Steel Rule Dies. Can cut up 8.5″ and the new smaller 6″ cutting platform. Coming Soon!Compatible with Spellbinders® new Contour™ Steel Rule Dies, as well as Spellbinders® etched die templates, Em-bossing Fold’ers™ and most other dies. Get creative on a brilliant scale with Platinum™! PRE-ORDER today – CLICK HERE I found this project on their blog that I fell in love with Gorgeous copper flowers designed by Stephanie Rose using the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing machine! – CLICK HERE…

While my layouts are usually less is more, and not full of patterned paper, I wanted to play around with paper on this one…I of course had to add a few dies as accents on my layout. This picture of my kids is from when they went zip lining in Maui a few years back.  Its one of those few times where they are both looking at you, smiling, and not making weird or funny faces…you know how it is sometimes.  😉 I started with a neutral base for my layout, and thought I would add some fun patterned paper. I hand cut a few tag shapes from the patterns and layered them next to my photo. Using my Spellbinders Prizm die cutting and embossing machine I used varying elements from the Spellbinders S2-216 Die D-Lights Amused 1 and Spellbinders  S2-227 Die D-Lites Springtime sets to create little accents in the…

Beach Life By AJ Otto I just love this photo of my daughter and her best friend.  It just exudes pure happiness, which they both are full of.  I think we have printed in and it’s in several frames in her room, it’s also one of her faves! So, it only makes sense to create a layout with it.  In years she will look back and remember the day it was taken, her relationship with her best friend, and the happiness they always shared when together.I started with a neutral base for my layout and wanted muted tones for the color palette, the swimsuits are full of bright pink color and didn’t want too much fighting with them. I thought that the “love life always” sentiment was just so fitting, so I made room to get it in the layout. For a few fun accents, I used beach appropriate dies.  The great…

The “Sweet” Life By AJ Otto My favorite thing about scrapbooking is preserving the every day moments.  The stuff you wont remember in the years ahead, the current favorites, likes, dislikes, hobbies, etc. This picture of my daughter is a pretty accurate depiction her at this time, life seems to be all about the phone, her music, and *fingers crossed*, a hot chocolate from Starbucks time permitting.  With extra whip of course. 😉 I started with some splatters of the silk luster just to create a slight break in the white background. I tend to keep my scrapping style to less is more, focusing on the pictures, and hopefully documenting the current event. Luckily, the size of the Spellbinders dies used make scrapbooking with the Spellbinders Prizm die cutting machine entirely possible. I decided on the focal point being her picture, and wanted a small border to ground the…