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Like most vacation days, we took a lot of pictures that day. So many memories crammed into one afternoon. The island was so beautiful, how could we not? But when I go back and look at all the beautiful photos, I feel overwhelmed. These are the photos that I never want to scrapbook. It’s a daunting task. But I figured it out. At least, what works for me. Maybe it will work for you too. I choose ONE photo that I love and print it in oversize. I write some journaling about the whole day in Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. What I am saying is ‘just write’. Write it all down. All in one swoop. In this project, I did the journaling right on the page. But other times I’ll put in on a pocket journal card or if it’s too long, it will be its own insert. Now…

Life is tough sometimes. For those going through hardships, we often don’t know what to say or do. Usually, we can’t do very much besides be there and listen. For those times, a card can be a great way to show love and support. Sympathy cards are never fun to make. I really believe Stampin’ Up! has done a great job finding the words we all want to say in the Beautiful Promenade stamp set. The Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper is photographic paper. It’s perfect to create cards quickly. For this particular card, I was going for a vintage floral feel. I distressed the edges of the cardstock first with the open edge of my scissors and then matched the ink with the cardstock sponging over the edges. “Houston, we have a problem” – I accidentally ripped the top of the card while I was distressing and instead of…

Creativation is one of the biggest crafting trade shows in the world. At this show, many crafting companies release and display their latest and greatest products. The Taste of Creativation Giveaway winner will receive a little sample of the latest products from over 50 different crafting companies!!! YAHOOOO!!! THIS IS A HUGE PRIZE!!!!!! Someone is going to win over 1000$ in paper crafting supplies!!!!!! Why not you? It is DAY#10 of a Taste of Creativation featuring Gel Press, Close To My Heart, Kaisercraft, Stampin’ Up! and Quick Quotes. How the contest works 1. This contest is all about giving our sponsors some LOVE! 2. During the next  10 days (Jan 29 – Feb 7th) we will ask you to visit  44 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!…

Hello, 2019 and a new year filled with opportunities and new beginnings! January is a month where we naturally think about new goals and what we want to achieve in the coming year. For me, I’d like to slow down in 2019. But what does that mean? I’ve had to think about the ways in which I can make that happen like device-free time, enjoying the outside more often and finding time to read. I love the process of evaluating goals so be sure to make time for yourself to do the same. Stampin’ Up! has a monthly subscription called Paper Pumpkin where you are sent everything you need to create a crafty project. These are great especially when you are going on vacation or the cabin. You can grab it and go! That’s exactly what I did while vacationing in Florida this Holiday Season. Below is a picture of…

12 DAYS OF GIVING! WIN WIN WIN!!!! Let the party begin! Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing four or five prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 51 Prize Packages. Visit the prize sponsor on Facebook (LIKE THEIR PAGE) and say hello from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine or CSM. NOTE do not use the same comment everytime you post on Facebook – Facebook thinks you are spam and may block you. Names will be drawn randomly and you can win more than once if you enter your name under more than one blog post! Winners will be announced on Dec 24th. Just in time for Christmas! Day#12 of 12 Starts NOW! Our first prize is from Paper House Productions Puffy stickers, gold foil stickers, 3D stickers, Life Organized stickers, washi tape and more! This prize package from…

#hellodecember Isn’t is sneaky how December creeps up on you like that? You think it’s so far away and then the first of December is here and you are already feeling like you have dropped the ball on finding matching family pajamas and getting photos in time for the Black Friday sales! Well, my friends – I am here to tell you that you are not alone. However, I am beginning to embrace the frantic. So, here I come December!! Away we go! As always, the holiday season means I am in my craft room creating projects from tags to cards to mini scrapbooks. Today’s project is a card along with a gift for a special someone. I created this card by starting out with the Wood Texture Paper Stack from Stampin’ Up! I am really enjoying the plaids and wooden elements in the décor aisles so I wanted to…

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a couple of projects that use recycled maps.   Maps and atlases are often  free  and are so much fun to add to paper crafting projects.  There is a whole article on this in the Winter 2018/2019 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine  – be sure to check out a bunch of other ideas using recycled maps.   Maps are particularly well suited to travel layouts – the layout below uses a map of Germany I got from the AMA for the page background.  I marked our route using embroidery thread and added a postcard and our entrance ticket to the castle.  I always save memorabilia when travelling. Supplies:  Paper House Productions Germany stickers, Simple Stories wood embellishments, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L photo corners and adhesive. Old maps also make great embellishments!  Here’s a card featuring map pinwheels. Supplies:  Stampin Up!  patterned paper, ink, cardstock, embossing folder…

Happy November Friends! How sweet are these little snowmen? It won’t be long before I am making snowmen in my backyard with my little ones. The Spirited Snowmen Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! is the perfect stamp set if you are looking to create a set of cards. It has a great combination of images and sentiments. But best of all… is that it’s simply super cute.  Stampin‘ Up! has a Snowflake Snowcase during the month of November and these Snowfall Thinlet Dies are part of this suite. It features 19 dies with snowflakes ranging from small to big; however, my favourite has to be the large size snowflake. How gorgeous is that?  These snowflakes are perfectly paired with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder. This embossing folder gives the illusion of snow falling onto the ground. You can catch me using this snowflake and embossing folder combination throughout the whole…

This is one of my most favourite times of the year. The leaves are turning and there’s a chill in the air. But there’s something pretty special about the pumpkins and shorter nights. Maybe it’s the beautiful natural colour combinations. Or that the holiday season is around the corner. Perhaps it’s the idea of sipping hot drinks in your favourite sweater on your deck. I can’t quite put my finger on it but I know there’s something about this time of year that I love.Th e Stampin’ Up! Country Home Stamp Set was just released in the 2018 Holiday Catalogue and it simply gave me ‘all the feels’. So much so that I used this stamp set as the focal point in a card swap. A card swap? Yup. If you aren’t sure what that is, let me tell you. Sometimes in the world of cardmaking, a group of crafters…

Ok. Don’t get too upset with me. I know most of you aren’t ready to be thinking about candy canes or the Sugar Plum Fairy, not to mention the dreaded ‘s’ word.  (Shhh… it’s snow.) But Stampin’ Up! is releasing their Holiday Catalogue tomorrow. That’s September 5th. And well. I cannot help but share some of the cute items inside! Let’s start with this simple watercolour card showing off that beautiful deer. I mean. How gorgeous is that? You can create tags with this little guy alone. Stamp “To: and From:” on the back, add a little string and you’ve got yourself a holiday tag! You can find these die cuts and coordinating stamps from the Dashing Deer Bundle. The next two cards are a slightly stepped up version of the clean and simple card above; however, it includes pieces of patterned paper from the “you gotta see it, to believe…