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As we move closer to Mother’s Day and longer into this pandemic, I am starting to miss the physical connections I have with other humans. Mother’s Day will especially be hard as I traditionally celebrate so many beautiful women in my life in person. What I wouldn’t do right now for some hugs with my own mother, my ‘person’. For now, I will be building that love bigger and bigger until we embrace it again. “If flowers were hugs, I’d send you thousand.” Those words from the Abstract Impressions stamp set by Stampin’ Up! spoke to me. They seemed to be exactly what I wanted to say. And not just to my mother but to so many of my family and friends. Typically, I am not a big hugger but after this pandemic, you can be certain that I’ll turn into a regular “hug-o-monster”. Look out world because I’ll be…

I just don’t even know what to say. The world took a one-eighty and I am okay one day and not okay the next. Mental wellness is high on the priority list. For me, that means using scrapbooking as a tool to stay positive. Using words to keep some control in a society where I have no control. When I create, I can find happiness. And right now, it’s more important than ever. Today I am sharing the words and the page that I documented to help me move through my feelings. “We made it to April. We are more than two weeks in. It still feels unbelievable. It still feels scary. But we keep trying to focus on the good. There’s so much good. And the sun will come out again.       My anxieties and worries are slowly reducing every day. There are still financial worries but largely…

It’s been 5 weeks since the birth of my third child, Claire. It’s about this stage when you are craving some of your old routines. For me, that’s crafting. It can be incredibly hard to find that inspiration and get back into your creative self especially with limited time. It’s always nice to be pushed by challenges or to be inspired by someone else’s work. Keeping it simple has always been a great way for me to get my juices flowing. For this month’s project, I have used the By the Dock Bundle by Stampin’ Up!. You can find this bundle in their Occasions Catalogue. Living on the East Coast of Canada means that I am always pulled towards anything nautical so this stamp set and coordinating framelits are a must-have item. The first step I did was to water colour several images from this stamp set. This time I…

Well hello, Crafters! It’s that time of year when I try to get ahead of the holiday season. I’ve got my tree up and my house is decorated, my lengthy shopping list is dwindling thanks to some early-bird holiday sales, and I have my planner scheduled with events to make sure I visit all those I care about. But I’ve got a great reason to get things done early this year so I best try a little harder this year. I am expecting baby number 3 in late January! With most of my family taken care of, next on my list is teacher Christmas gifts. Typically, I give them a gift card along with one of my favourite things to keep things a little more personal (I gave them my favourite mascara last year). Teacher cards can often be difficult to find. As a card maker, it’s a style that…

This is my six-year-old son Jack. He absolutely loves dinosaurs. So, when we went on vacation to Florida a couple of weeks ago we were sure to check out Dinosaur World. Dinosaur World did not disappoint. It was clean and quiet. It had a perfect balance of something for the tiniest littles to the adults. And let’s get serious here – dinosaurs are cool no matter what your age. So, when Stampin’ Up! released the Dinoroar Product Suite, it was a must-buy for me. I just didn’t realize it was going to come in handy so quickly. Like a handful of others, Stampin’ Up! has made life easy for you by having sweet images on their Dinoroar Designer Series Paper that can be cut out using their Dino Days framelits rather than only the stamps. This bundle has been a favourite of mine hands down. I mean, I can’t see…

Are you someone that makes all the Halloween treat bags? Perhaps you are the co-worker that brings treats for the adults in your office or the awesome mom that brings the coolest treats for all the Brownies? Sometimes I am and sometimes I am not. It always depends on how much time I have. This year Stampin’ Up! is making it pretty easy for me (and you) to bang out several of these treats in plenty of time before Halloween. Check out these coffin boxes by Stampin’ Up! I mean… how fun are these? To create my Halloween coffins, I had limited product to use. Using elements from the Monster Bash Designer Series Paper for the inside and outside of the coffin, I was able to make the coffins come to life. However, once the treats are inside the box you need to hold the coffin together with some trims…

Stitched Stars Framelites by Stampin’ Up! Make me HAPPY!  I am so happy to be here each month – I hope you are having a fabulous summer! I am obsessed. Simply obsessed. September 1st marks the release of the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue. And yup. You guessed it, I am obsessed. I cannot wait to show you everything that we have in store. Today’s project is a scrapbook page largely created using products from the Brightly Gleaming Product Suite. Prepare to be wowed. While the Brightly Gleaming Foiled Stars and Designer Series Paper are gorgeous, the new Stitched Stars Framelits are the star of the show. You can’t quite see here but when you cut them out, you can use the inner star as I have here OR the outside border as it’s also stitched. Check it out here: To further create interest, I decided to use these stitched star…

Happy Summer everyone, Cathy Caines here today playing with the Wildly Happy Cling stamp set by Stampin’ Up! It seems that I have some news to share! My family and I are so excited to announce to the world that we are growing our family with baby number three coming soon in January! With baby on my mind, I thought it would be nice to create a project with one of my favourite stamp sets in the Stampin’ Up! 2019-20 Annual Catalogue called the Wildly Happy Cling Stamp.  I always love stamp sets where I can make “sets” of cards. With four images and plenty of sentiments, this stamp set can help you create four cards. Typically, when I create card sets, I tend to stay true to a similar design. In this project, I created two styles with two cards each.  For both sets, I layered the images on…

Hello everyone! Cathy Caines here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog playing with the Come Sail Away With Me collection by Stampin’ Up! I am so happy to be back here this month showing you what I love from Stampin’ Up! For the past couple months, I have been busy creating memories rather than documenting them. I’ve been adventuring from one coast to another and it’s time now for me to begin getting these stories told. Today, I was inspired by the Come Sail Away With Me Memories and More cards (Click Here) and corresponding Designer Series Paper. (CLICK HERE) It didn’t take long for me to capture the memories of me hiking to see the Heceta Lighthouse on the West Coast. “I don’t know why I didn’t ask any of the other ladies to join me but off I went to the Oregon Coastline to see the Pacific…

Hello everyone! Cathy Caines here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog saying HELLO to the NEW Magnolia Lane collection by Stampin’ Up! It’s the most exciting time of year for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators worldwide. Tomorrow, June 4th marks the release of the new 2019-2020 annual catalogue. While many of the products are not available until tomorrow, I am able to show you the Magnolia Lane Product Suite. I am in love with florals lately and so this product suite really spoke to me. Ironically I have been working hard to complete my 2016 scrapbook album and this photo of my daughter in the sunset was perfect for this suite. Since the pattern of this Magnolia Lane Designer Series Paper is quite busy, I layered the new colored vellum by Stampin’ Up! behind the photo. This helped move the focus of this scrapbook page from the flowers to the photo.…