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Valentines Day is just around the corner and with two school aged young kids, we are in full swing. While many people aren’t fans of this special day, I am a true believer that any day that puts love and kindness at the forefront is a day worth having. For my family, it’s not focused on a romantic love but instead love to anyone and anything you care about. We make heart shaped pancakes with pink tinted milk, we wear pink or red clothing often speckled with hearts, and we make heart shaped cookies and pizza together for supper. We try to buy board games for the kids so that we can play together but I’ll be honest… the last few board games went quite literally topsy turvy when Mr. Jack Caines slid down the longest snake in the Snakes and Ladders game. It remains to be seen what our…

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 winner of this prize package will receive a little taste of the latest products from 44 different crafting companies!!! YAHOOOO!!! THIS IS A HUGE PRIZE!!!!!! It is DAY#3 of a Taste of Creativation featuring Chameleon Pens, Stampin’ Up!, Ranger, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and Momenta 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! What will you win – A TASTE OF Creativation sample pack worth  over 1000.00$ of the…

Happy New Years everyone! Cathy Caines on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog today playing with the NEW Painted With Love Speciality Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! Ahhh, we made it to 2018. Another past year to document but another future year to create brand new memories. #lifeisgood What’s even more exciting is that Stampin’ Up! is releasing their 2018 Occasions Catalogue on January 3rd. This date also marks the beginning of the annual Sale-A-Bration promotion, where customers earn free products with orders over $60 Canadian. Today, I am really excited to show you one of my favourite products in the catalogue: The Painted With Love Speciality Designer Series Paper. This package of patterned paper comes with 6 double-sided designs. Each page has gold foil elements, as well as strong colour combos that make my heart skip a beat. The sweet little hearts is my absolute favourite. #swoon Because I…

12 DAYS OF GIVING! WIN WIN WIN!!!!Let the party begin! Each day for 12 days in a row we will be sharing three or four prize packages with you.  Leave a message under the blog post for each post in order to be entered for all 45 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#3 of 12 Starts NOW! Our first prize is from Echo Park Paper Company Introducing the “Cabin Fever” collection from Carta Bella Paper. This beautiful collection is printed on heavy-weight,…

Deck the Halls with Christmas Sweaters by Cathy Caines The holiday season is upon us and I am in full swing. I am so ready for the magic of Christmas and all the simple joys it brings as I enjoy the wonder of the season through the eyes of my children Jane (7) and Jack (5). I am wishing you and your families the very best this holiday season – from my family to yours. About a month ago Stampin’ Up! released their new line of alcohol markers called Stampin’ Blends. Ever since the release, I have been coloring just about everything. However, the Stampin’ Up! Christmas Sweaters stamp set is by far my favourite. The markers seem to bring the sweaters to life.Before making any projects, I coloured several of the images while catching up on The Americans TV show. Once I found myself back in my craft room,…

Hi everyone  Cathy Caines here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Blog. I am so excited to be sharing with you the latest product that Stampin’ Up! has released: Stampin’  Blends. Stampin’ Blends are alcohol markers and come in packs of two including a light and dark colour of each shade. As of November 1st, there are 12 colours available to be purchased in Stampin’ Up!’s exclusive colours. In addition, there is a colour lifter and two neutral shades (ivory and bronze). I’ve been so excited and have been colouring many images. The blending of these markers not only works within shades but also between different colours.Today’s projects uses one of my favourite holiday stamp sets released by Stampin’ Up! called Santa’s Suit. I can’t help but be in love with the sweet little clothesline!I first began this project by stamping the clothing items in Black Archival Ink then colouring…

In the Winter 2015/16  issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Christy Riopel celebrated our 10 year anniversary with her TOP TEN MUST HAVE TOOLS! Christy picked 10 tools that she felt she could simply NOT live without. The Punch Some of the tools in this article that she featured,  were  everyday basic punches. Punches come in all shapes and in all different sizes. There are so many different varieties on the market today allowing you to punch out shapes from monkeys to Christmas trees.  Christy was mostly drawn to basic shapes rather than punches with a more limiting shape. She always had a circle punch and a square punch on hand in her favourite sizes. For this layout Christy used a number of different sizes of circle punches from Stampin’ Up! It really is amazing all the different things you can do with a circle or squre punch.  One of…

Pens, markers, adhesives, colouring pencils…we use them every day! We use them at the office, at home and of course for our hobbies! I would almost be willing to bet most of us have at least one Tombow product in our collection, even if you aren’t aware of it! American Tombow Inc. American Tombow Inc. is located in Suwanee, Georgia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tombow Pencil Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan. They are an industry leader with over 100 years of expertise behind them. Starting as a company who manufactured wood-cased lead and colored pencils, they have diversified to include office pens, markers, correction tapes, glue sticks, adhesives…the list is long! Tombow is passionate about offering the finest and most innovative office, art and craft supplies in the business. They strive to make their products cutting edge and affordable! Search the web! You don’t have to search too far…

I’ve been trying to get through my pictures and as a result my layouts are becoming more clean, simple and less time consuming. There’s very little time between meal times, soccer practices and school so I am learning very quickly not to agonize over the little details.  In fact, it’s fair to say that my scrapbooking style is slowly evolving into cleaner more simple style. This layout is no different; however, I had multiple photos I wanted to include from this beautiful hiking adventure we took on the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland, Canada.  The only way I know how to solve that problem is to mix a traditional layout and pocket page layout. After selecting my photos, I realized that I didn’t need the full pocket page spread so I split it in half using my scissors.Starting with a 8.5 x 11” white piece of cardstock I began to…

Hello Everyone – Cathy Caines here on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog. It’s the time of year when we say goodbye to summer. But in my teens, it also meant that I was saying goodbye to my friends and family as I set off to begin another school year away from home. It’s always hard to leave and for anyone going through their first year, it’s especially tough. If I am speaking to you – you got this.  Sure, you’ll be poor and stressed out but everyone around you will be in the same boat.  Tap into those around you and try hard to work on finding your true calling. The only way to do this is to think about what makes you happy. Good luck and always remember you can only do your best – nobody expects anything more.About a month ago a lady called me and said that…