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One of the things we loved the most about working with Christy Riopel was her ability to think outside the box. In her regular Tool Junkie column Christy would take supplies, create a project in the way the products were intended. Next,  she would create a few more projects showing you different ways that you may not have thought, to use your supplies. Very clever. Such was the case in our Fall 2013 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine. In this article Christy used Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares as stamps – stamping with adhesives – who would have thought. Here is the spread as seen in the Fall 2013 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine with the step by steps on how Christy designed her layout. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares were definitely not intended for stamping – however Christy turned them into a super cool stamp…

The Summer 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine featured one of my favourite Bible Art Journaling pages designed by Christy Riopel. The title of the art journal page was  “Be Strong and Courageous”. The page was filled with bright colours of ink and layers of stenciling and stickers. A beautiful art journal page that makes me smile each and every time I turn through the pages of our Summer 2016 issue. The Bible Art Journal Page SUPPLIES: Ranger clear gesso, gel medium, distress inks and distress crayons, Bo Bunny  stickers, stencils and stamps. Basic Step By Steps Prep your page by using a brayer to apply a thin layer of clear gesso. This lets you see the words on the page, but stops any wet mediums you put on top from soaking through the page. Take a Ranger distress ink pad, and rub it directly onto the page. Don’t worry…

It has been 4 days since  another season of The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnivals have come to an end AND I am still overwhelmed by how absolutely amazing the events turned out – THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! This year Edmonton and Calgary raised over 3000.00$ for The Christy Riopel Art Scholarship – THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! This is so incredible – I seriously am overwhelmed by the out pouring of support from all of you! THANK YOU  THANK YOU ! Christy’s husband,  Mike Riopel, sent us a personal note of gratitude to extend to all of you that participated. He was also overwhelmed with all your generosity. The scholarship is intended to be given out to children who wish to pursue their love of art  and who need it the most. Christy was a huge part of the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary and therefore it is through…

The fall 2014 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine featured one of my all time favourite articles written and designed by Christy Riopel. Back to school paper crafting projects was the theme of the article and in true Christy style she blew me away with a few of the projects that she created. Altered Globe One of my favourite projects in this article was this altered world globe. Check out all of the intricate details. Tiny squares of patterned paper were stuck together to form the different continents of the world. How super fun would this project look on your desk! Book Marks Remembering what page you are on in your school novel study has never been cuter!!! These fun paper clip book marks are so easy to make and will bring a smile to any student – even if their school assignment doesn’t (giggle giggle). Book Covers Altering the front…

Creating a stained glass effect using stamps, ink, dies and tissue paper is definitely one of my all time favourite techniques that Christy taught us through out the years. Christy Riopel taught this technique in one of her first shows that we filmed over at Shaw TV in Calgary. After the show I went home and created TONS of stained glass embellishments for my projects. The technique is so easy and fool proof. Here is the project that we featured on our  web show. *Be sure to visit Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube for hundreds of how to videos. Do you have a bunch of intricate dies that you are afraid to use? This stained glass technique is PERFECT for any intricate die! All you need are some dies, some black cardstock, stamps, ink,  tissue paper and the magic of a gel medium. Basic Instructions 1. Stamp randomly on some…

Technique Tasters Web Show #96 – Distress Crayons Stencilling Technique  – is probably one of my favourite videos we videoed with Christy Riopel. Ranger Distress Crayons had just entered the scrapbooking scene at the time and although I had purchased all that were available, I really had no idea how to use them. This short little video opened up a whole world of possibilities and in true Christy style – she made the technique look so very simple that even I can’t seem to screw it up! The Project The Supplies Ranger Distress Crayons. You can purchase these crayons individually or in sets of 6. Today there is a total of 10 sets of 6 colours. YUMMY! Art-C self adhesive stencils come in a large variety of sizes and shapes and sentiments. They are truly easy to use and THEY STICK! I love that – no worrying about your medium…

Today we are looking back to the Summer 2016 issue of Creative Scrapbooker Magazine where Christy Riopel featured the brayer in her regular Tool Junkie column. Using the brayer as her base tool,  she created three very different projects including this gorgeous, yet extremely simple layout of her daughter Brittany.  Christy created the soft ombre effect you can see on the stamped image aswell as on the photo mat behind the gorgeous photo of Brittany using a brayer, Ranger distress inks and a custom blend distress ink pad. The Project The Supplies Stampin’ Up! cardstock and glossy cardstock, Ranger distress ink and custom blend distress ink pad, Impression Obsession stamp, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Sakura Pigma Micron pen. The Step By Steps – In Christy’s Words I used a blank Custom Blend Distress ink pad as my base. Choose three or so colours of Ranger Distress Ink re-inkers. It works…

Over the years we have shared so many wonderful memories with Christy Riopel whether it be scrapbooking, touring a city, giggling over a tasty meal or simply enjoying the love we all share of ART.  Of all these memories I am most grateful for our TV Show – Technique Tasters that we filmed together in Calgary. After a few years of doing the show we finally convinced Christy to join us and share her creative soul with our online community. I am so glad she said YES! In a very short time we filmed SIX shows – and had soooo many more planned for the future. We have – forever – in our memory boxes these videos of her laughing, creating and teaching us. Technique Tasters – Web Show #85 – Layering with Die Cuts This was one of our very first shows filmed together.  Christy was a natural. I…

A look back to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Spring 2015. Christy Riopel designed this layout – Friendships are Stitched – featuring Graphic 45 patterned paper. I absolutely love how she created the title, stitching the letters and then highlighting them with a charcoal pencil. Gorgeous. Have a wonderful Saturday everyone.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.

Christy Riopel was a regular guest on our biweekly SHAW TV series that we also turned into web shows for our YouTube channel. In this show Christy demonstrates all different kinds of ways to use stencils on your layouts as well as creating your very own custom spray. SUPPLIES:  FabScraps patterned paper, Stampin’ Up! cardstock, ink and adhesives, Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive. Photo by Rose Koziel. Grab a coffee, if you are like me –  a kleenex and enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bre8y0asnwQ&t=22s Have a wonderful Saturday everyone.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…