March/April 2010 Issue: An Insider’s Look

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Hey there! Are you as antsy for spring as I am? If so, make sure you check out the March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes. It’s got so many great ideas for spring-themed pages and techniques to try on them that you’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts, even if it’s still a bit chilly outside.

Here are three of my favorite items from this issue, along with a couple of tidbits from our team:

1. Stamping with a template and spray ink

Spritzing and stamping? Ooh la la! Stamping makes me happy, so I was so thrilled to learn about this technique from Liz Hicks, education coordinator for Tattered Angels. I love how Dream Team member Kim Watson interpreted the idea on her page. Want to learn more? Get step-by-step instructions in this month’s “CK Shows You How” column on page 23, and  see Liz’s video demo.

"She Has Spring in Her Step" by Kim Watson, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 26

2. Lots and lots of beautiful pages

If you need a little scrapbooking eye candy, then you’re going to love our “Scrapbook Your Life” article as much as I do—it’s packed with fantastic layouts like this one from Shelley Jaquet. I love how she fit 17 photos on her layout and that they show so many fun family activities.

"Our Family . . . Everyday Life" by Shelley Jaquet, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 72

3. Cool ribbon techniques

Jennifer McGuire always has many creative ideas for using products, and this month’s “Tools & Techniques” column is just too much fun. Check out the grass on this darling “Monster” accent—can you believe she created it by fraying green ribbon? Too clever! (You’ll find additional tips from Jennifer on getting more from ribbon in her column.)

"Monster" by Jennifer McGuire, as seen in the March/April 2010 Creating Keepsakes, page 106

Here are some fun tidbits about this issue from the team:

  • Creative editor Megan Hoeppner designed the adorable layout featured on our cover—didn’t she do a fabulous job? What you may not know is that the photo on the layout was taken by reader/contributor Brigid Gonzalez. She e-mailed it to us at, and it was chosen for this cover! If you have a great photo with strong eye contact and good lighting, send it in for consideration. Your photo could end up being featured in a future issue!

  • Reader/contributor Stacy Cohen found a way to use her instant-coffee purchase on a layout about her morning fix. See the idea on page 108.
  • Editor-in-chief Jennafer Martin had a ball working with contributing writer Mou Saha on the “Spring Is in the Air” feature for this issue. “Mou had so many creative ideas and her enthusiasm for this springy topic brightened up the dreary fall when we worked on it,” says Jennafer. See more of Mou’s work in future issues of CK or on her blog.

  • There’s more than one way for your page to be published in CK. Fresh Face Donna Creedon, whose “Cheeky Grin” layout is featured on page 96, had originally posted the amazing layout on her blog, where creative editor Megan Hoeppner spotted it. It fit so well with the “Spring Is in the Air” article that we snatched it up right away. You never know when one of your layouts will be spotted by our roving talent reporters!
  • Accident or accent? After dropping an ink applicator on her page, reader/contributor Iris Uy turned the unfortunate ink spot into a really cool embossed accent. See it on page 16.
  • April Fools for photos. In the editor’s note, Jennafer Martin wrote a sidebar mentioning a couple of sites to play with your photos. “We didn’t end up publishing it, but I played with my photo on to become one of my favorite superheroes. You can be anyone you want to be by putting your head on a photo there,” Jennafer says. Try it today!

What were your favorite items about this issue? Leave us a comment by Friday, March 26, 2010, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive a sampling of some fun, new scrapbooking products.

—Lori Fairbanks, editor



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  1. My issue hasn’t arrived in the mail yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing all the fun!

  2. I enjoyed the article about the template and stamping with the mist. I have yet to try that and am looking forward to getting some to play with some time soon. Thanks for a great magazine.

  3. No sign of my magazine here yet, but I’m looking forward to Jennifer’s techniques, as always!

  4. My favouite item is Scrapbook Your Life by Jana Lillie. I love scrapbooking & journaling about the little, everyday things in life. This article has given me so many great new ideas for pages to create 🙂

  5. I don’t have my issue yet, but I’m looking forward to Jennifer McGuire’s article!

  6. My issue hasn’t arrived but I am looking forward to seeing that layout with the 17 pictures on it. I love that idea.

  7. I don’t yet have this issue, but I always love sketches and of course all of the eye candy and ideas!

  8. Excited to FINALLY get another issue. Was pretty bummed to see that the 2 months were combined…

  9. So many cute things! I Love that Lil’ Monster!

  10. I finally got my issue yesterday–but my fav is Jennifer Mcquire’s tips and tricks, so cool! and also all the inking techniques–love to learn new things.

  11. I gotta say as always I LOVE Jennifer Mcguire! Shes so creative and most of the stuff she does, I totally scraplift in some way! And I gotta say, this time I LOVED the cover page. Its not normally my style so thats great!

  12. I loved the spraying techniques! But I think my favorite was the Funniest Scrapbooker Ever – Terri Davenport. “Ifoon” had me laughing out loud! 😀

  13. I love Jennifer Mcquire’s tips! I always find something that I can use and it makes scrapping so much easier!

  14. I love ideas on getting more from what I already have- so the ribbon article is right up my alley! 🙂

  15. I have always been a big fan of the magazine for so many reasons! I love all the inspiration I get from every article … plus it keeps me up to date on new trends and techniques! Currently my first flip to page of the magazine is the Tools and Techniques but who knows next month it could be something different 🙂 Thanks for such a great read and for all the inspiration!!!

  16. Love the ribbon technique! Fun little ways to use ribbon!

  17. definitely enjoyed the article about the different types of spray mists. That was very informative and helpful.

  18. Haven’t recieved mine yet… BUT I am looking forward to seeing my pages in print! YEAH 🙂 … and of course Jennifer McGuire’s article! {too cool to see my stuff featured here! heeheehee. just giddy!}

  19. I absolutely loved Shelley’s layout showing how to use so many pictures on a page. This is a wonderful concept, and it’s so useful!

  20. I enjoyed the segment on mists, and how to use them. THANK YOU!!

  21. I love Jennifer MaGuire’s frayed ribbon technique on her “Monster”accent. I’m going to give it a try on some of my Easter cards! Thanks for the chance to win!

  22. I like the section about making your own embellishments, especially Stacy Cohen’s use of instant coffee to make paint. How creative is that!

  23. Can someone let me know the sale date of this mag in Australia?? My post code is 2444. Seems I only get the mags at any random date – which is very frustrating! Especially when I see all the great stuff in the upcoming issue! Please PLEASE help me! xx

  24. i loved both the misting article and the article about all the fun ways to use ribbon!

  25. Just received my copy today and I’m lovin’ everything {of course}! Keep up the great ideas!

  26. I have no comments on what I liked because I cannot seem to find this issue anywhere!! 😦

  27. Love the mists article- I received a bottle in a club kit and haven’t tried it (a little timid I guess) so I’m looking forward to trying some of the ideas I saw in the article.

  28. Love the cover lo–beautiful! And I always love Jennifer’s column…inspiring as always!

  29. Was there any kind of notice that this was going to a March/April issue? I never saw anything.

  30. Can’t wait to get my issue in the mail! C’mon Mr. Postman, there’s so much waiting for me to discover inside the pages of my all-time favorite magazine!

  31. I just got mine in the mail and now I need to get some mists! I have looked at them before and just didn’t know if I would use the mists, well now all that has changed!! I need the mists!

  32. I just got my issue yesterday and have not had a lot of time with it yet. I do love all the techniques and Scrapbook Your Life. Such great ideas. Thanks CK for a greatr issue. So inspiring!!

  33. Love the magazie – got to get it asap

  34. Scrapbook your life – awesome that she was able to fit so many pics into a GREAT layout! And the “grass” in Jennifer’s monster card – very cute. She always has such GREAT tips!

  35. The ribbon. Definitely the ribbon. And Jennifer’s monster card is so cute and creative.

  36. I really liked the spray ink review in the “Latest and Greatest.” I hope these product reviews will be a monthly feature.

  37. I loved Jennifer McGuire’s article on different uses for ribbon. Pure genius, she always has the neatest ideas 🙂

  38. I really liked the article about the different spray inks. I haven’t used them yet and liked seeing different ways to use them on a LO. I also really liked the comparison chart…THAT will come in handy!

  39. i loved all the great photos

  40. I love Mou’s article and Jennifer Mcguire is always my favorite article

  41. My fav is Jennifer McGuire’s article, always fun techniques!

  42. I love receiving my CK magazines! The misting article was my favorite that I have read so far (I just received my magazine yesterday).

  43. I haven’t had time to read from cover to cover yet, but checked out Jennifer’s M’s column. Great as always!

  44. Love the misting information – bought some but haven’t used it much. Now I can PLAY with confidence! Always love Jennifer’s techniques too!

  45. Loved Mou Saha’s article “spring is in the air” especially the layout that featured the jumbo rainbow! so adorable!!

  46. So looking forward to my issue as well!

  47. I always love Jennafer’s sketches. They’re so helpful. And I enjoyed all the different techniques on the cute eggs. Fun.

  48. Loved the entire issue but my 3 favorite articles are as follows:
    1. CK sketches by Jenafer Martin. I love having the sizes to recreate for layouts!
    2. Fast pages with 4″x6″ by Brittany Beattie. I love creating LO with the entire photo.
    3. Scrapbook your life by Jana Lillie. Fantabulous article, enough said.

    Thanks for this inspiring issue. I have it already dog eared and I have only had it in my possession 48 hours. Thanks CK, YOU ROCK!!!!

  49. I loved anything with a butterfly on it! (especially Anna Griffin’s Isabelle line) The issue just made me get excited about Spring! The warm weather is coming. yippeeeeeeeeee

  50. Love Jennifer McGuire’s lovely tips! She is so amazing:)

    Sandi N.

  51. My favorite is the page makeover in the Scrappetizers section. I love the section, and especially learning about design and seeing new perspectives on the page makeovers.

  52. My fave was: Scrapbook your life and the 15 min layout!

  53. I loved Jennifer McGuire’s ribbon techniques!

  54. Really sad that CK has apparently jipped us an issue! And I always look forward to Elizabeth Kartchner and where is she in this issue? I always go to the your scrap space article cause I love seeing other peoples rooms and how they organize.

  55. Love the spary ink techniques-I’ve seen it in stores and wondered how to use it-thank you!!

  56. My favorites were the scrap your life. I have some ideas in mind. Now to get to them….

  57. loving all the spring layouts. and the nw colors. The whole magazine was fantastic this month. Got me to bad case of spring fever

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