Happy Easter!

04/04/2010 at 8:17 am | Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized | 151 Comments
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Happy Easter, and thanks for stopping by the Creating Keepsakes blog today. We hope the day is bringing you at least some semblance of spring weather. 

No matter how old my siblings and I get, we still get together every year to color Easter eggs. For some reason this activity has never lost its appeal for us. Maybe because we’re always a bit goofy while we do it. 

One of the (many) great things about the March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes, is the article, “The Good, the Fab, and the Spectacular” in which we show you how to take an event you celebrate every year and mix it up to create some spectacular Easter layouts. 

I especially like this layout from Susan Weinroth. I love how she created the grass and highlighted her photos within egg-shaped frames. 

"Easter Egg Clean-Up” by Susan Weinroth, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 87.

 

I also love the various textures Erin Lincoln used for her egg accents on her layout. 

“Easter for Grown Ups” by Erin Lincoln, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 86.

 

Leave us a comment and let us know how you add “egg-tra” special touches to your Easter layouts. I’ll choose two lucky comments to win this great Easter product from Jillibean Soup. Winners will be chosen on Friday, April 9, 2010. 

 

And if you haven’t actually gotten around to coloring those eggs yet, check out this video from Martha Stewart Living on how to use a fun masking technique to create some pretty amazing eggs. (The video will play on the lower-right side of the screen after a quick ad.)

Happy Easter!

 

Lara Penrod, managing editor

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Special Guest Blogger: Mandy Douglass

04/02/2010 at 8:10 am | Posted in fonts, General Inspiration, guest blogger, Holidays, How-Tos, product, technique, Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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Hey all my favorite CK Readers! It is me, Mandy Douglass! I don’t know about you, but I am so excited for this upcoming Easter holiday weekend. Now that I have two little boys, it just keeps getting more and more fun each year. I love easter egg hunts, easter baskets, easter bunnies, and those little peeks from the tulips that will soon turn into beautiful flowers.

Last year was the first year my son, Bryson, could start to understand the whole easter egg hunt idea. So today, I thought I would share a photo tip and a ribbon tip with you from this fun new page I created about his first hunt!

The Race is On by Mandy Douglass. Supplies: American Crafts.

Photo Tip:

Bryson was just learning to walk, and he really didn’t have enough balance to pick up eggs, so crawling was his only way to get those funny looking round things! I thought this photo was perfect to use on my layout, because it captures his perspective on the easter egg hunt. There weren’t a lot of kids around to “race” him for the eggs, but the faster he got them, the more excited he was. I challenge all you CK readers to get down in the grass this weekend and get some true perspective photographs!

Ribbon Tip:

Next is a fun tip a friend taught me a while back. I often find it hard to punch through a page or get a knotted ribbon to stay in place without gargantuan amounts of glue! So here are a few steps to show you how to get that cute ribbon knot to stay in place and avoid getting sticky.

First cut a piece of ribbon about 3″ long. Then staple it to the area of the page you would like the ribbon to be.

Then simply tie the knot (I usually only tie one knot and it stays in place).

 

Then cut off the remaining ribbon.

Simple, huh!

Bonus Gift-Bag Topper Tip:

I decided to use the same technique on some cute treat bags for Easter. (Not only did I get a cute bag out of it, but it also gave me a great excuse to open those Cadbury Mini Eggs that have been staring at me for a week!)

To make the bag topper, I made a simple flap using Sizzix’s scallop square die cut, then I folded it in half. I added some darling egg paper from the Dear Lizzy line by American Crafts and stapled the decorated flap to close the bag and keep the ribbon in place. 

Last, I made a cute little tag using a Quickutz oval die, some scallop scissors by Fiskars, and Dear Lizzy Dimensional Sticker. Then knotted it all in place! 

Such an easy way to do lots of Easter treat bags.

“Hop” that you all have a great holiday weekend!

Mandy Douglass, CK contributing writer

P.S. Don’t forget to download today’s font as part of Free Font Friday! This weeks’ font is CK Day Dream. Download it today at Creating Keepsakes.

Happy April Fool’s Day!

04/01/2010 at 11:12 am | Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized | 54 Comments
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April Fool’s Day is traditionally marked by committing practical jokes or sending friends, family, or co-workers on fools’ errands. But there’s no jokes or fools’ errands on the CK blog today. Instead, we’re giving you a couple of quick, fun, practical techniques, plus a chance to win a fabulous prize.

To start, did you know that you can mix flock colors to come up with completely new custom-made flock colors? No joke! Watch this great tutorial from Stampendous on how it’s done. (Note: Watching the video will take longer than creating great new colors.)

After you’ve checked out that great technique, take a look at this one. It’s probably the best thing we’ve seen in a long time!

Now, before you go off to create some fantastic layouts using these fun new techniques, leave us a comment about your favorite part of April Fool’s Day, the best joke you’ve ever played, or how you plan to use one of these great techniques. Next Monday, April 5, I’ll randomly pick five readers from the comments we receive to win the book “Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking.

Happy April 1st!

Lara Penrod, managing editor

Top ’O the Morning to Ye! And Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

03/17/2010 at 2:15 am | Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized | 267 Comments
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As part of the holiday, enjoy some St. Paddy’s Day fun in many areas.

Fun Holiday Fact

Today’s Fun Irish Fact (courtesy of History.com): “Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland s St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks.”

Fun Page Title You Can Download for Free

You can get your green on with this page title featured in the March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes.

Or download the P22 Kilkenny Swash font, which was used to make the title block above, from Veer for only $19.95.

Fun Scrapbook Page Topic

Even if green isn’t your thing, you can still celebrate the holiday. St. Patrick’s Day is associated with luck, so why not create a layout on why you feel lucky today. Maybe you feel lucky because you’ve learned a new skill, have a great education, have recently seen your life in a new light, or have great friends by your side. Whatever the reason, make a plan to capture those lucky feelings, just as Piradee Talvanna did with her “Thank You” layout.

“Thank You” by Piradee Talvanna, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 41

Fun Luck-Themed Quotes

Speaking of luck, check out Club CK‘s Quote of the Day blog this week for luck-themed quotes you can use on your layouts.

Fun Giveaway

Then try your luck with our great giveaway. Leave a comment on today’s blog post by March 21, 2010, for the chance to be one of five randomly selected lucky winners to receive all of this great St. Patrick’s Day product.

Fun Websites

If you’re in need of even more St. Patrick’s Day fun, check out this website to find a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in your hometown. And for a little Irish fun for the whole family, check out theholidayspot.com.

Fun Recipe

However you spend the day, don’t forget to eat your greens. Here’s a great recipe to get you started.

Corn Beef & Cabbage

1 small can corned beef                          1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 large head cabbage                           1/8 tsp. pepper

2 Tbs. butter                                               1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 Tbs. flour                                                 1/4 tsp. celery seeds

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 1.5-quart casserole dish. Cut cabbage up coarsely, and cook in boiling, salted water until done. Drain. While cabbage is cooking, melt butter in saucepan over low heat, stir in flour until smooth, add milk gradually, and then cool, stirring constantly until sauce is smooth and has thickened. Stir in salt, pepper, and celery seeds. Mix cream sauce and cabbage together, and mix with corned beef. Sprinkle with bread crumbs. Bake 30 minutes.

May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Lara Penrod, managing editor

Getting in the Irish Groove

03/05/2010 at 2:36 pm | Posted in General Inspiration, Holidays | 5 Comments
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Rather than bringing in a special guest blogger this Friday, we thought we’d point you to some other great sites on the web that have some fantastic projects you can create for St. Patrick’s Day, which is fast approaching. Check out these projects below, and then head to the links for more details and how-to information.

Shamrock Boutonnieres from Martha Stewart

Cut or punch shamrocks from green-patterned papers, and then tie them together for a shamrock bouquet or boutonniere like this one from Martha Stewart.

Swizzle Sticks from Martha Stewart

Enjoy this idea, also from Martha Stewart, of using a heart stamp to create great swizzle sticks for a St. Patrick’s Day party.

Leprechaun Catcher from Family Fun

If you have little ones at home, they’ll enjoy creating a Leprechaun Catcher like this one from Family Fun.

Onesie from ApplesLovesOranges on Etsy

If you want to play with felt, glean inspiration from this adorable onesie by ApplesLovesOranges on Etsy.

Shamrock Pin from Disney Family

And although you may not have suckers in your scrapbooking stash, I couldn’t resist sharing this idea from Disney Family. It’s easy to turn three green suckers into a shamrock pin that’s good enough to eat.

—Brittany Beattie, online senior editor

P.S. Don’t miss the Free Font Friday download this week: CK Pleasing.

Mark Your Calendars

03/04/2010 at 2:28 pm | Posted in Holidays, Onine Event | 10 Comments
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Whether your first week of March came in like a lion or a lamb, I want to invite you to think ahead to the first of May—not just because it’ll be warmer by then, but because it’s National Scrapbooking Day. It’s never too early to plan for that, right?

Mark your calendars to join us the week leading up to National Scrapbooking Day, where we’ll host a weeklong online extravaganza with challenges, page ideas, and more. And if you happen to be in Utah that week, join us in person for CK Scrap & Play. This overnight crop will take place at the Provo Marriott Hotel, and it’s your chance to hang out with Creating Keepsakes editors and contributors, take classes, win prizes, and have a ball celebrating National Scrapbooking Day the CK way. The festivities will include:

* 3 Albums

* 4 Mini Classes

* Over 24 Hours of Cropping

* Contests, Games, and Prizes

For more information, see the CK Scrap & Play site.

We hope you can join us!

–Jennafer Martin, editor-in-chief

Weekly Warm-Up: Melt the Ice

03/01/2010 at 1:00 am | Posted in Holidays, How-Tos, technique, weekly warm up | 1 Comment
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Kim JacksonWelcome to March, everyone! You know what they say: if March comes in like a lion, it’ll go out like a lamb. Since most of us are still digging out from February’s snowstorms, we can certainly hope that warm, sunny days are right around the corner. In today’s weekly warm-up, we’re going to focus on techniques that are sure to heat up the last of your winter layouts and coax all that ice to melt.

Heat Emboss Accents

Turn up the heat on that last bit of wintertime fun by adding heat-embossed accents to a sledding, skiing, or snowboarding layout. Wendy Sue Anderson embossed her stamped title in addition to her accents on this adorable layout.

Sledding by Wendy Sue Anderson

“Sledding” by Wendy Sue Anderson, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 27.

Iron on Designs

Next, fire up (okay, plug in) your iron! If you’ve ever ironed on patches to clothing or bags, then this technique is for you. Mou Saha applied an iron-on rhinestone-heart design to canvas to accent her darling “Valentines” page. Look for iron-on flower designs to add a little spring to your layouts.

Valentines by Mou Saha

“Valentines” by Mou Saha, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 78.

Create Hot-Glue Art

You’ll want to reach for your hot-glue gun for this next irresistible idea. On her “Forever Friends” layout, Mou Saha drew a simple shape using a low-temperature hot-glue gun, and then she painted over it. Try drawing some fluffy clouds or four-leaf clovers for a March-inspired look.

Forever Friends by Mou Saha

“Forever Friends” by Mou Saha, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 79.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get warmed up with some ice-melting techniques! Try one of these ideas this week, and upload your completed layout to our gallery. We can’t wait to see what you create.

— Kim Jackson, senior editor

P.S. For step-by-step instructions on these layouts, check out the January 2010 and February 2010 issues of Creating Keepsakes.

Valentine’s Day with the CK Dream Team

02/09/2010 at 11:30 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Holidays | 6 Comments
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Kim JacksonYesterday, Megan Hoeppner showed you how to spread some Valentine’s Day cheer with quick and easy valentines. Today, with some help from a few of our CK Dream Team members, you’ll discover fabulous ways to celebrate the love in your life through scrapbooking and sharing photos. Whether you’re into romance or not, these fun projects are sure to make your heart happy.

While Cindy Tobey made her gorgeous “Love” page to commemorate Mother’s Day, you can easily make this layout to celebrate your family on Valentine’s Day. Her color combo makes for a beautiful break from the traditional—simply combine red, pink, and black with vivid splashes of turquoise and green.

Love page by Cindy Tobey

Speaking of colors, Wendy Sue Anderson’s super-pretty “Love Birds” page puts a new spin on a romantic tale. Yellow for Valentine’s Day? Absolutely!

Love Birds by Wendy Sue Anderson

Always up for a challenge, Suzy Plantamura proves that Valentine’s Day is a great reason to scrapbook not only your family and friends but your pets too. There’s no better day to recognize those who show you unconditional love. (And take note: Suzy used yellow too.)

Soul Mate by Suzy Plantamura

Feel like being extra-crafty this week? Laura Vegas’s adorable handmade photo holders will add some Valentine’s Day pizzazz to your desk. Plus, they make great gifts.

Laura Vegas' valentine photo holders

Whatever your reason to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, challenge yourself to make scrapbooking and photo-sharing a part of your holiday.

Thanks for stopping by!

—Kim Jackson, senior editor

Weekly Warm-Up: A Quick Valentine & a Free Download

02/08/2010 at 11:01 am | Posted in Holidays, technique, weekly warm up | 6 Comments
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With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air this week. Why limit your Cupid creativity to one special someone when it’s easy to spread a little sweetheart-joy to the masses? This project idea is quick to create and requires only a few scraps and a bag of chocolates to complete. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Prepare your scraps.

Use a heart punch, stencil, or die cut to cut hearts from scraps of patterned paper. Fold 6″ x 3″ scraps of cardstock in half to create card bases, and cut scraps of ribbon to go across the front of the cards.

Step 2: Add ribbon.

Adhere assorted ribbon strips to the center of your card front.

Step 3: Add the heart.

Adhere the heart to the card. Note: A little bling addition is optional.

Step 4: Put a surprise inside.

Adhere a small chocolate bar to the inside of the card to complete your treat.

Giving Ideas
Share your little chocolate delights in any of the following ways:

  • Put them in your neighbors’ mailboxes.
  • Send them to school with your kids.
  • Give them to co-workers at the office.
  • Share them with your church companions this week.
  • Hand them out to people you come in contact with this week—clerks, letter carriers, newspaper deliverers, and more.

There’s nothing like a little random act of kindness to make you and your recipient feel great!

Free Download
For an even faster love-note option, download our free Valentine’s Day design on our website. With it, you can either print and create heartfelt greetings, or you can prepare an e-sentiment to send and share with those you love across the World Wide Web.

Happy Valentine’s Day Week!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

01/18/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Holidays | 2 Comments
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Today in the United States we celebrate the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr., the freedoms he fought for, and the ongoing efforts throughout the world to honor human rights. Join us as we share some ways that you can incorporate the spirit of this celebration into your scrapbooking.

For example, what people in your life or your nation’s past are you grateful for?  In “Fond,” Mou Saha tells a story about her grandmother as told by her mother.

as seen in CK's "Super-Fast Pages with 4" x 6" Photos, Vol. 2," p. 27

Tip: Create a layout about someone who has influenced you or the world around you.

In “Paris Marathon” seen here, Sande Krieger remembers how a loved one completed a marathon run, despite having a broken ankle.

Tip: In the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, make a layout about accomplishing something during difficult circumstances.

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s  “I Have a Dream” speech encouraged a nation to act on their hopes and dreams. Create a layout for your children with this theme in mind. In “I Hope You Dance,” Mou Saha uses her daughter’s drawing to illustrate her dream. In “Follow Your Dreams,” Laina Lamb records her son Cooper’s desire to become a marine biologist. She used a great picture of Cooper by the beach to illustrate the layout—remember that not all pictures have to tie directly to your page theme.

as seen in CK's "52 More Scrapbooking Challenges" by Elizabeth Kartchner, p.98

Tip: Have your children draw pictures to illustrate their dreams, and build a layout around their drawings.

as seen in CK's "Super-Fast Pages with 4" x 6" Photos, Vol. 2," p.41

Tip: Create a layout to encourage your children to pursue their dreams.

Steph Devlin expresses her hopes for her daughter to “never stop dreaming” in this lovely layout. The picture complements that thought without completely taking the spotlight.

as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, p. 102

Tip: Quote a leader from the Civil Rights Movement on a layout to express a hope or feeling.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Did you know that today is the annual King Day of Service? Visit allforgood.org and type in your zip code to find out what organizations in your community could use a helping hand today—or any time of year. To learn more about this day of service, visit to mlkday.gov.

If you’re participating in a holiday service or event today, we’d love to hear about it. Leave your comments at the end of this post. Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

—Dorathy Gilchrist, associate editor

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