Weekly Warm-Up: Spring is in the Air

04/12/2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, weekly warm up | Leave a comment
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Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather and have had the opportunity to get out and take some terrific photos of your springtime activities and happenings.

Looking for fun ideas for scrapbooking them? You’ll love our March/April 2010 issue particularly Mou Saha’s “Spring is in the Air” article. She shows you how to use pre-made products like stickers and patterned paper to create seasonal accents like rainbows, kites, and clouds for your spring-themed scrapbook layouts. Here’s a sneak preview of two of the darling pages featured in this article.

I love how Mou used patterned paper featuring clouds as the background for this page, and it’s so clever how she used photo corners to create the kite.

"Let's Fly a Kite" by Mou Saha, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Look how cute the buttons make this rainbow patterned paper. If you want to recreate this look but don’t have this particular patterned paper, don’t fret! Use a circle cutter or a dinner plate to cut concentric circles or rings in several colors of cardstock. Then just ink the edges of each piece, arrange them to look like a rainbow and adhere your buttons.

"You Are My Rainbow" by Mou Saha, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

How about some fun products to scrapbook your photos with? Check out the cute bees and flowers on the Bee Happy line from AdornIt – Carolee’s Creations:

Another cute line you won’t want to miss is Quite Contrary from My Mind’s Eye:

And, if you’re feeling spunky, you’ll want to check out this energetic line from Sassafras called Nerdy Bird:

Want to win one a sampling of one of these great spring lines? Leave us a comment by this Friday, April 16, 2010 and let us know what you like to take photos of in the spring. We’ll choose three lucky winners from the comments to win one of these three great lines.

–Lori Fairbanks, editor

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Weekly Warm-Up: Scrapbook Your Story

04/05/2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in General Inspiration, weekly warm up | 4 Comments
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Take a minute and think about how you’d answer the following questions:     

* What do you do each day?     

* What traditions do you embrace?     

* Which relationships do you treasure?     

* What milestones have you celebrated?     

* What fun things can’t you resist?     

The answers to these various questions are the things that make up who you are. They’re part of your story. In other words, they’re your life!     

     

Sadly, it’s often our lives as scrapbookers that we leave out of our albums, instead dedicating that time to scrapbooking about those around us. Take the kiddos for example. Sure, they’ll love seeing their lives on paper years from now, but it’s your life story that they’ll truly cherish. Trust me on this one.     

So, in the spirit of scrapbooking our own lives, we have a few beautiful pages to share with you, each taken from a section of the mondo Creating Keepsakes “Scrapbook Your Life” idea gallery, which we featured in our March/April 2010 issue.     

The Everyday     

Part of Grace Tolman’s everyday belongs to her position at a local retail store, so she created this cute page. We love how she turned her employee badge into a home for her journaling. Even though so many of us spend a large percentage of life in the workforce, it can be an easy thing to overlook when scrapbooking. Keep your 9-to-5 in mind as you’re scrapbooking your life.     

"My Night Job" by Grace Tolman, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 63.

Traditions     

Traditions don’t have to be holiday or event based. Scrapbooking a tradition can be as easy as telling the story of a repeat event, big or small, that brings you joy. In Brenda Hurd’s case, this event is making lemonade at Grandma Cole’s—a sweet moment indeed!     

“Lemonade @ Grandma’s” by Brenda Hurd, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 69.

     

Relationships     

You’re reading this blog post, which means you likely spend at least some of your time online. From that time, have you built relationships with others? Celebrate those e-connections with a scrapbook layout, just as Jing-Jing Nickel did with this happy page.     

“Panda” by Jing-Jing Nickle, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 72.

     

Milestones

You scrapbook the milestones reached by others in your life, so don’t overlook your own achievements. Whether you scrapbook those smaller, personal milestones (certifying in something, finishing a novel, etc.) or life’s larger moments (weddings, graduation, first home, etc.), milestones are an important piece of any scrapbook. For Ann-Marie Morris, it was her graduation from art school that made its way into a album.     

“Graduation” by Ann-Marie Morris, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 79.

Fun Times     

How do you spend your fun time? Don’t worry, nobody’s going to judge you here. Even if you call housework “fun,” it counts as an interest worthy of a scrapbook layout. As our reigning “Funnest Scrapbooker Ever,” Terri Davenport certainly knows what fun is. So she created this heeelarious scrapbook layout about a game of Scrabble she played with her youngsters.     

“Ifoon” by Terri Davenport, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 83.

Inspired yet? Great, because it’s your turn to scrapbook about . . . yes, you guessed it, you! What will your next “me” page be about? We’d love it if you’d share and inspire us with your ideas.

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner, CK creative editor

Weekly Warm-Up: Incredible (not so edible) eggs using your scrapbooking supplies!

03/29/2010 at 1:25 pm | Posted in General Inspiration, How-Tos, product, Uncategorized, weekly warm up | 11 Comments
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Wait a minute! Do you realize Easter is less than a week away? Hopefully you’ve got that extra bit of spring in your step and you’re ready for an egg-xtra fun project! Megan Hoeppner and I had a blast using our scrapbooking supplies to decorate these adorable eggs. The possibilities are endless, and the results are super-way-dang (that’s like the ultimate in cuteness)! We opted not to dye our eggs before decorating them, but remember this is your creative time and you can do whatever you want!

Spot-on

These happy polka-dot eggs were easier to create than you might think. Megan first started by placing a glue dot onto her egg. She then dipped the egg into a small pile of flock, used her finger to make sure it was pressed in well to each glue dot, then gently brushed off the excess and repeated the process.

Absolutely Frilling

Ribbon is one of my favorite supplies, and ribbon scraps are perfect for decorating eggs. My orange egg was dyed using spray ink. Once dried, I adhered a large layer of ribbon around it, then a thin sheer ribbon over the top of the large ribbon. For the green and purple egg, I simply used Smooch ink, from Clearsnap, to create my green horizontal lines. Then I placed strips of ribbon in-between the lines. Finally, I tied a bow with the ribbon and adhered that to the top of my egg.

Rubbing me the right way

You can do so much with rub-ons! Megan created this fun spring scene using these yummy rub-ons from Hambly Screen Prints. The grass on Megan’s egg was created by painting small blades with Smooch ink. This same technique would be super cute on an Earth Day project, which just happens to be celebrating it’s 40 anniversary on April 22, 2010.

Speckles of happiness

This egg just makes me smile. When colors like these work so well together, it’s almost like they were two birds of a feather! Megan sprayed the egg with one color and allowed it to dry completely. Then she lightly sprayed the second color. Remember, sometimes less is more. Create a light mist affect by spraying from a distance rather than too closely.


Blooming with color

Oh my gosh! This egg is cuter than cute and definitely sprouting to the occasion. Nothing says spring like bright vibrant flowers. Add a little sparkle and the world couldn’t get any sweeter! Start by applying ink to create your petals. using a small foam square, dip one side into glitter and adhere the other side to the center of your flower. Hippity, hoppity for sure!


The write stuff

Everything’s better when it’s personalized! You can create these one-of-a-kind eggs for yourself and all your flock too. All you need is glitter glue and a little imagination.

I hope these techniques give you at least a dozen of your own incredible ideas. We’d love to see what you come up with. Share your projects with us in the Club CK idea gallery.

Joannie McBride, assistant editor

Weekly Warm-Up: A Scrapbooker’s Springtime Welcome

03/22/2010 at 1:59 pm | Posted in technique, weekly warm up | 112 Comments
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At last, springtime is upon us. Can I get a “hip hip hooray”? This is the season for new beginnings and colorful moments. Let’s celebrate with a few new and vibrant techniques for creating egg accents, since Easter is also a part of early springtime. If you’ve had a chance to check out the March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, then you know that we have an entire feature dedicated to this happy topic, complete with a dozen unique ideas (and an additional dozen online). If you haven’t yet seen the issue, consider this your sneak peek. We’re going to crack open the creative carton and take a look at a few of the egg ideas inside.

Egg Technique #1: Create a Center Attraction
Remember those hollow sugar eggs that used to be so popular? Erin Lincoln took that sweet approach to create this paper-pieced cutie. She used dimensional adhesive to give it depth.

"Easter Wishes Egg" by Erin Lincoln, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 88.

Egg Technique #2: Try It with Chocolate
Okay, so maybe this isn’t a real chocolate egg, but it sure does look like one. Erin Lincoln dry-embossed dark-brown cardstock for a look that’s simply mouthwatering!

"Chocolate Egg" by Erin Lincoln, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 88.

Egg Technique #3: Tie on Some Texture
On this layout, I colored my eggs with bits of tied yarn. Here’s how to create your own:

1. Cut an egg shape from patterned paper or cardstock.

2. Punch holes throughout the egg.

3. Tie yarn through the holes, and trim the ends for a fuzzy finish.

"Easter '09" by Megan Hoeppner, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 87.

Free Stuff
Now that you have a few creative ideas for adding spring to your pages, how about some springtime giveaways to celebrate this joyous season? Since spring cleaning is another item that usually comes with spring, we have a few projects we want to clean out of the CK office and send to new homes. The first is the darling egg-accent flip book created by our own Joannie McBride. In it, she’s created a dozen unique eggs, each with a fun texture (like the pom-pom egg shown here). See the full project on the Creating Keepsakes website. What kid wouldn’t love to keep entertained with this tactile treasure?

"Egg Flip Book" by Joannie McBride, as seen in the March/April 2010 online issue of Creating Keepsakes.

And these flowers are looking for a new windowsill on which to rest. I created them for my March/April “Tips & Tricks” column as a way to organize smaller scrapbooking supplies. (Thanks to reader Laura Stoller for the fresh idea!) Whether you use them to decorate your craft space or you disassemble them for parts, I’d love to have this spring bouquet of buttons, brads, and flower accents delivered to you.

"Flower Organization" by Megan Hoeppner, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 52.

How to Enter
Simply leave a comment on this post and state your favorite aspect of spring. From the comments received on or before Monday, March 29, 2010, we’ll randomly select two winners—one for the book, and one for the flowers. The winners will be posted under our “Giveaways” tab on Thursday, April 1 (no foolin’).

Happy spring!
Megan Hoeppner, CK creative editor

P.S. We’d love to know what you want to see in CK’s 2010 “Top 10 issue”! Leave your ideas here. (Note: You will need to sign in to Club CK to comment. Registration is free.)

Weekly Warm-Up: Memories Each Day

03/15/2010 at 3:49 am | Posted in organization, product, weekly warm up | 4 Comments
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Capturing the everyday moments that happen in your life is a fun way to record meaningful memories. Whether you call it “A Memory a Day,” “Project 365,” or another clever name, one of the best parts of this approach is you can start any day, not just January 1. Take a moment today to try some of these fun ways to capture memories, including:

*take and/or share a photo each day

*journal a bit each day

*blog a bit each day

*scrapbook a bit each day.

Check out the Project Life kits by Becky Higgins and the Elle’s Studio calendars for some products to get you started.

Project Life by Becky Higgins is a great product to help you capture memories every day.

Or check out this article and video clip of CK’s creative editor, Megan Hoeppner, who shared even more ideas on Studio 5, our local morning show in Salt Lake City.

Take a minute today to notice—and capture—the important moments of your everyday life. Your scrapbooks will be better for it!

Jennafer Martin, editor-in-chief

Weekly Warm-Up: Spray on Some Color

03/08/2010 at 11:13 am | Posted in technique, weekly warm up | 14 Comments
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Enough of the gray skies and cloudy days already; we’re ready for some color! It’s a good thing spring is right around the corner. In the meantime, we can always turn to color in our scrapbooking. Spray mists are all the rage right now. If you’ve never given them a squirt or if you just want to learn more about this hot topic, you’ll want to check out our March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes. Just in time for dyeing eggs, CK editor Lori Fairbanks talks about dyeing scrapbook pages (or elements of them) in the “CK Shows You How” column. In the “Latest & Greatest” column, you’ll also find this Spray Ink Review.

"Spray Ink Review," as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 49

After seeing how much fun Lori was having, I couldn’t resist getting in on the act. In my “Tips & Tricks” column, I show four fun ways to create a background from mist and around-the-house items or scrap supplies. I’m not going to give all of those techniques away here, but I will share my favorite one. I used mesh from Magic Mesh and Maya Mist from Maya Road to create a polka-dot background. So easy. So fun.

Speaking of “Tips & Tricks,” this page by Steph Devlin comes out of the column’s archives (featured in the July 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes). Steph punched circles from tissue paper and misted them with Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels to create her awesome circle flower. Talk about a textured treat!

"Balance" by Steph Devlin, as seen in the July 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 107

Want to see a little misting in action? Check out my recent “Studio 5” TV segment for a quick demo on misting and a look at some of the happiest color-adding products on the market right now. Plus, see a review of four additional must-try trends and tools.

A Colorful Question for You
The quickest way to cure a case of the winter blues is with a little color. Besides misting, what are some of your favorite ways to brighten up your designs? Leave your thoughts in a comment below, or e-mail editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com. We always love hearing from you.

Happy soon-t0-be-spring!
Megan Hoeppner, CK creative editor

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.

Weekly Warm-Up: Passing the Product Relay

02/22/2010 at 11:30 am | Posted in Onine Event, weekly warm up | 3 Comments
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An activity recognized the world over, the Olympic Torch Relay is both symbolic and inspiring. Just as the amazing Olympic athletes keep the fire of determination and dedication in their hearts, this relay keeps the spirit of the games aflame. Incredible, don’t you think?

Inspired by the passing of the torch, we’ve arranged a Passing of the Product Relay that’s all about recycling scrapbooking products. Do you have a product or two that could use a new home? Would you be interested in swapping said product for something else that has been on your wish list? Maybe you have an extra trimmer that collects more dust than it cuts paper. Why not swap the trimmer for that shaped punch you’ve had your eye on for so long? It’s easy to do with our relay.

How to Post Your Pass
Step 1: Visit the Passing of the Product Relay thread we’ve started on Club CK. (Note: You’ll have to sign in to the club in order to post and/or comment on others’ posts. Registration for community membership is free.)
Step 2: Enter information on the product (including a picture if possible) that you’re prepared to part with, either in exchange for another product or simply to do a little house cleaning without anything in return.
Step 3: Wait for the comments to come in. From those comments, make your product-passing arrangements.
Step 4: Once your trade/passing arrangements are finalized, remove your post or leave a comment on your post to indicate that the transaction is complete. (You can edit your original post by finding it in the thread, clicking on the “More” box in the top-right corner of your post and selecting “Edit.”)
Step 5: Ship your product(s) to its new home and, if a swap was arranged, wait for your new [to you] toy to come to you!

How to Make a Trade
Step 1: When a product catches your eye, find the blue-colored  username of the person who posted that product, located at the top of their comment.
Step 2: Click on the blue-colored username.


Step 3: In the user’s gray Profile box that appears, click on “Start conversation.” Note: If you do not see the “Start conversation” option, you will need to first add the user as a friend by clicking on “add as friend”; once that user accepts your friendship, you will be able to start the conversation.


Step 4: In your conversation, work out the product-swap details.

A Passing Example
It’s almost like we’re creating our own scrapbooking Craigslist here, but we’re making swaps rather than sales. For example, let’s say I’ve listed a collection of stamps that I’m ready to send to a new home, and I see that someone has listed a ribbon set I’m interested in. I would click on the user’s blue-colored username, start a conversation with her (or him), and ask if she’d be interested in trading her ribbon for my stamps. If it’s a go, we’ll exchange shipping information privately and make the trade.

The Fine Print
An important note: Creating Keepsakes will in no way regulate or moderate this product swap, so you’ll have to go into this using your own discretion. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t agree to a trade. We want this to be a fun way to recycle products and get “new” toys out of the deal, but we do not make any guarantees on the quality or reliability of the exchange. Please participate with the basic honor system as your guide. Thanks!

Okay, I’ve already got two posts on the “Passing the Product Relay” thread. I can’t wait to see what you have to swap. Let the games begin!

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

Weekly Warm-Up: Boost Your Layouts

02/15/2010 at 3:41 pm | Posted in weekly warm up | 2 Comments
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Dude! Are you ready to bust some huge air? The world’s best snowboarders take to the Vancouver slopes today, but they’re not the only ones ready to boost.

In snowboarding terms, “boost” means to catch air off a jump. Today, we’re going to take a few tricks from those snowboarders and catch a little air of our own as a weekly warm-up: boosting our layouts to the next level.

In some of the most spectacular tricks you’ll see today, snowboarders will use the walls and flat of the half-pipe to pull off some pretty amazing jumps, spins, and turns. It’s the very structure of the half-pipe—a vertical u-shaped structure—that makes those tricks possible. Snowboarders use the lines of the walls to generate enough speed and air to pull off those tricks.

And just like a snowboarder makes the most of the structure of the half-pipe, you can use the structure of lines to boost your layouts in the following five ways.

Use Grids

Rather than spend hours figuring out how to position numerous photos on a layout, use a grid positioned on a large photo mat to organize multiphoto layouts, as Jennifer Larson did here.

“My Best Buds” by Jennifer Larson, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 42

Draw Straight Lines

There’s nothing wrong with a straight line. Lines actually help lead the eye through a layout—a particularly useful tool when leading the reader from the beginning to the end of a story. The trick is to mix it up by adding a larger photo as a focal point, just like Ria Mojica did on this layout.

The Long and Short of It” by Ria Mojica, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes,page 43

Create Borders

Use your photos to create a border, placing your journaling in the middle of your layout like Brigid Gonzalez did below. This approach allows both your story and your photos to share the spotlight. Check out this design tip: make sure all of your photos are facing into your layout, to keep the reader’s eye on your pages.

"How to Have Fun on a Rainy Day” by Brigid Gonzalez, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 45

Add Motion

By adding a line through a layout, you can not only move your viewer’s eye through the layout, but also add motion to your pages. Notice how the line in Amanda Probst’s layout below mimics a sledding hill, reinforcing the theme of her layout.

"March in Colorado” by Amanda Probst, as seen in the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks organization issue by Creating Keepsakes, page 18

Break the Lines

When designing, we tend to think of lines as boundaries—areas we cannot cross. But crossing those lines can actually add fun and whimsy to your pages. Take a look at Annette Pixley’s title on her “Dreams Come True” layout below. She could have confined her designs to the natural box that her focal photo and red background paper created, but she would have lost the whimsy created by overlapping these two elements with part of her title.

"Dreams Come True” by Annette Pixley, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 45

For your weekly warm-up, try one of these five ways to boost your layouts. And once you’ve finished busting some air, upload your completed layouts to our new gallery.

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

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