You Be The Judge (April 2010)

04/07/2010 at 7:58 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Uncategorized, You Be the Judge | 3 Comments
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Happy April! I can’t believe how chilly it still is here in Utah. What I can believe, however, is the unbelievable talent all of our readers have! It’s such a pleasure being able to view your layouts in the Club CK idea galleries. Your layouts are always fun and inspiring, and they always brighten my day when I’m browsing for layouts or looking for inspiration when creating my own projects.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out all of the beautiful layouts in the Club CK gallery, make sure you do! You won’t be disappointed!

Club CK Image Gallery, Creating Keepsakes

Today, I need your help picking the layout in this month’s Readers’ Pick Poll that will be featured in the October 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. It’s as easy as going to our You Be the Judge voting page, voting for your favorite, and doing it as many times that you want—there is no limit to how many times you can vote! Check back later this month to see if your favorite layout won.

Joannie McBride, assistant editor

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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

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

You Be the Judge (September 2010)

03/10/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in You Be the Judge | 6 Comments
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Happy Wednesday! Can you believe it’s the 10th day of March already? I sure can’t! It seems like just yesterday I was getting ready for the Christmas holidays. But growing up in sunny California, I am definitely a fan of spring. So I say bring on the sunshine—and all the pretty beauties that come along with it. Speaking of pretty, I am enjoying the new galleries over on our Club CK site. It’s been super fun browsing your projects. I’ve picked five of my favorites and would love to have you help me choose the one that will be featured in the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes. It’s really quite simple. All you have to do is click on this survey and vote for your favorite. The layout that receives the most votes will be published. Here is a sneak peek at one of the five  fabulous pages you’ll have the opportunity to vote on—and if you can’t decide on just one, no worries. There is no limit to how many times you’re allowed to vote! I will announce the winner at the end of next week, so keep checking back to see if your favorite was chosen.

—Joannie McBride, assistant editor

Announcing the Grand Opening of Club CK! (Plus a Special Discount)

03/02/2010 at 3:00 pm | Posted in Onine Event | 3 Comments
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The CK team is excited to announce the grand opening of Club CK—the newest community for scrapbookers! Club CK is your one-stop community location with forums, project galleries, contests, videos, how-to instructions, and more! You’ll need to create a login to view some of the blogs and to comment on the forums and galleries, but signing up as a social member is FREE.

We’d love to have you stop by today. To get a bird’s-eye view of the site, I recommend first checking out these favorite destinations:

* The Project Gallery: Find the perfect layout to inspire your next scrapbook page, and upload your own layouts to share with others. You’ll even be able to post or view scrap spaces that are sure to inspire.
* The Forums: Chat about all things scrapbooking and connect with other crafters on a wide variety of topics.
* Our Guide to Getting Started: See how easy it is to create your profile, upload images, start a blog, and enjoy the other benefits of the Club CK site.
* The Blogs: Learn new tips from Creating Keepsakes editors each weekday, and check out what’s inspiring other community members on their blogs.
* Video Tutorials: See firsthand how to try the latest techniques, get more from your supplies, or use the hottest tools. New videos will be added regularly.
* Weekly Contests: Participate in weekly creative challenges for the chance to win great prizes. Throughout the month of March, we’ll be giving away a premium membership to Club CK each day, along with copies of the Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks organization issue and other CK magazines or special issues.

Plus, there will always be new articles, topics, layouts, and helpful how-tos for you to discover each day! You can even find a quote of the day to use on or inspire a layout. And if you sign up as a premium member, you’ll enjoy fantastic deals and discounts from companies like Tamron and Die Cuts with a View, receive a yearly subscription to our Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks publications, get free admission to a CKC Vendor Faire and a free CKC class (up to $20), plus a whole lot more.

Have fun exploring the site, and welcome to the Club CK community! We’re thrilled to have you with us! After all, Club CK is the place where scrapbookers flock for creative inspiration.

Click here to let your inspiration take flight as you create your free community profile and see for yourself how cool Club CK is.

See you in the club!

—Brittany Beattie

P.S. As a special treat for our CK blog readers, you can receive $5 off the Club CK premium membership price by entering code FW-M4XU3at checkout when you upgrade your membership.

Celebration Pages in Honor of the Closing Ceremonies

02/26/2010 at 5:47 pm | Posted in fonts, General Inspiration | 5 Comments
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Hey there! I hope you’ve enjoyed the 2010 Winter Olympics and our Olympic-inspired scrapbooking ideas these past two weeks. In honor of the closing ceremonies scheduled this weekend, we’re pleased to bring you celebration-themed pages—layouts that rejoice in and commemorate happy events, accomplishments, and relationships. Take a look at the following categories, and then scrapbook a layout celebrating something wonderful in your life.

1. Firsts and milestones. Many first-time experiences are happy events that mark a significant moment of your life—your first day at a new job, your first car, or your first home, for example. Smaller firsts may also be meaningful to you and worthy of mention on a scrapbook page, such as your child’s first day at school, the first spring flower in your garden, or your pet’s first successful attempt at a new trick.

“Our First House” by Kim Arnold, as seen in the "Super-Fast Pages with 4" x 6" Photos, Volume 2" special issue

2. Birthdays. Commemorate your special day with a scrapbook page. And yes, that’s your birthday too—not just the kids’ birthdays!

“Happy Birthday” by Cindy Tobey, as seen in the June 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

3. Weddings, anniversaries, and engagements. Keep these important celebrations fresh in your memory with pages highlighting the most memorable images and happenings from the event.

“The Perfect Day” by Kelly Noel, as seen in the June 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

4. Babies. If there’s a baby in your life, then chances are good you also have thousands of photos of the little one on your computer. Choose your favorites to create special pages that document how tiny and sweet your baby is.

“Elsie, 4 Weeks” by Jamie Waters, as seen in the June 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes

5. Accomplishments. Scrapbook your successes—from goals met to obstacles overcome. Possible topics include graduations (from preschool to college), promotions or raises at work, sports achievements, and more.

“Mike’s Graduation” by Kelly Purkey, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

6. Your favorite things. Remember to celebrate the little things as well by recording what makes you happy right now. Your favorite song, your favorite color, the funny nickname your two-year-old has for the dog. Make a list and scrapbook it. Include photos if you have them, or make the layout design all about your words, like Deena Wuest did on her page.

“100 Things I Love” by Deena Wuest, as seen in "Get Creative with Type"

7. Very good days. Record the everyday happenings that make your life happy. Maybe the moments special to you are starting the day with a favorite breakfast, taking an evening stroll with a friend,  or spending time in your garden.

“Thursday Morning Waffles” by Jennifer Davis, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Whatever celebrations you choose to scrapbook, we hope you’ll share your happy pages with us by posting your celebration pages on our idea gallery at Club CK.

—Lori  Fairbanks, product editor

P.S. Don’t forget to download your free font as part of Free Font Friday! This week, you can download CK Lounge Act here.

Fun Pages from the Club CK Gallery!

02/26/2010 at 12:17 am | Posted in General Inspiration | 7 Comments
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Today is a beautiful day, don’t you think? I am happy to get the chance to share some  cool layouts with you from Club CK‘s idea gallery. There are tons of projects uploaded, so be sure to check it out for yourself. Some of my favorites include “My Sweetheart at Six” by Linda, “7 Reasons” by carkareokequeen, “Sommer” by Gudrun, and “The Unexpected” by okanogangirl.

"My Sweetheart at Six" by Linda, as seen in the Club CK gallery

"7 Reasons" by carkareokequeen, as seen in the Club CK gallery

"Sommer" by Gudrun, as seen in the Club CK gallery

"The Unexpected" by okanogangirl, as seen in the Club CK gallery

Thanks to these women for sharing their pages with us! We hope you upload your layouts to the gallery today!
—Joannie McBride, assistant editor

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