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 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.



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.



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.

Megan Hoeppner, CK creative editor


Trend Talk: Ruffles

03/31/2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Hot Trends | 7 Comments
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-Megan Hoeppner, creative editor, and Lori Fairbanks, editor

March/April 2010 Issue: An Insider’s Look

03/11/2010 at 3:52 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Insider's Look, Uncategorized | 57 Comments
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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 editorial@creatingkeepsakes.com, 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 Faceinhole.com 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

Trend Talk: Bingo!

02/23/2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Hot Trends, How-Tos, product, technique | 12 Comments
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CK & Me

02/18/2010 at 12:21 pm | Posted in CK & Me | 5 Comments
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Occasionally, I set my editor hat aside and put on my teacher sombrero. One of my favorite things about wearing this particular metaphorical cap is the chance it gives me to see scrapbookers in action. I love watching students turn class ideas into their own unique creations. I’m sharing this “What makes Megan tick” moment because it’s also why our CK & Me blog posts bring me (and the entire CK team, for that matter) such joy—they illustrate how you, our awesome readers, take ideas from the magazine and turn them into projects that are all you. So with a smile on my face and my blogger beanie on my head, it is my pleasure to introduce this month’s talented CK & Me lineup.

This layout by Maggie Holmes, featured in our February 2010 issue, is the source of inspiration on our first example.

Drawn to Maggie’s ruffled border and overall page design, Ashley Riley created this fresh layout. We love how the general design of a layout can transform by simply changing out colors, photos, and themes. Great application, Ashley!

We were tickled to see how our next creative guest was motivated by this page that Summer Johnson created for our January 2010 issue.

Inspired by the colored lines on Summer’s page, Susan Ott stitched leading lines on her page to call attention to her photos. We think it’s fun to see how this page translate from toddlers to teenagers with just a few creative twists. Well played, Susan!

Our third CK & Me VIP fell in love with this design by Caroline Ikeji, which we featured in our February 2010 issue.

Following Caroline’s lead, Jennifer DeLorenzo incorporated a handwritten note on her layout. We were drawn to the way Jennifer switched out a single photo with three smaller photos. Nicely done, Jennifer!

Each of our three CK & Me featured guests will receive a CK special issue for being featured today. Congrats, and thanks for submitting!

Do you have something you’ve done recently that you’d like us to consider for a future CK & Me post? If so, please send an image of your work, the layout or project that inspired your design, and a short description of what you found inspiring to letters@creatingkeepsakes.com with “CK & Me” in the subject line. Thanks! We love seeing how you’ve been inspired by the work found in the magazine.

And as always, we invite you to leave a comment along these lines. So put on that critique hat of yours and share your thoughts about what you’ve seen in the magazine. After all, when it comes to hearing about the pages in your magazine that are dog-eared, we’re all ears. 😉

—Megan Hoeppner, creative 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

Weekly Warm-Up: A look inside CHA

01/25/2010 at 4:44 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 144 Comments
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This week’s creative kick-start comes to you directly from the winter 2010 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) tradeshow. In fact, every blog post this week will have a CHA flava. To start the party, we’ve got a look at some of this show’s new and fabulous exhibitors. Ready to embark on this new exhibitor tour? Sweet! Let’s go!

Studio Calico

We were all smiles in this booth, where hip designs lined the walls. A favorite thing on our list from this stop is the FabRips, an easy-to-use sheet of paper-fabric strips. So fun!

These flowers, made from Studio Calico’s new FabRips, are easy to make and would up the excitement of any scrapbook page.

My Cute Stamps

Stamping just got cuter, thanks to My Cute Stamps. The happy images are sure to add a dose of whimsy to your creative projects.

Sweet cards line the wall of the My Cute Stamps booth.

Epiphany Crafts

Making your own acrylic accents is a snap thanks to the hot, new tool from Epiphany Crafts. Plus, their booth is loaded with fresh ideas that really stand out from the crowd.

Teresa Collins

Teresa has done it—she’s taken her flair for product design and branched out on her own. Check out her new baby lines and prepare to be impressed by her stunning booth.

Baby meets fashion with this stunning line from Teresa Collins.

This is just a small taste of some of the new things coming your way. And if this is any indicator, we’re in for a real treat as we roll into the next season of scrapbooking. What about these looks inside caught your eye? Leave us a comment for a chance to receive your own CHA prize package!

–Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

Meet Our Newest Team Member: Kim Jackson

01/14/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Get-to-Know | 20 Comments
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Today I have the pleasure of introducing the newest editor (senior editor over print, to be exact) to join the CK crew: Kim Jackson. I had the pleasure of working with Kim at a major stamp manufacturer a few years back, and I can say from that experience and what we’ve already seen her do at our office that we’re lucky to have Kim on our team. Not only is she an excellent writer/editor, but she’s also a passionate scrapbooker and paper crafter. Hooray! Now, let’s get to know this green-loving, Judy-Blume-spotting, corner-chomping gal through a little Q&A.

Nicknames: Kims (yes, like there’s more than one of me—hee!), Kimmi, Kimbo, and Stooge.

Favorite scrapping tool: The Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers!

Met any famous people? Children’s book author Judy Blume. She’s a legend.

Favorite color: Green. I love all shades.

Favorite cake, cupcake or pie flavor: I love red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. They’re divine! As for pie, it’s pecan all the way.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? Wow, what a question! I’d probably be aquamarine—it’s such an amazingly happy color and kind of sassy.

Favorite place to shop: J.Crew. I could easily blow a million dollars there. I’m in love with the work they’re doing lately with color, texture, and fine details. Jenna Lyons (the creative director) is a genius—did you see the new women’s collection store in the latest issue of Lonny (see page 55)? Simply stunning!

Your motto for scrapbooking: As long as I love it, that’s all that matters.

Thanks for the entertaining read, Kim!

Watch for articles and blog posts to come from Kim in the future. In the meantime, please join me in welcoming her to our team.

Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

Weekly Warm-Up: 20 Free Downloads in 10 Minutes (or less)

01/11/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 18 Comments
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In the spirit of this milestone year that starts a new decade, we’re bringing you monthly lists with a 20-10 theme. Let’s start this party with freebies. How does 20 free downloads in under 10 minutes sound? Free sounds pretty sweet to me. So start the timer and see if you can’t collect 20 new digi delights faster than you can cook up some Mac ‘n Cheese.

Download #1: Love Notes
Tell someone you love them with our cutie-pie notes. Get the full set here.

Artwork by Creating Keepsakes Magazine

Download #2: Photo Labels
These easy-to-use labels make remembering the details behind a photo a breeze. And they’re designed to fit precisely on  2″ x 4″ labels (Avery 5263).

Label by Creative Crafts Group

Download #3: DIY Photo Cube
Creativity gets squared with this playful photo display. Download the template, and make your own cubed collection of memories.

Image by Creative Crafts Group

Download #4: Lovely Bookmarks
Marking your page is much more adorable with these bookmarks found at livinglocurto.com.

Images and artwork by livinglocurto.com

Download #5: Digital Kit
Enjoy the snow without the cold by staying indoors and scrapping your favorite frigid moments with this cool Winter Wonderland Mini Kit by Jen Allyson at twopeasinabucket.com.

Image and artwork by twopeasinabucket.com

Download #6: Pocket Card
Send an interactive valentine using this pocket-card template from Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink.

Project and image by Nichole Heady

Download #7: Ticket Accents
Embellish your layouts with these fun designs found at The 80s Me. Now that’s the ticket!

Image and artwork by The 80s Me

Download #8: Pocket Calendar
Keep track of the months ahead with this calendar pattern (scroll down to the paragraph where it says “downloads” to retrieve the templates for each month). It was designed by Sam & Cheryl and featured on creaturecomforts.com. The handy pocket is perfect for holding memorabilia from various events until it comes time to scrapbook.

Alternate and deep breathing.

Image by creaturecomforts.com

Download #9: Box Template
Truly personalized gift wrap is only a few folds away with this template by Julie Ebersole of papertrufflez.com.

Image and project by Julie Ebersole

Download #10: Bird Pattern
Give someone a tweet gift by attaching a paper bird to an ordinary gift bag using this template from Paper Crafts magazine.

Image and artwork by Paper Crafts magazine

Download #11: Paper Globes
Put a little love in the air with this cheery template from Heather Bailey. (To get to this template, click here and scroll down the screen until you see the “free patterns” section on the right side of the screen.)

Image and project by Heather Bailey

Download #12: Fry-Box Pattern
With our free template, you can fill a handmade fry box with beauty supplies for a friend. It’s a fun treat without the calories.

Image by Creating Keepsakes magazine

Download #13: Photo Filters
Change up the looks of your digi photos using these free photo actions from The Pioneer Woman.

Image by thepioneerwoman.com

Download #14: Journaling Cards
Put your memories into words with our clean and classic journaling cards designed by Tiffany Tillman.

Journaling card designed by Tiffany Tillman

Download # 15: Goal Tracker
Putting your New Year’s resolutions on these stylish cards, designed by Heidi Swapp for House of 3, will make sticking to those goals all the more enjoyable.

Artwork by Heidi Swapp for House of 3

Download #16: Valentine’s Day Sentiments
Paper Crafts magazine offers a bouquet of beautiful sentiment downloads each month. Check them out for a quick card-making solution.

Artwork by Paper Crafts magazine

Download #17: Layout Template
Design a groovy grid page with this free grid page template by Cathy Zielske.

Image by Creative Crafts Group; layout by Cathy Zielske

Download #18: Doodle Download
Whether you’re decorating a gift bag or adding to a layout, coloring in this happy doodle by Stephanie Ackerman of Homegrown Hospitality is sure to make your project shine.

Image and artwork by Homegrown Hospitality

Download #19: Bookplates
Keep track of your 2010 reading list with these divine bookplates from Martha Stewart Living.

Image by MarthaStewart.com

Download #20: Birthday Party in a Box
Let the party begin with this box o’ fun, which was featured in our special issue 101 Hip, Handmade Gifts by Nicole LaRue.

Image by Creating Keepsakes magazine

Wow! That’s a whole lotta free for one post. We sure do know how to make the most of our 10 minutes, don’t we? Thanks for joining us today. We can’t wait to bring you another 20-10 list next month.

Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

Weekly Warm-Up: Contain Your Holiday Cards

11/30/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 10 Comments
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It’s December Eve, which means our mailboxes are about to get a lot more exciting—with holiday greetings breaking up the usual junk mail and bill monotony. Hooray! I adore opening my box to find photos, handwritten notes and beautiful cards waiting for me. Throughout the month, I hang these happy hellos in my home. (See my blog for a few creative card-display ideas.) It’s when January rolls around that I reach a dilemma—do I keep the cards or recycle them? And if I keep them, do I simply store them in a boring cardboard box where they’ll likely never be seen again?

I’m happy to say that Jennifer Carreiro, a Creating Keepsakes reader, has found the answer to my quandary. Check out her stunning card keepsake book!

2008 Christmas Cards by Jennifer Carreiro. Supplies Patterned paper: My Mind’s Eye and The Paper Company; Ink: Clearsnap; Chipboard: K&Company; Ribbon: C.M. Offray & Son; Brads and metal tag: Making Memories; Jump ring: 7gypsies; Colored pencil: Newell Rubbermaid; Adhesive: Glue Dots International and Pioneer Photo Album; Other: Cardstock and star charm.

Jennifer created this album with just a few supplies, and she now has a beautiful way to preserve all her cards, photos and letters. Make your own keepsake book this year in just a few simple steps. Here’s how:

1. Gather all the cards you want to save. Don’t feel like you have to save them all. I’m sure your insurance company will understand if their greeting card ends up in your recycle bin.

2. Cut your book covers from chipboard using your largest greeting card as your template. You’ll want your covers slightly larger than your largest greeting card.

3. Dress up the cutout covers with patterned paper and embellishments. If you choose to make a new book each year, you can add the year to your cover with letter stickers, stamps, rub-ons or chipboard. Attach a pretty ribbon to the back cover so you can wrap it around the front of your book and keep it shut after your greetings are inserted.

4. To insert your greeting cards, punch a hole in the corner of each one as well as in the corners of the chipboard covers, then punch holes in your covers and group them all together with binder rings.

Isn’t this an easy and awesome idea? Thanks so much for sharing it, Jennifer.

Here’s a variation created by Elizabeth Kartchner. She’s not only grouped her holiday greetings together but also her family photo and other Christmas memorabilia from the same year.

Holiday Album by Elizabeth Kartchner. Supplies Art journal, patterned paper, felt, binder rings, ribbon, button, paper flower, rub-ons, tag, stamps, ink and clip: Evalicious (from a kit); Adhesive: Pioneer Photo Albums; Other: Thread and pen. As seen in the December 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine.

With this idea, you can enjoy those heartfelt sentiments year after year and avoid the agonizing do-I-keep-or-don’t-I scenario. The answer is now a resounding keep!

Do you have ideas for containing your holiday cards, letters and photos after the season is through? Or perhaps you recycle those greetings and do something delightful with the pieces? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments section of this post.

Happy soon-to-be December!
—Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

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