Special Guest Blogger: Deena Wuest

03/12/2010 at 3:49 pm | Posted in guest blogger, technique | 9 Comments
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Hey CKers! Deena Wuest here. Just dropping by today to drop off a quick and fun project for you all.

We all look for ways to help the environment—recycling, taking shorter showers, switching to florescent lightbulbs, etc. And while these are all important steps, they don’t necessarily fall into the category of “fun.” Well, today we’re taking the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and applying them to our home turf. And guess what? They not only reside under “fun,” but they help the environment and keep *your* green in your wallet as well! It’s all about using what you have in fresh and creative ways.

Today, we’re looking at fabric. If you’re one of those multitalented gems who not only scrapbooks but can sew up a storm, then you’ll no doubt have lots of fabric remnants in your craft room. Take a look at them with a fresh set of eyes, and put them to work in your albums or craft projects! If you don’t have fabric scraps lying around, do what I did and ask your local home-design store for expired fabric swatch books. On the day I went, the store had more than my family could carry! And they were 100% free! So we not only rescued the books from the landfill but had a blast flipping through all the fabric and thinking of the fun projects hiding within them.

Swatches come in so many cool designs, and they are the perfect size to make handmade gift bags or treasure bags. For my first project, I created a simple, long, narrow bag to hold old love letters.

Supplies: Bags: Fabric from recycled swatch book; Tag and pink button: Pink Paislee; Metal-rim tag: Making Memories; Ribbon: C.M. Offray & Son; Other: Button.

To create this bag:

  1. Cut two pieces of fabric in equal sizes, and sandwich the right sides together.
  2. Press a fold of about 0.5″ to 1″ along the top of each fabric panel.
  3. Run a straight stitch along the sides and bottom.
  4. Turn the bag right side out.
  5. Hem the fold along the top of the bag, if desired.
  6. Embellish with buttons, ribbon, or other accessories.

I have to be honest here. I can’t sew to save my life. It’s true. But if I can manage to figure out a simple straight stitch, anyone can! Don’t have a sewing machine? These projects work great using fabric-adhesive tape or any stitch-less sewing products.

Here are a few more projects I created from old fabric swatches.

Supplies: Bag: Fabric from recycled swatch book; Cardstock: Katie Pertiet; Scallop: Anna Aspnes; Word art: Ali Edwards; Binding: Zutter Innovative Products.

This little bag was created from an eyelet fabric swatch. To keep the edge detail, simply press the fold to the outside instead of the inside, and then stitch up the sides. Super simple! This bag was created to hold a mini album I carry in my purse. Not only cute, it keeps my album from getting scratched.

Supplies: Bags: Fabric from recycled swatch book; Paper and brushes: Mindy Terasawa; Font: Avenir.

We made these little bags and loaded them with favors and candy for my son’s birthday party. Photoshop + a fun robot kit = quick and easy bag toppers. Super simple, and the kids all had a fun keepsake from the party.

Supplies: Denim fabric: Recycled swatch book; Die-cuts: Sizzix; Chipboard accents and ribbon: Little Yellow Bicycle; Font: Avenir.

And don’t limit these fun little fabric swatches to just bags! I ran denim swatches through my die-cutting machine to create this little fabric album. What was once going to be thrown away I now hold as a treasured keepsake. How cool is that!

Try these other ideas too!

  1. Use a fabric swatch as photo mat on a layout.
  2. Create an interactive mini album from old denim pockets. Bind and fill each pocket with a journaling tag or a photo.
  3. Cut a large monogram from fabric for a unique accent on a layout.
  4. Create fabric flowers to use on a page.
  5. Run fabric through a die-cutting machine (or use good-old-fashioned scissors) to create fun fabric tags.
  6. Create a fabric scrapbook by covering chipboard or cardboard with fabric and stitching around the edges.
  7. Create a fabric pocket to hold memorabilia on a page.
  8. Some fabrics can even be run through your printer! Just use a temporary adhesive to adhere fabric to paper first so it won’t jam. (And check your printer capabilities first.) Lots of possibilities here. Print journaling, titles, and photos. Even entire layouts can be printed on fabric.

What other fun and creative ways do you have to use fabric scraps in your projects? I’d love to hear (and see) them! I don’t know about you, but this whole recycling thing just got a lot more fun! Happy Friday everyone!

—Deena Wuest

P.S. Don’t miss Free Font Friday! You can download CK Shadowed Block for free here. Check back next week for another new font.


CHA 2010: Trendy Looks

02/05/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Hot Trends, product | 154 Comments
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When it comes to trend spotting, the CHA show floor is a happenin’ hot spot of activity, with fresh trends as far as the eye can see. To wrap up our CHA Winter extravaganza, we want to share two of our favorite show-floor trends with you today. (Our Friday guest blog spots will reconvene next week.) Both looks we’re going to focus on are fashionably fabulous and sure to make any paper project shine. So trend trackers, are you ready to check them out? All right, let’s take a look at some of the hottest looks out there.

Look #1: Handmade Flowers

Spring was definitely in the air at this winter show. Handmade blooms were popping up all over place.

These pretty posies made from cardstock were on display at the Bazzill Basics Paper booth. We love how they fill in the open area in the corner of this layout.


The Melissa Frances booth took the flowers off the page and into the window with these beautiful flower balls. How sweet would these look hanging in a craft room or nursery?


Cosmo Cricket has an idea for dressing up a gift box in botanicals. They rolled paper rosettes from patterned paper for a bright dash of dimension.


The fine folks at Little Yellow Bicycle filled a vase with doily designs and paper-cut flower shapes. Any brunch gathering can be taken to the next level with these on display.


Look #2: Dress Forms

At first glance, it was easy to confuse the CHA show floor with a NYC runway. Dress forms were around every corner. What a wonderful way to display the latest and greatest paper lines!

GCD Studios knew how to welcome its booth guests with this lovely dress form on display right at their entryway.


Make a mini album for any fashionista in your life with this fantastic dress-form album from Maya Road.


Making Memories launched a new jewelry line this CHA, so it only seems appropriate to adorn that area of their booth with a stylish dress-form display. We loved how they draped the pattern around the shape.


These are just two of the many wonderful trends we spotted this show. For more of what’s hot, make sure you watch our “Hot Spot” column each issue in the magazine.

Comment to Win

So, what trend is your favorite right now, whether it’s from CHA or something else you love? Leave a comment on this blog post by February 7, 2010, and you could win this great prize package with new releases from Kiki Art.

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

Free Font Friday

P.S. Don’t miss Free Font Friday! To accompany our flower trend, today you can download the CK Flower Power font for free here.

Special Guest Blogger: Beth Gerlach for Bella Blvd

01/15/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in fonts, guest blogger, product | 269 Comments
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Ciao, Ciao! I can’t tell you how thrilled and honored I am to be guest blogging on the CK blog today. My name is Beth Gerlach. I’ve been designing as a Bella Blvd Artista since the company launched in July 2008, and soon after I became Bella’s Special Projects Coordinator.

Bella Blvd and I have a huge surprise for you today. We are kicking off our official CHA Winter product sneak peeks right here, right now. Our latest collections are new new new! Everything’s new from the cardstock stickers to the patterned-paper styles and more. We are confident you’re going to LOVE all the new yumminess!

I created this sketch and used it to make three different layouts—each with lots of the new stuff. I hope there’s a style—from simple to advanced—that appeals to you. The next time you have a creative block, draw your own sketch and see what you can create with it.

My “Beach” layout shows a line that’s bright, adventurous, and full of splash! (All products used are by Bella, with the exception of the crystals and thread.)

The new products on the layout below are full of wisdom, character, and class. All the edges are distressed and inked, and I added several layers and quite a bit of stitching and sticker flocking. (With the exception of the thread and the Doodlebug Design flocking powder, all products are by Bella.)

And last but not least, the products on the “Little Girls” layout showcase Bella’s take on vintage, eclectic, and chic. (All products used are by Bella, except for the Making Memories and Fancy Pants Designs stick pins.) Notice how I rotated the sketch around for this one.

Win the Complete Collection of Bella Blvd’s Newest Product Release!

That’s all I can show you for now, but rest assured, Bella Blvd will continue the sneak peeks next Monday (January 18). Be sure to check out the Bella Blvd blog for the latest updates. I just can’t get enough of it! I’m so excited that I have to give some away. That’s right, this is your win-it-before-you-can-buy-it chance to get it in your hands. Leave a comment on this blog post, and you’ll be entered to win one complete collection of Bella Blvd’s newest product release.

Good luck!!

—Beth Gerlach

Free Font Friday

P.S. In honor of Beth’s fabulously fun post, CK is offering the CK Fun font for free download today as part of Free Font Friday. Check back next week for a new font as well!

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

Special Guest Blogger: Suzy Plantamura of the 2010 CK Dream Team

01/08/2010 at 2:15 am | Posted in fonts, guest blogger, How-Tos | 13 Comments
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Hi, I’m Suzy Plantamura, a member of CK’s Dream Team. I’m a kid at heart, and I love to color! My purse always has markers in it for my girls and me to draw and color with any time we’re sitting still (at church, at restaurants, on long drives, and more). I draw the pictures, and the girls stay quiet while they color in the pictures!

Markers are a perfect way to express creativity and add a bit of personality to scrapbook projects as well. For example, I made this “Elf Obsession” layout primarily with just cardstock and markers.

"Elf Obsession" by Suzy Plantamura. Supplies: Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Die-cutting machine and felt ornament: Making Memories; Stickers: Crate Paper, Making Memories, and My Mind’s Eye; Chipboard circles: My Mind’s Eye; Rhinestones: Zva Creative; Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Markers: EK Success, Newell Rubbermaid, and Sakura; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Ribbon.

Techniques on This Layout:
I went a little crazy with markers on this layout, but it was so fun to make! Here are a few techniques I used:

* I drew the border on the layout with markers and then cut around its edges.

Notice the drawn border, the glittered letters, and the colored elves.

* I customized title letters by cutting them out of cardstock with the Slice by Making Memories, and then I added dots with a Gelly Roll pen. The pens are slow drying, so I added glitter to the dots while they were still wet.

* I outlined my photos with two colors of markers.

* I love elves, and my girls and I drew and colored them throughout the holiday season. I added a pocket to the back of my layout to include all our drawings.

* I used a black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie to draw the elves on cardstock, and I colored them in with Gelly Roll pens by Sakura—they are so fun to work with and glide on for perfect coverage! To make a color softer (such as when coloring skin tones), you can just use your finger to smear the color around.
More Techniques

The next layout I made also uses markers in many spots—see if you can find them all!

“Nailed by the Boys Once Again” by Suzy Plantamura. Supplies: Patterned paper: BasicGrey and Doodlebug Design; Chipboard letters: Pink Paislee; Letter stickers: Making Memories and My Little Shoebox; Border stickers: Crate Paper and Doodlebug Design; Transparencies and felt snowflakes: Little Yellow Bicycle; Acrylic snowflakes: Maya Road; Brads: Making Memories, Queen & Co., and SEI; Markers: Copic Markers, EK Success, and Newell Rubbermaid; Ribbon: Making Memories; Glitter: Martha Stewart Crafts; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Blue ribbon.

Did you find them all? Check the list here:
* First, I outlined the entire page with a silver Sharpie and outlined my photos with a white Uni-ball pen.

* I added small, white snowflakes to my title letters with the Uni-ball as well.

* I colored the edges of the transparencies with Copic markers.

* I added color to the edges of my punched borders with a pink marker.

* I colored acrylic snowflakes with markers to match my page.

Color Acrylic Accents

Follow these step-by-step instructions to color your own acrylic accents:
1. Remove plastic covering from both sides of an acrylic accent (if applicable).
2. Color one side of the snowflake with two colors of Copic markers, adding a lighter color over the entire accent and a darker color on just the edges.
3. Use a silver pen to draw lines on the same side of the snowflake.
4. If you make any mistakes and want to remove color, use the Copic Colorless Blender pen—it removes even Sharpie ink!
5. Turn snowflake over and use a white pen to add details to the front of the accent.

6. Tie a knot in a ribbon and pull it through the center of the accent; attach it to the layout with sheer adhesive.

My Favorite Pens

Here are some of my favorite markers and what I use them for:

* Uni-ball Signo by Newell Rubbermaid: The white Uni-ball is (in my opinion) the best white marker! I use it to journal, outline photos, and add details to embellishments. It is slow drying, so you can add glitter to it or emboss with it.
* Pigma Micron by Sakura and Ultra Fine Point Sharpie by Newell Rubbermaid: I use these two markers for journaling. The Pigma Micron pen comes in different tip sizes (I use the 05 style) and are pigment ink that is waterproof. The Sharpie is also permanent and great for use on transparencies or slick surfaces.
* Copic Markers: These pens are alcohol-based pigment ink, refillable, and will cover anything including metal, transparencies, ribbon, and acrylic. They come in tons of colors and different tips, with one tip on each end of the pens.
* Zig Writers by EK Success: These pens come in 48 colors and are pigment-based ink that is waterproof. I use the fine tip to journal and the thicker tip to color in items.
* Glaze, Soufflé, and Gelly Roll by Sakura: These markers are so much fun! They come in numerous colors and types of ink. I use them for coloring, because they blend well and smear great for lighter application. Glaze and Soufflé pens are slow drying, so you can use them to add glitter to or emboss a project.
* Stampin’ Write by Stampin’ Up!: These markers are great for coloring in designs using the brush tips. They have water-based dye ink, so although they have a fine tip, I don’t use them for journaling.
* Silver- and Gold-Leafing Pens by Krylon: These pens are fun for holiday projects! I use them to outline my pages or pictures, and they adhere well to any surface. The Sharpie Metallic markers also work great on slick surfaces.

I hope this blog post motivates you to pull out your markers and use them to add a bit of creativity to your scrapbook pages and craft projects. Embrace the kid in you, and have fun coloring!

—Suzy Plantamura

Free Font Friday

Don’t let thoughts of a several goals for the new year stress you out. Instead, enjoy a relaxed feel with the CK Easy Goin’ font available for free download as part of Creating Keepsakes’ Free Font Friday. You’ll find a new free font available next Friday (and every Friday) as well.

Merry Christmas! (and Free Font Friday)

12/25/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in fonts, Holidays | 12 Comments
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Merry Christmas!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy holiday to check in with CK! I hope Santa found your house and checked off everything on your wish list. If he didn’t, well, the scrapbook store will be open soon. 😉

And then you can get back to creating fabulous holiday pages like this one:

PJ's scrapbook page

"PJs" by April Massad, as seen in the December 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

But I won’t write a very long blog post today—you’ve got to get back to taking the millions of pictures that will make up your Christmas layouts. Just know that our team here at Creating Keepsakes wishes you the merriest of Christmases. We hope you’ve been able to enjoy the blessings of family and friends, the warmth of participating in long-standing traditions, and the merriment of making new memories.

Free Font Friday

As our gift to you, we’re providing FIVE festive, free holiday fonts instead of just one this week for Free Font Friday. You can download all five fonts here.

sample dingbats from the CK Holiday Symbols font

Have a very merry Christmas!

—Lara Penrod, managing editor

Special Guest Blogger: Pam Callaghan

12/18/2009 at 12:06 pm | Posted in fonts, guest blogger, Holidays | 142 Comments
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Hello, my name is Pam Callaghan. I am so honored to be featured today on the CK blog! I have been scrapbooking for seven years. I currently design for Anna Griffin and Pebbles, Inc, and I do freelance work for GCD Studios.

I also run my own blog called “Ideas for Scrapbookers.” You can find tons of ideas for scrapbooking, including templates, sketches, digital items, tutorials, contests, and so much more. I created many of the templates (which are free!), and you can print them out to use directly on your scrapbook pages. I also have an amazing group of ladies who contribute to my blog.

I have some fun ideas for your holiday projects, so here we go!

"Our Traditions" by Pam Callaghan. Supplies: Cardstock: Anna Griffin and Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper, stickers, and die cuts: Anna Griffin; Cutting tool: Provo Craft; Font: Bangle; Adhesive: Tombow.

I’m sharing two projects with you today about getting inspiration from holiday decor! This first project, “Our Traditions,” features five of my favorite photos from last Christmas. I was inspired by the ornaments on our Christmas tree for this design. I love how ornaments hang from the tree, and I wanted to make it look like my tree page had ornaments hanging from it. To achieve this look, I used the following steps:

Step 1: Below I have included a sketch of the page I created in Adobe Photoshop Elements. Use it as a guide on how to crop your photos and type your text.

Step 2: Print out one large and four small photos to use on the page. You can use a circle cutter such as the Coluzzle from Provo Craft to cut out the circles from your photos.

Step 3: If you want this exact shape in computer text, open the sketch in a program like Adobe Photoshop Elements. Create a new layer and type in your text where I have indicated on the sketch. Delete the sketch layer and print out your new layer of text onto white paper.

Step 4: Add lots of fun holiday embellishments and a title to the page. I used the Hannah Christmas Collection by Anna Griffin.

"Christmas Wall Hanging" by Pam Callaghan. Supplies: Cardstock: Anna Griffin and Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper, stickers, and die cuts: Anna Griffin; Ribbon: May Arts; Adhesive: Tombow.

This second project was made from a template by Heather Landry, who is a contributor for my blog. This shape reminds me of a beautiful cross-stitched wall hanging I saw at a friend’s house when I was young. You can make many neat projects from the template. I made a wall hanging, but you can use it on cards, layouts, and other projects! To create this project, follow these steps:

Step 1: Download the “Christmas Tree” template here. Print and cut out the design.

Step 2: Trace the outline of the template onto patterned paper.

Step 3: Print out 1–3 photos and crop them to fit into the template space. Assemble the photos onto the paper.

Step 4: Embellish as desired with stickers, title, and ribbon.

Step 5: Tape a ribbon to the back of the project so it can be easily hung on the wall.

Free Giveaway

Anna Griffin is giving away the beautiful Hannah Christmas Collection filled with a 12″ x 12″ cardstock pack, a mat pack, a journaling pack, decorative ribbon, felt borders, vellum quotes, and epoxy stickers to one lucky winner (randomly selected). To be in the running for the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this blog post by December 20.

Hannah Christmas Collection from Anna Griffin

I hope you are inspired by the ideas I posted today!

—Pam Callaghan

Free Font Friday

As part of Free Font Friday, check out two sentiment-based dingbat fonts you can use on your holiday cards and tags. You can download both fonts for free here.

Sample sentiments from the CK Card Starters font

Sample sentiments from the CK Card Starters 2 font

For more card ideas, check out the blog of CK’s sister publication, Paper Crafts, and look for their new special issue, Holiday Cards & More, Volume 4.

Happy Hanukkah! Special Guest Blogger: Stacy Cohen

12/11/2009 at 9:29 am | Posted in guest blogger, Holidays, How-Tos | 37 Comments
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Hi, everyone! My name is Stacy Cohen, and I’m thrilled to be the guest blogger today!!

Hanukkah starts at sundown tonight, and I’m finally finished with my shopping. My family follows the tradition of opening a present every night during the eight nights of Hanukkah, so I had numerous presents to buy and wrap. My daughters are very easy to shop for. My husband, not so much. Luckily, we started a fun tradition a few years ago: rather than buy each other big gifts, my husband and I buy eight small Hanukkah gifts for each other—gifts that have to come from the 99 Cents Store!

The past 99-Cents-Store gifts have run the gamut from practical and personal to downright hilarious. I’ve received items like scrapbooking embellishments, a picture frame, and a tube of toothpaste (not my regular brand, unfortunately). I’ve given my husband gifts such as tools, a flashlight, and socks. (He loves those socks!) One thing is for sure: every year our 99-Cents-Store gift exchange ends up creating lots of laughter in our house. I can’t wait to see what my husband has picked for me this year!

In honor of the holiday, I created a Hanukkah layout to share with you today:

"Handmade Menorahs" by Stacy Cohen. Supplies Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper; Patterned paper and sequined gems: Prima; Letter stickers: American Crafts; Trim: Junkitz; Canvas paper: Ranger Industries; Embroidery thread: DMC; Paint: Shimmering Products.

Pleated Paper How-To
I love to add pleated paper ruffles to my layouts. Here’s a little step by step for you to try at home:

1. Cut strips of paper about 1″ wide.

2. Use scallop scissors to create a decorative border on one long edge of each strip. Alternatively, you can freehand cut scallops or curves—they don’t need to be perfect since you’ll be pleating the paper.

3. Starting at one end of each strip, use the edge of a ruler to make a fold in the paper. The size of your fold will depend on how big you want your ruffles to be. I usually make my front folds about 0.75″ wide.

4. After the first fold, make a small fold (about 0.25″ wide) going in the opposite direction. Note: I always eyeball the width of the folds, but you can mark your fold lines with a pencil and a ruler if you want to be more precise.

5. Repeat the folds back and forth as the pictures above shows. It doesn’t matter where on the scallop pattern you make your folds, because once the strip is fully pleated, the scallops will blend together nicely.

6. Trim the cardstock base of your layout to remove just less than the width of your paper strips from each side; here, about 0.75″. Once you have your paper strips pleated from end to end, use a strong adhesive to adhere them to the edges of the backside of your cardstock. In my experience, Fabritac, Zip Dry Paper Glue and a Scotch ATG gun all work well.

7. As a final step, you can add some sparkly paint to your ruffle. I used Blingz paints from Shimmerz.

Voilà—you have a pretty pleated ruffle!

Thank you, Creating Keepsakes, for having me as your guest blogger today! It’s been an honor! Happy Holidays, everyone!

Hanukkah Product Giveaway

Shalom Scrapper has generously donated three prize packages for the CK blog readers. Just leave a comment on this post by December 13 sharing your favorite Hanukkah tradition. Three lucky winners will be randomly selected.

Free Font Friday

P.S. As part of Free Font Friday, you can download the CK Hanukkah font for free here.

Weekly Warm-Up: Fonts for Holiday Pages and Cards

12/07/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in fonts, Holidays, weekly warm up | 11 Comments
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Have you seen the January issue of Creating Keepsakes? Our new “Scrappetizers” column in the printed magazine is so fun! If you’re a font fan, you’re going to love the CK Font Find. Each issue, we’ll show you a cool font that’s inexpensive or—better yet—free. In the January issue, we featured the darling Glengary font by Nick Curtis, available from MyFonts.com for $7.95. Be sure to download this cute accent our design team created for you using the Glengary font!

If you’re looking for more great fonts for your holiday pages and cards, I’ve selected a few of my favorite free finds for you. Just click on the links to download these beauties. I’ve typed out a greeting in each one so you can see how fantastic these fonts will look on your projects.

This Renaissance font is available from FontSquirrel.com.

Here’s Ballpark, also from FontSquirrel.com.

Thaleia is available from Dafont.com.

Quentin Caps is from Dafont.com, too.

You’ll find Kingthings Christmas at Dafont.com as well.

Gloucester MT Extra Condensed might already be on your computer. If not, you can get it from FontYukle.com.

While we’re talking about great holiday fonts, be sure to consider stickers, stamps, and rub-ons—there are many wonderful options! Here are some that will look super on your holiday pages.

Doodlebug Design offers the Crushed Velvet Shin-Dig Alphabet stickers in Ladybug.

Making Memories sets the holiday mood with the Mistletoe Glitter Alphas.

Cosmo Cricket brings joy with the Jolly By Golly Alpha Rub Ons.

American Crafts spreads holiday cheer with the Ginger clear acrylics stamp set.

What lettering products and fonts are you using on holiday pages? Leave us a comment so I can check out your favorites, too!

—Lori Fairbanks, product editor

P.S. Check out the Giveaways tab to see if you were one of three lucky winners to receive an autographed copy of 52 More Scrapbooking Challenges by Elizabeth Kartchner.

Guest Bloggers: Lisa Bearnson, This Is Your Life

11/27/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in guest blogger, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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As CK’s week honoring Lisa Bearnson wraps up, the Creating Keepsakes team has invited several guest bloggers who have worked with Lisa over the years to share their memories.


The Beginning

As you might suspect, Lisa Bearnson was the world’s greatest business partner. Experts told us we needed over a million dollars to start a national magazine. Our gut, Lisa’s enthusiasm and thousands of idea-hungry scrapbookers proved ’em wrong! Sure, we had to endure obstacles we’re sure Lisa will never forget:

* Raised eyebrows from coworkers at WordPerfect Magazine when Don and Lisa left for a long lunch at Lisa’s house for the 50th time.

* Accidentally charging some of our premiere subscribers’ credit cards five times. Oops. (Don’t worry, we fixed it.)

* A pregnant Lisa sleeping on the couch while Don snoozed on the floor at our first press check in Liberty, Missouri.

* 40,000 copies of our premiere issue sitting for days in a semi truck and missing its mail date due to the looming presidential election of Bill Clinton.

* Our custom water bottles produced for the HIA trade show that proclaimed “Creating Keepsakes, the Scraping Authority!” (Notice the typo.)

* And there is one that Don will surely never forget: having to change little Collin’s diaper during a long lunch meeting!

All in all, we are grateful the amazing Lisa Bearnson is just what she seems—a real believer in the joys and blessings of scrapbooking, an energetic visionary who is not afraid to work and work and work to see a dream come to life, a woman who is charitable at every turn, and a dedicated wife and mother whose devotion to God and family are unquestionable.

We are so glad to still continue to count you a friend, Lisa, and we’ll watch for your occasional appearances in the magazine!

—Don (cofounder of Creating Keepsakes magazine) and Deanna Lambson


The Early Years

I first met Lisa Bearnson at WordPerfect Publishing. She was smart, talented and fun, and I had no idea she would bless my life for years to come. When she asked me to help edit articles on her new publication, I said yes. I loved its focus on preserving memories, and I could see scrapbooking staying super-hot for a year or two. Little did I know! That small start grew into 13 cherished years with Creating Keepsakes magazine.

Over the years, I have watched Lisa champion the importance of family, friends and memories. She is kind and genuine, and it’s so refreshing that she can laugh at her less-than-perfect moments. It’s not every day a person accidentally gives up her seat on a plane!

Thank you, Lisa, for your incredible spirit and heart. You have touched my life and inspired me in ways I will never forget!

—Jana Lillie

P.S. When Kristy Banks and I had our youngest babies, Lisa insisted on a quick photo shoot at her house (see the image above). She’s gifted with a camera, and she knew how much the photos would mean in years to come. Thank you again, Lisa.


Influencing Others

Lisa is an amazing listener and very encouraging. A long time ago, Lisa listened to me and my ideas. Lisa told me my ideas were good and inspiring, and Lisa gave me the opportunity to share my ideas with others. Without Lisa’s influence, there would be no Stacy Julian in scrapbooking. There would have been no Simple Scrapbooks magazine and therefore no Big Picture Scrapbooking.

This entire industry owes a debt of gratitude to this woman for her might and her moxie.

I am thankful for Lisa.

—Stacy Julian


I love my dear friend Lisa to pieces! I love that when Lisa believes in you, SHE REALLY BELIEVES IN YOU. From the minute I met Lisa in 2002, she made me feel like she had 100% faith in me and my abilities, which I have appreciated so much! Over the last seven years, she has provided me with opportunities with the magazine, QVC, Kit of the Month and more. I could never have imagined those opportunities when I first became passionate about scrapbooking. It’s been such a journey—an awesome ride!

Some of my favorite memories of working with Lisa include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Creative brainstorming meetings with the team in her home. They always felt more like friend time rather than work. So many creative ideas came from each direction. The meetings were a lot of fun.

Kristy Banks, Lisa Bearnson, Loni Stevens and Kerri Bradford

* Photo shoots where Lisa was willing to hold a rat or jump off her stairs 20+ times for the shot we needed. She was always willing to do anything required of her and be a good sport along the way. (I took these two photos of her during one such shoot.)

* The gag gift she gave our QVC team at a Christmas party one year. After the prank, she gave us an amazing over-the-top present. She has a great sense of humor and is always so giving.

* The time we were rear-ended in her car while leaving a restaurant. She tried to set me up with the cute, single officer writing up the report. Ahhh, she’s a good friend.

* The time she accidentally used a permanent marker on a dry-erase board to help connect the dots and illustrate a story she was sharing with us as friends. Totally funny! Sheer panic ensued, followed by a home remedy to remove all evidence of the permanent marker.

* Time spent helping with the album she presented to a guest when she appeared on Oprah. That was a group effort pulled together in under 24 hours. It was crazy!

There are so many memories—I could go on and on. Working with Lisa has been amazing and a lot of fun. I feel absolutely blessed to know her and to call her a friend. I don’t know how I became so lucky. She has a heart of gold and has done so much for me and others over the years. She is someone I admire and respect so much.

Thanks for taking a chance on me, Lisa! I am forever grateful. Love ya!

Loni Stevens


Free Font Friday

P.S. Don’t miss the special Free Font Friday download available this week. This week’s font is LB Lisa B—Lisa’s own font! You can download the font for free here.

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