Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in Holidays | 2 Comments
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I love this time of year. The leaves have all turned colors. The air is crisp. And pies are baking in the oven. In my family, Thanksgiving means pie season! My mom hates to make pies, so she only does it at Thanksgiving. But she makes everyone’s favorite, so we end up with about a dozen pies. What’s not to love about a dozen pies? (I think Joscelyne Cutchens agrees.)

Homemade Pie

"Homemade Pie" by Joscelyne Cutchens. Creating Keepsakes, Nov. 2009

I also love this time of year because there’s a built-in reason to be more consciously grateful for all I have in my life. I’ve made it a tradition to write down each of the things I’m grateful for as I think of them throughout this month. The list gets pretty long, and I realize how truly blessed I am and how great my year has been.

A few years ago, I decided to add to that tradition by letting the people in my life know how grateful I am that they are the people in my life. To that end, I’ve been making thank you cards and sending them to arrive the week of Thanksgiving. Inside the cards I write a little note about why I’m grateful the person is in my life. Each year the list for cards gets longer too, and I’m grateful for that. You can never have too many great people in your life.

Thankful card

"Thankful" card by Mandy Douglass. Creating Keepsakes, Nov. 2009

This year, I’m grateful to be at Creating Keepsakes with all the wonderful, creative and caring women who work here. They’ve made my new job a joy, and I’m grateful they are in my life. (In fact, I may even create a card for each of them based on the Mandy Douglass design above or this Becky Higgins design below.)

So Thankful for You card

"So Thankful for You" card by Becky Higgins. Creating Keepsakes, Nov. 2009

And all of us at Creating Keepsakes are grateful for you. We love that we get to share your creativity and passion. We’re grateful for your support. We’re grateful you are open and honest in sharing with us what will make Creating Keepsakes a better magazine for you. Thank you for being the people in our lives who give us a reason to come to work, to create and to share our passion for scrapbooking!

Don’t forget to photograph the fabulous feast you enjoy today, like Christi Spadoni did for the layout below!

Aunt Sheila's China

"Aunt Sheila's China" by Christi Spadoni. Creating Keepsakes, Nov. 2009

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

—Lara Penrod, Senior Editor

P.S. In the spirit of Black Friday tomorrow, we’re offering an incredible sale at our shop. The sale consists of discounts of over 60% off select products PLUS free standard shipping and handling (on U.S. orders only) on purchases of $25 or more. You’ll even find books and CDs as low as $5. The sale ends at midnight on Monday, November 30. Check out ShopScrapandPaperCorner.com for these great deals.


Weekly Warm-Up: Send a Photo DVD

11/02/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 2 Comments
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meganPhoto cards are so fun to send during the holidays, but as any scrapbooker will tell you, narrowing down a year’s worth of amazing photos to a single image can be challenging. This is exactly why we included the idea of sending a photo CD or DVD in my “Tips & Tricks” column for our November issue. With that tip, I created an easy-to-make card that will hold a CD or DVD, and some of you have since asked how I put that little card together. Since the holidays are right around the corner, I thought I’d share that information with you here, so you can get to work creating those amazing photo-holder cards to send to your friends and family. I can assure you, this idea will be remembered and treasured when the recipient pops the disk in the player and views the happy memories.


Since holiday cards are created in bulk, I purposefully kept this one very basic. This not only keeps the time down, but also the cost.

Step 1: Fold a 6″ x 12″ piece of cardstock into thirds—a 1″ flap and two 5″halves.


Step 2: Punch a half-circle shape in the center of the bottom third using a circle punch. This will be used to remove the disk from the pocket.


Step 3: Sew the card together along the two sides and the bottom to create a pocket. Note: I used my sewing machine, which is much faster than hand-stitching.


Step 4: Cut two equal lengths of ribbon (about 18″ long) in two varying sizes. Stitch the smaller ribbon down the center of the larger one, with the center of the ribbon positioned over the card flap so the ribbon will also adhere here to it as you run it through your sewing machine. When you’re done, you should have the ribbon stitched to the card flap with about 6″ of loose tail on either side.



Step 5: Insert your disk, fold the flap down over the pocket, wrap the ribbon around the front of the card and tie a knot. The ribbon will not only add a decorative touch to your card, it will also keep it securely closed so the disk will stay put.



Step 6: Dress your card pocket up with embellishments. I used die-cut shapes from My Mind’s Eye and stickers from American Crafts and Making Memories.


Tip: If you’re making a bunch of cards, you may want to opt for stamped embellishments or elements you print on your pocket using your computer. These are both money-saving options that are good to consider when making bulk cards.

Make a Photo Flick


Now that you know how to contain your photo DVD, why not make your movies. SmileShow, a company featured in my “Tips & Tricks” article, has generously set up a special coupon code just for CK readers. Between now and November 29, get $3 off YesDVD Smileshow orders. Click here for more information on this product and this special.

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

CK & Me

10/27/2009 at 12:22 pm | Posted in CK & Me | 9 Comments
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margeIt’s a cool fall morning here in Utah, so I think we should warm up with a little “CK & Me” creativity. What do you say? As a friendly reminder, our “CK & Me” blog posts spotlight readers who’ve taken something from an issue of Creating Keepsakes and used it as inspiration to create their own awesome design. I’m thrilled to introduce three readers with you today who’ve done just this—and they’ve done it quite well, I might add.

Let’s being with Cheri. Inspired by this page Lori Anderson designed, which we featured in our November 2009 issue…

Keep Smiling

Keep Smiling by Lori Anderson November 2009 CK

…Cheri created this colorful page. I love how she selected bright colors to complement such a happy girl.


My Girl by Cheri Johnson

I was especially inspired by the circle accent Lori used, which reminded of a product I’d had for a while and had wanted to use but, hadn’t yet. Lori’s layout inspired me to use this product that had been sitting around for awhile along with some newer items I had in my stash as well! Thanks, CK, for your unending inspiration! –Cheri Johnson

Meg Barker is more than a pretty name. 😉 She’s also a very talented scrapbooker. Motivated by this page, which Maggie Holmes made for our July 2009 issue…


Favorite Photos by Maggie Holmes July 2009 CK

…Meg created a page of her own favorites. We love how she’s combined different patterned paper and added journaling notes directly on her photos.


Favorites by Meg Barker

What’s not to love about the “Favorite Photos” layout by Maggie Holmes?  As I sat down @ my girls weekend and started flipping through my July CK and came across this page by Maggie, I was in love!  Usually I do not sit down and make a page so much like the one I am inspired by, but with this one, the houndstooth paper, the title, everything…I loved it too much not to! Thanks, Maggie, so much for the inspiration! And thanks for the great magazine and inspiration each and every month! –Meg Barker

Our third “CK & Me” selection this month comes from Sarah de Guzman. Moved by this darling page made by Maggie Holmes for our October 2009 issue…


Oct '06 by Maggie Holmes October 2009 CK

…She designed this wuf-ly page! Naturally we had to share cute puppy pictures with you, and we love the fun doggie accents Sarah used, complete with talk-bubble accents coming from the dog houses. So playful!


Sweet Pups by Sarah de Guzman

I was inspired to “lift” one of Maggie Holmes’ layouts. She created a double-page layout (“Oct. ’06”) that I found stunning. The design had such a simple, yet detailed look, so I had to give it a go. I also love that she split the die cut paper onto two separate pages, but it still felt like ONE big continuous layout. –Sarah de Guzman

Thanks to all who have submitted to our “CK & Me” call. Seeing the way you take CK content and make it your own amazing work brings big smiles to our faces. Those selected in this month’s post (the gals listed above) will each receive a complimentary copy of one of our special issues for participating.

Do you have work for us to consider in a future “CK & Me” post? If so, e-mail us at letters@creatingkeepsakes.com with the following information:

  • Your layout or project, sent as a jpg attachment
  • The layout or project in CK that inspired your work, as well as the page number and issue the project is from
  • A note on what you found inspiring about the project

Have you recently been inspired by something that you want to mention here? Leave us a comment. We always enjoy reading your words and feedback is bliss!

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

Scavenger Hunt

10/21/2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in Scavenger Hunt, Uncategorized | 13 Comments
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Fall is in full swing and we hope ya’ll are enjoying the cooler days and beautiful colors, not to mention gearing up for all the fun holidays. Since next week is the big candy haul, we’ll warm you up with a different sort of hunt.

Pick up a copy of our November 2009 issue, filled with sweet ideas and technique treats. Find the answers to the questions below, and email them to November 2009 coverckblog@creatingkeepsakes.com. Be sure to put “scavenger hunt” in the subject line so we can find your entry. We’ll choose two winners to receive one of this week’s adhesive grab bags. (One less thing to ask Santa for later!) We’ll announce our winners on Monday, so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won!


1. What fun photo trick did Amanda Probst use to make the accents on her “A Leaf Hunt” layout?

2. What did Rita Shimniok adhere to her stitching in “Leaf Collector”?

3. Last Thanksgiving Megan Hoeppner made this with her ‘table scraps’.

4. According to Pam Callaghan (“New Hairdo”), what fun effect comes from cutting your paper image while the watercolor is drying?

5. What ‘real life element’ did Grace Tolman use to help title her layout “Muddy Maddie”?

6. According to the Cool Things” column, this look is back in style.

7. How did Cindy Tobey create the yard line feeling in her layout “It’s All about the Dance”?

8. What is the go-to look of the season?

9. Heidi Sonboul used these two punches to create the fun shapes in “Colorful Leaves”.

10. List three tips given to create great heritage layouts.

Grab your issue and start hunting! And don’t get lost along your way!

Dorathy Gilchrist
Associate Editor

November CK: An Insider’s Look

10/15/2009 at 10:11 am | Posted in Insider's Look | 110 Comments
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brittanyb-headshot-smWhen you open the November issue of Creating Keepsakes, you’ll notice a theme running throughout the pages: home. When we gathered as a team to brainstorm the issue, it was the topic that popped up over and over again. Plus, you’ve told us that you want more ways to scrapbook home—from the everyday moments that fill your living room to the memories of your childhood homes. Planning for and reading through our November issue brought back many memories of home. There’s nothing like a trip down memory lane!

Nov_Cov_SmallSpeaking of home, here’s a few fun home facts about our November issue:
* The number of homes of people who contributed to the issue: 119
* The number of states or countries outside the U.S. where those homes reside: 21 states and 4 countries
* The number of layouts with “home” or “house” in the title: 10
* The cover layout came from the home (and talented ideas) of Ali Edwards.

If you want help taking your own trip down memory lane about your childhood home, check out “Going Home Again” by Lori Anderson on page 52. You’ll even get a peek at a photo of Lori when she was 8 years old—just turn to page 54 to see how adorable she was.

Quotes on Home
When you’re ready to share a favorite memory of your childhood home in your scrapbook, let one of these quotes be your springboard:
* “Home is not where you live, but where they understand you.” —Christian Morganstern
* “He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
* “There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again.” —Margaret Elizabeth Sangster
* “Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring, of all earthly establishments.” —Channing Pollock
* “A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” —Benjamin Franklin
* “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” —Confucius
* “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” —Jane Austen
* “Where we love is home—home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” —Oliver Wendell Holmes
* “You see much more of your children once they leave home.” —Lucille Ball

Take Home Great Products: It’s a Giveaway!

We have a stash of fun, home-themed products to give away in honor of the issue. Simply share a favorite memory of your childhood home in the comments section by Monday, October 19 at midnight MST to be entered to win.


Brittany Beattie, Managing Editor, Creating Keepsakes

Weekly Warm-Up: Holidays and Family

10/12/2009 at 5:03 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 2 Comments
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Lori_FGood morning, CK friends! Happy Columbus Day and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!

I love that there are so many holidays this time of year and that they give us a reason to gather together with our families. It’s so great to see everyone, take lots of photos of family members interacting with one another and hear about all the latest happenings.

These gatherings give me material for my favorite types of scrapbook pages—the ones that compare similarities between family members, tell classic family stories or serve as a way to tell someone how special they are to me. Take a look at the following three layouts for ideas you can use for pages about your family.

What family members share physical traits?

What family members share physical traits?

Look for the look-a-likes. Looking through old photos, I came across some pictures of my brother as a little boy and was struck by how much his daughter looks like him (their temperaments are also very similar, but that’s a story for another day). What physical traits do your family members share?

What family members share similar interests and tastes?

What family members share similar interests and tastes?

Recognize commonalities. List your likes and dislikes to discover who has similar tastes. This page from Maggie Holmes tells how she shares her sense of style and fashion with her grandmother. Who in your family do you share similar interests or preferences with?

What family member do you want to be like?

What family member do you want to be like?

Pick up their best qualities. On this page, Brenda Arnall writes about how she wants to follow her grandmother’s example of making her grandchildren feel special. What traits and talents do you hope to emulate or learn from your family members?

What family member do you want to be like? Why? Leave us a comment and share your story. For more great ideas about recording family traits, stories, photos and memorabilia, check out Emily Falconbridge’s article “Handed Down” in our November 2009 issue.

Lori Fairbanks, Product Editor

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to our Creating Keepsakes online store today to receive 30% off your entire order! Enter code COLU-1492-1DAY during your check-out to receive the discount. Now how’s that for a Columbus Day present?

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