Latest & Greatest Products: March/April 2010

03/30/2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in Hot Trends, latest & Greatest, product, Uncategorized | 268 Comments
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Kim JacksonWhile creating every issue of Creating Keepsakes, we have a blast looking through all of the new scrapbooking products, trying to decide which ones will make our Latest & Greatest column. Of course, we never have enough space for all of the goodies we’d love to share with you. So we’ve decided share a few more of the producs that sparked our imaginations from each issue here on our blog—and we’ll give you the chance to win some of the fabulous products. Let’s get rolling!

Claudine Hellmuth Studios – Ranger Industries

We discovered the amazing line of Claudine Hellmuth Studio products from Ranger Industries at CHA back in January, and shared a couple of videos of sweet Claudine demonstrating just a few of the fun things you can do with her Sticky Back Canvas. You’ll love adding texture and color to your pages with this wonderful, on-trend line of products.

Eggdrop Soup – Jillibean Soup

With Easter right around the corner, our eyes are open for bunnies hopping down the bunny trail. The adorable Eggdrop Soup line from Jillibean Soup is a perfect addition to your stash, whether you’re looking for something to jazz up your Easter pages or a simple, cute new way to add a splash of springtime to your pages.

Double-Sided Edger Punches – EK Success

A sweet daisy chain will add just the right touch of springtime charm to your layouts—and with EK Success’ new Daisy Chain punch, you’ll have a true daisy chain, punched out on both sides. You’ll love this new punch design, as well as the others in the EK Success’ new line.

Green at Heart – BasicGrey

Earth Day is on April 22, and you’ll love adding a touch of “green” to your layouts with BasicGrey’s bright and fabulous new Green at Heart line. Printed on FSC-certified paper with soy-based inks, you can have a wonderful time creating a scrapbooking layout and feel good knowing that your paper is eco-conscious.

Wow, that’s a lot of scrapbooking goodness! How would you like to win some of these products for yourself? (Silly question—of course you would.) In addition to giving away the products above, you’ll also have a chance to win the E-I-E-I-O Collection from TaDa Creative Studios, as seen on page 48 of our March/April 2010 issue.

All you have to do to win one of these outstanding products is leave a comment telling us which of our Latest & Greatest products from the March/April 2010 issue of CK (or from this post) is your favorite and why you love it by Monday, April 5. We’ll draw five random winners (one for each product shown here) on or around April 6 and announce the winners on the giveaways tab located at the top of our blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Kim Jackson, senior editor

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Happy New Year! (and Free Font Friday)

01/01/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in fonts, Holidays | 170 Comments
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I can’t believe the new year is already upon us. Where does the time go? If your life is anything like mine, then 2009 flew by before you could take in all that was going on. The year had its ups and downs—the expected and the unexpected. It was full of change—some of it good, some of it not so good; some of it by choice, some of it not by choice.

As I contemplated the past year, I decided my main goal for 2010 is to make more of life’s changes be determined by me. Not just changes in circumstances, but changes in me. Stampin’ Up! makes a stamp set entitled “Define Your Life.” I love this set, not just because it makes great scrapbook pages and cards (which it does), but because its title speaks to me as well. I, probably like most of you, feel I can use a little more definition in my life.

This year, I’m determining to define my life. To define what I want to be, where I want to go, and how I’m going to make that happen. To not just let life happen, but to make it happen.

It’s said that in order to achieve your goals, you have to write them down. I’m going to take a little spin on this theory and create a Define Your Life journal for myself, with a 6″ x 6″ page dedicated to each aspect I want to be, do, or learn over the next year. I’m not worried about creating every page right now. I’ll be adding to the journal as the year goes on.  I’ll still be working on scrapbooking the events in my life, but I’m hoping that having these other types of pages will remind me to actively work toward making my life what I want it to be.

Maybe you’d like to spend more time with family,

Ready, Set, Bump scrapbook page

"Ready, Set, Bump" by Pam Callaghan, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

travel more,

 
 
 

 

Downtown scrapbook page

"Downtown" by Kelly Purkey, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

 

achieve something big,

Paris Marathon scrapbook page

"Paris Marathon" by Sande Krieger, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

work on a talent,

garden scrapbook page

"How Does Our Summer Grow?" by Jing-Jing Nickel, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

or just delight in the little things this year.

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"Delight in the Details" by Amanda Johnston, as seen in the January 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

I’d love to hear from you about it. How do you keep motivated to make positive changes in your life, and how do you document those changes? Drop me a line in the comments section of this post, and let’s keep each other motivated to make 2010 the best year yet.

May this new year bring everything you hope and dream it will.

To help some of your dreams come true, two lucky winners will recieve a selection of Stampin’ Up! clear mount blocks, a stamp set, and either a package of patterned paper or a corner punch. Simply leave a comment on this post, and two lucky winners will be drawn on January 5th.

Happy New Year!

—Lara Penrod, managing editor

Free Font Friday

As you celebrate the new year, enjoy this holiday treat to you as part of Free Font Friday—a free download of the CK New Year’s Day font.

An Insider’s Look: CK’s July Issue

06/09/2009 at 10:17 pm | Posted in Insider's Look | 75 Comments
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maurianneHello CK friends! I’m here once again to tell you a little more about our July issue. This was so much fun to work on. (Do I say that every month? It’s true!) This was the first issue where we started incorporating some of the Simple Scrapbooks philosophy (hello SS friends!), and we’re excited to be bringing you those ideas every month. Here are just a few of the ways we’ve incorporated that idea this month:

* “Artsy Made Easy” by Mou Saha. Mou always uses fun, artsy techniques, and here she shares some of her secrets. The techniques aren’t as difficult as you think!

* In “Creative Spaces” this month, Elisha Snow shared some of her organization secrets, which also incorporate a simple style. She proves that you don’t need a large room to effectively organize your supplies.

* “Just the Essentials” by Brittany Beattie embraces part of the Simple philosophy—that it’s important to focus on the essentials when scrapbooking. Don’t let the nitty gritty details get in the way of preserving your story.

Here are a few more tidbits about this month’s issue:

* The fantastic paper/stitched sun on page 65 was stitched together by our very own Erin Bayless. There’s a reason she’s the Creative Director! It’s currently displayed in the Design room at the CK office.

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* The fabric that Megan Hoeppner used in her book on page 106 was designed by Heather Bailey. In the scrapbooking world, she’s known for her paper line with Autumn Leaves, but she has many fabric lines (all of which are beautiful) as well.

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* One thing many people don’t know is that the title “editor” for CK includes many different roles. One role which more than one of us has held is “furniture builder.” Lori Fairbanks, our resident fashion and trend expert (you know it’s a good day when she compliments your outfit), got to experience this role when she received the chair featured in “Hot Spot” (page 113). Let’s just say it was harder than it looks. (It took more than one of us to figure it out).

Now, we’d like to hear from you! Leave a comment telling us what you liked about the July issue by June 14, and I’ll randomly choose a winner to receive some fun summer products! Check the “giveaways” tab at the top of the blog on Monday, June 15 to see if you’re the winner!

-Maurianne Dunn, Associate Editor

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