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


Reader Pick Poll Winner!

03/25/2010 at 3:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments
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Happy Thursday! I wanted to take a few moments this morning to announce the winner of our Readers’ Pick poll this month. A huge congratulations to JanaMorton who received 63 percent of the votes. Her super-cute “Boots On” scrapbook page will be featured in the September 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Thanks to everyone who voted, and thanks to those who share your projects with us in our online project gallery at Club CK. Keep up the great work, and keep submitting. Your layout could be the next one chosen to be a part of the Readers’ Pick poll–and it might even be featured in an upcoming issue of CK magazine! Here’s a sneak peek just for you, our blog readers, of Jana’s winning scrapbook page.

—Joannie McBride, assistant 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

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

“You Be the Judge” Winners!

02/11/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in You Be the Judge | 3 Comments
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Happy Thursday! It’s been a “Super” week, and I am excited to share the Readers’ Pick page winners with you for this month. Yes, I said winners—as in two! The votes were so close that we had to put both pages in the magazine.  Congratulations to JenD (“The Story”) and babyroo7 (“Saturday”)! We will feature both Readers’ Pick pages in the July/August 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Thanks to our other nominees as well for sharing your talents with us. We loved your pages! I would also like to invite all of you to submit your pages by e-mailing photos or scans of your layouts to with “Reader Gallery” in the subject line. You never know—you might have your layout picked up for a future issue.

—Joannie McBride, assistant editor

CK & Me: January

01/20/2010 at 11:06 am | Posted in CK & Me | 4 Comments
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Take a moment to channel your inner Janet Jackson and sing, “What has CK done for me lately? Oooooh ooh ooh ya!” We regularly receive feedback from you on specific aspects you love about the magazine, and we love reading your comments. You really know how to make us feel good by sharing how our work has had a positive impact on your life.

“CK & Me” feedback definitely falls under this category. But unlike traditional e-mail messages, you also send us visual evidence of your inspiration, which warms our creative hearts. Before we look at some of the latest “CK & Me” examples, we want to thank you for submitting in this area. By sharing your motivation, you’re totally motivating us!

Now, on with the “CK & Me” show!

Do you remember this fantastic page by Jen Jockisch, featured on page 24 of our January 2010 issue?

Kat Poole certainly does. It stood out as a highlight in that issue and motivated her to create this beautiful “Baking Bread” page. The way Kat made Jen’s look her own with a completely unique color scheme and theme made us smile. When sending the layout, Kat said, “I love multiphoto layouts, so when I saw Jen Jockisch’s ‘Celebrate’ layout, I knew I wanted to scraplift it!” Here’s the fabulous result.

Not all “CK & Me” inspiration has to come in the form of layouts. Teresa Sather wrote to share her love of Julia Nomichith’s punch-storage solution, featured in our January 2010 “Creative Spaces” column.

Teresa liked the idea so much that she’s already incorporated it into her own creative space. We love how she’s stepped up the solution by attaching a strip of ribbon to the wall where her punches rest (see below). What a fantastic way to protect the wall in a decorative fashion! Teresa had this to say about her adaptation: “I am going to get the longer rail for above my work surface and use baskets on it. So happy with it. THANKS SO MUCH!”

Our third “CK & Me” example comes from Carrie Leavitt, whose reaction to this multiphoto, two-page layout by Ria Mojica, which was featured in our January 2010 “Reader Gallery” column, was 100% positive!

As you can see, Carrie used the foundation of Ria’s sketch to create this lively “X-Games” layout. We’re delighted by the way she switched up the photo sizes to dimensions that worked for her. And it’s always fun to see how a girly layout can turn all-boy with just a few product changes. Carrie shared this: “I loved the flow of Ria’s layout and the ability to show off a series of photos, which worked perfect for my layout.’”

Thanks for submitting, ladies. For being featured in our January “CK & Me” post, you’ll each receive a free Creating Keepsakes special issue, so keep your eyes on your mailbox.

Your Turn
Your idea could be our next “CK & Me” star. Whether your inspiration came from a featured layout, a technique, a tip, or an organization solution, we want to hear from you. Please send an image of your project, along with specific details for the project that inspired it to and put “CK & Me” in the subject line. Thanks. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us!

Megan Hoeppner, creative editor

You Be The Judge!

01/19/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in You Be the Judge | 16 Comments
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Good morning! I’ve missed you all since my last post before the holidays. I hope you’re doing well.

I’ve been checking out our online gallery, and you are absolutely amazing! I love browsing the pages and looking at all the beautiful layouts and projects you share with us.

It’s time once again for you to vote for another favorite. I’ve posted the survey, now all you need to do is click on this link and vote for your personal favorite. There’s no limit to how many times you can vote, so vote as often as you like. The layout with the most votes will be featured in our July/August 2010 issue.

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the five pages you can vote on.

Have fun!

Joannie McBride, assistant editor

You Be the Judge: Winner!

12/09/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in You Be the Judge | 1 Comment
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Happy Wednesday! I’m so excited to announce the winner of this month’s Readers’ Pick page. Congratulations to Angie Wags! Her page titled “The Journey” will be featured in the May/June 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Thanks to all of you for voting and for continuing to submit your pages to our online gallery. Your inspiration matters!

If you’re not submitting to the online gallery, we’d love to see your work. You never know, your layout may be the next Readers’ Pick page!

—Joannie McBride, assistant editor

You Be the Judge (survey closes December 7, 2009)

12/02/2009 at 4:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Wow! Can you believe it’s December already? I feel like the years just get shorter and shorter. Maybe that comes with getting older, but whatever the case, I hope you’re documenting the days and events important to you. Besides being significant for future generations, your layouts inspire others when they’re posted in our online gallery, helping others create and record memories as well.

In that gallery, we also find layouts to publish in Creating Keepsakes. I’d love to have your help choosing the next Readers’ Pick layout to be featured in the May/June 2010 issue of the magazine. The task is simple and will only take a few moments of your time, but be sure to participate by December 7, 2009. Click on this survey to get started, and then choose your favorite layout. That’s it! Check back on the CK blog later this month to see which page wins.

If you’re not submitting to the online gallery, we’d love to see your work. You never know, your layout may be the next Readers’ Pick page!

—Joannie McBride, assistant editor

P.S. Congratulations to babyroo7 for creating the layout that won last month’s Readers’ Pick choice from the online survey! Her “Photo Shoot” layout will be featured in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes.

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