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

“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

Weekly Warmup: More photos for your money

08/24/2009 at 2:40 pm | Posted in weekly warm up | 8 Comments
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lori-andersonPrinting photos is a little bit like buying shoes. There’s so many different size and finish options, how does a scrapbooker choose? Should you go for the white border around your set? Perhaps enlarge a few of your favorite prints to a 5″ x 7″ size for big impact on your scrapbook page? Are you the type of person who sticks to what’s comfortable and you print your photos in the same size and finish each time? Or are you an adventurous soul who likes to mix it up from time to time?

No matter your photo size preference, you’re sure to learn some great tricks on how to print multiple photos on a standard 4″ x 6″ size print in our September issue of Creating Keepsakes. Check out the step-by-step instructions on page 37 for using either Photoshop Elements or Microsoft Word to place multiple photos on a 4″x 6″ print. Yes, that’s right. You don’t need to use Photoshop Elements to take advantage of this tip. You can resize and combine photos in Microsoft Word and print multiple prints on those cute 4″ x 6″ photo papers, too!

Print multiple photos on one 4" x 6" print

Print multiple photos on one 4" x 6" print

Arranging your photos to print on a 4″ x 6″ print may require a little front-work on your part, but it definitely pays off in the end. It’s a great way to save money if you print at home or at the lab. And who doesn’t love saving money? If you’re not up to combining multiple photos on one print on your own, consider printing a few of your images at your lab in wallet sizes. Most photo developers offer this as a standard option, and the smaller sized photos can add a fun variety to your page.

CK wants to know what size photos you typically use on your scrapbook pages. Is your go-to method to use 4″ x 6″ photos only? Do you enlarge to your heart’s content? We want to know!

Thanks for your answers! Be sure to check out our September issue on newsstands now for even more inspiration and tips!

Lori Anderson
Online Managing Editor, Creating Keepsakes

You Be the Judge Winner!

04/23/2009 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, You Be the Judge | 6 Comments
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joanniehi everyone! Thanks for helping us narrow down our choices for publication by voting for your favorite page. (For more info, see my last post.) We received 726 total votes for 5 selected pages. And the winner is I Adore You by Paper-Klipz!


Congrats! This page will be featured in the September 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes in our Reader Gallery column. Thanks to all of you who voted.

Paper-Klipz, please email me at (with “You Be The Judge winner” in the subject line) so we can go over the next steps.

Thanks again for voting, everyone! See you next time!

–Joannie McBride, Assistant Editor

We Want Your Thoughts

03/04/2009 at 12:28 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 15 Comments
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megan_headshot-sm6Hey, hey! I’m back, looking for more feedback. If you receive our CK Newsflash, you already know that we’re currently running a short ten-question poll, asking for your feedback on a few things pertaining to upcoming issues.  (By the way, if you don’t receive our Newsflash but would like to, please click here to sign up. Thanks!)

To make things a bit more interesting, we’ve got a giveaway to coincide with this poll. Here’s how it’s going to work:

Timeline: You have between now and next Tuesday, March 10 to respond to our poll.

Winners: From the responses received, we’ll randomly select two winners who will each receive a mystery box o’ scrapbooking goodies.

Announcement: Winners will be announced right here on Friday, March 13.

Thanks for taking a minute or two to respond to our questions (click here to participate). Your answers will help direct future issues and get what you want to see the most in our magazine.


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