Weekly Warm-Up: Spring is in the Air

04/12/2010 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized, weekly warm up | Leave a comment
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Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather and have had the opportunity to get out and take some terrific photos of your springtime activities and happenings.

Looking for fun ideas for scrapbooking them? You’ll love our March/April 2010 issue particularly Mou Saha’s “Spring is in the Air” article. She shows you how to use pre-made products like stickers and patterned paper to create seasonal accents like rainbows, kites, and clouds for your spring-themed scrapbook layouts. Here’s a sneak preview of two of the darling pages featured in this article.

I love how Mou used patterned paper featuring clouds as the background for this page, and it’s so clever how she used photo corners to create the kite.

"Let's Fly a Kite" by Mou Saha, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Look how cute the buttons make this rainbow patterned paper. If you want to recreate this look but don’t have this particular patterned paper, don’t fret! Use a circle cutter or a dinner plate to cut concentric circles or rings in several colors of cardstock. Then just ink the edges of each piece, arrange them to look like a rainbow and adhere your buttons.

"You Are My Rainbow" by Mou Saha, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

How about some fun products to scrapbook your photos with? Check out the cute bees and flowers on the Bee Happy line from AdornIt – Carolee’s Creations:

Another cute line you won’t want to miss is Quite Contrary from My Mind’s Eye:

And, if you’re feeling spunky, you’ll want to check out this energetic line from Sassafras called Nerdy Bird:

Want to win one a sampling of one of these great spring lines? Leave us a comment by this Friday, April 16, 2010 and let us know what you like to take photos of in the spring. We’ll choose three lucky winners from the comments to win one of these three great lines.

–Lori Fairbanks, editor

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CHA Wrap-Up Week: Day 2

08/11/2009 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Insider's Look | 110 Comments
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meganIt’s day two of CHA Wrap-Up Week on our blog and there are very good things in store. For starters, I want you to grab your site-seeing shoes because we’re about to embark on CK’s CHA Cute Booth Tour. You’ll join Lori Fairbanks and me on this walk of the CHA floor, where we’ll stop at some of the cutest show booths in town. Here’s your itinerary. Let’s hit the floor!

CK’s Cute Booth Tour Itinerary

* Stop #1: Sassafras Booth—Check out the happiest little monsters in town and find out who one of them reminds me of.

* Stop #2: Doodlebug Design Booth—Who knew Santa and his Doodle elves worked in Orlando? This sweet stop screams Christmas in July and offers new and stylish organization solutions for you use in your cute space.

* Stop #3: Die Cuts With A View Booth—Say cheese! This booth comes complete with a photo booth and some serious peace and love. Groovy!

Product Demo

Now that we’ve got the lay of the land, I think it’s time we learn some creative die-cutting techniques. This product demo from Spellbinders will have you looking at letterpress in a new way, and Kazan Clark, the gal demonstrating, is about as delightful as they come!

A Look Inside

Ready for one more? Okay, how about a look inside the Ribbon Ring booth, where you’ll find an easy ribbon-storage idea as well as some super tasty crafting treats. Pour yourself a glass of milk. You’re going to need it after viewing these sweetie pie ideas!

That’s it for Day 2. Did you have fun? I know I did—maybe it’s true what the say about blondes having more fun. 😉 Peace.

Giveaway

No, I haven’t forgotten that we have CHA goodies to give away today. Leave me a comment here, letting me know what your Day 2 highlight is. Maybe it’s those ribbon chocolates that have you salivating. Or perhaps it’s the impressive ideas presented by Spellbinders. We’d love to know what stands out to you on this, day 2 of our post CHA adventures. Thanks!

I’ll see you again tomorrow!

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

Weekly Warmup: CHA Wrap-Up Week

08/10/2009 at 11:52 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 127 Comments
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Hello there, blog buddies! Do you know what today is? Today kicks off a full week of doing the CHA-CHA, right here on this blog. Okay, so that’s not entirely accurate; dancing shoes are not a prerequisite. Instead, we’re celebrating the latest Craft & Hobby Association Show (CHA) that recently wrapped up in Orlando with a week of CHA-themed posts.

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Here’s some of what you’ll find this week:

VIDEOS

Back by popular demand, I’ll be sharing some video I took on the CHA show floor. (Okay, so nobody really demanded that these amateur films make another appearance after the last round, but I like to pretend they’re that good.) Some of the flicks you’ll find are:

  • Our CHA Cute Booth Tour
  • Product Demos
  • Meet a the CK Contributors
  • Trend Talk with Sassy Lori Fairbanks and Yours Truly
  • And more!

 

PROJECTS

A look at amazing CHA projects that made their debut at this show. We’ll show you everything from the classy and elegant, like this sample from Tattered Angels

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And the fun and cute, like this project from Hambly Screen Prints

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To projects beyond the page, like these adorable Christmas jars by Pink Paislee.

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PRODUCTS

CHA is about new products, and we’ve got a look at some of the latest and greatest to make their debut. Check out the new Monstrosity line from Sassafras. Who knew scary monsters could be so cute?

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NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

No, this popular boy band wasn’t in attendance—I guess they’re leaving the CHA celebrity appearances up to Paris. But, I do have the low-down on the newest companies to rock the scrap scene, and you won’t have to put up with the paparazzi mob to take an up-close look. Bonus!

 

FRIENDS

Besides projects and products, CHA is about connecting with industry friends.

Here’s cute CK Dream Team Member, Kelly Purkey, visiting the Die Cuts With a View photo booth. Yes, they had a photo booth. Isn’t that fun?

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And here I am with my new BFF (yes, my love is easily purchased), Grant Madsen of American Crafts. He had a Red Bull on reserve just for me. What a pal!

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GIVEAWAYS

A post-CHA wrap-up wouldn’t be complete without giveaways. You can bet we’ll have some awesome new products to send out this week. Make sure you visit and enter to win.

Are you excited? I know I am. I can’t wait to be your blog host, strap on my dancing shoes and share CHA-CHA goodness with you this week. To get things started, I want to know what you look forward to seeing the most. Is there a particular thing about CHA that intrigues you more than anything else? If so, leave me a comment here. Yes, we will pull a comment at random to win a CHA prize pack. Winner will be announced next week. 

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

Special Guest Blogger: Maggie Holmes

06/19/2009 at 9:14 pm | Posted in guest blogger | 6 Comments
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MaggieHi there everyone, I’m Maggie Holmes, a member of the 2009 Creating Keepsakes Dream Team. I’m excited to be this week’s guest blogger! Even though it is Summer, I am in the mood for cleaning up and clearing out. Well, actually, it seems like I am always in that “Spring Cleaning” mode around here—always trying to keep control of the constant inflow of papers, packaging and stuff! And especially here in my scrapbook room; it can be hard to keep it under control!

And even though I do love the feeling of purging and throwing out the excess, I also feel bad about just throwing things away—especially if they are cute and usable! I have always been a fan of cute packaging and I love to repurpose it and use it on my scrapbook layouts when I can. And it means that I am throwing out less and being a little more “green.” You gotta love that, right?

I have found that manufacturers seem to be making their packaging cute and reusable even more so lately, which is so fun! A few of my recent favorites that I have added to my stash are these adorable ones from Sassafrass, Making Memories, Studio Calico and Elle’s Studio.

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Another one of my favorite things is to use my punches to create custom accents for my scrapbook pages. Then I can make things the exact size, color and shape that I want them! So, combining both of these—packaging and punches—makes me a  happy girl!! Doing this very thing, I created a layout of my little girl, Emily, and I managed to use all four of pieces of packaging on my page! Plus, I still have quite a bit of each one left that I will be able to use again in the future.

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In case you can’t tell where I have used the packaging, here are the details:

1. I used my favorite corner punch from EK Success to create both of these photo corners from the Elle’s Studio and the Studio Calico Packaging. After punching them I used a black marker to outline the edges just to give the corners a little more definition.

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2. I used the upper crest border punch from Fiskars to punch a strip of paper from the Making Memories packaging.

3. I cut out a strip from the Sassafrass packaging and tucked it under the other strip. I LOVE to add little strips of paper to my layouts and packaging is perfect to use for these. I will often use my scallop scissors to cut strips from packaging as well.

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3. I used a square punch and the Sassafrass packaging to create these two boxes. Then I simply used a marker to outline the box and a rub-on for the check marks.

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If you aren’t already saving your packaging to use like I do, I challenge you to look more closely at it before you toss it into the trash. You will probably find that there are lots of cute things you can save to use on your scrapbook layouts. Once you learn to see the potential in those typically tossed scraps, the sky is the limit!

Have fun!
Maggie

For more from Maggie, check out her work in the July issue of CK and visit her happy blog!

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