March/April 2010 Issue: An Insider’s Look

03/11/2010 at 3:52 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Insider's Look, Uncategorized | 57 Comments
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Hey there! Are you as antsy for spring as I am? If so, make sure you check out the March/April issue of Creating Keepsakes. It’s got so many great ideas for spring-themed pages and techniques to try on them that you’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts, even if it’s still a bit chilly outside.

Here are three of my favorite items from this issue, along with a couple of tidbits from our team:

1. Stamping with a template and spray ink

Spritzing and stamping? Ooh la la! Stamping makes me happy, so I was so thrilled to learn about this technique from Liz Hicks, education coordinator for Tattered Angels. I love how Dream Team member Kim Watson interpreted the idea on her page. Want to learn more? Get step-by-step instructions in this month’s “CK Shows You How” column on page 23, and  see Liz’s video demo.

"She Has Spring in Her Step" by Kim Watson, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 26

2. Lots and lots of beautiful pages

If you need a little scrapbooking eye candy, then you’re going to love our “Scrapbook Your Life” article as much as I do—it’s packed with fantastic layouts like this one from Shelley Jaquet. I love how she fit 17 photos on her layout and that they show so many fun family activities.

"Our Family . . . Everyday Life" by Shelley Jaquet, as seen in the March/April 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes, page 72

3. Cool ribbon techniques

Jennifer McGuire always has many creative ideas for using products, and this month’s “Tools & Techniques” column is just too much fun. Check out the grass on this darling “Monster” accent—can you believe she created it by fraying green ribbon? Too clever! (You’ll find additional tips from Jennifer on getting more from ribbon in her column.)

"Monster" by Jennifer McGuire, as seen in the March/April 2010 Creating Keepsakes, page 106

Here are some fun tidbits about this issue from the team:

  • Creative editor Megan Hoeppner designed the adorable layout featured on our cover—didn’t she do a fabulous job? What you may not know is that the photo on the layout was taken by reader/contributor Brigid Gonzalez. She e-mailed it to us at, and it was chosen for this cover! If you have a great photo with strong eye contact and good lighting, send it in for consideration. Your photo could end up being featured in a future issue!

  • Reader/contributor Stacy Cohen found a way to use her instant-coffee purchase on a layout about her morning fix. See the idea on page 108.
  • Editor-in-chief Jennafer Martin had a ball working with contributing writer Mou Saha on the “Spring Is in the Air” feature for this issue. “Mou had so many creative ideas and her enthusiasm for this springy topic brightened up the dreary fall when we worked on it,” says Jennafer. See more of Mou’s work in future issues of CK or on her blog.

  • There’s more than one way for your page to be published in CK. Fresh Face Donna Creedon, whose “Cheeky Grin” layout is featured on page 96, had originally posted the amazing layout on her blog, where creative editor Megan Hoeppner spotted it. It fit so well with the “Spring Is in the Air” article that we snatched it up right away. You never know when one of your layouts will be spotted by our roving talent reporters!
  • Accident or accent? After dropping an ink applicator on her page, reader/contributor Iris Uy turned the unfortunate ink spot into a really cool embossed accent. See it on page 16.
  • April Fools for photos. In the editor’s note, Jennafer Martin wrote a sidebar mentioning a couple of sites to play with your photos. “We didn’t end up publishing it, but I played with my photo on to become one of my favorite superheroes. You can be anyone you want to be by putting your head on a photo there,” Jennafer says. Try it today!

What were your favorite items about this issue? Leave us a comment by Friday, March 26, 2010, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive a sampling of some fun, new scrapbooking products.

—Lori Fairbanks, editor


CHA Winter 2010: Insider’s Look

01/26/2010 at 3:47 am | Posted in Insider's Look, product, technique, Uncategorized | 128 Comments
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It’s another sunny day in Anaheim, California, and things are heating up at the winter 2010 Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) tradeshow. In today’s insider’s look at the happenings around the show floor, we’re peeking in on some of the excellent make & takes and project demonstrations going on. (‘Cause you know we love project ideas!)

Making Memories
Let’s start with a visit to the Making Memories booth. I can see their enormous die-cut butterfly chandelier from here!

There’s been a lot of buzz on the show floor about the new hands-free Slice die-cutting system that made that chandelier. Let’s see what it’s all about.

Ranger Industries

The ever-so-talented Claudine Hellmuth taught a class here at CHA on how to create a slew of different looks using her new sticky back canvas from Ranger Industries. She offered us an inside look at two of her awesome techniques.

Hambly Screen Prints

We adore rub-ons, and all the crazy ways you can use them to dress-up everything from notebooks to scrapbook pages to jewelry. Jewelry? Oh yes! Allison Abad showed us how to personalize simple wooden bangles . . . Hambly style.

Of course, half the fun at CHA is the chance we all get to hang out with friends, old and new! Here’s an insider’s look at lunch with the contributors to both Creating Keepsakes and Paper Crafts magazine.

We still have two more days of fun here in California, and many more exciting ideas to share with you. What has been your favorite product or technique so far? Leave us a comment for a chance to receive your own CHA prize package!

Have a wonderful day!
Kim Jackson, Senior Editor

Sticky Techniques

10/22/2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 78 Comments
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Lara PenrodHave you ever wondered what you’d do with some of the many adhesive products you see on the market today? Like you, I often think, “I’m sure that product’s really cool—if only I knew what to do with it.” We’ve put together a few techniques using adhesive to get you started. Hopefully, they’ll answer a few questions for you, and get you playing to find some of your own great techniques. 


Adhesives Stickers

These fun adhesives will help you add a little sparkle to any project quickly. And they’re super easy to use!

Simply remove the backing from the sticker, place the design on your cardstock,  peel away the cover paper, and apply glitter.


It’s that quick! If you want to use a couple different colors of glitter, simply peel away only a portion of the cover paper, and apply your first glitter.


 Then peel away the remaining cover paper, and apply your second glitter. 


In just moments, you’ll have a fun, sparkly accent for your page. Our cute cupcake came from Baby Cakes Design Adhesives by Clearsnap.


Glue Pens

We all have a glue pen in our stash of tools. But your glue pen can do more than just adhere cardstock and photos to your page. It’s also the perfect tool to apply glitter to a small area, adding that little bit of zing to your page. I used my glue pen to add glitter to one of the flowers on my patterned paper.



 To create this effect, simply trace the outline with your glue pen,


add glitter and shake off the excess glitter. I loved this paper before, but the glitter just added that little something extra.


You can also use your glue pen to add dimension to your page by applying flock to buttons or brads.

Apply glue directly to the brad,



 dip the brad in flock,


 rub the flock into the glue with your finger,


shake off the excess, and you’ve got a colorful, flocked brad!


Try using the Zig 2-Way Glue pen by EK Sucess for this technique.

Glue Pads 

The best invention since white bread! Oh yes, I was that excited when I saw glue pads hit the market. They’re just like ink pads, but they’re glue! What a great way to apply glitter and flock to you pages. You can use them with stamps or to cover whole pieces of chipboard. For these projects, I used the Essential Glue Pad from Tsukineko.


To stamp an image, simply “ink” your stamp using the glue pad,



 stamp the image,



 and apply glitter or flock and shake off the excess.


Tip: One thing we found while using flock is that it works best with less intricate designs.

Another technique to try is covering an entire piece of chipboard with glitter or flock. First, simply press the chipboard onto the glue pad,


 then apply glitter or flock and shake off the excess.


It’s that easy. And once it’s dry, the glitter stays in place!



Adhesive Sheets 

Perhaps you couldn’t think of a use for a full sheet of adhesive, but I’m here to tell you, this is one product you’re going to want in your toolbox. It’s great for adhering those tiny or intricate elements your page, such a little letters. 


 Cut the sheet of adhesive to the desired size.



Then apply the adhesive sheet to your patterned paper or cardstock.



Cut out your letters or shape.



Remove the letters or shapes for the backing,


 and adhere to your page.


Using adhesive sheets is so much easier than trying to apply adhesive to tiny pieces. And if you’re using an alphabet die, you’ve got extra letters to use another day.

While adhesive sheets make light work of adhering tiny embellishments, you can also think big when it comes to this great product. Using a sheet of adhesive is also a great way to cover a large area of your page.


Here I’ve created a quick border for my page using a strip of adhesive and flock. Trim an adhesive sheet to the size of your page and apply to the edge. You’ve covered a large area of your page in no time! Give the 12″ x 12″ Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L a try for these great project ideas.

We hope this quick look at a few adhesive techniques gets your creative juices flowing. Leave us a comment and let us know how you’re using these great adhesive products. We’ll select two winners from the comments to each win an adhesive grab bag.

Lara Penrod
Senior Editor

Video from the Vault: “Stamping Techniques” with Jennifer McGuire

10/07/2009 at 1:52 am | Posted in Video from the Vault | 3 Comments
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lori-andersonHi everyone! Thanks for joining us for a fun look back at another CK video from the vault. This video features CK Contributing Writer (and fabulous stamper extraordinaire) Jennifer McGuire as she shares some of her favorite stamping techniques. Stamping is an easy treatment that gives you immediate results when creating projects. Check out Jennifer’s video for some quick tips for better stamping:

We’re still on the lookout for more video segment ideas. Wondering how to do a fun paint technique? Hoping to see a step-by-step how-to from a layout you’ve seen Creating Keepsakes? Leave us a comment and we just might feature your video idea in one of our upcoming videos.

Lori Anderson
Online Managing Editor

Guest Blogger: Maren Benedict (and Free Font Friday!)

10/02/2009 at 3:23 am | Posted in Get-to-Know | 11 Comments
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IMG_4367Happy early World Card Making Day!!  Hi! I’m Maren Benedict, one of Paper Crafts magazine’s Go-to Gals. I am super excited to be guest blogging here today and sharing my love of card making. Tomorrow marks the 4th annual World Card Making Day. Lots of fabulous events are going on all over the world to celebrate. Whether you are taking a class at your local scrapbooking store or getting together with some crafty friends, it’s time to make some cards!   

One of the reasons that I LOVE making cards is I get to play with ribbon. Actually, I have a hard time NOT adding ribbon to cards I make. Ribbon makes me happy and brings a little femininity into my testosterone-filled home. Sometimes it’s just a quick little bow:


Birthday Wishes by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock and ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: Sassafras; Number stickers: American Crafts; Rhinestones: me & my BIG ideas; Ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company.

Other times I find a fabulous ribbon that needs to be seen!  Silver wood grain . . .YUM! 

Celebrate_the_SeasonCelebrate the Season by Maren  Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: SEI; Chipboard: Maya Road; Glitter glue and ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Ribbon: Martha Stewart Crafts, EK Success.

Often the ribbon just ties all the elements together:


Hi by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock and ribbon: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts; Die-cutting machine: Cuttlebug, Provo Craft; Dies: Nestabilities, Spellbinders; Letter stickers: American Crafts.

There are times when I want a more subtle look, so I add just a little ruffled ribbon blending into the bottom or a small ribbon tag hanging off the edge of the card.


Thank You by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper and die-cut: Cosmo Cricket; Button: BasicGrey; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Embroidery floss: Canvas Corp; Ribbon: May Arts and Papertrey Ink .

Although I’m a ribbon addict and not in short supply, there are times when I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for to complete my card.  That’s when I customize my ribbon like I did for this card: 


Love by Maren Benedict. Supplies Cardstock: Papertrey Ink; Patterned paper: American Crafts and October Afternoon; Acrylic heart: Heidi Swapp for Advantus; Transparency: Hambly Screen Prints; Word sticker: Anna Griffin; Ink: Ranger Industries; Stamp: Unity Stamp Company; Markers: Copic; Ribbon: May Arts.

1. To customize ribbon, all you need is a dye ink, a stamp, some ribbon and a marker.


2. Ink up your stamp and stamp directly on the ribbon. You will want to be sure to add enough pressure to get into the ridges.

Stamping Ribbon

3. Use the tip of a marker to run along the edge of the ribbon. Running an inky finger along the edge works, too!


4. There you go! Super easy. Now attach it to your project, and you’re done.


I hope I’ve inspired you to pull out some ribbon or make some cards. Planning to make a Birthday, Christmas, Hello, Thank You or Love card?  Why not send it off to the special WCMD card contest!  Enjoy your World Card Making Day, friends! Happy crafting!







P.S. It’s FREE FONT FRIDAY, peeps! By special request, our featured font this week is CK Ali’s Handwriting, featuring Ali Edwards’ penmanship. FFFLOGO1_web-ready_5085




Download it here.

Weekly Warm-Up: Create & Celebrate

09/28/2009 at 3:11 am | Posted in Holidays, weekly warm up | 8 Comments
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Hello, crafty memory keepers!

Mark your creative calendars—this coming Saturday, October 3rd is the fourth annual World Card Making Day (WCMD). This day, celebrating all things cards, kicks off the holiday card-making season.

After all, it’s never too early to begin working on those festive greetings. And our friends over at Paper Crafts are hosting an entire week of ideas and prizes to get you in the spirit.


Let’s start the WCMD party early, shall we? Here’s a holiday greeting to get you in that celebratory mood.


Frosted Flakes card by Megan Hoeppner. Supplies Cardstock, stamps and ink: Stampin’ Up!; Embossing powder: American Crafts; Ribbon: American Crafts, Making Memories and Stampin’ Up!; Gems: Doodlebug; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

This card only requires a few strips of ribbon, some simple stamping, a little embossing, a few gems and a bit of cardstock for the base, making it a great card choice when it comes to designing in bulk.


Money-Saving Tip: When creating cards in bulk, it’s a good idea to use supplies that stretch, such as stamps and dies.

Here’s the same card in a different color palette.



Money-Saving Tip: Scraps are perfect for creating cards in bulk. If you run out of one color, as was the case with my ribbon bits, don’t be afraid to switch to another happy hue from your stash.


Design Tip: Adhere the stamped images with dimensional adhesive for added interest.


Now, it’s time to turn on your favorite holiday music, pour yourself a cup of cheer, and get ready to celebrate WCMD 2009! Here are a few ways you can join the celebration:

  • Visit the WCMD website. It’s brimming with card ideas from your favorite scrapbooking manufacturers, a list of stores around the world participating in WCMD events and ideas for hosting your own WCMD parties.
  • Join the “Countdown to WCMD” blog bonanza, where you’ll find a huge assortment of holiday cards on various designers’ blogs. The fun starts today and runs through Oct. 2. Find participating blogs here.
  • Save some money. In honor of this big day, we’re offering 25% off of any one item in our online store. For the coupon code, visit any of the participating “Countdown to WCMD” blogs.
  • Go on a worldwide creative tour with Paper Crafts creative editor, Cath Edvalson. She is featuring scrapbooking manufacturers from all over the globe on her Moxie Fab World blog. And, we’re willing to bet you’ll find an awesome giveaway or two while you’re there. 
  • Get inspired by this week’s guest blogger. Maren Benedict, Paper Crafts Go-To Gal, will be visiting our blog to share her cool card ideas this Friday.
  • Feeling lucky? Excellent! Enter your favorite holiday card in the WCMD card contest. You could be one of 20 winners to receive an amazing card-making prize package (below) valued at more than $185! Visit the WCMD website to participate in the contest.



Speaking of holiday card-making, I’d love to have you join me in the card classes I’m teaching for the University of Utah this fall.

Creative Holiday Update Letters: Turn that basic form letter into a memorable annual update your friends and family will adore.

Handmade Cards & Gift Wrap: Learn new techniques and walk away with tons of card and gift-wrap ideas to share this season. Plus, you’ll receive a grand assortment of products from scrapbooking manufacturers you know and love.

Feeling festive? We’d love to hear how you plan on celebrating WCMD ’09. Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re up to. Whatever it is, we hope your day is merry and bright!

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

P.S. Be sure to check the Giveaways tab at the top of the page to discover the winners of last week’s blog contests!

October Issue Scavenger Hunt

09/22/2009 at 3:49 am | Posted in Scavenger Hunt | 95 Comments
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IMG_2057Hello, dear friends of CK!

Today officially marks the FIRST DAY of FALL . . . oh yeah.  Football games, pumpkins, crisp mornings and nature’s colorful displays are just incredibly energizing, aren’t they?  

Since we’re feeling kind of festive here in the CK offices, we’re going to share the giddiness by giving away THREE awesome packages of fall and October-themed goodies!

How to enter the giveaway? Simply grab a copy of our October 2009 issue and search for the answers to the ten questions below.

Leave your response as a blog comment. The winners will be chosen from all correct responses by random drawing on Friday, Sept. 25, and announced here on the blog on Monday, Sept. 28. Happy hunting!


1. When is Adhesives Week on the CK blog?

2. How many photos did Becky Higgins include on her “Our Fall” layout?

3. Where does Mou Saha store her most-used embellishments?

4. Who manufactures the amazing trimmer featured in Lori Fairbanks’ “Latest & Greatest” column?

5. Who is the author of the quote on Elizabeth Kartchner’s “Shine” layout?

6. What product does Megan Hoeppner recommend in “Tips & Tricks” for achieving more evenly stamped images?

October 2009 CK7. What dingbat font did Jackie Stringham use to create unique embellishments for her “What a Kid” layout?

8. In what month do we suggest “freshly baked cookies” as one of the month’s “Can’t-Miss Photos to Take“?

9. Ali Edwards uses a sewing machine manufactured in what decade?

10. What do all the photos used in layouts in the “10 Shortcuts for Fast & Beautiful Pages” feature have in common?

Good luck, crafty ones. Now get to guessing!

Beth Opel

Online Senior Editor, Creating Keepsakes

Guest Blogger: Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink

09/11/2009 at 4:18 am | Posted in guest blogger | 576 Comments
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Hello and happy Friday! My name is Nichole Heady, and I am one of the co-owners of Papertrey Ink. We specialize in clear stamps along with our own line of exclusive paper crafting embellishments and accessories, all of which are created specifically for stampers, by a stamper. 

We release new product each month on the 15th, with a special countdown on my blog, featuring sneak peeks, beginning on the 10th. I was just thrilled to be asked to participate here as a guest blogger to debut a brand new product that will not be available until September 15! How’s that for exciting? Let’s get started! 

sweet tooth smile layout

Sweet Tooth Smile by Nichole Heady. Supplies Cardstock, ink, ribbon and vintage buttons: Papertrey Ink; Die-cut machine: Cuttlebug, ProvoCraft; Dies: Spellbinders; Border punch: EK Success; Letter stickers: American Crafts (foam) and Making Memories (mini); Rub-ons: American Crafts; Embossing powder: Stewart Superior; Pen:  Uni-ball Signo, Newell Rubbermaid; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. 

The project I prepared for you today uses one of the ever-popular vintage label shaped journaling blocks. Our new stamp set, Vintage Labels (available on September 15 for purchase), allows you to create four different sizes in any color you desire.  All you need is a little cardstock and some ink. Let me show you how!

stamping outline

Step 1: Stamp the label outline with one of the largest images from the stamp set onto Melon Berry cardstock using our Berry Sorbet ink.  The stamp set includes a total of eight label images in a variety of sizes so there is something for nearly any project!

taping die down

 Step 2: To make it quick and easy to cut our Vintage Label images out, they were designed to coordinate with Spellbinders Labels One die collection. Center the die directly over your stamped image, using a bit of tape to hold the die in place along the outside perimeter.  

finished die cut

These dies are compatible with almost any die-cutting machine. Once you have run the die and stamped image through the machine, you’ll be left with this--a perfect match.

cutting mask

Step 3: Stamp the same label image onto computer paper and use a craft knife to cut out the center to create a journaling mask. (You can easily create a mask like this for each image in the set and save them in the stamp case for future use.)

stamping journaling lines

Step 4: Place the mask over your die-cut label. Use our stamp set Journaling Lines right on top of the cardstock and mask. 

finished journaling block

After removing the mask, you’ll be left with this. (I decided to only stamp the lines on ¾ of my label to allow room at the bottom for some embellishing.)

 stamping letter sticker

Step 5: To customize alphabet stickers, try stamping a pattern on them. Here I’ve used our Polka Dot Basics II stamp set along with Ripe Avocado ink to add some character to these American Crafts Thickers. 

smile closeup

With just a little ink and some basic background building stamp sets such as this, you can really customize nearly anything in your stash.

stitched leaves

Step 6: For added detail, hand-cut leaves and stamp with Text Style using Ripe Avocado ink. Finish by stitching down the center.

I hope you enjoyed some of the things I shared with you today, including the showcase of our new stamp set, Vintage Labels.  Since this versatile set isn’t available for purchase until September 15, I thought I would give you all the opportunity to win it along with a few other complimentary goodies!  Here’s what’s up for grabs:

This prize package has a retail value of nearly $90, so it’s totally worth sharing a comment with us today!  Just drop a line below and let us know what you think of the ability to customize your own journaling blocks with this new product line.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with you here today and look forward to hearing what all of you think of this exciting *yet to be released* product!  And don’t forget, even if you don’t win, this stamp set, along with all of its complimentary accessories, will be available on our website beginning September 15.




P.S. It’s Friday! It’s free! It’s a font! Click here to get your font for Free Font Friday!

Introducing the Sept. Kit of the Month

09/01/2009 at 5:18 am | Posted in How-Tos | 109 Comments
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meganHave you ever played with a CK Kit of the Month (KOTM)? As much as I hate to admit it, I just had my first opportunity to do so last week. I was given an advanced copy of Peek-a-Boo, the September 2009 kit, and I must say, “kit” feels like a bit of an understatement. It’s  more like a “massive collection” or a “colossal assortment” than just a kit. I opened my box to discover sheet after sheet of die-cut papers in several colors and styles—everything from background paper and journaling spots to trendy motifs and letters. Here’s just some of the yum that comes included:



After absorbing all that the kit had to offer, I put together this page:


You Color My World by Megan Hoeppner. Supplies Cardstock: American Crafts and Stampin’ Up!; Letter stickers: American Crafts and Making Memories; Stamp: Gel-a-Tins; Ink: Stampin’ Up!; Brads: Doodlebug Design; Pen: Marvy; Adhesive: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: thread.

To create this page, I did the following:

1. Punch out the small circles from the white die-cut page included in the kit, setting the small circles aside to use on a future project. I punched out enough circles to create a 2” x 12” strip.


2. Adhere strips of cardstock (2” h) from your stash to the center of the page.


3. Layer your punched strip over your colored cardstock center, add a heart punch-out (from the kit) to your first square, and stitch down the center.


4. Punch 5 larger circles from white circle sheet contained in kit.


5. Affix stickers on each circle to spell “color” and adhere circles to rainbow strip with dimensional adhesive.


6. Stamp small polka dots on what’s left of your small-circles sheet in colors that coordinate with your cardstock strips (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink).



7. Punch out stamped circles and adhere them to your page with dimensional adhesive to create flowers. Punch out and adhere the leaves (also elements from the kit). Add a brad for the flower center and stitching for the stems. (Note: I also added a few of these stamped circles to the top of my page, just above my photo.)


8. Punch out journaling spot from kit in both red and ledger paper (white lined). Trim the white piece and layer it over the red and cut the edges so that they’re straight and will fit evenly along the edge of your layout.


9. Adhere cardstock colors to the back of the red journaling card, and adhere the entire piece to your layout.


10. Add your photo, your journaling and a few stickers to spell “You” and “my world,” and your page is complete. 

I know that 10 steps probably looks like a lot of work, but this page actually came together quite fast. Having all of the kit elements pre-cut saved a bunch of time. Plus, the small white circles that I stamped also come in solid colors, so you could skip the stamping all together and use the solid colors instead if you wanted to make this page even faster.

I wasn’t the only one given a chance to dive into the September kit. CK’s assistant editor, Joannie McBride, explored its contents and came up with this fantastic layout.


And CK’s senior online editor, Beth Opel, had fun using it to make this happy page.


She used the kit’s contents to create the pretty leave motif along the side of her page. First, she punched out the leaf images.


Next, she layered the punched leaves over red to make them pop.


I love how Joannie, Beth and I managed to get three very different looks from one kit. It’s just full of creative possibilities, don’t you think?

Now, what kind of blog friend would I be if I didn’t offer you a chance to win your own kit? “Look at how much fun we had with these. Too bad you don’t have one to try.” Nah, you know that’s not our style around here. Instead, we’re giving away the Sept. Peek-a-Boo KOTM to one lucky reader!

Simply leave us a comment on or before Monday, September 7. From the comments we receive, we’ll randomly select our winner and post her or his name under our “Giveaways” tab (at the top of the blog) on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Plus, you can view more project samples made using this kit and purchase the full kit on our website.

Thanks & good luck!

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

CHA Wrap-Up Week: Day 3

08/12/2009 at 11:39 am | Posted in Insider's Look | 91 Comments
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meganWe’re on a roll. It’s already day 3 of our CHA Wrap-Up Week. What do you think thus far? Are you having a good time? How are those feet holding up? Well, I hope, because we have more show floor to see today.



Let’s start things off with a little Trend Talk. Just as we’ve done here on the blog, Lori Fairbanks and I have joined forces (behind the camera this time) to talk what’s hot. This time we’re spotting a popular, puffy motif that popped up all over the CHA show floor. See what that trend is and how the following happy companies incorporate this look into their newest lines:


* Crate Paper: We start our Trend Talk at this inviting booth, where they’ve taken our spotted trend and incorporated it into their paper and their fabulous chipboard.

* My Little Shoebox: Our trend gets a dash of color at this bright booth. Plus, you get to hear how Lori and I date ourselves with a silly TV reference.

* Cosmo Cricket: This visit includes a special visit from company owner and product designer, Julie Comstock. She’s as delightful as her products, so this is one interview you won’t want to miss.



I’m happy to bring you not one, but two product demos today! You can thank me later. 😉

Stampers, make those stamped images shine with this technique demonstrated by Stacey at Stampee, a new CHA exhibitor.

I must have been in the mood for shimmer when I filmed these demos. Here’s another one that will make your projects shine. This time Christy, a talented friend at the Sparkle N Sprinkle booth, shows you how to add a dash of glitter to acrylic pieces.



Today I’m taking you inside the colorful Spanish Memories booth, where my new pal Nelson shows us some cool ways to use their products on layouts and small gifts. Plus, he’ll introduce you to his beautiful daughter.



Whew! We just managed to visit six booths in on blog post. We rock! After all that, I think I need to sit down. But, before I go I want to give you today’s CHA giveaway prompt.


Here at CK we’re always looking to grow and improve, so we really value your feedback on our posts. That said, I’m going to ask the same thing I did yesterday. What did you enjoy the most about today’s post? Is there a technique that really speaks to you? Are you a nut for talking trends? Maybe you love the gift ideas provided by Spanish Memories. We want to hear from you, and we’ll be sure to draw a name at random from comments received to win a new CHA prize pack. Hooray!


Now, go rest up so you’re ready for more CHA show-floor fun tomorrow. I’ll see you then.


Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

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