Trend Talk: Ruffles

03/31/2010 at 5:00 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Hot Trends | 7 Comments
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-Megan Hoeppner, creative editor, and Lori Fairbanks, editor

Trend Talk: Bingo!

02/23/2010 at 11:15 am | Posted in General Inspiration, Hot Trends, How-Tos, product, technique | 12 Comments
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CHA 2010: Trendy Looks

02/05/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Hot Trends, product | 154 Comments
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When it comes to trend spotting, the CHA show floor is a happenin’ hot spot of activity, with fresh trends as far as the eye can see. To wrap up our CHA Winter extravaganza, we want to share two of our favorite show-floor trends with you today. (Our Friday guest blog spots will reconvene next week.) Both looks we’re going to focus on are fashionably fabulous and sure to make any paper project shine. So trend trackers, are you ready to check them out? All right, let’s take a look at some of the hottest looks out there.

Look #1: Handmade Flowers

Spring was definitely in the air at this winter show. Handmade blooms were popping up all over place.

These pretty posies made from cardstock were on display at the Bazzill Basics Paper booth. We love how they fill in the open area in the corner of this layout.

 

The Melissa Frances booth took the flowers off the page and into the window with these beautiful flower balls. How sweet would these look hanging in a craft room or nursery?

 

Cosmo Cricket has an idea for dressing up a gift box in botanicals. They rolled paper rosettes from patterned paper for a bright dash of dimension.

 

The fine folks at Little Yellow Bicycle filled a vase with doily designs and paper-cut flower shapes. Any brunch gathering can be taken to the next level with these on display.

 

Look #2: Dress Forms

At first glance, it was easy to confuse the CHA show floor with a NYC runway. Dress forms were around every corner. What a wonderful way to display the latest and greatest paper lines!

GCD Studios knew how to welcome its booth guests with this lovely dress form on display right at their entryway.

 

Make a mini album for any fashionista in your life with this fantastic dress-form album from Maya Road.

 

Making Memories launched a new jewelry line this CHA, so it only seems appropriate to adorn that area of their booth with a stylish dress-form display. We loved how they draped the pattern around the shape.

 

These are just two of the many wonderful trends we spotted this show. For more of what’s hot, make sure you watch our “Hot Spot” column each issue in the magazine.

Comment to Win

So, what trend is your favorite right now, whether it’s from CHA or something else you love? Leave a comment on this blog post by February 7, 2010, and you could win this great prize package with new releases from Kiki Art.

Cheers!
Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor

Free Font Friday

P.S. Don’t miss Free Font Friday! To accompany our flower trend, today you can download the CK Flower Power font for free here.

February 2010 CK: An Insider’s Look

01/09/2010 at 4:00 am | Posted in Hot Trends, Insider's Look | 112 Comments
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Hey there! Did you pick up your copy of the new CK yet? The February 2010 issue is so much fun—we hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it together. In this post, you’ll find three of my favorite insights about this issue, along with a couple of tidbits about each one.

1. Technique: Dry Emboss on Metal. Suzy Plantamura created this beautiful layout for us to showcase dry embossing on metal. Did you know metal is a little tricky to photograph? When the first scan came in, we weren’t sure all the metal was silver (the border and small heart looked like they could have been copper).

"Crazy Love" by Suzy Plantamura, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Our team tried out this technique and experimented with different types of templates (plastic and metal), styluses (paper, plastic, and metal) and surfaces (foam mat, mouse pad, notebook, and tabletop).

CK's Brenda Peterson, Joannie McBride, Megan Hoeppner, Jennafer Martin, and Lara Penrod give dry embossing on metal a try.

We discovered that metal styluses scratch the metal (see the photo below), so be sure to use paper or plastic tips when you emboss metal unless you’re going for a scratched, distressed look (which could be cool—try some fine-grit sandpaper for a brushed metal look). See more tips from Suzy and our team on page 26.

2. Framed Chalkboard in the “Tips & Tricks” column. Love the pretty, pink frame below? We picked it up from Ikea, and it was originally black. While we loved the shape, we thought the color made it look a little gothic, so we recolored it with spray paint. If you try this coloring style, be sure to buy spray paint specially formulated to work on plastic, such as the Fusion for Plastic paint from Krylon. You might also buy a primer for plastic to cover the frame before you paint. If you look closely at ours, you can see some of the black through the pink paint (luckily, it works and makes the frame look like it’s straight out of a chic boutique). We decided to leave it with just one coat of paint because we loved the look. If the pink is a little too bold for you, try painting it white, antique white, or turquoise.

3. Hot Spot Trend: Gray-Based Pastels. We’re always on the lookout for trends that translate well to scrapbook pages and deliver a cool, current look. This month’s trend is particularly appealing because even though the main focus is color, it’s also very much about texture.

Notice the soft, sheer, and shiny materials in the above images (a snippet of our research) and how Deena Wuest’s gorgeous layout incorporates both color and texture.

"In the Stillness" by Deena Wuest, as seen in the February 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes

Giveaway Time

What were your favorite items in the February issue? Leave a comment on this post by Friday, January 15, 2010, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive a sampling of some of love-themed scrapbooking products. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue.

—Lori Fairbanks, product editor

Trend Talk: Elephants

10/01/2009 at 3:12 am | Posted in Hot Trends | 10 Comments
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Click on the music note to begin the song. Enjoy! 🙂

Guest Blogger: Rhonna Farrer of House of 3

09/04/2009 at 5:51 am | Posted in guest blogger, Uncategorized | 124 Comments
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HeadshotHi! I’m Rhonna Farrer, one third of the House of 3 with Heidi Swapp and Janet Hopkins. Today, I want to show you a new product we have that is so versatile and fun—we just love it!

It’s a paper-covered heart shadow box that has a clear acetate front so you can see inside. The kit comes with a chandelier dangle, one yard of black sateen ribbon, one heart top, one heart bottom, two rub-ons and a sheet of die-cut chipboard tags. Imagine all the possibilities—adding a large photo to the back of the heart to peek out and adding embellishments to make it pop, or creating fabulous, handmade gifts. I think grandparents would love a box dedicated to photos of their cute grandkids.

The best news of all? We are giving away 3 of these kits!  (We love the number 3!)  Just leave a comment here and tell us what you would do with this box, and we’ll pick 3 lucky CK winners. Now, let’s get creating . . .

Today, I’d like to share an idea I had for a family project called Love Notes using the box kit and photos. I wanted to creatively display an interactive reminder of our love for each other, and what better way than a “drop box” for us to to hang in our entryway where everyone passes by each day. In the jar on the table below the drop box, I have blank tickets and a pen for them to write little love notes to each other. There is a slit in the acetate so they can drop their love notes in. Each week we plan to gather together and read them to strengthen our family. So far, everyone loves it!

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 Ready to put one together for your family?

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Step 1: Gather supplies. If you don’t want to use the digital/hybrid version I’ve got here, you can always use patterned paper for the background and actual fabric for the top and sides. But if you are game, try the hybrid thing . . . you’ll love it!

Step 2: Print. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, open up two of your favorite House of 3 digital backgrounds. Print the JPG files on the Sticky Back Canvas. On a coordinating background, type “Love Notes” 3″ down and 1″ from the right so it will be positioned properly. (Note: If you are using patterned paper, print directly on your paper and attach it to the Sticky Back Canvas.) Add any brush swirls or anything you wish. This is the time you can customize with names, quotes or whatever you want to peek through.

Step 3: Trace. Choose the Sticky Back Canvas pattern you want on the top of your box, turn it on the back, lay the heart box down and trace as shown in #3. Trace the acetate insert onto the background on the cardstock for the inside of the box.3Step 4: Cut out. Cut the inside of the shadow box heart and the larger outline you’ll use for the top of the box. Adhere the heart back into the box interior.

Step 5: Peel. Separate the backing of the canvas and peel off the outline heart.  (You’ll have the other piece of heart left over.)

Step 6: Attach top. Gently press on the heart canvas to the top of the box.  Once it’s set, use a bone folder, file or burnisher to smooth the edges and make sure it’s secure.

Step 7: Cut strips. With the leftover paper canvas pieces, cut 1 1/2″ wide strips of various lengths. You’ll fit them randomly on the side of the box, so no need to measure too much now.

Step 8: Adhere strips to sides. Peel the backing off the strips and alternate patterns, gently pressing on until you have gone around the whole box. Trim as necessary.

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Step 10: Thread ribbon and cut slit. Measure and cut the ribbon for hanging. On the top of the box put ribbon through holes and knot. With a craft knife or scissors, cut a slit for the drop box.

Step 11: Add ribbon and embellishments. Thread ribbon through the bottom holes of the box and add the rub-ons to the acetate. Adhere the acetate to the inside of the box. Attach the chandelier jewel to the bottom of the box.

Step 12: Finish as desired. Accent your small photo with some chipboard elements.  Punch a hole in it and tie onto the hanging ribbon. Add tulle or any other embellishments you’d like. For mine, I added a foil flower I made from elements in the Girls’ Loft July kit and a cute little bird I got at a craft store. Just be creative and add anything you’d like!

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Hang your project somewhere your whole family can see so it can remind you to focus on the love you have for each other. Don’t forget to set a time to read your notes to one another. 

Don’t you love that creative rush you get when you make something? I love creating things I can use in my everyday life that beautify my surroundings!  While I’m here, I must tell you about an upcoming event in Salt Lake City on November 6 & 7 that has just this type of attitude in mind—Spark the Event.  

sparkcrown2bannerIt’s a creative event that encompasses that innate desire to create. We’ll be creating with jewelry, mixed media journals and fabric while we focus on capturing photographic memories in new and creative ways! Come and join Margie Romney-Aslett, Elizabeth Kartchner, Jefra Linn  and me for an amazing creative journey. Registration is open now. For more information, check this out!

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Thanks for letting me share this creative journey with you . . . come on over to my blog and be sure to enjoy your process!

Rhonna

Weekly Warm-Up: Inspiration Sites and Camp Crafty Challenge Winners

07/27/2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in weekly warm up | 8 Comments
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Happy Monday, O Creative Ones!

At Creating Keepsakes we are often asked, “Where can I look to find scrapbooking inspiration?” The answer, my friends, is simple—ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE.

However, we understand that you’re probably looking for a little more specific direction than that. So today, we present you with some cool internet sites that might tickle your creative fancy.

How to use these sites? Though they cover topics ranging from fashion to party themes to general  trends, look for appealing color combinations or accents or texture play or typography treatments.

We’ve highlighted a mere three in each category, which doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what’s out there. But we’ve got to start somewhere, right? So hop aboard the Inspiration Train and prepare for some major creative stimulation!

Event planning sites:

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Fashion sites:

  • Polyvore: Create outfits or rooms by combining products from anywhere on the Internet into a set. Anyone can be a stylist!
  • Anthropologie: Funky, trendy retailer with a handmade, vintage vibe. Check out the accessories for lots of embellishment inspiration.
  • JCrew: Classic duds with a twist. It’s the twist part that will stimulate your imagination.

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Home decor sites:

  • Decor8: Fresh finds for hip spaces.
  • Creative Closeup: Must-visit destination for the self-described decor and gadget geek.
  • Sensational Color: Beyond pleasing palettes, this site explores the theory of color and how it affects mood.

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Stationery sites:

  • Whimsy Press: Quirky designs and whimsical (naturally!) wrapping papers and cards.
  • Olive Paper: An eye for green in more ways than one—you’ll love the sumptuous combinations of patterns and ribbons.
  • Papyrus: Gorgeous note pads, writing papers and more.

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 Trend sites:

  • Print & Pattern: Celebrating the world of surface pattern and design.
  • Design*Sponge: Soak up the trendy finds from every possible category.
  • Muse: Cool haven for the hippest looks in graphic design.

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And just one more. Can’t talk trends without giving a shout out to our Paper Crafts colleague Cath Edvalson and her Moxie Fab World blog, the place for all things hip and cool in the world of paper crafting and wayyyyyyyy beyond.

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Anything pique your interest? Let us know what really gets your creative motor revving. Now, there are countless web destinations that we haven’t mentioned, so if your favorite is missing, give them a shout out in your comment.

One last order of business—our Creating Keepsakes Summer Camp Crafty Challenge winners! The following ladies win a prize package such as the sample below . . . thanks to all our generous manufacturers!

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Adornit - Carolee’s Creations, American Crafts, BasicGrey, Bo-Bunny Press, Chatterbox, Die Cuts With a View, Dream Street Paper, Glitz Design, Heidi Grace Designs, Imaginisce, Jillibean Soup, K&Company, Karen Foster Design, KIMemories, Little Yellow Bicycle, me & my BIG ideas, My Mind's Eye, SEI and Spanish Memories

Winners: DragonFlyScrap, McBuff, leeza 898, TimelessMemories, Gina B

 Campers’ Choice: Pinecone Birdfeeders Inspired Layout by DragonFlyScrap

Editors’ Choice:  “Egg Harbor” by McBuff

Best Layout Inspired by Craft:Hippie Day” by leeza898

Best Non-Layout Inspired by Craft:Camp Lindgren” by TimelessMemories

Best Spirit of Camp: My Camp Challenge Entry by Gina B

Ladies, click the “Giveaway” tab at the top of the blog and follow the directions…congratulations to you all!

Beth Opel

Senior Writer, Creating Keepsakes

Weekly Warm-Up: Summer School

07/20/2009 at 10:50 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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IMG_2057Howdy, Blog Buddies!

Have you seen the movie “Summer School“? A slacker teacher is assigned to teach a bunch of slacker/oddball students, and of course much hilarity ensues. It’s the common stereotype . . . as punishment for not doing their work during the school year, the “losers” have to forfeit their glorious summer vacation.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to another type of summer school student—the one who wants to get ahead, take advantage of the relaxed summer schedule, and use the extra time to improve herself. She exists! And if you grab a mirror, you’ll be looking at her.

You—yes YOU—can gain lots of scrapbooking know-how during the summer months by checking out online classes. From the comfort of your own home, moving at a pace that suits your life, you can benefit from the expertise of talented designers. Here are just a few online sites that offer classes:

Big Picture Scrapbooking:  Tons of themes and ideas from the likes of CK friends Stacy Julian, Cathy ZielskeWendy Smedley and many more. Our own contributing editor, Ali Edwards, will be teaching “Yesterday + Today” this October through December as part of the 4 Experts class.

Renee Pearson Digital Training: Digital guru and friend of CK shares her wealth of knowledge.

Jessica Sprague: CK Contributing Editors Jessica Sprague and Candice Stringham, among others, offering classes in scrapbooking (digital, traditional or hybrid), organization and photography.

Two Peas in a Bucket: Great options from techniques to albums to sketches (the latter taught by CK Dream Team member Kelly Purkey).

Scrap in Style: Loads of trendy and fun classes on any topic you can think of.

Scrap Tutor: Lots of basics and technique classes to improve your skill set.

Get It Scrapped! Paper and digi classes taught by the talented Debbie Hodge and friends like Digital Scrapbooking’s Pattie Knox and CK Hall of Famer Paula Gilarde.

Which appeals to you most?  Do you know of other online offerings that rock? Tell us about them.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a class today and show the world how cool summer school can be!

Beth Opel

Senior Writer, Creating Keepsakes

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

Trend Talk: Cool Looks with Clotheslines

05/29/2009 at 2:52 am | Posted in Hot Trends | 11 Comments
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Love is in the Air by Megan Hoeppner Supplies Cardstock: Die Cuts with a View; Letter stickers: American Crafts and Making Memories; Image stickers: American Crafts, Close To My Heart, Chatterbox, Glitz Design and Making Memories; Gem: K&Company; Pen: EK Success; Adhesive: Glue Arts and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L; Other: Clothespins, cording and fabric.

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Now that you’ve “listened” in on what a typical trend conversation sounds like between us, we would love to hear from you. What trends are you spotting? How are you incorporating those ideas into your scrapbook pages? Where do you go to find trends? Please, dish. Trends are a favorite topic around here, and we can’t wait to hear what’s on your mind.

Your trend-loving friends, Lori Fairbanks and Megan Hoeppner

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