HAPPY FRIDAY! Yes, we have have said that loudly but hey, the weekend is just around the corner and who agrees with me that there should be one more day between Saturday and Sunday? Have you got some wonderful plans? Will you be creating this weekend? We hear that many are working on getting their December Daily albms ready and we can't wait to see them as the month continues. December is a month full of wonderful festivities and of course, December also has the finest 12 days of the year around the SCT offices here. You are going to want to mark your Planner and get ready for this annual celebration...
It is our largest holiday giveaway EVER with over $2,000 in prizes along with amazing inspiration from our design team! Here is a little hint...we are kicking off and ending the day with some incredible prizes. You will NOT want to miss this!
You will also not want to miss today's giveaway :)
Have fun creating with the Everyday Circus collection from Fancy Pants Designs! Whether you are actually scrapbooking a trip to the circus, or just the circus of your everyday life, you’ll have so much fun with these products!! This collection is full of fun and whimsy, yet perfect for the many occasions of life in general!
For an opportunity to win this great collection from our friends at Fancy Pants Designs, be sure to leave a comment below and in your comment tell us what the first item is that you reach for in your crafty space! You have until Thursday, December 4th! Good luck!
We would also love it if you could just pop on over to the Fancy Pants Designs Facebook page and let them know how much you love this prize! Jodi and Lisa would love to see that!
Here are some winners from a few past giveaways...
Celebrating everyday moments online class with Aly Dosdall:
Oh! I'm in! I'm in! I'm in! I would love to participate in the class :) wish me luck!!! thanks for the opportunity :) Posted by: Clemencia | November 15, 2014 at 06:40 PM
3 winter issues will go to:
I would LOVE to take one of those new winter issues off your hands! Thanks for the chance to win. Posted by: Janet Sisk | November 14, 2014 at 12:34 PM
It would be great to have a new 'hardcopy' magazine to read at my leisure. So sad other magazines have gone out of print. Thanks for the chance. Posted by: Melissa Starliper | November 15, 2014 at 07:20 AM
I look so forward to your Winter issue every year. Pick me! Pick me!! Posted by: Mary McKenzie | November 19, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Jillbean Soup Cool as a Cucumber Soup collection
The collection looks wonderful, and Jen's cards provide the inspiration I would need to use the collection creatively. Thanks for the chance to win. Posted by: Janice | November 01, 2014 at 06:24 AM
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Have a wonderful weekend friends! See you next week. It's going to be a busy one as we prepare for the full winter issue release next Friday! We can't wait to share it with you!
Good morning! To all our readers, American team members and industry partners we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May you create wonderful memories with family and friends, enjoy great food and laugh a whole lot. It is the best medicine isn't it?
Speaking of creating wonderful things, today Jen Gallacher joins us to share how to hand-stitch on your cards with the Amy Tangerine "Stitched" collection in the card-making video tutorial below. You'll love the tips and tricks for stitching she's included too! Make two fall cards with the full step-by-step instructions that any friend or neighbour would adore. The individual photos below show each individual card. Note that one card using the embroidery floss from this kit to stitch a word, while the second card using the floss as an embellishment. There are so many ways to stretch and use this charming collection from American Crafts!
Be sure to see the many amazing, tutorial videos on the SCT YouTube channel HERE!
Hello SCT friends & Project Life Peeps! My name is Jess Forster and I am “jazz hands” excited to be on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. It feels like it was just yesterday when I had “discovered scrapbooking” and picked up my first SCT magazine. This, along with many other copies, I read cover-to-cover, for inspiration. I am so grateful to Catherine for letting me share my work in this space. I am a big fan of her & SCT. So without further ado, read on friends about filling in weekly gaps in Project Life!
Who doesn’t love to play a good game of doctor? Say Aw!.....
Before the craziness of the holidays begin, I am looking back in my 2014 Project Life album to fill in some the empty spaces. Maybe you can relate? After completing Project Life for the past three years, I recognize that there are times when I am productive and times when I am not. Living in the Great White North, aka Toronto, Canada, this is especially true in the summer. Although I am kinda obsessed with Project Life, I don’t always have time to scrapbook. I don’t feel guilty about taking breaks and I recognize that I can always go back and document previous weeks. For this quick and simple page, also known as Week 37, I am going back and documenting the labour day weekend we spent visiting my parents – or as my girlie calls them “Grandmat & Grandpot”. Gotta love a preschooler’s sense of humour? Am I right?
Supplies: Page Protectors: Design V + 6 x 12 insert; Cards: Heidi Swapp Favourite Things Core Kit; Wood Veneers: Studio Calico
To create a simple and “timeless” look for my page, I converted all my photos from colour to black and white, using the Pic-Tap-Go App on my iPhone. Next, I choose 4 photos that best represented the week. I enlarged the picture of Rowan and my mom “playing doctor” to 6 x 12 to create a focal point. I love elevating small everyday moments like this and building a page around them. Another bonus? Enlarged photos take up a lot of space, helping to finish weeks faster.
Lastly, instead of focusing on all the events of the week, I included two small moments that focused on the interactions Rowan had with my parents. Can you tell that riding the lawn mover and playing doctor were important moments? No novel here, just some simple details that give meaning to the pictures.
Bottom line: We all have gaps in our Project Life albums – no need to feel guilty! By limiting your number of photos, relying on your favourite go to colour combinations and adding simple journaling details, you too can fill gaps in your albums before 2015. Thanks for reading and letting me share! And to all our American Friends south of the border – Happy Thanksgiving!
Bio: Jess Forster knew she was addicted to scrapbooking after completing Week in the Life in 2010. After giving birth to her daughter in 2011, Jess started to focus all of her memory keeping efforts on Project Life and now considers it her go-to memory keeping system of choice. A wife to Aaron and mama to Rowan, Jess enjoys running, drinking too much coffee and seeking adventures big and small in the Beaches neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Currently she is on the 2014 Becky Higgins Creative Team and shares her passion for Project Life by teaching in person classes around Ontario. You can see her clean and simple layouts and other crafty pursuits on her blog: Cheers, Jess.
Hello, my SCT friends! For those of you who reside in America, happy week of Thanksgiving. For my Canadian friends, I realize this calendar event has come and gone for the year, but I hope you’ll agree that it’s always a good time to discuss gratitude and ways to document what we’re thankful for.
In the spirit of giving thanks, please know that I’m incredibly grateful for you. You always get my week off to a positive and creative start, which means so much to me. And you’ve made me feel right at home as a member of the SCT family. Thank you!
Since I’ll be sitting around the Thanksgiving table later this week, I thought I’d dedicate today’s post to artistic expressions of gratitude.
This bunch of brilliant books is sure to put you in a thankful state of mind.
That Dawn—she sure knows how to make attractive minis. This time, she took a paper approach to create this darling design using some of the products she’s created for Papertrey Ink. So charming!
Feeling inspired to create your own book of blessings? I thought you might enjoy a few quotes to get you started.
I’ll leave you with a look at a little gratitude project I created for my family’s Thanksgiving celebration. I used an old book and some of the sweet new True Friend collection by Fancy Pants Designs to create a book of blessings.
It’s a place where each dinner guest can write a note of appreciation for each of the other guests in attendance. I simply divided the book up into sections by guest so there’d be plenty of room for celebrating everyone.
For more on this project and other ideas for expressing thanks, I invite you to check out my latest personal blog post and TV segment HERE.
Again, thank YOU! I sure appreciate this opportunity to be a small part of your creative life. You bet that will be on my list of blessings this week and all year through.
Hello SCT friends! It's Allison and I’ll be your hostess for Card Café Thursday. You know, a card isn’t just a card anymore! It can be so much more!
Today I’m going to share a card based on a card sketch by the lovely Becky Fleck. Becky provides Scrapbook & Cards Today readers with so much amazing inspiration with her incredible designs so I thought I’d feature this sketch below, a sketch featured here in 2012.
Now looking at this sketch, it has so many cool possibilities but with the holiday season soon upon us, I thought I’d create an extra special Christmas card that you too can make with ease.
I began my card by picking some gorgeous holiday papers by My Mind’s Eye. I used the new “Sleigh Bells Ring” and “Joyous” paper and embellishment collections.
I started by creating a fun layered snowflake using some snowflake die shaped cut outs with sanded edges for an aged look plus a sweet little brad embellishment with a Santa face on it for the center piece of the snowflake. Just before adhering all of my fun layers together, I thought “why not make this part of my card removable and make it into an ornament!”. Viola… so between my two snowflakes I sandwiched a knotted loop of jute twine to create a hanger for my snowflake ornament. I added a fun seam binding bow and a removable ornament was born!
The photo above shows how I simply attached my ornament to my card, on the inside, by using a piece of fun washi tape. This will allow the ornament to be detached from the card easily!
Knowing that I needed a card to attach my ornament to and wanting to follow the sketch, I made a very basic card base to feature my snowflake Santa.
I used Becky’s basic card design, some elegant AND whimsical papers together, along with some thread and a stunning gift label also from My Mind’s Eye.
TIP:Here’s an easy way to get a white edge on your papers without cutting a white mat; take some sandpaper (or a nail file in my case!) and sand off the edge of your patterned paper to reveal the white core of the paper. It’s a way to add a mat without adding any more weight or layers to your card!
And here’s my finished card with its hanging Santa snowflake ornament…
Simple. Easy. And your recipient gets to keep a little piece of the holiday fun that you made for them!
I hope I’ve inspired you to create and think beyond the card today! Try adding a holiday photo to your ornament or make a shaker element to hang on the tree. The ideas are endless… so get creating!