We recently launched our new online education platform, SCT Delivered Online Classes! These classes have been cultivated by some of the industry's favourite designers with the simple goal of offering you the opportunity to enhance your papercrafting skills in a self-paced environment. Each designer has contributed their creative talents to bring you a unique, one-of-a-kind class right to your computer. Each six-week course includes:
easy to follow step-by-step instructions for 18 beautiful 12x12 layouts
exclusive PageMaps sketches
technique-driven step photos
electronic cutting files (.dxf and .svg formats*)
complete supply lists (including paper collections)
and so much more!
Our inaugural class is based on the very popular Easy, Detailed, Expert article that appeared for 9 years in each issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine! This class includes 6 weeks of tips, tricks and techniques from 6 amazing designers.
This class began a few weeks ago and we are all having a great time in the exclusive group on Facebook where class participants can chat and share their completed layouts with each other and the class designers. We thought it would be fun to share a few layouts from the class group that were inspired by the weekly EDE content created by the designers.
Kim's Solo by Pamela Sabori
Little Slugger by Nicole Genge
Love You by Shannon Yates
Mr. Personality by Kerri Callaghan
Here is some of the feedback we have received from these amazing ladies ...
"I cannot express how fun this class is! Virginia Nebel rocked this class...so inspirational. Thanks so much SCT." ~ Rhonda S.
"I see we have WEEK 2 -- YAY!! Can't wait to start creating using Nicole Nowosad gorgeous inspiration. Thank you Nicole and SCT!!" ~ Shannon Y.
"I cant wait for tomorrow.... when you post the NEXT class." ~ Nicole G.
"I love this week's sketch and am looking forward to trying the other two versions. I like how they are different from each other and not dependent on any specific product." ~ Patti W
"I am sooo loving this class and all the gorgeous takes on the sketches posted here. I am a great fan of Paige Taylor Evans and was pumped to see her in the line up of the BEST in the field instructors." ~ Shannon Y.
"Just took a glimpse of this week's class...love all 3 layouts :) thank you." ~ Chantal T.
Good morning and happy Friday! It's an exciting day for the SCT team as we release our brand new summer issue! This issue is now available in select independent papercraft stores (see store listing on page 75!) and for FREE download/viewing on our website HERE! It will be available in select Barnes & Noble and Books A Million locations around the first week of July.
Brimming with inspiration, the Summer 2016 issue includes:
▪ 100+ trendy ideas
▪ live & scrapbook with intent - Ali Edwards shows you how
▪ our team's top ten scrapbooking techniques
▪ cards never "felt" so good with Jennifer McGuire
▪ 20 free online downloads
▪ expert photo tips from Maggie Holmes
▪ ... and an inspiration gallery that is full of stunning summer themed projects!
Our talented designers have once again filled this issue with amazing inspiration, creativity and clever ideas for you to try. Be sure to dowload, view or order your copy today!
*** Giveaway ***
Let's celebrate the release of our summer issue with a giveaway! We would love to give not one but TEN copies away! As we continue our 10th birthday celebration year, 10 copies seems fitting. Just leave a comment below and we would love to know when you discovered Scrapbook & Cards Today. Are you a long time reader or maybe just recently discovered the magazine and we would love to know where you call home! It's always fun to see where our readers/followers are located around the world. Don't be shy! Be sure to leave your comment by Thursday, June 23rd at 6:00 pm EST. We will announce winners next Friday! Good luck!
Last week our friends from Taylored Expressions were here and we gave away a selection of their brand new inks!
The winner of this fabulous prize package is...
What lovely colours in the ink pads. Chocolate truffle, saltwater taffy, oreo, and cherry pop. They are making my mouth water. I use black ink pads the most often, but I am pretty sure I own every shade of blue ink pads on the market with the exception of these two. Blue is my favourite colour for sure. Thanks for the opportunity to add to my stash, and for the inspiration of the card. Posted by: Dianne Lemay | June 14, 2016 at 08:12 PM
Congratulations Dianne! Please send your address and telephone number to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with "TE winner" in your reference line. We'll be sure to send that off to Taylored Expressions so they can get the prize on it's way to you!
Thank you all for joining us today. It's always on release day that I like to publicly thank our incredible team who works so hard on each and every issue. They are a group of extraordinary women. And yes, sometimes I pinch myself that I actually have the opportunity to work with them. Their talents are extraordinary. We truly hope you enjoy our latest issue and all the other things we have to offer at SCT! Do you want a little hint at what we were working on this past week? Our second online class in partnership with PageMaps AND our 2017 Creative Planner...that's growing again! Let's just say the rest of the year is going to be as fun-filled as the first part of the year was. And we're thrilled you've come along for the ride with us!
Have a wonderful weekend celebrating all the amazing men in your life this Father's Day! I'm headed off to New York for a few days next week with almost NO agenda. WHAT??? While that's a little foreign to me, I'm looking forward to discovering new places and meeting new faces. Follow me on Instagram @catherinesct to see what I discover along the way!
Hi everyone, it's Stephanie Klauck here with a blog post that's near to my heart. The idea of sharing a card for a guest father's day post here on the SCT blog seemed impossible to me... how could I possibly share a card created for a father when I myself no longer have one? Ironically, this year father's day falls on the 2nd year anniversary of my dad's death, so it goes without saying that this is a pretty tough day for me. We were extremely close and I miss him every day, but even more on these two days that somehow ended up as one this year.
But then I started thinking about it and I realized a couple of things... cards are important, and special, and touch people in ways you might not even realize. And there are other 'fathers' in our lives that should be celebrated and loved on this special day.
About six months after my father passed away, I was cleaning out some boxes and bins in my closet and I came across the card pictured in the photo above. Now my father was one of the best card givers I have ever known and I'm pretty sure that my love of cards and cardmaking is a direct result of the thought and effort he put forth every holiday by giving me the perfect card. But for some reason, I didn't remember this card and I have no memory of actually receiving it from him.
When I opened it, the usual LOVE DAD XOXO in all caps was followed by a message he had written that I will hold close to my heart always. That card is one of my most treasured items that my father left me. He probably had no idea when he wrote those words and tucked that card into that envelope, how important it would be to me now and how much I would cherish it.
As much as this holiday is hard for me in my role as a daughter, I have an amazing husband who is an awesome dad and it's important to me that he knows this and gets to feel special on father's day. And my husband has a really great dad who plays an important role in our lives so he should be celebrated too. What better way to celebrate them than with a handmade card that includes a special message inside. Men love giving and receiving cards as much as women do, or at least my dad did. I know this because I found every single card I had ever made him tucked inside a shoe box in his house. :)
If you've lost a parent, it can be hard to create emotional, sentimental cards for others on father's day (and mother's day). So don't. Have fun with it and create cards that are fun to make and don't pull at your heart strings as much. I created this barbecue themed card for my husband this year because he loves to grill and it was just fun to make.
So this father's day, even though a piece of my heart will ache for my own father who isn't here, I will smile and think of him as I hand the cards I created with love, to the other men in my life. Because at the end of the day, I will know that he is a part of each and every card that I make.
Happy Summer, everyone! Stacy Cohen here with you today. Are you a 1-page scrapper or a 2-page scrapper? Maybe you’re like me and you do both. I usually prefer to create single page layouts, but sometimes I have a lot of photos or a longer story to tell, and a 2-page spread is warranted. For me, 2-pagers can be a little more challenging design-wise. Sometimes when I’m feeling creatively stumped, I’ll pull design inspiration from 1-page layouts. Often the single page designs can be stretched and/or turned to fit beautifully on a double spread! Below is an example.
To modify this design for a double page layout, I simply rotated the design counterclockwise 90 degrees, stretched out the paper strip rows, and added more photos.
I had fun creating the column of colorful paper strips with coordinating embellishments on the first layout, so I created a somewhat different version of this design idea on my second layout. On both layouts I used 3D adhesive on every other paper strip to create dimension.
So next time you’re feeling a little stuck when creating a double pager, try modifying a single page layout or sketch!
Hello SCT friends, it’s Virginia here today to share with you my process in using a sketch and then turning it into a double page. I love using sketches for inspiration and here is a fun sketch by PageMaps.
When using a sketch I look for a starting point that grabs my attention for what I have in mind to scrap. This could be photo sizes and placement, a pattern or shape. This sketch features a large circle which is one of my favourite geometric shapes so that becomes my jumping off point and you see it on the left side of my finished page. I pretty much followed the overall design of the sketch but sometimes this may not always be the case so no worries when your finished page doesn’t resemble the sketch. All that really matters is you have documented your memories and had fun in the process!
I turned the single page sketch into a double page. I use a large circle element on the left side page and continued the circle shapes on the right side but on a smaller scale.
I kept the photos to two per side in keeping with the original photo suggestion of the sketch.