22 Apr

Tuesday with the Team by Connie Nichol featuring Sizzix and Xyron

Sizzix Frameworks Lattice Die

Also featuring Garden Tool Sizzlits, Lil Monsters  by Bo Bunny and Xyron

Have you seen the new Frameworks dies from Sizzix?   Designed by Tim Holtz, they were just released last month in five fabulous patterns.  I am especially excited that they are the thick steel rule dies, meaning that in addition to cutting through paper,  they can also easily cut through all fabric, foam, felt, wood veneer and other non-paper items, giving the frugal or mixed media scrapbooker lots of flexibility!   And you can use the framework die cut itself, or the pieces cut out of the framework die (like the diamonds or hexagons) to mix and match.

frameworks dies

The Lattice Frameworks reminded  of gardening, so I thought I would combine it with the Garden Tools Sizzlits that I had in my stash.

sizzlit garden tools

I cut the tools out of a scrap piece of cardstock and then used Clearsnap products to make them look more like garden tools.

top boss

First cover the blade of the garden tool with Clearsnap Top Boss clear embossing ink.

embossing powder

Then, cover the Clearsnap embossing ink with Clearsnap metallic embossing powder (I used silver) and heat with a heat gun to melt.  You can repeat this step if you want a thicker metal layer.

chalk ink

Then, just sponge Chestnut Roan chalk ink over the garden tool handle.  You can also dab a little ink on the silver part of the tool to make it look like soil.

I was in the mood for nice BRIGHT colours this weekend, so I reached for the Bo Bunny Lil Monster line.

monster paper spread out

Maybe the Lil Monster line doesn’t make everybody think about gardening, but the beauty of the Bo Bunny products are that the papers are two sided.  So if you don’t feel like monsters, just flip the paper over and use the other side for pretty much anything.

Another Bo Bunny product that I used was their Lil Monster ephemera pack.  What a great idea!  There’s all sorts of goodies in here – buttons, brads, ribbons, papers, stamps – even a few googly eyes if you should feel the need…..



Here’s the layout I put together with the Sizzix dies and the Bo Bunny paper.

labour of love

Supplies:  Bo Bunny patterned paper and embellishments, Sizzix dies and Big Shot die cutting machine, Clearsnap ink and embossing powder, Brother sewing machine, Xyron and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L adhesive.

The Xyron 510 sticker machine works simply fantastic at adhering lattice die cuts to the page.



Be sure to use foam adhesive from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to give your garden tools some dimension.

foam squares

Since I had all the supplies out, I made a couple of quick cards.

monster hello card

happy birthday cardHave a wonderful Tuesday everyone!


To See more of Connie’s work visit her blog – Every Day’s an Adventure



18 Apr

WHERE YOU CREATE with Lee-Anne Thornton


Wow! The weeks of April keep flying by, yet we STILL find ourselves impatiently waiting for spring! How many weeks have I now mentioned this? This seems to be a forever wish for lots of us in Canada and many of our friends to the south! I have heard that British Columbia has found spring; wish they had the power to send some east!


This week we are visiting Lee-Anne Thornton from Calgary, Alberta. Some of you may recognize her name as she has been published a few times now in the magazine and is a frequent contributor to the Sketchy Gallery! She is a very talented scrapbooker who is also part of the My Creative Sketches design team as well as a blogger. You can visit her blog at: http://lee-annelovethejourney.blogspot.ca 


I wanted to create a “woman cave” where I can go de-stress and have a sanity break.  I love to have everything close by and accessible.IMG_1806_blog


A drawer of Distress Ink LOVE

A drawer of Distress Ink LOVE


The two rolling carts that I bought from Ikea are used for creating crafts and the other one is for my paints, sprays and mixed media supplies.    I can roll them over beside my table when I create.

My grey Raskog Cart (from Ikea) for some craft supplies

My grey Raskog Cart (from Ikea) for some craft supplies


I also love the “cube” idea so that I can add storage boxes to pull out when I need flowers, stamps or ribbons.IMG_1803_blog

My Silhouette Cameo is to the right side of my table in its own special place with drawers underneath to keep papers, scraps and mats so it’s easily accessible and I can sit and my table while it cuts and works it’s magic. 

My Silhouette Cameo with drawers for Silhouette mats, papers and scraps

My Silhouette Cameo with drawers for Silhouette mats, papers and scraps


I love Lee-Anne’s “woman cave” and think she has an amazing space in which to create! Remember, these weekly blog post are all about WHERE YOU CREATE! We want to see your space! It doesn’t matter how big or small, we love to see them ALL!

We want to see where you scrapbook or craft! It is so easy! Snap a few photos of your space and tell us a bit about it. Email your photos (as attachments to a SINGLE email, please) to Kim at kim[at]canadianscrapbooker[dot]ca. Each Friday, Kim will pick a scrap space to highlight on our blog. We are so excited to see where you have been creating!

We want to see where you scrapbook or craft! It is so easy! Snap a few photos of your space and tell us a bit about it. Email your photos (as attachments to a SINGLE email, please) to Kim at kim[at]canadianscrapbooker[dot]ca. Each Friday, Kim will pick a scrap space to highlight on our blog.
We are so excited to see where you have been creating!





16 Apr

Why Not Win Wednesday with Fancy Pants Designs

It is Wednesday and we love giving stuff away EVERY SINGLE WEDNESDAY!!!!! This week we are giving away this fabulous summer collection called Happy Go Lucky from Fancy Pants Designs!  It is jammed packed full of scrappy goodness!

Someone is going to win – why not you eh???

Fancy Pants Designs #2

Visit Fancy Pants Designs on facebook – CLICK HERE – Say hello from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine!

To enter to win this contest leave a comment right here under this blog post.

You have until Friday April 18th at midnight to enter!

TIP TO ENTER – You just need to check the box that says “I’d rather post as guest” and then you don’t have to do anything but put in your name and email address.

Good luck everyone!

Jackie Signature

15 Apr

Easter Fun


Kim Gowdy here!

Hope everyone is having a great April! I have to say when I was given this week as my Tuesday with the Team date; I was just a little excited. You see, it’s the last one before Easter, so it lets me have an Easter theme!

Cute as can be and already to gift!

Cute as can be and already to gift!


I have been stalking SVG sites lately and really wanted an excuse to buy one from SVGcuts. They have the most awesome collections and as I have discovered, if you take the time to open and read the pdf file that comes with the purchase, you will find the recommended height or width for each file.

You have seen us play a fair amount with the Brother ScanNCut. I love that you can use the online program; ScanNCutCanvas, to upload SVG files to cut. There is a learning curve to this and any new software, but it’s pretty easy to use.

I made these adorable carrot boxes and tag. I think they will make an awesome little gift filled with jelly beans or chocolate eggs.

Core'dinations cardstock, Spellbinder embossing folder, May Arts Ribbon

Core’dinations cardstock, Spellbinder embossing folder, May Arts Ribbon


Once cut they were really simple to assemble. I used Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock and sanded for a distress look. The green pieces were embossed first with a Spellbinders embossing folder for a little more detailed interest. The boxes have one edge that needed to be secured, for this I used a length of Be Creative Tape as it is super strong. Everything else is put together with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – my favorite, go-to adhesive for almost everything! Tie them closed with May Arts Ribbon…and they are ready to gift!

The tag is cut from a Spellbinder’s die. On a piece of Canadian Scrapbooker Super Stock  I simply stamped the adorable bunny from a Unity Stamps stamp & Clearsnap ink. A quick colour job with some Stampin’ Up! markers, a little May Arts Ribbon [twine] and we’re good to go!

Spellbinder Die, Core'dinations cardstock, May Arts Ribbon & Scrapbook Adhesives by #L

Spellbinder Die, Core’dinations ColorCore cardstock, May Arts Ribbon & Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L


Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!IMG_7640_blog


Have a wonderful Easter everyone!


To see more of Kim’s work visit her blog – It’s a Beautiful Day

14 Apr

Happiness in a Box – Monthly Kit Clubs

I treat myself every month to a monthly kit from Scrap Shotz, an online store based in Calgary, Alberta.  The kits are great value and are  just loaded with all sorts of scrapbook goodies – patterned paper, cardstock, embellishments – lots of fun stuff that I might not necessarily purchase myself, but always goes together beautifully and is really fun to try.  It totally makes my day when the Scrapshotz box arrives in my super mail.  The kits are perfect for taking to a crop – they include everything you need except for adhesive!

A kit from last fall featured Jillibean Soup’s Cold Avocado Soup line – patterned paper, sticker and die cut sheets, flash cards – along with plenty of other great supplies such as bling, Stickles and WeR Memory Keepers chevron washi tape.  The colours , rich blue, yellow and teal, in the Avocado Soup line are just perfect for so many of my photographs that I have been meaning to scrapbook.  Here are two of the  layouts I have created so far.  They were quick and easy to do,  and there are so many supplies and papers left in the Scrap Shotz kit bag it looks like I barely touched it.  I used foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L to add some dimension to the the first layout.  The second layout was inspired by the December 2013 sketch from the Canadian Scrapbooker sketchy challenge.

we are family jillibeanfiat

Supplies:  November 2013 Scrap Shotz kit (Bazzill cardstock, Jillibean soup patterned paper, stickers and die cuts, We R Memory Keepers washi tape), American Crafts thickers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, Brother sewing machine

Get your kit today!


To view more of Connie’s work, visit her blog, Every Day’s An Adventure.



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