Only a Few Days Left to Enter the September Gallery Challenge

My how time flies! Especially when there’s a great card challenge happening. The September Gallery Challenge ends this Monday (September 22). But you definitely still have time to create your nerd-themed card. Need inspiration? Check out the Talk Nerdy to Me feature in the September 2014 issue.

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Remember, upload your cards to our Flickr group now through midnight MT on Monday, September 22nd for your chance to win!

Three winners will be spotlighted in the Plugged in with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog on September 26th and receive either 1) a complimentary one-year subscription to Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, or 2) the special issue of their choice, plus a fun selection of paper-crafting product.

Want to make sure you’re eligible to win the prize? Check this out.

Upload your projects here, and don’t forget to check back later to see if you won. Good luck!


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Throwback Thursday: Square Card Sketch

Square Card Sketch

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Sketches are a great way to start your card design – the specify the size, shape, and placement of items. Card sketches can be used as is or interpreted based on your inspiration. Today’s cards used a square sketch from Card Ideas for Paper Crafters:

I’m sharing three of the four cards made from this sketch. First is the You Did It! card by Lindsay Amrhein, which looks almost identical to the sketch.

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You Did It! card by Lindsay Amrhein

Next is Rainbow Congratulations by Joscelyne Cutchens and also sticks closely to the sketch but instead of using paper to create the look, she hand-stitched her circular design.

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Rainbow Congratulations card by Joscelyne Cutchens

Finally, is Stephanie Johnson’s I {heart} You card. She used the sketch as inspiration to layer various sizes of hearts. You get the feel of the sketch even though it uses different shapes.

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I {heart} You card by Stephanie Johnson


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Winner Wednesday!

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Are you a lucky winner this week? Congratulations if you are! Email me at by October 1st at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you.

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Groovin’ with the Go-to Gals: Marquee Light Inspiration

Marquee Light Trend

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Kimberly Crawford, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal

Hello everyone! Kimberly here today to share some trend spotting. Marquee lights have been making an appearance in wedding décor and home décor for some time, and are now appearing in paper crafting supplies. Marquee lights were used in old movie and theater signs; large and colorful letters, with lights inside. I love home decorating, but every time I see a new trend, I cannot run out and change my house. So, I will happily follow the trends and incorporate them into my paper crafting!

I love this version of marquee lights, what a perfect word. It needs to live in my office.

And I love the seasonal versions I have been seeing!

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Studio Calico wood veneers from Brighton Pier collection

These wood veneer letters from Studio Calico capture the look of marquee lights in different fonts.

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My Favorite Things Happy Graduation stamp set

How great is the word BRIGHT in marquee lights?

Want to make your own marquee words? Check out this set of dies from My Favorite Things.

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Bright Future card by Kimberly Crawford

Being inspired by marquee lights, I started creating cards. I used the stamp with the word bright. To accent the “lights” I colored in each circle with a yellow marker.

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Shine card by Kimberly Crawford

The shape and shading of the wood veneer makes a bold statement. Adding gold accents makes the entire card shine.

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Boo Marquee Letters by Kimberly Crawford

And my favorite project, this set of letters perfect for the upcoming holiday! The letters are a digital cut file from the Silhouette Online store. The letter B was cut once and the letter O was cut twice. These letters are actually boxes. I used the base part only. To create “lights,” I used large self-adhesive gems. These are such a fun addition to my Halloween décor!

What do you think? Look like fun? Want to try it out? What word would you create? If you like this trend and would like more inspiration, check out my In Lights Pinterest board.

Thanks for stopping by!

Kimberly Crawford, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Go-To-Gal

P.S. Looking for more other ways to use wood veneer? The October 2014 issue has an entire section dedicated to the wonderful world of wood veneer that includes cards and layouts.

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Type It Tuesday: CK Slim Jim

Welcome to this week’s Type It Tuesday. This week’s free font will be available for one week and then returned to the font vaults.

Today’s Type It Tuesday font is CK Slim Jim. Enjoy!!

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Click font image to download.

For instructions on how to download fonts and for trouble shooting, read this.

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The October Issue – Halloween Projects

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

The kids are back in school, the weather is changing, and the craft stores are filled with fall and Halloween decor!

While it’s hard to say good-bye to summer, there’s something fun about the upcoming celebrations that the fall months bring!

The October 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine is your destination for inspiring and fun Halloween projects – from cute to spooky, from treats, cards, and decor, you’re sure to find a project that inspires you!

Let’s take a peek at a few of the projects I think you’ll love.

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Chills Card by Maria Fischer

Maria Fischer scared up a sophisticatedly trendy and creepy card. I love the embossed spider web (from Tim Holtz) and the metallic gold spider. The string adds to the tangled web theme, and the chunky CHILLS sentiment adds darkness and weight. VERY cool.

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The Count Card by Jeanne Jachna

As a general rule, cards with red splatters all over them would give me the heebie jeebies, but this card by Jeanne Jachna is awesome! As a fan of Edgar Allan Poe and the macabre, it simply rocks.

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Sugar Skull Decor by Amanda Coleman

While the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is not Halloween, it is celebrated on November 1 and 2. The purpose of the holiday is to honor deceased loved ones. Sugar skulls like the one in Amanda Coleman’s striking home decor piece are often used to decorate the gravestones of loved ones.

I was particularly inspired by Amanda’s project since I’m planning a trip to Mexico for Dia de los Muertos. Imagine my delight when I saw this brand new stamp set from A Muse Studio!

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Dia de los Muertos Card by Susan R. Opel

My friends at A Muse Studio have generously offered to one lucky commenter the Sugar Skulls stamp set and die and the Halloween Fiesta stamp set (as well as the Fiesta set) that I used on my card. Leave me a comment about what sorts of Halloween crafts you like to make! Be sure to leave your comment by Thursday, September 18 at 5:00 pm.

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As the cover of the issue declares, there’s a Cauldron of Crafty Delights awaiting you in the October 2014 issue!

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Video: Layer Buttons on Stickpins

Create a unique and custom accent for your cards and scrapbook pages using small buttons and stickpins. Stack them using colors that coordinate with their project. The possibilities are endless and plenty of fun!


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Creative Spaces Vol. 3 – More Questions, More Answers!

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Jennifer Schaerer, Editor in Chief

Today I’m going to answer some of the photography-related questions, which is one of the more intriguing parts of putting together an issue like this. Since Creative Spaces is such a visually inspiring magazine, photography is crucial to the overall project. And with spaces located all over the country, we spend a lot of time reviewing portfolios before selecting the photographers in each city.

“How far in advance are photos shot?”

We shot the spaces for this issue from December 2013 through March 2014. Normally the shoots wouldn’t be that far apart but after we started, the newsstand date was moved to a month later and then our production timeline was adjusted. We also had to work around the Christmas holiday and our annual industry trade show in January.

“How many photographers were used? How were they chosen? How many miles were traveled?”

For this issue, we hired 9 additional photographers in addition to our incredibly talented studio photographer, Symoni Johnson of RES Studio. The most important elements in hiring photographers for these assignments is their skill and equipment (the right lens and lighting makes or breaks a shoot) and an eye for architectural/shelter subject matter. A pretty common reaction from the space owners when they see the final photography is one of disbelief, because the photographers do such a phenomenal job of making the rooms look so gorgeous. As for the mileage, I think Symoni wins that one. Not only did she travel all over northern Utah to get the shots for local spaces, but she also went on a bit of a Thelma & Louise-style road trip with me to the midwest. On that trip we shot Stephenie Hamen‘s space (Sun Prairie, WI), Fiskars headquarters, Beckie Farrant‘s space (Greenwood, IN), Jill Yegerlehner‘s space (Dublin, OH), Jennifer McGuire‘s space (Cincinnati, OH), and Tracie Stoll‘s space (Prospect, KY).

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Showing Symoni some midwestern states she’d never visited before. Clockwise from top right: the ways of the Cheesehead (Madison WI); a quiet winter evening checking email with a latte (Chicago IL); Symoni was fascinated with the concept of a Tollway Oasis and I was fascinated by her fascination (Des Plaines IL); arriving triumphantly after battling the ice storm (Indianapolis IN).

“How much housekeeping/rearranging was done? Any staging or propping?”

This year was a little different because we included some DIY bloggers in the collection, and BOY OH BOY do they understand styling and staging for photography! It’s their daily practice, after all, and they were all very prepared. When we were setting up for Beckie Farrant’s shoot, there was a particular wall vignette that we all felt needed another element. In a matter of about 10 minutes, she had completely re-styled that whole area AND posted a photo on Instagram. As for housekeeping, Symoni has a very well-developed eye for detail, and on the shoots I attended with her there was a lot of “Hey, Jennifer…can you move that to the right just a hair?” or “Um, do me a favor and wipe that little smudge off the corner of the table?” Although I may have given her the look on more than a few occasions, it’s what we appreciate about her most so I can’t really complain, now can I?

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As a popular DIY blogger, Beckie Farrant of InfarrantlyCreative wasted no time in capturing covers of Creative Spaces Vol. 1 and 2 for her Instagram feed.

“How were the shots selected? How long did it take to shoot each space?”

Before we select a space, we see informal photos of the space and areas of detail. From those, we determine what we’ll be featuring in the issue and coordinate with both the space owner and the photographer. I’ll admit to being a little bit lazy waiting for inspiration after I arrived at the shoots that I attended…there were more than a few shot lists I put together just before Symoni began shooting. But even when that was the case, the spaces took an average of about 3 hours to shoot. And then there were the dreaded head shots…but really, who wouldn’t be intimidated by two huge light tents staring you in the face while trying to maintain your best and most natural smile?

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Capturing headshots of these crafty ladies. Clockwise from top: Jennifer McGuire, Beckie Farrant, Stephenie Hamen, and Tracie Stoll (holding up the trusty ColorChecker).

“Which one took the longest? Which one was easiest?”

The easiest ones to shoot were the larger spaces, and the ones with neutral color on the walls that didn’t “bounce color” to other surfaces. The one that took the longest was definitely our own space. Fun fact: we were finishing it up AS THE SHOOT WAS TAKING PLACE. No kidding. Susan was adding chalk art to the WeR Memory Keepers Craft Table in our entryway, I was hanging the ribbon rack and curtain, and Kerri and Stacy were reorganizing our paper because we had just anchored the paper cabinet to the wall the night before. And I have zero behind-the-scenes photographs because it was complete and utter chaos.

And there it is – another installment of Creative Spaces Behind the Scenes Q&A. There are still many more to come, so keep an eye out for:

  • Storage ideas for small embellishments, washi tape, paper/cardstock, and scraps
  • Organization tips for starting the space planning process, portable options, handing out of sight/out of mind, and keeping things tidy
  • General averages on the rooms – size, cabinets, shared or exclusive space
  • Top 5 things YOU can implement right now

Creatively yours,

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Freebie Friday Giveaway: Products from the July Issue

Happy Friday! Today’s giveaway is an exciting one. It’s products found in the July 2014 issues’ sweepstakes. This amazing prize includes products from Chickaniddy Crafts, Close To My Heart, Imagine Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Lawn Fawn, Li’l Inker Designs, Teresa Collins Designs, Webster’s Pages, and We R Memory Keepers.

July Sweeps Freebie Friday Giveaway: Products from the July Issue

I can feel the excitement, so make sure you leave a comment no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 16! BONUS: We’re giving away TWO prizes this week!

Have a great rest of the day and enjoy your weekend.

Here are the Giveaway Rules in case you need a reminder.


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September 2014 I-Spy Trivia!

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Holly Anderson, editor

It is now mid-September. Took you by surprise, didn’t it? Yes, I know. Those summer months just fly by, and the official start of autumn is a week from Monday! Yeowza. So let’s celebrate the September issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking today, shall we?

Today’s giveaway has a little something for everyone! From cute stamp sets and stencils to wooden accents and pretty paper, these fabulous products are courtesy of A Muse Studio, Adornit, BoBunny Press, Lawn Fawn, Maya Road, Studio Calico, and The Crafter’s Workshop.

To begin, open up your September 2014 issue. All I-Spy questions will be related to this issue and this issue only. Get ready because I’m picking three winners this time!

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  1. I spy our Table of Contents. On which pages can you find the three cover projects?
  2. I spy our From the Editors column. Which editor showed off a card with a trendy fox on it?
  3. I spy our Plugged In with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking column. Who was the National Scrapbooking Day winner?
  4. I spy our Trend Talk column. Name two accessories the hipster fox on p. 17 is sporting.
  5. I spy our Sparks of Creativity column. Which Go-to Gal showed off a cute Instagram album she was inspired to make?
  6. I spy our A Stencil Story feature. How did Jocelyn use a stencil on her layout on p. 52?
  7. I spy our Talk Nerdy to Me feature. Tell me your favorite card in this feature. I want to know!
  8. I spy our Gallery Idol Top 20 Winners feature. How many fresh faces appeared in this feature? (Don’t know what a fresh face is? Find out on p. 5!)
  9. I spy our Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. What is the new company featured?
  10. I spy our Get Inspired column. What was the inspiration piece this time?

Three random winners (who answer these questions correctly) will win a selection of products we featured in this issue’s Sweepstakes column. (Just turn to page 89 for a closer look!) To be eligible to win, please enter your answers in the comment field. All comments must be received by Tuesday, September 16th at 5 pm MT. (Read Giveaway/Prizes rules and information.)

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Good luck!

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P.S. Have you looked at the October issue yet? It’s available, and it’s pretty amazing!


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