Finding Joy in Paper Crafted Treasures

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Jennifer Schaerer
Editor in chief

As many of you know, the decision has been made to cease publication of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, and the February 2015 issue will be the last one.

Each magazine we’ve published has been a celebration of the joy we all find in creating paper crafted handmade treasures. Whether you’re a card maker, a fan of paper crafted home décor, a memory keeper, or a giver of gifts in custom wrapping, the community that supported this magazine for 11 years will continue to spread love and creativity.

This blog, the Facebook pages, and other social media accounts will remain live and continue to support related areas of our business with things like special offers, information, and exclusive promotions. The community built the magazine and the magazine built the community, so we encourage you to continue interacting with Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking inspiration online.

Any remaining issues on your subscription will be fulfilled with a digital issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, a mixed media-focused sister publication of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking. If you already subscribe to Cloth Paper Scissors, the balance of your Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking issues will be added to it. And of course you’ll still have access to all your digital issues of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

For questions about your subscription, please contact customer service at (800) 727-2387. We here on the editorial team are wrapping things up today and wanted to be sure you know where to get answers to your questions from here on out.

With a happy heart and fondness for all things paper crafted,
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Throwback Thursday: Gingerbread Hoop, Plus a Quick Gifts Using Hoops Class

Fun Ways to use Embroidery Hoops

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Embroidery hoops are for more than making stitched projects. They are perfect for creating wall hangings and so much more. Katie Gehring made her Gingerbread Hoop for the Handmade Home Decor special issue using cardstock, stamps, and trims. Not a single piece of fabric or stitching in this adorable project.

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Gingerbread Hoop by Katie Gehring from Handmade Home Decor

Here’s the instructions and supply list in case you want to make it yourself. Remember, even if you can’t find these supplies, you can substitute with what you have on hand to make it a truly personalized project.

Cardstock: (Berrylicious, Green Tea, kraft) Bazzill Basics Paper; (Sweet Blush, white) Papertrey Ink  Clear stamps: (house, sentiment from Sweet Home set; gingerbread man, gumdrop, snowflake from Hey Cookie set) Neat & Tangled  Dye ink: (Dark Chocolate) Papertrey Ink; (Angel Pink) Tsukineko  Fibers: (white pompom trim) Simplicity; (white trim) Hobby Lobby; (pink ribbon) Making Memories  Template: (debossing linen) Papertrey Ink  Dies: (hearts) Memory Box  Tools: (circle cutter, wavy trimmer) Making Memories  Other: (embroidery hoop) Jo-Ann Stores  Finished size: 4 1/4″ diameter x 1/2″

1 Cut circle from cardstock; stamp snowflakes and deboss. 2 Cut circle from cardstock; trim with wavy trimmer. Stamp sentiment and adhere to first circle. 3 Stamp house, gingerbread man, and gumdrops on cardstock; fussy-cut, paper-piece, and adhere. 4 Die-cut hearts from cardstock and adhere. 5 Adhere circle to embroidery hoop. 6 Adhere trims; tie on ribbon.

Embroidery Hoop Class

If you’re looking for more creative ways to use embroidery hoops, you’ll want to sign up for the Quick and Clever Gift Ideas with Embroidery Hoops, Fabric, and More with Kirsty Neale class. During this one hour class you’ll get information on finding and prepping your hoop, receive step-by-step instructions to create a perpetual calendar, plus other ways to use embroidery hoops. Here are a few projects to help you decide that you NEED to take this class.

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Embroidery hoop projects from class

Sign up today so you don’t miss out! Have fun creating!


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World Card Making Day Winner Blog Hop!

Check out the World Card Making Day winning cards on their creators’ blogs! These handmade cards are gorgeous.

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Holly Anderson, editor

Hey there! A month ago we announced the World Card Making Day winners. These fifteen ladies showed their card making prowess in this Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking annual contest, this year for an amazing prize valued at over $675! Check it out!

WCMD prize photo World Card Making Day Winner Blog Hop!And today we are starting you off on a fun blog hop with these winners as they share with you their winning cards!

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  1. Jamie Greene
  2. Simone Naoum
  3. Kristie Larsen
  4. Donna Bowman
  5. Maureen Wong
  6. Mandy LaCroix
  7. Heather Hoffman
  8. Piali Biswas
  9. Christa Laszczkowski
  10. Jacquie Southas
  11. Wendi Lau
  12. Tosha DelJanovan
  13. Isha Gupta
  14. Jill Dewey Hawkins
  15. Virginia Lu

I hope you enjoyed these ladies’ posts!

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Groovin’ With The Go-to Gals: The Hardware Store Challenge

Hittin’ the Hardware Store!

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Laura Williams, Paper Crafts Go-to Gals

Recently, I was extended a challenge. A crafty challenge. I tend to look at craft challenges with equal parts panic and excitement. So when the divine Susan R. Opel said the words Designer Challenge, I took a breath, I attempted not to panic, and I started brainstorming.

The challenge? Use a white card base that incorporates the use of three items from the hardware store, either as tools or embellishments, but the use of each item must be obvious rather than subtle.

My 9-year-old son and I ambled through the hardware store and he made helpful suggestions like, “How about this Men’s Bathroom sign?” and “What about a toilet seat?” We narrowed down his quite helpful suggestions and made a mental list of items that could actually be usable on a card, like: sandpaper, paint chips, twine, fishing line, metal washers, and paint.

In the end, I settled on fishing line, paint, and paint chips as my three items. Here’s the finished product.

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Hardware Thanks card by Laura Williams

Thankfully, I was allowed to use dies, stamps, patterned paper, and other items to finish off my design. This made a huge difference. First, I adhered a green paint chip to the card base, and splattered some aqua paint across the card. (Recognize that paint from my project a few weeks ago???) I die-cut the sentiment and heart from a pink paint chip and adhered it on top of a wound-up length of fishing line.  I added a thin strip of patterned paper and black cardstock, plus one rhinestone gem to finish it off.

This made me wonder what other kinds of three-item challenges we could come up with. I bet we could create a project, substituting the office supply store, the post office, or even our own garage for the hardware store. Are you up for the challenge? Pick a location, and then find three tools or embellishments to base your design from. Feeling extra bold and brave? Choose three items from your purse. How’s that for a panic-inducing crafty challenge?

Thanks for stopping by, my friends!

Laura Williams


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Type It Tuesday: CK Tiara Joy font

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 Tiara Joy. 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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Get Inspired – The Final Edition

Get Inspired Projects and Inpiration

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Susan R. Opel, Creative Editor

One of my very first tasks when I arrived here in Utah as the associate creative editor was to take over Get Inspired, the little slice of dessert at the end of our magazine issues. It was the perfect fit for me as I’m inspired by the world around me.

I loved brainstorming with the editorial team and the Go-to Gals what the item might be. The chosen items ranged from umbrellas and beach towels to my Uncle Roland’s Purple Heart Award and an ice bucket with champagne. There were shoes, gloves, and aprons. And we even featured a box of chocolates, a pillow, and a bird’s nest.

Once we landed on the item, we’d discuss which trusted designer we would invite to create a project. I’d then collaborate with her to come up with the final result. What a joy it was to work one-on-one with each of them!

The take away from each edition was that wherever you go, you can find inspiration if you just allow yourself to be aware.

My first stab at Get Inspired was in the January/February 2009 issue.  Jessica Witty (who was not a Go-to Gal at the time) drew inspiration from a knit scarf.

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My First Get Inspired – January/February 2009 issue of Paper Crafts magazine.

And so began one of my favorite parts of the job.

Because I had so much fun working with the designers on Get Inspired, I thought I’d share four pairings that unfortunately won’t make it to the magazine. These four ladies did such an amazing job, I couldn’t let the opportunity to share their inspirations with you!

March 2015

March 21, 2015 is National Quilting Day, and to celebrate, we asked designer Amanda Coleman to get inspired by this quilt featured on the cover of the July/August 2014 of Quilty magazine , our sister publication. 

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Summer Leaf Quilt as seen in Quilty magazine — July/August 2014

Quilt designer Victoria Shackle says, “Summer Leaf was made for my daughter — something bright but not too girly. Originally it was to be an orange peel quilt but I quickly discovered all the points together were too bulky to machine sew. So I re-arranged my blocks into leaves and stems. Everyone seems to love it.”

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Sweet Spring Hoop by Amanda Coleman

Amanda took inspiration from the brightly colored leaves of the quilt and fashioned a flirty spring hoop to brighten her home. Embrace the homespun simplicity of a quilt and an embroidery hoop like she did by adding trendy colors and up-to-date patterns for a fresh take.

April 2015

In 2015, Easter falls on April 5th, so the April Get Inspired image was of this glorious Fabergé-style egg. A Fabergé egg is one of a limited number of jeweled eggs created by Peter Carl Fabergé and his company between 1885 and 1917.

We asked designer Veronica Zalis to give us her take on the inspiration photo, and what a magnificent job she did!

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Elegant Birthday Card by Veronica Zalis

Veronica’s elegant card completely embodies the lush and feminine feel of the egg. Her touches of gold simply make this card SING! I’m simply IN AWE of it.

May 2015

In May, our Trend Talk column was about BIG bold stripes. As we searched for inspiration images this bouquet found on the Every Last Detail blog stopped us in our tracks! And because “April showers bring May flowers”, we felt this would be a fitting conclusion to the May issue. The photo was taken by the very talented Tulle & Grace Photography.

Kelly Griglione stepped up to the plate and came up with this absolutely STUNNING card.

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So Proud of You Card by Kelly Griglione

Not only is her bouquet a delightful rendition of the inspiration photo, her added details of the stripes inside and the hand drawn outline make this a gaspworthy creation.

June 2015

With Father’s Day the focus in June, we wanted to share an inspiration that was dad-worthy, so I headed to a cool local shop and took pictures of several bottles of hot sauce. Some of them would have been a little inappropriate! Ha ha! We settled on the one pictured below.

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Our final Get Inspired designer Jill Dewey Hawkins was on the ball and got to work right away on this totally rad card.

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Awesome Sauce Dad Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins

I just love how energetic her card is with the tilt and the saucy icon wink Get Inspired   The Final Edition saying. And you can see the inspiration from the bottle with her expert use of color and the yellow band. Seriously top notch.

Remember – Inspiration is absolutely everywhere as long as you keep your eyes open and let your creativity flow.

You inspire me,

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Holiday Favorites

Sharing holiday favorites!

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

Hi! Yes, it’s me again back with another holiday related post, but this time of year it’s my focus, my passion, and I just feel the need to share! So today I’m sharing my favorite treat recipe, favorite Christmas song, favorite tradition, and favorite card this year.

Favorite Treat Recipe

No holiday is complete without a snack or two or three and Corn Pop Candy is a staple during Christmas, New Years, and the Super Bowl at my house. This treat is easy to make, has a nice sweet and salty thing going, and makes a HUGE batch! I’m sure you could dress it up with M&M’s, peanuts, or something, but honestly, it is the perfect just the way it is with it’s sweet, butteryness (probably not a real word, but a great description!). If you happen to have any leftover, make sure to place it in an airtight container (ziploc bags work great).

Corn Pop Candy

2 bags corn pops

3 cubes of butter
1½ cups sugar
5 Tblsp. light corn syrup
5 Tblsp. water

Mix butter, sugar, corn syrup, and water in sauce pan and bring to boil. Boil for 4 minutes. Pour over corn pops and stir well.

Note: The corn pops you use for this recipe are not a cereal, like Kellogg’s Corn Pops cereal, but something like Barrel O’ Fun Corn Pops.

Favorite Christmas Song

I love Christmas music! I switch my iPod over on November 1 and sing to my heart’s content as I drive to and from work. Hands down, my favorite Christmas song is Oh Holy Night and in my opinion, the best version is by Josh Groban. I love it and could listen to it every day. This recording was the first time I heard it – when he performed for the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center.

Favorite Tradition

There are many things I look forward to during the holidays like decorating the Christmas trees, watching movies like Elf and Muppet Christmas Carol, driving around to see lights in the area, the family white elephant gift exchange, and so much more. But by far, the thing I have enjoyed the most and look forward to each year is making gingerbread houses with nieces and nephews, and now that some are older, baking together.

The gingerbread houses have evolved over the years from graham cracker structures to this year’s pre-assembled gingerbread house. When the kids are little, it’s all about how much candy you can get on your house, but as they grow up, design and visual appeal finally kick in!

As for baking, it ranges from sugar cookies to caramel/chocolate dipped pretzels and everything in between. There are favorites we always make, but each year I’m on the hunt for a new recipe. This year we’re making these cute Santa Sugar Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff. I think everyone will enjoy decorating these cuties.

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Favorite Card

Like baking, each year I tend to find a favorite card from those we publish and this year Chunyuan Wu’s All is Bright card from Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 speaks to me in so many ways. First, it is elegant. Second, the color combo is lovely – pink, gold, and white, ahhhh. Third, spray ink over a stencil to create the subtle snowflake background. And fourth, the multi-layer, gold and sparkly snowflake is the perfect accent. Isn’t it amazing?

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All is Bright card by Chunyuan Wu from Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9

Okay, now it’s your turn! What are your favorite holiday things? Traditions, treats, music, paper crafts, etc. I’d love to hear your list.

Thanks for visiting and have a fabulous Monday!

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Let the Holiday Decorating Begin!

Paper Crafted Christmas Decor

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Stacy Croninger, Digital Managing Editor

Hi! How was your Thanksgiving? I know I ate more than I should, but it was all so good, as was the company I enjoyed the meal with. Now that Thanksgiving is over you can officially start decorating for the holidays. And as I mentioned earlier this week, I do start early and I can happily report that all trees are decorated, the village and nativities are on display, and the rest of the house is filled with Christmas spirit in the form of decor. In fact, here’s a picture I took while writing this of the tree by my chair.

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So let’s look at some options around the internet that you can use for your holiday decorating. Ready? Let’s go!

DIY Paper Christmas Tree

There’s something about spray snow that makes anything look festive! And that is certainly the case with these cute DIY Paper Christmas Trees from Place of My Taste. And talk about easy! Cut your shapes, glue on foam cone, spray with snow, and decorate as needed. As a bonus, she even provided a download for the leaf shape that you can print and cut.

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DIY Paper Christmas Tree by Place of My Taste

3D Paper Star Wreath

If you’re like most of me, you’re drawn to all the beautiful Christmas and winter patterned papers. This 3D Paper Star Wreath by Little Birdie Secrets is the perfect way to use either scraps or that beloved paper you have stashed away for a special project. She even walks you through scoring the stars to create the 3D look as well as the steps to create the wreath from start to finish. It isn’t a hard craft, just takes time to score the stars, but the end result is so worth it!

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3D Paper Star Wreath by Little Birdie Secrets

Journaling Cards and Fonts

The December 2014 issue of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking has some of the cutest journaling cards and sentiments available as free downloads. Most of the time, I use these for cards or scrapbook pages, but I realized these also make great home decor. If you download the JPG version, the image is quite large so you can adjust the print size in photo editing software or even in Word. Why resize them? To put in a frame and display on your entry way table or to string together as a banner or garland. Because you can change the size, the possibilities are endless.

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Sentiments and journaling cards from the December 2014 issue

As for fonts, can you ever have too many? I think not! Here are two that would be fun for card sentiments, scrapbook pages, or to create home decor pieces (especially the CK Jr. High Girl, which is a fill-in font. Color it or fill it with patterned paper for a one-of-a-kind look).

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CK Jr. High Girl

I hope you have a fun Black Friday that includes a little shopping (if that’s what you enjoy) and plenty of crafting time. If you’re looking for a sale on paper crafting products, books, and magazines, head over to the Scrap & Paper Shop where you can save 30% until November 30 and you get free shipping to U.S. addresses. Just use code BLACK30 when you check out.

Have fun creating!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving!
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We hope your day is filled with love, gratitude, and plenty of good food!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editors

P.S. You can download the Thanksgiving sentiment from the November 2014 issue. Enjoy!


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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 December 3rd at 5 pm MT and I will get your prizes mailed out to you!


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