Finding Joy in Paper Crafted Treasures

Jennifer Schaerer Editor in chief

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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DIY Christmas Decorations

Paper Crafted Christmas Decor


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.


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.

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!

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.

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).

CK Elmer

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!
Happy Thanksgiving Sentiment

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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CK Events: Thanksgiving Traditions

Capture your Thanksgiving memories!


When I was a little girl I always knew it was time for Thanksgiving because my mom would set me and my sister in front of bowls and have us peel pomegranates for my grandma’s “Dixie salad”, (recipe below). The whole family would get together and eat a huge meal. As a child, it seemed to take forever to prepare, forever to eat, then forever to clean up. But, I remember enjoying watching my mom in the kitchen and being around my family. It wasn’t the turkey that made the day special, I don’t even like turkey, or pumpkin pie for that matter, but what I do love is my family. I love the tradition that comes with spending time with them, setting aside this special day for just them, no work, no worries, just them, just joy, and food of course.


Now as a mom, one tradition we’ve added to this special day is to go around the table before we eat, and each say what we’re thankful for. Then, each year I think of a new creative way to document each answer. This year, I am inspired by the NEW CKC class “True Colors with My Mind’s Eye.” This cute layout is the perfect way to remember what each family member is thankful for this year. Plus, it’s adaptable for any time of year. If you want to learn more about the techniques featured on this layout to use throughout the year, join us at a CKC near you! In the meantime, use this free “sneak peek” sketch to celebrate Thanksgiving.



Here are some other fun ways to show our thanks on Thanksgiving.

Abby M Interiors had this great idea for an easy place setting. Simply set your beautiful flatware on standard place mat size (18” x 14”) cut butcher paper. On the top right corner of the butcher paper create a journaling prompt, “I am thankful for:” with lines underneath and plenty of space for the occupant to fill in what they are thankful for.

Jeanine Hays with HGTV had this beautiful idea for a “Thankful Tree.” What a great way for everyone to participate by writing what they are thankful for, then tie your leaves to the tree.


There are many different variations to this method. You can use real leaves with a sharpie. This is a great method that lets the kids get in on the action and help collect the leaves ahead of time.


What you will need for a Thankful Tree

  • Bowl of soft leaves or die cut/punched leaves
  • Pen
  • Natural twine or glue dots
  • Vase or jar with long twigs arranged

Have a happy Thanksgiving! We hope to see you next year at a CK Scrapbook Convention.


Grandma’s Dixie Salad

#10 can Fruit Cocktail in water (well drained)
3 large Honey Crisp apples skin on cut small
1 ½ pomegranate seeds
4-5 ripe bananas sliced
1 cup crushed Pecans
2 large tubs of Cool Whip

Toss together mixture then add cool whip about an hour before serving. Enjoy!

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Photo Ideas for Birthdays

Overwhelmed by the thought of trying to capture the entire party in one or two photos? Why not try a dozen or so photos? Show the birthday girl or boy with each of his or her guests, get candid shots of opening the gifts, and don’t forget tot take a picture of the dessert before everyone dives in.

Jennifer DeLorenzo created her 9th Birthday layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook and used lots of smaller photos to capture the activities, guests, and food from the party.

9th Birthday by Jennifer DeLorenzo for The Scrapbooker's Handbook

9th Birthday by Jennifer DeLorenzo for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook

Here’s a quick list of ideas for photos to capture during your birthday activity:


Download this checklist and ten more lists for a variety of occasions.


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