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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Guest Blog Post: Creative Options and Amy Tan

Get to know Creative Options products and Amy Tan!

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Hi fellow crafters! My name is Amy Tan and I’m the founder of Amy Tangerine. It started as a fashion company after I graduated college. I used to style and produce photo shoots and then I began designing tee shirts and my collections were featured in hundreds of retail outlets, including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York. Amy Tangerine expanded to scrapbooking in 2007, making custom albums for clients as well as launching a collection in 2010. My latest collection, Stitched is hitting stores now! I am excited to be here today to share a little bit about my company and some of my favorite products!


I find so much of my inspiration from the world around me and most often create by myself. But I LOVE when I have the opportunity to create with others because there is just such an amazing energy and creative spark that happens when groups get together to be crafty and collaborate. Even when people are working on their own projects but in the same room, I love that the creativity seems contagious. When I’m teaching classes, I am always amazed that even with the same materials, everyone’s projects end up getting a unique twist of their own.


My favorite crafting tools would have to be my Creative Options containers – I feel like they consistently put out innovative products that inspire me to be creative. Their products have been instrumental in organizing my studio. My messy piles are dwindling and my supplies are now much easier to find. Because I am involved with everything from fashion to scrapbooking, I need a variety of storage solutions, from small bead organizers to large project boxes. All of their products are sturdy and super-cute so I love toting them around. Everyone is always asking me, “where did you get that cute storage box?” and I always say, “It’s Creative Options, of course!”. And I do also LOVE my sewing machine and typewriter.


Thanks so much for allowing me to guest blog and share my story!

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If you’d like a chance to win a Creative Options Medium Grab ‘n Go Rack, head over to the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking blog by 5:00 pm MST on Tuesday, November 18 and leave a comment there.

Note: Comments left here will not be included for the drawing.



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Scrapbook How-to: Create a Pattern with an Adhesive Runner

Define your layout’s design using your trusty adhesive runner. Mark a grid or other straight-lined design with a pencil, then go over it with adhesive. You can add anything from glitter to small, lightweight embellishments that match your layout’s theme.

Gretchen McElveen created a glitter grid design on her Little Lady layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies to define photo, title, and journaling areas on her scrapbook page.

Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen

Create the look:

Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil.

Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil.

Step 2: Apply adhesive over drawn lines.

Step 2: Apply adhesive over drawn lines.

Step 3: Sprinkle glitter over your adhesive line. Shake off excess

Step 3: Sprinkle glitter over your adhesive line. Shake off excess

Bonus Tip: Roll over glitter with a brayer to ensure that it sticks properly.


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