Hey there! Can you believe how fast this month has zipped by—I can’t believe it’s almost July! I’m looking forward to all the fun this upcoming month has to offer, and I hope you’re looking forward to enjoying the July/August 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Here are some fun tidbits about it:
- This summer-themed issue was written in the middle of a snowy January, so looking at bright, sunny, summer-themed (and beach-themed!) layouts was a much-welcomed treat.
- Fresh Face scrapbooker Christina Smith hit a double-header in this issue, having her first two layouts published in the same issue. Her pages are featured in the “Reader Gallery” and “Seasonal Solutions” column. Take a look!
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- CK Dream Team member Sara Winnick not only created a fantastic layout for the “You’re Grounded” article, but she also created the darling artwork for the opening page of the article.
A Kid Again by Sara Winnick, as seen in the July/August issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine
Read the full article on page 69 of the July/August 2010 issue of Creating Keepsakes. To participate in a fun scraplifting challenge based on this opener, read here.
- Did you see this stunning before-and-after transformation of the dresser in the “Creative Spaces” column?
When creative editor Megan Hoeppner set out to refinish this dresser, she had quite an adventure. Read on to learn her top-five pointers for refinishing furniture for your scrap space:
1. If you’re working outside, close the door to the house; otherwise, you may run into the snag of having dust blow inside, like Megan did the weekend she and her husband, Cory, worked on the dresser here at the office. She says, “We moved the dresser outside, and he took a power sander to it, which was fine, but he failed to close the door behind him (because it was freezing that day). The result: TONS of sawdust blew into the office. Cory and I spent more time cleaning up the dust in the office than we did actually sanding the dresser!”
2. Buy good quality spray paint. You’ll actually have to use more of the cheap stuff to get good coverage than you would with more expensive spray paint, Megan advises. “It took me four cans to cover the dresser, and I had to sand and smooth between each step. This can be avoided if you simply select a good quality spray paint and worry less about going the cheap route.”
3. Apply spray paint outside on a non-windy day. Megan says, “Since a day without wind doesn’t exist where our office is located, I found that more paint ended up on me than it did on the dresser in some cases. It even snowed on me and the dresser, which left my quickly hauling it back inside to wait out the storm. I had to move the dresser inside our warehouse to complete it, and even though I left the bay door open, the entire office smelled like paint. Yeah, I wasn’t exactly the most popular employee that day.”
4. Cut the vinyl at the seams with a craft knife. “To lay the vinyl image on the drawers and the dresser body, I simply used a craft knife to cut the vinyl at the seams,” says Megan. “This created a smooth transition and a solid, lovely image across the entire piece.”
5. Give it a try; it’s worth it! Megan says, “Despite the many hiccups associated with this project, I actually enjoyed doing it, and I LOVE the way it turned out. In fact, I already have another piece of furniture ready to be refinished. This is definitely something I could get into!”
What were your favorite things about this issue? Leave us a comment by midnight MST on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, and you could be one of three lucky winners to receive a sampling of the gorgeous Lucy Bird collection from Imaginisce.
—Lori Fairbanks, editor