An Insider’s Look: CK’s Nov/Dec 2011 Issue

Fifteen years ago, Creating Keepsakes magazine published its premier issue. And today, our 15th anniversary issue, the November/December 2011 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine, is on sale at a scrapbook, craft, or book store near you. With a fun retrospective of changes in scrapbooking through the years, holiday scrapbooking tips, and more, this issue is sure to spark your creativity!

Insider Info #1: 15 Years of Scrapbooking

A lot has changed in 15 years of scrapbooking. That’s why we asked founding editor Lisa Bearnson and premier creative editor Becky Higgins to share a bit about how their scrapbooking processes have changed since they started out. You’ll find their answers and scrapbook pages on pages 82 and 83.

A fun coincidence: We asked both of these talented ladies separately why they still scrapbook today, and they both answered that scrapbooking their memories helps them recognize their blessings. How many hobbies can say they do that?

Take our “15 Years of CK Trivia” quiz to test your knowledge of Creating Keepsakes through the years or just learn some fun  facts! And don’t forget to enter our 15th anniversary sweepstakes for a chance to win cool prizes.

Insider Info #2: Photo Collages for Thanks

We’re thrilled to include a beautiful heritage layout by the talented Ali Edwards in this issue on page 74. Her simple photo collage tribute to her family of  generations past creates a beautiful design and helps fit more photo on her layout.


Download two templates to fit more photos on your layout on our website.

A special thanks to our advertisers in this issue: BasicGrey, Bazzill Basics Paper, Clearsnap , Clipa, Creative Memories, Doodlebug Design, Duck Brand, Elmer’s, Epson, Fab Scraps, Faber-Castell, Fancy Pants Designs, GlueArts, Grafix, Karen Foster Design, Klic-N-Kut, Leisure Arts, Making Memories, Michaels, Scrappin Doodles, Sizzix , Spellbinders, Sports Solution, Tamron, The Digital Scrapbook Teacher , The Original Scrap Box, Therm O Web, Uchida of America, and We R Memory Keepers, and those listed in the Services Directory on page 96. Without you, we would not be able to publish the magazine, and we appreciate your support!

Thanks, most of all, to you, our readers. Without your support, we could have never been around the past 15 years to bring you scrapbooking inspiration in our magazine issues, online, and in person. Please continue to tell us what kind of pages and articles you’d like to see in future issues by emailing us at With your continued support, we’ll be around to inspire you for another 15 years—or more.

Would you like to win a free copy of this issue PLUS a free one-year subscription to Creating Keepsakes magazine? Leave a comment below telling us what one of your favorite things about the magazine has been over the years, and we’ll randomly select three winners by Monday, October 31.

Thanks again for reading—and enjoy this newest issue!







Jennafer Martin, editor-in-chief


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67 Responses to An Insider’s Look: CK’s Nov/Dec 2011 Issue

  1. Suzy Gray says:

    Happy Anniversary keep up the inspration

  2. My favorite are the sketches. They are a great jumping off point for layouts!

  3. KellyG says:

    Congrats! Love all the examples and that there is something in there for everyone, no matter what your style is! Keep up the good work!

  4. shanda harrington says:

    I like see more layouts than cards.

  5. Joan VanCourt says:

    Wow, congrats on 15 yrs. Have always loved CK magazine and use it to spark my creativity. I always love the TIPS and TRICKS section. Also, I love buying the books with everything all condensed. Thanks for a wonderful publication.

  6. Mindi Brown says:

    congrats on 15 years!! I love to look thru CK for new color combinations :)

  7. Pamela J says:

    My favorite magazine feature is no longer included but I loved Brenda’s Page Patterns. If you ever decide to run this column again, I would be thrilled. CK is still my favorite scrapbook magazine regardless.

  8. Katiria says:

    My favorite part has always been the “techniques to try” section. It’s the one section where I find somethign useful and that I use everytime.

  9. SandyP says:

    I love just about everything about CK, but I’d have to say the sketches that go along with the layouts are my absolute favorites.

  10. TamiB says:

    Keeping us updated on the cool tools!

  11. Angela D. says:

    My favorite thing is the variety of styles and the product parade!!!

  12. Teresa says:

    I love the sketches of course and also all the contributors, who have come and gone through the years. Such wonderful talent and ideas to share with us.

  13. Wendy Orme says:

    I’ve love being able to keep up with the trends and having fabulous layouts to scrap-lift from! Keep up the great work.

  14. Swati says:

    I have always loved the sketches!!

  15. Cindy D says:

    I have been enjoying all the inspiration from the readers!

  16. Sheri E. says:

    I have loved all the inspiration CK has given me over the years. Whether it be layouts I want to scraplift, or a new technique to try.

  17. LenaS says:

    Always enjoyed the technique sections showing the step-by-steps and how-to’s. And secretly hoped to get published or win the CK HOF one day, but too many of life’s responsibilities kept me from submitting. I wonder is it too late? Had to stop CK subscription recently. Thx 4 chance 2 win.

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