March/April 2012 CK + Giveaway!

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Have you seen the March/April 2012 issue of CK yet? Without a doubt, it’s one of my favorite issues ever! And not just because I’ve got three layouts in it. (Three?! Geek out!) This issue’s jam packed with fab ideas for sharing your story and using your stash in innovative ways.

Honestly though, I think this is one of my favorite issues because I had such a great time working on it! Cindy Tobey and I had a blast putting together “Scrapbook Family Style” based on a wild idea I had during one of CK’s issue concept meetings. If I recall, there was a lot of vague hand-gesturing on my part and talking about drawing inspiration from your dad’s plaid shirt to scrapbook his love of movies. (“Noooo, the layout doesn’t need to be about the shirt!”) Ha! That Cindy’s a genius–she got what I meant. The article turned out beautifully! You’ll find it on page 67. And, to get an idea of what a concept meeting involves, turn to page 4 of the issue and take a peek at the “Behind the Scenes” snippet in Jennafer’s Ed Note.

In another wild turn of events, Stacy Cohen was a total super trooper when I sent her scouring LA for glassine to recreate Tim Holtz’s ultra-cool technique for my “Tips & Tricks” column (page 19). Go Stacy!

And then there’s the fun I had creating a layout for Lori’s “Leap Ahead” (page 55) feature. The folks at Sizzix were kind enough to lend me one of their brand new dies to use on my Party Moves layout (featured at the top of this post). It was so hard shipping the die back to them! You have no idea! Don’t those die-cut transparency doilies look cool?

As seen in the March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes magazine. Copyright Creative Crafts Group. Posted with prior permission from the publisher.

Lastly, I challenged myself to use four different Tattered Angels products on a single layout! Check out my Shopping in Chicago layout, and find out about all the techniques I used by visiting this issues online extras at And, because I just couldn’t help myself, I also used my fav Studio Calico chicken wire background stamp that Nicole Harper graciously sent me. But while I totally love that stamp, it’s her note that I’ll always remember:

I laughed so hard, I fell out of my rolly chair and bonked my knee on a stack of boxes!

Win It!
Now for the best part–I get to give away a copy of this fantastic issue to one of my readers! Just leave me a note here, and I’ll select one winner on or around March 26, 2012. And hop on by the blogs of these other CK friends for even more chances to win:

Kim Watson
Adele Beck
Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Deena Boese


8 thoughts on “March/April 2012 CK + Giveaway!

  1. Jennyfer L says:

    I would so so love to win the magazine! I have stopped to scrapbook for the past 3 years and I have so many pictures dying, no, begging to be printed and scrapbooked! This owuld help me to get my inspiration back. Thank you!

  2. Tammy Lever says:

    This issue looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it. Your layout is stunning. I am loving that DP in your first layout! Congrats on getting 3 picked up!

  3. Mariana says:

    This is a great giveaway! would love to win it and be able to try some of the things… thanks for the chance!

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