October 03, 2013

What's in the Fall Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today

Scrapbook and Cards Today is a beautiful magazine you can read totally free, in its entirety online. It is a real testament to the quality of writing, projects and information that so many readers still choose to purchase a 'hard copy' subscription (which happens to be the least expensive subscription I am aware of and the reason is, 'Because it's free, too!' - you are just paying for shipping and handling).
I love receiving the magazine in the mail. To get the magazine delivered click here.

It really is a beautiful publication. The paper is high quality and glossy. Like a good Scrapbook page, the entire magazine seems to be laid out to guide you effortlessly through it from beginning to end.

Even though I am primarily a card maker, I look at every single page (including the ads) and read about each and every project. I would like to share with you what REALLY STOOD OUT in this issue.

  1. 'You had me at 'Hello'. Right from the beginning I was hooked by these 2 wonderful cards by Becky Fleck. I was intrigued by the cut out in the first and the sewing treatment. I like how beautifully she pulled the chevrons, stripes and houndstooth together.

2  Kelly's layout wowed me. I think it's beautiful and I love the circles. See page 18 in the magazine.

3. A regular feature is "10 most wanted" showcasing the latest and greatest items and ideas. What stood out for me? #five - Pixies from Doodlebug Design
and  #three - Crate Paper's new Close Knit collection. I love the colour palette and interesting blending of various patterns.

4. Tips, Tricks & Techniques ( 3t's) 

 'In Stitches'-- 3t's is always an excellent feature and I really took my time looking at each page and appreciating each and every technique being used.  People who know me KNOW I run in the other direction if a sewing machine walks into a room, but I have been getting inspired by recent articles and especially these tips, tricks and techniques.
The photos and instructions are very easy to follow.

   'Page Maps'---    I dog-eared all 3 pages. Check out the Bonus page sketches and card sketches!
What I loved about this layout: The diecut background, spraying the cardstock first, and the use of staples.
What I loved: scalloped and textured edging and LOVE the twine detail creating faux binding. Beautiful colour palette. 

What else was really cool? 

Vicki Boutin's Chalking techniques 

 The 3i's (ideas, insights & inspiration)

1. Family selfies! This inspired me to create an album for my son's upcoming wedding featuring 'selfies' instead of the 'put a disposable camera on the table' technique.  I think it will be wonderful and something they will really treasure..

Free Downloads!
This section also includes Great tips on photographing family nights and incorporating mementos into your page. 

3. Check out the 'memories page starters' on p.44 --- some super ideas

In the Reader's Gallery, check out 
p 50 - Nicole uses Black & White photography  with her colour palette  
p. 70 - Again, Patricia shows her mastery of the perfect page.  I love her style.
p. 50 - Patricia's layout really grabbed my attention and I think it's beautiful.

'Stories with heart' on p. 55. It's poignant and powerful.

Here is a Thank You card I was inspired to make. ( no sewing machine was harmed in the making of this card) 

Please let me know what you thought of my picks. What stood out for you? ~Roberta


  1. Such pretty pieces you showcased. I especially love the chalk one with the telephone (I guess it is the receptionist in me!)

  2. Yes, I love Vicki's chalking techniques. There is so much creative inspiration in this issue!


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