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Have you heard the latest episode of the ScrapGals podcast?

Janet Fritz and I joined Tiffany and Tracie to chat about the latest trends and cool stuff at CHA2017 Creativation!

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Listen to the podcast on your favourite podcast app or at this link at TheScrapGals.com.

You can see more about the hot trends and cool stuff in this blog post: Trends and Cool Stuff

Don’t miss ALL of my booth tour videos on this blog post: CHA2017 Creativation

Sneak peek of some things we chatted about in the show:


Amy Tangerine's On a Whim specialty paper: gold foil pineapples

Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim specialty paper: gold foil pineapples

Amy Tangerine's On a Whim inflatibles

Amy Tangerine’s On a Whim inflatibles

My Mind's Eye Palm Beach collection

My Mind’s Eye Palm Beach collection

Sunshiny Days collection from Pebbles

Sunshiny Days collection from Pebbles – more flamingos, pineapples and palm leaves.

Heidi Swapp's Letterboard

Heidi Swapp’s Letterboard

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day paper

Dear Lizzy Lovely Day paper

Sizzix embossing folders with built in thin dies, emboss and cut in one step!

Sizzix embossing folders with built in thin dies, emboss and cut in one step!

Vicki Boutin: mixed media for scrapbookers

Vicki Boutin: mixed media for scrapbookers

Becky Higgins: Home, wrapping paper made from limestone

Becky Higgins: Home, wrapping paper made from limestone

Uchi's Design animated stamps... yes they look like they move!

Uchi’s Design animated stamps… yes they look like they move!

Glue Dots now has a tape runner!

Glue Dots now has a tape runner!


I hope you enjoy the podcast, it was so much fun to chat about the direction scrapbooking will take us in this new year and the fun new products we will be creating with!


In all that you do, let your creativity shine!



Scrapbook Your Best Gift

Day 16 Full Alice BollThis layout was inspired by a prompt for LOAD217 Greek Mythology.

The challenge was to scrapbook the best gift you’ve ever given or received.

I decided immediately to focus on one of my favourite gifts from childhood, my Barbie dollhouse.


Let’s look at the details.

My first dilemma.


I couldn’t find a photo of my Barbie dollhouse, or of myself playing with it. I was so disappointed. Then I noticed that it was in the background of a couple of pictures of my little brother that I’d taken as a child.

Sure… it’s my brother, not me, but it was the best I had, so I thought they’d work!

I found some gorgeous paper from My Mind’s Eye. It’s pink and has glitter on it, with a diamond pattern. (Did you see My Mind’s Eye’s booth at Creativation?)

My second dilemma.

I knew I had a wood veneer word, “awesome” but I was sad that it wasn’t a good colour for the gold and pink layout I wanted to create. The word is from Heidi Swapp. (Did you see Heidi’s booth at Creativation?)


But I wasn’t going to let a little thing like the word being green slow me down. I pulled out my embossing powder and ink pad. I inked the word directly with the Versamark pad, sprinkled the gold embossing powder on top, and melted it.

*Want tips for embossing? I have a couple of embossing videos that will help: How to Emboss with Stamps and 3 Quick Tips: How to Know when Embossing is Complete


The gold embossing makes it slightly shiny and it was perfect!

Next I found some great little sparkly pink letters to complete the title.


I really liked where this was going, but decided that I wanted to bring more gold into the page.

I decided to frame the layout with gold metallic paper.

I trimmed an inch off of the top and side of the pink diamond patterned paper. I also cut a large square out of the center of the gold paper, so that I wouldn’t waste so much of the gorgeous specialty paper when I just needed an edge around the layout. (Plus I can be frugal once in a while!)


I started fiddling with my golden embellishments. I really loved the pink heart in the corner, but the words “LOVE IT” are a bright white, and it was bugging me. I decided it would be good to put a strip of gold shiny over the heart, like a banner. I had a couple of great banners in an embellishment kit, but I needed another one.


I decided to cut this frame apart and make the bottom into the banner that I needed.

Day 16 Close1 Alice Boll

It turned out just the way I wanted!

Day 16 Close3 Alice Boll

I’ll confess, adding those little pink letters kind of sucked. They needed to be glued down and I wanted to make sure they were straight and not all crazy and crooked. Thankfully my clear ruler helped with this a lot! I was able to line them up along the edge of the ruler while I used Liquid Glass as glue to stick each letter down.

I decided that I had too much to say to easily fit it in my own handwriting, so I printed my journaling on the computer. I was able to make the journaling wrap around a shape in the word document so that the words would not be hidden behind the golden heart.

Day 16 Close2 Alice Boll

That’s it! The page was done.

Day 16 Full Alice Boll

I’m really happy with how the page turned out. It tells a story I’ve wanted to tell for a long time, I found some photos with my Barbie house in them, even if they weren’t perfect, they were good, and I was happy with how the gold and pink look on this page.

What is your favourite gift? Is it something you’ve given or received? Is it a physical gift or something a bit more abstract? Share your story in the comments… and then go and scrapbook it!

Let your creativity shine!



P.S. Would you like to scrapbook with prompts, but don’t know where to start? Click the page prompts tab in the menu bar for more ideas.




CHA2017 Carpe Diem

Layle Koncar gives us a peek at the new planner products in the Carpe Diem collection from Simple Stories.


Clover green and Grape purple planners. Yes… there is finally a purple planner!
Fitness, Home, Recipe, Faith: these products let your planner work for you in brand new ways.

Say Cheese… for planners! You can plan your whole trip to a ‘theme park’! Yes, plan the countdown to Disney!

Emoji Love, this is the perfect transition for making your planner fun.

Planner vinyl decals.

A5 punch!

Alice and Layle Koncar Carpe Diem CHA2017

Find more CHA videos HERE.



CHA2017 Simple Stories

Layle Koncar and I had a bunch of laughs as she showed me the fun new products from the Simple Stories booth at CHA2017 Creativation.

Featured collections: Say Cheese 3, Domestic Bliss, Emoji Love, and Faith.

Simple Sets:
Basketball, Baseball, Cheer, Dance, Soccer, Football, Volleyball, Softball

Alice and Layle Koncar Simple Stories CHA2017

Want to see more videos from Creativation? Click HERE.




CHA2017 We R Memory Keepers Demos

Tavnir from We R Memory Keepers demos the new Magnetic Punches (you can actually see what you’re punching!), the Precision Press and the DIY Party Board.

Watch more videos!

We R Memory Keepers magnetic punches, precision press, DIY party board.