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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

A special sneak peek into the Heidi Sonboul Signature Series Book

Today, we’ve got a very special sneak peek inside Heidi Sonboul’s upcoming Signature Series book! We love how she incorporates cross-stitching into this whimsical layout, and are sure you’re going to be inspired by the many different crafting techniques she uses throughout her book. Don’t miss tomorrow as we have planned an even bigger reveal and an exciting giveaway handpicked by Heidi herself!


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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

Heidi Sonboul Signature Series Book

We are so excited to announce our latest Signature Series idea book with the wonderful Heidi Sonboul! Stay turned all this week for special sneak peeks of Heidi’s Signature Series book and a chance to win a few of her fabulous products!



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Jenni Guynn

Jenni is our wonderful Ad Director at Northridge Publishing. She will be sharing with you some great offers and introducing us all to some fabulous companies.

A Peek into November CARDS

I have a bit of a bias towards the month of November. It is my favorite for several reasons, one being that my birthday is this month! It also hosts my most favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. Needless to say, the November issue of CARDS always thrills me. The colors. The themes. They’re always fabulous. If you haven’t had your hands on this issue, you need to. It is one that shouldn’t be missed!

One card that I loved was designed by Aimee Kidd. The wooden doily is perfect, and I adore the lace and ribbon she used. See below for the products she used and a step-by-step how to.

Card is 5 x 7”
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Patterned paper, badge, butterfly label sticker: October Afternoon; Seam binding, lace trim, kit (November 2011): The Paper Bakery; Wooden doily: Maya Road; Sentiment stamp: SP & Co.; Spray mist: Tattered Angels; Corner rounder: EK Success; Adhesive: Helmar Design Studio

Cover the front of a white card base with silver textured cardstock and ink the edges brown. Trim a panel of light blue floral paper, round the upper corners, ink the edges brown, and adhere it on the center of the card. Cut a smaller panel of book paper, round the upper corners, ink the edges brown, and mount it on the center of the light blue panel. Back a strip of orange seam binding with lace trim and glue it down the center of the card. Spray a wooden doily with silver mist, affix a fancy orange seam binding bow and flower on the center of it, and attach it to the center of the card. Place a metal rooster badge on the center of the doily. Stamp a sentiment in brown onto a butterfly label sticker and add the sticker across the bottom of the wooden doily.

To see more of the November issue, you can download your own copy here:

***Be sure to check back next week for the start of a monthly card challenge! We hope you’ll get involved and can’t wait to see what you create.

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Hannah Craner

I am a crafter. I love creating in all forms: jewelry-making, needlework, book-binding, sewing, etc. However, my passion is paper crafting.

I am the Editor and graphic designer for CARDS magazine. I feel so lucky to work in an industry I love, doing something I am passionate about. When I am not working on the magazine or playing with my three cute kids, you can usually find me with a stamp nearby and paper in hand.

You can see more of Hannah on her blog:

WOW #155: Silhouettes

I can’t think of a more appropriate time of year to feature Silhouettes than now!  When I think of Silhouettes, I think of images like this:

Spooky trees, black cats, crows, witches – all thing Halloween.

 I’m not sure why, but that’s the first thing that comes to mind.

That’s why I was inspired to create this layout for the October issue of Scrapbook Trends:

I used my Silhouette Cameo die-cut machine to cut out a spider:

a flying witch:

and a skeleton face:

…all from black cardstock.  I attached the black silhouettes to my bright colored background papers (all by Doodlebug) with foam dots so they would cast a bit of a shadow behind them.

You can see even more silhouette layouts (none of which are Halloween themed, in case you were wondering) in this article in the October issue of Scrapbook Trends magazine.  {You can download this issue by clicking here.}

Have you created a layout or card (or project) using silhouettes?

We’d love to see your work! Please leave a link in the comment section!  :)

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Wendy Sue Anderson

Award Winning Style: Naomi Atkins

Every month in Scrapbook Trends Magazine, our Editor-in-Chief Pam Baird selects one designer who demonstrates an award-winning style. In our October 2012 issue, she selected Naomi Atkins.  Naomi has a unique style that is so fresh and beautiful – and her photographs just take my breath away – she is definitely the whole package!!  I was able to ask Naomi some additional questions so that we could highlight her and her work here on the blog today.

Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Naomi Atkins, and I’m a wife and mama of five amazing kids- Katlyn, Elise, Everett, Weston and Camille!  Growing up I never thought I would have five children, but I do.. and I LOVE being a mom! My children are my source of inspiration! I recently left an eight year teaching career at a local college once my business, Inspired and Enchanted Photography really took off.  There was just no time for everything! I taught law classes, totally unrelated to my business!  I co-own it with an awesome business partner, who has been shooting a few years longer than I.  I have learned a lot from her! I love to do so many things and there are never enough hours in a day! I enjoy reading, baking, sewing, and of course Scrapbooking, my favorite!

How long have you been making layouts and how did you get your start? I have been scrapbooking for about nine years! When I got married, I told my husband, “I’m just not creative.” But my sister in law was a scrapbooker, and got me hooked! Then I started paying attention to  pictures in layouts that I liked, and wanted mine to look the same! That is what started the photography journey, and I’m so grateful to do what I love! I currently have layouts being published in Scrapbook trends, and design for Crate paper, the Freckled Fawn, and the new monthly kit club Gossamer Blue! I had my first cover layout in September, so that was exciting for me! I am also guest designing for My Mind’s Eye in December, and American Crafts in January.

What are your favorite/essential tools? I love patterned paper.. it really inspires me and gets me excited!! I also love my silhouette machine.. there are endless creative possibilities! When I don’t have enough thickers, I know I can rely on my silhouette to finish the job! I love all of the designs out there.  I also can’t seem to live without doilies and my sewing maching. I sew on almost every layout! I was sewing on paper long before I sewed fabric! It just gives that finished look to layouts that I love!

Where do you find inspiration? I used to only find inspiration in magazines.  Now that I’m a photographer, I find inspiration everywhere.. mostly behind my lens. I see the world in new way behind my camera and I love it. I also love signs, magazine ads, typography, and of course Pinterest! However, Pinterest can sometimes overwhelm me a little and put me in creative overload!!

Do you have any craft organization tips? Keeping my supplies organized is the key to creating for me. After I’ve done a layout my space is a MESS but I have to clean it up before I start a new project! I also organize what monthly kits I’m working on in a rolling craft cart.  A local scrapbooking store was selling some paper towers, and those have been a life saver! I organize by manufacturer after I’m done with kits.  All of my small embellishments are organized in small drawers as well. Also, designate a space for yourself!!! I started with a not used dining room table, and we ate in the kitchen. I then used a tiny mudroom on the side of our farmhouse when we moved, and put in a few cabinets.  Now, I scrapbook in our studio where we have a big counter which is awesome! But if you have a space, no matter how small, you WILL scrapbook more often! If you have to get it all out, and put it all away, you will never get it out!

Can you share a tip with our readers? Scrapbook for you!!  I used to only scrapbook when I got everything done that I had to do.. which as a mom of five, and a business owner was never!! I have a little plaque that says “Do something that makes you happy every day.” For me, that is scrapbooking! Also, I love doing project life for those every day photos, and to capture milestones!! Scrapbooking is for me, to play with my absolute favorite photos, the latest and greatest supplies, and just as a creative outlet! I can preserve my memories in chronological order with project life and not feel guilty about “skipping around” or only scrapbooking my favorite pictures. Have fun with what you do!!

We also asked Naomi to share a current layout with us:

[Supplies: Office tabs, circle die cuts, doilies, freckled fawn OhDEERMe kits; Patterned paper: Studio Calico, Cardstock: Bazzil, No. Tag: Lily Bee Design, Circle Text Chipboard: Pink Paislee, Mr. Huey's Mist, Gray and White Fab Rips: Studio Calico, Cloud Fabric Brad: Dear Lizzy, Stamp:Studio Calico Chipboard Trim: (Triangle) My Mind's Eye]

We’d like to thank Naomi for giving us a little peek into her designing world! You can see more of her work on her blog: inspired and enchanted photography


We’re always on the lookout for the next “Award Winning Designer.” Submit your work for a chance to win this prestigious title. You can find our latest calls here!


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Wendy Sue Anderson