It's Nicole Nowosad with you today on Day Two of our 10th birthday celebration! I am honoured to be part of this magazine and its’ talented team of people behind the scenes of the magazine. I have a fun and easy birthday themed project for you today – who doesn’t love a good banner at a party! I've also added a little bonus for you too 😉

I created this banner in a few simple steps and it looks so pretty once put together!

Banner 1

Supplies: Patterned Paper – Basic Grey; Cardstock – American Crafts

I started out by die-cutting several banner pieces out of some pretty patterned paper. I layered one of the images with some white cardstock diecut to a scallop edge shape.

Cut shapes

Once I had the number of shapes diecut, I arranged them in an order on a large table. I had quite a few pieces and so I chose a pattern and varied my colour scheme across the banner.

Arrange in order

I diecut a few hearts and letters to spell “happy” and added to parts of my banner. It’s easy to add these while you have the banner arranged on your work surface, so you can see what the final result will be.

I wanted to add some rosettes to some of the banner pieces. Here is how I made mine:

  • Cut strips of patterned paper to measure 1”x 12” and score at ¼” intervals on the front and reverse of the paper.

Trim strip and score

  • Fold the scored paper into an accordion style fold

Accordian fold

  • Using some hot glue – or another very strong adhesive, adhere the ends together to create a ring

Adhere ends together

  • Pinch together to make a rosette shape and adhere to a piece of cardstock. I used a scrap punched with a circle punch.

Pinch together to make rosette

Back of rosette

  • Now, you can add layers to the top or behind the rosette shape to pretty it up even more! I used some circles punched from co-ordinating patterned paper and diecut doily shapes from JustNick. You could always use a punch too!

Layer papers together

Layer over doily

  • All that is left to do is add to your banner!

Add embellishment to top

Once the banner is all ready to go, simply add some twine using hot glue or another STRONG adhesive to the backside of the banner pieces, making sure to keep your banner in order so that any words you may have spelled are correct when you are done!

Banner 2
Banner 4

I hope you have enjoyed this project! You can re-create this with any patterned paper and get a totally new look for any party you are hosting! Now, wouldn’t it be great to have a file that you could cut those pieces SO easily?

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You can get this cut file for free from March 21-30, 2016 over at JustNick! Just load this design into your card and use the code: SCT10 at checkout and it is all yours for FREE! (no purchase necessary)

Happy Birthday SCT!!!

~ Nicole Nowosad

 Day TWO – Giveaway

Prize 1: Simple Stories

Woohoo!  We’re thrilled to join Scrapbook & Cards Today in celebrating their 10th birthday with this fitting prize pack from our Let’s Party collection!  The Let’s Party Collection Kit, Pocket Pieces, Enamel Dots & Self Adhesive Bradz are just what you need to document your own special birthday celebrations! Happy birthday SCT!


Prize 2: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Enjoy the newest products from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L! Win the E-Z Runner Grand, E-Z Runner Ultra, and E-Z Runner Micro Refillable Dispensers, along with Dodz Micro. These permanent adhesives are perfect for all your scrapbooking, card making and mixed media adventures!

  3L -SCT 10th Bday

Prize 3: $50 gift certificate from Paper Smooches

Wishing our friends at SCT a very happy 10th birthday! Today's winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to shop for stamps and dies with Paper Smooches!


50-gift-certificate copy

WOW! Amazing prizes from amazing partners! For an opportunity to win today's fun filled "loot bag" from Simple Stories, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and a $50 gift certificate from Paper Smooches please be sure to leave a comment below by Wednesday, April 6th! Please also join us each day as we thank our partners for their wonderful prizes and for all their support for SCT over the years by clicking on the links below for their facebook pages. They will LOVE to hear from you!

Simple Stories

Scrapbook Adhesives 3L

Paper Smooches

Day TWO – Challenge

Hidden throughout the spring issue are 10 little cupcake/dessert images. Each day we will share the image you are to find and at the end of the 10 days, when you've found all 10 cupcakes that coordinate with the image we share each day, you'll email us and be entered in to the draw to win a $250 mystery box! WOOT, WOOT! If you don't have a physical copy of the magazine, you can view or download the spring issue HERE. This is today's image you're looking for:


Thank you for joining us for Day TWO! Happy hunting for today's cute image!

~ Catherine

Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today Inc.