Kicking off our 12 Days of Holiday Giving? Megan Hoeppner here, and it looks like I’m the first winner at this party! What a treat it is to welcome you to this holiday extravaganza!

Each year, this online event gains in popularity and population. By that, I mean it grows in its offering as word continues to spread about the fun. This year, the giving includes prizes galore, more project ideas than ever before, and the overall excitement you create. So it seems only fitting to begin with a sincere THANK YOU. This goes out to our generous sponsors, our truly talented project contributors, and, of course, you, who make it all possible and fun!!

For my project, I thought I’d share how the home décor piece I created for my editor’s note in our Winter 2016 issue came together.

I had such fun working with the White Wood Panel from Jillibean Soup. Inspired by the My Mind’s Eye chipboard letter stickers I used, which have white and pink backgrounds, I began by masking the top portion off using painter’s tape and then staining the area pink.



To make the stain, I mixed 1 part acrylic paint with three parts water. I applied a coat, absorbed the excess with a paper towel, and applied another coat. It only took the two coats to get it where I wanted it, but this is certainly a technique that you can play with to get the color you love.


Once the paint dried (dries fast!), I masked off a triangle using painters tape and painted it with the same pink stain. I used a small chipboard tree as my guide, positioning the tape so it ran parallel to the tree’s edge.


I wanted the image to stand out a bit more, so I then outlined the outer edges with glitter glue (Stickles from Ranger).


I didn’t love how gold the gold was, so I added a second layer of clear glitter glue. I also added some detailing to the tree, inspired by the detailing on the chipboard tree.

Once all of this was complete, I set the block aside to dry for a bit. I then went to work decorating. I added enamel dots to the tree, the stickers that inspired it all across the top, a die cut ampersand from Simple Stories, a plastic reindeer, more glitter glue touches, and some white acrylic paint with sprinkles dropped in to create snow.



I had thought I was going to screw little hooks into the bottom and make this a bitty stocking holder, but I’ve yet to do so. What are your thoughts? Leave it as is or add the hooks?

I just LOVE holiday crafting. To see the December Daily scrapbook album I made this year, as well as other holiday crafts, I invite you to check out my blog.

Thanks again for being a part of the fun of our 12 Days of Holiday Giving! We just love playing Santa Claus and celebrating the season and spirit of giving with you.

Happy holidays!

Megan Hoeppner, SCT editor-in-chief

"12 days of holiday giving" Giveaway – DAY ONE

We are very grateful to our partners and are thrilled to kick off this event with our friends from Janome and American Crafts. Each of these companies have been long time partners who not only support all that we do, but they love helping us celebrate too. So let's start humming our favourite holiday tune (it's ok if you're in public, people will think it's catchy!), and let's get going! 

"On the first day of Scrapbook & Cards Today 12 day of holiday giving, SCT gave to me…

JanomeNo project is complete without at least a little sewing… or so we believe at Janome Canada! You can stitch together layouts without the fuss of glue and adhesives while adding warmth and charm with a touch of thread. The Sew Mini is a five pound sewing machine, complete with a drop-in bobbin, a range of stitches and petite foot pedal. It is a perfect crafting companion when traveling to retreats (like a Crop & Create!) We invite you to share the fun of sewing your next project with a friend, as Janome is pleased to offer not one but TWO Sew Mini machines to today’s lucky winner! 

Our second ah-mazing prize today is from our friends at American Crafts!

  AC_DL_Saturday_Styled_AdImageCapture weekend vibes and everyday, happy moments with Saturday by Dear Lizzy for American Crafts. Fun graphics and icons are presented in a coordinating palette of bright blue, taxi yellow, cheerful red-orange with accents of bold black. Images of cameras, glasses and food items are featured on patterned paper, stickers and other versatile embellishments!

And finally a little gift from us here at SCT…


Make a date to create! Our 2017 Creative Planner is here. Keeping track of to-dos and appointments has never been so fun. New this year, each of the 13 months in this calendar are on two-page spreads! This means plenty of room for you to dress up the dates as you plan your life. But life shouldn't be all work without a little play, which is why you'll also find monthly scrapbook ideas and seasonal paper crafts to keep you inspired. Plus, discover new techniques, design pointers, colour theory instruction, creative planner tips, sketches, and more! As 2017 comes to a close, you'll be a crafting expert and have a complete planner of memories to enjoy.

Wow! What a way to kick off our "12 days" event! For an opportunity to win today's prizes, be sure to leave a comment below by midnight EST, December 23rd. On December 24th one winner from each day will be randomly selected and announced right here! 

Janome Canada

American Crafts

Scrapbook & Cards Today

We hope you'll take a few moments to head on over to the Facebook pages of today's sponsors to give them a HUGE thank you for their generous prizes. They really do notice when you comment! And if you don't like SCT already on Facebook we sure hope you will. We would love to hit 110K fans this weekend! See you tomorrow!