12 Days of Holiday giving 2017

Good morning SCT friends! We’re so happy you’ve joined us to kick off our annual “12 Days of Holiday Giving” SCT style! If you’ve joined us in previous years be prepared for our biggest year yet. If you’re new to this celebration we hope you’ll join us each of these 12 days to see the inspiring projects our team has created AND see all the amazing giveaways we have in each of these 12 days! Our partners have truly outdone themselves and are excited to share so many prizes with our readers. They know what we do…that you’re the best! We also asked our team to share their favourite holiday memory and hope you’ll share yours with us too.

Let’s get this party started and ring in the holiday season with our Editor-in-Chief Susan Opel!

“Greetings from Utah, dear readers! I hope you’re having an AMAZING December so far.

There’s something about the holidays that gets my creative juices flowing, and I’m sure you’ll agree that there are all sorts of Christmas-themed products that you just can’t HELP but use! But I’m a rebel from way back, and one of my favorite things is to take non-Christmas product to create Christmas-ey designs. Add in a non-traditional color scheme, and I’m super happy about that! Yeah, in my bedroom, I have pink and orange trees, so I’m all about the unexpected.

Susan Opel 1 for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine

I recently attended an event with some of my favorite card makers, and I was delighted to sit at the same table as Yana Smakula. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, I suggest that you do! She creates the most elegant and lovely cards.

One of Yana’s signature designs is to stamp and heat emboss a background on dark cardstock and then color the design in with colored pencils. It looks amazing and really isn’t very hard! So inspired by her, I stamped the Kaleidoscope Leaves background from Simon Says Stamp on dark grey cardstock and heat embossed the design in white. In a few minutes I had colored in a few sections, and voilá! — instant impact.

Susan Opel 2 for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine

After that, I added the sentiment treatment using the Stained Glass Greetings stamp set from Simon in coordinating colors for a lush jewel-toned design. It reminds me of the church windows on Christmas Eve!

I can’t wait to send this card to a friend to bless her Christmas. What a joy to share the love via something handmade!

And Christmas does bring me such joy. I have such happy memories from my childhood, and probably my favorite (spanning many years) was when I was in elementary school. My dad was the principal of my little Lutheran school in the country, and each Christmas Eve, we put on a Christmas pageant at church. The church (built in 1912) is one of those glorious old gothic buildings.

Susan Opel 3 for Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine

We’d enter the sanctuary singing as snow often fell outside the darkened stained glass windows. But inside we were warmed by the hiss of the radiators, the soft candlelight, and the arrival of baby Jesus. At the end of the pageant after singing Joy to the World, we’d all file up to the tree for a brown paper bag filled with peanuts, crackers jacks, and an orange. It was simple and like a storybook. And I’m so glad it’s a part of my story.

May the light and love of the season bring you warm memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime!” ~ Susan R. Opel

Thank you Susan for sharing such a beautiful non-traditional card and a sweet memory!


Today we want to kick off our “12 Days of Holiday Giving” with our friends from Creative Memories and American Crafts! We’ve also added a little bonus at the end too!

Creative Memories for Scrapbook & Cards Today

“Happy Holidays Scrapbook & Cards Today readers! Creative Memories would love to share a Glacier prize package with you that includes:

  • Glacier Cover
  • Glacier Stickers
  • Glacier Paper Pack
  • Snowflake Trio Punch

Here’s a case of the “winter blues” that won’t have you wanting to head south until spring – Glacier winter-themed collection in a stunning range of frosty blue hues! Inspired by a winter wonderland filled with cold temps, warm hearts and snow, the Glacier collection features designs infused with elements such as snowflakes and falling snow, birch tree bark and frosty pine tree branches, as well as watercolour patterns and canvas textures that will be the perfect backdrop for photos of your enchanted winter moments! Happy Holidays!” ~ Creative Memories

American Crafts for Scrapbook & Cards Today

“Hello SCT Friends! Cozy up with Sweater Weather by American Crafts! Grab your mug and crafting supplies because this comfy collection is bursting at the seams with traditional holiday reds and greens with fun pops of blue, pink, and gold. Capture snow days and winter memories with playful, hand drawn flowers, sweaters and mittens. Stay warm and document delightful wintery moments with Sweater Weather!

We’re so excited to give away a Sweater Weather prize pack to today’s winner AND AS A BONUS, we’ll send one to your crafty friend too! Good luck & Happy Holidays!” ~ American Crafts

We have one more giveaway too!

Scrapbook & Cards Today Winter 2017 Issue

Today’s winner will also receive a print copy of our brand new winter issue that just released yesterday! Each page is filled with beautiful winter and holiday inspiration, brand new products and all the latest trends! If you have not seen this issue, you can view/download it here.  AND as another bonus, we will send one to that crafty friend you’ve mentioned in your comment below! What a lovely friend you are 🙂

To enter each day’s giveaways:

For an opportunity to win, leave a comment below by midnight on December 22nd EST. All winners will be announced on December 23rd at noon EST. Good luck!Be sure to let us know who your crafty friend is that might light that American Crafts collection and a copy of our brand new winter issue. We would also love to hear about your favourite holiday memory too!

We would also ask that you take a moment to visit today’s sponsors on their Facebook pages to thank them for their generous prizes. Our SCT readers are always so wonderful at saying “thank you” and it’s because of that appreciation our partners love to share with you!

Creative Memories on Facebook

American Crafts on Facebook

Scrapbook & Cards Today on Facebook

Thank you again for joining us to kick off one of our favourite celebrations of the year! We hope you’ll share today’s post on your social media, in your Facebook group or by email with your friends. The more the merrier!