Good morning, SCT friends!

We know that times are trying right now for all of us. We can see it in your Instagram and Facebook posts—the worry and the frustration with what is going on right now in the world, and we are there with you. During this difficult time, we are trying to find silver linings: people offering help and looking out for each other, communities—like our own paper crafting community—banding together, and being able to communicate with friends and family through video and social media. This week we celebrate our 14th birthday, and instead of putting off the celebration, we have decided to continue on; because we all need a little bit of happiness in our lives right now!


We are so excited to celebrate our 14th birthday with you, our dear readers, our creative team and our partners all week here on the blog! We’re sharing inspirational birthday projects each day this week, along with special giveaways at the end of each post, generously donated by our partners—don’t miss a single day! Let’s kick this week off with our first post from creative team member Nathalie Leonelli!


Happy Birthday, SCT Magazine! How fun is it that I, Nathalie, get to inaugurate our birthday week here on the blog? I just happened to have several birthday photos that were waiting to be scrapped, so I pulled the fun SCT Delivered Make A Wish card kit I used to make cards last month, and I will show you today how I’ve adapted it to create pocket pages!


Supplies | Make A Wish card kit; Cardstock: Bazzill; Tools: Tim Holtz; Album: We R Memory Keepers;  Page protectors: Project Life

Once my photos were placed, my whole spread started with the “Yay, Yay, Yay” card. Part of the Crate Paper die-cut pack included in the kit, it was just perfect for a 3” x 4” pocket! I added a few machine stitches and another die-cut on top, rather than inside the page protector as it was crossing “the boundaries” of the pockets. I like how it breaks the lines.


For the title card, which is my favorite, I created layers with several Crate Paper die-cuts on top of a tag and added a bit of stamping. The kit has both patterned papers and die-cuts from the Hooray collection so everything matches perfectly! 


I kept my journaling consistent throughout the spread by using typed paper strips.


This kit is so packed and so versatile! It might say “card kit” on the front but it is absolutely fabulous for documenting birthdays in pockets, too! 

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we are continuing with the birthday inspiration and festivities all week long! Happy birthday, SCT! 

~ Nathalie


What a fun pocket page! Ready to see what our amazing partners are sharing with us today? Let’s check out today’s giveaways: 

Simple Stories:

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Happy Birthday, Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! Warmest wishes to you for celebrating 14 fabulous years! We are excited to offer TWO collections for today’s giveaway: Magical Birthday and Birthday Blast!


Unicorn magic is REAL! Add a one-of-a-kind sparkle to your special day with the NEW Magical Birthday collection from Simple Stories. Your magical day will shine with a rainbow of bubblegum pink, teal, green, yellow, and lavender with accents of shimmering gold. You’ll have a major glow up when you party like a unicorn on your birthday this year!

Cake, check! Candles, check! Invitations, check! It’s a party and we’re ready to 3…2…1… blast off with the NEW Simple Stories Birthday Blast Collection! Celebrate that special day with out-of-this-world oranges, bold blues, colorful greens, yellow stars, and racing rockets with silver accents. Say “Happy Birthday,” decorate, and document with a burst of color and energetic fun as you celebrate another adventure-filled year!

Close to My Heart:

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We are so excited to be hosting this giveaway in celebration of SCT’s 14th Birthday! Here at Close To My Heart, we love to help every crafter/enthusiast celebrate relationships, share memories and preserve the moments that matter most, which is why we are thrilled to be giving away our exclusive Cut Above® Kit called ‘These Are My People.’ This kit features 6″ × 8″ pre-printed base pages that you can decorate with the die-cuts and stickers included to create an ENTIRE album focused on the people who bring joy to your life! It also includes a 6” x 8” Everyday Life™ album and a custom SVG file you can use to decorate the cover of your album! We can’t wait to get this bundle in the hands of one lucky winner! Good luck to everyone entering the giveaway, and Happy Birthday SCT!

Hero Arts:

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Our friends at Hero Arts are joining in on the celebration with a $25 gift card for one lucky winner! Use it to give yourself a gift of one of their fabulous stamps, inks, dies or embellishments!


To enter today’s giveaways:

Leave a comment below by April 2nd at midnight EST, telling us your birthday month!

Winners will be announced here on the blog on April 3rd! Good luck!