Happy Magazine Monday, my SCT friends!

How’s that holiday shopping coming? I love shopping, so it’s a year-round affair for me, and whenever I’m out and about, there’s nothing I love more than drawing creative inspiration from color combinations, store displays, and signage. Enter this display outside my local JCPenney at the mall:

The MINUTE I saw this sign, I honestly couldn’t wait to transfer the general concept into a card design. I mean those colors and those stripes! So great. So I hurried down to my craft room and whipped up this card:

supplies CARDSTOCK, DIES: My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp; PATTERNED PAPER: Doodlebug Design; RHINESTONES: My Mind’s Eye; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

First I searched for a way to make the black and gray background, and I scoured my B-sides and found a great match in this black and grey chevron print from the Doodlebug Design Haunted Manor collection.

Next, I used the Wise Men Still Seek Him die from Simon Says Stamp and cut it four times in four different colors. For the dots of the I’s I added a simple color-coordinating jewel giving the design a little holiday sparkle. So simple and truly based on the inspiration. It’s one of my favorite cards I’ve made in a while.

Scrapbook & Cards Today Winter 2017 Issue

Another one of my favorite things is that in just a few short days you’ll have your hot little hands on the Winter 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today! So what’s in store in the Winter issue? Here are a few things you can look forward to:

  • Techniques for mass producing cards.
  • Mini albums galore!
  • Clever and festive photo gifts.
  • Ideas for layouts about the things we love.
  • Fun sketches, online freebies, fabulous reader inspiration, and so much more!!

Today I want to share a sneak look at what you’ll find in the Winter issue!

Paige Evans Holiday Tags for Scrapbook & Cards Today


Simple Stories Album by Cathy Zielske

We can’t wait to share wintry inspiration with you in just a few days! The Winter 2017 issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today drops December 8th!

Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief