Magazine Monday with Susan Opel!

Magazine Monday with Susan Opel!

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

2017-12-04T09:24:03-04:00December 4th, 2017|Magazine Monday, Magazine reveal, Shop SCT|


  1. Jean marmo December 4, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Wonderful projects and inspiration!

  2. Helen December 4, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Fabulous projects! Cannot wait to see the magazine

  3. Kelly Crowl December 4, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Again, #inspiration=NAILED IT!
    Great card, like how you get the ideas!

  4. Barbmac December 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Awesome card and I can’t wait to see the newest issue! TFS!

  5. Patricia December 4, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    This goes in my Christmas stocking.

  6. ELIBUTLER December 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    This is a Beautiful Card! I love how you took inspiration from outside! I don’t think I would have considered these colours together without seeing how you did it! Thank you for great ideas!

  7. Sharon Kalbfleisch December 5, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I absolutely love the card/album page that was made using the older red pickup truck with a Xmas tree in the back. Not only is it beautifully made but merry memories are right. We used to borrow my grandads truck to go into the bush to cut down our own tree up north. What a great day and memory that was. This brought it all flooding back like it was yesterday. How I wish we were still able to do this!!!! I also can’t wait to receive my winter issue!!! The cover is gorgeous!!

  8. Michele F December 8, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Susan, is it another Michigan thing? I cannot tell you how often I’m inspired by the Crate n Barrel catalog!
    Your card is outstanding! and love that you’ve stretched that Halloween paper!

    Hmmm the Winter issue? Got it!!! and am so thrilled with the extra gifts, besides the magazine! Thanks again, Susan!


  9. Andrea D. La Vigne December 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Great job interpreting the banner into a card design! Love the colors you used. I have a hard time getting crafty inspiration from non-crafty sources. Maybe something to work on in the new year! 🙂 ~ Andrea

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