Good morning SCT Friends! We’re thrilled that you’ve joined us today as we kick off our week long 13th birthday celebration! YOU are a huge part of everything we do at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine and we could not be more excited to share this milestone together. Want to know how we are going to celebrate 13 fabulous years? Read on!

This entire week our team will be joining in the celebration by sharing amazing birthday projects and our awesome industry partners are also joining the celebration with a huge crafty prize package each day! Could we be any luckier? Are you ready to get this party started? Let’s kick it off with our uber-talented Art Director, Cathy Zielske, and Creative Team members Lisa Dickinson and Wendy Sue Anderson!

Hi everyone! It’s Cathy Z. here and I’m so happy to be sharing a fun birthday card project with you today because it’s literally right up my alley. Or should I say “bee”-cause?

If there is one playful theme I love it’s anything to do with bees! I dress up like one every Halloween (going on about 30 years now!), and so when I got my hands on this charming Bee Hive stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps (along with the coordinating dies,) I knew I had the perfect set for a birthday card.

I picked out some gray and yellow Copic markers and stamped my images on a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 pound cardstock using Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink. Once the coloring and die cutting was complete, I took a scrap of the Neenah paper and blended on some Distress Oxide ink in Mustard Seed to create a small patch of yellow to serve as my hive honey. I then smoothed a thin layer of Tonic Nuvo’s Glimmer Paste in the Moonstone color to create a shiny, glimmery patch of honey.

I cut a white cardstock panel using a Lawn Fawn Dotted Rectangle die, then stamped out my title and the little bee trails using Versamark Onyx Black ink. I trimmed my shimmery honey into a circle to fit behind the hive opening and adhered that to the panel.
I created an A2 (4.25 x 5.5) card base using some Gina K. Designs Heavy Base Weight Cardstock in Wild Dandelion.

Next, I popped up the hive and the bees using some of the new Gina K. Designs for Therm O Web foam squares to add some fun dimension to my project. 

This sentiment came from the exceptionally versatile Bee-u-tiful Sentiments set that features all kinds of different words that you can mix and match to create the perfect greeting for your card.
I really love this set. You could say I’m all abuzz about it, but that should go without saying! Happy Birthday, SCT!

~ Cathy Zielske


Hello everyone! It’s Lisa Dickinson here today and in honour of SCT’s birthday celebration, I’m sharing a celebratory layout! It’s no secret that I love grid-based designs, and this one was inspired by one of the papers in the new Crate Paper Hooray! line.


supplies | cardstock: Bazzill Basics; patterned paper, chipboard, stickers: Crate Paper; twine: The Twinery; enamel dots: Your Next Stamp; square punch: Creative Memories; die cutter: Silhouette Cameo; font: Tox Typewriter; adhesive: American Crafts, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I knew the grid side of this paper would a perfect spot to showcase lots of the cute patterns and embellishments in this collection. I cut a 9″ square from the paper and used it as a starting point on this page about my son’s 17th birthday.


In each of the grid portions on the paper, I cut a smaller piece of patterned paper (approximately 1 5/8″ square) and stitched around the edge before adhering it. Then I selected an assortment of chipboard and sticker accents to embellish each square.


I used liquid glue to adorn the outer edge of the grid with baker’s twine and then secured it to my cardstock background that I typed my journaling on. Under my photos, I arranged a title that’s a combo of chipboard stickers and a die-cut word which I created as a cut file for you too!


Download HERE


I love the festive, colorful feeling the grid lends to this layout. It definitely captures the excitement of a birthday celebration!

Happy Birthday SCT!

~  Lisa Dickinson


Happy Birthday! What’s a birthday without a little gift or two? And how much more fun is a gift when it’s all wrapped up in bright beautiful colors? Hi everyone, it’s Wendy Sue here today, sharing a fun little gift set I created featuring the “I Heart Us” collection from Close to my Heart.


These gorgeous papers and stickers, along with a fun cut file (#276058 in the Silhouette store) and some designer dies (“Happy Birthday”) from Echo Park Paper made it so easy to whip up these little gift bags – the perfect size for sharing a little goodie, or a gift card, or even sweet little party favors.

Here are a few close-up photos or each gift bag:

After creating the gift bags, I wanted to put the scraps to good use, so I used them to create some extra tags to add to additional cards or gifts – it’s always a good idea to make extras to have on-hand!


Enjoy the celebration!!

~ Wendy Sue Anderson



We are incredibly lucky to work with many companies in the industry and always love when we can celebrate together! Today our friends from Scrapbook.com (our largest distributing partner!), Lawn Fawn, Simple Stories and 3L are here to join in the fun of our Day 1 prize package! Look at all the amazing products one lucky winner will receive today!

From Scrapbook.com:

With so many different products that would love to call the ColorCase home, how will you organize them? By color? By type? By brand? However, you choose (we are loving the rainbow system ourselves!)

The clear, stackable .5 oz bottle ColorCase is here to get your glitter glues, dimensional paints, accents, and reinkers organized in a whole new way! What can your .5oz bottle ColorCase hold?

  • Ranger Stickles, Ranger Liquid Pearls, Ranger Enamel Accents, Ranger Archival Ink Reinkers, Ranger Dye Ink Reinkers, Ranger Pigment Ink Reinkers
  • Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls, Tim Holtz Distress Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinkers, Tim Holtz Distress Archival Ink Reinkers
  • Scrapbook.com Premium Hybrid Pad Reinkers
  • Lawn Fawn Premium Dye Ink Reinkers
  • Wendy Vecchi Make Art Dye Ink Reinkers
  • Simon Hurley Dye Ink Reinkers
  • Other .5 fluid ounce circular bottles

The clear, stackable 1 oz bottle ColorCase is here to get your glitter accents, acrylic paints, and other mediums organized in a whole new way!

What can your 1 oz bottle ColorCase hold?

  • Nuvo Crystal Drops, Nuvo Stone Drops, Nuvo Glitter Drops, Nuvo Jewel Drops, Nuvo Glow Drops, Nuvo Vintage Drops
  • Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium, Tim Holtz Distress Paint
  • Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint
  • American Crafts Acrylic Color Pop Paint
  • Finnabair Liquid Acrylic Paint
  • Other 1 fluid ounce circular bottles

Birthday Wishes to SCT! Thank you for 13 wonderful years of inspiration. Happy Birthday from your friends at Scrapbook.com!

From Lawn Fawn:

Hap-pea Birthday, SCT! Congratulations on 13 years! Today, Lawn Fawn would love to share a prize package from our “Be Hap-pea” collection, our Simply Wavy Banners and our brand new Spring Fling paper!

From Simple Stories:

Happy 13th birthday Scrapbook & Cards Today –  we’re just as happy to celebrate lucky number 13 with you as we were number 1! In honor of your birthday, we’re excited to offer one reader an assortment of products from our new Spring Farmhouse collection.  Enjoy the simple things with Spring Farmhouse. Soft, springy pastels and fresh florals paired with metal hues and rustic woodgrain blend to create a refreshing new collection, perfect for documenting your favorite memories of home sweet home.


From Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L:

Happy Birthday to Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! We’re honored to be celebrating with you, and we wish you many more successful years of inspiring us!

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Enjoy a mix of favorite and new adhesives! Our Metallic Transfer Foil sheets are 5-packs of 6×12 foils in solid jewel or holographic colors, they’re easy to use with adhesives, and also heat reactive. Pair this with die cuts from 3D Foam Creative Sheets to make dimensional foiled embellishments! Our new E-Z Runner® Petite runner is small and easy to pack for planners or crops, and economical with its dual refills. The E-Z Runner® Grand is a favorite for its lightweight, easy to refill and use, and of course budget friendly refill cartridges of up to 150 feet. You’ll be all set to stick with us!


WOW!!! What a way to kick off a birthday celebration! A card by Cathy Z, a layout by Lisa Dickinson, treat bags and tags from Wendy Sue Anderson and a huge prize package from our friends at Scrapbook.com, Lawn Fawn, Simple Stories and Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L! Thank you for each our team members and to our partners for all they do for us each issue.

To enter each day’s giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below and today, tell us where you call home!

2. Comment to be left by April 4th at midnight EST.

3. Winners will be announced right here on April 5th!

We always love to take a moment to thank our partners and hope you will do the same either on their Facebook page or on Instagram…or both! Send them a direct message or look for their post about today’s giveaway.

Scrapbook.com: Facebook and Instagram

Lawn Fawn: Facebook and Instagram

Simple Stories: Facebook and Instagram

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Instagram

We are thrilled you could join us to celebrate this milestone! Be sure to join our team and several of our partners for Day 2!