Happy Thursday SCT friends! It’s Day 4 of our 13th Birthday celebration and when you see what we have in store for you, then you’ll know we know how to celebrate! Inspiration, some tips from our Creative Team and an amazing loot bag to complete the day. Maybe hum a little happy birthday tune and let’s get this party started today with Meghann Andrew!

Hello SCT friends! It’s Meghann Andrew and I’m so excited to be with you today as we celebrate SCT’s birthday! Today I have a much-loved layout to share with you, and although I have scrapped these photos before, right after my daughter’s 2nd birthday, I took the opportunity to document this subject again, four years later, from a different perspective.

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Supplies | Patterned paper, puffy stickers, cardstock stickers, Thickers: Crate Paper Hooray collection; sequins: Close to My Heart; digital die-cut file: Scrapbook and Cards Today; cardstock: Bazzill; spray mist: Studio Calico

This layout, created with the Crate Paper Hooray collection, gives me all of the momma feels. While going through my daughter’s birthday photos throughout the years, I came across these from a birthday photo shoot. I marveled at the changes in my daughter over the last four years and noticed things about her at two that I would not have seen before. Time gives you a different perspective and a great reason for documenting an event again down the road with fresh eyes.

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I started out with the SCT January 2019 free cross-hatch cut file created by Nicole Nowosad which I cut in pink and backed with a pink and yellow Hooray patterned paper to add some tone-on-tone texture to the background. This also set my color scheme. I allowed the edges to stay off the page, keeping adhesive only in the center of the die cut. From there, I grouped my 4″ squared photos together and adhered with dimensional adhesive.

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On each of my photos, I adhered a fussy-cut pennant to the top corner,and slid the “happy, happy day” card underneath my photos for another layer. Instead of creating a large title that would take up a good portion of my page, I added the “birthday girl” circular cardstock sticker, and topped it with a party hat. My journaling was printed in strips and adhered on top of the die cut background.

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There are so many amazing embellishments in the Hooray collection, and I wanted to use a range of textures to create a diagonal line through my layout. With foiled cardstock stickers, puffy stars and glittery star Thickers, I added both embellishments and texture to the page. The Close to My Heart sequins were also added along the embellishment line, and to give them that perfectly scattered look, I sprinkled them around the page, and just adhered them where they fell.

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I love seeing these sweet birthday photos of my daughter in a new, fresh way. I hope I’ve encouraged you to look back on a precious birthday memory and document it again. It may surprise you that you have something new to record. Thanks so much for coming by, happy creating and Happy Birthday SCT!

~ Meghann

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Hello SCT friends, Sheri Reguly here today! With the exception of  “just because” cards, birthday cards are my favourite to both create and to give. I always like to have an extra one or two on hand.

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SUPPLIES: CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics; PATTERNED PAPER, ENAMEL DOTS: Echo Park Paper; EPHEMERA: American Crafts; METAL CHARM: Pink Paislee; METAL DIES: Taylored Expressions; FONT: Blackjack; ADHESIVE: Xyron, Therm O Web, OTHER: White Thread

The card that I created to share with you today features a quick and easy card created with a digital element. All you need is a coloured text box, a white font, a colour printer and a 1 1/4” circle punch. After creating your initial design, a quick adjustment to the hue is all you have to do to create the element in any colour/colours you desire.

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Although I didn’t have any birthday themed product on hand, I  found it fun to improvise and come up with a creative solution.

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I printed my digital element in five different color variations, cut them out using a circle punch and then adhered them to my card front, slightly overlapping one on top of the other. An ephemera tag combined with a die cut title made up my sentiment, while an adorable sundae accent, metal charm, some die cut butterflies, and a few enamel dots added the perfect finishing touch.

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Thank you so much for joining me…wishing you all a wonderful day! Here’s to another 13 years SCT!

~ Sheri Reguly

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Happy Birthday, Herzlichen Gluckwunsch zum Geburtstag, Bon anniversaire, and Feliz Cumpleaños to Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine! Thirteen looks GREAT on you!

Recently I spent a week in Mexico City with my two oldest siblings. Every time I step foot in Mexico, my pulse evens out, and I relax into the more laid back Mexican vibe. It’s been a busy year, and I was determined to slow down and craft while taking this much needed break.

Before I left, I hatched a plan to create this card inspired by one of my very favorite Mexican shirts. I cut the Altenew Cross Stitch Canvas die from black cardstock and gathered the appropriate floss colors, a needle threader, my compact scissors (that get through security every time!), and a couple of needles. On my four hour flight, I watched a movie, and stitched away with a photo of my shirt as my guide. What an awesome way to pass the time on a long flight!

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I didn’t have a guide of what to do, so I made up my own stitches and eyeballed the spacing. It isn’t EXACTLY like the shirt, but you can see the connection.

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And here’s me wearing the shirt at my Cinco de Mayo celebration last May.

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And of course, what birthday card is complete without the appropriate sentiment? My Mexican themed card needed a Spanish sentiment, so I stamped Feliz Cumpleaños using the Shake Your Bones stamp set from Hero Arts!

So Salud to my favorite brand new teenager—SCT magazine! Here’s to many more years of creative inspiration!

Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief

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LOOT BAG GIVEAWAY – Day 4!

It’s another exciting day of giveaways! Joining us on Day 4 is Jillibean Soup, Clear Snap, Your Next Stamp, Creative Memories and Hero Arts! Ready to take a peek in the loot bag? Let’s go!

From Jillibean Soup:

Wishing our lovely partner Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine a very Happy 13 Years! We’re so happy to be part of their family of brands. Looking forward to all the creativity and community support they bring in the next 13 years. Today’s birthday giveaway includes our NEW 6×8 Paper Pads: Dots & Plaids! Each pad contains several patterns of either dots or plaids. These make the perfect start for cards, die cutting, or for additional patterns on your scrapbooking layouts.

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From Clear Snap:

WOW! This is a really big deal! Scrapbook & Cards Today is turning 13! Happy Birthday!

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We can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to gift some of our newest products to you! The ColorBox® Citrus Paintbox and Love Petal Point offer new combinations of bright, fun pigment inks. Each color is removable for individual use or can be used together for multi-colored stamping. To top it off we’re including awesome ClearStamps with sentiments for any special occasion.

Cheers to 13 amazing, creative years and to many more!

From Your Next Stamp:

Happy 13th Birthday SCT! YNS is so proud to be a part of this amazing industry filled with incredible people. We looking forward to celebrating many more fabulous years with all of you!

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Today’s prize package includes:

  • Gumdrops
  • Magical Wishing Wells stamp set- coming in April
  • Wishing Well Fairy stamp set – coming in April
  • Many Thanks stamp set

From Creative Memories:

Happy 13th birthday to our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today!

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Go walkin’ on sunshine with the Simply Sunshine collection! This fresh, airy collection of spring scrapbooking supplies is inspired by the delicate beauty of springtime blossoms and blooms, greenery and garden friends like butterflies and bumblebees and features a palette of light and dark spring greens, buttercream yellow, and marigold. It’s perfect for all your photos of nature, springtime, picnics, gardening, babies, birthdays, Easter, family outings and more!

From Hero Arts:

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Happy Birthday, Scrapbook & Cards Today! Thank you for creating such a beautiful publication (and inspiration-filled blog) for the crafting world! Inspired by Susan’s project today, our prize consists of products perfect for a birthday fiesta!

Today’s prize package includes:

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Another day full of WOW! Thank you to Meghann and Sheri from our talented Creative Team along with our Editor-in-Chief, Susan for the beautiful projects they’ve shared today. Another round of thank you’s go to Jillibean Soup, Clear Snap, Your Next Stamp, Creative Memories and Hero Arts for these amazing prizes on Day 4!

To enter each day’s giveaway:

1. Leave a comment below and today, tell us if you stacked up all your patterned paper how many inches you might have 🙂

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

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

We always love when you take a moment to thank our partners and hope you will take another moment today to 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.

Jillibean Soup – Facebook and Instagram

Clear Snap – Facebook and Instagram

Your Next Stamp – Facebook and Instagram

Creative Memories – Instagram

Hero Arts – Facebook and Instagram

And that’s a wrap on Day 4! Tomorrow we will wrap up the birthday celebrations with Creative Team members Nicole Nowosad and Paige Evans along with our friends from American Crafts. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it!