We are just overcome with excitement here at SCT headquarters this week because we finally get to share our summer issue with you this Friday! But before that, let’s have some creative FUN with a challenge week! Each day through Thursday, we’ll share a new challenge and inspiration from two team members and two special guests to go along with it. Create something for the challenges and submit to enter yourself for a chance to win four different prizes. Ready to begin? We’re kicking things off with a sketch challenge and special guest Laura Evangeline, who you’ll definitely want to follow if you don’t already! Let’s take a look at what Laura is sharing with us!


Hello, crafty friends! I’m Laura Evangeline and I’m totally stoked to be guest blogging for Scrapbook & Cards Today, featuring a card sketch challenge! I printed out all of the latest spring 2021 issue sketches, and ultimately decided on the one below if you’d like to play along with me! Not only are sketch challenges super fun, but there’s also even a chance to win a prize, so grab your sketch and get crafty with it! Whoop! Whoop!

 Although I was over the moon for all of the sketches, I ultimately settled on the one with the bunny because I saw those three little background strips as shaker windows in my mind. Once I settled on that sketch, I went to work shopping my stash and pulling out all of the bright summer supplies I had been hoarding and itching to use.

 I thought the hardest part for me would be to find a die I could use to make a little window for my shaker bits. I was fairly certain I was going to end up just using a craft knife to make my own windows. However, after digging through my collection, I found tons of label and tag dies which all worked perfectly. I guess I had never thought to use any of them as window dies before, but boy do I see them differently now!

Supplies | Cardstock: Scrapbook.com Flat Card Front and Neenah Solar White A2 Vertical Scored Cards; Patterned paper and embellishments: Carta Bella Summer collection; Shaker Window Die: Papertrey Ink Ribbon Sliders; Adhesive: Scrapbook.com double-sided foam strips and repositionable adhesive dots roller; Eyelet and eyelet setting tool: WeR Memory Keepers Crop-a-Dile; Ribbon: May Arts double-faced satin ribbon; Die cutting machine: Crafter’s Companion Gemini Junior and Scrapbook.com Magic Mat

One thing I like to do with shaker cards is to place extra foam adhesive in the shaker bits areas where embellishments will cover the window anyway. Doing this will both support my floating shaker window as well as not let any of the sequins fall into hidden spaces. So, on my card, what looks like three channels is actually six divided spaces with foam dividing and holding up the areas you can’t see like little tent poles. Now when I mail this card, I am confident it won’t cave in like the last cake I tried to bake! 

 Alright, my crafty friend, now that you’ve seen my take on the card sketch challenge, it’s time for you to get cracking on your cards. I cannot wait to see what you make using the sketch. I’ll be cheering you on from my little crafty corner! Whaaa-hoooo!

Find more of Laura’s work here: Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | Pinterest

Hello! Hello! I’m Laura Evangeline. I grew up in Texas, and through my time in the Army have lived in Italy, Afghanistan, Hawaii, and now finally Nashville along with my handy husband, Vince, who is soon to retire from the Army, and also my spunky 10-year-old Ethan. I can’t forget our two Yorkies, Max and Penny too! I started scrapbooking and cardmaking a few decades ago now, but after taking a break a couple years ago I realized it was more than a silly hobby. I wholeheartedly credit my mental health and well-being to crafting and the amazing friends I’ve made through this wonderful industry. It really isn’t just glitter and glue, it’s genuine kinship and therapy! If you’d like to join me for more craft “therapy”, feel free to join me on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube. Until next time… Stay happy! Stay crafty!


What a stunning card to kick off our challenge week, and we just love the way that Laura interpreted the sketch by creating shaker windows! We hope you are inspired as much as we are to create with the sketch that Laura used above, whether on a card or a scrapbook layout! Just for using the sketch to kickstart your project, you’ll be entered to win some new stash to create with, our latest SCT Delivered Rainbow stamp and die set! 

Here are the challenge guidelines:

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create any project using the sketch above;
  2. Submit an image of your creation to us (must be under 2mb!) at ideas@scrapbookandcards.com.
  3. Put “Summer Issue Sketch Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by Wednesday, June 30th, at 11:59 pm ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, July 3rd.

Good luck, and we can’t wait to see how Laura’s card inspired you to create with this sketch!