Happy Monday! We’ve got news to share!

Happy Monday! We’ve got news to share!

Good morning SCT friends! It's Monday and we have some news to share! While our team has known for some time, it was the perfect time to share it with you! Over the last few years you've gotten to know our Editor-in-Chief Megan Hoeppner very well. She has led this team in the pursuit of bringing their very best to you through the pages of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine each quarter. Megan has done an outstanding job. During those few years she and her husband also expanded their family and have two beautiful girls Maggie and Lulu. Cute as buttons they are! Through thoughtful discussion Megan has decided to step back from the busy Editor-in-Chief role to spend more time with her family. The good news? Megan did not want to step away completely so you'll continue to see her each issue as the writer of our Pic Tips column! And that means we'll continue to see her cute girls too!

That leads us to our exciting news today that SCT friend Susan Opel has stepped in to the role as Editor-in-Chief! Susan brings leadership and creativity to this role from her years in the papercraft industry and in publishing with Paper Crafts magazine. I truly can’t think of a more qualified candidate than Susan to continue SCT's vision. She has spent her career building the respect and admiration of audiences in print, online and on social media. As well, Susan has built strong relationships with industry brands and shows a deep understanding of our readers. We are thrilled to have Susan in the Editor-in-Chief role and we hope you'll join us today in congratulating her too!

We asked Susan to join us today to share a little bit about herself and here's what she had to say…

"What a thrill to join you here on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog! The news is out, and you’re going to be hearing lots more from me as I step into the role of Editor-in-Chief. So fun! 


There’s no denying that I have some big shoes to fill as Megan takes time to care for her adorable girlies. She’s just a text or quick drive away if I need her advice, and for that I am incredibly grateful. Many thanks to Megan for her hard work making SCT what it is today. She deserves a serious shout out!  


And Catherine – how could you not LOVE this awesome lady? The two of us have already spent hours on the phone scheming and planning, and let me tell you SHE IS MY PEOPLE! I’m incredibly honored that she had the faith in me to start this fantastic partnership.


The Summer 2017 issue is in the works, and we are stoked to see things coming together. You are going to LOVE what we have in store for you! But in the meantime, I thought I’d share a little bit about myself since we’ll be spending so much time together.

The Top Ten Things You Need to Know About Susan

OK, maybe not NEED to know, but whatever! 

  1. I’m an English teacher turned editor. For 16.5 years, I was a classroom teacher in three different states. In addition to all things related to language arts, I taught art and religion. I’m blessed to call many of my former students friends! In 2008, I accepted a position with Paper Crafts magazine where I leapt into publishing, and I’m so happy to be back in the game here with Scrapbook & Cards Today

TeacherIn my classroom at Carroll High School, Fort Wayne, IN, circa 2006. 

  1. I’m a scrapbooker turned card maker. I’ve always been interested in photos, so making the leap into scrapbooking wasn’t hard! I started officially scrapbooking in 1999, but when I took the position at Paper Crafts magazine, that’s when my interest in card making took flight. It’s incredibly satisfying to create something pretty and then send it to someone who needs a pick-me-up!
  2. I live for road trips. Nothing energizes me more than hitting the open road! I’ve crisscrossed the United States by car with my family AND by myself. My parents instilled in me a love of car travel, and I count my sister as my favorite travel partner. Tunes. Wide open spaces. Adventure!

  Open roadA desolate Utah road in the summer of 2013. 

  1. I’m a cheerleader. Not only did I cheer in grade school and high school, I also coached cheerleading for several years. NOW I get the chance to cheer on creative types in their various paper pursuits!
  2. My closet brings me JOY. My love of bargain shopping comes close to card making when all is said and done. And I have this quirky thing that I do… All of my clothes are on hangers that match the color of the piece of clothing hanging on it! 

ClosetLet’s face it. I’m a little crazy, and I really REALLY love color.

  1. I love red wine. Share a bottle with me, and we are friends for life!
  2. Baseball is LIFE. As a born and raised Michigander, I’m a diehard Detroit Tigers fan. Sitting in the stands at a baseball game seriously makes me giddy! Hot dogs, fresh air, the crack of the bat — nothing could be better.

  BaseballMy mom was the biggest Detroit Tigers fan EVER!

  1. I have a strong faith. I’m active in the Lutheran church, and I’m saved by grace! My sister and I often sing for special services, and our church people are seriously the coolest.
  2. I’m a daughter, a sister, an aunt, and the baby of the family. I’m not gonna lie, I had an idyllic childhood! I’m the youngest of four, and I have two teen-aged nephews. My 81-year-old dad lives about four miles away from my sister and me in Utah, and it’s an honor to care for him. My mom passed away last September. We miss her so much, but we will see her again someday! 

FamilyMy nephews, dad, sister Beth, and me in Michigan after my mom’s funeral.

  1. I’m slightly obsessed with flamingos! I don’t know WHAT it is, but flamingos are just so pink and fabulous! Which brings me to this card that I want to share with you today: 

Flamingo Card

supplies CARDSTOCK: Bazzill Basics; DIES: Echo Park Paper, My Favorite Things; STAMPS: My Favorite Things; INK: Tsukineko; EMBOSSING POWDER: American Crafts; ADHESIVE: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Working for Scrapbook & Cards Today is a life I love! 

If you’d like to learn more about my style and my life, you can find me on social media here:

Instagram: @susanropel

Facebook: Susan R. Opel

Pinterest: Susan Opel

What a joy it is to be joining the SCT team working with such a phenomenal group of designers and leaders in the industry! It’s a dream come true!  

I can’t wait to get to know the readers of Scrapbook & Cards Today better, and I’m looking forward to celebrating the hobby we love so much! You are my people!

  Susan signature

Susan R. Opel, Editor-in-Chief


11th birthday celebration winners – announcement will be made HERE at 12:00 pm EST today!


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  1. Barb macaskill April 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

    ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Susan’s closet! Colorful, festive and super fun!

  2. Jennifer Reynard April 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Welcome Susan, looks like a win, win situation for the entire Scrapbook and Cards Today team! Megan has done a brilliant job and so glad she will still be part of the magazine in some way. Susan looks like such a wise, fun lady, and will look forward to what she writes in the very, very near future! Congrats to all of you for making these decisions! 🙂 Jennifer, Calgary

  3. Judy O April 3, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Welcome Susan. I thoroughly enjoy this magazine and Catherine and her team. You are luck to be joining them! I can see you love colour! The Toronto Blue Jays have a nice blue in their uniforms…just sayin! LOL.
    Look forward to seeing your contributions.

  4. Jean marmo April 3, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Congrats from a fellow Michigander!!

  5. Becca Yahrling April 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Congrats on your new role!!
    I love flamingoes, too. Here in So. Florida, we have a place called “Flamingo Gardens” and they are the star attraction! I just saw them last weekend; they’re amazingly beautiful & graceful.

  6. Dana M April 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations on your new role as Editor-in-Chief Susan! Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. I think I might just be in love with your closet!

  7. Margie Higuchi April 3, 2017 at 10:53 am

    OMGOSH! You crack me up with your top 10 – LOL!! OK that closet set up is just AMAZING!! What a fun way to start the day 🙂 SO STINKIN’ EXCITED for you and your new adventure. These folks are THE NICEST + FUNNIEST! You fit right in = PERFECT! Looking forward to working with you again girlie! HUGE CONGRATS!! xo

  8. chark April 3, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Yay!! If I had to pick someone to fill Megan’s shoes, it’d be you, Susan! Congrats!

  9. cathy April 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    So happy to have you aboard the Good Ship SCT!!!

  10. Lindsay Amrhein April 3, 2017 at 10:59 am

    There couldn’t be a better person for this position than Susan! Congratulations!

  11. Chelle K April 3, 2017 at 11:02 am

    So happy you are here Susan. You will need to come to a crop and create .. Cornwall would be good. We can talk baseball, I am a Blue Jays fan and am known to listen/watch a game while crafting.

  12. jenn shurkus April 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations susan!!!

  13. Greta H April 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Thanks so much for sharing who you are, Susan. Have felt like I “knew” you for years, but now I really do! Wonderful pictures–your closet made me giggle. So very hard to loose parents, even though we know they’re in heaven. Enjoy your new adventure!

  14. Margaret April 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Congratulations, Susan, and welcome! I love SCT and get antsy waiting for each issue to arrive – having a print magazine is very important to me!

  15. Sandy Clinton April 3, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Wishing Megan much good luck as she spends more time with family! Congratulations Susan on your new role with such a fantastic team!

  16. Mariell April 3, 2017 at 11:37 am

    CONGRATULATIONS !!! Susan !!! Glad to see Megan staying part of the team 🙂

  17. Kim Kesti April 3, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Congrats Susan! A wonderful fit! Can’t wait to see your special touch shine through!

  18. donna mikasa April 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    A perfect fit for you, Susan! While it’s sad to see Megan leave, it’s refreshing to know that SCT will be in good hands! And I think we’re all in love with your rainbow closet!

  19. Tammi April 3, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story, and welcome! Excited to see your touch on an already amazing publication!!

  20. Joan April 3, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Welcome Susan and Congratulations on your new role! We love SCT! And I love your organized clothes closet – LOL

  21. Nadine Taillefer April 3, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Welcome to our SCT family!

  22. Terrie April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Congratulations on your new role, Susan! Sounds like a perfect match 🙂 I love the flamingo card!

  23. Tona April 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Welcome Susan! I’m thrilled to see you here.

  24. Teresa Medeiros April 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Welcome Susan to the SCT family! I love road trips too and I organize my closet by colour as well…but I never thought of colour coordinating the hangers. What a cool idea! Your flamingo card is beautiful. Good luck Megan and glad we’ll still be seeing you around in the Pic Tips column!

  25. Shemaine smith April 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations Susan!!!!! So excited about your next chapter.

  26. Maria f. April 3, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Couldn’t be a more poifect candidate to take over the role of editor-in-chief!

  27. Ruth Gauss April 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Can I just say how happy I am for Megan! I don’t know how she was able to do all that she’s done, but I know she will treasure the extra time she will have with her family now.
    How awesome to see Susan Opel! I’m glad she’s here and it was so fun to hear more details about her! Thanks so much for sharing!

  28. Jennifer cuthbertson April 3, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    What a wonderful announcement! I am so excited for your new opportunity, Susan!! Xoxoxoxo

  29. Shelly April 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    YAY, Susan!! Big Congrats!!
    Looove your flamingo card!

  30. Andrea D. La Vigne April 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I just want to send a Texas-sized welcome to Susan! Looking forward to what you bring to the SCT table in the near future. And thank you to Megan for your leadership. I’m glad you’re still going to be a contributor to SCT! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  31. Joan April 3, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    lovely post. congrats to all!!

  32. Tyra April 3, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Congratulations! Susan! You are such a bright and cheery person! I love reading about all of your fabulous adventures!

  33. Sandy Carveth April 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Congrats Susan! So happy for you and thanks for telling us about yourself!

  34. Linda Tupper April 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Welcome Susan and a big congradulations on your new role with SCT!

  35. Kimberly Crawford April 3, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations, Susan!!!!!! I cannot wait to see all the amazing things ahead!! Quite the addition to an already fabulous team!!!! 😀

  36. Lisa - papergrace April 3, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    So very happy for you, Susan! What an amazing new chapter in your life. God bless you. †

  37. Shelley Alward MacLeod April 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Welcome to the SCT Family! We can share the love and craziness of our closets ?

  38. Virginia L. April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Wish Megan all the best! And what thrilling news to see Susan as the new Editor-in-chief! Huge congrats, Susan! You make publishing in paper-crafting exciting again!

  39. Isha April 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Huge congrats Susan!!!

  40. Cynthia Baldwin April 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Welcome to Susan! And Megan – glad you’ll still be “around” SCT!

  41. Kathy S April 3, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Welcome to the SCT family and extension Susan – hoping to see more of your creativity soon. Love your colourful wardrobe idea and I am very envious of it. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Jill April 3, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Wishing Megan such an awesome adventure ahead! And Congratulations, SRO!! I can’t wait to follow all the good thing ahead! 🙂

  43. Casandra Bennett April 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    As a fellow Michigander, and a former Papercrafts Magazine Subscriber, I’m thrilled to welcome you to SCT. I giggled when I read your post about color coordinating hangers. LOL But seriously, I get it. And congrats to Megan H. on her chance to spend more quality time with her sweeties. It’s hard to balance family life with work, but it sounds like she has figured out the best way for her family to achieve both. 🙂

  44. Sandi Pressley April 3, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Congratulations Susan….how exciting!!

  45. Nita K. April 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Congrats, Susan!

  46. Sharon Gullikson April 3, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    I love that you share your faith boldly. I was a Paper Crafts subscriber for many years, and loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really, really, really miss that magazine…..
    You will be amazing at Scrapbook and Cards Today, also!

  47. Jeannine H April 3, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    Welcome Susan! Your flamingo card is very cool. And thank you, Megan! Glad we’ll still see your work at SCT. Enjoy those precious little ones. They grow so fast!

  48. Manda Leong Johnston April 3, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations Susan! Thanks for sharing so much about yourself – looking forward to see your mark on SCT!

  49. Dorina D April 3, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Congratulations and welcome to the SCT Family. I, too, love road trips, however, I don’t know if we can be baseball friends or not, as I am an avid Seattle Mariner’s Fan………..hmmmm. Guess we’ll find out. Looking forward to seeing the Summer issue of SCT. Megan, you’ll be missed, but so happy you are going to be doing the PicTips Columns.

  50. Thanh April 4, 2017 at 12:10 am

    Susan!!!! I couldn’t think of anyone better to fill Megan’s shoes. I missed seeing your editorial touches in PC mag and I’m excited to see what you bring to SCT. Love this magazine to bits, so this was a match made. <3
    Megan, wishing you lots of well spent family time! Glad that you'll still be apart of the SCT family. 🙂

  51. Char April 4, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Hi Susan! Welcome to the SCT Team! You sound like a wonderful person and I am sure you will be a great fit at SCT. It will be a pleasure to see all you have to offer. Good luck in your new journey. Love your closet, very cool idea! Best of luck!

  52. Mary-Anne V. April 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Congrats Susan! So neat to see you as a teacher moving into a new career! All the best.

  53. ava gavloski April 4, 2017 at 8:54 am

    enjoy the journey at SBCT mag…. love the color combo on the card.

  54. Jennie April 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Welcome, Susan! Congratulations!! Sounds like fun life changes for everyone!

  55. Mendi Yoshikawa April 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Yay! So excited for you! We share quite a few of these things on your list in common. 😉

  56. Becky Green April 4, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS SUSAN! You are such a PERFECT FIT for this job!!!! SO EXCITING for you!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  57. Michelle Vardjas April 4, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Change is good! I embrass it, as you to Scrapbok and Cards Today! Welcome, as I see you are an great fit to Catherine and her team!

  58. Deborah Rikard April 4, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Congrats Susan! Love the flamingo card (and your closet).

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