Mojo Monday – Variety Show

Mojo Monday Challenge: Create a Layout in a different size!

If you make 12×12 layouts, try 8×8 or 8.5×11. If you’ve never done a 12×12, give it a whirl!

Variety is the spice of life, right?! Sara Case Strickland recently inspired me with an album she has started for her son, Gabe. She’s using a 12×12 D-ring Binder style album, but she’s mixing up the size of the pages inside! Some layouts are 12×12, others are 8×8, some are 8.5×11, etc. It looks spectacular and frees her up to scrapbook whatever size she feels like.

Here I have created an 8×8 layout, which is my new favourite size to work with…

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This is a perfect example of one of those “happy accidents” I was talking about… after sticking down the strip of patterned paper below my picture, I noticed that it had cut marks in it from some earlier attempts at cutting out templates. I quickly dug out my buttons and LOOK what I found! “Daddy’s Girl”! I’ve had that button since I first started working at The Paperie down on O’Leary Avenue back in 2005 and now I have finally used it! That is what I call a Happy Accident.

I used the A Muse Yellow Gingham paper because my baby blanket was yellow gingham, and even though “Blankie” isn’t pictured here I wanted the yellow to trigger my memory for years to come. People are always asking me how to use the Basic Grey Doily paper – here I have used just a scrap of it going up the side of my layout. It’s actually pink on the other side but the hue clashed with my other colours so I used the white side of the doily.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the (12×12) box!

Canadian Scrapbooker

Fall Issue Now Available!


This seasons issue of Canadian Scrapbooker has arrived
and is full of great ideas and useful tips. Highlights include the “Apple” Bonus Gallery, Back to School, Spooktacular Layouts as well as great ideas for using beads on a layout. We encourage everyone to check out their page call and SUBMIT your work!


Come visit us at 36 Pippy Place and check it out before they’re all gone!


Scrapbooking Trends

Scrapbooking & Paper Trends Report


Pink Powers On  –  Talk about staying power.  Is pink the new black?  Papercrafters must be in love with the hue because it’s being incorporated into just about every theme and palette imaginable.

In the Key of Black and White – Black-and-white prints are abundant and look very interesting with colourful collage accents.


Collections That Last –  Most of the new holiday collections feature coordinating prints that are less literal in their seasonal message. Halloween morphs into autumn and Thanksgiving. Christmas coordinates can be used all year.  When all pieces are displayed together they read “holiday”, but on their own, they can be used any time of the year.  The bonus in many cases is a solid, metallic or shimmer on the reverse side.

Purple Halloween – Halloween may be spooky or more seasonal.  The palette is orange and black with strong strokes of royal purple.  Sparkle, texture and tone on tone prints add depth to what could otherwise by very whimsical prints.

Pretty in Pink Christmas – Pink partners with green. Sky blue provides a fresh accent, particularly on collections that transcend Christmas, and for scrapping winter activities.


Sensational Surfaces – Look for new offerings in die-cut album shapes, as well as blank items that can be embellished.  Surface materials include acrylic, chipboard and whiteboards.  Choose from multi-drawer treasure boxes to food containers and gift packages.  This trend is great for holiday gift giving.

Stamping Keeps Going and Going –Scrapbookers are becoming more confident in their stamping abilities and are more and more interested in new techniques for their scrapbook pages.

Acrylic Gaining Tread– There is a great deal of interest in clear surfaces for albums, cards and tags. Die-cut shapes and albums or sheets that can be transformed into cards or die cuts are very popular.

Acrylic Paint – Paint is being used as an accent and texture. Incoming : pastels!!!!

Stamp Pre-Orders

We are currently accepting pre-orders for Hero Arts ( & A Muse Art Stamps ( Both companies have recently released their 2008 Holiday images, and as we all know, it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas Cards! You can view both catalogues here at The Paperie, and the Hero Arts catalogue can be viewed online. Pre-orders are not limited to Holiday stamps – all orders welcome from Hero Arts and A Muse.  Stamp pre-orders are subject to a TAX FREE Discount (20% Discount for Paperie Privilege Members). The deadline for Pre-orders is Tuesday, August 12th.

Hero Arts Best Seller:

Holiday Wishes Acrylic Stamp Set

Holiday Wishes Acrylic Stamp Set