July 6, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

This week we have a fun week in store for you….we are introducing our NEW 2011 Design Team.  For this special week, each Design Team member created a layout all about themselves.  We will be updating galleries daily with new projects from the team so make sure you check their galleries often!

First up is Melissa Oliveira.  Here is a little bit about Melissa in her own words:

I’m a native Cape Cod’er married to my best friend Bob. I am a mostly stay-at-home-mom to my 14 year old son Griffin, almost 2 year old daughter Maya Grace, and new baby girl Sadie. My scrapbooking began shortly after Griffin was born (complete with sticker-sneeze and creatively shaped cropped photos), and has developed into an intense love for all things paper realted. My camera is always at my side, ready to capture the every day moments that become the subjects of my scrapbook pages. I scrap because I want to remember all the little things, not just the holidays and birthday parties and major events (although those are important, too). I want to remember that Griffin refused to have his picture taken for a year, that Maya Grace’s hair is the curliest right after bath time, and that Sadie has I have found an intense love for the Core’dinations brand of products and can’t imagine scrapping without them. I love creating my own embellishments and trying different journaling techniques with these uber-cool papers. In addition to paper crafting, I’m addicted to my sewing machine and crochet hook, as well as my ipod, flip flops, and the beach, of course!

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Love the colors and the amazing combination  of Core on this layout from Melissa & her signature typewriter journaling!

Products used:  Cosmo Cricut Core Impressions, Core Essentials.

And next is Sarah Hodgkinson our  Design Team Core’dinator. Here is a little bit about Sarah in her own words…

My name is Sarah Hodgkinson and I live in Woodstock, ON, Canada with my husband and two children. I have been scrapping since 2003. I am a teacher and enjoy spending my free time with scissors, glue and paper. I currently serve on several design teams including Core’dinations (DT Core’dinator), Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, All About Scrapbooks & More (LSS), and Custom Crops. I have been published in many crafting magazines and enjoy teaching at scrapbooking events such as ScrapFest and CreativFestival each spring and fall in Ontario, Canada.

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Check out Sarah’s sense of humour on this layout! You can always count on her for some fun!

This layout is based on a sketch from Becky Fleck’s PageMaps 2 book.

To create the grid paper for journaling, I found a grid graphic, changed it to a light blue and then printed it onto Snowflake white cardstock with the journaling layered on top. And don’t forget to add those crazy, fun photos!

And next up we have Shaunte Wadley. Here is a little bit about Shaunte in her own words…

I am a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. I have been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, my work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. I have been published a few times, been to a few trade shows, taught a few classes, worked for a few design teams…but have not yet lost the love for this hobby. I love it for the creative outlet, and the good people I have met along the way. My favorite subjects to scrap are my husband and five kids (I never lack for subject material ) I especially like making mini-albums of our many trips together. When I’m not scrapping, I am traveling, blog-hopping, reading, or editing photo shoots. And doing laundry. Always laundry.

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Loads of Basic Grey Core Impressions on this fun layout from Shaunte!!!


June 30, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Provocraft

This week we have a fun week in store for you….we are introducing our NEW 2011 Design Team.  For this special week, each Design Team member created a layout all about themselves.  We will be updating galleries daily with new projects from the team so make sure you check their galleries often!

First up is Lecia Forrest.  Here is a little bit about Lecia in her own words:

I have been creative and passionate about art since I was able to hold a crayon. Constantly drawing on walls and signing my little sisters name to the artwork, I’ve embraced all the creativeness that scrapbooking brings. I first discovered it when I started traveling all over the world and realized I wanted to remember my experiences forever. Then I married the man of my dreams, and we had 2 boys (Riley:7, Jager:5) and a little girl (Ireland: almost 3). Now you will find me embracing the life of a mommy while still teaching locally and traveling internationally teaching scrapbooking and altered art classes where you are sure to have a good time laughing and learning. I have been published in U.S. & Canadian magazines, international websites and blogs. I have also worked on design/educator teams for many of the industry’s leading manufacturers. Currently I am an endorsed educator for Tattered Angels, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L ,Vintage Street Market, Urban Swank and Core’dinations.

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Check out the cool details Lecia did with the doilies!  And the black accents on the edge of the cut out, shaped Basic Grey Core Impressions and My Mind’s Eye Core Impressions! Mixing and matching Core is  SO much FUN!

Next up is Lydia Jackson.  Here is a little bit about Lydia in her own words:

My name is Lydia Jackson and I live on the beautiful west coast of Canada, I am a SAHM, with two little boys who are my whole world. I am married to an adoring husband, who loves me, keeps me grounded and supports my addiction to paper. I love life and all it’s imperfections, and I live by and struggle with my motto, believe and anything is possible. I have been formally scrapbooking for 11 years, but I have been a crafter my whole life. I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Core-dinations design team, for me, it is a dream come true.

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Check out that embossing over the photo! So cool Lydia!!!


This week we have a fun week in store for you….we are introducing our NEW 2011 Design Team.  For this special week, each Design Team member created a layout all about themselves.  We will be updating galleries daily with new projects from the team so make sure you check their galleries often!

First up is Debbie Standard.  Here is a little bit about Debbie in her own words:

My name is Debbie Standard and I have been scrapping for about 10 years now. I have been a Critical Care Nurse for 16 years. I am now employed as head of the Trauma Case Managers at a Level 1 Trauma Center. I work full time and still put in about 5 hours a week charging in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. I am also a mother to four, three daughters and a son. Between my husband and myself we have a total of six children, eleven grandchildren and one great-greatchild (by his oldest granddaughter), three cats. I love scrapping – it’s my therapy. Once I started submitting for publishing I’ve been addicted. So much fun to see what I have created in a magazine – I never get over the thrill! I have been published in several magazines and am on several card DTs as well as Core’dinations.  I have met some wonderful people through design teams and boards. I am so excited to be a part of Core’dinations Design Team for another year. This cardstock is such an exciting product and I am so looking forward with working with this impressive group of Design Team members!

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

Supplies used for this layout:

Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions, Basic Grey Core Impressions
Core Essentials, Fancy Pants Core Impressions

Next up is Kim Jeffress.  Here is a little bit about Kim in her own words:

Hi my name is Kim Jeffress and I hail from beautiful sunny Brisbane Australia. I started my creative journey into scrapbooking about 8 years ago when I met my husband, then boyfriend, who worked out of town and I needed something to keep me busy during the week. A former kindergarten teacher now SAHM, my biggest inspiration for my scrapping are my two active little boys. I like to scrap the good and the not so good aspects of their little lives…the things that they say and do, and the little everyday things that I don’t want to forget. I am very fortunate to be on the design team for Australian Scrapbooking Memories magazine as well as several online shops and manufacturers so I get to work with many different products. I love the feel of embossed, roughed up or textured cardstock as it adds a fabulous rustic feel to my boys pages. I would describe my style as clean, fresh and vibrant with a touch of whimsy! I am soooo very excited to be joining the fabulous team at CORE!!

To visit her gallery, click hereTo visit my blog, click here.

How cool is this large, elongated  photo of Kim? SO COOL!

And a close up of that awesome Basic Grey Core Impressions!!!!

We have some Winners for our June Challenge!

June 20, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Jillibean Soup, Provocraft

YES! I said Winner(s)!

We couldn’t pick just one so we picked TWO!!!

First up is Irit Shalom. Irit submitted two fabulous entries with some fun journaling and cool techniques and here they are:

Some awesome Basic Grey Core Impressions on this layout. Love it paired with all of the vertical strips of cardstock and ribbon. AND, yes! We would love to go to that Cherry Festival! Sounds amazing.

Love love all the Jillibean Soup Core Impressions on this layout and how Irit sanded the “18” with the Core Impressions. And those layered journaling spots are the best!

And Sherry Coogan submitted this layout where she etched in the embossed woodgrain on the Chocolate Box like a REAL Tree!!!!

Such a cool idea!!!

Make sure you check out how Sherry mixed handwriting with tiny alphas for her journaling.

Thank you thank you so much for all the entries!!! We will be doing challenges every month so stay tuned for the 1st of July for details for the July challenge.

Winners can you please email your address and phone number (for international entries) to

Have a GREAT week!

Fabulous Friday Finds

First up..don’t forget to check out our June Challenge!!!

All you need to do is journal and show us a fun Hard Core technique and you can get up to TWO chances to win!!

Check out details here.

Today we have some GORGEOUS creations to share with you from some of our Hard Core fans! We love love love seeing Core in action and these layouts are no exception.

First up we have a layout from Ann Sigga using Basic Grey Core Impressions.  Here is a little bit about the layout from Anna,

“My older girl making her first cairn (rock pile) at
Laufskálavarda with the help of her grandma.When passing
Laufskálavarda for the first time, legend has it that if you add to a
rock pile then you are blessed with luck on the journey.

And some details about the techniques from Anna,

“Core’diantions cardstock is one of my favesand I absolutely
love the embossed CS.  You can really make a layout pop using those
beautiful patterns – and the sanding part is kinda fun. (We totally agree!) 🙂
I wanted to be able to transfer the texture of the lave rocks onto the
layout without losing that pink flowery feel. And the Basic Grey
Core’dinations cardstock was just perfect. I sanded the CS lightly
with my sanding block and voila – my background was perfectly pretty!”

And next up we have a layout from Anna-Karin Evaldsson.

Here are a few details that Anna-Karin shared with us about the techniques on this layout,

“A sheet of Core’dinations cardstock was cut into squares, embossed with patterns that worked well with the theme of the layout and sanded. They were adhered to black cardstock and then stitched together. I really like the tone on tone and textured effect. Two of the flowers were also dry embossed and then inked. The flower, alphabet and quote were white embossed on vellum. I had some fun with shrink plastic and stamped the little man, the telephone and the number strip on white shrink plastic. I also used a normal sized impression of the phone (symbolising that he can talk to his Godparents any time). The title was stamped with Distress Ink on sticky back canvas. The journaling is on the tag behind the photo and is about my sister and her DH being godparents to our little boy, and what that means, for instance that they will always listen and try to help. The Dymo text translates: ‘Always there for you’.


Supply list: Core’dinations cardstock; Cuttlebug and Sizzix embossing folders; Hero Arts stamps: Vintage,  Plaid Person, Playful letters; Darkroom Door quote stamp; Stamper’s Anonymous flower and alphabet stamp; Stazon Black ink; Ranger Distress Ink Pumice Stone and Seafoam White Embossing powder; Paperbag Studios number stamp; Dymo tape; BasicGrey patterned paper; Prima flowers; vellum; Tim Holtz Sizzix tag die; Panduro velvet hearts; Reprint trim; lace; mini stapler; tiny button.

Thank you so much for sharing your creations with us!!! We love to see what our Hard Core fans are doing with Core’dinations.

Feels Like It’s Time for a Challenge!

June 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog, Cosmo Cricket, Maya Road

It’s June 1st. Let’s kick of this month with a fun CHALLENGE!

What do you think?

We just loved this technique that Melissa Oliveira shared with us yesterday on the blog that we wanted to extend the invitation to try it to YOU!

Journaling is such an important part of a scrapbookers journey to preserve memories and tell stories.

SO for this challenge….we want to see your Journaling. It doesn’t have to be this specific technique…you can journal any way you choose.

But  for this challenge there are a few things you must do:


2.) Use Core’dinations Cardstock (it must be a visible component of the layout).

3.)  Link your project to THIS blog post or post it on our Facebook page. Make sure you “like” us, too!

4.) Show off a cool Core technique and we will throw in an additional chance to win!

The rest is up to you!

And how could I forget??? Of Course a random Winner will win some CORE’DINATIONS CARDSTOCK!

Here is a layout from Melissa Oliveira to get you inspired on the many ways you can journal on your Core.  The possibilities are endless and we can’t wait to see what you can do! For this layout she sanded where she journaled AND scored her journal lines. Brilliant!!!

Deadline for this challenge is two weeks…June 15th by midnight PST.

Core’dinations used: Cosmo Cricket Core Impressions, Basic Grey Core Impressions Ornate collection, Core Essentials.

And a close-up!

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