My "Cover" Story

I’m really excited to announce that I designed the cover layout of the Fall issue of Canadian Scrapbooker magazine!

Last spring, the magazine invited me to participate in the cover “challenge”…and I was sent a photo of a teenage hockey player. The wonderful photo was taken by Heidi Brand.

When I saw the photo, I thought, YES!! I can definitely scrap teenagers and I can definitely scrap hockey…because BoyGenius played for years, until he was 14. I figured out the title pretty quickly and wanted it to convey that lovely “teen” attitude, which is filling my home most days 😉

Mind you, this title would suit a layout for a two-year-old as well…ha ha!  MY game…MY way!! I’m beginning to see the correlation between two-year-old’s and teens 🙂

But I digress….

The layout had to be 8 1/2 by 11″, which I must admit was a difficult size to design. We had to use some Canadian product, so I chose that black sticker alpha by Harmonie and the chipboard tickets and stars set by Magenta.

I inked the raw chipboard stars with Tim Holtz Mustard Seed Distress Ink.

I printed the journalling strips on my computer and used the font CK You are Loved, kind of a grungy masculine font, that I downloaded for free a long time ago from Scrap N Fonts.  If you sign up for Scrap N Fonts newsletter, they offer some great freebies once in awhile.

The rub-on words on the tickets are K & Co.

I inked the raw chipboard ticket edges lightly with blue chalk ink.

All the papers are Basic Grey, except for that bottom border of  strips/stars which is Graphic 45.  I punched the dark brown paper with a Fiskars “Upper Crest” border punch.

I was so thrilled when I heard my layout would be on the cover!  Many thanks to Canadian Scrapbooker for giving me this opportunity 🙂

And there’s more exciting news over at the Canadian Scrapbooker website…on September 1 they launched a new monthly sketch contest called Sketchy Challenge.  Jill Sarginson created this sketch…and you have until September 30 to upload your sketch to the website.

Join in the fun…. and if you’re Canadian, try to include some Canadian product in your layout.  Not only will they choose winners for each sketch, but they also will publish some layouts in upcoming issues!

Ok, it’s getting late….and this “cover girl” needs her beauty sleep [smile].



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19 responses to “My "Cover" Story”

  1. Luz Maria Bruna Avatar

    Wow Kelly this is fabulous!!! Big big congrats my friend!!

  2. Kay Avatar

    Congrats Kelly…fabulous news & one very fabulous masculine ‘teen’ page. I agree; the title & whole style screams teenager! Loved it all!

  3. Melissa Avatar

    WOW! How completely awesome is that! I know a celebrity! You rock, girlie!

  4. Renee VanEpps Avatar

    YAY!!!! Congrats Kelly! Your work is beautiful and you are definitely cover-worthy!!! Love the gorgeous LO, especially the cool title work!

  5. Michelle Avatar

    BIG congrats Cover girl! So proud of you! HUGS!

  6. Jessica Cangiano Avatar

    That is so awesome, Kelly! I’m honestly doing a big happy dance for your right now. Canadian Scrapbooker is my favourite scrapbooking magazine and I eagerly look forward to buying it each month. Now I’ll be a million times more excited for the fall issue, knowing you were behind it’s fantastic cover.

    Hugs hugs & happy congrats,

  7. Jeni O'Connor Avatar

    Kelly!!!!! A front cover! That’s awesome news. I’m soooo thrilled for you. HUGEST CONGRATS!

    Fabulous layout and even more so as It’s not your size. I’d feel the same. But you created an amazing lo.Maybe it’s something about understanding the crazy Canadian hockey love. lol

  8. Sandi Smith Avatar

    Big congrats Kelly…your layout is gorgeous and you definitely deserve to be a cover girl!!

  9. Cindy Gay Avatar

    You did a great job Kelly! Now you have to put Boy Genius’ picture there!

  10. scrapbookertink Avatar

    Wow, super congrats, amazing layout for a teen, love it, take care, Doreen x

  11. Lisa Barrie Avatar

    Wow!! That is incredible, you must be so proud!

  12. Sandra D Avatar

    Congrats Kelly on what is sure to be only the first of many covers designed by you! You are on your way to being a scrapping star – and not the chipboard kind (he he). Thanks for sharing your good news – your friends, fans & followers are thrilled with your success.

  13. Sharon (Fritchey) Avatar

    Woohoo Kelly!!!!!!!!! I KNEW I would see your work on a cover some day! You have such amazing talent! Now, when can I come to your house for a class??????
    I am interested in that sketch, too! TFS!!!
    P.S. I love that photo of you holding the cover – you always make me smile, my friend!

  14. Izzyb Avatar

    This is awesome! I don’t know if teens still say that….I think I may be aging myself. But awesome fits. The layout, the cover, your accomplishment. I love the page you created. Teen boy pages are especially hard to do and you rocked this. LOVE that pic of you holding the mag, lol. I am thrilled for you, Kelly.

  15. Pendra Avatar

    Way to go girl!!! I knew you had it in you… and I knew you when! hehehe! I know a Cover Girl! I am so happy for you… you and your work are so amazing and so deserving!

  16. Shelly Anne Avatar

    This is AMAZING!!! Congrats Kelly!! So excited for you and wonderful job.

  17. Sue Sykes Avatar

    Congratulations, Kelly! I loved your layout when I saw it! WTG!

  18. Nancy H. Avatar

    Oh my word girl!!! super congrats on the COVER spot!!!! WOW! you go girl!!!!! that is beyond AWESOME!

  19. Brenda Cazes Avatar

    WOW!!!! Congrats Kelly! That is sooooo exciting! I can’t believe I’ve looked at that cover so many times and had no idea it was YOUR layout. We all knew it was just a matter of time before your talent landed you a cover! Congrats again!

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