Sketch Round-Up April 19-May 2

National Scrapbook Day 2021 has come and gone… but ideas, innovation and inspiration can always be found in the scrapbooking world (and we thank you for that)! From awesome events like NSD to the sketch challenges and your superb submissions at Virtual Crops, as well as the daily doses of delights on the blog, crafting fun comes in many avenues and forms… and all year-long! In fact, are you ready for another bout of motivation? Well, here it goes — the latest edition of the Sketch Round-Up!

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Take On the National Scrapbook Day #NSD2021 Sketch Challenge

The first Saturday in May is the special day scrapbookers across the globe look forward to — National Scrapbook Day! Well, cue the drumroll (and designs!) because 2021’s National Scrapbook Day (“NSD”) is this Saturday! If you’ll be looking for a way to commemorate the photo celebrations, layout ideations and album creations from the comfort of your craft room, we’ve got the perfect way for you to crop away on the best day of the year!

Join us on the Virtual Crop Facebook Group to take on an #NSD2021 pop-up sketch challenge with TWO layouts that you can create to win YOUR CHOICE of one of two NSD-themed prizes! (Hint: We also have step-by-step instructions to create the layouts in this blog post if you’d prefer to do it that way.)

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Enjoy Al Fresco Ambiance With This Picnic Scrapbook Border Idea

The sun is shining, flowers are budding, the crisp air is wafting with ease and that gingham blanket that’s been tucked in the back of the closet all winter is ready to make its much-anticipated return. Do you know that means? It’s time for a picnic! Whether it’s a simple spread at the neighborhood park, a sumptuous basket by the shoreline or an impromptu family experience right in your own backyard, dining al fresco can be so much fun. Blog contributor Sachiyo Omitsu has recently been spending more time outside and wanted to share with you her picnic scrapbook border idea!

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Eco-Friendly Initiatives & an #EarthDayBONUS Challenge

In observance of Earth Day, this is a great time to remember that we all share the responsibility of protecting the environment so we can pass down a habitable home for the generations to come. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn about the efforts CM is taking to reduce our carbon footprint, you’ll get info on which of our products are recyclable AND you’ll get eco-friendly tips from some of our Advisors!

And that’s not all — you’ll want to join us on the Virtual Crop Facebook Group today to take on our #EarthDayBONUS challenge! It includes 3 sketches you can create using paper scraps of different sizes. Use your scraps to create the challenge(s) for the chance to win YOUR CHOICE of 1 paper pack + 1 sticker pack + 1 mat pack!

So without further ado, let’s get to it!

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Sketch Round-Up March 29-April 18

Wow. We’re already four months into 2021… but what sorts of layouts, cards, borders and other projects have you created in that timeframe? (Please make sure to let us know — we want to see what you’ve been up to!) Well, if you’re yearning to do some learning, the blog is a great place to see fresh, fun and fantastic new ideas to stimulate your creativity all year round. In fact, here’s a jam-packed Sketch Round-Up of some recent beauties — six layouts, in fact! Check them out below and let loose your creativity!

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It’s Home, Tweet Home With This Birdhouse Scrapbook Layout

Many people cannot wait for spring to arrive. The Earth, on its seasonal trek, leans in closer to the sun and brings bouts of warmer weather, verdant grass, budding blooms and a chorus of chirping birds! And this springtime sensation, migration and nesting of birds is the perfect time to do some bird watching (and perhaps learning a bit about the feathered fowls that live in your area!). Just ask blog contributor Sachiyo Omitsu — her and her family have been admiring recent winged additions that have called their front porch home, tweet home! Take a look at this birdhouse scrapbook layout and try it out for yourself!

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Win a Roundabout Recipe Template: Virtual Crop Challenge #6

Saturday, April 10: 1pm CT

Time flies when you’re having fun, and that statement definitely rings true with Virtual Crop weekends! We’re already to the sixth and final challenge of the April Virtual Crop, but have no fear — you still have until 11:59pm CT on Sunday to submit all your layouts and qualify for prizes! Let’s end on a great note with Challenge #6, ready and waiting for your savvy skills!

For a refresher on VC instructions, get the 411 on Virtual Crops here.

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Win a Homestead Prize Pack: Virtual Crop Challenge #5

Saturday, April 10: 11am, 1pm CT

Give yourselves a pat on the back — your creativity and innovation is so inspiring! Kudos to you! Let’s keep the momentum rolling with another superb sketch. Get ready, get set… say hello to Challenge #5!

For a refresher on VC instructions, get the 411 on Virtual Crops here.

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Win a Homestead Album Cover: Virtual Crop Challenge #4

Saturday, April 10: 9am, 11am, 1pm CT

Good morning, scrappers! Who’s ready for the second day of this month’s Virtual Crop? (We are, we are!) Grab your coffee and corral your scrapbooking supplies — Challenge #4 is queued up and ready for you!

For a refresher on VC instructions, get the 411 on Virtual Crops here.

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Win Your Choice of a Gift Pocket Card Kit or Blue Jeans Card Kit: Virtual Crop Challenge #3

Friday, April 9: 5pm CT | Saturday, April 10: 9am, 11am, 1pm CT

We’re almost done with the first day of the April Virtual Crop, but the inspiration and festivities have only just begun! Be sure to set your alarm clock for 9am CT tomorrow because that’s when Challenge #4 and the second day of the Virtual Crop will rock ‘n’ roll! But until then, let’s take on Challenge #3, shall we?

For a refresher on VC instructions, get the 411 on Virtual Crops here.

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