Freebie Friday – 2016 Creative Planner


Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Happy Friday (actually Saturday)!  This blog post is coming to you a little late this week.  There are so many amazing things going on behind the scenes here at Scrapbook Expo that I am posting this Freebie Friday today instead of it’s usual timing as I was busy, busy, busy yesterday.

This week, I am sharing with you an amazing product called the 2016 Creative Planner. This special issue is from our friends Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine.

2016 Scrapbook & Cards Today Creative Planner

This coil bound planner is filled with exclusive sketches from Cathy Zielske, how-to photo techniques, and scrapbook layouts created by 14 incredible designers.  Each month features a full page of creative tools to keep you inspired, including page starters, photo prompts, and areas to jot down notes and memories. Everyone who purchases a planner will also receive bonus monthly cut files too!

2016 Creative Planner by Scrapbook & Cards Today

There is also a companion set of stamps for use in the 2016 Creative Planner.

2016 Creative Planner Companion Stamps

I have used the Scrapbook & Cards Today planners for a number of years. I LOVE the prompts on the pages that remind me to record things I am thinking of that I can use on the layouts I create for that time period.

Friends of Scrapbook Expo

I am excited to be giving away a 2016 Scrapbook & Cards Today Creative Planner as well as the companion set of stamps to one lucky Scrapbook Expo friend.

2016 Scrapbook & Cards Today Planner and Companion Stamp set


Learn more about Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine here:

For your chance to win this wonderful prize from our friends at Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine, leave a comment on this blog post. I would love to know what you enjoy reading when you flip through the pages of a paper scrapbook magazine. This giveaway runs until midnight on Thursday, November 19th.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by the embellish IT!. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! The giveaway was for the Christmas 25 Days Album Kit.

The winner is LCJinRolsynPA!


Congratulations, LCJ! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘embellish IT! winner’ in the subject line.

Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Don’t forget … if you want a chance to win the 2016 Scrapbook & Cards Today Creative Planner and companion stamp set, you need to leave a comment on this post telling me what you enjoy reading when you flip through the pages of a paper scrapbook magazine.  Good luck!

Remember to join Scrapbook Expo on Pinterest, InstagramFacebook, and on the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing inspiration.

~ Jen

109 thoughts on “Freebie Friday – 2016 Creative Planner

    • Gina B says:

      I love checking out page layout templates to spark creativity and seeing uses for the millions of embellishments I seem to collect!

  1. Jane Booth says:

    I love Scrapbook & Cards Today! I have been stamping & scrapping for more than 20 years and love seeing new techniques and sketch interpretation and how people use new products! I often don’t have a lot of time being the mother of 4 so I use magazines for creative inspiration!

  2. Charla says:

    I love this planner and stamp set! I like reading the magazine and seeing all the pictures. Nice to have materials list and instructions in one place. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Pat Hauge says:

    I love the Sketches. I love the magazine for its inspiration and techniques. The thought of winning the Planner thrills me. TIA.

  4. Nancy Osborn says:

    What a great inspiration to keep me updated! I love seeing new layout ideas and how to use the latest new techniques.

  5. MargieH says:

    The talent that inspires me when I flip through those pages!! Love when I get a light bulb moment or a reminder of a technique – makes you want to create <3 This planner seems to have that and organize your days (bonus!) – can't beat that. Most magazine I pass on to my friends (esp. those who are SB beginners)…this one, no way! LOL!! Thanks for the giveaway, SB Expo & SCT!!

  6. Gabriella rollins says:

    I’m always looking for new ideas, techniques, and inspirations. This planner looks really helpful!

  7. Terri says:

    I would soooo love to win one!! I have the 2015 calendar and use it everyday!!! Love, love, love it ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. Chel says:

    I’d love to win this! My favorite thing about looking through a magazine is new techniques and color coordination!

  9. Roma says:

    I am always amazed at people’s talent and ingenuity when I look through craft mags! Love the skeptics well and often use them for cards rather than layouts.

  10. Nina Oelke says:

    When I look through a scrapbook magazine, I love to look at the pictures and read articles on new ways of doing a layout. In addition I like the layout maps. 🙂

  11. Lynne says:

    When looking thru scrapbooks and card magazines, I love to look at the card layouts, different techniques, current trends, and color schemes.

  12. Wendy Hartman says:

    I have the 2015 Planner and would love to win the 2016 Planner and stamps. besides using the magazines for inspirations, I love articles on new twchniques or different ways to use products I already have in my stash.

  13. Sandy says:

    I love browsing through my copies of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine! It always gives me that creative nudge I need to get busy in the craft room! I’ve ordered a planner for my daughter for Christmas, but would love to win one for me too!

  14. Jaime Sunshine says:

    This would be a great prize. I’ve been interested in making my own calendar so I can keep track of all my important things & have a cute calendar to look back at. Thank you for another fabulous giveaway. I Love the Scrapbook Expo & can’t wait for the next one.

  15. Edwina Brown says:

    When I look at magazines I like things I can create at home and not have to buy a lot of extra stuff to do it. I likeagazines with printable patterns and sentiments too. I want step by step details on how to make things.

  16. Monica Nolet says:

    I am always looking for new techniques and products. Of course , I love all the great ideas for layouts and cards.

  17. Karyn Lowe says:

    I love looking through magazines to see the latest trends. I got into mixed media that wsy. I find that if I have a paper magazine, I use the sketches more often. I can never seem to find the digital ones I am looking for.

  18. Wendy Orme says:

    When I look through a scrapbooking magazine, I enjoy reading about new techniques to create a fun, fresh look!

  19. Sharyn C says:

    I’m a “hold it in your hand and turn a page” kinda girl. I love sketches because they give me that creative boost when I’m making a card or a scrapbook layout. I would love to win this planner! Thanks for the opportunity.

  20. Janet Sisk says:

    I still love to look and feel a “real” paper magazine. I love seeing all the new products out there. I also love to get some inspiration for my own crafting. This new planner looks amazing and I would LOVE to win one. Thanks for the chance!

  21. Laurie B. says:

    I enjoy reading about new products and techniques, prompts for creating themed scrapbook pages, and discovering designers to follow.

  22. Nancy Eggers says:

    Love looking at new layouts.. Having a hard copy in my hand.. Love looking at new products and others scrapbooking rooms finding out about Scrapbooking retreats and Expos/ classes..
    Thanks and goodluck everyone.

  23. Donna Dacy says:

    I love reading about and trying out new techniques. Seeing new and different layouts often give me a jump start when I seem to have a creative block. Would love to win this planner and stamp set. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Lisa says:

    I love seeing how different scrappers use the same sketch and they all turn out completely different. I also like to read suggestions about how to coordinate papers with designs. This planner looks fantastic and it is so generous of you to give one away. Good luck to everyone, and myself.

  25. Laura Turcotte says:

    I personally have loved SCT for many years. Love the fact it is an actual, physical magazine. Also, it is Canadian!! Woot! Lol. There is always I miss in every issue, every time I reread it, I find something new! So inspiring!

  26. Janet Wright says:

    I love seeing sketches and a variety of ways they have been used. I also enjoy seeing different ways someone uses a paper and embellishment collection, like Simple Stories or Doodlebug Designs.

  27. Gaelle says:

    I love to read about other scrapbookers’ creative process and what inspired them to make the end-product.

  28. Corey says:

    I adore scrapbook magazines (and ads, and catalogs…) because they remind me of what I love so much about this hobby. Cherished photos + heartfelt words + handmade art = the story of life seen through my eyes. i most love to read anything that sparks my imagination: layout designs, new uses for tools, scrapbook supply organization, color combinations, design basics, journaling ideas, and photography tips. I’m less interested in articles about pocket scrapbooking, non-scrapbook scrapbooking, or digital scrapbooking (although that’s changing a bit now that I’ve added the Project Life app to my toolbox).

  29. Kim says:

    This planner looks awesome for getting me back in the groove after a cross country move. This year jas afforded me no craffing time. New Years Resolution…one completed project or layout and monthly cards done and sent out! The magazine is a great reference showing new techniques, layouts and sketches!

  30. marylouh says:

    I like to read about new products and techniques that are on the horizon.
    I don’t scrapbook – I make greeting cards – but I can adapt the scrapbooking ideas
    into my greeting cards.

  31. Kristina LeCloux says:

    I love reading about the tips and techniques that people send into the magazines. While I aspire to be a over the top scrapbooker/ cardmaker (like what some of the designers do), that is just not me. New ways to use products is also a favorite of mine. More bang for your buck!

  32. Amy King says:

    I love to see different techniques and projects. It is inspiring to see items used in a new and different way.

  33. Marissa Flores says:

    I love reading articles with tips which make scrapbooking easier. I am a visual learner and love to see/read step-by-step instructions so I can re-create the project!

  34. Rhonda Neith says:

    I am new to paper crafting and am just learning the “art of scrapbooking”. I wish I had known more about this wonderful craft when my children and my grandchildren that I raised were little but I guess I was so busy “making a living” I didn’t live. Now I see all these beautiful projects and wish I had preserved the memories for the kids. I’m hoping to share this wonderful craft with family so they won’t miss out on saving the memories like I did.

  35. Sweet April says:

    What a wonderful giveaway,a planner! I love planners,it makes my life more easy and creative as your prize of this week. It’s fabulous plus the stamps,it’s more fun! … and I like to have fun!!!

  36. Diane Gerwig says:

    How cool is that! Pre plan pages and keep track of SBX dates all in once place. Could certainly use something like this.

  37. barb macaskill says:

    I love the fact that SCT is still a print magazine because I love having it in my hands so I can refer to it without my computer or tablet! The articles are always helpful and well informed. The tutorials are easy to follow and the sketches ROCK!!! You can’t go wrong with a SCT planner! ! I have gotten one for the last few years but can’t afford this years due to medication costs. Would love to win it so I can use it!! Thanks for the chance to!!

  38. Veronica Figueroa says:

    I enjoy reading paper magazines because it allows me to get quiet time and plan out my pages with layout ideas I can rip them out put it on the board for easy access

  39. karenladd says:

    Wow do I need a planner to help me organize my life! This looks like such a fun option, in addition to being practical. My favorite part of reading craft magazines are articles that help me be more creative with those items I have in my stash and never use…like stickers!

  40. rosemarie c says:

    I love to hold the magazine in my hands. Flip between pages. Oh my turn a page corner down to mark a page with an exciting project. Hard to do any of those with digital magazines.

  41. Maria says:

    Looking at scrapbooking magazines helps my mind to step out of my comfort box and explore the different ways I can decorate and embellish. I love it!

  42. Lynn D says:

    I’ve never tried the planner, but the magazine is so inspiring. This looks like great fun. Thank you for the give away.

  43. Amanda says:

    My favorite thing to look at in paper format magazines is the layout ideas/sketches. I love seeing them interpreted by the different designers. I love to read about ways to scrapbook FAST – either quick ways to pull a whole scrapbook together, or ideas to help streamline scrapping. Or even ways to store and access materials quickly for scrapping on the go.

  44. Carol K says:

    I love to look through scrapbooking magazines for inspiration, as well as to learn new techniques. Thanks for the chance to win this great prize!!

  45. Claudine Laforce says:

    I love the content of this magazine, particularly the sketches with several photos. I really use these for inspiration. 🙂

  46. Colleen Wise says:

    This sounds so neat!! 🙂 I need something like this to keep me on task. I need to commit to a project and stay on it til done! Help!!!!

  47. Janet Ingraham says:

    I love looking through the paper scrapping magazines for inspiration, tips, and they really get my juices flowing. Honestly I haven’t started scrapbooking because I love making cards and have no time for both. But I have learned so much from the techniques used in both crafts. Dont let this make you think I wouldn’t love the planner. The planner I have purchased for years has stopped being made and it’s the perfect time to make another. This one sounds wonderful.

  48. Jan G. says:

    I guess I really like looking at color combinations….some I would have never thought of. Next favorite thing is all the different styles offered. I sometimes get into a rut when I do things because it’s comfortable, but in looking at other peoples items it makes me want to try new ways to do things.

  49. Renee says:

    Getting back into scrapbooking for myself no more kids at home. Time to scrapbook what i want to do. This planner would keep me on track.

  50. Maureen Dolloff says:

    I would love to win a magazine like this, to get ideas of paper colors o use, and layouts to make. I would like to flip through the pages to see if this is a subscription worth buying. I use to scrapbook many years ago, now the selections are overwhelming. I really need ideas how to use different materials

  51. Barbara Friedman says:

    I love learning new techniques and getting inspire from all the beautiful work I see in the magazines. I would love to win the calendar too.

  52. Anna Demole says:


    I already ordered 3 planners. However could always use an extra one for another friend. I plan to give them as gifts for Christmas and when my friends and I get together weekly we have something in common to work on and enjoy.

  53. Lorie says:

    I enjoy getting ideas for cards and scrapbook pages when I look through magazines. I think I should pull out a magazine one of these evenings to get re-inspired 🙂 Have never created a planner … would be fun to win!

  54. Cassandra says:

    This is amazing!!! I just saw this site from twitter!!there’s actually planners…ahhhhh so amazing. I have an instagram of all my projects . @clwscrapbooker
    I love this blog I am totally going to follow you ♡

  55. Mary Schultz says:

    This looks like it has a lot of fun inspirations in it. what I like about looking in magazines is when I find a new posting using items I already own that gives me new ideas on how to use that stamp set or product. I also LOVE learning new techniques – anything to spice up my cards and pages is great!

    By the way, i received the Fun Stampers Journey Kit of the Month kit that i won from your posting on 10/23 – it looks fabulous and I cannot wait until i have some time to sit down and play with it. thank you so much!

  56. snazzy jj says:

    Love your expos, this blog and SCT! I have the summer copy in front of me right now. I enjoy looking at ways to “kick up” my projects. I would also like ideas of including stamps on my pages.

  57. Lynn says:

    I am interested in your give away because I have been tinkering around with different things and am one of those that has to redo what I did. I need some tips and good ideas that can open my spectrum and get going and quit doubting myself. Plus I have six yr.old twin granddaughter’s (miracle babies), that enjoy crafting and have really good ideas. We have fun together teaching each other new tricks. I would enjoy someday to do craft shows along with my granddaughters on this type of thing and some other things I have lined up. I /we could really benefit with the things in the drawing on Thursday. My grandchildren will be so excited and I would be elated for them to help grandma generate new things. I can’t wait for the day to come and hopefully we can win this package of things. We are ready. Full speed ahead my darlings!! Let’s go. Don’t Worry … Be Happy!!

  58. Nunzia says:

    love reading about layout and new technique. I’m improving a lot about card making with the different examples. I’ve got the opportunity to read this magazine by a friend of mine and I would get a copy or apply for a subscription.

  59. Colleen Hagedon says:

    I love to see all the layouts and projects. I like to see what people write on their pages. I would say I do a little more looking and doing the pages or projects than just reading the stories.

  60. Trish Allard says:

    This year’s planner was my first. I really found it useful and it was always my go to planner. It was easy to carry it with me and when my craft room was full of scraps and glue and who know what, I could always find my planner. I will have one for year 2016 one way or another! thanks!

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