Sun-Kissed Scrapbook Layouts

 

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Aloha!  Today I’m sharing two layouts that I created using the Sun-Kissed Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection is full of cool blues and greens and warm coral tones, and it has some cute tropical themed stickers and embellishments.  Although I currently don’t have any beach or tropical photos to scrapbook, I still found a way to use the collection.

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The Sun-Kissed Collection is perfect for some of my lake and boating photos!  I created this double-page layout by using the Original Border Maker System with the new Rolling Waves Border Maker Cartridge to punch all of the way around both sheets of the water print paper.  The corners came out wonky as they were double punched, but I simply used my scissors to trim them.  I adhered both sheets to 12″ x 12″ sheets of White Cardstock.

 

I created my border by using the Original Border Maker System with Rolling Waves Border Maker Cartridge to punch both sides of 12″ x 2″ strips of the lime patterned paper.  Start by punching the border along one side of your paper.  Cut the border off of your paper at 2″.  Since the strips were too narrow to fit in the Border Maker Guide, I used Post-It Notes to hold the strips in place while punching the other side.  I adhered my borders to 12″ x 2″ strips of White Cardstock.

 

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For my title piece and some extra decoration, I cut apart the “Away We Go” Variety Mat and matted the pieces with the dark coral print paper.  The cut-apart Variety Mat pieces are:  5-3/4″ x 1-7/8″; 5-3/4″ x 1″; and 5-3/4″ x 1-1/4″.  I also matted all of my photos with the dark coral print paper.

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I journaled on a second Variety Mat and adorned the pages with Sun-Kissed Embellishments and Stickers.  I also included a few leaves punched from Evergreen Cardstock using the new Tropical Leaf Punch.  I adhered some of the pieces with Foam Squares.  To finish the layout, I added pen dots around all of my waves.  This really didn’t take too long to do, and it added some great detail.

 

 

My second layout features my grand-daughter dressed for “Tacky Tourist Day” at pre-school!  It was the perfect photo-op for the Sun-Kissed Collection!

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For my layout, I punched two sides of a 12″ x 12″ sheet our new Aqua Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System with Rolling Waves Cartridge and cut it off of the cardstock to make a 1-1/2 inch “L” shape. The corner of the “L” was wonky after being punched twice, so I shaped it using my scissors. I also cut a 1-1/2 inch “L” shape from the lime patterned paper and adhered both to a sheet of the flamingo patterned paper.

 

My photo is 5″ x 7″, so I cut a 6″ x 8″ photo mat from Evergreen Cardstock and used my scissors to cut fringe all the way around to mimic the grass skirt.  I journaled on a Sun-Kissed Variety Mat and adorned the layout with Sun-Kissed Embellishments and Stickers. I also included a few leaves and flowers punched from the Tropical Leaf Punch and the Embossed Flower Trio Punch.  I used Foam Squares on the title sticker, hula girl embellishment, and some of the flowers to give the page some extra pop.

 

All of the materials and tools can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

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CLS Summer Blog Hop – Star Spangled Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Fourth of July, and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop!  There are six of us blog hopping today and sharing some great summer scrapbooking ideas with you.  I’m the first stop on the hop, and you can find the link to the next stop at the bottom of my post.

I used the new Limited Edition Star Spangled Paper Pack from Creative Memories to create my 4th of July layout.  This paper pack is only available while supplies last and features traditional patriotic designs and true red, white and blue colors.  I was inspired by the name of the paper pack to create a layout featuring stars.  Currently, CM has three star-based tools that I used for my layout – the Star Border Maker Cartridge, the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch, and the Shooting Star Punch.

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Start your layout by creating a border for the top of your page.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Star Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the light blue patterned paper.  Cut the border off of your paper at 1-1/2″ using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a narrow 1/8″ piece from Red Cardstock for the bottom of the border.

Mat a 4″ x 6″ photo with Red Cardstock.  Create photo corners from 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares that are punched with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

I created my jumbo star from 5 triangles that I matted with slightly larger triangle shapes.  Cut three 3-1/4″ x 4″ squares and two 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ squares from the red patterned paper.  Cut three 3-3/4″ x 4-1/2″ squares and two 4″ x 5″ squares from the light blue patterned paper.  Cut each square into a triangle as shown below and mat the red squares on top of the blue squares.  Assemble your star, by positioning the pieces in relation to your photo to get the spacing and shape that you desire.  I used Repositionable Tape for my star pieces as I had to tinker with them a bit.  I adhered my photo with Foam Squares.

The title piece is cut from one of the sheets of the Star Spangled Paper and double matted with light blue paper and Red Cardstock.  Punch the corners of the light blue paper with the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

To embellish the page, I cut the heart piece from a sheet of the Star Spangled Paper, matted it with Red Cardstock, and adhered it with Foam Squares.  The light blue flowers are from the Mix & Match Blue Bouquet Embellishments, and I punched the ribbon pieces using the Shooting Star Punch.  The stars in the centers of the flowers were punched using the 4-Way Hearts & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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For my second page, I created a side border using the leftover triangle pieces from cutting the star pieces for the first page.  I repeated the top border, and matted my larger photo in the same fashion as my photo on the first page.  I included a journaling box and another paper flower embellishment.

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You can purchase all of the materials and tools used on my Creative Memories website.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today and joining our Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop!  Fran is the next stop on the hop.  Enjoy!

Karyn at Karyn Crops (You are here.)
Fran at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Julie at Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Lisa at Lisa’s Workshop
Candace at Scrappin’ Jpegs
Noreen at Organized & Creative Mom

Happy 4th and Happy Scrapping!
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Rainbow Scrapbook Layouts using Mix & Match Collection

Creative Memories has a new Mix & Match Collection that has been updated with fresh new colors and prints.  We have 5 paper packs and 5 embellishment packs in shades of Green, Blue, Pink, Yellow and Orange.  The colors are not too bright and not too light!  As the shades and tones remind me of the colors of a summer rainbow, I was inspired to create the layouts below.

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My first layout is a rainbow of colors that highlights the variety of paper prints in the collection and shows just how well they do mix and match.  There are some common prints across the 5 paper packs, and each pack also contains some unique prints.  There is also a nice mix of geometric and floral prints.

To make my layout, cutout the center of a piece of 12″ x 12″ Raspberry Cardstock leaving about a 1″ edge/frame.  Cut black cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the raspberry frame.

To create the chevron shapes, cut your paper into 2-1/2″ x 1″ strips.  Using your Creative Memories 12″ Straight Trimmer, place the strip on the 30 degree angle line with the corner of the strip in the cutting grove and cut.  Rotate the piece around and place the opposite edge into the cutting groove keeping the strip lined up on the 30 degree angle mark and cut.  With all of your cuts, you’ll want to be as precise as you can as this will help with the arrangement on your layout.

Flip some of your pieces over, and use both the front and backsides of the strips as shown above.  I suggest arranging all of your pieces on the Black Cardstock first before starting to adhere.  Adhere your pieces leaving a small space between pieces.  CM’s Repositionable Tape Runner came in very handy for arranging the pieces.

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I included borders punched from Raspberry Cardstock using CM’s Original Border Maker System with the Dancing Daisies Border Maker Cartridge.  I cut the border apart and adhered it to the page in a zig zag pattern following the chevron pieces.  My photo is 5″ x 7″ and matted with Raspberry Cardstock.  I finished the page with epoxy and paper flowers from the Pink and Yellow Mix & Match Embellishments and a title using the new White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.

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The sunburst pattern of my second layout evokes the look of a rainbow.  I created this layout using a traditional method of cutting strips to varying lengths and cutting the strips diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner to create wedge shapes.  After I completed my layout, Creative Memories introduced the new Sunburst Recipe Template which can be used to easily make my layout and many more!  Instead of giving step-by-step instructions to make my layout, I recommend purchasing the Sunburst Recipe Template since it can be used in many different ways.  (I amended my post to include the dimensions and cutting instructions for my layout.  Please see the bottom of this post.)

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The Sunburst Recipe Template comes with Multi-Purpose Clips to hold the template to your photos and papers when tracing and adhering.  It also comes with a Photo Labeling Pencil to use to trace the cutting pattern onto your photos.  Make sure to hold the pencil upright and not at a slant when tracing.  This will help to keep your template clean of pencil residue.  The waxy pencil easily wipes off of your photos, but do not use the Photo Labeling Pencil on your papers!  Stray marks will not erase from paper.  Instead lightly use a pencil to trace the pattern shapes onto your papers and use a regular eraser to lightly erase stray marks.  Again hold the pencil upright to keep pencil residue off of your template.  Please view this helpful video by Creative Memories.

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For my layout, I attached my pieces (including a piece from CM’s Black & White Paper) to a sheet of White Cardstock and then adhered a piece of 12″ x 5-1/2″ White Cardstock to the bottom of the page to cover up the areas where my pieces didn’t quite match up.  I also included a border punched from our new Leaf Green Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System with the Double Chevron Border Maker Cartridge.  My photo is 6″ x 4″ and matted with Leaf Green Cardstock.  The page is finished with paper flower and leaf embellishments from the Green Mix & Match Embellishments and stickers from our Black & White Stickers.

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My last rainbow layout is a breeze to make!  Just cut 2-1/4″ x 12″ strips from the watercolor wash prints from each Mix & Match paper pack and use CM’s Double Wave Tearing Tool to tear off 2″ from the bottom ends.  To easily tear the edges and preserve the double wave pattern, line up your paper strips edge to edge and place the tearing tool on top of the pieces to hold them down.  Tear each strip from left to right.

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Adhere your strips leaving about 1/8″ in-between strips and from the edges of the Black Cardstock.  My page is decorated with simple borders punched from Black Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System and new Camera Chain Border Maker Cartridge.  My photo mat is 8″ x 5-1/2″, and my photos are 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″.  I cut out a camera piece from one border to make my own camera embellishment, and I used our new Black Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers for my title.  These new letter sticker packs contain lots of letters and numbers and also some additional cute icons, such as hashtags, arrows, and chevrons and also a few simple word stickers.

You’ll find CM’s new Mix & Match Collection to be very versatile with beautiful colors and very usable prints.  The Mix & Match Embellishments have also been updated to include new paper flower and leaf embellishments and also new epoxy embellishments.  The Camera Chain and Double Chevron Border Maker Cartridges are also very versatile and can be used on almost any kind of layout.  To purchase any of these items, please visit my CM website.

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Amendment:  Below are the dimensions and cutting instructions for the rainbow wedges in my sunburst layout.

Pink Piece:  4″ x 9″ and cut from top left corner to bottom right corner.  Use left side piece.
Blue Piece:  4″ x 12″ and cut from top right corner to bottom left corner.  Use left side piece.
Green Piece:  4″ x 11″ and cut from top right to bottom left.  Use left side piece.
Yellow Piece:  4″ x 9″ and cut from top left to bottom right.  Use left side piece.
Orange Piece:  4″ x 12″ and cut from top right to bottom left.  Use right side piece.
Black Piece:  4″ x 8″ and cut from top left to bottom right.  Use left side piece.

Assemble and adhere pieces to 12″ x 12″ sheet of White Cardstock leaving about 1/8″ in-between pieces.  Please see above for the rest of the layout instructions.
 

 

Secret Garden Scrapbook Layouts

Oh my goodness!  The new Secret Garden Collection from Creative Memories just might be their most beautiful collection yet!  It’s full of soft watercolor designs in shades of purple and teal.  The Fast2Fab Album with Pre-Designed Pages is absolutely stunning, and has received rave reviews from my customers.  At my recent weekend retreat, I sold 6 of the Fast2Fab Albums!  Personally, I love the Secret Garden Stickers most of all.  The sticker pack is full of lovely floral arrangements and sweet sentiments that are perfect for adorning pretty pages and cards!

We used the Secret Garden Paper and Stickers at my Crop Club last month.  At Crop Club, we use one page sketch, one pack of paper, one pack of stickers or embellishments, and some cardstock to make three double-page layouts.  Please contact me if you live in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area and would like to attend my Crop Club.  Or contact me if you’re interested in participating in my Crop Club by mail and would like to purchase my Secret Garden Crop Club Kit.  Below are the three layouts that can be created from the kit.

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We used a 1-2-3 Page Sketch created by my friend, Noreen Smith.  Noreen has created a series of simple sketches that require only three cuts from one sheet of designer paper, and she shares some of these sketches on her blog, Organized & Creative Mom.  She has recently created an e-book of sketches that you can purchase from her blog.

The first layout is adorned with Secret Garden Stickers and also punch outs from CM’s new Double Heart Punch and borders punched with the Doily Border Punch.  The corners of the journaling box were punched with CM’s new 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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My second layout features a bottom border punched with the Original Border Maker System and the Picket Fence Cartridge.  The Picket Fence Cartridge is one of three cartridges that come with the system when purchased.  A thin 12″ x 5/8″ strip of designer paper was threaded through the picket fence to create a ribbon effect.

I also included a few hearts from the Double Heart Punch and another journaling box with corners punched with the 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

 

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My third layout features a lovely border that I created with the recently sold-out Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  I punched one border and cut it in half lengthwise and adhered each half to each page and topped them with border stickers adhered with Foam Squares. (This is a good reminder that CM’s punches and cartridges for the Original Border Maker System are considered limited edition items and are only available in a set quantity.  These items are projected to stay in inventory for 3-12 months, but some sell out quickly.)

On all three of my layouts, you’ll notice that I adhered most of the flower, butterfly and title stickers with Foam Squares.  I love the added dimension that the Foam Squares provide to my pages.

You’ll also notice that all three layouts feature a different way to arrange five 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photos.  However, you can crop your photos into smaller sizes and arrange them to your liking.

I love all three of these layouts and can’t decide which is my favorite.  Which one do you like best?  Please leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to making and sharing more pretty pages with this beautiful collection!  Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the materials to create these layouts.

Happy Scrapping!

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Little Lamb Non-Baby & Baby Scrapbook Layouts

While I was busy getting ready for my annual National Scrapbook Day workshop, Creative Memories introduced the very adorable Little Lamb Collection at the beginning of the month.  The soft sweet prints are perfect for baby pages, but they are also neutral enough to be used for non-baby pages too.  The collection includes Little Lamb Baby Boy and Little Lamb Baby Girl papers, stickers, variety mats and Fast2Fab albums and pages.  The Little Lamb Embellishment pack is gender neutral and can be used for boys or girls.

I used Little Lamb Baby Girl Paper and Stickers and Little Lamb Embellishments for my first layout.

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To make my hanging heart banner, use the new Double Heart Punch from CM to punch a variety of hollow hearts.  Cut the smaller Foam Squares in half, and use them to adhere the heart pieces.  Finish your hanging heart banner with hand-drawn loops and epoxy dots from the Little Lamb Embellishment Pack.

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The llama border is 12” x 2-1/2” and torn with a CM Tearing Tool.  The yellow print piece is 12” x ½”, and the pink piece is 12” x ¼”.  My photo is 4” x 5-1/4” and matted with a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece of pink paper.   The yellow piece behind my photo is 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”.

I added a variety of Little Lamb Embellishments, Little Lamb Baby Girl Stickers, and the inside pieces from the Double Heart Punch.  I adhered most of these pieces with Foam Squares.  To finish my layout, I added faux pen stitching with a fine-tip brown pen.

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For my non-baby page, I used gray cardstock and papers from both the Little Lamb Boy and Little Lamb Girl Paper packs.  The farm print paper and light mint are from the Baby Boy pack, and the wood-grained, yellow, and peach prints are from the Baby Girl pack.  I also used the Little Lamb Baby Girl Stickers and the Little Lamb Embellishments.

 

Since I matted the farm print and wood-grained papers with gray cardstock, I conserved paper by cutting hollow squares from both sheets of the gray cardstock and the farm print paper.  The farm print paper measures 11-1/2” x 11-1/2”; the smaller gray piece is 10” x 10”; and the wood-grained piece is 9-3/4” x 9-3/4”.

For my fence, I used the old Rustic Fence Border Maker Cartridge from CM.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you can use your scissors to cut a border from the Victorian Fence Punch to look more rustic (see photo above).

My jumbo corn journaling box was made from several pieces cut with the Custom Cutting System and the 3-1/2” x 5” Oval Cutting Pattern with red blade on the outside edge.  To make narrower ovals that are more corn-like, cut partially around the oval pattern and then move the pattern over to create tear-drop shapes.

For my “Farm” title, I initially cut letters from the peach paper using my Cricut.  But the peach paper was too light, and the title didn’t show up very well.  So I traced around the letters using a gray pen.  You could do the same with a stencil or write it free-hand.  I adhered all of the embellishments and the small title sticker with Foam Squares.

I look forward to making more baby and non-baby pages with this adorably sweet collection!

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2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 5

Well, we finally reached the end!  I scrapped all of my photos from my granddaughter’s birthday party, and I used up most of two National Scrapbook Day Kits and two packs of the coordinating Paper. I still have four full sheets of paper and lots of paper scraps that I’ll use for making cards and scrapbook borders.  It will be nice to entirely use up these materials and not add to my growing stash of scrapbook paper and stickers!

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I used two sheets of cloud cardstock for the base of these pages and again added strips of paper.  I love how the top pieces of striped paper and the sticker banner resemble an awning that is perfect with my playhouse photos.  The green color in the paper is also almost a perfect match for the green on the house.  Sometimes things work out really well!

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To make the top border piece, assemble a 12″ x 1-3/4″ piece of the white print paper, a  12″ x 3/4″ piece of the green striped paper, and a 12″ x 1/4″ strip of royal cardstock.  Add the sticker border with Foam Squares.  The pieces on the bottom border are 12″ x 3/4″, 1/4″ and 1-1/4″.  The title stickers and ice cream cone stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.

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Repeat the borders on the second page and add stickers with Foam Squares, journaling and more faux pen stitching.  (You’ve probably noticed that I love adding pen work to my pages.  Although it’s a simple technique, it can have a big impact on a layout.  It can tie pieces together and can add a pop of color when needed.  And the addition of black can really help to tone down a layout with lots of different colors and patterns.)

Although all five of my layouts look different, the use of materials from the same collection and the consistent use of faux pen stitching give the series of layouts a nice cohesive look.

 

Thank you so much for following my 5 part series!  I hope that I’ve inspired you and given you some ideas to try.  Please leave me a comment and let me know which layout that you like best!

As I’ve mentioned previously, the Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day Kit, Paper and Stickers are exclusive and limited edition items that can only be purchased directly from a CM advisor.  If you don’t have an advisor, I would love to help you get the materials.

Happy National Scrapbook Day!
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2018 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 4

Hello! This is day four of my five days of National Scrapbook Day layouts using the exclusive National Scrapbook Kit, Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  These items are only available from a CM advisor.  If you don’t have an advisor, please contact me and I’ll be glad to help you get the materials.

The kit comes with instructions to make two layouts designed by CM, but I wanted to give the attendees of my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop some alternative ideas for the materials.  And once I made a page, I couldn’t stop – the materials are so cute and perfect for my birthday party photos!

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I used white cardstock as the base of these pages and added multiple strips of designer paper.  From top to bottom, the size of the strips are:  1/2″, 2″, 5-1/4″, 1-1/2″, and 2″.  The 1-1/2″ yellow strip was placed under the bottom of the blue piece.  I punched the bottom of the blue piece using the Original Border Maker System with the NEW Double Chevron Cartridge.  I love this new border cartridge – it’s such an interesting and versatile pattern!

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I cut the border sticker at the bottom center of the page and adhered it with Foam Squares.  All of the other stickers are also adhered with Foam Squares.

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My journaling box is 3-1/4″ x 2″, and again all of the stickers are adhered with Foam Squares.  I used the Black Dual-Tip Pen to add faux pen stitching to both pages.

 

I’ll see you back here tomorrow for my fifth and final day of National Scrapbook Day layouts!  Bye for now…

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