Floral Scrapbooking Layouts

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Typically National Scrapbook Day is celebrated on May 6th.  But this year, my scrapping buddies and I are celebrating with a workshop on April 28th and 29th.  To celebrate the event, Creative Memories produced an exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit that is only available directly from a CM advisor.  The kit contains paper and stickers in shades of purple, green and teal and comes with instructions for 4 different two-page layouts.

However, I used the kit to create my own floral inspired layouts using our new Cherry Blossom Punch and a few other tools.  I also added some White, Black and Peacock Cardstock that helped to temper all of the bright colors and patterns of the designer paper.

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This first page is ready for a group photo of my friends attending my National Scrapbook workshop.  In addition to the Cherry Blossom Punch, I also used our new 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch, Leaf Trip Punch, and Original Border Maker System with Scallop Dot Cartridge.

  1. From White Cardstock, cut two strips to 12” x 1-1/2” and adhere to top and bottom of decorative paper.
  2. From Eggplant Cardstock, use Border Maker with Scallop Dot Cartridge to punch two borders. Cut off of your cardstock at 1”.  Adhere to the bottom and top of your white strips respectively.
  3. Cut a 12” x 2” strip of decorative paper, and adhere to the bottom of the page as shown.
  4. From White Cardstock, cut a 7-1/4” x 5-1/4” photo mat. Adhere photo mat to page with random pieces of Black, Peacock and Eggplant Cardstock behind it.  See photo.
  5. Cut a 2-3/8” x 4” piece from Black Cardstock and notch top ends with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch. Cut a 2” x 3-1/2” piece from White Cardstock and notch top ends and punch hole with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
  6. From decorative paper, Peacock, White and Black Cardstock, make a variety of flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch, small flower and small circle punches.
  7. Add pen detail to flowers and faux pen stitching as shown.

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My second page is ready for photos from my garden.  I just filled my window boxes with pretty annuals and will get a nice photo once they fill out some.

  1. From black cardstock, use Argyle Punch to punch a border.
  2. Cut a 9-1/4” x 8-1/2” piece of black cardstock.
  3. Cut two 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” pieces from purple decorative paper and two 4” x 6” pieces from White Cardstock. Assemble for photo mats.
  4. Cut two 4-5/8” x 2” pieces from green decorative paper, and cut ends at an angle as shown to make window boxes.
  5. Assemble page as shown. Adhere window boxes with Foam Squares.
  6. Adorn window boxes with pieces punched from White Cardstock with the Garden Vine Punch and small flowers. Adhere flowers with Foam Squares.
  7. Make three larger flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch and Leaf Trio Punch.
  8. Add pen detail as shown, and add a title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.

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My last layout is a two-page spread that will be perfect for photos of my granddaughter, Mother’s Day, or a spring bridal shower.

  1. Cut six strips from decorative paper to 11-1/2” x 1-½” and notch one end of each into a ribbon edge.  Adhere ½” from bottom of pages.
  2. Cut three photo mats from Peacock Cardstock to 4-1/4” x 6-1/4”. Cut 3 pieces from decorative paper to 4-1/4” x ½”.  Add to pages as shown.
  3. From Eggplant, White and Black Cardstock and decorative paper, make a variety of flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch, Leaf Trio Punch and small flower and circle punches. Add detail to flowers with black pen.
  4. To make journal box, cut a 3” x 4-1/2” peacock piece and a 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” white piece. Notch ends with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.  Add faux pen stitching.
  5. Add title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.

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I hope that you’re able to attend a National Scrapbook Day workshop near you!  Please contact me if you would like to purchase this year’s exclusive National Scrapbook Day or any of the other items that I used.

Happy Scrapping!

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Get Them Before They’re Gone – Retiring Paper Packs

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To make room in our product line for lots of great new products, Creative Memories has recently discontinued several popular product collections.  These items have been moved to the Going Gone section of our website and are only available while supplies last.

I would also like to remind everyone that our border maker cartridges and stand alone punches are ordered and stocked in a limited quantity and will not be replaced when they sell out.  So if you really like a border cartridge or a punch, it’s best to order it as soon as possible.

Today, I’m sharing page layouts that I made with a variety of retiring products.  The first layout is made with our Hello Baby Embellishments and Hello Baby Girl Paper Pack and Stickers.  I cut strips to 5/8″ wide and wove them together.  This technique worked great with the arrow designs on the printed paper.

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My second page is a different take on the striped jumbo heart that I featured in my last blog post.  Instead of stripes, I cut squares into triangles to make a patchwork heart.  The cute prints and stickers are from our A Year to Remember Part 2 Paper Pack and Stickers.  The background paper is a sheet from a sold-out paper pack, but the wood print paper from our Hello Baby Boy Paper Pack would be a nice substitution.  The title card is from our Natural Elegance Variety Mat Pack.

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To make the jumbo heart featured above, fold a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock (any color) in half.  Sketch half of a heart on the fold line and cut it out.  Cut a variety of 2″ squares and cut them in half on the diagonal.   Adhere the triangle pieces onto the heart piece leaving a lot of over-hang on the edge pieces.  Be mindful of the pattern as you assemble.  I found it helpful to lay out all of the pieces first before adhering them.  After adhering, cut off the over-hang.

My next layout has quite a bit of detail and was more time-consuming to make.  But I enjoyed making it, and I love the finished product!

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I used turquoise printed paper from our discontinued Fresh Picks Paper Pack and solid cardstock from our discontinued Hello Baby Solid Cardstock Pack, and the background paper is from our Achievements Paper Pack.  The stickers are from our discontinued Hello Baby Boy Stickers.  And the cute clouds were made with our sold-out Word Bubble Punch.

To make castle:
Step 1:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch two borders from the light gray cardstock and trim off of cardstock at 3.5”.
Step 2:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch one border from the light gray cardstock and cut off of cardstock at 4.25”.  Cut this piece into two pieces that are 2” wide each.  These will be the towers.
Step 3:  Using Original Border Maker with Film Strip Cartridge, punch borders from the dark  gray cardstock and use the relief pieces as the brick for the castle walls and towers.
Step 4:  From the dark gray cardstock, cut two pieces that are 2” x 3” and trim to narrow triangles to form the tower peaks.

To make crown:
Step 1:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch a border from the light blue cardstock and cut off of cardstock at 2”.  Cut off a 2” wide piece and trim sides at an angle.
Step 2:  Using Original Border Maker with Diamond Scroll Cartridge, make one punch in the center of the crown to form the design.  Cut a small piece of the light grey cardstock to put behind the diamond scroll cut-out.
Step 3:  Adorn with rhinestones.

To finish page:
Step 1:  Cut two sheets of leaf paper to 11” x 7.5”.
Step 2:  From left-over pieces of leaf paper, hand cut with scissors an assortment of leaf patterns to form vines for castle.  You could also substitute with a vine punched from our Garden Vine Punch.
Step 3:  Double mat photos with light blue and dark gray cardstock.
Step 4:  Using the Word Bubble Punch, punch two pieces from the light blue cardstock and trim into clouds.  Using Original Border Maker with Bubble Cartridge, punch circles from small scrap of pink paper.  These will be the cheeks on the clouds.  Use black pen to draw eyes and mouths on clouds.
Step 5:  Assemble page as shown and add title.
Step 6:  Use Foam Squares to adhere stickers.

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Please visit my CM website to purchase any of the materials used.  Happy Scrapping!

Karyn

February Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking February Blog Hop!  I hope that you have loved the projects that you’ve seen so far and that you love these pages that I made with our new Mi Amor Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection contains a mix of cute paper prints, die cut embellishments and stickers – perfect for making pages of your loved ones!

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Since I didn’t have any photos that were quite perfect for the Mi Amor Collection, I purchased a few cheap props from the dollar store and coaxed my granddaughter into an impromptu photo shoot.  She was short on patience that day, but I managed to capture several keepsake photos.

My first page is raining hearts and is a take-off of my “Thankful” page from November.  It’s also dedicated to my scrapping friend, Fran, who so loves that page.

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I used our Picket Fence and Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridges on this page.  Both of these cartridges currently come bundled with our Border Maker System, and the Heart Chain Cartridge is also available for purchase separately.  I made an extra tall fence by punching one end of black cardstock with the Border Maker; cutting the border off of the black cardstock at 2-1/4″; and then punching the other side and trimming off the pointed ends.  Since the strip wasn’t wide enough to fit in the Border Maker guide, I used Post-It Notes to extend the border to hold it in place.  (See photos below.)

To make the heart garland, I made a small snip with my scissors in-between every three hearts so that I could bend the chain into shape.  I used Foam Squares cut in half to pop the garland off of the fence.  The small hearts are the punch-outs from the heart chain.  I also used Foam Squares with those.  I hand-sketched the tree myself.

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My second page shows a great way to use our new Button Trio Punch!  I made a large heart template by folding a 12″ piece of black cardstock in half, sketching half of a heart and cutting it out.  With a pencil, I lightly traced around the heart onto my background sheet of black cardstock and used this as a guide for adhering my buttons.  The buttons were punched from the Mi Amor Paper and red, cranberry, white, beige and gray cardstock.  I used Foam Squares to randomly pop some of the buttons.   The die cuts are from the Mi Amor Embellishments, and I used our Ruby ABC/123 Stickers for the title.

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Lastly, I’m sharing this two-page layout.  To make the large heart, I cut strips of Mi Amor Paper into 1″ and 1/2″ strips and randomly adhered them to the large heart template that I made for the button heart page above.  I left a small space between each strip so that the black background of the heart would show through.  After taping down the pieces, I cut off the over-hang.  The border across the bottom was made with our new Dot Scallop Border Maker Cartridge and our Heart Chain Cartridge.  I used our old CM Heart Maker to punch a variety of hearts.  I cut the top parts from the hearts, reassembled them, and added faux pen stitching to give a patchwork look.

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I hope that my pages inspired you!  You can even save them to your Pinterest account for future use, and you can find the materials and tools available for purchase on my Creative Memories website.

I’m the last stop on our Blog Hop today, but below are the links to revisit any of the sites.  Make sure to visit and “Follow” our new Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook Group for more ideas and inspiration.  Thanks much for hopping with us today – we’ll be back soon!

Diana Miller Brinsley at D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stefani Jones at Crop With Stef
Fran Allen Smitherman at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Sarah Fitzgerald at Click Write Share
Julie Tambrini at Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe at Karyn Crops (You Are Here)

One Layout Done Two Ways

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It’s a cold icy day in central Illinois.  In other words, it’s a great scrapbooking day!  As many of you do, I have several favorite layouts that I tend to repeat.  Falling back on and using a favored layout is a great way to kick-start your scrapbooking.  When you pull out your photos and all of your supplies, sometimes it’s a little over-whelming and difficult to get the “creative juices” flowing.  So having a few basic layouts in your repertoire can be a great scrapbooking strategy.

This is a fairly easy layout to duplicate and can be adapted in many ways.  I usually prefer matching backgrounds for my double-page spreads, so this is a good technique to use if you don’t have two sheets of matching paper.  Just cut two coordinating sheets in half and then adhere them together with a border across the middle.  To add extra depth and definition, you can use another sheet behind.  Just trim off one inch from your other pieces.  To conserve paper, cut out the center of the background sheet leaving a one inch frame all around.  When you add your pieces on top, center them to leave a half inch frame on all four sides.

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For my first layout above, I used our Creative Memories Denim Blues Paper, Embellishments and ABC/123 Stickers.  The heart frame was punched with our Original Border Maker System and Heart Chain Cartridge.  (The Heart Chain Cartridge is currently one of three cartridges that come with the Original Border Maker System.  It can also be purchased separately.)  Use your scissors to make small snips in-between each heart, but leave the chain intact not cutting all the way through. You can then bend your heart chain into shape.  You will definitely need our Repositional Tape Refill for this.  If may take a few tries and some tinkering to get your heart shape to your liking.  I used three heart chain borders to make my heart.

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For my second layout, I used our beautiful Be Bold & Flourish Paper Pack and Slide-In Cards.  These are currently available while supplies last in the Going Gone section of our website.  You’ll want to grab an extra pack of this gorgeous paper before it’s sold out.  I used our Leaf Trio Punch to punch ferns from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock to make my large wreath.  To make the wreath extra lush, I built up my wreath with several layers.  Since this collection did not come with embellishments, I created my own flowers with old CM flower punches and our Maple Leaf Punch.  For added dimension, I used Foam Squares to adhere my flowers.

I can envision lots of versions of this layout.  And many of our border maker cartridges and punches (Garden Vine Punch) could be used to make the frame on the second page.  Frames could also be cut using our old Jumbo Cutting Patterns.  I would love to see your interpretations of this layout!  Feel free to share your versions on my business Facebook Page.

The products and tools featured can be purchased from my Creative Memories website.

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Celebrate Mom

Our CM Blog Hops are a great source of ideas and inspiration!  Our last Blog Hop celebrated Mother’s Day, and my layout below was the opening project that was featured.  I love the look of mixing our Hello Baby Girl Paper with the wood printed paper from our Fall-In Paper Pack.  To see instructions on how to make this page and for lots of other great ideas, please visit the CM Blog by clicking on the Idea tab on my website.

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This page layout was made with paper from our Hello Baby Girl and Fall-In Paper Packs, and embellishments from our Fresh Picks and Water Color Love Embellishment Packs, and stickers from our Hello Baby Girl Sticker Pack.  The border was made with our Button Chain Border Maker Cartridge.

 

Watercolor Love

I absolutely LOVE our new Watercolor Love Collection!  Believe me, it’s even more beautiful in person.  The embellishments include heavy paper die cuts of hearts, arrows and banners of several different sizes, colors and patterns and the cutest red and pink heart jewels.  Here are a few pages that I made for our recent CM Virtual Crop2.  Our Virtual Facebook Crops are a fun way to scrap at home while being inspired by great ideas from CM and other participants.  Everyone is encouraged to upload photos of their finished projects, and CM awards gift certificates and free products during the event.

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To make this page, I cut out a heart template from scrap paper.  I then used the template to help me place the circles around the perimeter and then filled in the heart with more circles.  To make the circles, I used our CM Shape Maker with Circle Cartridge and our old CM Circle Makers.  Make sure to use Foam Square Adhesives to really make the embellishments pop.  This page was made on our old CM Vanilla Cardstock.

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The Vanilla Cardstock squares are 3.75″, the Watercolor Love squares are 3.5″, and the photos are 3.25″.  The row of hearts on the top right were made with our Border Maker and our new Heart Cartridge.  The row of hearts on the middle left were made with our Border Maker and retired Double Heart Cartridge.  Again I used Foam Square Adhesives for dimension, and the page was accented with Vanilla Cardstock and ABC Letters, and pen stitching.

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This page was inspired by ideas that our CM Bloggers shared on our Virtual Crop2 and on our CM Valentine Blog Hop (that you can access from my website).  The heart pocket was made by cutting 2 circles using the largest circle pattern and the red blade of our Custom Cutting System.  Cut around the outside edge of the circle pattern with the red blade.  Overlap the two circles to make the top part of the heart.  I then cut two more circles out of scrap paper and overlapped them to get the shape of the bottom pocket. I taped it together to make a scrap paper template that I used to cut out the heart paper to form the pocket. For added fun, cut around the top edge of the hearts with your scissors.  The banner was made using a technique that CM shared on the Virtual Crop.  Cut a 4″ square and draw diagonal lines from each corner and horizontal and vertical lines from the center points of each side of the square.  You’ll see triangle banner shapes taking form.  I used a ruler and pencil to square off the bottom edges of each triangle shape.  Cut out and ta, da!  I adhered the banner with Foam Square Adhesives and used our Watercolor Love heart jewels in-between each banner piece.  Very cute!  The bottom border was made with layering pieces of our Watercolor Love paper and punching two heart borders using our Border Maker with new Heart cartridge.  I also used Foam Square Adhesives to adhere the top banner and heart embellishment pieces.  And don’t forget the pen stitching for added detail.  Very sweet!

In addition to the super cute paper and embellishments, we also have a lovely Fuchsia Album with Embossed Hearts.  Please visit my website or contact me to order our lovely Watercolor Love Collection, new Heart Border Maker Cartridge, and a pack of Foam Square Adhesives.

Be Bold & Flourish…

I absolutely love our Be Bold & Flourish Designer Paper and Fast 2 Fabulous Album Pages!  The color pairings and print designs really speak to me.  And they told me that they would be perfect for some special photos of mine…

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