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)

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Christmas Past Crop Club

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I hold a monthly Crop Club where we gather to make 3 double-page layouts using one page sketch, one pack of paper and one pack of embellishments.  Attendees only bring a few basic tools, and I provide CM’s newest tools for everyone to try.

In November, we made pages using our new Creative Memories Christmas Past Paper and Embellishments and the page sketch below by my friend, Noreen Smith.  You can download this sketch with instructions and also view a video demonstration on Noreen’s Blog, Organized & Creative Mom.

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This sketch made a super cute Halloween page and also beautiful Christmas pages.  I incorporated our Garden Vine Punch and our new Snowflake Chain Cartridge for our Border Maker System on the layout below.  I also added a photo mat from Beige Cardstock to the first page in order to have some of the beige color on both pages.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I did pen stitching around the reindeer embellishment to make it pop.  I skipped journaling on these pages, but will add journaling to the next layouts.

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On the pages below, I added photo mats and narrow strips from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  I made the photo mat on the second page into a ribbon.

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On the layout below, I added some leave embellishments punched from our Silver Shimmer Cardstock with our Maple Leaf and Leaf Trio Punches.  These silver shimmer pieces really help to brighten up these pages.

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Please contact me or visit my CM website to purchase any of these products.  We’re taking a break from Crop Club in December, but will start back up in January.  Please contact me if you’re in the Champaign-Urbana area and would like to join us.

Cheers!
Karyn

 

Christmas Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Christmas Blog Hop!  Six Creative Memories Advisors from North America have joined together to provide you with ideas and inspiration for your Christmas paper crafting.  At the bottom of my blog post, you’ll find links to take you to the next stops on our Blog Hop.  Be sure to visit all of the sites and leave comments for us!

For my project, I created a 2-page scrapbook layout using some items from the new Creative Memories Christmas Past Collection.  I also used several of our newest tools to create the lush layered border and embellishments.  Our new Gold Shimmer Cardstock provides an extra touch of elegance and decadence for these pages.

 

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I created the gorgeous trailing vine border across the tops of the pages with our Garden Vine Punch.  This punch immediately sold out when it was first introduced in October.  It’s back in stock but only available while supplies last.  So I suggest purchasing this punch sooner than later.

 

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I also incorporated a new take on the faux Maple Leaf Punch poinsettias that I first created for the Creative Memories Blog post, Christmas in July.  These new poinsettias are white and include layered greenery punched from our Leaf Trio Punch.  (Below is a peak at my first poinsettia border.  Please visit the CM Blog to see the full blog post with instructions.)

 

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To make my layout, you’ll need:

Christmas Past Paper Pack
Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack
Christmas Past Embellishment Pack
Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Beige Cardstock
White Cardstock
Ruby ABC/123 Stickers
Gold Pen
Brown Pen
Tape Runner
All-Purpose Scissors
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
Garden Vine Punch
Maple Leaf Punch
Leaf Trio Punch
To purchase any of these items, please visit my CM website.

  1.  From poinsettia designer print paper, cut two 12″ x 2″ strips and adhere to tops of 2 sheets of Beige Cardstock.
  2. From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, use the Garden Vine Punch to punch two borders.  Adhere these borders on top of strips of Gold Shimmer Cardstock and use scissors to cut out.  Adhere these pieces to bottoms of the poinsettia paper strips.
  3. From White Cardstock, use Maple Leaf Punch to punch 12 leaves.  Outline the edges of the leaves and draw veins with a Gold Pen.
  4. From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, use Maple Leaf Punch to punch 6 leaves.  Use gold pen to draw veins.
  5. From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, use Leaf Trio Punch to punch a variety of leaves.
  6. From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, cut mats for your photos and also a mat for your journaling box.
  7. Assemble and adhere your photos and the poinsettias and leaves as shown.
  8. Add a title using our Ruby ABC/123 Stickers and rhinestone embellishments from the Christmas Past Embellishments.
  9. Add journaling with a Brown Pen.

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Please visit the next stop on our Christmas Blog Hop and enjoy all of the ideas being shared.  I hope that you leave the hop inspired to make a few of our projects.  Thanks much for visiting with us and best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

Karyn

Karyn Crops (You Are Here)

Lisa’s Workshop

D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog

Crop With Steph

Celebrating Your Beautiful Life

Organized& Creative Mom

 

O’ Tannenbaum

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Today I’m sharing the first of several layouts that I’ve created with the new Christmas Past Collection from Creative Memories.  The Christmas Past Paper Pack contains 12 sheets of designer print paper that is double-sided with 24 unique prints.  Since the pack only contains one sheet of the woodland print paper, I used a mat from the Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack to continue the print on the second page.

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I also used several of our newest tools to create these pages.  The border across the top was punched from our new Silver Shimmer Cardstock with our Original Border Maker System and new Snowflake Chain Border Maker Cartridge.  The border at the bottom of the pages was created with our Leaf Trio Punch.

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I created the large Christmas Tree using the Grass Border Maker Cartridge of our Original Border Maker System, and the star on top was punched with our Shooting Star Punch.  The small snowflake accents were punched with our new Christmas Quartet Punch.  The beautiful die cut is from the Christmas Past Embellishments.

To make these pages, you’ll need:

Christmas Past Paper Pack
Christmas Past Embellishments
Christmas Past Slide-In Pack
Evergreen Cardstock
Silver Shimmer Cardstock
Ruby ABC/123 Stickers
Foam Squares
Tape Runner
Silver Pen
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
Original Border Maker System with Grass and Snowflake Chain Cartridges
Leaf Trio Punch
Shooting Star Punch
Christmas Quartet Punch
All-Purpose Scissors
Small Hole Punch
To purchase any of these items, please visit my website.

Instructions:

  1.  From Silver Shimmer Cardstock, punch two borders using the Border Maker with Snowflake Chain Cartridge.  Adhere borders to tops of pages using Foam Squares.
  2.  From Evergreen Cardstock, punch fern pieces using Leaf Trio Punch.  Adhere across the bottoms of the pages as shown and accent with dots punched from red designer paper.

To Finish the Page on the Left:

  1. Add title with Ruby ABC/123 Stickers.
  2. Cut a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece from the red plaid designer paper.  Cut a 6-1/16″ x 4-1/16″ piece from the Evergreen Cardstock.  Adhere the green piece onto the red plaid piece, add a photo, and adhere to page.
  3. Using the Original Border Maker System and Grass Cartridge, punch a border from Evergreen Cardstock and cut border off of cardstock at 2″.  Repeat.  From the borders, use All-Purpose Scissors to cut five pieces with diagonal edges.  For my tree, three pieces are 3-1/2″ wide, one piece is 2-1/2″ wide and the top piece is 2″ wide.  Use Silver Pen to outline grass edges.  Assemble tree as shown onto page.  From Silver Shimmer Cardstock, punch a star using the Shooting Star Punch.  Adhere star with foam squares.
  4. Adhere die cut embellishment with Foam Squares and embellish with silver shimmer snowflakes punched with the Christmas Quartet Punch.

To Finish the Page on the Right:

  1. From the red plaid designer paper cut an 11-2/8″ x 6-2/8″ piece, and from the Evergreen Cardstock cut a 10-12/16″ x 5-5/8″ piece.  Adhere the green piece to the red plaid piece and trim photos to fit onto the mat.
  2. Cut a  6-1/2″ x 1/2″ piece from the top of the woodland variety mat.  Assemble these pieces and the photo as shown.  Embellish with additional fern punch-outs and a rhinestone embellishment.

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Stay tuned for more Christmas Past layouts to come…

Karyn

It’s Naturally Elegant…

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Natural Elegance is our new wedding collection.  It’s soft, subtle and simply beautiful.  The album cover is absolutely gorgeous and can be purchased with or without coordinating pre-designed pages.  The soft prints of the paper pack will work with many solid shades of cardstock, and once again the embellishments are some of my favorites.  You’ll be able to create stunning wedding layouts with this collection.  Also consider giving the Natural Elegance Bundle as a wedding or bridal shower gift that will be appreciated for a life-time.  I don’t have any current wedding photos, but I couldn’t pass up this collection.  See my  pages below and our Creative Memories Blog for more creative ideas for using Natural Elegance.

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I used our Border Maker with our new Lace Scallop Cartridge to make the border. The journaling was done on a coordinating Slide-In Card and Foam Squares help the Natural Elegance Stickers pop off of the page.  The dark grey cardstock from our Travel Cardstock Paper Pack really sets off the page.  Although the paper and embellishments are lovely, the soft subtle colors and prints keep the main focus on the photos.  Please see our CM Blog for complete instructions on how to make this page.

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I used a Spargo Page as the background and made the borders with our Border Maker System and new Lace Scallop Cartridge.  Please see our CM Blog for complete instructions on how to make this page.

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For instructions on how to make these paper flowers, please see our Creative Memories Blog.

 

 

Got Christmas Photos?

Here’s a cute border idea that I adapted from our CM Blog using our Christmas Joy Paper and Stickers and our Border Maker with the Picket Fence and Evergreen Cartridges.  For more border ideas using the Christmas Joy Paper and Stickers – most are quick and easy – please contact me, and I’m happy to email five more pages of instructions to you.

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Christmas Joy!

Thank you to everyone who stopped by my Annual Holiday Open House this past Saturday!  It was such a fun day, and it was so good to see so many of you.  I really appreciate your support of my business.  The door prize winners were:  Sherrill H., Mary L., Sue V., and Amy D.

For those of you who missed it, here are the sample pages that I made for the Open House.  I used our new Christmas Joy Paper Pack, Stickers and Slide-In Pack along with our new Diamond Scroll, Medallion Frame Chain and Evergreen Border Maker Cartridges on these pages.  For more ideas using these items, please visit the CM Blog that you can access from the homepage of my CM site.

If you would like to include any of these items – or others – on a Christmas Wish List, just email me a list of the items that you would like to receive and the names and contact info for your husband, boyfriend, mother, mother-in-law, sister, children, friend.  I’ll do the ordering and even the gift wrapping!  Don’t forget to include my February 19th-21st Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat ($150) or my January 23rd All-Day Workshop ($35) on your list.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to receive the gift of an entire day or entire weekend of scrapbooking?

 

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The page on the left features the new Medallion Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge.  To make the tree on the right, create a tree template on a piece of scratch paper.  Use your selected photos to determine the width of the tree.  Using the template, cut the green paper to make the tree.  Use the template to trace cut marks on your photos, or tape your photos to the template and cut to shape.  The red garland on the tree are cutout pieces from the Diamond Scroll Border Maker Cartridge.  Embellish with Christmas Joy Stickers.  I adhered the Merry Christmas and  Naughty or Nice stickers and the star with Foam Square Adhesives.

 

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I used both the Medallion Frame Chain and Diamond Scroll Border Maker Cartridges on these pages.  The bows on the tops of the trees are cutout pieces from the Diamond Scroll Border Maker Cartridge.  I adhered the Wish List title and the white circle photo frame with Foam Square Adhesives.

 

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The row of houses is from one of the sheets of paper in the Christmas Joy Paper Pack.  The fence is made with the Picket Fence Border Maker Cartridge and the trees are made with the Evergreen Border Maker Cartridge.  Add torn white cardstock for the snow in-between the fence and the trees.  This idea is adapted from the CM Blog.

 

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The roof-top is made with the Film Strip Border Maker Cartridge and a strip of red striped paper.  Thread the red paper strip through the film strip border piece  going in and out every two spaces.  Cut a 2×2 square from the red paper and use the cut-out pieces from the Film Strip border to make the bricks.  Punch a Picket Fence border and cut off most of the border to make the top of the chimney.  Use Foam Square Adhesives to adhere chimney to add depth.  Embellish with Christmas Joy Stickers.  This idea is from the CM Blog.

 

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I used both the Medallion Frame Chain and Diamond Scroll Border Maker Cartridges on these pages.  The green scallops are 2″ circles punched with our Shape Maker and cut in half.