Welcome to our June Blog Hop! The team at Creative Life Scrapbooking is back with a blog hop full of summer scrapbooking layouts and ideas. At the bottom of my post, you’ll find the link to take you to the next stop on the hop.
Sweet goodness is the perfect description of the new Made With Love Collection from Creative Memories! The papers, stickers and variety mats are full of cheerful prints and food-inspired motifs. This ensemble is the perfect complement for all of your food and kitchen related photos and memories.
My first layout preserves the memory of my granddaughter eating her first ear of sweet corn in my kitchen. The Made with Love Collection seems to be created especially for me as my kitchen is red and yellow and full of antique and vintage items. To evoke the look of my battenberg lace curtains, I framed the pages with borders made with CM’s Original Border Maker System and Scallop Dot Cartridge. I cut apart a border punched with our new Doily Border Punch to frame the title.
I adhered the floral stickers with Foam Squares and added further embellishment with a few leaves punched with CM’s Leaf Trio Punch. I finished the page with faux pen stitching and journaling.
For my second layout, I created mini cutting boards with our 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch to mat my photos. I edged the strip in the middle with borders punched with the Original Border Maker System with Zig Zag Cartridge.
Again, I adhered the stickers with Foam Squares, added a few leaves punched with the Leaf Trio Punch, and finished the page with some pen details.
My last layout shows that you don’t need food related photos in order to love and use the Made With Love Collection. The sweet prints and floral accents are perfect for a variety of other uses. I used some black cardstock and CM’s Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Dot and Zig Zag Cartridges to really make this page pop.
I simply adore the color palette and prints in this collection and look forward to using it more! Please click here to purchase any of the items used on my pages.
Thanks so much for visiting with me, and please continue to the next stops on our blog hop!
Summer Scrapbook Ideas You Can Use Now – June Blog Hop
Presented by the team at Creative Life Scrapbooking
1. Fran Allen Smitherman at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
2. Sarah Fitzgerald at Click Write Share
3. Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
4. Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe – YOU ARE HERE
5. Lisa Brown Graham at Lisa’s Workshop
6. Julie Tambrini – At Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
7. Stefani Jones – At Crop With Stef
Have I mentioned that I absolutely love the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Collections from Creative Memories? So far, I’ve used up two complete collections but haven’t yet scrapped a baby page! I love the colors and prints – and of course the darling woodland creatures.
This first layout uses paper from both the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Collections. It also completes my Easter photos from last year. If you scroll down to my blog post from April 5th, you’ll see my first Easter layout. If you don’t have the heart cutting templates, you can substitute circles for an equally cute result.
- Cut two sheets of light beige paper to 11-1/2” x 11-1/2”. Using 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch, punch two corners on each page taking notice of direction of paper pattern. The notched ends with be the four outside corners. Cut out centers of two sheets of Evergreen Cardstock leaving at least a 1” frame on each side. Adhere beige pieces to evergreen pieces.
- Use Custom Cutting System with old Heart Cutting Pattern or small Circle Cutting Pattern to cut 9 hearts/circles from white cardstock. Use red blade on the outside edge.
- From assortment of paper from both the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Paper packs, cut 1” strips. Adhere strips to the hearts/circles at a slight angle leaving 1/8” in-between strips. Trim off excess with scissors. Try to use the same angle on all pieces. Add faux stitching as shown. Cut two hearts/circles in half.
- Mat photos with Whimsy paper. My photos are 7”x5” and 3-1/4”x5”.
- Assemble page with hearts and photos.
- With pencil trace around the heart/circle template. Add faux stitching with black pen, and erase any remaining pencil marks. Add journaling.
- Add arrow epoxy embellishments and die cut embellishments with Foam Squares.
My second layout shows how the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy Collection can be used for outdoor photos. The tags on this layout were made with CM’s new 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch. This layout and the one above were featured during the Pajama Party hosted by Creative Life Scrapbooking on April 28th.
- Use two sheets of beige cardstock as the base of your pages.
- Cut two pieces of plaid patter to 12” x 1-1/4” and two pieces of orange paper to 12” x 1-1/2”. Cut two pieces of fox paper to 1” x 12” and two pieces of orange paper to 1-1/4” x 12”. Layer pieces as shown and adhere to pages.
- Cut two pieces of orange paper to 6” x 8-3/4” and notch the outside corners of each piece with the 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch. Adhere to pages as shown
- Cut two photo mats from dark green paper to 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” and notch all corners with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
- Make 4 tag pieces from beige cardstock and orange paper. My orange pieces are 2-1/2” wide. Notch corners and make holes with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
- Punch leaves with Leaf Trio Punch and adhere to pages with stickers. I used foam squares on the fox and orange mushroom stickers.
- Use brown pen to add detail.
My next page was recently featured during the May Page Sketch Challenge on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page. It’s another fine example of how well the baby boy collection can be used for outdoor photos. The borders on the top and bottom were punched with Creative Memories’ Original Border Maker System with Circle Weave Cartridge.
This last page was shared on the CM Blog during Creative Memories’ recent NSD Virtual Crop. The banner was made with the Leaf Trio Punch and Decorative Trimmer from Creative Memories. I have tons of hiking photos and look forward to scrapping more pages using the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy Collection.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to give the Woodland Whimsy Collections a try! You can purchase any of the tools or materials used on these pages on my CM website.
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.
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.
- From White Cardstock, cut two strips to 12” x 1-1/2” and adhere to top and bottom of decorative paper.
- 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.
- Cut a 12” x 2” strip of decorative paper, and adhere to the bottom of the page as shown.
- 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.
- 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.
- From decorative paper, Peacock, White and Black Cardstock, make a variety of flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch, small flower and small circle punches.
- Add pen detail to flowers and faux pen stitching as shown.
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.
- From black cardstock, use Argyle Punch to punch a border.
- Cut a 9-1/4” x 8-1/2” piece of black cardstock.
- 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.
- Cut two 4-5/8” x 2” pieces from green decorative paper, and cut ends at an angle as shown to make window boxes.
- Assemble page as shown. Adhere window boxes with Foam Squares.
- Adorn window boxes with pieces punched from White Cardstock with the Garden Vine Punch and small flowers. Adhere flowers with Foam Squares.
- Make three larger flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch and Leaf Trio Punch.
- Add pen detail as shown, and add a title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
To make my layout, you’ll need:
Christmas Past Paper Pack
Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack
Christmas Past Embellishment Pack
Gold Shimmer Cardstock
Ruby ABC/123 Stickers
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
Garden Vine Punch
Maple Leaf Punch
Leaf Trio Punch
To purchase any of these items, please visit my CM website.
- From poinsettia designer print paper, cut two 12″ x 2″ strips and adhere to tops of 2 sheets of Beige Cardstock.
- 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.
- From White Cardstock, use Maple Leaf Punch to punch 12 leaves. Outline the edges of the leaves and draw veins with a Gold Pen.
- From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, use Maple Leaf Punch to punch 6 leaves. Use gold pen to draw veins.
- From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, use Leaf Trio Punch to punch a variety of leaves.
- From Gold Shimmer Cardstock, cut mats for your photos and also a mat for your journaling box.
- Assemble and adhere your photos and the poinsettias and leaves as shown.
- Add a title using our Ruby ABC/123 Stickers and rhinestone embellishments from the Christmas Past Embellishments.
- Add journaling with a Brown Pen.
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 Crops (You Are Here)
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Crop With Steph
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Organized& Creative Mom
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.
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.
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
Silver Shimmer Cardstock
Ruby ABC/123 Stickers
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
Original Border Maker System with Grass and Snowflake Chain Cartridges
Leaf Trio Punch
Shooting Star Punch
Christmas Quartet Punch
Small Hole Punch
To purchase any of these items, please visit my website.
- From Silver Shimmer Cardstock, punch two borders using the Border Maker with Snowflake Chain Cartridge. Adhere borders to tops of pages using Foam Squares.
- 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:
- Add title with Ruby ABC/123 Stickers.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
Stay tuned for more Christmas Past layouts to come…