Winter Blog Hop With Creative Life

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop!  We’re so glad to be back hopping and sharing some winter scrapbooking ideas with you.  At the end of my post, you’ll find the link to take you to the next stop on our hop.

I’m in the midst of a love affair with the Glacier Collection from Creative Memories!  I’ve already used up two packs of paper and two packs of stickers.  I also have to admit to going out in single digit freezing weather just to get some snow photos to use with this beautiful collection!  Once I started making pages, I couldn’t stop.  So I have a few layouts to show you today.

My first page might be my favorite!  I used a page sketch that Creative Memories shared with advisors and gave it my own twist.

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To make my page, cut the birch bark paper to 11.5″ x 11.5 and mount on 12″ x 12″ navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Cut four strips from the snowfall paper that measure 2.5″ x 10″, notch the ends, and then following the same angle cut off a 3/4″ chevron shape.  Rub black chalking ink or the side of a wide point black pen around the edges of the pieces.

From the Variety Mats, fussy cut a series of trees and ink the edges.  My photos are 4″ x 4″ and matted with navy paper.  My journaling box is a Variety Mat cut to 4″ x 4″ and also matted.  Assemble the page by tucking the bottom edges of the photos and journaling box under the trees.  I used Foam Squares to adhere my trees and the center photo.  Place the lovely vine border sticker across the bottom of your trees, and add the title sticker and fern stickers.  Adhere pinecone, bird, and snowflake stickers with Foam Squares.

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My second layout is a fun snowman-making page!  I have a lot of ideas happening on this page, but I think it works as a background to highlight one large photo .

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To make this page, cut the blue paper to 11″ x 11″.  To evenly space your punched out snowflakes, flip the blue paper over and measure to the center of the page.  Use the Snowflake Trio Punch to punch snowflakes in the center.  Punch more snowflakes from each edge of the paper.  And then center the punch between the center snowflakes and the edge snowflakes to make your last two punches.  (Unfortunately, the Snowflake Trio Punch sold out quickly and is no longer available.  So if needed, substitute other snowflake punches.)  Adhere the blue paper on top of the knit print paper.

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Using the Victorian Border Punch, punch fences from white and brown cardstock.  Adhere the white fence behind the brown fence to look like snow.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowman Cartridge to punch a row of snowmen from white cardstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″.  Adhere snowmen to the fence, and cut the entire border to 7.5″ wide.

To make the large snowmen, use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and cut a circle from white cardstock using the blue blade on the inside edge.  Cut a circle from white cardstock and another from the knit print paper using the medium size Circle Pattern and the green blade on the inside edge.  From the knit paper circle freehand cut scarf pieces.  Also freehand cut arms and a nose from cardstock.  Use the old Button Trio Punch to punch three buttons.  Assemble the pieces as shown.  Repeat for the smaller snowman using the medium sized circle pattern with blue blade on inside edge and the smallest Circle Pattern with the red blade on the inside edge.  The heart is a punch out from the Border Maker System with Heart Chain Cartridge.

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To finish your page, mat your photo with royal cardstock and knit print paper.  My photo is cropped to 5.75″ x 5″.  Add journaling boxes and stickers as shown.  Use Foam Squares to adhere some of the punched out snowflakes, and use a black pen to add detail to the snowmen and snowman border.

My next layout features large snowflakes that I created with the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, the new Arrow Border Maker Cartridge, and the old Star Maker punch.

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Cut the snowfall paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Use the Border Maker System with new Arrow Cartridge, the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, and the old Star Maker to punch pieces for your snowflakes.  Layout the pieces for the large snowflake on your paper to get the spacing and design figured out before you start adhering.  The Precision Point Adhesive Pen is

very handy for this.  Use a navy pen to add detail, and use Foam Squares to add dimension.

Select a Variety Mat with a title, and mat it with navy cardstock.  Also mat photos with navy cardstock.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders from white and navy cardstock, and adhere navy borders behind the white.  Trim borders to size and adhere.  This page would also look nice with the snowflake borders going horizontally.  I positioned mine vertically to evoke the feeling of the large icicles in my photos.

After a recent snowfall, we took a special drive to see snow on the mountain.  So with this title on my mind, I knew that I needed to make some mountains for my last layout.

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To make my mountains, use the Custom Cutting System with the diamond from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  My large mountains are cut using the red, green and blue blades on the outside edge.  My small mountains are cut using the red and green blades on the inside edge.  Cut matching pieces from white cardstock, and use your All-Purpose Scissors to add rounded edges.  I used black chalking ink on the edges of my mountain and snow pieces.  Assemble the mountains as shown and adhere the smaller mountains with Foam Squares.

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Use the Original Border Maker System with the Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders for the tops of your pages.  I used the old Word Bubble Punch to make snow clouds that I also edged with black ink and adhered a few with Foam Squares.  Mat your photos with navy cardstock and use Navy ABC Stickers for your title.  Add the tree and house stickers as shown.

The Glacier Paper and Stickers are truly lovely and are one of my favorite collections from Creative Memories.  You can purchase these materials and the current tools on my Creative Memories website.  And don’t forget to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook where we share weekly ideas, page sketch challenges and virtual crops!

Thank you so much for visiting with me today, and please hop on over to Fran’s blog for the next stop on our Winter Blog Hop!

Noreen Smith
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe (You are here!)
Fran Allen Smitherman
Julie Tambrini
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham
Sarah Fitzgerald

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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

Have Travel Photos?

We have TWO great new travel collections for you – Cool Serenity and Uncharted!  They are totally different, but both are beautiful!  I love the paper prints in both of these collections, but I really LOVE the die cut embellishments!  And to top if off, we have an item that has been on the top of my personal wish list – a new Grass Border Maker Cartridge!  Yay!  Here are some pages that I made with each of the new collections.

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I’m quite fond of this page that I made with our Uncharted Paper Pack, Embellishments, Stickers and Slide-In Pack!  Although it may look complicated, it was a snap to make.  The building tops are just small pieces of paper that I trimmed to points.  The green border on the bottom was punched with our Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge.

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For this page, I started with an Uncharted Predesigned Page and added a Crown Border to look like a railroad trestle.  For instructions on how to make both of these pages, please see my post on the CM Blog from June 14th.

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This is a Cool Serenity Predesigned page that I dressed up with some added embellishment.  The grass border and the sun were made with our Border Maker with new Grass Cartridge.  The banner consists of 2″ circles that were cut in half.

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This layout is made with Cool Serenity Paper, Stickers and Embellishments.  The border at the bottom was punched with our Border Maker with Grass Cartridge.  The cute clouds were punched with our Word Bubble Punch – which is now only available while supplies last.  For instructions on how to make both of the Cool Serenity pages, please see my post on the CM Blog from June 20th.

 

 

 

 

June Crop Club

For my June Crop Club, we made three layouts using the same page sketch from Noreen Smith and our CM Hello Baby Boy Paper Pack.  The CM Mint ABC/123 Stickers and some solid cardstock completed the pages.  If you would like to purchase the materials with instructions to make these pages or attend my Crop Club, please contact me.

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Noreen Smith‘s 1-2-3 Sketch

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Noreen Smith‘s 1-2-3 Cutting Guide

 

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The faux chevron border on this layout was made by cutting 2″ squares in half diagonally and arranging as shown.  Additional clouds were punched with our Word Bubble Punch.

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To make the border, use our Original Border Maker with Chevron Cartridge to punch two borders from royal blue cardstock.  Cut the border in half to make the feather-like strips.

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The borders on this page were punched with our Original Border Maker with the Crown Cartridge.

 

Love This Paper Pack!

Here are two more reasons to attend my National Scrapbook Day workshop on April 22 & April 23!  I made these pages using our exclusive National Scrapbook Day paper and stickers.  Attending my event is the only way to get these great items.  Attend both days or one.  There will be lots of scrapping, make-n-takes, demos and displays, a page class, door prizes and more!  Please contact me for a registration form.

 

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I made the water using our Shape Maker and 2″ Circle Cartridge.  The boat was made with our Border Maker and Film Strip Cartridge.  The flags were either free hand cut or punched with our Chevron and Star Border Maker Cartridges.  The clouds are trimmed from our Word Bubble Punch.

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The pieces on this page were cut from the NSD paper and stickers.

 

 

National Scrapbook Day

I’m holding a two-day workshop to celebrate National Scrapbook Day on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23.  Come one day or both days!  There will be lots of scrapping fun, food, make-n-takes, page classes, door prizes, inspiration and more!  Please contact me for a registration form.

I’m excited to share that I’m the newest member of the CM Design Team.  As an assignment for the team, I created the pages below using our Exclusive National Scrapbook Day items.  Making these pages will be an optional class available at my National Scrapbook Day workshop.  The only way to get the exclusive paper and stickers is to attend my workshop.

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Lighthouse pages made with our Exclusive National Scrapbook Day items, our Border Maker with Picket Fence Cartridge and our new Word Bubble Punch.

 

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Boardwalk pages made with our Exclusive National Scrapbook Day items.