Blooming Medallion Scrapbook Borders

Yesterday advisors and customers from all over the world opened our Secret Boxes that we bought last month from Creative Memories. The contents of the Secret Box were a surprise, and we purchased the boxes on the good faith that we would love the contents – and CM did not disappoint! This is the third Secret Box that CM has offered, and each one has contained a paper pack, stickers or embellishments, a tool and some other small surprises. I’ve been happy with each Secret Box, and I especially love this one! Our next Secret Box will be available to purchase in August with an open date in September.

Flowers make me happy! And sweet smelling roses are one of my favorites! So I was thrilled with the Shabby Chic Rose Paper and Embellishments. And I can make my own rose embellishments and borders with the Blooming Medallion Punch! After opening my box yesterday, I did just that. I pulled out all of my different shades of red cardstock and started to play. Currently CM offers three shades of red cardstock – Cranberry, Crimson and Firecracker Shimmer. Recently our product line also included Red and Scarlet Cardstock. Each shade looks great with the Shabby Chic Rose Paper, and I created multi-dimensional roses by adhering a 1″ circle behind each punched piece.


I rummaged through my collection of current and retired punches and border maker cartridges and created a set of borders that range from simple to more intricate. I paired my borders with Dark Green and Charcoal Cardstock and used Foam Squares to add additional dimension.

I created these simple borders by layering the Blooming Medallion Punch pieces with 1″ circles in a variety of the red cardstock shades that I mentioned above. I used from left to right, the Garden Vine Border Punch, the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge with Spring Leaf Punch and the On the Vine Border Punch. The Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge and Spring Leaf Punch are current items that are available for purchase.

The Blooming Medallion Punch coordinates nicely with so many of our past and current punches and border maker cartridges! The combinations seem endless! I used from top to bottom, the Simple Leaf Border Maker Cartridge, Wheatfield Border Punch and Rose Chain Border Maker Cartridge and the Doily Border Punch with Spring Leaf Punch. The Spring Leaf Punch is a current item that is available for purchase.

My last set of borders are a bit more intricate and include a few more layers. For these, I used the new 5 Leaf Punch and the new Spring Leaf Punch with some recently retired border punches. I always like to create and show new ways to use our older tools as I know that so many of you have purchased these in the past.

Border on Left:
1. Use the Baroque Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock, and cut off of cardstock at 2-1/2″.
2. Cut a strip of Dark Green Cardstock to 1-3/8″ x 12″. Cut a strip of Light Gray Cardstock to 1-1/4″ x 12″. Layer and adhere pieces to the baroque border.
3. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Cranberry Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Scarlet Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece.
4. Use the Spring Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere as shown.

Middle Border:
1. Use the Argyle Border Punch to punch a border from Dark Green Cardstock.
2. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Firecracker Shimmer Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Crimson Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece.
3. Use the Spring Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere as shown.
4. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock. Cut apart with scissors, and adhere to border as shown.

Border on Right:
1. Use the Lattice Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock.
2. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Cranberry Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Scarlet Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece.
3. Use the 5 Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere to border as shown.


I hope that I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your old punches and border maker cartridges and play! I would love to see what you create. Please feel free to share your creations on Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook.

Please note that Creative Memories is offering a $20 off Promo beginning at noon CT on Monday, June 14th. You may also wish to check out our current Cardstock Buffets that are offering some limited edition cardstock colors and paper paper packs along with some free gifts with purchase. Click here to use my Creative Memories website link to shop.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Art Nouveau – Dragonfly Punch Scrapbook Layouts

The Art Nouveau Collection and the Dragonfly Punch were released earlier this spring, but I just recently had time to play with both. I thought that the dragonfly image pairs nicely with the art deco / arts & crafts vibe of the Art Nouveau Collection. This collection is absolutely beautiful and is great for formal, heritage and vintage photographs and layouts. I love the color palette of greens, teals and mustard yellows.


For my first layout, I used the Dragonfly Punch and the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to create a textured overlay for the beautiful sheet of designer paper. This layout will be lovely for some photos of the entire family.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock.
2. Cut a sheet of designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frame.
3. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Dark Sea Green Cardstock and mustard yellow designer paper. Trim borders to 4″, overlap, and adhere to layout as shown using Repositionable Tape.
4. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch eight dragonflies from mustard yellow designer paper, and adhere to the layout as shown using Repositionable Tape.
5. From mustard yellow designer paper, cut two 7″ x 2-1/2″ strips.
6. From Dark Sea Green Cardstock, cut two 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ photo mats. Adhere mats and strips as shown.
7. Add stickers using Foam Squares.


For my second page, I was inspired by a layout that I created for the Creative Memories Blog earlier this spring. I replaced the Cross Punch with the Dragonfly Punch for great results. I love how the dragonfly image works so nicely with the materials in this layout!

Since both of these pages were created with the same collection, they will look beautiful side-by-side in album. Or you can easily adapt both of these pages into double-page layouts. To see another version of this layout that I created with the Keep the Faith Collection and the Cross Punch for Creative Memories, please see the CM Blog.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock.
2. Cut a piece of light colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and adhere to the top of the layout.
3. Cut a piece of dark colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 7″, and adhere to the bottom of the layout.
4. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of designer paper, adhere on the overlapping seam of the papers, and add a border sticker.
5. Cut two photo mats to 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, and adhere to the center of the layout.
6. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch seven dragonflies from a variety of designer paper.
7. From the same paper as the dragonflies, cut 1/4″ strips.
8. Arrange the strips and dragonflies as indicated, trim strips as needed, and adhere.
9. Add embellishments and stickers with Foam Squares.

I created a third layout using the Art Nouveau Collection and the new Geometric Frame Punch and recently shared this layout with Creative Life Scrapbooking. I love how the Geometric Frame Punch can have a formal art deco look as well as a fun and funky look. Please see Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for the instructions to this last layout.

I hope that I inspired you today! If you love any of these tools and/or materials, you may purchase them through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that CM has a new promotion beginning on Monday, May 24th at noon CT that includes FREE SHIPPING on orders of $80!

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Homestead – Dine Border Punch Scrapbook Layout

I was recently asked by one of my followers to create a dinner plate layout using the new Dine Border Punch from Creative Memories. I’m so glad that she asked as I love the results! I started with a large circular piece cut from Platinum Shimmer Cardstock with the Custom Cutting System and Jumbo Circle Pattern. I then used the Dine Border Punch to punch around the perimeter of the circle. For a demonstration of how I created this layout, please view my video on my new YouTube channel. If you subscribe to my channel, it will be easy for you to find my new videos.



I used the very lovely Homestead Collection from Creative Memories to finish my layout. I love the modern farmhouse vibe and neutrality of this collection! I’ll be purchasing multiples of this collection as I love every piece! Please see my video for the measurements of my pieces.




Here are two more layouts that I created as a content contributor for Creative Memories also using the Homestead Collection. To see the instructions on how to create these layouts, please see the CM Blog.

You may purchase any of these tools and materials through my CM website link. Please also check out the new Online Page Classes section of my blog. You’ll find the link at the top of the page.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!
Karyn

Spring Cottage Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Spring! It’s my favorite time of the year! However, the spring weather draws me outside and competes with my time to scrapbook! I love working in my garden and watching new things bloom daily. My lilacs – one of my favorites – are in full bloom right now. I also love spring hikes to hunt for the changing blooms of wildflowers. The lovely Spring Cottage collection from Creative Memories is perfect for of all of my spring photos!




The layout above is ready for a photos of my spring garden blooms. I adapted the stick tree layout that I created this past winter and turned it into a spring tree full of visiting songbirds. (Please scroll back through my blog or search for two more versions of this layout using the Merry Blooms and Winter Woods Collections.)

To create my layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Charcoal Cardstock. Trim yellow print paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the
frame.
2. From three different designer print papers, cut the following strips: 6″ x 3/4″, 6″ x 1/2″, 5-1/2″ x 3/4″, 5″ x 3/4″, 4-
1/2″ x 1/2″, 4″ x 1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 1/2″.
3. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two borders from Charcoal Cardstock and trim to: 6″, 5″ and 3″.
4. Cut a 3/8″ x 9-1/2″ strip from wood patterned paper to use as the trunk of the tree.
5. Adhere strips and border border pieces to the trunk piece.
6. From Charcoal Cardstock, cut two photo mats that measure 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. From Light Gray
Cardstock, cut two photos mats that measure 4″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″, and adhere to the charcoal mats.
7. Add Spring Cottage Embellishments and Stickers as shown adhering with Foam Squares.
8. To make the raffia-style bow, please view my YouTube video.


You may have already seen my second layout on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Community Group on Facebook. Please join me and my scrappy friends in that group to see the instructions. Also on Friday, April 30th, the Creative Life Scrapbooking team will be hosting a PJ Party Virtual Crop. To register and for more information, please click here.

Again I used the Spring Cottage Collection for this layout. In the instructions, I demonstrate how to create the fancy layered frame with mitered corners. I also included another raffia-style bow.


You may purchase any of the tools or materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that beginning at noon CT on Monday, April 19th, CM will be offering a free punch promotion! It is likely that these punches will run out before the end of the promotion period, so please order early if you’re interested.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Folded Circle Technique – Scrapbook Layouts

Hello! Today I’m sharing two layouts that I created using a technique that I shared with my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. On the first Tuesday of each month, I share a technique with my followers at Karyn’s Croppers and challenge them to use the technique to create and share a layout for an entry into my Monthly Door Prize Drawing. This is the 23rd technique that I’ve shared since last year. I create an Album for each technique and share an instructional video and layout photos.

I used a folded circle technique to create two layouts for this month’s Technique Tuesday post. For my first layout, I used the Spring Cottage Collection from Creative Memories.

To Create My Layout:

1. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut four circles
from two different sheets of double-sided paper. (Please note that I used a different size of circles for my second
layout.)
2. Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Scoring Blade to score two edges of each circle at the half-way mark between 3/4″ and
1″. Fold over and adhere the two edges. (Please note that I scored and folded the circles on my second layout at a
different measurement.)
3. Crop photos to 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, and adhere to photo mats that are 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″. Adhere to layout as shown.
4. Add embellishments and stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.


I used the same technique to create a second layout using the Keep the Faith Collection from Creative Memories. I thought that the folded sections of the circles resembled a cross. This layout would be nice for a family photo from Easter. The circles on this layout are slightly smaller than the circles on my first layout.

To Create My Layout:

1. Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut four circles
from two different sheets of double-sided paper. (Please note that I used a different size of circles for my first
layout.)
2. Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Scoring Blade to score two edges of each circle at 3/4″. Fold over and adhere the two
edges. (Please note that I scored and folded the circles on my first layout at a different measurement.)
3. Adhere photo mats that measure 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 4″ x 4″.
4. Add stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.

You may purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used through my CM website link. Please join me on Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook for more sharing! Please also subscribe to my new YouTube Channel.

Don’t miss out on my Virtual National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th! Register now!

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Spring Cottage Bunny Scrapbook Layout

Today I’m sharing a super sweet Easter layout that I created with the lovely Spring Cottage Collection from Creative Memories. This is a beautiful collection that features a mix of feminine and rustic outdoor patterns. I love the combination of the earthy outdoor pieces with the feminine wildflower touches! The Spring Cottage Embellishments are especially pretty with their watercolor designs on embossed paper. Please stay tuned as I will be sharing more Spring Cottage Layouts soon.

This pretty page is ready for Easter photos of my granddaughters. I created the pieced bunny based on a pattern shared in 2005 by Creative Memories. The pen details really add to the sweetness factor! This bunny would also be great on baby scrapbook layouts.

To watch me create the bunny and also an Easter basket, please view my YouTube video. Please also subscribe to my YouTube channel, so that my videos are always easy for you to find.

To create my layout:

1. Cut a 2″ hollow frame from the plaid patterned paper.
2. Cut the blue patterned paper to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″, and cut a 1″ hollow frame from it. Adhere the piece to the
bottom right of the plaid paper.
3. Adhere a 10″ x 10″ piece of White Cardstock to the blue frame.
4. To create the bunny, use the Custom Cutting System with the small and medium Circle Patterns and the small and medium Oval Patterns and the Red and Blue Blades. Always cut on the inside edges of the cutting patterns.
Body: Medium Circle, Red Blade
Head: Medium Oval, Red Blade
Ears: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2)
Feet: Small Oval, Red Blade (cut 2)
Arms: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut in half)
Hands: Small Circle, Blue Blade (cut in half)
Inside Ears: Small Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2)
Nose: Small Oval, Blue Blade
5. Assemble bunny, and use Dual-Tip Brown Pen to add pen details.
6. Cut the Spring Cottage Embellishment piece in half and adhere with Foam Squares positioning the bunny in-between
the pieces. Adhere the bunny with Foam Squares also.
7. Add additional embellishments with Foam Squares as shown.
8. My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
9. Add pen detail to the edge of the White Cardstock piece.


You’ll find these tools and materials on my Creative Memories website link. If you would like to see older Easter layouts of mine, please use the Search function on this page to search for “Easter”.

Please check out the new Online Page Classes section of my blog. You’ll find the link at the top of the page. Please also subscribe to my new YouTube Channel to see video demonstrations. Plus don’t forget about my up-coming Virtual National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Click here to register.

I hope that you and your family have a blessed Easter weekend!

Karyn

Mandala-Inspired Layout with Boho Escape and Emerald Gemstone

I just shared the layouts below with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for Featured Project Friday and wanted to share them here also with you. I started with small squares and used the Two-Way Corner Rounder from Creative Memories to create tear-drop shapes that I arranged into a mandala pattern. To mimic a sunflower, I used the lovely Boho Escape Collection for my first layout.


To create my layout:

  1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from olive green designer paper.
  2. Cut oval patterned designer paper to 11- 1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the frame.
  3. Use Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from olive green designer paper.
  4. Use Centering Ruler to center the circle on the page, and adhere.
  5. Cut 14 squares that measure 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
  6. Cut 28 squares that measure 1″ x 1″ from two different papers.
  7. Use the Two-Way Corner Rounder to punch two opposite corners of each square.
  8. Use Brown Dual-Tip Pen to outline the pieces.
  9. Arrange your pattern to determine spacing before adhering. Work from the center out, and use Repositionable Tape to adhere in case you need to adjust.

I really loved this layout and started thinking about different adaptations. One of my ideas was to use the same mandala-inspired pattern to make a peacock-inspired layout using the peacock patterned paper in the Emerald Gemstones Paper pack. Since the peacock paper has a directional pattern, I had to cut my squares on a diagonal in order to preserve the peacock shape that’s imprinted on the paper. Please view of my video for a step-by-step demonstration.

You may purchase the tools and materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please follow me and my teammates at Creative Life Scrapbooking to see weekly ideas for Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday. We also host virtual crops, and our next PJ Party Virtual Crop will be on April 30th. Click here for more information and to register.

Don’t forget to register for my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Please click here for more info.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Boho Escape Page Class Layouts

Hello! I have an offer that might interest you. For those who missed my Virtual Weekend Retreat two weeks ago, I’m offering access to my page classes that I presented during the retreat. I used the Boho Escape Decorative Bundle from Creative Memories to create 6 double-page layouts and a single-page layout – 13 pages in total! Plus I shared instructions for 3 bonus layouts!


I used almost every piece of the Boho Decorative Bundle, but you may substitute other collections to make the pages. I also used the Mandala Border Punch on almost every layout, but you could substitute the Baroque, Dazzle or Petal Frame Border Punches. In my handouts and videos, I offer tool substitution ideas.

For a $20 fee, you can have access to my instructional page class videos and handouts and also to the private Facebook group where participants have been sharing their versions of my layouts. It’s great to see how others adapted my layouts using different materials and tools!



I’m also offering a Virtual National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. The event will run from 10 am – 5 pm CT. We’ll meet on Zoom for pages classes, plus we’ll have a some fun and shenanigans on a private Facebook group for the event. I’ll be using the Creative Memories National Scrapbook Day Bundle to create my own layouts for the page classes. All classes will include recorded video instructions and printable instructional handouts.

Please use my Creative Memories website link to purchase your National Scrapbook Day Bundle, the Boho Escape Decorative Bundle andor any tools that you may need.

I hope that you can join me for a fun celebration of National Scrapbook Day!

Karyn

Boho Escape Scrapbook Layout

Brrrr! Freezing temperatures! Snow! Ice! It’s perfect scrapbooking weather! If you’re looking for a virtual scrapbooking activity for this weekend, you might consider joining me. I’m hosting a weekend-long event that I’m calling The World Awaits Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat.

As “The World Awaits” for the pandemic to end and get back to “normal”, grab your passport for fun and join my Virtual Scrapbooking Weekend Retreat on February 19-21! We’ll have fun with a travel themed retreat as we daydream and plan the first trips that we’ll take after the pandemic ends. The virtual retreat will feature live page classes and Scrap & Chat sessions on Zoom, challenges, door prizes, a product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products, and a few fun games. All page classes will be recorded and include instructional handouts. There is a $25 fee to participate, and you can pay with Pay Pal. Please click here to register now.

I will be using the BOHO Escape Collection from Creative Memories for my sample layouts that we’ll create during the Virtual Retreat. We’ll make 7 double-page layouts (14 pages) during the page classes. You may use any materials that you like for your layouts. In addition to the Zoom sessions, there will be a private Facebook group for the event where I’ll share recordings of the page classes and printable instructional handouts. The product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products will be a Facebook Live post to the Facebook group. And participants will share photos of their completed layouts on the private group.


During the retreat, we’ll make pretty pages like the one above. The layout above is also a good reminder about the Cardstock Buffet that Creative Memories is currently offering. On occasion, Creative Memories offers a Cardstock Buffet with exclusive limited edition cardstock colors that are not part of our product line. The current Cardstock Buffet features exclusive Shimmer Cardstock in 7 different colors. When you purchase 6 packs, you receive one pack for FREE! For more information and to order, please check out my CM website.

For my layout above, I combined the lovely Marigold Cardstock from the last Cardstock Buffet and the Boho Escape Collection. I also used the new Mandala Border Punch to create the pretty frame around the photo and the decorative corner pieces. I’ll be demonstrating this technique during my Virtual Retreat this weekend. Please see my YouTube Channel for a video demonstration of how to make this fancy inside frame.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Horse Barn Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Today I’m sharing an older layout of mine that I had originally shared on Facebook with Creative Life Scrapbooking in 2018. It’s been a favorite of many, and I often get asked for the instructions for this layout. I created the layout using the Little Lamb Girl Collection from Creative Memories, but you can substitute with many other collections. It would look great as a rustic layout for horse riding or horse barn photos. It could also be used for Derby Day layouts. At the time, my grand-daugther loved unicorns, and it was perfect for some “unicorn” photos of her.

Warning – You’ll need quite a few Foam Squares to assemble this.

To create my Unicorn Barn Border:

1. Cut a piece of medium wood-toned paper from the Timber Paper Pack to 11-3/4″ x 3-1/2″. Use a ruler to measure from left to right and make a small pencil mark about 1/4″ from the top edge at 1-1/2″, 3-3/4″, 6″, 8-1/4″, and 10-1/2″.
2. Use the old CM Small Square Maker to punch 1″ squares at each pencil mark.

3. Use Foam Squares to adhere the punched out square pieces to the left of each cut-out.
4. Cut a piece of darker wood paper to 12″ x 3-3/4″. Use Foam Squares to adhere the lighter wood border to the darker wood border.
5. Use the Victorian Fence Border Punch to punch a fence from the darker wood paper. Adhere the fence to the bottom of your border using Foam Squares.
6. Use the Unicorn Punch from the Playland Mini Trio Punch Set to punch unicorns from white cardstock. Use black and silver pens to add details to each unicorn. Adhere the unicorns inside of the barn windows. I used Foam Squares to adhere three of my unicorns.

7. Place word stickers from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers under each unicorn to look like name plates.
8. Use Foam Squares to attach a border sticker from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers to the fence. (You could also use the Original Border Maker System with the Sprout Cartridge to punch a vine to adorn the fence.)
9. The rest of my page is completed with another sheet of Timber Paper, paper from the Little Lamb Girl Paper Pack and stickers from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers.


Happy Scrapping!
Karyn