Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop – Simply Sunshine Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop!  We’re glad to be back sharing a wide variety of scrapping ideas with you!  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to take you to the next stop on the blog hop.

I used the Simply Sunshine Collection from Creative Memories to make some spring layouts and a card.  Yellow is my happy color, and Simply Sunshine fills me with happiness!  But it’s not all yellow – there are shades of green and blush too.  The paper pack contains sweet floral prints mixed with a wood-pattern, plaid and some small neutral geometric prints.  And the stickers and embellishments are absolutely adorable!

You can see some of this adorableness in my first layout that I filled with an abundance of the sweet stickers and embellishments.  They’re all so cute that it was hard to restrain myself!  I started with a 5″ x 7″ photo of my granddaugher that I trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, and then I created a layout based on my current favorite tool – the Banner Flag Punch!  My layout reminds me of a spring clothesline hanging with banners of all sizes.



My large banner pieces are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  I trimmed the variety mat with the spring title into a banner shape and tore some strips for the top and bottom of my layout.  I used the Banner Flag Punch to punch pieces and attached them to a 1/4″ strip, and then adhered the strip with banners with Foam Squares.  I added embellishments and stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.


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When I saw the bunny and chick embellishments, I immediately knew that I would be using Simply Sunshine to make an Easter layout.  The photos of my granddaughter sitting in the grass inspired me to make a multi-layered grass border for the bottoms of the pages.  To make the grass borders, use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch four borders from the green print paper. Use your scissors to snip off the tops of the mountains as shown in my photo below.  Use the Tulip Border Punch to punch two borders from the yellow print paper and nestle the tulips in between the grass.  I used Foam Squares to give dimension to my grass border.

To complete my layout, I created little Easter vignettes with stickers, embellishments and Easter eggs that I cut from variety mats using the Custom Cutting System with the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  (There is an egg shape inside of the smallest heart cutting pattern.)


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You may have already seen my third layout as it was featured in the April 12th-14th World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories.  To print a sketch of this layout, please click here to visit the CM Blog.  To create this layout, cut the dark green paper pieces to 11″ x 10″ and cut out the centers to conserve paper.  Also cut out the centers of the floral paper used as the background to conserve paper.  Cut the light green paper to 10-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.


My border pieces measure 12″ x 2″ and 12″ x 1-1/4″.  I created the scallop piece on the borders by punching Hay Shimmer Cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with the Rainbow Cartridge and using scissors to snip off the inside loop.

I cut five photos with the Custom Cutting System with the smallest circle pattern with the red blade on the outside edge and cut the mats with the green blade.   My vertical photos measure 3-1/4″ x 6″ and are matted with 3-1/2″ x 7-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ x 9″ pieces of evergreen cardstock.  The border pieces on top of the photos are 3-1/2″ x 1″.  I punched a few smaller flowers from Hay Shimmer using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch.  Make sure to adhere some of the embellishments and the “Sunshine” sticker with Foam Squares for dimension.



The last item that I created is a folded double-pocket card using a sheet of the Simply Sunshine paper and the new 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories.  I shared this project on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page earlier in the month.  Please click here to view a video that shows how to cut and fold the paper to make the card.  I decorated the pockets of my card with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Rainbow Cartridge and filled my card with tags that I created using the 4-Way Essentials Punch.


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I hope that I’ve inspired you to create some spring projects using the beautiful Simply Sunshine collection!  Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used.

Julie’s blog is the next stop on our blog hop.  Thanks so much for hopping with us!

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop:
Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn Crops (You are here)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Crop with Stef
Lisa’s Workshop
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life

National Scrapbook Day 2019 – Daisy Scrapbook Layouts

Each spring, scrapbookers around the world celebrate our love of scrapbooking with National Scrapbook Day.  This year, I’m holding my National Scrapbook Day workshop on May 4th – the “official” day of NSD.  My event is almost full, but please contact me if you would like more information about my workshop.

Creative Memories has created some super cute exclusive 2019 NSD items that can only be purchased directly from a CM advisor.  There is a NSD Kit with materials and instructions to make 2 double-page layouts, a pack of coordinating cardstock, a NSD Daisy Album, and a 2019 NSD Charm.  If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to help you get any of these items.

I loved the NSD Kit so much that I made some additional layouts with it.  I also used the coordinating NSD Cardstock and NSD Gift Embellishments that are packaged as gift items for advisors.  I’ll use these layouts for photos from my National Scrapbook Day workshop.

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To create my first layout, use scissors to hand-cut around the hexagon shapes of the yellow print paper.  My resulting piece is 12″ x 9″.  Fussy cut a 12″ by approximately 2″ strip of daisy paper and adhere under the yellow paper.  Cut individual and partial daisies and layer and adhere behind the first strip.  (You may wish to complete some of the other layouts first, and then cut your daisies from you scraps.)

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To complete your page, add stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown.  Use a black pen to add faux stitching and details as shown.



My second layout, is a fun take on the daisy theme.  Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of the Vista (blue) Shimmer Cardstock and attach a piece of 11″ x 11″ white cardstock.  Using the Custom Cutting System with the small Heart Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge, cut 5 hearts from Vista Shimmer Cardstock.  Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut 5 hearts from the daisy print paper.  Use the smallest Circle Pattern with Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from the yellow print paper.  My photo mat is 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and is also from the Vista Shimmer Cardstock.

(This exclusive shimmer cardstock is significantly lighter in weight than other shimmer cardstock that CM has offered.  So it’s much easier on our blades and punches.  The NSD Coordinating Cardstock also contains 2 sheets of Lagoon Shimmer Cardstock – an aqua shade that I did not use on any of my layouts.)


Complete your layout with stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown.


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To make my third layout, cut a 12″ x 6-3/4″ piece of the green dot pattern from one of the sheets of multi-print paper and a 12″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the yellow print paper and adhere to a sheet of white cardstock.  (For layouts like these, I like to use the packaging piece of cardstock that is included in CM paper packs.  One side of these sheets is printed with info about the paper pack, but they are nice heavy sheets of photo-safe white cardstock.)

Use the Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from the daisy print paper.  Use the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from evergreen cardstock.  (Don’t cut full circles as you’ll want to conserve your paper.)  Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch two borders from the yellow print paper.  Adhere the three pieces bending the flower border as you adhere it behind the green cardstock.

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Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch a border from white cardstock and adhere to a 12″ x 1″ strip of evergreen cardstock.  Use the new Essentials 4-Way Punch to punch small circles for the flower centers from yellow print paper.  Adhere the border piece and the semi-circle on the page as shown.

From white cardstock, use the Banner Flag Punch to punch three banners.  Use a dark green pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart and flower embellishments.  Adhere banners with stickers and embellishments as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.


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For my next layout, adhere an 11″ x 7″ piece of daisy print paper and an 11″ x 2-3/4′ piece of the striped paper to a sheet of navy cardstock.  Use the Flower Child Punch to punch a border from yellow print paper.  Use the old CM Daisy Bouquet Punch to punch small daisies from white cardstock, and punch centers from yellow print paper using the new CM Essentials 4-Way Punch.  Adhere to the Flower Child border as shown and adhere finished border to the page.

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Use the Banner Flag Punch to punch banners from cloud cardstock, and use a navy pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart embellishments.  Create three clusters with embellishments and stickers as shown and adhere the cluster pieces with Foam Squares.


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For my last layout, I used a sketch from the recent World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories as my inspiration.  Adhere a 12″ x 3″ piece of yellow dot paper to a sheet of white cardstock.  Add a 12″ x 6-1/2″ piece of cloud cardstock and a 12″ x 1″ piece of yellow dot paper.  Use the old CM Daisy Punch to punch daisies from the daisy print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, and cut flowers in half.  Punch flower centers from yellow paper using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch.  Assemble flower pieces and adhere to layout as shown adding a vine sticker.

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Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut two circles from daisy print paper.  Cut circles in half and adhere to bottom of layout as shown.  Cut a 4-3/4″ x 7″ piece of yellow paper and a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Vista Shimmer Cartridge to create a photo mat.

My square daisy piece is the packaging from the NSD Gift Embellishments.  I cut it slightly and matted it with Vista Shimmer Cardstock.  From yellow print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, I created a ribbon piece for the right edge.  Add stickers and embellishments adhering with Foam Squares as shown.

I hope that I’ve inspired you with my National Scrapbook Day layouts!  Please contact me if you would like to purchase any of these NSD materials as they are only available directly from a CM advisor.

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

Flourish Scrapbook Layouts – Flowers, Banners and More…

Today I’m sharing some scrapbook layouts that I made with the new Flourish collection from Creative Memories.  If you loved the Secret Garden collection from CM last year, you’re likely to also love this collection.  Like Secret Garden, Flourish is full of flowers and butterflies and features watercolor shades of purple and teal, but Flourish also contains a lovely shade of blush.

The Flourish Stickers feature watercolor prints of roses, leaves, hearts and butterflies and are printed on a clear poly.  This allows for the stickers to be layered with some of the background paper and bottom stickers showing through.  I must warn you to take heed when working with these stickers.  They are super sticky and seem to jump out of your hand and right onto your paper – not quite where you intended them to go.  Once on the paper, they are difficult to pull off without taking up some of the paper with it.  The stickers also won’t show up if you put them on the busier prints of paper.  I also found that they didn’t show well on the almost solid sheet of purple in the pack.  If you like the look of a more solid sticker and/or like to add dimension with Foam Squares, adhere the stickers to white cardstock and cut them out with scissors to create a die cut.  Although I found the stickers to be a little challenging to work with, I do love their ethereal watercolor look.




For my first layout, I went a little crazy with the stickers and created a watercolor wreath.  I started by cutting my watercolor background paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhering it to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ purple print with the center cut out.  I cut apart the stickers and arranged them on my paper to get my shape, spacing and layering figured out.  (If you use a pencil to draw a circle shape, be warned that the pencil marks will show through the stickers.)





I then started adhering the stickers taking care to overlap and layer as I went around.  I usually like a little dimension and texture on my layouts, so I added some leaf die cuts from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (i.e. my current favorite item).  My photo is 4″ x 5″ and matted with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of purple print paper and a piece of 5-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ large floral paper.  I love how this paper is a such a close match to my granddaughter’s bib!


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For my second layout, I adhered the rose stickers onto white cardstock and cut them out with scissors.  If you look closely, you’ll see some purple residue on my pink roses.  I first put them directly on the purple paper, but didn’t care for how they looked.  So I very carefully pulled them off, but some of the paper pigment remained.  I created a layered embellishment cluster with more leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (Did I mention that these are my current favorite product?) and some roses that I punched from white cardstock with the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Border Cartridge.

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To make my layout, cut a strip of rose print paper to 2-1/2″ x 12″.  Use the Winter Vine Punch (a current favorite tool) to punch a border from the purple print paper and layer as shown.  Cut a 9″ x  10″ piece from the purple paper and a 8-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” piece of white cardstock.  Assemble as shown adding 1/2″ strips of the floral paper to the top and bottom of the purple piece.


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My next layout is an explosion of punched pieces, stickers and embellishments.  You’ll notice that I added a little bit of navy cardstock to provide some definition and contrast. For this layout, I adhered all of the Flourish Stickers onto white cardstock and cut out with stickers to create die cuts that could be adhered with Foam Squares.

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To make this layout, cut the floral paper to 12″ x 7″, and cut a thin strip of navy to adhere under the top edge.  Add the finished piece on top of a piece of the word print paper.  My photos are 4″ x 5″ and matted with 4-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ navy cardstock mats.  To create the bottom border, punch navy cardstock and green print paper with the Tulip Border Punch and off-set the pieces.  The borders are 8-3/4″ x 2″.

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For the top of your layout, create a crisscross double banner using the Banner Flag Punch.  Off-set each banner piece of print paper with a banner from navy cardstock.  Finish your layout by layering leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with Flourish Sticker adhered with Foam Squares.


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Although my last layout was made with Blend & Bloom Pink Paper, I included it here as it also prominently features the Blend & Bloom Greenery  Embellishments.  Over the years, we’ve had many embellishment packs of paper flowers and several flower punches, so I’m really excited to have this entire pack of greenery embellishments.  The leaves are intricately cut from a light-weight chip board.  And each leaf piece is double-sided with a different shade of green giving us more options to mix and match these embellishments.

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My photos are 3″ x 5-3/4″ and matted with a small dot patterned paper from the Blend & Bloom Pink Paper.  I layered the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with flowers and gemstone and pearl embellishments from the Blend & Bloom Foiled Flower Embellishments.  My layout also includes a banner punched with the Banner Flag Punch and adorned with hearts that were punched by the Original Border Maker with the Heart Duet Border Cartridge.  I adhered the banner pieces with Foam Squares and used White Script ABC/123 Stickers for my title.

I enjoyed creating these pretty pages and hope that I inspired you with a few ideas!  You can purchase all of the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!


Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop – Ever After Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop!  We’re sharing ideas using some of our favorite Creative Memories products that were released this winter.  Just follow the links at the bottom of my post to continue blog hopping.

I used the new Ever After Collection from Creative Memories for my layouts.  Although this collection is marketed as a wedding collection, I found that the colors and patterns worked beautifully for some photos of my new granddaughter.  Most of the stickers are wedding themed, so I only used a few stickers and relied on the Ever After Laser Cut Frames and Ever After Variety Mats to adorn my pages.  For my titles, I used some older CM products.

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For my first layout, I created a shabby chic ruffed border by tearing ~1″ strips from the green designer paper, crumpling it up, unfolding it, and then randomly folding pleats forwards and backwards.  Afterwards, I flattened the top edges with my hands and taped the pieces to a strip of cardstock to make it easier to handle.  I then adhered the entire piece to my page and covered the top edge with an Ever After sticker strip adhered with Foam Squares.  Underneath the top edge, I tucked in a border punched from a variety mat with the Original Border Maker System and new Rose Chain Border Maker Cartridge.


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I made a paper bow from the wood print designer paper and also matted my 7″ x 5″ photo with the same paper.  I included a frame from the embellishment pack under the top edge of my photo and added some stickers around my bow.  The title is from the old Everyday Sentiments Laser Cut Embellishments.


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My second layout consists of multi-layers of paper strips and borders.  The rose print paper measures 12″ x 3-1/2″, the light green print paper is 12″ x 3-1/4″, and the two dark green print strips are 12″ x 1/4″.  I included a border on the top that was punched from the light green print paper with the Original Border Maker System and new Heart Duet Cartridge and a border in the middle punched with the Original Border Maker and new Rose Chain Cartridge.

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I matted my 7″ x 5″ photo with the mauve striped paper and slid the entire piece into an oval frame from the embellishment pack.  I layered the photo piece over a lovely floral laser cut piece also from the embellishment pack.

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I finished the layout with Ever After stickers under the top corner of the photo and title stickers from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers.


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I pieced together a few strips of paper to make the background of my third layout.  I punched the top edge of a 12″ x 7″ piece of light green print paper with the Original Border Maker and Garland Cartridge and adhered this piece on top of a 12″ x 5-1/4″ piece of wood print paper.  I adhered a 12″ x 1-1/2″ strip of wood print paper underneath the top edge of the light green print paper and left a 1/4″ exposed at the top – making sure that my total page measures 12″ x 12″.  I matted my photo with a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece of wood paper and layered it over a frame from the embellishment pack.

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I used an old Natural Elegance Variety Mat as my title and layered it over an Ever After Variety Mat and roses that I fussy cut from the rose print paper.  I added a laser cut embellishment from the embellishment pack on top of the title card.

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Lastly, I used the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Cartridge to punch two rose borders from the mauve striped paper and layered these pieces underneath the garland border at the top of the page.

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To create my last layout, I fussy cut half of the outside edge of a sheet of the rose print paper and adhered this to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ white cardstock.  I then cut a 1/4″ frame from the outside edge of a sheet of the wood print paper and adhered this to my page.  My photo is matted with a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece of wood paper and layered on top of a green striped variety mat.

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To embellish my layout, I fussy cut more roses from the rose print paper and included Bloom & Blend Greenery Embellishments and a title from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers.

I hope that I’ve inspired you with the Ever After Collection.  Any of my layouts could be used for other types of photos – including wedding photos – and can also be easily adapted into double-page spreads or adapted to include more photos and journaling.

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Please leave a comment below and let me know which idea you might try or which layout that you like best.  You may purchase the materials and tools that I used on my Creative Memories website.  You may also like to follow me on my private Facebook Page, Karyn’s Croppers.  You can also find Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.

For more inspiration, please continue with our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop and visit Julie next.

Lisa’s Workshop
Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn Crops (You Are Here)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Scrappin’ Jpegs
Crop With Stef



Mermaid Cove Scrapbook Layouts

Oh, my goodness!  The Mermaid Cove Collection from Creative Memories is full of the sweetest sea creatures that we’ll ever encounter!  Of course, there are mermaids but also adorable fish, octopi, whales and even sea kittens!  There are shades of pink, purple, teal and blue along with silver foil accents on the embellishments and variety mats for extra shimmer.  I was fortunate to have some “mermaid photos” of my granddaugther for my initial layouts, but I also used it for a layout of my grandson and have future layouts in mind for some adult photos too.

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I’m really tickled with the way that this layout turned out, and it can easily be turned into a double-page spread if needed.  To get an ombre effect, I punched my circles from areas of the paper with dark blue, teal and light blue backgrounds and arranged the circles from darkest to lightest.  I added a few fish punched from Royal Cardstock with the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and adhered them with Foam Squares.

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My fish paper measures 12″ x 6″, and I used a Variety Mat for my journaling.  I finished the layout by adhering a whale embellishment and a bubble sticker strip with Foam Squares.  I used the Black Sans Serif ABC Stickers for my title.


My second layout is a view from “under the sea”!  The layout is outlined with a 1/2″ wide frame that I cut from a piece of 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ white swirl print paper.  The portholes were cut from variety mats, and I added a circle of teal water paper to the smallest porthole.

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I had fun adorning this layout with a variety of stickers and embellishments and adhered some with Foam Squares.

My granddaughter’s neighbor created this “under the sea” photo-op by cutting a simple mermaid tail from felt and rumpling a blue sheet on the ground.  She added a variety of stuffed animals and house plants and the fun began!


If you follow me and my blogger friends on Facebook at Creative Life Scrapbooking, you might have seen this layout that I shared on Friday night during our PJ Party Virtual Crop where six of us shared different ideas for using the Mermaid Cove Collection.  I challenged myself to come up with a unique way to use CM’s new Scallop Border Punch and thought of a coral reef idea. I created multi-layered reefs and added seaweed punched with the CM Winter Vine Border Punch and Mermaid Cove Embellishments and Stickers. I only had three photos of my granddaughter, so I filled my layout with my reefs and a frame of mermaid designer paper.

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Think outside of the box with this collection.  It’s so cute that you’re going to want to use it in some way!  If you’re a card-maker, I suggest using the variety mats, stickers and embellishments for making some darling cards.

You can purchase any of these materials and tools on my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!


More Seasons Greetings Scrapbook Layouts

I’m back with a few more layouts using the Seasons Greetings Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection has been selling so well that it’s already in low supply and has been moved to the GOING GONE section of the CM website, and unfortunately some are no longer available.  Please order these materials now while they’re still available.

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This vintage-inspired collection reminds me of a cross-stitch sampler that my mother hangs in her home during the winter months.  The sampler has a motif similar to the paper above with houses and churches on snow-covered hills with the saying, “Over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.”  My layout above features the Rolling Hills Border Maker Cartridge that was so popular that it quickly sold out.  However, CM has ordered more in a limited supply and expects it to be available again later in the winter.  Watch for it’s arrival as it will likely sell out quickly when it returns.

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To make my page, cut a piece of the green hounds-tooth paper to 12″ x 4-1/4″ and punch the top edge using the Original Border Maker System with the Rolling Hills Cartridge.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a swell edge on a strip of 12″ x 3″ house print paper.  Cut two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from the red patterned paper.  I embellished my page with a title sticker adhered with Foam Squares, a bow embellishment, and bells from the Seasons Greetings Laser But Borders.


The Seasons Greetings Laser Cut Borders are an absolute must-have item.  They are exquisitely cut with incredibly fine detail.  Each pack contains one of each of the borders above.  For my layout, I cut apart the row of bells to make the border go further.  I’ll make my layout into a double-page spread and will use the remaining bows on the second page.

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My second layout again features the Rolling Hills Border Cartridge and also the Midnight Star Border Cartridge.  These two cartridges pair together so well!  To create this layout, start by cutting out the center of a piece of 12″ x 12″ Red Cardstock to use as the base.  Cut a piece of the cream star paper to 11-1/2″ x 7″ and punch the top edge using the Original Border Maker System with Midnight Star Cartridge.  Cut a piece of Bronze Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ and adhere underneath the punched stars.  Adhere this piece to the bottom of your page leaving a 1/4″ border of the Red Cardstock.  Add a 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of green hounds-tooth paper to the top part of the page.

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Punch the green damask pattered paper with the Border Maker System and Rolling Hills Cartridge and cut off of the paper at 11-1/5″ x 1-3/4″.  Cut a 1/2″ strip of green hounds-tooth paper and layer these two pieces on the bottom of your layout.  I double-matted my photos with Red and Bronze Cardstock and adorned the page with Seasons Greetings Stickers and Embellishments.  From Red Cardstock, I punched two bows using the new Embossed Bow Punch and added detail to the embossed parts using a Gold Dual-Tip Pen.  I adhered the bows to the tops of my photos with Foam Squares.

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A piece of wood-patterned paper from the CM Timber Paper Pack is the base of the layout above.  (I love to mix the Timber Paper with all of our other collections!)   You can create my fun window effect by using a frame from the Seasons Greetings Embellishments, a Variety Mat as the background sky, and snow white hills punched with the Rolling Hills Border Maker Cartridge.  Cut the beard from the Santa sticker and adhere it to the window frame using Foam Squares and add a few word title stickers.

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I adhered the Christmas lights laser cut border in three places behind the popped up bow punch-outs.  This gives the lights the look of being strung and hanging across the page.  I cut a Variety Mat into strips to use behind my photos and another Variety Mat as my journaling box.  I added stickers with Foam Squares to the bottom of the layout and cut my photos to fit.


You may have already seen my last layout as I shared it last week at Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.  This layout is made of three strips from the Seasons Greetings Paper Pack. The top strip is 11-1/2″ wide and punched with the Original Border Maker with the Garland Cartridge and cut off at 1″. The middle strip is 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and the bottom strip is 11-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and punched again with the Border Maker with Garland Cartridge. (The Garland Cartridge is currently sold out but will be returning to the CM Product Line later this winter. When it returns, it will be in limited quantity – so plan to purchase it quickly.)


I matted my title mat and photos with 6-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ mats cut from Bronze Cardstock. I also adhered 1/4″ strips of Bronze Cardstock over the seams of the paper strips and adhered the cardinal and poinsettia stickers with Foam Squares.

Please purchase the Seasons Greetings items now as they are in limited supply.  Orders placed on my website through noon on December 14th will have a chance to win a GOLDEN TICKET Prize!

All of my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas season!



Seasons Greetings 1-2-3 Page Layouts

The time from Thanksgiving through New Year’s blends into one long holiday-celebrating season for me!  Over the past 17 years, holding my annual Creative Memories Holiday Open House has become one of my favorite holiday traditions.  I love opening my home to my loyal scrapbooking friends and showering them with special offers, make-n-takes, and holiday scrapbooking inspiration!


My very talented friend, Noreen Smith, graciously shared her new 1-2-3 Page Sketch with me, and I offered the layouts below as a workshop option at my Holiday Open House last weekend.  And I’m so excited today to be posting my blog in tandem with Noreen!  Please visit Noreen’s blog, Organized and Creative Mom to see her page sketch with cutting guide to make these layouts.


For the past 2-1/2 years, I’ve been hosting an almost monthly Crop Club where we use one of Noreen’s wonderful 1-2-3 Page Sketches, one pack of paper and one pack of stickers or embellishments to make 3 double-page layouts. Sometimes I’ll add a sheet or two or three of solid cardstock if needed, and I also try to incorporate the newest CM tools. If you search my blog, you’ll find a few examples of some of the layouts that we’ve created in the past.  If you would like to join my Crop Club via long-distance, just send me an email and I’m glad to mail the materials to you.


I was so excited to play with Noreen’s new sketch that focuses on large triangles to make beautiful Christmas trees!  As with all of her 1-2-3 Sketches, this was quick and easy to cut and assemble.  I used the new Seasons Greetings Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories and was quite pleased with my results. I love the warm and cozy retro Christmas aesthetic of the new Seasons Greetings materials!


In addition to the Seasons Greetings paper and stickers, I used red and bronze cardstock for the bows that adorn the tops of my trees. I punched the bows with the new Embossed Bow Punch from CM and adhered the bows with Foam Squares.  I also adhered most of the stickers with Foam Squares and also the center photo mat on the layout above.  I love how Foam Squares add extra dimension and pop to our pages!

I had these layouts on display at my Holiday Open House and almost everyone who attended loved the pages and ended up purchasing the materials.  I hope that you love them too!  Please visit Noreen at Organized and Creative Mom for a copy of the 1-2-3 Sketch and Cutting Guide.

And if you’re in the U.S. and would like to purchase any of the tools or materials that I used, please visit my CM website.  If you order now through noon on November 30th, you can take advantage of the great Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promo that Creative Memories is offering.  Please note that the freebies are available while supplies last, so please order sooner than later.   Click here to order.


Happy Scrapping!