Electric Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 3

Hi! I’m back with more Electric Summer layouts! This collection from Creative Memories just puts me in a happy mood! Once I started scrapping with it, I couldn’t stop!

There’s a lot happening in my first layout, but that’s okay. The busy layout expresses all of the fun that we were having that day.  The Electric Summer Stickers and Electric Summer Layered Embellishments are super fun and really make this layout!

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To make my layout:

1. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest circle from the Circle Cutting Patterns and the Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut two circles from Electric Summer Paper. Center the cutting pattern on top of the circles and use the Green Blade to cut thin hollow circles.  Layer and adhere the pieces onto a sheet of White Cardstock.

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2. Crop photos to 4″ x 4″ and mat with 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ pieces of Electric Summer Paper.  Adhere photos to the layout as shown.
3. Add a variety of Electric Summer Stickers and Electric Summer Layered Embellishments and Gemstones as shown.  Use Foam Squares to adhere some of the pieces.
4. Add faux stitching and journaling with a Black Dual-Tip Pen.

 

 

 

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My second layout was an exercise in total frustration for me!  It’s also a great testament to the Recipe Templates from Creative Memories!  The Recipe Templates make is super simple to create mosaic-type layouts.  All you need to do is trace, cut and tape, and all of the angles and measurements are figured out for you.  We currently have two different Recipe Templates available to purchase, and you can see them through my CM website link.

I wanted to create a diagonally orientated layout that spread across two pages.  I laid out all of my pieces, marked and cut them.  But they didn’t fit back together perfectly after they were cut.  The end result looks pretty good, but my white cardstock pieces ended up a little short for me.

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To create my layout:

1.  Punch borders from Electric Summer Paper using the Scallop Burst Border Punch and the Original Border Maker System with the Cloud and Flip Flops Border Maker Cartridges.  I used the Tahitian Blue Cardstock from the most recent Creative Memories Cardstock Buffet for my flip flop borders and background pieces.
2.  Lay your photos and border pieces on top of White Cardstock at an angle.  Cut the pieces to fit.

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3.  After your pieces are cut and adhered, cut the White Cardstock pieces to fit on top of Tahitian Blue Cardstock.
4.  Embellish your layout with Electric Summer Variety Mats and Stickers.  Adhere some of the pieces with Foam Squares.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!  And please check out my Creative Memories website link for any CM tools or materials that you may wish to purchase.  From now until noon CT on June 30th or while supplies last, CM is offering a Punch Promo!  With any $125 purchase, you will receive either your choice of the Grasslands Border Punch or the Sun Punch for FREE!

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

 

Electric Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 2

Hello!  Today I’m sharing another layout made with the Electric Summer collection and the new Flip Flop Border Maker Cartridge from Creative Memories.

The Electric Summer collection has been a hot seller for Creative Memories and many of the pieces are currently out of stock.  But they will be returning, so make sure to get this on your Wish List.  To create a Wish List, log into your CM account and instead of adding an item to your cart, click on the link to add to your Wish List.  When you are logged into your account, you can see your account information, past and current orders and your Wish List by clicking on the drop down arrow at the top of the page near your name and clicking on My Account.  The Flip Flop Border Maker Cartridge is also out-of-stock but will be returning in September.

My layout below features a decorative twist on a chevron border.   I started with a border that I punched using the Original Border Maker System and the Flip Flop Border Cartridge and then cut the border into diagonal pieces to make a chevron pattern.  Although my photos are from a lake and not a beach, I decided to use the title sticker and the palm tree embellishment anyway. “Life’s a Beach” perfectly captures our feelings when we’re cruising and floating on the lake.

 

 

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To make my layout:

  1.  Cut a hollow frame from a piece of Lily Pad Cardstock (from the recent CM Cardstock Buffet), and adhere an 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ piece of White Cardstock.
  2.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Cutting Pattern and Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Electric Summer Paper. Trim the circle, and adhere as shown.
  3.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Flip Flops Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from two pieces of the Electric Summer Paper.  (You will use both sides of your punched pieces.)
  4.  Place the border pieces onto your 12″ Trimmer along the 45 degree mark and cut in-between the pairs of flip flop as shown.  If there’s not much space between your pairs of flip flops, turn your border over to the other side and try cutting from that side.  There will be more space between the pairs on one side of the paper verses the other side of the paper.  After you cut, keep moving your border up along the 45 degree line to make your next cut.  Your top and bottom pieces won’t be usable as they will only have one 45 degree edge.  You will end up with pieces that resemble the second photo below.

 

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5.   To create a chevron pattern, alternate the sides of the border pieces.  For example, the blue/purple pieces are from one sheet of paper.  So I first used the blue side and then I next used with the purple side.

 

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6.  Mat photos with 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ Lily Pad Carstock pieces.
7.  Add Electric Summer Layered Embellishments and Gemstones and Electric Summer Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.  Add faux stitching and journaling with a Black Dual-Tip Pen.

 

Here’s a video demonstration of how to make the chevron border.  I originally shared this video with my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers.   In the video, I mention the Virtual Beach Party Crop that I’m holding on Friday, June 26th on Karyn’s Croppers.  I hope that you can join us for some scrappy fun!

For more information about the tools and materials that I used, please see my Creative Memories website link.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and stay tuned for Electric Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 3 coming on Friday!

Karyn

 

Electric Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 1

Yay!  Summer is finally here!  And the Electric Summer collection from Creative Memories perfectly captures our elation for the start of the new season. The Electric Summer collection is bright, cheerful and super fun.  I’ll be using it to create summer layouts for my grandchildren and also for my lake and beach photos.

 
Click here to view a video of all of the pieces of the Electric Summer collection.
Click here to purchase the Electric Summer collection.

Some pieces of the Electric Summer collection are currently sold out, but CM expects them to be back in stock later this month and next.

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My first layout features a fun technique to create a scalloped rainbow wave that brings movement to the page.  I also used the Hyacinth Dot Pen to add some additional movement and detail to the layout.  CM currently has dot pens in three colors, but they are in limited quantity.  We’ve been told that CM will be releasing more of these pens in different colors.  You’ll find the Hyacinth, Island Coral and Kiwi Dot Pens in the Last Chance section of our website.

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized circle from the Circle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut three circles from six different colors of the Electric Summer Paper.  Lightly fold the circles in half to find the center and score.  Use your Personal Trimmer to cut the circles in half.
2.  Arrange the circles on your background paper as shown above.
3.  Use the Hyacinth Dot Pen to add dot details around the upper portion of the layout as shown.
4.  Mat and add photos.  Journal on a mat from the Electric Summer Variety Mats.
5.  Decorate your layout with Electric Summer Layered Embellishments and Electric Summer Stickers using Foam Squares to adhere some .

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For my second layout, I used the 12″ Trimmer with the Perforating Blade to add some subtle detail.  Although I only used small pieces of the Electric Summer Paper, the layout is bursting with color and fun.

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Perforating Blade to score/cut your background cardstock 1/4″ from the four edges.  Score/cut a second edge 1″ from the outside of the four edges.  Press hard enough to get the perforating marks on your cardstock but not hard enough that it cuts all of the way through and separates.
2.  Cut 20 strips of Electric Summer Paper to 1/2″ x 1-7/8″.  Cut four 1/2″ X 1/2″ squares.  Adhere the pieces onto the layout as shown.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest circle from the Circle Cutting Patterns and the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a semi-circle from the cloud print paper.
4.  Mat photos with Grape Cardstock.
5.  Add Electric Summer Stickers and Electric Summer Layered Embellishments as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.
6.  Add dots with the Hyacinth Dot Pen as shown.
7.  Cut and add an Electric Summer Variety Mat to use for your journaling.

 

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Some of my croppers like to make seasonal samplers to display on their Wooden Frame Hangers or old Everyday Display Frames.  The samplers can also be used as an intro page in an album or as a “filler” page in an album.  I designed this summer sampler so it could be used with our without photos.  I selected the variety mat as the dominate feature as the saying perfectly captures the spirit of summer for me and brings back memories of my dad singing Summertime to me when I was a young girl.

To make my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from a piece of Lily Pad Cardstock from the recent CM Cardstock Buffet.  Cut a piece of White Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the hollow frame.
2.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the square cutting pattern from the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut squares from the Electric Summer Paper.  Use the Red Blade to cut squares from the Lily Pad Cardstock.  Adhere the piece together and to the layout.
3.  Mat the Electric Summer Variety Mat with Lily Pad Cardstock.
4.  If desired, crop photos to 3″ x 4″, and mat with Lily Pad Cardstock.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Flip Flop Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from White Cardstock.  Trim the border off of the cardstock at 1-3/16″.  Cut into two 3″ pieces.  Mat the pieces with 3-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ pieces of Lily Pad Cardstock.
6.  Add Electric Summer Stickers adhering with Foam Squares.  Add Electric Summer gemstones.

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I hope that my layouts have inspired you to add the Electric Summer collection to your CM Wish List.  You may purchase the materials and the tools that I used through my CM website link.

Make sure to come back and visit with me next week when I share more Electric Summer layouts!

If you like to participate in virtual crops, you may wish to join me on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers, for a Virtual Beach Party Crop on Friday, June 26th.  I’ll be sharing ideas and challenges and offering door prizes!  I’ll be using the Electric Summer collection for my samples, but you may use any materials.  The fun runs from 6:00-11:00 PM CT.  (In order to be eligible to win door prizes, I’m asking that you make a minimum $25 purchase through my website from June 1st – 26th.  You can still participate in the fun even if you don’t make a purchase.)

Happy Summer!
Karyn

 

Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Spring Blog Hop – Planes and Automobiles Layouts

Hello and thanks so much for joining the Creative Life Scrapbooking team for our 2020 Spring Blog Hop!  There are lots of ideas being shared today, and everyone is using different collections from Creative Memories.  Just follow the links at the bottom of my post to find more scrapbooking inspiration from my scrapping buddies.

I made two layouts and a border using the Planes and Automobiles collections and the two newest border maker cartridges from Creative Memories.  CM’s new travel ensemble also includes the Trains collection.  All three collections (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) coordinate with each other so you can easily mix and match.  I love the color palette, and the backsides of most of the sheets of paper have neutral prints that can be used for not only travel photos but also masculine and outdoor layouts. The Laser Cut Embellishments are absolutely fabulous with multi colors, textures and dimension, and the stickers are super cute but not too cutesy!

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I used the Planes Paper, Stickers and Laser Cut Embellishment Accents to create a fun layout for some hot air balloon photos.  I also used the Limited Edition Orange Shimmer Cardstock and Shell Shimmer Cardstock from CM’s recent cardstock buffet.  This shimmer cardstock is much lighter than our normal cardstock weight, so it was easy to use with our Original Border Maker System and punches.  But I found that the sheets liked to stick together, so beware when using.


To make my layout:

1.  Cut two 12″ x 3″ strips from the Shell Shimmer Cardstock and punch the four long ends using the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge to punch 4 strips of Orange Shimmer Cardstock and Gray Carstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at about 3/4″.  Layer and adhere these pieces to the tops and bottoms of the shell shimmer borders.
3.  Cut one 12″ x 3″ strip from each of the Shell Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Gray Cardstock.  Cut these strips in half on the diagonal.

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4.  Punch the long slanted edge of the strips from Step 3 using the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge.  Layer and adhere as shown.


5.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from the Orange Shimmer Cardstock to create a sun piece.  Tuck the sun under the edges of your top border piece.
6.  Mat photos with Gray and Orange Shimmer Cardstock.
7.  Add Planes Laser Cut Embellishment Accents and Planes Stickers using Foam Squares to adhere some of the stickers.  Add a 3″ x 3″ journaling box.

 

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I used the Automobiles Paper, Laser Cut Embellishment Accents and Stickers and also CM’s new On the Road and Cloud Border Maker Cartridges to create a layout for a road trip that my husband and took last fall.  I also used the Majestic Mountains Border Punch which recently sold out.  I love how we can combine our tools to create multi-layered borders!

To create my layout:

1.  Cut hollow frames from two sheets of Crimson Cardstock.  Trim two sheets of the road sign paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frames.
2.  Cut two pieces of Beige Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 3″ and punch one long end of each piece using the Original Border Maker System with the Cloud Border Maker Cartridge.  Use the round edge of the Dual-Tip Brown Pen to chalk the edges of the clouds.
3.  From Brown Cardstock, use the Majestic Mountains Border Punch to punch two borders.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″, trim to 11-1/2″ and adhere to the cloud borders.
4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Crimson, Dark Green, and Blue Cardstock.  Using All-Purpose Scissors, cut the vehicles off of the cardstock and adhere to the mountains as shown.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from Beige Cardstock.  Cut off of the cardsdtock at 1″ and trim to 11-1/2″.  Use All-Purpose Scissors to cut off some of the vehicles as shown.  Adhere these pieces to your borders with Foam Squares.
6.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Cloud Border Maker Cartridge to punch four sides of a 3″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Beige Cardstock.  Use the round edge of the Dual-Tip Brown Pen to chalk the edges of the clouds.  Layer this piece behind stickers as shown on the second page.


7.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the hexagon pattern from the Gemstone Patterns to cut a journaling box.  Use the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a piece from Crimson Cardstock and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a piece from Beige Cardstock.
8.  Mat photos with Crimson Cardstock and add journaling and embellishments.  Adhere stickers with Foam Squares.

 

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You may have already seen my last border on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page last week for our Border Maker Monday feature.  I was inspired by a title sticker in the Automobiles Designer Stickers to create my border above.  I combined two border punches with a border maker cartridge to create a border that depicts leaving town and hitting the open road to explore parts unknown.  I love how the combination of punches tells a simple story!

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Thanks so much for visiting with us during our Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Spring Blog Hop!  I’m the last stop on the blog hop today, but you can use any of the links below to revisit the others.

Please use my Creative Memories website link to purchase the materials and tools that I used for my layouts.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring 2020 Blog Hop:
Stop 1:  Diana from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 2:  Noreen from Organized and Creative Mom
Stop 3:  Krista from Scrappin with Krista
Stop 4:  Meggan from The Printed Project
Stop 5:   Tammy from Photos2Albums
Stop 6:  Karyn from Karyn Crops (You are here.)

 

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 5

Whew, April was a looong month!  For more reasons that one – huh?  But we made it through 5 weeks of self-quarantining and scrapbook challenges!  I’ve really enjoyed our Home-Bound Throw-Down, and I hope that you have also.  I’m a little sad to leave it behind, but I’m looking forward to new scrapping events and opportunities.  Please follow me on Facebook at Karyn’s Croppers to participate in my new Zoom classes on Thursdays in May and also our Karyn’s Croppers Virtual National Scrapbook Day workshop on Saturday, May 9th.

My 9th challenge for the Home-Bound Throw-Down features a way to use up scraps of paper and have with a combo of border punches and Border Maker cartridges.  I’m still using the Spring Medley collection from Creative Memories, and I must say that it’s one of my favorites from the past year.

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut strips of paper in varying widths and 1″ high.
2.  From cardstock, punch a variety of borders using border punches and the Original Border Maker System.  I used Navy, Cloud, Peacock and Deep Sea Green Cardstock with the Cable Chain and Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridges and the Flower Child, Songbirds, and Lace Trim Border Punches.
3.  Triple mat your photo to give it extra depth and dimension.
4.  Adhere Spring Medley Stickers and Embellishments with Foam Squares.


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For my 10th and final Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I created another layout for my Covid-19 project.  This layout will feature a photo of my husband and me on our front porch.  As you might be aware, there is a movement that is encouraging folks to have family photos taken on front porches to document their experience sheltering at home.  Neighbors are taking photos for neighbors, and professional photographers are offering this service.  If you search Facebook and/or Instagram, you’ll find heartwarming to creatively hilarious family photos that document this time.  I haven’t yet decided what our pose might be, but I plan to ask our neighbor to take our photo soon.

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This layout features the NEW 12″ Trimmer Stamping Blade.  I can not sing enough good praises for the 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories!  I’ve been scrapbooking for a long time, and this is the BEST trimmer that I’ve used.  If you haven’t yet seen the trimmer, please click on this link to view a video that describes it’s features and benefits.  In addition to a straight blade, we have currently have 7 specialty blades that cut a variety of patterns.  The new Stamping Blade cuts a postage stamp edge.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a variety of Spring Medley Designer Paper to 2″ x 4″ and 2″ x 1-1/2″ sizes using the  12″ Trimmer with the Stamping Blade.
2.  Decorate a 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mat with punched pieces from the Branch Border Punch.  Adhere the branches with small Foam Squares cut in half.
3.  Create a bird’s nest by layering two pieces punched with the Pine Cone Punch and trimming with scissors to shape.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two birds, cut apart with scissors and adhere inside of the nest.
4.  Add a Spring Medley Variety Mat for journaling and Spring Medley Stickers with Foam Squares.  (I LOVE how the sentiments on these stickers are perfect for my porch photo!)

You may purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  (Please note that the Branch Border Punch and Pine Cone Punch are retired items.  But please contact me if you would like to purchase them as I have a few in my personal inventory.)

Have a lovely weekend!
Karyn

 

 

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challege – Week 4

Hello and welcome to the fourth week of my Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge!  I’m still using the Spring Medley collection from Creative Memories and really loving the fresh shades of blue and green.  Plus there’s a nice mix of small, large and tonal patterns.

I was inspired by the title “Living our best life right now” on the Variety Mat.  So I created a layout to document the ways that my husband and I are staying busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.  I was even able to persuade my husband to do his own journaling!  I added the “Rain or Shine” sticker to the “Love Grows” embellishment as it reminds me of our wedding vows, “for better for worse, in times of sickness or health…“.

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To create my layout:
1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller heart from the Gemstones Cutting Patterns to cut 5 hearts from patterned paper using the Green Blade on the outside edge.  Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut 3 hearts from light print paper, and adhere to three of the larger patterned hearts.
2.  Cut your photo and Variety Mat to 3″ x 3-3/4″.  Cut photo mats to 3-1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere.
3.  Add journaling, embellishments and stickers as shown.

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My next layout is simply a pretty page that features the new Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge and Baroque Border Punch.  And I also used our new Dark Sea Green Cardstock.  For some of my past layouts, I used Navy Cardstock with the Spring Medley collection.  Cloud, Peacock, Beige and White Cardstock also look nice with this collection.

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To make my layout:
1.  Cut six strips that measure 2″ x 6″ and adhere onto a 12″x 12″ sheet of designer paper.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch 3 borders from Dark Sea Green Cardstock and cut in half at 6″.  Adhere these pieces in-between the strips.
3.  From Dark Sea Green Cardstock, use the Baroque Border Punch to punch a border and adhere at the bottom of the strips.  Add a sticker strip to the top of the border piece.
4.  Add 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats from White Cardstock.
5.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circular journaling box.
6.  Add stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares as shown.

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You can purchase any of the materials and tools that I used on my Creative Memories website. 

Make sure to check out the PJ Party virtual crop hosted on Facebook by Creative Life Scrapbooking today (April 24th)!  The fun begins at 4:00 EDT time, and I’m hosting the second hour.

I’ll be back next week with two more Home-Bound Throw-Down challenges!  Take care until then!

Karyn

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 3

Well, we made it through another week of self-isolation.  Congrats to us!  At this point, it’s somewhat beginning to feel almost normal.  Below is an excerpt from a post that I made to Karyn’s Croppers earlier in the week.

There’s no denying it – we’re living through a historic event. I like to think of my personal scrapbook albums as my diary, and I need to include the Covid-19 Pandemic in my scrapbook. There are different ways that we could approach this topic in our albums, and I encourage you to think about how you are going to document this time. After all, we are the memory keepers and storytellers.

I decided to do what I always do – take photos of my life. These photos will be of things that I’m doing now – photos of me and my husband and what we’re doing, photos of my garden, photos of food that I’m cooking, photos related to my CM business. So my photos and journaling will be a reflection of how the virus is impacting our daily life. These photos will show how our daily life has changed. Instead of photos of us out and about, there will be photos of us doing things at home. There will be photos of us wearing masks, washing groceries, and having zoom calls with friends and family. Absent will be photos of us with the kids and grandkids. I decided not to create a dedicated album to the virus but to rather just incorporate it into my annual chronological family album.

So with this in mind, my next challenges for our Home-Bound Throw-Down  feature layouts that you can use to document the Covid-19 pandemic in your albums.  But the layouts are versatile enough that you can use them for any of your photos.

HomeBoundThrowDown#5My example for this layout features a photo of my window display for #aworldofhearts.  A few weeks ago, a world-wide movement called #aworldofhearts was created to encourage everyone to decorate their front windows with hearts as a display of love, hope, and unity and also to thank essential workers.  Search for #aworldofhearts on Facebook, and you’ll find a page devoted to these creations.  They range from sweet and simple to incredibly elaborate.  Some are using sidewalk chalk and decorating their driveways and sidewalks too.  I wanted to remember this huge heartwarming gesture and created a layout to document it in my scrapbook.

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I used designer paper, tone-on-tone paper and stickers from the very lovely Spring Medley collection from Creative Memoriesto create my layout.

1.  Cut a hollow frame from the floral paper.
2.  Cut the cloud paper to 11″ x 11″.  Rub the round-tip edge of a Dual-Tip Pen around the perimeter of the paper to create dimension and definition.  Adhere to the floral frame.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and all three blades to cut and create balloons.  Use the old Small Heart Maker punch to create the bottom pieces of your balloons.  Rub the round-tip edge of a Dual-Tip Pen around the perimeter of the hearts to create dimension and definition.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut 1/8″ balloon strings.  Adhere the top balloon with Foam Squares.
3.  Add a title with White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.  Add Spring Medley Stickers using Foam Squares and journaling to complete your page.

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When I get over-whelmed with the stress, anxiety and major disruptions that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused in my life, I like to remind myself that “things can always be worse”.  This has proven to be true in most of the bad times that I’ve experienced.  And despite the awfulness, there are always blessings to be counted.  So when I start feeling a little down about the current situation, I just remind myself of all the things for which I’m grateful.  I created the layout below as a reminder of some of my blessings during this pandemic.

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Again I used paper, stickers and embellishments from the Spring Medley collection.  I printed my photos on my home computer in wallet size – 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and matted them on Navy Cardstock.

1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the larger heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and the Red Blade to cut hearts from the paper.  Use the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut hearts from Navy Cardstock.  Adhere the pieces and add faux pen stitching with a navy pen.
2.  Mat photos with 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ pieces of Navy Cardstock.
3.  Cut White Cardstock into 2-1/4″ x 1/2″ strips and add your blessings.
4.  Add a title with White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.  Journal on a tag from the Spring Medley Embellishments.  Adhere the tag and floral stickers from the Spring Medley Stickers with Foam Squares.  Add faux pen stitching around the perimeter of your layout.

I hope that you have many blessings to count and record!  You may purchase any of the materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  I’ll be back next week with two more layouts.

Have a nice weekend,
Karyn

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 2

Last week, I initiated my Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers.  On Mondays and Fridays through April, I will be posting page challenges and asking my followers to create my layout and post their versions to Karyn’s Croppers to earn chances to win a prize.  I’ll also be sharing the layout challenges here on Karyn Crops on Fridays.

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Our third Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge is to create a spring sampler.  I created mine as a decorative piece to hang on my old Everyday Display in my kitchen.  I used pieces from the new Spring Medley Designer Paper, Tone-on-Tone Paper, Variety Mats, Stickers and Embellishments and Navy Cardstock.  I also used the Songbirds Border Punch, the Tulips Border Punch and the Gum Leaf Punch.

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My background paper measures 12″ x 12″, and the other pieces measure:  10″ x 10″, 3-1/2″ x 3-1/8″ and 6″ x 3-1/8″.  I adhered the border pieces, stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares.  I finished the page by adding faux pen stitching to the rectangle pieces.

You can adapt this layout and include photos in any of the rectangular spaces.  You can also easily adapt it into a double-page spread.

 

For my fourth Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I created a double-page layout.  The layout features a wave cut that separates the rows of photos and paper pieces.  For my example, I created another spring layout.

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I used paper and embellishments from CM’s old Mix and Match collection, White Cardstock and the Branch Border Punch to make my layout.  I used the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a wave shape from the bottoms of the pieces on the first row and a wave shape from the tops of the pieces on the second row.

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To cut wave shapes from your photos and paper pieces:

1.  Take the photos and paper that will make up your first row and line them up on the trimmer (in the order that they will appear on your page) with the bottoms of the pieces a quarter inch past the right of the cutting groove.  The tops of the photos/papers will hang over the left side of the trimmer.  (See photo above.)
2.  Space the photos/papers apart a quarter inch on the trimmer base.  (See photo above.)
3.  Close the trimmer arm and apply pressure on the arm to keep your pieces from sliding.
4.  Cut.

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5. Take the photos and paper that will make up your second/bottom row and line them up on the trimmer (in the order that they will appear on your page) with the tops of the pieces a quarter inch past the left of the cutting groove.  The bottoms of the photos/papers will hang over the right side of the trimmer.  (See photo above.)
6.  Space the photos/papers apart a quarter inch on the trimmer base.  (See photo above.)
7.  Close the trimmer arm and apply pressure on the arm to keep your pieces from sliding.
8.  Cut.

 

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I added journaling, sticker titles, flower embellishments and punched out branch pieces to decorate my pages.  I completed the layout with faux pen stitching around the perimeter.

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You can purchase the 12″ Decorative Trimmer, Songbirds Border Punch, Tulips Border Punch, Gum Leaf Punch and the Spring Medley collection through my Creative Memories website link.

I hope that you all have a happy and blessed Easter on Sunday!  Please take photos of the not so usual way that you’ll celebrate the holiday this year.  I’ll be sharing some Easter layout ideas later in the month.

I’ll be back again next Friday with two more Home-Bound Throw-Down challenges!

Take care,
Karyn

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 1

Wow, what a month of adapting to our new (temporary) normal!  I hope that all of you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.  I encourage you to turn to our beloved scrapbooking hobby as a source of comfort and fun.  Research has shown that scrapbooking and looking at your photos can help alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

For those of you with extra time on your hands, now is a great time to make some progress on your album projects.  Most of us say that lack of time is the biggest hurdle that we face with our scrapbooking projects.  You could also make it a family affair.  Perhaps your husband would enjoy making an album of his favorite hobby or an album of his family heritage.  Let your kids play with your extra paper, stickers and punches.  As a family, complete an album of your quarantine adventure or last vacation.  If you need tips or suggestions, I’m glad to help!

If you’re not ready to scrapbook, how about making a plan to Sip & Sort. Pour your favorite beverage, pull out your photos, and sort and organize them. Place them in a box or envelope for later.  Or take this time, to get your photos off of your phones and other devices and uploaded to your Forever account for permanent online storage.

This is also a perfect time to pull out your completed albums and look through them!  Re-live those fun and happy times with your family!

This week, I initiated a challenge on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers.  I’m calling it my Home-Bound Throw-Down.  On Mondays and Fridays through April, I will be posting a page challenge and asking my followers to create my layout and post it to Karyn’s Croppers to earn chances to win a prize.  They’ll receive one entry for creating my layout and extra entries for turning it into a double-page spread and/or adding photos and journaling.  They’ll have through Sunday to complete the two weekly challenges, and I’ll draw two winners on Mondays.  Below are my first two challenges.

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My first example for my first Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge is a layout that I created for National Scrapbook Day 2019 and had previously shared here last spring.  It’s an attractive, versatile and easy layout to copy.  For directions, please search this page for National Scrapbook Day to see my original post.

 

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I created a second example of the same layout using the Beneath the Pines collection from Creative Memories.  For my border, I used a piece from the Beneath the Pines Laser Border Embellishments.  I added a few Beneath the Pines Stickers, a Variety Mat journaling box, and a few punch-outs from the Pine Cone and Maple Leaf Punches.  I shared a video on Karyn’s Croppers with some additional tips.


For my second Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I asked asked everyone to use the layout below to create a pretty page with a multi-layered border and a semi-circle piece underneath the photo mats.  I shared a video on Karyn’s Croppers with several suggestions on how to make the border and circle piece.

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For my first example, I used the Daydreamer collection from Creative Memories to create a pretty page.  I used a technique that I borrowed from my Creative Life Scrapbooking teammate, Noreen Smith, to create the punched pieces on my border.  Start with 6″ x 2-1/4″ pieces and punch with the Floral Circle Punch.  Punch three pieces and layer onto a border.  To create the semi-circle piece, start with a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper and punch with the Floral Circle Punch and then cut in half.  I used double photo mats that measure 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″.  I used Daydreamer Stickers and Embellishments to further decorate the page.  Please see my video on Karyn’s Croppers if you need help punching the pieces.

 

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For my second example, I used leftover pieces of the Rainbow Rush Soft Paper, Laser Border Embellishments, Layered Border Embellishments, Flower Embellishments, Leaf & Icon Stickers and the Lace Trim Border Punch to create a fancy layered border.  To make my semi-circle piece, I used the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle.  I used the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch strips from the orange paper and folded the strips to create the pleated lace edge for the circle.  I included faux pen stitching and a Layered Title Embellishment.

I hope that you’ll join the Home-Bound Throw-Down on Karyn’s Croppers!  I’ll be back next Friday with next week’s challenges.

BREAKING NEWS!  CM will reopen for online ordering on Monday, April 6th.  During these uncertain times, I suggestion that you place an order as soon as you’re able for a few essentials such as Tape Runner Refills, Refill Pages, and Cardstock.  The Creative Life Scrapbooking team will be hosting a PJ Party Virtual Crop on April 24th featuring lots of ideas for the Theme Packs.  So you may wish to include the Theme Pack of your choice in your order.  Thank you for ordering through my CM website link.

Please take care!
Karyn

Winterberry Multiple Border Layout

I know that we’ve all turned our hearts and minds to spring, but I wanted to share this one last winter layout with you.  The Winterberry Laser Cut Border Embellishments from Creative Memories are especially lovely, and I created this layout to show them off.  This is also a great example of the versatility of the Creative Memories Original Border Maker System.

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The new Creative Memories has produced over 50 different Border Maker Cartridges, and there’s always a great variety available to purchase.  For my layout, I used a combination of old and new Border Maker Cartridges. To copy it, just use what you own.

 

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1.  Cut natural cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere onto a hollow 12″ x 12″ frame cut from navy cardstock.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System to punch borders with a variety of Border Maker Cartridges from a sheet of white cardstock.
3.  Alternate the borders with Winterberry Laser Border Embellishments, and adhere onto the natural cardstock.
4.  From navy cardstock, use CM’s Custom Cutting System with Circle Patterns to cut  two circles from the smallest pattern on the outside edge with the red blade and one circle using the largest pattern on the inside edge with the green blade.
5.  Add Winterberry Stickers and Pine Cone punch-outs.
6.  My photo mat is 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″

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At my recent weekend retreat, a friend copied this layout using light blue cardstock and a different combination of Border Maker Cartridges to make a baby themed layout.  It was beautiful!  What combination will you use?

You may purchase the Winterberry Laser Cut Embellishments and Stickers and the Original Border Maker System with Border Maker Cartridges through my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn