Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop – Deep Blue Sea Scrapbook Layouts

Hello, scrappers!  Thanks so much for blog hopping with us today!  Several members of the Creative Life Scrapbooking team have some summer scrapbooking ideas to share with you.  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to visit Julie’s blog next.

Last month, I shared some summer layouts using the Citrus Summer collection by Creative Memories.  So for this blog hop, I thought that I would use the Creative Memories Deep Blue Sea collection that came out earlier in the summer.  The shades of blue, beige and sea foam green were perfect for my coastal photos from a short visit to Tybee Island, SC this spring.


My first layout features a large nautical looking border.  The small punch outs of the Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridge look like little anchors to my eye.  I also thought that the new Medallion Punch evokes a maritime feel when used on a nautical layout.

To make my top border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Beige Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch.
  • Mat these borders on 12″ x 1-1/4″ strips of Navy Cardstock.
  • Use the old Circle Maker Punch from Creative Memories to punch six circles from Beige Cardstock. 
  • Use the Medallion Punch to punch six medallions from Navy Cardstock. 
  • Adhere the medallions to the circles, and use Foam Squares to adhere the finished pieces to the borders.


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I really love the Deep Blue Sea Variety Mats!  The mats feature small nautical prints that are different than the prints in the paper pack.  The smaller prints of the mats were perfect to make some large banner flags to run underneath my border.

  • Cut 2-1/2″ x 2″ pieces from the variety mats and notch into a ribbon end and mat on blue cardstock.
  • Cut out an additional piece from a variety mat to use as a journaling box.
  • Use the blue ombre′ watercolor print paper as the base of your layout.


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My next layout  features a border made with the Scallop Wave and Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridges.  Although I created this layout as a single page, you could easily turn it into a double-page layout by making two additional borders to run across a second page.

To make this border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Royal Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch. 
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Cartridge to punch borders from the sea foam print paper and cut off of the paper at 1-1/2″.
  • Punch two more scallop wave borders from Royal Cardstock and overlap as shown.
  • Adhere the borders to 12″ x 1-3/4″ strips of the starfish patterned paper.  


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  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from the starfish patterned paper.  Use the Red Blade to cut a circle from Royal Cardstock.  Layer Deep Blue Sea Stickers on top of the circle pieces and adhere with Foam Squares.
  • Assemble your layout on the seaweed patterned paper.


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My third layout features my last two photos from our short stop on the island.  Again I used the seaweed print paper as my background and decorated my layout with a variety of Deep Blue Sea Stickers.

  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the large heart from the Gemstone Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a heart from the starfish patterned paper.
  • Use the Blue Blade to cut a heart from Royal Cardstock.
  • Fussy cut an image from a Deep Blue Sea Variety Mat to use for the journaling box.
  • Layer the heart, photos and stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some stickers.
  • My photos are 3″ x 3″ and 4″ x 4″.


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Deep Blue Sea is a beautiful collection, and I enjoyed reliving memories from our short coastal visit while creating these layouts.  All of the materials and tools that I used can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.


Thanks again for blog hopping with us and enjoy the last of your summer!

To continue on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Blog Hop, please click on the links below:

Karyn Crops (YOU ARE HERE)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Crop With Stef
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Scrappin’ Jpegs

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!