Merry Little Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Hello!  I’m back with some layouts that I created using the Merry Little Christmas collection from Creative Memories.  I had good intentions of getting this posted right around Christmas, but whew – life got busy!  Better late than never – but I hope that you had been able to purchase the Merry Little Christmas items a few weeks ago before they sold out.  This was a hugely popular collection for CM.  Both of the embellishment packs sold out in October and were later re-introduced only to again sell out with the rest of the collection.  The traditional red and green colors along with playful and trendy gnomes and traditional Christmas icons made this collection a sell-out!  (If you don’t have the Merry Little Christmas items, you can still create my layouts using other materials.)

 

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For my first layout, I used my favorite sheet of Merry Little Christmas paper – the mistletoe print.  I also used our discontinued cranberry cardstock, but other shades of red would work.  My layout is adorned with photo ornaments highlighted by pieces created with the Petal Frame Punch.  Click here to view a video on how to use the Petal Frame Punch.  To make my layout:


1.  Cut a hollow frame from cranberry cardstock and adhere a piece of 11″ x 11″ mistletoe paper.  Add faux pen stitching around the cranberry frame.
2.   Punch two 4″ x 4″ and one 6″ x 6″ pieces of cranberry cardstock with the Petal Frame Punch.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the Circle Patterns and Red, Green and Blue Blades to cut photos into varying sizes.  Mat photos with slightly larger white cardstock circle mats.
4.  Add faux pen stitching to some of the photo frames.
5.  Adhere some of the photos with Foam Squares.
6.  Add Merry Little Christmas Stickers and Embellishments with Foam Squares.

 

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For my second layout,  I was again inspired by CM’s Petal Frame Punch but this time to create packages with bows.  The present print paper is fun and playful and works well on this layout.  I also used the Present Border Punch that was a promo item from CM last year.  If you don’t have this punch, just substitute another punch such as the Dazzle Border Punch or the Lace Trim Border Punch that will create the look of bows across your layout.  To make my layout:

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1.  From black cardstock, cut 2 partial 1″ hollow frames.  See photo below.
2.  Cut a sheet of white cardstock into 2 pieces that measure 11-3/4″ x 6″ each.
3.  Cut a sheet of present paper into 2 pieces that measure 11-3/4″ x 6″ each.
4.  Adhere the pieces onto each other and the black frames to create your backgrounds.
5.  From black cardstock, use the Present Border Punch (or other punch) to punch 2 borders.  Adhere these pieces onto the center of your layout as shown in the photo above.
6. Add faux pen stitching to the white cardstock as shown.
7.  From red cardstock, cut four 4″ x 4″ squares and two 6″ x 4″ rectangles.  From black cardstock, cut four 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ squares and two 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ rectangles.  Adhere red and black pieces together to make double-photo mats.  Crop photos to 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and 5-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.
8.  Cut variety mat to 4″ x 4″ and mat.
9.  Punch around 4″ x 4″ squares of black cardstock with the Petal Frame Punch.  Trim pieces with scissors to create bows for your packages.
10.  Cut small squares from red cardstock to stack and use as journaling boxes.
11.  Use the new 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Maker to make small 1″ tags to use as journaling boxes.
12.  Add Merry Little Christmas Stickers and Embellishments using Foam Squares on some.

 

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CM’s new 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Punch has been a popular seller.  It creates tags in a variety of sizes that can be used as journaling boxes, photo mats, or embellishments.  (For a fun activity with your kids and grandkids, use it to punch old Christmas cards to make tags for your presents next Christmas.)  This layout can easily be adapted into a double-page layout.  To make my page:

 


1.  Cut the white print paper to 11-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and 11-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Cut green print paper to 11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″, and adhere the three pieces onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock.  (I really liked using black cardstock with this collection.)
2.  Use the 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch two 2-1/2″ tags, and tuck them under the top edge of the green paper.
3.  Add photos, embellishments, and stickers as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.

 

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I really love the saying on the variety mat that I used on my layout above and knew that I had to use it with one of our annual family Christmas photos.  To get a better view of everyone, I always enlarge my  big group photos to 7″ x 5″.  It’s not often that we get a complete family photo, and this photo from a few years ago is no exception.  Quite a few family members are missing, but it still helps to commemorate our Christmas Day spent together.  To play with the saying on the variety mat, I created a Christmas Tree from paper squares.  To make my layout:

 

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1.  From black cardstock, cut a 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ square, and then cut the square in half on the diagonal.
2.  Cut 1″ squares from the mistletoe and tree print papers and adhere to the black triangle.  Cut some pieces in half on the diagonal to fit on the ends of the rows.
3.  From black cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch (also sold out) to punch 12 pine cones, layer pieces and adhere.
4  From red cardstock, use the Medallion Punch to punch 6 medallions and trim with your scissors.  See photo below.  Adhere top pieces with Foam Squares and add a black dot for the center.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Ornaments Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from red cardstock.  (This cartridge sold out quickly when it was first introduced and is expected back in stock in mid-February.)
6.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the (retired) Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from black cardstock and adhere the pieces behind the ornament border.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you may use CM’s old Small Circle Maker to punch 3/4″ circles to place behind the ornaments.
7.  Adhere the ornament border with Foam Squares.
8.  Cut the variety mat to 4″ x 5″ and adhere to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ black cardstock mat.
9.  Mat photo with a 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ black cardstock mat.
10.  Add Merry Little Christmas Embellishments with Foam Squares.

 

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I had created my little gnome as a Make-N-Take item for my annual Holiday Open House in November and knew that I wanted to use him on the darling gnome print paper – my second favorite sheet in the paper pack.  Although I created this as a single page, you can easily adapt into a double-page layout by duplicating the pieces onto a second sheet.  To make this layout:

 

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1.  Cut white cardstock to 10-1/4″ x 9-1/4″”.  (I cropped my photos to 5″ x 4″.  If you use 6″ x 4″ photos, you may wish to cut a larger piece of white cardstock.)
2.  Use the Dazzle Border Punch to punch the top edge of the white cardstock.
To create the gnome:
1.  Cut the hat by using the Green Blade on the inside edge of the Diamond Cutting Pattern.  Cut in half.  Embellish hat with narrow strip for the rim and a punched piece of greenery.
2.  Use Petal Frame Punch to punch three 4″ x 4″ pieces of grey cardstock.  Use dark and light grey cardstock, and use the Metallic Silver Dual-Tip Pen to add dimension.
3.  Cut the nose using the smallest oval pattern and the green blade on the inside edge, and chalk edge of nose with brown pen.
4.  Adhere gnome with Foam Squares and add Merry Little Christmas Embellishments.
I hope that I’ve given you a few ideas for your Christmas photos and for some of CM’s newest tools!  You may purchase most of the tools that I used through my personal CM link.  I’ll be back again next month with some winter layouts.  Take care until then!

Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 3 of 3

Hello, and welcome to my last post of my Winter Scrapbook Borders series!  These last borders are cheery and Christmas themed.  Again I relied upon some of the latest border punches and cartridges from Creative Memories.  They will also assemble a bit quicker than the last borders that I shared.

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Top Border:
1.  Use the new Dazzle Border Punch to punch one end of a 12″ strip of Red Cardstock.  Cut off of your paper at 2-1/4″.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from White Cardstock.
3.  Using scissors, cut one of the crystal chain borders in half.
4.  Assemble as shown.

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Middle Border:
1. Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of Red Cardstock.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 1-3/4″ strip of White Cardstock.
3.  Use the Original Border Maker System and Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock.
4.  Use the Medallion Punch to punch 5 medallions from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Heart Duet Border Maker Cartridge to punch hearts from Red Cardstock.
6.  Assemble as shown.

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Bottom Border:
1.  Use the new Petal Frame Punch to punch both ends of a 12″ x 3″ strip of Red Cardstock.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ornaments Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from White, Black, Red, Goldenrod, and Leaf Green Cardstock.
3.  Use scissors to cut apart the Red, Goldenrod and Leaf Green borders and adhere ornament pieces behind the white ornament border.
4.  Use scissors to cut black ornament border in half and adhere to the top and bottom of the ornament border to create an outline.
5.  Assemble border as shown.

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You may purchase the cardstock and tools that I used on my CM website.  Please note that the Ornaments Border Maker Cartridge is currently on backorder.

Thanks so much for visiting with me!  I hope to share some Christmas layouts made with the Merry Little Christmas collection soon.

Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 2 of 3

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Hello!  Today I’m sharing a series of scrapbook borders that I created as a display at my recent Holiday Open House.  I always say that Creative Memories has the best paper crafting tools on the market, and I believe that these borders are excellent proof.  The one tool that I used in all of these borders was our new rotary 12″ Trimmer.  In my over 20 years of scrapbooking, this trimmer is the best that I’ve seen.  It is larger and more sturdy than most and has some handy and unique features.  If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to view a video demonstration.

The borders below offer combinations of some of my more recent favorite stand alone and border punches.

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Top Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3-3/4″ strip from White Cardstock and punch both sides with the Lace Trim Border Punch.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Dark Green Cardstock.
3.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from White Cardstock and punch both ends with the Petal Frame Punch.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock and punch both ends with the Petal Frame Punch.  Layer the pieces.
4.  Punch a row of birds from Crimson Cardstock using the Songbirds Border Punch.
5.  Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip from Brown Cardstock and layer over the birds.
6.  From White and Brown Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones and layer.
7.  Use the Winter Vine Punch to punch a border from Dark Green Cardstock and cut apart with scissors.
8.  Adhere the pieces as shown.

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Middle Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Red Cardstock.
2.  Cut 12″ x 3-1/4″ strip from White Cardstock.
3.  From Brown Cardstock, use the Branch Border Punch to punch a border.
4.  From Dark Green Cardstock, use the Winter Vine Border Punch to punch a border and cut apart with scissors.
5.  From Bronze Shimmer and Brown Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones and layer.
6.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a bird from Red Cardstock.
7.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Bubble Border Cartridge to punch dots from Red Cardstock.
8.  Assemble pieces as shown using a Foam Square to attach the bird.

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Bottom Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip from Dark Green Cardstock.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/4″ strip from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock.
3.  From White and Brown Cardstock, use the Branch Border Punch to punch two branch pieces and layer.
4.  From Dark Green Cardstock, use the Winter Vine Border Punch to punch a border and cut apart with scissors.
5.  From Brown and Bronze Shimmer Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones.  Layer and cut into bird nest shapes.
6.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from White, Gray, Red and Black Cardstock.  Cut apart the bird pieces and assemble as shown.
7.  Assemble border as shown.

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Tags:
1.  Use the new 3 in 1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch 2-1/2″ x 4″ tags.
2.  Arrange a variety of pieces punched with the Branch Border Punch, Pine Cone Punch, and Songbirds Border Punch onto the tags.
3.  The pine needles are the relief pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Simple Leaf Border Cartridge.

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You may purchase the cardstock, 12″ Trimmer and most of the punches used on my Creative Memories website.  For my customers in the Champaign/Urbana area, I have a limited number of Branch Border and Pine Cone Punches available for purchase.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and check back as I’ll be sharing more border ideas soon.

Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 1 of 3

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a few borders to help get you in a snowy winter mood.  As always, I’m hoping for a white Christmas this year.  I just love a wintery scene of snow covered hills and trees.  And a fresh snowfall can even make a city seem magical at this time of year.  My borders below will be perfect for your winter photos.

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Top Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of Navy Cardstock.
2.  Use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch mountains from White and Dark Green Cardstock.  Layer as shown and adhere punched out white pieces into the centers of the green border.
3.  Tear a 12″ x 2″ strip of White Cardstock.
4. Use the Pine Tree Punch to punch trees from Dark Green and White Cardstock and layer.
5.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Red Cardstock.
6.  Assemble border as shown using Foam Squares on trees and birds.

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Middle Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip of Navy Cardstock and use the Original Border Maker with the Midnight Star Border Cartridge to punch one end.
2.  Adhere a 12″ x 1″ strip of Bronze Shimmer Cardstock underneath the punched out stars.
3.  Use the Cityscape Border Punch to punch borders from White and Black Cardstock and layer.
4.  Tear a 12″ x 1-3/4″ and a 12″ x 1″ strip of White Cardstock and layer.
5.  Use the Pine Tree Punch to punch trees from Dark Green and White Cardstock and layer.
6.  Assemble border as shown using a Foam Square on the forward-most tree.

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Bottom Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of Navy Cardstock.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of White Cardstock.
3.  Use the new Dazzle Border Punch to punch a 12″ piece of Navy Cardstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2-1/4″.  Punch the other end by staggering the placement of your border into the punch.  Use a Post-It Note to hold in place if needed.
4. Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch White Cardstock.
5.  Layer pieces and assemble as shown.

Tags:
1.  Use the new 3 in 1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch 2-1/2″ x 4″ pieces of White and Gray Cardstock.
2.  Decorate the white tag with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker and Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge.
3.  Decorate the gray tag with torn White Cardstock, a pine tree, and a bird punched with the Songbirds Border Punch.

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You may purchase the cardstock and most of the tools that I used on my CM website.  Please note that the Pine Tree Punch is currently on backorder and is expected back in stock in Mid-February.

Thanks for visiting today!  Check back next week as I’ll be sharing Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 2 of 3!

Karyn

 

Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop – Harvest Delight Scrapbook Layouts

Hello and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop!  There are 7 of us blog hopping today and sharing some fall scrapbooking ideas with you.  Just follow the links the end of this post to see more!  You might also like to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook where we share weekly ideas and inspiration.


Today I’m sharing several layouts that I created with the very beautiful Harvest Delight collection from Creative Memories.  This collection contains some unique shades of green, teal/gray, chartreuse, and orange.  If you live in an area that doesn’t experience an autumn season, you’ll find that these colors and the paper patterns are neutral enough for other uses.

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Shades of yellow and gold are some of my favorites, and when I opened the Harvest Delight Paper pack, I was first drawn to the two sheets of paper with the gold-chartreuse floral and leaf patterns.  These colors and patterns resemble the field of wildflowers in the background of my photo from mid-summer.  With my layout design, I tried to mimic the composition of the photo from walking out of the background and into the forefront.

  • Cut a hollow frame from a piece of tan cardstock.  I used the tan cardstock that was included in the Croptoberfest 2019 Cardstock Sampler Pack.
  • Cut a sheet of white floral paper to 11″ x 11″, and then cut a large circle from the center.  I used the retired Jumbo Circle Pattern for the Custom Cutting System with the Blue Blade on the inside edge.  If you don’t have the Jumbo Circle Pattern, cut a circle with an 8-1/4″ diameter.  (Or you could cut a large circle from the leaf paper and adhere it to the white floral piece.)
  • Layer a piece of the leaf patterned paper behind the circle cutout.
  • Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from the tan cardstock, trim and adhere it to the bottom of the white floral paper.
  • Mat your photo with tan cardstock.  My photo mat is 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Adhere Harvest Delight Embellishments with Foam Squares to preserve their multi-dimensional look.
  • Add faux pen stitching as shown.


I decorated my layout with bouquets of the Harvest Delight Embellishments.  With their gold foil accents, texture and dimension, these embellishments are incredibly lovely and are my favorite item in the collection.  (I’ll be stocking up on these for future use!)

I completed my layout by adhering a title from the Moments to Memories Laser Cut Embellishments to my photo with the Precision Point Glue Pen and adding faux pen stitching.

 

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My second layout is a fun way to incorporate four photos on a single page.   To create my mosaic pumpkin, I first made a template and tracing pieces.

  • Draw a large circle on a piece of scrap paper (I used the packaging insert from the Harvest Delight Paper.).
  • Flatten out the top and bottom of your circle with swell shapes that mimic a pumpkin.
  • Use a ruler and pencil to draw a grid design onto your paper template.  I made sure that some of my shapes were large enough to accommodate most of a 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photo.
  • Use scissors to cut out the grid pieces, and use the individual pieces as templates to trace and cut photos and paper pieces.IMG_9644
  • Assemble your cut pieces onto your background paper and adhere.
  • Add faux pen stitching on the paper pieces
  • Add Harvest Delight Embellishments and Stickers.

 

 

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I love combining masculine and feminine prints, and I like that the Harvest Delight Paper pack contains some of each.  Although I made a single page, this layout could easily be adapted into a double-page layout by cutting the strips a little wider to reach the right edge of the plaid paper, and then duplicating the pieces on a second page.

  • To begin, cut a 7″ x 7″ square from the bottom center portion of the plaid paper and set that aside for future use.
  • Layer strips of the chartreuse and gray to cover the hole.  From the top down, my strips measure: 10″ x 4-1/4″; 10″ x 5-1/4″; and 10″ x 1-1/2″.  Remember not to add adhesive to the top left corner of the top strip as you will be folding it over.
  • Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch two strips from the orange paper and add those on top of the chartreuse pieces.
  • Mat and add your photo.  My photo mat is 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.
  • Fussy cut the title from a Harvest Delight variety mat.
  • Add Harvest Delight Embellishments and gemstones and a Harvest Delight sticker.
  • Complete the layout with faux pen stitching with a black pen.

 

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I displayed all of these pages at my recent weekend retreat, and I believe that this layout was a favorite as I saw that many of my attendees copied it.  I love how my photos really pop on these pretty pages!

  • Start with two sheets of dark gray cardstock as your base.  I used Iron Gray from CM’s last limited edition Cardstock Buffet.
  • Cut a sheet of the white hexagon paper into two 11″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, and cut a sheet of the gray striped paper to two 11″ x 5-1/4″ pieces.  Adhere the pieces to the backgrounds meeting the right and left edges together and leaving a 1/4″ gap in-between the white and grey pieces.
  • From white cardstock, use the retired Victorian Fence Border Punch to punch two borders.
  • From the dark gray cardstock, use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two borders.
  • From the orange paper, use the Original Border Maker with the retired Pumpkins Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders.
  • Trim and layer the border pieces as shown adhering the pumpkins with Foam Squares.
  • Mat your photos with the dark gray cardstock.
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Simple Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from dark gray cardstock, and use your scissors to cut apart the leaves.  Use these pieces to create flower and leaf embellishments as shown.
  • Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a single piece from the orange paper and adhere as shown.
  • Finish the layout by layering Harvest Delight Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.

 

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My next layout makes use of the Harvest Delight Stickers and would also be great for Thanksgiving photos.  This layout could also easily be adapted into a double-page layout by duplicating the piecing on a second sheet of white cardstock.

  • Start with a sheet of white cardstock and add 4″ x 5″ pieces of the floral print, chartreuse and gray stripe papers.
  • Add border stickers and other stickers as shown.
  • Fussy cut the title from a Harvest Delight variety mat and adhere with Foam Squares.
  • My photos measure 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

 

My last layout is quick and easy, and it completes my series of pumpkin photos from last year.  To convert it into a double-page spread, just reverse the slant on your second page and add a leaf border to the right hand edge.

  • Cut the white hexagon paper to 10″ x 10-3/4″ and adhere to the orange print paper at an angle.
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Simple Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the green/gray print paper and adhere on the left side of the white print paper.
  • Add a Harvest Delight Variety Mat, photos and a few stickers adhered with Foam Squares.
  • My photos measure 4″ x 5-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 4″.

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I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for the lovely Harvest Delight collection!  You can purchase most of the materials and tools that I used on my CM website.  Please leave me a comment and let me know which layout that you like best!

To see more fall scrapbooking ideas, just click on the link below to visit Diana’s blog next.  Thanks so much for blog hopping with the Creative Life Scrapbooking team!

Karyn

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Croptoberfest 2019 Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Croptoberfest season!  This is probably my favorite scrapbooking time of the year!  During the summer months, I usually spend a little less time on my scrapbooking projects and my Creative Memories business as I’m busy with outdoor activities and summer trips.  But I am always anxious to get back in my craft room to start scrapping again, planning my fall scrapbooking events and seeing my scrappy friends!

I typically hold an all-day workshop for Croptoberfest at the end of September and a weekend scrapbooking retreat in October.  (I have a few open spots for my Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat on October (24th) 25th – 27th.  If you would like to attend, please contact me ASAP.)

Each year, Creative Memories releases an exclusive page kit for Croptoberfest.  The kit comes packaged with paper, cardstock, stickers and instructions to make two double-page layouts and is only available from a CM advisor.  We had fun making these pages at my Croptoberfest workshop last week, but I had more fun using the materials to make my own layouts!

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The small prints of the Croptoberfest paper, evoked a warm fuzzy feeling and inspired a quilt-like layout.  I used a sheet of our Beige Cardstock as my base.  Start by cutting the patterned paper into 1-1/4″ squares and adhere leaving about 1/8″ space in-between.  Use the new Songbird Border Punch to punch a border from the brown cardstock in the kit, and adhere on top of your border.  My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The circle mat was cut using the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge.  Decorate with some of the Croptoberfest stickers and embellishments from the Croptoberfest Gift Embellishment Pack (also only available from a CM advisor).  I adhered all of my stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares and added faux pen stitching to complete my layout.

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For my second layout, I created my own acorn embellishments by cutting ovals using the Custom Cutting System and used scissors to free-hand cut stems and points from the brown print and burlap print papers.  For my largest acorn, I used the largest Oval Pattern and the Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut my acorn and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut my acorn cap.  For my smaller acorns, I used the medium Oval Pattern and the Blue and Red Blades on the inside edge to cut my pieces.  I used the larger pieces for the caps of my acorns.


My strip from the pinecone print paper measures 10″ x 3-3/4″; the brown print strip is 11″ x 1-1/4″; and the burlap strip is 10-1/2″ x 1/2″.  My photo mats are from Dark Green Cardstock and measure 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″.  I used a brown pen to ink around the edges of the acorn pieces and designer print paper strips.  I also did some pen work around the edges of my pages and drew some journaling boxes.  I finished the layout by adhering some stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares.

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Triangles and a folded triangle page at CM have been all the rage recently. (See the CM Blog.)  So I was inspired to create a triangle pumpkin layout.  To make my layout, cut out a hollow frame from the pinecone print paper, and adhere an 11″ x 11″ piece of White Cardstock.  From the designer print paper, cut 2-1/2″ squares, and cut them in half on the diagonal.  Arrange as shown and freehand cut a stem from the brown Croptoberfest cardstock.  I cut my photo mat to 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and added stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.  (The Copper Cardstock was and exclusive color from CM’s recent Cardstock Buffet.)

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My next layout is ready for my group photo from my Croptoberfest workshop.  For the base, I used the sheet of blue cardstock in the Croptoberfest Kit.  The white plaid strip is 3″ x 12″, and the green plaid strip is 4-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.  I used the Original Border Maker System and the new Leaf Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the teal patterned paper.  I used the Song Birds Punch to punch borders from the brown Croptoberfest cardstock and our Dark Green Cardstock and layered the borders for depth.  My photo mats measure 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and are cut from the Dark Green Cardstock.  I used the insert in the Croptoberfest Gift Embellishment Pack as a title block and added some embellishments.

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You may have already seen my last layout on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.  Today, I’m the featured designer for our Border Maker Monday post.  This layout is super sweet, and I’m anxious to complete it with photos.

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To make the border featured on my layout above, cut a 3″ strip from the Cratered Blue Cardstock (This was a limited edition cardstock available during CM’s recent Cardstock Buffet.) and punch one end with the Lace Trim Border Punch. Adhere this piece to a 2″ strip of the white plaid paper and adhere to the green plaid paper. Punch a border from the brown cardstock in the Croptoberfest Kit with the Lattice Border Punch. Adhere this piece onto of the blue as shown. Cut square pieces from the brown patterned paper in the Croptoberfest Kit and mat with the blue cardstock. Adhere these pieces with Foam Squares. My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ and 6-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. Punch one end of the larger mats with the Lace Trim Border Punch. Use the Song Birds Border Punch to punch borders from the Croptoberfest Kit brown cardstock, and adhere the bird borders with Foam Squares. Add a few stickers from the Croptoberfest Kit and also some of the exclusive Croptoberfest Gift Pack Embellishments.

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to purchase a second Croptoberfest Kit and make some additional layouts!  If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to mail a kit and embellishments to you!

Please leave a comment and let me know which layout that you like best!

I’ll be back later this month with layouts featuring the Harvest Delight Collection.
Bye for now!

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.

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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!
Karyn

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