Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Ho, ho, ho! Happy Holidays! I hope that all of you had a very Merry Christmas! And I’m hoping that we all have a much better New Year!

As you might know, I’m a founding member of Creative Life Scrapbooking. We are a group of eight Creative Memories advisors who for the past five years have shared tons of scrapbooking ideas on Facebook. Weekly we share for #BorderMakerMonday and #FeaturedProjectFriday. We also host quarterly Blog Hops which you’ve seen here on Karyn Crops, and we also host PJ Party virtual crops.

Our next PJ Party virtual crop will be on Friday, January 29th, and we invite you to join us! As we enter our 6th year of hosting PJ Parties, we will be moving the format to Zoom where you’ll be able to interact with us and see step by step demonstrations on how to make six featured scrapbook layouts. We’ll also share two more bonus layouts, photos and printable handouts in a private Facebook group for the PJ Party. For more information and to register, please click here.


As a Christmas gift to our followers, Creative Life Scrapbooking is currently running a 12 Days of Christmas (#CLS12Days) feature on our Facebook page. Each day from December 25th through January 5th, we are sharing a new holiday layout. Joining the 8 CLS team members are 4 very special guest designers. Below is the layout that I created and shared on December 25th for the 1st Day of Christmas.

I used the Christmas Spirit Paper, Embellishments and Stickers from Creative Memories to create my layout. With images of Santa, elves and reindeer, this is a super fun Christmas collection! The Christmas Spirit Embellishments and Laser Cut Border Embellishments are especially cute!



To Make My Layout:

1. Cut hollow frames from two sheets of Crimson Cardstock leaving a 1″ edge.
2. Cut wood patterned paper to 11-3/4″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the Crimson Cardstock frames.
3. From designer paper, cut squares that measure: 3″x3″, 4″x4″, 5″x5″, 6″x6″ and 7″x7″.
4. From White Cardstock, cut squares that measure: 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″, 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″, 6-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ and 7-1/4″ x 7-1/4″.
5. From the top center of each square, cut diagonally to the bottom right and left corners to create triangles.
6. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Oval Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a sloping edge on the bottoms of the triangle pieces. Adhere the patterned triangles to the cardstock triangles.
7. Cut a 3″x3″ square from Brown Cardstock, and trim into a triangle to make the tree trunk.
8. Assemble tree using Foam Squares to adhere the layers.
9. Use the Train Tracks Border Punch to punch a piece from Brown Cardstock, and trim with scissors to create a small step ladder. Or create a small ladder using small strips of cardstock.
10. From Crimson Cardstock, cut the following pieces: 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, 12″ x 6-1/4″, (2) 4-1/4″ x 1-1/4″, and (2) 12″ x 1-1/4″.
11. From music print paper, cut the following pieces: (2) 4″x1″, (2) 11-3/4″ x 1″. Adhere to the Crimson Cardstock strips.
12. Assemble and adhere pieces on layout as shown.
13. Using scissors, fussy cut the scroll piece journaling box from a variety mat. Cut in half and adhere as shown.
14. Add embellishments and stickers using Foam Squares as shown.


Below is another layout that I recently shared to Creative Life Scrapbooking for #BorderMakerMonday. I used the Original Border Maker System from Creative Memories to jazz up a simple Christmas tree made from strips of paper. I also used the Songbirds Border Punch to add a few partridges in my pear tree! This is a fun layout that assembles quickly. To top off my tree, I added a hand-tied paper bow. The designer paper and embellishments are from the Merry Blooms collection from our Black Friday Promotion.

To Make My Layout:

1. Cut a 3/8” x 10-1/2” strip from Rich Brown Cardstock to use as the tree trunk.
2. Cut strips from a variety of designer paper in varying widths and heights. My strips from top down are: 2-1/2” x ½”; 3-1/2” x ½”; 4-1/4” x 6/8”; 5” x ½”; 5-1/2” x 6/8”; and 6” x ½”.
3. Punch borders using border punches and the Original Border Maker System with a variety of border maker cartridges. My borders are: Songbirds Border Punch 3-1/2”; Christmas Stockings Chain 5-1/2; and Ruffle Trim 6”.
4. Add a star with a Foam Square.
5. Wrap a very thin 1/16” strip of cardstock, around two of your fingers to make loops. Using another thin strip of paper, carefully tie a knot in the center. Pull as tight as you can without tearing your paper. You will have better results with thinner paper. Adhere the bow with a Foam Square.
6. My photo mats are 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” and 4-1/4” x 6-1/4”.


My last layout for today is one that I shared with my own private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. On Karyn’s Croppers, I share info about Creative Memories products, specials and my own events. Earlier in the month, I held a virtual class to assemble the Under the Tree Tag Kit from CM. I also taught how to use the tags to make the layout below. Please join Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook if you would like to participate in my events and see more scrapbooking ideas.


The adorable tags and twine are part of the Under the Tree Tag Kit that is still available to purchase through my Creative Memories website link. The sheet of background paper is from the Merry Blooms Paper that was a promotional item for our Black Friday special. My bow is constructed from Scarlet Cardstock.

To Create the Bow:


Most of the items that I used for these layouts can be purchased through my Creative Memories website link.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday season, and I hope to see you at our Creative Life Scrapbooking PJ Party virtual crop on January 29th!

Karyn

Winter Woods Scrapbook Layouts

I LOVE the first snowfall of the year! We typically don’t get much snow at our home, so we’re always excited when it falls. We live in a wooded area, and the trees in our yard are so beautiful with a dusting of snow. The snow usually doesn’t last long, so we need to be quick with the camera. The very beautiful Winter Woods Collection from Creative Memories is perfect for creating lovely winter layouts! I love the woodsy theme and the soft shades of green, brown and white. The Winter Woods Stickers, Laser Cut Borders and Foiled Embellishments are absolutely gorgeous with winter greenery, woodland creatures with touches of gold foil. You can see and purchase the Winter Woods Collection through my Creative Memories website link.

For my first layout, I created a mason jar snow globe to use as a decorative embellishment piece. I used a Winter Woods Variety Mat for the center of my snow globe and a Winter Woods Laser Cut Border for the title across the top of my layout. If you like my mason jar snow globe, you might also like the mason jar layout that I created for National Scrapbook Day this year. Please see my post from August 7th for that layout.

To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Brown Cardstock for the background.
2. Cut a sheet of Winter Woods Paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the background.
3. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller of the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a rectangle from White Shimmer Cardstock. Use the same pattern and the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a Winter Woods Variety Mat. Outline the variety mat piece using a Brown Dual-Tip Pen.
4. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller of the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut two partial rectangles from White Shimmer Cardstock. Tear the tops of the cardstock pieces to create snowdrifts for the inside of your snow globe.
5. To create the lid, cut a 2-1/2″ x 1″ rectangle from Platinum Shimmer Cardstock. Use your scissors to slightly round the corners. Draw lines with a Brown Dual-Tip Pen.
6. Create a raffia bow by wrapping a very thin 1/16” strip of Brown Cardstock around two of your fingers to make loops. Using another thin strip of paper, carefully tie a knot in the center. Pull as tight as you can without tearing your paper. You will have better results with thinner paper. Adhere the bow with a Foam Square. Add Winter Woods Foil Embellishments to the snow globe.
7. Tie thin 1/16″ strips of Brown Cardstock through the holes in the Laser Cut Border title piece and adhere to the page.
8. From Brown Cardstock, cut 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats.
9. Cut a Winter Woods Variety Mat to use as a small journaling box.


My second layout is a new version of a simple tree layout that I shared earlier this week with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook. My first version was a Christmas tree in bright colors. I loved the layout so much that I wanted to recreate it as a woodland tree. This is a quick and fun layout, and you can use a variety of different papers, Border Punches, and Border Maker Cartridges for different effects. You can also use stickers for some of your strips!


To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Brown Cardstock.
2. Cut a sheet of Winter Woods Paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the frame.
3. Cut a 3/8” x 10-1/2” strip from Brown Cardstock to use as the tree trunk.
4. Cut strips from a variety of designer paper in varying widths and heights. My strips from top down are: 2-1/2” x ½”; 3-1/2” x ½”; 4-1/4” x 6/8”; 5” x ½”; 5-1/2” x 6/8”; and 6” x ½”.
5. Punch borders using Border Punches and the Original Border Maker System with a variety of Border Maker Cartridges. My borders are: Songbirds Border Punch 3-1/2”; old Winter Vine Border Punch 5-1/2; and old Winter Vine Border Punch 6”.
6. Punch and add a star with a Foam Square.
7. Wrap a very thin 1/16” strip of cardstock, around two of your fingers to make loops. Using another thin strip of paper, carefully tie a knot in the center. Pull as tight as you can without tearing your paper. You will have better results with thinner paper. Adhere the bow with a Foam Square.
8. My photo mats are 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” and 4-1/4” x 4-1/4”.


You may purchase the Winter Woods Collection, the Custom Cutting System and Patterns, and the Songbirds Border Punch through my Creative Memories website link.

I hope that you’re able to experience a beautiful snowfall this winter! Thanks much for visiting with me today!

Karyn

2020 Christmas Cards

Ho, ho! Tis the season! It’s only December 4th, and I’m already feeling behind in my Christmas preparations! Although this will be a “scaled back” celebration for us this year, I’m trying to maintain as many of my annual Christmas traditions as possible. Each year, I always enjoy making and sending Christmas cards to my family and closest friends. I used the Holly Jolly Card Kit from Creative Memories to make most of my cards this year, but I still need a few more. So I turned to my tools to make a few specialty cards for my grandchildren and also a few extras that I could mass produce easily.

I used our new Treeline Border Punch to create the card below on the right. This simple but beautiful card will be quick and easy to make in duplicates. For the base of my cards, I used blank cards from CM’s Blank Card Kit. The Blank Card Kit contains 12 solid white card bases and envelopes. It’s a smooth pure white card that is cut and scored from heavy cardstock. The quality is superior. I also the Pine Tree Punch from last year to create a similar card (on the left). Again it was easy and will be quick to mass produce.

To Make My Card on the Right:
1. Cut designer paper to 4-6/8″ x 3-1/2″, and punch with the Treeline Border Punch.
2. Reserve the two punched out pieces, and cut the remaining border piece in half at 2-3/8″.
3. Cut ribbon ends on the bottoms of the two punched pieces.
4. Adhere pieces to a Blank Card (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″).
5. From Scarlet Cardstock, cut a 5-1/2″ x 1/4″ strip and adhere as shown.
6. Use the Merry Blooms Border Punch to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock and fussy cut apart the flower pieces. Adhere flower with a Foam Square.

To Make My Card on the Left:
1. Cut designer paper into three strips that measure 1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
2. Center the strips into the Pine Tree Punch and punch.
3. Pull or cut off the bottom edges of the remaining strips.
4. Adhere pieces as shown to a Blank Card (5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″).
5. From Scarlet Cardstock, cut a 5-1/2″ x 1/4″ strip and adhere as shown.
6. Use the Merry Blooms Border Punch to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock and fussy cut apart the flower pieces. Adhere flower, and add a rhinestone to the center.


The next two cards require a little bit more time but are super cute and will be perfect to send to my granddaughters. You might recognize my first gnome from a layout that I shared with you last year. I was inspired to create my second gnome by my scrapping friend, Angie. Angie didn’t have the Petal Frame Punch that I originally used, so she used the Baroque Border Punch as a substitute. I liked it so much that I made a similar version.

To Make My First Gnome:
1.  Use Petal Frame Punch to punch three 4″ x 4″ pieces of Gray and Charcoal Cardstock.  Use dark and light grey cardstock, and layer the pieces as shown. Use the Metallic Silver Dual-Tip Pen to add dimension to the layered beard.
2. Cut the hat by using the Green Blade on the inside edge of the diamond pattern from the Gemstones Cutting patterns.  Cut in half.  Embellish the hat with a narrow strip for the rim and a punched piece of greenery.
3.  Cut the nose using the smallest oval pattern from the Oval Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge, and ink the edge of nose with a Brown Dual-Tip Pen.
4. Add nose and hat to the beard piece to create the gnome.

To Make My Second Gnome:
1. Use the Baroque Border Punch to punch a 4″ x 4″ piece of Gray Cardstock.
2. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Charcoal Cardstock. Adhere the Baroque beard on top of the circle piece.
3. Cut the hat by using the Green Blade on the inside edge of the diamond pattern from the Gemstones Cutting patterns.  Cut in half.  Embellish the hat with a narrow strip for the rim, fold over the tip of the hat and add a small star or circle piece with a Foam Square.
4. Cut the nose using the smallest oval pattern from the Oval Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge, and ink the edge of nose with a Brown Dual-Tip Pen. Add nose and hat to the beard piece.


I hope that you too are able to enjoy the simple pleasure and joy of creating and mailing Christmas cards this season! I guarantee that your recipients will love to find a homemade card in their mailboxes!

You can purchase the Holly Jolly Card Kit, Blank Card Kit, Treeline Border Punch, Custom Cutting System, Oval and Gemstone Cutting Patterns, Petal Frame Punch and Baroque Border Punch through my Creative Memories website link.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders

I love taking the time to sit down and play with our Creative Memories tools! I turn on my favorite tunes, grab a stack of cardstock, and just start punching and playing. It’s fun to mix and match our punches and Border Maker cartridges and start to see tiny vignettes begin to appear! The more that I played, the more ideas that popped into my mind.

(Make sure to read to the bottom of my post for info about our current Black Friday PROMO!)

To Create These Borders:

Christmas Stockings Borders:
1. Cut a 12″ x 1-1/8″ strip of White Cardstock.
2. Use Original Border Maker System with the Christmas Stockings Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock.
3. Use Original Border Maker System with the Ruffle Trim Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from Dark Green Cardstock.
4. Layer and adhere pieces as shown, and use Black Dual-Tip Pen to add faux pen stitching.

Winter Fence Scene Border:
1. Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip of Cloud Cardstock.
2. With the Treelines Border Punch, punch one long end of a 12″ x 3″ strip of White Cardstock and one long end of a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of Dark Green Cardstock.
3. Use Train Tracks Border Punch to punch a fence piece from Rich Brown Cardstock.
4. Use Original Border Maker System with the Icicles Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from White Cardstock.
5. Use the Reindeer Punch to punch a deer from Light Brown Cardstock and antlers from Gray Cardstock.
6. Use Songbirds Border Punch to punch a bird from Scarlet Cardstock.
7. Layer and adhere pieces as shown. Use Foam Squares to adhere the bird and icicle piece to the fence. Use black and gray pens to draw details on deer.

Santa’s Sleigh Border:
1. Use Original Border Maker System with the Clouds Border Maker Cartridge to punch a 12″ side of White Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 3″, and punch the other long side of the strip.
2. Use the Reindeer Punch to punch deer from Rich Brown and Brown Cardstock.
3. Use Original Border Maker System with the Ruffle Trim Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock. Use scissors to trim the border piece as shown.
5. Use the Santa’s Sleigh Punch to punch a sleigh from Scarlet Cardstock.
6. Cut 1/2″ x 1/2″ Dark Green Cardstock squares to make packages. Use scrap pieces to decorate the boxes.
7. Layer and adhere pieces as shown using Foam Squares to adhere the sleigh.
8. Use a Brown Tip-Dual Pen to add faux pen stitching.

Reindeer Games Border:
1. Cut a 12″ x 3-1/2″ piece of Cloud Cardstock.
2. Use the Treelines Border Punch to punch one end of a 12″ x 3″ strip of White Cardstock.
3. Use Original Border Maker System with the Clouds Border Maker Cartridge to punch a 12″ White Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 2″, and punch other long end with the Treelines Border Punch.
4. Use the Treelines Border Punch to punch long end of Dark Green Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 1-1/4″. Repeat.
5. Use the Reindeer Punch to punch deer from Rich Brown, Light Brown, Brown, Dark Green, Scarlet and Gray Cardstock. Use Scissors to cut off some of the antlers and to cut sweater pieces from the Scarlet and Dark Green deer. Cut legs off of one deer and re-assemble to create the jumping fawn. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Bubbles Border Cartridge to punch small dots from White Cardstock. Use Precision Point Glue Pen to glue small dots onto the fawn.
6. Decorate sweaters with scraps of paper. Use the old Snowman Border Maker Cartridge to punch top hats from Black Cardstock.
7. Layer and adhere pieces as shown. Adhere the fawn with Foam Squares.
8. Use a Brown Tip-Dual Pen to add faux pen stitching.

Christmas Stockings 2 Border:
1. Cut a 12″ x 1-3/4″ strip from Scarlet Cardstock.
2. Use Original Border Maker System with the Clouds Border Maker Cartridge to punch one end of a 12″ piece of White Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 1-1/4″.
3. Use Original Border Maker System with the Christmas Stockings Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock.
4. Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
5. Use a Dual-Tip Black Pen to add faux pen stitching and small dots.


Tree Farm Border:
1. Use the Treelines Border Punch to punch long end of Dark Green Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 2-3/4″.
2. Use the Treelines Border Punch to punch long end of White Cardstock. Cut off of your cardstock at 2-1/4″.
3. Use Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from White Cardstock. Use Scissors to cut off the car pieces.
4. Use Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Use scissors to cut off truck pieces. Adhere trucks to the white border.
5. Use Original Border Maker System with the Evergreens Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Dark Green Cardstock. Use Scissors to cut off trees and adhere behind the trucks.
6. Use a Dual-Tip Brown Pen to ink the sloping edge of the truck border.
7. Layer pieces as shown adhering the truck border piece with Foam Squares.



If you like these borders, you may wish to see a similar border that I shared with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.

Most of these tools are available to purchase through my Creative Memories website link. With our current Black Friday Promo, you receive $86.50 in FREE items with a $150 purchase! The freebies are exclusive items that won’t be available to purchase otherwise. Now is a great time to stock up on some basics like cardstock, tape refills, and album pages and also grab a new tool or two! The promo ends at noon CT on November 27th or while the freebies last.

I hope that you’re able to take the time to play with your tools and see what you can create! It’s a fun activity to do with the kids or grandkids and while watching your favorite Hallmark Christmas movies! Enjoy!

Karyn

2020 Croptoberfest Layouts

This past weekend would have been the date for my annual October weekend retreat. I’ve been hosting weekend retreats for 18 years now, and we typically fill up my hotel space with 50 croppers three times a year. Due to the pandemic, I replaced this year’s October retreat with a virtual event. Although we missed being together in person, the virtual option is a good substitute that has allowed others from places far and wide to also participate. During our Scrap & Chat sessions on Zoom, we were able to visit and meet 68 croppers from all over the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand!

I taught page classes for 6 original layouts that I created with the Croptoberfest Bundle from Creative Memories, and Kim Scott with Forever, shared instructional videos on how to create my layouts digitally. I also shared an additional Page Class, Demonstration Videos, Sketch Challenges, Scrap & Chat Sessions, Door Prizes, a sale of discounted and discontinued products, and a few games. We had such a fun time, and I hope that you’ll consider joining us for my next virtual event. (Stay tuned.)

Below are photos of the original layouts that I created. I’m offering access to the instructional videos and handouts on how to create these layouts for a $15 fee. With the fee, you’ll receive access to a private Facebook group that contains the page class videos, demonstration videos and an instructional handout for each layout. With these materials, you’ll be able to create the layouts at your leisure. During the recorded page classes, I also share tips and techniques and demonstrate how to use Creative Memories tools.


If you’re a digital scrapbooker or would like to learn how to scrapbook digitally, Kim Scott, will be holding classes that include instructions on how to create my layouts digitally. Please contact me if you are interested in those, and I will connect you with Kim.


I used almost every piece of paper, cardstock, stickers and embellishments that are included in the exclusive Croptoberfest Bundle from Creative Memories to create these layouts. You will only have a few small pieces leftover.

(Unfortunately these materials are now sold out. However, you can use any other materials that you have to create the layouts.)

To purchase access the instructional videos and handouts on how to create these layouts, please pay the $15 fee using my Pay Pal link. This is a great opportunity to participate in a personal scrapbooking class with me!

Thanks so much for your interest in my layouts! Have a scrappy week!

Karyn

Virtual Croptoberfest Retreat this Weekend!

Would you like to have some scrappy fun THIS weekend (October 23rd – 25th)? Would you like to participate in one of my page classes – or how about 6 of my page classes? This is your opportunity to scrapbook along with me to learn new techniques and to create 6 unique layouts that I created using CM’s Croptoberfest Bundle!

Would you love to participate, but you already have plans for the weekend? That’s okay! I’ll be recording all of my page classes and demonstrations, and they’ll be available for you to watch at your leisure over the next month. I’ll also be sharing instructional handouts for my layouts.

In addition to the demos and page classes, there will be Sketch Challenges and opportunities to Scrap & Chat and visit with croppers from the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand! There will be an opportunity to purchase discounted and discontinued CM products from me. Plus we’ll have a few fun games and some door prizes!

Are you a digital scrapbooker? There will also be instructional videos on how to create my layouts digitally using Artisan software!

To join the fun, just pay your $25 registration using my Pay Pal link. www.PayPal.me/KarynCrops.



After you’ve paid your $25 fee, you will receive an email invitation to join the private Facebook group that I created for the event. Through the Facebook group, I’ll be sharing the demo and page class videos, handouts, and Facebook Live posts. And participants will be sharing photos of their layouts there. For the Page Classes and Scrap & Chat sessions, we’ll be using Zoom. I’ll keep the private Facebook group up for several weeks, so you’ll have plenty of time to print the handouts and view all of the videos at your leisure. You’ll also have an entire week to complete layouts to be entered into door prize drawings.

I’ll be using CM’s Croptoberfest Bundle for the 6 layouts that I created and also CM’s Hello, Autumn Decorative Bundle for another Page Class and some samples. You may use any materials that you like. But if you would like to use the Croptoberfest Bundle, you can still purchase it through my CM website link. Look under Shop > Virtual Event Kits > Croptoberfest.

I hope that you join us! I would love to meet you!

Karyn

Pay your $25 fee and JOIN my Virtual Croptoberfest Retreat now!

Hello, Autumn – Fall Sampler Scrapbook Layout

Happy fall, y’all! Last week was the official beginning of the fall season, and it’s beginning to feel a bit like fall at my house. It’s getting darker earlier, it’s been cooler, the sumac are starting to turn color, and there’s that undeniable feeling of fall in the air. With the change of each season, I like to change out the display on my old Everyday Display Frame from the old Creative Memories.


Creative Memories currently has a display item in our product line called the Wooden Frame Hanger. The Wooden Frame Hanger has a top and bottom wooden bar into which you can place layouts. The top bar is attached to a gold chain that can be hung on your wall. It’s a modern and streamlined look that is great for your home, office, or scrapbook room.


I typically hold an in-person workshop with my croppers to make a seasonal sampler page that we can hang on our displays. They’re fun to make and can include photos or not. A few years ago, I even shared a few on the CM Blog. You can use the search function on the CM Blog and the search function on my blog here to search for past samplers.


In addition to using as displays and home décor items, the single page samplers make great introductory pages for a scrapbook album and great fillers when you end up with a blank page in your album. They can also easily be adapted to add photos. Above and below I share examples of the same sampler without photos and with spaces for photos. Just add photos to the gold photo mats. Also notice the pen detail on this page. The faux stitching really adds a lot and gives the page the look of a cozy fall quilt.

For my fall sampler this year, I used the Hello, Autumn Tone on Tone Paper, Variety Mats and Stickers. I also used a fun combination of our CM tools.

To make my sampler layout:

1. Use the 12″ Trimmer to cut out a 9″ x 9″ square from the center of a piece of Hello, Autumn Tone on Tone Paper. Cut the 9″ x 9″ piece into six 3″ x 3″ squares.
2. Use the Arch Frame Border Punch to punch around the perimeter of a 12″x 12″ sheet of Brown Cardstock, and adhere the piece to the hollow frame of the tone on tone paper.
3. From Marigold Cardstock (from the last CM Cardstock Buffet), cut six 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ mats.
4. From Hello, Autumn Variety Mats, cut 3″ x 3″ squares and cut in half on the diagonal. Adhere to the plaid square pieces, and then adhere to the marigold mats.
5. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Marigold Cardstock, and cut off two 3″ segments.
6. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock, and cut apart into two 3″ segments.
7. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from Marigold Cardstock.
8. With your scissors, fussy cut the round leave piece from a Hello, Autumn Variety Mat. Add a title from the Hello, Autumn Stickers.
9. Assemble and adhere pieces as shown. Adhere the title piece with Foam Squares.
10. Use a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add faux stitching to the pieces as shown.



All of the materials and tools that I used can be purchased through my CM website link. The current Punch Promo has been extended until noon CT on Friday, October 2nd! With a $125 purchase, you get your choice of either the exclusive (not available for purchase) Gifts Border Punch or the exclusive Heart Heart Heart Border Punch for FREE! Your purchase of $50+ will also get you entered into my $100 Quarterly Shopping Spree Give-Away!



I’m hosting a virtual weekend of scrapping fun on October 23rd – 25th and would LOVE for you to join us! I’ll be creating a private Facebook group for the event where I’ll share demonstration videos, challenges, door prize opportunities and CM products at special pricing. There will be lots of inspiration and sharing and even a fun game or two. I’ll also be teaching page classes and hosting Scrap & Chat sessions through Zoom. The page classes will be recorded and will include a handout, so you can make the layouts at your leisure. There is a $25 fee to participate. To register, just pay your fee using my Pay Pal link below. I’ll be using the Croptoberfest Bundle and the Hello, Autumn Decorative Bundle for the pages that I share during the event. It’s not mandatory for you to use these items. But if you would like your layouts to look like mine, you may wish to purchase them. Please use my CM website link for your purchases.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and I hope that you can participate in my Virtual Croptoberfest Weekend Retreat on October 23rd-25th!

Karyn

Apple Border Scrapbook Layouts

Hello! I’m in a rush today to get these layouts shared with you. I made my layouts a few days ago, but I just learned that some of the tools that I used are now in limited quantities with Creative Memories and may sell out quickly. If you like these tools and any of the other items in the Last Chance section of our website, I recommend that you purchase them quickly.

Don’t forget that our FREE PUNCH PROMO is still happening until noon CT on September 29th or while supplies last. (It’s possible that the freebie punches will run out before the end of the promo period. So again, please order early if you’re interested.) With a $125 order, you will receive your choice of either the Gifts Border Punch or the Heart Heart Heart Border Punch for FREE! Your order of $50+ through my website link or from me in person will also qualify you for my own $100 Quarterly Shopping Spree Give-Away! I’ll be drawing my next winner on October 1st.

Although the Apple Chain Border Cartridge was released with our Hello, Autumn Collection this month, it’s also great from summer layouts! The two layouts that I’m sharing today are bright and summery. My first layout would be great for photos from a summer picnic or photos from baking in your kitchen. The red gingham paper is from the S’mores Memory Paper that is in the Last Chance section of our website. I also used the Basketweave Border Punch that is also new to our Last Chance section. The Apple Chain Border Cartridge has been a hot seller and is currently sold out but will be returning to our product line in December.


I had fun making this super sweet layout and used a few of my favorite tools – the Songbirds Border Punch, Dazzle Border Punch, Arch Frame Border Punch and the retired Leaf Trio Punch. I also used the Scallop Blade for the 12″ Trimmer.

To make my layout:

1. Use the Scallop Blade for the 12″ Trimmer and cut one long end of a 12″ x 3/4″ piece of White Cardstock. Adhere strip to the top of your 12″x 12″ Black Cardstock.
2. Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip from red gingham paper (from S’mores Memory Paper) and adhere to the white strip.
3. Punch one end of a 12″ strip of White Cardstock with the Dazzle Border Punch and cut off of your cardstock at 1-1/2″. Adhere to the bottom of the gingham strip.
4. Use the Arch Frame Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock. Cut the segments apart as shown. Use the Basketweave Border Punch to punch a border from Rich Brown Cardstock cut into almost 2″ pieces and adhere to your basket shapes with Repositionable Tape.
5. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Scarlet and Leaf Green Cardstock. Cut the tops off of the red border, and adhere the red border to the green border. Use scissors to cut the border apart into 2 apple segments. Put some Repositionable Tape Runner on the bottoms of the apple pieces and tuck them into your basket pieces. Adhere the basket pieces with Foam Squares to the bottom edge of the gingham piece.
6. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from Black Cardstock. Adhere the bird border to the bottoms of your baskets.
7. Use the Leaf Trio Punch to punch leaves from Leaf Green Cardstock and adhere underneath your baskets.
8. Use the Scallop Blade for your 12″ Trimmer to cut a narrow 12″ border and adhere to a 12″ x 1/2″ strip of red gingham paper. Adhere to the bottom of your layout.
9. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Scarlet and Leaf Green Cardstock. Cut the tops off of the red border, and adhere the red border to the green border. Cut the border to 6″ and adhere to the bottom border with Foam Squares.
10. Add faux stitching with a Black Dual-Tip Pen.



My second layout is just as sweet as the first. Although I used a sheet of paper from the Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper for my base, the layout also has a summery feel to it. The Lace Trim Border Punch has been one of my favorites, and it’s now in the Last Chance section of the CM website.

I made my darling apple photo mats with the small heart cutting pattern from the Gemstones Cutting Patterns for the Custom Cutting System. I just used my scissors to create a little dip in the bottoms of the heart pieces to make them look like apples instead. I used the new Hello, Autumn Journal Template to trace the leaf pieces for the tops of the apples, but you could free-hand cut some.

To create my layout:

1. Cut a strip of White Cardstock to 12″ x 3-1/2″. Punch one long end with the Lace Trim Border Punch and the other long end with the Dazzle Border Punch.
2. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Border Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock. Adhere as shown.
3. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Scarlet and Leaf Green Cardstock. Cut the tops off of the red border, and adhere the red border to the green border. Adhere as shown.
4. Use the Custom Cutting System with the small heart pattern of the Gemstones Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut two heart shapes from Scarlet Cardstock. Use your scissors to cut little dips in the bottoms of the hearts to look like apples. Use the new Hello, Autumn Journal Template to trace the leaf pieces from Leaf Green Cardstock for the tops of the apples.
5. Cut a 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mat from Scarlet Cardstock. Cut ribbon pieces from White Cardstock and add pen dots. Add a title sticker from the Hello, Autumn Stickers.


Creative Memories has the BEST scrapbooking tools on the market, and you can purchase them through my CM website link! I hope that I’ve provided some scrapping inspiration for this incredible combination of CM tools! Have a great weekend!

Karyn

Hello, Autumn – Apple Chain Border Layouts

I had fun playing with my Creative Memories tools and the new Hello, Autumn Paper and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper to create a few fall borders. For my first layout, used the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge and two of my favorite border punches – the Branch Border Punch and the Songbirds Border Punch to create a tree branch full of apples and black crows.

I hope that you were able to purchase the Branch Border Punch last year as it is no longer available. I love how the Branch Border Punch can be used to create borders for all four seasons of the year! If you search my blog, you’ll find several different ideas for using it. If you love the Songbirds Border Punch, I recommend purchasing it sooner than later as it’s been in our product line for about a year now. I also used the new Arch Frame Border Punch – which is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine.



I love how the new Arch Frame Border Punch can be used in many different ways! (Please view my video below.) I also love how it can more easily be used for masculine layouts than some of our other punches. The punch creates a shape that is similar to that of our Medallion Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge, and borders created with these two tools can be used together for a nice affect.

Arch Frame Border Punch Demo Video

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip from Hello, Autumn Paper.
2. Use the Arch Frame Border Punch to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Medallion Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Layer these pieces as shown, and adhere to a sheet of Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
3. Cut two 12″ x 1/4″ strips from Crimson Cardstock, and adhere to the seams of the borders.
4. Use the Branch Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock.
5. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Crimson Cardstock and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper (dark green plaid). With scissors, cut out individual apples from both border pieces and layer.
6. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Black Cardstock.
7. Use the retired Leaf Trio Punch to punch leaves from Hello, Autumn Paper and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper. Crease the leaves slightly to create dimension.
8. Adhere the apples, birds and leaves to the border using Foam Squares to adhere some.
9. My photo mats are: 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, and the mat for my journaling box is 6-1/4″ x 1-3/4″. My journaling box is 1/8″ smaller than the mat is cut from the new White Lined Paper.
10. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Adhere to the bottom of the layout.
11. Add a final embellishment of songbirds and leaves to the bottom corner. Add a title from the Hello, Autumn Stickers.

For my second layout, I paired the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the Train Tracks Border Punch to create a fall fence row against an autumn moon. Just for fun, I added a few more black crows to complete the border piece. The background paper is from the Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper and the leaf patterned paper is from the Hello, Autumn Paper.

For this layout, I also used the Marigold Cardstock that was part of CM’s Cardstock Buffet this past spring. Once a quarter, CM offers a Cardstock Buffet of unique shades of cardstock that will coordinate with up-coming collections. I highly recommend purchasing this extra cardstock whenever it’s available.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 12″ x 3/4″ strip of leave print paper, and adhere to the top of the page.
2. Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip of Crimson Cardstock and adhere over the seam of the leaf border and the background paper.
3. Use the Train Tracks Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock.
4. Use the Custom Cutting System and the largest Circle Cutting Pattern and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Marigold Cardstock.
5. Position the train track/fence piece about 1″ down from the crimson strip, and position the marigold circle behind it. Adhere the pieces.
6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Leaf Green Cardstock, Crimson Cardstock and Marigold Cardstock. With scissors, cut off the leaves and stems from the crimson border and layer on top of the leaf green border. Use scissors to cut out individual marigold apples and adhere on top of crimson apples. Adhere apple border to the bottom of your fence piece.
7. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Black Cardstock. Adhere birds with Foam Squares.
8. Add a title from the Hello, Autumn Stickers with Foam Squares.
9. Cut a piece of leaf print paper to 11″ x 7-1/2″. Cut photo mats to 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ from Crimson Cardstock. Adhere pieces as shown.
10. Use the Hello, Autumn Journaling Template to trace a small apple piece from Marigold and Leaf Green Cardstocks. Cut out with scissors. Adhere with Foam Squares and add black songbirds.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today for Border Maker Monday with Creative Life Scrapbooking! Please note that Creative Memories is offering a promo beginning today at noon CT (Monday, September 21st) through September 29th at noon CT. With a $125 purchase, you’ll receive your choice of one of two FREE border punches! Please place your orders through my my Creative Memories website link.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Graceful Theme Pack Scrapbook Layouts

I absolutely LOVE Creative Memories Theme Packs! The Theme Packs are scrapbooking kits that contain 4 sheets of double-sided designer paper, 1 sheet of coordinating cardstock and 1 or 2 sticker strips. The kits are theme-based and very specific to certain events and interests such as sports, holidays, and travel destinations. At $10 they are at a great price point, and we even have coordinating Border Embellishments for some of the newer Theme Packs!

The new Graceful Theme Pack is one of my favorites! I love the wood-grained, large gingham check and botanical print papers in this kit! I also love the neutral color palette of soft cream, muted teal, olive branch green, white and light rose quartz. You can use the Graceful Theme Pack for creating layouts that commemorate church gatherings and ceremonies, faith testimonies, baptisms, confirmations and remembrances. And there are beautiful Graceful Laser Cut Embellishments that feature religious icons that coordinate. The Graceful Theme Pack also coordinates beautifully with the All My Love Collection.

I used the Graceful Theme Pack to create a layout that features some general family photos. I found that the paper and some of the stickers are neutral enough to be used for almost any kind of layouts.

I paired the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the recently discontinued Double Heart Punch to create a simple border that expresses the ever-lasting love of a family. (Please not that the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge is currently sold out but will be returning to the product line in December.)

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut hollow frames from two sheets of White Cardstock. Cut wood-grained papers to 11-3/4″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the white frames as shown.
2. Cut White Cardstock to 9″ x 9″ and 11-3/4″ x 9″. You may cut these pieces as hollow frames to conserve cardstock.
3. Cut beige gingham paper to 8-3/4″ x 7-3/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 7-3/4″.
4. Cut botanical print paper to 8-3/4″ x 1″ and 11-3/4″ x 1″.
5. Cut wood-grained paper to 8-3/4″ x 1/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 1/4″.
6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from wood-grained paper. Trim to 8-3/4″ and 11-3/4″.
7. Use Double Heart Punch to punch hearts from Rich Brown Cardstock. Use the hollow heart pieces.
8. Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
9. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ strip of White Cardstock. Mat this piece with Rich Brown Cardstock that is 1/8″ larger.
10. Crop photos to fit.
11. Add stickers as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.

Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase the materials that I used for my layout. I’ll be back next week with some borders that feature the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge.

Have a great weekend!
Karyn