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

Hello, Autumn Scrapbook Layouts

 

Normally, I love the change from summer to autumn.  I love the cooler days, cozy nights, and the scents of crisp autumn air.  And the autumn color palette in shades of orange, gold, green and brown is my favorite.  However everything is different this year – in almost every aspect, and I want to hold onto every last bit of summer for as long as I can.  But the new product release from Creative Memories offers a bit of excitement for the new season!  This is an incredible product release with a beautiful new Hello, Autumn collection and an assortment of new tools!

I was honored and excited to be asked by Creative Memories to produce a preview video of the new items!  (Click here to view my preview video.)  It was fun getting my hands on the new items early, but so difficult keeping the secret and not sharing anything early!  As the new items are now available to purchase, I’m able to start sharing some of my ideas for the new items.

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I used the new Apple Recipe Template for my first layout.  I predict that this recipe template will be very popular and may sell out early.  You can use endless paper combinations to create giant apples in all shades of colors.  You can feature one special photo or include more.  For my layout, I used orange paper to show how you can use the template to create pumpkin layouts too.  I also used the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from an orange print Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.  The orange color fools the eye into believing that the border is pumpkins instead of apples.

Also notice the very lovely Hello, Autumn Embellishments on this layout.  I love the addition of gold foil accents to these embellishments!

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the apple/pumpkin shape from Hello, Autumn Paper and cut out with scissors.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
2.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the photo mat from Hello, Autumn Paper and cut out with scissors.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
3.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the journaling box piece from a Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Cartridge to punch a border of apples/pumpkins from a Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.
5.  Add Hello, Autumn Embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.

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My second layout features paper from the Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper Pack and two more new tools.  The Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper Pack is full of a plaid pattern in an assortment of colors.  I used the new Arches Frame Border Punch along with the new Apple Border Maker Cartridge to create a simple layered border for the bottom of my layout.  The arch pieces of the border remind me of basket handles, and the sections can be cut apart to create little apple baskets.  So my border makes me think of a row of apple baskets filled with apples.

I created my own larger apple embellishments by tracing apple shapes from the new Hello, Autumn Journaling Template.  I traced apples, leaves and stems from Hello, Autumn Variety Mats.  I love how the variety mats typically contain unique but coordinating prints that are smaller in scale to the prints featured in the paper packs.  I finished my layout with a few Hello, Autumn Stickers and Embellishments.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from Crimson Cardstock and adhere a piece of 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip from Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
3.  Punch a border from Rich Brown Cardstock using the Arches Frame Border Punch.  Adhere the border piece behind your border strip as shown.
4.  Cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip from Rich Brown Cardstock.  Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip from Beige Cardstock.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Cartridge to punch a border from Hello, Autumn Paper.  Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
5.  Use the Hello, Autumn Journaling Template to trace apple pieces onto Hello, Autumn Variety Mats.  Cut out pieces with scissors and chalk the edges using the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen.
6.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Cutting Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Rich Brown Cardstock.  Adhere title sticker.  Adhere the piece to the layout using Foam Squares, and layer leaves from the Hello, Autumn Embellishments underneath.
7.  Add a journaling box from the Hello, Autumn Variety Mats and another title sticker.
8.  My photo mats are 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

I love the new Hello, Autumn Collection and all of the new tools, and I look forward to creating more layouts with them!  You may see and purchase any of these items through my Creative Memories website link.

I’ll be teaching a virtual class on how to use the new Apple Recipe Template on September 22nd.  I’ll also be hosting a Virtual Croptoberfest Weekend Retreat on October 23rd-25th.  If you’ll be participating in the virtual retreat, you may wish to purchase the Hello, Autumn Decorative Bundle and the new 2020 Croptoberfest Bundle as I’ll be using them for my page classes during the event.  Please contact me or join my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers, for information about these events.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and I hope to be back soon with more layouts!

Karyn

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