What a fickle spring this has been! Beautiful weather one day and back to winter the next. Although my spring blooms are behind schedule this year, I can enjoy a few photos from last spring with this pretty page that I created for Creative Life Scrapbooking. I used the lovely Endless Meadows Collection from Creative Memories and the new Wildflowers and Field Fence Border Punches.
You might be interested in joining our PJ Party Virtual Crop on Friday, April 29th. We’ll meet on Zoom to create 5 double-page layouts together. Plus there will be 2 more additional layouts shared. If you can’t crop along on the 29th, you can still register for access to our recorded videos and printable handouts. We create double-page layouts that hold several photos. The layout designs are versatile so you can use materials that you already own. And we offer tool substitution suggestions. Please see our website for more information and to register.
Here’s a layout that I shared with the followers of my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. I shared the layout technique and challenged them to use the technique to create a layout and share a photo into the group for an entry into my Monthly Door PrizeDrawing! Again I used the Endless Meadows Collection for this layout.
I used the 12-Inch Trimmer with the Scallop and Scoring Blades and an easy cutting and folding technique to create the decorative panels in the center of the layout. For instructions, please see and subscribe to my Karyn Crops YouTube Channel.
I created one last layout with the Endless Meadows Collection. This was another layout that I shared with Creative Life Scrapbooking. To create my pretty border, I used the new Circle Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the Spring Leaf Punch and the old Blooming Medallion Punch. You can easily substitute any flower punch.
You’ll find the beautiful Endless Meadows Collection and most of the tools that I used on my Creative Memories site. I appreciate all of your orders and offer a generous Customer Rewards Program.
PS. Check out my newest On-Demand Page Class offering! You can now purchase access to my super cute National Scrapbook Day Layouts. Look at the top menu bar of this page or click here to see all of the classes that I offer.
Yesterday advisors and customers from all over the world opened our Secret Boxes that we bought last month from Creative Memories. The contents of the Secret Box were a surprise, and we purchased the boxes on the good faith that we would love the contents – and CM did not disappoint! This is the third Secret Box that CM has offered, and each one has contained a paper pack, stickers or embellishments, a tool and some other small surprises. I’ve been happy with each Secret Box, and I especially love this one! Our next Secret Box will be available to purchase in August with an open date in September.
Flowers make me happy! And sweet smelling roses are one of my favorites! So I was thrilled with the Shabby Chic Rose Paper and Embellishments. And I can make my own rose embellishments and borders with the Blooming Medallion Punch! After opening my box yesterday, I did just that. I pulled out all of my different shades of red cardstock and started to play. Currently CM offers three shades of red cardstock – Cranberry, Crimson and Firecracker Shimmer. Recently our product line also included Red and Scarlet Cardstock. Each shade looks great with the Shabby Chic Rose Paper, and I created multi-dimensional roses by adhering a 1″ circle behind each punched piece.
I rummaged through my collection of current and retired punches and border maker cartridges and created a set of borders that range from simple to more intricate. I paired my borders with Dark Green and Charcoal Cardstock and used Foam Squares to add additional dimension.
I created these simple borders by layering the Blooming Medallion Punch pieces with 1″ circles in a variety of the red cardstock shades that I mentioned above. I used from left to right, the Garden Vine Border Punch, the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge with Spring Leaf Punch and the On the Vine Border Punch. The Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge and Spring Leaf Punch are current items that are available for purchase.
The Blooming Medallion Punch coordinates nicely with so many of our past and current punches and border maker cartridges! The combinations seem endless! I used from top to bottom, the Simple Leaf Border Maker Cartridge, Wheatfield Border Punch and Rose Chain Border Maker Cartridge and the Doily Border Punch with Spring Leaf Punch. The Spring Leaf Punch is a current item that is available for purchase.
My last set of borders are a bit more intricate and include a few more layers. For these, I used the new 5 Leaf Punch and the new Spring Leaf Punch with some recently retired border punches. I always like to create and show new ways to use our older tools as I know that so many of you have purchased these in the past.
Border on Left: 1. Use the Baroque Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock, and cut off of cardstock at 2-1/2″. 2. Cut a strip of Dark Green Cardstock to 1-3/8″ x 12″. Cut a strip of Light Gray Cardstock to 1-1/4″ x 12″. Layer and adhere pieces to the baroque border. 3. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Cranberry Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Scarlet Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece. 4. Use the Spring Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere as shown.
Middle Border: 1. Use the Argyle Border Punch to punch a border from Dark Green Cardstock. 2. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Firecracker Shimmer Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Crimson Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece. 3. Use the Spring Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere as shown. 4. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock. Cut apart with scissors, and adhere to border as shown.
Border on Right: 1. Use the Lattice Border Punch to punch a border from Charcoal Cardstock. 2. Use the Blooming Medallion Punch to punch roses from Cranberry Cardstock. Use the old Mini Circle Punch to punch 1″ circles from Scarlet Cardstock. Layer and adhere the pieces. Use Foam Squares to adhere to the border piece. 3. Use the 5 Leaf Punch to punch leaves from Dark Green Cardstock, and adhere to border as shown.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to pull out some of your old punches and border maker cartridges and play! I would love to see what you create. Please feel free to share your creations on Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook.
Please note that Creative Memories is offering a $20 off Promo beginning at noon CT on Monday, June 14th. You may also wish to check out our current Cardstock Buffets that are offering some limited edition cardstock colors and paper paper packs along with some free gifts with purchase. Click here to use my Creative Memories website link to shop.
The Art NouveauCollection and the Dragonfly Punch were released earlier this spring, but I just recently had time to play with both. I thought that the dragonfly image pairs nicely with the art deco / arts & crafts vibe of the Art Nouveau Collection. This collection is absolutely beautiful and is great for formal, heritage and vintage photographs and layouts. I love the color palette of greens, teals and mustard yellows.
For my first layout, I used the Dragonfly Punch and the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to create a textured overlay for the beautiful sheet of designer paper. This layout will be lovely for some photos of the entire family.
To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock. 2. Cut a sheet of designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frame. 3. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Dark Sea Green Cardstock and mustard yellow designer paper. Trim borders to 4″, overlap, and adhere to layout as shown using Repositionable Tape. 4. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch eight dragonflies from mustard yellow designer paper, and adhere to the layout as shown using Repositionable Tape. 5. From mustard yellow designer paper, cut two 7″ x 2-1/2″ strips. 6. From Dark Sea Green Cardstock, cut two 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ photo mats. Adhere mats and strips as shown. 7. Add stickers using Foam Squares.
For my second page, I was inspired by a layout that I created for the Creative Memories Blog earlier this spring. I replaced the Cross Punch with the Dragonfly Punch for great results. I love how the dragonfly image works so nicely with the materials in this layout!
Since both of these pages were created with the same collection, they will look beautiful side-by-side in album. Or you can easily adapt both of these pages into double-page layouts. To see another version of this layout that I created with the Keep the Faith Collection and the Cross Punch for Creative Memories, please see the CM Blog.
To Create My Layout:
1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock. 2. Cut a piece of light colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and adhere to the top of the layout. 3. Cut a piece of dark colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 7″, and adhere to the bottom of the layout. 4. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of designer paper, adhere on the overlapping seam of the papers, and add a border sticker. 5. Cut two photo mats to 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, and adhere to the center of the layout. 6. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch seven dragonflies from a variety of designer paper. 7. From the same paper as the dragonflies, cut 1/4″ strips. 8. Arrange the strips and dragonflies as indicated, trim strips as needed, and adhere. 9. Add embellishments and stickers with Foam Squares.
I created a third layout using the Art Nouveau Collection and the new Geometric Frame Punch and recently shared this layout with Creative Life Scrapbooking. I love how the Geometric Frame Punch can have a formal art deco look as well as a fun and funky look. Please see Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for the instructions to this last layout.
I hope that I inspired you today! If you love any of these tools and/or materials, you may purchase them through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that CM has a new promotion beginning on Monday, May 24th at noon CT that includes FREE SHIPPING on orders of $80!
I just shared the layouts below with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for Featured Project Friday and wanted to share them here also with you. I started with small squares and used the Two-WayCorner Rounder from Creative Memories to create tear-drop shapes that I arranged into a mandala pattern. To mimic a sunflower, I used the lovely Boho Escape Collection for my first layout.
To create my layout:
Cut a 1″ hollow frame from olive green designer paper.
Cut oval patterned designer paper to 11- 1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the frame.
Use Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from olive green designer paper.
Use Centering Ruler to center the circle on the page, and adhere.
Cut 14 squares that measure 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
Cut 28 squares that measure 1″ x 1″ from two different papers.
Use the Two-WayCorner Rounder to punch two opposite corners of each square.
Use Brown Dual-Tip Pen to outline the pieces.
Arrange your pattern to determine spacing before adhering. Work from the center out, and use Repositionable Tape to adhere in case you need to adjust.
I really loved this layout and started thinking about different adaptations. One of my ideas was to use the same mandala-inspired pattern to make a peacock-inspired layout using the peacock patterned paper in the Emerald Gemstones Paper pack. Since the peacock paper has a directional pattern, I had to cut my squares on a diagonal in order to preserve the peacock shape that’s imprinted on the paper. Please view of my video for a step-by-step demonstration.
You may purchase the tools and materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please follow me and my teammates at Creative Life Scrapbooking to see weekly ideas for Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday. We also host virtual crops, and our next PJ Party Virtual Crop will be on April 30th. Click here for more information and to register.
Don’t forget to register for my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Please click here for more info.
Hello! I’m back with three more layouts that I made from Creative Memories2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit. Please see my post from Friday, August 7th for my first layout. The National Scrapbook Day Kit is super sweet and still available for purchase. Please use my CM link to order. Click on Shop and then Virtual Events on the top menu bar to find the kit. You may wish to purchase the Bundle as you will also get the extra embellishments that I used for my layouts.
I used up almost all of the paper, stickers and embellishments from the NSD kit to make my four layouts. Please read the instructions carefully, so you’ll have enough materials to make all four layouts. To make the second layout that I’m sharing today, you’ll need a piece of reserved paper that you cut from my first layout from August 7th (Step 1).
For my second layout, I created a woven basket piece as a background with the strawberry print paper to highlight a special photo from my granddaughter’s first birthday party. The circular piece created with the Floral Circle Punch reminds me of the crocheted doilies that my grandmothers used to create.
To create my layout:
1. Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Scarlet Cardstock. Set aside the cut out square to use for the next layout. Cut the strawberry paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere over the hollow frame.
2. Cut strips of the dark green and light green papers to 7/8″ x 6″ and 7/8″ x 10-1/8″. Cut strips of White Cardstock to 1″ x 6-1/8″ and 1″ x 10-1/4″. Adhere the green strips on top of the white strips.
3. Evenly position the shorter dark green pieces in the lower center part of your page, and adhere the tops of the pieces with Tape Runner. Weave through the longer light green pieces, and slide the three long pieces until they’re evenly spaced. Adhere the ends with Tape Runner. Adhere the bottoms of the dark green pieces.
4. From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock), use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a circle and then trim as shown. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from White Cardstock. Trim as shown and adhere to the floral circle piece. Add faux stitching with a Dual-Tip Black Pen.
5. Mat a photo with White Cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″.
6. Add embellishment pieces with Foam Squares as shown.
Although I didn’t grow strawberries, my blueberry bushes exploded with an abundance of berries this year! I found myself competing with the backyard wildlife, and I had to hustle to pick my ripe berries before the birds and squirrels ate them. My battle with the birds inspired my next layout that features a row of birds sitting above the strawberry patch. The lovely Songbirds Border Punch has been one of my favorite CM punches this past year.
To make my layout:
1. Cut a piece of strawberry paper to 12″ x 4″ and adhere to the bottom of the green striped paper. I positioned my stripes to run horizontally. Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2. Cut a piece of Scarlet Cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 10″. From the center of your piece, use the Custom Cutting System with the small heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut two heart photo mats. Also cut a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece to use as a photo mat. When cutting these pieces, make sure to leave an edge around your cardstock as you will use this now hollow piece as a frame for the leftover gray dot piece from the first layout (See my post from August 7th.) The gray dot piece measures 9″ x 9″, so position it towards the bottom of the scarlet frame piece.
3. From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock) punch a 9″ border using the Lace Trim Border Punch. Cut off of your cardstock at 2″. Position this piece on top of the gray dot piece leaving the Scarlet Cardstock frame showing.
4. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a row of birds from Evergreen Cardstock.
5. Adhere pieces as shown and add stickers and embellishments as shown. I used Foam Squares for my ribbon pieces at the top of the layout.
My last layout evokes another garden scene of picking strawberries. I created a strawberry patch with the On the Vine Border Punch and heart punch outs. The sweet little basket was inspired by my scrapping buddy, Fran Smitherman, who shared several ideas for creating baskets on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.
To make my layout:
1. Cut a 12″ x 3″ piece of strawberry paper and adhere to the top of the gray dot paper. Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2. Use the On the Vine Border Punch to punch a border from Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock). Adhere to the bottom of the page. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Heart Duet Border Maker Cartridge to punch hearts from Scarlet Cardstock. Use a black pen to add detail to the hearts and adhere over the circles in the vine piece.
3. Use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a piece from White Cardstock and trim as shown. Adhere to top of the page.
4. Add two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from Scarlet Cardstock.
5. Use the Basketweave Border Punch to punch a piece from Brown Cardstock. Trim with scissors as shown. To create the handle, use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Blue and Red Blades to cut a hollow frame piece. Cut on the inside edge with the Blue Blade first and then without moving the cutting pattern, cut again with the Red Blade. Trim with scissors to fit the basket piece.
6. Add stickers, embellishments and a bird punched with the Songbirds Border Punch. Adhere some with Foam Squares as shown.
I hope you like these super sweet pages! Don’t feel like you need “strawberry” photos for them. Just use photos of your family members – or maybe stage some photos eating strawberry shortcakes or strawberry ice cream : )
Please note that the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge sold out during CM’s promo last month. CM has ordered more of this cartridge, and it is expected to be back in stock in November. To place an order, please use my Creative Memories website link.
Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I’ll be back at the end of the month with the Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Summer Blog Hop!
Well, it’s better to be late than never! As we start to think about Croptoberfest, I’m finally sharing the four layouts that I created with the 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit from Creative Memories. I normally hold a large all-day workshop and/or weekend retreat to celebrate National Scrapbook Day, but I had canceled my event for this year due to the pandemic. I held back on sharing these layouts as I held onto the hope of holding an in-person event. But with new infection rates rising in my local area, it’s time to finally share these layouts.
Today I’m sharing the first of my four layouts. Please visit with me next week as I share the other three. I will be making my layouts with the participants of my Virtual Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Retreat this weekend (August 7th – 9th). In addition to these layouts, I’ll also be teaching 5 other page classes, sharing some demos, offering challenges, door prizes and products at special prices. I’ve created a private Facebook group for the event and will be teaching and recording the classes via Zoom. The virtual event begins at 5 pm CT today (August 7th). If you would like to join the fun, please pay your $25 registration fee ASAP using my Pay Pal link.
I love to make pretty pages, and the National Scrapbook Day Kit provided some super cute materials to make some really pretty pages! The strawberry motif made me think of picking strawberries in my garden and old-time kitchen scenes with lace curtains, baskets and mason jars. I channeled these images to create my layouts, and I used up almost all of the materials in the kit and the extra embellishments along with some extra sheets of cardstock.
To make my first layout:
1. Cut a 9″ x 9″ piece from the left-center of the black plaid paper. Make sure to leave space on the left edge of the plaid paper. Set the cut-out piece aside to use on another layout. Cut a 10″ x 10″ piece from Scarlet Cardstock and adhere over the cut out space on the plaid paper. Add faux stitching with Dual-Tip Black Pen.
2. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller of the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a rectangle from the green striped paper. I positioned the stripes on the paper to run horizontally. From the gray-wash print paper, freehand cut a small rectangle shape to use as the lid of your mason jar. Use a Dual-Tip Black Pen to draw details on the jar and lid. Don’t adhere the lid yet.
3. From the dark green paper, use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut three narrow 1/4″ flower stems from the swell side of the trimmer. Adhere these to your jar and then adhere the jar lid. Use the old Cherry Blossom Punch to punch three flowers from White Cardstock and add detail with black pen. Adhere the flowers with Foam Squares and add additional stickers as shown.
4. From Black Cardstock, punch a 10″ border using the Dazzle Border Punch. Trim off of your cardstock at 1-1/2″, and adhere to the bottom of the scarlet piece.
5. Add two 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats cut from Aqua Cardstock.
6. Add additional stickers and embellishments as shown.
You may purchase the tools that I used and also the exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit through my Creative Memories website link or get one from me personally. If you order online, click on “Shop” and then look for the “Virtual Events” tab. Make sure to purchase the bundle as you’ll receive the extra embellishments that I used. Keep in mind that the kit also contains instructions from Creative Memories to make two layouts. So you many wish to purchase two of the kits in order to create CM’s layouts and also mine.
Please come back and visit with me next week when I share 3 more layouts that I created from the 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit!
Hello! Today I’m sharing some layouts that I created earlier this past spring. The Daydreamer collection from Creative Memories is one of my favorite collections from this year, and I wanted to show it to you before it sells out. Photographs of this collection do NOT do it justice. The subtle light-colored patterns and the sparkle on the embellishments are hard to capture. Trust me – it is even more beautiful in person! I’ve already used up three sets of it!
My first layout features pretty frames punched with the Petal Frame Punch from Creative Memories and some beautiful embellishment/sticker clusters. I can’t wait to find the perfect photographs for it!
To make my layout:
1. Cut burgundy paper to 10″ x 10″.
2. Cut white/beige paper to 10″ x 10″, and punch around the edges with the Petal Frame Punch.
3. Cut yellow photo mats to 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
4. Cut journaling box from White Cardstock using the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Green Blade on the inside edge.
4. Punch a 4″ x 4″ burgundy square with the Petal Frame Punch.
5. Assemble page as shown.
6. Layer Daydreamer Stickers and Embellishments as shown and adhere with Foam Squares.
My second layout features another pretty framed piece that I created with the Lace Trim Border Punch and more of the lovely Daydreamer Embellishments and Stickers. The Lace Trimer Border Punch is another favorite of mine. It’s great for layering and for making pretty pages!
To make my layout:
1. Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch 4 borders from White Cardstock. Cut the pieces off of the cardstock at about 1-1/4″ and trim to 9-1/5″ in length.
2. To make mitered corners on your border pieces, place the borders onto the 45 degree line on your 12″ Trimmer. Place the upper edge of the border onto the dashed cutting line and cut. Flip the border over to the backside, turn it around and place the other end onto the 45 degree line and upper edge on the dashed cutting line, and cut.
3. Cut green paper to 7-3/8″ x 7-3/8″.
4. Cut photo mats to 4″ x 6″ and 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″.
5. Cut journaling circle or photo frame using the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and the Red and Green Blades on the inside edge.
6. Assemble layout as shown. Add stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.
For my next layout, I used a quick and easy technique that I borrowed from Tessa Chapple. Tessa calls this technique Shadow Borders. You can use this technique with any of our border punches or even our border maker cartridges. This is a great technique for the Roller Coaster Border Punch!
To make my layout:
1. Punch both ends of the pink paper with the now discontinued Tulips Border Punch. Cut the bottom end off of the paper, flip it over to its backside and adhere onto the pink paper.
2. Use Foam Squares to adhere a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ Daydreamer Variety Mat to the center of the page.
3. Cut two additional Daydreamer Variety Mats to 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere at angles.
4. Add Daydreamer border stickers to the top and bottom of the layout. Add additional stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.
I was inspired by the Mother’s Day post on the CM Blog to create my last layout. Instead of using circles cut with the Custom Cutting System, I punched circles using the Floral Circle Punch to create my heart pieces. This layout is even prettier in person!
To make my layout:
1. Cut two 6″x6″ pieces from the Ombre sheet of paper and punch with the Floral Circle Punch.
2. Cut the two circle pieces into fourths. Please refer to the instructions and diagram on the CM Blog for cutting and arranging the pieces.
3. My photo mats are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.
4. Add embellishments, stickers and journaling as shown.
I love to make pretty pages, and the Daydreamer collection provides the prefect materials! Again – trust me – it’s even more beautiful in person! You can purchase the Daydreamer collection and the tools that I used through my CM website link.
Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop! We’re glad to be back sharing a wide variety of scrapping ideas with you! Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to take you to the next stop on the blog hop.
I used the Simply Sunshine Collection from Creative Memories to make some spring layouts and a card. Yellow is my happy color, and Simply Sunshine fills me with happiness! But it’s not all yellow – there are shades of green and blush too. The paper pack contains sweet floral prints mixed with a wood-pattern, plaid and some small neutral geometric prints. And the stickers and embellishments are absolutely adorable!
You can see some of this adorableness in my first layout that I filled with an abundance of the sweet stickers and embellishments. They’re all so cute that it was hard to restrain myself! I started with a 5″ x 7″ photo of my granddaugher that I trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, and then I created a layout based on my current favorite tool – the Banner Flag Punch! My layout reminds me of a spring clothesline hanging with banners of all sizes.
My large banner pieces are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″. I trimmed the variety mat with the spring title into a banner shape and tore some strips for the top and bottom of my layout. I used the Banner Flag Punch to punch pieces and attached them to a 1/4″ strip, and then adhered the strip with banners with Foam Squares. I added embellishments and stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.
When I saw the bunny and chick embellishments, I immediately knew that I would be using Simply Sunshine to make an Easter layout. The photos of my granddaughter sitting in the grass inspired me to make a multi-layered grass border for the bottoms of the pages. To make the grass borders, use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch four borders from the green print paper. Use your scissors to snip off the tops of the mountains as shown in my photo below. Use the Tulip Border Punch to punch two borders from the yellow print paper and nestle the tulips in between the grass. I used Foam Squares to give dimension to my grass border.
To complete my layout, I created little Easter vignettes with stickers, embellishments and Easter eggs that I cut from variety mats using the Custom Cutting System with the Gemstone Cutting Patterns. (There is an egg shape inside of the smallest heart cutting pattern.)
You may have already seen my third layout as it was featured in the April 12th-14th World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories. To print a sketch of this layout, please click here to visit the CM Blog. To create this layout, cut the dark green paper pieces to 11″ x 10″ and cut out the centers to conserve paper. Also cut out the centers of the floral paper used as the background to conserve paper. Cut the light green paper to 10-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.
My border pieces measure 12″ x 2″ and 12″ x 1-1/4″. I created the scallop piece on the borders by punching Hay Shimmer Cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with the Rainbow Cartridge and using scissors to snip off the inside loop.
I cut five photos with the Custom Cutting System with the smallest circle pattern with the red blade on the outside edge and cut the mats with the green blade. My vertical photos measure 3-1/4″ x 6″ and are matted with 3-1/2″ x 7-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ x 9″ pieces of evergreen cardstock. The border pieces on top of the photos are 3-1/2″ x 1″. I punched a few smaller flowers from Hay Shimmer using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch. Make sure to adhere some of the embellishments and the “Sunshine” sticker with Foam Squares for dimension.
The last item that I created is a folded double-pocket card using a sheet of the Simply Sunshine paper and the new 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories. I shared this project on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page earlier in the month. Please click here to view a video that shows how to cut and fold the paper to make the card. I decorated the pockets of my card with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Rainbow Cartridge and filled my card with tags that I created using the 4-Way Essentials Punch.
I hope that I’ve inspired you to create some spring projects using the beautiful Simply Sunshine collection! Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used.
Julie’s blog is the next stop on our blog hop. Thanks so much for hopping with us!
Each spring, scrapbookers around the world celebrate our love of scrapbooking with National Scrapbook Day. This year, I’m holding my National Scrapbook Day workshop on May 4th – the “official” day of NSD. My event is almost full, but please contact me if you would like more information about my workshop.
Creative Memories has created some super cute exclusive 2019 NSD items that can only be purchased directly from a CM advisor. There is a NSD Kit with materials and instructions to make 2 double-page layouts, a pack of coordinating cardstock, a NSD Daisy Album, and a 2019 NSD Charm. If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to help you get any of these items.
I loved the NSD Kit so much that I made some additional layouts with it. I also used the coordinating NSD Cardstock and NSD Gift Embellishments that are packaged as gift items for advisors. I’ll use these layouts for photos from my National Scrapbook Day workshop.
To create my first layout, use scissors to hand-cut around the hexagon shapes of the yellow print paper. My resulting piece is 12″ x 9″. Fussy cut a 12″ by approximately 2″ strip of daisy paper and adhere under the yellow paper. Cut individual and partial daisies and layer and adhere behind the first strip. (You may wish to complete some of the other layouts first, and then cut your daisies from you scraps.)
To complete your page, add stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown. Use a black pen to add faux stitching and details as shown.
My second layout, is a fun take on the daisy theme. Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of the Vista (blue) Shimmer Cardstock and attach a piece of 11″ x 11″ white cardstock. Using the Custom Cutting System with the small Heart Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge, cut 5 hearts from Vista Shimmer Cardstock. Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut 5 hearts from the daisy print paper. Use the smallest Circle Pattern with Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from the yellow print paper. My photo mat is 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and is also from the Vista Shimmer Cardstock.
(This exclusive shimmer cardstock is significantly lighter in weight than other shimmer cardstock that CM has offered. So it’s much easier on our blades and punches. The NSD Coordinating Cardstock also contains 2 sheets of Lagoon Shimmer Cardstock – an aqua shade that I did not use on any of my layouts.)
Complete your layout with stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown.
To make my third layout, cut a 12″ x 6-3/4″ piece of the green dot pattern from one of the sheets of multi-print paper and a 12″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the yellow print paper and adhere to a sheet of white cardstock. (For layouts like these, I like to use the packaging piece of cardstock that is included in CM paper packs. One side of these sheets is printed with info about the paper pack, but they are nice heavy sheets of photo-safe white cardstock.)
Use the Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from the daisy print paper. Use the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from evergreen cardstock. (Don’t cut full circles as you’ll want to conserve your paper.) Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch two borders from the yellow print paper. Adhere the three pieces bending the flower border as you adhere it behind the green cardstock.
Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch a border from white cardstock and adhere to a 12″ x 1″ strip of evergreen cardstock. Use the new Essentials 4-Way Punch to punch small circles for the flower centers from yellow print paper. Adhere the border piece and the semi-circle on the page as shown.
From white cardstock, use the Banner Flag Punch to punch three banners. Use a dark green pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart and flower embellishments. Adhere banners with stickers and embellishments as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.
For my next layout, adhere an 11″ x 7″ piece of daisy print paper and an 11″ x 2-3/4′ piece of the striped paper to a sheet of navy cardstock. Use the Flower Child Punch to punch a border from yellow print paper. Use the old CM Daisy Bouquet Punch to punch small daisies from white cardstock, and punch centers from yellow print paper using the new CM Essentials 4-Way Punch. Adhere to the Flower Child border as shown and adhere finished border to the page.
Use the Banner Flag Punch to punch banners from cloud cardstock, and use a navy pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart embellishments. Create three clusters with embellishments and stickers as shown and adhere the cluster pieces with Foam Squares.
For my last layout, I used a sketch from the recent World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories as my inspiration. Adhere a 12″ x 3″ piece of yellow dot paper to a sheet of white cardstock. Add a 12″ x 6-1/2″ piece of cloud cardstock and a 12″ x 1″ piece of yellow dot paper. Use the old CM Daisy Punch to punch daisies from the daisy print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, and cut flowers in half. Punch flower centers from yellow paper using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch. Assemble flower pieces and adhere to layout as shown adding a vine sticker.
Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut two circles from daisy print paper. Cut circles in half and adhere to bottom of layout as shown. Cut a 4-3/4″ x 7″ piece of yellow paper and a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Vista Shimmer Cartridge to create a photo mat.
My square daisy piece is the packaging from the NSD Gift Embellishments. I cut it slightly and matted it with Vista Shimmer Cardstock. From yellow print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, I created a ribbon piece for the right edge. Add stickers and embellishments adhering with Foam Squares as shown.
I hope that I’ve inspired you with my National Scrapbook Day layouts! Please contact me if you would like to purchase any of these NSD materials as they are only available directly from a CM advisor.
Today I’m sharing some scrapbook layouts that I made with the new Flourish collection from Creative Memories. If you loved the Secret Garden collection from CM last year, you’re likely to also love this collection. Like Secret Garden, Flourish is full of flowers and butterflies and features watercolor shades of purple and teal, but Flourish also contains a lovely shade of blush.
The Flourish Stickers feature watercolor prints of roses, leaves, hearts and butterflies and are printed on a clear poly. This allows for the stickers to be layered with some of the background paper and bottom stickers showing through. I must warn you to take heed when working with these stickers. They are super sticky and seem to jump out of your hand and right onto your paper – not quite where you intended them to go. Once on the paper, they are difficult to pull off without taking up some of the paper with it. The stickers also won’t show up if you put them on the busier prints of paper. I also found that they didn’t show well on the almost solid sheet of purple in the pack. If you like the look of a more solid sticker and/or like to add dimension with Foam Squares, adhere the stickers to white cardstock and cut them out with scissors to create a die cut. Although I found the stickers to be a little challenging to work with, I do love their ethereal watercolor look.
For my first layout, I went a little crazy with the stickers and created a watercolor wreath. I started by cutting my watercolor background paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhering it to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ purple print with the center cut out. I cut apart the stickers and arranged them on my paper to get my shape, spacing and layering figured out. (If you use a pencil to draw a circle shape, be warned that the pencil marks will show through the stickers.)
I then started adhering the stickers taking care to overlap and layer as I went around. I usually like a little dimension and texture on my layouts, so I added some leaf die cuts from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (i.e. my current favorite item). My photo is 4″ x 5″ and matted with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of purple print paper and a piece of 5-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ large floral paper. I love how this paper is a such a close match to my granddaughter’s bib!
For my second layout, I adhered the rose stickers onto white cardstock and cut them out with scissors. If you look closely, you’ll see some purple residue on my pink roses. I first put them directly on the purple paper, but didn’t care for how they looked. So I very carefully pulled them off, but some of the paper pigment remained. I created a layered embellishment cluster with more leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (Did I mention that these are my current favorite product?) and some roses that I punched from white cardstock with the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Border Cartridge.
To make my layout, cut a strip of rose print paper to 2-1/2″ x 12″. Use the Winter Vine Punch (a current favorite tool) to punch a border from the purple print paper and layer as shown. Cut a 9″ x 10″ piece from the purple paper and a 8-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” piece of white cardstock. Assemble as shown adding 1/2″ strips of the floral paper to the top and bottom of the purple piece.
My next layout is an explosion of punched pieces, stickers and embellishments. You’ll notice that I added a little bit of navy cardstock to provide some definition and contrast. For this layout, I adhered all of the Flourish Stickers onto white cardstock and cut out with stickers to create die cuts that could be adhered with Foam Squares.
To make this layout, cut the floral paper to 12″ x 7″, and cut a thin strip of navy to adhere under the top edge. Add the finished piece on top of a piece of the word print paper. My photos are 4″ x 5″ and matted with 4-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ navy cardstock mats. To create the bottom border, punch navy cardstock and green print paper with the Tulip Border Punch and off-set the pieces. The borders are 8-3/4″ x 2″.
For the top of your layout, create a crisscross double banner using the Banner Flag Punch. Off-set each banner piece of print paper with a banner from navy cardstock. Finish your layout by layering leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with Flourish Sticker adhered with Foam Squares.
Although my last layout was made with Blend & Bloom Pink Paper, I included it here as it also prominently features the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments. Over the years, we’ve had many embellishment packs of paper flowers and several flower punches, so I’m really excited to have this entire pack of greenery embellishments. The leaves are intricately cut from a light-weight chip board. And each leaf piece is double-sided with a different shade of green giving us more options to mix and match these embellishments.
My photos are 3″ x 5-3/4″ and matted with a small dot patterned paper from the Blend & Bloom Pink Paper. I layered the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with flowers and gemstone and pearl embellishments from the Blend & Bloom Foiled Flower Embellishments. My layout also includes a banner punched with the Banner Flag Punch and adorned with hearts that were punched by the Original Border Maker with the Heart Duet Border Cartridge. I adhered the banner pieces with Foam Squares and used White Script ABC/123 Stickers for my title.
I enjoyed creating these pretty pages and hope that I inspired you with a few ideas! You can purchase all of the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.