Hello! Today I used two of my current favorite Creative Memories tools to create a beautiful layout. This layout features a double-edge punched frame. I punched the outside of my frame with the Damask Flourish Frame Punch and punched the inside of my frame with the Original Border Maker System and Flourish Vine Border Maker Cartridge. I LOVE how these two punched patterns look together!
I punched the outside edge of a piece of 12″ x 12″ designer paper with the Damask Flourish Frame Punch. After punching the frame, I cut out the center of the paper leaving a 2-1/2″ hollow frame. I folded the frame on the diagonal and punched the inside edge of the frame with the Original Border Maker System and Flourish Vine Border Cartridge.
I finished the layout with photo mats cut from Black Shimmer Cardstock and Silver and Gold Foiled Layered Embellishments. The paper is from the Shades of Silver and Gold Paper pack.
Hello! I hope your new year is off to a great start! I’m back with my monthly technique layout and challenge. Please use this technique to create a layout and share it with me in the appropriate album in Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook for an entry into my monthly door prize drawing!
I used the Damask Flourish Frame Punch from Creative Memories to create this beautiful multi-colored border. I punched borders from 4 different coordinating sheets of designer paper, cut the borders apart and reconstructed the pieces to create the bottom border on my layout. I love how the pretty pieces pop on the White Lined Paper that I used for the background. I also love the subtle chevron pattern that was created by the narrow spaces between the pieces.
For my layout, I used paper from the Vivid Melodies Collection from Creative Memories. Vivid Melodies is comprised of 4 paper packs that all coordinate with each other. The Capris Blue, Butterscotch, Jazzberry and Lime Tart Paper packs contain sheets of designer papers with the same patterns but in different colors. The colors are of the same tone, so they mix and match beautifully. There are also coordinating embellishments and stickers for the Vivid Melodies Collection.
After I photographed my layout, I looked at it upside down and decided that I might prefer the larger border at the top of the page. What do you think? Do you like the bigger border at the top or bottom? It’s certainly beautiful both ways!
You may purchase all of the materials and the Damask Flourish Frame Punch through my Creative Memories website link. I appreciate your purchases and offer a generous Customer Rewards Program that is starting new for 2023.
It’s also time to register for our up-coming Creative Life Scrapbooking PJ Party Virtual Crop on January 27th. The live Zoom sessions will be recorded, and we furnish printable handouts. So you can create our layouts at your leisure if you can’t crop along on the 27th. We’ll have a private Facebook group for the event where 100s of examples of our layouts will be shared for added inspiration. You’ll receive instructions for 7 double-page layouts that feature multiple photos and are versatile for easy substitution of tools and materials. There are no special supplies to purchase. Just use your stash! For more info and to register, please see our website at www.creativelifescrapbooking.com. (The discounted Combo will be available through the end of the month.)
Today I’m sharing a fun technique for our Creative Memories Border Maker System. For my examples I paired the Original Border Maker System with the Flourish Vine and Sandcastles Border Maker Cartridges. Instead of punching in a straight line, I punched around two different sized squares. I love when we can use our tools in multiple ways to get more utility from them!
For my first example, I used paper and stickers from our new Sunrays for Days Collection and the Sandcastles Border Maker Cartridge to create a fun layout with decorative corner pieces. Sunrays for Days is a fun and bright collection that is great for photos of all of our summer activities!
Please view my YouTube Video for a demonstration of how to create the border pieces.
To Create My Layout:
1. Cut (2) 4″ x 4″ squares from the tan print paper. 2. Center the squares in the housing unit of the Original Border Maker System with the Sandcastles Border Maker Cartridge and punch all four sides of each square. (You will not use the tray of the Original Border Maker System.) Please see my YouTube video for a demonstration. 3. Use the 12-Inch Trimmer to cut the squares in half on the diagonal. Adhere the triangle pieces into the corners of the blue paper. 4. Cut a hollow frame from a piece of 9-3/4″ x 9-3/4″ yellow paper. 5. Cut flip flop paper to 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and adhere to the yellow frame. Adhere the piece to the center of the layout. 6. Crop and mat photos with White Cardstock. Add to layout. 7. Fussy cut and add a journaling piece from a Sunrays for Days Variety Mat and embellish with Sunrays for Days Stickers adhered with Foam Squares.
For my second layout, I used the Flourish Vine Border Maker Cartridge and used the same technique but created a decorative border from the triangle pieces. I started with 4″ squares cut in half on the diagonal. To get the smaller end pieces, I cut one of the triangles in half a second time. I also added a traditional border punched with the Original Border Maker System and Flourish Vine Border Maker Cartridge. After punching the border, cut it off of the paper at 1-1/2″ and add a 12″ x 1/4″ strip cut from Charcoal Cardstock. For this layout, I used the Our Moments Paper, Embellishments and Stickers.
For a demonstration, please see my YouTube video. While you’re on YouTube, please subscribe to may channel.
I originally created my third layout for Creative Life Scrapbooking. I used the same technique but started with smaller squares that measured 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″. I punched all four sides of the squares but did not cut them in half. I used the Our Moments Paper, Tone-on-Tone Paper, Stickers and Embellishments for my layout. For step-by-step instructions, please see Creative Life Scrapbooking.
I hope that you give this technique a try! Please take a photo of your layout and share it into my #TechniqueTue 36 Album in Karyn’s Croppers on Facebook for an entry into my June Door Prize Drawing! I would love to see your versions of these layouts!
You may purchase all of the tools and materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. I appreciate all of your orders and offer a generous Customer Rewards Program.
The Our Moments Collection is currently my favorite with Creative Memories! I adore the jewel tone color palette and the pretty laser borders, embellishments and stickers. Many of the sentiments and titles are family oriented, so it’s a great choice for your heritage photos. But the colors and patterns are really good for any type of photos!
To create my page, I turned to an older layout of mine for inspiration. I used the 12-Inch Trimmer to create elongated hexagon pieces using the 45-degree line. Please see my video for a step-by-step demo. While you’re on YouTube, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. As a subscriber, you will receive an email and notification whenever I post a new video. My channel will also appear in the Subscription area of the left sidebar on your YouTube homepage, so it will always be easy to find.
After I completed my video, I made some slight changes to my layout and moved two of the paper pieces and some of the cut laser borders. I also added an extra photo.
Below is my older layout that provided the inspiration for this new layout. On the video, I misspoke. I created this layout in 2018 with the old Archiver Collection from Creative Memories. Here’s a link to my original blog post. I used the old 12-Trimmer and created 60-degree angles for this version.
When cutting the hexagon pieces, you’ll end up with several leftover triangles. On my video, I offer a few different suggestions for using the triangles on another layout. Below is one of those ideas. I love how one technique creates unique pieces for 2 different layouts!
To create this layout, cut the purple paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to a sheet of Charcoal Cardstock. Adhere the top row of triangle pieces as shown and add the laser border. Adhere a second row of triangles. Just add photos and some stickers and embellishments to finish it!
The Elongated Hexagon Layout is my technique layout for the month of May. I would love to see your versions of it! Please share photos of your completed layouts in the #TechinqueTue 35 Album in my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. Your photo will serve as your entry into my monthly door prize drawing. Create a second layout with your leftover triangle scraps for a second entry! I can’t wait to see what you create!
The Our Moments Collection is available for purchase through my Creative Memories website. When you purchase through me, you’ll be entered into my Customer Rewards Program to receive bonus gifts from me.
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!
Brrrr! Freezing temperatures! Snow! Ice! It’s perfect scrapbooking weather! If you’re looking for a virtual scrapbooking activity for this weekend, you might consider joining me. I’m hosting a weekend-long event that I’m calling The World Awaits Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat.
As “The World Awaits” for the pandemic to end and get back to “normal”, grab your passport for fun and join my Virtual Scrapbooking Weekend Retreat on February 19-21! We’ll have fun with a travel themed retreat as we daydream and plan the first trips that we’ll take after the pandemic ends. The virtual retreat will feature live page classes and Scrap & Chat sessions on Zoom, challenges, door prizes, a product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products, and a few fun games. All page classes will be recorded and include instructional handouts. There is a $25 fee to participate, and you can pay with Pay Pal. Please click here to register now.
I will be using the BOHO Escape Collection from Creative Memories for my sample layouts that we’ll create during the Virtual Retreat. We’ll make 7 double-page layouts (14 pages) during the page classes. You may use any materials that you like for your layouts. In addition to the Zoom sessions, there will be a private Facebook group for the event where I’ll share recordings of the page classes and printable instructional handouts. The product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products will be a Facebook Live post to the Facebook group. And participants will share photos of their completed layouts on the private group.
During the retreat, we’ll make pretty pages like the one above. The layout above is also a good reminder about the Cardstock Buffet that Creative Memories is currently offering. On occasion, Creative Memories offers a Cardstock Buffet with exclusive limited edition cardstock colors that are not part of our product line. The current Cardstock Buffet features exclusive Shimmer Cardstock in 7 different colors. When you purchase 6 packs, you receive one pack for FREE! For more information and to order, please check out my CM website.
For my layout above, I combined the lovely Marigold Cardstock from the last Cardstock Buffet and the Boho Escape Collection. I also used the new Mandala Border Punch to create the pretty frame around the photo and the decorative corner pieces. I’ll be demonstrating this technique during my Virtual Retreat this weekend. Please see my YouTube Channel for a video demonstration of how to make this fancy inside frame.
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.
Hello! Today I’m sharing a layout that I made from elongated hexagon shapes and the Archiver’s Collection from Creative Memories. Although this collection was designed as a heritage collection, it’s also great for almost any other kind of photos. I like how it provides a soft subtle background for my photo.
To make my page, cut 10 pieces of designer print paper into 4″ x 6″ rectangles. Measure and mark the tops of each piece at 2″.
Position paper on the Creative Memories 12″ Straight Trimmer with the 2″ mark on the cutting groove and the top edge of the paper on the 60 degree angle mark. Cut. When you measure and cut your pieces, try to be as precise as possible. You’ll notice on my page that a few of my pieces did not line up exactly. This was probably due to my measurement or cut being off just a smidgen.
Flip the paper over to the backside and repeat the cut. Cut tops and bottoms of two pieces and just one end of the other pieces. Cut photo(s) in the same manner.
Cut 1/8″ off of each side of each paper piece and photo.
Arrange pieces on coordinating or contrasting cardstock leaving between 1/8″ – 1/4″ between pieces and from the left and right sides of the cardstock. I ran the pieces on the top and bottom of my page over the edge and cut flush with the cardstock. But you could leave a border of cardstock on the top and bottom as I did for my left and right sides. I suggest laying out all of your pieces first before you start to adhere.
You could also include more than one photo on your page or duplicate the page to make a double-page layout with more photos.
You’ll notice that I arranged the row with my photo about two-thirds of the way down verses in the center of the page. I also spread out the paper colors and patterns and placed pieces with larger more graphic prints away from my photo so as not to compete with the photo. I included journaling on a piece with a subtle print.
I embellished my page with the Archiver’s Laser Borders and Archivers Stickers for the date. The title is from the Everyday Sentiments Embellishments. (I love how items from different collections in the Creative Memories product line coordinate with each other!) And lastly, I added a few flowers that I created with the new Daisy Bouquet Punch and adhered with Foam Squares.