Daydreamer Scrapbook Layouts

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

Happy Scrapping!

Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop – Ever After Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop!  We’re sharing ideas using some of our favorite Creative Memories products that were released this winter.  Just follow the links at the bottom of my post to continue blog hopping.

I used the new Ever After Collection from Creative Memories for my layouts.  Although this collection is marketed as a wedding collection, I found that the colors and patterns worked beautifully for some photos of my new granddaughter.  Most of the stickers are wedding themed, so I only used a few stickers and relied on the Ever After Laser Cut Frames and Ever After Variety Mats to adorn my pages.  For my titles, I used some older CM products.

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For my first layout, I created a shabby chic ruffed border by tearing ~1″ strips from the green designer paper, crumpling it up, unfolding it, and then randomly folding pleats forwards and backwards.  Afterwards, I flattened the top edges with my hands and taped the pieces to a strip of cardstock to make it easier to handle.  I then adhered the entire piece to my page and covered the top edge with an Ever After sticker strip adhered with Foam Squares.  Underneath the top edge, I tucked in a border punched from a variety mat with the Original Border Maker System and new Rose Chain Border Maker Cartridge.


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I made a paper bow from the wood print designer paper and also matted my 7″ x 5″ photo with the same paper.  I included a frame from the embellishment pack under the top edge of my photo and added some stickers around my bow.  The title is from the old Everyday Sentiments Laser Cut Embellishments.


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My second layout consists of multi-layers of paper strips and borders.  The rose print paper measures 12″ x 3-1/2″, the light green print paper is 12″ x 3-1/4″, and the two dark green print strips are 12″ x 1/4″.  I included a border on the top that was punched from the light green print paper with the Original Border Maker System and new Heart Duet Cartridge and a border in the middle punched with the Original Border Maker and new Rose Chain Cartridge.

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I matted my 7″ x 5″ photo with the mauve striped paper and slid the entire piece into an oval frame from the embellishment pack.  I layered the photo piece over a lovely floral laser cut piece also from the embellishment pack.

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I finished the layout with Ever After stickers under the top corner of the photo and title stickers from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers.


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I pieced together a few strips of paper to make the background of my third layout.  I punched the top edge of a 12″ x 7″ piece of light green print paper with the Original Border Maker and Garland Cartridge and adhered this piece on top of a 12″ x 5-1/4″ piece of wood print paper.  I adhered a 12″ x 1-1/2″ strip of wood print paper underneath the top edge of the light green print paper and left a 1/4″ exposed at the top – making sure that my total page measures 12″ x 12″.  I matted my photo with a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece of wood paper and layered it over a frame from the embellishment pack.

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I used an old Natural Elegance Variety Mat as my title and layered it over an Ever After Variety Mat and roses that I fussy cut from the rose print paper.  I added a laser cut embellishment from the embellishment pack on top of the title card.

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Lastly, I used the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Cartridge to punch two rose borders from the mauve striped paper and layered these pieces underneath the garland border at the top of the page.

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To create my last layout, I fussy cut half of the outside edge of a sheet of the rose print paper and adhered this to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ white cardstock.  I then cut a 1/4″ frame from the outside edge of a sheet of the wood print paper and adhered this to my page.  My photo is matted with a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece of wood paper and layered on top of a green striped variety mat.

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To embellish my layout, I fussy cut more roses from the rose print paper and included Bloom & Blend Greenery Embellishments and a title from the Little Lamb Girl Stickers.

I hope that I’ve inspired you with the Ever After Collection.  Any of my layouts could be used for other types of photos – including wedding photos – and can also be easily adapted into double-page spreads or adapted to include more photos and journaling.

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Please leave a comment below and let me know which idea you might try or which layout that you like best.  You may purchase the materials and tools that I used on my Creative Memories website.  You may also like to follow me on my private Facebook Page, Karyn’s Croppers.  You can also find Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.

For more inspiration, please continue with our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop and visit Julie next.

Lisa’s Workshop
Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn Crops (You Are Here)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Scrappin’ Jpegs
Crop With Stef



Secret Garden Scrapbook Layouts

Oh my goodness!  The new Secret Garden Collection from Creative Memories just might be their most beautiful collection yet!  It’s full of soft watercolor designs in shades of purple and teal.  The Fast2Fab Album with Pre-Designed Pages is absolutely stunning, and has received rave reviews from my customers.  At my recent weekend retreat, I sold 6 of the Fast2Fab Albums!  Personally, I love the Secret Garden Stickers most of all.  The sticker pack is full of lovely floral arrangements and sweet sentiments that are perfect for adorning pretty pages and cards!

We used the Secret Garden Paper and Stickers at my Crop Club last month.  At Crop Club, we use one page sketch, one pack of paper, one pack of stickers or embellishments, and some cardstock to make three double-page layouts.  Please contact me if you live in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area and would like to attend my Crop Club.  Or contact me if you’re interested in participating in my Crop Club by mail and would like to purchase my Secret Garden Crop Club Kit.  Below are the three layouts that can be created from the kit.

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We used a 1-2-3 Page Sketch created by my friend, Noreen Smith.  Noreen has created a series of simple sketches that require only three cuts from one sheet of designer paper, and she shares some of these sketches on her blog, Organized & Creative Mom.  She has recently created an e-book of sketches that you can purchase from her blog.

The first layout is adorned with Secret Garden Stickers and also punch outs from CM’s new Double Heart Punch and borders punched with the Doily Border Punch.  The corners of the journaling box were punched with CM’s new 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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My second layout features a bottom border punched with the Original Border Maker System and the Picket Fence Cartridge.  The Picket Fence Cartridge is one of three cartridges that come with the system when purchased.  A thin 12″ x 5/8″ strip of designer paper was threaded through the picket fence to create a ribbon effect.

I also included a few hearts from the Double Heart Punch and another journaling box with corners punched with the 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.


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My third layout features a lovely border that I created with the recently sold-out Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  I punched one border and cut it in half lengthwise and adhered each half to each page and topped them with border stickers adhered with Foam Squares. (This is a good reminder that CM’s punches and cartridges for the Original Border Maker System are considered limited edition items and are only available in a set quantity.  These items are projected to stay in inventory for 3-12 months, but some sell out quickly.)

On all three of my layouts, you’ll notice that I adhered most of the flower, butterfly and title stickers with Foam Squares.  I love the added dimension that the Foam Squares provide to my pages.

You’ll also notice that all three layouts feature a different way to arrange five 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photos.  However, you can crop your photos into smaller sizes and arrange them to your liking.

I love all three of these layouts and can’t decide which is my favorite.  Which one do you like best?  Please leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to making and sharing more pretty pages with this beautiful collection!  Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the materials to create these layouts.

Happy Scrapping!


P.S.  You might like to join my private Facebook Group, Karyn’s Croppers.  I”m running a summer special that you won’t want to miss!


Forever Yours & Woodland Whimsy Layouts

Several product collections from Creative Memories are now in limited supply and available while supplies last.  Before they’re gone, I wanted to share a few layouts with you.  My first pages feature the Forever Yours collection.  Forever Yours is elegant with shades of pink, rose, gold, navy and silver and perfect for wedding photos.  On March 5th, our new Black & White wedding collection will be released.  If black and white is not the color palette for your wedding photos, I suggest purchasing the Forever Yours items sooner than later.

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My first layout is quick and easy but yet so beautiful.  I conserved paper by cutting both the silver and navy paper in half at 6″ and adhering to the 12″ x 12″ paper insert from the paper pack.   These inserts serve as a label for the paper packs and show photos of each sheet of paper in the pack.  They are also photo-safe and can be used in our albums.  With this trick, I saved two 12″ x 6″ pieces of designer paper.

I adhered a border sticker to the paper seam and used the Doily Border Punch to punch two borders from white cardstock.  I used the Custom Cutting System with the Circle Cutting Pattern to cut my photo and also to cut a photo mat from the navy paper.  I used Foam Squares under the flower and title stickers and added a few grey pearl gemstones.

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My second page is also a snap to make!  I matted a piece of 6″ x 12″ rose patterned paper with navy cardstock and adhered down the center of a sheet of the multi-print paper.  My photos are 4″ x 6″ and also matted with navy cardstock.  I used the Original Border Maker with the Heart Chain Cartridge to punch three navy borders and adhered them using our Repositionable Tape.  If you don’t yet have CM’s Original Border Maker, the Heart Chain Cartridge is one of three cartridges than come with the border maker when purchased.  Lastly I added a paper flower from the Forever Yours Embellishments and leaf and title stickers adhered with Foam Squares.

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Although the Forever Yours Paper is perfect for wedding photos, the prints are neutral enough to be used with all sorts of photos.  To make the page above, I cut two sheets of pink patterned paper in half on the diagonal and attached to another insert from a paper pack.  Since the paper wouldn’t fit in my trimmer when turned on the diagonal, I folded it in half and cut with my scissors.  I used my flower embellishments and stickers to cover the uneven cut lines.  You will need to cut apart the border sticker to make it fit on the page.  I used a Gold Dual-Tip Pen to edge my Forever Yours flower embellishments,  added small flowers punched from Gold Shimmer Cardstock to some, and added pearl gemstones to the centers.  My photo is 6″ x 4″ and triple matted with two pieces of Gold Shimmer Cardstock and white print paper.  The largest gold mat is 7-3/4″ x 6″, and the white piece is 7-1/2″ x 5-3/4″.  The smallest gold mat is 6-1/8″ x 4-1/8″.  My title piece was cut from a Variety Mat and is matted on a gold shimmer circle and a paper flower embellishment.  I hand-cut the ribbon pieces from Gold Shimmer Cardstock.

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My last page is a reminder that two of my favorite collections from the last year are also being discontinued and are in limited supply.  I’ve made many baby and non-baby pages with both the Woodland Whimsy Baby Girl and Baby Boy Collections.  But I love making pretty pages, and I just had to share this final baby page made with the Woodland Whimsy Baby Girl Papers and Embellishments.

I used the Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Cutting Pattern to cut a hollow circle from brown cardstock.  Using the Original Border Maker System with the Sprout Cartridge, I cut two borders from brown cardstock.  Using the Cherry Blossom Punch and other flower punches, I created layered flowers from the pink designer paper.  My leaves were punched with the Maple Leaf Punch and old Leaf Trio Punch.  I used the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch to punch a single bird from black cardstock.  My photo is 7″ x 5″ and matted with brown cardstock.  To assemble, I recommend laying out all of the pieces first before you start to adhere.  You’ll have to cut the sprout borders in order to wind them around the circle.  I adhered all of the flowers, the bird and the title embellishments with Foam Squares.  You’ll notice that I also edged my flower pieces with a brown pen and used the brown pen to draw veins on the leaves and bark lines on the sprout borders and the large circle piece.  I also added a pen detail around the entire edge of the page.



You may purchase the pieces of the Forever Yours and Woodland Whimsy Baby Girl Collections under the Going Gone section of my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!


Bee Mine – Valentine Scrapbook Layouts

February is the month of love, and today I’m sharing  Valentine scrapbooking pages that I made with the new Bee Mine materials from Creative Memories.  This collection is perfect for fun loved-themed pages!  The Bee Mine Collection features a super cute embossed album cover, designer paper, stickers, and layered embellishments, and all of these items can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

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The Bee Mine Paper, Stickers and Embellishments were perfect for this sweet page of my granddaughter.  The layout consists of a large heart made from 1″ squares.  I suggest laying out your heart first before you adhere the pieces.  You may have to move it around a bit on your cardstock to get the spacing right.  Try positioning your heart from the bottom up to leave space at the top for the banner sticker.


From the bottom up, here are the number of squares in each row.
1.  1 partial square
2.  3 squares (2 partial)
3.  5 squares (2 partial)
4.  7 squares (2 partial)
5.  9 squares (2 partial)
6.  9 squares
7.  9 squares
8.  9 squares (1 partial in center)
9.  8 squares (4 partial) separated by a space in the middle


I used the Bee Mine Stickers and the epoxy bees from the embellishment pack to adorn the page.  I also included flowers made with the new Daisy Bouquet Punch and arrows punched with the Original Border Maker System with the new Arrow Cartridge.  Foam Squares under some of my stickers really gave a nice pop, and a little detailing with a black pen really brought the page to life.

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I used the same materials and the Border Maker with Arrow Cartridge on my second page and got a totally different look.

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To make this page, cut the red geometric patterned paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to the heart paper.  To conserve paper, you may cut out the center of the heart paper.  From a piece of red cardstock, punch a row of a arrows using the Border Maker and Arrow Cartridge.  Turn the cardstock to the adjoining side, and punch another row.  Make sure that your arrows are going in the direction that you like and start your punching in the second position on the Border Maker guide as to not overlap your arrows.  From the cardstock, cut off the “L” shaped piece at 1″ wide and adhere to page.  Adhere the punched out arrows adjacent to the piece.

I love how the piece of blue paper helps to cool down the page and draw attention to the photo.  Cut blue paper to 8″ x 8″ and mat a photo with red cardstock.  My photo is 5″ x 7″.  Create a journaling box using the Custom Cutting System with smaller heart from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  Cut the white cardstock with the red blade on the outside edge and the red cardstock using the green blade on the outside edge.  Adorn with stickers and embellishments.  I adhered some stickers with Foam Squares.

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My next page is full of hearts!  I cut the larger hearts using the Custom Cutting System with the smaller heart from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and the red and green blades.  The smaller hearts were punched with CM’s old Heart Shape Makers.  To make the heart border towards the top of the page, punch a border using the new Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  Hand-cut with your scissors a row of hearts from the lattice pattern.  Please see the video that Noreen Smith created for Creative Life Scrapbooking on different ways to use this border punch and how to cut out a heart pattern.  To finish the page, I added stickers, embellishments, an arrow punch out, and also some faux stitching with a gold pen.

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For my last page, I used the Teardrop Lattice Border Punch to create a honeycomb to accompany the darling honey bee paper, stickers, and embellishments.

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To create the large honeycomb piece, cut a hollow frame from Gold Shimmer Cardstock using the Custom Cutting System and Jumbo Hexagon Pattern.  Use the blue blade on the inside edge to cut a hexagon.  Without moving the paper or the cutting pattern, cut another hexagon using the red blade on the inside edge.  From the Gold Shimmer Cardstock, punch 5 lattice pieces using the Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  Trim the pieces and use the Precision Point Glue Pen to glue to the back side of the hollow hexagon frame.  Adhere the piece to the honey bee paper using the glue pen.  Punch another lattice piece for the border across the top of the page and place the bee border sticker on top.  Attach the border piece to your page with Foam Squares.  My photos are cropped to 4″ x 4″ and matted with the gold patterned paper in the Bee Mine Paper Pack.  Add the bee stickers and embellishments using Foam Squares on some.


I hope that my pages have inspired you to take some photos of your loved ones this month!

You may purchase any of the tools and material that I used on my Creative Memories website.


I hope that the rest of your month is full of love!




Floral Scrapbooking Layouts


Typically National Scrapbook Day is celebrated on May 6th.  But this year, my scrapping buddies and I are celebrating with a workshop on April 28th and 29th.  To celebrate the event, Creative Memories produced an exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit that is only available directly from a CM advisor.  The kit contains paper and stickers in shades of purple, green and teal and comes with instructions for 4 different two-page layouts.

However, I used the kit to create my own floral inspired layouts using our new Cherry Blossom Punch and a few other tools.  I also added some White, Black and Peacock Cardstock that helped to temper all of the bright colors and patterns of the designer paper.

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This first page is ready for a group photo of my friends attending my National Scrapbook workshop.  In addition to the Cherry Blossom Punch, I also used our new 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch, Leaf Trip Punch, and Original Border Maker System with Scallop Dot Cartridge.

  1. From White Cardstock, cut two strips to 12” x 1-1/2” and adhere to top and bottom of decorative paper.
  2. From Eggplant Cardstock, use Border Maker with Scallop Dot Cartridge to punch two borders. Cut off of your cardstock at 1”.  Adhere to the bottom and top of your white strips respectively.
  3. Cut a 12” x 2” strip of decorative paper, and adhere to the bottom of the page as shown.
  4. From White Cardstock, cut a 7-1/4” x 5-1/4” photo mat. Adhere photo mat to page with random pieces of Black, Peacock and Eggplant Cardstock behind it.  See photo.
  5. Cut a 2-3/8” x 4” piece from Black Cardstock and notch top ends with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch. Cut a 2” x 3-1/2” piece from White Cardstock and notch top ends and punch hole with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
  6. From decorative paper, Peacock, White and Black Cardstock, make a variety of flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch, small flower and small circle punches.
  7. Add pen detail to flowers and faux pen stitching as shown.

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My second page is ready for photos from my garden.  I just filled my window boxes with pretty annuals and will get a nice photo once they fill out some.

  1. From black cardstock, use Argyle Punch to punch a border.
  2. Cut a 9-1/4” x 8-1/2” piece of black cardstock.
  3. Cut two 4-1/4” x 6-1/4” pieces from purple decorative paper and two 4” x 6” pieces from White Cardstock. Assemble for photo mats.
  4. Cut two 4-5/8” x 2” pieces from green decorative paper, and cut ends at an angle as shown to make window boxes.
  5. Assemble page as shown. Adhere window boxes with Foam Squares.
  6. Adorn window boxes with pieces punched from White Cardstock with the Garden Vine Punch and small flowers. Adhere flowers with Foam Squares.
  7. Make three larger flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch and Leaf Trio Punch.
  8. Add pen detail as shown, and add a title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.

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My last layout is a two-page spread that will be perfect for photos of my granddaughter, Mother’s Day, or a spring bridal shower.

  1. Cut six strips from decorative paper to 11-1/2” x 1-½” and notch one end of each into a ribbon edge.  Adhere ½” from bottom of pages.
  2. Cut three photo mats from Peacock Cardstock to 4-1/4” x 6-1/4”. Cut 3 pieces from decorative paper to 4-1/4” x ½”.  Add to pages as shown.
  3. From Eggplant, White and Black Cardstock and decorative paper, make a variety of flowers using Cherry Blossom Punch, Leaf Trio Punch and small flower and circle punches. Add detail to flowers with black pen.
  4. To make journal box, cut a 3” x 4-1/2” peacock piece and a 2-3/4” x 4-1/4” white piece. Notch ends with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.  Add faux pen stitching.
  5. Add title with Black ABC/123 Stickers.

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I hope that you’re able to attend a National Scrapbook Day workshop near you!  Please contact me if you would like to purchase this year’s exclusive National Scrapbook Day or any of the other items that I used.

Happy Scrapping!


Get Them Before They’re Gone – Retiring Paper Packs


To make room in our product line for lots of great new products, Creative Memories has recently discontinued several popular product collections.  These items have been moved to the Going Gone section of our website and are only available while supplies last.

I would also like to remind everyone that our border maker cartridges and stand alone punches are ordered and stocked in a limited quantity and will not be replaced when they sell out.  So if you really like a border cartridge or a punch, it’s best to order it as soon as possible.

Today, I’m sharing page layouts that I made with a variety of retiring products.  The first layout is made with our Hello Baby Embellishments and Hello Baby Girl Paper Pack and Stickers.  I cut strips to 5/8″ wide and wove them together.  This technique worked great with the arrow designs on the printed paper.


My second page is a different take on the striped jumbo heart that I featured in my last blog post.  Instead of stripes, I cut squares into triangles to make a patchwork heart.  The cute prints and stickers are from our A Year to Remember Part 2 Paper Pack and Stickers.  The background paper is a sheet from a sold-out paper pack, but the wood print paper from our Hello Baby Boy Paper Pack would be a nice substitution.  The title card is from our Natural Elegance Variety Mat Pack.



To make the jumbo heart featured above, fold a 12″ x 12″ piece of cardstock (any color) in half.  Sketch half of a heart on the fold line and cut it out.  Cut a variety of 2″ squares and cut them in half on the diagonal.   Adhere the triangle pieces onto the heart piece leaving a lot of over-hang on the edge pieces.  Be mindful of the pattern as you assemble.  I found it helpful to lay out all of the pieces first before adhering them.  After adhering, cut off the over-hang.

My next layout has quite a bit of detail and was more time-consuming to make.  But I enjoyed making it, and I love the finished product!


I used turquoise printed paper from our discontinued Fresh Picks Paper Pack and solid cardstock from our discontinued Hello Baby Solid Cardstock Pack, and the background paper is from our Achievements Paper Pack.  The stickers are from our discontinued Hello Baby Boy Stickers.  And the cute clouds were made with our sold-out Word Bubble Punch.

To make castle:
Step 1:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch two borders from the light gray cardstock and trim off of cardstock at 3.5”.
Step 2:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch one border from the light gray cardstock and cut off of cardstock at 4.25”.  Cut this piece into two pieces that are 2” wide each.  These will be the towers.
Step 3:  Using Original Border Maker with Film Strip Cartridge, punch borders from the dark  gray cardstock and use the relief pieces as the brick for the castle walls and towers.
Step 4:  From the dark gray cardstock, cut two pieces that are 2” x 3” and trim to narrow triangles to form the tower peaks.

To make crown:
Step 1:  Using Original Border Maker with Crown Cartridge, punch a border from the light blue cardstock and cut off of cardstock at 2”.  Cut off a 2” wide piece and trim sides at an angle.
Step 2:  Using Original Border Maker with Diamond Scroll Cartridge, make one punch in the center of the crown to form the design.  Cut a small piece of the light grey cardstock to put behind the diamond scroll cut-out.
Step 3:  Adorn with rhinestones.

To finish page:
Step 1:  Cut two sheets of leaf paper to 11” x 7.5”.
Step 2:  From left-over pieces of leaf paper, hand cut with scissors an assortment of leaf patterns to form vines for castle.  You could also substitute with a vine punched from our Garden Vine Punch.
Step 3:  Double mat photos with light blue and dark gray cardstock.
Step 4:  Using the Word Bubble Punch, punch two pieces from the light blue cardstock and trim into clouds.  Using Original Border Maker with Bubble Cartridge, punch circles from small scrap of pink paper.  These will be the cheeks on the clouds.  Use black pen to draw eyes and mouths on clouds.
Step 5:  Assemble page as shown and add title.
Step 6:  Use Foam Squares to adhere stickers.




Please visit my CM website to purchase any of the materials used.  Happy Scrapping!


February Blog Hop


Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking February Blog Hop!  I hope that you have loved the projects that you’ve seen so far and that you love these pages that I made with our new Mi Amor Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection contains a mix of cute paper prints, die cut embellishments and stickers – perfect for making pages of your loved ones!


Since I didn’t have any photos that were quite perfect for the Mi Amor Collection, I purchased a few cheap props from the dollar store and coaxed my granddaughter into an impromptu photo shoot.  She was short on patience that day, but I managed to capture several keepsake photos.

My first page is raining hearts and is a take-off of my “Thankful” page from November.  It’s also dedicated to my scrapping friend, Fran, who so loves that page.


I used our Picket Fence and Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridges on this page.  Both of these cartridges currently come bundled with our Border Maker System, and the Heart Chain Cartridge is also available for purchase separately.  I made an extra tall fence by punching one end of black cardstock with the Border Maker; cutting the border off of the black cardstock at 2-1/4″; and then punching the other side and trimming off the pointed ends.  Since the strip wasn’t wide enough to fit in the Border Maker guide, I used Post-It Notes to extend the border to hold it in place.  (See photos below.)

To make the heart garland, I made a small snip with my scissors in-between every three hearts so that I could bend the chain into shape.  I used Foam Squares cut in half to pop the garland off of the fence.  The small hearts are the punch-outs from the heart chain.  I also used Foam Squares with those.  I hand-sketched the tree myself.

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My second page shows a great way to use our new Button Trio Punch!  I made a large heart template by folding a 12″ piece of black cardstock in half, sketching half of a heart and cutting it out.  With a pencil, I lightly traced around the heart onto my background sheet of black cardstock and used this as a guide for adhering my buttons.  The buttons were punched from the Mi Amor Paper and red, cranberry, white, beige and gray cardstock.  I used Foam Squares to randomly pop some of the buttons.   The die cuts are from the Mi Amor Embellishments, and I used our Ruby ABC/123 Stickers for the title.


Lastly, I’m sharing this two-page layout.  To make the large heart, I cut strips of Mi Amor Paper into 1″ and 1/2″ strips and randomly adhered them to the large heart template that I made for the button heart page above.  I left a small space between each strip so that the black background of the heart would show through.  After taping down the pieces, I cut off the over-hang.  The border across the bottom was made with our new Dot Scallop Border Maker Cartridge and our Heart Chain Cartridge.  I used our old CM Heart Maker to punch a variety of hearts.  I cut the top parts from the hearts, reassembled them, and added faux pen stitching to give a patchwork look.




I hope that my pages inspired you!  You can even save them to your Pinterest account for future use, and you can find the materials and tools available for purchase on my Creative Memories website.

I’m the last stop on our Blog Hop today, but below are the links to revisit any of the sites.  Make sure to visit and “Follow” our new Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook Group for more ideas and inspiration.  Thanks much for hopping with us today – we’ll be back soon!

Diana Miller Brinsley at D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stefani Jones at Crop With Stef
Fran Allen Smitherman at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Sarah Fitzgerald at Click Write Share
Julie Tambrini at Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe at Karyn Crops (You Are Here)

One Layout Done Two Ways


It’s a cold icy day in central Illinois.  In other words, it’s a great scrapbooking day!  As many of you do, I have several favorite layouts that I tend to repeat.  Falling back on and using a favored layout is a great way to kick-start your scrapbooking.  When you pull out your photos and all of your supplies, sometimes it’s a little over-whelming and difficult to get the “creative juices” flowing.  So having a few basic layouts in your repertoire can be a great scrapbooking strategy.

This is a fairly easy layout to duplicate and can be adapted in many ways.  I usually prefer matching backgrounds for my double-page spreads, so this is a good technique to use if you don’t have two sheets of matching paper.  Just cut two coordinating sheets in half and then adhere them together with a border across the middle.  To add extra depth and definition, you can use another sheet behind.  Just trim off one inch from your other pieces.  To conserve paper, cut out the center of the background sheet leaving a one inch frame all around.  When you add your pieces on top, center them to leave a half inch frame on all four sides.


For my first layout above, I used our Creative Memories Denim Blues Paper, Embellishments and ABC/123 Stickers.  The heart frame was punched with our Original Border Maker System and Heart Chain Cartridge.  (The Heart Chain Cartridge is currently one of three cartridges that come with the Original Border Maker System.  It can also be purchased separately.)  Use your scissors to make small snips in-between each heart, but leave the chain intact not cutting all the way through. You can then bend your heart chain into shape.  You will definitely need our Repositional Tape Refill for this.  If may take a few tries and some tinkering to get your heart shape to your liking.  I used three heart chain borders to make my heart.


For my second layout, I used our beautiful Be Bold & Flourish Paper Pack and Slide-In Cards.  These are currently available while supplies last in the Going Gone section of our website.  You’ll want to grab an extra pack of this gorgeous paper before it’s sold out.  I used our Leaf Trio Punch to punch ferns from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock to make my large wreath.  To make the wreath extra lush, I built up my wreath with several layers.  Since this collection did not come with embellishments, I created my own flowers with old CM flower punches and our Maple Leaf Punch.  For added dimension, I used Foam Squares to adhere my flowers.

I can envision lots of versions of this layout.  And many of our border maker cartridges and punches (Garden Vine Punch) could be used to make the frame on the second page.  Frames could also be cut using our old Jumbo Cutting Patterns.  I would love to see your interpretations of this layout!  Feel free to share your versions on my business Facebook Page.

The products and tools featured can be purchased from my Creative Memories website.




Celebrate Mom

Our CM Blog Hops are a great source of ideas and inspiration!  Our last Blog Hop celebrated Mother’s Day, and my layout below was the opening project that was featured.  I love the look of mixing our Hello Baby Girl Paper with the wood printed paper from our Fall-In Paper Pack.  To see instructions on how to make this page and for lots of other great ideas, please visit the CM Blog by clicking on the Idea tab on my website.


This page layout was made with paper from our Hello Baby Girl and Fall-In Paper Packs, and embellishments from our Fresh Picks and Water Color Love Embellishment Packs, and stickers from our Hello Baby Girl Sticker Pack.  The border was made with our Button Chain Border Maker Cartridge.