Spring Cottage Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Spring! It’s my favorite time of the year! However, the spring weather draws me outside and competes with my time to scrapbook! I love working in my garden and watching new things bloom daily. My lilacs – one of my favorites – are in full bloom right now. I also love spring hikes to hunt for the changing blooms of wildflowers. The lovely Spring Cottage collection from Creative Memories is perfect for of all of my spring photos!




The layout above is ready for a photos of my spring garden blooms. I adapted the stick tree layout that I created this past winter and turned it into a spring tree full of visiting songbirds. (Please scroll back through my blog or search for two more versions of this layout using the Merry Blooms and Winter Woods Collections.)

To create my layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Charcoal Cardstock. Trim yellow print paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the
frame.
2. From three different designer print papers, cut the following strips: 6″ x 3/4″, 6″ x 1/2″, 5-1/2″ x 3/4″, 5″ x 3/4″, 4-
1/2″ x 1/2″, 4″ x 1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 1/2″.
3. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two borders from Charcoal Cardstock and trim to: 6″, 5″ and 3″.
4. Cut a 3/8″ x 9-1/2″ strip from wood patterned paper to use as the trunk of the tree.
5. Adhere strips and border border pieces to the trunk piece.
6. From Charcoal Cardstock, cut two photo mats that measure 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. From Light Gray
Cardstock, cut two photos mats that measure 4″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″, and adhere to the charcoal mats.
7. Add Spring Cottage Embellishments and Stickers as shown adhering with Foam Squares.
8. To make the raffia-style bow, please view my YouTube video.


You may have already seen my second layout on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Community Group on Facebook. Please join me and my scrappy friends in that group to see the instructions. Also on Friday, April 30th, the Creative Life Scrapbooking team will be hosting a PJ Party Virtual Crop. To register and for more information, please click here.

Again I used the Spring Cottage Collection for this layout. In the instructions, I demonstrate how to create the fancy layered frame with mitered corners. I also included another raffia-style bow.


You may purchase any of the tools or materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that beginning at noon CT on Monday, April 19th, CM will be offering a free punch promotion! It is likely that these punches will run out before the end of the promotion period, so please order early if you’re interested.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Another Winter Woods Scrapbook Layout

Wow! This month has flown by, and I just realized that I hadn’t yet posted this month. I took a little break from scrapbooking and my business during the holidays and then spent some time organizing at the beginning of the year. Below is a layout that I created a week or two ago and shared on Facebook with Creative Life Scrapbooking. If you would like to see a second example of this layout, please join the Creative Life Scrapbooking Community. We share weekly ideas on Mondays and Fridays and host specialty events.

For my layout, I used the very lovely Winter Woods collection from Creative Memories. I absolutely love this collection and wish that I had more photos to use with it. I especially look forward to using the beautiful Winter Woods Laser Border Embellishments. I also use the new Dotted Leaf Circle Punch to create a giant snowflake photo frame for the center of my layout. I’m finding this punch to be very versatile, and it’s currently one of my favorite tools. You can use this technique with any of our circle punches. If you don’t have a circle punch, just use the Custom Cutting System with the Circle Patterns. Please see the instructions below for other substitution suggestions.

To Make My Layout:

1. Cut designer paper to 11” x 11-1/4”
2. Cut two 4” x 4” photo mats from Rich Brown Cardstock, and arrange on the lower left of the designer paper.
3. Center the largest Circle Pattern from the Custom Cutting System above the two photo mats leaving enough of an edge to cut around. Use the Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut-out a circle.
4. Use the 12” Trimmer to cut the designer paper vertically from the center of the cut-out circle.
5. Adhere the two pieces of designer paper to a sheet of Rich Brown Cardstock. Position the pieces 3/8” from the outside edges and ¼” from each other.
6. Use the Dotted Leaf Circle Punch to punch a circle from a 6” x 6” piece of White Cardstock. You may also use the Floral Circle Punch or the Ornate Arches Circle Punch.
Substitution Idea 1: If you don’t have a circle punch, you may use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle instead.
Substitution Idea 2: You may also use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from White Cardstock. Use the Baroque Border Punch to punch around the white circle.
7. From the cut-out circle of designer paper, use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle.
8. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from Rich Brown Cardstock. Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut your photo. Adhere to the brown circle.
9. Assemble layout as shown.

Here’s a peek at a second layout created with this technique. Please see Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for the full photo.

If you enjoy virtual crops, you may wish to join me and my scrappy friends at Creative Life Scrapbooking for our January PJ Party virtual crop on Friday, January 29th. This is the beginning of our 6th year of hosting virtual crops, and we’re excited to incorporate a Zoom component to this event! During the PJ Party, we’ll be sharing 8 exclusive double-page layouts with printable handouts and live instructions on Zoom. The sessions will be recorded, so you’ll be able to access the materials later if you’re not able to crop along on the 29th. Please see our registration form for more info.


On February 19-21, I’m hosting my own Virtual Weekend 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! 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, video demos, product sales of discontinued and discounted CM items, challenges, door prizes, and a few fun games. All page classes will be recorded and include instructional handouts.

I will be using the new Boho Escape Collection from Creative Memories for my sample layouts that I share during our page classes. I will use this collection to create some general/everyday layouts and also some vacation layouts. If you would like to also use this collection, please order the Boho Escape Decorative Bundle through my Creative Memorieswebsite link. You may use other materials if you like.

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Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I’ll be back soon with more new layouts!

Karyn

Winter Woods Scrapbook Layouts

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Karyn

CLS 2020 Summer Blog Hop – More Vitamin Sea Scrapbook Layouts

Hello!  Thanks so much for blog hopping with the Creative Life Scrapbooking team!  We love sharing scrapbooking ideas and inspiration and are so glad that you could join us!  To see weekly ideas, please LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook.

Today I’m featuring a few more scrapbook layouts that I created with the Vitamin Sea Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for beach and tropical photos!  I love the shades of blue and green and the lovely addition of coral.  Please see my post from July 31st for two more layouts that I created with the Vitamin Sea Collection.

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My first layout features the fun Palm Trees Border Punch that was a promotional item from earlier this summer.  If you missed out on this promotion, please join my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers to see info about CM products, specials and my in-person and virtual events.  If you’re not on Facebook, please contact me with your email address, and I’m glad to add you to my email list to receive info.

If you don’t have the Palm Trees Border Punch, you can substitute the Sea Shells Border Punch or the Scallop Border Punch .  For this layout, I created a frame that draws you into the sand to my perfect spot on the beach.  The strips of the botanical print paper and the row of palm trees gives the illusion of being surrounded by a tropical forest afloat in a turquoise sea.  Navy Cardstock was a great compliment to this layout and the dark palm trees in my photos.

To make my layout:

1.  Cut two pieces of sand paper to 10″ x 9″.  Adhere to background paper as shown.
2.  Cut strips of the botanical print paper to 11″ x 3/4″ and 3/4″ x 10″.  Cut strips of Navy Cardstock to 11″ x 1″ and 1″ x 10″.  Layer and adhere the pieces to frame the sand pieces.
3.  Using the Palm Trees Border Punch (or Sea Shells Border Punch or Scallop Border Punch) to punch two 11″ borders from Navy Cardstock.  Adhere at the tops of the pages as shown.
4.  Cut two pieces of Navy Cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 6-1/4″, and mat photos.
5.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the Circle Patterns to cut circle pieces from Navy Cardstock, a Vitamin Sea Sticker and the botanical print paper.  Add to the top corners to cover your edges.
6. Add Vitamin Sea Embellishments with Foam Squares, and add Vitamin Sea Stickers as shown.
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My second layout mimics the look of a tiki hut to highlight some photos of a tropical lunch spot.  With a few snips of the scissors, this layout was quick and easy to complete using the beautiful Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishments.

 

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To make my layout:

  1.  Cut  two 1/2″ x 10″ strips of rattan print paper and adhere to the sides of the layout as shown.
  2. Cut a strip of the rattan print paper to 12″ x 2-1/4″.  Use scissors to snip the bottom end into small vertical strips.  Use Foam Squares to adhere 1″ from the top of the green paper background.
  3.  Adhere the tropical leaves Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishment on the top edge of the rattan border.  Use Foam Squares to add the tropical flowers Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishment on top of the existing border as shown.  Add gemstone/rhinestone embellishments from the Vitamin Sea Embellishments to the flower border.
  4. Cut a Vitamin Sea Variety Mat to add as a journaling box.
  5. My photos are 6″x 4″ and 4″ x 6″.

 

 

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The borders in the Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishment pack are especially lovely, but you only receive one of each border piece per pack.  So if you would like to create borders to run along a double-page layout, you would need to purchase two of the border embellishment packs.  With this layout, I show you a way to create a double page layout by using two different border embellishment pieces.  One border runs horizontally across the top of the first page, and another border runs vertically down the side of the second page.  I also used two different sheets of paper as my backgrounds and different papers for my two borders.  But since all of the papers in the Vitamin Sea Paper and Vitamin Sea Tone-on-Tone Papers coordinate, you can easily mix and match like this.

 

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To create my layout:

  1.  Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip for the top border.  Cut and adhere a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip below it, and adhere a Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishment piece.
  2.  Cut a Vitamin Sea Variety Mat to make a title piece and mat it with Dark Sea Green Cardstock.
  3.  For the border on the second page, cut a 1-1/2″ x 12″ strip and adhere to the left edge.  Cut a 2″ x 12″ strip and adhere next to the first strip.  Cut a 1-1/8″ x 12″ strip and mat with a 1-1/4″ x 12″ strip of Dark Sea Green Cardstock.  Add a Vitamin Sea Laser Border Embellishment.
  4. Finish your layout with photos, small journaling boxes to fit, and Vitamin Sea Stickers and Embellishments.

 

 

As I love it so much, I’ll be purchasing a second set of the Vitamin Sea materials!  If you love it too, I would appreciate any purchases that you make using my Creative Memories website link!   While on the website, make sure to check out the very lovely Vitamin Sea Embossed Album Cover and Vitamin Sea Fast2Fab Pages!

Please continue on our Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Summer Blog Hop, and visit Diana’s blog next.   Thanks so much for visiting with me!

Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer2020 Blog Hop:
Stop 1:  Noreen from Organized and Creative Mom
Stop 2:  Krista from Scrappin with Krista
Stop 3:  Meggan from The Printed Project
Stop 4:   Tammy from Photos2Albums
Stop 5:  Karyn from Karyn Crops(You are here.)
Stop 6:  Diana from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 7:  Tessa from Tessa Scrapbooks
Stop 8:  Fran from Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
(Please note that you may get a redirect notice when clicking on the link to Fran’s post due to the new Blogger platform. If it pops up, it is safe to click “Ignore” to continue to the post. Thanks!)

Genuine Outdoor Scrapbook Layout

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a double-page layout that I created with the Genuine Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  I originally shared this idea at our Creative Life Scrapbooking PJ Party (virtual crop) last week.  This new collection is great for your masculine and outdoor photos.  It features shades of green and blue but also has pops of ivory, burnt orange and poppy red.  The paper consists of small neutral prints along with plaid, stripes, houndstooth, and wood-grain prints.

The tools that I used mimic the forest background of my photos and really brought my layout to life.  CM’s new Timeless Tweed Border Maker Cartridge is obviously great for masculine layouts and coordinates nicely with the Genuine Collection, but I also envision using it for playful layouts featuring my grandchildren.  I also used my current favorite CM tool – the Pine Tree Punch. This punch sold out quickly when it was first introduced in October and is now back in stock. This is a must-have punch for outdoor and Christmas layouts. Please order it sooner than later as it will likely sell out again.

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I designed my layout to conserve paper, so the backgrounds consist of strips of the green print paper and the wood-grained paper that have been taped together to create 12″ x 12″ sheets.

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1. Cut 2 pieces of the light green paper to 12” x 9”.
2. Cut 2 pieces of the wood-grained paper to 12” x 3” and two more pieces to 12” x 1-1/5”.
3. Adhere the wood-grained pieces onto the light green pieces making two 12” x 12” pages for your backgrounds.  Use your cutting mat to help you line-up the strips making sure that they’re straight and also that your finished piece measures 12″ x 12″.  See photo below.
4. From brown cardstock, use the Original Border Maker with the Timeless Tweed Border Maker Cartridge to punch 4 borders and adhere as shown using the Repositional Tape Refill.

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5. From the dark slate paper, use the Pine Tree Punch to punch 16 trees and adhere across the tops of your two pages.  Use CM’s Repositionable Tape to help you get your trees in a straight line.
6. Cut a piece of dark green paper to 8-1/2” x 6-1/2” and adhere to your first page.
7. Cut 2 pieces of dark green paper to 12” x ¾” and adhere behind the tops and bottoms of photos on your second page.
8. Add a journaling box, Pine Cone punch-outs, and stickers as desired.

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Thanks much for visiting with me today, and please let me know if you have any questions.  You may purchase the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  (Remember to include the Pine Tree Punch in your order.)

I’ll be back at the end of the month with some winter layouts for our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop.  See you then!

Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 2 of 3

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Hello!  Today I’m sharing a series of scrapbook borders that I created as a display at my recent Holiday Open House.  I always say that Creative Memories has the best paper crafting tools on the market, and I believe that these borders are excellent proof.  The one tool that I used in all of these borders was our new rotary 12″ Trimmer.  In my over 20 years of scrapbooking, this trimmer is the best that I’ve seen.  It is larger and more sturdy than most and has some handy and unique features.  If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to view a video demonstration.

The borders below offer combinations of some of my more recent favorite stand alone and border punches.

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Top Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3-3/4″ strip from White Cardstock and punch both sides with the Lace Trim Border Punch.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Dark Green Cardstock.
3.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from White Cardstock and punch both ends with the Petal Frame Punch.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock and punch both ends with the Petal Frame Punch.  Layer the pieces.
4.  Punch a row of birds from Crimson Cardstock using the Songbirds Border Punch.
5.  Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip from Brown Cardstock and layer over the birds.
6.  From White and Brown Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones and layer.
7.  Use the Winter Vine Punch to punch a border from Dark Green Cardstock and cut apart with scissors.
8.  Adhere the pieces as shown.

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Middle Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip from Red Cardstock.
2.  Cut 12″ x 3-1/4″ strip from White Cardstock.
3.  From Brown Cardstock, use the Branch Border Punch to punch a border.
4.  From Dark Green Cardstock, use the Winter Vine Border Punch to punch a border and cut apart with scissors.
5.  From Bronze Shimmer and Brown Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones and layer.
6.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a bird from Red Cardstock.
7.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Bubble Border Cartridge to punch dots from Red Cardstock.
8.  Assemble pieces as shown using a Foam Square to attach the bird.

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Bottom Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip from Dark Green Cardstock.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/4″ strip from Bronze Shimmer Cardstock.
3.  From White and Brown Cardstock, use the Branch Border Punch to punch two branch pieces and layer.
4.  From Dark Green Cardstock, use the Winter Vine Border Punch to punch a border and cut apart with scissors.
5.  From Brown and Bronze Shimmer Cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pine cones.  Layer and cut into bird nest shapes.
6.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from White, Gray, Red and Black Cardstock.  Cut apart the bird pieces and assemble as shown.
7.  Assemble border as shown.

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Tags:
1.  Use the new 3 in 1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch 2-1/2″ x 4″ tags.
2.  Arrange a variety of pieces punched with the Branch Border Punch, Pine Cone Punch, and Songbirds Border Punch onto the tags.
3.  The pine needles are the relief pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Simple Leaf Border Cartridge.

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You may purchase the cardstock, 12″ Trimmer and most of the punches used on my Creative Memories website.  For my customers in the Champaign/Urbana area, I have a limited number of Branch Border and Pine Cone Punches available for purchase.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and check back as I’ll be sharing more border ideas soon.

Karyn

Mermaid Cove Scrapbook Layouts

Oh, my goodness!  The Mermaid Cove Collection from Creative Memories is full of the sweetest sea creatures that we’ll ever encounter!  Of course, there are mermaids but also adorable fish, octopi, whales and even sea kittens!  There are shades of pink, purple, teal and blue along with silver foil accents on the embellishments and variety mats for extra shimmer.  I was fortunate to have some “mermaid photos” of my granddaugther for my initial layouts, but I also used it for a layout of my grandson and have future layouts in mind for some adult photos too.

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I’m really tickled with the way that this layout turned out, and it can easily be turned into a double-page spread if needed.  To get an ombre effect, I punched my circles from areas of the paper with dark blue, teal and light blue backgrounds and arranged the circles from darkest to lightest.  I added a few fish punched from Royal Cardstock with the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and adhered them with Foam Squares.

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My fish paper measures 12″ x 6″, and I used a Variety Mat for my journaling.  I finished the layout by adhering a whale embellishment and a bubble sticker strip with Foam Squares.  I used the Black Sans Serif ABC Stickers for my title.

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My second layout is a view from “under the sea”!  The layout is outlined with a 1/2″ wide frame that I cut from a piece of 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ white swirl print paper.  The portholes were cut from variety mats, and I added a circle of teal water paper to the smallest porthole.

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I had fun adorning this layout with a variety of stickers and embellishments and adhered some with Foam Squares.

My granddaughter’s neighbor created this “under the sea” photo-op by cutting a simple mermaid tail from felt and rumpling a blue sheet on the ground.  She added a variety of stuffed animals and house plants and the fun began!

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If you follow me and my blogger friends on Facebook at Creative Life Scrapbooking, you might have seen this layout that I shared on Friday night during our PJ Party Virtual Crop where six of us shared different ideas for using the Mermaid Cove Collection.  I challenged myself to come up with a unique way to use CM’s new Scallop Border Punch and thought of a coral reef idea. I created multi-layered reefs and added seaweed punched with the CM Winter Vine Border Punch and Mermaid Cove Embellishments and Stickers. I only had three photos of my granddaughter, so I filled my layout with my reefs and a frame of mermaid designer paper.


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Think outside of the box with this collection.  It’s so cute that you’re going to want to use it in some way!  If you’re a card-maker, I suggest using the variety mats, stickers and embellishments for making some darling cards.

You can purchase any of these materials and tools on my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

 

Gather Together Scrapbook Layouts

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My first layout is a double-page spread that features hand-cut leaves, stickers and beautiful multi-layered embellishments with rose gold foil highlights.  The gray dot papers are cut to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and mounted on 12″ x 12″ sheets of navy cardstock.  (To conserve cardstock, I cut out the centers of the sheets of navy cardstock.)  My photos are double matted with gold print paper and navy cardstock.  From the sheet of leaf paper, I hand-cut leaves and adhered them with Foam Squares to create an explosion effect.  I also mixed in a few embellishments and a few stickers with the leaves.

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My second layout features the new On The Vine Border Punch and Original Border Maker System with the new Garland Cartridge from Creative Memories.  It’s an easy page to make that beautifully highlights my photo and also the two border punches.

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Start by cutting a sheet of natural cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and mounting to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock.  The yellow paper is 11-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, and the two white floral pieces are 11-1/2″ x 1/2″.  The top vine is punched from black cardstock with the On The Vine Border Punch, and the bottom border was punched from black cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with Garland Cartridge.  I layered a few stickers under the pumpkin embellishment.  Since all of these photos are from the same photo shoot, I only included journaling on my first layout.  But you could add journaling to the right of the photo on this layout.

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I used CM’s Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Cutting Pattern to cut my large circles in this next layout.  If you don’t have this cutting pattern, you can trace around a large plate or use a Cricut or other cutting machine to make a large circle.  The black circle is ~11″ in diameter, and the white circle is ~1/4″ larger.  I used the On The Vine Border Punch to punch several vine pieces from white cardstock.  I adhered the vine pieces with Repositionable Refill Tape and bent the border into shape as I adhered it.

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My photos are matted with 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ white cardstock mats, and the titles are stickers.  I used the Maple Leaf Punch to punch leaves from the new Bronze Shimmer Cardstock and layered the leaves underneath the large embellishment cluster.

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I used the new Sweetheart Recipe Template from CM to create my fourth layout.  This 12×12 mylar heart stencil allows you to create a variety of one-of-a-kind layouts with an assortment of traceable heart and chevron shapes – just trace and cut your papers and photos to the pattern of your choosing!

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I used black cardstock for the background of my layout and choose to use the chevron pattern with some of the darker patterned papers.   I added a 12″ x 3/4″ strip of black cardstock near the bottom as a background to make the border sticker pop.  I used stickers to decorate the page and hand-cut the large leaf in the upper right corner from a Variety Mat.

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I shared my last layout during the recent PJ Party Virtual Crop held by Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.  At Creative Life Scrapbooking, we’re a group of bloggers and Creative Memories Advisors who love sharing ideas and inspiration for CM products.  If you’re on Facebook , please “Like” and follow us.

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I used the Original Border Maker System with Garland Cartridge on the top and bottom of the page and adhered the yellow print paper behind the border parts.  I adhered pieces of the floral print paper behind my tears.  The floral embellishments and title are hand-cut from Variety Mats.  To see and download step-by-step instructions, please see Creative Life Scrapbooking.

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I absolutely adore this beautiful collection!  The autumn color palette is one of my very favorites, and each piece of the collection – paper, stickers, embellishments, variety mats, Fast2Fab pages – is a must-have item.  If you need a new album cover, you might want to consider the lovely Gather Together album cover that features brilliant sunset orange bookcloth and is adorned with a stunning leaf design that shines in shades of  gold, copper and deep-orange foil.


You can purchase the materials and tools used for these layouts on my CM website.  I’ll be sharing more layout ideas soon as I make more samples for my weekend retreat in October.

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Sun-Kissed Scrapbook Layouts

 

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Aloha!  Today I’m sharing two layouts that I created using the Sun-Kissed Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection is full of cool blues and greens and warm coral tones, and it has some cute tropical themed stickers and embellishments.  Although I currently don’t have any beach or tropical photos to scrapbook, I still found a way to use the collection.

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The Sun-Kissed Collection is perfect for some of my lake and boating photos!  I created this double-page layout by using the Original Border Maker System with the new Rolling Waves Border Maker Cartridge to punch all of the way around both sheets of the water print paper.  The corners came out wonky as they were double punched, but I simply used my scissors to trim them.  I adhered both sheets to 12″ x 12″ sheets of White Cardstock.

 

I created my border by using the Original Border Maker System with Rolling Waves Border Maker Cartridge to punch both sides of 12″ x 2″ strips of the lime patterned paper.  Start by punching the border along one side of your paper.  Cut the border off of your paper at 2″.  Since the strips were too narrow to fit in the Border Maker Guide, I used Post-It Notes to hold the strips in place while punching the other side.  I adhered my borders to 12″ x 2″ strips of White Cardstock.

 

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For my title piece and some extra decoration, I cut apart the “Away We Go” Variety Mat and matted the pieces with the dark coral print paper.  The cut-apart Variety Mat pieces are:  5-3/4″ x 1-7/8″; 5-3/4″ x 1″; and 5-3/4″ x 1-1/4″.  I also matted all of my photos with the dark coral print paper.

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I journaled on a second Variety Mat and adorned the pages with Sun-Kissed Embellishments and Stickers.  I also included a few leaves punched from Evergreen Cardstock using the new Tropical Leaf Punch.  I adhered some of the pieces with Foam Squares.  To finish the layout, I added pen dots around all of my waves.  This really didn’t take too long to do, and it added some great detail.

 

 

My second layout features my grand-daughter dressed for “Tacky Tourist Day” at pre-school!  It was the perfect photo-op for the Sun-Kissed Collection!

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For my layout, I punched two sides of a 12″ x 12″ sheet our new Aqua Cardstock using the Original Border Maker System with Rolling Waves Cartridge and cut it off of the cardstock to make a 1-1/2 inch “L” shape. The corner of the “L” was wonky after being punched twice, so I shaped it using my scissors. I also cut a 1-1/2 inch “L” shape from the lime patterned paper and adhered both to a sheet of the flamingo patterned paper.

 

My photo is 5″ x 7″, so I cut a 6″ x 8″ photo mat from Evergreen Cardstock and used my scissors to cut fringe all the way around to mimic the grass skirt.  I journaled on a Sun-Kissed Variety Mat and adorned the layout with Sun-Kissed Embellishments and Stickers. I also included a few leaves and flowers punched from the Tropical Leaf Punch and the Embossed Flower Trio Punch.  I used Foam Squares on the title sticker, hula girl embellishment, and some of the flowers to give the page some extra pop.

 

All of the materials and tools can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

Aloha!

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Adventure Scrapbook Layouts

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Sometimes life can go by in the blink of an eye.  I’m not sure how the last six weeks have flown by so quickly, but in the hustle and bustle my blog suffered.  I hope that these layouts make up for missing a post in September.

During the past two weeks, I’ve been busy making lots of sample pages from almost all of Creative Memories current product collections to share with the attendees at my up-coming weekend retreat.  It’s been no small task as CM currently has about 20 different collections.  I love to showcase all of the great paper patterns and coordinating mats, stickers and embellishments and also to show my customers lots of different ways to use our tools.

Here are the pages that I made from the Adventure Collection.  I used the Adventure Paper, Stickers, and Variety Mats.  Although most are single pages, they can all easily be adapted to double-page spreads.

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To create this layout, cut the dark orange paper to 9″ x 10″, mat with brown cardstock, and adhere to beige cardstock.  Cut a piece of the fish/log paper to 9″ x 2-1/2″ and cut in half diagonally.  Flip one side over and mat both pieces with brown cardstock.  Cut a piece of plaid paper to 3-3/4″ x 8-3/4″, notch the bottom edge, and mat with brown cardstock.  My photo is 7″ x 5″ and also matted with brown cardstock.  I adhered all of the stickers with Foam Squares.

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This page shows a great way to use the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  Start by cutting the center paper to 10″ x 10″, matting with evergreen cardstock, and adhering to the background paper.  Using the Custom Cutting System with the Gemstone Cutting Patterns, cut seven hexagons from designer paper and two photos using the green blade.  Cut mats for the hexagons from evergreen cardstock using the red blade.  Notch the edges of a 4″ x 6″ photo using the 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch and mat with evergreen cardstock.  I adhered the title stickers and the two hexagon photos with Foam Squares.

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I love the designer paper that I used for the background of this page and hated to cover it up.  Start the page by adhering a 12″ x 2″ strip of the stone paper to the bottom edge.  Cut a piece of navy cardstock to 12″ x 2-1/2″, and punch one edge using the Original Border Maker with Paw Prints Cartridge and the other edge with the Evergreen Cartridge.  Adhere on top of the stone paper so the rocks show through the paw prints.  Adhere the boot print sticker to the border as shown.  The title piece is a variety mat cut to 4″ x 4″ and double matted with stone paper and navy cardstock.  Punch antlers using the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and adhere to the title mat.  My photos are also 4″ x 4″ and matted with navy cardstock.  I adhered the title mat, my photos and some of the stickers with Foam Squares.

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To create this page, cut the log paper to 4″ x 12″ and edge with a strip of torn evergreen cardstock.  Using the Original Border Maker with Evergreen Cartridge, punch two borders from evergreen cardstock.  Layer the border pieces and cut to fit.  Cut a piece of the tree sticker strip to fit.  The journaling box is cut from a variety mat and embellished with antlers punched from the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and stickers.  I adhered the journaling box and evergreen tree stickers with Foam Squares.

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My last layout is a quick and easy double-page spread.  Using the Decorative Trimmer, cut four pieces from the fish paper measuring 12″ x 1″.  Mat the border pieces with evergreen cardstock, adhere to background papers as shown.  The title box is variety mat cut to 4-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and matted with evergreen cardstock.  The journaling box is also a variety mat cut to 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and matted with evergreen cardstock.  Punch fish using the Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and adhere with Foam Squares as shown.

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If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing get away, consider attending one of my Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Retreats in central Illinois.  My retreats run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon with the option of adding Thursday as an extra day.  The price to attend is all-inclusive and includes hotel accommodations (with or without a roommate), all catered meals and use of your own 6 foot scrapping table.  I carry a full inventory of Creative Memories products and provide lots of sample ideas and demonstrations.  I also offer optional page classes.  Please contact me for more information about my retreats and workshops.  I would love to meet you!

Happy Scrapping!

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