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!


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.


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.


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.



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!


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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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.


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.


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!


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!


Gather Together Scrapbook Layouts

KarynCropsWordpressGatherTogetherLayouts - Page 080I’ve been busy making sample pages from the new Gather Together Collection from Creative Memories to use as displays and page classes at my up-coming Croptoberfest events in central Illinois.  We’ll begin by celebrating with an all-day Croptoberfest workshop on Saturday, September 29th and again on October 17th-21st with a three- or four-day weekend retreat!  Please see the events tab for info about my events.

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.



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.


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.


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.

Happy Scrapping!

Sun-Kissed Scrapbook Layouts



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.


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!


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.





Adventure Scrapbook Layouts


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.


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.


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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August is such a bittersweet month for me.  Summer is almost over.  The days go by quickly as I try to soak up the last of the summer sun and fun.  But yet I look forward to the anticipation of the fresh start of a new school year and the coming autumn months. I have yet to download this summer’s photos from my camera, but Creative Memories Slice of Summer Collection was perfect for scrapping some photos from last summer.

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For this page, I again cut yellow circles with our Custom Cutting System and Circle Patterns and outlined my sun with a border punched from the Scallop Burst Border Punch.  Use your scissors to snip in-between each scallop in order to shape the border into a semi-circle.  Use Foam Squares to give the stickers some dimension – including the wave sticker across the bottom.  Finish the page with some pen detailing for extra definition. - Page 084

For my last page, I cut a variety of waves using our 12″ Decorative Trimmer on both the wave and swell sides.  The cute fish were punched with our Outdoor Adventure Quartet Punch and adhered with Foam Squares.  The title is a Slice of Summer Variety Mat.  Pen detailing really made a difference on this page.

The Slice of Summer Paper Pack also contains sheets of the cutest watermelon and popsicle/ice cream cone patterns!  Watch for more pages that I’ll be sharing soon!

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

Thanks for Visiting and Happy Scrapping!

Americana Scrapbook Layouts

The July 4th holiday is always a great mid-summer excuse to get together with friends and family.  I love grilling out, yard games, fireworks and all of the pageantry of the holiday.  Last year, we celebrated on our new boat with good friends.

I used the new Americana Paper pack from Creative Memories to scrapbook our memories of the day.  Although there are no stickers or embellishments to accompany this paper pack, I was able to create some great layouts using a variety of our tools.

To create this layout, cut a 5″ x 8″ piece of dot paper in half diagonally using the 12″-Inch Straight Trimmer.  Use the Original Border Maker with Star Cartridge to punch two borders from cranberry cardstock.  Arrange and adhere the pieces on a sheet of navy cardstock as shown.  Repeat for the second page.

Use the CM Shooting Star Punch and a Silver Metallic Pen to create firework embellishments for the pages.  Adhere the stars with Foam Squares for extra pop.  Create a variety of waving stripes for embellishments and journaling boxes using the 12″-Inch Decorative Trimmer.  Add a title with Navy ABC/123 Stickers.

The Americana Paper and a few tools proved perfect for my fireworks photos.  Cut the starburst sheet of paper in half to get two pieces that measure 12″ x 6″ each.  Cut two sheets of the blue stripe paper to 12″ x 7″ each.  Use the Original Border Maker with Midnight Star Cartridge to punch two borders from cranberry cardstock.  Adhere all of the pieces together to get two 12″ x 12″ pages.

To create the diagonal photo mat, cut a piece of cranberry cardstock to 3-3/4″ x 12″ and crop three photos and a piece of beige word patterned paper to fit.  Adhere to page, and cut off the overhang. - BoomSingle

Add additional photos matted with cranberry cardstock.  I used a 7″ x 5″ photo cut in two pieces on the page above and two 4″ x 6″ photos on the first page.  Add titles with Navy ABC/123 Stickers and additional stars punched with the Shooting Star Punch.

My last layout is yet another version of my jumbo heart pages.  (Please see my blog post from February and my guest post on the CM Blog for other versions.)  This version of a waving flag was created with the 12″-Inch Decorative Trimmer.

Create a heart template by folding a piece of 12″ x 12″ cardstock in half. (The paper insert in our paper packs works great for this.)  Draw half of a heart shape and cut out with scissors.  From blue print and red striped papers, cut 1″ wide strips using the “swell” side of the 12″ Decorative Trimmer.  Use a small amount of CM’s Re-Positional Tape Runner to lightly adhere the strips to your template leaving 1/8″ in-between each strip.  Turn over your heart and cut off the over-hang.  Carefully remove each strip taking care not to bend the paper (CM’s Multi-Purpose Tool is great for this!).  Add more adhesive to each piece and re-adhere on a piece of beige word print paper to reassemble your heart.  Start with your bottom piece and work your way up.  As you may need to “tinker” with your pieces to get the shape right, just lightly lay the pieces down at first and move slightly as needed.  When you’re happy with your shape, rub on the pieces to more tightly adhere them.  The Re-Positional Tape will be very handy.  It’s supposed to look like a waving flag, so your shape doesn’t need to be perfect. - AllAmerican

Create a banner for the top of the page with blue hearts punched and trimmed from CM’s Shooting Star Punch and smaller stars punched from the Original Border Maker System with Star Cartridge.  Adhere the banner pieces with Foam Squares.

Add a title using Denim ABC/123 Stickers and more stars adhered with Foam Squares to the bottom of your page.  Use a Black Dual-Tip Pen to finish your page with details.

You may purchase the Americana Paper and any of the tools that I used on my CM website.

Thanks much for visiting with me today!  Happy Scrapping!

More Woodland Whimsy Page Layouts


KarynCrops.wordpress.comCLSPJParty - Page 053Have I mentioned that I absolutely love the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Collections from Creative Memories?  So far, I’ve used up two complete collections but haven’t yet scrapped a baby page!  I love the colors and prints – and of course the darling woodland creatures.

This first layout uses paper from both the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Collections.  It also completes my Easter photos from last year.  If you scroll down to my blog post from April 5th, you’ll see my first Easter layout.  If you don’t have the heart cutting templates, you can substitute circles for an equally cute result.

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  1. Cut two sheets of light beige paper to 11-1/2” x 11-1/2”. Using 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch, punch two corners on each page taking notice of direction of paper pattern.  The notched ends with be the four outside corners.  Cut out centers of two sheets of Evergreen Cardstock leaving at least a 1” frame on each side.  Adhere beige pieces to evergreen pieces.
  2. Use Custom Cutting System with old Heart Cutting Pattern or small Circle Cutting Pattern to cut 9 hearts/circles from white cardstock. Use red blade on the outside edge.
  3. From assortment of paper from both the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Paper packs, cut 1” strips.  Adhere strips to the hearts/circles at a slight angle leaving 1/8” in-between strips.  Trim off excess with scissors.  Try to use the same angle on all pieces.  Add faux stitching as shown.  Cut two hearts/circles in half.
  4. Mat photos with Whimsy paper. My photos are 7”x5” and 3-1/4”x5”.
  5. Assemble page with hearts and photos.
  6. With pencil trace around the heart/circle template. Add faux stitching with black pen, and erase any remaining pencil marks.  Add journaling.
  7. Add arrow epoxy embellishments and die cut embellishments with Foam Squares.

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My second layout shows how the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy Collection can be used for outdoor photos.  The tags on this layout were made with CM’s new 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.  This layout and the one above were featured during the Pajama Party hosted by Creative Life Scrapbooking on April 28th.


  1. Use two sheets of beige cardstock as the base of your pages.
  2. Cut two pieces of plaid patter to 12” x 1-1/4” and two pieces of orange paper to 12” x 1-1/2”. Cut two pieces of fox paper to 1” x 12” and two pieces of orange paper to 1-1/4” x 12”.  Layer pieces as shown and adhere to pages.
  3. Cut two pieces of orange paper to 6” x 8-3/4” and notch the outside corners of each piece with the 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch. Adhere to pages as shown
  4. Cut two photo mats from dark green paper to 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” and notch all corners with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
  5. Make 4 tag pieces from beige cardstock and orange paper. My orange pieces are 2-1/2” wide.  Notch corners and make holes with 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch.
  6. Punch leaves with Leaf Trio Punch and adhere to pages with stickers. I used foam squares on the fox and orange mushroom stickers.
  7. Use brown pen to add detail.

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My next page was recently featured during the May Page Sketch Challenge on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.  It’s another fine example of how well the baby boy collection can be used for outdoor photos.  The borders on the top and bottom were punched with Creative Memories’ Original Border Maker System with Circle Weave Cartridge.


This last page was shared on the CM Blog during Creative Memories’ recent NSD Virtual Crop.  The banner was made with the Leaf Trio Punch and Decorative Trimmer from Creative Memories.  I have tons of hiking photos and look forward to scrapping more pages using the Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy Collection.


I hope that I’ve inspired you to give the Woodland Whimsy Collections a try!  You can purchase any of the tools or materials used on these pages on my CM website.

Happy Scrapping!