Hello, Autumn – Apple Chain Border Layouts

I had fun playing with my Creative Memories tools and the new Hello, Autumn Paper and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper to create a few fall borders. For my first layout, used the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge and two of my favorite border punches – the Branch Border Punch and the Songbirds Border Punch to create a tree branch full of apples and black crows.

I hope that you were able to purchase the Branch Border Punch last year as it is no longer available. I love how the Branch Border Punch can be used to create borders for all four seasons of the year! If you search my blog, you’ll find several different ideas for using it. If you love the Songbirds Border Punch, I recommend purchasing it sooner than later as it’s been in our product line for about a year now. I also used the new Arch Frame Border Punch – which is quickly becoming a new favorite of mine.



I love how the new Arch Frame Border Punch can be used in many different ways! (Please view my video below.) I also love how it can more easily be used for masculine layouts than some of our other punches. The punch creates a shape that is similar to that of our Medallion Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge, and borders created with these two tools can be used together for a nice affect.

Arch Frame Border Punch Demo Video

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip from Hello, Autumn Paper.
2. Use the Arch Frame Border Punch to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Medallion Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Layer these pieces as shown, and adhere to a sheet of Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
3. Cut two 12″ x 1/4″ strips from Crimson Cardstock, and adhere to the seams of the borders.
4. Use the Branch Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock.
5. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Crimson Cardstock and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper (dark green plaid). With scissors, cut out individual apples from both border pieces and layer.
6. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Black Cardstock.
7. Use the retired Leaf Trio Punch to punch leaves from Hello, Autumn Paper and Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper. Crease the leaves slightly to create dimension.
8. Adhere the apples, birds and leaves to the border using Foam Squares to adhere some.
9. My photo mats are: 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, and the mat for my journaling box is 6-1/4″ x 1-3/4″. My journaling box is 1/8″ smaller than the mat is cut from the new White Lined Paper.
10. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Crimson Cardstock. Adhere to the bottom of the layout.
11. Add a final embellishment of songbirds and leaves to the bottom corner. Add a title from the Hello, Autumn Stickers.

For my second layout, I paired the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the Train Tracks Border Punch to create a fall fence row against an autumn moon. Just for fun, I added a few more black crows to complete the border piece. The background paper is from the Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper and the leaf patterned paper is from the Hello, Autumn Paper.

For this layout, I also used the Marigold Cardstock that was part of CM’s Cardstock Buffet this past spring. Once a quarter, CM offers a Cardstock Buffet of unique shades of cardstock that will coordinate with up-coming collections. I highly recommend purchasing this extra cardstock whenever it’s available.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 12″ x 3/4″ strip of leave print paper, and adhere to the top of the page.
2. Cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip of Crimson Cardstock and adhere over the seam of the leaf border and the background paper.
3. Use the Train Tracks Border Punch to punch a border from Brown Cardstock.
4. Use the Custom Cutting System and the largest Circle Cutting Pattern and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Marigold Cardstock.
5. Position the train track/fence piece about 1″ down from the crimson strip, and position the marigold circle behind it. Adhere the pieces.
6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Leaf Green Cardstock, Crimson Cardstock and Marigold Cardstock. With scissors, cut off the leaves and stems from the crimson border and layer on top of the leaf green border. Use scissors to cut out individual marigold apples and adhere on top of crimson apples. Adhere apple border to the bottom of your fence piece.
7. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Black Cardstock. Adhere birds with Foam Squares.
8. Add a title from the Hello, Autumn Stickers with Foam Squares.
9. Cut a piece of leaf print paper to 11″ x 7-1/2″. Cut photo mats to 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ from Crimson Cardstock. Adhere pieces as shown.
10. Use the Hello, Autumn Journaling Template to trace a small apple piece from Marigold and Leaf Green Cardstocks. Cut out with scissors. Adhere with Foam Squares and add black songbirds.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today for Border Maker Monday with Creative Life Scrapbooking! Please note that Creative Memories is offering a promo beginning today at noon CT (Monday, September 21st) through September 29th at noon CT. With a $125 purchase, you’ll receive your choice of one of two FREE border punches! Please place your orders through my my Creative Memories website link.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Graceful Theme Pack Scrapbook Layouts

I absolutely LOVE Creative Memories Theme Packs! The Theme Packs are scrapbooking kits that contain 4 sheets of double-sided designer paper, 1 sheet of coordinating cardstock and 1 or 2 sticker strips. The kits are theme-based and very specific to certain events and interests such as sports, holidays, and travel destinations. At $10 they are at a great price point, and we even have coordinating Border Embellishments for some of the newer Theme Packs!

The new Graceful Theme Pack is one of my favorites! I love the wood-grained, large gingham check and botanical print papers in this kit! I also love the neutral color palette of soft cream, muted teal, olive branch green, white and light rose quartz. You can use the Graceful Theme Pack for creating layouts that commemorate church gatherings and ceremonies, faith testimonies, baptisms, confirmations and remembrances. And there are beautiful Graceful Laser Cut Embellishments that feature religious icons that coordinate. The Graceful Theme Pack also coordinates beautifully with the All My Love Collection.

I used the Graceful Theme Pack to create a layout that features some general family photos. I found that the paper and some of the stickers are neutral enough to be used for almost any kind of layouts.

I paired the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the recently discontinued Double Heart Punch to create a simple border that expresses the ever-lasting love of a family. (Please not that the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge is currently sold out but will be returning to the product line in December.)

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut hollow frames from two sheets of White Cardstock. Cut wood-grained papers to 11-3/4″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the white frames as shown.
2. Cut White Cardstock to 9″ x 9″ and 11-3/4″ x 9″. You may cut these pieces as hollow frames to conserve cardstock.
3. Cut beige gingham paper to 8-3/4″ x 7-3/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 7-3/4″.
4. Cut botanical print paper to 8-3/4″ x 1″ and 11-3/4″ x 1″.
5. Cut wood-grained paper to 8-3/4″ x 1/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 1/4″.
6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from wood-grained paper. Trim to 8-3/4″ and 11-3/4″.
7. Use Double Heart Punch to punch hearts from Rich Brown Cardstock. Use the hollow heart pieces.
8. Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
9. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ strip of White Cardstock. Mat this piece with Rich Brown Cardstock that is 1/8″ larger.
10. Crop photos to fit.
11. Add stickers as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.

Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase the materials that I used for my layout. I’ll be back next week with some borders that feature the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge.

Have a great weekend!
Karyn

Drapery Fold Scrapbook Layouts – All My Love & Little Dreamer

Hello! Today I’m sharing two layouts that I created with a drapery fold technique. Instead of written instructions, I’ve provided three instructional videos that I shared with my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. If you’re not a member of Karyn’s Croppers, you might like to join my private group. I shared info about Creative Memories products and specials, my events – both in-person and virtual, and also scrapbooking ideas and inspiration. On alternating Tuesdays, I share a Technique Tuesday post that features a traditional scrapbooking technique with an instructional video. You’ll find these in the Album section of Karyn’s Croppers. I shared the layouts below and the technique videos in my most recent Technique Tuesday post.

When selecting paper for your drapery piece, it’s important to select double-sided paper with a contrast between the two sides.  For my first layout, I used the new All My Love collection from Creative Memories.  Although it’s our new wedding collection, the All My Love Paper and All My Love Flower Embellishments are neutral enough to be used with all kinds of photos.  The All My Love Stickers and Variety Mats have sayings that are specific to weddings.  

For instructions on how to create my first drapery piece, please view Videos One and Two below.

Video 1: Basic Instructions

Video 2: How to Create the Direction of Your Drapery Fold

Video 3: How to Create the Direction of Your Drapery Fold and How to Create a Mirrored Drapery Fold
(Please watch Videos One and Two first.)


For my second layout, I created a mirrored drapery piece for a double-page layout. I used the Little Dreamer Collection for this example. I love the soft muted colors of this collection. The Little Dreamer Stickers and Embellishments are super sweet, and the embellishments are accented with beautiful gold foil. This is a gender-neutral baby collection, and most of the paper contains prints that can be used for all kinds of photos.


I hope that you give this technique a try and create many beautiful layous with it! You can purchase the Little Dreamer and All My Love Collections through my Creative Memories website link.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Hello, Autumn Scrapbook Layouts

 

Normally, I love the change from summer to autumn.  I love the cooler days, cozy nights, and the scents of crisp autumn air.  And the autumn color palette in shades of orange, gold, green and brown is my favorite.  However everything is different this year – in almost every aspect, and I want to hold onto every last bit of summer for as long as I can.  But the new product release from Creative Memories offers a bit of excitement for the new season!  This is an incredible product release with a beautiful new Hello, Autumn collection and an assortment of new tools!

I was honored and excited to be asked by Creative Memories to produce a preview video of the new items!  (Click here to view my preview video.)  It was fun getting my hands on the new items early, but so difficult keeping the secret and not sharing anything early!  As the new items are now available to purchase, I’m able to start sharing some of my ideas for the new items.

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I used the new Apple Recipe Template for my first layout.  I predict that this recipe template will be very popular and may sell out early.  You can use endless paper combinations to create giant apples in all shades of colors.  You can feature one special photo or include more.  For my layout, I used orange paper to show how you can use the template to create pumpkin layouts too.  I also used the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from an orange print Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.  The orange color fools the eye into believing that the border is pumpkins instead of apples.

Also notice the very lovely Hello, Autumn Embellishments on this layout.  I love the addition of gold foil accents to these embellishments!

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the apple/pumpkin shape from Hello, Autumn Paper and cut out with scissors.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
2.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the photo mat from Hello, Autumn Paper and cut out with scissors.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
3.  Use the Apple Recipe Template to trace the journaling box piece from a Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.  Use the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen to add chalking to the edges of your pieces.
4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Cartridge to punch a border of apples/pumpkins from a Hello, Autumn Variety Mat.
5.  Add Hello, Autumn Embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.

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My second layout features paper from the Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper Pack and two more new tools.  The Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper Pack is full of a plaid pattern in an assortment of colors.  I used the new Arches Frame Border Punch along with the new Apple Border Maker Cartridge to create a simple layered border for the bottom of my layout.  The arch pieces of the border remind me of basket handles, and the sections can be cut apart to create little apple baskets.  So my border makes me think of a row of apple baskets filled with apples.

I created my own larger apple embellishments by tracing apple shapes from the new Hello, Autumn Journaling Template.  I traced apples, leaves and stems from Hello, Autumn Variety Mats.  I love how the variety mats typically contain unique but coordinating prints that are smaller in scale to the prints featured in the paper packs.  I finished my layout with a few Hello, Autumn Stickers and Embellishments.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from Crimson Cardstock and adhere a piece of 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2″ strip from Hello, Autumn Tone-on-Tone Paper.
3.  Punch a border from Rich Brown Cardstock using the Arches Frame Border Punch.  Adhere the border piece behind your border strip as shown.
4.  Cut a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip from Rich Brown Cardstock.  Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip from Beige Cardstock.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Apple Chain Border Cartridge to punch a border from Hello, Autumn Paper.  Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
5.  Use the Hello, Autumn Journaling Template to trace apple pieces onto Hello, Autumn Variety Mats.  Cut out pieces with scissors and chalk the edges using the round tip of a Brown Dual-Tip Pen.
6.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Cutting Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from Rich Brown Cardstock.  Adhere title sticker.  Adhere the piece to the layout using Foam Squares, and layer leaves from the Hello, Autumn Embellishments underneath.
7.  Add a journaling box from the Hello, Autumn Variety Mats and another title sticker.
8.  My photo mats are 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.

I love the new Hello, Autumn Collection and all of the new tools, and I look forward to creating more layouts with them!  You may see and purchase any of these items through my Creative Memories website link.

I’ll be teaching a virtual class on how to use the new Apple Recipe Template on September 22nd.  I’ll also be hosting a Virtual Croptoberfest Weekend Retreat on October 23rd-25th.  If you’ll be participating in the virtual retreat, you may wish to purchase the Hello, Autumn Decorative Bundle and the new 2020 Croptoberfest Bundle as I’ll be using them for my page classes during the event.  Please contact me or join my Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers, for information about these events.

Thanks much for visiting with me today, and I hope to be back soon with more layouts!

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!)

National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 2

Hello!  I’m back with three more layouts that I made from Creative Memories 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit.  Please see my post from Friday, August 7th for my first layout.  The National Scrapbook Day Kit is super sweet and still available for purchase.  Please use my CM link to order.  Click on Shop and then Virtual Events on the top menu bar to find the kit.  You may wish to purchase the Bundle as you will also get the extra embellishments that I used for my layouts.

I used up almost all of the paper, stickers and embellishments from the NSD kit to make my four layouts.  Please read the instructions carefully, so you’ll have enough materials to make all four layouts.   To make the second layout that I’m sharing today, you’ll need a piece of reserved paper that you cut from my first layout from August 7th (Step 1).

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For my second layout, I created a woven basket piece as a background with the strawberry print paper to highlight a special photo from my granddaughter’s first birthday party.  The circular piece created with the Floral Circle Punch reminds me of the crocheted doilies that my grandmothers used to create.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Scarlet Cardstock.  Set aside the cut out square to use for the next layout.  Cut the strawberry paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere over the hollow frame.
2.  Cut strips of the dark green and light green papers to 7/8″ x 6″  and 7/8″ x 10-1/8″.  Cut strips of White Cardstock to 1″ x 6-1/8″ and 1″ x 10-1/4″.  Adhere the green strips on top of the white strips.
3.  Evenly position the shorter dark green pieces in the lower center part of your page, and adhere the tops of the pieces with Tape Runner.  Weave through the longer light green pieces, and slide the three long pieces until they’re evenly spaced. Adhere the ends with Tape Runner.  Adhere the bottoms of the dark green pieces.
4.  From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock), use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a circle and then trim as shown.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from White Cardstock.  Trim as shown and adhere to the floral circle piece.  Add faux stitching with a Dual-Tip Black Pen.
5.  Mat a photo with White Cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″.
6.  Add embellishment pieces with Foam Squares as shown.

 

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Although I didn’t grow strawberries, my blueberry bushes exploded with an abundance of berries this year!  I found myself competing with the backyard wildlife, and I had to hustle to pick my ripe berries before the birds and squirrels ate them.  My battle with the birds inspired my next layout that features a row of birds sitting above the strawberry patch.  The lovely Songbirds Border Punch has been one of my favorite CM punches this past year.

 

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut a piece of strawberry paper to 12″ x 4″ and adhere to the bottom of the green striped paper.  I positioned my stripes to run horizontally.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2.  Cut a piece of Scarlet Cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 10″.  From the center of your piece, use the Custom Cutting System with the small heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut two heart photo mats.  Also cut a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece to use as a photo mat.  When cutting these pieces, make sure to leave an edge around your cardstock as you will use this now hollow piece as a frame for the leftover gray dot piece from the first layout (See my post from August 7th.)  The gray dot piece measures 9″ x 9″, so position it towards the bottom of the scarlet frame piece.
3.  From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock) punch a 9″ border using the Lace Trim Border Punch.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″.  Position this piece on top of the gray dot piece leaving the Scarlet Cardstock frame showing.
4.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a row of birds from Evergreen Cardstock.
5.  Adhere pieces as shown and add stickers and embellishments as shown.  I used Foam Squares for my ribbon pieces at the top of the layout.

 

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My last layout evokes another garden scene of picking strawberries.  I created a strawberry patch with the On the Vine Border Punch and heart punch outs.  The sweet little basket was inspired by my scrapping buddy, Fran Smitherman, who shared several ideas for creating baskets on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.

 

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ piece of strawberry paper and adhere to the top of the gray dot paper.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2.  Use the On the Vine Border Punch to punch a border from Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock).  Adhere to the bottom of the page.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Heart Duet Border Maker Cartridge to punch hearts from Scarlet Cardstock.  Use a black pen to add detail to the hearts and adhere over the circles in the vine piece.
3.  Use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a piece from White Cardstock and trim as shown. Adhere to top of the page.
4.  Add two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from Scarlet Cardstock.
5.  Use the Basketweave Border Punch to punch a piece from Brown Cardstock.  Trim with scissors as shown.  To create the handle, use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Blue and Red Blades to cut a hollow frame piece.  Cut on the inside edge with the Blue Blade first and then without moving the cutting pattern, cut again with the Red Blade.  Trim with scissors to fit the basket piece.
6.  Add stickers, embellishments and a bird punched with the Songbirds Border Punch. Adhere some with Foam Squares as shown.

 
I hope you like these super sweet pages!  Don’t feel like you need “strawberry” photos for them.  Just use photos of your family members – or maybe stage some photos eating strawberry shortcakes or strawberry ice cream : )

Please note that the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge sold out during CM’s promo last month. CM has ordered more of this cartridge, and it is expected to be back in stock in November.  To place an order, please use my Creative Memories website link.

Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I’ll be back at the end of the month with the Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Summer Blog Hop!

Karyn

2020 National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 1

Well, it’s better to be late than never!  As we start to think about Croptoberfest, I’m finally sharing the four layouts that I created with the 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit from Creative Memories.  I normally hold a large all-day workshop and/or weekend retreat to celebrate National Scrapbook Day, but I had canceled my event for this year due to the pandemic.  I held back on sharing these layouts as I held onto the hope of holding an in-person event.  But with new infection rates rising in my local area, it’s time to finally share these layouts.

Today I’m sharing the first of my four layouts.  Please visit with me next week as I share the other three.  I will be making my layouts with the participants of my Virtual Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Retreat this weekend (August 7th – 9th).  In addition to these layouts, I’ll also be teaching 5 other page classes, sharing some demos, offering challenges, door prizes and products at special prices.  I’ve created a private Facebook group for the event and will be teaching and recording the classes via Zoom.  The virtual event begins at 5 pm CT today (August 7th).  If you would like to join the fun, please pay your $25 registration fee ASAP using my Pay Pal link.

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I love to make pretty pages, and the National Scrapbook Day Kit provided some super cute materials to make some really pretty pages!  The strawberry motif made me think of picking strawberries in my garden and old-time kitchen scenes with lace curtains, baskets and mason jars.   I channeled these images to create my layouts, and I used up almost all of the materials in the kit and the extra embellishments along with some extra sheets of cardstock.

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To make my first layout:

1.  Cut a 9″ x 9″ piece from the left-center of the black plaid paper.  Make sure to leave space on the left edge of the plaid paper.  Set the cut-out piece aside to use on another layout.  Cut a 10″ x 10″ piece from Scarlet Cardstock and adhere over the cut out space on the plaid paper.  Add faux stitching with Dual-Tip Black Pen.
2.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller of the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a rectangle from the green striped paper.  I positioned the stripes on the paper to run horizontally.  From the gray-wash print paper, freehand cut a small rectangle shape to use as the lid of your mason jar.  Use a Dual-Tip Black Pen to draw details on the jar and lid.  Don’t adhere the lid yet.
3.  From the dark green paper, use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut three narrow 1/4″ flower stems from the swell side of the trimmer.  Adhere these to your jar and then adhere the jar lid.  Use the old Cherry Blossom Punch to punch three flowers from White Cardstock and add detail with black pen.  Adhere the flowers with Foam Squares and add additional stickers as shown.
4.  From Black Cardstock, punch a 10″ border using the Dazzle Border Punch.  Trim off of your cardstock at 1-1/2″, and adhere to the bottom of the scarlet piece.
5.  Add two 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats cut from Aqua Cardstock.
6.  Add additional stickers and embellishments as shown.

 

You may purchase the tools that I used and also the exclusive National Scrapbook Day Kit through my Creative Memories website link or get one from me personally.  If you order online, click on “Shop” and then look for the “Virtual Events” tab.  Make sure to purchase the bundle as you’ll receive the extra embellishments that I used.  Keep in mind that the kit also contains instructions from Creative Memories to make two layouts.  So you many wish to purchase two of the kits in order to create CM’s layouts and also mine.

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Please come back and visit with me next week when I share 3 more layouts that I created from the 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit!

Have a great weekend,
Karyn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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!
Karyn

Electric Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 1

Yay!  Summer is finally here!  And the Electric Summer collection from Creative Memories perfectly captures our elation for the start of the new season. The Electric Summer collection is bright, cheerful and super fun.  I’ll be using it to create summer layouts for my grandchildren and also for my lake and beach photos.

 
Click here to view a video of all of the pieces of the Electric Summer collection.
Click here to purchase the Electric Summer collection.

Some pieces of the Electric Summer collection are currently sold out, but CM expects them to be back in stock later this month and next.

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My first layout features a fun technique to create a scalloped rainbow wave that brings movement to the page.  I also used the Hyacinth Dot Pen to add some additional movement and detail to the layout.  CM currently has dot pens in three colors, but they are in limited quantity.  We’ve been told that CM will be releasing more of these pens in different colors.  You’ll find the Hyacinth, Island Coral and Kiwi Dot Pens in the Last Chance section of our website.

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized circle from the Circle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut three circles from six different colors of the Electric Summer Paper.  Lightly fold the circles in half to find the center and score.  Use your Personal Trimmer to cut the circles in half.
2.  Arrange the circles on your background paper as shown above.
3.  Use the Hyacinth Dot Pen to add dot details around the upper portion of the layout as shown.
4.  Mat and add photos.  Journal on a mat from the Electric Summer Variety Mats.
5.  Decorate your layout with Electric Summer Layered Embellishments and Electric Summer Stickers using Foam Squares to adhere some .

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For my second layout, I used the 12″ Trimmer with the Perforating Blade to add some subtle detail.  Although I only used small pieces of the Electric Summer Paper, the layout is bursting with color and fun.

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To create my layout:

1.  Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Perforating Blade to score/cut your background cardstock 1/4″ from the four edges.  Score/cut a second edge 1″ from the outside of the four edges.  Press hard enough to get the perforating marks on your cardstock but not hard enough that it cuts all of the way through and separates.
2.  Cut 20 strips of Electric Summer Paper to 1/2″ x 1-7/8″.  Cut four 1/2″ X 1/2″ squares.  Adhere the pieces onto the layout as shown.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest circle from the Circle Cutting Patterns and the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a semi-circle from the cloud print paper.
4.  Mat photos with Grape Cardstock.
5.  Add Electric Summer Stickers and Electric Summer Layered Embellishments as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.
6.  Add dots with the Hyacinth Dot Pen as shown.
7.  Cut and add an Electric Summer Variety Mat to use for your journaling.

 

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Some of my croppers like to make seasonal samplers to display on their Wooden Frame Hangers or old Everyday Display Frames.  The samplers can also be used as an intro page in an album or as a “filler” page in an album.  I designed this summer sampler so it could be used with our without photos.  I selected the variety mat as the dominate feature as the saying perfectly captures the spirit of summer for me and brings back memories of my dad singing Summertime to me when I was a young girl.

To make my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from a piece of Lily Pad Cardstock from the recent CM Cardstock Buffet.  Cut a piece of White Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the hollow frame.
2.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the square cutting pattern from the Rectangle Cutting Patterns and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut squares from the Electric Summer Paper.  Use the Red Blade to cut squares from the Lily Pad Cardstock.  Adhere the piece together and to the layout.
3.  Mat the Electric Summer Variety Mat with Lily Pad Cardstock.
4.  If desired, crop photos to 3″ x 4″, and mat with Lily Pad Cardstock.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Flip Flop Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from White Cardstock.  Trim the border off of the cardstock at 1-3/16″.  Cut into two 3″ pieces.  Mat the pieces with 3-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ pieces of Lily Pad Cardstock.
6.  Add Electric Summer Stickers adhering with Foam Squares.  Add Electric Summer gemstones.

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I hope that my layouts have inspired you to add the Electric Summer collection to your CM Wish List.  You may purchase the materials and the tools that I used through my CM website link.

Make sure to come back and visit with me next week when I share more Electric Summer layouts!

If you like to participate in virtual crops, you may wish to join me on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers, for a Virtual Beach Party Crop on Friday, June 26th.  I’ll be sharing ideas and challenges and offering door prizes!  I’ll be using the Electric Summer collection for my samples, but you may use any materials.  The fun runs from 6:00-11:00 PM CT.  (In order to be eligible to win door prizes, I’m asking that you make a minimum $25 purchase through my website from June 1st – 26th.  You can still participate in the fun even if you don’t make a purchase.)

Happy Summer!
Karyn

 

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 5

Whew, April was a looong month!  For more reasons that one – huh?  But we made it through 5 weeks of self-quarantining and scrapbook challenges!  I’ve really enjoyed our Home-Bound Throw-Down, and I hope that you have also.  I’m a little sad to leave it behind, but I’m looking forward to new scrapping events and opportunities.  Please follow me on Facebook at Karyn’s Croppers to participate in my new Zoom classes on Thursdays in May and also our Karyn’s Croppers Virtual National Scrapbook Day workshop on Saturday, May 9th.

My 9th challenge for the Home-Bound Throw-Down features a way to use up scraps of paper and have with a combo of border punches and Border Maker cartridges.  I’m still using the Spring Medley collection from Creative Memories, and I must say that it’s one of my favorites from the past year.

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut strips of paper in varying widths and 1″ high.
2.  From cardstock, punch a variety of borders using border punches and the Original Border Maker System.  I used Navy, Cloud, Peacock and Deep Sea Green Cardstock with the Cable Chain and Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridges and the Flower Child, Songbirds, and Lace Trim Border Punches.
3.  Triple mat your photo to give it extra depth and dimension.
4.  Adhere Spring Medley Stickers and Embellishments with Foam Squares.


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For my 10th and final Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I created another layout for my Covid-19 project.  This layout will feature a photo of my husband and me on our front porch.  As you might be aware, there is a movement that is encouraging folks to have family photos taken on front porches to document their experience sheltering at home.  Neighbors are taking photos for neighbors, and professional photographers are offering this service.  If you search Facebook and/or Instagram, you’ll find heartwarming to creatively hilarious family photos that document this time.  I haven’t yet decided what our pose might be, but I plan to ask our neighbor to take our photo soon.

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This layout features the NEW 12″ Trimmer Stamping Blade.  I can not sing enough good praises for the 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories!  I’ve been scrapbooking for a long time, and this is the BEST trimmer that I’ve used.  If you haven’t yet seen the trimmer, please click on this link to view a video that describes it’s features and benefits.  In addition to a straight blade, we have currently have 7 specialty blades that cut a variety of patterns.  The new Stamping Blade cuts a postage stamp edge.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a variety of Spring Medley Designer Paper to 2″ x 4″ and 2″ x 1-1/2″ sizes using the  12″ Trimmer with the Stamping Blade.
2.  Decorate a 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mat with punched pieces from the Branch Border Punch.  Adhere the branches with small Foam Squares cut in half.
3.  Create a bird’s nest by layering two pieces punched with the Pine Cone Punch and trimming with scissors to shape.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two birds, cut apart with scissors and adhere inside of the nest.
4.  Add a Spring Medley Variety Mat for journaling and Spring Medley Stickers with Foam Squares.  (I LOVE how the sentiments on these stickers are perfect for my porch photo!)

You may purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  (Please note that the Branch Border Punch and Pine Cone Punch are retired items.  But please contact me if you would like to purchase them as I have a few in my personal inventory.)

Have a lovely weekend!
Karyn