Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop – Deep Blue Sea Scrapbook Layouts

Hello, scrappers!  Thanks so much for blog hopping with us today!  Several members of the Creative Life Scrapbooking team have some summer scrapbooking ideas to share with you.  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to visit Julie’s blog next.

Last month, I shared some summer layouts using the Citrus Summer collection by Creative Memories.  So for this blog hop, I thought that I would use the Creative Memories Deep Blue Sea collection that came out earlier in the summer.  The shades of blue, beige and sea foam green were perfect for my coastal photos from a short visit to Tybee Island, SC this spring.

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My first layout features a large nautical looking border.  The small punch outs of the Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridge look like little anchors to my eye.  I also thought that the new Medallion Punch evokes a maritime feel when used on a nautical layout.

To make my top border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Beige Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch.
  • Mat these borders on 12″ x 1-1/4″ strips of Navy Cardstock.
  • Use the old Circle Maker Punch from Creative Memories to punch six circles from Beige Cardstock. 
  • Use the Medallion Punch to punch six medallions from Navy Cardstock. 
  • Adhere the medallions to the circles, and use Foam Squares to adhere the finished pieces to the borders.

 

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I really love the Deep Blue Sea Variety Mats!  The mats feature small nautical prints that are different than the prints in the paper pack.  The smaller prints of the mats were perfect to make some large banner flags to run underneath my border.

  • Cut 2-1/2″ x 2″ pieces from the variety mats and notch into a ribbon end and mat on blue cardstock.
  • Cut out an additional piece from a variety mat to use as a journaling box.
  • Use the blue ombre′ watercolor print paper as the base of your layout.

 

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My next layout  features a border made with the Scallop Wave and Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridges.  Although I created this layout as a single page, you could easily turn it into a double-page layout by making two additional borders to run across a second page.

To make this border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Royal Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch. 
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Cartridge to punch borders from the sea foam print paper and cut off of the paper at 1-1/2″.
  • Punch two more scallop wave borders from Royal Cardstock and overlap as shown.
  • Adhere the borders to 12″ x 1-3/4″ strips of the starfish patterned paper.  

 

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  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from the starfish patterned paper.  Use the Red Blade to cut a circle from Royal Cardstock.  Layer Deep Blue Sea Stickers on top of the circle pieces and adhere with Foam Squares.
  • Assemble your layout on the seaweed patterned paper.

 

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My third layout features my last two photos from our short stop on the island.  Again I used the seaweed print paper as my background and decorated my layout with a variety of Deep Blue Sea Stickers.

  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the large heart from the Gemstone Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a heart from the starfish patterned paper.
  • Use the Blue Blade to cut a heart from Royal Cardstock.
  • Fussy cut an image from a Deep Blue Sea Variety Mat to use for the journaling box.
  • Layer the heart, photos and stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some stickers.
  • My photos are 3″ x 3″ and 4″ x 4″.

 

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Deep Blue Sea is a beautiful collection, and I enjoyed reliving memories from our short coastal visit while creating these layouts.  All of the materials and tools that I used can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

 

Thanks again for blog hopping with us and enjoy the last of your summer!
Karyn

To continue on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Blog Hop, please click on the links below:

Karyn Crops (YOU ARE HERE)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Crop With Stef
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Scrappin’ Jpegs

Citrus Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 2

 

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Hi!  I’m back with two more layouts made from the Citrus Summer collection from Creative Memories.  Today I’m doing double duty with a joint post to my blog and also a Border Maker Monday post for Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.

(Creative Life Scrapbooking is a group of 8 Creative Memories advisors from all over the U.S. and Canada who love to use, sell, and share ideas and inspiration for Creative Memories products.  We have weekly features – Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday, and we have monthly features such as PJ Party Virtual Crops, Blog Hops and Sketch Challenges.  We would love to have you Like and Follow us on Facebook!)

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A few weeks ago, I spent some time in my craft room playing with the Citrus Summer collection and shared two layouts here on Karyn Crops.  Today I’m sharing the last two layouts that I created.

My first layout features a decorative border that I created using a few tools and the Citrus Summer Paper and Embellishments.  These embellishments are super cute and feature a ton of beach and summer icons – in fact, you get 2 of each embellishment!  And they come in an adorable little box.

To make my border:

  • Cut a 12″ x 1-1/5″ strip of White Cardstock;
  • Cut a 12″x 2″ strip of the red floral paper in the Citrus Summer Paper;
  • Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch 2 borders from Navy Cardstock;
  • Punch 6 leaves from Leaf Green Cardstock using the Tropical Leaf Punch;
  • Assemble and adhere the pieces as shown;
  • Add a title using navy stickers;
  • Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip from the wavy side of the trimmer, and trim the border to fit before and after your title; and
  • Finish the border with fruit and tropical flower Citrus Summer Embellishments adhered with Foam Squares.

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To finish your page:

  • Cut the center from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Navy Cardstock;
  • Adhere a 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ piece of pink patterned Citrus Summer Paper;
  • Mat your photos with Navy Cardstock; and
  • Add journaling, embellishments and a word sticker from the Citrus Summer Stickers.

I created a double-page layout by duplicating my background and border.  My photos measure 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 3″.

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The focal point of my second layout is a fun treatment of the Citrus Summer Stickers.  The stickers contain almost an entire sheet of single words and summer phrases.

To make my first page, I created a large doily by using the Custom Cutting System with the retired Jumbo Circle Pattern to cut a large circle from White Cardstock.  I then held the Lace Trim Border Punch upside down and punched around the circle.  I tried not to overlap any of my punches.

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From Black Cardstock, I used the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch a border and trimmed the border to about 1/4″ x 12″ preserving the line of vertical dots.

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I layered the black border and the doily with a 5″ x 12″ strip of the check patterned paper and a 8″ x 12″ piece of the red floral paper to make a 12″ x 12″ background.
 

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I incorporated several of the word stickers into a paragraph that describes my photos.  To provide spacing and to help keep my journaling straight, I lightly drew pencil lines that I later erased.   I completed the page with a few more stickers and some embellishments.   

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For my second page, I punched a border from White Cardstock with the Lace Trim Border Punch and a second border from Black Cardstock.  I adhered together a 9″ x 12″ piece of the check paper and a 3-3/4″ piece of the red floral paper to create a 12″ x 12″ background and added the two border pieces.   My photos are 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″ and matted with Black Cardstock.

You can purchase any of the tools or materials used through my Creative Memories website.  Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Karyn

 

Citrus Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 1

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Whoa!  Summer needs to SLOW down!  I took a little break from scrapbooking last month to enjoy some fun family time and also some much needed relaxation time with my hubby.  But now in a blink of an eye, it’s almost August!

Here are a few layouts that I created with some of my summer photos and the new Citrus Summer collection from Creative MemoriesCitrus Summer consists of paper, stickers, variety mats, a Fast2Fab album and pages, and my most favorite item – an adorable box full of ADORABLE embellishments!

My first layout is a perfect representation of our summer.  Both my husband and I are are typical Type A personalities who find it difficult to slow down and relax.  But somehow on our pontoon boat with the combo of water and sun, we’re able to decompress and spend the day simply… floating.  It’s our most favorite thing to do in the summer.

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To make my layout:
1.  Trim wave patterned sheets of paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to 12″ x 12″ sheets of peacock cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, cut out the centers of the peacock cardstock first.

2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from white and peacock cardstock and adhere together as shown.  From white cardstock, cut 12″ x 1/2″ wavy borders using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer.  Layered these three pieces with 12″ x 3″ strips of the floating sunbather paper.

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3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and Red Blade to cut a circle from goldenrod cardstock.  Use the Banner Flag Punch to punch sun rays and adhere and trim as shown to create my large sun.

4.  Mat your photos with 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ pieces of white cardstock and tuck your photos underneath the wave border.

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5.  Finish the layout with fun combos of the cute Citrus Summer Embellishments and Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares, and add journaling and faux pen stitching.

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My second layout features photos from the family reunion that we hosted in mid-June.   As you can see, I used the beach-themed paper for my lake photos.  If you’re like me and don’t have any beach photos, don’t be afraid to use these papers for any type of water photos from lakes to your backyard kiddie pools.

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I must commend Creative Memories for being “on-trend” with both of these beach and water-print papers.  Throughout the summer, I’ve seen similar prints from a variety of vendors on a multitude of home and personal goods – including wrapping paper!

To make my layout:
1.  Adhere 4″ x 12″ pieces of the water paper to two sheets of the beach paper and adhere 1/2″ strips of white cardstock over the seams.

2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from white, peacock and aqua cardstock, layer as shown, trim, and adhere to the bottom of of the water paper with Foam Squares.

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3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the Red Blade on the outside edge of the smallest Circle Pattern to cut your photos.  Use the Green Blade to cut circles from aqua cardstock, and the Blue blade to cut circles from white cardstock.  Layer and adhere as shown.

4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to create multi-layered wave borders from aqua, peacock and white cardstock.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Blue Blade to trim pieces of the wave border to fit to the bottoms of your photos.  Adhere the wave pieces with Foam Squares.

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5.  Complete the layout with journaling on a Citrus Summer Variety Mat and more fun combos of Citrus Summer Stickers and Embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.

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All of the items that I used are available for purchase through my Creative Memories website.  Plus everyone who places a $50+ order will be entered into my new Quarterly $100 Shopping Spree Give-Away!  Just place an order, and I’ll enter you in my next drawing on October 1st.

Also Creative Memories is currently offering a summer “Mystery Bag Promo”. With a purchase of $150 (USA), you’ll receive some awesome exclusive items including one of  seven possible album covers, one of four possible tote bags and a pack of designer paper.  These freebies have a retail value of $63!  Please place your orders through my personal Creative Memories website and please order sooner than later as supplies may sell out before the July 30th end date.

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to take a look at the Citrus Summer collection and to make time in your busy summer schedule to slow down and preserve your summer memories and photos!   (Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more Citrus Summer layouts soon.)

Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop – Simply Sunshine Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop!  We’re glad to be back sharing a wide variety of scrapping ideas with you!  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to take you to the next stop on the blog hop.

I used the Simply Sunshine Collection from Creative Memories to make some spring layouts and a card.  Yellow is my happy color, and Simply Sunshine fills me with happiness!  But it’s not all yellow – there are shades of green and blush too.  The paper pack contains sweet floral prints mixed with a wood-pattern, plaid and some small neutral geometric prints.  And the stickers and embellishments are absolutely adorable!

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You can see some of this adorableness in my first layout that I filled with an abundance of the sweet stickers and embellishments.  They’re all so cute that it was hard to restrain myself!  I started with a 5″ x 7″ photo of my granddaugher that I trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, and then I created a layout based on my current favorite tool – the Banner Flag Punch!  My layout reminds me of a spring clothesline hanging with banners of all sizes.

 

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My large banner pieces are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  I trimmed the variety mat with the spring title into a banner shape and tore some strips for the top and bottom of my layout.  I used the Banner Flag Punch to punch pieces and attached them to a 1/4″ strip, and then adhered the strip with banners with Foam Squares.  I added embellishments and stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.

 

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When I saw the bunny and chick embellishments, I immediately knew that I would be using Simply Sunshine to make an Easter layout.  The photos of my granddaughter sitting in the grass inspired me to make a multi-layered grass border for the bottoms of the pages.  To make the grass borders, use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch four borders from the green print paper. Use your scissors to snip off the tops of the mountains as shown in my photo below.  Use the Tulip Border Punch to punch two borders from the yellow print paper and nestle the tulips in between the grass.  I used Foam Squares to give dimension to my grass border.


To complete my layout, I created little Easter vignettes with stickers, embellishments and Easter eggs that I cut from variety mats using the Custom Cutting System with the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  (There is an egg shape inside of the smallest heart cutting pattern.)

 

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You may have already seen my third layout as it was featured in the April 12th-14th World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories.  To print a sketch of this layout, please click here to visit the CM Blog.  To create this layout, cut the dark green paper pieces to 11″ x 10″ and cut out the centers to conserve paper.  Also cut out the centers of the floral paper used as the background to conserve paper.  Cut the light green paper to 10-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.

 

My border pieces measure 12″ x 2″ and 12″ x 1-1/4″.  I created the scallop piece on the borders by punching Hay Shimmer Cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with the Rainbow Cartridge and using scissors to snip off the inside loop.


I cut five photos with the Custom Cutting System with the smallest circle pattern with the red blade on the outside edge and cut the mats with the green blade.   My vertical photos measure 3-1/4″ x 6″ and are matted with 3-1/2″ x 7-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ x 9″ pieces of evergreen cardstock.  The border pieces on top of the photos are 3-1/2″ x 1″.  I punched a few smaller flowers from Hay Shimmer using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch.  Make sure to adhere some of the embellishments and the “Sunshine” sticker with Foam Squares for dimension.

 

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The last item that I created is a folded double-pocket card using a sheet of the Simply Sunshine paper and the new 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories.  I shared this project on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page earlier in the month.  Please click here to view a video that shows how to cut and fold the paper to make the card.  I decorated the pockets of my card with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Rainbow Cartridge and filled my card with tags that I created using the 4-Way Essentials Punch.

 

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to create some spring projects using the beautiful Simply Sunshine collection!  Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used.

Julie’s blog is the next stop on our blog hop.  Thanks so much for hopping with us!
Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop:
Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn Crops (You are here)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Crop with Stef
Lisa’s Workshop
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life

Flourish Scrapbook Layouts – Flowers, Banners and More…

Today I’m sharing some scrapbook layouts that I made with the new Flourish collection from Creative Memories.  If you loved the Secret Garden collection from CM last year, you’re likely to also love this collection.  Like Secret Garden, Flourish is full of flowers and butterflies and features watercolor shades of purple and teal, but Flourish also contains a lovely shade of blush.

The Flourish Stickers feature watercolor prints of roses, leaves, hearts and butterflies and are printed on a clear poly.  This allows for the stickers to be layered with some of the background paper and bottom stickers showing through.  I must warn you to take heed when working with these stickers.  They are super sticky and seem to jump out of your hand and right onto your paper – not quite where you intended them to go.  Once on the paper, they are difficult to pull off without taking up some of the paper with it.  The stickers also won’t show up if you put them on the busier prints of paper.  I also found that they didn’t show well on the almost solid sheet of purple in the pack.  If you like the look of a more solid sticker and/or like to add dimension with Foam Squares, adhere the stickers to white cardstock and cut them out with scissors to create a die cut.  Although I found the stickers to be a little challenging to work with, I do love their ethereal watercolor look.

 

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For my first layout, I went a little crazy with the stickers and created a watercolor wreath.  I started by cutting my watercolor background paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhering it to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ purple print with the center cut out.  I cut apart the stickers and arranged them on my paper to get my shape, spacing and layering figured out.  (If you use a pencil to draw a circle shape, be warned that the pencil marks will show through the stickers.)

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I then started adhering the stickers taking care to overlap and layer as I went around.  I usually like a little dimension and texture on my layouts, so I added some leaf die cuts from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (i.e. my current favorite item).  My photo is 4″ x 5″ and matted with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of purple print paper and a piece of 5-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ large floral paper.  I love how this paper is a such a close match to my granddaughter’s bib!

 

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For my second layout, I adhered the rose stickers onto white cardstock and cut them out with scissors.  If you look closely, you’ll see some purple residue on my pink roses.  I first put them directly on the purple paper, but didn’t care for how they looked.  So I very carefully pulled them off, but some of the paper pigment remained.  I created a layered embellishment cluster with more leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (Did I mention that these are my current favorite product?) and some roses that I punched from white cardstock with the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Border Cartridge.

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To make my layout, cut a strip of rose print paper to 2-1/2″ x 12″.  Use the Winter Vine Punch (a current favorite tool) to punch a border from the purple print paper and layer as shown.  Cut a 9″ x  10″ piece from the purple paper and a 8-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” piece of white cardstock.  Assemble as shown adding 1/2″ strips of the floral paper to the top and bottom of the purple piece.

 

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My next layout is an explosion of punched pieces, stickers and embellishments.  You’ll notice that I added a little bit of navy cardstock to provide some definition and contrast. For this layout, I adhered all of the Flourish Stickers onto white cardstock and cut out with stickers to create die cuts that could be adhered with Foam Squares.

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To make this layout, cut the floral paper to 12″ x 7″, and cut a thin strip of navy to adhere under the top edge.  Add the finished piece on top of a piece of the word print paper.  My photos are 4″ x 5″ and matted with 4-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ navy cardstock mats.  To create the bottom border, punch navy cardstock and green print paper with the Tulip Border Punch and off-set the pieces.  The borders are 8-3/4″ x 2″.

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For the top of your layout, create a crisscross double banner using the Banner Flag Punch.  Off-set each banner piece of print paper with a banner from navy cardstock.  Finish your layout by layering leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with Flourish Sticker adhered with Foam Squares.

 

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Although my last layout was made with Blend & Bloom Pink Paper, I included it here as it also prominently features the Blend & Bloom Greenery  Embellishments.  Over the years, we’ve had many embellishment packs of paper flowers and several flower punches, so I’m really excited to have this entire pack of greenery embellishments.  The leaves are intricately cut from a light-weight chip board.  And each leaf piece is double-sided with a different shade of green giving us more options to mix and match these embellishments.

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My photos are 3″ x 5-3/4″ and matted with a small dot patterned paper from the Blend & Bloom Pink Paper.  I layered the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with flowers and gemstone and pearl embellishments from the Blend & Bloom Foiled Flower Embellishments.  My layout also includes a banner punched with the Banner Flag Punch and adorned with hearts that were punched by the Original Border Maker with the Heart Duet Border Cartridge.  I adhered the banner pieces with Foam Squares and used White Script ABC/123 Stickers for my title.

I enjoyed creating these pretty pages and hope that I inspired you with a few ideas!  You can purchase all of the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!
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

 

Seasons Greetings 1-2-3 Page Layouts

The time from Thanksgiving through New Year’s blends into one long holiday-celebrating season for me!  Over the past 17 years, holding my annual Creative Memories Holiday Open House has become one of my favorite holiday traditions.  I love opening my home to my loyal scrapbooking friends and showering them with special offers, make-n-takes, and holiday scrapbooking inspiration!

 

My very talented friend, Noreen Smith, graciously shared her new 1-2-3 Page Sketch with me, and I offered the layouts below as a workshop option at my Holiday Open House last weekend.  And I’m so excited today to be posting my blog in tandem with Noreen!  Please visit Noreen’s blog, Organized and Creative Mom to see her page sketch with cutting guide to make these layouts.

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For the past 2-1/2 years, I’ve been hosting an almost monthly Crop Club where we use one of Noreen’s wonderful 1-2-3 Page Sketches, one pack of paper and one pack of stickers or embellishments to make 3 double-page layouts. Sometimes I’ll add a sheet or two or three of solid cardstock if needed, and I also try to incorporate the newest CM tools. If you search my blog, you’ll find a few examples of some of the layouts that we’ve created in the past.  If you would like to join my Crop Club via long-distance, just send me an email and I’m glad to mail the materials to you.

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I was so excited to play with Noreen’s new sketch that focuses on large triangles to make beautiful Christmas trees!  As with all of her 1-2-3 Sketches, this was quick and easy to cut and assemble.  I used the new Seasons Greetings Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories and was quite pleased with my results. I love the warm and cozy retro Christmas aesthetic of the new Seasons Greetings materials!

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In addition to the Seasons Greetings paper and stickers, I used red and bronze cardstock for the bows that adorn the tops of my trees. I punched the bows with the new Embossed Bow Punch from CM and adhered the bows with Foam Squares.  I also adhered most of the stickers with Foam Squares and also the center photo mat on the layout above.  I love how Foam Squares add extra dimension and pop to our pages!

I had these layouts on display at my Holiday Open House and almost everyone who attended loved the pages and ended up purchasing the materials.  I hope that you love them too!  Please visit Noreen at Organized and Creative Mom for a copy of the 1-2-3 Sketch and Cutting Guide.

And if you’re in the U.S. and would like to purchase any of the tools or materials that I used, please visit my CM website.  If you order now through noon on November 30th, you can take advantage of the great Black Friday/Cyber Monday Promo that Creative Memories is offering.  Please note that the freebies are available while supplies last, so please order sooner than later.   Click here to order.

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CLS Fall Blog Hop – Pumpkin Spice Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to the Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop!  We’re excited to be sharing some fall scrapbooking ideas with you, and we’re so glad that you could join us!  Please follow the links at the bottom of my post to take you to the next blogs.

Today I’m featuring layouts that I created with the new Pumpkin Spice Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  (To see layouts that I created with the fall Gather Together Collection, please see my blog post from September 29th.) My first layout below also features the new Creative Memories’ On The Vine Border Punch, paper from the Timber Paper Pack, and Black Sans Serif ABC Stickers.

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To create this layout, cut the green vine paper to 8-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ and 3″ x 11-1/2″.  Cut the pumpkin paper to 3-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ and 8-1/4″ x 11-1/2″.  Adhere pieces to two sheets of black cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you can cut out the centers of the black cardstock.

My photos measure 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″.  I double matted the photos with black cardstock and plaid print paper.  The black mats are 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″, 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″, 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ and 4-5/8″ x 4-5/8″.  The plaid mats are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

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I included a border punched from black cardstock using the On The Vine Border Punch and sign posts that I hand cut from a piece of paper from the Timber Paper Pack.  I cut apart the pumpkin and leaf border stickers and layered them to create my pumpkin patch and trailed the vine sticker up the sign post.  I adhered the most forward rows of pumpkins and leaves with Foam Squares.  I also included a few individual pumpkin stickers to fill out the patch.

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My second layout is a fun and easy Halloween two-page spread.  I used a tool that I don’t often use anymore – the Two-Way Corner Rounder.  I cut 2″ squares from the cute jack-o-lantern, bats and spider papers and rounded the corners with the Two-Way Corner Rounder.

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I matted my photos with white cardstock and also rounded the corners on the mats and photos.  I included a few fun stickers and adhered some with Foam Squares.  I finished the layout with details added with a Silver Pen.

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My next layout was created on two sheets of Timber Paper (I love how the Timber Paper coordinates with so many of CM’s collections!)  When I created this layout, I must admit to randomly cutting triangles of different sizes and not measuring them.  I just held the paper up to the page and decided where to cut it.  If I were to do it again, I would at least create a 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ square out of the floral paper and cut it in half to form the two largest triangles for the middle of the layout.  I matted my triangle pieces with orange cardstock.

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I double matted my photos with orange cardstock and brown plaid paper and embellished the layout with border pieces across the bottom.  To create my borders, use the Original Border Maker with the new Garland Cartridge to punch a border from the brown plaid paper.  Mat the border with orange cardstock, and cut the border into 8-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ pieces.  Use the Flower Child Border Punch to punch a border from the brown plaid paper.  Use the Embossed Trio Flower Punch to punch pieces from orange and pale yellow cardstock.  Create flowers and layer them over the Flower Child border.  Cut the border into 6-1/2″ and 3″ pieces.

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You may have already seen my last layout as it was featured last week on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.  But I also wanted to include it here with my other Pumpkin Spice layouts.

Again, I used another sheet of Timber Paper as the background for this page.  On brown cardstock, I drew a pumpkin shape and cut it out with scissors.  I then cut 3/4″ strips from two of the patterned Pumpkin Spice papers to make my woven pumpkin.

To assemble the pumpkin, I put a very small amount of Repositionable Tape around the entire edge of the pumpkin.  I spaced out and adhered the vertical strips first and then started weaving by sliding the horizontal strips up from the bottom and adhering to the edges as I went.  You may have to adjust a bit as you go and may need to add extra adhesive after all of the strips are woven.

After all of the strips are in place, turn the pumpkin over and trim with scissors.  Finish your pumpkin with a freehand cut stem, Maple Leaf Punch leaves and Pumpkin Spice Stickers. My brown cardstock photo mat measures 9″ x 4-1/4″.

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I hope that you enjoyed seeing my layouts and that you give some of them a try!  All of the materials and tools that I used may be purchased on my CM website.

Please finish our Fall Blog Hop by visiting Julie and Diana’s blogs next.

Fran Smitherman:  Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Lisa Brown Graham:  Lisa’s Workshop
Noreen Smith:  Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe:  Karyn Crops (YOU ARE HERE)
Julie Tambrini:  Julie’s CM Blog
Diana Brinsley:  D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog

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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.

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