Art Nouveau – Dragonfly Punch Scrapbook Layouts

The Art Nouveau Collection and the Dragonfly Punch were released earlier this spring, but I just recently had time to play with both. I thought that the dragonfly image pairs nicely with the art deco / arts & crafts vibe of the Art Nouveau Collection. This collection is absolutely beautiful and is great for formal, heritage and vintage photographs and layouts. I love the color palette of greens, teals and mustard yellows.


For my first layout, I used the Dragonfly Punch and the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to create a textured overlay for the beautiful sheet of designer paper. This layout will be lovely for some photos of the entire family.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock.
2. Cut a sheet of designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frame.
3. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Climbing Vine Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Dark Sea Green Cardstock and mustard yellow designer paper. Trim borders to 4″, overlap, and adhere to layout as shown using Repositionable Tape.
4. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch eight dragonflies from mustard yellow designer paper, and adhere to the layout as shown using Repositionable Tape.
5. From mustard yellow designer paper, cut two 7″ x 2-1/2″ strips.
6. From Dark Sea Green Cardstock, cut two 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ photo mats. Adhere mats and strips as shown.
7. Add stickers using Foam Squares.


For my second page, I was inspired by a layout that I created for the Creative Memories Blog earlier this spring. I replaced the Cross Punch with the Dragonfly Punch for great results. I love how the dragonfly image works so nicely with the materials in this layout!

Since both of these pages were created with the same collection, they will look beautiful side-by-side in album. Or you can easily adapt both of these pages into double-page layouts. To see another version of this layout that I created with the Keep the Faith Collection and the Cross Punch for Creative Memories, please see the CM Blog.

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Dark Sea Green Cardstock.
2. Cut a piece of light colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and adhere to the top of the layout.
3. Cut a piece of dark colored designer paper to 11-1/2″ x 7″, and adhere to the bottom of the layout.
4. Cut a 12″ x 1″ strip of designer paper, adhere on the overlapping seam of the papers, and add a border sticker.
5. Cut two photo mats to 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, and adhere to the center of the layout.
6. Use the Dragonfly Punch to punch seven dragonflies from a variety of designer paper.
7. From the same paper as the dragonflies, cut 1/4″ strips.
8. Arrange the strips and dragonflies as indicated, trim strips as needed, and adhere.
9. Add embellishments and stickers with Foam Squares.

I created a third layout using the Art Nouveau Collection and the new Geometric Frame Punch and recently shared this layout with Creative Life Scrapbooking. I love how the Geometric Frame Punch can have a formal art deco look as well as a fun and funky look. Please see Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for the instructions to this last layout.

I hope that I inspired you today! If you love any of these tools and/or materials, you may purchase them through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that CM has a new promotion beginning on Monday, May 24th at noon CT that includes FREE SHIPPING on orders of $80!

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Spring Cottage Scrapbook Layouts

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




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

To create my layout:

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


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

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


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

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Spring Cottage Bunny Scrapbook Layout

Today I’m sharing a super sweet Easter layout that I created with the lovely Spring Cottage Collection from Creative Memories. This is a beautiful collection that features a mix of feminine and rustic outdoor patterns. I love the combination of the earthy outdoor pieces with the feminine wildflower touches! The Spring Cottage Embellishments are especially pretty with their watercolor designs on embossed paper. Please stay tuned as I will be sharing more Spring Cottage Layouts soon.

This pretty page is ready for Easter photos of my granddaughters. I created the pieced bunny based on a pattern shared in 2005 by Creative Memories. The pen details really add to the sweetness factor! This bunny would also be great on baby scrapbook layouts.

To watch me create the bunny and also an Easter basket, please view my YouTube video. Please also subscribe to my YouTube channel, so that my videos are always easy for you to find.

To create my layout:

1. Cut a 2″ hollow frame from the plaid patterned paper.
2. Cut the blue patterned paper to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″, and cut a 1″ hollow frame from it. Adhere the piece to the
bottom right of the plaid paper.
3. Adhere a 10″ x 10″ piece of White Cardstock to the blue frame.
4. To create the bunny, use the Custom Cutting System with the small and medium Circle Patterns and the small and medium Oval Patterns and the Red and Blue Blades. Always cut on the inside edges of the cutting patterns.
Body: Medium Circle, Red Blade
Head: Medium Oval, Red Blade
Ears: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2)
Feet: Small Oval, Red Blade (cut 2)
Arms: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut in half)
Hands: Small Circle, Blue Blade (cut in half)
Inside Ears: Small Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2)
Nose: Small Oval, Blue Blade
5. Assemble bunny, and use Dual-Tip Brown Pen to add pen details.
6. Cut the Spring Cottage Embellishment piece in half and adhere with Foam Squares positioning the bunny in-between
the pieces. Adhere the bunny with Foam Squares also.
7. Add additional embellishments with Foam Squares as shown.
8. My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.
9. Add pen detail to the edge of the White Cardstock piece.


You’ll find these tools and materials on my Creative Memories website link. If you would like to see older Easter layouts of mine, please use the Search function on this page to search for “Easter”.

Please check out the new Online Page Classes section of my blog. You’ll find the link at the top of the page. Please also subscribe to my new YouTube Channel to see video demonstrations. Plus don’t forget about my up-coming Virtual National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Click here to register.

I hope that you and your family have a blessed Easter weekend!

Karyn

Mandala-Inspired Layout with Boho Escape and Emerald Gemstone

I just shared the layouts below with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for Featured Project Friday and wanted to share them here also with you. I started with small squares and used the Two-Way Corner Rounder from Creative Memories to create tear-drop shapes that I arranged into a mandala pattern. To mimic a sunflower, I used the lovely Boho Escape Collection for my first layout.


To create my layout:

  1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from olive green designer paper.
  2. Cut oval patterned designer paper to 11- 1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the frame.
  3. Use Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from olive green designer paper.
  4. Use Centering Ruler to center the circle on the page, and adhere.
  5. Cut 14 squares that measure 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
  6. Cut 28 squares that measure 1″ x 1″ from two different papers.
  7. Use the Two-Way Corner Rounder to punch two opposite corners of each square.
  8. Use Brown Dual-Tip Pen to outline the pieces.
  9. Arrange your pattern to determine spacing before adhering. Work from the center out, and use Repositionable Tape to adhere in case you need to adjust.

I really loved this layout and started thinking about different adaptations. One of my ideas was to use the same mandala-inspired pattern to make a peacock-inspired layout using the peacock patterned paper in the Emerald Gemstones Paper pack. Since the peacock paper has a directional pattern, I had to cut my squares on a diagonal in order to preserve the peacock shape that’s imprinted on the paper. Please view of my video for a step-by-step demonstration.

You may purchase the tools and materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please follow me and my teammates at Creative Life Scrapbooking to see weekly ideas for Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday. We also host virtual crops, and our next PJ Party Virtual Crop will be on April 30th. Click here for more information and to register.

Don’t forget to register for my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Please click here for more info.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Boho Escape Scrapbook Layout

Brrrr! Freezing temperatures! Snow! Ice! It’s perfect scrapbooking weather! If you’re looking for a virtual scrapbooking activity for this weekend, you might consider joining me. I’m hosting a weekend-long event that I’m calling The World Awaits Virtual Scrapbooking Retreat.

As “The World Awaits” for the pandemic to end and get back to “normal”, grab your passport for fun and join my Virtual Scrapbooking Weekend Retreat on February 19-21! We’ll have fun with a travel themed retreat as we daydream and plan the first trips that we’ll take after the pandemic ends. The virtual retreat will feature live page classes and Scrap & Chat sessions on Zoom, challenges, door prizes, a product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products, and a few fun games. All page classes will be recorded and include instructional handouts. There is a $25 fee to participate, and you can pay with Pay Pal. Please click here to register now.

I will be using the BOHO Escape Collection from Creative Memories for my sample layouts that we’ll create during the Virtual Retreat. We’ll make 7 double-page layouts (14 pages) during the page classes. You may use any materials that you like for your layouts. In addition to the Zoom sessions, there will be a private Facebook group for the event where I’ll share recordings of the page classes and printable instructional handouts. The product sale of discontinued and discounted Creative Memories products will be a Facebook Live post to the Facebook group. And participants will share photos of their completed layouts on the private group.


During the retreat, we’ll make pretty pages like the one above. The layout above is also a good reminder about the Cardstock Buffet that Creative Memories is currently offering. On occasion, Creative Memories offers a Cardstock Buffet with exclusive limited edition cardstock colors that are not part of our product line. The current Cardstock Buffet features exclusive Shimmer Cardstock in 7 different colors. When you purchase 6 packs, you receive one pack for FREE! For more information and to order, please check out my CM website.

For my layout above, I combined the lovely Marigold Cardstock from the last Cardstock Buffet and the Boho Escape Collection. I also used the new Mandala Border Punch to create the pretty frame around the photo and the decorative corner pieces. I’ll be demonstrating this technique during my Virtual Retreat this weekend. Please see my YouTube Channel for a video demonstration of how to make this fancy inside frame.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

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

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

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

 

 

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challege – Week 4

Hello and welcome to the fourth week of my Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge!  I’m still using the Spring Medley collection from Creative Memories and really loving the fresh shades of blue and green.  Plus there’s a nice mix of small, large and tonal patterns.

I was inspired by the title “Living our best life right now” on the Variety Mat.  So I created a layout to document the ways that my husband and I are staying busy during the Covid-19 pandemic.  I was even able to persuade my husband to do his own journaling!  I added the “Rain or Shine” sticker to the “Love Grows” embellishment as it reminds me of our wedding vows, “for better for worse, in times of sickness or health…“.

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To create my layout:
1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller heart from the Gemstones Cutting Patterns to cut 5 hearts from patterned paper using the Green Blade on the outside edge.  Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut 3 hearts from light print paper, and adhere to three of the larger patterned hearts.
2.  Cut your photo and Variety Mat to 3″ x 3-3/4″.  Cut photo mats to 3-1/4″ x 4″.  Adhere.
3.  Add journaling, embellishments and stickers as shown.

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HomeBoundThrowDown#7

My next layout is simply a pretty page that features the new Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge and Baroque Border Punch.  And I also used our new Dark Sea Green Cardstock.  For some of my past layouts, I used Navy Cardstock with the Spring Medley collection.  Cloud, Peacock, Beige and White Cardstock also look nice with this collection.

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To make my layout:
1.  Cut six strips that measure 2″ x 6″ and adhere onto a 12″x 12″ sheet of designer paper.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Spring Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch 3 borders from Dark Sea Green Cardstock and cut in half at 6″.  Adhere these pieces in-between the strips.
3.  From Dark Sea Green Cardstock, use the Baroque Border Punch to punch a border and adhere at the bottom of the strips.  Add a sticker strip to the top of the border piece.
4.  Add 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ photo mats from White Cardstock.
5.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a circular journaling box.
6.  Add stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares as shown.

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

Make sure to check out the PJ Party virtual crop hosted on Facebook by Creative Life Scrapbooking today (April 24th)!  The fun begins at 4:00 EDT time, and I’m hosting the second hour.

I’ll be back next week with two more Home-Bound Throw-Down challenges!  Take care until then!

Karyn

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 3

Well, we made it through another week of self-isolation.  Congrats to us!  At this point, it’s somewhat beginning to feel almost normal.  Below is an excerpt from a post that I made to Karyn’s Croppers earlier in the week.

There’s no denying it – we’re living through a historic event. I like to think of my personal scrapbook albums as my diary, and I need to include the Covid-19 Pandemic in my scrapbook. There are different ways that we could approach this topic in our albums, and I encourage you to think about how you are going to document this time. After all, we are the memory keepers and storytellers.

I decided to do what I always do – take photos of my life. These photos will be of things that I’m doing now – photos of me and my husband and what we’re doing, photos of my garden, photos of food that I’m cooking, photos related to my CM business. So my photos and journaling will be a reflection of how the virus is impacting our daily life. These photos will show how our daily life has changed. Instead of photos of us out and about, there will be photos of us doing things at home. There will be photos of us wearing masks, washing groceries, and having zoom calls with friends and family. Absent will be photos of us with the kids and grandkids. I decided not to create a dedicated album to the virus but to rather just incorporate it into my annual chronological family album.

So with this in mind, my next challenges for our Home-Bound Throw-Down  feature layouts that you can use to document the Covid-19 pandemic in your albums.  But the layouts are versatile enough that you can use them for any of your photos.

HomeBoundThrowDown#5My example for this layout features a photo of my window display for #aworldofhearts.  A few weeks ago, a world-wide movement called #aworldofhearts was created to encourage everyone to decorate their front windows with hearts as a display of love, hope, and unity and also to thank essential workers.  Search for #aworldofhearts on Facebook, and you’ll find a page devoted to these creations.  They range from sweet and simple to incredibly elaborate.  Some are using sidewalk chalk and decorating their driveways and sidewalks too.  I wanted to remember this huge heartwarming gesture and created a layout to document it in my scrapbook.

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I used designer paper, tone-on-tone paper and stickers from the very lovely Spring Medley collection from Creative Memoriesto create my layout.

1.  Cut a hollow frame from the floral paper.
2.  Cut the cloud paper to 11″ x 11″.  Rub the round-tip edge of a Dual-Tip Pen around the perimeter of the paper to create dimension and definition.  Adhere to the floral frame.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smaller heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and all three blades to cut and create balloons.  Use the old Small Heart Maker punch to create the bottom pieces of your balloons.  Rub the round-tip edge of a Dual-Tip Pen around the perimeter of the hearts to create dimension and definition.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut 1/8″ balloon strings.  Adhere the top balloon with Foam Squares.
3.  Add a title with White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.  Add Spring Medley Stickers using Foam Squares and journaling to complete your page.

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When I get over-whelmed with the stress, anxiety and major disruptions that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused in my life, I like to remind myself that “things can always be worse”.  This has proven to be true in most of the bad times that I’ve experienced.  And despite the awfulness, there are always blessings to be counted.  So when I start feeling a little down about the current situation, I just remind myself of all the things for which I’m grateful.  I created the layout below as a reminder of some of my blessings during this pandemic.

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Again I used paper, stickers and embellishments from the Spring Medley collection.  I printed my photos on my home computer in wallet size – 2-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and matted them on Navy Cardstock.

1.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the larger heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and the Red Blade to cut hearts from the paper.  Use the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut hearts from Navy Cardstock.  Adhere the pieces and add faux pen stitching with a navy pen.
2.  Mat photos with 2-3/4″ x 3-1/2″ pieces of Navy Cardstock.
3.  Cut White Cardstock into 2-1/4″ x 1/2″ strips and add your blessings.
4.  Add a title with White Sans Serif ABC/123 Stickers.  Journal on a tag from the Spring Medley Embellishments.  Adhere the tag and floral stickers from the Spring Medley Stickers with Foam Squares.  Add faux pen stitching around the perimeter of your layout.

I hope that you have many blessings to count and record!  You may purchase any of the materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  I’ll be back next week with two more layouts.

Have a nice weekend,
Karyn