Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 2 of 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Karyn

Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 1 of 3

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a few borders to help get you in a snowy winter mood.  As always, I’m hoping for a white Christmas this year.  I just love a wintery scene of snow covered hills and trees.  And a fresh snowfall can even make a city seem magical at this time of year.  My borders below will be perfect for your winter photos.

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Top Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of Navy Cardstock.
2.  Use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch mountains from White and Dark Green Cardstock.  Layer as shown and adhere punched out white pieces into the centers of the green border.
3.  Tear a 12″ x 2″ strip of White Cardstock.
4. Use the Pine Tree Punch to punch trees from Dark Green and White Cardstock and layer.
5.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Red Cardstock.
6.  Assemble border as shown using Foam Squares on trees and birds.

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Middle Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ strip of Navy Cardstock and use the Original Border Maker with the Midnight Star Border Cartridge to punch one end.
2.  Adhere a 12″ x 1″ strip of Bronze Shimmer Cardstock underneath the punched out stars.
3.  Use the Cityscape Border Punch to punch borders from White and Black Cardstock and layer.
4.  Tear a 12″ x 1-3/4″ and a 12″ x 1″ strip of White Cardstock and layer.
5.  Use the Pine Tree Punch to punch trees from Dark Green and White Cardstock and layer.
6.  Assemble border as shown using a Foam Square on the forward-most tree.

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Bottom Border:
1.  Cut a 12″ x 2-3/4″ strip of Navy Cardstock.
2.  Cut a 12″ x 2-1/2″ strip of White Cardstock.
3.  Use the new Dazzle Border Punch to punch a 12″ piece of Navy Cardstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2-1/4″.  Punch the other end by staggering the placement of your border into the punch.  Use a Post-It Note to hold in place if needed.
4. Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch White Cardstock.
5.  Layer pieces and assemble as shown.

Tags:
1.  Use the new 3 in 1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch 2-1/2″ x 4″ pieces of White and Gray Cardstock.
2.  Decorate the white tag with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker and Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge.
3.  Decorate the gray tag with torn White Cardstock, a pine tree, and a bird punched with the Songbirds Border Punch.

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You may purchase the cardstock and most of the tools that I used on my CM website.  Please note that the Pine Tree Punch is currently on backorder and is expected back in stock in Mid-February.

Thanks for visiting today!  Check back next week as I’ll be sharing Winter Scrapbook Borders – Part 2 of 3!

Karyn

 

More Seasons Greetings Scrapbook Layouts

I’m back with a few more layouts using the Seasons Greetings Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection has been selling so well that it’s already in low supply and has been moved to the GOING GONE section of the CM website, and unfortunately some are no longer available.  Please order these materials now while they’re still available.

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This vintage-inspired collection reminds me of a cross-stitch sampler that my mother hangs in her home during the winter months.  The sampler has a motif similar to the paper above with houses and churches on snow-covered hills with the saying, “Over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.”  My layout above features the Rolling Hills Border Maker Cartridge that was so popular that it quickly sold out.  However, CM has ordered more in a limited supply and expects it to be available again later in the winter.  Watch for it’s arrival as it will likely sell out quickly when it returns.

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To make my page, cut a piece of the green hounds-tooth paper to 12″ x 4-1/4″ and punch the top edge using the Original Border Maker System with the Rolling Hills Cartridge.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a swell edge on a strip of 12″ x 3″ house print paper.  Cut two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from the red patterned paper.  I embellished my page with a title sticker adhered with Foam Squares, a bow embellishment, and bells from the Seasons Greetings Laser But Borders.

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The Seasons Greetings Laser Cut Borders are an absolute must-have item.  They are exquisitely cut with incredibly fine detail.  Each pack contains one of each of the borders above.  For my layout, I cut apart the row of bells to make the border go further.  I’ll make my layout into a double-page spread and will use the remaining bows on the second page.

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My second layout again features the Rolling Hills Border Cartridge and also the Midnight Star Border Cartridge.  These two cartridges pair together so well!  To create this layout, start by cutting out the center of a piece of 12″ x 12″ Red Cardstock to use as the base.  Cut a piece of the cream star paper to 11-1/2″ x 7″ and punch the top edge using the Original Border Maker System with Midnight Star Cartridge.  Cut a piece of Bronze Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 1-1/4″ and adhere underneath the punched stars.  Adhere this piece to the bottom of your page leaving a 1/4″ border of the Red Cardstock.  Add a 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece of green hounds-tooth paper to the top part of the page.

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Punch the green damask pattered paper with the Border Maker System and Rolling Hills Cartridge and cut off of the paper at 11-1/5″ x 1-3/4″.  Cut a 1/2″ strip of green hounds-tooth paper and layer these two pieces on the bottom of your layout.  I double-matted my photos with Red and Bronze Cardstock and adorned the page with Seasons Greetings Stickers and Embellishments.  From Red Cardstock, I punched two bows using the new Embossed Bow Punch and added detail to the embossed parts using a Gold Dual-Tip Pen.  I adhered the bows to the tops of my photos with Foam Squares.

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A piece of wood-patterned paper from the CM Timber Paper Pack is the base of the layout above.  (I love to mix the Timber Paper with all of our other collections!)   You can create my fun window effect by using a frame from the Seasons Greetings Embellishments, a Variety Mat as the background sky, and snow white hills punched with the Rolling Hills Border Maker Cartridge.  Cut the beard from the Santa sticker and adhere it to the window frame using Foam Squares and add a few word title stickers.

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I adhered the Christmas lights laser cut border in three places behind the popped up bow punch-outs.  This gives the lights the look of being strung and hanging across the page.  I cut a Variety Mat into strips to use behind my photos and another Variety Mat as my journaling box.  I added stickers with Foam Squares to the bottom of the layout and cut my photos to fit.

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You may have already seen my last layout as I shared it last week at Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.  This layout is made of three strips from the Seasons Greetings Paper Pack. The top strip is 11-1/2″ wide and punched with the Original Border Maker with the Garland Cartridge and cut off at 1″. The middle strip is 11-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and the bottom strip is 11-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and punched again with the Border Maker with Garland Cartridge. (The Garland Cartridge is currently sold out but will be returning to the CM Product Line later this winter. When it returns, it will be in limited quantity – so plan to purchase it quickly.)

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I matted my title mat and photos with 6-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ mats cut from Bronze Cardstock. I also adhered 1/4″ strips of Bronze Cardstock over the seams of the paper strips and adhered the cardinal and poinsettia stickers with Foam Squares.

Please purchase the Seasons Greetings items now as they are in limited supply.  Orders placed on my website through noon on December 14th will have a chance to win a GOLDEN TICKET Prize!

All of my best wishes for a very Merry Christmas season!

Karyn

 

Winter Blog Hop With Creative Life

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop!  We’re so glad to be back hopping and sharing some winter scrapbooking ideas with you.  At the end of my post, you’ll find the link to take you to the next stop on our hop.

I’m in the midst of a love affair with the Glacier Collection from Creative Memories!  I’ve already used up two packs of paper and two packs of stickers.  I also have to admit to going out in single digit freezing weather just to get some snow photos to use with this beautiful collection!  Once I started making pages, I couldn’t stop.  So I have a few layouts to show you today.

My first page might be my favorite!  I used a page sketch that Creative Memories shared with advisors and gave it my own twist.

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To make my page, cut the birch bark paper to 11.5″ x 11.5 and mount on 12″ x 12″ navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Cut four strips from the snowfall paper that measure 2.5″ x 10″, notch the ends, and then following the same angle cut off a 3/4″ chevron shape.  Rub black chalking ink or the side of a wide point black pen around the edges of the pieces.

From the Variety Mats, fussy cut a series of trees and ink the edges.  My photos are 4″ x 4″ and matted with navy paper.  My journaling box is a Variety Mat cut to 4″ x 4″ and also matted.  Assemble the page by tucking the bottom edges of the photos and journaling box under the trees.  I used Foam Squares to adhere my trees and the center photo.  Place the lovely vine border sticker across the bottom of your trees, and add the title sticker and fern stickers.  Adhere pinecone, bird, and snowflake stickers with Foam Squares.

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My second layout is a fun snowman-making page!  I have a lot of ideas happening on this page, but I think it works as a background to highlight one large photo .

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To make this page, cut the blue paper to 11″ x 11″.  To evenly space your punched out snowflakes, flip the blue paper over and measure to the center of the page.  Use the Snowflake Trio Punch to punch snowflakes in the center.  Punch more snowflakes from each edge of the paper.  And then center the punch between the center snowflakes and the edge snowflakes to make your last two punches.  (Unfortunately, the Snowflake Trio Punch sold out quickly and is no longer available.  So if needed, substitute other snowflake punches.)  Adhere the blue paper on top of the knit print paper.

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Using the Victorian Border Punch, punch fences from white and brown cardstock.  Adhere the white fence behind the brown fence to look like snow.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowman Cartridge to punch a row of snowmen from white cardstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″.  Adhere snowmen to the fence, and cut the entire border to 7.5″ wide.

To make the large snowmen, use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and cut a circle from white cardstock using the blue blade on the inside edge.  Cut a circle from white cardstock and another from the knit print paper using the medium size Circle Pattern and the green blade on the inside edge.  From the knit paper circle freehand cut scarf pieces.  Also freehand cut arms and a nose from cardstock.  Use the old Button Trio Punch to punch three buttons.  Assemble the pieces as shown.  Repeat for the smaller snowman using the medium sized circle pattern with blue blade on inside edge and the smallest Circle Pattern with the red blade on the inside edge.  The heart is a punch out from the Border Maker System with Heart Chain Cartridge.

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To finish your page, mat your photo with royal cardstock and knit print paper.  My photo is cropped to 5.75″ x 5″.  Add journaling boxes and stickers as shown.  Use Foam Squares to adhere some of the punched out snowflakes, and use a black pen to add detail to the snowmen and snowman border.

My next layout features large snowflakes that I created with the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, the new Arrow Border Maker Cartridge, and the old Star Maker punch.

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Cut the snowfall paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Use the Border Maker System with new Arrow Cartridge, the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, and the old Star Maker to punch pieces for your snowflakes.  Layout the pieces for the large snowflake on your paper to get the spacing and design figured out before you start adhering.  The Precision Point Adhesive Pen is

very handy for this.  Use a navy pen to add detail, and use Foam Squares to add dimension.

Select a Variety Mat with a title, and mat it with navy cardstock.  Also mat photos with navy cardstock.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders from white and navy cardstock, and adhere navy borders behind the white.  Trim borders to size and adhere.  This page would also look nice with the snowflake borders going horizontally.  I positioned mine vertically to evoke the feeling of the large icicles in my photos.

After a recent snowfall, we took a special drive to see snow on the mountain.  So with this title on my mind, I knew that I needed to make some mountains for my last layout.

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To make my mountains, use the Custom Cutting System with the diamond from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  My large mountains are cut using the red, green and blue blades on the outside edge.  My small mountains are cut using the red and green blades on the inside edge.  Cut matching pieces from white cardstock, and use your All-Purpose Scissors to add rounded edges.  I used black chalking ink on the edges of my mountain and snow pieces.  Assemble the mountains as shown and adhere the smaller mountains with Foam Squares.

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Use the Original Border Maker System with the Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders for the tops of your pages.  I used the old Word Bubble Punch to make snow clouds that I also edged with black ink and adhered a few with Foam Squares.  Mat your photos with navy cardstock and use Navy ABC Stickers for your title.  Add the tree and house stickers as shown.

The Glacier Paper and Stickers are truly lovely and are one of my favorite collections from Creative Memories.  You can purchase these materials and the current tools on my Creative Memories website.  And don’t forget to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook where we share weekly ideas, page sketch challenges and virtual crops!

Thank you so much for visiting with me today, and please hop on over to Fran’s blog for the next stop on our Winter Blog Hop!

Noreen Smith
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe (You are here!)
Fran Allen Smitherman
Julie Tambrini
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham
Sarah Fitzgerald

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Sugarplum Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and visions of the new Sugarplum Collection from Creative Memories are dancing in my head!  The new Sugarplum Collection is full of sweet pastel prints and the most delightful Christmas stickers and embellishments.  Although the papers, stickers and embellishments are perfect for cute and whimsical scrapbook pages, I also used the materials to make a few elegant holiday pages as well.


Fancy ornaments, a classic border, and shades of gold and purple give my first layout an elegant feel.  This layout is the perfect way to highlight a Christmas collection.  I used my home printer to print a sheet of twenty 2″ x 2″ photos of my Precious Moments ornament collection.  Although this only a portion of my collection, I love how the ornaments are showcased on a double-page spread instead of spread out over numerous scrapbook pages.

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I embellished the page with ornament die cuts from the Sugarplum Embellishments and used CM’s Custom Cutting System with Gemstone Cutting Patterns to make additional ornaments.  To make my ornaments, cut two diamonds from Gold Shimmer Cardstock using the blue blade on the inside edge of the diamond cutting pattern.  Use the green blade on the inside edge to cut one diamond from the Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  Cut two diamonds from Eggplant Cardstock using the green blade on the inside edge and one diamond using the red blade on the inside edge.  Mat the gold diamonds on top of the eggplant diamonds.  Use your 12″ Decorative Trimmer and Original Border Maker with Zig Zag and Snowflake Chain Border Maker Cartridges to cut and punch pieces from the Sugarplum Designer Paper and Gold Shimmer Cardstock to decorate your ornaments.

 

To finish the page, cut a 1″ x 12″ strip from the gold print paper and adhere to the left side of one sheet of the lilac print paper.  From the gold print paper, cut a 4-1/4″ x 12″ piece and adhere to the right side of the second sheet of lilac print paper.  Rub your Gold Metallic Pen around the edges of the ornament die cut embellishments and adhere those pieces with Foam Squares and adorn with Rhinestone Gems.  The title is cut from a sheet of the Sugarplum Designer Paper and matted with Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  The border at the top of the page was punched with our new Holly Border Punch from Eggplant Cardstock and also adhered with Foam Squares.

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My second layout features another of my Christmas collections, my Department 56 North Pole Village.  The addition of Navy and Gold Shimmer Cardstock really helped to make these pages pop.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a wavy edge on a piece of 11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” White Cardstock.  Cut the aqua print paper to 11-1/2″ x 6″, and adhere both pieces to 12″ x 12″ Navy Cardstock.  Cut additional swell and wave pieces from White Cardstock using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer and edge the pieces with swell and wave pieces cut from the aqua print paper to create snow drifts for the bottom of the page.  Repeat for second page.

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I used scraps of the Sugarplum Designer Paper to hand cut and create small houses.  I adorned the eaves of the roofs with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker with the Crown and Scallop Dot Border Maker Cartridges.  And I used the Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch the heart pieces.  CM’s new Precision Point Adhesive Pen came in handy for adhering all of the small pieces.  I edged all of the house pieces with Gold Shimmer Cardstock to give them more definition.  I used some of the Sugarplum Stickers as further decoration for my houses and the pages.  I matted the title stickers with Gold Shimmer Cardstock and my photos and journaling box with Navy Cardstock.

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My next layout is a quick and easy two-page spread.  From Peacock Cardstock punch a fence using CM’s Victorian Fence Punch.   Cut the fence off of your cardstock at 3-1/8″ to make a 12″ x  3-1/8″ piece.  Repeat.  Cut the Santa border strips from Sugarplum Designer Paper and adhere to your borders.  For your top borders, cut the tree border strips from the designer paper and mat with Peacock Cardstock.

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Mat your photos, title, and journaling boxes with Peacock Cardstock.  My photos measure 4″ x 3-1/4″.  I used CM’s Pastel Pink ABC Stickers for my title.  (Get these before they’re sold out as they are in the Going Gone section of our website.)  Finish the pages by adding trees and the reindeer and moose from the Sugarplum Embellishments pack.  I adhered the deer and moose with Foam Squares and added Rhinestone Gems to my trees.

 

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The layout above is an elegant single page.  Again I used our Gold Shimmer Cardstock to brighten the page and give it more definition.  Cut a piece of the poinsettia/holly paper to 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and adhere to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Peacock Cardstock.  (To conserve cardstock, cut out the center of the Peacock Cardstock.)

To make a double frame, cut a piece of White Cardtock to 11″ x 11″.  Measure 1″ from each side of each corner and make a small mark with a pencil.  Use your 12″ Trimmer to cut out a frame starting and stopping at your pencil marks.  You will do the same from a sheet of Gold Shimmer Cardstock, but first cut the gold piece to 11-1/4″ x 11-1/4″ and measure 1-1/4″ from each side.  Adhere the white piece onto of the gold piece and use your Gold Metallic Pen to add dots around the white piece as shown.

Use the large die cut piece from the Sugarplum Embellishments in the top left corner and add a poinsettia punched with CM’s new Poinsettia Punch and a piece of holly punched with the Holly Border Punch.  I used my Gold Metallic Pen to highlight the edges of the embellishment piece and also all of the title stickers.  My photos are cropped to  5″ x 4″ and matted thinly with Gold Metallic Cardstock.

 
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My last layout is another single page and features the Sugarplum Stickers.  Cut a piece of the pink dot paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to top of the striped paper.  (To conserve paper, cut out the center of the striped paper first.)  Mat photos with striped paper.  My photos measure 4″ x 5″ and 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and my mats are 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and 4″ x 4″.

Adhere pieces of sticker strips to aqua print paper and mat with white cardstock.  Adhere pieces with Foam Squares to resemble a Christmas Tree.  The presents are pieces cut from a sticker strip and adhered with Foam Squares.  The tree trunk is a candy cane sticker.  The tree topper, the title, and the stockings and candy cane in the banner are also stickers that are adhered with Foam Squares.  To finish your page, add faux pen stitching around the edge of the pink dot paper.

 

Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I hope that you like my Sugarplum pages!  All of the tools and materials used can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

I wish all of you a beautiful holiday season filled with memorable moments and a very Merry Christmas!

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February Blog Hop

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Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking February Blog Hop!  I hope that you have loved the projects that you’ve seen so far and that you love these pages that I made with our new Mi Amor Collection from Creative Memories.  This collection contains a mix of cute paper prints, die cut embellishments and stickers – perfect for making pages of your loved ones!

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Since I didn’t have any photos that were quite perfect for the Mi Amor Collection, I purchased a few cheap props from the dollar store and coaxed my granddaughter into an impromptu photo shoot.  She was short on patience that day, but I managed to capture several keepsake photos.

My first page is raining hearts and is a take-off of my “Thankful” page from November.  It’s also dedicated to my scrapping friend, Fran, who so loves that page.

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I used our Picket Fence and Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridges on this page.  Both of these cartridges currently come bundled with our Border Maker System, and the Heart Chain Cartridge is also available for purchase separately.  I made an extra tall fence by punching one end of black cardstock with the Border Maker; cutting the border off of the black cardstock at 2-1/4″; and then punching the other side and trimming off the pointed ends.  Since the strip wasn’t wide enough to fit in the Border Maker guide, I used Post-It Notes to extend the border to hold it in place.  (See photos below.)

To make the heart garland, I made a small snip with my scissors in-between every three hearts so that I could bend the chain into shape.  I used Foam Squares cut in half to pop the garland off of the fence.  The small hearts are the punch-outs from the heart chain.  I also used Foam Squares with those.  I hand-sketched the tree myself.

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My second page shows a great way to use our new Button Trio Punch!  I made a large heart template by folding a 12″ piece of black cardstock in half, sketching half of a heart and cutting it out.  With a pencil, I lightly traced around the heart onto my background sheet of black cardstock and used this as a guide for adhering my buttons.  The buttons were punched from the Mi Amor Paper and red, cranberry, white, beige and gray cardstock.  I used Foam Squares to randomly pop some of the buttons.   The die cuts are from the Mi Amor Embellishments, and I used our Ruby ABC/123 Stickers for the title.

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Lastly, I’m sharing this two-page layout.  To make the large heart, I cut strips of Mi Amor Paper into 1″ and 1/2″ strips and randomly adhered them to the large heart template that I made for the button heart page above.  I left a small space between each strip so that the black background of the heart would show through.  After taping down the pieces, I cut off the over-hang.  The border across the bottom was made with our new Dot Scallop Border Maker Cartridge and our Heart Chain Cartridge.  I used our old CM Heart Maker to punch a variety of hearts.  I cut the top parts from the hearts, reassembled them, and added faux pen stitching to give a patchwork look.

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I hope that my pages inspired you!  You can even save them to your Pinterest account for future use, and you can find the materials and tools available for purchase on my Creative Memories website.

I’m the last stop on our Blog Hop today, but below are the links to revisit any of the sites.  Make sure to visit and “Follow” our new Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook Group for more ideas and inspiration.  Thanks much for hopping with us today – we’ll be back soon!

Diana Miller Brinsley at D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stefani Jones at Crop With Stef
Fran Allen Smitherman at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Sarah Fitzgerald at Click Write Share
Julie Tambrini at Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe at Karyn Crops (You Are Here)

Christmas Past Crop Club

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I hold a monthly Crop Club where we gather to make 3 double-page layouts using one page sketch, one pack of paper and one pack of embellishments.  Attendees only bring a few basic tools, and I provide CM’s newest tools for everyone to try.

In November, we made pages using our new Creative Memories Christmas Past Paper and Embellishments and the page sketch below by my friend, Noreen Smith.  You can download this sketch with instructions and also view a video demonstration on Noreen’s Blog, Organized & Creative Mom.

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This sketch made a super cute Halloween page and also beautiful Christmas pages.  I incorporated our Garden Vine Punch and our new Snowflake Chain Cartridge for our Border Maker System on the layout below.  I also added a photo mat from Beige Cardstock to the first page in order to have some of the beige color on both pages.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I did pen stitching around the reindeer embellishment to make it pop.  I skipped journaling on these pages, but will add journaling to the next layouts.

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On the pages below, I added photo mats and narrow strips from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  I made the photo mat on the second page into a ribbon.

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On the layout below, I added some leave embellishments punched from our Silver Shimmer Cardstock with our Maple Leaf and Leaf Trio Punches.  These silver shimmer pieces really help to brighten up these pages.

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Please contact me or visit my CM website to purchase any of these products.  We’re taking a break from Crop Club in December, but will start back up in January.  Please contact me if you’re in the Champaign-Urbana area and would like to join us.

Cheers!
Karyn