Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Spring Blog Hop – Planes and Automobiles Layouts

Hello and thanks so much for joining the Creative Life Scrapbooking team for our 2020 Spring Blog Hop!  There are lots of ideas being shared today, and everyone is using different collections from Creative Memories.  Just follow the links at the bottom of my post to find more scrapbooking inspiration from my scrapping buddies.

I made two layouts and a border using the Planes and Automobiles collections and the two newest border maker cartridges from Creative Memories.  CM’s new travel ensemble also includes the Trains collection.  All three collections (Planes, Trains and Automobiles) coordinate with each other so you can easily mix and match.  I love the color palette, and the backsides of most of the sheets of paper have neutral prints that can be used for not only travel photos but also masculine and outdoor layouts. The Laser Cut Embellishments are absolutely fabulous with multi colors, textures and dimension, and the stickers are super cute but not too cutesy!

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I used the Planes Paper, Stickers and Laser Cut Embellishment Accents to create a fun layout for some hot air balloon photos.  I also used the Limited Edition Orange Shimmer Cardstock and Shell Shimmer Cardstock from CM’s recent cardstock buffet.  This shimmer cardstock is much lighter than our normal cardstock weight, so it was easy to use with our Original Border Maker System and punches.  But I found that the sheets liked to stick together, so beware when using.


To make my layout:

1.  Cut two 12″ x 3″ strips from the Shell Shimmer Cardstock and punch the four long ends using the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge to punch 4 strips of Orange Shimmer Cardstock and Gray Carstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at about 3/4″.  Layer and adhere these pieces to the tops and bottoms of the shell shimmer borders.
3.  Cut one 12″ x 3″ strip from each of the Shell Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Gray Cardstock.  Cut these strips in half on the diagonal.

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4.  Punch the long slanted edge of the strips from Step 3 using the Original Border Maker System with the new Clouds Border Maker Cartridge.  Layer and adhere as shown.


5.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from the Orange Shimmer Cardstock to create a sun piece.  Tuck the sun under the edges of your top border piece.
6.  Mat photos with Gray and Orange Shimmer Cardstock.
7.  Add Planes Laser Cut Embellishment Accents and Planes Stickers using Foam Squares to adhere some of the stickers.  Add a 3″ x 3″ journaling box.

 

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I used the Automobiles Paper, Laser Cut Embellishment Accents and Stickers and also CM’s new On the Road and Cloud Border Maker Cartridges to create a layout for a road trip that my husband and took last fall.  I also used the Majestic Mountains Border Punch which recently sold out.  I love how we can combine our tools to create multi-layered borders!

To create my layout:

1.  Cut hollow frames from two sheets of Crimson Cardstock.  Trim two sheets of the road sign paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the hollow frames.
2.  Cut two pieces of Beige Cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 3″ and punch one long end of each piece using the Original Border Maker System with the Cloud Border Maker Cartridge.  Use the round edge of the Dual-Tip Brown Pen to chalk the edges of the clouds.
3.  From Brown Cardstock, use the Majestic Mountains Border Punch to punch two borders.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″, trim to 11-1/2″ and adhere to the cloud borders.
4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from Crimson, Dark Green, and Blue Cardstock.  Using All-Purpose Scissors, cut the vehicles off of the cardstock and adhere to the mountains as shown.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the On the Road Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from Beige Cardstock.  Cut off of the cardsdtock at 1″ and trim to 11-1/2″.  Use All-Purpose Scissors to cut off some of the vehicles as shown.  Adhere these pieces to your borders with Foam Squares.
6.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Cloud Border Maker Cartridge to punch four sides of a 3″ x 2-1/2″ piece of Beige Cardstock.  Use the round edge of the Dual-Tip Brown Pen to chalk the edges of the clouds.  Layer this piece behind stickers as shown on the second page.


7.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the hexagon pattern from the Gemstone Patterns to cut a journaling box.  Use the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut a piece from Crimson Cardstock and the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a piece from Beige Cardstock.
8.  Mat photos with Crimson Cardstock and add journaling and embellishments.  Adhere stickers with Foam Squares.

 

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You may have already seen my last border on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page last week for our Border Maker Monday feature.  I was inspired by a title sticker in the Automobiles Designer Stickers to create my border above.  I combined two border punches with a border maker cartridge to create a border that depicts leaving town and hitting the open road to explore parts unknown.  I love how the combination of punches tells a simple story!

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Thanks so much for visiting with us during our Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Spring Blog Hop!  I’m the last stop on the blog hop today, but you can use any of the links below to revisit the others.

Please use my Creative Memories website link to purchase the materials and tools that I used for my layouts.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring 2020 Blog Hop:
Stop 1:  Diana from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 2:  Noreen from Organized and Creative Mom
Stop 3:  Krista from Scrappin with Krista
Stop 4:  Meggan from The Printed Project
Stop 5:   Tammy from Photos2Albums
Stop 6:  Karyn from Karyn Crops (You are here.)

 

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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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

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 2

Last week, I initiated my Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers.  On Mondays and Fridays through April, I will be posting page challenges and asking my followers to create my layout and post their versions to Karyn’s Croppers to earn chances to win a prize.  I’ll also be sharing the layout challenges here on Karyn Crops on Fridays.

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Our third Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge is to create a spring sampler.  I created mine as a decorative piece to hang on my old Everyday Display in my kitchen.  I used pieces from the new Spring Medley Designer Paper, Tone-on-Tone Paper, Variety Mats, Stickers and Embellishments and Navy Cardstock.  I also used the Songbirds Border Punch, the Tulips Border Punch and the Gum Leaf Punch.

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My background paper measures 12″ x 12″, and the other pieces measure:  10″ x 10″, 3-1/2″ x 3-1/8″ and 6″ x 3-1/8″.  I adhered the border pieces, stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares.  I finished the page by adding faux pen stitching to the rectangle pieces.

You can adapt this layout and include photos in any of the rectangular spaces.  You can also easily adapt it into a double-page spread.

 

For my fourth Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I created a double-page layout.  The layout features a wave cut that separates the rows of photos and paper pieces.  For my example, I created another spring layout.

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I used paper and embellishments from CM’s old Mix and Match collection, White Cardstock and the Branch Border Punch to make my layout.  I used the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a wave shape from the bottoms of the pieces on the first row and a wave shape from the tops of the pieces on the second row.

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To cut wave shapes from your photos and paper pieces:

1.  Take the photos and paper that will make up your first row and line them up on the trimmer (in the order that they will appear on your page) with the bottoms of the pieces a quarter inch past the right of the cutting groove.  The tops of the photos/papers will hang over the left side of the trimmer.  (See photo above.)
2.  Space the photos/papers apart a quarter inch on the trimmer base.  (See photo above.)
3.  Close the trimmer arm and apply pressure on the arm to keep your pieces from sliding.
4.  Cut.

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5. Take the photos and paper that will make up your second/bottom row and line them up on the trimmer (in the order that they will appear on your page) with the tops of the pieces a quarter inch past the left of the cutting groove.  The bottoms of the photos/papers will hang over the right side of the trimmer.  (See photo above.)
6.  Space the photos/papers apart a quarter inch on the trimmer base.  (See photo above.)
7.  Close the trimmer arm and apply pressure on the arm to keep your pieces from sliding.
8.  Cut.

 

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I added journaling, sticker titles, flower embellishments and punched out branch pieces to decorate my pages.  I completed the layout with faux pen stitching around the perimeter.

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You can purchase the 12″ Decorative Trimmer, Songbirds Border Punch, Tulips Border Punch, Gum Leaf Punch and the Spring Medley collection through my Creative Memories website link.

I hope that you all have a happy and blessed Easter on Sunday!  Please take photos of the not so usual way that you’ll celebrate the holiday this year.  I’ll be sharing some Easter layout ideas later in the month.

I’ll be back again next Friday with two more Home-Bound Throw-Down challenges!

Take care,
Karyn

Home-Bound Throw-Down Challenge – Week 1

Wow, what a month of adapting to our new (temporary) normal!  I hope that all of you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.  I encourage you to turn to our beloved scrapbooking hobby as a source of comfort and fun.  Research has shown that scrapbooking and looking at your photos can help alleviate feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.

For those of you with extra time on your hands, now is a great time to make some progress on your album projects.  Most of us say that lack of time is the biggest hurdle that we face with our scrapbooking projects.  You could also make it a family affair.  Perhaps your husband would enjoy making an album of his favorite hobby or an album of his family heritage.  Let your kids play with your extra paper, stickers and punches.  As a family, complete an album of your quarantine adventure or last vacation.  If you need tips or suggestions, I’m glad to help!

If you’re not ready to scrapbook, how about making a plan to Sip & Sort. Pour your favorite beverage, pull out your photos, and sort and organize them. Place them in a box or envelope for later.  Or take this time, to get your photos off of your phones and other devices and uploaded to your Forever account for permanent online storage.

This is also a perfect time to pull out your completed albums and look through them!  Re-live those fun and happy times with your family!

This week, I initiated a challenge on my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers.  I’m calling it my Home-Bound Throw-Down.  On Mondays and Fridays through April, I will be posting a page challenge and asking my followers to create my layout and post it to Karyn’s Croppers to earn chances to win a prize.  They’ll receive one entry for creating my layout and extra entries for turning it into a double-page spread and/or adding photos and journaling.  They’ll have through Sunday to complete the two weekly challenges, and I’ll draw two winners on Mondays.  Below are my first two challenges.

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My first example for my first Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge is a layout that I created for National Scrapbook Day 2019 and had previously shared here last spring.  It’s an attractive, versatile and easy layout to copy.  For directions, please search this page for National Scrapbook Day to see my original post.

 

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I created a second example of the same layout using the Beneath the Pines collection from Creative Memories.  For my border, I used a piece from the Beneath the Pines Laser Border Embellishments.  I added a few Beneath the Pines Stickers, a Variety Mat journaling box, and a few punch-outs from the Pine Cone and Maple Leaf Punches.  I shared a video on Karyn’s Croppers with some additional tips.


For my second Home-Bound Throw-Down challenge, I asked asked everyone to use the layout below to create a pretty page with a multi-layered border and a semi-circle piece underneath the photo mats.  I shared a video on Karyn’s Croppers with several suggestions on how to make the border and circle piece.

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For my first example, I used the Daydreamer collection from Creative Memories to create a pretty page.  I used a technique that I borrowed from my Creative Life Scrapbooking teammate, Noreen Smith, to create the punched pieces on my border.  Start with 6″ x 2-1/4″ pieces and punch with the Floral Circle Punch.  Punch three pieces and layer onto a border.  To create the semi-circle piece, start with a 6″ x 6″ piece of paper and punch with the Floral Circle Punch and then cut in half.  I used double photo mats that measure 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″.  I used Daydreamer Stickers and Embellishments to further decorate the page.  Please see my video on Karyn’s Croppers if you need help punching the pieces.

 

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For my second example, I used leftover pieces of the Rainbow Rush Soft Paper, Laser Border Embellishments, Layered Border Embellishments, Flower Embellishments, Leaf & Icon Stickers and the Lace Trim Border Punch to create a fancy layered border.  To make my semi-circle piece, I used the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle.  I used the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch strips from the orange paper and folded the strips to create the pleated lace edge for the circle.  I included faux pen stitching and a Layered Title Embellishment.

I hope that you’ll join the Home-Bound Throw-Down on Karyn’s Croppers!  I’ll be back next Friday with next week’s challenges.

BREAKING NEWS!  CM will reopen for online ordering on Monday, April 6th.  During these uncertain times, I suggestion that you place an order as soon as you’re able for a few essentials such as Tape Runner Refills, Refill Pages, and Cardstock.  The Creative Life Scrapbooking team will be hosting a PJ Party Virtual Crop on April 24th featuring lots of ideas for the Theme Packs.  So you may wish to include the Theme Pack of your choice in your order.  Thank you for ordering through my CM website link.

Please take care!
Karyn

Winterberry Multiple Border Layout

I know that we’ve all turned our hearts and minds to spring, but I wanted to share this one last winter layout with you.  The Winterberry Laser Cut Border Embellishments from Creative Memories are especially lovely, and I created this layout to show them off.  This is also a great example of the versatility of the Creative Memories Original Border Maker System.

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The new Creative Memories has produced over 50 different Border Maker Cartridges, and there’s always a great variety available to purchase.  For my layout, I used a combination of old and new Border Maker Cartridges. To copy it, just use what you own.

 

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1.  Cut natural cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere onto a hollow 12″ x 12″ frame cut from navy cardstock.
2.  Use the Original Border Maker System to punch borders with a variety of Border Maker Cartridges from a sheet of white cardstock.
3.  Alternate the borders with Winterberry Laser Border Embellishments, and adhere onto the natural cardstock.
4.  From navy cardstock, use CM’s Custom Cutting System with Circle Patterns to cut  two circles from the smallest pattern on the outside edge with the red blade and one circle using the largest pattern on the inside edge with the green blade.
5.  Add Winterberry Stickers and Pine Cone punch-outs.
6.  My photo mat is 5-1/4″ x 7-1/4″

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At my recent weekend retreat, a friend copied this layout using light blue cardstock and a different combination of Border Maker Cartridges to make a baby themed layout.  It was beautiful!  What combination will you use?

You may purchase the Winterberry Laser Cut Embellishments and Stickers and the Original Border Maker System with Border Maker Cartridges through my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

 

 

Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Winter Blog Hop – Winterberry Scrapbook Layouts

Hello and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Winter Blog Hop!  Eight of our nine members are sharing a variety of scrapbooking layouts and ideas today, and  I’m excited to be the first stop on our hop!  Just follow the links at the bottom of my post to continue on our 2020 Winter Blog Hop to see more great ideas.

 

I used the Winterberry Collection from Creative Memories to make some winter layouts to share with you. This collection is full of pale blue and muted purple tones and was perfect for some photos from a winter photo shoot of my son and his family.

My first layout is a double-page spread that is based on a sampler grid pattern.  The first page of my layout is hanging in my kitchen on my old Everyday Display Frame, and I enjoy looking at each day.  I used the Platinum Shimmer Cardstock as the base of this layout and a variety of punches that Creative Memories released this winter.

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To make my layout:

1. Cut twelve 3-1/2″ x 2-1/8″ pieces of Navy Cardstock.
2. Cut twelve 3-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ pieces of Winterberry Paper.
3. Cut four 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from Navy Cardstock.
4. Cut two 2″ x 6-1/4″ pieces of Navy Cardstock.
5. Cut two 1-3/4″ x 6″ pieces of Winterberry Paper (I used the tree print paper.).
6. From Navy Cardstock, use the Pine Cone and Pine Tree Punches to punch 8 pinecones and 8 pine trees.
7. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Crystal Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch 2 borders from Navy Cardstock. Cut apart into four 3-1/4″ pieces.
8.  Use the Charming Village Border Punch to punch a border from Navy Cardstock and cut apart into two 1-3/4″ pieces.  If you don’t have this punch, you could substitute with the Original Border Maker System with Evergreen Border Maker Cartridge.
9. Assemble onto Platinum Shimmer Cardstock as shown adding Winterberry Stickers with Foam Squares.

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For my second layout, I created a frosty scene with the lovely tree print paper, a combination of punches, a laser border piece and the unexpected use of Brown Cardstock – and I’m quite pleased with the result!  The Branch Border Punch and the Pine Cone Punch were limited edition punches that were only available through a promo this fall and then later available to purchase for a very short time.  If you missed out on these punches, please contact me as I have a few in my personal inventory.  I’ve gotten a lot of use out of both of these punches and shared a variety of borders made with them in my December blog posts.

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut the tree print paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere onto a hollow frame of 12″ x 12″ Brown Cardstock.
2.  Adhere a 12″ x 1-1/4″ strip of blue dot paper to the top of the layout.
3.  Use the Branch Border Punch to punch two borders from Brown Cardstock and use the Silver Dual-Tip Pen to add ice to the branch pieces.
4.  For the top border, adhere the icicle Laser Cut Border Embellishment to the branch piece and adhere the completed piece to the layout with Foam Squares.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch birds from Crimson Cardstock, cut the birds apart with scissors, and adhere the birds to the branch.
5.  From Brown Cardstock, cut two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats.
6.  Trim the second branch piece to 9″ and adhere to the bottoms of your photos.  Use the Pine Cone Punch to punch pinecones from White and Brown Cardstock.  Layer and adhere to the layout with Foam Squares.  Add a punched out bird piece.
7. Add title sticker.

 

My next layout is super sweet but yet easy to assemble and shows off the incredibly beautiful Winterberry Laser Cut Border Embellishments.  I also used the Dazzle Border Punch which depending upon how you use it, can give you a sweet, elegant or playful look to your layout.

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To make this layout:

1.  Cut a 12″ x 3-3/4″ piece of white cardstock, and punch one end with the Dazzle Border Punch.  Adhere two Laser Cut Border Embellishments to the top of the border.
2.  Cut two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from the blue dot paper.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the large and small hearts from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns to cut hearts from white cardstock and a Winterberry Variety Mat using the Red Blade on the outside edge of each cutting pattern.
4.  Using the Songbirds Border Punch, punch birds from light blue paper.
5.  Assemble layout as shown adding stickers with Foam Squares.
6. Add blue dots and journaling to the large white heart with a blue pen.
The Winterberry Variety Mats are especially lovely, and I used one on my layout below.  On top of the mat, I layered some Winterberry Stickers and songbird punch-outs to create a beautiful focal point.

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut a 5″ x 12″ piece of the light purple paper and layer on the right side of the botanical print paper.
2.  Use the Dazzle Border Punch to punch borders from light purple and light blue papers.  Trim to 2-1/2″, layer the pieces, and adhere to the left side of the layout.  Add a Winterberry Laser Cut Embellishment piece.
3.  Cut photo mats to 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″, and use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch one bird section and adhere with Foam Squares.
4.  Add a Winterberry Variety Mat and layer with a photo and photo mat cut with the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern with the Red and Green Blades.
5.  From a dark purple variety mat, use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a bird piece.  Trim to 4-1/2″ and adhere with Foam Squares.  Add stickers with Foam Squares.

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You may purchase the Winterberry Collection and most of the tools that I used on my Creative Memories website.  Please note that the Branch Border Punch, the Pine Cone Punch, and the Charming Village Border Punch are retired items.  If you would like to purchase a Branch Border Punch or Pine Cone Punch, please send me a message as I have a few in my personal inventory.

Thanks so much for visiting with me today!  I hope that I provided a little inspiration for your winter photos.  Please follow the links below to continue on our Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Winter Blog Hop and enjoy!

Karyn

Stop 1:  Karyn from Karyn Crops (You are here.)
Stop 2:  Diana from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Stop 3:  Lisa from Lisa’s Workshop
Stop 4:  Noreen from Organized and Creative Mom
Stop 5:  Krista from Scrappin with Krista
Stop 6:  Meggan from The Printed Project
Stop 7:   Tammy from Photos2Albums
Stop 8:  Tessa from Tessa Scrapbooks

Genuine Outdoor Scrapbook Layout

Hello!  Today I’m sharing a double-page layout that I created with the Genuine Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  I originally shared this idea at our Creative Life Scrapbooking PJ Party (virtual crop) last week.  This new collection is great for your masculine and outdoor photos.  It features shades of green and blue but also has pops of ivory, burnt orange and poppy red.  The paper consists of small neutral prints along with plaid, stripes, houndstooth, and wood-grain prints.

The tools that I used mimic the forest background of my photos and really brought my layout to life.  CM’s new Timeless Tweed Border Maker Cartridge is obviously great for masculine layouts and coordinates nicely with the Genuine Collection, but I also envision using it for playful layouts featuring my grandchildren.  I also used my current favorite CM tool – the Pine Tree Punch. This punch sold out quickly when it was first introduced in October and is now back in stock. This is a must-have punch for outdoor and Christmas layouts. Please order it sooner than later as it will likely sell out again.

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I designed my layout to conserve paper, so the backgrounds consist of strips of the green print paper and the wood-grained paper that have been taped together to create 12″ x 12″ sheets.

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1. Cut 2 pieces of the light green paper to 12” x 9”.
2. Cut 2 pieces of the wood-grained paper to 12” x 3” and two more pieces to 12” x 1-1/5”.
3. Adhere the wood-grained pieces onto the light green pieces making two 12” x 12” pages for your backgrounds.  Use your cutting mat to help you line-up the strips making sure that they’re straight and also that your finished piece measures 12″ x 12″.  See photo below.
4. From brown cardstock, use the Original Border Maker with the Timeless Tweed Border Maker Cartridge to punch 4 borders and adhere as shown using the Repositional Tape Refill.

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5. From the dark slate paper, use the Pine Tree Punch to punch 16 trees and adhere across the tops of your two pages.  Use CM’s Repositionable Tape to help you get your trees in a straight line.
6. Cut a piece of dark green paper to 8-1/2” x 6-1/2” and adhere to your first page.
7. Cut 2 pieces of dark green paper to 12” x ¾” and adhere behind the tops and bottoms of photos on your second page.
8. Add a journaling box, Pine Cone punch-outs, and stickers as desired.

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Thanks much for visiting with me today, and please let me know if you have any questions.  You may purchase the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.  (Remember to include the Pine Tree Punch in your order.)

I’ll be back at the end of the month with some winter layouts for our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop.  See you then!

Karyn

Merry Little Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

Hello!  I’m back with some layouts that I created using the Merry Little Christmas collection from Creative Memories.  I had good intentions of getting this posted right around Christmas, but whew – life got busy!  Better late than never – but I hope that you had been able to purchase the Merry Little Christmas items a few weeks ago before they sold out.  This was a hugely popular collection for CM.  Both of the embellishment packs sold out in October and were later re-introduced only to again sell out with the rest of the collection.  The traditional red and green colors along with playful and trendy gnomes and traditional Christmas icons made this collection a sell-out!  (If you don’t have the Merry Little Christmas items, you can still create my layouts using other materials.)

 

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For my first layout, I used my favorite sheet of Merry Little Christmas paper – the mistletoe print.  I also used our discontinued cranberry cardstock, but other shades of red would work.  My layout is adorned with photo ornaments highlighted by pieces created with the Petal Frame Punch.  Click here to view a video on how to use the Petal Frame Punch.  To make my layout:


1.  Cut a hollow frame from cranberry cardstock and adhere a piece of 11″ x 11″ mistletoe paper.  Add faux pen stitching around the cranberry frame.
2.   Punch two 4″ x 4″ and one 6″ x 6″ pieces of cranberry cardstock with the Petal Frame Punch.
3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the Circle Patterns and Red, Green and Blue Blades to cut photos into varying sizes.  Mat photos with slightly larger white cardstock circle mats.
4.  Add faux pen stitching to some of the photo frames.
5.  Adhere some of the photos with Foam Squares.
6.  Add Merry Little Christmas Stickers and Embellishments with Foam Squares.

 

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For my second layout,  I was again inspired by CM’s Petal Frame Punch but this time to create packages with bows.  The present print paper is fun and playful and works well on this layout.  I also used the Present Border Punch that was a promo item from CM last year.  If you don’t have this punch, just substitute another punch such as the Dazzle Border Punch or the Lace Trim Border Punch that will create the look of bows across your layout.  To make my layout:

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1.  From black cardstock, cut 2 partial 1″ hollow frames.  See photo below.
2.  Cut a sheet of white cardstock into 2 pieces that measure 11-3/4″ x 6″ each.
3.  Cut a sheet of present paper into 2 pieces that measure 11-3/4″ x 6″ each.
4.  Adhere the pieces onto each other and the black frames to create your backgrounds.
5.  From black cardstock, use the Present Border Punch (or other punch) to punch 2 borders.  Adhere these pieces onto the center of your layout as shown in the photo above.
6. Add faux pen stitching to the white cardstock as shown.
7.  From red cardstock, cut four 4″ x 4″ squares and two 6″ x 4″ rectangles.  From black cardstock, cut four 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ squares and two 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ rectangles.  Adhere red and black pieces together to make double-photo mats.  Crop photos to 3-3/4″ x 3-3/4″ and 5-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.
8.  Cut variety mat to 4″ x 4″ and mat.
9.  Punch around 4″ x 4″ squares of black cardstock with the Petal Frame Punch.  Trim pieces with scissors to create bows for your packages.
10.  Cut small squares from red cardstock to stack and use as journaling boxes.
11.  Use the new 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Maker to make small 1″ tags to use as journaling boxes.
12.  Add Merry Little Christmas Stickers and Embellishments using Foam Squares on some.

 

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CM’s new 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Punch has been a popular seller.  It creates tags in a variety of sizes that can be used as journaling boxes, photo mats, or embellishments.  (For a fun activity with your kids and grandkids, use it to punch old Christmas cards to make tags for your presents next Christmas.)  This layout can easily be adapted into a double-page layout.  To make my page:

 


1.  Cut the white print paper to 11-1/2″ x 3-1/4″ and 11-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.  Cut green print paper to 11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″, and adhere the three pieces onto a sheet of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock.  (I really liked using black cardstock with this collection.)
2.  Use the 3-in-1 Scallop Tag Punch to punch two 2-1/2″ tags, and tuck them under the top edge of the green paper.
3.  Add photos, embellishments, and stickers as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.

 

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I really love the saying on the variety mat that I used on my layout above and knew that I had to use it with one of our annual family Christmas photos.  To get a better view of everyone, I always enlarge my  big group photos to 7″ x 5″.  It’s not often that we get a complete family photo, and this photo from a few years ago is no exception.  Quite a few family members are missing, but it still helps to commemorate our Christmas Day spent together.  To play with the saying on the variety mat, I created a Christmas Tree from paper squares.  To make my layout:

 

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1.  From black cardstock, cut a 8-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ square, and then cut the square in half on the diagonal.
2.  Cut 1″ squares from the mistletoe and tree print papers and adhere to the black triangle.  Cut some pieces in half on the diagonal to fit on the ends of the rows.
3.  From black cardstock, use the Pine Cone Punch (also sold out) to punch 12 pine cones, layer pieces and adhere.
4  From red cardstock, use the Medallion Punch to punch 6 medallions and trim with your scissors.  See photo below.  Adhere top pieces with Foam Squares and add a black dot for the center.
5.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Ornaments Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from red cardstock.  (This cartridge sold out quickly when it was first introduced and is expected back in stock in mid-February.)
6.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the (retired) Frame Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from black cardstock and adhere the pieces behind the ornament border.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you may use CM’s old Small Circle Maker to punch 3/4″ circles to place behind the ornaments.
7.  Adhere the ornament border with Foam Squares.
8.  Cut the variety mat to 4″ x 5″ and adhere to a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ black cardstock mat.
9.  Mat photo with a 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ black cardstock mat.
10.  Add Merry Little Christmas Embellishments with Foam Squares.

 

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I had created my little gnome as a Make-N-Take item for my annual Holiday Open House in November and knew that I wanted to use him on the darling gnome print paper – my second favorite sheet in the paper pack.  Although I created this as a single page, you can easily adapt into a double-page layout by duplicating the pieces onto a second sheet.  To make this layout:

 

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1.  Cut white cardstock to 10-1/4″ x 9-1/4″”.  (I cropped my photos to 5″ x 4″.  If you use 6″ x 4″ photos, you may wish to cut a larger piece of white cardstock.)
2.  Use the Dazzle Border Punch to punch the top edge of the white cardstock.
To create the gnome:
1.  Cut the hat by using the Green Blade on the inside edge of the Diamond Cutting Pattern.  Cut in half.  Embellish hat with narrow strip for the rim and a punched piece of greenery.
2.  Use Petal Frame Punch to punch three 4″ x 4″ pieces of grey cardstock.  Use dark and light grey cardstock, and use the Metallic Silver Dual-Tip Pen to add dimension.
3.  Cut the nose using the smallest oval pattern and the green blade on the inside edge, and chalk edge of nose with brown pen.
4.  Adhere gnome with Foam Squares and add Merry Little Christmas Embellishments.
I hope that I’ve given you a few ideas for your Christmas photos and for some of CM’s newest tools!  You may purchase most of the tools that I used through my personal CM link.  I’ll be back again next month with some winter layouts.  Take care until then!

Karyn