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 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

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

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