Graceful Theme Pack Scrapbook Layouts

I absolutely LOVE Creative Memories Theme Packs! The Theme Packs are scrapbooking kits that contain 4 sheets of double-sided designer paper, 1 sheet of coordinating cardstock and 1 or 2 sticker strips. The kits are theme-based and very specific to certain events and interests such as sports, holidays, and travel destinations. At $10 they are at a great price point, and we even have coordinating Border Embellishments for some of the newer Theme Packs!

The new Graceful Theme Pack is one of my favorites! I love the wood-grained, large gingham check and botanical print papers in this kit! I also love the neutral color palette of soft cream, muted teal, olive branch green, white and light rose quartz. You can use the Graceful Theme Pack for creating layouts that commemorate church gatherings and ceremonies, faith testimonies, baptisms, confirmations and remembrances. And there are beautiful Graceful Laser Cut Embellishments that feature religious icons that coordinate. The Graceful Theme Pack also coordinates beautifully with the All My Love Collection.

I used the Graceful Theme Pack to create a layout that features some general family photos. I found that the paper and some of the stickers are neutral enough to be used for almost any kind of layouts.

I paired the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge with the recently discontinued Double Heart Punch to create a simple border that expresses the ever-lasting love of a family. (Please not that the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge is currently sold out but will be returning to the product line in December.)

To Create My Layout:

1. Cut hollow frames from two sheets of White Cardstock. Cut wood-grained papers to 11-3/4″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere to the white frames as shown.
2. Cut White Cardstock to 9″ x 9″ and 11-3/4″ x 9″. You may cut these pieces as hollow frames to conserve cardstock.
3. Cut beige gingham paper to 8-3/4″ x 7-3/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 7-3/4″.
4. Cut botanical print paper to 8-3/4″ x 1″ and 11-3/4″ x 1″.
5. Cut wood-grained paper to 8-3/4″ x 1/4″ and 11-3/4″ x 1/4″.
6. Use the Original Border Maker System with the Infinity Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders from wood-grained paper. Trim to 8-3/4″ and 11-3/4″.
7. Use Double Heart Punch to punch hearts from Rich Brown Cardstock. Use the hollow heart pieces.
8. Layer and adhere pieces as shown.
9. Cut a 3-1/4″ x 10-3/4″ strip of White Cardstock. Mat this piece with Rich Brown Cardstock that is 1/8″ larger.
10. Crop photos to fit.
11. Add stickers as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.

Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase the materials that I used for my layout. I’ll be back next week with some borders that feature the new Apple Chain Border Maker Cartridge.

Have a great weekend!

Secret Garden Scrapbook Layouts

Oh my goodness!  The new Secret Garden Collection from Creative Memories just might be their most beautiful collection yet!  It’s full of soft watercolor designs in shades of purple and teal.  The Fast2Fab Album with Pre-Designed Pages is absolutely stunning, and has received rave reviews from my customers.  At my recent weekend retreat, I sold 6 of the Fast2Fab Albums!  Personally, I love the Secret Garden Stickers most of all.  The sticker pack is full of lovely floral arrangements and sweet sentiments that are perfect for adorning pretty pages and cards!

We used the Secret Garden Paper and Stickers at my Crop Club last month.  At Crop Club, we use one page sketch, one pack of paper, one pack of stickers or embellishments, and some cardstock to make three double-page layouts.  Please contact me if you live in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area and would like to attend my Crop Club.  Or contact me if you’re interested in participating in my Crop Club by mail and would like to purchase my Secret Garden Crop Club Kit.  Below are the three layouts that can be created from the kit.

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We used a 1-2-3 Page Sketch created by my friend, Noreen Smith.  Noreen has created a series of simple sketches that require only three cuts from one sheet of designer paper, and she shares some of these sketches on her blog, Organized & Creative Mom.  She has recently created an e-book of sketches that you can purchase from her blog.

The first layout is adorned with Secret Garden Stickers and also punch outs from CM’s new Double Heart Punch and borders punched with the Doily Border Punch.  The corners of the journaling box were punched with CM’s new 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.

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My second layout features a bottom border punched with the Original Border Maker System and the Picket Fence Cartridge.  The Picket Fence Cartridge is one of three cartridges that come with the system when purchased.  A thin 12″ x 5/8″ strip of designer paper was threaded through the picket fence to create a ribbon effect.

I also included a few hearts from the Double Heart Punch and another journaling box with corners punched with the 4-Way Heart & Stars Corner and Hole Punch.


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My third layout features a lovely border that I created with the recently sold-out Teardrop Lattice Border Punch.  I punched one border and cut it in half lengthwise and adhered each half to each page and topped them with border stickers adhered with Foam Squares. (This is a good reminder that CM’s punches and cartridges for the Original Border Maker System are considered limited edition items and are only available in a set quantity.  These items are projected to stay in inventory for 3-12 months, but some sell out quickly.)

On all three of my layouts, you’ll notice that I adhered most of the flower, butterfly and title stickers with Foam Squares.  I love the added dimension that the Foam Squares provide to my pages.

You’ll also notice that all three layouts feature a different way to arrange five 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photos.  However, you can crop your photos into smaller sizes and arrange them to your liking.

I love all three of these layouts and can’t decide which is my favorite.  Which one do you like best?  Please leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!

I look forward to making and sharing more pretty pages with this beautiful collection!  Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing the materials to create these layouts.

Happy Scrapping!


P.S.  You might like to join my private Facebook Group, Karyn’s Croppers.  I”m running a summer special that you won’t want to miss!


Little Lamb Non-Baby & Baby Scrapbook Layouts

While I was busy getting ready for my annual National Scrapbook Day workshop, Creative Memories introduced the very adorable Little Lamb Collection at the beginning of the month.  The soft sweet prints are perfect for baby pages, but they are also neutral enough to be used for non-baby pages too.  The collection includes Little Lamb Baby Boy and Little Lamb Baby Girl papers, stickers, variety mats and Fast2Fab albums and pages.  The Little Lamb Embellishment pack is gender neutral and can be used for boys or girls.

I used Little Lamb Baby Girl Paper and Stickers and Little Lamb Embellishments for my first layout.

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To make my hanging heart banner, use the new Double Heart Punch from CM to punch a variety of hollow hearts.  Cut the smaller Foam Squares in half, and use them to adhere the heart pieces.  Finish your hanging heart banner with hand-drawn loops and epoxy dots from the Little Lamb Embellishment Pack.

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The llama border is 12” x 2-1/2” and torn with a CM Tearing Tool.  The yellow print piece is 12” x ½”, and the pink piece is 12” x ¼”.  My photo is 4” x 5-1/4” and matted with a 4-1/4” x 5-1/2” piece of pink paper.   The yellow piece behind my photo is 3-1/2” x 6-1/2”.

I added a variety of Little Lamb Embellishments, Little Lamb Baby Girl Stickers, and the inside pieces from the Double Heart Punch.  I adhered most of these pieces with Foam Squares.  To finish my layout, I added faux pen stitching with a fine-tip brown pen.

Little Lamb

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For my non-baby page, I used gray cardstock and papers from both the Little Lamb Boy and Little Lamb Girl Paper packs.  The farm print paper and light mint are from the Baby Boy pack, and the wood-grained, yellow, and peach prints are from the Baby Girl pack.  I also used the Little Lamb Baby Girl Stickers and the Little Lamb Embellishments.


Since I matted the farm print and wood-grained papers with gray cardstock, I conserved paper by cutting hollow squares from both sheets of the gray cardstock and the farm print paper.  The farm print paper measures 11-1/2” x 11-1/2”; the smaller gray piece is 10” x 10”; and the wood-grained piece is 9-3/4” x 9-3/4”.

For my fence, I used the old Rustic Fence Border Maker Cartridge from CM.  If you don’t have this cartridge, you can use your scissors to cut a border from the Victorian Fence Punch to look more rustic (see photo above).

My jumbo corn journaling box was made from several pieces cut with the Custom Cutting System and the 3-1/2” x 5” Oval Cutting Pattern with red blade on the outside edge.  To make narrower ovals that are more corn-like, cut partially around the oval pattern and then move the pattern over to create tear-drop shapes.

For my “Farm” title, I initially cut letters from the peach paper using my Cricut.  But the peach paper was too light, and the title didn’t show up very well.  So I traced around the letters using a gray pen.  You could do the same with a stencil or write it free-hand.  I adhered all of the embellishments and the small title sticker with Foam Squares.

I look forward to making more baby and non-baby pages with this adorably sweet collection!