National Scrapbook Day Layouts – Part 2

Hello!  I’m back with three more layouts that I made from Creative Memories 2020 National Scrapbook Day Kit.  Please see my post from Friday, August 7th for my first layout.  The National Scrapbook Day Kit is super sweet and still available for purchase.  Please use my CM link to order.  Click on Shop and then Virtual Events on the top menu bar to find the kit.  You may wish to purchase the Bundle as you will also get the extra embellishments that I used for my layouts.

I used up almost all of the paper, stickers and embellishments from the NSD kit to make my four layouts.  Please read the instructions carefully, so you’ll have enough materials to make all four layouts.   To make the second layout that I’m sharing today, you’ll need a piece of reserved paper that you cut from my first layout from August 7th (Step 1).

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For my second layout, I created a woven basket piece as a background with the strawberry print paper to highlight a special photo from my granddaughter’s first birthday party.  The circular piece created with the Floral Circle Punch reminds me of the crocheted doilies that my grandmothers used to create.

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To create my layout:

1.  Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of Scarlet Cardstock.  Set aside the cut out square to use for the next layout.  Cut the strawberry paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhere over the hollow frame.
2.  Cut strips of the dark green and light green papers to 7/8″ x 6″  and 7/8″ x 10-1/8″.  Cut strips of White Cardstock to 1″ x 6-1/8″ and 1″ x 10-1/4″.  Adhere the green strips on top of the white strips.
3.  Evenly position the shorter dark green pieces in the lower center part of your page, and adhere the tops of the pieces with Tape Runner.  Weave through the longer light green pieces, and slide the three long pieces until they’re evenly spaced. Adhere the ends with Tape Runner.  Adhere the bottoms of the dark green pieces.
4.  From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock), use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a circle and then trim as shown.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from White Cardstock.  Trim as shown and adhere to the floral circle piece.  Add faux stitching with a Dual-Tip Black Pen.
5.  Mat a photo with White Cardstock measuring 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″.
6.  Add embellishment pieces with Foam Squares as shown.


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Although I didn’t grow strawberries, my blueberry bushes exploded with an abundance of berries this year!  I found myself competing with the backyard wildlife, and I had to hustle to pick my ripe berries before the birds and squirrels ate them.  My battle with the birds inspired my next layout that features a row of birds sitting above the strawberry patch.  The lovely Songbirds Border Punch has been one of my favorite CM punches this past year.


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To make my layout:

1.  Cut a piece of strawberry paper to 12″ x 4″ and adhere to the bottom of the green striped paper.  I positioned my stripes to run horizontally.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2.  Cut a piece of Scarlet Cardstock to 9-1/4″ x 10″.  From the center of your piece, use the Custom Cutting System with the small heart pattern from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut two heart photo mats.  Also cut a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ piece to use as a photo mat.  When cutting these pieces, make sure to leave an edge around your cardstock as you will use this now hollow piece as a frame for the leftover gray dot piece from the first layout (See my post from August 7th.)  The gray dot piece measures 9″ x 9″, so position it towards the bottom of the scarlet frame piece.
3.  From Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock) punch a 9″ border using the Lace Trim Border Punch.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″.  Position this piece on top of the gray dot piece leaving the Scarlet Cardstock frame showing.
4.  Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a row of birds from Evergreen Cardstock.
5.  Adhere pieces as shown and add stickers and embellishments as shown.  I used Foam Squares for my ribbon pieces at the top of the layout.


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My last layout evokes another garden scene of picking strawberries.  I created a strawberry patch with the On the Vine Border Punch and heart punch outs.  The sweet little basket was inspired by my scrapping buddy, Fran Smitherman, who shared several ideas for creating baskets on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.


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To make my layout:

1.  Cut a 12″ x 3″ piece of strawberry paper and adhere to the top of the gray dot paper.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from Scarlet Cardstock, and adhere to the strawberry strip.
2.  Use the On the Vine Border Punch to punch a border from Evergreen Cardstock (or Dark Green Cardstock).  Adhere to the bottom of the page.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Heart Duet Border Maker Cartridge to punch hearts from Scarlet Cardstock.  Use a black pen to add detail to the hearts and adhere over the circles in the vine piece.
3.  Use the Floral Circle Punch to punch a piece from White Cardstock and trim as shown. Adhere to top of the page.
4.  Add two 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ photo mats from Scarlet Cardstock.
5.  Use the Basketweave Border Punch to punch a piece from Brown Cardstock.  Trim with scissors as shown.  To create the handle, use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Blue and Red Blades to cut a hollow frame piece.  Cut on the inside edge with the Blue Blade first and then without moving the cutting pattern, cut again with the Red Blade.  Trim with scissors to fit the basket piece.
6.  Add stickers, embellishments and a bird punched with the Songbirds Border Punch. Adhere some with Foam Squares as shown.

I hope you like these super sweet pages!  Don’t feel like you need “strawberry” photos for them.  Just use photos of your family members – or maybe stage some photos eating strawberry shortcakes or strawberry ice cream : )

Please note that the new Ruffle Trim Border Maker Cartridge sold out during CM’s promo last month. CM has ordered more of this cartridge, and it is expected to be back in stock in November.  To place an order, please use my Creative Memories website link.

Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I’ll be back at the end of the month with the Creative Life Scrapbooking 2020 Summer Blog Hop!


Daydreamer Scrapbook Layouts

Hello!  Today I’m sharing some layouts that I created earlier this past spring.  The Daydreamer collection from Creative Memories is one of my favorite collections from this year, and I wanted to show it to you before it sells out.  Photographs of this collection do NOT do it justice.  The subtle light-colored patterns and the sparkle on the embellishments are hard to capture.  Trust me – it is even more beautiful in person!  I’ve already used up three sets of it!

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My first layout features pretty frames punched with the Petal Frame Punch from Creative Memories and some beautiful embellishment/sticker clusters.  I can’t wait to find the perfect photographs for it!

To make my layout:

1.  Cut burgundy paper to 10″ x 10″.
2.  Cut white/beige paper to 10″ x 10″, and punch around the edges with the Petal Frame Punch.
3.  Cut yellow photo mats to 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″.
4.  Cut journaling box from White Cardstock using the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and the Green Blade on the inside edge.
4.  Punch a 4″ x 4″ burgundy square with the Petal Frame Punch.
5.  Assemble page as shown.
6.  Layer Daydreamer Stickers and Embellishments as shown and adhere with Foam Squares.

My second layout features another pretty framed piece that I created with the Lace Trim Border Punch and more of the lovely Daydreamer Embellishments and Stickers.  The Lace Trimer Border Punch is another favorite of mine.  It’s great for layering and for making pretty pages!

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To make my layout:

1.  Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch 4 borders from White Cardstock.  Cut the pieces off of the cardstock at about 1-1/4″ and trim to 9-1/5″ in length.
2.  To make mitered corners on your border pieces, place the borders onto the 45 degree line on your 12″ Trimmer.  Place the upper edge of the border onto the dashed cutting line and cut.  Flip the border over to the backside, turn it around and place the other end onto the 45 degree line and upper edge on the dashed cutting line, and cut.



3.  Cut green paper to 7-3/8″ x 7-3/8″.
4.  Cut photo mats to 4″ x 6″ and 2-3/4″ x 2-3/4″.
5.  Cut journaling circle or photo frame using the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and the Red and Green Blades on the inside edge.
6.  Assemble layout as shown.  Add stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.

For my next layout, I used a quick and easy technique that I borrowed from Tessa Chapple.  Tessa calls this technique Shadow Borders.  You can use this technique with any of our border punches or even our border maker cartridges.  This is a great technique for the Roller Coaster Border Punch!

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To make my layout:

1.  Punch both ends of the pink paper with the now discontinued Tulips Border Punch.  Cut the bottom end off of the paper, flip it over to its backside and adhere onto the pink paper.
2.  Use Foam Squares to adhere a 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ Daydreamer Variety Mat to the center of the page.
3.  Cut two additional Daydreamer Variety Mats to 3-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ and adhere at angles.
4.  Add Daydreamer border stickers to the top and bottom of the layout.  Add additional stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.



I was inspired by the Mother’s Day post on the CM Blog to create my last layout.  Instead of using circles cut with the Custom Cutting System, I punched circles using the Floral Circle Punch to create my heart pieces.  This layout is even prettier in person!

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To make my layout:

1.  Cut two 6″x6″ pieces from the Ombre sheet of paper and punch with the Floral Circle Punch.
2.  Cut the two circle pieces into fourths.  Please refer to the instructions and diagram on the CM Blog  for cutting and arranging the pieces.
3.  My photo mats are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.
4.  Add embellishments, stickers and journaling as shown.

I love to make pretty pages, and the Daydreamer collection provides the prefect materials!  Again – trust me – it’s even more beautiful in person!  You can purchase the Daydreamer collection and the tools that I used through my CM website link.

Happy Scrapping!

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.



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!