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.

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.


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!



National Scrapbook Day 2019 – Daisy Scrapbook Layouts

Each spring, scrapbookers around the world celebrate our love of scrapbooking with National Scrapbook Day.  This year, I’m holding my National Scrapbook Day workshop on May 4th – the “official” day of NSD.  My event is almost full, but please contact me if you would like more information about my workshop.

Creative Memories has created some super cute exclusive 2019 NSD items that can only be purchased directly from a CM advisor.  There is a NSD Kit with materials and instructions to make 2 double-page layouts, a pack of coordinating cardstock, a NSD Daisy Album, and a 2019 NSD Charm.  If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to help you get any of these items.

I loved the NSD Kit so much that I made some additional layouts with it.  I also used the coordinating NSD Cardstock and NSD Gift Embellishments that are packaged as gift items for advisors.  I’ll use these layouts for photos from my National Scrapbook Day workshop.

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To create my first layout, use scissors to hand-cut around the hexagon shapes of the yellow print paper.  My resulting piece is 12″ x 9″.  Fussy cut a 12″ by approximately 2″ strip of daisy paper and adhere under the yellow paper.  Cut individual and partial daisies and layer and adhere behind the first strip.  (You may wish to complete some of the other layouts first, and then cut your daisies from you scraps.)

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To complete your page, add stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown.  Use a black pen to add faux stitching and details as shown.



My second layout, is a fun take on the daisy theme.  Cut a hollow frame from a sheet of the Vista (blue) Shimmer Cardstock and attach a piece of 11″ x 11″ white cardstock.  Using the Custom Cutting System with the small Heart Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge, cut 5 hearts from Vista Shimmer Cardstock.  Use the Red Blade on the outside edge to cut 5 hearts from the daisy print paper.  Use the smallest Circle Pattern with Blue Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from the yellow print paper.  My photo mat is 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and is also from the Vista Shimmer Cardstock.

(This exclusive shimmer cardstock is significantly lighter in weight than other shimmer cardstock that CM has offered.  So it’s much easier on our blades and punches.  The NSD Coordinating Cardstock also contains 2 sheets of Lagoon Shimmer Cardstock – an aqua shade that I did not use on any of my layouts.)


Complete your layout with stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares as shown.


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To make my third layout, cut a 12″ x 6-3/4″ piece of the green dot pattern from one of the sheets of multi-print paper and a 12″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the yellow print paper and adhere to a sheet of white cardstock.  (For layouts like these, I like to use the packaging piece of cardstock that is included in CM paper packs.  One side of these sheets is printed with info about the paper pack, but they are nice heavy sheets of photo-safe white cardstock.)

Use the Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from the daisy print paper.  Use the Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a half circle from evergreen cardstock.  (Don’t cut full circles as you’ll want to conserve your paper.)  Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch two borders from the yellow print paper.  Adhere the three pieces bending the flower border as you adhere it behind the green cardstock.

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Use the Original Border Maker System with Lace Flower Chain Cartridge to punch a border from white cardstock and adhere to a 12″ x 1″ strip of evergreen cardstock.  Use the new Essentials 4-Way Punch to punch small circles for the flower centers from yellow print paper.  Adhere the border piece and the semi-circle on the page as shown.

From white cardstock, use the Banner Flag Punch to punch three banners.  Use a dark green pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart and flower embellishments.  Adhere banners with stickers and embellishments as shown adhering some with Foam Squares.


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For my next layout, adhere an 11″ x 7″ piece of daisy print paper and an 11″ x 2-3/4′ piece of the striped paper to a sheet of navy cardstock.  Use the Flower Child Punch to punch a border from yellow print paper.  Use the old CM Daisy Bouquet Punch to punch small daisies from white cardstock, and punch centers from yellow print paper using the new CM Essentials 4-Way Punch.  Adhere to the Flower Child border as shown and adhere finished border to the page.

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Use the Banner Flag Punch to punch banners from cloud cardstock, and use a navy pen to add faux stitching to the banners and the heart embellishments.  Create three clusters with embellishments and stickers as shown and adhere the cluster pieces with Foam Squares.


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For my last layout, I used a sketch from the recent World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories as my inspiration.  Adhere a 12″ x 3″ piece of yellow dot paper to a sheet of white cardstock.  Add a 12″ x 6-1/2″ piece of cloud cardstock and a 12″ x 1″ piece of yellow dot paper.  Use the old CM Daisy Punch to punch daisies from the daisy print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, and cut flowers in half.  Punch flower centers from yellow paper using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch.  Assemble flower pieces and adhere to layout as shown adding a vine sticker.

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Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut two circles from daisy print paper.  Cut circles in half and adhere to bottom of layout as shown.  Cut a 4-3/4″ x 7″ piece of yellow paper and a 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ piece of Vista Shimmer Cartridge to create a photo mat.

My square daisy piece is the packaging from the NSD Gift Embellishments.  I cut it slightly and matted it with Vista Shimmer Cardstock.  From yellow print paper and Vista Shimmer Cardstock, I created a ribbon piece for the right edge.  Add stickers and embellishments adhering with Foam Squares as shown.

I hope that I’ve inspired you with my National Scrapbook Day layouts!  Please contact me if you would like to purchase any of these NSD materials as they are only available directly from a CM advisor.

Happy National Scrapbook Day!

CLS Fall Blog Hop – Pumpkin Spice Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to the Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop!  We’re excited to be sharing some fall scrapbooking ideas with you, and we’re so glad that you could join us!  Please follow the links at the bottom of my post to take you to the next blogs.

Today I’m featuring layouts that I created with the new Pumpkin Spice Paper and Stickers from Creative Memories.  (To see layouts that I created with the fall Gather Together Collection, please see my blog post from September 29th.) My first layout below also features the new Creative Memories’ On The Vine Border Punch, paper from the Timber Paper Pack, and Black Sans Serif ABC Stickers.

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To create this layout, cut the green vine paper to 8-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ and 3″ x 11-1/2″.  Cut the pumpkin paper to 3-1/4″ x 11-1/2″ and 8-1/4″ x 11-1/2″.  Adhere pieces to two sheets of black cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you can cut out the centers of the black cardstock.

My photos measure 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″.  I double matted the photos with black cardstock and plaid print paper.  The black mats are 4-1/8″ x 6-1/8″, 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″, 4-1/8″ x 4-1/8″ and 4-5/8″ x 4-5/8″.  The plaid mats are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 4-1/2″.

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I included a border punched from black cardstock using the On The Vine Border Punch and sign posts that I hand cut from a piece of paper from the Timber Paper Pack.  I cut apart the pumpkin and leaf border stickers and layered them to create my pumpkin patch and trailed the vine sticker up the sign post.  I adhered the most forward rows of pumpkins and leaves with Foam Squares.  I also included a few individual pumpkin stickers to fill out the patch.

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My second layout is a fun and easy Halloween two-page spread.  I used a tool that I don’t often use anymore – the Two-Way Corner Rounder.  I cut 2″ squares from the cute jack-o-lantern, bats and spider papers and rounded the corners with the Two-Way Corner Rounder.

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I matted my photos with white cardstock and also rounded the corners on the mats and photos.  I included a few fun stickers and adhered some with Foam Squares.  I finished the layout with details added with a Silver Pen.



My next layout was created on two sheets of Timber Paper (I love how the Timber Paper coordinates with so many of CM’s collections!)  When I created this layout, I must admit to randomly cutting triangles of different sizes and not measuring them.  I just held the paper up to the page and decided where to cut it.  If I were to do it again, I would at least create a 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ square out of the floral paper and cut it in half to form the two largest triangles for the middle of the layout.  I matted my triangle pieces with orange cardstock.

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I double matted my photos with orange cardstock and brown plaid paper and embellished the layout with border pieces across the bottom.  To create my borders, use the Original Border Maker with the new Garland Cartridge to punch a border from the brown plaid paper.  Mat the border with orange cardstock, and cut the border into 8-1/2″ and 3-1/2″ pieces.  Use the Flower Child Border Punch to punch a border from the brown plaid paper.  Use the Embossed Trio Flower Punch to punch pieces from orange and pale yellow cardstock.  Create flowers and layer them over the Flower Child border.  Cut the border into 6-1/2″ and 3″ pieces.


You may have already seen my last layout as it was featured last week on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.  But I also wanted to include it here with my other Pumpkin Spice layouts.

Again, I used another sheet of Timber Paper as the background for this page.  On brown cardstock, I drew a pumpkin shape and cut it out with scissors.  I then cut 3/4″ strips from two of the patterned Pumpkin Spice papers to make my woven pumpkin.

To assemble the pumpkin, I put a very small amount of Repositionable Tape around the entire edge of the pumpkin.  I spaced out and adhered the vertical strips first and then started weaving by sliding the horizontal strips up from the bottom and adhering to the edges as I went.  You may have to adjust a bit as you go and may need to add extra adhesive after all of the strips are woven.

After all of the strips are in place, turn the pumpkin over and trim with scissors.  Finish your pumpkin with a freehand cut stem, Maple Leaf Punch leaves and Pumpkin Spice Stickers. My brown cardstock photo mat measures 9″ x 4-1/4″.


I hope that you enjoyed seeing my layouts and that you give some of them a try!  All of the materials and tools that I used may be purchased on my CM website.

Please finish our Fall Blog Hop by visiting Julie and Diana’s blogs next.

Fran Smitherman:  Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Lisa Brown Graham:  Lisa’s Workshop
Noreen Smith:  Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe:  Karyn Crops (YOU ARE HERE)
Julie Tambrini:  Julie’s CM Blog
Diana Brinsley:  D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog

Happy Scrapping!