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!



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!

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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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.


Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop – Harvest Delight Scrapbook Layouts

Hello and welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop!  There are 7 of us blog hopping today and sharing some fall scrapbooking ideas with you.  Just follow the links the end of this post to see more!  You might also like to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook where we share weekly ideas and inspiration.

Today I’m sharing several layouts that I created with the very beautiful Harvest Delight collection from Creative Memories.  This collection contains some unique shades of green, teal/gray, chartreuse, and orange.  If you live in an area that doesn’t experience an autumn season, you’ll find that these colors and the paper patterns are neutral enough for other uses.

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Shades of yellow and gold are some of my favorites, and when I opened the Harvest Delight Paper pack, I was first drawn to the two sheets of paper with the gold-chartreuse floral and leaf patterns.  These colors and patterns resemble the field of wildflowers in the background of my photo from mid-summer.  With my layout design, I tried to mimic the composition of the photo from walking out of the background and into the forefront.

  • Cut a hollow frame from a piece of tan cardstock.  I used the tan cardstock that was included in the Croptoberfest 2019 Cardstock Sampler Pack.
  • Cut a sheet of white floral paper to 11″ x 11″, and then cut a large circle from the center.  I used the retired Jumbo Circle Pattern for the Custom Cutting System with the Blue Blade on the inside edge.  If you don’t have the Jumbo Circle Pattern, cut a circle with an 8-1/4″ diameter.  (Or you could cut a large circle from the leaf paper and adhere it to the white floral piece.)
  • Layer a piece of the leaf patterned paper behind the circle cutout.
  • Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a border from the tan cardstock, trim and adhere it to the bottom of the white floral paper.
  • Mat your photo with tan cardstock.  My photo mat is 7-1/4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • Adhere Harvest Delight Embellishments with Foam Squares to preserve their multi-dimensional look.
  • Add faux pen stitching as shown.

I decorated my layout with bouquets of the Harvest Delight Embellishments.  With their gold foil accents, texture and dimension, these embellishments are incredibly lovely and are my favorite item in the collection.  (I’ll be stocking up on these for future use!)

I completed my layout by adhering a title from the Moments to Memories Laser Cut Embellishments to my photo with the Precision Point Glue Pen and adding faux pen stitching.


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My second layout is a fun way to incorporate four photos on a single page.   To create my mosaic pumpkin, I first made a template and tracing pieces.

  • Draw a large circle on a piece of scrap paper (I used the packaging insert from the Harvest Delight Paper.).
  • Flatten out the top and bottom of your circle with swell shapes that mimic a pumpkin.
  • Use a ruler and pencil to draw a grid design onto your paper template.  I made sure that some of my shapes were large enough to accommodate most of a 4″ x 6″ and 6″ x 4″ photo.
  • Use scissors to cut out the grid pieces, and use the individual pieces as templates to trace and cut photos and paper pieces.IMG_9644
  • Assemble your cut pieces onto your background paper and adhere.
  • Add faux pen stitching on the paper pieces
  • Add Harvest Delight Embellishments and Stickers.



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I love combining masculine and feminine prints, and I like that the Harvest Delight Paper pack contains some of each.  Although I made a single page, this layout could easily be adapted into a double-page layout by cutting the strips a little wider to reach the right edge of the plaid paper, and then duplicating the pieces on a second page.

  • To begin, cut a 7″ x 7″ square from the bottom center portion of the plaid paper and set that aside for future use.
  • Layer strips of the chartreuse and gray to cover the hole.  From the top down, my strips measure: 10″ x 4-1/4″; 10″ x 5-1/4″; and 10″ x 1-1/2″.  Remember not to add adhesive to the top left corner of the top strip as you will be folding it over.
  • Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch two strips from the orange paper and add those on top of the chartreuse pieces.
  • Mat and add your photo.  My photo mat is 5-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.
  • Fussy cut the title from a Harvest Delight variety mat.
  • Add Harvest Delight Embellishments and gemstones and a Harvest Delight sticker.
  • Complete the layout with faux pen stitching with a black pen.



I displayed all of these pages at my recent weekend retreat, and I believe that this layout was a favorite as I saw that many of my attendees copied it.  I love how my photos really pop on these pretty pages!

  • Start with two sheets of dark gray cardstock as your base.  I used Iron Gray from CM’s last limited edition Cardstock Buffet.
  • Cut a sheet of the white hexagon paper into two 11″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, and cut a sheet of the gray striped paper to two 11″ x 5-1/4″ pieces.  Adhere the pieces to the backgrounds meeting the right and left edges together and leaving a 1/4″ gap in-between the white and grey pieces.
  • From white cardstock, use the retired Victorian Fence Border Punch to punch two borders.
  • From the dark gray cardstock, use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two borders.
  • From the orange paper, use the Original Border Maker with the retired Pumpkins Border Maker Cartridge to punch two borders.
  • Trim and layer the border pieces as shown adhering the pumpkins with Foam Squares.
  • Mat your photos with the dark gray cardstock.
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Simple Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from dark gray cardstock, and use your scissors to cut apart the leaves.  Use these pieces to create flower and leaf embellishments as shown.
  • Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch a single piece from the orange paper and adhere as shown.
  • Finish the layout by layering Harvest Delight Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.


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My next layout makes use of the Harvest Delight Stickers and would also be great for Thanksgiving photos.  This layout could also easily be adapted into a double-page layout by duplicating the piecing on a second sheet of white cardstock.

  • Start with a sheet of white cardstock and add 4″ x 5″ pieces of the floral print, chartreuse and gray stripe papers.
  • Add border stickers and other stickers as shown.
  • Fussy cut the title from a Harvest Delight variety mat and adhere with Foam Squares.
  • My photos measure 3-1/4″ x 4-3/4″ and 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.


My last layout is quick and easy, and it completes my series of pumpkin photos from last year.  To convert it into a double-page spread, just reverse the slant on your second page and add a leaf border to the right hand edge.

  • Cut the white hexagon paper to 10″ x 10-3/4″ and adhere to the orange print paper at an angle.
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Simple Leaf Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the green/gray print paper and adhere on the left side of the white print paper.
  • Add a Harvest Delight Variety Mat, photos and a few stickers adhered with Foam Squares.
  • My photos measure 4″ x 5-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 4″.

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I hope that I’ve given you some ideas for the lovely Harvest Delight collection!  You can purchase most of the materials and tools that I used on my CM website.  Please leave me a comment and let me know which layout that you like best!

To see more fall scrapbooking ideas, just click on the link below to visit Diana’s blog next.  Thanks so much for blog hopping with the Creative Life Scrapbooking team!


Julie’s CM Blog
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Scrappin’ Jpegs
Karyn Crops (You are here.)
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Lisa’s Workshop
Organized & Creative Mom

Croptoberfest 2019 Scrapbook Layouts

Happy Croptoberfest season!  This is probably my favorite scrapbooking time of the year!  During the summer months, I usually spend a little less time on my scrapbooking projects and my Creative Memories business as I’m busy with outdoor activities and summer trips.  But I am always anxious to get back in my craft room to start scrapping again, planning my fall scrapbooking events and seeing my scrappy friends!

I typically hold an all-day workshop for Croptoberfest at the end of September and a weekend scrapbooking retreat in October.  (I have a few open spots for my Camp Crop-A-Lot Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat on October (24th) 25th – 27th.  If you would like to attend, please contact me ASAP.)

Each year, Creative Memories releases an exclusive page kit for Croptoberfest.  The kit comes packaged with paper, cardstock, stickers and instructions to make two double-page layouts and is only available from a CM advisor.  We had fun making these pages at my Croptoberfest workshop last week, but I had more fun using the materials to make my own layouts!

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The small prints of the Croptoberfest paper, evoked a warm fuzzy feeling and inspired a quilt-like layout.  I used a sheet of our Beige Cardstock as my base.  Start by cutting the patterned paper into 1-1/4″ squares and adhere leaving about 1/8″ space in-between.  Use the new Songbird Border Punch to punch a border from the brown cardstock in the kit, and adhere on top of your border.  My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″.  The circle mat was cut using the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge.  Decorate with some of the Croptoberfest stickers and embellishments from the Croptoberfest Gift Embellishment Pack (also only available from a CM advisor).  I adhered all of my stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares and added faux pen stitching to complete my layout.

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For my second layout, I created my own acorn embellishments by cutting ovals using the Custom Cutting System and used scissors to free-hand cut stems and points from the brown print and burlap print papers.  For my largest acorn, I used the largest Oval Pattern and the Blue Blade on the inside edge to cut my acorn and the Red Blade on the inside edge to cut my acorn cap.  For my smaller acorns, I used the medium Oval Pattern and the Blue and Red Blades on the inside edge to cut my pieces.  I used the larger pieces for the caps of my acorns.

My strip from the pinecone print paper measures 10″ x 3-3/4″; the brown print strip is 11″ x 1-1/4″; and the burlap strip is 10-1/2″ x 1/2″.  My photo mats are from Dark Green Cardstock and measure 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″.  I used a brown pen to ink around the edges of the acorn pieces and designer print paper strips.  I also did some pen work around the edges of my pages and drew some journaling boxes.  I finished the layout by adhering some stickers and embellishments with Foam Squares.

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Triangles and a folded triangle page at CM have been all the rage recently. (See the CM Blog.)  So I was inspired to create a triangle pumpkin layout.  To make my layout, cut out a hollow frame from the pinecone print paper, and adhere an 11″ x 11″ piece of White Cardstock.  From the designer print paper, cut 2-1/2″ squares, and cut them in half on the diagonal.  Arrange as shown and freehand cut a stem from the brown Croptoberfest cardstock.  I cut my photo mat to 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and added stickers and embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.  (The Copper Cardstock was and exclusive color from CM’s recent Cardstock Buffet.)

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My next layout is ready for my group photo from my Croptoberfest workshop.  For the base, I used the sheet of blue cardstock in the Croptoberfest Kit.  The white plaid strip is 3″ x 12″, and the green plaid strip is 4-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.  I used the Original Border Maker System and the new Leaf Border Maker Cartridge to punch a border from the teal patterned paper.  I used the Song Birds Punch to punch borders from the brown Croptoberfest cardstock and our Dark Green Cardstock and layered the borders for depth.  My photo mats measure 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and are cut from the Dark Green Cardstock.  I used the insert in the Croptoberfest Gift Embellishment Pack as a title block and added some embellishments.

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You may have already seen my last layout on the Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page.  Today, I’m the featured designer for our Border Maker Monday post.  This layout is super sweet, and I’m anxious to complete it with photos.

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To make the border featured on my layout above, cut a 3″ strip from the Cratered Blue Cardstock (This was a limited edition cardstock available during CM’s recent Cardstock Buffet.) and punch one end with the Lace Trim Border Punch. Adhere this piece to a 2″ strip of the white plaid paper and adhere to the green plaid paper. Punch a border from the brown cardstock in the Croptoberfest Kit with the Lattice Border Punch. Adhere this piece onto of the blue as shown. Cut square pieces from the brown patterned paper in the Croptoberfest Kit and mat with the blue cardstock. Adhere these pieces with Foam Squares. My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ and 6-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. Punch one end of the larger mats with the Lace Trim Border Punch. Use the Song Birds Border Punch to punch borders from the Croptoberfest Kit brown cardstock, and adhere the bird borders with Foam Squares. Add a few stickers from the Croptoberfest Kit and also some of the exclusive Croptoberfest Gift Pack Embellishments.

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to purchase a second Croptoberfest Kit and make some additional layouts!  If you don’t have a CM advisor, I would be glad to mail a kit and embellishments to you!

Please leave a comment and let me know which layout that you like best!

I’ll be back later this month with layouts featuring the Harvest Delight Collection.
Bye for now!

Citrus Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 2



Hi!  I’m back with two more layouts made from the Citrus Summer collection from Creative Memories.  Today I’m doing double duty with a joint post to my blog and also a Border Maker Monday post for Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.

(Creative Life Scrapbooking is a group of 8 Creative Memories advisors from all over the U.S. and Canada who love to use, sell, and share ideas and inspiration for Creative Memories products.  We have weekly features – Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday, and we have monthly features such as PJ Party Virtual Crops, Blog Hops and Sketch Challenges.  We would love to have you Like and Follow us on Facebook!)

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A few weeks ago, I spent some time in my craft room playing with the Citrus Summer collection and shared two layouts here on Karyn Crops.  Today I’m sharing the last two layouts that I created.

My first layout features a decorative border that I created using a few tools and the Citrus Summer Paper and Embellishments.  These embellishments are super cute and feature a ton of beach and summer icons – in fact, you get 2 of each embellishment!  And they come in an adorable little box.

To make my border:

  • Cut a 12″ x 1-1/5″ strip of White Cardstock;
  • Cut a 12″x 2″ strip of the red floral paper in the Citrus Summer Paper;
  • Use the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch 2 borders from Navy Cardstock;
  • Punch 6 leaves from Leaf Green Cardstock using the Tropical Leaf Punch;
  • Assemble and adhere the pieces as shown;
  • Add a title using navy stickers;
  • Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a 12″ x 1/4″ strip from the wavy side of the trimmer, and trim the border to fit before and after your title; and
  • Finish the border with fruit and tropical flower Citrus Summer Embellishments adhered with Foam Squares.

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To finish your page:

  • Cut the center from a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Navy Cardstock;
  • Adhere a 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ piece of pink patterned Citrus Summer Paper;
  • Mat your photos with Navy Cardstock; and
  • Add journaling, embellishments and a word sticker from the Citrus Summer Stickers.

I created a double-page layout by duplicating my background and border.  My photos measure 4″ x 6″ and 3″ x 3″.

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The focal point of my second layout is a fun treatment of the Citrus Summer Stickers.  The stickers contain almost an entire sheet of single words and summer phrases.

To make my first page, I created a large doily by using the Custom Cutting System with the retired Jumbo Circle Pattern to cut a large circle from White Cardstock.  I then held the Lace Trim Border Punch upside down and punched around the circle.  I tried not to overlap any of my punches.


From Black Cardstock, I used the Lace Trim Border Punch to punch a border and trimmed the border to about 1/4″ x 12″ preserving the line of vertical dots.


I layered the black border and the doily with a 5″ x 12″ strip of the check patterned paper and a 8″ x 12″ piece of the red floral paper to make a 12″ x 12″ background.

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I incorporated several of the word stickers into a paragraph that describes my photos.  To provide spacing and to help keep my journaling straight, I lightly drew pencil lines that I later erased.   I completed the page with a few more stickers and some embellishments.   

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For my second page, I punched a border from White Cardstock with the Lace Trim Border Punch and a second border from Black Cardstock.  I adhered together a 9″ x 12″ piece of the check paper and a 3-3/4″ piece of the red floral paper to create a 12″ x 12″ background and added the two border pieces.   My photos are 4″ x 6″ and 4″ x 4″ and matted with Black Cardstock.

You can purchase any of the tools or materials used through my Creative Memories website.  Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!