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!


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!


Gather Together Scrapbook Layouts

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My first layout is a double-page spread that features hand-cut leaves, stickers and beautiful multi-layered embellishments with rose gold foil highlights.  The gray dot papers are cut to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and mounted on 12″ x 12″ sheets of navy cardstock.  (To conserve cardstock, I cut out the centers of the sheets of navy cardstock.)  My photos are double matted with gold print paper and navy cardstock.  From the sheet of leaf paper, I hand-cut leaves and adhered them with Foam Squares to create an explosion effect.  I also mixed in a few embellishments and a few stickers with the leaves.



My second layout features the new On The Vine Border Punch and Original Border Maker System with the new Garland Cartridge from Creative Memories.  It’s an easy page to make that beautifully highlights my photo and also the two border punches.

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Start by cutting a sheet of natural cardstock to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and mounting to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ black cardstock.  The yellow paper is 11-1/2″ x 5-3/4″, and the two white floral pieces are 11-1/2″ x 1/2″.  The top vine is punched from black cardstock with the On The Vine Border Punch, and the bottom border was punched from black cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with Garland Cartridge.  I layered a few stickers under the pumpkin embellishment.  Since all of these photos are from the same photo shoot, I only included journaling on my first layout.  But you could add journaling to the right of the photo on this layout.

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I used CM’s Custom Cutting System with the old Jumbo Circle Cutting Pattern to cut my large circles in this next layout.  If you don’t have this cutting pattern, you can trace around a large plate or use a Cricut or other cutting machine to make a large circle.  The black circle is ~11″ in diameter, and the white circle is ~1/4″ larger.  I used the On The Vine Border Punch to punch several vine pieces from white cardstock.  I adhered the vine pieces with Repositionable Refill Tape and bent the border into shape as I adhered it.

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My photos are matted with 6-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ white cardstock mats, and the titles are stickers.  I used the Maple Leaf Punch to punch leaves from the new Bronze Shimmer Cardstock and layered the leaves underneath the large embellishment cluster.

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I used the new Sweetheart Recipe Template from CM to create my fourth layout.  This 12×12 mylar heart stencil allows you to create a variety of one-of-a-kind layouts with an assortment of traceable heart and chevron shapes – just trace and cut your papers and photos to the pattern of your choosing!


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I used black cardstock for the background of my layout and choose to use the chevron pattern with some of the darker patterned papers.   I added a 12″ x 3/4″ strip of black cardstock near the bottom as a background to make the border sticker pop.  I used stickers to decorate the page and hand-cut the large leaf in the upper right corner from a Variety Mat.

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I shared my last layout during the recent PJ Party Virtual Crop held by Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook.  At Creative Life Scrapbooking, we’re a group of bloggers and Creative Memories Advisors who love sharing ideas and inspiration for CM products.  If you’re on Facebook , please “Like” and follow us.


I used the Original Border Maker System with Garland Cartridge on the top and bottom of the page and adhered the yellow print paper behind the border parts.  I adhered pieces of the floral print paper behind my tears.  The floral embellishments and title are hand-cut from Variety Mats.  To see and download step-by-step instructions, please see Creative Life Scrapbooking.


I absolutely adore this beautiful collection!  The autumn color palette is one of my very favorites, and each piece of the collection – paper, stickers, embellishments, variety mats, Fast2Fab pages – is a must-have item.  If you need a new album cover, you might want to consider the lovely Gather Together album cover that features brilliant sunset orange bookcloth and is adorned with a stunning leaf design that shines in shades of  gold, copper and deep-orange foil.

You can purchase the materials and tools used for these layouts on my CM website.  I’ll be sharing more layout ideas soon as I make more samples for my weekend retreat in October.

Happy Scrapping!