Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop – Deep Blue Sea Scrapbook Layouts

Hello, scrappers!  Thanks so much for blog hopping with us today!  Several members of the Creative Life Scrapbooking team have some summer scrapbooking ideas to share with you.  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to visit Julie’s blog next.

Last month, I shared some summer layouts using the Citrus Summer collection by Creative Memories.  So for this blog hop, I thought that I would use the Creative Memories Deep Blue Sea collection that came out earlier in the summer.  The shades of blue, beige and sea foam green were perfect for my coastal photos from a short visit to Tybee Island, SC this spring.


My first layout features a large nautical looking border.  The small punch outs of the Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridge look like little anchors to my eye.  I also thought that the new Medallion Punch evokes a maritime feel when used on a nautical layout.

To make my top border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Beige Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch.
  • Mat these borders on 12″ x 1-1/4″ strips of Navy Cardstock.
  • Use the old Circle Maker Punch from Creative Memories to punch six circles from Beige Cardstock. 
  • Use the Medallion Punch to punch six medallions from Navy Cardstock. 
  • Adhere the medallions to the circles, and use Foam Squares to adhere the finished pieces to the borders.


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I really love the Deep Blue Sea Variety Mats!  The mats feature small nautical prints that are different than the prints in the paper pack.  The smaller prints of the mats were perfect to make some large banner flags to run underneath my border.

  • Cut 2-1/2″ x 2″ pieces from the variety mats and notch into a ribbon end and mat on blue cardstock.
  • Cut out an additional piece from a variety mat to use as a journaling box.
  • Use the blue ombre′ watercolor print paper as the base of your layout.


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My next layout  features a border made with the Scallop Wave and Dips & Diamonds Border Maker Cartridges.  Although I created this layout as a single page, you could easily turn it into a double-page layout by making two additional borders to run across a second page.

To make this border:

  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Dips & Diamonds Border Cartridge to punch two borders from Royal Cardstock and cut off of the cardstock at 1 inch. 
  • Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Cartridge to punch borders from the sea foam print paper and cut off of the paper at 1-1/2″.
  • Punch two more scallop wave borders from Royal Cardstock and overlap as shown.
  • Adhere the borders to 12″ x 1-3/4″ strips of the starfish patterned paper.  


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  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the inside edge to cut a circle from the starfish patterned paper.  Use the Red Blade to cut a circle from Royal Cardstock.  Layer Deep Blue Sea Stickers on top of the circle pieces and adhere with Foam Squares.
  • Assemble your layout on the seaweed patterned paper.


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My third layout features my last two photos from our short stop on the island.  Again I used the seaweed print paper as my background and decorated my layout with a variety of Deep Blue Sea Stickers.

  • Use the Custom Cutting System with the large heart from the Gemstone Patterns and the Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a heart from the starfish patterned paper.
  • Use the Blue Blade to cut a heart from Royal Cardstock.
  • Fussy cut an image from a Deep Blue Sea Variety Mat to use for the journaling box.
  • Layer the heart, photos and stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some stickers.
  • My photos are 3″ x 3″ and 4″ x 4″.


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Deep Blue Sea is a beautiful collection, and I enjoyed reliving memories from our short coastal visit while creating these layouts.  All of the materials and tools that I used can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.


Thanks again for blog hopping with us and enjoy the last of your summer!

To continue on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Blog Hop, please click on the links below:

Karyn Crops (YOU ARE HERE)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
Crop With Stef
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Scrappin’ Jpegs

Citrus Summer Scrapbook Layouts – Part 1

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Whoa!  Summer needs to SLOW down!  I took a little break from scrapbooking last month to enjoy some fun family time and also some much needed relaxation time with my hubby.  But now in a blink of an eye, it’s almost August!

Here are a few layouts that I created with some of my summer photos and the new Citrus Summer collection from Creative MemoriesCitrus Summer consists of paper, stickers, variety mats, a Fast2Fab album and pages, and my most favorite item – an adorable box full of ADORABLE embellishments!

My first layout is a perfect representation of our summer.  Both my husband and I are are typical Type A personalities who find it difficult to slow down and relax.  But somehow on our pontoon boat with the combo of water and sun, we’re able to decompress and spend the day simply… floating.  It’s our most favorite thing to do in the summer.

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To make my layout:
1.  Trim wave patterned sheets of paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to 12″ x 12″ sheets of peacock cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, cut out the centers of the peacock cardstock first.

2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the new Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from white and peacock cardstock and adhere together as shown.  From white cardstock, cut 12″ x 1/2″ wavy borders using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer.  Layered these three pieces with 12″ x 3″ strips of the floating sunbather paper.

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3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium sized Circle Pattern and Red Blade to cut a circle from goldenrod cardstock.  Use the Banner Flag Punch to punch sun rays and adhere and trim as shown to create my large sun.

4.  Mat your photos with 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ pieces of white cardstock and tuck your photos underneath the wave border.

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5.  Finish the layout with fun combos of the cute Citrus Summer Embellishments and Stickers adhering some with Foam Squares, and add journaling and faux pen stitching.

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My second layout features photos from the family reunion that we hosted in mid-June.   As you can see, I used the beach-themed paper for my lake photos.  If you’re like me and don’t have any beach photos, don’t be afraid to use these papers for any type of water photos from lakes to your backyard kiddie pools.

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I must commend Creative Memories for being “on-trend” with both of these beach and water-print papers.  Throughout the summer, I’ve seen similar prints from a variety of vendors on a multitude of home and personal goods – including wrapping paper!

To make my layout:
1.  Adhere 4″ x 12″ pieces of the water paper to two sheets of the beach paper and adhere 1/2″ strips of white cardstock over the seams.

2.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to punch borders from white, peacock and aqua cardstock, layer as shown, trim, and adhere to the bottom of of the water paper with Foam Squares.

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3.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the Red Blade on the outside edge of the smallest Circle Pattern to cut your photos.  Use the Green Blade to cut circles from aqua cardstock, and the Blue blade to cut circles from white cardstock.  Layer and adhere as shown.

4.  Use the Original Border Maker System with the Scallop Wave Border Maker Cartridge to create multi-layered wave borders from aqua, peacock and white cardstock.  Use the Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Blue Blade to trim pieces of the wave border to fit to the bottoms of your photos.  Adhere the wave pieces with Foam Squares.

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5.  Complete the layout with journaling on a Citrus Summer Variety Mat and more fun combos of Citrus Summer Stickers and Embellishments adhering some with Foam Squares.

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All of the items that I used are available for purchase through my Creative Memories website.  Plus everyone who places a $50+ order will be entered into my new Quarterly $100 Shopping Spree Give-Away!  Just place an order, and I’ll enter you in my next drawing on October 1st.

Also Creative Memories is currently offering a summer “Mystery Bag Promo”. With a purchase of $150 (USA), you’ll receive some awesome exclusive items including one of  seven possible album covers, one of four possible tote bags and a pack of designer paper.  These freebies have a retail value of $63!  Please place your orders through my personal Creative Memories website and please order sooner than later as supplies may sell out before the July 30th end date.



I hope that I’ve inspired you to take a look at the Citrus Summer collection and to make time in your busy summer schedule to slow down and preserve your summer memories and photos!   (Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing more Citrus Summer layouts soon.)