Winter Blog Hop With Creative Life

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop!  We’re so glad to be back hopping and sharing some winter scrapbooking ideas with you.  At the end of my post, you’ll find the link to take you to the next stop on our hop.

I’m in the midst of a love affair with the Glacier Collection from Creative Memories!  I’ve already used up two packs of paper and two packs of stickers.  I also have to admit to going out in single digit freezing weather just to get some snow photos to use with this beautiful collection!  Once I started making pages, I couldn’t stop.  So I have a few layouts to show you today.

My first page might be my favorite!  I used a page sketch that Creative Memories shared with advisors and gave it my own twist.

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To make my page, cut the birch bark paper to 11.5″ x 11.5 and mount on 12″ x 12″ navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Cut four strips from the snowfall paper that measure 2.5″ x 10″, notch the ends, and then following the same angle cut off a 3/4″ chevron shape.  Rub black chalking ink or the side of a wide point black pen around the edges of the pieces.

From the Variety Mats, fussy cut a series of trees and ink the edges.  My photos are 4″ x 4″ and matted with navy paper.  My journaling box is a Variety Mat cut to 4″ x 4″ and also matted.  Assemble the page by tucking the bottom edges of the photos and journaling box under the trees.  I used Foam Squares to adhere my trees and the center photo.  Place the lovely vine border sticker across the bottom of your trees, and add the title sticker and fern stickers.  Adhere pinecone, bird, and snowflake stickers with Foam Squares.

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My second layout is a fun snowman-making page!  I have a lot of ideas happening on this page, but I think it works as a background to highlight one large photo .

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To make this page, cut the blue paper to 11″ x 11″.  To evenly space your punched out snowflakes, flip the blue paper over and measure to the center of the page.  Use the Snowflake Trio Punch to punch snowflakes in the center.  Punch more snowflakes from each edge of the paper.  And then center the punch between the center snowflakes and the edge snowflakes to make your last two punches.  (Unfortunately, the Snowflake Trio Punch sold out quickly and is no longer available.  So if needed, substitute other snowflake punches.)  Adhere the blue paper on top of the knit print paper.

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Using the Victorian Border Punch, punch fences from white and brown cardstock.  Adhere the white fence behind the brown fence to look like snow.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowman Cartridge to punch a row of snowmen from white cardstock.  Cut off of your cardstock at 2″.  Adhere snowmen to the fence, and cut the entire border to 7.5″ wide.

To make the large snowmen, use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and cut a circle from white cardstock using the blue blade on the inside edge.  Cut a circle from white cardstock and another from the knit print paper using the medium size Circle Pattern and the green blade on the inside edge.  From the knit paper circle freehand cut scarf pieces.  Also freehand cut arms and a nose from cardstock.  Use the old Button Trio Punch to punch three buttons.  Assemble the pieces as shown.  Repeat for the smaller snowman using the medium sized circle pattern with blue blade on inside edge and the smallest Circle Pattern with the red blade on the inside edge.  The heart is a punch out from the Border Maker System with Heart Chain Cartridge.

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To finish your page, mat your photo with royal cardstock and knit print paper.  My photo is cropped to 5.75″ x 5″.  Add journaling boxes and stickers as shown.  Use Foam Squares to adhere some of the punched out snowflakes, and use a black pen to add detail to the snowmen and snowman border.

My next layout features large snowflakes that I created with the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, the new Arrow Border Maker Cartridge, and the old Star Maker punch.

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Cut the snowfall paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to navy cardstock.  To conserve cardstock, you may cut out the center of the navy cardstock first.  Use the Border Maker System with new Arrow Cartridge, the new Daisy Bouquet Punch, and the old Star Maker to punch pieces for your snowflakes.  Layout the pieces for the large snowflake on your paper to get the spacing and design figured out before you start adhering.  The Precision Point Adhesive Pen is

very handy for this.  Use a navy pen to add detail, and use Foam Squares to add dimension.

Select a Variety Mat with a title, and mat it with navy cardstock.  Also mat photos with navy cardstock.  Use the Original Border Maker System with Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders from white and navy cardstock, and adhere navy borders behind the white.  Trim borders to size and adhere.  This page would also look nice with the snowflake borders going horizontally.  I positioned mine vertically to evoke the feeling of the large icicles in my photos.

After a recent snowfall, we took a special drive to see snow on the mountain.  So with this title on my mind, I knew that I needed to make some mountains for my last layout.

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To make my mountains, use the Custom Cutting System with the diamond from the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  My large mountains are cut using the red, green and blue blades on the outside edge.  My small mountains are cut using the red and green blades on the inside edge.  Cut matching pieces from white cardstock, and use your All-Purpose Scissors to add rounded edges.  I used black chalking ink on the edges of my mountain and snow pieces.  Assemble the mountains as shown and adhere the smaller mountains with Foam Squares.

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Use the Original Border Maker System with the Snowflake Chain Cartridge to punch borders for the tops of your pages.  I used the old Word Bubble Punch to make snow clouds that I also edged with black ink and adhered a few with Foam Squares.  Mat your photos with navy cardstock and use Navy ABC Stickers for your title.  Add the tree and house stickers as shown.

The Glacier Paper and Stickers are truly lovely and are one of my favorite collections from Creative Memories.  You can purchase these materials and the current tools on my Creative Memories website.  And don’t forget to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook where we share weekly ideas, page sketch challenges and virtual crops!

Thank you so much for visiting with me today, and please hop on over to Fran’s blog for the next stop on our Winter Blog Hop!

Noreen Smith
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe (You are here!)
Fran Allen Smitherman
Julie Tambrini
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham
Sarah Fitzgerald


Sugarplum Christmas Scrapbook Layouts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and visions of the new Sugarplum Collection from Creative Memories are dancing in my head!  The new Sugarplum Collection is full of sweet pastel prints and the most delightful Christmas stickers and embellishments.  Although the papers, stickers and embellishments are perfect for cute and whimsical scrapbook pages, I also used the materials to make a few elegant holiday pages as well.

Fancy ornaments, a classic border, and shades of gold and purple give my first layout an elegant feel.  This layout is the perfect way to highlight a Christmas collection.  I used my home printer to print a sheet of twenty 2″ x 2″ photos of my Precious Moments ornament collection.  Although this only a portion of my collection, I love how the ornaments are showcased on a double-page spread instead of spread out over numerous scrapbook pages.


I embellished the page with ornament die cuts from the Sugarplum Embellishments and used CM’s Custom Cutting System with Gemstone Cutting Patterns to make additional ornaments.  To make my ornaments, cut two diamonds from Gold Shimmer Cardstock using the blue blade on the inside edge of the diamond cutting pattern.  Use the green blade on the inside edge to cut one diamond from the Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  Cut two diamonds from Eggplant Cardstock using the green blade on the inside edge and one diamond using the red blade on the inside edge.  Mat the gold diamonds on top of the eggplant diamonds.  Use your 12″ Decorative Trimmer and Original Border Maker with Zig Zag and Snowflake Chain Border Maker Cartridges to cut and punch pieces from the Sugarplum Designer Paper and Gold Shimmer Cardstock to decorate your ornaments.


To finish the page, cut a 1″ x 12″ strip from the gold print paper and adhere to the left side of one sheet of the lilac print paper.  From the gold print paper, cut a 4-1/4″ x 12″ piece and adhere to the right side of the second sheet of lilac print paper.  Rub your Gold Metallic Pen around the edges of the ornament die cut embellishments and adhere those pieces with Foam Squares and adorn with Rhinestone Gems.  The title is cut from a sheet of the Sugarplum Designer Paper and matted with Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  The border at the top of the page was punched with our new Holly Border Punch from Eggplant Cardstock and also adhered with Foam Squares.


My second layout features another of my Christmas collections, my Department 56 North Pole Village.  The addition of Navy and Gold Shimmer Cardstock really helped to make these pages pop.  Use the 12″ Decorative Trimmer to cut a wavy edge on a piece of 11-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” White Cardstock.  Cut the aqua print paper to 11-1/2″ x 6″, and adhere both pieces to 12″ x 12″ Navy Cardstock.  Cut additional swell and wave pieces from White Cardstock using the 12″ Decorative Trimmer and edge the pieces with swell and wave pieces cut from the aqua print paper to create snow drifts for the bottom of the page.  Repeat for second page.

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I used scraps of the Sugarplum Designer Paper to hand cut and create small houses.  I adorned the eaves of the roofs with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker with the Crown and Scallop Dot Border Maker Cartridges.  And I used the Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridge to punch the heart pieces.  CM’s new Precision Point Adhesive Pen came in handy for adhering all of the small pieces.  I edged all of the house pieces with Gold Shimmer Cardstock to give them more definition.  I used some of the Sugarplum Stickers as further decoration for my houses and the pages.  I matted the title stickers with Gold Shimmer Cardstock and my photos and journaling box with Navy Cardstock.

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My next layout is a quick and easy two-page spread.  From Peacock Cardstock punch a fence using CM’s Victorian Fence Punch.   Cut the fence off of your cardstock at 3-1/8″ to make a 12″ x  3-1/8″ piece.  Repeat.  Cut the Santa border strips from Sugarplum Designer Paper and adhere to your borders.  For your top borders, cut the tree border strips from the designer paper and mat with Peacock Cardstock.

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Mat your photos, title, and journaling boxes with Peacock Cardstock.  My photos measure 4″ x 3-1/4″.  I used CM’s Pastel Pink ABC Stickers for my title.  (Get these before they’re sold out as they are in the Going Gone section of our website.)  Finish the pages by adding trees and the reindeer and moose from the Sugarplum Embellishments pack.  I adhered the deer and moose with Foam Squares and added Rhinestone Gems to my trees.


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The layout above is an elegant single page.  Again I used our Gold Shimmer Cardstock to brighten the page and give it more definition.  Cut a piece of the poinsettia/holly paper to 9-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and adhere to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ Peacock Cardstock.  (To conserve cardstock, cut out the center of the Peacock Cardstock.)

To make a double frame, cut a piece of White Cardtock to 11″ x 11″.  Measure 1″ from each side of each corner and make a small mark with a pencil.  Use your 12″ Trimmer to cut out a frame starting and stopping at your pencil marks.  You will do the same from a sheet of Gold Shimmer Cardstock, but first cut the gold piece to 11-1/4″ x 11-1/4″ and measure 1-1/4″ from each side.  Adhere the white piece onto of the gold piece and use your Gold Metallic Pen to add dots around the white piece as shown.

Use the large die cut piece from the Sugarplum Embellishments in the top left corner and add a poinsettia punched with CM’s new Poinsettia Punch and a piece of holly punched with the Holly Border Punch.  I used my Gold Metallic Pen to highlight the edges of the embellishment piece and also all of the title stickers.  My photos are cropped to  5″ x 4″ and matted thinly with Gold Metallic Cardstock.

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My last layout is another single page and features the Sugarplum Stickers.  Cut a piece of the pink dot paper to 11″ x 11″ and adhere to top of the striped paper.  (To conserve paper, cut out the center of the striped paper first.)  Mat photos with striped paper.  My photos measure 4″ x 5″ and 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ and my mats are 4-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ and 4″ x 4″.

Adhere pieces of sticker strips to aqua print paper and mat with white cardstock.  Adhere pieces with Foam Squares to resemble a Christmas Tree.  The presents are pieces cut from a sticker strip and adhered with Foam Squares.  The tree trunk is a candy cane sticker.  The tree topper, the title, and the stockings and candy cane in the banner are also stickers that are adhered with Foam Squares.  To finish your page, add faux pen stitching around the edge of the pink dot paper.


Thanks so much for visiting with me, and I hope that you like my Sugarplum pages!  All of the tools and materials used can be purchased on my Creative Memories website.

I wish all of you a beautiful holiday season filled with memorable moments and a very Merry Christmas!





Christmas Past Crop Club


I hold a monthly Crop Club where we gather to make 3 double-page layouts using one page sketch, one pack of paper and one pack of embellishments.  Attendees only bring a few basic tools, and I provide CM’s newest tools for everyone to try.

In November, we made pages using our new Creative Memories Christmas Past Paper and Embellishments and the page sketch below by my friend, Noreen Smith.  You can download this sketch with instructions and also view a video demonstration on Noreen’s Blog, Organized & Creative Mom.


This sketch made a super cute Halloween page and also beautiful Christmas pages.  I incorporated our Garden Vine Punch and our new Snowflake Chain Cartridge for our Border Maker System on the layout below.  I also added a photo mat from Beige Cardstock to the first page in order to have some of the beige color on both pages.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I did pen stitching around the reindeer embellishment to make it pop.  I skipped journaling on these pages, but will add journaling to the next layouts.


On the pages below, I added photo mats and narrow strips from our Gold Shimmer Cardstock.  I made the photo mat on the second page into a ribbon.


On the layout below, I added some leave embellishments punched from our Silver Shimmer Cardstock with our Maple Leaf and Leaf Trio Punches.  These silver shimmer pieces really help to brighten up these pages.


Please contact me or visit my CM website to purchase any of these products.  We’re taking a break from Crop Club in December, but will start back up in January.  Please contact me if you’re in the Champaign-Urbana area and would like to join us.



O’ Tannenbaum


Today I’m sharing the first of several layouts that I’ve created with the new Christmas Past Collection from Creative Memories.  The Christmas Past Paper Pack contains 12 sheets of designer print paper that is double-sided with 24 unique prints.  Since the pack only contains one sheet of the woodland print paper, I used a mat from the Christmas Past Variety Mat Pack to continue the print on the second page.


I also used several of our newest tools to create these pages.  The border across the top was punched from our new Silver Shimmer Cardstock with our Original Border Maker System and new Snowflake Chain Border Maker Cartridge.  The border at the bottom of the pages was created with our Leaf Trio Punch.


I created the large Christmas Tree using the Grass Border Maker Cartridge of our Original Border Maker System, and the star on top was punched with our Shooting Star Punch.  The small snowflake accents were punched with our new Christmas Quartet Punch.  The beautiful die cut is from the Christmas Past Embellishments.

To make these pages, you’ll need:

Christmas Past Paper Pack
Christmas Past Embellishments
Christmas Past Slide-In Pack
Evergreen Cardstock
Silver Shimmer Cardstock
Ruby ABC/123 Stickers
Foam Squares
Tape Runner
Silver Pen
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
Original Border Maker System with Grass and Snowflake Chain Cartridges
Leaf Trio Punch
Shooting Star Punch
Christmas Quartet Punch
All-Purpose Scissors
Small Hole Punch
To purchase any of these items, please visit my website.


  1.  From Silver Shimmer Cardstock, punch two borders using the Border Maker with Snowflake Chain Cartridge.  Adhere borders to tops of pages using Foam Squares.
  2.  From Evergreen Cardstock, punch fern pieces using Leaf Trio Punch.  Adhere across the bottoms of the pages as shown and accent with dots punched from red designer paper.

To Finish the Page on the Left:

  1. Add title with Ruby ABC/123 Stickers.
  2. Cut a 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ piece from the red plaid designer paper.  Cut a 6-1/16″ x 4-1/16″ piece from the Evergreen Cardstock.  Adhere the green piece onto the red plaid piece, add a photo, and adhere to page.
  3. Using the Original Border Maker System and Grass Cartridge, punch a border from Evergreen Cardstock and cut border off of cardstock at 2″.  Repeat.  From the borders, use All-Purpose Scissors to cut five pieces with diagonal edges.  For my tree, three pieces are 3-1/2″ wide, one piece is 2-1/2″ wide and the top piece is 2″ wide.  Use Silver Pen to outline grass edges.  Assemble tree as shown onto page.  From Silver Shimmer Cardstock, punch a star using the Shooting Star Punch.  Adhere star with foam squares.
  4. Adhere die cut embellishment with Foam Squares and embellish with silver shimmer snowflakes punched with the Christmas Quartet Punch.

To Finish the Page on the Right:

  1. From the red plaid designer paper cut an 11-2/8″ x 6-2/8″ piece, and from the Evergreen Cardstock cut a 10-12/16″ x 5-5/8″ piece.  Adhere the green piece to the red plaid piece and trim photos to fit onto the mat.
  2. Cut a  6-1/2″ x 1/2″ piece from the top of the woodland variety mat.  Assemble these pieces and the photo as shown.  Embellish with additional fern punch-outs and a rhinestone embellishment.



Stay tuned for more Christmas Past layouts to come…