Happy Spring! It’s my favorite time of the year! However, the spring weather draws me outside and competes with my time to scrapbook! I love working in my garden and watching new things bloom daily. My lilacs – one of my favorites – are in full bloom right now. I also love spring hikes to hunt for the changing blooms of wildflowers. The lovely Spring Cottage collection from Creative Memories is perfect for of all of my spring photos!
The layout above is ready for a photos of my spring garden blooms. I adapted the stick tree layout that I created this past winter and turned it into a spring tree full of visiting songbirds. (Please scroll back through my blog or search for two more versions of this layout using the Merry Blooms and Winter Woods Collections.)
To create my layout:
1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from Charcoal Cardstock. Trim yellow print paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the frame. 2. From three different designer print papers, cut the following strips: 6″ x 3/4″, 6″ x 1/2″, 5-1/2″ x 3/4″, 5″ x 3/4″, 4- 1/2″ x 1/2″, 4″ x 1/2″, 2-1/2″ x 1/2″. 3. Use the Songbirds Border Punch to punch two borders from Charcoal Cardstock and trim to: 6″, 5″ and 3″. 4. Cut a 3/8″ x 9-1/2″ strip from wood patterned paper to use as the trunk of the tree. 5. Adhere strips and border border pieces to the trunk piece. 6. From Charcoal Cardstock, cut two photo mats that measure 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ and 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″. From Light Gray Cardstock, cut two photos mats that measure 4″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″, and adhere to the charcoal mats. 7. Add Spring Cottage Embellishments and Stickers as shown adhering with Foam Squares. 8. To make the raffia-style bow, please view my YouTube video.
Again I used the Spring Cottage Collection for this layout. In the instructions, I demonstrate how to create the fancy layered frame with mitered corners. I also included another raffia-style bow.
You may purchase any of the tools or materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please note that beginning at noon CT on Monday, April 19th, CM will be offering a free punch promotion! It is likely that these punches will run out before the end of the promotion period, so please order early if you’re interested.
Hello! Today I’m sharing two layouts that I created using a technique that I shared with my private Facebook group, Karyn’s Croppers. On the first Tuesday of each month, I share a technique with my followers at Karyn’s Croppers and challenge them to use the technique to create and share a layout for an entry into my Monthly Door Prize Drawing. This is the 23rd technique that I’ve shared since last year. I create an Album for each technique and share an instructional video and layout photos.
I used a folded circle technique to create two layouts for this month’s Technique Tuesday post. For my first layout, I used the Spring Cottage Collection from Creative Memories.
To Create My Layout:
1. Use the Custom Cutting System with the largest Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut four circles from two different sheets of double-sided paper. (Please note that I used a different size of circles for my second layout.) 2. Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Scoring Blade to score two edges of each circle at the half-way mark between 3/4″ and 1″. Fold over and adhere the two edges. (Please note that I scored and folded the circles on my second layout at a different measurement.) 3. Crop photos to 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″, and adhere to photo mats that are 3-3/8″ x 3-3/8″. Adhere to layout as shown. 4. Add embellishments and stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.
I used the same technique to create a second layout using the Keep the Faith Collection from Creative Memories. I thought that the folded sections of the circles resembled a cross. This layout would be nice for a family photo from Easter. The circles on this layout are slightly smaller than the circles on my first layout.
To Create My Layout:
1. Use the Custom Cutting System with the medium Circle Pattern and Red Blade on the outside edge to cut four circles from two different sheets of double-sided paper. (Please note that I used a different size of circles for my first layout.) 2. Use the 12″ Trimmer with the Scoring Blade to score two edges of each circle at 3/4″. Fold over and adhere the two edges. (Please note that I scored and folded the circles on my first layout at a different measurement.) 3. Adhere photo mats that measure 6-1/2″ x 4-1/2″ and 4″ x 4″. 4. Add stickers as shown using Foam Squares to adhere some.
Today I’m sharing a super sweet Easter layout that I created with the lovely Spring Cottage Collection from Creative Memories. This is a beautiful collection that features a mix of feminine and rustic outdoor patterns. I love the combination of the earthy outdoor pieces with the feminine wildflower touches! The Spring Cottage Embellishments are especially pretty with their watercolor designs on embossed paper. Please stay tuned as I will be sharing more Spring Cottage Layouts soon.
This pretty page is ready for Easter photos of my granddaughters. I created the pieced bunny based on a pattern shared in 2005 by Creative Memories. The pen details really add to the sweetness factor! This bunny would also be great on baby scrapbook layouts.
To watch me create the bunny and also an Easter basket, please view my YouTube video. Please also subscribe to my YouTube channel, so that my videos are always easy for you to find.
To create my layout:
1. Cut a 2″ hollow frame from the plaid patterned paper. 2. Cut the blue patterned paper to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″, and cut a 1″ hollow frame from it. Adhere the piece to the bottom right of the plaid paper. 3. Adhere a 10″ x 10″ piece of White Cardstock to the blue frame. 4. To create the bunny, use the Custom Cutting System with the small and medium Circle Patterns and the small and medium Oval Patterns and the Red and Blue Blades. Always cut on the inside edges of the cutting patterns. Body: Medium Circle, Red Blade Head: Medium Oval, Red Blade Ears: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2) Feet: Small Oval, Red Blade (cut 2) Arms: Medium Oval, Blue Blade (cut in half) Hands: Small Circle, Blue Blade (cut in half) Inside Ears: Small Oval, Blue Blade (cut 2) Nose: Small Oval, Blue Blade 5. Assemble bunny, and use Dual-Tip Brown Pen to add pen details. 6. Cut the Spring Cottage Embellishment piece in half and adhere with Foam Squares positioning the bunny in-between the pieces. Adhere the bunny with Foam Squares also. 7. Add additional embellishments with Foam Squares as shown. 8. My photo mats are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. 9. Add pen detail to the edge of the White Cardstock piece.
You’ll find these tools and materials on my Creative Memories website link. If you would like to see older Easter layouts of mine, please use the Search function on this page to search for “Easter”.
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I hope that you and your family have a blessed Easter weekend!