Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop – Simply Sunshine Scrapbook Layouts

Welcome to our Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop!  We’re glad to be back sharing a wide variety of scrapping ideas with you!  Just click on the link at the bottom of my post to take you to the next stop on the blog hop.

I used the Simply Sunshine Collection from Creative Memories to make some spring layouts and a card.  Yellow is my happy color, and Simply Sunshine fills me with happiness!  But it’s not all yellow – there are shades of green and blush too.  The paper pack contains sweet floral prints mixed with a wood-pattern, plaid and some small neutral geometric prints.  And the stickers and embellishments are absolutely adorable!

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You can see some of this adorableness in my first layout that I filled with an abundance of the sweet stickers and embellishments.  They’re all so cute that it was hard to restrain myself!  I started with a 5″ x 7″ photo of my granddaugher that I trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″, and then I created a layout based on my current favorite tool – the Banner Flag Punch!  My layout reminds me of a spring clothesline hanging with banners of all sizes.

 

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My large banner pieces are 6-1/2″ x 9-1/2″ and 4-1/2″ x 7-1/2″.  I trimmed the variety mat with the spring title into a banner shape and tore some strips for the top and bottom of my layout.  I used the Banner Flag Punch to punch pieces and attached them to a 1/4″ strip, and then adhered the strip with banners with Foam Squares.  I added embellishments and stickers adhering some with Foam Squares.

 

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When I saw the bunny and chick embellishments, I immediately knew that I would be using Simply Sunshine to make an Easter layout.  The photos of my granddaughter sitting in the grass inspired me to make a multi-layered grass border for the bottoms of the pages.  To make the grass borders, use the Majestic Mountain Border Punch to punch four borders from the green print paper. Use your scissors to snip off the tops of the mountains as shown in my photo below.  Use the Tulip Border Punch to punch two borders from the yellow print paper and nestle the tulips in between the grass.  I used Foam Squares to give dimension to my grass border.


To complete my layout, I created little Easter vignettes with stickers, embellishments and Easter eggs that I cut from variety mats using the Custom Cutting System with the Gemstone Cutting Patterns.  (There is an egg shape inside of the smallest heart cutting pattern.)

 

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You may have already seen my third layout as it was featured in the April 12th-14th World Wide Virtual Crop held by Creative Memories.  To print a sketch of this layout, please click here to visit the CM Blog.  To create this layout, cut the dark green paper pieces to 11″ x 10″ and cut out the centers to conserve paper.  Also cut out the centers of the floral paper used as the background to conserve paper.  Cut the light green paper to 10-3/4″ x 9-1/2″.

 

My border pieces measure 12″ x 2″ and 12″ x 1-1/4″.  I created the scallop piece on the borders by punching Hay Shimmer Cardstock with the Original Border Maker System with the Rainbow Cartridge and using scissors to snip off the inside loop.


I cut five photos with the Custom Cutting System with the smallest circle pattern with the red blade on the outside edge and cut the mats with the green blade.   My vertical photos measure 3-1/4″ x 6″ and are matted with 3-1/2″ x 7-1/4″ and 3-1/2″ x 9″ pieces of evergreen cardstock.  The border pieces on top of the photos are 3-1/2″ x 1″.  I punched a few smaller flowers from Hay Shimmer using the Embossed Trio Flower Punch.  Make sure to adhere some of the embellishments and the “Sunshine” sticker with Foam Squares for dimension.

 

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The last item that I created is a folded double-pocket card using a sheet of the Simply Sunshine paper and the new 12″ Trimmer from Creative Memories.  I shared this project on our Creative Life Scrapbooking Facebook page earlier in the month.  Please click here to view a video that shows how to cut and fold the paper to make the card.  I decorated the pockets of my card with pieces punched with the Original Border Maker System and Rainbow Cartridge and filled my card with tags that I created using the 4-Way Essentials Punch.

 

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I hope that I’ve inspired you to create some spring projects using the beautiful Simply Sunshine collection!  Please visit my Creative Memories website to purchase any of the tools and/or materials that I used.

Julie’s blog is the next stop on our blog hop.  Thanks so much for hopping with us!
Karyn

Creative Life Scrapbooking Spring Blog Hop:
Organized & Creative Mom
Karyn Crops (You are here)
Julie’s Creative Memories Blog
D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog
Crop with Stef
Lisa’s Workshop
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life

Flourish Scrapbook Layouts – Flowers, Banners and More…

Today I’m sharing some scrapbook layouts that I made with the new Flourish collection from Creative Memories.  If you loved the Secret Garden collection from CM last year, you’re likely to also love this collection.  Like Secret Garden, Flourish is full of flowers and butterflies and features watercolor shades of purple and teal, but Flourish also contains a lovely shade of blush.

The Flourish Stickers feature watercolor prints of roses, leaves, hearts and butterflies and are printed on a clear poly.  This allows for the stickers to be layered with some of the background paper and bottom stickers showing through.  I must warn you to take heed when working with these stickers.  They are super sticky and seem to jump out of your hand and right onto your paper – not quite where you intended them to go.  Once on the paper, they are difficult to pull off without taking up some of the paper with it.  The stickers also won’t show up if you put them on the busier prints of paper.  I also found that they didn’t show well on the almost solid sheet of purple in the pack.  If you like the look of a more solid sticker and/or like to add dimension with Foam Squares, adhere the stickers to white cardstock and cut them out with scissors to create a die cut.  Although I found the stickers to be a little challenging to work with, I do love their ethereal watercolor look.

 

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For my first layout, I went a little crazy with the stickers and created a watercolor wreath.  I started by cutting my watercolor background paper to 11-1/2″ x 11-1/2″ and adhering it to a sheet of 12″ x 12″ purple print with the center cut out.  I cut apart the stickers and arranged them on my paper to get my shape, spacing and layering figured out.  (If you use a pencil to draw a circle shape, be warned that the pencil marks will show through the stickers.)

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I then started adhering the stickers taking care to overlap and layer as I went around.  I usually like a little dimension and texture on my layouts, so I added some leaf die cuts from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (i.e. my current favorite item).  My photo is 4″ x 5″ and matted with a 4-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of purple print paper and a piece of 5-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ large floral paper.  I love how this paper is a such a close match to my granddaughter’s bib!

 

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For my second layout, I adhered the rose stickers onto white cardstock and cut them out with scissors.  If you look closely, you’ll see some purple residue on my pink roses.  I first put them directly on the purple paper, but didn’t care for how they looked.  So I very carefully pulled them off, but some of the paper pigment remained.  I created a layered embellishment cluster with more leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments (Did I mention that these are my current favorite product?) and some roses that I punched from white cardstock with the Original Border Maker with Rose Chain Border Cartridge.

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To make my layout, cut a strip of rose print paper to 2-1/2″ x 12″.  Use the Winter Vine Punch (a current favorite tool) to punch a border from the purple print paper and layer as shown.  Cut a 9″ x  10″ piece from the purple paper and a 8-1/2″ x 6-1/4″” piece of white cardstock.  Assemble as shown adding 1/2″ strips of the floral paper to the top and bottom of the purple piece.

 

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My next layout is an explosion of punched pieces, stickers and embellishments.  You’ll notice that I added a little bit of navy cardstock to provide some definition and contrast. For this layout, I adhered all of the Flourish Stickers onto white cardstock and cut out with stickers to create die cuts that could be adhered with Foam Squares.

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To make this layout, cut the floral paper to 12″ x 7″, and cut a thin strip of navy to adhere under the top edge.  Add the finished piece on top of a piece of the word print paper.  My photos are 4″ x 5″ and matted with 4-1/8″ x 5-1/8″ navy cardstock mats.  To create the bottom border, punch navy cardstock and green print paper with the Tulip Border Punch and off-set the pieces.  The borders are 8-3/4″ x 2″.

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For the top of your layout, create a crisscross double banner using the Banner Flag Punch.  Off-set each banner piece of print paper with a banner from navy cardstock.  Finish your layout by layering leaves from the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with Flourish Sticker adhered with Foam Squares.

 

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Although my last layout was made with Blend & Bloom Pink Paper, I included it here as it also prominently features the Blend & Bloom Greenery  Embellishments.  Over the years, we’ve had many embellishment packs of paper flowers and several flower punches, so I’m really excited to have this entire pack of greenery embellishments.  The leaves are intricately cut from a light-weight chip board.  And each leaf piece is double-sided with a different shade of green giving us more options to mix and match these embellishments.

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My photos are 3″ x 5-3/4″ and matted with a small dot patterned paper from the Blend & Bloom Pink Paper.  I layered the Blend & Bloom Greenery Embellishments with flowers and gemstone and pearl embellishments from the Blend & Bloom Foiled Flower Embellishments.  My layout also includes a banner punched with the Banner Flag Punch and adorned with hearts that were punched by the Original Border Maker with the Heart Duet Border Cartridge.  I adhered the banner pieces with Foam Squares and used White Script ABC/123 Stickers for my title.

I enjoyed creating these pretty pages and hope that I inspired you with a few ideas!  You can purchase all of the tools and materials that I used on my Creative Memories website.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn