Mandala-Inspired Layout with Boho Escape and Emerald Gemstone

I just shared the layouts below with Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for Featured Project Friday and wanted to share them here also with you. I started with small squares and used the Two-Way Corner Rounder from Creative Memories to create tear-drop shapes that I arranged into a mandala pattern. To mimic a sunflower, I used the lovely Boho Escape Collection for my first layout.


To create my layout:

  1. Cut a 1″ hollow frame from olive green designer paper.
  2. Cut oval patterned designer paper to 11- 1/2″ x 11-1/2″, and adhere to the frame.
  3. Use Custom Cutting System with the smallest Circle Pattern and Green Blade on the outside edge to cut a circle from olive green designer paper.
  4. Use Centering Ruler to center the circle on the page, and adhere.
  5. Cut 14 squares that measure 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″.
  6. Cut 28 squares that measure 1″ x 1″ from two different papers.
  7. Use the Two-Way Corner Rounder to punch two opposite corners of each square.
  8. Use Brown Dual-Tip Pen to outline the pieces.
  9. Arrange your pattern to determine spacing before adhering. Work from the center out, and use Repositionable Tape to adhere in case you need to adjust.

I really loved this layout and started thinking about different adaptations. One of my ideas was to use the same mandala-inspired pattern to make a peacock-inspired layout using the peacock patterned paper in the Emerald Gemstones Paper pack. Since the peacock paper has a directional pattern, I had to cut my squares on a diagonal in order to preserve the peacock shape that’s imprinted on the paper. Please view of my video for a step-by-step demonstration.

You may purchase the tools and materials that I used through my Creative Memories website link. Please follow me and my teammates at Creative Life Scrapbooking to see weekly ideas for Border Maker Monday and Featured Project Friday. We also host virtual crops, and our next PJ Party Virtual Crop will be on April 30th. Click here for more information and to register.

Don’t forget to register for my up-coming National Scrapbook Day Workshop on Saturday, April 17th. Please click here for more info.

Happy Scrapping!
Karyn

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.

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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.

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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″.

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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!
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