May 2023 Virtual Crop

Say hooray — today’s the day… for the May Virtual Crop, that is! This focused-on-Fast2Fab™ version of the monthly event will include tips and videos for using Fast2Fab™ products along with double-page sketches, so you won’t want to miss out! Even though this rendition is focused on Fast2Fab™, you can use ANY CM products you have!

If this is your first time participating in a Virtual Crop and you would like a quick step-by-step guide of what to expect before you jump in, you can get ALL the details on Virtual Crops in this blog post, including how to participate (in our Virtual Crop Facebook Group)supplies you’ll needexamples of challenges, the types of prizes and more.

If you want to know what’s new for 2023 VC’s, you can read about the updated features in this blog post.

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In this post, you will find ALL 4 sketches for this crop (these 4 sketches are for the entire weekend; no additional sketches will be posted), a downloadable PDF with the 4 sketches for your convenience, hashtags to use when posting your challenge layouts in the Virtual Crop Facebook Group, prize information and layout inspiration. This is about to be an amazing weekend and we can’t wait to see what you create!

To ensure we see all your submissions for the chance to win, you’ll want to post each layout you complete as its own new post with the hashtag for that challenge. You have until Tuesday, May 16, at 11:59pm CT (AU: Wednesday, 17 April, at 2:59pm AET) to submit your layouts for the chance to win a prize (more details on what you can win further down this post!). Again, we’re so excited that you’re here and happy scrapping!

Challenge #1 — #CMVirtualCrop1May2023

Challenge #2 — #CMVirtualCrop2May2023

Challenge #3 — #CMVirtualCrop3May2023

Challenge #4 — #CMVirtualCrop4May2023

View the rules and how prizes are awarded here ➤

NOTE: The Prize Pack will be awarded to one (1) participant in each challenge. Valid only for products currently in stock (excludes products that are out of stock and expected to return). We will award the prizes randomly, but to win, it must be evident you used the sketch we provided as inspiration to create a project using predominantly Creative Memories products. You have until Tuesday, May 16, at 11:59pm CT to submit your layout(s). Prize winners will be announced on Thursday, May 18, at noon CT.

Challenge #1

Layout by Noreen S. Creative Memories Home Office

Collection Used: Happy Hues Fast2Fab™ Refill Pages with Sweet Summer or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)

Noreen’s Tips: “Sync up your color palette by starting with one decorative addition and then choosing other decorative elements based on that. Here, I started with the I love summer variety mat card, then chose the papers and stickers based on the purple and coral colors in it.

“Use tools with coordinating patterned paper to add extra decorative oomph to your layouts! Here, Sweet Summer paper was cut into waves with the 12-inch Decorative Trimmer and punched into fun borders with the Sea Star Chain Border Maker Cartridge and Original border Maker System.

Challenge #2

Layout by Noreen S. Creative Memories Home Office

Collection Used: Leave Nothing Behind Fast2Fab™ or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)

Noreen’s Tip:Have your photos printed with a border to eliminate the need to mat them. They’ll stand out on almost any background! A coordinating sticker pack makes it easy to complete layouts fast — simply adhere your photos, then add border, title and accent stickers and you’re done! Journal directly on the page… in this case, I used the pre-printed lines on the patterned background!

Challenge #3

Layout by Nicole Z. Creative Memories Home Office

Collection Used: Wanderlust Fast2Fab™ or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)

Nicole’s Tip: “If you’re creating a layout that has a lot of symmetrical elements, a good way to add visual interest is by slightly off-centering your embellishments or stickers!”

Challenge #4

Layout by Nicole Z. Creative Memories Home Office

Collection Used: Serene Waters Fast2Fab™ or (Shop Canada | Shop Australia)

Nicole’s Tip: “If an embellishment has a title that you like, but doesn’t fit on your page, think about if it makes sense to cut it apart to fit — just like I did with the Just add water embellishment.”

Check out how you can make a quick and easy complete Fast2Fab™ album using ONLY photos with Diane L. from CM Home Office!

Want to add a little pizazz to your Fast2Fab™? A recipe template is a great way to take the guessing out of how to add a show-stopping title page! Plus, see how simply adding a few mats and embellishments can bring your album to life with Diane L. from CM Home Office!

Did you know that Fast2Fab™ Albums are PERFECT for beginner scrapbookers?! Their cohesive and predesigned pages set you up for a stunning album, while you add in the most important part — all of your cherished memories! See an example from Amber K. from CM Home Office!

Mats can be used to create pockets to include brochures and other memorabilia into your albums — see an example from Kris R. from CM Home Office!

If you’re looking for ideas and ways to use Peekaboo Pockets™ on your pages, Maria S. from Home Office is here to help! Get tips in the video!

The Envelope & Bow Creator isn’t just handy for creating the obvious… you can also use it with our variety mat packs to create pockets for your albums! See how you can try this out with Kris R. from CM Home Office!

Fast2Fabs™ can easily be customizable! It’s true! See for yourself with this video from Noreen S. from Home Office.

Adding variety mat packs alone with photos is a great way to quickly get a page done all while looking sublime once it’s finished! See for yourself with Kris R. from CM Home Office!

Plus, did you know using Custom Refill Pages makes it possible to have a photo as a full background — how cool is that?!

If you have found yourself wanting to put together a baby or school album but maybe felt a little overwhelmed on where to start, we have the solution for you! The 8×8 My First Year Album Kit and 8×8 School Days Album Kit are perfect for beginner scrapbookers and busy moms — check them out with Alison D. from CM Home Office!

Get a few tips and ideas from Maria S. from Home Office on different ways you can add borders to your pages to make them pop!

And Have You Seen The Spend/Get Promo?!

Take advantage of the Spend/Get Promo that’s going on NOW! For a limited time, you can earn the exclusive Iron Gate Border Punch FREE for every $100 USD | $120 CAD | $150 AUD you spend — up to 5 free punches per order! With its versatile design, you’re going to love it for ALL sorts of scrapbook layouts and crafts — we can’t wait to see you use it on your projects in the Virtual Crop Facebook Group! So, replenish your supply of must-haves, grab the new collections you’ve been eyeing up, and enjoy FREE Iron Gate Border Punch(es) while you do so! This promo ends May 23 at noon CT (AU: 23 May at midnight AET) or while supplies last!

Learn more here: US | CA | AU

Want to try out the Virtual Crop digitally? Check out our demo of how to use Custom Refill Pages. When you complete the sketch, instead of snapping a photo of your layout, take a screenshot and submit it to the Virtual Crop Facebook Group. 

Have fun at this month’s Virtual Crop — we can’t wait to see what you create! (Don’t forget those hashtags on your posts!)

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”  Albert Einstein

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