Luxurious Layered Cards using Forever Yours Scrapbook Collection

Creative Memories new Forever Yours Collection was released just in time for the spring/summer wedding season.  I know that I’ll be attending a few bridal showers and two weddings this summer – one being my son’s – and I’ll need some cards for gift-giving.

I created two beautiful layered cards with lots of texture and pretty details using the Forever Yours Paper, Stickers, Embellishments, Laser Cut Embellishments and Vellum Paper.  Our new 4-Way Corner and Hole Punch added the final pièce de résistance to these cards.

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Fur Buddies Scrapbook Layout using the Paw Print Border Maker Cartridge

When I saw the new Paw Print Border Maker Cartridge and Fur Buddies Paper and Stickers, I immediately envisioned the page that I wanted to make for this blog post.  Lately, I’ve been a little obsessed with using jumbo hearts in a variety of ways.  And today I’m going to share with you a technique that I enjoyed teaching to the attendees at my recent weekend retreat.

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Woodland Whimsy Baby Samplers

The Woodland Whimsy Baby Boy and Baby Girl Collections just might be my favorite product line yet!  Both collections are full of versatile prints and incredibly cute embellishments and stickers.  However, these collections are not just for baby photos.  The woodland theme is also perfect for any type of outdoor photos.  In fact, I think that the collections are neutral enough to be used for almost any type of photos.

As always, Creative Memories is right on trend with these collections.  The woodland theme is currently a popular motif for baby nurseries, and both of my samplers would make a cute decor item.  They could be used with an easel on a dresser or framed for the wall.  The samplers would also make a great introduction page to a baby scrapbook album.

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Scrapbooking Layouts Using Sorbet Collection

Today, I’m encouraging you to take a closer look at our new Sorbet Scrapbooking Collection.  When I first saw it, I immediately noticed the pinks, purples, yellows and all of the flowers.  But on a closer look, I realized that it really is a versatile collection.  The feminine colors are balanced by shades of orange, blue, green and gray.  It’s obviously going to be fantastic for all types of spring projects and scrapbooking, but the playful artwork of this collection is also going to be great for scrapbooking photos of both my granddaughter and my grandson.

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Spring into Sorbet–Scrapbooking Sampler

Our new Sorbet Scrapbooking Collection is fun, funky and full of color!  I used the Sorbet Variety Mat Pack, Embellishments and Stickers to make this happy sampler as a bright reminder that spring will come.

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Using Calendar Grid Scrapbook Pages to Record Historic Events

I like to think of my scrapbooks as more than just a collection of photos that highlight our family events but rather as my own personal diary that tells the story of my life.   So I like to include mention of significant local and world events in my albums along with commentary of how the events impacted me and my family at the time.  This expands my role from memory keeper to history keeper.  Essentially my albums have become a snap shot of history in the making.

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Christmas Past Scrapbooking Sampler

Here’s a project that will help you kick-start your holiday decorating.  This sampler made with our beautiful Christmas Past Collection and Gold Shimmer Cardstock evokes the warm cozy feelings of being”home for the holidays”.

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You can use the sampler with an easel on your mantle as I did, or it would also be great on your old Creative Memories Everyday Display.  After the holidays are over, use the sampler as a title page for your annual Christmas album or cut it apart into three vertical panels to use as borders on scrapbook pages.

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Using Study Buddies Collection on Non-School Related Scrapbooking Layouts

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Our new Study Buddies Collection is bright and fun and perfect for school photos.   But our designer paper is always double-sided with an alternate print.  So I was able to use this collection to make some non-school scrapbook pages.

Our new Black 12×12 Plain Pages are the perfect background for this bright collection.  The black really makes the colors pop.  And when our Silver Metallic Pen is used on the black pages, it resembles the look of a chalkboard!

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To make my “Scrapping Buddies” layout, you’ll need:

Black 12×12 Plain Pages
Study Buddies Paper Pack
Study Buddies Slide-In Pack
Study Buddies Stickers
Study Buddies Embellishments
Black ABC/123 Stickers
Black Solid 12×12 Cardstock Paper Pack
Foam Squares
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
The Tape Runner
Silver Metallic Pen
Black Dual-Tip Pen

1.  Cut the lined paper to 10.5” x 10.5” and adhere to the center of the pages.  Use silver pen to draw stitching around the lined paper.
2.  Cut patterned paper to 4.25” x 12” and adhere as shown.
3.  Crop your photos and mat with black cardstock.  My photos on the first page measure 3”x3” and are matted on a piece of 9 3/8” x 6 ¼” black cardstock.  The photos on my second page measure 3” x 3”, 6” x 3” and 4 3/8” x 3” and are matted on a piece of 9 ¼” x 9 ¼” black cardstock.  The slide-in card was cut to fit.  Adhere photo mats to pages as shown.
4.  Add title and journal.
5.  Cut three 1.5” x 1.5” squares from black cardstock and use silver pen to add stitching.  Adhere to pages as shown.
6.  Use foam squares to adhere the sticker and embellishments as shown.

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My layouts tend to have a linear and tailored aesthetic, so the next pages are a bit of a departure for me. 

But I like how the layout evokes the image of my desk during our planning stages and also the feeling of chaos of living through the renovation process.

Although the layout has a random look, it took at bit of arranging and rearranging to position the pieces to my liking.  Our new Repositionable Tape Runner Refill came in very handy!

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To make these pages, you’ll need:

Study Buddies Paper Pack
Study Buddies Slide-In Pack
Study Buddies Embellishments
Gold ABC/123 Stickers
Beige Solid 12×12 Cardstock Paper Pack
Foam Squares
12-Inch Straight Trimmer
The Tape Runner
Brown Dual-Tip Pen

1.  Lay the two background papers side-by-side and lay the purple paper on top of both at an angle.  Adhere the purple paper to the page on the left while preserving your angle.  Cut off the excess that over-hangs to the right making sure to preserve the vertical length of the purple paper.  Again line up your background papers side-by-side and adhere to the right page the smaller cut piece of the purple paper at an angle that fits with the left page.  Trim excess purple paper that over-hangs the bottom of the page.
2.  Crop photos and mat with beige cardstock.
3.  Cut apart the rulers from the “ruler-patterned” paper.
4.  Arrange and adhere photos and ruler pieces. I used foam squares to adhere the two rulers than lay on top.
5.  Add title.
6.  Cut out the “clip board” journaling mat from a slide-in card. Journal and adhere.
7.  Add embellishments as shown. I used foam squares to adhere the triangle ruler and the pencil embellishments.

Happy Scrapping!

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Wedding Centerpieces: Natural Elegance Scrapbooking Collection

I love hosting bridal and baby showers!

I like any excuse to make crafty personalized decorations, bake something scrumptious, and pull out and use my collection of antique glassware and china.

I used our new Natural Elegance Collection to make these table arrangements for a bridal shower.

The bride-to-be was thrilled that I incorporated engagement photos of the couple and added a splash of the wedding color with solid cardstock.

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To make these paper flower bouquets, you’ll need:

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Step 1:  To make the photo flowers, cut your photos into circles and mat with larger circles cut from designer paper or cardstock.

Step 2:  Punch a lace scallop border from solid cardstock and fold in-between each scallop.  Use tape runner to put adhesive on the bottom edge of the lace scallop border and adhere to the backside edge of the photo mat.  If your arrangements will be viewed from both sides, adhere another matted photo on the back side of the lace scallop border.  Adhere floral stem wire to the back side of the flowers or in-between the layers using large foam squares.

Step 3:  I added a cropped slide-in card and a die cut embellishment to my two photo flowers.

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Step 1:  To make the large layered flowers, cut a variety of circles of different sizes from the designer paper.

Step 2:  Follow our CM video instructions for folding and cutting the circles to make Corner Rounder Flowers.  Crumple up the finished flowers and then unfold and smooth them.

Step 3:  Layer 3 or 4 flowers from largest to smallest.  Use a small amount of tape runner in the center of the flowers to hold them together.

Step 4:  Using a sharp pointed object, poke two holes through your stack of flowers.  Push floral stem wire up through one hole; bend the end and push it back down through the other hole.  Twist the end around the bottom base of your flower.

Step 5:  Use a large foam square to attach a small flower with a pearl embellishment to the center of each flower.

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Step 1:  To make medium sized layered flowers, cut 5 or 6 circles of the same size and follow instructions above.  Add leaf die cut embellishments to bottom layers.  See my taupe flower with white flower embellishment center and my solid pink cardstock flower.

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Step 1:  Make the smallest flowers by layering flower embellishments with foam squares.  Sandwich the floral stem wire in-between the layers.  Add leaf die cut embellishments to the bottom layers.  If your arrangement will be seen from both sides, make sure to add flower embellishments to the back side.

Let your imagination go wild with these!  The combinations are endless!  For fuller arrangements, you can add tissue paper flowers to the bouquets.

Karyn

Creating Celebration Cards with the Soiree Collection

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Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned card-maker, you’re going to love our new Soiree Collection!

The festive paper prints and super cute embellishments and stickers are perfect for card-making.

The possibilities with this collection are endless.

You can whip out a card in a few minutes or take more time to create something a bit more detailed.  Either way the results are going to be fantastic!

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