Top 5 Ways to Use Cardstock

Sure, everyone loves their Designer Papers (and we do, too!) – but remember that every scrapbooker and crafter’s collection is incomplete without some high-quality, photo-safe Cardstock! And, now’s the perfect time to stock up on it during our Cardstock Buffet. If you’re wondering what the hype is about Cardstock or how you can use it, we’ve got just the post for you! Here’s our list of the Top 5 Ways to Use Cardstock!

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Baby Girl Scrapbook Layout Using the Custom Cutting System

Nothing can ever compare to the love, joy and delight your baby girl will bring you, and the backdrop for her most precious memories deserves to be just as adorable – the best way to share them is on the pages of this Little Lamb baby girl scrapbook layout. This layout creatively showcases so many of the beautiful papers in this pack. Check it out for yourself!

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Create a Scrapbook Layout by Mixing Patterns with the Textile Collection

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Hi, everyone! Have you seen the Cloth, Timber and Stone papers? WOW, the patterns are gorgeous! It really was hard selecting only a few patterns on my layout because I wanted to use them all. Keep reading to find out what patterns I decided on!

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#FiveThingsFriday: 5 Scrapbooking Punches you NEED for Spring

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Happy #FiveThingsFriday, everyone! Today, we have compiled a list of not one or two, but FIVE incredible punches that you’ll absolutely need in your scrapbooking stash this spring to make the most beautiful spring projects and layouts! The great news? They complement each other for fun layering effects! So… let’s spring right into it!

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7 Must-Have Scrapbooking Tools

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Okay, you’ve been asking for it, and we’re ready to dish! What are the most important tools that every scrapbooker should have? Whether you’re new to scrapbooking and not sure how to start or a veteran scrapbooker looking to complete your collection, we have compiled a list of the 7 must-have scrapbooking tools that everyone–yes, everyone–who is into scrapbooking and crafting should have. Are you ready? Let’s see how many of these you can check off the list…

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10 Must-Haves for a Crop

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Have you been invited to a “crop”, or a scrapbooking retreat?

Depending on the length of the event we often times find ourselves wondering what we need to bring with us.  We can so easily get side-tracked and want to take half of our possessions with us.

Take a step back and simplify.  There are only 10 items that you should have.  And, if you are missing one or two don’t panic as I am sure that one of your “crop” neighbors will have just what you are needing.  And “crop” neighbors tend to be some of the nicest “folk” out there.

Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to northern MN to attend a “crop” with Creative Memories Advisors Sherry Bisek and Leslie Hauge.  Their guests helped me-to help you- know what you should bring with you.

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Ho! Ho! Ho! Tearing Tool Layout

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The countdown until Christmas has started for me!  Have you tried the Jagged Tearing Tool yet? If not, you need to put it on your wish list :) With this tool you can create flawless torn edges for your scrapbook layouts & borders. I loved creating this festive layout using the Sugarplum Collection along with the paper-tearing tool.

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Let It Snow Glacier Layout

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Winter is coming our way and there is no doubt it will be fabulously COLD. There is good news though, you’ll have SNOW much fun scrapbooking this winter with the Snowman Border Maker Cartridge and Snowflake Trio Punch! I loved using these tools together, along with the Glacier Collection to create this winter scrapbook layout.

We want to see your fun, festive winter scrapbook layouts and projects you are making with the Glacier Collection and these scrapbooking tools!

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Meet Us Monday: Amy Crandall

Hi all!  My name is Amy Crandall and I am a distribution specialist, which consists of being a machine operator, bookmaker, shipper, and miscellaneous office duties.  I joined Creative Memories in 2002, Valentine’s day to be exact.

Picking, packing, and shipping your orders is one of my daily duties.  I also run a few of the machines that create the components of your albums before we put them together with tender loving care.  We have a small crew, but we go where the work is, flexing to different areas to get the work done.  It’s my “at work family” and I wouldn’t trade them for anything!  My twin sister, Beth, also works within our small team.  And we actually get along…lol!

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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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