Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dress It Up

Happy Monday everyone. I hope you had a great weekend and that you took a lot of pictures! Today's post is the third in a series of blog posts that begins with the CM Blog. If you landed here first, be sure to visit the CM Blog as well as Julie Tambrini and Lisa Graham's blog posts. Julie will be sharing simple layouts with you today and Lisa will focus on intermediate or an enhanced scrapbooking style. My focus today will be on  grand layouts - layouts with a more decorative style.

I recently took advantage of a sale on prints and ordered some 1200 photos from Snapfish. Then realized that I hadn't uploaded images that I took during a camping trip to the beach last summer. I ordered those this weekend and when I did I discovered another sale (woohoo! I love sales!). So, in addition to my camping photos, I also ordered another 200 photos that I've been putting off printing. I now have about 1450 prints to scrapbook! It will be a big undertaking and I can't wait to get at it. Needless to say, I will be using Fast2Fab Predesigned Albums as well as plain refill pages in order to get this project done.

Generally, my albums include both simple, simple, simple layouts and decorative layouts. I like simple album pages. Particularly when I have a lot of photos to get into albums. In fact, to get all those photos in albums, I plan to create some simple layouts with no embellishments at all - just pictures and journaling. Simple gets it done and conserves both time and money. At the same time, I also like to dress my pages up and go for a grand, decorative look on occasion. Today I'm going to share 3 decorative layouts with you. And, I'm going to start with a dressed up Fast2Fab Predesigned layout.

I chose adorable Pretty in Pastel Fast2Fab Predesigned Pages for this layout featuring my youngest grand-daughter. These are some of my favorite pictures of my grand-daughter, who by the way is no longer a sweet baby girl. She's now a sassy young lady who doesn't like getting her picture taken (unless she's in a mood for it). Anyway ....I added papers from the Pretty in Pastel paper pack and Shades of Pastel Designer Cardstock as well as Pretty in Pastel Slide-In cards and Pastel Paper Flowers - a recent free gift offered by Creative Memories. I love the paper flowers and have my fingers crossed that they will come back as a sell-able product.

The predesigned page on your left comes with photo boxes for one vertical and one horizontal photo. I wanted to use this page for 3 vertical photos so I simply covered the photo box area with blue plaid paper  and pink cardstock. The pink polka dot scallops were cut from a slide-in card. To create, use the Shape Maker System and the Round Cartridge to punch 4 circles. Cut your circles in half then overlap them along the page as shown. Cover the tops with a layer of cardstock or printed paper and that's it ... you have a scalloped border. The word art at the top of the page was also cut from a slide-in card and matted with pink cardstock.

To create the page on your right, I covered the vertical photo box with blue plaid paper then added a trimmed and matted slide-in card. The horizontal photos were matted with blue plaid paper before adding them to the predesigned pink polka dot photo boxes. The three flowers at the top of the page were adhered to the page using foam squares. I used tape runner to adhere the small flowers and a dual-tip pen to hand write the title.

My next layout also started as Fast2Fab Predesigned pages but these pages don't include photo or journal boxes. I love the flexibility of these fun photo box-less predesigned pages. You can add your photos and journaling any where you want and either leave it as it is or dress it up! This time I had fun dressing it up.

Aren't these babies just too adorable? These are my great-granddaughters. I think it's so cool that my first greats are twins!!

I used pages from the Be Bold & Flourish Fast2Fab album as the base of this layout. I then added photo mats and a border cut from white cardstock from the Shades of Neutral Designer Cardstock paper pack. To create the border, punch the border with the Border Maker and Picket Fence cartridge. Trim the border and thread a strip of light coral print paper from the Be Bold & Flourish Paper Pack thru the spaces and adhere as shown. The journal card on the left page is a Be Bold & Flourish Slide-in card cut to fit. The title card on the right page was cut from another Be Bold & Flourish slide-in card. Add a few paper flowers and walla ... your done. An easy peasy way to get a decorative, dressed up look without taking a lot of dressing up time!

I created my final layout from scratch using the Bright Paper Pack, Shades of Bright Designer Cardstock and If You're Happy & You Know It Slide-In Pack.

The base of this layout is beige printed paper from the Bright Paper Pack. To create the border, tear a strip from blue cardstock; use your trimmer to cut another strip from printed paper then punch out a blue cardstock filmstrip with the Border Maker and filmstrip cartridge. Layer all three as shown. Cut the title from a slide-in card as shown and mat with red paper from the Bright Paper Pack before adhering to page. Mat two horizontal photos with one sheet of blue cardstock cut to fit. Tear one side of a strip of red paper and cut to fit the length of the mat. Adhere to the photo mat as shown before adhering the photo mat to the page.  The tag and large square were punched with the Shape Maker and the tag and square cartridges. Both squares were punched from a slide-in card and the tag from striped  paper from the Bright Paper Pack (the reverse of the red paper). I also doodled around both squares with a black dual-tip pen to mimic the doodling on the title box.

That's about it for today. I hope today's post inspires you to try a Fast2Fab Predesigned Album for yourself. You really can use the album pages as is to get an album done quickly and easily or you can take a little bit more time to dress it up if you like. And, as always, if your preference is "made from scratch" pages Creative Memories can also help you with your traditional album projects.

For more information about the Creative Memories products used in today's layouts, visit your advisor's website. Of course, if you don't already have a Creative Memories Advisor, I'd be more than happy to be your personal Creative Memories Advisor. Just visit my website at to create an account. 

Have a good day and thanks so much for visiting my blog!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fun With Scrapbook Layout Sketches

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I'm going to share a few sketches and layouts with you. I love having layout sketches available ... especially when I'm suffering from layout block. My husband bought me a few Page Patterns books for Christmas one year and I use them often. But, to be honest, you really don't need a book or magazine full of page patterns. There are tons of scrapbook layout sketches on the web! And so many on Pinterest that you could probably fill more than one board with single and two page layout sketches. Anyway .... I created one sketch to share with you today then thought it would be fun to create a few layouts with sketches I found on Pinterest.

This is the sketch I created for today's post:

The base of my layout is beige from the Shades of Neutral  paper pack. I used paper from the Be Bold & Flourish paper pack for the rest of the layout. I love the way the Be Bold & Flourish colors compliment the flower photos on this page.

Here are three fun scrapbook layout sketches I found on Pinterest and the layouts I created from them. As you will see, I didn't interpret all of these sketches precisely. But that's the beauty of having a sketch to get you started ... you can interpret it any way you like. You'll find these sketches and so many more on our Pinterest board, Page Layout Sketches.  

My first sketch is from Scrapbook Circle and uses 3 vertical photos:

I created my layout on a white refill page but you could also use white cardstock if you prefer. The rest of the layout was created with papers and slide-in cards from the Sunshine Getaway line. The flags and the bar at the top of the flags were cut from one Sunshine Getaway slide-in card (love, love, love slide-in cards!!).

My next sketch for 4 photos is by Jana Eubank:

I used the Strut Your Stuff paper pack and slide-in cards for this layout. The title, journal card and blue tag were cut from a slide-in card. I used my personal cutter to cut the little one inch square on the bottom.  You could also substitute a horizontal journal box for the horizontal picture and add a third square photo instead of a square journal box. 

My last sketch for three 3" x 5" photos is by Juliana Michaels:

The Happy and You Know It Slide-In pack and the coordinating Bright Paper Pack is one of my favorite Creative Memories collections (okay .... most of them are my favorites!). The 4 inch squares used here are from one sheet of paper from the Bright Paper Pack. I just turned two of the squares to the opposite side. The title was cut from a Happy and You Know It slide-in card. I cut the squares from scraps and mimicked the doodling around the title on my squares.  I then adhered everything to the page and walla! Another page done in just a few minutes. 

There you go. I hope these sketches and layouts inspire you to try some sketches yourself. They really are a lot of fun and a great time saver too. Don't forget to visit our Scrapbook Layout Sketches board on Pinterest. I was just over there and found a few more sketches I want to try out. 

For more information about the Creative Memories products used in today's layouts, visit your advisor's website. Of course, if you don't already have a Creative Memories Advisor, I'd be more than happy to be your personal Creative Memories Advisor. Just visit my website at to create an account. 

Have a good day and thanks so much for visiting my blog!

Monday, August 3, 2015

CM Border Maker Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to my blog! If you are following the CM Border Maker Blog Hop you should have arrived here after visiting Lisa Graham's blog post.

Having a supply of pre-made borders available when working on an album project is one way to get it done quickly. By the time you've made your way through this fun blog hop, you'll have lots of ideas to add to your supply of borders. Be sure to follow all the way through to the end of this blog hop and return to the CM home page. As Lisa said, there will be blog candy! Woohoo!

Here's my contribution:

I love, love, love the Look on the Bright Side collection! I love the way it enhances my summer pages. But, as you can see, it also works for a fun winter border (yes, I know it's August but I'm already dreaming of winter and much cooler temperatures!).

Here's what you'll need to create these borders:
  • Look on the Bright Side paper pack
  • Look on the Bright Side slide in pack
  • Shades of Neutral Designer Cardstock
  • Shades of  Bright Designer Cardstock
  • Gold ABC/123
  • Border Maker System
  • Bubbles Border Maker Cartridge
  • Filmstrip Border Maker Cartridge
  • Star Border Maker Cartridge
  • Small sharp scissors
  • Black dual-tip pen 

Snowman Border:
  • Cut one edge of blue and white border from Look on the Bright Side borders sheet. Use border maker with bubbles cartridge to punch a set of bubbles before removing the border from the borders sheet.  
  • Layer bubble border with one 1" x 12" white strip; one 3 3/4" x 12" strip cut from blue cardstock; and one 3 1/2" x 12" strip torn from blue and white diagonal stripe paper as shown. Note: the white strip should only show underneath the "falling snow" (i.e. bubbles).
  • For snowman, tear one 2 1/2" circle, one 2" circle, and one 1 1/2" circle from white paper. Adhere to border as shown. 
  • Use the round tip of black dual-tip pen to create the snowman's eyes, mouth and shirt buttons.  
  • Use orange, brown, and black scraps to cut the snowman's hat, nose and arms. Adhere as shown. 
Oh Snap Border:
  • Use border maker with the filmstrip cartridge to punch filmstrip from green cardstock and                  cut to 1 1/4" x 12"
  • Layer green filmstrip with one 1 1/2" x 12" inch strip cut from blue cardstock and one 2 1/4" x 12" strip cut from green print as shown. 
  • Use lower case letters from gold ABC/123 stickers to create title as shown.
  • Use small sharp scissors to cut camera from Look on the Bright Side slide in pack and adhere as shown.
Favorite Photos:
  • Use border maker with star cartridge to punch stars from orange cardstock. Cut strip to 1 1/4" x 12"
  • Cut one 1" x 12" strip from "plaid" paper. Adhere under star strip as shown. 
  • Cut one 2'" x 12" strip from bright pink print. Layer with star strip as shown. 
  • Use small sharp scissors to cut Favorite photos from Look on the Bright Side slide in pack. Adhere to border as shown.
So are you ready for some fun? Leave a comment here and tell me what your favorite border maker is and how you like to use it and your name will be entered into a drawing to receive my "Oh Snap" and "Favorite Photos" borders. My drawing will be held on Friday, August 7 at 4pm Pacific Time. Be sure to leave your comment before then. For even more fun stuff and cool, cool blog candy, be sure to return to the CM Blog here and leave a comment there too!

Here is a list of blog hop participants, just in case you started here or missed any:
  1. CM blog
  2. Stefani Jones 
  3. Lisa Graham 
  4. Me ..... you are here!
Now go back to the CM blog and leave your comment on the CM Bordermania Blog Hop post to be entered to win a Border Maker System and all of the cartridges! Good luck, have fun and be sure to leave a comment here too.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog!!