Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February Blog Hop

Glad you are along on today's Creative Life Scrapbooking blog hop!

Year after year, we take birthday pictures, and need to make birthday pages, so it's great that Creative Memories frequently introduces new celebration collections!  The newest collection is called Cake My Day, and I am loving the color combos and patterns.  They are useful beyond birthday pages.

I'd like to share with you a few original layouts I created with this collection. At the end, I will list links to the blogs of everyone in our group, so you can click through and be inspired!

**you can click on the photos for a larger image!**

This is actually a title page for an album, which I made with the Cake My Day collection. I don't do many one-photo pages!  But this was a great picture of my kids that I wanted to highlight on the first page.  The word "happy" was made using a thin metal die from Close to My Heart, cut using a Sizzix Big Shot.  The Argyle Border Punch made the vertical black border. 

Here's a bright and cheery birthday layout using Cake My Day paper and stickers (background cardstock is something I had on hand, not sure where it came from!)  I like how the black & white chevron/arrow sticker points to a favorite photo.  I left enough open/blank space on the layout to give the eyes a break; sometimes birthday pages are very busy.  

And one last page from the same birthday party.  Again, tried to keep the layout simple, as the papers are busy. 

That's it!  CM's great collections make color-coordination easy.  Now keep hopping....here's the list:

Creative Life Scrapbookers participating in today's blog hop:
Julie (that's me)

Find scrapbooking inspiration on our Facebook page, too.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Halloween Blog Hop 2016!

Hello and welcome! You have reached Blog Hop stop #4.

I am happy to be back after a long time away from blogging about my creative projects.  The CM Bloggers have joined up again to send you on an online journey of great Halloween scrapbook and paper craft ideas. Below are a couple layouts I did, one using last year's Trick or Treat collection, and the other with our new Bats in the Belfry collection.  Two very different styles - one silly and sweet, and the other with classic and creepy designs, like an old abandoned house.

At the end is a list of all the blog participants today; click on each one for more amazing ideas.

For this first layout, I used the Shape Maker System with Circle cartridge, the Border Maker system with Circle Weave cartridge, and yellow ABC stickers. The paper and other stickers are from the Trick or Treat collection.  Don't own this collection?  No problem - this will work with any Halloween paper/stickers.

You can click on the pictures to get a larger image.

The new Bats in the Belfry collection features great vintage designs and muted colors, perfect for photos beyond just Halloween.  To create this layout, I used the Garden Vine border punch (returning by 2017), the Art Deco border punch (no longer available, sorry!), and to distress the paper in some places, I used a chalking ink.  The vellum shows where your photos could go, but this layout is very versatile and you could arrange your photos in other ways.  The key to this layout is cutting even pieces for each side and lining them up carefully.  

Here are my fellow blog participants today; look for future hops featuring your other favorite bloggers - our next Hop with feature the new CM holiday collection!!

1) Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
2) Karyn McDermaid Rolfe at Karyn Crops
3) Lisa at Lisa's Workshop
4) Julie at Julie's Creative Memories Blog (you are here now!)
5) Candace at Scrappin' Jpegs

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Mother's Day Blog Hop

You have reached stop #5 on our Mother's Day Blog Hop!  Are you feeling inspired yet to create something for the moms in your life?  One of the quickest and most meaningful things to make (besides a CM album, of course!) is a card, using our beautiful papers and embellishments.  I've made several cards to kick-start your creativity; feel free to copy and share!

I LOVE the colors of the Strut Your Stuff paper pack!  Using the Shape Maker system fitted with the Circle Tag,  I punched five petals for the flower, and cut the stem and leaves from the patterned paper. This card is about 5.5x7.5 inches, the size of a standard greeting card. 

I think decorating the inside of cards is nice, if you have time.  I used another Strut
Your Stuff paper, plus the "leftover" circular pieces from punching out the circle tags.

Did you know that the Fall In paper pack plays nicely with Fresh Picks Embellishments?! The purples and teals are nearly a perfect match. To create the fence, I double-punched a strip of Fall In paper using the Picket Fence Border Maker Cartridge. The tiny circles in the flower centers were punched using the Bubbles Border Maker cartridge. The stickers are from the Fall In collection as well. 

This card took a little more time, but it's so cheery!  I think it would be a great one for a child to give to Mom.  I simply punched borders using the Border Maker System and various cartridges and trimmed them to fit the card.  The top border is cut from paper and is stuck on using Foam Squares.  All papers are from the Look On the Bright Side paper pack, except the red one - it's from the Year to Remember pack.  To accommodate all the borders, I made this card about 5x7 inches.

Looking for a quick & easy card? This one is a piece of cake! Using the Be Bold & Flourish collection,  I started with a 10x5 inch piece cut from patterned paper, and folded it to make a square card.  I cut a smaller square and made a white border for it by using the Border Maker system and Button Chain cartridge.  To hide the awkward corners where the borders meet, I added gems from Pastel II embellishments pack.  The "I love U" is cut from a Slide-in Card.  On the inside (below), I simply cut the cute design from one of the papers.  Now there's a nice space to write some thoughts!

For the new mom!  I used paper, embellishments, stickers and cardstock from the NEW Hello Baby collections.  A silver CM pen was used to write the sentiment, and Mint ABC stickers. Use the Boy or Girl collection, or mix them up! On the inside, a Hello Baby slide-in card makes a great place to write. 

The gorgeous Watercolor Love collection is not just for Valentine's Day!  I paired it with wood-grain paper from the Hello Baby Boy pack, and pastel pink ABCs. The key to this panel design is measure twice, cut once!  

I'll be straight with you here - this card will take awhile to make. But it's oh so cute!  Give a tug on the flowers and a mini card slides up from the inside with your message!  I used the Pretty in Pastel paper pack, blue cardstock from the Hello Baby pack, and Pastel II flowers & gems. Photos and instructions below.

Start with two 4x4 cardstock squares

Trim sides of each on a slight angle to make a flower pot shape

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Easter Blog Hop

We made it to spring!  It's been a wild winter here in my part of the country, and we're ready for some sunnier, warmer days.  With Easter only one week away, the CM Creative Team is excited to share some ideas for celebrating this holiday of promise and renewal.  You have landed on stop number four, where I have some "Freshly Picked" layouts you can use with your Easter photos.

At the end of this post, I will list all of the Blog Hop participants so you can click on through and be inspired!

You may recall this layout from January, when I was promoting our Year to Remember collection:

On those pages, I combined the calendar elements from the Year to Remember collection with the gorgeous new Fresh Picks papers.  Well, now you can get Fresh Picks embellishments to coordinate with that paper, and you will want to get your hands on this bouquet of flowers, butterflies, and sparkles!

I had loads of pictures from that particular Easter, and wanted to continue the Fresh Picks theme, while incorporating some Fast2Fab pages to make it quicker.  The page on the left (below)  was a plain white refill.   I used Fresh Picks paper and embellishments, and added Navy ABC stickers, and a border made with the Picket Fence cartridge. To dress it up further, I wove a strip of paper through the picket fence (before adhering to the page).

The one on the right is a Fast2Fab page, and since it's preprinted, I only had to stick down my un-cropped photos, plus another woven picket fence border, a Slide-In Card for journaling, and a flower with leaves!

This page would have been fine without the flower, but it does look more lively, no?

The butterfly is actually two layered butterflies.  The sparkly gems add a little something special!

I kept moving along with the Fresh Picks Fast2Fab pages, adding a little paper, my photos, and a few decorative elements.  I like Fast2Fab pages because the basic layout is done already, and you can just dress it up.  Here, I added two wide borders, two narrow borders using bright blue cardstock, and Fresh Picks Embellishments.  The "perfect" circle was cut from a Slide-In Card.  This was finished in under ten minutes!

Ahhh, spring - so glad you are here.  Happy Easter, everyone!

Here is a list of everyone on our Creative Team who has something to share with you:

Sarah Fitzgerald, Click Write Share
Candace Bouldin, Scrappin' Jpegs
Julie Tambrini, Julie's Creative Memories Blog (you are here)
Stefani Jones, Crop With Stef
Lisa Graham, Lisa's Workshop
Creative Memories Blog : Don't forget to stop here and leave a comment for a chance to win this month's prize package!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine Blog Hop Stop #3

Hello and welcome to today's 3rd stop on the blog hop trail.  We are celebrating LOVE this month, and whether your projects center on the love of your life, your kids, family, friends or pets, we have some inspiration for everyone!  The new Watercolor Love collection from Creative Memories - along with the Heart Chain Border Maker Cartridge -  make it easy to pull together SWEET, coordinated layouts.

Here is what I have for you today: a "candy hearts" layout that is fun to make!

Simply cut wide borders for each page, and thin strips in a darker color paper, to define the borders.  Arrange your photos as desired, and mat a few of them if you like.  The little tags with words are cut from a Watercolor Love paper. Punch two borders with the Border Maker and Heart Chain cartridge, and add to the top of pages.

To make the cascades of candy hearts, punch a heart border from various colors of cardstock. I used the aqua blue from Shades of Bright, the pink from Shades of Red, a green hue from Shades of Green, the yellow and purple from Shades of Pastel. Set aside the borders for use on other pages, but keep the little punched out hearts, and stick them onto the page!  If you are really good with a fine-tip pen, you could add little words to the hearts.

Time to move on to Diana's page to see what she has created!  You will want to click on each bloggers page, below, and finally, leave a nice comment on the Creative Memories blog for a chance to win this month's prize package!!

Just comment over on 
the official CM blog!

Blog Hop Stops:
Sarah at Click Write Share
Candace at Scrappin' Jpegs
Julie at Julie's CM Blog (that's me!)

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Blog Hop Stop #2: Year to Remember

Welcome to my blog, your second stop today!  I will include links to all the contributors, as well as the Creative Memories blog, at the end of this post.  If you would like to WIN the entire Year to Remember collection, leave a comment on the CM blog about how you would use these papers and embellishments.  (I love to see comments here, but to win this month's prize you need to comment on the CM blog.)

If you have a year's worth of pictures to put in an album (from 2015, 2005, 1975, or whenever!), you'll want to order CM's Year to Remember collection. These colorful papers, stickers and embellishments will help you organize your album in a monthly format. Of course, we encourage creativity over here (!!) and you can use the items however you like. To get some ideas flowing, hop through the blogs to see what we came up with.  (By the way, I refer to it as Y2R collection for short)

**Click on the photos to see a larger image**

Because my May calendar turned out to be a busy page,  I made the opposite page a little simpler.  I used tan cardstock from the Neutral pack to accent my photos. And for the journaling box, I punched a filmstrip border using the Border Maker system, then trimmed away most of it, leaving just the perforated edge,which then looks like notebook paper. 

I created this fun doodad by cutting a circle with the Custom Cutting System and adding a sticker from the Y2R collection. Tucked under it are tiny tags from the Y2R embellishments pack. Yay for color coordinated collections!! No need to hunt through my stash of stuff.

The border was created using the flower chain cartridge. Then I topped it with stickers from the Y2R sticker pack.  You could use these on the calendar to highlight important dates, or just to dress up your pages. Those square patterned stickers are also included and fit perfectly in the calendar spaces!

For this layout, I combined a calendar grid page from Year to Remember, with papers and slide-in cards from the Fresh Picks collection - these are possibly the most beautiful designs we've seen from the new CM!  The butterfly is cut from one of the Fresh Picks papers, and the border is made with the flower chain cartridge.  

On this page, I used a slide-in card for journaling, and accented it with words cut from another slide-in card.

One of the great things about these calendar pages is that you can record everything that happened that month, including the things you don't have photos for (for me it was the kids' band concert - oops.)  That way you can still remember that it was an important event. 

Now I will send you on your way to Diana's blog for more ideas. Below are a list of all the bloggers contributing today; be sure to stop by each one:

Candace at Scrappin' Jpegs
Julie's CM blog (you are here)
Diana at D. Brinsley's Memory Keeping Blog
Stefani at Crop with Stef
Lisa at Lisa's Workshop
Noreen at Organized and Creative Mom
Sarah at Click Write Share
Creative Memories Blog - leave your comments here to win the Year to Remember collection!

You can shop with me HERE!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Blog Hop Stop One: Quick & Easy Layouts, Featuring...Circles and Ovals!

Hello readers, and welcome to the latest Blog Hop!

This your first stop today, and at the end of my post I will give you a link to the next one.  The idea is to keep "hopping"from one to the next, reading and viewing each contributors great ideas.  When you have finished, be sure to leave a comment on the main Creative Memories blog page (I will give  you that link as well).  Everyone who comments on that page will have a chance to win the complete Custom Cutting System!

Speaking of the Custom Cutting System....the big news today is that Circles and Ovals are here! They are available for sale today starting at 3pm CST, as well as a couple other new items.

When used with the cutting mat and blades, you can cut many different sizes, to use as photo mats, decorative elements, or whatever you like.  You will definitely want these little guys in your crafting toolbox!  Of course, we all love die-cut machines, but the fact is, the CM Custom Cutting System takes up a lot less space and does not need a power source!  It's a very quick and handy method of cutting circles and ovals for your layouts, cards or other projects.

You will find many ways to use circles and ovals in the Blog Hop today.  My main focus is using them in album layouts.  Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Once you start cutting circles, it's hard to stop!  Circles are a fun way to do a border or decorative element on the page.  This lovely, uncluttered page literally took me 15 minutes to make. I used card stock from Shades of Neutral and paper/stickers from the Christmas Joy collection.

The next layout shows how a matted, circle-shaped photo can anchor the page, joining the photos together and drawing the eye around them. Circles also help highlight a part of an otherwise poor photo (you can usually cut out photo bombers, ugly walls or other details by making the photo a circle).  Materials used: Cardstock from Shades of Neutral, paper/stickers from the Christmas Joy collection.

Here I used a Natural refill page as a nice backdrop for products from the Fall In collection.  The circles and oval cutting patterns are great for highlighting the title of your page. The three blades (each one cuts a bit farther out from the template) make quick work of matting and layering.

You KNOW I can't let a blog post go by without mentioning a Fast2Fab layout! :)  Circles and ovals are a great addition to F2F pages, because you can sneak a few more photos on them that way. They also break up the monotony of rectangular photos. Here, I added a couple circles to a 2-page spread in a "Now Boarding" album.  The card stock is from the Shades of Neutral pack.

Now I will send you on your way to Diana's blog for more inspiration!  Below please find the entire list of contributors, include a link back to the CM website blog, where you can leave your comments. I also enjoy comments here, but if you want to win the Custom Cutting System, you must comment on the Creative Memories page. Thanks for reading and enjoy your day!

#1 Julie at Julie's Creative Memories Blog (you are here)
#2 Diana at D. Brinsley's Memory Keeping Blog
#3 Stefani Jones at Crop With Stef
#4 Lisa at Lisa's Workshop
#5 Fran at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
#6 Noreen at Organized and Creative Mom
#7 Candace at Scrappin' Jpegs

And don't forget....The Creative Memories Blog