Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop


Hello, scrapbookers!   I am happy to kick off today's Fall Blog Hop, brought to you by Creative Life Scrapbooking!  We have a bunch of ideas for you from 7 lovely paper crafters, and we are linking all these blogs together so they are easy to find and look through for inspiration.

My theme today is....using up older collections in my stash! Do you hold on to some paper, stickers and embellishments, waiting for just the right photos or a special occasion?  I LOVE this season, and buy almost every fall paper collection I come across. So, I have a lot!

I recently completed an album of fall photos from a few years ago, when my family and I lived in Virginia.  We had been in warmer countries for several years, and missed the coming-and-going of the seasons.  So, I may have gone a little nuts with this scrapbook.  Some of these photos I took myself, but I have to credit my dad for most of them. He is a fabulous photographer!

Click on any photo for a closer look.

I bet a lot of you have this collection - Creative Memories' Painted Harvest!  It was a big seller. I love that no matter which papers you choose, they coordinate with each other and your fall photos.  

I cut a very thin strip of paper to thread through the tag embellishment.  And I finally got to use these delicate,  copper-colored leaf embellishments I have had for years (not sure what brand they are).



This is a collection by Echo Park called The Story of Fall. What I want to highlight is the simplicity of this page. On a textured piece of paper, I punched the top with CM's Garland BorderMaker cartridge. I added one wide and one thin strip of paper to the bottom.  Matted one photo, added stickers and...done! The crisp outdoor photos need very little dressing up!   And I love how the page behind it (I use pocket pages) lets the orange paper show thorough at the top.



I think this is one of my best layouts, ever!  I LOVED the Creative Memories' Bats in the Belfry collection - it was a different Halloween theme than any I had ever seen and fun to work with! 


 I used chalking ink to add a worn-out look to my journaling box


 I used the chalking ink to also make some grass for this pumpkin and added the tiny bat stickers to make it more interesting

 The double border was made using CM punches - Garden Vine and Art Deco - I like the stark black against softer colors.


I used vellum as mats to let the paper show through and give the photos a soft glow





There is a lot more to see!  Please enjoy the ideas on these blogs - you can read the next one, and at the bottom you'll see the link to the next one, and so on.  

Julie's Creative Memories Blog (You're here now)


Monday, August 26, 2019

Creative Life Scrapbooking Summer Blog Hop

My family is already full-steam-ahead into the school year: getting up early, new schedules, homework, sports, music lessons, church activities, volunteer sign-ups, making lunches and "HEY MOM, THESE JEANS FROM LAST YEAR ARE TOO SHORT!"

But technically, it's still summer.  And we're going to hang on to those summer memories as long as we can.  Creative Memories' Citrus Summer collection is colorful, cheery, and captures the fun of summer without overwhelming your photos. I hope you enjoy these layouts I did with these great papers, stickers and CM tools.  Click on any photo for a larger view!


I LOVE adding as many photos as possible to a layout. It requires some creative cropping; focus on the subject and get rid of whatever is not needed. Keep it balanced - if you crop a photo one size, have another similar sized photo on your layout. I used CM's 12-inch trimmer, the wave trimmer, and the Border Maker System with Sunshine cartridge. 


I added a patterned yellow paper behind the Sunshine border, which was cut with white cardstock.


To make this page, start with a patterned paper. Layer a rectangle and square from different papers, then your matted photos on top. I like how the black mats make the photos stand out. A simple border, stickers, and a journal box tucked under the rectangle, and that's it.  One thing I have learned with layouts is to have everything connected - notice how the journal box and stickers all touch the elements nearby. It's ok to scrunch it all together; no need to fill every inch of the page, either. 


Time to keep hopping! Be sure to visit all of these lovely blogs today - they are all full of fresh ideas!

Karyn Crops
Julie's CM Blog - you are here
Crop With Stef
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Scrappin' Jpegs

Friday, May 24, 2019

Creative Life Scrapbooking: Spring Blog Hop

It's hard to believe spring is nearly behind us - especially since Midwesterners like me waited so long for spring this year - it was still snowing in late April!

Back a few years ago, my family lived in Madagascar, below the equator, where the seasons were reversed, so March and April weather was hot, and June/July/August cooled off.  So we celebrated spring with outdoor fun and even swimming.  Here are a few spring pages I just made for my family book from that time.

I have been focusing on simple pages, using CM spargo refills and scrapping right on the page, not always covering every inch. This is how I used to scrapbook, and I kind of missed it. I have been reminding myself that not every page has to be a work of art!  Instead of paging through my idea book or scrolling through Pinterest, I just look at my photos, the colors, then find papers and stickers  in my stash, and just begin.  

Click on photos for a closer view. 


In the style of my friend Noreen Smith, this layout uses only ONE piece of designer paper (half is one side, half is the other side) and ONE piece of cardstock, plus some stickers, all CM.  Cardstock is Leaf Green, paper is from the sold out Secret Garden collection. Stickers are Holiday/Seasonal Classic stickers. I stuck everything right onto the Spargo pages. Took me about 10 minutes!

I LOVE the seasonal and holiday classic stickers, they're these beautiful watercolor images
These are merely strips of paper of various lengths, with a punched border along the top.  They bring a continuity across the layout even if the patterns don't line up. Papers/mats: the retired Slice of Summer collection, Sky & Water pack. Stickers: Seasonal Classics. 

Again, these stickers - images we can all relate to - classics!
Anybody have the Outdoor Blues paper pack that CM had for advisors to gift to their customers?  It's perfect for everyday photos and I've nearly used mine up!  Sticker letters are various CM. 

Did not have any yard sale embellishments (shocking, right?) so I made cardboard moving boxes with this cool textured paper I had on hand, and stuck them on with foam squares!



There are 6 other blogs you can visit today!  Here is the complete list:

Organized & Creative Mom (Noreen)
Karyn Crops
Julie's CM Blog (you are here)
D. Brinsley's Memory Keeping Blog (Diana)
Crop with Stef
Lisa's Workshop
Celebrating Your Beautiful Life (Fran)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Creative Life Scrapbooking Winter Blog Hop

Hi scrapbookers!  You have reached stop 4 on our Winter Blog Hop. Thanks for hopping along!

I want to highlight a fabulous new paper pack from Creative Memories; it's called Rustic Manor.  Don't let the name throw you off - this is very versatile paper, with leaves, twigs, wood, and other natural elements.  The papers look like photos themselves, and have a lot of depth.  They look as though each would feel different to the the touch!

 I used Rustic Manor for a zoo layout - a fun first-grade field trip.  There are no coordinating embellishments, so I used some zoo stickers from my stash, along with brown and green cardstock, and paper from Creative Memories "Stone" pack.


I began with two sheets of brown cardstock, and punches the animal footprint border with the CM Border Maker System.  Simple torn strips of paper from the Rustic Manor and Stone packs created the other borders.  To mat photos, I used a green cardstock, and more of the stone and twig papers. 

A strip of stone paper behind the punched border gave the paw prints some varied, realistic color

Looks like real stone and twigs and leaves!



For more inspiration, here are today's participating CLS bloggers!

Julie's CM Blog (you are here now)







Monday, October 22, 2018

CLS Fall Blog Hop

Hi Scrap Happy Friends!

Thanks for stopping by.  You have reached blog #5, where I will show you photos of a cute little 8x8 album I made last weekend.  Creative Memories has really outdone themselves this year with beautiful fall themes. Using natural pages, along with the Pumpkin Spice, Gather Together and Croptoberfest collections, I premade all the layouts for photos that had not yet arrived in the mail!   It only took me a few hours, and I was very pleased with the results.  I STILL don't have my Halloween and Thanksgiving photos from last year, but the pages are ready! 

I used a lot of Border Maker cartridges, as well as CM border punches - some still available and others not.  It's easy to made substitutions with tools that you have on hand.  Think of our ideas as a guide - no need to copy them exactly! 

Remember, you can click on the photos for a larger view.

A satisfying stack of pages! They will look great in this CM album.







I decided the pumpkins needed their "grooves" and added those with a pen





Multi-colored paper shows through a border made with  Garland Border Maker cartridge 


My all-time favorite CM sticker: the Pumpkin Spice coffee cup!








Love this cute, non-scary collection!




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Bronze Shimmer cardstock is great for accenting your pages







This is just a square of Gather Together paper with one edge folded over to make a border - so easy! And you can see both sides of the beautiful paper. 

There is more creativity to enjoy, by my fellow Creative Life Scrapbooking team mates!  Click on through for inspiration:

Fran's blog: Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
Lisa's blog: Lisa's Workshop
Noreen's blog: Organized and Creative Mom
Karyn's blog: Karyn Crops
Julie's blog: Julie's CM Blog (you are here now)
Diana's blog: D. Brinsley's Memory Keeping Blog 

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