Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sunshine Getaway

Been on an island/tropical/cruise/beach vacation?  Did you take a few pictures?  Of course you did!

Don't keep the pictures trapped in your phone or camera. Order prints and then introduce them to their new home:  The Creative Memories Sunshine Getaway album!  It has room for 75+ photos, and even more if you add extra pre-designed pages, plain pages or multi-pocket pages. There is a coordinating paper pack, and a slide-in card pack - cards can be used to fill in spaces in the multi-pocket pages, or as accents/mats/titles on other pages.

If you order all 3 Sunshine Getaway items (album, paper pack, slide-in card pack), I will send you two of our dual-tip pens (brown and coral) as a thank you*! 

Order now! *offer is valid through June 30, 2015; thank you gifts will be sent separately.

Ready to order?  Visit my website!

Don't forget to order a Tape Runner to stick photos and paper to your pages!!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Great Family Memories - Preserved in a Snap!

Here is another example of a Fast2Fab album (A Stitch in Twine) which took me only a few hours to do, not weeks!  You can just adhere your pictures to the pages and do some journaling, or add a few creative touches, if you like.  If a page is not designed the way you want, add paper or overlap photo boxes - it's up to you. A lot of the accents I used are from our Slide-In card packs - in some places I used the whole card, in others I cut an image or title from a card.  At the end is a list of all the products I used, so you can see how uncomplicated this can be!  

Click on the pictures for a larger image.

Supplies used (all CM except as noted*)

Chocolate 12x12 Bookcloth Coverset
A Stitch in Twine Predesigned Pages
A Stitch in Twine Slide-In card pack
Neutral Paper Pack
Close to My Heart Brown Sugar Twine* (couldn't resist adding a little since it is called A Stitch in Twine!)
It's a Love Thing Slide-In card pack
Shades of Green Cardstock
Sticker letters (CM says they will be coming back!!)
Fiskars 12-inch trimmer*
The Tape Runner (the best adhesive out there for scrapbooks!)
Shape Maker with Circle cartridge

Color Me Happy Fast2Fab Album

For my third child's age-3 album, I tried a  Fast2Fab for the first time - and loved it!  The captions explain the different types of pages. Seriously, people - this is so easy, and it gives you more flexibility than pocket scrapbooking  (which I really think is great, but will discuss another time....).  Credit for this lovely photo compilation goes to Phyllis Hoffman Offenkrantz, a fellow CM Advisor.

Give CM Another Try!

About a decade ago, Creative Memories was on top of the scrapbooking world.  They were a leader in the industry, with innovative products and beautiful, unique albums.  Things got out of hand ( I don't pretend to understand the details), and they went through bankruptcy - twice.  Ouch. They tried to come back as  a different company with new products (the awkwardly named Ahni & Zoe) but again, were met with failure and this time, a complete shut down of the company.

Last year, the company and all its holdings were purchased by a new owner who had a vision to completely relaunch the company in a cautious, financially responsible manner, while bringing back some of the beloved, original products. The result, so far, has been very successful, and the new Creative Memories features the traditional bookcloth coversets, which can be filled with plain pages, pre-designed pages, pocket pages, or a combination of all types. The pages now come with packaged with page protectors, so customers do not need to order those separately. CM also is slowly rolling out tools, papers and decorative products, to the delight of scrapbookers everywhere.

But the surprising stars of this new show are the Fast2Fab albums, which come already assembled with eye-catching, pre-designed pages. "Fast" is no joke here.  Converts to these albums are reporting that they can finish an entire album in a matter of hours, instead of days, weeks or months. Even better, the Fast2Fabs can be expanded with pre-designed refills, plain pages, or pocket pages, which are available in full 12x12 or multi-pocket styles.  Any of the pages can also be added to the plain bookcloth coversets - the options are endless!  In my next posts, I will show you two Fast2Fab albums that I completed in no time.

Give Creative Memories another chance.  This time around, they are really listening to their Advisors and customers, providing amazing customer service, and rolling out old favorites plus exciting new options!