Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Winter Blog Hop with Creative Life Scrapbooking

Helloooo scrapbook world!  It's been awhile since you've heard from me!

I'm delighted to join in Creative Life Scrapbooking's Winter Blog Hop, and I know you'll find some inspiration for your projects from all these talented ladies.

My winter pictures so far have included a lot of snapshots taken in the backyard of our new house.  We live right along a forest preserve, and we really enjoy seeing the changing trees, plus birds, deer, raccoons, foxes and coyotes.  We had lots of snow right around the holidays, which made for some beautiful scenery.

For this layout, I used Creative Memories Christmas Past collection, which was introduced in 2016.  Maybe some of you own this gorgeous collection (or your CM advisor may have some to sell you! ) The nature-inspired greens, grays, creams and reds, plus classic images of greenery, animals, children and Christmas icons are the perfect backdrop for holiday and winter photos.

Some of the papers in this collection, like the one on the left with trees and deer, are just too pretty to cover up or cut up!  So I arranged my photos in order to see the deer - it gives a really pretty effect, almost 3-D.  I tried to balance the creams and greens on each page. 

I added hints of red and just a couple embellishments.  Those little red birds are printed on the paper! 

Now & then I order my prints with white borders - it gives a double-matted effect when layered with a paper mat.  These prints were ordered from Apple, directly from my MacBook. The quality is only OK....in my next post, I will be comparing photo prints from several different companies. 

I popped up a couple of the embellishments with foam squares, which makes things stand out -especially when using such neutral, soft colors.  Check out the buck in the lower photo...and can you see the coyote in the photo above it? Caught him running through our yard on Christmas morning! 

Stay tuned for my next post, in which I compare photo prints from six different printing services!  Let's see who offers the best quality and value!

And now, continue on your way by visiting Stefani Jone's blog, Crop with Stef

Here is the complete list of Creative Life Scrapbooking members who are in today's hop, click on any name to get to their post:

Noreen Smith
Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe
Fran Allen Smitherman
Julie Tambrini (you are here now)
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham
Sarah Fitzgerald

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Scrapbook Ideas You Can Use Now! June Blog Hop Stop Number 6

Summer is here at last, and we have oodles of ideas for your warm-weather photos and projects! Thanks for blog-hopping with us.  Be sure to click on my fellow scrappers' links at the end of this post to see their creative ideas. 

My family and I are not doing any major traveling this year, but in 2015, we moved back to the US after several years of living in Africa (yeah, I have a lot of travel-themed pages!)  The Creative Memories Gallivant collection is fantastic - great colors and so many embellishments to choose from.  Much to my delight, they coordinate with the new navy cardstock - thanks for navy blue,  CM!

Here are the layouts I did for that exhausting, but exciting, 24 hours of travel..... 

I get excited about "map" paper, because we've lived so many places and have actually criss-crossed the globe.  

I wanted to highlight our travel route, so I used a pen and these little Gallivant collection "gems."  

I clustered some Gallivant stickers and gems to make my page title.

These luggage tag embellishments were a perfect way to show our itinerary (those are airport codes for Antananarivo, Madagascar; Paris, France and Chicago, Illinois)  I used skinny strips of paper to made the strings.

I love using pocket pages for all the extra pictures - it speeds things up and adds some visual interest.  

The journaling cards from the Variety Mat Pack are pretty basic, which means you can dress them up with the embellishments of your choice.

If you follow my blog, you know I'm a big fan of quick-and-easy pages. This is navy cardstock with a couple simple borders (the swell was made using the Decorative Trimmer), a card from the Mat Pack, and some of the adorable die cuts.  Creative Memories color-coordinated collections make pages SO easy!

This is how the four pages look together - my title page, both sides of the pocket page, and the last page. I like how the pocket pages let a hint of the other pages show through.  

Now I will send you on your way to our last blog, by Stefani over at Crop with Stef.  Whatever your summer brings, I hope we have given you some creative inspiration!  Now, go take pictures of your summer fun! 

Here are all the contributors today from Creative Life Scrapbooking; click on each to see their ideas:

Julie (you are here)

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!)