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!




Add caption

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 

Also visit our team's Facebook page: CLICK HERE

To shop for CM products:  CLICK HERE


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CLS Summer Blog Hop Stop #3

Thank you for following our Creative Life Scrapbooking Blog Hop on this summer holiday!

One of my favorite things about summer is enjoying the colorful flowers everywhere.  I am not a gardener, but we always pick up flowers to plant in our yard, and I love my hanging baskets and my Boston ferns!   I always take enough photos to make a few scrapbook layouts.

For 2018, I am using Creative Memories "My Memories" Fast2Fab album.  Most of the time, I can use the predesigned pages as-is, but sometimes I need to embellish and add other papers, which is what I did here.

You can click on photos to make them larger!l




I laid out my photos and started thinking about colors and paper, and chose the Full Bloom collection.

I layered the papers alongside the designs on the page.

Then I used the Starburst Punch for a delicate border. I like the linen-look of the predesigned page.

I matted some of my photos, and added Full Bloom embellishments. 


The wreath is in the Full Bloom sticker pack. I popped it up with foam squares, and added the title sticker.

Here is the order of our blog hop today - next you go to Lisa's Workshop!


Karyn's blog: Karyn Crops
Fran's blog: Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
My blog: Julie's Creative Memories Blog (you are here now)
Lisa's blog: Lisa's Workshop
Candace's blog: Scrappin' Jpegs
Noreen's blog: Organized and Creative Mom