Thursday, August 20, 2015

Quick & Easy Page Layouts

Are  you new to scrapbooking, staring at the blank pages and wondering where to begin?  Fear not!  Unless you're a creative genius, learning to lay out a scrapbook page takes a little time. 

I have some SIMPLE page ideas for you which require only paper, adhesive and a couple basic tools.  Even if you’re a seasoned album maker, you will appreciate these quick and easy layouts. Copy them to the (sticker) letter, or make them your own with different papers or embellishments.  


Adhere photo to a Fast2Fab pre-designed page. Done.  The only thing easier would be….doing nothing!




Adhere photos and slide-in cards to Fast2Fab pages.  For an easy page title, cut out a phrase from a slide-in card. Add your journaling to tell the story.  The important thing to remember with F2F pages is that there are no rules. You do not have to stick to the pre-printed page design unless you want to. In this layout, you will notice that a slide-in card has been used on the far left instead of a photo.  On the right-side page, a slide-in card has been used as a photo mat, and a fourth photo was added even though there was no designated “parking space” for it. 


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Choose 3 coordinating, 12x12 inch papers for your layout (CM makes it easy with our beautiful paper packs!  Featured here: Red, White & Blue)  A solid color or subtle print works best for the background paper. Cut a 4x12 inch border for the top of the page, and a 2x12 inch (or 3x12) border for the side of the page.  Adhere top border to your background page, and then the side border on top of it.  Mat one or two of your photos with cardstock and adhere to page as you like. For a quick title or journaling box, cut a slim, banner-like piece from cardstock and add to page.  

For further embellishment, try CM’s Border Maker tool with the Star cartridge. Cut a partial border and then trim your title/journaling banner, leaving a star cut-out at the end. Cut another partial border and use the cut-out stars as accents along the page (like the red ones shown). 


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Choose 4 coordinating, 12x12 inch papers (featured here: Look on the Bright Side paper pack). Cut a 10x10 square out of the center of your background paper. (Why?  It’s a paper-saving trick. Instead of covering up, and using up, a full sheet of paper, you will still have a 10x10 square to use for another page, or photo mats!)  Cut the next paper down to 10.5x10.5 inches, as shown with the blue paper here.  Adhere the 10.5 inch square to the background paper.  

Trim your other two papers into strips - one 12x4 inches and one 12 x 3.5 inches.  Layer and adhere these across the top half of the page, as shown here with the orange and green papers. If possible, trim a half-inch off your photos so that they fit across the page while allowing the paper to show through in between (alternatively, you could use two photos, or another arrangement). 

The title strip at the bottom was trimmed from a Look on the Bright Side paper, but you could easily cut a piece from any other paper and add a title with sticker letters or journaling pen. 


12-inch Trimmer (hint: the ruler for all this measuring is built into the trimmer!)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Four Uses for CM Slide-In Card Packs

Don’t you love finding more than one use for something?  Whether it’s an old glass jar, a piece of furniture, leftover cupcake frosting or craft supplies, part of being creative is looking at something in a different way, and giving it a new purpose. 

We’d like to show you some ideas for using Creative Memories Slide-In Card Packs. These double-sided, 4x6 inch card packs are now available in many different designs, and are super versatile. 

Obviously, the cards are perfect for their original purpose, which is to add color, design, and journaling space to your Multi-Pocket Pages. Slide in your photos, a couple cards, do your journaling: done!  When you are working with lots of photos from, say, your child’s birthday party, try using a mix of Fast2Fab predesigned pages and Multi-Pocket Pages to fit them all in the album in a snap. Look on the Bright Side cards are shown here:

You can also add the cards to your album pages!  Maybe you’ve added photos to the pre-designed boxes on a Fast2Fab page, and have one space left. Add a Slide-In card, and it looks perfect, because the designs coordinate with the Fast2Fab albums!  Here, I have used the Change in Latitude album and one card from the matching Slide-In Pack:

This simple page features the Neutral Paper Pack, accented by one card from It’s a Love Thing Slide-In Pack, and a few stickers. 

Another way to use the cards is to grab a scissors and cut out only the parts you want to use. On this page, the flower design was trimmed from an It’s a Love Thing card, and added to a Stitch in Twine pre-designed page:

The great designs and cardstock-weight paper also make them an excellent choice for card-making.  The cute, classy thank you note below was easily made with a few cards from the Pretty in Pastel pack:

A little creativity can make your Slide-In cards go a long way. Take a look at all of the great designs (click the picture for larger image).  Like what you see?  Order anytime at .

Photographing the Everyday

No one will ever accuse the people who lived in 2015 of not taking enough pictures.  We take millions of them everyday!  Digital photography enables us to take a hundred pictures and delete all but a few of the best shots. Anyone with a smartphone has a camera in hand at all times. And social media gives us an easy way to share it all. 

We tend to photograph the big life moments: newborn babies, graduations, weddings, vacations, birthdays, the kid with the soccer trophy. But there is a lot to be said for documenting the everyday. Some of my most treasured photos are of everyday moments:  my grandma in her apron, canning tomatoes; my mom as young wife and mother, having her morning coffee; my kids snuggled on the couch; photos of my childhood bedroom; my husband deep in thought; my friend laughing at something happening off-camera. 

Try taking a picture each day of something ordinary.  Maybe it’s the flower garden or basement remodel you've been working so hard on.  Snap a picture of the friend sitting across from you at your weekly breakfast date. Get your kids to pose with that gang of neighborhood pals they run around with. Take pictures of your house and inside your rooms,  your current vehicle, even your workplace.  Someday, I promise you, those pictures will be incredibly interesting and even amusing! 

Don’t forget to hand the camera to someone else now and then. Selfies are fun, but have someone take pictures of you doing what you love, with the people you love.  Moms are notorious for avoiding the camera - usually because they are taking the pictures. A lot of us would rather not have our picture taken at all, because we’re not happy with the way we look. Tell the photographer to take the shot just from the neck up, or whatever you’re comfortable with. 

The final part of this process is getting those pictures printed and put into albums!  Creative Memories gives you some easy options, especially with our coordinated Fast2Fab albums, papers and more.  Prefer a blank canvas?  Our bookcloth albums and refill pages are the best you will find anywhere, and are all made in the USA!  

My daughter leaves her beloved "stuffies" behind in her carseat when she goes to school. It was important to me to remember this sweet detail!

Our kitchen in the middle of a Saturday cooking session:

 Made a blanket fort for my preschooler and her friend, but found the tween hiding out there!

That sweet face and the crazy, growing-in teeth are always worth a snapshot!