Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card with Distress Inks and Stenciling



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This card was fun to make - it was my first time using Texture Paste with one of my Tim Holtz stencils.   My hubby is a car guy and I'm always looking for craft supplies that I can use on his birthday cards or scrapbook pages.  This Tim Holtz Treads stencil is perfect!



I started with a light gray cardstock and tinted the Ranger Texture Paste with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  I laid the stencil on a diagonal across my cardstock then filled it in with Texture Paste




Once it was dry, I started distressing the cardstock with more Hickory Smoke Distress Ink
I went over it a few times so I could get a lot of colour in between the tire treads. 





I blended the Hickory Smoke Distress Ink all around the edges of the cardstock.  Then I added a bit of Stormy Sky Distress Ink - the ink pad was really wet compared the rest that I bought (leaked in packaging), and it went on heavy so I blended it out as best as I could.

I used my CTMH Ink Blot Stamp set (retired) with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink and stamped randomly over the top and bottom.   

 I added some Black Rhinestones and stamped the Happy Birthday (retired) with Ranger Black Archival Ink




Inside I stamped another sentiment and the Hot Rod is from CTMH Maximum Power stamp set (retired).


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bash My Stash: Red & White Birthday Layout with Scrapbook Paper from Michaels

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Another layout using up my stash of scrapbook paper from Michaels. I kept it simple with a Red & White theme and added a little contrast with a pre-cut zigzag border from an old kit in my stash.


Supplies Used:
  • Birthday Scrapbook Paper - Michaels
  • Red Embossed Cardstock - Michaels
  • Yellow ZigZag - Die Cut Kit
  • Red Glitter Paper - American Crafts
  • Recollections White Cardstock
  • Carousel Cricut Cartridge - Balloons
  • Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge - Birthday Boy Title

Monday, August 14, 2017

Layout using CM Adventure Collection and Gallivant Project Recipe

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I love using sketches when I scrapbook and Creative Memories has new Project Recipes available to Advisors with the release of each new Collection.

For today's layout, I used the Project Recipe from the Gallivant Collection but paired it with the papers and stickers from the Adventure Collection and used a solid Beige cardstock instead of patterned background paper.




Supplies Used:
  • CM Beige Cardstock
  • CM Adventure Paper Pack (Rocks pattern)
  • CM Adventure Sticker Pack
  • CM Woodland Whimsy Boy Paper Pack (Blue pattern)
  • CTMH Outdoor Denim Cardstock
  • CTMH Whisper Twine
  • CTMH Mini Staples
  • Assorted Recollections cardstock (Cricut cut)
  • Campin' Critters Cricut Cartridge - Jump in a Lake Title

The  CM products used in this layout are available for purchase in Canada on my Creative Memories website. Not in Canada? Use the Advisor Locator to find a CM Advisor near you.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bash My Stash: Using Up Really Old Scrapbook Paper (1997)

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I'm not sure when I bought this scrapbook paper but the tear off strip has 1997© on it.    Since my goal is to use up as much of my stash this year as possible I decided to use it for this layout of our front door renovation.

I used a sketch from the Scrapbook Generation e-book:  Simply Sketches Ebook: 4x6 Only (One-Page Layouts)




Supplies Used:


Friday, August 11, 2017

Bash My Stash: Layout using SU Razzleberry Lemonade DSP

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Working my way through my pictures from 2002 and bashing as much of my paper stash as possible.  I've been going to the paper holder with my old Recollections and Stampin Up papers before looking at anything newer.    The Razzleberry Lemonade DSP has always been one of my favourite SU products. I love the vibrant colours.

I used a sketch from the Scrapbook Generation e-book:  Simply Sketches Ebook: 4x6 Only (One-Page Layouts)


My daughter with her pet rabbit, Chocolate. 


Supplies Used:


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bash My Stash: Christmas Layout using Scrapbook Generation Sketch

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I love the Sketches by Scrapbook Generation.  I found myself constantly pinning their layouts so I decided to buy a few of their e-books earlier this year and I find I am using them a lot.

I'm working on older albums and my pictures are all printed in 4x6 format.  I've been scanning the pictures with my Photomyne app before scrapping so I have a digital copy in addition to the original negatives.

I bought a couple of the 4x6 SG Sketch Books and recently added the 6x6 Paper Pad Class to my collection.   I have a bunch of 6x6 samplers left over from when I was with CTMH and I figured the layouts would probably work with almost any paper that I have in my stash too.



This layout uses one of the 6x6 paper pad sketches.   I used up some of my 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock from Michaels (comes in those multi packs that always go on sale each month).

My journaling circle was inspired by some layouts that I saw on YouTube by ohMamarazzi Scrapbooking.   I cut the circle and the mat on my Cricut.

The Holly was cut using the CTMH Artistry Cricut cartridge - I backed it in white and brushed over it with my CTMH Clear Shimmer Brush for some sparkle - to go with the white accent on the Holly on the cardstock.
The titles were cut with my Cricut using the Augenblick font.

I embellished with some CTMH White Shimmer Trim, Whisper Twine and Black Sparkle Flourishes.
I'm trying to use up as much of my stash as possible before buying anything new.  It's fun rediscovering things that I've bought over the past few years.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Bash My Stash: Layout using Recollections Giant Paper Pad

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Another layout using up product from my paper stash.   My goal this year is to keep up a steady pace so I can get my older albums completed and use up as much paper and embellishments that I already own instead of purchasing more.

It's been easier than I thought and with my husband being on strike the past couple weeks I have been able to complete a bunch of layouts without spending a dime.

I love using my Cricut to create custom titles and embellishments instead of having to buy stickers for each layout.


Today's layout is inspired by a sketch that I found on Pinterest by Basic Grey.   I placed an extra photo on top of another before taking the picture of the layout.  Once I slide the layout into a page protector I will be adding a 4x6 Flip Flap to it with the photo on the bottom left in it.












Supplies Used:

  • CTMH Kraft Cardstock
  • Recollections Patterned Paper 
  • Recollections Spice Market Solid Cardstock
  • CTMH Hemp Ribbon
  • CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge - Leaf Border
  • CTMH 4x6 Flip Flap
  • Cedar Font - Title

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New for August: Bookworm and Go! Fight! Win! Collections

On Monday, Creative Memories released the new products for August.  Two new Collections for scrapbooking plus new Tools and Digital Artwork.



Back to School time is near and the Bookworm Collection is perfect for scrapping the school year. 
Coverset, Papers, Stickers, Embellishments and Mat Pack make up this school-themed collection.  





Here's a video by Creative Memories using the new Bookworm Collection. 
Instructions for this project are available on the CM Blog





The Go! Fight! Win! Collection has everything you need for documenting your child's extra-curricular activities.  Sports-themed Paper, Stickers, and Album Coverset make up this Collection.  
I was impressed by how many different activities were included in the sticker pack. 




You can see all the different activities in this video from Creative Memories.  Stay up to date on new products and instructional videos by subscribing to the Creative Memories YouTube channel






The Dancing Daisies Border Maker Cartridge is the latest addition to the Border Maker System.

Here are all the Border Maker Cartridges that are currently available.  They do retire the cartridges as more are added so make sure to order early to avoid disappointment.  
Once put on the Going, Gone list they are usually out of stock within hours due to the popularity of the Border Maker System.  



Here are all the new products that were released on Monday.   The Crop Caddy will be available to order towards the end of the month, unfortunately, there was a delay with the shipment.

The new products are all available to order now through my CM Website (with the exception of the Crop Caddy).

Not in Canada?  Check out the Advisor Locator on the website to find a CM Advisor near you. 




The new paper packs and embellishments are also in available in digital format.  
I use My Memories Suite software for my digi-scapping.  

Download a free trial from the My Memories website or use code STMMM3762 for $10 off your software purchase and a 10% discount off of photo books or giftware purchase. 








Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Layout using Pink Paislee with CM Project Recipe

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I love working with sketches and after making the switch to Creative Memories, I was really happy to see that they provide Project Recipes with the release of each new paper pack.

For today's layout, I used the Creative Memories Mi Amor Project Recipe with supplies from my stash.




I love how easy it was to pull everything together with this Recipe.  I was able to use my Cricut, my CM Border Maker System, and some CTMH Thin Cuts and they all went so well together.


I love how the CTMH Peacock cardstock pops against the Pink Paislee background cardstock.


I used a Pilot Precise V5 Pen in my Cricut to add some journaling to this banner using the Kyden Cricut Font.


I cut my title from the Cricut Photo Fun - Holiday Memories cartridge.  
The hearts on the title go perfectly with my CTMH Heart Thin-cuts.


Supplies Used:

  • Pink Paislee - Hello Sunshine Paper Pad
  • CTMH White Daisy cardstock
  • CTMH Peacock cardstock
  • CTMH Thin Cuts - Hearts
  • CTMH Bitty Sparkles
  • CM Border Maker System
  • CM Picket Fence Border Maker Cartridge
  • Cricut Kyden Font (Access)
  • Cricut Photo Fun -  Holiday Memories Cartridge (Access)
  • Pilot Precise V5 Pen - Black
You can order Creative Memories Products in Canada from my CM Website or use the Advisor locator to find an Advisor near you.  

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Layout using CM Fur Buddies Collection and Project Recipe

With my order last month I purchased the Paw Print Border Maker Cartridge.  I had wanted this before I had even bought the Border Maker System and couldn't wait for it to arrive.  I have so many pet layouts to do and I know that this will probably be the cartridge that I use the most.  


Isn't it cute!  




It was so easy to make this border along the edge of the page.  



Here's a quick how-to video by Creative Memories showing how easy it is to create pretty borders for your scrapbook pages. 


I grabbed my CM Fur Buddies Paper Pack and chose a few papers to go along with the Cat patterned background following the Fur Buddies Project Recipe.   If you haven't tried a Project Recipe yet ask your CM Advisor for more information.  New Recipes are released with each new paper collection and feature cutting guides and instructions to help you quickly put your layouts together.  




Here's my finished layout - I followed the Project Recipe to create the page then decided to re-arrange my photos in a different pattern than in the recipe.  I matted them on solid yellow and gray cardstock and decided to put the White Patterned paper away and use it on another pet layout.  Since I've been bashing my stash this year I'm trying to use up as much of my old cardstock as I can before digging into my new stuff.   

I submitted this layout in the CM Canada Advisors FB Group for a challenge and I was so excited to learn that I had won!  CM is sending me the new Adventure Collection!   I have camping pictures printed and will be doing layouts as soon as it arrives!  

Supplies Used:
  • CM Original Border Maker System
  • CM Paw Prints Border Maker Cartridge
  • CM Fur Buddies Paper Pack (also available in digital)
  • CM Fur Buddies Stickers (also available in digital)
  • CTMH White Shimmer Trim 
  • CTMH Whisper Cardstock
  • Recollections Gray Cardstock
  • SU Crushed Curry Cardstock

You can order Creative Memories Products in Canada from my CM Website or use the Advisor locator to find an Advisor near you.  

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cricut July Mystery Box Is Now Available

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July Mystery Box for only $29.99 ($150 value).

Available while supplies last! Order now to avoid disappointment!  

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Cricut Christmas In July Sale on Now

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Layout using My Memories Suite Template with CM Fur Buddies

I love using sketches when I scrapbook but don't usually use the built-in templates in My Memories Suite software.  I only had 4 pictures to add to this layout so I decided to see what kind of templates were in the software.  I knew that I wanted to use a background paper this time instead of my usual white with the large pictures that go almost to the edge of the page. 

I found this template with 4 photos and was able to quickly add in my pictures, background, embellishments, and text.  It was so much faster to just drag and drop without having to resize all the photo boxes.  

I still love the freedom of creating my own designs from scratch but will definitely be using this feature again since I have so many layouts I need to do.    

I'll be adding some tutorials to the blog in the near future using My Memories Suite software.  Be sure to follow me on Google+ or follow my blog to receive updates if you would like to learn more. Links to follow me are in the right-hand column.  




Supplies Used:

  • CM Fur Buddies Digital Kit
  • My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbook Software

The Artwork for these layouts is available for purchase in Canada on my Creative Memories website. You can also use the Advisor Locator to find a CM Advisor near you.

My Memories Suite V8 software is available to purchase on their website - use code STMMM3762 for $10 off software purchase or 10% off photo books and gifts.   You can download a free trial of the software if you'd like to try before you buy.  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Road Trippin' Digital Layouts with CM Gallivant Collection

Here's another digital layout that I made using My Memories Suite digital scrapbook software and Creative Memories digital artwork.

I love using larger photos on my layouts when digital scrapbooking and it is so easy to use the digital paper as a background in the title and journaling boxes - just drag and drop and you can zoom in closer for more detail or adjust the opacity and make your journaling stand out.





All the background papers and embellishments are from the CM Gallivant Digital Kit.   

This is such a great kit for scrapping road trips - I love the embellishments and as I was putting in the junkyard photos I noticed the outline of a VW Bug so I just had to use the matching embellishment from the kit.  My husband is a car enthusiast so there are always pictures of old cars mixed in with our travel photos.  

The pages are really easy to put together using My Memories Suite software - I don't use templates when making pages like this. I just add a bunch of photo boxes and resize them until I have all the pictures the way I want them.  

The second layout on this page is a duplicate of one of the camping pages that I made last month.  
I had already saved a copy to print onto my computer but had left the original album saved in the software.  I just continued working in the same album and duplicated the older page and then replaced with the new photos and graphics.  Even though the format is the same they look completely different.  

The Artwork for these layouts is available for purchase in Canada on my Creative Memories website. You can also use the Advisor Locator to find a CM Advisor near you.

My Memories Suite V8 software is available to purchase on their website - use code STMMM3762 for $10 off software purchase or 10% off photo books and gifts.   You can download a free trial of the software if you'd like to try before you buy.    

Friday, June 30, 2017

Lakeside Layout with Creative Memories Adventure Collection Digital Kit

Another digital layout from 2010 using the Creative Memories Adventure Collection.

Instead of a camping layout, this time I used it to scrap pictures that my husband took when visiting family who had recently moved onto lakeside property.


I used My Memories Suite software to make the digital layout.  The tree background, title and mat pack are all from the Adventure Collection Digital Kit by Creative Memories.  

In order to show the layout side-by-side, I took a screenshot of the layout while in the software so it is a lower resolution here but I did save the high-resolution 12x12 jpegs to my computer so I can get professional prints made for my album.

The Artwork for these layouts is available for purchase in Canada on my Creative Memories website. You can also use the Advisor Locator to find a CM Advisor near you.

My Memories Suite V8 software is available to purchase on their website - use code STMMM3762 for $10 off software purchase or 10% off photo books and gifts.   You can download a free trial of the software if you'd like to try before you buy.   





New for July: Creative Memories Slice of Summer and more!

So many great new products now available from Creative Memories for scrapbooking your Summer Memories.



I'm loving the new Slice of Summer Paper and Mat Pack and co-ordinating stickers.  Also available in digital format for use with your favourite digital scrapbooking or diecutting software. 



There's also a new border punch - how fun is this for creating Sun-inspired borders for your layouts.  

And check out the foil accents on the spine of these matching coversets! 


And as if all that wasn't awesome enough!  
You need to see the latest CM Border Maker Cartridge - Footprints!!



How perfect is this for your Beach or Baby layouts?

And that's not all....there is also a new addition to the Custom Cutting System and new Mix & Match patterned paper and embellishments.  See the What's New Flyers below for more information.  

The new products are all available to order now through my CM Website.
Not in Canada?  Check out the Advisor Locator on the website to find a CM Advisor near you. 



The new paper packs and embellishments are also in available in digital format.  
I use My Memories Suite software for my digi-scapping.  

Download a free trial from the My Memories website or use code STMMM3762 for $10 off your software purchase and a 10% discount off of photo books or giftware purchase. 

Bash My Stash: Layout with CTMH Rustic Fundamentals

I've been so busy working on my son's baby album that I haven't posted any layouts for a while.

I'm taking a break from his book while I wait for more of the CM Woodland Whimsy paper to arrive with my next order, so I thought it would be the perfect time to go back to the album that I started earlier this year.

I joined the Bash Your Scrapbook Stash Facebook Group earlier this year and it has made me look at my supplies in a totally different way.  I was able to finish putting my 2001 layouts together in just a couple of months with the exception of journaling and titles. And I've cut way back on buying new stuff - I've been going to my stash and looking through old product first when putting layouts together.

I did buy a few 4x6 layout books from Scrapbook Generation. I kept pinning their layouts and when they had a sale on the e-books I decided to buy them. I'm glad I did, my layouts have come together so fast using the guides and I don't tend to crop my pictures after printing them so these books are perfect for me.




For this layout I wanted to keep it simple, our friends were building their 1st house and I wanted to showcase the pictures so I went with neutral cardstock on black pages.   I'm not exactly sure which sketch I used for this layout - I usually write down the supplies and sketch used but I've moved everything around while doing the baby album and couldn't find the list.

Supplies Used:

  • CTMH Black Cardstock
  • CTMH Rustic Fundamentals
  • CTMH Enchantment Fundamentals
  • CTMH Bitty Sparkles
  • Recollections White Cardstock
  • CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge

Looking for CTMH products? Check out my Consultant Pam Klassen's website in Canada or use the locator to find a consultant near you.  



Wednesday, June 28, 2017

New for June: 8x8 Coversets

Same great coversets in a compact 8x8 size, perfect for children or mini-albums.
Available to purchase until July 7th.  Pages and protectors are available year round.



New exclusive colours available for a limited time, choose from:

  • Teal Polkadot 8x8 Album Cover (foil accents)
  • Coral Chevrons 8x8 Album Cover (foil accents)
  • Steel Gray 8x8 Album Cover
  • Warm Gray 8x8 Album Cover
  • Glacier 8x8 Album Cover (will be substituted for Dusty Blue if supply of Glacier runs out)


For a limited time only, get the exclusive 8x8 Ocean Blue Sweet Treats Album Cover
FREE with the purchase of 4 or more 8x8 Album Covers!




Visit my Creative Memories website to order yours today.

New for June: Creative Memories Japonism Bundle and Swirl Stickers

Give your scrapbook pages an artistic, cultural boost with the new limited-edition Japonism Pastel Bundle, compliments of Creative Memories Japan.




Bundle includes 12x12 Japonism Paper Pack and Natural Laser-cut Embellishments featuring nature-inspired wreaths and blooms.  

Also from CM Japan and available for a limited time (sold separately from Bundle) are the Swirl ABC/123 Sticker packs - just $6/ pack and available in 3 different colours.
Very limited quantities available.

Available now on my Creative Memories website under "What's New" section.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Design Space 3: Upload Images with Drag and Drop

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I think the ability to upload images to the new Cricut Design Space 3 by drag and drop is probably the thing I like the most about the updates so far.

I have so many SVG files on my computer but haven't uploaded them to Design Space until now because of how long it used to take in DS2.

I mainly use my iPad for cutting since my main computer is not in my craft room.   I usually just use my desktop for uploading, although I do like how the new DS3 seems a lot like the iPad app.  



I have a folder full of free SVG files that I downloaded from Birds Cards a couple of years ago when I first upgraded to the Cricut Explore from the Expression2.  
  
The new drag and drop feature makes it really easy to upload files to Design Space 3.  
Click on the Upload Image button - it lists the types of files that you can add.



The Drag and Drop screen will open, select your file and drag it into that box.



Your image will show up on this screen -  I added in tags to make it easier to search.  
Then hit save...

And then your image shows up in the Recently Uploaded Images section.

Nice and fast.  As I do this I am also dragging and dropping into Silhouette Studio Designer Edition, which I run off of an external hard drive with my Mac Mini to save space.  I've saved my zipped files in my OneDrive account and am deleting the copies off of my hard drive as I upload to the software. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Camping Layouts with Creative Memories Digital Artwork

I knew when I saw the newly released Creative Memories Adventure Collection that it would be perfect for scrapping our camping layouts.  The graphics in this kit match our coastal British Columbia terrain. Even though we live near the ocean, we are surrounded by forests, mountains, and lakes.

I decided to use this kit for digital layouts of a camping trip we took back in the summer of 2010. 
As much as I love traditional scrapping, sometimes digital is the way to go.  I wanted these layouts to have large photos to showcase the lake and mountainside views.  The new Adventure Collection is the perfect accent to these pictures.    

I chose to go with a Project Life style layout.  Using My Memories Suite software I was able to create my own templates then fill in with photos, and add in the digital artwork using Creative Memories papers and mat packs and a few coordinating digital embellishments.   




This layout uses two digital images from the CM Adventure Mat Pack.  I added text to the top of each image and matched the text colour to the bottom layer of the "Roughing It" outline.  





This layout also uses two Adventure mats and I added my journaling to the larger box. I added the canoe embellishment and adjusted the opacity so it is just a shadow in the corner of the journaling box.



For this layout, I used the woodgrain paper from the Woodland Whimsy Boy paper pack to create the background of my journaling box.  Using the colour picker tool, I changed the text colour to match the dark brown of the slats.  The three embellishments are from the CM Gallivant digital kit - I thought they would work well with this page.  I love how versatile the kits are.   With My Memories Suite software, you can change the colours of embellishments.  For this layout, I decided to change the arrow to green instead of the original red.  I used the colour picker and matched it to the green on the "Let's Go" embellishment.



This layout uses the rock paper from the Adventure digital paper pack - I wanted it to match the mats that I used in my second layout.  

I used the Woodland Whimsy boy paper again but added the Happy Camper graphic from the Adventure kit over top.

The Artwork for these layouts is available for purchase in Canada on my Creative Memories website. You can also use the Advisor Locator to find a CM Advisor near you.

My Memories Suite V8 software is available to purchase on their website - use code STMMM3762 for $10 off software purchase or 10% off photo books and gifts.   You can download a free trial of the software if you'd like to try before you buy.