Corner Rounder Roundup Part 4: Make Flower Embellishments

This is the third blog in series on using the humble corner rounder to do more than trim the edges of your pictures. Be sure to look at the first three blogs for both techniques and layout ideas.

Part 1: Using the Corner Rounder for Simple Borders

Part 2: Using the Rounded Square for Fabulous Layouts

Part 3: Make a Mandala Burst Layout with Rounded Squares

First, I want to give credit where it is due. These ideas were not developed by me but were kindly and publicly shared by their creators/designers. See below for those credits AND links to original sources. My contribution was to gather these corner rounder ideas together as a group.

In the last blog, you learned how to make a beautiful Madala Burst layout with Rounded Squares (a square rounded on two corners). See below.

Rounded Square

Today, I’ll share another wonderful design that you can make using Rounded Squares. This is a “oldie-but-a-goodie” shared via a Creative Memories video. Materials note:  For ALL the Corner Rounder Roundup projects, you can use:

  • Any corner rounder. You don’t have to have a two-way corner rounder that also cuts indents on corners.
  • Either two-sided or one-sided printed papers.
  • Printed papers or thin cardstock except as noted.
  • SCRAPS! Use them up!

CREATIVE MEMORIES CORNER ROUNDER FLOWERS

  • Pick your papers carefully. For your middle layer, consider using a light print or tone-on-tone paper. Three busy prints can make the flower a bit “confusing.”
  • You CAN use very lightweight cardstock but you must be able to fold it and unfold it without the surface showing cracks or permanent creases.

Materials: You will need the following:

  • Three circles of paper of various sizes. Note that your finished flower will be the size of your largest circle so plan accordingly. Also, if your circle is very small (e.g., less than 2″ or 2.5″) you will have trouble using the corner rounder to cut the petals.
  • Embellishments such as gems, insect punches, tiny flowers, etc. for the center and leaves for underneath, as desired.
  • Foam squares (optional)

STEPS

  1. Be sure to watch the video first.
  2. As shown in the video, for each circle, you will fold it in half and punch the two folded corners. Then you repeat this four times, folding the flower in half and rotating so you end up with 8 “petals” around the outside of your circle. Unfold but do not try to completely flatten the paper.
  3. Stack the layers, with the largest on the bottom. Adhere each with either adhesive or foam squares in the CENTER of the piece, leaving the edges free.
  4. Adjust the “petals” as desired, slightly folding some upward to give your flower depth.
  5. Add embellishments (see picture below). Your flower needs a “center”…how about a blingy crystal or pearl stick-on, a circle of a matching paper, a lovely bee or butterfly, or other embellishment? Also, consider adding a leaf or two under the bottom petals on one side to break the circle and provide more visual interest.

Some ideas:

  • Want a two-page spread? Make an extra half flower and bee and use them to accent in the opposite corner.

LAST NOTES AND INFO…

  • If you make one of these layouts, please take a picture and share it below!
  • Many thanks to H. Northcott and T. Perper for sharing their examples above.
  • If you need supplies or tools from Creative Memories, I would be delighted to assist. You can order easily through my link: https://www.creativememories.com/user/MarshaSC .
  • Want to attend my next virtual crop? They are FREE! Be sure to follow my Facebook page (Marsha’s Scrappin’ Circle) or send an email to me to be added to the email list so you get early notice!
  • Need help with an order or more info about a crop? Contact me at marshamatyas@gmail.com.

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Corner Rounder Roundup Part 3: Make a Mandala Burst Layout with Rounded Squares!

This is the third blog in series on using the humble corner rounder to do more than trim the edges of your pictures. Be sure to look at the first two blogs for both techniques and layout ideas.

First, I want to give credit where it is due. These ideas were not developed by me but were kindly and publicly shared by their creators/designers. See below for those credits AND links to original sources. I encourage you to “follow” these amazing designers at their websites or Facebook groups. My contribution was to gather these corner rounder ideas together as a group.

In the last blog, you learned how to make a beautiful layout with Rounded Squares (a square rounded on two corners). See below.

Rounded Square

Today, I’ll share another wonderful design that you can make using Rounded Squares. Materials note:  For ALL the Corner Rounder Roundup projects, you can use:

  • Any corner rounder. You don’t have to have a two-way corner rounder that also cuts indents on corners.
  • Either two-sided or one-sided printed papers.
  • Printed papers or thin cardstock
  • SCRAPS! Use them up!

KARYN McDERMAID-ROLFE MANDALA BURST-INSPIRED LAYOUT

Karyn creates beautiful layouts and kindly shares them at her website, Facebook page, and at the Creative Life Facebook page. If you love what you see, join her Facebook group and the Creative Life group! Karen created a beautiful layout and shared her how-to’s at the Creative Life Facebook page and YouTube. I’ll share some directions below.

  • Pick your papers carefully. Large prints may not show up in a 1.5” square or 1” square. Small patterns or tone-on-tones such as those at left work best.
  • You CAN use lightweight cardstock to cut the smaller pieces if desired.
  • Directional patterns require additional cutting and layout steps. See Karyn’s excellent video for step-by-step directions on how to cut out the Rounded Squares from directional paper.

You will need the following:

  • 1 sheet of 12” x 12” background paper A
  • 1 sheet of 12” x 12” background paper B OR four 12” x ½” framing strips from background paper B
  • Fourteen 1”x1” squares of paper C (gold pieces in example)
  • Fourteen 1.5”x1.5” squares of paper D (rust/orange pieces in example)
  • Fourteen 1”x1” squares of paper E (green pieces in example)
  • One circle (F) for center photo mat.  (Use smallest Custom Cutting System circle with green blade on outside. To cut photo, use same CCS circle with red blade on outside).
  • Embellishments and journal box as desired

STEPS

  1. For pieces C, D and E (42 in all), use the Circle Rounder to trim TWO OPPOSITE EDGES on each piece (see diagram at right). Remember to empty the waste bin on your Circle Rounder after finishing each color group. As Karyn points out in her video, if you don’t, it can affect your cuts.  

2. Use the fine tip of a journaling pen (e.g., black, navy, dark green) to draw an outline on each of the 42 Rounded Squares. They do not have to be perfect. The lines give depth to your layout. See also Karyn’s video directions.

3. Trim ½” off the top edge and one side of background paper A. Resulting piece is 11.5” square.

4. Create frame one of two ways. 1) Adhere background paper A to 12” x 12” sheet of background paper B OR 2) Adhere the four strips of background paper B to the back of background paper A so that ¼” shows on each side on the front. Your whole page should be 12” x 12” square.

5. Find the center of your 12”x12” layout and adhere the circle (F) in the center using repositionable tape. Check to make sure it is centered in both directions. A centering ruler can help. Adjust as needed. This is important…if your circle is off center, you will run out of room on one of your edges when you layout out the Rounded Squares.

6. Arrange the fourteen C pieces around the circle with the points facing toward the middle and outside. See diagram above for position. It’s important to get these positioned evenly because all the other pieces will be placed based on this inner ring. Adhere with repositionable tape runner.

7. Arrange the fourteen D pieces as shown in Karyn’s example above, with their inner point positioned between the C pieces. Adhere with repositionable tape runner.

8. Arrange and adhere the E pieces between the D pieces as shown in Karyn’s example above. Note that you may extend over the page border at the centers of each side. However, don’t extend over the edge of the page.

9. Check your pattern and adjust as needed.

10. Add center photo and embellishments. You can use bits of border punches, layered embellishments, stickers, flowers, journaling boxes, or other embellishments.

Some ideas:

  • This would make a great title page (engagement, birthday, anniversary, vacation, annual album, etc.)
  • Some of the Rounded Square can be photos! Look at the great golf example above by H. Northcott. Consider putting face shots in some of the spots.
  • Want a two-page spread? Make a few extra Rounded Squares and use them to create a partial “burst” in the opposite corner.

LAST NOTES AND INFO…

  • If you make one of these layouts, please take a picture and share it below!
  • Many thanks to H. Northcott and T. Perper for sharing their examples above.
  • If you need supplies or tools from Creative Memories, I would be delighted to assist. You can order easily through my link: https://www.creativememories.com/user/MarshaSC .
  • Want to attend my next virtual crop? They are FREE! Be sure to follow my Facebook page (Marsha’s Scrappin’ Circle) or send an email to me to be added to the email list so you get early notice!
  • Need help with an order or more info about a crop? Contact me at marshamatyas@gmail.com.

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Corner Rounder Roundup Part 2: Using the Rounded Square for Fabulous Layouts!

This is the second of a blog series on using the humble corner rounder to do more than trim the edges of your pictures. In March 2021, Scrappin’ Circle friends from the U.S. and Canada joined me for a Zoom crop where we focused on using a corner rounder punch (CRP) and paper scraps (bash your scraps!) to create layouts, borders, and embellishments. I received lots of requests to share what we did, so I’m writing several blogs with directions so you can make them, too!

First, I want to give credit where it is due. These ideas were not developed by me but were kindly and publicly shared by their creators/designers. See below for those credits AND links to original sources. I encourage you to “follow” these amazing designers at their websites or Facebook groups. My contribution was to gather these corner rounder ideas together as a group.

In the last blog, you learned how to make a Rounded Square (a square rounded on two corners). Today, I’ll share a wonderful layout that you can make using Rounded Squares.

Materials note:  For ALL the Corner Rounder Roundup projects, you can use:

  • Any corner rounder. You don’t have to have a two-way corner rounder that also cuts indents on corners.
  • Either two-sided or one-sided printed papers.

MEGGAN JACKS’ CORNER ROUNDER LAYOUT

Meggan Jacks is a wonderful scrapbooking designer and trainer. She graciously shares some free designs through her Facebook page and website. If you love what you see, she offers a membership in her “insiders” group where you can get PDFs of weekly designs, etc. Click here for details.

She created a beautiful layout and shared her how-to’s on Facebook). Note that you need to scroll through the pictures to see the directions and they are in reverse order…but you will get the idea! If you are not on Facebook, I’ll share some directions below.

You will need the following:

  • 1 sheet of 12” x 12” background paper A
  • Twelve 2” x 2” squares of paper
    • Six with a distinct pattern (e.g., palm fronds on Jacks example above). Note that Jacks points out you can cut all six from a mat pack card, if desired.
    • Three with a more subtle pattern or plain (e.g., pink tone-on-tone on Jacks example above)
    • Two with a darker or different print or plain (e.g., navy print on Jacks example above)
  • Four 12” x ½” framing strips OR additional sheet of 12” x 12” background paper B (navy in Jacks example above)

STEPS

  1. Trim ½” off the side and top edges of your background paper A. Resulting page is 11.5” square.
  2. Create frame one of two ways. 1) Adhere background paper A to 12” x 12” sheet of background paper B OR 2) Adhere the four strips of background paper B to the back of background paper A so that ¼” shows on each side on the front. Your whole page should be 12” x 12” square.
  3. Layout your twelve 2” x 2” squares as shown in the samples above. Do not adhere to the paper. Make sure you like the direction of the patterns.
  4. Lift your squares one at a time and use the corner rounder on the TOP LEFT and BOTTOM RIGHT corners only (each resulting Rounded Square should have two round and two square corners).
  5. Put each Rounded Square back on the layout in the correct position after you punch them. Note that the rounded edges should be on the TOP LEFT and BOTTOM RIGHT corners of each Rounded Square when you put them in the layout.
  6. Adhere the Rounded Squares, starting in the corner and leaving a scant 1/8” between the Rounded Square and the side of background paper A. Pay attention to the pattern of colors so they are similar to the samples above.
  7. Time to embellish some of the Rounded Squares! You can use bits of border punches, layered embellishments, stickers, flowers, or other embellishments. Be sure to check out Meggan Jacks’ ideas on Facebook.
  8. If you like the three-photo layout on the examples, cut three 5″x4″ mats or three 4″x4″ mats.
  9. Add embellishments or title as desired.

Some ideas:

  • This would make a great title page for an engagement or anniversary (pics of the bride and groom on the bottom and top corners and a pretty title in the middle) or a vacation (great pics of the travelers on the corners and title in the middle).
  • Some of the Rounded Square can be photos! Consider face shots in some of the spots.
  • Trim your photos as Rounded Rectangles or Squares to add to the mats!
  • Want a two-page spread? Consider moving the bottom right cluster of Rounded Squares to the opposite page.

LAST NOTES AND INFO…

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Corner Rounder Roundup Part 1: Simple Border

The humble corner rounder. It was probably one of the first tools you purchased if you have been scrapbooking for many years. If you are a new scrapbooker, you may have wondered, “Should I get one of those?” It is most often used for rounding the corners of photos or mats, but it can be a great tool to make some easy borders and layouts!

Creative Memories Two-Way Corner Rounder

In March 2021, Scrappin’ Circle friends from the U.S. and Canada joined me for a Zoom crop where we focused on using a corner rounder punch (CRP) and paper scraps (bash your scraps!) to create layouts, borders, and embellishments. I received lots of requests to share what we did, so I’ll be writing several blogs with directions so you can make them, too!

First, I want to give credit where it is due. These ideas were not developed by me but were kindly and publicly shared by their creators/designers. See below for those credits AND links to original sources. I encourage you to “follow” these amazing designers at their websites or Facebook groups. My contribution was to gather these corner rounder ideas together as a group.

Materials note:  For ALL the Corner Rounder Roundup projects, you can use:

  • Any corner rounder. You don’t have to have a two-way corner rounder that also cuts indents on corners.
  • Either two-sided or one-sided printed papers.

Bash Your Scraps CRP Border

This is a super-simple border from Creative Memories. Thanks to Betty McConnell for pinning this on her CM Corner Rounder Ideas Pinterest page. You can make with either 1.5” or 2” inch squares of paper. The first two examples above used 2″ squares but I like the third example using 1.5” squares because it leaves some space between your “flowers” along the edge of the page. The directions below are for 1.5” squares.  If you want to Bash Your Scraps, look in your scraps bin for 1.5” wide strips of paper OR with 3”x3” squares of paper. A 1.5” x 12” strip will make EIGHT 1.5” squares. A 3”x3” square of paper will make FOUR 1.5” squares.

You need to cut:

  • Eight 1.5” squares of one patterned paper
  • Four 1.5” squares of a second patterned paper (OR of the reverse side if you are using a two-sided paper)

Step 1: Using the corner rounder, trim (round) two opposite corners on each square. The resulting piece should have two rounded corners and two regular right-angle corners (see, for example, the leaf print in the bottom left corner of the picture below). IF your pattern is directional (stripes or one-way pattern), you may want to do Step 2 below BEFORE you trim the corners so the pattern looks the way you want. See the stripes on the Creative Memories example in the pictures above.

Step 2: Lay the first four pieces (see pink ones in the picture below). Note that all of the pointed (non-rounded) corners are on the outside or inside of the flower.

Step 3: What should you do with the middle? Here are some ideas!

  • Punch a small circle to serve as the center and glue in place with or without a foam square underneath to add dimension
  • Use a stick-on embellishment such as a pearl, rhinestone, flower, sticker, etc. Use foam square as desired.
  • Add a “stem” as T. Perper did in her example above.
  • Use the “indent” part of the corner rounder to punch a hole in the middle of your flower…note that we found these hard to align to create a perfect circle!
  • Add a title to your top flower.

Want a two-page spread? Consider making one more “flower” add put it in the outside top or bottom corner of the opposite page. Done!

Last notes and info…

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Time for National Scrapbook Day!

May 1 is National Scrapbook Day, a day to celebrate all we do to preserve our memories through photos, video, other media, journaling and careful preservation of media and memorabilia. Creative Memories was instrumental in establishing NSD in 1996.

Did you know scrapbooking dates back to the 15th century? And that, in the 18th and 19th century, scrapbooking (then called “friendship albums”) encouraged young women to write about and annotate their lives. You can read more about the history of scrapbooking on Wikipedia, although the article does not describe the dramatic increase in 2020-2021 in scrapbooking due to social distancing during the pandemic.

I attended the Creative Memories (CM) National Scrapbook Day 2021 preview webinar last week. With 1,000+ CM Advisors on the call, it was quite a crowd! The theme this year is “Let the Shenanigans Begin!”

With a single Project Recipe Kit, you will be able to make BOTH of the layouts below!

What else will be available? In addition to the beautiful papers and embellishments used in the layouts above, you can order additional cardstock, reversible laser cuts, a new shamrock recipe template, a beautiful mint green shamrock embossed album cover, foil embellishments, and digital versions of the materials. And, if you buy a bundle, you get a free booklet of great layouts!

Let’s celebrate!

All the great materials above go on sale March 1; you can order through my link: https://www.creativememories.com/user/MarshaSC .

I will be hosting an NSD Zoom crop (date TBA) to show how to use the materials for the NSD layouts and more. Be sure to follow my Facebook page (Marsha’s Scrappin’ Circle) or send an email to me to be added to the email list so you get early notice!

As always, I would welcome your order through my CM page. Contact me at marshamatyas@gmail.com for more info.

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Virtual Crops? Try it! You’ll Like It!

Are you tired of social distancing? Do you miss getting together with friends to work on your scrapbook, make some cards, or do other crafty projects? Or perhaps you have always worked alone on your craft projects…it’s too much hassle to pack everything up to go to an evening, day or even weekend event. For all the above, I highly recommend trying a “virtual crop” or “virtual crafting session.”

What is a Virtual Crop?

Due to the pandemic and the need for social distancing, you have probably become familiar with virtual (online) meetings for business meetings, doctors’ appointments, religious services, visiting family and friends, and even attending major events such as weddings. It’s a simple principle: You receive an email that includes a link (hyperlink) that you click to join the meeting. Your computer might have to install a little program as the meeting opens but soon you are connected and face-to-face with your colleagues, family, doctor, etc. Virtual crops use the same technology but instead of your doctor, you will see live video of other scrapbookers ready to welcome you to the crop!

Sharing what we learned at a small crop.

Hints

  • If your computer pops up a box that asks whether you want to test your microphone and audio, do it. This assures that you will be able to hear and speak during the virtual crop.
  • You may receive a message that you are “waiting for the host” to let you into the “room.” This is normal…it allows the host to make sure that non-crafters don’t join the virtual meeting.
  • If the host doesn’t admit you to the room in a few minutes, feel free to email or text her/him to say that you are in the waiting room.
  • If you enter the virtual crop and can’t hear or see people, “leave” the meeting and try entering again. Remember that this software is handling many thousands of people at the same time!

What happens next?

Once you have joined the virtual meeting, be sure to turn on your microphone and, if possible, your camera. Everyone likes to see everyone else…don’t worry about how you look. Half the group is probably in sweat pants or leggings and you may see some PJ’s in the morning! Next, you introduce yourself (or the host of the crop introduces you)…very informal!

“Hi! I’m Marsha from Maryland. I’ve been scrapbooking for about a year. This is the first time I’ve done one of these virtual crops so let me know what I need to do.”

Feel free to greet friends you know.

Is there an agenda?

The host often sets an agenda. Listed below are common agenda items you might find at a virtual crop. Note that all of these are OPTIONAL; if you want to simply work on your crafts or just watch, that is perfectly fine!

  • “How-to”: The host demonstrates how to create a page layout, make a border or embellishment, use a new tool, etc.
  • Showcase new materials or tools: If the host is, for example, a Creative Memories consultant, she/he may show pictures, videos, or demonstrate new papers, embellishments, punches, etc.
  • Stretch break: You may be encouraged to get up, stretch, and take a walk.
  • Discussion topic: The host may lead a discussion on setting goals for the year, what you put on the front and back pages of your albums, how you plan your albums (e.g., annual, vacations, major events, birthdays, etc.). You may be encouraged to “show and tell” examples from your scrapbooks.
  • Drawings and games: There often is a tally sheet or bingo sheet where you mark off things you accomplished at the crop. Accomplishments can earn you prizes (paper, embellishments, etc.).

Do you have to be there the whole time?

For a short crop (1-3 hours), you might be expected to attend the whole thing. But for longer crops (all day, 12 hour, etc.), hosts will expect you to come and go as you wish. Some crafters watch the schedule and show up for the demonstrations they are interested in and then leave. ALL of that is acceptable unless the description of the event says attendees are expected to attend for the whole event. That is very rare.

What happens if I get disconnected?

It happens. Or, more often, everything slows down or locks up on your virtual call. Simply “leave” the meeting or reboot your computer and re-enter the meeting the same way you did the first time. If the host’s computer locks up, give him/her a few minutes to reboot and then try to come into the call again. If there is continued trouble, be sure to check your email or text for communication from the host.

Can I get anything done?

YES! You can work throughout the crop on your own work. You also can say, “Hey, what do you think…is this better with the blue paper or the red paper” while you hold up your work in front of your camera. You can ask, “Has anyone ever done X or tried to use Y or know how to get glue off an old photo?” And you will get lots of ideas and answers. And you will make new friends. Here are comments from an old friend who attended my virtual crops last year and from a new friend I made through the virtual crops last year.

I have been scrapbooking for over 20 years. I love going to small crops with close friends and large crops with people who become my friends!  When Covid-19 hit, all the crops that I had planned to participate in were canceled. When Marsha said she was going to do crops on Zoom I thought, “How will that happen?”  I wasn’t sure how they would take place; would we be able to communicate with each other, would we be able to see each other’s work, isn’t it weird to have all these people looking at you, etc.  My first Zoom crop was sooooo exciting!  I was able to get several pages done and it was so neat meeting people from all across the USA!  I even got to see friends that I would usually crop with! We talked with one another, asked questions, got suggestions for layouts, and there were times when it was quiet – it wasn’t weird at all!  I enjoy learning new layouts and Marsha is very patient when it comes to teaching them!  I have completed several albums during the Zoom crops, and I have been able to organize my photos which makes my scrapbooking so much easier.  If you love to scrapbook, you need to try a Zoom crop!!

Deb N., Maryland

Marsha’s Virtual Crops literally saved me during the pandemic. I know that statement sounds extreme, however, I believe it is true. As someone who at times struggles with anxiety, having our Virtual Crops gave me a focus, a valuable connection with others and a feeling of accomplishment. Most importantly it simply gave me something that brightened my week – I look forward to our Saturdays. Now I’m off to prep for our next crop and there is a smile on my face!”

Terri P., Maryland

What is the cost?

Except for some training or special crops where you receive a lot of training or materials, virtual crops are free. My crops are free.

How do I find a virtual crop?

Of course, you are always invited to attend my crops! These are always posted on my Facebook page and in the Facebook feed at the right side of this page. Also, sign up for my biweekly email update for both crop announcements and info on new Creative Memories resources, and other vendor events. Email me and ask for the Scrappin’ Circle Newsletter.  

You also can search for events at the Creative Memories site. You can search by date, zip code, or state. Be sure to click “virtual events” under the search box. Remember that, for virtual events, the LOCATION does not matter…so use the “search by date” box.

What are you doing at the Jan 16 crop?

  • A quick fold over layout that would be great as an album title page
  • A big circle page with “how-to” on creating a woven pattern circle
  • A Noreen Smith layout that can be done both simply and with greater embellishment
  • A discussion of goal-setting for 2021
  • And a stretch break and prize drawing, of course.

Email me for the Zoom link at marshamatyas@gmail.com !!

As always, I would welcome your order through my CM page. Contact me at marshamatyas@gmail.com for more info.

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Presto! 3 Cuts to a Great Layout!

“I love Noreen Smith’s 1-2-3 layouts,” I overheard the lady say at a crop several years back. Her friend responded, “Yes! They are so easy and so pretty!” I couldn’t resist asking, “Who is Noreen Smith and what is a ‘1-2-3 layout’?” I’m so glad I did! When you are staring at an empty page (or pair of pages) and need to do SOMETHING with the 6-8 pictures you have for an event, Noreen Smith’s wonderful layouts are like having a magic wand in your pocket!

Noreen is a Creative Memories Advisor, educator, scrapbooker, blogger, and author. You can read more about Noreen at her website. She offers courses through her website and has lots of YouTube video tutorials and a great blog where you can always get a new idea. She also is the developer of the 1-2-3 Scrapbook Method which is what I want to share with you today.

1-2-3 Scrapbook Layouts

Noreen has created a whole library of 2-page and 1-page layouts where you use 1 sheet of double sided paper and two sheets of card stock, make THREE cuts of the double sided paper…and end up with a wonderful two-page layout ready to mount 6-7 pictures like this:

Lovely wedding: Don’t believe that you can make the page layout with 3 simple cuts? Here is how it’s done:

In this case, matching embellishments and mat packs helped to speed up the final embellishment. Note that, even for this quite formal event, she didn’t need to mat each picture because the 1-2-3 layout provides full or partial matting behind most pictures.

Happy holidays: Here is another example…this video shows how to make both a Christmas and a Halloween layout. Remember that these always start with a template that can be used for LOTS of events, holidays, etc.

Head for the Border Maker!  How about using almost the same layout with a quick punch of your border maker to make a nautical theme?

How to do it? Here is the video and the blog.

Do I use Noreen Smith’s great 1-2-3 cut method? Sure do! Here are a few examples of my 1-2-3’s…thanks, Noreen!

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ALL of these took only 2 sheets of card stock, one sheet of double-sided paper, and three cuts. Well, I have to admit that the last one (Go Boilers) used 2 sheets of single-sided patterned paper (the tan/cream dots) and one sheet of black card stock. I made the three cuts on the card stock because I wanted to use the tan paper and it was not double-sided. See how adaptable these layouts are?

Want to see more? Check out Noreen’s Page and be sure to sign up for the FREE membership library that gives you access to 1-2-3 layouts and lots more! Use this link:

TRY at LEAST one 1-2-3 layout…you will want to do more! Share them below or on my Facebook page!

 

CREATIVE MEMORIES PRODUCT UPDATE

Disclosure: I’m using the second half of my blogs to share product info in order to reach the most people without asking non-Facebookers to join Facebook!  I am a Creative Memories Advisor and, should you place an order through my page, I earn a percentage of the sale. However, I only recommend the products that I think are really wonderful and would and do use myself.

NEW RELEASES TODAY!

Lumberjack stickers: These are GREAT for Father’s Day but they are selling out FAST! Lumberjack Stickers have three mini sheets (5″x8.25″) of dad-and-me-themed stickers for $6.50. It features icons like lumberjacks, oxen, fish, leaves, antlers and campfires, as well as sayings like “Best buds,” “My hero” and “Happy Father’s Day,” and includes complementing border stickers.

Love Each Other Album Cover: For a limited time only now through July 31, you can get the exclusive 12×12 Ocean Blue Love Each Other Album Cover featuring a foiled heart design from the Love Each Other Theme Pack. All profits for this album cover will be donated to World Vision.

Love Each Other Theme Pack: It’s BACK! This kit includes four designer papers that spread love and positivity with patterns like hearts, polka dots and lined paper to share your stories. It also features complementing stickers that remind us that we always have been – and will be – there for each other, with icons like stethoscopes with hearts and people exchanging social-distancing greetings. There are also uplifting sayings like “Stay Positive Stay Brave” and “Always staying connected.” Like the album cover above, all profits for the Love Each Other Theme Pack will be donated to World Vision.

Power Project Folders: They’re BACK! Secure your scrapbooking materials in our clear poly multi-pocket Power Project Folders. Fits all your favorite 12×12 designer papers and cardstock, slide-in packs, sticker strips and more.

Vitamin Sea overview

The NEW! VITAMIN SEA COLLECTION has an array of tropical scrapbook supplies. This collection captures all your sandy moments and sets a seaside scene for photos of tropical vacation getaways, ocean adventures, beach and pool days and more. Check out the movie overview here . And here are a few pictures!

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  • a beautiful turquoise ALBUM COVER with a hibiscus flower design in white matte, apple and teal foil and BOOKCLOTH ALBUMS in coordinating colors;
  • TWO PAPER PACKS (designer paper and tone-on-tone) AND matching CARD STOCK;
  • a great mat pack with cards for titles, journaling, and matting pics/embellishments;
  • Stickers with borders, titles, sea life, plants, trees, and flowers;
  • EMBOSSED tropical leaves…useful for this pack and LOTS of other places;
  • LASER CUT BORDERS of palms, hibiscus blossoms, shells, sunglasses, etc.;
  • Fast2Fab pages that make it SUPER easy;
  • NEW Border Maker punch cartridge – Kissing Fishes…so cute!
  • New Border punch (stand alone) – seashells…use it in layers or alone

If you would like to order, please use my link! Thanks!

Virtual Events on the Horizon!

Creative Memories is hosting additional Virtual Crops in the coming months: July 10-11, and August 14-15. For more info, join the CM Facebook Virtual Crop page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CreativeMemoriesVirtualCrop/

As always, I would welcome your order through my CM page. If you order through my page in June, you can get a shipping rebate up to $20. Contact me at mlmat@comcast.net for more info.

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Hearts Afire!

Wow…everyone is making heart layouts! This “heart beat” started in February (no surprise there) but the creativity just keeps coming! And the good news is that they are really SIMPLE. Did you ever play with tangrams? You can make LOTS of shapes with triangles and squares (as we have seen in my previous posts). Add circles and you get an amazing array of options! Today…let’s make HEARTS!

Take a look at some of the wonderful things you can do with this hearts layouts!

 

Materials: All you need is one 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and one 12 x 12 sheet of double-sided paper. If you would like to make the two-page layout above, have two sheets of card stock ready. For the first time you make this layout, it is best to have a print that is NOT one directional (e.g., no stripes, arrows or columns all in the same direction). A paper cutter and circle cutter is really helpful for this page but you could certainly do it with a ruler, scissors, and a can or jar.

Pam Giganti created a WONDERFUL video showing how to make one of the large heart layouts. Watch and learn! Pam makes it really easy!

I wanted to use the heart as a cover page for the part of my album describing a Disney visit in the fall. But the space in the middle didn’t fit well with the 5 x 7 picture that I had printed for the page. SO…I made a page using larger circles (nearly 6 inches) and trimmed the picture to be the point of the heart. I still have a little adjustment to do but what do you think? This layout is really adaptable!

I also wanted to make the little heart border that Pam describes in the video. What could be more perfect than my pages for the Disney princess parade! I happened to have a great purchased embellishment of the castle complete with a tiny Tinkerbell. I think the heart borders worked well…even though I clearly am not a great freehand heart-cutter. Good thing I’m not a cardiac surgeon!

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Have you made some heart layouts? Share them below or on my Facebook page!

Disclosure: I’m using the second half of my blogs to share product info in order to reach the most people without asking non-Facebookers to join Facebook!  I am a Creative Memories Advisor and, should you place an order through my page, I earn a percentage of the sale. However, I only recommend the products that I think are really wonderful and would and do use myself.

NEW RELEASES TODAY!

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Fun in the Sun!

Designer paper has patterns with “striped beach towels and toys, sunglasses, starfish, seashells and water waves in a palette of hot pink, vivid violet, aqua blue, periwinkle, tangerine and banana yellow. It’s perfect for photos of the sweltering days by the cool refreshing water, backyard barbecues and more.” Check out the fabulous purple album cover with splashes of summer colors along with mat pack, stickers, and embellishments. What a great collection! Check out the whole bundle here.

A Festive Fourth of July!

Inspired by all-American barbecues, Fourth of July family get-togethers and pride for the USA, this collection features designer scrapbook paper, stickers, a beautiful red album embellished with fireworks, and new firecracker punch (below). Patterns feature “stars and stripes, firecrackers, fruit and red, white and blue popsicles in a palette of strawberry red, blueberry and denim blue, navy and tan. You’ll love it for your photos of festive celebrations, the Fourth of July, saluting military personnel and more.” Check it out here.

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It will be back! I’m so very sorry…CM released a Love Each Other Theme pack that was gone so fast I didn’t even get one! BUT it will be back later in the summer and I will post ASAP when it does!

Thinking about becoming an Advisor?

There is a new 3 step program to give you more rewards as a new CM Advisor. I would be delighted to serve as your upline Advisor! Drop me an email, give me a call, or text me…I would be happy to give you more info.

Virtual Events on the Horizon!

Creative Memories is hosting additional Virtual Crops in the coming months: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 14-15. For more info, follow the CM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/creativememories/ 

As always, I would welcome your order through my CM page. If you order through my page in June, you can get a shipping rebate up to $20. Contact me at  for more info. 

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

Fun with Triangles and Squares

Making the “quilt page.”

A few posts ago, I promised to share how to make the “quilt” page that looks quite complicated, but is really quite easy to make. Here are a few I have made for my books:

Materials: All you need is one 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and one 12 x 12 sheet of double-sided paper. For the first time you make this layout, it is best to have a print that is NOT one directional (e.g., no stripes, arrows or columns all in the same direction). A paper cutter is really helpful for this page but you could certainly do it with a ruler and scissors.

Here are two videos that demonstrate how to make it. The first video is by Canadian CM Advisor, Joanne Soltesz. I like how she glues things down as she goes. Click HERE to watch.

For a slightly different view, see Amy Weaver’s video. Click HERE to watch.

The Mini-cannoli Page

You can also fold small squares into a “cannoli” shape and use them to make full page layouts or borders.

I didn’t find a good video on YouTube but here is a link to Amy Weaver’s Facebook video.

If you are not on Facebook, here are my brief directions:

  1. You need a piece of 12 x 12 plain card stock and a piece of 12 x 12 two-sided print paper (I’ll call them Side A and Side B). Avoid directional prints like stripes, etc.
  2. Cut the two-sided paper into 2-inch squares…you will need 24 squares total.
  3. Sort the squares into two stacks of 12 so that you have 12 with Side A facing up and 12 with Side B print facing up. In the picture above, look at the close up on the top right. Let’s call Side A the blue side and Side B the white side with starbursts on it.
  4. Gently fold each Side A square into a triangle but don’t crease the fold. Just make a tiny soft crease in the middle.
  5. Then open up the piece and bring the points to the middle (see top right picture above). Now crease it. Your piece should look like a tiny cannoli with the tips of the shell just touching in the middle! For Side A pieces, the blue will be inside and the starbursts will be on the tiny flaps.
  6. Use a tiny strip of adhesive under each flap to hold it down. You should have 12 pieces Side A pieces.
  7. Now repeat with the Side B stack. Remember to not turn the paper over to fold it. These pieces should have the starburst paper in the middle of the cannoli and the flaps are the Side A blue paper. When you are done you should have 12 Side B pieces.
  8. To arrange them, put one Side A point in a corner of your card stock. Then alternate, being sure your points always switch from Side A paper to Side B paper. Refer to the pictures above if you are confused.

What can you do with them?

Make a full page for a 1-2 pictures, make borders and facing pages, make a cluster in the corners. Whatever you like! They are great building blocks!

What have I been doing?

I have been working on a 2015 album. I do a power layout for a 10-20 pages, then finish those pages, then going back to doing power layouts. I’ve been trying a lot of Noreen Smith’s 1-2-3 layouts…more on those in a later post!

Virtual Events on the Horizon!

Creative Memories is hosting additional Virtual Crops in the coming months: June 12-13, July 10-11, and August 14-15. For more info, follow the CM Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/creativememories/

Disclosure: I’m using the second half of my blogs to share product info in order to reach the most people without asking non-Facebookers to join Facebook!  I am a Creative Memories Advisor and, should you place an order through my page, I earn a percentage of the sale. However, I only recommend the products that I think are really wonderful and would and do use myself.

LAST CHANCE for PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES BUNDLE!

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Tomorrow, May 19, is the last day to get this great bundle for $149! (And note that I have a free shipping offer below). In this pack you get…

  • All 3 Planes, Automobiles & Trains Paper Packs
  • All 3 Planes, Automobiles & Trains Sticker Packs
  • All 3 Planes, Automobiles & Trains Laser Cut Embellishment Accents
  • 1 Train Tracks Border Punch
  • 1 Embossed Locomotive Punch
  • 1 On the Road Border Maker Cartridge
  • 1 BONUS exclusive 12×12 Chocolate Traveler Album Cover, which is made of rich chocolate bookcloth and is decorated with a globe and arrow in gold-copper and copper-brown foil

NEW RELEASES TODAY!

A. Cardstock Buffet

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Starting TODAY and lasting ONLY NINE DAYS – BEAUTIFUL SHIMMER CARD STOCKS PLUS NEW SPRING COLORS. Buy 6 packs (any combination) and get a free pack of Lilly Pad (green) cardstock. See the video here.

B. Little Dreamer Collection

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Beautiful new baby materials! Soft colors…lots of sleepy stars…good for boys or girls. Two beautiful embossed albums – green with stars and white with embossed baby shoes . Be sure to check out the Tone-on-Tone papers; they would be beautiful for any album! The video link below shows you all the materials: two album covers, Fast-to-Fabulous pages, print papers, tone on tone papers, stickers, mat pack, embellishments. AND you can buy a gift box bundle with everything, including a tape runner and silver pen. These album bundles have been my “go to” baby shower gift for years! I often make some additional photo mats and borders to personalize the gift a bit.  Click HERE to watch the video!

C. Clouds Border Maker Cartridge

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Perfect for baby albums but also for the Airplanes, Automobiles, and Railroad materials, for Airplane punches, Mountains, etc. Anywhere you have a great horizon on your page, add some fluffy clouds!!

D. S’mores collection – let’s have a cookout!

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Paper pack  with earth tones: greens browns, golds, blues. Patterns include camping and outdoors as well as nice neutrals. Also a pretty pine tree album cover and coordinated stickers. NICE! Click HERE to watch the video.

E. True North Collection

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Canada, eh? How about a beautiful red album cover, woodsy paper pack and coordinating stickers? Check it out!

F. Campfire Punch

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This will be great for campfires but also for CANDLES since the flame is a separate piece from the crossed logs (which will be good for X’s on borders). Both the punched pieces AND the negative (open) remainders will work beautifully on pages and cards. See picture below.

As always, I would welcome your order through my CM page. If you order through my page in May, you can get a shipping rebate up to $20. Contact me at  for more info. 

Be safe, be happy, and…be scrappy!

Marsha

The Best and Worst…

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us… (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, 1859)

You might relate a bit more to Dickens’ opening lines today than on most warm spring days. We are living through a time of worsts and bests, light and darkness, and despair and hope. I find myself swinging back and forth on a pendulum…some days cherishing my family being at home all day and getting to have lunch with my husband each day (something we have never done during the work week in 35+ years of marriage)! But part of me wants everyone to get out so I can clean my house and clean out my basement. And, yes, go out to eat…the cover photo was our last “night out” before social distancing kicked in…Chinese food and a Duck Donut! I really miss vacation, too! Cancelling our much-needed fall vacation to SC and trip to IN to visit relatives was so painful, but NOTHING compared to what so many families are dealing with in terms of finance and health. We pray every day for those who are sick but also those who take care of them, AND we pray for all who are keeping the wheels turning in our world to create and deliver food and other essentials. So every day, I’m counting my blessings: We are safe, healthy, well-fed (TOO well-fed), and financially OK. My husband and I can both do our work from home. I pray that the same is true for all of you!

Making Lemons…

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…into lemon meringue pie! I don’t like lemonade much, so I’ll make my lemons into a lovely pie! Have you used this unexpected window of time to take at least ONE step forward in preserving your memories? That could be sorting pictures, labeling groups of pictures with dates and locations, printing pictures, or even starting that album you keep meaning to get done. You don’t have to do it all at once, but even a bit of sorting can get you started. I start by sorting pictures into YEARS. If you have digital pictures, did you know that you can find out the date they were TAKEN (not the date you pulled them off your camera or phone and saved them. If you are using Windows, right click on a picture icon in your file folder, then click on the “Details” tag at the top of the menu box (see below). You will see a “date taken” date. For most pictures, that will be the date you took the picture. For older pics that have been duplicated several times, this may not be valid, but it really helps when you can’t remember if that was the 2017 or 2018 snowstorm picture!

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How to get started? I have several blog posts below that can help…scroll down and see the titles. If you have specific questions, post a comment or ask on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MarshaScrap/). Also, check out the Creative Memories Everyday Photo Décor Kit below…you can take a single photo and make a beautiful display, complete with wooden stand, in 5 minutes!

What is new from Creative Memories?

I’m struggling to get info out on new products and resources these days…posting on Facebook AND creating email letters AND writing blog posts AND planning for virtual events is more than my schedule allows right now. So, I thought I’d share new product info as part of my blog to reach the most people without asking non-Facebookers to join Facebook! Full disclosure: I am a Creative Memories Advisor and, should you place an order through my page (listed below), I earn a percentage of the sale. However, I only recommend the products that I think are really wonderful and would and do use myself.

A Great Deal…Even without Steve Martin and John Candy!

Have you seen the new Planes, Trains, and Automobiles papers and embellishments? They are PERFECT for travel pictures (see slide show below)! And, for the next few days, you can order them as a bundle and get a FREE cover ($35+ value)! Click Planes, Trains and Automobiles collection for more details. Note…the cover will be included in the bundle as long as they have them…it is NOT a separate item. But, if you want this, do it SOON…these will not last long.

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Mothers Day Specials!

CM rarely puts things on “sale” but for Mother’s Day, they put together some GREAT materials collections and then DISCOUNTED them! Check them out at https://www.creativememories.com/mothers-day-specials.html.

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Here are some details:

  • Blend and Bloom bundle with beautiful spring colors – PAPER PACK, STICKERS, FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS, FOAM SQUARES AND NEW DOT PEN.  All for $30
  • Remember Rainbow Rush…those amazing colors? This bundle has Rainbow Rush Bold Paper Pack and Layered Title Embellishments, plus a coordinating 8×8 Jade Album Cover and 8×8 White Refill Pages…all for $46.
  • Flourish bundle with COVER, FAST TO FAB PAGES, STICKERS, MAT PACK AND the Global Glow Recipe Template, clips and pen included! All for $69! ($86.50 value).
  • As noted above, the Everyday Photo Décor Kit includes all you need to create three photo décor cards, including pre-cut and pre-packaged die cut photo frames, additional decorative pieces and stickers, three double-sided 8×6 card bases and three wooden stands for displaying your finished masterpieces. You can either follow the super-easy instructions or mix and match the pieces to make your own. You’ll love this kit for sending photo greeting cards, giving as gifts or decorating your home or office with special photos – just create your photo card and slide it into the wooden base to display! Great gift for kids, moms, grandmothers, anyone! All for $7.50 (original $20!).

Have I used these materials…yes! Blend and Bloom, Rainbow Rush and Flourish papers and stickers are all in my albums…but I just ordered all of these except the Rainbow Rush bundle (I still have some RR materials!). And I ordered the full pack of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. I am SET for vacay layouts!

And what does MY lemon pie look like? 

I finished one album, did a partial power layout for another and have completed a number of pages for it. Not as much as I would like and certainly not as much fun working alone, but here are some samples!

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As always, if you are interested in materials, tools, or supplies from Creative Memories, feel free to contact me with questions and/or place an order through my page. 

Happy Scrapping Everyone! God bless!

Marsha