Blogging Hiatus

You may have noticed that I’m taking a blogging hiatus . . .

I’ve been so busy with my full-time work, I just haven’t been able to spend a lot of time on the blog lately. This is likely to continue for some time.

I’m still with Creative Memories, and you can still shop with me in person or on my website. You can stay tuned for updates on this site in the future, sign up for my monthly newsletter, or like my Facebook page to see everything that’s going on right now.

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Fathers Day Pages

Thanks for hopping with us! I’m pretty happy with the pages I made this time, and I hope you like them too. Read to the end to find your next blog hop stop . . .

For some Fathers Day scrapbooking this year, I decided to combine the efficient “questions” journaling approach with pockets and turn these into hidden journaling pages.

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Easter Blog Hop 2016

How are you enjoying the 2016 Creative Memories Easter Blog Hop so far? Feeling INSPIRED?!? 🙂 I’m LOVING the ideas that everyone is sharing! You should have arrived from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog if you’re following this hop in order.

Check out these basket ideas I’m sharing today, and then read to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the link to the next stop!

DIY Easter Baskets

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6 Tips for Scrapbooking with Kids

Scrapbooking is a great hobby to share with friends, family, and even kids! Besides the obvious benefits of having scrapbooks (reminiscing, history, etc.), kids can also benefit from participating in scrapbooking activities by exploring new creative avenues, developing fine-motor skills, reflecting on the stories  they’re scrapping, and proudly sharing the alums they’ve made with other people. Continue reading

Watercolor Love CD Album

Valentine’s Day usually isn’t a big deal at our house, but I do like to make heart-shaped cookies and write at least a few little love notes to my husband each year. This year, I thought it would be fun to make these notes into a cute little album with CM’s adorable Watercolor Love Paper and Embellishment Pack!

I included a little sneak peek with my project for CM’s second Virtual Crop . . .

This is pretty much what my hubby will be getting from me this year, along with my undying devotion, of course!

Now, let me show you what this cute little book looks like inside:

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Treat Basket for Your Valentine

This past Saturday was CM’s second Virtual Crop on Facebook, and we had over 1,000 people “attend” from locations all over the world!

The theme “Love Is in the Air” was the perfect way to showcase the new, limited edition Watercolor Love items (paper and embellishments), and we had one new challenge each hour — it’s a really fun way to try out new techniques and projects and also see what everybody else is doing with those challenges! I hosted the last challenge, and it was kinda “out of the box” (or “out of the album,”  if you will): make a Treat Basket!

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A Year to Remember Blog Hop

Welcome to Stop #4 on the CM A Year to Remember Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Diana’s blog, and at the bottom of this page you’ll see the link to your next stop. Note: Many links to products on this page are my personal affiliate links.

Of course, these awesome papers, stickers, and embellishments will look GREAT in your family album this year, but I decided to take them in a little bit of a different direction . . .

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Circles and Ovals Blog Hop

Happy Holidays!

I’ve been having a PACKED holiday season already, and there’s still more fun to come. I hope you’re also having a great season!

In honor of the return of CM’s CCS Circles and Ovals, I’m showing you how to make some cute paper rosettes that can be turned into ornaments or used as embellishments on cards and album pages. Continue reading

Holiday Blog Hop Stop #2

ChristmasJoyMemeAdvI hope you’re enjoying the blog hop so far!

You probably arrived here from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog, and if you read to the bottom of this post you’ll find a link to your next blog as well as a list of all the blog hop stops. 🙂

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Christmas stuff CM has this year, and I’ve had a lot of fun coming up with some cute cards that feature the Christmas Joy line.

Did you know that last year December 22 was the busiest mail day of the year, with more than 460 MILLION pieces of mail delivered just on that one day??? (Yeah, actually I didn’t know that either, but I was wondering so I looked it up.) So if you’re sending out Christmas cards this year, you’re in good company! Here are some ideas for cards you can make yourself and send to your friends and family.
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Short Cuts for Layouts and Cards

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

Original Creative Memories Short Cuts Pack

If you’ve been a long-time devotee of Creative Memories, you might remember these oldies . . .

The dimensions for the pieces of the original 10×12 Short Cuts packs (for each cardstock color in the pack) are:

  • 2 pieces 12×1.5
  • 2 pieces 12x.375
  • 1 piece 4×3.75
  • 2 triangles from a 4×4 square
  • 1 piece 6.25×4.25
  • 3 pieces .75x.75
  • 2 pieces 1.125×7

Back in the day, Creative Memories used to have these pre-cut Short Cuts packs, and they were used to quickly create simple borders. Although a few former consultants and long-time customers might still have a few of these on their shelves, they aren’t available through CM anymore.

In case anybody is getting nostalgic for this type of design, I put together a few suggestions for “shortcutting” 12X12 paper and using the pieces for quick borders, corners, photo mats, and (surprise) cards. Continue reading