Blog Hop! Turning Your Card Kit Bonus Pieces into Cute Borders

Happy Blog Hop Day, friends!!!

I always love seeing the projects my fellow Creative Life Scrapbookers post on these magical days when we blog hop, so I hope you’re following along and have come from Candace’s page. How do you like this season’s ideas so far? Feeling inspired??

XOXO Card KitThis month I was thinking about how to use my bonus pieces from a couple of CM’s new card kits, and I decided that instead of making more cards (like I might usually do) I was going to make some fun borders with them instead.

Just Because card kit AHave you seen the XOXO and Just Because card kits from Creative Memories yet??? If not, I recommend them highly! I especially love the foiling in the XOXO kit and the shiny gem stickers in the Just Because kit!

You can get these card kits and more on my website now!

XOXO Card Kit Bonus Piece Borders

IMG_20190223_162407This first two-page border used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the XOXO Card Kit
  • Pink & Bronze Shimmer Cardstock
  • A sheet of old foiled paper from the CM Divine Power Palette
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • Scallop Border Punch
  • Repositionable Tape Runner
  • Foam Squares

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To get the double scallop, I just punched one side of the bronze paper and then trimmed the strip to about 2.5″ wide and lined it up to punch the other side in the same pattern as the first side. It took a bit of practice, but it wasn’t too hard at all! I also had to cut some of the foam squares into smaller strips so I could pop up the words for “LOVE” and “hello”, but besides that it’s pretty much just a cut-and-paste border.

IMG_20190223_162453This second single border used:

  • Bonus Pieces from the XOXO Card Kit
  • Pink Cardstock
  • A sheet of old foiled paper from the CM Divine Power Palette and a sheet of old Gold Metallic CM Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • Scallop Burst Border Punch
  • Brown Dual-tip Pen
  • A few of the gem stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • Repositionable Tape Runner
  • Foam Squares

Just Because Card Kit Bonus Piece Borders

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The first border (left) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • A sheet of Pink Blend & Bloom Paper
  • Goldenrod and Navy Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • On the Vine Border Punch
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

The second border (middle) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • Evergreen, Beige, and Navy Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • Border Maker System with the Medallion Frame Chain Cartridge
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

The first border (left) used:

  • Bonus pieces and leftover stickers from the Just Because Card Kit
  • A sheet of Pink Blend & Bloom Paper
  • Evergreen and Raspberry Cardstock
  • 12-inch Straight Trimmer
  • All-purpose Scissors
  • On the Vine Border Punch
  • Border Maker System with the Rose Chain Cartridge
  • Repositionable Tape Runner

You finished our blog hop strong, so now GO FORTH AND CREATE!!!! Thanks for following:

Happy Album: Extra Pages from Kits 1 & 2

This week I wanted to show you what I’m doing with borders and more in my Happy Album, along with a couple of helpful tips for using the border maker system!

After I made the pages from Happy Album Kits #1 and #2 (with slight modification to give me maximum leftovers, of course), I was able to make 3 extra 2-page spreads from the extra pieces:

  1. Half-and-half “wallpapered” spread with a “Family” border crossing both pages
  2. “Me & You” spread with two different types of borders
  3. Hearts and dots spread

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11 Borders with Creative Memories’ Double Chevron

It’s another delightful #BorderMakerMonday, and I have some tips for the Double Chevron cartridge for you today!

I love this cartridge with the CM Border Maker System – it’s one that punches along the edge of your page (as opposed to those cartridges that punch a chain or strip away from the page), and I wanted to show a bunch of the designs you can make with it. I’d love to see you run with it in some of your own borders! Continue reading

2017 Creative Life Scrapbooking Fall Blog Hop!

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 5.04.03 PMThanks for joining our Fall Blog Hop! It’s my favorite time of year, with all the leaves, crisp air, and sweaters – And this year to go along with all of that I’m loving the rich fall colors and the combinations of classic, rustic patterns in Creative Memories’ Countryside Comfort line!

Screen Shot 2017-11-14 at 5.04.38 PMI’m sharing some Countryside Comfort layouts that I started last week during the Creative Memories Virtual Crop on Facebook. If you haven’t done a virtual crop yet, I highly recommend it! Creative Memories hosts several each year, and the Creative Life Scrapbooking group has hosted a couple more so far. Continue reading

Underwater Border Two Ways

underwater title photo

Have you seen the Creative Life Scrapbooking Border Maker Mondays ideas? If not, you should definitely go check them out on the Facebook page! Each week one of the contributors shares ideas for scrappy borders, layouts, cards, or other projects that feature the Creative Memories Border Maker System and other Border Punches.

This week, my contribution to the collection is these two adorable underwater borders that both use similar elements but definitely have a different feel to them!

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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