Bright Doily & Flower Child Border

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This week I was playing with the new Creative Memories Flower Child Border Punch and comparing it to the Doily Border Punch that came out in the fall. Continue reading

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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

Creative Scrapbooker September Sketch

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21686217_846215615554485_1398414676816005450_nThis month, the Creative Life Scrapbooking team decided to take Creative Scrapbooker magazine’s Sketchy Challenge and make layouts based on this circle layout sketch, but with a twist: stash busting only! All of us have lots of older scrapbooking supplies, and sometimes we need some motivation to use that instead of the brand-newest stuff. 🙂

TBH, when I first saw this sketch I was like, “What am I going to do with this?!?” It was way outside my normal scrappy comfort zone! I tried one layout that I totally hated (maybe I’ll post that as a blooper sometime), and I almost gave up.

But then I was struck with inspiration one day as I gathered a bunch of wedding announcements off my fridge and realized that the three photos from those announcements would be perfect for this layout! Once I had that thought, I LOVED the process of creating this page! (And while I was journaling on the page, I even got teary-eyed because the people on this page are so special to me, so clearly this was an important story for me.)

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Underwater Border Two Ways

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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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February Blog Hop: Upcycled Hybrid Valentines

Hi everyone, and thanks for joining the Creative Life Scrapbookers’ blog hop this month! To find out more about what we’re doing and what’s coming up, you should like our Facebook page. 🙂

If you’re hopping through all our blogs, you probably arrived here from D. Brinsley’s Memory Keeping Blog. Read through to the bottom of this post to find your next stop!

Even though I don’t usually scrapbook Valentine’s Day stuff (honestly, I’m not a big fan of the holiday…it comes from many years of singlehood…but that’s a story for another time), I do really enjoy the colors that come along with the day! p1030246

Since I knew I wouldn’t be making a layout, I had to find another fun way to use some of my new crafty stuff. I noodled on a few ideas, but nothing seemed quite awesome enough.

One day, while drinking my Diet Coke with lunch, it struck me that these little 12oz bottles would be adorable repurposed and decorated as Valentine gifts for the kids my husband and I teach each week at church. INSPIRATION!

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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

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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