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
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
If you’ve seen many of my cards, you probably realize that I am a big fan of paper flowers. I snatched up as many of the Flower & Sparkle Embellishment packs as I could when they were briefly available in August, and now that they’re back (for a limited time–get yours quick!), I’m SUPER excited to share the thirteen card designs I put together with the Spring Flower & Sparkle Embellishments, Bright Designer Cardstock, and Strut Your Stuff Slide-in Pack.
I used all 32 flowers, about half of the gems, half a pack (5 sheets) of cardstock, and a few cards from the Strut Your Stuff slide-in pack. Oh, and there’s also a sheet of Flower Cards Sentiments (font: Monterey BT) that I printed out from my computer.
Wait, what? 32 flowers? Aren’t there only 30 flowers in that pack? Um, yeah, technically I guess that is true, but I wanted to get every bit of floweriness out of that pack, so you’ll see on the card with the blue chevron pattern that I actually used the flowers and gem that were a decoration on the packaging. (Sheepish grin…)
I’ll admit that I was a little late to jump on the chevron bandwagon. But it has stuck around for a while now, and because it really is a pretty, fun, and versatile design, I finally decided to start using chevrons in some of my projects.
The one problem I had as I started using chevrons–a common problem for all of us who are very into matchy-matchy–was that I couldn’t always find pre-made chevron designs that matched the projects I was working on. CM doesn’t have any tools that create chevrons, so I started thinking about whether I could make chevrons in some other way, and it hit me! It would be very easy to take the “banner” technique one step further to create chevrons with the CM Shape Maker System with the Square Cartridge!
As you can see here, it worked out nicely!
To get to that point, however, I had to think through a couple of the struggles I and my customers have had when making banners. First of all, how do you make sure that your triangle is even when you’re actually punching with a square? And second, when punching several chevron shapes, how can you punch them all out evenly?
Well, after playing with the tools and some scratch paper for a bit, here’s what I found to be a good system for prepping, punching, and laying out chevrons:
First, I started with a 1.25-inch wide piece of paper. In order to punch out fairly uniform chevron pieces, I marked the back of my paper with a line down the center and marks on both sides every half inch.
Second, I slid one end of my paper into the corner of the square punch and lined everything up. I used the guide I had drawn to line up the corner of the square and punched all the chevron pieces by continuing to slide and line up at the half inch marks along the sides.
At the end of the punching, all of my chevron pieces were inside the square, upside down.
I used one of the chevron pieces to space my design out evenly as I attached the pieces to the card.
Check out how I used these on a bling card in my post Spring Bling!
Ahhh! You managed to send the kids off to Grandma’s for the weekend, and your husband is golfing with his buddies for the afternoon, so you’ve got the house to yourself! You spread your photos and brand new scrapbook supplies out on the clean kitchen table, and you’re ready to start! But where???
Everybody experiences “scrapper’s block” sometimes, and it can pop up when you’re at a crop or scrapbook retreat with your friends just as easily as it does when you’re at home working on projects solo. I’ve put together a list of suggestions that have helped me bust through that block and move on to completing pages and projects, and I hope you find a couple here that work for you, too!