Celebration Layouts with the Soiree Scrapbooking Collection

If I asked you what types of occasions you make sure to include in your scrapbooks, you would probably say holidays, vacations and of course, celebrations!

Celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries and retirements are such joyful occasions that we want to make sure the memories and stories are preserved.

Creative Memories new Soiree Collection features patterns, colors and images that will work beautifully for so many different celebrations!

To prove it, I used the Soiree Collection to create two very different celebratory layouts.

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Mini Album Using Creative Memories’ Soiree Collection

Have you seen the lovely new Soiree Collection yet?

I’m absolutely in love with the colors and patterns that make up this new collection.

I can’t wait to use it to create a few scrapbook layouts and borders! In the mean time, I’m going to share a mini album I created with the Soiree papers, stickers and embellishments.

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A Year to Remember Part 2 Scrapbooking Sketch and Layouts

I hope you were able to join in on all the fun in our recent Virtual Crop. (If not, you can see all the challenges here on the blog and check out all the posts on the CM Events page!) I loved working with the A Year to Remember 2 product collection for the crop and I just couldn’t stop myself from creating another sketch and layout with it! Besides the amazingly versatile calendar grids, there are so many gorgeous papers that you’re bound to find the perfect pattern for any occasion throughout the year!

You might know me for my 1-2-3 sketches and layouts and was planning on creating another 1-2-3 layout for you, but I loved so many of the papers that I decided to live a little and use more than just one piece of double-sided paper in this layout for a change! So here’s my sketch for you to play with:

July CM Sketch

And here’s my version of the layout:

july sketch layout

It’s a simple sketch to follow, but here are some basic instructions:

  • Choose three (or more!) coordinating patterned papers. (Tip: this is a great way to use up scraps!)
  • Cut two 1.5″ x 12″ strips from one paper (these will be the strips at the bottom of the layout)
  • Cut four .5″ x 12″ strips from another paper (these will be the narrow strips at the top of the layout and the ones layered above the strips at the very bottom)
  • Cut two  1″ x 11″ strips from a third paper (these will be the strips just under the photos)
  • Use the largest circle template of the Custom Cutting System with the blue blade to cut a 6.5″ circle from the first paper.
  • Punch or cut a variety of smaller circles from any of the papers used for the strips (the circles in the sketch measure 1″, 1.5″ and 2″).
  • Place and adhere the large circle and strips as shown. Add photos, then circles and/or other embellishments, overlapping as shown. Finish it off by adding your journaling and title!

You can see I used circles as my major design element, but you can use any shape you want, such as hearts, stars or hexagons. Or, simply cut a 6.5″ square to use instead of the circle and then add die-cut or sticker embellishments wherever there is a circle on the layout!

Also, although I used papers from the A Year to Remember 2 Paper Pack, I love that the papers, embellishments and stickers from the first round of A Year to Remember that launched back in January coordinate beautifully! If you look carefully, you’ll notice that the “love” bubble is from the first collection and the journal spot, circles and happy faces are from the second collection!

As an extra detail, I decided to add a Lace Flower Chain border strip across the large strip at the bottom of the layout as a nod to the flowers in some of my photos. I used the Water Color Green ABC/123 Stickers for my title and wrote my journaling with my trusty Black Dual-Tip Pen. Here are a couple close-ups of the details …as you can see, I just can’t resist using Foam Squares to pop some embellishments off my layout!

july sketch detail

july sketch detail 2

I hope you try this easy sketch with some of your favorite papers from A Year To Remember Part 2 or any of the outstanding new collections ! Enjoy and make it your own!


Cool Serenity Slide-Ins: Journal while on Vacation

On Vacation…

I just wanted to share an idea on how to use the Slide-in Packs to get an album completed quickly.

When I packed for vacation this time I packed a Cool Serenity Slide-in Pack and my Creative Memories Pens and a commitment to journal while we were on vacation!

I always take so many photos when we are vacation because I want to capture the memories, but I also enjoy photography so it is a major hi-light of vacation for me.

 I struggle when I get home to get my album done because our busy schedule sometime gets in the way.  T

his time I thought I would try something different and journal about our vacation while we were there and use the Multi-Pocket Pages to complete my album when I returned home.

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Creating Celebration Cards with the Soiree Collection


Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned card-maker, you’re going to love our new Soiree Collection!

The festive paper prints and super cute embellishments and stickers are perfect for card-making.

The possibilities with this collection are endless.

You can whip out a card in a few minutes or take more time to create something a bit more detailed.  Either way the results are going to be fantastic!

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“Christmas In July” Scrapbooking Layouts

It’s not often that I happen to be scrapbooking “in season”.

Right now, I’m working on albums for both of my grandchildren and have come upon Christmas photos.

Creative Memories’ holiday collections are seasonal items, and we won’t get our new holiday collection until later this fall.

But no worries!  Both our A Year to Remember Part 1 and A Year to Remember Part 2 paper packs contain a few sheets of red and green prints.

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Photography Tips for Events and Celebrations

Do you try to capture everything at your celebrations and events on camera?

That was me!

I saw everything through the viewfinder on my camera and didn’t seem to enjoy the party or celebration.

Here are a few pointers of what to get photos of and put your camera down and enjoy the party!

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Creative Memories July Virtual Crop: Challenge 1


We are SOOOO glad that you joined us for the July Virtual Crop!

We have so many ideas that we hope will inspire you today!

Welcome back to those of you who have virtually cropped with us before, and a BIG warm welcome to all you newbies!

If you are new, you might be asking yourself “What is a Virtual Crop, and WHY am I here?”

Let me help answer that!

First and foremost—no need to get out of your jammies!  Just make yourself a cup of tea/coffee, grab a few photos, along with some scrappy supplies!  (Oh, and you will DEFINITELY need some chocolate!)

We will be hosting several challenges right here on the blog, and posting to the events page on Facebook!

Please post your completed pages on the Facebook Events Page to qualify for the door prizes that will be given away throughout the day.  If you have any questions, just ask in the comments section of each post either here on the blog or on the Facebook Page.

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Ocean Waves Scrapbook Borders For Your Travel & Vacation Layouts

I’m loving Creative Memories’ new Ocean Waves Border Maker Cartridge! Used with the blues from Creative Memories’ Travel Cardstock or the Cool Serenity Collection it’s the perfect complement to your seaside scrapbook layouts.

I’m sure you can also think of other ways this cool new tool can dress up your summertime scrapbook pages. Today I’m going to share three borders I created with the Ocean Wave Border Maker Cartridge and the Cool Serenity Collection.

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Fun Scrapbook Title Pages–Fast!

Do you have trouble figuring out what to do with your Title Pages? Are you like me, sitting and staring at a blank page trying to become inspired as the minutes tick by?

These fun and fast Title Pages I created with Creative Memories Fast2Fab collections will solve all your Title Page dilemmas.

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