Hi everyone Noreen Smith once again playing with Creative Memories!

Happy to be back on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog today sharing a couple of layouts made with Creative Memories’ new Slice of Summer seasonal products! As soon as I saw the papers, stickers and variety mat pack for this collection I knew it would work for lots of fun summer photos.For the first layout I chose several photos of my family at the beach last year in Osoyoos, British Columbia. The photos are not the best, as the sun was behind my sons as they stood in the lake, but I wanted to use them to remember the lovely, relaxing holiday that we had. I figured that cropping them down would help, so I chose the best photo to leave as the largest (4” x 4”), then trimmed down the supporting photos to 3” x 3”. I matted all the photos on white to make them stand out against the simple background shapes I created from the bright, fun papers. To finish the layout I added stickers and casual journaling written on hand drawn lines with my Black Dual-Tip Pen.

12X12 Summer layout with photo of being on the beach designed by Noreen Smith featuring Creative Memories Slice of Summer collection
This Way To The Beach

Creative Memories layout close up of journaling Creative Memories layout close up of their slice of summer collection stickers

When I use white cardstock as a base for a layout, I like to create some kind of border to delineate the edges. I don’t usually sew on my layouts, but sometimes I’ll draw a border, made a faux stitching border or, create an embossed or debossed edge, which I did on both my layouts today. I simply placed the piece of blank cardstock in my 12” Straight Trimmer, lining up the edge at ¼”. Then I ran the sturdy point of my Multi-Purpose Tool down along the cutting track to leave a recessed line. For the above layout I left the recessed line (debossed) showing, and for the layout below I flipped the paper over so the line would be raised (embossed). Either way, it just adds a subtle bit of dimension and depth to an otherwise plain white page.

An artist using the Creative Memories 12 inch cutter and multi-purpose tool
Creative Memories 12″ Straight Trimmer and Multi-Purpose Tool

My second layout is based on the wonderful July Sketchy Challenge sketch by Kerry Engel.

A scrapbook sketch for a 12X12 layout designed by Kerry Engel
Creative Scrapbooker Magazine July 2017 Sketch

I create a lot of sketches to use and share with my customers and other CM advisors, but sometimes I need a jumping off point, too! I loved that Kerry’s sketch this month has lots of shapes that can be pieces of paper, photos or journaling spots. I chose a few photos of my boys eating their favorite cool treats and paired it with more Slice of Summer papers, stickers and pre-made mats.

12X12 Creative Memories layout featuring Slice of Summer collection with photos of children eating popsicles
We All Scream For Ice Cream

Close up of Creative Memories Slice of Summer layout die cuts and stickers

Have you ever done a layout based on a sketch from the CSM Sketchy Challenge and uploaded your layout to the Sketchy Gallery? If not, give it a try! There are lots of great layouts to get inspiration from and it’s fun to see your own layout in an online gallery!

Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Gallery logo
Join our Sketchy Community

All Creative Memories products featured in this layout are available in Canada on my CM website, and you can also find advisors in the US and other countries by using the Advisor Lookup feature.

Please drop by my BlogFacebook GroupYouTube Channel, or my Instagram feed for more ideas and inspiration – I create monthly layout and card sketches, and showcase new Creative Memories products & tools on a regular basis.
And if you live in the Calgary, Alberta area, I invite you to join me soon for a Crop, Workshop or Weekend Retreat and enjoy some scrappy fellowship!

Thanks so much to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine for having me today…Happy Scrapping!
Noreen

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Creative Scrapbooker Magazine summer 2017 front cover
Summer 2017 Creative Scrapbooker Magazine


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