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Hi everyone – Noreen Smith here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog.Do you use sketches in your scrapbooking? They are so versatile and you can use them over and over again, right? Well, you can really do the same thing with a card sketch! At this time of year there are so many occasions that you might be creating cards for, so why not use one sketch as the basic design and change up your supplies to create all of the cards you need quickly and easily? Each month I design a “1-2-3 Card Sketch” that gets its name because it uses just 1 sentiment, 2 paper shapes and 3 embellishments. I create a handout with the sketch and measurements as well as samples of the finished cards, along with a video that demonstrates how quick it can be to create cards using this formula (if you’re interested, you…

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for summer to start – the school year is almost over and vacations are right around the corner! I’ve created a cute little mini-album that you can make before your vacation to take with you and use as a travel journal, or, you can make after your trip as a vacation keepsake!This little mini-album is fast and easy to make with minimal supplies and tools, and of course you can customize it to any theme by changing up the papers and embellishments. It’s also very interactive because of the tabbed insert pages, so kids will love it! And no matter if you’ve planned a local road trip or a world-wide adventure, the new Gallivant Collection from Creative Memories is the perfect collection to document your travels with! It features great colors, versatile patterns and awesome retro-style embellishments and stickers!To…

Hello! I’m happy to be here to share a special layout created with products from the gorgeous new “Forever Yours” Collection by Creative Memories! The collection is designed to help you preserve your wedding memories, but it worked just as beautifully to preserve the memory of a very special woman. My mom passed away recently and she’s been on my mind a lot. I wanted to create a layout to remember her by that featured one of the last photos taken of us before her Alzheimer’s disease became very advanced. I knew that the colors in the photo would work beautifully with the colors in the Forever Yours papers (rich cream, silvery gray, gold, navy and pink) and the coordinating Stickers and Pearl Adhesive Gems from the Embellishment Pack. I also used CM’s lustrous Gold Shimmer Cardstock as a backdrop, and Navy ABC/123 Stickers for my title. I wanted to…

Hi there! I’m excited to be back today to share a layout featuring a couple of new products that were released by Creative Memories this month – the Sorbet Collection and the Rectangle Templates for the Custom Cutting System! The Sorbet Collection is full of delicious colors and patterns, and it also has a bit of a retro feel to it. I dug out a variety of old photos of myself that echoed the colors and had a bit of a vintage look. I knew I would have to tone down the bright, busy pattern of the paper with a solid color to make the photos stand out. But instead of just using the Rectangle CCS Templates to simply matt my photos, I thought I would try my hand at creating a cut-work style overlay with them! First, I traced out the various sizes of rectangles and squares onto a…