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Hello there! Noreen from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here! If you took a vacation over spring break or have travel plans for this coming summer, then you’ll want to get your hands on the new Travel Log Collection from Creative Memories! It features fabulous papers, die-cut embellishments, stickers, mat cards, and handy pocket embellishments all in versatile grays, beiges, reds, blues and peach/coral tones. And the icons, imagery, and patterns will work for tropical or urban destinations, as well as all forms of the land, sea or air travel! We went on a great family vacation earlier this spring and it was the first time my two boys had been on an airplane! They loved it and have now been bitten by the travel bug – the whole world of travel has just opened up for them! I took a photo of them on their inaugural flight and paired a cut-file I created…

Hey there! Noreen from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here! It’s kind of a Creative Memories tradition that a new Baby collection arrives each Spring, and the new Storytime Collection is so cute that I had to dig out my boys’ baby photos and create some new layouts! What I love about this collection is that everything mix and matches together beautifully and will work for both boy and girl layouts! It features two paper packs, two sticker packs, an embellishment pack, a variety mat card pack, gorgeous album covers, pre-designed refill pages, and even gift box bundles that would be the perfect gif for a new mom! I had two sweet photos of my son Grayson as a newborn that I wanted to feature, and Kerry Engel’s April Sketchy Challenge sketch was perfect to showcase them! I love finding a new sketch from Kerry every month on the CSM Sketchy Challenge Page for…

Noreen Smith from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com is on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine web show today creating a SUPER CUTE Envelope Mni Album that is absolutely perfect as a card, special keepsake or a mini album! Noreen has put this entire album together using a wide range of the latest and greatest products from Creative Memories INCLUDING their MUST HAVE NEW 12″ Trimmer! Grab a coffee and ENJOY! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3-HWssJ3Rs&t=9s Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube! Do not miss a single video! CLICK HERE Happy Scrapbooking Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Hi friends…Noreen Smith from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here! Have you ever been so excited about something that you just couldn’t wait to get it? That you had to have it – NOW? That’s the way I felt about the new Explorer Collection and the Camouflage Paper Pack! When these new products launched earlier this week I ordered them right away, but knew they wouldn’t be here for a week or so. Thank goodness both collections are available as Digital Art Kits! I purchased them online, downloaded them, and within minutes was using them to create digital layouts. Since I’m a Boy Mom who lives close to the Rocky Mountains and has a cabin in the woods, these papers and embellishments seemed to be made just to highlight our family photos! The outdoorsy patterns, rustic colors, and camping, fishing, and hiking imagery will be perfect to document any kind of masculine photos and…

Hey there! Noreen from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here to share some ideas for using two fabulous new Paper Packs from Creative Memories – Rustic Manor and Sky & Water. These collections include gorgeous photographic background papers that can be a bit intimidating to use. These amazing collections feature beautifully photographic background papers that include images of water, sky, beaches, clouds, the Northern Lights, trees, foliage, moss, marble, and wood grains. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a little apprehensive about using these types of papers…I mean, the background images are so lovely, why would you cover them up? On top of that usually, there are no specific embellishments that coordinate with the papers. It always seemed kind of daunting, so I’ve steered clear of these papers in the past. But when I saw these new papers, I knew I had to challenge myself to use them, and I love…

Hi friends! Noreen Smith from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here on the CSM blog today sharing some tips on using a fantastic tool from Creative Memories – the Collage Wreath Recipe Template! This is the latest in a series of wonderful templates that can really take your layouts to the next level!  The mylar template can be used over and over again to create a wide variety of scrapbook pages by rotating the stencil and/or flipping it to the other side, and you can customize each layout by choosing which the of traceable elements you want to feature in your layout. Simply place the template on top of patterned paper or cardstock, trace the shapes you want with a pencil, cut them out and arrange them on your album page or cardstock. I created a few different variations to show you just how versatile this tool is! In this first layout, I wanted…

Noreen Smith is on our latest web show designing SHAKER CARDS featuring all kinds of fabulous products by Creative Memories.  Grab your coffee, pull up a chair and get ready to SHAKE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERFMCTG08Xw&t=15s SUPPLIES Creative Memories Frost Accents Paper Pack Creative Memories Bronze Shimmer Cardstock Creative Memories Tape Runner and Foam Squares Creative Memories Peekaboo Pockets Creative Memories Original Border Maker System Creative Memories Midnight Star Cartridge Creative Memories Embossed Bow Punch  Creative Memories Gold Metallic Dual-Tip Pen Creative Memories Gemstone Custom Cutting System Here is a look at the finished products! Be sure to follow Creative Scrapbooker Magazine on YouTube! Do not miss a single video! CLICK HERE Happy Scrapbooking Everyone!Subscribe today to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Hi everyone! Noreen Smith here from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com. We’re halfway into November but I’m 100% into Christmas crafting right now and working on Christmas Cards! Today I want to show you how I got all my cards done quickly and easily using the… Creative Memories awesome All That Glitters Card Kit has everything you’ll need to create twelve beautiful 5” x 7” cards – the card bases and envelopes, pre-cut embellishment pieces (as well as 170 BONUS pieces!), 26’ of gold glitter tape, a sheet of enamel stickers, and an instruction sheet, all packed in a lovely gift box! Although I’m using the kit to make cards to send to my family and friends, this kit would actually make a wonderful gift – especially for your crafty friends! (Tip: Make sure to check out the Creative Memories Gift Guide to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!) The instructions are…

Hi everyone! Noreen Smith here from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com to share a not-too-spooky Halloween layout along with some cut files that I created for you today! I’m using the Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice Paper Pack and Stickers from Creative Memories which feature iconic fall colors and patterns with hints of Halloween. They are perfect for photos from the Pumpkin Patch, corn maze, bobbing for apples, Jack-O-Lantern Carving, Halloween costumes and parties, and of course, all things Pumpkin Spice! You might remember that last May I designed a Sunburst cut file to share with you, and I decided to take a spooky spin on it and turn it into a spider web! The rays of the sun became the radials of the web and I added the curved spirals in between to create a web that can be cut on any electronic cutting device! And what’s a web without a spider? Inspired by…

Hello, friends Noreen Smith here today on the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine blog! It seems that fall has arrived, and so has a beautiful autumnal collection from Creative Memories – “Gather Together”. This elegant collection with its rich colors and gorgeous floral and geometric patterns will work so well with fall-themed photos from Thanksgiving, family gatherings, fall road trips, autumn foliage and good times with friends.  I knew this collection would be perfect to showcase family photos we had taken a couple of years ago on a beautiful fall day, but before I jump right to the layouts I want to share some tips with you. I just got back from a Creative Memories mini-conference for advisors where I spoke about some creative approaches to using sketches. Sketches are a great starting point and are so versatile. I create lots of sketches, but I also rely on them to jumpstart my…