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Hello everyone! Noreen here from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here to share my sketch-to-page process with you! Some of you know that I design monthly sketches to share on my own blog and YouTube Channel, but I LOVE to work with sketches from other designers too! Kerry Engel creates fresh sketches for the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Sketchy Gallery and I look forward to using them every month as a jumping-off point. Along with Kerry’s sketch I’ll be using a versatile new collection released this month by Creative Memories called Memoirs & Memories which features great neutral designs that can be used for so many different page themes (think heritage, travel, tribute and masculine pages!) and includes a Paper Pack, Stickers, Foiled Embellishments and Variety Mat Cards as well as an incredible album with pre-designed Fast2Fab pages! It’s gorgeous! I’m also going to be using the new Gears Chain Border Maker Cartridge to create…

Hey there! It’s Noreen from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here with some ideas for using not-so-standard sized papers to create standard 12” x 12” layouts. Creative Memories has an incredible line of products known as The Happy Album – a petite album that can be used as a journal, a planner or anything in between. New Happy Album Kits by Creative Memories are released each month and include various papers, embellishments, and instructions to create super cute spreads on the 6.75” x 10” Happy Album pages. They are so much fun! But sometimes I love the contents of the kits so much that I want to use them on my regular 12” x 12” scrapbook pages too. So, I’ve come up with two standard double-page spreads that make the most of the papers and stickers in the latest Happy Album Kit – #19 – leaving no paper scraps left behind! Since there are…

Hi friends! Noreen from OrganizedandCreativeMom.com here, and I’m so excited that Summer has actually arrived in the Northern hemisphere! To celebrate, Creative Memories has released a fantastic summer collection called Citrus Summer! It’s full of saturated summer colors and delicious patterns, images, and icons and I knew it would be just perfect to use with some photos of my boys and me at the water park from a few summers ago.   I love the look of a word-art cut-file, so I created one to share with all of you who visit the Creative Scrapbooker Blog!  The “Summer Fun!” cut-file is available for FREE in the shop on my own Blog, or on the Free Projects Tab of the Creative Scrapbooker website! Just download the zipped file to your computer and extract the cut-file image in JPG, PNG and SVG file formats. Then, follow the instructions for your electronic cutting machine…

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