Monday, December 26, 2011

Creative Memories for 2012

We had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and I hope you did too! But now that Christmas is over and the year is winding to a close I am ready to share some exciting news with you:

I will be reactivating as a Creative Memories Consultant effective January 2, 2012!

I was a Creative Memories consultant for 4 years and loved it, but I wanted to try my hand at making my own kits and selling a wider variety of scrapbooking products from many different manufacturers. So when I was on maternity leave with my second son I started my Sharing Memories Scrapbooking Business. I really enjoyed it, too, as it gave me a chance to design and create products as well as teach unique classes and organize events. My friend Julie was a CM consultant so I was able to continue to order and use Creative Memories products whenever I needed to. Julie and I joined Carla and Heather to form Calgary Crops and it was great that we had four different lines of scrapbooking and papercrafting products to offer to customers at our crops and retreats.

But then Julie had her third baby this past summer and left CM to focus on her thriving Lia Sophia business instead. Since she left, many of our regular ladies at Calgary Crops have missed having access to CM products and I found myself missing them too! I also realized that I don't have as much time to devote to designing my own product kits and coming up with make and takes etc. since I returned to work full time. So, I have decided to reactivate with CM and let my Sharing Memories Scrapbooking Business go.

This decision has a couple of implications: One - Our Calgary Crops events will now feature the three main direct sales scrapbooking product lines along with all the new tools and ideas that these three great companies come up with! Two - my inventory of Sharing Memories Scrapbooking products will have to be sold off - so get ready for a sale ladies! I will be selling my discontinued products online as well as at upcoming Calgary Crops events until my inventory is gone (more details to come in the next few days!). I will also be changing my blog, although the name will remain the same. I am so excited to share lots of new CM ideas with you in the upcoming year!

So why am I waiting until the New Year to rejoin CM? Well, it is always a great time to start something new, but CM is also celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2012 so they have revamped their consultant kit with brand new products and are having an amazing special - I will be restarting my CM business for only $25.00!

If you are interested in starting a Creative Memories business of your own, you"ll be able to see the full details online at starting on January 2nd, 2012 but in the meantime I do have a picture of the new consultant kit to share with you:

All this for $25.00? WOW! I think you can tell  I am very excited!

So, what are you planning for 2012?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Punch Christmas Card

As I was figuring out how many more Christmas cards I needed to make, I was looking through my storage box and came across this card I initially made when I was on the Design Team for Christmas Cards All Year Long. I used Creative Memories Sweetheart Punch in an unusual way - to create Candy Canes!

After you punch the hearts, simply snip them in half to create detailed the Candy Canes! I backed them up with some solid cardstock and trimmed around the edges to create the two-color look. Some non-traditional colors, a sweet scallop border and a few rub-ons created a new take on a Christmas theme!

Are you ready for Christmas?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cheerful Christmas Layout

When my husband and I got married I started a "McAllister Family Christmas" Album with the idea that I would add a few pages to it each year to highlight our holiday celebrations (read more about my album here). It has been a wonderful album to create and enjoy. It is always accessible on our album shelf, but I bring it out at Christmas time and place it on the coffee table for everyone to look at. My boys love to flip through it, and I love to see how they have grown and changed over the years. I also think its fun to see how my scrapbooking style has evolved over the years!

At our Calgary Crops scrapbooking retreat last spring, I used our page challenge as a chance to complete a layout about Christmas 2010 for our Christmas Album. Carla supplied the sketch from one of the fabulous CTMH idea books, and I used Creative Memories Cheerful Christmas Addition to complete this two page spread:

The patterned papers, cardstock stickers and clear title/word stickers that came with this CM kit were super cute on their own, so I just added some solid cardstock in coordinating colors, white craft ink to highlight the edges and some bakers twine to complete the layout.

I love using sketches (I call my own sketches "Page Plans") for quick layouts as well as the basis for more decorative pages. You can do as much or as little as you want to the layout and you know it will be beautiful.

Our current family Christmas Album is getting pretty full, so I think I might be ready for a new one. I am debating between these two beauties:


I am leaning towards the Noel Album as it is a little more traditional and would coordinate with our previous family Christmas album, but I can't deny the appeal of the cool blue Holidazzle album. Which would you choose?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Copic Christmas Cards and another Freebie!

I think it's safe to say that if you are a papercrafter you are probably working on Christmas cards right about now! I sat down and created a whole schwack of cards using some multi-purpose Christmas tags I designed, some red and green cardstock and a few small pieces of patterned Christmas paper. They were simple and fast - in fact I made a dozen cards in about half an hour!

Want to make some fast and easy cards too? Well, here ya go!

There are 12 tags on this sheet, two of each of six designs. Simply download the sheet of tags here, print them on some white cardstock, and cut or punch them out with a 3" circle cutter. Then, color them up real quick using your Copics, markers, pencil crayons or watercolor pencils. Heck, even the kids could color these with their crayons to make their own cards! (By the way...I used only a few copics here - E33, E47, G21, G24, Y21 and R27.)
To assemble the cards, I started with standard white invitation sized (4.25 x 5.5") card bases. First I layered on a 4 x 5.25" piece of solid red or green cardstock, then added a piece of  3.75 x 5" patterned paper on top. I punched a 3.5" scallop circle from the same solid color I started with then add one of the colored in tags to top it off. See, I told you it was fast and easy!

For a little variety you could:
  • vary the background papers
  • vary the colors of copics or markers you use on the tags
  • place the scallop and tag in the centre of the card or off to one side for a more asymmetrical look
  • do some in landscape format (card opening from bottom up) or portrait format (card opening from side)
  • add a foam square to make the image pop off the surfac
And here's a closer look:

Of course you can use the tags on other Christmas papercrafting projects...punch a hole in them and they would be great as gift tags or blin them up a bit and use as embellishments on a scrapbook page! I would love to see what you do with them, so please feel free to leave a link to a pic of your projects in the comments below!


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December Daily Date Circles

If you are one of the many scrapbookers that documents the joy of the holidays by creating a December Daily Album a la Ali Edwards, then you may find this little freebie useful. I created this set of date circles to use in my own December Daily Albums a couple of years ago and posted them to my blog way back in November 2009. Since then pictures have been deleted, links have changed and files are no longer active, so I thought I would post them for you again!

There are 31 date circles as well as some seasonal words and icon images. I am no designer, but I created them easily in Creative Memories Storybook Creator Plus (which has awesome designer features and makes anything you make look great).


Download and save this PDF files for free, print them onto some cardstock and cut the circles out (a 1.5 inch circle punch will make fast work of it too.)

Besides using them in a December Daily Album, these little circles would be great for an Advent Calendar project, Holiday Countdown scrapbook page, or you could even use the word and icon circles as gift tags. Feel free to use them however you like, and I'd love it if you shared them with friends.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Super Fast Scrapbooking

At our weekend scrapbooking retreat last spring I offered a Make & Take session called "The 15 Minute Layout". I shared my top 5 tips and tricks for super fast scrapping with our scrapping ladies, and then provided a layout, instruction and materials for them to make a layout in literally 15 minutes or less. Here are the tips to help you save time and energy on YOUR layouts:

1. Don’t crop your photos – especially into shapes! Use 4 x 6’s or make one cut to make 4 x 4 photos. These sizes work especially well within the 12 x 12 page as 12 is divisible by both 4 and 6!

2. Use coordinating products. This is where kits and Page Paks come in handy. If you don’t have a kit, choose one piece of cardstock as a base (you can’t go wrong with white), one patterned paper and one smaller piece of a coordinating solid (ie: use a scrap!)

3. Use generic embellishments. Flowers, stars, hearts, circles all work well on most layouts. They can be cut or punched from the coordinating paper quickly and easily. Save perfectly matched embellishments and labor intensive techniques for those super special layouts.

4. Handwrite your journaling. YES! Don’t worry about formatting it perfectly on the computer, printing and trimming it – record the facts or the story in your own handwriting for an authentic touch.

5. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Use a sketch, or copy another layout you like. I have several go-to layouts that I rely on when I want to get many pages done fast. I know they work well from a design standpoint and I don’t have to search through books and magazines when I am in a rush.

So, let’s make a page! Here’s the sketch we will refer to:

And here are the step by step instructions:
  • Use a piece of 12" x 12" white or solid cardstock as your base.
  • Cut your patterned paper into a 7.5" x 12" strip.
  • Place that across the layout as shown and adhere.
  • Line up and adhere three 4"x6" photos edge to edge directly on top of patterned paper strip.
  • Punch three shapes from the scrap of solid coordinating paper. Arrange in Z shape on page.
  • Handwrite your journaling below photos.
  • If you like, add a precut title embellishment, letter stickers or die cuts for a title.
Here is the layout I created on the spot as I demonstrated how quickly a page CAN be made!

KI Patterned Paper, Paperbilities Cardstock, CM Star Punch
I loved all the layouts the ladies at our retreat came up with based on this simple sketch...I WISH I would have taken photos of them to share! I hope these tips help you get lots of layouts done super fast!

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Hi Friends!

It's been almost a year since I've posted on this blog, and I have missed it more than I thought I would! I miss connecting with and hearing from friends near and far. I miss sharing things I think others would find useful and "teaching" in an online-kinda-way. I miss posting pics and having a place to record little tidbits of life. So, I'm going to give it another go! I can't guarantee I'll post regularly, or even that often, but I WILL post!

What prompted this? I recently was part of a wonderful weekend retreat co-hosted by my good friends and colleagues at Calgary Crops - Heather and Carla - and came away re-energized and re-inspired to start sharing again. Even though I haven't posted in almost a year, I HAVE still been creating. And the feedback I get from the ladies that join us at our crops and retreats certainly motivates me to share my artwork, knowledge and experience.

I also am contemplating a bit of a change in my business life, so I wanted to be an active blogger again so that if/when I do finalize my decision, I can share it with you all. More to come on that in the next few weeks!

So, for now I will share a favorite layout from the artwork contest we held at our recent retreat. We gave each lady who wanted to particpate a copy of a sketch (from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazines Sketchy Challenge for October) and invited them to create their own version of the layout. We then had everyone vote for their favorite layout and awarded the prize to the scrapbooker who had the most votes. It's always fun to see so many takes on the same sketch! This was my own version:

The large apple and "Delicious Autumn" title were cut with CM's Cheerful Seasons Cartirdge.
Paper and stickers are from the coordinating collection - Cheerful Autumn. 

In the next few days I'll be going back into previous posts and fixing some photo issues on the blog...I've noticed that many of the pics are not loading correctly or are missing altogether. And I'll be busy getting ready to share more of what I've been up to!

Looking forward to reconnecting with you!