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!