Monday, December 31, 2012

Memory Keeping Goals for 2013

As I mentioned in an earlier post, each year I make a series of goals to guide me in my memory keeping efforts. I have been thinking about my 2013 goals for a while now and I'm finally ready to commit them to, the blog!
  1. Complete 10 personal pages per month. It doesn't seem like too much, but that equals 120 pages for the year! That's on top of sample pages I do for my CM business.
  2. Take an online class from Big Picture Classes to stay current and learn something new. I love the community feel there too!
  3. Sort and organize the three Rubbermaid boxes of photos and memorabilia gleaned from my parents move out of the family home and begin the process of placing them into albums. I know I will need to do Power Sort and Power Layout processes to get this accomplished.
  4. On the business and blog side, I plan on offering "Naked" Scrapbooking, Beginner Digital Scrapbooking and Power Layout workshops to help more ladies complete more projects.
  5. Provide a Sketch of the Month link party (with a prize!) on the blog each month
  6. Ok, and I'm almost afraid to put this in writing, but I think I'm going to send off some layouts to publishing calls, and perhaps apply for a design team. This would be a big stretch for me!!!!
Have you thought about YOUR memory-keeping goals for 2013? Put them in writing and stick to them and you'll be amazed what you will have accomplished by the end of 2013!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town!

I have been enjoying a few days of post-Christmas quiet and working away on some projects. I didn't want to venture out into the cold and brave the boxing week shoppers to pick up photos, so I decided to work digitally with our recent Christmas pics. I love working with the new, upgraded Storybook Creator 4.0 - there are so many quicker, faster ways to get the results you want, and what a selection of artwork we have to choose from!

I decided to submit one of the digital layouts I completed to the December Challenge over at Scrap it With a Song. The challenge was to use your favorite Christmas carol as the inspiration for a layout. I chose "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" as the theme for this layout showing Sam and Grayson visiting Santa this year at Bass Pro Shops.

Storybook Creator 4.0 Software - Creative Memories
Be Merry and Christmas Is Digital Kits - Creative Memories

I have always loved that Christmas song...especially the quintessential Bing Crosby & Andrew's Sisters version. I remember my mom and dad playing that album every Christmas when I was growing up and I still love that big band sound. The song also has an extra sentimental reason for me's one of the first Christmas songs that Sam has learned to sing, and he does a great rendition despite his severe speech delay. I loved hearing him break into it every time he sees a photo or TV show about Santa!

Scrap it With a Song is also having a Design Team call, and after seeing what fun my Calgary Crops colleague Carla has had with this group, I decided to be brave and enter my name for consideration. It's one of my scrappy resolutions for 2013 to "get out there" and submit layouts for publishing and to apply for design teams, so here goes! Yikes!

I'll be sharing more of my digital projects as well as my scrappy resolutions in the coming days...see you soon! parents in the Calgary area - I really recommend going to visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops when he returns next year! It was way less busy than some of the other major malls around Calgary, Santa was wonderful and there was so much fun stuff for the kids to do! We loved it!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

December It's a Sketchy Challenge Layout

I love the days between Christmas and New Years! All three of my guys are busy playing with their new toys and I get to sequester myself away in the basement to play with my own papers and tools and photos! I am working on finishing up our 2012 Family Highlights storybook and getting that sent off to CM's Digital Center for printing before December 31st, which is when the hardbound book product credit I have runs out! (nothing like leaving it to the last minute, eh?!)

I did take some time to make some traditional layouts, and I just uploaded the one I created based on the December sketch challenge at Canadian Scrapbooker magazine.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my version:

Cardstock, Adhesive and Pen - Creative Memories
Patterned Paper - KI Memories
Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge

It's a pretty literal scraplift (my fussy-cut flowers are in pretty much the same place as the circles on the sketch) but sometimes when I work from a sketch I just want to follow it and not think too much!

Speaking of sketches...make sure to check back in the first week of January to see my first Sketch of the Month (which will be replacing Kit of the Month). There'll be a linky party and a prize each month and I hope lots of you will participate!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Photo-a-Day Scrapbooking Creative Memories Style

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family! Now that the big day is over, I am settling in to do a little year-end photo organization, and starting to plan for 2013.

Every January I set some goals for capturing moments of the upcoming year in scrapbooks. Some years it's to scrapbook a certain amount of pages per month or to complete a specific project. Other years I've participated in a photo-a-day project or variations of it. When Becky Higgins first started Project 365 (now known as Project Life) back in 2008, I completed a great book using her products, but in the years since then I've done it up Creative Memories style!

In the past I've adapted Hardbound Storybooks, Picfolios and digital Page Prints to capture a years worth of memories, but this year, CM has come up with the simplest way ever of saving a photo-a-day for 2013. They have created a collection of click and fill digital templates that are pre-labelled with week and day numbers which let you simply slip your photos into each designated spot add a bit of journaling and you are done!

There are 6 different sets of is a sample of three of them:

And there are also a variety of Storybook covers or title pages included in the collection:

I envision completing a layout per week and them printing the pages a month at a time to keep it manageable. Slip the printed pages into an album and you are caught up! I think it's a brilliant way to easily capture the highlights of the coming year...and of course you can use it for years to come, with 6 different options to choose from you'll get a new look for each year.

Want to learn more about this photo-a-day concept? Join Creative Memories from January 3-6, on the Creative Memories Go Digital Facebook Fan Page as they kick off this project and guide you through a year's worth of photo-taking.


If you can't commit to take a photo every day this coming year, you can still record the memories using a seasonal approach. How about just creating a couple of layouts each for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter instead? The new "Moments" digital collections gives you a variety of pre-designed collages with seasonal decorations that you also just slip your photos into and then print the pages! Here is a sample of a page from the Spring Moments Digital Collection:

Adorable...and so simple! Each seasonal collection has 30 pre-designed pages and 2 cover options for lots of versatility.

If you currently use Storybook Creator 4.0 software to scrapbook and create digital projects, you can easily get started saving your 2013 memories. You can view, purchase and download any of these collections by clicking on the titles below:
If you haven't started creating with Storybook Creator 4.0, you can view and download a copy of the software here. (Not sure if you'll like digital scrapbooking? You can try out the software FREE for 30 days by clicking here!) I am always available to help you out. If you are in the Calgary area we can arrange to get together for some one-on-one tutoring. If you are further afield, check out all the online tutorials here, and don't be afraid to email me with any questions!

So what are your plans for collecting 2013 memories?

Friday, December 21, 2012

Winter Wonderland

I haven't had much time to scrapbook with all the Christmas preparations (and making 30+ hot chocolate packets for the boys classmates took longer than I thought!) But I thought I would share a layout that I completed as a sample for the layout contest that we did at our winter retreat earlier this month.

I love these wonderful photos by Deanna Mae Photography. We had a mini outdoor session with Deanna in early November and we couldn't be happier! She was so wonderful to work with and we love the resulting photos...we used them for our Christmas cards as well! Check out her website here or her facebook page here.

I used gray cardstock as my base and then added a variety of our beautiful Be Merry papers, which coordinated with the colors in the photos perfectly (I am especially partial to the gray plaid pattern!) The title was cut from Cricut's Winter Woodland cartridge and the snowflakes were cut from our new Holiday Frames & Tags cartridge.

The layout is from Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine's monthly Sketchy Challenge. Each month they post a new layout, and you can upload your version to share in their member gallery. (And you even get a chance to be published if your layout uses products made by Canadian manufacturers!) Mine is a pretty literal interpretation of the layout...right down to the hexagon shapes used as embellishments.

Speaking of layouts, I want to tell you about a change I'm making for 2013. You might remember that during this past year I created a Kits of the Month that featured two layouts and two card designs along with a CM additions paper pack. Because CM is moving away from these packs, I won't be continuing to make my kits, but I will continue to offer a monthly sketch! I haven't done sketches (or Page Plans as I call them) on the blog for a long time, but they are among my most popular posts and searches. So, each month I'll be creating and posting new layout and card designs for you and maybe there will even be some prizes...more on that in the New Year!

I'm off to wrap gifts...I hope you're almost ready for Christmas!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cricut Holiday Frames & Tags Cartridge #4

Thanks for coming back to see my fourth post featuring some the fun little things you can make using the Creative Memories Holiday Frames & Tags Cricut Cartridge! I've already shared a Favour Box, a set of Tags, and a Pillow Box and Gift Card Holder. Today I'm showing you how to make a cute hot-chocolate package holder that makes a great little gift for your children's classmates, their teachers or even your neighbours.

Everyone loves a cup of hot chocolate stirred up with a festive candy cane during the Holidays. But it's not very festive to just pass out the package of HC mix and a candy cane. has to be cute, right? I was inspired by the packages that one of the ladies at our recent retreat was making, and I came up with a couple of my own using CM supplies. Here's a couple of options for dressing up these inexpensive items and make them into more of a gift.

For my first version I used the new Holiday Frames & Tags Cartridge to cut out an open-top envelope with cute pinked edges. (Key - "Stitch 2", Feature - Nordic Font)

I cut it from Red Cardstock at 6 inches and when I folded and adhered the edges it was a great size for the hot chocolate package and candy cane. I dressed it up with a few layers... first, Green Apple Cardstock cut with the Rotary Trimmer and Pinking Blade, then a layer of one of the Nordic Papers (edged with a bit of Barn Red Chalking Ink*) and topped it off with one of the Nordic Title Stickers. I added a little bow of baker's twine (Martha Stewart) to finish it off. Easy and fast...which is great if you have to make multiples.  (Note: if you cut this at 5 inches it would be a great package for a chocolate bar...a cute favour idea for a birthday!)

My second version was just as quick and easy and is more closely based on my scrappy friends' design. I used CM's Cheerful Seasons Cartridge - it is my most-used cartridge because it has images for every season of the year!

I cut some 8.5 x 11 neutral cardstock (non-CM) in half to make standard cards measuring 4.5 x 5.5 inches. I trimmed one edge on a 45 degree angle, again using the Rotary Cutter and Pinking Blade before adhering the bottom and short side edges closed to form a pocket. I added a strip of the same Nordic Paper I used on the package above (this time edging it with the Olive Chalking Ink*). I cut a 2 inch circle from the embossed Green Apple Cardstock from the Enchanted Power Palette and mounted the cute steamy mug image I cut with the Cricut at 3 inches on top of the circle (Key - "Mug", Feature - Layer ). A simple handwritten sentiment on the bottom of the card finishes it off, although I think I will have Grayson write it out on the packages for his friends!

Between my two boys we need to make about 35 of these, so that will keep us busy as we try to finish them up before the week is over. I hope you have time to make a few of these to spread a little holiday warmth around to your friends!

*** Don't forget that you'll receive a set of three Chalking Inks in Olive, Barn Red and Plum FREE with any CM purchase of $50.00 or more by December 31st. Email me for more details!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

More Great Holiday Frames & Tags Projects!

I am still working on the classmates gifts, so I don't have a post with projects made by moi, but I noticed that Ginger Williams from the CM design team posted a bunch of GORGEOUS projects made from the new Holiday Frames and Tags Cricut Cartridge and the Nordic Papers, Ribbons and Stickers over on CM's Traditional 411 blog!

I love them! Click here to have a closer look and check back here in a couple more days to see my final Cricut projects!

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Cricut Holiday Frames & Tags Cartridge #3

I've already shared a great favour box and some cute tags that I cut with this cartridge, and today I want to show you two ways to make gift giving easy using a Pillow Box and a Gift Card holder.

The Pillow Box makes a great gift box and can be sized for any gift. I made this one using the "Point" key, the "Nordic Font" feature and the "Fit to Page" size on my Cricut Expression. It gave me a finished box measuring about 5.5 x 8.5 inches which is big enough for a small gift like a tie or a pair of gloves.

I used a piece of Cranberry Cardstock for the base, then decorated it with a strip of White Cardstock that I double punched with the Zig-Zag Diamond Border Maker Cartridge. I layered that with a strip of gorgeous red and white damask patterned paper from the Be Merry paper collection. I swiped the edges of the damask paper with our exclusive Barn Red Chalking Ink so it would stand out a bit from the white. I added a tag made from the leftovers of the tags I shared the other day...inking the edges with the Olive Green Chalking Ink. I tied it all together with a little bit of Bakers Twine by Martha Stewart from Michael's. Sweet!


The Gift Card Holder really helps make a gift card seem more like a gift. This was also cut from the same lovely damask "Be Merry" paper and adhered to the inside of a card made from more Cranberry Cardstock along with a snowflake cut from White Shimmer Cardstock and a stamp I think I got from Michael's in the $1.50 bin! 

I cut the holder from the "Wood" key and the "Nordic Font" feature at 3.5 inches and it fits a standard size store gift card perfectly. I mounted it on a scrap piece of White Shimmer Cardstock just to make it stand out from the cardstock a little more. I like it a lot better than the generic gift card holders from the stores!

I think I will be using the Pillow Box and Gift Card Holder all year long...they'd be so sweet done in a variety of themed papers for different holidays and for events such as birthdays or baby showers.

If you love this cartridge, don't wait! It is a Limited Edition and won't be around after December 31st. Order today so you can have it delivered by Christmas. And remember that my gift to you with any purchase over $50.00 is the set of three exclusive chalking inks that are not available for purchase!

I'll be wrapping up my Christmas adventures with this cartridge in a few days with a great little gift idea for your children's classmates, teachers or your neighbours. Make sure to stop by!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Cricut Holiday Frames and Tags Cartridge #2 + a GIVEAWAY!

On Monday I showed you a sweet favour box made with the new Holiday Frames and Tags Cricut Cartridge. Today I want to share four tags that I cut from the cartridge and used as the Make & Take at my retreat this past weekend. (Note to self...cutting four layered tags for 40+ ladies, even with the Cricut, is not something I want to repeat! Ha!)

Anyway...the ladies loved the tags! The first two tags were made with the Be Merry Papers and our coordinating solid cardstock in Cactus and Cranberry with White Shimmer accents thrown in (to match the gorgeous pearlized details on the Be Merry papers!)

Round Ornament Tag
Although you can't see it very well in the photo, I used the White Shimmer paper for the centre "burst"'s lovely in person. I also used CM's Olive chalking ink around the edges of all layers (Psst...make sure to read on to the end of this post to find out how you can get a set of these exclusive CM Chalking Inks for yourself!)

Cut at 3 inches from "Dot" key - used Tag and Tag Layer features.

Flip Tag with Shimmery Snowflake
This tag was a bit of a mix-up...I ended up using the base of one tag and the snowflake embellishment from another!  I made it a flip tag by only adhering the ring of the layer cut with the blue damask pattern paper...not the whole thing. The main pieces were inked with the Olive chalking ink for a tone on tone look, and the snowflake is cut from the shimmer paper for a snowy effect!

Cut at 3.5 inches. The base was cut from "Wire" key using Tag feature.
The snowflake and it's shadow were cut from the "Hexagon" key using the Tag Layer feature.

The other two tags were created using the Nordic Papers along with the coordinating Red and Green Apple Cardstock. (Green Apple is possibly my favorite color of all time!)
Ornate Ornament Tag
This tag has a fourth layer I did not include for efficiency's sake! I used the Barn Red chalking ink around all edges.
 Cut at 3 inches from "Oval 3" key - used Tag and Tag Layer features. 

Secret Tag
I like this tag as you can write a little secret note inside. It would be so cute done in pastel colors too...very Springy. I did a little chalking with the Barn Red ink just around the edges of the tag and the inside white card.
 Cut at 3.5 inches from "Victrian" key - used Tag and Tag Layer features.

After seeing what this baby can do, many ladies ordered the cartridge so they could make lots more tags for Christmas AND other holidays throughout the year. They also ordered it because I had a great special on during my retreat that I'm passing on to my blog can receive your own set of the three exclusive Chalking Inks in Barn Red, Olive and Plum FREE with any $50.00 purchase you place through me until December 30th! These Inks are a $12.00 value and are not available for retail purchase.
Since the Holiday Frames and Tags Cartridge retails for $60.00, you would receive the Inks free when you order it for your Cricut collection! You can email your order to me, and I will include the Inks when I deliver it to you. If you aren't in the Calgary area, you can order directly from my secure CM website and I will send your free Chalking Inks to you separately in the mail! 
Either way, be sure to order soon...the cartridges are a Limited Edition Product and will probably be gone by the end of December. If you place your order by December 9th, you'll get it in time to make those last minute tags for your Christmas presents!

Stop by later this week for a few more ideas using this great cartridge...a pillow box and gift card holder!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Cricut Holiday Frames and Tags Cartridge #1

Oooh...three weeks since I last posted. Yikes - so sorry! I was busy getting ready for our Winter Retreat that we held this past weekend in Canmore Alberta. 43 ladies attended and we had such a good time scrapbooking, and creating cards, gifts and tags for Christmas! Although the road conditions were a bit worrisome, it was truly a Winter Wonderland with all the snow! Can't wait for our spring retreat next May! (If you are interested in attending one our retreats, watch our Calgary Crops blog for registration details!)

Now that the retreat is over, I can share a bunch of ideas with you just in time for Christmas! For the next few days I'll be talking about a great new Cricut Cartridge exclusive to CM - Holiday Frames and Tags.

I love all the exclusive Creative Memories Cricut Cartridges - they are a must-have for me since they coordinate with all various CM paper collections - but when this new cartridge launched along with all the other products in the Nov/Dec mini I couldn't wait to play with the new images and features, including some 3D items which are a first for a CM cartridge! Here's a look at some of the images as well as the three fonts:

Even though the cartridge is called Holiday Frames and Tags, it's not only a Christmas cartridge. It does coordinate with some of the images in the Nordic collection and my favorite tag does feature a snowflake, but the tags are adaptable for any holiday year round by choosing different papers and color combinations. And, you can make a sweet Pillow Box or Favour Box along with lots of different styles of envelopes which add a little extra to your card or gift. Here are a couple of sample projects featured in the mini-catalog:

As soon as I opened it I wanted to make the favour box. I chose a piece of Nordic paper and the Fit to Page option on my Cricut before I cut as this would give me the biggest version of the favour box (it made a 2 3/4 inch base).

The box is easy to assemble - once it's cut, simply follow the marks and score along the four edges to make the bottom of the box.

Fold up each side and place the slotted ends over the rounded ends to close.


It's so very cute as it is, but I wanted to use the new Nordic Stamps to make a tag cluster. Here's how..
  1. Stamp the "No Peeking" and the "Present" images onto some cream cardstock (without the outside red ring) and punch them out with large circle on the Circle Maker.
  2. Punch a cream tag with the Tag Maker and stamp just the "To/From" image on it.
  3. Dab Olive Chalking Ink around the edges of the circles and tags
  4. Punch small holes in the circles, tags AND the top of the favour box and tie it all together with some ribbon, hemp or yarn.

LOVE IT!!! I plan on making a bunch of them for table favours for Christmas dinner...they are the perfect size for a little after-dinner box of chocolates!

This cartridge is definitely a must-have addition to your Cricut library! Make sure to order yours before the December 9th holiday shopping deadline so you'll have time to make some of these cute items for Christmas!

I'll be back tomorrow to share a few tags created with the cartridge, so make sure to drop by!

(PS...If you are looking for a Christmas themed Cricut cartridge, be sure to check out the 'Tis the Season cartridge. It is now on While Supplies Last, so when they're gone, they're gone for good!)

Friday, November 09, 2012

Nordic Christmas Cards

When I got my shipment of the new Creative Memories Christmas products I couldn't wait to play with them, especialy the new Nordic Card Set and the coordinating Stickers and Christmas Stamps!

The Nordic Card Set is the set I'm using for my Kit of the Month card class next week and I had lots of fun coming up with the samples. There are 24 cards (12 folded and 12 tag-style) and envelopes in the set, which is a great value for only $16.00! You can use the cards as is - they are die-cut and have some nice printed patterns on them - but they are even cuter when you pretty them up with the coordinating stamps and stickers! Here are the cards the ladies coming to my card class will be making -

Aren't they adorable? I love the matching envelopes - they are lined with coordinating paper and some are die-cut along the top edge to match the die-cuts on the cards! The tag-style cards can be slipped into their coordinating envelopes as-is, or you could punch a hole and tie them to a gift. So cute!
The KOTM card class is next Friday November 16th at my home in NW Calgary. I only have room for 8 ladies and spaces are almost gone. Contact me to RSVP today and I'll be sure to save you a spot and have your kit ready.
If you can't make it to my class, you can also purchase a kit from me to complete in your own home. The kit includes the Nordic Card Set, the Nordic Stickers, pre-stamped and die-cut embellishments and an instruction sheet with photos of all the cards, all for $25.00 (Note: there may be a small additional charge to ship if you are outside Calgary.) You'll be able to complete all these cards in about 2 hours! Make sure to contact me directly to purchase your kit, as it is NOT available on my website.
Another alternative is to host your own card-making party. Gather a few girlfriends together and I'll bring the kits for them to complete. It's a great way to get friends together during this busy holiday season while checking your Christmas cards off your list! AND you'll receive Host rewards for the cost of the kits and any other purchase your friends make that evening. Email me to arrange your own card-making party for November or early December.
Thanks for stopping by...I'll be sharing more cards, layouts and home decor ideas using the Nordic and Be Merry Collections soon! Have a great weekend...




Friday, November 02, 2012

New Creative Memories Christmas Products!

Hooray...they're here - CM's new Christmas Products!

Even though it's only a couple of days after Halloween, I am already looking ahead to the Christmas season and can't wait to make cards, gifts, a super cute Christmas Countdown Project and get my boys to write their letters to Santa... this year with a twist!

I'll be highlighting a few of my favorite products in today's post and post next week, but you can see the entire lineup in the new November/December Mini-Catalog, or by checking out What's New on my CM Website.

Today I want to share the two new Product Collections with you...


This product line features traditional colors spruced up with a hit of bright blue and trendy Chevrons!
There are Papers and Photo Mats, Word/Title Stickers, Die-Cut Self Adhesive Paper Ribbons and lovely Layered Stickers!  I also LOVE the new 12 x 12 Coverset (it's going to be my new Family Christmas album!) and the 8 x 8 Fast to Fabulous Album which you can have finished in about an hour! You can see all the be Merry Product Offerings here, including Digital artwork!


This is a great folk-art inspired line with great patterns and colors! There are lots of products in this line - Papers, Title Stickers and Layered Stickers and Paper Ribbons - but there are also some fun add-ons too. The Nordic Card Set is the base I'm using for my Card Class this year, and we're going to embellish it with the new Nordic Stamp Set and Red & Green Stamper Ink Cartridge. The Christmas Countdown Project also features the new Nordic artwork, and the matching 12 x 12 Coverset is an amazing shade of blue you won't find anywhere else! You can see all the coordinating Nordic Products, including the Digital options here.

I have to stress that this line of Christmas products featured in the new Mini-Catalog are Limited Edition and While Supplies Last. That means that there are limited quantities and when they are gone they're GONE FOR GOOD! Any products left will not be available for purchase after December 31st, so plan ahead to get the products you love NOW before they are gone! Don't be disappointed! Remember you can place your order 24/7 on my secure website and your order will be shipped to your home!

Have fun this weekend browsing the Mini-Catalog and I'll be back on Monday to share some card ideas featring the Nordic set!

Friday, October 26, 2012

6 x 6 Hocus Pocus Stack Pack Tutorials

The other day I shared a couple of 12 x 12 layouts that used the 6 x 5 Hocus Pocus Stack Pack with you. Today I want to show you some other ways to use this handy size of paper, so here are THREE quick step-by-step tutorials to show you how to make an 8 x 8 scrapbook layout, a banner and a card!


The 6 x 6 size lends itself to 8 x 8 pages as well. Here I used a favorite photo of me and my boys on Sammy's first Halloween, on an 8 x 8 page for my "Photos I Love" album.

Here's how to do it:
  1. Trim a 12 x 12 piece of Gold Cardstock down to 8 x 8 to use as the base. 
  2. Place a single 6 x 6 sheet from the Hocus Pocus Stack Pack in the upper right hand corner.
  3. Cut a 4.5 x 8 piece of Black Cardstock. Place it as shown over the patterned paper.
  4. Mount your photo on the black cardstock, equal with the edges of the patterned paper underneath.
  5. Place the large tree die-cut, a colored tab, a word die-cut, and half of a banner die cut as embellishments. All these die-cuts come from the first four pages of the stack pack. (Of course you can use embellishments that suit your photos and place them as you like!)
  6. Add a handwritten title in white on the black cardstock, and journaling in black at the bottom.


I also created a Halloween banner for the mantle in the family room. Over the last year I have seen so many cute banners, but have never made one myself! It was pretty quick and easy - it only took me about half an hour to put this together.

Let's make it:

1. Select nine 6 x 6 papers from the stack pack, or one for each letter on your banner (I wanted to spell "Halloween")
2. Measure the centre point (3") along one edge of a paper and mark it.

3. Trim a straight line with your paper cutter from the opposite top corner to the mark you made on the bottom edge. Repeat with the other side to form a long triangle. Do this with all nine papers.

4. Repeat the steps above with nine pieces of 7 x 7 solid cardstock. (I used Black, Gold, Grape and Green Apple). These will form a heavier base for the banner behind the patterned paper. For an added detail, I cut mine using the Pinking Blade on my Rotary Trimmer.
5. Adhere patterned paper triangles to cardstock triangles.
6. To spell your message you can use large letter stickers like CM's monograms stickers, or you can cut some letters to whatever size you need with a Cricut or other die-cut machine. I used the White Swirly Monograms (but in retrospect I would have used black if I had some handy - just to have them stand out a little more.)
7. If you want additional embellishments, you could add a few punched shapes, some of the die-cuts from the stack pack or the matching Hocus Pocus Layered Stickers to some or all of the banners.
8. Punch a small hole in each top corner of each banner piece. It helps to use the first one you do as a template for the rest.

9. Thread string, yarn or ribbon through the holes to loop the banner pieces together. I used some natural cotton yarn and started by going in at the left hand corner of the banner, keeping the string behind the banner piece and then up and out the right hand corner.

Tie off the ends in a little bow, then hang from a mantle or wall!

I can see doing this for Christmas as well (although the new CM Holiday Frames and Tags Cartridge includes a banner shape, so I might try that! Watch for the new cartridge and the entire new Christmas product line launching on November 1st!!!!)


6 x 6 Stack Packs are also perfect for cardmaking...the smaller pieces are easy to work with and you don't have to cut into an entire 12 x 12 piece of paper. Here is a SUPER EASY card I made using some the leftovers from the banner project.

Get 'er done:
  1. Punch twelve hexagons from the scrap pieces of the Hocus Pocus papers using the Hexagon Place and Punch.
  2. Line up four hexagons along the top edge with one point going off the edge. Adhere. Trim off the overlapping pieces.
  3. Repeat with four hexagons along the bottom edge. Adhere. Trim off any overlap.
  4. Places three hexagons in the approximate centre of the card, lining up the points with the "valleys" created by the other hexagons.  This creates a neat chevron effect above and below! Adhere. Trim the last hexagon in half from point to point and adhere at either end of the middle row of hexagons with the cut edge to the outside of the card.
  5. Add the letters B-O-O to the three solid hexagons in the middle row!

Don't overlook the 6 x 6 size of paper as being'll get a lot of mileage from one of these packs! And make sure to check out these other 6 x 6 Stack Packs by CM:

Achievements -

Be Young -

And, Fluffy & Fido

Have fun creating!