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Saturday, May 7, 2016

National Scrapbooking Day 2016 Virtual Crop

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Happy NSD – I guess we should call it iNSD because CM has The First Annual Creative Memories Worldwide Virtual Crop happening right now!!  CM, and thousands of scrapbookers, are sharing ideas and inspiration from around the world in celebration of the iconic event that Creative Memories is famous for inventing in the mid '90's - National Scrapbook Day!

Pop in at your leisure to this super fun Facebook event from your favorite scrapping spot for just an hour, or stay the whole day! CM is providing page sketches, inspiration and tips and PRIZES!!  Don’t worry – there is plenty of support to encourage you to complete pages, card projects, or even just organize your photos! Whatever's on your creative "to do" list is fair game. It's always more fun knowing there's a whole great big group of folks being creative with you, even if they're creating on their own turf, yes? :)
I hope to see you pop on for however long you can stay and also that you will share pictures of your finished pages and projects to inspire other crop attendees!

The ideas will stay in this event, too – so be sure to “join” the event so you can see them after the Virtual Crop is over.  Do this by clicking on the event link or searching FB by using hashtags. The hashtag for this event is #‎cmworldwidevirtualcrop  be sure to include it when posting ideas.  You can search for ideas from past virtual crops, too, by searching Facebook for #CMVirtualCrop1, #CMVirtualCrop2 and #CMVirtualCrop3.

Below are some of the ideas that I contributed for the crop with a little bit of information about the products and techniques used.

Challenge #1 – Sketch Challenge

Left hand sideNSD 2016 Creative Memories - Hello Baby Boy products
Right hand sideNSD 2016 Creative Memories - Hello Baby Boy products
Papers, Journal Box & “Love” artwork :  Hello Baby Boy paper pack
Stickers – Hello Baby Boy (blue heart scalloped circle)
                   Hello Baby Girl (pink heart scalloped circle)

Challenge #12 – Card Sketch ChallengeNSD 2016 Creative Memories - Hello Baby Girl products
Paper:  Hello Baby Girl
Stickers:  Hello Baby Girl
Pearl Embellishments:  Hello Baby

Challenge #9 Color Inspiration (Blue, orange, green & red)NSD 2016 Creative Memories

NSD 2016 Creative Memories
Papers used:  Cranberry Cardstock and papers from the
Look on the Bright Side pack.

Challenge #10 – Punch Art Challengelanterns punch art
lanterns punch art
Paper: Look on the Bright Side  paper pack
LanternsShape Maker System and Circle Cartridge for round lanterns, Square Cartridge for rectangle cartridge (cut square in 1/2 and round with Corner Rounder).
Fold accordion style and flatten slightly.
Border Maker System & Picket Fence Cartridge (line to hang lanterns from, top & bottom piece for lanterns), Diamond Scroll Cartridge (for hook).

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Koala Bear punch art
You can learn more about the labeling system used for CMs Custom Cutting System here.


Challenge #15 – How To Technique.
NSD 2016 Creative Memories
Background striped paper, “Once Upon a Time” strip, green and yellow for flower: Hello Baby Boy Paper Pack
Yellow flower: Look on the Bright Side Paper Pack  
Grey flower center: Hello Baby Cardstock Pack
Title:  Mint ABC/123 Stickers

NSD 2016 Creative Memories
Made using the CM Corner Rounder. Visit the CM Crop Challenges static page here: http://woobox.com/6g996m for complete how-two instructions!

Challenge #16 Border Mania!
Scrapbook Border for Braces - lisasworkshop.blogspot.com
Decorative Arcs Border Punch
Paper: Hello Baby Boy pack
Navy ABC/123 Stickers
”Braces”  - from the Hello Baby Boy Sticker pack

Check back throughout the event – I’ll add more ideas here as they’re shared in the virtual crop!
Happy iNSD!!
 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Creative Memories Mother’s Day Blog Hop

Hello & Welcome!!

You have reached the 7th stop on the CM Mother’s Day Blog Hop.   My fellow CM Advisors and I are sharing ideas and inspiration for your Mother’s Day layouts and projects featuring Creative Memories products.  If you’re hopping in order, you’ve arrived from Diana’s blog.  At the end of my post I’ll send you on your way to the CM Blog.   Be sure to visit each stop – there are lots of  wonderful ideas being shared!  (More info, including the complete list of Blog Hop stops, is at the bottom of this post.)Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Today I have a really (REALLY!) quick album to share with you that would be perfect to give as a gift not only to moms, but to teachers, friends…just about anyone who has photos!   This would also make a great project for a new scrapbooker!  For those of us that have been scrapbooking for a while it’s easy to forget how overwhelming just the idea of placing photos in an album can be. Keeping this in mind, I designed this album to be ready for photos to be placed on the pages with very little effort.  An added bonus was just how quickly this comes together!

I started off with the Mother’s Day 8x8 Bundle (shown above) and incorporated elements from the Hello Baby products.
Hello Baby Boy from Creative Memories. CM Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopHello Baby Girl from Creative Memories.  CM Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Of course the Hello Baby items are perfect for baby photos but CM did such a great job designing these items that they work beautifully with non-baby photos, too!

The super simple idea behind this album is to add just a bit of decoration to each page while leaving space for various sized photos to be placed either vertically or horizontally.  To do this I placed just a bit of embellishment near the top & bottom edges on each page.

For the pages shown below I used a pre-designed border from one of the pieces in the Hello Baby Boy Paper Pack. You can view all the fun designs in this pack here.  For most of the pages in this album I followed this formula and used a pre-designed border strip or sticker cut in half and placed one on each neighboring page. Hello Baby items - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

The heart stickers I used are from both the Hello Baby Boy and Girl sticker packs. To help them coordinate a little bit better I swapped the hearts in the middle, and added some pen stitching using the fine tip of the Black Dual Tip Pen.  Adding just a little bit of pen detail to each page helps to unify the pages in the album, design-wise.Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop - Hello Baby items

Here are some of the other ways I added just a little bit of detail to the top & bottom of the pages throughout the album:Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop - Hello Baby items Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopHello Baby Girl items  - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopCreative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopCreative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopCreative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopHello Baby Boy items  - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

The sticker from the Hello Baby Girl pack shown below had baby themed words on it. I covered those up with a strip of paper from the Hello Baby Girl Paper Pack so now it can be used with other photos, too. You can see all of the Hello Baby Girl paper designs by clicking here.Hello Baby Girl items - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Included with the Mother’s Day 8x8 Bundle (among other things) is a set of Pastel 2 Embellishments (fun paper flowers & sparkly bling!) and a set of Mat Packs that measure 6.5" x 4.5".  These are handy to use on their own as a decorative element, as journal boxes or they’re perfectly sized to use with 4x6 photos as PHOTO MATS!!! No photo trimming required!  Include the Mat Pack (and flowers & bling if you can part with them) with the pre-decorated album and a Tape Runner for a convenient gift given from the heart.Pastel 2 Embellishments - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's WorkshopPastel 2 Embellishments - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Most of these mats can be used even if the design isn’t orientated the way your photo is. Pastel 2 Embellishments - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop
Way to go, CM! The mats have been carefully designed to be used just about any way you like!
Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

LOVE the paper flowers & bling!!  These are available separate from the bundle, too!Pastel 2 Embellishments - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Pastel 2 Embellishments - Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Last page of the album.  Super, super simple!Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

The first page is the only one I completely decorated.  This page uses papers and a sticker from the Hello Baby Girl product line as well as a photo mat from the Mother’s Day 8x8 Bundle.Hello Baby products -Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Shhh….I’m going to give this album to my Mom.  She has so many photos of the grandkids I thought this would be a good place to for her to keep some of her favorites.  Even though she has scrapbooked in the past (she is the person who hosted & invited me to my first CM party – almost 16 years ago!) I think she’ll appreciate the simplicity of the album.Creative Memories Mother's Day Blog Hop on Lisa's Workshop

Thanks for stopping by!  I will send you on your way to the CM Blog which is the last stop on the Mother’s Day Blog Hop.

Here is the complete line up for today’s Blog Hop:

CM Mother’s Day Blog Hop

  1. Fran Smitherman at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life
  2. Noreen Smith at Organized and Creative Mom
  3. Sarah Fitzgerald at Click Write Share
  4. Candace Bouldin at Scrappin’ Jpegs
  5. Julie Tambrini at Julie’s CM Blog
  6. Diana Brinsley at D.Brinsley Memory Keeping Blog
  7. Lisa’s Workshop <-----You are here!
  8. Creative Memories Blog 
Please contact your Creative Memories Advisor to purchase the Hello Baby collections. Mother’s Day Bundle or any other Creative Memories products.
If you don't already have a Creative Memories Advisor, I’m happy to help! 

You can find more information about the Creative Memories products used in this project on my CM Advisor site at 
http://www.creativememories.com/user/lisagraham
or if you’d like to contact me directly you can do that by clicking on the “Email me” link at the top of this page.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CM Easter Blog Hop

Hello & Welcome!!

You have reached the 7th stop on the CM Easter Blog Hop.   My fellow CM Advisors and I are sharing ideas and inspiration for your Easter and spring layouts and projects from Creative Memories.  If you’re hopping in order you’ve arrived from Diana’s blog and at the end of my post I’ll send you on your way to Fran’s blog.  Be sure to visit each stop and finish up on the CM Blog to see all the wonderful ideas.  If you leave a comment on the CM Blog you’ll be eligible to win a fantastic prize bundle! (More info, including the complete list of Blog Hop stops, is at the bottom of this post.)

My layout features items from the Fresh Picks product line.  This is such a beautiful collection!! The colors are dreamy – and just perfect for spring and Easter.CM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop
I love the colors in this layout and am a bit embarrassed to share it because it came together so quickly thanks to the wonderful coordinating products and time-saving tools from Creative Memories.  For the background I used two pieces of patterned paper from the Fresh Picks paper pack and cut each in half lengthwise. I split the patterns apart (even though it looks like there is a whole sheet in the middle) and adhered a pre-designed border on top to join the two patterns together.  Many of the CM paper packs include sheets of pre-designed borders and accent artwork  – including Fresh Picks. These are so beautiful and easy to use! I used the green border that is third from the top shown below.

CM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop

Left Side LayoutCM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop
The piece with the banner under the cross (see below for details on how to make this cross) is also pre-designed artwork. I am going to use it as a spot for my journaling.  I used pieces from the Fresh Picks Slide-In pack for mats for my photos.  I think that I’ll use black & white photos for this layout.  I think the colors in the Fresh Pick products will compliment B&W photos beautifully!! CM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop
This sheet of artwork is included in the Fresh Picks paper pack. (This set features 12 sheets of double-sided paper, including 2 sheets of pre-designed border strips and 2 sheets of pre-designed accent artwork plus tone-on-tone and designer artwork that's simply stunning!)

Right Side LayoutCM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop
Again I used pieces from the Fresh Picks Slide-In pack and paper pack and added a title using the Watercolor Green ABC/123 stickers.

Diamond Scroll CrossCM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop

CM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop
Use the
Border Maker System with the Diamond Scroll Cartridge  and punch 5 times.  You can make a whole border if you like or use the punch on it’s own (without using the paper guide first) – you’ll just need the inside part of the punched design and it’s not necessary to make sure the punches are aligned.  Cut out the inside design from the diamond scroll punches as shown above and adhere these pieces to white cardstock*using the Mini Tape Runner adhesive to tack down those small spots.  Add a 1/2 pearl from the Fall In Embellishment pack (they come with adhesive on them – super easy to use!) to the center of the cross to complete the design.

Using the Custom Cutting System and the Oval Patterns, cut around the cross and additional ovals for mats. Layer, adhere & that’s it!  In just a few minutes from start to finish you have a 2-page layout!

After I get my photos on the page I may add an embellishment or two from the coordinating Fresh Picks Embellishments pack.  I just love those butterflies and think those may find a home on this layout – maybe with a flower or two!

CM Easter Blog Hop - Stop 7 Lisa's Workshop

* Did you hear the good news?  CM has found a domestic milled cardstock supplier, so the solid cardstock we know and love will once again be a part of the CM core line!  You can now find a few colors in the core line of products and new colors will be added as they become available!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I will send you on your way to Fran’s blog which is the next stop on the CM Easter Blog Hop.
 
Here is the complete line up for today’s Blog Hop:

CM Easter Blog Hop
Noreen Smith
Sarah Fitzgerald
Candace Bouldin
Julie Tambrini
Diana Miller Brinsley
Stefani Jones
Lisa Brown Graham <-----You are here!
Fran Allen Smitherman
CM Blog
<--- Leave a comment to win a wonderful Fresh Picks prize bundle!!

Please contact your Creative Memories Advisor to purchase the Fresh Picks collection or any other Creative Memories products.
If you don't already have a Creative Memories Advisor, I’m happy to help! 

You can find more information about the Creative Memories products used in this project on my CM Advisor site at 
http://www.creativememories.com/user/lisagraham
or if you’d like to contact me directly you can do that by clicking on the “Email me” link at the top of this page.

Wishing you a Blessed Easter!!

Lisa's Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 2016

New Kiwi Lane Templates & Paper!

 

New products are now available from Kiwi Lane!! These new items are only available now through Kiwi Lane Instructors.  You can find these in the "New Release" category on my Instructor site.

Enjoy the Ride Paper KitNew Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

Hope Accessory SetNew Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.comNew Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

McKay Blvd Border SetNew Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

New Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

 

Win a HOPE Accessory Set!!New Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

The Hope Accessory Set is perfect for when the stork makes that most special delivery to you or someone you know. Want to win a FREE Hope Accessory Set of your own? Head over to the Kiwi Lane Facebook Page and leave a comment in this post about which Hope Template Number (1-5) you think will be your favorite to use once you have your own Hope Accessory Set.  The winner will be announced later this evening on the Kiwi Lane Designs Facebook page so make sure to comment now to be entered into win.


***If you live outside the U.S. you will be issued a Kiwi Lane Gift Card Credit instead of receiving the physical prize.***

See more samples featuring the Hope set on the Kiwi Lane Blog.

Don’t forget:  Kiwi Lane shipping is FREE when you order $35 or more and only $5 for orders under $35!  Also the Feb. specials are Clara Lane & Sweetheart!
New Kiwi Lane!! Only available via Instructors! LisasWorkshop.blogspot.com

Monday, February 15, 2016

Kiwi Lane–Follow Your Dreams

I’m so happy to share the link to my Kiwi Lane Instructor website!!  It’s still under construction – more bells & whistles are being added but it’s off to a great start!!  You can click on “Become an Instructor” to learn more about “playing for a living” and view videos of the options & starter kits.  If you click on “Shop” you’ll be able to view all the templates, paper packs & accessories that Kiwi Lane offers. 

Each month Kiwi Lane has a special and for the month of February you will save 15% on Clara Lane and Sweetheart Designer Template sets! Kiwi Lane - on sale in Feb

Remember:  Shipping is always FREE with your order of $35 or more!!

Here is a fun layout made with these templates and a few others:Kiwi Lane - on sale in Feb

Here are the Kiwi Lane Templates used to make this fun layout:  
Borders
Clara Lane (On sale this month!!)
12” Strips
Accessories
Sweetheart (On sale this month!)
Rings
Elements
Tiny Accessories
Tiny Sweeheart
Tiny Accents
Photo Sets
Photos

Kiwi Lane - on sale in FebVisit the Kiwi Lane Blog for full instructions for this layout and some great scrapbooking tips including how to make this adorable heart arrow.

I hope you’ll stop by my Facebook page where I’ll post Kiwi Lane updates & specials! You can find that here: Lisa’s Kiwi Lane Workshop.