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.
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.
Left Side Layout
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!!
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!)
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!
* 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
Diana Miller Brinsley
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
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!!