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Friday, March 30, 2012

Last days to save 30% on Power Palettes!

Digital & Traditional Power Palettes are on sale until the end of the month (Saturday).  Here are some Project Center ideas featuring CM’s 2 newest Power Palettes:

Enchanted <– click to see all Enchanted products






Divine <– click to see all Divine products






New Tangerine Album coming soon! April CM Specials

Great specials coming up in April -

Scrapbooker Set  –Includes two new future products: Tangerine 12x12 coverset and Tool Time Kit. 25% off total retail - U.S. $212/CA $240. 


Digital Hybrid Set - Buy a 10-pack of the CM exclusive NEW Custom Album pages and get a You Create It Custom Coverset for just $25.  Earn this FREE when you join my team in April and complete your success plan!



Software Sets – Memory Manager, Storybook Creator & Serene & Just Fun CD with $39.95 StoryBook coupon – waiting on the price

35% off Memory Manager and StoryBook Creator.


No need to wait for the sale!  You can download a free 30 day trial of StoryBook Creator now!


Click here to download a pdf of the flyer

Monday, March 26, 2012

Stamper System–Coming Soon!

CM will be rolling out something as a test – a Stamper System!

CM has purchased a one-time quantity of 22,000 stamping tools as well as a supply of four different colored ink pads.  They’ve created stamp sets in exclusive Creative Memories artwork to go with them. 

These inks are not photo safe or meant to be used in scrapbooks but they will be perfect for cards & other projects.

CM will have this available in May along with a Just Because Card Kit.  There will be a bundle available at a special price!

These will be available May 1st  and I’m sure they’ll go quickly.    stamp system

Updated 4/2 with pictures of the stamp sets & ink colors!  Ink colors shown are:  Black, Chocolate Brown, Aqua & Cactus, Honey & Berry.

For Her


For Him


Be Young


Birthday Wishes


Also new in May:

12x12 Coversets:  Explore & Be You

Border Maker Cartridges:  Banner Chain & Wave

Doodling Templates:  Playful & Festive

Tool Kit – I think this will be $25


Cricut Cartridge: Be Young

Dual Tip Pens:  Emerald & Cinnamon

6x6 Stack Packs – Be Young & Achievements

12x12 Additions: Be Young Girl, Be Young Boy, Summer

Stickers:  Be Young Titles, Achievements Title Stickers

Simply Said:  Dad

CD Content:  Wedding, Spring & Summer, Be Young Boy & Girl

More details coming soon!


The Multi Purpose Tool will be part of the new Tool Kit & will not be available to purchase on it’s own.  Time to stock up if you love those super helpful tools!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

2012 National Scrapbook Day

April 28th from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. at St. Mary’s in Wayne.

2012 NSD

You can download a copy of the flyer here.

This is the perfect chance to work on your project( s) and enjoy some dedicated “me” time!

We’ll have product specials and a Make & Take, too.

2012 Special


Click here to download the flyer.

Hope to see you there!

Not able to make it to our NSD crop?   Celebrate online during Celebration Week .  April 27 – May 5 ill be filled with specials, Facebook fun & activities!

See this blog post for information about NSD Celebration week – including fantastic sales!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” end of school-year tradition

(Originally posted May, 2011)
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Thanks, everyone for your wonderful comments!  I'll update this post from time to time to reflect those, update files, etc!

One of my scrapbooking friends shared this tradition and I thought I’d pass it on to you!

End of Year Tradition - Teachers signing a book for your child.
When her son was young my friend purchased a copy of “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.  Throughout the years she secretly gave her son’s teachers the book to sign at the end of the school year.  They left notes, poems  and some just signed their name.  When her son graduated from high school she presented the book to her son at his party.  With the party going on all around him he poured over it, going over each page, each signature, each note.

I have one of these special books started for each of my boys and plan on not only having their teachers sign the book but also any other special people/teachers from the school. (A great suggestion made by Basaltine in the comments is to have Scout leaders sign, too! How about coaches?)   We switched from a public school to a Catholic school this year and I wish I would have had a few others sign the books last year before we left.  I plan on having  the school principal, priests, gym teacher, librarian, etc. sign the book next year after they have a chance to get to know the boys a bit more.
I think this would be a great book to give a new mom, along with a note explaining the tradition.  I’ve heard from a lot of friends that wish they’d heard of this earlier.  I think it’s never too late to start!  If it’s convenient you could always go to the teachers and have them sign the book after the year has ended.   It will be a special gift, even if you aren’t able to capture every teacher they had!
My friend first learned about this when she was asked to sign a copy of this book for one of her students.  She then “stole” the idea for her own son.  I invite you to steal the idea, too!

 Updated December 30, 2011
This blog post was mentioned on A Sprinkle of This...A Dash of That and I've had some people contact me about the tags.  I didn't come up with the idea for these (visit A Sprinkle of This to see her tag idea & for some cute shower gifts to go along with the book!) but I did put something together in a digital scrapbooking program that you can print off & add to your gift.
End of Year Tradition - Teachers signing a book for your child.
Click on the tag to download the file.
I’ve had a few requests for a blank tag so here you go!
End of Year Tradition - Teachers signing a book for your child.Click on the blank tag to download the file.
These are both originally 4x6 so you can easily print them on your photo printer or upload it and have it printed where ever you print your photos.  You can also import it into a Word document and add a text box with a "From" line or add it by hand.
Here is a link to the Dr. Seuss font I used. 
I’ve also had some requests for the letter I send with the book.  I will be honest and let you know that I usually simply send an email a day or two before I send in the book that goes something like this (my boys go to a Catholic K-8 school):

Dear Teacher,
I’m sending in a copy of “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” to the office and am hoping you’ll write something in it as a surprise for James.
A friend of mine bought this same book for her daughter and had each of her daughter's teachers write a little note and sign it at the end of each school year. She then presented the book as a surprise to her daughter when she graduated high school.
I started this tradition for James with his Kindergarten teachers and hope to continue – at the very least until 8th grade graduation.
If you wouldn't mind, could you write a little something to James in his book? Anywhere in the book is fine, except for the dust cover. Even a favorite Scripture verse would be great!
When you are done could you send it to the office & I’ll pick it up there. 

Here is a poem I have saved on my computer – I did not write it and do not know who did but I think it’s darling & hope to use it this year!
Dear Teacher, very grateful to you I would be,
if you would please, please do this favor for me.
I started this gift when James was small,
and plan to complete it by the time he is tall.
Each teacher who helps him along the way,
I hope will autograph –that is to say-
Please add a note, a picture or song,
A special memory can never be wrong.
You have helped make him the person he is
and you can take credit when they call him a whiz!
I will present it to him on commencement day
in honor of you who are so special today.
I don’t know which direction he’ll take – North, South, East or West,
but I do know he thinks his teachers are the best!

Edited to add:  I've never had any type of negative reaction when asking someone to sign my books but do think it's good to always try to make teacher's lives easier (not just regarding these books!) Please consider sending in your books early to avoid contributing to the end of the school-year madness! 

Updated June 2015
I saw this blog post on Joyfully Thriving & LOVE IT!  I think I'll add bible verses to some of the pages. 

You can order a copy of "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" at Amazon.com


Friday, March 9, 2012

K–8 (and then some) Auction Album using Power Palettes

I donated an album for our school’s auction that will be on May 5th.  I wanted it to be simple enough that a non scrapper could look at it and think “Hey, I can do that!”  but nice enough that scrapbookers would want it, too!

I used mostly the Cheerful Power Palette and the retired Primary Power Palette.  These all worked so well together!  Titles and the custom elements were cut on my Silhouette.  I matted each sticker, title & other elements in black  cardstock throughout the album so that it would give the album a unified look. 

The album is designed to showcase pictures from a child’s years at St. Michael’s school (K – 8) but they can be rearranged if needed and adapted for other years & schools. 

Title Page – designed in Make the Cut and cut with my Silhouettedscn2330

For each grade I did a page with the year’s title and another layout left mostly empty so a class photo, larger school picture, report card or other item could be displayed.  I also included a set of Storybox Photo Mats & Journal Boxes in the auction so that they could add more photos if they want.  Photo Mats are pieces of pre-cut paper that are just a tad bigger than a 4x6 photo so they make matting photos a breeze! I also donated  a new Tape Runner, Dual Tip Black Pen, ABC Stickers and an hour of my time to help the winner of the auction get started.

Most of the stickers and elements I adhered with Foam Squares to make them pop off the page a bit.



Besides pages for each grade I did some for holidays – hoping that pictures of class parties and other fun holiday happenings can have a home.  I also did pages for Holy Communion, Confirmation & one that can be used for anything school related or sports.





You can view the whole album below (except for one of the Christmas pages I forgot to take a photo of). 

I hope it raises a bunch of money for the school!  If you’re local, stop by the auction – they are going to have lots of wonderful things to bid on!

May 5th at St. Michael’s School in Livonia, MI – let me know if you’d like more info!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Power Palettes and Coordinating Cardstock Colors

Here is a handy chart to see what colors of CM Cardstock coordinate with the Power Palettes.

Remember – Power Palettes are 30% off in March!

(The new Midnight Shimmer and Pink Shimmer aren’t listed but would work well where you see pink or black cardstock listed.)

Click here to download the pdf fileimage



Monday, March 5, 2012

Tools and Cricut Cartridges I Bring to Events

As scrapbookers we seem to have an ever-growing stash of products to help us capture our memories.  Most of us struggle with finding ways to store & organize our stash.  That’s hard enough at home but then when we’re packing up for a crop – yikes!  
I’m hoping that by listing the tools and Cricut Cartridges I always bring to my events you’ll be able to lighten your load and leave some of yours at home. 
Cricut Cartridges
(Please bring your own Cricut Mat if you’d like to use my Cricut Expressions)
CM Cricut Cartridges

Accent Essentials
Animal Kingdom
Best of Pixar
Celebrate w/Flourish
Christmas Cheer
Christmas Cards
Disney Classics                                                                                                       Dude!
Everyday Paper Dolls
4 Legged Friends                                                                                               Freshly Picked                                                                                              Home Décor
Indie Art
Inspired Heart                                                                                                       Jubilee
Life is A Beach
Live Simply                                                                                                  Mickey Font                                                                                                              Mickey & Friends
My World
New Testament                                                                                                   Pagoda
Paper Doll Dress Up
Plantin School Book
Quarter Note                                                                                                       Pooh & Friends
Slumber Party
Stand & Salute
Stretch Your Imagination
Summer Vacation
Toy Story 
Varsity Letter
Walk in My Garden
Winter Lace
These are the CM tools that I always bring to events and you’re welcome to borrow:
Grip & Clip
Custom Cutting System:
{Please bring your own cutting mat & blades}
Circles, Ovals, Wavy Frames, Celestial, Gemstone, MKC Jazzy, MKC 8 1/2'” oval, triangle and hexagon. Jumbo Circle and Oval, Jumbo Wavy Square, Blooming Star, Jumbo Scallop Circle, *NEW* Jumbo Fancy Frame
Shape Makers:
Regular & Mini Shapes:
Square, Circle, Hexagon, Heart, Stars
Meadow, Friendship (flower & heart) Galaxy (splat & star),
MKC maker (swirl & sun)
Disney Magic, Bubble, Geometric, Snow, Tag, Sweetheart, Puzzle
Paisley, Leaf, Petal Multi
Scallop Circle
Hummingbird Maker
Awareness Ribbon Maker
Make A Wish Stardust Border Punch, Love Struck Heart Border Punch,
Pocket Punches: Snowflake,  Butterfly, Dragonfly, Leaf, 
Mini Pocket Punches: Loveable Mini  Hearts – regular & scalloped
Destinations – car and airplane,  *NEW* Starburst

Place ‘n’ PunchBlossom and Postage Stamp
Border Maker System  – with the following cartridges:
 Picket Fence, You & Me, Frame Chain, Scallop Stitch, Gingerbread Chain, Evergreen, Double Heart Chain
Idea Books:
Idea Book Vol 1 - Inspire Me
Idea Book Vol 2 - The Power of 10
Page Planners and idea books – Regular and Hummingbird
Full of Love by Nancy O’Dell
Rotary Trimmer with Regular, Wavy, Small Wavy, Scoring, Perforating and Deckle blades, Postage Stamp blade, *NEW* Pinking
Tearing Tool, Wavy Tearing Tool and Scalloped Tearing Tool *NEW*
Corner Makers
MKC Scalloped
Color Blocking
Doodling – Flowers & Swirls
Hope to see you at my next CM event!  Check my calendar here for upcoming events!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Teacher Gifts!

It’s not too early to start thinking of these – the end of the school year will be here before you know it!
I made dry erase boards for my boys’ teachers this past Christmas – they were very well received!  You can use a dry erase marker on the regular (not metal) Photo Panels from Creative Memories Digital Center.  Create & customize these in a snap with Storybook Creator Plus, your photos and/or artwork!
I love working with digital – after you create the first project it’s so easy to tweak it a bit for your next one!  I used the same basic design for each teacher – customizing it just a bit for each of them.
I worked with the Cheerful Power Palette. Are you familiar with Power Palettes?  They are a set of (digital or traditional) papers, stickers & other embellishments that work together beautifully.  (Both traditional & digital Power Palettes are on sale – 30% off in March!)  The Power Palettes are generic in theme and work with most photos.  Addition Kits are available in a variety of themes for each Power Palette (Christmas, Birthday, Halloween, etc.) 
I used the Cheerful School Addition Kit to create the Photo Panels.
This one was for my son’s 2nd grade teacher.
8x8 teacher photo panel - Page 002
Mrs. Coughlin teaches 4th grade & loves turtles – so I took off the ABC element and added a cute turtle from the Cheerful Tropical Delight Addition.8x8 teacher photo panel - Page 001
I hot glued a metal washer to the back of each Photo Panel and attached a magnetic dry erase pen to the back of the board.
I don’t know what brand these were or even where I bought them but I’ve seen them at Staples and other office supply stores.
Just for kicks – you can also use the dry erase marker on a regular ole’ Photo Panel Smile

Become a CMC in March & Earn Free Digital Treats!!


Digital scrapbooking is fertile ground for growth in a new CM Consultant’s business. When you join my team in March and  complete your Success Plan, you will receive a party pack full of tools and samples to bring your digital business into bloom.image

The Digi Party Pack contains:
• The Serene and Just for Fun Content CD with a coupon code for $39.95 off a Hardcover StoryBook
• A 12x12 Page Print sample
• A 12x18 Calendar sample
• A 4x4 Accordion Card sample

march 2012

Click here to download a pdf of the above flyer

CM Consultant Kit


The CM Consultant Kit is valued at more than $460 and includes the Kit Bonus packed with new Enchanted products – worth $55. It all gets started with just $199.


Here is a list of the Consultant Kit options – and what is included with  each one.

CMC loves to reward it’s Consultants and New CMC’s can earn product certificates when they start their business off with a bang!


Did you see above that CM will also reward a new CMC’s upline (the person they sign up under)?  I’m happy to split that reward with you when you reach $500 in retail sales in your first 30 days!

That’s an extra $50!

Here’s just an idea of what you can earn as a CMC.


Let me know if you have any questions about becoming a Creative Memories Consultant!  You can also check this page on my blog or this section on my website!