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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Freebie Download–Spring Banner

Happy Spring!

Hope its warm in your corner of the world – still a bit frosty here but I’m sure spring-like weather is just around the corner!

Here is a fun project to help you celebrate warmer weather, blooming flowers & all the fun springtime happenings!

This banner is designed in SBC+ and each panel is designed to be printed as a 4x6 image – you can easily print these at home or where you have your photos developed. 

I have done all the design work for you and you can download the file here at 4shared. photo (5)

These banners are so fun to make & come together so quickly!  You can simply cut out the banner shape, string each panel on ribbon and hang or you can add a bit of dimension if you like.  I’ve included embellishments to cut out by hand or you can add stickers, paper flowers and sticker/paper ribbon and other embellishments.  I did a bit of both – cutting out the images included with the banner and also adding layered some Days of Spring Layered Stickers.

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Here is a close up shot of each panel – you can use the CASE method (Copy And Steal Everything) or have fun adding your own touches!  This would be a great activity for the kids, too!

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These little guys are my favorite! You can find them in the It’s A Boy and It’s A Girl lines as well as in the Tiny Treasures products which includes a Cricut Cartridge as well as those same images available in digital formats!

I created the banner using Storybook Creator Plus, the Digital Tiny Treasures Frame & Tag Content and It’s A Boy Digital Kit

My sister CMC, Karen Beavers, put together a handout explaining how to create these banners – you can download it here.

Spring Fling Sale!

 Storybook Creator Plus and all digital content is on sale until 10 p.m. CST April 1st!

Don’t forget - you can download a 30 day free trial of SBC+ too!

If you’d like to purchase some pre-made banners I’ve uploaded some to the CM Digital Center.  Each banner is in a different album.  Once you’ve logged into your account these will show up in the “Photos” category under “My Friend’s Albums” at the bottom of the page.  New to the CM Digital Center?  Sign up & you can get 20 free prints! 

Click on each album name to view the contents and order the prints.


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Pastel Christmas  by Doreen

(Spells out “Merry Christmas”)

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St. Patrick’s Day

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Valentine’s Day by Lori Bickford

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Thanksgiving by Lori Bickford

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Boo! by Lori Bickford

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These banners are easy to make and could be used for all sorts of occasions – sports teams, names for children's’ rooms, birthdays, graduation – the sky’s the limit!

Thank you to my sister CMC’s for sharing their banner files! 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Custom iPhone Case & Insert–Coming Soon!

Available for iPhone 4, 4s or 5, Creative Memories’ new iPhone Cases put the “fun” in functional. You can protect your phones while showcasing favorite photos, phrases or designs!

Choose from predesigned templates, or create your own custom design using StoryBook Creator 4.0 Software. Each order includes a plastic case that snaps around your phone and a custom printed metal insert panel. Best of all, and unique to Creative Memories, you can order additional Insert Panels without having to order the entire case.


  • The retail price for one Case and Insert Panel is $29.95.
  • Extra Insert Panels are $12.95.
  • Beginning April 15, iPhone Cases will be available to order on the Digital Center. Product credits will be sold on my CM Website. 
  • The iPhone Cases will be featured in the May/June Mini Catalog.

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Stork’s Delivery Cricut Cartridge–ON SALE!

Note:  Things are going fast! If you have items that show up as "not available" in your cart - remove them before checking out or your order will not go through.

Apparently there is a glitch in the system - if you order downloadable digital items from my CM website, please keep those in a separate order. You will be charged shipping on them if they're combined with non-downloadable products. You are not supposed to pay S&H for these - CM is aware of it but this is a work around until they fix it. :)

Don’t miss out!  CM has a few great sales going on!  There is a Spring Fling Sale – all digital downloads available at 30% off!image

There is also a Spring Cleaning Sale going on & things are selling out quickly!    Included in the sale is the Stork’s Delivery Cricut Cartridge.

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Yes, it’s baby themed but there are so many shapes you can use for other things, too!

Here are a few things made with the Stork’s Delivery Cricut Cartridge


Don’t forget to pick up some of the Shimmer Cardstock – it cuts like a dream in the Cricut!  As of now the only Shimmers left on sale are Indigo & Green Apple.  You can also purchase Pink, White, Platinum & Midnight at regular prices.  Those are listed with the regular cardstock.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Vintage Chic Power Palette Inspiration & Digital Freebie!

CM has hit a home run with it’s newest Power Palettes.  These photos will give you just the slightest idea of how beautiful some of these items are. You need to see & feel everything to really appreciate it!  Especially fun are the new embossed cardstock papers – double sided & beautiful!  Knowing not everyone is close enough to stop in & see the new items I’m sharing some pictures – which are the next best thing .

Easter Eggs – from the CM Project Center.  Click here to see the ingredients & instructions for this layout.

Easter Embellishments Limited Edition Scrapbook Layout Idea

This layout  features the LE Easter Embellishments. (Hurry! These are only available while supplies last or until the end of April – whichever happens first.)

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Boys & Their Toys – from the CM Project Center.  Click here to see ingredients & instructions for this layout.

Boys & Their Toys Vintage Chic Scrapbook Layout

The title is created using the Vintage Chic ABC Tiles.

You can see the tiles in this photo below – and the number to the right shows how many of each tile comes in the package.  Thanks to CMC Kathy Stone for sharing this photo!

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Cards by Maureen Feist, CMC

Fun folded circles and squares, two punch out designs & lots of layering fun! Most of these papers are Embossed Cardstock – a few Designer Print Papers are used.

All cards are 4.25x5.5 to fit into standard card envelope.

The cross card is adapted from one posted on the Project Center and the chick & egg from an original idea by Julie Stuart.


This group is not Easter necessarily and can be used for Birthday, Baby, Mother's Day, Thank You, or most other occasions. The folded circle is actually 4 circles punched using the Shape Maker System folded in quarters. You'll want to put a lighter colored paper mat on the inside of darker color embossed cards.


Tools used to create these cards: Shape Maker System, 7” Trimmer, 12” Rotary Trimmer, Wavy Blade, Tape Runner, Foam Squares, Border Maker System – Scalloped Stitch Cartridge, Vintage Chic Power Palette, Cardstock: Brown, White, Cloud. Limited Edition Easter Embellishments

The 12x12 Vintage Chic Power Palette System is a coordinating collection of decorative  papers and embellishments that give you the power to complete scrapbook albums easily! Purchase the entire system and save money. Components also available individually.

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Included in the Vintage Chic Power Palette System:

  • 18 sheets of 12x12 embossed cardstock
  • 24 sheets of 12x12 designer-print papers
  • 184 ABC tiles
  • 4 rolls of sticker ribbon
  • 12 designer pockets
  • 60 designer mats and journal cards
  • 24 tags
  • 30 tabs
  • The Vintage Chic Power Palette is also available in a digital format – for use with Storybook Creator Plus or Universal Format with most other digital programs.


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    Vintage Chic Predesigned Pages

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    Vintage Chic Digital Overlays

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    and a Vintage Chic Digital Freebie!!  Available to download here in the Project Center


    Click here to see all of the items in the Vintage Chic product line.

    Friday, March 8, 2013

    Packing Tips for A Crop

    Have you noticed the amount of time and energy you spend packing up EVERY SINGLE scrapbooking tool/supply that you own, just in case you may need it?

    - Then most of it gets packed back up and taken home, even though it was never touched!

    Do you sit at your seat, surrounded by so much stuff that you can’t think straight?

    Take comfort – you’re not alone!!

    Here are some tips to help eliminate these problems:

    • Sort your pictures ahead of time. Get an idea of what layouts & projects you want to work on.  The Power Sort Box is a great way to store and/or transport your photos. Depending on how many photos you have you can bring just use one or both Compartment Covers paired with the Compartment Boxes, which allow you to transport up to 400 photos.

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    • Visit the Project Center or Creative Memories Catalogs for inspiration.  Decide on some layouts you’d like to create.  Use the C.A.S.E. method – Copy And Steal Everything!  Scraplifiting is encouraged – why reinvent the wheel? 
    • Select your cardstock, patterned paper, Photo Mats for your layout along with coordinating elements.  If you know you’ll be using certain punched shapes go ahead & punch those out ahead of time.  Same goes for Cricut cuts.
    • Use POWER PALETTES! Consisting of lots of coordinating papers, stickers precut photo mats & journal boxes - this fantastic system takes the guess work out of creating beautiful pages in a snap.

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    CM’s newest Power Palette – Vintage Chic

    • Make a list of the items needed for your layouts, include a sketch or picture of your inspiration. Note any items you need to purchase at the crop to complete the layouts. Let me know when you arrive what you’re looking for & I’ll help you find it.
    • Store these pre-planned layouts in the Daisy 12x12 Filemate or the Racking System in the Daisy Cart.
    • If you can’t pre-plan your layouts consider packing items from the 2-3 colors families that you use most often and leave the rest behind. This will significantly reduce your choices and help you to work MUCH faster! I will have lots of paper & embellishments for sale if you come to a page that just has to have a color other than what you brought.  You can always add embellishments later, too.
    • Then there is no need to bring your entire Custom Cutting System with you. Bring only your mat, blades and the CCS patterns you use the most. If after you get there you change your mind and need to cut a wavy frame, or a heart, I will have all of the CCS patterns available for you to use.
    • Assuming you have at least one buddy going with you, have just one person in your group bring their Shape Makers. Or, have one person bring the large ones, and another person bring the minis. That way you can all share. If nothing else, bring those you use the most and use mine (I will bring them all!)
    • Tools fit beautifully in the Tools Organizer

    Pack light – most people don’t use half of what they bring and you can always go back to your layouts and add something when you get home!

    Think Vertical! Tips to Maximize Cropping Space!

    As scrapbookers, most of us seem to have quite a few items we just have to have while cropping.  Here are a few tips for maximizing your space while cropping – at home or away – using some items you might have already.

    A portable shelf or two can help make the most of your cropping space. Stackable baking/cooling racks are great for this as well as locker shelves that fold up or those white wire shelves used in cupboards. This is a great place to keep your Personal & Rotary Trimmers, Tape Runner & other tools that you use frequently.

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    Stackable Locker shelves – you can usually get a good deal on these when the Back to School sales are going on.clip_image002

    A coffee mug tree is a great place to hang your Custom Cutting System pieces & scissors.


    Most wine racks can be a used to store your Pen Cases filled with your CM pens. You may need to put a piece of cardboard on the bottom of each opening before placing your pen cases in first.  You can also use plastic cups to hold items.


    Kitchen/desk organizers – especially the kind that spin and have spots for different utensils - can be a great place to store scissors, rulers, pens, etc.

    Think out of the box – you never know what items you have around the house that can help you get organized while cropping.