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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Spring Blog Hop - Final Stop

Greetings and welcome to the final stop on our Spring Blog Hop! Fran Smitherman here, and while this may be our spring blog hop, down here in the South we are ready for summer. School is out and we are beach bound soon - but not before I wrap up the finishing touches on some pictures from our trip last September using the latest and greatest tools, paper and stickers from Creative Memories! Do you have some favorite vacation photos to work with? If so, then read on!

If you love Nautical themes, then Deep Blue Sea is for you, and if you are more of the "outdoorsy" type during the summer, then you will want to check out the Explorer line! I have had the opportunity to use both recently, and I think you will find them both to be very versatile and great enhancements for your photos! Throw in some of the latest tools and your pages will be styling in no time.

Night Swimming! Layout for Beach Pics at Night

For my first layout, I wanted to capture a walk on the beach at night with the light glowing from the condo windows. While I would typically think of the Cityscape punch as being something to use in a strictly urban setting, by adding some yellow cardstock behind in for a glow and snipping off some of the decorative building toppers that didn't quite look like beach condos, I think I achieved the look I was going for. What do you think? 

By the glow of the condos!

On the second side of the layout I kept a cleaner look, like the dunes in the distance, with a Double Wave tearing tool to give the uneven effect and a cloud sticker from the Deep Blue Sea sticker set. Notice that I used the Wave blade from the 12-inch Rotary trimmer system on the photos (three at a time, by the way!) and their mats. I am loving the new trimmer and my customers and I can't wait for them to come back in stock later in June!

The beach at night!
Nighttime at the beach - now it's time to journal this and make the pages complete!

Paper and stickers from Creative Memories' "Deep Blue Sea" line
Cityscape Standalone Punch

Creative Memories' new 12-inch rotary trimmer has a space underneath for 12 blades!

A place to store more blades!
Explorers! Mini Albums for Little Hands

For my next project, I wanted to make some mini albums for my boys to use as journals for an upcoming trip out west to see the National Parks. The Explorer line was exactly what I needed! These albums were very inexpensive and easy to make with a handful of navy and white cardstock sheets, some circle rings, a hole punch, the Explorer stickers, and just two of the decorative sheets of Explorer paper.

Mini 6x6 albums for little hands to record memories of a vacation!

I started with a stack of Navy Blue and White 12X12 carstock. I alternated every other color in the stack before I cut (you will see why in just a moment!) I sliced it down the middle vertically to make two sides that were 12 inch high, 6 inches wide, then I rotated those to do the cut again. I had 6X6 squares and was ready to make the most out of just a handful of supplies!

The new 12 inch Rotary trimmer's straight edge was able to cut several sheets of cardstock at a time for me

I love how you insert the blade and it only "comes out" when you press down on the housing unit as it is cutting - to me that is an excellent safety feature

I cut the 12inch tall/6inch wide strips again to make 6X6 squares
Not wanting to do a lot of decorating, I selected the sheet of designer paper with the borders and basically just cut them all into strips by their design, then used my trimmer to slice those in half, one for each boy's book. I decorated the  pages with these borders and the Explorer stickers, and for the album, I envision one side for journaling, one side for a photo of the day. See how it all came together:

A sheet of borders to cut from the Explorer decorative paper pack

A few extra sheets of cardstock for journaling on the navy side of the album

Once everything was decorated (including using the wood grain paper for the back of the book, and while not necessary, a laminator made a nice touch), I got out the hole puncher and the circle rings to assemble these books.

 I made sure that no two sides were the same color. I wanted white for journaling when possible, and the navy side for a photo to be adhered upon returning home from the trip!

 The boys liked their albums and I can't wait to see what they fill them with!

I hope you have enjoyed the "hop" and don't forget to follow Creative Life Scrapbooking on Facebook for more great ideas every week! Follow me personally at Celebrating Your Beautiful Life to stay up to date on all things digital and traditional, and if you started with my blog, be sure to check out all of the rest of the ideas here:

Noreen Smith Organized and Creative Mom

Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe Karyn Crops

Julie Tambrini Julie's CM Blogspot

Diana Miller Brinsley D Brinsley's Blog

Stefani Jones Crop with Stef

Lisa Brown Graham Lisa's Workshop

Fran Smitherman YOU ARE HERE Celebrating Your Beautiful Life

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

A 2018 Lookback!

I cannot thank you enough for all you did to celebrate your life with me all around the country! I am excited about 2019 and all the ways I can help you preserve and record your life's most precious moments. Scrapbooking is more than a hobby or a pastime, it is a gift we give to ourselves and to those we love. We take these pictures for a reason and they deserve a safe home. If 2019 is the year you want to commit to doing something with your memories, reach out and I will let you know how we can work together to get your goals accomplished. No matter where you live or what your wishes for your photos and videos may be, I can help you. Happy 2019! Fran

Monday, November 5, 2018

Digital Memories Saved and Enjoyed Forever!

Happy November to you! It is a month of gratitude and thanksgiving, and Forever is always here for us to help us celebrate life's most precious moments. Whether you have calendars and cards to make for gifts using Forever Print, videos you want to share with other family members wherever they may be, or photos on your phone you want backed up safely and privately, Forever has you covered. 

November is a Great Month to Save!

Being the month of "Black Friday", Forever has amazing deals on all the things I love and use every day to keep my memories under control and in my life. If you love your photos and videos but are not a Forever storage member yet, I would encourage you to buy your permanent membership today. Flash drives and external hard drives are great for a while, but they are not permanent and they are easily misplaced or malfunction. Storing photos online as a second backup is a great idea and the "cloud" is a necessity in this digital age, but as photo printers like Wal*Mart and Flicker send out reminders that they are going to delete your photos if you don't order, and as the headlines point out daily about the privacy issues at Facebook and Google, I am so grateful for my Forever home for my photos, videos and documents. Forever Storage (all size accounts) is on sale for 30% off this month - it could be the greatest gift you ever get for you or your family:

 Here is a list of all the things on sale (and there are other deals that pop up from time to time so remember to check the "Deals" tab!) Let me know if you have any questions about any of them. 

·         Save 40% on all Printed Calendars! 
·         Save 40% on all Printed Projects!
·         Save 40% on FOREVER Artisan® purchases and upgrades! 
·         Save 40% on FOREVER Historian™ purchases! 
·         Save 30% on all FOREVER Storage® Single Payments or get your first month FREE!
·         Save 30% on all Digital Art!
·         Save 15% on all Conversion Boxes!

Conversion Services

If you have had scrapbooks, photos, negatives or videos converted by Forever, you know what a wonderful job they do. Now that Forever has video capability in your Forever account online, you can decide whether you want to have your videos you have had converted stored there in addition to the flash drive you were sent. If you have videos, there are two ways to store and enjoy them. For permanent account members, videos can be uploaded and stored for future download just like any photos you have up there without any additional charge. If you want the extra privilege of streaming and sharing, a Premium Video Plan lets you do that. I have it and I LOVE it! Here is a video I can enjoy and share anywhere because I have the video plan - what would YOU like to save? 

 November is a wonderful month to think about the memories that matters most to us and I am here for you! I hope to connect with you soon - please let me know how I can help you make your photo projects come to life. Fran

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fall Blog Hop - Stop Number 1!

It's that time again - time for the Creative Life Scrapbooking ladies to share our ideas with you so that you can go out there and create your own wonderful scrapbook pages! You are in for a treat today as you hop from blog to blog - thanks for joining us and read on.

The fall is a great time to exhale and take a look back at the year that has been. Our summer vacations are usually over, but in all the hustle and bustle of back to school followed quickly by the holidays, it's easy to get behind on your photo projects. I know I love to buy all the latest and greatest papers and stickers and tools and embellishments from Creative Memories throughout the year because they are all so irresistible, but when life gets busy (or when I find myself working more on my digital projects) they tend to pile up, waiting for the right moment to be used. 

The papers and the stickers do pile up, don't they?
I am determined to use these!

Today I decided to start working through that stash to make some pretty layouts for my September to December 2018 pictures. With each layout I mixed old and new from different collections - it's been fun to see it all again. I hope this will encourage you to do the same - let's get started!

For my first layout, I wanted to document a few pictures my husband took of my oldest son on a September trip to Gatlinberg. I'd never had much of a reason to use the Adventure or the Woodland Whimsy Boy collections, so here was my chance!

Adventure and Woodland Whimsy, a mix of older papers and stickers for new photos.

Recognize that journal box from years ago?

Paper from the Adventure paper pack combined with Woodland Whimsy Boy stickers
Later in the month, we took a short trip down to the Gulf Goast - I had already made a wonderful digital book of our summer beach trip, but I did want to document at least a few pictures from the September one. Having recently returned home from my 9th annual Croptoberfest weekend retreat at the Springville Camp and Conference Center, I still had some cardstock from the Limited Edition Croptoberfest cardstock pack, and a BUNCH of stickers and embellishments from the Sun-Kissed collection. Here's what I came up with:

Croptoberfest exclusive cardstock combined with a smattering of Sun-Kissed stickers and embellishments. Tore some Maritime paper with the tearing tool to add a little extra "oomph" to the layout

Croptoberfest cardstock, Maritime paper torn wit the tearing tool, Sun Kissed embellishments
Now for memories not yet made. Falling leaves, Halloween and Thanksgiving are approaching, so I wanted to be ready for when the photos start piling up. Gather Together, Pumpkin Spice and Seasons Greetings are here for us, ready when our pictures are! I feel so ahead of the game now with these pages pre-designed for pictures not yet developed :) 

Croptoberfest cardstock combined with Gather Together paper and slide in pack

My take on the Croptoberfest Limited Edition Project Recipe

Second layout from the exclusive Limited Edition Croptoberfest Project Recipe kit

A "batty" page I came up with a few weeks ago for our Creative Life Scrapboooking "Border Maker Monday" feature. Who knew jets could be bats? Be sure and like our FB page to see more fun ideas like this

Silver metallic pen + Jumbo Jet cartridge =  Hanging bats!


Boots from the Pumpkin Spice collection! Available in both traditional and digital format from Creative Memories for a limited time

My layout from last Friday's "Featured Project Friday" post on our Creative Life Scrapbooking page. Seasons Greetings paper, stickers, and embellishments  combined with the Holly punch, the Rolling Hills Border Maker cartridge and the new Embossed Bow standalone punch!

Seasons Greetings paper and stickers with an easy tearing tool layout

What old and new papers and stickers can you combine to breathe life into your stash and prepare for all those wonderful fall and winter pictures to come? Comment below with your ideas - I would love to hear them! 

For the next stop, you are heading to Lisa's Workshop - you are in for a treat, she always has the most wonderful ideas (and I am super excited about her new cropping facility - I know you will be as well if you live anywhere near her!) 

Thanks for stopping by and keep on scrappin'! Fran

Stop 1 YOU ARE HERE! Fran Smitherman Celebrating Your Beautiful Life 
Stop 2 Lisa Brown Graham Lisa's Workshop
Stop 3 Noreen Smith Organized and Creative Mom
Stop 4 Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe Karyn Crops
Stop 5 Julie Tambrini Julie's CM Blog
Stop 6 Diana Brinsley D. Brinsley's Memory Keeping Blog

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Summer Blog Hop Stop 2!

Welcome to the second stop of our Creative Life Scrapbooking summer blog hop! Down here in Alabama, we pride ourselves on the beauty of our sugar white sands and our gorgeous Gulf Coast. It is a family tradition each summer for us to go to the beach, and beach memories make some of the best scrapbooks! Whether you prefer to make digital or traditional pages, both of these layouts will be repeatable using Creative Memories' Sun-Kissed and Mix and Match papers.

For my traditional layout, I was inspired by a "sketch challenge" put forth by Creative Memories. A sketch is basically like a sewing pattern, except you use it not to make an outfit, but to make beautiful and unique scrapbook pages. I love watching how a black and white sketch can come to life with different colored papers and embellishments (not to mention photographs!) Using the Sun-Kissed papers, the new Double Wave border maker cartridge and the matching Sun-Kissed embellishments, here is how I celebrated some of our 2017 beach memories:

Since vacations are often the place I take the most pictures in the shortest amount of time, my favorite way to make those books quickly is typically in a digital book using Forever's Artisan 5 software. I love the ability to start the book in our downtime on the trip itself so I can tell the stories while they are fresh on my mind, and I also love how I can use Creative Memories' gorgeous art digitally as well. 

Matching papers to outfits is just one way I like to choose backgrounds, and the Mix and Match blue and pink papers were actually quite perfect for our 2018 family photos on the beach. I used the ripping tool in Artisan to give a torn effect to the paper - it's a little like waves crashing on the beach, right? To add this effect, add paper to the page, select the cutting tool, select add a straight line, select the Paper Rip feature, then select cut. Voila!  

I am looking forward to getting some more digital scrapbooking done this weekend with the Pixels 2 Pages gals - if you are a Pixels2Pages member or if you are on Facebook you ought to check out the virtual crop! And if you want to learn more about traditional or digital scrapbooking, or incorporating Creative Memories' sketches or digital art into your own projects, reach out to me at any time -  that's what I am here for as a Creative Memories Advisor and a Forever Executive Ambassador! 

Thanks for checking out my blog and now it time to see what else we have for you today! Next on the hop is my friend Julie Tambrini's creations at Julie's Creative Memories Blog :) Keep on scrappin'! Fran 

Stop 1:Karyn McDermaid-Rolfe Karyn Crops
Stop 2: Fran Allen Smitherman YOU ARE HERE! CelebratingYourBeautifulLife
Stop 3:Julie Tambrini Julie's Creative Memories Blog
Stop 4: Lisa Brown Graham Lisa's Workshop
Stop 5: Candace Bouldin Scrappin' JPEGS
Stop 6 Noreen Smith Organized and Creative Mom