Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Croptoberfest Reflections Spring and Summer

Croptoberfest is one of the specialty events celebrated in October by Creative Memories consultants and their customers.  The event is typically marked by a grand style workshop - many hours of cropping time and additional inspirational designs are often part of the event. 

Creative Memories provides exclusive products for use at the event.  This year the Croptoberfest products coordinate with the newest Power Palette of products issued this summer by cM.  One of these products is the Reflections Spring and Summer Additions Pack.

Look for another lesson (coming soon) giving an overview of an additions pack called, "Anatomy of an Additions Pack."  This lesson will show designs made with the spring/summer pack that were created to enhance pages in the "old school" tradition of scrapbooking.

If you are a Creative Memories consultant AND you are a public follower of my blog (become one by clicking "join this site" under my profile description) you may contact me AT THIS ADDRESS to request a handout to use with your customers and to aid your own inspirational Croptober designs.  The handout is in pdf format.  Please do not sell the handout or post it on scrapshare sites.

The reflections Spring and Summer additons pack (above) is ONLY available from your Creative Memories consultant.  If you don't already have a consultant, contact me HERE to ask about this product.

If you are looking for simple and repeatable designs, these are some of my favorite.  I use these borders over and over with different packages and colors.  I never get tired of some of these.  I love it that they are cute but also fast and easy!  The tools use to make these designs are some of the most basic and practical tools in the Creative Memories line. 

You can get the square maker HERE.

You can get the circle make HERE (cost of each $21 US)

You can get the puzzle maker HERE

The spring/summer pack comes with paper, photo mats, stickers and titles.  They all coordinate.  I like to use the stickers to create additional simple border designs.  I've made a few vertical and horizontal sticker/border designs.  ONE border along one side of your album page along with some photos and journaling help you to complete a page quickly and easily in the "old school style" of scrapbooking.

You'll need a 12" straight trimmer to cut strips from 12 X12 paper to complete this page.  Get a ROTARY TRIMMER from Creative Memories with a straight blade to complete the task.

The rotary trimmer is available HERE.  ($30 US)

Don't forget to journal.  What you say about your photos not only helps you to remember the details but also makes it easy to share your album with friends without having to re-tell every story verbally.  Journaling boxes are used in both the "old school" and the "new or scrapbook store" styles of traditional scrapbooking.  With "old school" scrapbooking, there is usually a lot of "white space" on the album page - you can write directly on a Creative Memories album page.

If you want the best pens for the job, checkout the Creative Memories dual tip pens - convenient, colorful, long-lasting and most importantly SAFE for use in your photo albums. 

The Chevron shaped border is a bit more work, but also a lot of fun.  Do yourself a favor and purchase a pair of scissors (try these) to keep with your scrapbook supplies for your use only!

Designs like these giant borders distinguish "old school" style scrapbooking from the new looks.

I hope these designs have given you some ideas about how to break apart and use an additions pack in the "old school" scrapbook style.  I also hope I was able to give you fast and easy ideas about how to create artsy designs using the most basic Creative Memories tools.  Happy Scrapping!


  1. Shari,
    LOVE your ideas!! These can be used with so many different products! The "old school" style gets the photos into the albums for all to enjoy! Thanks for sharing your talents!

  2. Shari, I would LOVE to get a copy of your PDF file of these Croptoberfest ideas for my event in a couple weeks. thank you!

    Joni Swinford, CMC Senior consultant

  3. What a nice presentation you do!

  4. thank you for sharing..would love your PDF file but can't seem to connect thru your
    my email is Thanks.


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