Creative Memories – punches

Over the last couple of months, I have been busy sharing a variety of articles on different topics from website templates to book reviews and crafting tools and accessories. However, I have not shared my main passion: scrapbooking and cardmaking and the relevant tools and what I call ingredients.

Creative Memories has a great variety of punches. I remember seeing a photo of a Creative Memories Advisor’s craft room where all her punches were in their own little pigeon holes and the shelves went floor to ceiling. There were others in pigeon holes above her work and display benches.

That reminded me that I haven’t given you any Creative Memories updates for a while so it is time to do so and the best way to do that is to share the list of new items that have come out over the last month and a half.

So here are the new items listings for April and mid-March 2022:

The next person that tells you that setting up a website is quick and easy show them the door or get them to do it for you because it is in no way easy. It has taken me nearly 6 months to get my website set up because on the first attempt the person who was supposed to install something for me never did and nor did he ever respond to my emails, so that was the end of that. I am also full-time carer for my partner which gives me very little time to actually do any scrapbooking, but I have made some cards because they are small enough and take less space and time so that I can work on them while waiting for a download or just do bit by bit as ideas come to me, I also make sketches that come to mind so that when I do get some free time I can get the cards made relatively quickly.

I share below some cards I have made in the last 2-3 months.

So thank you for visiting and looking. Please leave your comments below. The links in this post are links to Creative Memories and should you purchase from those links I will receive a small commission. You can also join me as a Creative Memories Advisor here and start your own Creative Memories journey.♦LR

Scrapbooking – NSD!

I don’t think I have shared any Creative Memories here.  Other crafty ideas have been shared but as a Creative Memories Advisor, it is, therefore, appropriate that I should pass on some information about National Scrapbook Day (NSD) 2022.  Only a couple of months away and Advisors are already planning their events to make sure you have every opportunity to participate.  I have been a Creative Memories Advisor for some years and I have held NSD previously but unfortunately last year my message went out too late and I didn’t hold the event.

So what is NSD all about, don’t we scrapbook all through the year?  Yes, we do.  However, National Scrapbook Day is when scrapbookers get together and they use specific themed papers and a guided layout to work on.  I say “guided” because the sizes and patterns are provided when you purchase the NSD bundle through your Creative Memories Advisor.  Some participants prefer to make their own designs but still use the theme to work with.

If you don’t scrapbook, this is the time to start preserving and sharing your memories by adding your photos to some scrapbook pages.  I know scrapbooks were around many, many years ago and usually consisted of articles torn from newspapers, magazines or the odd photo with some words to say where or what it was about.  You could, I suppose, say that we have simply “dressed up” the way we save the photographs we have of the memories we want to treasure.

My scrapbook pages show the photos from my travels overseas, outings with family members and friends or simply landscapes I have enjoyed visiting or being part of.  There are also my memories that have not been preserved by photographs which I can add to my pages but which are better preserved in written journals.  Then again, I can make up “journals” of the brochures I have collected on my travels which cannot be “scrapbooked” but can be inserted into pockets or folded in a way that you can pull open and read the contents.

So effectively, scrapbooking is all of these different ways of keeping your memories alive and accessible to your family and whomever you wish to share them with, in whatever format it takes.

Here is an image of the information about the original National Scrapbook Day event.  In 2022 it is May 7th:

History relevant to Scrapbooking
Some would have us think that scrapbooking originated in England in the 15th Century.  Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) became known for his notebooks as well as for his painting.  His notes and drawings covered a range of subjects: anatomy, astronomy, botany, cartography, painting among other things.  In his later life “… Leonardo recorded his earliest memory, now in the Codex Atlanticus.” Was Leonardo the first scrapbooker, he kept his notes and drawings which are to this day often referred to?  What do you think, did scrapbooking originate in England or Italy or somewhere else? Information here about Leonardo da Vinci is from Wikipedia.

To finish off here is a brief look at the March 2022 new products.   Thank you for reading.  Please leave your comments below.  Until next time.


Still here! First day of 2020 – made it!

Well, I’m happy to say we are safe, though the smoke isn’t doing our lungs any good especially those of us who have even the slightest breathing problem. I’m sure you have seen all the news reports about the ‘fires down under’ well, if you didn’t believe it before believe it now. People on the coast have been going to the beaches to stay safe and those who have boats are going out hundreds of metres from the shore to make sure they stay safe.

Many people don’t live near the sea so we have to do the best we can. Until yesterday we were lucky and didn’t have a lot of the smog that enveloped Sydney and the northern towns and cities, but yesterday, after the fires on the south eastern New South Wales coast and Victoria, we experienced the worst smoke from fires I have seen in 62 years.

Needless to say communications and internet services were affected and/or not available at all. Therefore, I couldn’t post Day 6 of the cards I shared with the Michael Strong Stamps group, which I will do tomorrow, but for today I want to share some of the images I took at different times during the day yesterday from 7:23 am. Around 2:00-2:30 pm maybe a few minutes later it was so dark it resembled midnight, I opened a curtain and could not see anything it was so dark. While my photos do not appear as threatening or alarming as those seen on television, it was horrifying nonetheless.

A few minutes ago we watched the reports on how things have progressed overnight and learned that 200 residences were lost, and that isn’t the final count, things are expected to get worse in the next couple of days, Saturday being catastrophic.  God help us all.♣︎ LR

Tuesday, New Years Eve day – Dec. 31 2019 at 8:25 am.
Looking north east towards Canberra, ACT.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 at 8:25 am – East.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019 – facing west from
Aldi carpartk, Cooma at 9:51 am
Top of our street, 31 December 2019 at 1:36pm looking sort of south-west.
Just a shot of the sky a few seconds after the photo above so time and date the same.

Wow! What a year!

Hello everyone,

It has been a while and I apologise for that but my studies to complete my MBA came above all else, throw in a few family medical issues not to mention paranormal, well … you get the idea.

Having completed studies, now I can concentrate on catching up on all the things that didn’t get done.  Like sorting out mum’s clothes… finally… after 6 years, I think I have given 70% away, tossed 20% kept 10%.  Not to mention the 30% I gave away to a friend who helped me go through the clothes before they left mum’s house!  Now we just have to do the garage (double), which has all sorts of furniture, boxes of Christmas decorations, Christmas villages to mention some.

Anyway, just wanted to drop in and let you know that I’m still around and looking to do a few posts now an then.  I did do “Card of the day” for the Michael Strong Stamps group last week and I will be posting those here and on the Michael Strong Facebook page over the next few days.

Christmas! Where has the time gone and yet a lot has happened in the last few months, most of which I’d rather forget.  Though I did have some interesting times with my studies, for one subject we were away on holiday and I had to do a PowerPoint presentation with audio.  That was interesting because the people in the unit beside us could be heard all over the resort, so it made it tricky to do the audio.  Got it done though and did well, despite the neighbours.

Now, I’m looking forward to getting my own business going properly, so more interesting times ahead.  My business will be making proper, tactile scrapbooks for clients, difficult to market because of all the digital ones available, but gotta give it a go!

With that in mind, just a small example of  one I made and adding to – a work in progress.  The pages were made up in advance but without specific “placements” for photos so they are put wherever/however I think approprite, and photos are added as I find appropriate ones.  Mostly family ones in this small one A5 (Australian sizing).  I do have normal 12″ x 12″ albums made as well, even a smaller one and a round one.

Anyway, I think that’s enough for now, it took a while to locate these photos – too many and in too many different locations.  That’s something else I’ll be working on but that’s for another post.  Cheers and thanks for reading.

Card Captain Day 4 – Technique Day

Hello there,

I’m back with Day 4 of being Card Captain.  Sorry it’s a little later than intended, however, as you know life tends to spoil plans when you least expect it.

Thursday’s card is a digital compilation of a couple of photos, one a landscape orientation and the other portrait orientation.  Both of sunsets in Cooma and I think even in different years but both around June, which is winter for us.

I simply could not resist the colours, so when I was “rummaging” in my computer files to find a technique and found these, I thought doing a digital card with these photos would be a great idea.  But how to overcome the fact they are different orientation.  Then I remembered that I also had to include a Michael Strong Stamp so it could not be completely digital, and of course a flower was the perfect choice because it would cover the “empty” space between the photos.

Step by step (as best as I can):

    1. Pick two photos that complement each other – one landscape and one portrait orientation
    2. Open your application – in my case Microsoft Publisher – copy and paste the photos, you will need to resize as you go depending on the sizes of your photos and where you wish to use the finished image, and place them beside each other, and yes, you will be making one image out of the two photos.
    3. To work with the images as one you will want to join them as I did, once you have the arrangement you want them in and making sure you have the correct size you want for your card (when you have the 2 photos together) you need to group them.
    4. Just click on one, and holding the shift key down, click each of the others in turn, once highlighted, right click on one of the images which will give you a drop down menu and click “Group”, now that you have them grouped you can copy and paste as many times as you like – I have attached a copy of the sketch to give you a better idea.  The original sketch  was too pale to see properly, so I went back and tried to draw the outlines to make it more visible.
    5. One tip here: when you group the images you need to “ungroup” by doing step 4 – only this time you highlight the one image and right click to “Ungroup”.  Just be careful, sometimes the individual images may move and you might need to re-adjust them and to do that you will need to “Ungroup” them.  But once done you don’t have the same painstaking job again.  Especially if you have saved in a workable file.
    6. For a card you will only need one “grouped” image but for a scrapbook page you might like to simply enlarge the one image, you need to be careful how large because the one image could be “fuzzy” so you might need to paste 4 for a 12″x12″ size scrapbook page.
    7. Once you have the image you want simply print and trim to the size of your card, add an embellishment such as a flower, add a sentiment and ta dah! Your card is made and ready to use.

Technique – Thursday 10 May 2018

Good Vibes!

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