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I have to admit that I don’t use my Cricut as much as I should when creating my pages. Lately, it seems as if I’ve been more concerned with catching up on all of my albums (which I have), than spending a whole lot of time on the design aspect of creating layouts. Now, that I’m finally caught up, I think I ready to expand on my cartridge collection. And my first purchase has to be Creative Memories new cricut cartridge, Total Sports.
As I’ve completed my kids albums over the past 2 years, my biggest complaint with the Cricut cartridges has been the lack of variety for sports themes. Although I LOVE the varsity font, it’s been a little difficult to find a good variety of shapes for swimming, the sport which my oldest daughter swam for 8 years and the sport my 16 year old son has been a part of for 10 years. So, I was extremely excited that Creative Memories has launched a great cartridge with tons of cuts and a cool selection of font choices. From track to swimming, this cartridge covers a vast amount of sports and cut ideas. Trust me, if you have little ones involved in sports, this cartridge has it all and may be the only cartridge you use when documenting their sporting activities.
For my digital fans, don’t worry, Creative Memories didn’t forget about you. Click here for the digital options for this program.
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For anyone who knows me, you know that I love to be a part of the party….better yet, I love to be a part of a frenzy. I love to meet new people, see new things and get some great ideas! Who knows the pandoras box that I have opened, but I will definitely keep you posted!
If you’re like me, creative borders are pretty tough to design. And, quite frankly, after a while, you can only change the colors of your favorite design so many times. But, Creative Memories has put together a great system for creating the best borders that pop off your pages.
The Border Maker System makes creating borders super easy and fabulous. This unique system makes offers a variety of border cuts for all seasons and celebrations. As many of you know, one of the main problems with many border systems is that it is difficult to line up your design for a perfect cut. However, with its grooved sections and tabbed makers, you will never question your spacing again. The options are limitless. Trust me, you will NEVER use another border system again.
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It’s that time of year again…graduation is just around the corner. And, for many of us a sporting event season has come to an end, or another is just beginning. Graduation announcements, open house gifts or digital scrapbooks are great gifts and they are easier than you think. The beauty of Storybook Creator Plus is that there are plenty of templates for you to choose from to make your project a little easier and taking a whole lot less time.
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Although this may look like an ordinary photo, this is a 12×12 page print. Using a pre-designed template, which comes with your software, I was able to change the background, add some color, photos and text to create a simple, yet beautiful gift. One of my close friends was able to put me in touch with a fantastic framer (her father) who matted and framed this print for me for a fraction of what I would have spent taking it to Hobby Lobby. (Not to brag, but the prints, mattes, and frames cost me $170.00 for 5 gifts) This makes a terrific open house gift and a whole lot better than gift cards.
When it comes to traditional scrapbooking, nothing says creative like a shape maker. Whether it’s a small simple punch, or a larger one, shape makers definitely make a scrapbookers life a little easier. So, it was with extreme excitement that I couldn’t wait to try out Creative Memories new Shape Maker system.
Although a little bulky and heavy, the shape maker is very easy to use. One of the main issues that I have had over the past few years is the wear and tear on my old shape makers. It has become increasingly difficult to make punches with some of them without spraining my wrist (an obvious exaggeration). The ease of making shapes with the new system is seamless and extremely easy on these aging joints.
The beginning system does come with the maker and a square and circle punch. Many individuals may already have these in their supplies, which is a downside to the new system. However, new shapes are available and in the line-up for release.
If you want to see it in action, check out this great Youtube video.
Creating a blur for your digital pages is a great way to draw attention to a specific element in your photo and creating a unique background page as well.
Click on “Tips & Techniques – Storybook Creator Plus” for step-by-step directions.
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Let’s face it, the days of printing your photos from a roll of film are becoming more and more rare. These days, you are more likely to leave your photos on a disk for months at a time before you make any attempt at organization, let alone printing them. I have to admit, I was one of those people. Although I still leave my photos on my camera (I never delete anything!), I rely on Memory Manager 4.0 to help me organize my photos a few times per month. Yes, I know that I am biased; however, there is no better photo organizing program on the market for ease, simplicity and social media integration. The photo enhancement features are unmatched and extremely user friendly.
At my workshop last night, we spent some hands-on time reviewing the new upgrades and features. Click here for a brief overview and handout from the evening.