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Design Team — Marjorie Towers

Design Team

This week’s Design Team project is a double sliding box by Cheryl Stapleton. This box is great for holding candy or something larger as it measures about 5″x3″.  Here’s the box closed:

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And when you pull on the ribbon to the right you get this:

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So you can make this too and here is the supply list:

1 1/2″ square punch

white  cardstock

patterned paper (Authentique “Abroad” collection used in the sample)

embellishments from the collection

Color Box Chestnut Roan ink pad

Ribbon to match

Plastic grocery bag


1 piece 2 3/4″  4″ patterned card stock (tag)

1 piece 2 7/8″ x 5″ white card stock (slider frame)

1 piece 6 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ pattern card stock (box)

1 piece 5″ x 8 1/2″ pattterned card stock (box cover)


Punch a portion of each end of the frame using the square punch if you have one. Should like like this:

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Cut a 1″ x 9″ strip of plastic grocery bag. Wrap around the frame and adhere to itself cutting off excess. Do not adhere to card stock. It should slide freely.

Score the box on the 8 1/2″ side at 1 , 2, 6 1/2, and 7 1/2 and on the 6 3/4″ side at 1, 2, 4 3/4, & 5 3/4.

Crease all score lines, cut out the three outer squares on each corner, and cut tabs. Should look like this:

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Fold box together and apply adhesive to assemble box.

Add a small piece of coordinating patterned paper to each end of box base if desired.

Punch hole at one end of box, add ribbon for the pull tab

Add desired sticker/sentiment to tag, trim edges, punch hole, add ribbon

Slider frame: apply a strip of adhesive on plastic strip close to the edge.

Stick box to plastic on frame. Make sure the box pull is on the other side.

Flip the box over and adhere tag (sticker/sentiments face down)

Score the box over on the 8 1/2″ side at 1, 4, 5, & 8

Crease score lines, apply adhesive to the tabbed edge and adhere.

Slide cover over box and tag

Embellish box as desired.

Here are a couple of cards Cheryl made using the same paper line:

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Thanks for looking!



Chicken Wire!

March 21, 2014

in Design Team, MaryRuth

What a creative use of a 12×12 piece of chicken wire! Check out this fabulous work of art by Design Team member MaryRuth Willard:

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Here are her instructions for making this G45 Typography chicken wire tag board wall hanging

Supplies: (You can find these items at Creating Lasting Memories!)

G45 Typography 8×8 paper pad

G45 classic keys and keyholes

Petaloo Textured Blossoms

Vintage Patina Ink-Agate

Candi Dots

Stickles Glitter Glue

Basic Grey Wooden Buttons

Mini-clothes pins

Glossy Accents

Assorted ribbons, jute, twine, inks and punches, brads,etc.

Paper Accents 1/2 inch 12×12″ chicken wire panel.

Tim Holtz Facets

Basic adhesives and tools


Weave chosen ribbon in and out around edge of chicken wire panel. Knot small strips of ribbon randomly around edges to keep ribbon in place. Tie 3 long strips of ribbon from top left corner to hang down. Dry brush Patina Ink on 2 keys and 1 keyhole and tie to ribbons. Add 2 rhinestones to keyhole.

Cover 3″ diameter chipboard circle with text paper. (Ink edges of project pieces if desired). Punch and adhere swirl punch where shown. Adhere Candi Dot by swirl. Cut and curl 2 narrow paper strips. Adhere to circle where shown. Adhere 2 blossoms. Adhere Tim Holtz rectangular Facet over chosen quote. Trim and adhere to circle where shown. Add rhinestones and Stickles as desired.

Make assorted tags, cards, mini-books as desired. Use lots of embellishments and enjoy creating! Attach with mini-clothes pins.

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Make a braided jute rope for hanging tag panel. Attach to top of panel and hang up for all to enjoy!

Love all those little details. So much fun to combine rhinestones, jute and wire with those pictures of elegant women. You can see this project hanging up in the store. Stop by and take a look.



Wild & Free

March 15, 2014

in Design Team, Jacki

Here’s a great layout by Design Team member Jacki Rettke:

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I love the watercolor look of the papers in this set.

Supplies used:

Glitz Designs Wild and Free papers:

Arrows, Horses, Small Hearts, Dream Catcher, Drips

Glitz Designs Wild and Free Large Rhinestones

Tim Holtz Rosette Dies

Kiwi Lane template

die cutting machine

foam adhesive

glue dots


hot glue gun


Use two of Glitz Designs Wild and Free Dreamcatcher paper for backgrounds

Fussy cut Glitz Designs Wild and Free Drips paper along the drip line.

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Trim a strip 3 X 12 inches from the edge of Drip paper

Using foam adhesive, mount remaining fussy cut piece of Drip paper to Dreamcatcher paper, (covering up the dreamcatcher), and make this the top of your right hand page.

Mount 3 X 12 iinch Drips piece to other Dreamcatcher paper, also covering the dreamcatcher.

Using the backside of the Arrows paper, cut using the Kiwi lane template, both pieces.

From the Horses paper, cut 4 ½ inch by 12 strips.

From the Small Hearts paper, cut two pieces 1 ½ X 12 inches.

Also from the Small Hearts paper, cut out the hearts in a rainbow of colors, I have 10 hearts per page.

From the Horses paper, cut 2 2-inch strips and run through the die cutting machine using the Tim Holtz Rosettes die, I used both sizes of die.

Form rosettes using glue gun and add large rhinestones to centers.

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Mount Small Hearts paper between the Gray side of the Horses paper and add inked hearts with foam adhesive down the middles (I had the left side going vertical and the right side horizontal.)

Attach the curved pieces, right against the bottom edge on the right hand page, with the drips coming from the top edge. Mount it peeking under the vertical heart strip on the left side.

Mount the horizontal hearts strip over the curved pattern on the right side, up slightly so the color from the curved piece shows at the bottom edge.

Add more Large rhinestones to heart strips as desired.

Attach rosettes along left side.

We have these papers and the awesome rhinestones in the store.  And Jacki’s layout is also there for you to see in person. Hope you get a chance to stop by and take a look!



I’m finally back with  a new post featuring a great Christmas layout made by Design Team member Ruth Moody using Making Memories “Believe” designer papers.

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Here’s your supply list:

2 12×12 Poinsettia

2 12×12 Green Dot

1 12×12 Chevron

3 12×12 Musical Dot

1 12×12 Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge

1 8.5×11 text weight pearlescent gold

1 12×12 Best Creation Glitter Gold

1 Elizabeth Craft Ornament 2 die

1 pkg Kaiser Craft yellow rhinestones

And here is how she made this layout:

1) Build pages on the Poinsettia paper

2) Cut 2 3.5×12 strips from Green Dot. Adhere to bottom of page

3)  Cur 2 3×12 from Chevron. Follow the pattern to get the points. On one side you will have to cut it to the center of the last point and match up the pattern and piece the one inch (this was the hardest part of the layout). Adhere to Green Dot strips.

4) Cut 10 circles from musical dot leaving the black trim. Adhere to Chevron as shown.

5) Cut 4 4.5×6.5 rectangles from the solid red (back side of the Musical Dot).

6) Cut 4 4×6 rectangles from the Green Dot. Adhere to red and then to layout as shown.

7) Now to add some bling: uses rhinestones to “hang” your Musical Circles.

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8) Use your die cut machines to cut 2 top layers of the Poinsettia ornament from the gold text weight paper. On 1 of the flowers DO NOT push the flower out, only the pieces around it. Put a small piece of Scotch tape behind it. I used my glue pen to glue it in place. Don’t forget the bling in the center and at the top.

9) For the second ornament, use the Little Yellow Bicycle Decorative Edge paper. Cut 2. Save the gorgeous circle for another layout. Using popup glue dots, put the 2 together. Top with gold poinsettia (that you popped all the pieces out of) with a glue stick. Pull a 5″ piece of metallic thread or small string through opening. Tie it off and adhere ornament to page.

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10) Gently straighten the string and attach with a glue dot, then place rhinestone on top.

11) For the letters spelling out Christmas I used my Cricut and Printing 101 at 1 1/2″. For the year I used Alphalicious.

I hope you enjoy making this layout and that you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!




October 20, 2013

in Design Team, Jacki

This beautiful layout was created by Design Team member Jacki Rettke. I thought the colors gave it a nice fall look.

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Here are her instructions for making this page yourself:

Products used:

Reminisce Autumn Harvest papers

Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody papers

Heartfelt Creations Distressed Leaves Precut Stamp Set

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Leaves die set

Twinkling H2Os in Indian Copper, Olive Vine and Lemondrop

water brush

watercolor paper

Ranger Library Green Archival Ink

Ranger Adirondack Butterscotch spray

Dylusions sprays: Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Sweetened Orange

Prima Lyric flowers


heat tool

Cuttlebug die cutting machine

glue dots

tape runner

dimensional adhesive

1. Using watercolor paper, stamp the second largest of the Heartfelt Creation leaf stamps with the green archival ink, six times.

2. Using the Twinkling H2Os and water brush, color the leaves as desired

3. Heat leaves to speed dry time

4. Cut colored leaves with Spellbinders Shapeablilites matching leaf die using the Cuttlebug.

5. With remaining watercolor paper spray with Dylusions spray in shades of yellow and orange, misting with water to blend more. Heat with heat tool. Spray additional layers of color with Ranger Butterscotch spray, adding more or less as you like, heat to set.

6. Cut 13 of the large size tall, slender leaves from the Spellbinders Nested Leaves set. Cut 28 of the same shaped leaves in the smaller size also.

7. Trim Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody paper to 11 inch square. Distress and ink edges. Center on Reminisce Autumn Harvest paper.

8. Make flowers using the large die cut leaves, folding some forward and some back for dimension. I used seven petals for one flower, eight for the other.

9. Using dimensional adhesive, tuck three of the stamped leaves behind large flower.

10. Using the small petals, form a center for larger flower, again one of mine has six petals the other seven. The remaining petals are scattered over the pages as falling leaves.

11. Attach Prima flowers to center of flower.

12. Add photos and title

Here are a few close up photos so you can really see the design details and the great photos.

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Love this photo because you even see the goldfish in the pond. The cat who is watching that little fish so closely is named Tucker.

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Tucker’s twin sister Lindsley is peeking around the rock.

Hopefully Jacki will teach this layout in her Saturday morning scrapbooking class, The Creative Page. Thanks for a great layout, Jacki.



Summer Time

October 9, 2013

in Design Team, home decor, Trisha

Design Team member Trisha Easley made this absolutely beautiful summer canvas. How perfect for those of us lucky enough to live here in Brookings.

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It almost has to be seen in person to be appreciated but here are few close ups so you can see some of the detail:

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Here is how she describes her design process:

Start with a 12 x 12 stretched canvas. Coat with Gesso and let dry (if you get a few crackles that’s OK it adds to the distressed look!!

Paint canvas with your favorite colors of acrylic paint. I used Tim Holtz Distress Paint (Salty Ocean is my favorite, this week!) and Golden Fluid Acrylic.

Apply paint horizontal let dry.

Once canvas is dry I used a variety of different effects. Caps dipped in Interference Paint, Stamps dipped in Acrylic paint and Faber-Castell’s “Stampers Big White Pen”

I also printed out some things on the computer cut them in strips and glued them on.

To decorate the Maya Road Vintage Wood pieces, I painted them with Interference Fluid Acrylic. I outlined the birds with blue paint. Let them dry.

I stamped all the birds and the twigs with 3D-Stempel-Farbe Black 3D paint. The stamps are from 7gypsies “Collections from the journey”

Glue Birds on at random.

On the top and bottom of the canvas I used Clear Granular Gel.

First I put a layer of clear granular gel very randomly then laid some polyester netting in it and the Maya Road Wood Twigs. I wanted it to look like driftwood on the shore with frothy water. When you use a heat tool on it the netting it shrivels up and looks like seaweed.

When it was dry I used some more paint and glued tiny beads and bobbles.

Thanks Trisha for the inspiration!



Using the Lawn Fawn stamp and matching die set “Critters in the Forest”, Design Team member MaryRuth Willard made this shadow box card:

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Card front

When you open the card, you see this:

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Here is how she made it:

Lawn Fawn Forest Critters Card

1. Out of green card stock make a (folded at top) card 6″ w by 5″ h. Use a nesting die to cut a frame in the front slightly off center to the right.

2. On a patterned paper panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use the next larger nesting die to cut a frame to fit around the frame on the card front. Adhere to card.

3. Stamp all images and die or hand cut. Stamp trees on green and patterned card stock. Stamp just trunks again on brown card stock. Trim trunks off green trees and use foam tape to adhere brown trunks to green trees.

4. Color all images as desired.

5. On a white panel 5 1/2 w by 4 1/2 h use pigment ink pads and stipple brushes to create a “sunset” background. Tear a lt brown strip of card stock for ground and adhere to sunset panel. Adhere inside card. (Don’t you just love that sunset background?  I think this may take a little practice to turn out like MaryRuth’s!)

6. Adhere images on card using foam tape on some to add dimension.

7. Stamp “hello foxy” on white card stock. Trim. Adhere to a blue piece of card stock and trim. Adhere with foam tape inside card where shown.

8. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

And here is another card she made using the same set (please excuse the blurry photo):

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Lawn Fawn Owl Card

1. Use wood patterned card stock to make a folded card 3 1/2″ w by 4 1/2″ high.

2.Cut a 2 3/4″ square panel out of blue card stock and a 3″ square out of green card stock. Ink all edges with brown ink. Adhere blue panel to green.

3. Hand cut a tree branch out of the wood patterned card stock and adhere to blue panel as shown. Place a brad in each corner as shown.

4. Cut a 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ panel of light brown card stock. Using a brown ink pad stamp ” woo-hoo” randomly on panel. Ink edges. Adhere inside card.

5. Stamp leaves and 2 owls. Use die to cut out owls and handcut leaves. Color all images as desired and adhere as shown using some foam tape to ad dimension. Adhere panel to card front.

6. Create sentiment for card front in computer or use a label maker. Trim. Adhere to a blue panel then a green panel slightly larger inking all edges with brown ink. Wrap twine around left end of panels and tie bow. Adhere to card front using foam tape.

7. Add Stickles glitter glue where desired.

I feel very blessed to have such talented Design Team members!



I admit to being seriously in love with Then/Now layouts.  The idea is that you take a photo of the past and a photo of the present and write about the difference.

I had been wanting to post Design Team member Ruth’s July layout.  But I needed some bicycle photos. Then I found this wonderful photo of my daughter, Allison, on her first two-wheeler with training wheels. And I had a photo of Allison that I took this spring, so what more could I ask for?It was tailor made for a Then/Now layout. Here’s how it came out:

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This layout is made using the BoBunny Key Lime papers. But what I really love is the Memory Box bicycle die. So cute.

Here are Ruth’s instructions for how she made this page:


1 Wipe out (word side)

1 Heatwave (Bicycle Side)

1 Stripe

And from Bo- Bunny Coordinating papers:

2 Paprika Dot using plain side


I used the Memory Box Die first and cut 6 bicycles out of scrap papers from my stash. (I love the way she mixed colors so the horns and baskets are different colors from the bikes – Marjorie)

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Building on the Paprika plain side paper

Add eyelets to bicycle wheels. Adhere bicycles at bottom of pages 3 per page. I used a glue pen to adhere.

6 1/2 X 8 1/2 Stripe Adhere 2″ from left side and 1/2 inch from top

3 X 8 1/2 Bicycle.. Adhere next to stripe

From back side of wipe out paper carefully cut out “Just Cruisin” journal block and ribbons

5 X 7 Wipeout

4 1/2 X 5 1/2 Bicycle and layer on the 5 X 6 Wipeout


5 X 8 Stripe.. place 1/2″ from left side 3/4″ from top

4 1/2 X 6 1/2 Wipeout

1 X 5 Bicycle ..Place under Stripe

6 X 4 1/2 Bicycle

1/2 X 6 Stripe .. Place under Bicycle

4 1/2 X 1 1/2 Bicycle for top right

Again I used jewels from the Keylime Selection. hope you enjoyed this layout. Ruth

Here is what my journaling says:

THEN: The inscription on this polaroid photo, in Allison’s handwriting: “KrisTeN’s Party 3-3-90.” Things I wish I knew: Who is Kristen? Is Allison riding her own bike with training wheels? What park were they at? Who took the photo? Things I do know: I love the party hat. I love her brave & serious spirit as she heads out on the bike path alone, obviously new to riding a two-wheeler. I love that I have her own writing on the photo.

NOW: Allison is very much into being healthy and fit these days (Summer, 2013). As she said to me, “If not now, when? There is never going to be a better time for me to be in shape.” She belongs to a gym. She and Josh have done the Portland Bridge Pedal two years in a row. She participated in her first sprint-triathlon, and came in 2nd place in her division. She excels at the swimming, naturally, but she also runs, even though she doesn’t like it much, and is a great bike rider.

The sun is shining today and it seems we haven’t had enough of that this summer.  But of course, fall is always the best time of the year on the  coast.  So I hope you get some time to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather. And don’t forget to take some photos!



I’ve got a couple cards to share with you, my Creating Lasting Memories fans!

These are cards designed by Design Team member Alex Fewell using the colorful Graphic 45 Bohemian Bazaar designer paper line. These bright papers scream summer and I, for one, am not ready to give up on this lovely season. The calendar says one more month and I personally am going to enjoy every minute of it.

Square grape vine card

Here’s how she made this card:

1) Cut paper to 5” x 10”. Score at 5” and 7 ½.

2) Cut solid paper to 5 ½ x 5 ½ . Punch using We R Memory Keepers Mini 8 vine punch. Adhere to card.

3) Cut coordinating paper to 4 ½ x 2 ½ “. Adhere to inside of card.   Add chipboard button.

4) Adhere chipboard embellishment, star pin and flower to solid. Add stickles.

5) Cut white strip 4” x 1”. Stamp verse.  Adhere to inside of card.

6) Add yellow gems to card front.

And here is birthday card she made using the same papers:

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The instructions for this one are as follows:

Banner Card

1) Cover card base with blue Time Holtz paper cut to 5” x 7”.

2) Cut green paper to 6 ½ “x 4 1/2 “. Adhere.

3) Cut coordinating patterned paper into strips 2”, 1 ½ , 1” and ½ “. Cut ends to form pennants. Adhere, overlapping.

4) Embellish with buttons and crystal stickers.

5) Stamp sentiment.

6) Embellish with stickers.

This paper is still available at the store along with some nice accessories and those fabulous yellow stars (by Maya Road).



Our featured Design Team member this month is Jill Petersen.

Using the Authentique Pride collection she designed a fabulous gate-fold easel card. Here’s what it looks like closed:

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And here’s a picture of the card open:

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If you would like to make one like it, here is how she made it:

1. Start with a piece of 8 1/2” x 11” cardstock.

2. Using a scoreboard, score cardstock widthwise at 5 1/2”, lengthwise at 2 1/8”, rotate and score

again at 2 1/8”.

3. Then at top, cut away the outer corners of 5 1/2” x 2 1/8” leaving the 4 1/2” middle section.

Score this section in half (this will be your easel).

4. Crease all of your scored areas folds. Now your ready to decorate.

5. First, I chose a picture to put onto my easel from the Authentique “Pride”

Collection-”Privilege” sheet. I used 3 Star shaped brads in the left corner, and then mounted this onto a 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” piece of “Amend” paper from the same collection with my adhesive.

6. Now attach this to the bottom fold of the easel with adhesive so it will be able to prop up when the card is opened.

7. Now, cut a 5 1/4” x 4 1/8” of “Assemble” with the doile side up and adhere it to the center section on the bottom of the card.

8. Then I chose one of the stickers from the “Pride” components co ordinating sticker sheets and used 3D dots to raise it up to hold the easel in place when the card is open.

9. Next, cut a 5 1/2” x 1 3/4” of “Assemble” and trim the right edge around doile giving it a ruffled like edge. Attach to outside left flap so that about an inch overhangs.

10. Cut 2 pieces of the “Assemble” at 5 1/4 x 2” and attach to the inside flaps with the stripe side up.

11. Then I used a couple scraps of the “Amend” paper and cut 2 banners to attach to either side of inside flaps and added Maya Road velvet pleats to the tops.

12. I used about 6” of star ribbon over the seam on the left inside and tucked the edges with adhesive.

13. For the front, I used Barn Door and Chipped Saphire Distress Stains on some Tim Holtz trimmings ribbon(rossettes). I did 3 with the Barn Door, left 3 white and then 3 with the Chipped Saphire. As it dried I got a really cool effect with the stains bleeding. So I cut the ribbon to length to show that. I also cut the extra tuele off the back for a cleaner edge. I attached these with glue dots so I could run about 28” of the star ribbon unerneath. I like longer ribbon tails, but you can cut them shorter if you would like. I used more glue dots along the back of the card to hold the ribbon down and in place and one dot on the front along the “ruffle” edge and left the ribbon loose on the right panel to tie my bow.

Jill also made a few cards for the store using the Graphic 45 Steampunk line.  So fun, especially if you like Halloween. Jill loves Halloween, so I knew this would be the perfect collection for her.

Check out this cute envelope:


And then turn it over and open it up. You will find this great card:


The Tim Holtz mini-gears work great with these papers.

Thank you Jill for your inspiring artwork.