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Monday, 26 June 2017

Custom Cutting System

Hello again,
Here I have a copy of my personal blog explaining the Custom Cutting System, which most of us who use it call "CCS" for short.  I used a copy because I didn't want to have to fight getting the photos in the right places again.
The reason I was discussing CCS is because it is a very versatile system to cut different shapes without have to lug heavy machines if you are travelling.  I know from experience when I have taken my Ezy Press (or whatever machine you have), you need to take the dies, the mats as well as the machine itself - gets kind of heavy and too much luggage after a while.
So the CCS is more compact, and you can pack in your suitcase!  On my personal blog I had given some examples of how I used the CCS when I first started scrapbooking and in fact this was the next instalment of the posts.  If you'd like to see my other posts you can do so here.
I have some more examples of using the Custom Cutting System, and no it is not a machine as someone thought.  That is the beauty of this system you don’t need a machine to use it – well unless you call your hands a machine :).
The way the CCS works – it has a groove into which you place the cutting tool – if you look closely you can see the two little buttons, they go into the groove and the yellow you can see is the blade shaped like a ‘V’ which allows you to cut either direction..
 To get the most out of the CCS you need to have all three blades: blue, red and green.  The three blades give you the different sizes.  You can cut on the outside of the guides as well as the inside, which means you can get 6 different sizes of whichever style you want – circles, ovals, rectangles or squares, oh and there is also a hexagon one.  If you watch the video here  you can see how it works, there are a couple of other videos which also show the border maker.  Once you’ve watched the video you’ll want to get your own, which you can do here. 

This one shows the CM Cutting mat, the hexagon CCS and the three blades.  You can see the grooves into which the 2 “buttons” fit and guide your cutting blade around the shape.  Also, a handy point with each of the shapes they have little “feet” doesn’t lift them off the paper, they just help the shape guide to stay in place so it doesn’t move while you cut.  The video is a helpful tool to show you exactly how to use these wonderful, portable cutting tools.
Now for photos of the examples I promised.

The next two show the different shapes available and also the wavy ones which come as a paper trimmer.
Enjoy the photos and videos.  Thank you for reading.   Cheers for now.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

More on new items...

Hi there,

We have some more new items for you, check them out on my website and get your orders in quickly before they're gone.


For those of you who like to do your scrapbooking digitally here are some digital new items I missed earlier.
Sorry, very bland today but check it all out and get your orders in.  I hope to have something more interesting for you next time.  Enjoy, have fun choosing and getting your scrapbooking organised.   Thanks for reading.  Until next time.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

June - what's new!

Hello there,

Sorry this post is a little late but having only got back from holiday at Coffs Harbour early last week, it's taken me a while to catch up with things.

Creative Memories have some really beautiful papers out this month, as well as punches and border makers.  I have attached the 'new items brochure' here for you to choose from and you can have a closer look and order from my website.  So what are you waiting for, get the photos of your last adventure and get cracking.  I love the 'Adventure' papers and they even have the mats to match, so I'll be getting those for some of our latest 'adventures'.

For those in America the "Americana" papers might get your attention or if your in Canada the "Celebrate Canada" might be your cup of tea!  But you don't have to be either Canadian or American  to enjoy the papers all of which can be used for any of your projects.

Also, the 'Gallivant' paper packs, or 'Woodland Whimsy' papers, a great range of lovely papers to enhance your photos and projects.  There are also matching embellishments and stickers to give your layouts an added dimension.

Without further ado, you can see the new items flyers here.  Pick out your favourites and go to my website - link above - and get scrapping (or cardmaking)!

Thanks for reading.  See you again soon.


Just a taste of the What's New flyer:

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Not just scrapbooking!

Hi there,

Creative Memories (CM) is not just scrapbooking.  I have a couple of cards made on our previous holiday and one this time, so far.  Using CM papers and punches, and border makers, you can create some lovely cards as well as dress up your scrapbook pages.

So for now just a couple of cards to show off some of the above tools ...

The first two, use CM Patterned paper and embelishments.
Card one has a "Happiness" stamp added.
Card two is simply the CM patterned paper and flower embellishments.

A5 folded for the card blanks, white and ivory.

Card 3 is made using a couple of other items such as a stencil and stamps from "Frozen" but using the CM Ocean Wave border maker cartridge.  Unfortunately, that cartridge is no longer available, perhaps if there is enough demand they might bring it back. Teal cardstock folded to the same size as A5 folded in half, with teal cardstock for the border.

 Card 4 Shows off the CM "Daisy" punch with stamped background and embossing from my stock.  The punch is very effective, and you can use the "negative" as well which I hope to show later on.  This card is a little smaller as I used a left over piece of A5, from which I had cut a small piece to stamp some sentiments and other things on, rather than start a new piece for a card I thought I would use it and make a smaller card.  The daisy has a butterfly embellishment in the centre to finish off, again from my stock.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my work, and gained a little from my samples which show that you can incorporate CM products, tools etc into your cardmaking and scrapbooking.

Thank you for visiting and reading.  Cheerio for now.

Get this tote for joining me!

Why not join me and get this great tote for free?  How?  Read on ...

During May, when you join as a new Creative Memories Advisor and place a $99 or more order, you will receive an exclusive Creative memories Shoulder Bag - a $79 value - for FREE!  Yes, I might be lucky and get one too if you join, but, you will also get discounts on your future orders.  Now I'm sure you would like to get your scrapbooking "ingredients" at a discount, so what are you waiting for?  Go to my link and join now at  It only costs $59AUD to join (in Australia) and you're on your way. 

Thanks for visiting and reading.  Until next time...cheers, Lola.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Heaps to catch up on.

Hi folks,
I haven't been on the computer very much lately, trying to get other parts of my life sorted, so I hope you'll bear with me.
One thing I’m sure of, when you make a statement that you will do something each week, day or month even, something else always comes up.  On my blog I made the statement that I would post a card each week, well, that didn’t quite happen.  So, I will do my best to catch up and even try to write posts during my breaks while I'm studying.  Yes, I going back to study in July, so I hope to catch up before then.  However,  I won’t promise which day, because that would only jinx it again. 
National or International Scrapooking day/weekend was enjoyable, hard work but worth the effort.  It was a pity that some customers were unable to attend, because they missed out on a very productive and enjoyable day.  I am posting NSD workshop results here and will post a couple of cards later.
The aim was to have four 2-page layouts completed, preferably with photos but in our case we had the layouts complete one day and attached photos the next, that is, photos that we could lay our hands on and "chop" to size as necessary.  Because of the mat sizes on the layouts, we have to try and find appropriate photos that can be trimmed to fit, that is why some of the spots are empty.  
For those new to scrapbooking, having templates such as we made, would be the way to go, however, the drawback is the one we faced, of not having photos to fit or trimmable to make fit, but hey, you have start somewhere.  Once you get the idea of putting things together you can use your own designs to "scrap" or "dress up" your photos to make them even more fun to go through.
We have several albums of "scrapped" photos, mostly made by me until earlier this year when my partner started. We had fun making the "Mi Amor" layout in January/February.  I had only started with Creative Memories and didn't have too much in the way of CM products but we did the best we could.
So for someone who only started scrapbooking and card making this year I am proud of what my partner who has achieved in just a matter of months, what took me years to achieve.
Anyway here are some photos from our NSD workshop, I also made a Digital version for display at the workshop, which I will post tomorrow.
Thank you for looking and reading. Enjoy! Till tomorrow then.
Oh, apologies for the photos being out of alignment, I'm still can't get it to obey me, lol.  



Monday, 6 March 2017

New products and National Scrapbook Day

Hi there,

My goodness how time flies.  I took a photo of the new "toys" or rather tools when they arrived and was ready to upload here to 'brag' but was interrupted, so didn't get the photos uploaded and posted here and now it's two weeks since all our goodies arrived.  We've had fun with them too.

Photos of the Border Maker and the Personal Trimmer with the cutters:

That's it for our fun.

Now for the fun part for you, all the new products available this month, March, to make your projects look great, get them into your albums with the lovely papers, embellishments and albums available.

If you like digital, it seems you can now access those as well.  So, don't put off getting your scrapbooking done and your photos sorted.  If you need a helping hand, contact me and we'll see if we can get you started. Here is a taste of the new products for March and also included is the PDF of the other items available soon.

The PDF can be found here: 

I hope you have fun looking through the lovely new papers etc. and check out the website for all the fun things to help you complete your scrapbooking pages.

Next time I hope to have some more photos of pages or cards made.  Until then, cheerio.  Lola.