Organizing Supplies

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Organization Containers

Why? Every scrapbooker needs storage, whether you scrapbook from a tote or want to set up a room, you’ll need to storage and organizing or tools, paper…

What works: I will show you what you need to get all your scrapbooking materials organized from what you need for your pictures, papers and tools.


Power Sort box

Why? Use the decorative Power® Sort to help you safely store, organize and transport up to 1,200 photos. The inside cover storage sleeve allows you to safely hold flat memorabilia or even panoramic photos. Six divided compartment boxes and dividers allow you to sort to your heart’s desire − by big events, family members, chronologically and more.

What works: If you don’t have enough room to bring your entire power sort to your next big scrapbooking event, use one or both compartment covers paired with the compartment boxes, which allows you to transport up to 400 photos.

File Mate

Why? Use file mate to help you safely store, organize and transport larger photos, memorabilia, paper, stickers and scrapbook pages. Thirteen divided compartment allows you to sort by color, theme and more.

What works: See our 12×12 daisy file mate; 13 compartments, hook-and-loop closure, dimensions: 13×13 inches, holds up to 6.5 pounds, ID pocket. File mate is photo-safe, good for bigger photos and memorabilia but also paper and much more. Our 4×6: 7 compartments, hook-and-loop closure, dimension 7.5×5.5 inches, holds up to 1 pound or 175 photos, ID pocket; file mate is photo-safe


Case and Folders-Power(wsl)

Why? Store, transport and organize the power palette components with this sturdy yet attractive organizer case and folder set. The case holds approximately 4 filled power palette organizer folders.

What works: This is a wonderful organizing tool to help organize your paper and embellishment into a project. Comes with 4 organizing folders and you can purchase additional folders (available while supplies last).

Tote and other organizer

Why? Totes are great for keeping your essential supplies together and ready for a scrapbooking party. We have also various other organizer that are very useful, see our organizer section.

What works: Most tote are approximately 18” x 5” x 15” in dimension. Good for organizing a scrapbook album, paper, some tools or a laptop, software, hard drive and power cords, has an outer zippered pocket features pen loops and interior space holds scrapbook albums as large as 12 x 15, should be stain resistant, water repellent and holds up to 15 pounds.

See our entire tote variations on my Creative Memoires website.


Basic accessories

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Why? If you’re looking to make accurate and symmetric layout designs, don’t underestimate this time saving tool of precision. Rulers help you measure accurately and help you make clean, straight lines when you need one.

What works:  Any ruler will do. You might consider having 2 as they are not very expensive and is good for big projects or one smaller project.  You might want to consider a ruler that has a centering feature and holes for stitch placement. A centering ruler has the traditional 1”to 12” marks but also has a “0” mark at the 6” point of the ruler which provides fast and efficient centering of your projects. Rulers are included in our cutting mat system or/and trimmer, but one more could be handy just in case you misplace the first one.

Pencil and white plastic eraser  

Why? Pencils are useful for pre-journaling, as it is easily removed with a white plastic eraser once the ink dries up. A white plastic eraser’s non-abrasive material will remove lead pencil, some coloured pencil, and chalk from your projects without affecting the rest of your artwork.

What works: Make sure you’re using a light pencil and not a grassy art pencil. Both the block and pen-style erasers work.  The barrel of the pen-style version keeps the majority of the eraser clean.

Specialty and decorative-edged scissors

Why? If you’re looking to make more design patterns on your pages, a straight paper edge can be softened or more clearly defined when cut with a decorative scissor or paper edger.  These tools are not to be used on photos. It’s generally not a good idea when it comes to design and photo integrity.  Instead, incorporate the decorative edges into your photo mats, borders and other embellishments.

What works: Deckle-edged scissors are ideal for heirloom layouts because of the vintage look and can be purchase anywhere. Our paper edger will rough up the edges of your paper or cardstock. Simply run the tool along the edge of your paper to create your desired effect, it has 5 roughing edges. Edges can be cut to work with specific themes or feelings within layouts.

Computer, Scanner and Printer

Why? Having a computer in this day an age is almost a must. As most cameras are now digital cameras, with a computer you will be able to store digital photo files, print titles and journaling or do digital scrapbooking. You might also want to scan your traditional layouts to share on the web. Please feel free to share them on my facebook page.

What works: Whatever equipment works with your budget and lifestyle. If you’re looking into digital scrapbooking, look at our Storybook Creator 4.0, with your computer you could scan for scrapbooking forms to help you get your creative juice flowing.

Essentials supplies

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What you really need to get started: an album, pages and pages protectors, paper (coloured or patterned) and adhesives is all you need and of coarse photos.


Why? An album allows you to safely store all of your completed layouts.

What works:  we have 4 size albums at Creative Memoires 8×8 albums, 8.5” x 11” albums, 12” x 12” albums and 12”x15”. This last one is ideal to display photos and memorabilia. We also have Picfolios which have smaller and mini-albums; 2”x3”, 4”x6”, 13”x9”, 12”x12” and 11”x14”.  Popular album binding options are:

  • 2 straps album: album features: Photo safe printed and foiled design on front cover, durable leatherette cover, debossed Creative Memories logo on back cover, expandable, packaging insert with album assembly instructions, lays flat, limited lifetime guarantee, persona imprinting available for spine only. Available in 8×8, 8.5 x11, 12×12 and 12×15.
  • PicFolio Album: 2 types Picfolio and Expandable Picfolio; Picfolio features: A durable, matte-leathered cover material, stain-resistant canvas inside liners, pages that are tested for durability and tear-resistant, the Creative Memories logo debossed on the back cover, a bookplate (inserted into a sleeve on the first page) to label the album’s theme or year, a bank wrap with page layout ideas, photo-safe and available in 2”x3”, 4”x6” and 11”x14”. Expandable picfolio features: Expandable, durable, matte, leather-look cover material, canvas, stain-resistant liner in tan, tan cover holders and straps, the Creative Memories logo debossed on the back cover, assembly instructions, multi-pocket or large-pocket pages (sold separately), not compatible with Persona® Imprinting, photo-safe. Some have 4×6 photo window on front cover and is also available in 13”x9”, 12”x12” and 11”x14”.
  • Simply Said Books: A small gesture can go a long way. Simply Said Books lets you show loved ones, family members, friends and all the special people in your life, how much you truly care. Add a few photos and some personal thoughts and you’ll have a meaningful gift in under an hour! Check out the inside pages of Nancy O’Dell’s Love Simply Said Book featured to the right.
  • Or make your own with scrapbooking paper see my blog traditional project like the 2012 Reflections Journal Project Idea

 Note: All our albums have a Limited Lifetime Guarantee

Pages and Page Protectors

Why? Some companies use only cardstock to put their layouts on but we decided to go a step further to help you secure your photo with our reinforced edges so they will not bend and damage your photos. Page protectors shield your layouts from everyday wear and tear while holding them securely in an album.

What works: All our pages and pages protectors are acid-free, lignin-free, buffered, reinforced edges(pages) and designed specifically for use in Creative Memories expandable albums or coversets (comes with 15 pages). These can be purchased in 8”x8”, 8.5”x11”, 12”x12” and 12”x15”; each pack contains 15 sheets, each album can hold about 2-3 page pack.

As for our Picfolio, they come with 16 sheets/32 pages; the 11”x14” will hold 160 4”x6” photos. As for the expandable Picfolio which pages are sold separately, each pack of pages contains 15 pages and each Expandable Picfolio can contain 2-3 pack.

(lightweight paper with solid printed color or patterns and/or shapes)

Why? Coloured and patterned papers add more color, movement and theme support to your layouts.

What works:  As long as the paper is acid-free and lignin-free, anything that suits your style will work. . If you’re using colour paper there is no problem, but if you decide on using patterned paper for your entire background make sure you’re using a subtle pattern so it will not overpower your photo and memorabilia. If you use bright and bold patterns or use decoration like layered strips, photo mats or borders, then your pattern paper will not be the focal point of your layout but your photos will. If you decided on using cardstocks remember that cardstocks usually have a white core that was covered with ink at the time of printing. This cardstock, when torn, has the white core showing though at the tear line. This torn edge adds another layer of contrast and definition to a layout or card. Creative Memories are the specialists of scrapbooking and of course paper. We have Addition kits and power palettes that are coordinated with paper lines.  These kits can include patterned and solid paper, sticker alphabets, ribbons, buttons, flower or frames, each product in the kits can be bought separately as well.



Why? When properly used, adhesives hold everything in place for a very long time.

What works: Our adhesives; we have famous tape runners with it’s ergonomically design for comfort and provides quick, smooth application. The transparent color allows you to easily see when the drop-in refill cartridge needs replacing. Use this item to mount photographs and scrapbooking paper so you can breeze through your albums and projects. Photo safe, double-sided, permanent, pre-cut segments to apply desired amount, latex-free refillable dispenser, will mount approximately 200 photos and has an advancing wheel allowing precise application.

We have for smaller pieces the precision point adhesive tool. Easily apply the tiniest bit of adhesive to the most intricate embellishment. This is the must-have, no-mess tool for scrapbookers.

If you’re looking for an adhesive, make sure it’s acid-free and linen-free, nontoxic, and free of strong odours. Remember to read product labels to ensure they’re photo safe. It isn’t generally necessary to coat the entire back side of anything you glue to a layout. With our pre-cut adhesive not need to worry about cutting or using to much, simply put about 2 little strips on each corner of your picture and on in the middle and it will do the trick.

Heirloom photo, remember in lesson 2 we suggested that you make a copy of your heirloom photo but if you decide that you want to put them in albums remember to never put adhesive on the back of an original heirloom photo or snapshot. If you decide to remove the photo for what ever reason it will be difficult and could damage your photo, once glued to a layout use our photo mounting corners. Like I said in lesson 2 the best way to preserve those heirloom and one-of-a–kind photographs is by scanning them and using copies for scrapbooking and keeping them safe in power sorting boxes.

Useful Tools

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While not necessary, they to make it sometimes easier and lot more fun!

Muli-purpose tool

Why? When working, you will come across some delicate piece called the Multi-purpose tool. It will help you to punch out paper, press on stickers, remove glued object from your project and much more.

What works: The multi-purpose tool is an almost a must in scrapbooking. If you don’t have one, you can use a butter knife (while not as good, it will do the job). The pointy edge will help you punch out paper from some spaces and the flat side will help you press on stickers and help you remove glued object from your pages with no damage.


Why? Scissors allow scrapbook artists to manipulate, transform, and incorporate papers, and ribbons into their layouts.

What works:  Your trusty partner in preserving your family’s memories…it’s an essential for any scrapbook album maker. Our All-purpose scissors cuts nearly all materials: With their fine-tipped, well-made, and make very precise cuts. They are compact, sharp, precise and convenient.

Tool Kit:

Why: While not necessary, it is certainly very useful. It contains 1 precision scissors, 1 reverse tweezers, 1 multi-purpose tool, 1 dual-tip embossing tool, 1 embossing mat.

What works? The tool kit consists of five essential tools: scissors, tweezers, multi-purpose tool, embossing tool and mat, all contained in a soft-lined, compartmentalized designer box. The precision scissors are practical as they are sharp and precise for detailed cutting. Reverse tweezers are self-closing for easy use. The multi-purpose tool used to punch out paper, press on stickers and much more. Finally, the dual-tip embossing tool is used to create intricate designs along the embossing mat to use to protect surfaces.

All tools are made with stainless steel tool heads, are ergonomically constructed with cushioned, non-latex handles for comfortable grip and comes in a laminated decorative storage box (7.25 inches long by 6.125 inches wide by 1.375 inches high) for protective storage and easy transportation.

Pick-Up Square (Adhesive Removers)

Why? When you put Tape Runner adhesives or Precision Point adhesive in the wrong place on your layout the Pick-up Square is a special glue eraser that can remove most of the unwanted substance from the paper surface. Liquid removers will eliminate adhesives and sticky residue from papers, scissors and punches. 

What works: Pick-up square removes adhesive residue from the back of your photos, pages and more. It also helps remove light-leaded pencil lines from your pages.

Fun Tools

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If you’re looking to make more elaborated project, those tools will come in handy. I’m not telling to go out and buy all those tools but talk to your Creative Memoire consultant on ways to earn free products or set up a workshop party.

Trimmer (Photo and Paper Cutter)

Why? All good painters need a paintbrush to paint, scrapbooking need trimmers to help make more elaborated project. While making your project, you will be using paper to create your projects. The 12-inch Rotary Trimmer will prove useful as well as the 7-inch trimmer for cutting photos.

What works:  What to look for in a trimmer: it has to be precise and easy to use. Remember not all paper cutters are the same. As all good things, pricier Trimmer means more quality and you will probably be happier with them because they are enduring, exact, and easy to use.  At Creative Memories we have two types of trimmers:

  1. 7-Inch Trimmer is the optimal tool to crop photographs with great precision. It features a top-mounted cutting mat that can be removed to access a storage drawer underneath. The stainless steel blade that makes up to 50,000 cuts makes this a great tool for cropping on the go.
  1. 12-inch Rotary Trimmer; this versatile trimmer cuts cardstock, printed paper and vellum. Includes an expandable 12-inch ruler, rotary blade and a built-in measuring grid. A self-healing cutting mat sits beneath the blade offering one of the most precise cuts on the market! See all the different cuts it can make with all its changeable blade; Rotary Blade.

CCS Custom Cutting System (Cutting mat and blade)

Why? Use our award-winning custom cutting system mat and blades to crop photos and 12 x 12 or smaller scrapbook papers into a variety of shapes using our exclusive cutting patterns. The self-healing cutting mat provides a safe, skid-free surface.

What works:  There are other high performance mats on the market as well, but our CCSystem includes self-healing mat (12.25” x 12.25”) and 3 blades (1 red, 1 blue, 1 green). The blades rotate around patterns for ergonomically friendly cuts plus we have replacement blades available and cutting patterns (in different shapes and size) available separately.

Corner cutter and Shape Makers (Punch)                                      

Why? Corner Cutter: Create perfectly rounded corners on photos and photo mounting paper with a quick and easy cut. It conveniently catches trimmed paper or photo scraps inside. Shape makers (Punch) sets you up to create shapes quickly. The Makers are perfect for creating quick enhancements for page titles, borders and more.

What works:  Looking to make your picture older fashioned? The corner rounder is a great touch. It rounds the edges of your photo to give them that old fashion look. Great for making your copy of your old heirloom photo look authentic.

A standard punch from an office-supply store or dollars store works fine. Later, you may want to purchase a tool or tools that punch different shapes and a little bigger, see variation of shape maker and punches to help create your own embellishments.

Those are the 3 primaries tools Creative Memoires has. For a lot more tools you can use visit out tool section to see our Border Maker, Creative Cuts Collection(wsl) and more.

Meanings for colors

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YELLOW: Creative, or Spring! In Paler shades — light and airy, floaty and delicate.

Positive—Caution, brightness, joy, intelligence, organization, childlike, innocence

Negative—Critical, lazy, cynical, cowardly, fearful, unstable and annoying

ORANGE: Energetic, Vibrant, Sunny, Tropical, Spicy, Engaging, Sporty, Happy

Positive—Steadfast, courageous, confidant, friendly, cheerful, warm, exciting,

Negative—Ignorance, inferiority, sluggish, superiority

BLUE: Comfortable, spiritual, aristocratic, intellectual, loyal, and trustworthy(true blue?) or even somewhat businesslike when the cooler shades of it are used. Summer—think pools and beaches with the ocean! Masculine—the old Blue for Boys thing(which can be a negative or a positive depending on how you look at it).

Positive—Tranquil, loving, accepting, patience, understanding, cooperative

Negative—Fearful, cold, passive and depressed (feeling blue?), gloomy, moody

GREEN: Responsive, relaxing, –depending on the shade it can also be velvety and shimmery

Positive—Money, food, natural, healthy, fresh, growth, soothing, sharing, hopeful,

Negative—Greed, envy, guilt, disorderly, jealous(green eyed monster?), constricting Nauseating and Inexperienced.

PURPLE: Light-hearted. It can become almost dollish when the hue goes to the pinker Shades of it. Brave (As in a purple heart!), Noble, Ambitious or Luxurious.

Positive—Royal, religious, sophisticated—Easter! Powerful and reflective yet

Negative—bruised or foreboding, mysterious. Moody

WHITE: It symbolizes purity and innocence. White creates a refreshing, clean, cool feeling. When used with other colors, it gives the match a sense of being clean, and crisp.

Positive—Easy, Fresh, Pure, Clean and Good

Negative—Cold, distant, bland, winter, blinding, sterile

BLACK: It symbolizes power and formality. It compliments any of the other colors, and tends to brighten whatever color it is matched with.

Positive—Dramatic, Classy, serious, committed. Formal

Negative—Evil or Bad, coldness, death, ignorant, terror and secretive

RED: It’s a love hate color! Sometimes it Love and sometimes its Hate! Kind of even on the Negative and Positive in that area

Positive–Strong, Passionate, Brave, Sexy,

Negative—Danger, Aggression, Domineering, Bawdy, and Rage

BROWN: It symbolizes wood and earth. Brown has an organic feel and can make things look worn and comfortable. It also stands for strength and credibility. Browns are also a great for heritage.

Positive—Earthy, Mature, Warmth

Negative—sad, dirty, cheap

TURQUOISE: is the color of communication, self awareness and initiative.

Positive—Spiritual, Healing, Protection, Sophisticated


SILVER: represents wealth because the metal silver is valuable

Positive—Glamorous, Sleek, High Tech, Graceful

Negative—Insincere, Dreamer

PINK: Feminine (again the Pink for Girls thing but again it can be a positive or negative Depending on how it’s used)

Positive—Happy, Healthy, Sweet, Playful, Compassionate, Clean, Fresh, Bright

Negative—Immature, weak

GOLD: gold symbolizes wealth used wisely, but it is also the symbol of good health. People who favour the color gold are optimistic.

Positive—Wealth, Value, Prosperous, Traditional

Negative—Greed or Dreamy ( hmmm negative or positive on the later?)

Choosing the right color for your scrapbooking pages

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When it comes to choosing the right color for your scrapbooking project, the choice will always be yours and yours alone. However, there are some good tips and trends that just might influence you on your choices. Some like to create their own signature like using their favourite color. What it comes down to it’s that the prerogative is yours. Do what you like and what makes you smile. On the other hand, if you’re looking for assistance, understanding a bit about the way colors complement each other and creating harmony in certain combinations, I can certainly help you make your scrapbooking project magical.

When creating your scrapbooking pages, the first step is choosing a base color for your page. This gives you a sense of balance and connectedness. So, let’s start by giving you tips that might help you get started;

Style Trends – Look at the yearly trends from when your project photos are taken. If you’re looking at photos from last year (2011) you might consider looking at neutrals and restrained colors with a bit of eclectic ethnic, mixes and mash style patterns and for shadowy dark colors, perky reds and pinks and earthy colors. You can add stripes /polka dots combinations and Paisleys with geometric circles. But, if you’re looking at photos form the 1960-70 well you might want to look at more retro patterns and colors. One way to be fashionable is to choose a patterned paper, featuring one of these two colors and then draw out the matching solids for your own scrapbook.

Favourites Colors – Another way to go is going with your favourite color or choosing the favourite color of the person featured in your scrapbook page and build around it.

Holiday Colors – You might choose a color around the theme of the event featured in your pictures like greens/reds for Xmas or yellows/purple for Easter or black/oranges for Halloween.

Photo Selection – Another great way to go is by looking at your selected photos and see what common colors jump out at you and build on it.

Location Colors – You might consider looking at your location and their color associations; if you’re looking at the countryside you might want to use shades of green, if you looking at the ocean you might consider shades of grey-blue or for a sandy beach vacation you would look for shades of sand’s. This can tie your scrapbook together.

Color Expressions – Or choose a color that will express the personality or emotions of the people or event that’s in your project;

    • Red—bold and sassy
    • White—pure and innocent
    • Black—sad or powerful
    • Brown—stable and earthy
    • Green—young or reserved
    • Blue—sophisticated or masculine
    • Pink—delicate or feminine
    • Yellow—happy
    • Orange—energetic
    • Purple—mysterious or regal

Color Wheel – The artist’s best friend is another great tool to use. Getting familiar with a few simple rules will help you harmonise your colors like a professional. Here are a few combinations that always work well together;

    • Analogous colors sit next to each other.
    • Complementary colors are directly opposite and contrasting.
    • Splitcomplimentary colors are the two colors on either side of a complement and its opposite.
    • Triadic colors are any three equally spaced around the color wheel.
    • Monochromatic color is one color with black or white added to create different shades of tints. Just move in or out from the center of one color.

Once your base color is decided, you can use the above technique to add more color choices to your project. Keep in mind there are no perfect color schemes. More than one could work with your project, experiment and have fun. This is really what scrapbooking is all about.

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