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I have always liked using “things,” any things, in ways that are different from their intended use.  For example, my nightstand is an antique children’s school desk.  When the word “repurposing” entered the main-stream vocabulary a few years ago, I thought… “Hey! I’ve been doing that for years!”

My interest in “repurposing” includes my scrapbooking efforts, and involves trying to discover different ways to use products I own.  Learning to stretch my digi-stash, has been a fun challenge for me!

Many designers include pre-made Borders in their Kits or Collections.  Today let’s take a look at how we might “repurpose” those!

1. Use a Border as intended…. as a page border!

Premade borders are designed to help scrappers create a layout quickly and easily.

Here is a Deck the Halls Kit paper, along with a Deck the Halls Border. By simply placing the Border on the Paper, I have a great start on a layout.

I can make the layout as simple or as intricate as I like, based on what I decide to add.


Using the paper and border as a base, I created a layout in about 8 minutes (and I’m not a fast scrapper!)  I added a frame from the kit, along with my photo and a date.  I could have left the page alone at that point, but I decided to add a few elements to the top of the frame.  Quick. Easy. Done.


2.  Resize a border and clip it to a journal card or tag.

In the image below I have resized a Follow Your Heart Border and clipped it to a journal card.  This is a great way to stretch your stash, using both items.


3. Resize a border and use it as a design element in word art (either word art that is pre-made or that you design).

Here is a Woodland Winter Border and Woodland Winter Word Art Graphic positioned on a 12X12 transparent background.


We could drop a background paper behind the border and graphic and have a nice beginning to a layout; however, let’s resize that border and see what we can do.

In the image below I brought into my document the strip of wood that was included in the kit. I duplicated and rotated that piece.  Next I resized the border to fit underneath the horizontal wood piece, and positioned the word art graphic above it. Quick and easy!


3. Resize a Border and tuck it underneath or on top of a photograph or frame.

Pictured below is frame from the Long Road Home Kit, and a Long Road Home Border.  I resized the border to match the size of the frame, placing the frame under the border.  That was it.


4. Blend Borders into papers to give a unique look, specific to your needs.

Here is a paper from Oven Lovin‘ along with an Oven Lovin’ Border.  I like the contrast of the brighter border against the shabby paper. However, in the creation  of a layout, we would be aware of the visual weight of the border and would need to take that into consideration as we designed our page.


By lowering the opacity of the border (in the image below I’ve reduced it to 40%), we retain the nice graphic image, but reduce the weight of the border. This could be helpful, depending on what other elements you wish to add to your page.


5.  Duplicate and flip Borders.

This technique might not work well with all Borders, but try it and see!  Here is a Deck the Halls Border, duplicated and flipped, then placed on a Deck the Halls Kit  paper. If you look closely, you can see that the edges don’t offer a perfect match (note especially the flower cluster at the bottom); however, with a little masking  and creativity, we could get this to work just fine.  One suggestion would be to add additional kit elements to hide the adjoining seams.


6.  Duplicate and rotate Borders. As many times as you like!

Pictured below is a border from Follow Your Heart Cluster Set 1.


Here is a layout created by Renee, a member of my Creative Team, using this Border.  She duplicated it 3 times, then rotated each border to create this beautiful 4-sided page border.  That would have been enough by itself to create a lovely page, but Renee was having so much fun she decided to embellish her page further.  She added the pink hearts and bows,  the bicycle,  the falling green leaves, and the pink butterfly (all  kit elements).  She used a mask that is in the Follow Your Heart kit for her photo, and topped  her page off with her sweet model’s name and the Follow Your Heart Word Art.  Gorgeous!


Can you think of other creative ways to use Borders?  If so, please leave your suggestions and ideas in our Comment section!  We would love to learn from you!

I love Borders and host the Surprise Me Border Challenge every month.  Please join in the fun as we experiment every month with Borders!  Here is the link for the January Challenge.  Just check the Challenge Thread in the Forum for each designer’s challenge every month!

If you have been inspired to experiment with Borders, browse through our Personal Use  store today! I’m sure you will find some on sale!

Here is a Border for you to play with!  It was created using elements from my new kit Follow Your Heart!  Introductory Savings are currently available!

Click on the image below to download.


If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here.

See you next week!

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This weekend we have a beautiful “Snowed In Winter Sale” for you. All our Winter kits will be for sale with a 50% discount. There are lots of beautiful Winter kits in store, so this is your change to save yourself some money and lay your hand on some of these gorgeous kits!

Dit weekend hebben we een geweldige aanbieding. De “Snowed In Winter Sale”, waarbij alle winter kits met een korting van 50% worden verkocht. Er zijn vele prachtige winter kits in de winkel, dus dit is je kans om een boel geld te besparen en toch een aantal prachtige kits te bemachtigen!


Below I show you some examples of Winter kits we have in store. If you want to see more, you can go right here.

Hieronder laat ik wat mooie voorbeelden zien van Winter kits uit de winkel. Als je meer wil zien kun je hier een kijkje nemen.


theStudio Coordinated Collection: Summer Fun





I’ve made a quickpage for you with the last kit in the row: Winter Woodland. Please enjoy!

Ik heb een quickpage gemaakt met de laatste kit in de rij: Winter Woodland. Veel plezier ermee!



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It is time for the final round of our fantabulous, amazing, wonderful Round Robin starring none other than our own Carin Grobe Design!

It’s time for our final week with the beautifully adorable Smitten:

Round Robin Smitten

A kiss on the cheek, cupcake in hand, the feeling of LOVE is oh so grand!  Cupid has landed, strawberries and chocolate too, we’ll snuggle and hug and say “I Love You”.  I’m Smitten, I’m giggly, my heart flutters about, my love for you is true; of that have No Doubt!

Smitten is fun and filled with all things love.  Love that makes your heart go pitter patter when the phone rings, love that takes your breath away, love that makes you gush and smile.  Packed with hearts, flowers, shapes, styles and even a pair of love birds and kissing bears.

Created with love by Carin Grobe Design and Just So Scrappy

Please ask questions in the Round Robin FAQs, I will update that post with answers.

A Round Robin is One Month, One Designer, Four Collabs.

How do you come in, and more importantly, how can you save extra?
Answer: Create a LO!

The LO rules are simple:

What are the discounts:

The best news? These discounts are stackable. That means if you participate in all four Social Media venues, your final discount code will be an additional 40% on the next Round Robin Collab. How much you save is up to you!

I will PM coupons good off the next COLLECTION each week on Wednesdays. The coupons are good for one week only. The final week coupon will be for the featured Round Robin Designers personal use store.

Please post your layout in our Round Robin gallery, your pinterest, facebook & google+.

Carin Grobe Design and her partner this week: Just So Scrappy  have designed the perfect collection for the upcoming Valentine’s day and for anyone who has ever had their heart filled with love! Check out Smitten:

Round Robin Smitten

Round Robin Smitten
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Round Robin Smitten

Save extra with the entire Smitten Bundle:

Round Robin Smitten
For a limited time get the Smitten Add On Mini FREE! Just click to download & enjoy.
Round Robin Smitten

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New in our CU store and a fabulous freebie!

by Robyn 26 January 2015
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I’m excited to showcase some great new products in our CU store, and when you have checked out all the goodies,  scroll further down the page for a fabulous freebie from Snickerdoodle Designs. Laitha’s Designs has a great grab bag bundle.  With this pack you get 2 January 2015 CU Grab Bags plus a FWP […]

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4 Ways to use Overlays and Textures Creatively using Blend Modes

by SnickerdoodleDesigns 24 January 2015

Last week I was asked by someone new to digital scrapbooking if she, as a personal-use scrapbooker, was allowed to purchase commercial-use products.  The answer is a resounding YES!  Commercial-Use (CU) products are very often created with both the designer and the personal-use scrapper in mind. While, in general, the Terms of Use (TOU) of […]

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Expectant by Sherah Kraan and a free quickpage for you

by renee 22 January 2015
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After a leave of absence Sherah Kraan is now back with a fabulous new kit for you called: Expectant. One of the very best feelings is the feeling of hope and expectancy. Anticipating good things, big changes, a long awaited arrival or event. A new baby. So many of the very best of lifes moments! Sherah […]

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Round Robin: Sea Cruise

by Toiny Westberry 20 January 2015
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It is time for round three of our fantabulous, amazing, wonderful Round Robins starring none other than our own Carin Grobe Design! It’s time for week 03 with the I-wish-this-was-me-right-now Sea Cruise: As the massive ships departs from the bay, the creatures on land slip slowly away.  Sea turtles, sea gulls, sea horses too, star fish […]

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Oh Captain, My Captain – The Hope – by Feli Designs and a free quickpage for you

by renee 15 January 2015
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I’m sure you have all seen the film “Dead poets’ society” and you all know the quote “Oh captain, my captain“. Part One of this project by Feli Designs is called The Darkness, as a symbol for the “quiet side”, for sadness, depression, darkness and pain of the heart. Now I want to show you Part […]

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Round Robin: Excuse The Mess

by Toiny Westberry 13 January 2015
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It is time for another month of fantabulous, amazing, wonderful  Round Robins starring none other than our own Carin Grobe Design! It’s time for week 02 with the so appropriate Excuse the Mess:  Clutter, dust, dishes and piles. Mess. Homes are messy places, and often the cleaning falls down the to-do list to make room […]

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What’s new in our CU store and a freebie!

by Robyn 12 January 2015
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We have some great new products in our CU store and I would like to showcase just some of them for you today. …………and make sure that you scroll down the page for a fabulous FREEBIE CUflower from Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.   SweetMade has a great new bundle in her store. This super bundle […]

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