Monday, May 27, 2013

It's Time to Nip & Tuck

This week's Heart2Heart challenge is all about stitching - real or faux - your choice. I chose to use real stitching on my layout, which I absolutely love and need to use more often in my creations. Most of the time I would use faux stitching because I would be so afraid I'd mess up my page with real stitches and the paper(s) would be wasted. BUT now that I know it's really quite easy to do, I will stitch for real more often.

I used stitching to create the ruffle under the B&W photo, to make the flower at the top left of the B&W photo, a decorative flower stitch along the left side of the black cardstock and a straight stitch on the other 3 sides. LOVE how the stitching really makes this layout even more beautiful!

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart unless noted:

  • X7166B Claire paper pack
  • 1385 White Daisy cardstock
  • 1386 Black cardstock
  • Z1829 Glitter Paper
  • Z1790 Cricut Artiste cartridge (letters)
  • Z1820 For Always Textiles
  • Z1813 Claire Assortment
  • Z1826 Zipper Lace
  • Z1812 Sparkles Flourishes
  • Z1799 Silver Trim
  • Z1821 Black Buttons
  • Z1701 Neutral Baker's Twine
  • 'Daughter' from Me & My Big Ideas
  • 'love that lasts forever' and 'Mother's Day' are from retired stamp sets
  • White sewing thread from Coats & Clark
Okay, now it's your turn to use some stitching - real or faux - in your artwork then share it with us at Heart2Heart. Be sure to use mostly Close To My Heart products in your artwork or we will delete your link. Sorry, those are the rules! And while you're visiting, please take time to check out the beautiful artwork created by Design Team A. 

Happy scrampin'!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Project Life the Close To My Heart Way

I have been admiring all the awesome scrapbook layouts created by those who are into the Project Life way of scrapping for so long and wanted to try it using Close To My Heart products. Makes sense since I am a CTMH consultant, right?

Well, I finally started my own Project Life album back at the beginning of the year and I am happy to say that I have been keeping up with it pretty good. I think I have only missed a couple weeks but that's the beauty of Project Life - you can do it as often as you want to - you don't need to create a layout each week. It's okay to skip weeks if you don't have any photos to scrap or just need to take a break. It's okay to do it whatever way you want - no set rules at all except to have fun making and recording your daily/weekly/monthly memories. Since I have been very pleased so far with my Project Life endeavor, I thought I would share a couple of my layouts with you.
Cover page of my Project Life album - made with Pear & Partridge papers from CTMH
 FYI - I have since changed the address of my blog to
Project Life Week 1 - made with the Wonderland papers from CTMH
Project Life Week 19 the Studio J way
I am not very good at creating my own how-to videos or tutorials but if you would like some kind of idea of how I created this digital Project Life layout in Studio J, Close To My Heart created an awesome You Tube video for you. Check it out and let me know what you think. If you'd like to give Studio J a try, go here then click on the Studio J link to start playing! You will need to create an account but it's FREE to play! If you have any questions, just give me a shout!

Thanks for stopping by today! Happy scrampin'!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Broad Street Run Layout with Dakota

Love this layout of my daughter, her boyfriend and a friend who all ran the 10 mile Broad Street Run in Philly recently. I still need to add the journaling and their names yet and possibly some other embellishments maybe but I totally love how this layout turned out. I had actually made the layout several months ago when the Dakota paper pack was brand new and I am so happy I was finally able to add the perfect photos to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a good one!


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

It's Pajama Party Time with Close To My Heart!

Remember all the pajama parties we used to have when we were kids and how much fun it was spending the night with our closest friends? Well, Big Picture Classes and Close To My Heart are teaming up to bring you an exclusive event - a fun, 'live' pajama party on May 30 and best of all, it's FREE! Yep, beginning at 6:00 pm PDT which would be 9:00 pm EDT, in case you weren't sure, get in your pajamas, pop yourself some popcorn, grab your favorite beverage, boot up the computer and join these two awesome companies for an hour-long real 'live' pajama party!

For the first of what will become a bi-monthly feature from Big Picture Classes, you will learn some new tips and techniques from the experts in the paper-crafting business while also working on awesome projects. The first project featured is the Happy Thoughts kraft container from Close To My Heart. You can watch the presentation by yourself or why not watch it with some friends and bring back that wonderful pajama party feeling you had as a child? If you are local to me, let's get together that night to work on the project or plan it for another day. Let me know if you're interested!

Be sure to register for the pajama party after creating a FREE account at Big Picture Classes if you don't already have one. You will need an account in order to participate in the message boards, post to the gallery, enter any contests that may be offered or download and/or print out any handouts available.

If you wish to purchase any of the supplies needed to create the featured Happy Thoughts kraft container, go here to place your order. But be sure to do it real soon to insure your supplies arrive prior to this 'live' event. Below is a list of the supplies needed or you may substitute any you may already have in your stash.

  • My Acrylix Frame Flair (D1546)
  • My Acrylix® Happy Thoughts (C1536)
  • 2" x 3 1/2" My Acrylix® block (Y1009)
  • 4" x 5" My Acrylix® block (Y1012)
  • My Acrylix® spritz cleaner (1778)
  • My Acrylix® stamp scrubber (Z1782)
  • Cricut® Art Philosophy collection (Z1790)
  • Whisper Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2172)
  • Lagoon Exclusive Inks® pad (Z2195)
  • micro-tip scissors (Z534)
  • corner rounder (Z578)
  • paper trimmer
  • My Creations® kraft container (Z1833) 
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Crème Brulee cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5754)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Lagoon cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5762)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" White Daisy cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, 1385)
  • one sheet of 12" x 12" Whisper cardstock (comes with 24 sheets, X5929)
  • one sheet Pink B&T Duos® paper from Chantilly paper packet (comes with 6 sheets, X7163B)
  • two yards Grey Wool baker's twine from neutral assortment (comes with ten yards, Z1701)
  • three butterflies from Color-Ready Trinkets wooden shapes (comes with 57 shapes, Z1844)
  • three grey Sparkles from Sparkles black & grey assortment (comes with 108, Z1754)
  • 3-D foam tape
Mark your calendar for May 30 --- 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm PDT, that's 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm EDT for an event you won't want to miss! See you at the pajama party!

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, May 13, 2013

April showers bring May flowers

as the saying goes! And how dull this world would be without both flowers AND showers! I love flowers so this week's Heart2Heart challenge - all about May flowers - was right up my garden path.

Supplies used are all Close To My Heart unless noted:
  • CC1024 Dream Pop paper packet
  • C1538 Girls Rock stamp set
  • Z1139 Dimensional Elements Perennials
  • Z1685 Dimensional Elements Banners
  • Z1779 Irresistibles Houndstooth Alphabet
  • Z1701 Neutral Baker's Twine
  • Z2123 Goldrush ink
  • Z2165 Juniper ink
  • Z2173 Slate ink
  • Z2196 Smoothie ink
  • Z2193 Cotton Candy ink
  • Z2150 Sunflower ink
  • Z2396 Smoothie marker
  • Z2365 Juniper marker
  • Scraps of Tulip ribbon (n/a)
  • 2 Smoothie photo clips (n/a)
  • Sunflower brads (n/a)
Be sure to check out the other fabulous artwork created by the Heart2Heart design team then start creating and sharing your May flowers artwork with us. Remember to follow the rules and use mostly CTMH products in your creations.

Happy scrampin'!


Monday, May 6, 2013

National Scrapbooking Day Update

Well, as much as I was really looking forward to creating all kinds of awesome artwork on NSD, it didn't happen.   ;-(  In between loads of laundry and hanging them outside, I ended up going to buy some flowers (hubby practically begged me to go) then spent the afternoon planting them. Well, it WAS a gorgeous day and very hard to stay indoors. So the only artwork I did get done was the layout shown below.

Here are the 4 photos I chose to work with. I had an idea of how I wanted to present them on a layout after just a few minutes of looking at them. 

 One of the challenges thrown out by the BPC Creative Crop which I was kind of following online Saturday was to use a pocket page panel on a layout. Well, I didn't quite do it the way the sample showed but I did use a 4" x 6" Flip Flap from Close To My Heart over the center photo, which is basically the same idea, just smaller.

All the supplies used are from Close To My Heart except when noted. I used the Chantilly paper pack and Complements (bird), the circles and title were created with the Artiste Cricut cartridge and the Keyboard Alphabet stamp set. The 2 chipboard buttons tied with white baker's twine are from an old embellishment pack. It's hard to see but inside the letter 'O' there is a clear acrylic heart (another old embellishment) attached with a white brad.

Here is the Flip Flap opened up for you to see where the journaling will go when I figure out what to write. Telling the story about the photos is the MOST important part of a layout so I want to get it right before putting it down.

Now off to print a couple photos from National Scrapbooking Day so I can add them to my previous special layout I created in celebration of the day.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by! Happy scrampin'!


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Hello, hello!

I took a break from housecleaning yesterday to check my emails and I am quite thankful I did. The housework can wait! I was so inspired by a newsletter I received from Creating Keepsakes that I immediately knew I wanted to create a layout in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day.

I LOVE how this layout turned out and it came together fairly quickly which is the BEST part. I plan to take a couple photos of myself while I am creating in my scrap room today (I will use the timer on the camera - it's the only way I get photos of myself!) as I celebrate National Scrapbooking Day. Then I will add them to my layout.

I created my layout with the special paper packet called Dream Pop that Close To My Heart is offering for this month only in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month. If you'd like to order this fabulous paper packet for yourself, go here to place your order of at least $35 to qualify to receive the paper packet for just $10 or contact me to learn how you can receive it for FREE!

When you place your order, be sure to click on the JOIN button next to the Dream Popping gathering and you will be entered into a drawing to receive at least $25 in FREE select products from ME! This is not being offered by CTMH - it is from me. As soon as I see you have placed your order, I will enter your name into the drawing.

Here is another version of my layout because I just couldn't leave well enough alone! But that's the way I roll and I can't help myself! Ha ha! I think I like the second version just a tad bit better than the first. Your opinion? I kept thinking the first one was missing something besides a photo or two so I added a couple stamped images and some buttons & gems but I hope I didn't overdo it. Even without any photos on the layout, it would still make a nice page in my album the way it is. 

I hope you have enjoyed my layout today and that it has inspired YOU to get creating in celebration of National Scrapbooking Day! If you create something today, please share! I'd love to see your artwork.

Happy scrampin'!


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dream Pop is Here!

May Day, May Day! It's Dream Pop time! 
This fabulous paper packet can be yours for only $10 or even for FREE starting today.

In honor of National Scrapbooking Month, you can get the yummy Dream Pop paper packet for only $10 when you spend $35 in May! This exclusive paper packet includes 12 cardstock sheets as well as 12 B&T Duos® papers that were specifically designed for this promotion only — you can’t get these sweet colors and patterns anywhere else! Start National Scrapbooking Month off right with a unique paper packet at a bargain price and get your creative juices flowing!

Just look at these gorgeous papers! Can you imagine the creative possibilities? If so, then check out the three ways you can earn this fabulous pack.
  1. Purchase $35 in any products from the current catalog and get Dream Pop for only $10. You can shop here TODAY! 
  2. Host an online party of $400 or more and get it for FREE! Email me at to set up your online party.
  3. Sign up as a Close To My Heart consultant here and get it for FREE!
And there's more! I am offering a FREE workshop (if you are local to me) in early June for anyone who purchases this special pack. Join me to create some beautiful layouts as well as cards. Stay tuned for more details coming soon. Click here to see additional artwork I created with Dream Pop. 



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Click here to place your order TODAY! Happy National Scrapbooking Month!
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