Wednesday, July 29, 2020


So excited to share with you my most recent scrapbook layout since I know I haven't shared too many here recently (no worries I have lots to share in the coming days). Just finished a Scrapbook with me session with my group and had so much fun creating this layout.

The inspiration for this layout comes from this sketch from the July 2020 double-page challenge from Stick It Down.

You can find this sketch along with lots of other sketches for both cards and scrapbook layouts on the Stick It Down blog - here.

I used some retired paper from Close To My Heart for the layout along with some miscellaneous buttons from my stash - I am continuing to work towards my personal challenge of using up my own stash of supplies.

I cut the title using the Cricut and the font from the Close To My Heart Artbooking image set.

You can see this font as well as the other images from this collection on my Cricut Affiliate link - here.

One habit I have in my scrapbooking is when adding embellishments I add them in groupings of three. I did that on this layout with the buttons at the title banner, on the bottom of the left page and again on the right page to balance it out.

I hope you liked this layout!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tips & Tricks Tuesday #7 - Pop & Twist Interactive Element

Adding extra photos, hidden photos or hidden journaling to a scrapbook layout can be fun! At my most recent Scrapbook with me event with my group I demonstrated how to add a Pop & Twist interactive element to a layout to add those extra photos or journaling. I promised my group I would do a process video and provide them with some additional details which I have and I am sharing that here with you all.

We had fun working on our layouts from this sketch from the Close To My Heart blog. You can find this sketch and others here.

I learned this technique from a group I am part of on Facebook and was so excited to pass it on. To create the element you will need the following:

- 3 pieces of cardstock - 1 @ 4" x 12", 1 @ 3 1/2" x 10" and 1 @ 3 1/2" x 8"
- a scoring platform or ruler with a stylus or a scoring blade on your trimmer 
- a strong adhesive that is good for paper crafting
- a bone folder to burnish your creases
- a pencil
- a ruler

Score the 4" x 12" (card base) piece at 6". Fold along crease and set aside.

Score the 3 1/2" x 10" piece (pop-up piece) at 2 1/2", 5" and 7 1/2".

Fold creases as shown so center (5") crease is a mountain fold and the other 2 are valley folds.

Score the 3 1/2" x 8" piece (mechanism) at 1 3/4" along the length. Fold along crease.

Along the width of this piece, mark with a pencil at 2 1/4" and 5 3/4" on both sides.

Score an "X" across the piece going from top to bottom at the pencil marks.

Fold along the creases and burnish the folds.

Fold inwards to create an "arrow".

Place adhesive at point of arrow on both sides and adhere to
backside of card base piece just below fold.

When you open it back up - this is what you have.

Put adhesive on outer 1" on top right and bottom left.

Adhere pop-up piece to the mechanism. Make sure to let the pop-up piece
overhang the mechanism by about 3/4" 

Now you can add your photos or journaling to the pop and twist element.
Sizes are 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" and  2 1/4" x 3 1/4".

When you adhere this to your layout make sure to use strong adhesive. You can secure it closed by using some ribbon or twine, like I did in my layout, or a velcro dot or even a tab to tuck it under.

I have detailed the process in this video so you can see this done step by step.

If you want to join my twice weekly Scrapbook with me events. Head on over to my Facebook Page to follow me and you will get notifications when I schedule any upcoming ones!

I hope you liked the layout and enjoyed learning about the technique! Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, July 6, 2020

Happiest Place

What do you think of when I say the Happiest Place? It could be your home, a favorite local spot or just anywhere you are with family. For me it brings up memories of vacations in Florida at Walt Disney World - definitely one of my happy places. Close To My Heart has introduced a special collection this month dedicated to celebrating our happiest places.

The Happiest Place collection includes a whole suite of coordinating products, including an extra-large paper packet with 12 patterned paper sheets! Your projects will shine thanks to silver glitter foil accents on coordinating stickers and cardstock sheets. Add in stamps, acrylic shapes, SVG’s, and an 8½″ × 11″ Cut Above Layout Kit, and you have the recipe for hours of unforgettable crafting fun!

CC7201 Happiest Place Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet or
CC7202 Happiest Place Paper Pack (without sticker sheet)

CC7203 Happiest Place Coordinating Cardstock

CC7204 Happiest Place Acrylic Shapes

CC7205 Happiest Place Stamp Set or
CC7206 Happiest Place Stamp Set + Thin Cuts

Looking for a quick and easy way to document your Happiest Place memories? The Happiest Place Cut Above Kit contains base pages, die-cuts, stickers, pre-cut paper pieces, photo placeholders, printed instructions and Flip Flap Memory Protectors - everything you need to create a 16-page 8 1/2" x 11" album.

CC7208NP Happiest Place Cut Above Kit (without Memory Protectors)

You can purchase each of these products individually on my website or together in the Happiest Place Bundle for a savings of 20%.

CC7209 Happiest Place Bundle
CC7209 Happiest Place Product Bundle

In addition to these fantastic products, Close To My Heart has 2 different digital art collections. These exclusive designs coordinate perfectly with the Happiest Place Collection. The Digital Art Titles Collection contains 5 SVG files perfect for layout titles or use them with our heat transfer vinyl to decorate the cover of your album. The Digital Art Designs Collection contains 20 SVG files to easily accent your layouts or cards.

CC7207 Happiest Place Digital Art Titles

CC72010 Happiest Place Digital Art Designs

This collection is available for a limited time - only through August 31st. So be sure to take advantage of this special today! You can see the entire Happiest Place Collection here on my website today.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

For My Beautiful Friend

Have you seen the Stamp of the Month for July from Close To My Heart yet? If you haven't you need to check it out today! This set of 20 images is perfect for sending thoughts to those friends dear to our hearts. It works perfectly for scrapbook pages as well as cards.

You can purchase this stamp set on my website during the month of July for $18.95 or for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase. Head on over to my website (here) to see this set today.

Summer Vibes

Well, it is definitely summer out there! Here in Massachusetts we have been having some beautiful warm summer days along with some crazy rainy ones. It has been nice to be able to enjoy some time outside and get out a little bit more with restrictions being lifted a bit. I have been continuing to enjoy the time in scrapbooking and card making though.

With the start of July we have a new catalog going live with Close To My Heart as well as some wonderful new paper collections to craft with.

You can see all of the new products on my website here.

The first new collection I am so excited to show you is the Summer Vibes Collection. This collection is perfect for spreading sunshine throughout your paper crafting projects with its cheerful colors and patterns. I had a great time crafting this with this collection and creating the following layouts and cards.

You can view the entire collection here on my website.

Hope you love this collection as much as I do! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Green Thumb

I had another great Scrapbook With Me session on Wednesday this week with my group. We worked on our layouts using another sketch from Becky Fleck's Page Maps. I love being able to show my group these sketches and how to work with them and put their own spin on the layout. My version is for when Meghan and I went to a local artisan shop to take a Terrarium-Arium class and make terrariums using air plants. Meghan is definitely the green thumb in our family while I am not so air plants seemed to be a better bet for me to take care of.

We used the following sketch from the Page Maps Archives which can be found here. I had the perfect paper for this from a retired Close To My Heart collection called Twitterpated. I incorporated the paper along with some retired and current alphabet stamps and a few fun embellishments to create my version of the sketch. 

A personal favorite technique of mine is to combine fonts when creating my title. For this title I used a retired script stamp set from Close To My Heart along with the serif stamp set - Simply Said. I used a dotted circle stamp to create the stitched-look circles around part of the title but this could just as easily be done by hand or even using a sewing machine.

I tend to work with groupings of 3 for embellishments so on this layout I did 3 groups of 3 buttons I pulled from my stash. I added a little bit of embroidery floss to each.

I hope you liked the layout. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Simple to Stunning Sunday #1 - Father's Day Card

Starting a new series of blog posts today with a Father's Day card. I want to share with you some techniques to step up your card making to take your cards from simple to stunning. 

Each post will showcase a card design and I will show you steps you can easily take to add something extra to the card to take it to the next level. These are the three versions I came up with for the Father's Day card for this week's post.

The basis for the cards started with this week's sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. You can see the sketch and variations on it here.

For the first, simple version of the card, I followed the sketch using a stamp from the Legendary Father's Day Stamp set from Close To My Heart. I am in love with this set and am having fun creating some fun things for this upcoming Father's Day. This set is only available through June 30th so make sure to hop on over to my website to shop today!

I stamped the image in Archival Black Exclusive Ink and then colored in using TriBlend Markers. I used Sapphire cardstock for the base along with some paper from the Mix-ins paper pack. I added some twine and used 3-D foam tape to add some dimension to the card.

For the next, stepped up version of the card, I first used a die from the Stitched Squares Thin Cut set to die cut the piece for the stamped image. I embossed the Sapphire card base and then used some of the zip strips from the Mix-in paper pack to add a little more patterned paper to the card. 

For the final, stunning version of the card, I added an additional layer of Mix-in patterned paper along with some Clear Sparkles to the card. I had fun working and adding additional elements and techniques to take this card from simple to stunning.

I hope you like the cards and learned some techniques to take your cards from simple to stunning. Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies Used:
CC6205 - Legendary Father's Day Stamp Set
X9015 - Mix-in Paper Pack
X5957 - Sapphire Cardstock
Z3271 - Archival Black Exclusive Inks
Z4259 - Stitched Squares Thin Cuts
Z2488 - Green Turquoise TriBlend Marker
Z2475 - Brown Grey TriBlend Marker
Z4221 - Mink Twine
Z3274 - Clear Sparkles