Tuesday, January 19, 2021

August 2020 Recap Layout

My final monthly recap layout for 2020! I have been jumping around doing my layouts with my Scrapbook with me sessions so I didn't realize until last weekend that I missed the month of August from 2020. It was so much fun to create this layout using the paper, cardstock and stamps from the Blossom collection from Close To My Heart. This popular pack was brought back for a short time and will be available through the end of February. You can see all the elements of this special here.



The inspiration for this layout came from this sketch from ShopScrapMuchBlogspot. You can see this sketch along with others here.




The title came from a Cricut cut. To give it some dimension I cut it 1 time from Green Apple cardstock and then again from Lagoon cardstock and adhered them together with a slight offset.




I stamped some flowers from the Cherished Blossoms stamp set that is part of the Blossom special. I used Green Apple, Lagoon and Nectarine Exclusive inks for these.

If you are interested in joining me for one of my Scrapbook with me sessions, make sure to like and follow my Facebook page to get notifications of upcoming events.

I hope you like the layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies list:

CC12208 - Blossom Paper Pack
CC12209 - Blossom Coordinating Cardstock
CC122011 - Cherished Blossoms Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
Z6513 - Green Apple Exclusive Inks
Z2895 - Lagoon Exclusive Inks
Z6510 - Nectarine Exclusive Inks



Friday, January 8, 2021

November 2020 Recap Layout

Getting back into my Scrapbook with me events after taking a break for the holidays and end of 2020. So happy to see everyone back with me so start of 2021 right! I created this monthly recap layout using up pretty much the very last scraps of my Serenity paper, stickers and Picture My Life cards.



The inspiration for this layout came from this sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today. You can see this sketch along with others here.



I cut the title using my Cricut and cut the small banners from scraps of paper and Picture My Life cards I had leftover in my Serenity stash. The banners are all 1/2" wide and dovetail cut to various heights. I used my sewing machine to do some stitching across the tops of the rows of banners. I use my regular sewing machine to do this but with a needle dedicated to stitching on paper. I clean the needle off in between with some rubbing alcohol to remove any adhesive residue. I pull any thread through to the backside of the layout and tack down with some adhesive.






If you are interested in joining me for one of my Scrapbook with me events, make sure to follow my Facebook Page to get notifications on upcoming events.

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

Supplies List:
X7263S - Serenity Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7263C - Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
X7263D - Serenity Picture My Life Cards

Saturday, January 2, 2021

Happiness Lives Here Scrapbooking Workshop

I have been continuing to have so much fun working with the Happiness Lives Here Collection from the January/February catalog from Close To My Heart. I just finished creating this scrapbooking worksop featuring this collection and am excited to share it with you.


This workshop creates 8 12" x 12" scrapbook pages - 4 2-page layouts. I love the versatile patterns and colors in this collection. This collection is perfect for so many scrapbook layout themes.  Here are some previews of the layouts you will be able to create with this workshop.




If you are interested in creating this workshop for yourself or with your customers, there are 4 ways to get the files:

1. Follow the Buy Now link on the bottom of this post. The files are $12.00 (USD). 

2. Place a purchase on my Close To My Heart website for $35 or more (before taxes and shipping).

3. Join the VIP Program from Close To My Heart under me. All my VIPS get FREE access to my workshop files.

4. Join my Close To My Heart team, all team members have access to my workshop files.

Supplies Needed for this Workshop:

X7264B - Happiness Lives Here Paper Pack
X7264C - Happiness Lives Here Coordinating Cardstock
X7624D - Happiness Lives Here Picture My Life Cards
X7264E - Happiness Lives Here Wood Shapes

Here is what you will receive with the workshop files:
  • Welcome Page 
  • Cutting Guide with color photos of the papers and directions for cutting the papers needed
  • Layout Guide with supply list and color photos of the completed layouts
  • Consultant Release
  • Social Media image for you to use in promoting the workshop for your customers
I hope you enjoy creating these layouts just as much as I did creating them!


Friday, January 1, 2021

Happiness Lives Here One-Sheet-Wonder Card Workshop

Welcome to 2021! I am so happy to start the new year and am excited to share this new One-Sheet-Wonder Card Workshop that is perfect for easily creating 12 cards. I created this workshop around the Featured Paper for the month of January - Happiness Lives Here. The colors and images of this set were so much fun to work with and they work so well for many occasions. 





I cut the large floral patterned paper from the Happiness Lives Here Pack using the following cutting diagram. I used the Zip Strip from the paper  

I used the Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts to create the sentiments and star elements on each card. I also added some Clear Sparkles to the cards for some bling.






If you are interested in making these for yourself you can purchase the full directions to this workshop at the end of this post following the Buy Now button which will take you to my shop.

I hope you like the cards. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies list:

X7264B - Happiness Lives Here Paper Pack
X7264C - Happiness Lives Here Coordinating Cardstock
1385 - White Daisy Cardstock
Z3911 - Happiness Lives Here Cardmaking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
Z6515 - Paprika Exclusive Inks
Z6502 - Peach Exclusive Inks
Z6504 - Sage Exclusive Inks
X254 - White Cards and Envelopes Value Pack
Z3274 - Clear Sparkles



Thursday, December 24, 2020

Technique Thursday #4 - Christmas Lantern and Treat Holder

I just finished these Christmas Lanterns and Treat Holders yesterday to give to my co-workers today before the holiday. I really enjoyed making these and can see so many uses for this pattern. I filled the lanterns with candy and gave each person a battery-operated votive they can put inside after the candy is gone.

I was inspired to make this from an idea I found on Pinterest. I am sharing the instructions for this here with you as well as a downloadable PDF of the step-by-step creation and a process video for this.

The lantern uses 1 piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, some acetate or window sheets, strong adhesive, a scoring blade or platform and a rectangular die cut. The cardstock is cut into 1 6" x 11 1/2" piece, 1 1/2" x 12" piece. 4 2" x 2 3/4" pieces and 1 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" piece.


The 6" x 11 1/2" piece is scored along the 6" side at 2" and along the 11 1/2" side at 1/2", 3 1/4", 6" and 8 3/4". I then cut windows in 3 of the panels using a rectangular die and my Big Shot platform.



The 2" x 2 3/4" pieces are scored along the 2" aide at 1 1/2" and then diagonal scoring is done along the 2 3/4" side at 1/2" and 2 1/4" to the other score line.


I started the assembly by adhering the diagonal corners of these pieces together with strong adhesive.

Next I adhered some acetate pieces that were 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" to the backside of the lantern base piece using strong adhesive.

Then I put some strong adheisve on each tab on the front of the lantern base piece and folded them in. I also added and additional 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"piece of cardstock to the base for extra stability.

I added adhesive to the bottom of the lantern top and tucked the tabs inside the top of the base to adhere. Lastly I added a strap to the top of the lantern before decorating it with some strips of patterned paper and stamped images.

You can download a PDF with the step-by-step instructions here.

You can see the step-by-step assembly of this lantern in the following video.


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Just Believe

 I did my last (for 2020) Scrapbook with me event yesterday and am excited to share my finished layout with you. I used up my remaining Jingle Joy paper along with the Picture My Life cards I had leftover for this.

The inspiration for this layout comes from this sketch from Scrapbook and Cards Today. You can see this sketch along with others here.

The title and embellishments were stamped using the Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts. The circle elements were punched from Picture My Life Cards. I also added some Onyx Liquid Pearl drops to add some bling.



If you are interested in joining me for one of my Scrapbook with me events, make sure to follow my Facebook Page to get notifications of upcoming events. I will be restarting the Scrapbook with me events after the New Year.

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

Supplies Used:

X7262B - Jingle Joy Paper Pack
X7262C - Jingle Joy Coordinating Cardstock
X7262D - Jingle Joy Picture My Life Cards
Z3896 - Jingle Joy Scrapbooking Stamp Set + Thin Cuts
Z2812 - Raspberry Exclusive Ink
Z6520 - Flamingo Exclusive Ink
Z6512 - Evergreen Exclusive Ink
Z6507 - Clover Exclusive Ink
Z3790 - Onyx Pearl Liquid Pearl Drops


Monday, December 21, 2020

Serenity Scrapbooking Workshop

So excited to share the Serenity Scrapbooking Workshop I just finished creating featuring the Serenity Collection from the November/December catalog from Close To My Heart. I have been loving working with this paper collection so much!


This workshop creates 10 12" x 12" scrapbook pages - 5 2-page layouts. I love the natural elements and elegant designs in this collection. This collection is perfect for giving a peaceful, calm feeling to your layouts. 

If you are interested in creating this workshop for yourself or with your customers, there are 4 ways to get the files:

1. Follow the Buy Now link on the bottom of this post. The files are $12.00 (USD). 

2. Place a purchase on my Close To My Heart website for $35 or more (before taxes and shipping).

3. Join the VIP Program from Close To My Heart under me. All my VIPS get FREE access to my workshop files.

4. Join my Close To My Heart team, all team members have access to my workshop files.

Sharing a few more pictures of the layouts you will be able to create with this workshop guide.









Supplies Needed for this Workshop:
X7263S - Serenity Paper Pack + Sticker Sheet
X7263C - Serenity Coordinating Cardstock
X7263D - Serenity Picture My Life Cards
Z3787 - Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue

Here is what you will receive with the workshop files:
  • Welcome Page 
  • Cutting Guide with color photos of the papers and directions for cutting the papers needed
  • Layout Guide with supply list and color photos of the completed layouts
  • Consultant Release
  • Social Media image for you to use in promoting the workshop for your customers
I hope you enjoy creating these layouts just as much as I did creating them!




Friday, December 18, 2020

Deck the Halls

 It has been getting festive around here and we have been enjoying decorating our house this year by changing things up a bit. I decided to document this with this layout during one of my recent Scrapbook with me events. I am so pleased with how this layout came out.

The inspiration for this layout came from this sketch from the 4x6PhotoSketchBlog. You can find this sketch along with others here.

For my version I changed up the sketch a bit to replace some of the 4x6 photos with 3x4 photos and replaced one with a journal box. I also changed it up in that I did not use the rings or the journaling on the left had page.



I used some retired Comfort & Joy paper for this along with the Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking stamp set for the embellishments. The title was done with the Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp & Thin Cuts set. I also added some bling on the centers of the poinsettias using the Platinum Stickles. I placed some stickles on the banner at the points where 2 banner pieces meet to act like string ties.

If you are interested in joining me for one of my Scrapbook with me events, make sure to follow my Facebook page so you will get notifications of the upcoming events.

I hope you like this layout. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies List:

D1958 - Comfort & Joy Scrapbooking Stamp set
Z3762 - Pennant Banner Alphabet Stamp & Thin Cuts
Z3787 - Platinum Stickles