Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Use Your Stash Blog Hop, "If You Stamp It They Will Love It!"

If you are joining us for the "Use Your Stash Blog Hop" you are right on track. WELCOME! You should be coming from Nicole's Blog, "Moments2treasure". If you get lost along the way you can see the entire list of hoppers on Shirley's Blog, "Mom 'n Me Scrap". Let's get started. Today I am showcasing the challenge which was to find a stamp set I've had for a while and have not yet used, "If you Stamp it they will Love it!"...

The stamp set I have had for some time now and not yet used is called "Illuminate" from Close To My Heart. It was a Stamp Of The Month from a couple of years ago! I just couldn't let it go, even though I had not even used it!

The "Illuminate" stamp set has this cute little phrase and candle that are perfect for setting the tone for my daughter's First Communion layout! I added a tiny sparkle to the dot of the "i" in "Bright".

A 2nd stamp from this set had another perfect saying for the pages I needed to make. "If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person." I love the sentiment of this. I am so glad I held onto this stamp set, and I am so glad I finally used it! What stamp set have you been holding onto that needs to be put to use?

 Wanted to share just a little bit about how I keep my stamp sets (used or not) organized! Above you see a picture of my two large organizer bins. I keep one bin filled with current stamp sets, as a Consultant I need to keep track of what is still available to purchase. The 2nd bin is filled with retired stamp sets that are no longer available and no longer current. When a bin gets full I must get rid of something to make space! It's a rule I made to keep myself organized.

Above you see two smaller stamp organizer bins. One is for Christmas stamp sets, the 2nd is for Cricut bundle stamp sets.

This is where I keep stamp sets I am working with or planning to use soon! These are small wooden bins I found at Goodwill and painted with a coat of white spray paint. I like that the stamps have a place to be that is where I can reach them, and keeps them from being a pile on my desk that spills about.

Thank you for hopping with us!

Now hop on over to Sharesa's Blog, "Sharesa's Sweet Yesterdays", for more ideas of using up your stash!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Let's Scrap Hexagons with Jackson Paper!

It is time to jump into the NEW Jackson paper from Close To My Heart! This is Layout #1! I could NOT wait to cut into this paper set. I took it with me to the big Boyne Scrapbooking retreat the first weekend of May. (My Mother's Day gift- an escape from day to day responsibilities, it was Oh so nice!)

I had the help of this beautiful sketch challenge from the Let's Scrap Sketches Blog! It "had me at Hexagons". The stamp set that goes with Jackson has hexagons in it, couldn't be a better pairing!

This is my interpretation of the hexagon cluster on the sketch template. I used a few word stamps to add subtitles here, as well as room to journal if needed. The diamond shapes were so quick and easy to add, self adhesive accents from the "Brave Enamel Shapes" (Z3073- $6.95).

This accent cluster is one stamped hexagon, one paper punched hexagon, and one enamel diamond.

I used paper scraps to create pennant shapes and layered an enaml shape and a stamped hexagon on top.

Hope you can join us for our Jackson Workshop on June 13th! Invite your friends. We will create the layout above as one of the 4 layouts we will make. You also could choose to create a set of 15 cards. More project photos will be posted soon!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

"Lucky Girl" Shamrock Green Layout

My little "Lucky Girl" is an expert at finding 4-leaf clovers! She has found 65 so far! What better page to set out to scrapbook on St. Patrick's Day?! I used green on this project so I will be entering it in the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "Green With Envy". The papers I used are retired and from my Stash, so I am also going to enter it in the Use Your Stash Blog Hop. Their theme for this hop is "It is Hard Being Green". If you are on the hop, then you hopped here from Michelles blog.

This is my first title that I used Cricut Craft Room to weld a word! I used the Artbooking font to create the word lucky by welding the letters together. The possibilities are endless now that I know what I can do in Craft Room! Watch out world!

My 2 page scrapbook layout was inspired by the Sketch Challenge at "Let's Scrap Sketches" blogspot! You can play along with this one until the end of March. How do you think I did?

Have you been crafting using the color green, stuff from your stash, or using a sketch?

Now follow the Use Your Stash Blog Hop and hop over to Terry's blog to see what she has created with green items from thier stash!

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Chalk It Up Card #3! Ribbon and Mini Stapler!

Chalk It Up Card #3! A Thank You card. Perfect for expressing appreciation to any owl lover. (I'm one of them- that and owl are super popular right now. Trending!)

What do you think of the ribbon crinckle accent? I am in love with the mini stapler! It is such an easy and quick way to add a nice finished looking touch to any paper crafting project! I love using on ribbon accents.

Want to check out the NEW Mini Stapler? You can see more about it on my CTMH website here: Mini Stapler. It's only $12.95!

Hope you can come to the March Workshop Club! If you chose Chalk It Up Cards you will be able to create 5 each of these three designs for a total of 15 cards! Get ready to mail out some awesome cards made by YOU!

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Chalk It Up Card #2! Paper clip flag accent!


"NoteWorthy", a fitting sentiment for school themed papers. Could make a great accomplishment card for a new job, Graduation, you name it!

I'd been keeping an eye on the paper clip flag accent idea I had seen while surfing arount on the internet. It was time to give it a try. I think it is so cute! I love office supplies, so working some paper clips into my craft projects is super fun for me!

I almost think this card could be presented vertical OR horizontal depending on your mood at the time you write a sentiment inside. What do you think?

Hope you like my card ideas! We will be making these if you choose cards for the March 21st workshop club!

Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Chalk It Up! Scrapbook Layout #3!

This is the third Chalk It Up scrapbook layout that we will create if you are able to attend the March Workshop Club! I had a lot of fun with this one! (I'm going to keep having fun with it too because I plan to make a bunch of these to have on hand to sell at my next Vendor show which is in April!)
A little stamping and some layering reminds us of an important message. "Life IS good". Stamp in Lagoon Ink onto Lagoon cardstock. Clean and dry your stamp then stamp again in the NEW Flaxen Ink onto White cardstock. Trim and layer, then embellish!
I could not WAIT to use this sentiment! It is something I say to myself as I flip through my stacks of printed photos! Therefore it is perfect for my scrapbooking, one of those photos that makes me stop and stare a moment when I flip through will go here.
Another stamping and trimming and layering accent! Love the final look! Place the trimmed and layered piece off center a bit to create a drop shadow effect!
A little sorbet on the eraser of this pencil stamp + some flaxen for the wooden part + a little journaling pen = the cutest little "this rocks" pencil!
Won't this layout be cute for school pictures you need to scrap!? Maybe you are scrapping your own childhood or that of your smallest family members?
Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Product Review: Lagoon Chevron Coated Canvas Album- post bound version CTMH

I am happy to offer this review of the new Coated Albums from Close To My Heart, as well as a BOGO offer good until Saturday February 28th 2015. I could not wait to see these in person as I had only been able to see photos of them in the online catalog. I tried to take some detailed photos for you so that you can feel as if you have held it in your hands, that's the best way to know if this BOGO deal is meant for you or not!

This product review is of the My Legacy Lagoon Chevron Post Bound Coated Canvas Album! This album retails in the USA for $34.95. This album is both cheerful in color but also sturdy and practical in function. In the above picture you can see the canvas texture. It is a thick scrim fabric feel, with a thin coating to make it durable against scratches or snags. The color and pattern is white and lagoon alternating chevrons.

In addition to the post bound chevron, there is also a solid black or red floral option. Each of those three colors can be selected in post bound or D-ring style.

Ideal for showcasing classic (or printed) 12x12 layouts side by side with Memory Protectors deaturing the lay-flat seam. Sturdy binding is ideal for supporting thicker layouts. Memory protector capacity varies depending on the thickness and weight of layouts. My style of scrapbooking appears to be able to house about 50 protectors in this album with the use of spine expanders for spacing.

I have found the easiest way to slide in your albums spine cover is to rest it on its front and back cover opening facing down to the table. Just gently rock it back and forth as you slide it in.

There is about a half inch gap at the end of the album cover. (Using Close To My Heart page protectors). This is ideal for finger grip for cover flipping, but also would allow you to add decorative section tabs to your pages if the ocassion called for it!

Let's talk about the all NEW 1 1/2" binding! Thick posts fit snug in the three holes set in your album covers binding crease.

The NEW post tops are very user friendly! Now I won't have to keep track of a screwdriver when putting an album together or re-arranging a few pages. (One less thing to keep track of works for me! how about you?) There is a tiny ring shaped handle that can flip up to give you grabable leverage when tightening your post tops. The ring then snaps down flat to be closed inside your binding crease fold.

During the month of February, when you purchase one of the Close To My Heart's NEW alluring coated canvas albums you will be eligible to receive a 2nd album of your choice at half price! That is a savings of over $17 USD!

My review of this album after seeing it in person is a big thumbs up! Will you BOGO?

Happy Crafting!