Sunday, May 31, 2015

Looking forward to Strawberry Picking!

I am looking forward to Strawberry Picking so much that I have already created the 2 page scrapbook layout that the photos I will take in the future will go into! (Did you stay with me on that? heheh!)

I am submitting this creation to the Heart 2 Heart challenge titled "Tutti Fruitti". The challenge was to create a project with FRUIT in it. The new "Taste of Summer" paper pack had exactly what I needed to be "Fruitti". There is a challenge at this blog each week and you have until the current month to enter, the only rule is that you use Close To My Heart supplies when you create. If you haven't played along there yet I strongly encourage it, it is so much fun to have extra motivation to get your projects done!

My layout was also inspired by a sketch template that I found at Scrapbook Generations Blog. Check this site out to see some of their older retired sketch issues that are now available free once you create an account.

- May 2015 Stamp of the Month "Just Sayin'" (S1505)
- Taste of Summer Paper Pack (May 2015 Constant Campaign)
- Taste of Summer Stamp Set (May 2015 Constant Campaign)
- Ink: Cranberry, Ponderosa Pine

Have you cut into your Taste of Summer papers yet?

Happy Crafting-


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!