Friday, April 30, 2010

Cherry-O Workshop On The Go

Would you like to make this adorable layout or two each of these cute cards?  Join me for the Cherry-O Workshop On The Go at the Scrappy Chic Workshop on May 22.  Contact me by May 10 to place your order for the NEW Cherry-O kit.  If you are unable to come  on May 22, you can make the Cherry-O kit on your own time.  It comes with a step-by-step how to guide to easily create either of these projects in about 2 hours.  It also has ideas for another layout and cards that you could make with your leftover product.  Scrapbook your own bowl of cherries!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

CTMH RGB Color Conversions

The fabulous Brooke Steinbach, another Close To My Heart Consultant, has created a wonderful color conversion chart for our CTMH 60 Exclusive Colors.  This way, you can journal using your computer, and always have perfectly coordinated colors.  Click here for the chart.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Art Day - Jumbo Scallop Technique

This Sunday a group of "Super Sassy Swappers" will get together to share new tips and techniques. With each new Idea Book we have an Art Day. Consultants on our local teams get together and have a project with a new technique or product to share with each other. We have a fabulous time together. I always come away from art day inspired and ready to create!

My project for this art day is the Jumbo Scallop Technique. I'm not sure if this has been done elsewhere, it just sort of came to me as I was creating last weekend at a retreat in Duluth. Close To My Heart has come out with our own 1¼” circle punch. It will be available starting May 1, 2010, when the new Idea Book goes live!

Jumbo Scallop Technique
1-Using your CTMH 1¼” circle punch, punch out several circles.
2-Slice the circles in half using your paper trimmer.
3-Place the half circles a smidge under the edge of the item you wish to highlight.
For perfect corners, use full circles.

This technique is most useful on scrapbooking projects, but it also looks cute on a card. To create this card, I used the new Cherry-O paper pack, chocolate waxy flax, colonial white brads, an embossing stylus, and the new 1¼” circle punch. The featured stamp set is available exclusively with the new Cherry-O Workshop On The Go. Colors used are Tulip, Sweet Leaf, and Chocolate.

Happy Scrapping!
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Catty the Caterpillar

Two summers ago we were playing in a sand pile in the yard.  Sam happened upon a caterpillar.  He spent the afternoon with it on his shoulder.  He tried to feed it leaves and named it "Catty".  Pretty original, I know.  But it was adorable!  We took pictures to remember his little pet then set him free.

One of my favorite things to do in layouts is to blow up a photo.  Have it set as a focal point and pair it with supporting photos.  Lately when I've been printing photos, I'll print enlargements of my favorites.  This way when I'm ready to do the layout I have a few options available.  Happy Scrapping!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lucy as Snow White - Trick or Treat!

Every once in a while photos lend themselves to be placed with pre-printed pages.  They have adorable pre-printed Disney pages over at the Scrapbook Shop along with coordinating glitter printed pages.  Pair that with white cardstock and a heart scallop punch from a dollar store and you have a fun layout!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sam's New Bike

Sam's birthday is 3 days after Christmas.  That is kind of a lot for a little guy.  So last summer, at 5 1/2, we went and picked out a new bike for his 1/2 birthday.  He is still warming up to it, but is starting to relax and enjoy the ride. 

I created this layout using black, red, and blue solid cardstocks, silver mirrored cardstock, a grey patterned paper, and my Cricut.  The Going Places cartridge has the bike and wheel cuts and Plantin Schoolbook is the font.  I used the 1 1/4" circle punch to create the jumbo scallop around the photo on the right.  The big letters "Bike Ride" are chalkboard chipboard that were pre-cut.  They were in my stash waiting for the right pages.

I could have gone with Transformers patterned papers or something like that, but sometimes simplicity makes a better layout.  It's all in what you make of it.

Happy Scrapping!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Black White and Hot Pink All Over

These are Lucy's Fall preschool individual and class pictures. 

Last weekend we went to Duluth for a scrapbooking retreat.  For an outing we popped by the local scrapbook shop "True Colors".  They had these adorable black, white, and hot pink patterned papers, and glittered cardstock stickers.  They went perfectly with some black and white glitter cardstock that I had from the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul.  I love this color combo!

To make a jumbo scallop around a photo, use a 1 1/4" circle punch, put whole circles under the four corners.  For the sides, cut the circles in half and adhere them along the sides.  Eazy peazy!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sam's Spring 2010 Kindergarten Photo

So, when did they start taking school pictures twice per year?  And with the Spring photos, they send home the pictures first then expect you to send them back if you don't want to pay for them.  What a great plan for a fundraiser, cause who can turn down pictures of their own child?  Anyway, what to do with only one picture and two pages?  Think of your favorite song, maybe one with some advice you would like to impart.

I chose "The Words I Would Say" by Sidewalk Prophets.
Be strong in the Lord and,
Never give up hope,
You're going to do great things,
I already know,
God's got His hand on you so,
Don't live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don't forget why you're here,
Take your time and pray,
Thank God for each day,
His love will find a way,
These are the words I would say.

This layout is also a sneak preview for the new Summer Idea Book.  The Spendor paper pack is one of four new packs that will be available beginning May 1!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Lucy's 3rd Birthday - Layout 2 of 3

For birthday's I usually do 2-3 layouts for the kids.  Mostly because that is when I take the most pictures and don't want to leave anyone out who was there.  For Lucy's 3rd birthday, the first layout was done in the Miracle Kit, see the next post.  This layout was created using a retired paper pack and stickease and some very cute brads that I found at Bargain Bill's in Rice Lake, WI. 
There were too many pictures left over that I wanted to use, but I did not want to have 4 layouts for her birthday, so I compromised and made flaps for the additional pics.  When I put the layout into page protectors, I'll make a slit in the protector and pull the flap through so it can be opened when looking at the layout.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Miracle Kit Layouts

The new Miracle Kit from Close to My Heart is available now until the end of May 2010.  This kit includes product and directions to complete two wonderful layouts.  They were a snap to put together - four pages in under two hours!

The kit allows for some color interpretation.  You can pick a color from your pictures as the coordinating color for the embellishments to make the layout all your own!

We are making it an annual tradition for my Grandma and I to bring Sam and Lucy to see the Macy's Flower Show on the 8th floor in Minneapolis.  Every year the display is fantastic!  It is also the perfect location to get great photos of the kids.  I had asked the kids to sit on a bench in front of one of the displays and then asked Sam to kiss Lucy on the cheek.  Well, Lucy turned to kiss Sam on the cheek at the same moment and luckily I had the camera at the ready for the moment!

The kit includes CTMH Flip Flaps.  These are so much fun and easy to use.  You can triple the amount of photos for each 4x6 position on your page.

Here is the other layout in the Miracle Kit.  Lucy had a tea party and invited her best friends over for her 3rd birthday.  All of the little girls dressed up in princess attire for the event.
This one shows the CTMH Flip Flap positioned horizontally.  You could place journaling or other memorabilia in the Flip Flap.  Ah the possibilities!
To place a layout with Flip Flaps into your album, simply cut a slit in the page protector for the Flip Flap to pull through.  Fun interactive layouts made faster, simpler, easier with Close To My Heart products!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Pocketful of Sunshine Waterfall Layout Class

Come create this fun new waterfall layout with me using the new WeR Memory Keepers "72 & Sunny" line. Open the page at right and pull the side to reveal additional pages for pictures, journaling, and pockets for memorabilia. Most papers will be pre-cut.  Tools/Supplies needed:  paper trimmer, scoring tool, bone folder, scissors, tape runner, liquid adhesive.  Cost $20. 

Choose either Thursday May 6 at 6:30 or Sunday May 16 at 3:00
Contact the store to sign up 651.698.7979
View the store's website for other class offerings.

A Miracle Awaits You

You'll love the Miracle kit designed exclusively for National Scrapbooking Month.
THIS CHARMING SCRAPBOOKING KIT FEATURING spring-inspired colors and floral patterns is miraculously easy to assemble with no stamping required. The brochure will guide you through easily creating two beautiful 2-page layouts. There are several ways to snatch this fashionable Miracle kit at a great discount or even FREE. Click for the detailed flyer.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Birthday Pop-up Card Class at the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul

Sunday, April 25 - 1:00 pm - $20

We'll use the "Happy Day" collection by SEI to create 6 fun pop-up birthday cards. Card patterns will include a free standing pop-up card, a pop-up accordion card, a spring card, a waterfall card, a surprise pop-up card, and a stair step fold card. Class will include a step-by-step printout for each type of card so you can wow people with your own designs time and time again!

View the Scrapbook Shop's Website for more details and sign-up info!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Letterbox Squash Book Class at the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul

Sunday, April 11 - 1:00 pm or Tuesday, April 13 - 6:30 pm - $15

Create a fun squash book using the "Letterbox" paper line. These books are so much fun and make a great gift. Album closes to 6x6 and opens to 30x12.

View the Scrapbook Shop's Website for more details and sign-up info!

Squash Book Instructions:
Can be found at
The tutorial is for a 4x4 sized book, this project is a 6x6.
They have great examples in the gallery for more inspiration!
Thank you for looking!

Square Around Baby Book Class at the Scrapbook Shop of St. Paul

Sunday, April 11 - 3:00 pm or Thursday, April 22 - 6:30 pm - $10

Create a fun mini album that doubles as a frame using the "Pitter Patter" paper line. This would be a great shower gift for a new Mom to be! You can choose either blue or pink.

View the Scrapbook Shop's Website for more details and sign-up info!

Square Around Mini-Album Instructions:
Jaine Drake over at has already written out perfect easy-to-follow instructions for re-creating an album just like this one. 
Please click here to view her instructions.
Thank you for looking!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Waterfall Layout Class - New Date Added 4/8 6:30 pm

THINK SPRING! Bright colored blossoms with coordinating textured papers and ribbons are featured in a new two-page layout using the waterfall technique. This layout will hold 17 photos; (1) 5x7, (4) 5x5, (8) 3x3, (4) 2x4. This is an interactive layout; open the page within the page to reveal additional pages for photos and journaling. This is a new improved bigger waterfall design complete with additional embellishments. Papers will be pre-cut. Tools and supplies to bring: paper trimmer, scoring tool, bone folder, scissors, tape runner, liquid adhesive. Class size is limited and this class is expected to fill up quickly; please call to reserve your spot today!  651-698-7979
Thurs April 8, 6:30 pm, $25

Thursday, April 1, 2010

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The New Consultant Kit has everything you need to start your business right, including forms and a huge supply of Close To My Heart products, all for only $99. You may add one or two bonus packs, with a scrapbooking or cardmaking emphasis, at a great price to complement your kit. Make your world a better place by touching hearts and changing lives as you share the joys of scrapbooking and stamping with Close To My Heart!

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