April 29, 2012


One of my colleagues just recently had her first baby and I worked with two other teachers to assemble a calendar to chronicle her first year.   I had September - December.    I love the Close To My Heart Calendar because when the year is over you can use the layout page and the calendar portion of it as a scrapbook page for that month.   When I had our last child I put the calendar right above the baby-changing table (except mine wasn't a CTMH one).    This way I would remember to write things that happened that day or other major events.    Then, when I get around to scrapbooking more pages some day I will have a detailed account of all the "firsts."    If you'd like to learn more about the calendar please feel free to call or email me.  

April 27, 2012

Last Easter Layout

Hi everyone,
Well.........I finally finished my last Easter layout from 2009.    This one will go in Paige's scrapbook because it showcases her.   I love how curious she was when she went egg hunting at her aunt's house and at Sendik's.    Her curiosity started way back then.

On this layout I used hidden journaling as I had a lot to say and many pictures.   I did not want to take up a whole spot for journaling.   I even made a mistake and had to use whiteout but it doesn't matter because it is going behind the mat.    When you use hidden journaling make sure you only adhere the three outer sides so you can slip your journling in.

One of my favorite paper packs Sophia which is now discontinued.

 The hidden journaling.  I love CTMH products because they all match which makes it quicker and simpler

My baby is now 4 years old!   Where did that time go?

 I had a sticker but it got lost in the patterned paper so I matted it and pop-dotted it.    Perfect!   Also, the rule of thumb is always to do your embellishments in groups of 3 so I added my two buttons. 

April 13, 2012

Love, Love, Love, This Paper Pack!

"Dotty For You" is the name of the upcoming Close To My Heart promotion to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month. Starting next week, April 17th through the entire month of May, you can get this fun paper pack for only $5 OR even for FREE.

This 24-pack of double-sided paper contains bold prints, bright colors, and LOTS of dots. "Dotty For You" is a great name for this pack since the back of each sheet has a complimentary color with a tiny dot pattern.   Included in the pack is a project idea sheet too.

There are three ways to get this fun promotional pack

1. Place a qualifying order (April 17th - May 31) on my website and add the "Dotty For You" paper packet for only $5.  You need to place a minimum of a $35.00 order of any product or products.  Or you can call me to place an order as well.  

2. Host a Gathering (in home or online) with a sales total of $400 or more (before shipping & tax) and receive the "Dotty For You" paper packet for FREE.

3. Join my team as a new consultant between April 1 and May 31 and receive a "Dotty For You" paper packet FREE with your consultant kit.
Look for some examples in the next week or so as I start playing with the paper.    The patterns on these paper packs are all the rage in the scrapbooking world.   Everywhere you go you see butterflies, large circles and zig-zag patterns (I know there is a fancier word for that).      You will not be disappointed!!!!!!

April 11, 2012

Easter Again

The great thing about scrapbooking is that you can revisit moments again and again.   I am celebrating Easter all week long by doing Easter layouts.    Below I tried something new and used large circles in my layout.   I cut them out at 5" and 8" on my Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.    When I was done with the layout I felt something was missing.   I couldn't think of what to add so I went back to it the next day.   It then came to me - add buttons. you can see I added many buttons that coordinated with the Lucy paper pack.   I feel it helped create  movement within my layout.    Since the left side of the page had a lot going on, I decided the right side should be simply stated.    The coordinating buttons and Lucy paper pack are all available on my website:

April 9, 2012

Happy Easter
Following is a layout from our Close To My Heart's old level one paper packet.  It literally only took me about 40 minutes to do a 2-page layout.   It was from Easter 2009.    I am not a sequential scrapbooker by any means.  I look at a paper pack and then decide what pictures fit it.  I thought the bright colors screamed Easter.

Remember, if you are in any of my scrapbook clubs make a comment below the pictures and you will get a bingo square marked off. 

Look for more posts to come!  Remember click on the picture to see a larger image of the layout.

                                                                   Left Side
                                                              Right Side

April 6, 2012

I had fun making these clothespin clips for the Grafton Scrap Event held in March.   They were super easy to make and it used up all those small scraps that I save.   I mod-podged them on and then mod-podged over them to seal them.   The key is you must mod-podge it on and then over it, otherwise, your paper will buckle on you.  Afterwards, I used various embellishments and I was done!   These make great clips for snack bags, clips for bills to pay, and you can also put a magnet on the back and use it on your refrigerator.    

I am busy crafting this week so I will try and set a personal goal of having one new post a day.