Wednesday, April 30, 2014

May Picture My Life Showcase

Make a layout in five minutes? Check. Create a stack of cards in five minutes? Double check. During this May workshop, I'll introduce you to Close To My Heart's Picture My Life program and show you how easy it is to make scrapbook albums and cards in less time than you thought possible. Plus, I'll be showcasing other ideas for gifts and personalized creations that also only take minutes. 

We're going to create 10 easy cards and 2 quick layouts using the Picture My Life program. Your kit comes with the Picture My Life program of your choice, 10 card bases and envelopes, pre-cut layout and card pieces, Silver Washi tape and Aqua Dots, plus instructions. And you'll have plenty leftover to create more of what you want!

Class Information:
Date: Wednesday, May 28th at 6:30pm
Cost: $32 for PML program, card bases and envelopes, layout and card pieces and embellishments (That's an 18% discount!)

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Adhesive
  • Corner Rounder
  • Sentiment stamp and brown or black ink (for at-home kits)
  • Optional: 4x6 Photos (you can add these later!)

Picture My Life Theme Options:

Please contact me no later than May 4th if you would like to join us for the 5/28 class. 

Mail order kits ordered by 5/4 will be mailed by 5/26.

To order a kit, please pay securely online with a credit card or your PayPal account by using the PayPal “Buy Now” buttons below. If you would like your kit shipped, please choose the "Shipped" option. $5 is added on for shipping.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

May Layout Workshop - Scrap Your Stash!

When I suggested a Scrap Your Stash workshop, I had someone ask me "well, what if someone doesn't have any extra paper lying around?" If you're a papercrafter, you should either be rolling your eyes or rolling on the floor laughing. We all have extra paper lying around, paper we love that's sitting collecting dust. Well, for May, it's time to shake the dust off and put that paper to use! We're going to make two 2-page layouts using ANY paper pack in your collection. And it doesn't matter the theme - the B&T paper I'll be providing goes with ALL paper packs (I dare you to find one it doesn't.)

May's workshop uses the wood grain B&T paper from Timberline - it's a beautiful way to add texture to any layout, no matter the paper (I used the retired Footloose and Stella paper packs - what will you use?) Along with two sheets of B&T paper, you'll receive 4 layout bases, 1 pack Triangle Durables Studs, 1 pack Mini-Medley Wooden Accents and six Flip Flaps, plus a cutting guide and assembly instructions. 

Why Flip Flaps? Because you can triple the amount of pictures on any page! Both layouts look like they only hold 4 photos, but with the magic of Flip Flaps, you can go from 4 photos to 8, 12 or 16 photos!!

The embellishments are very neutral and can also work with any paper pack. In addition, we'll be using the True to Life stamp set - one of the most versatile stamp sets I've ever had. I would recommend getting one for yourself because there's no limit to the layouts, cards and gifts this stamp set can decorate. It's included in both the local and shipped options (those of you doing this workshop at home will have to do your own stamping - you can get this stamp set or use one of your own).

Class Information:

Date: Sunday June 1st at 2pm (yes, I know May's workshop is actually in June)
Cost: $15 for two 2-page layouts

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Your personal stash of paper(s)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Pop Dots
  • Trimmer
  • Inks and Stamp Set (if making at home)

This Kit is Sold Out!

Supplies Used (All CTMH):

Inks: Cocoa and Sorbet
Cardstock: White Daisy and Colonial White
Paper Packs: Footloose (retired) and Stella (retired)

Timberline Paper Pack
4x6 Flip Flaps

Triangles Durable Studs
Mini Medley Wooden Accents

True To Life Stamp Set

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Conversing with April's Stamp of the Month and Free Stuff!

April's Stamp of the Month has been my favorite stamp set to use an an embellishment for everything. I love creating conversations, sentiments and journaling using those cute word bubbles! This layout in particular was so much fun because I was able to mix the balloon words with the Laughing Lola Complements for such a cool look.

Because I love this stamp set so much, I'd love to make it an even sweeter deal for you to get one. When you place an order of $50 or more, you can get the Stamp of the Month for $5. But on top of that, I will let you choose a My Complements pack of your choice. And don't forget, you'll also receive a free stamp set for placing an order on my website - so that's two FREE gifts! Just make sure to contact me about the Complements and stamp set - I'll get those separately from your order. 

Click here to start shopping!

Supplies Used (All CTMH)

Inks - Black, Gypsy, Honey, Bamboo and Lagoon

Monday, April 21, 2014

Color Play - May Creative Cards Workshop

Have you ever seen a paper collection that you thought was really awesome, but the colors and patterns seemed too masculine/feminine or just wasn't a theme you'd typically use? This happened to me with Timberline - my first thought when I saw this paper pack was "well, I don't camp, so I can't use this for anything." Silly me. When I got a closer look at it, I started to realize that by playing with colors, I could make this paper pack do anything I wanted. So that's what May's card workshop is all about - mixing and matching colors so you can tell your paper who's boss. :)

You'll make 12 cards total - four each of three designs. What's cool is that each design has a feminine and masculine color scheme. Plus we'll be using Keyboard Kraft Alphabet stickers for the sentiments, which means you can put any saying you want on your cards!

Whether you come to a workshop or work on the kit at home, your kit will come pre-cut for 12 cards and includes instructions, Keyboard Kraft Alphabet stickers, Durables Triangle Studs and Colonial White card bases and envelopes.  Mail order kits come pre-stamped as well.

Class Information:

Dates: Sunday May 25th at 2pm
              Thursday, May 29th at 6:30pm

Cost: $15 for 12 cards

Additional products needed to complete this project:
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Pop Dots
  • Bone Folder
  • Sanding block

Click on the "Kits for Sale" tab to purchase.

Supplies Used:

Keyboard Kraft Alphabet
Timberline Paper Pack
Durables Triangle Studs

True To Life Stamp Set

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Talk Back with April's Stamp of the Month

I love stamp sets with a humorous side, which is why I've been having so much fun with April's Stamp of the Month - Balloon Talk. I've been making up conversations on cards and layouts and will probably attempt to try this with some gift boxes. Here's one of the cards I've made so far:

There's these cute blank bubbles that make an awesome background (I used them on the white circle) and the little phrases themselves work double-time as a decoration and a sentiment. Bonus points - I used the Color My Heart Color Dare colors to make this card as well. 

Do you want to talk back? Then get your own Balloon Talk stamp set (slight sarcasm is included) - as always, only $5 with a $50 purchase. 

Supplies Used (All CTMH)
B&T Paper: Sparkle & Shine (retired) and Elemental (retired)
Cardstock: Sorbet, Colonial White and Cocoa
Other Paper: Brown/Tan Glitter Paper
Ink: Juniper, Sorbet, Creme Brulee and Cocoa
Embellishments: Striped Cocoa Ribbon (retired) and Mocha Pearls (retired)
Cricut Cartridges: Artiste

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blended Layouts

Lately I've been playing around with blending different types of scrapbook pages together. In particular, I'm enjoying taking Studio J digital layouts and adding physical elements, like ribbon, sparkles and other accents. I have all these random piles of embellishments, and I've found that I love being able to fiddle around with them and to try different arrangements. This is much easier to do when the layout is simple and easy to put together. 

Online scrapbooking made this easy - I just chose a paper pack, picked from one of the design templates, and then Studio J put it all together. It took me 5 minutes to create the layout (most of which was spent on the journaling). Once Close To My Heart printed and shipped it to me, I went to town with the bling.

My next blend of layouts will be using Picture My Life pocket pages with traditional layouts - stay tuned!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Thank you everyone who left comments on my upcoming April workshops - hearing what you like and want more of has been incredibly helpful to me (and hopefully to those of you who come to the workshops...) So now, the winner of a FREE paper pack of her choice is...

Amy! (or Ms. Paisley :) Email me your choice of paper pack and let me know the best way to get it to you. 

Thank you everyone and I look forward to creating and sharing with all of you!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Team Color Challenge - Gift Card Holder

Each month, my Close To My Heart team gets a color challenge as a way to get our creative juices flowing (plus we get a fun prize for entering - I'll have to show it off when mine comes. :) This month's challenge had us playing with these colors:

I knew I wanted to make a gift card holder using the Artiste cartridge, and from there, I looked at all the images found on the card holder page (pg.55) and decided to use as many images as possible. 

So, the holder, bow, and intricate images on the front and insides are all from one button (I love that!). I also distressed the edges and did some sanding, as well as used one of our sponges to give the background a speckled look (a quick and easy way to make it look like it's been spritzed with ink). Now I just need a gift card and someone to give it to...

Supplies Used (All CTMH):
B&T Paper - Lucky and Clementine (both retired)
Cardstock - Sorbet, Colonial White, Crystal Blue
Ink - Outdoor Denim and Crystal Blue
Stamp Set - For A Friend
Embellishments - Colonial White Brads (retired)
Tools - Edge Distressor, Sanding Block, Sponge

Friday, April 4, 2014

Make It Easy, Make It From Your Heart

Here's a fun tidbit - I don't design my page layouts; I use patterns. Ever since I started scrapbooking in 2004 I've always looked to magazines and books to help me get started (back then, I was big on Becky Higgins' sketches). I think people often downplay copying a layout pattern, but I've actually found it to be the best teacher - everything I know about visual design comes from following what others have done. Plus, it leaves more time to play with color and patterns, embellishments and textures, and to try new techniques. 

This layout pattern came from Make It From Your Heart Volume 1 - it's actually a two-page layout, but I only needed one page, so I chose the side with four photo areas. Page templates are awesome because you can flip them, reverse them, or just pick one side. 

Here's another fun tidbit - brown/tan and gray/black are neutrals - so you can use them together and Stacy and Clinton will not come after you (and if there were hosts for a show called "What Not to Scrap", they wouldn't come after you either). The more you know...

Supplies Used:
B&T Paper - Sparkle & Shine (retired)
Cardstock - Kraft, Whisper and Juniper
Other Paper - Silver Glitter Paper
Embellishments - Sparkle & Shine Compliments (retired), Sparkle & Shine Assortment (retired), Keyboard Kraft Alphabet and Silver Shimmer Trim
Cricut Cartridge - Artbooking

Make It From Your Heart Volume 1

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What Workshops Work for You Contest!

I love hearing what my customer friends have to say about workshops - you all have given me such wonderful ideas, and it's your feedback that makes my workshops what they are. So, to thank you and to encourage you to say more, I'm giving away a free paper pack! Simply leave a comment on any (or all!) of my April workshop posts and you'll be entered to win a free paper pack. If you like a workshop, why? If you don't like it, why not? All feedback is welcome, and the more ideas you throw my way, the more I use!