Thursday, November 24, 2016

Swan Lake 12-Page Scrapbook Workshop

December's workshop layouts are finally completed! Woohoo!  The workshop features one of the paper collections from the current Seasonal Expressions Idea Book, called Swan Lake. It's this year's fall/thanksgiving collection, but I think it's versatile enough that it could be used for many, many themes.

Did you know that Close To My Heart offers scrapbook kits called "Workshop Your Way"? The kits are complete with a full paper pack, full complements pack and a couple of full embellishments, like enamel gems, ribbon, etc. and extra cardstock.  But that's not all.  CTMH's art department creates three layouts and bonus projects, like cards, and offers the cutting guide and instructions as a free download from your consultant's website.
So this is exactly how I started the workshop. I created the three layouts offered by CTMH...making some adjustments here and there. Like this...

CTMH's layout...
My version (the colors are truer in the CTMH photo)...

Then I just kept going with the supplies that I had remaining. Workshops Your Way are chock full of product!  I don't know about you, but I go to expo's every year, shop at retreats and shop online for scrapbook kits and they range anywhere from about $10 for very basic kits (cardstock only and no embellishments) to as high as $25-26 for higher content kits (pattern papers, dies, embellishments, etc.).  If all you created were the three two-page layouts designed by Close To My Heart, that would only be about $10 per fully-embellished layout!  But throw in a few extra pieces of cardstock and BAM...the value jumps even more.  Even with the few extras that I have thrown in to my workshop kit, each layout is less than $6!!  Seriously! SIX DOLLARS PER TWO-PAGE LAYOUT!  I don't know of any other company that offers such value.

So here are all six layouts...

LAYOUT #1 - Hello Love
LAYOUT #2 - Family
LAYOUT #3 - Give Thanks (Not shown, but this layout will include one Pocket Plus Memory Protector.
LAYOUT #4 - Blessed...learn how to create faux stitching using our white core cardstock.
LAYOUT #5 - Gratitude
BONUS LAYOUT #6 - Full of Thanks. This layout features cuts from the Close To My Heart "Flower Market" Cricut Collection (both physical cartridge and digital collection available), plus some extra pattern paper and is a bonus for purchasing this month's workshop kit.  It will be precut and ready to assemble!  NOTE: for those of you who made this at the Scrap Central Scrapbook Retreat earlier this month, I gotcha! I will have alternative Cricut cuts for you, so you aren't missing out.

Would you like to make these layouts? There's several ways...

LOCAL WORKSHOP: 
When: Saturday, December 3rd at 10 a.m.
Where: Rockledge, Florida (I'll send you the address when you register.)
Cost: $35
This workshop kit consists of one Swan Lake Workshop Your Way kit (#G1112), which includes...
Plus...
  • 1 individual Pocket Plus Memory Protector - Design 1 (#Z3242)
  • 1/4 sheet of Gold glitter paper (#Z3238)
  • Precut Glacier, Black, Whisper, Fern & Poppy Cardstock pieces
  • 6 sheets of cardstock -  White Daisy (#1385)
  • 1 Precut Kit (for layout #6)
  • Digital file with full-color photos, cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).  Note: you can certainly use the cutting guide provided by CTMH for the first three layouts and use your leftovers to make the suggested cards. However, my cutting guide as combined the cuts for the first three layouts with the cuts for my three layouts to allow the maximum usage of the paper.
  • Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.  However, you do have one extra piece of White Daisy cardstock that you can use for photo templates.
Additional supplies used...
Suggested Coordinating Products...
If you would like to attend in person, simply send me an email HERE. Spaces are filling up quickly!

WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
Can't make it to the local workshop? No problem. If you are local, I can still prepare a kit for you and you can pick it up at my house for no additional charge.  If you aren't local, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS, for an additional $7 to cover shipping charges.

PRECUT WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
This workshop kit is precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers and needed ribbon and embellishments to complete the layouts as shown. You will also receive a digital file with assembly instructions and a private link to additional photos. Cost is $45 for locals and $45 plus $7 shipping for shipped kits. Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.

You will still need the following supplies to complete the layouts:
  • Adhesives of choice, including foam tape (#Z1151), glue dots (#Z2089) or liquid glass/glue
  • Scissors (#Z1836)
  • Black journaling pen (#Z1979)
  • Corner rounder (#Z1912)
INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
If you would like to receive an e-file with the full-color instructions & cutting guide, along with a consultant release to enable you to use my three layouts for your own business, simply join the current month's Shopping Gathering Link and make a $20 purchase on my personal CTMH SHOPPING WEBSITE. Next, email me to let me know that you would like the instructions and I will email you to them at no additional charge. If you are a consultant outside of the U.S., please EMAIL ME for your option to purchase the e-files. (Note #1: The 6th layout requires you to use a 4x10 piece of the bulk Swan Lake hero paper. However, you could choose to use the poppy pattern paper, whisper pattern paper...as you will have extra of those two patterns, or use a coordinating cardstock.  Note #2: I will email you the link to the CDS cutting file for the title and wheat on layout #6, but you could still cut the Cricut cuts directly off of your machine.  Note #3: I will not be emailing out instructions until after my own workshop on December 3rd.)

ORDER TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR OWN KIT! I will begin shipping Workshop and Precut "To Go" kits ordered on or before Saturday, December 3rd, on Monday, December 5th. Any kits ordered after the 23rd will follow thereafter.


Swan Lake
Be sure to check out this month's specials here!

Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

Happy Scrappin'!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Rustic Home 8-Page Scrapbook Workshop!

Where does time go? I've been so busy with work and other obligations that time has flown by and my blog has fallen to the back burner...but I'm going to try and remedy that. So I'm going to start by sharing with you the layouts that we will be making at my next scrapbook workshop on November 5th.

I am soooooooo in LOVE with Close To My Heart's Rustic Home paper! I mean look at it! And as gorgeous as these layouts turned out, the pictures just don't do this paper justice.  With wood grain and linen patterns, as well as kraft and the super trendy rose gold/copper foil, it is just so stinkin' versatile and would go with any color and any line of paper. It could definitely be a staple in your scrapbook stash. Oh, and let's not forget that stunning Sea Glass glitter paper.

LAYOUT #1 - Our Home
LAYOUT #2 - Blessed
LAYOUT #3 - I Love Us
LAYOUT #4 - Love

Would you like to make these gorgeous pages (if I say so myself)? ;) There's several ways...

LOCAL WORKSHOP: 
When: Saturday, November 5th at 10 a.m.
Where: Rockledge, Florida (I'll send you the address when you register.)
Cost: $42
This workship includes...
  • 1 Full package of Rustic Home Paper (#Z3262)
  • 1 Full package of All Together Complements (#Z3267)
  • 1 Full pack of Rustic Home Ribbon, 3 ribbons each - 3 yds. each (#Z3292)
  • 1 sheet of Sea Glass glitter paper (#Z3240)
  • 5 Precut Thin Cut Die shapes - 2 Love, 1 open heart &  2 solid hearts (#Z3257 & #Z3260)
  • 8 sheets of cardstock - 4 Whisper (#X5929), 1 Sea Glass (#X5789), 2 sheets White Daisy (#1385), 1/2 sheet of Cocoa (#X5642) and Slate (#X5930)
  • Full color cutting and assembly instructions, with a private link to additional photos (so you can zoom in on the photos to better see details).
  • Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.
Additional supplies needed...
  • Adhesives of choice, including foam tape (#Z1151) and glue dots (#Z2089)
  • Scissors (#Z1836)
  • Black journaling pen (#Z1979)
  • Corner rounder (#Z1912)
  • Paper Trimmer (#Z1783)
If you would like to attend in person, simply send me an email HERE. Spaces are filling up quickly!

WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
Can't make it to the local workshop? No problem. If you are local, I can still prepare a kit for you and you can pick it up at my house for no additional charge.  If you aren't local, I will be happy to ship it anywhere in the US, via USPS, for an additional $7 to cover shipping charges.

PRECUT WORKSHOP KIT TO GO:
This workshop kit is precut and sorted for your convenience and includes only the precut papers and needed ribbon and embellishments to complete the layouts as shown. You will also receive full color assembly instructions with a private link to additional photos. Cost is $52 for locals and $52 plus $7 shipping for shipped kits. Please note that the White Daisy cardstock used in the above photos to represent photo placement does not come with the kit. They are strictly used to provide a suggestion for photo arrangements.

You will still need the following supplies to complete the layouts:
  • Adhesives of choice, including foam tape (#Z1151) and glue dots (#Z2089)
  • Scissors (#Z1836)
  • Black journaling pen (#Z1979)
  • Corner rounder (#Z1912)
INSTRUCTIONS ONLY (for consultants)
If you would like to receive an e-file with the full-color instructions & cutting guide, along with a consultant release to enable you to use my designs for your own business, simply join the current month's Shopping Gathering Link and make a $25 purchase on my personal CTMH SHOPPING WEBSITE. Next, email me to let me know that you would like the instructions and I will email you to them at no additional charge. If you are a consultant outside of the U.S., please EMAIL ME for your option to purchase the e-files. (Note: I will not be emailing out instructions until after my own workshop on Nov. 5th.)

ORDER TODAY TO RESERVE YOUR OWN KIT! I will begin shipping Workshop and Precut "To Go" kits ordered on or before October 23rd, on Monday, November 7th. Any kits ordered after the 23rd will follow thereafter.


Rustic Home

Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for visiting!

Happy Scrappin'!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June's Stamp of the Month..."The Long Way Home"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
June 2016's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****The Long Way Home****

With almost 30 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's June Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Michele Rowley's blog, "Evergreen Memories", then you are on the right track.

When I got this stamp set I knew that it would be perfect for the pictures of my trip to Key West last summer with my best friend.  My colors were inspired by one of our newest paper collections called Calypso...perfect for South Florida pictures. Finally, my layout was based on a sketch in Close To My Heart's "Make It From Your Heart" Volume 2 Sketch Book. Now, just to get my pictures developed. 



 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: The Long Way Home June SOTM
Papers: Calypso B&T, Pixie CS, Honey CS, Canary CS, White Daisy CS, Lagoon CS
Inks: Black, Lagoon, Cotton Candy, Sorbet, Pixie, Whisper, Thistle, Pear, Honey
Emellishments: Pnk, Teal and Black Shimmer Trim, Calypso Sequins, Silver Sequins, Mini Staples
Markers: Black Journal Pen, Silver Metallic Marker, Shin Han Warm Grey 4, Golden Yellow and Colorless Blender
Other: Mini Stapler, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Glue Pen, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Lauren Moore's blog, "CTMH Craftings" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Friday, April 01, 2016

Welcome to CTMH Stamp of Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
April 2016's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Life in Pictures****

With almost 30 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's April Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Donna Digby's blog, "Dat's My Style", then you are on the right track.

I love this month's stamp set! There's just something about vintage cameras. I had planned on making a card, but this week I went to Disney with my nieces.  It was my first time meeting them and their first time at Disney. It was the best day ever!  I then found this layout saved on one of my Pinterest boards and knew that I wanted to do a take on it.  I still need to print the photos, but I'll included it below when...and if...I get permission from my sister-in-law to post it here (so you can see how cute they are). :)  I went ahead and stamped the "You've captured my Heart" in two places, but will probably change that when I go to put the photo on. Probably with some journaling.  I still feel like something's missing (besides the photo), but otherwise, I like how it turned out.


 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Life in Picturess SOTM, Reel Life
Papers: Zoe B&T, La Vie En Rose B&T, Charlotte B&T, Silver Glitter
Inks: Black
Emellishments: Playful Puffies
Other: Cricut Artistry, Watercolor Penvils, 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Kathy Burrow's blog, "Snips, Snaps, and Scraps" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


Saturday, August 01, 2015

August's Stamp of the Month...."Framed"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
August 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Framed****

With 51 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's August Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Catherine Nowak's blog, "CatScrapbooking-Creative Inspirations", then you are on the right track.

This August is kind of a unique month for Close To My Heart. Usually, we have a new idea book starting August 1st, but this year the new idea book doesn't begin until September 1st. So that means that this is the last month for the 2014-2015 Annual Inspirations Idea Book and there are a lot of items retiring. Therefore, I decided to create a project that highlights some of those retiring items. 

My CAS-style card uses all seven retiring colors: olive, autumn terracotta, barn red, smoky plum, indian corn blue, outdoor denim and ponderosa pine.  It also uses a little bit of the Pathfinding B&T pattern paper, brown & tan glitter paper and brown & tan sparkles.  Really the only thing on my card that is not retiring is the White Daisy cardstock and the Chocolate ink that I used for the frame.

 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Pathfinding B&T, White Daisy CS, Gold Glitter
Inks: Barn Red, Autumn Terracotta, Olive, Ponderosa Pine, Indian Corn Blue, Outdoor Denim, Smoky Plum, Black
Emellishments: Tan Sparkles
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Microtip Scissors, Glue Pen, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Another reason that this month is unique is because CTMH is giving us a sneak peak into the new idea book by releasing several new products.  So this month we have an overlapping of retiring and new product. Neat, huh? Therefore, I thought it would be cool to create another project that would highlight a couple of the newest products. My set of 3x3 cards uses a little of each pattern in the new paper line called Zoe (love that name...it's my puppy dog's name).  The cards also use the newest shimmer trim.  
"Funny" story. I decided to use my mini stapler on my cards to give them another little somethin' somethin'. So I picked up my stapler and clicked clicked. Pretty cool. I like it. Next card..click click. Darn! I'm out of staples! Problem is, I can't remember for the life of me where I put my box of staples. Ugh! I KNOW I purchased a box at the time I purchased the stapler, but now I can't find them. Have you ever done that? Well, anyway, this is why only one card has staples.  Now watch me find the box tomorrow.
Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Framed SOTM
Papers: Zoe B&T, White Daisy CS, Glacier CS, Sorbet CS, Sweet Leaf CS, Canary CS, Whisper CS, Slate CS
Inks: Black
Emellishments: Coral Shimmer Trim, Bitty Sparkles, Mini Staples
Other: Leaf Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Sap Green ShinHan Touch Twin Marker, Thin 3D Foam Tape, Mini Stapler, Microtip Scissors, Bone Folder, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)


Some other new products being released this month include the complements and assortments that coordinate with the Zoe paper pack, as well as a workshop-on-the-go kit.  CTMH is also introducing two new organizers. One is a marker roll-up and the other is an accessory roll-up. Finally, there is a new Cricut collection called Artistry. I don't own this yet...boo...but hopefully I'll have it in my hands soon. I would have loved to use it on these cards. Oh well...patience is a virtue, right?
Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Darlys Recker's blog, "Crafty Happy" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

August Scrapbooking Workshop...August 1st @ 1 p.m.

I loved creating these layouts.  I have to say that this paper pack by Close To My Heart, called Blossom, was soooooo easy to work with.  I really think that no matter how you cut the paper and arranged it, the layout would be beautiful. Love the patterns and love the colors. 

If you'd like to create these layouts for yourself, consider joining me on Saturday, August 1st at 1 p.m.  Click HERE to find out how and to see what supplies were used to create these layouts.

FYI: This paper pack is in the Seasonal Inspirations 2 Book which is only good through August 31st. However, the closer we get to the end of August, the more likely this paper pack and its coordinating products will sell out. So if this is a paper line that you would like to own, or already own it but want more (don't pretend you've never done that), I recommend picking it up sooner rather than later.



Until next time...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

July's Stamp of the Month...."Life is Wonderful"

Welcome to the CTMH Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!
July 2015's Stamp of the Month is called.....
****Life is Wonderful****

With 47 participants in this blog hop, you are sure to find lots of wonderful ideas on using Close To My Heart's July Stamp of the Month.  The hop makes a circle, so if you are starting here just continue until you make your way back and you will have made it through them all. If you have already started and are coming from Judy Faye Garner's blog, "Judy Faye's Place", then you are on the right track.

My daughter graduated from high school last month, so when I pulled out this month's stamp of the month and read the sentiments, I knew I wanted to create a layout of her in her cap and gown. Especially since she decorated her cap with a very similar sentiment that was inspired from Disney's Tangled.

I tend to look for inspiration before I begin a project; usually on Pinterest, in sketch books, or from challenges. However, this time, I flipped through the CTMH idea book and was inspired by the layout on page 108.  Even though I was inspired by the layout, I wanted to give it a more "trendy" look...not my normal go-to style. I do love how it turned out.




 Supplies used (all CTMH unless otherwise noted):
Stamps Used: Life is Wonderful SOTM
Papers: Snowhaven B&T, White Daisy CS, Sky CS (retired)
Inks: Black, Glacier, Cranberry
Emellishments: Black Mini-Medley Accents, Wanderful Assortment, Ruby Chevron Washi Tape, Silver Geometric Washi Tape, Black Shimmer Trim, My Crush Wildwood Sticky Tab, Chalk It Up Assortment, Scaredy Cat Assortment
Other: Thin 3D Foam Tape, Edge Distresser, Microtip Scissors, Paper Trimmer (Fiskars), ATG Adhesive (Scotch)

Here's a look at the entire stamp set...

Pick up your own Stamp of the Month for only $17.95 OR get it for only $5 with a $50 purchase!  Be sure to contact your Close To My Heart Independent Consultant to get yours.  If you don't already have a consultant, I'd love to be yours.  You can find details on the "Stamp of the Month" by clicking on the "Promotions" tab at the top of the page or purchase your SOTM here. Of course, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

If you have time, take a moment or two to check out the rest of my blog.  If you enjoy your visit, then please consider "Following Me", signing up to receive blog updates, and/or leaving a comment (we all love comments...the nice ones anyway), then be sure to continue along on the hop by heading over to my fellow consultant, Jean McNulty's blog, "Stamping Maui" and check out her project.

Happy hopping!


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