Journaling From Another’s POV

Good morning! It’s the end of the school week for us today, AND it’s the day my husband gets home from his whirlwind road trip. Yay!! Once he’s home, I’ll be able to exhale, especially since I learned a deer hit him last night outside Moose Jaw. Thankfully his pick-up and his self are OK! On the other hand, I won’t be able to scrap tonight. Waah! (Truth be told, I couldn’t last night either, because two little people suddenly got in touch with their inner night owls.) Note to self: even short cat naps are a no-no in this household! Maybe, just maybe I’ll be able to sneak some time in tomorrow.
On a bright note, I have a double page spread to share with you today! I turned to my CTMH Magic Inspiration book and lifted Enchantment. Unlike the original design, I added an extra 4×6 photo on page A (under the black and white one); on page B, I swapped out the second 4×6 photo for a journaling card. I also added two 3×3 inch photos to better help tell my story.

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Except for the card stock base, spray ink and filler card (which is an up-cycled greeting card!!) everything here is Close to My Heart. I used a mixture of scrap Seaside, Lagoon card stock and Heartstrings. The washi  tape and twine are also CTMH.
The blank space, where I penciled in lines, is for journaling. I sent my sister a text this morning (since this layout is mostly about her and ALL ABOUT her relationship with my girls) and I asked her what she would say to them about her relationship with them. I’m curious to know what she’d say to them if they ever had a heart to heart conversation. Her response will become my journaling, and I’ll add it when she responds! Hopefully it’s soon!
Have you ever used this technique? What was the outcome?
Here’s some close ups:

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Mother’s Day Cards

Hello, I’m back today with more cards! With mothers day just around the corner, I thought I’d get a head start on them so I can get back into scrapbooking layouts.
I was all over the board creating these cards. Two of them were lifts of a card I found on Pinterest and the last one was inspired by a design in the Originals inspiration book by CTMH.

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This last card was made using the Originals Inspiration book and all CTMH product, not including the stamping on the card stock and the main sentiment (I used SU there), and the card stock (Recollections). The card measures 7×5 inches.
The patterned paper is Seaside and the feathers were stamped onto scrap MME patterned paper and cream card stock (Recollections).

Feathered Baby Boy Congrats

Hello! I’m going through crafty and bloggy withdrawals now that we’re in the thick of spring break up and the oil crash. With little to no work, my husband decided to take off for a couple of days to help his dad move back to his childhood home. It’s given me some time to get creative during my free time. It’s the only silver lining (that I see) to his frequent absences.
So, having said that, I’ve got a card to share with you! A friend delivered baby number 4 yesterday (a boy- finally!), so I made a card to congratulate her. My inspiration came from CTMH’s Originals inspiration book. I used the Greeting Pouch design.

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Except for the card base, which measures 5.5×4.25 inches, all the patterned papers used are CTMH  scraps! I used the A and B sides of Hopscotch patterned papers (these are still left over from the double page layouts I created a couple weeks ago), as well as some Recollections cream and teal card stock. I stamped the feathers in Flaxen and Lagoon inks; the congrats sentiment is stamped with Cocoa ink. All stamps used are CTMH. (Actually, the ink splatters are from SU and the tag was punched with a SU punch). Even the ribbon is a scrap! Woot! Lastly, I glued some CTMH Flaxen twine for a bit of bling at the bottom of the card.

Using Magic!

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Hello! I’m just dropping in with a little ray of sunshine on this soggy and overcast day. Hopefully it’s a bright spot in your day, like it is for me!
This sweet little pooch belongs to my sister, and she’s cute as a button. Even though she’s teensy- and consequently Uber cute- until her teeth fell out, we tried overlooking how tremendously offensive her breath was! Can being cite make up for rotten doggy breath? You be the judge!
I’ve started thinking lately how important it is to include-in my scrapbook album- things, people and routines as well as the big, momentous occasions. I want to include things that might otherwise be overlooked. I plan on scrapbooking our favorite things, pets or certain things we loved, the first time we did certain things (our first movie at the theatre, for example), and whatever else we overlook or take for granted. I’ll do this sometime in the future, but not now. For now, I’m taking pictures of these things as I think of them.
Keilah made the cut- she’s on this list. She’s old and probably won’t be around for too much longer. She’s my sisters best friend and her literal fur baby. You should hear her whine- she sounds just like a newborn baby crying. The similarity is uncanny. Since my kids are young, they may not remember Keilah when they get older. I want to preserve a part of her so that they can learn a bit about her when they browse through their scrapbook albums as teens or adults. My last layout (scroll back two posts), about my brother in law, was also worthy of a page dedicated just to himself.
The design this spread is based on came from Close to My Hearts’ Magic Scrapbooking Confidence Program. It’s essentially an inspiration book designed to help jump start your creativity. Measurements and instructions are included with each sketch inside the book. They’re also available for purchase- there’s a number of books to choose from, including a card inspiration book!

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I used CTMH Ivy Lane patterned paper (A and B sides), and chocolate card stock (Recollections). You’ll also notice the zip strips being used as decorative borders on both sides of the spread. I also used Carta Bella patterned papers here too!
As for stamping, I used a mixture of stamp sets- all Close to My Heart.
I hope you enjoyed my layout today, and I hope it inspires your own creativity!

Everyone Needs A Funcle!

Hello! Time has finally made itself available to scrapbook a little bit (thanks to a dear friend sacrificing a roll of adhesive for me) and share what I made with you!
Since I learned that Scrapbooks and Cards Today is a Canadian published magazine, I’ve been following their Facebook and Instagram posts and snooping around on their website. I found the sketch they post that everyone is welcome to lift and (should they decide to) submit for publication. At this time, I’m unsure how frequently new sketches are posted.
Although I’ve missed the submission call (ending April 10th), I still lifted the sketch they posted. I may even submit my take on it, even though the closing date has passed.

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The clean lines and blocking technique really drew me in. This type of design looks easy to replicate, but sometimes they’re devilishly tricky. I really liked that the measurements were included, for less overall guesswork.
I had only one picture to work with on this particular layout so I eliminated the photo mats beneath the large 6×4 photo mat. I stead, I used the negative space for some embellishing.  The last photo mat served as a simple patterned paper block. I wrapped it with washi tape to fit my color scheme.

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The sweater my brother in law is wearing in the picture really set the stage for the negative space underneath the 6×4 photo. I wanted to carry the diamond design through the rest of my layout, so turned to my cricut to cut it. I also used my cricut to die cut the fun and funky diamonds layered on top of it.

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Everything here was made using Close to My Heart products, except the card stock (Recollections). Even the stamped elements are CTMH.
The title- I found it by Googling uncles quotes. “Funcle” suits my brother in law perfectly- he’s the perfect combination of fun and sarcasm and serious. I think it’s my new favourite word! (Funcle= fun+uncle).
Do you have a Funcle?!

Guest Blog Post

Hello! I’m dropping in with some really exciting news!

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If you’d like to see more (and perhaps read more about the secret that nearly killed me), you can visit me on Facebook or head over to Canadian Scrapbooker!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a closer look at the projects I shared over on their blog. Right now, I’m at gymnastics! Happy weekend, friends!

Asymmetric Cards and Layout

After a bit of a crafty lull, I’m back today with a few different projects to share with you! I’m still sitting on the secret news I’ve alluded to in the past. ..I still can’t say anything about it. Gah! Dying. Slowly. From. Excitement!!!
Anyways, to start here’s a sketch that I found incredibly unique, and as a result, inspiring!

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What do you think? I’m loving the sunburst design, the circle and the journal lung along the longest edge of the large triangle. I think this design is brilliant!

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I wasn’t too crazy about seeing the point where the sunburst meets, so I hid it under the large circles on my layout. I also flipped the background 90┬░ because I felt like it worked better this way.
Because the background is so busy, I left the embellishing  very minimalistic. I let what is happening in the background work as an embellishment too- because less work is always a bonus!
I also made some cards, and I’d love to share them with you today, too. My husband’s birthday is coming up this weekend, so whipped up two cards- one from me and one “from” my kids. I imagine they’ll want to create their own, so I’ll have to fit in some time to let them “card-make”.
Here’s my inspiration:

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I liked a few things about each of these cards, and with the first card I made, I blended elements from both these cards and made a hybrid card. View exhibit A:

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I loved the asymmetric lines in the first card and I loved the banner and message on the circle on the second card. Both these elements together are dynamite!
The second card I made is more true to the design in the second inspiration card I made:

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Stay tuned tomorrow for more cards and a double page layout!