96 Years Young Birthday Card

Hello friends! I realized after I got yesterday’s blog post completed, that I’d forgotten to show you what I made yesterday. So, without further adieu, here’s yesterday’s project!
I found out- too late- that my Oma (grandma) was having a party to celebrate her 96th birthday. Since I missed it (I wouldn’t have been able to make it anyways), I whipped up a birthday card for her. This card inspired me:

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Simple and elegant- it’s perfect! You can find it pinned to this board over on my Pinterest.

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My card measures 6×6, and everything is CTMH except for the Coral ink, which is SU (Cameo Coral).
I’ll be mailing this card to my mom, who will hand deliver it to my Oma. I hope she likes it!

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Paint Splatter Double Page Spread

Wow, what a change in the weather today! We went from gloriously sunny and hot to drab and sub-zero over night! Well, not really sub-zero, but it sure feels like it. I foresee cuddling under a fuzzy blanket for the rest of the afternoon. Truth be told- I even wore fuzzy flannel pajamas to bed last night. Yep. It’s that cold. I put a movie on for my kids this morning and I scrapbooked for a bit, but now I’m too cold to do much else. Except show you what I made a few days ago- and this morning.
This gorgeous sketch by Karen Pedersen inspired my layout. Find the original here on Pinterest.

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I want to remember this sketch, because I’d love to try it again using my Taste of Summer papers. It’s fun, isn’t it? I love the clever title!

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In addition to using mostly Close to My Heart products, the paint splatter stamping along the left side of the page was created using SU stamps. As you can see, my version is slightly different than the original, but that’s ok!
I trimmed my photos to 4×4 inches and let one hang over the page. I adhered the portion that hung off page one onto page two, ensuring it lined up properly to its partner on page. I also adhered all four pictures slightly askew, so they fit within the margins of both pages!

Materials:

– Tsukineko ink in Rhubarb
– CTMH Chocolate ink
-CTMH Antique White ink
– CTMH Sweet Leaf ink
– CTMH Balloon Ride patterned paper
– CTMH Hollyhock cardstock
– Martha Stewart border punch
– Recollections cardstock
– CTMH Washi tape in barn red
– CTMH Gold polka dot washi tape
– Recollections green Bakers Twine
– misc. Green sequins
– CTMH Feathers stamp set
– CTMH Special Care SOTM
– CTMH Have a Happy Day stamp set

CTMH Take Note

We’ve reached the end of another school week here in my neck of the woods, and one of my girls is fighting the onset of a nasty gastrointestinal flu that’s been circulating. She hasn’t thrown up since yesterday, but her little tummy is still upset. The weekend came just in the knick of time! Now, if she needs the porcelain throne, she won’t be far from it!
She felt good for long enough to play at the park for a while, but the moment we walked in the door, nature came a – calling. On the bright side, she won an award at school today!

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I have another layout to share today! This time, its a single 8×8 layout, and this time a sketch inspired me:

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You’ll find it here, along with my other favorite scraplifts. 

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I rotated the sketch 90°, otherwise I stayed relatively true to the original sketch.

Materials:

– CTMH Lollydoodle patterned paper
– CTMH Blush ink
– CTMH Flaxen ink
– CTMH Cocoa ink
– CTMH Coral sequins
– CTMH Take Note Cricut bundle stamp set
– Recollections white, pink and chocolate cardstock
– MME washi tape
– Dollar store washi tape
– K&Co patterned paper

CTMH Skylark Double Page Spread

Good morning! I thought I’d take advantage of the gorgeous morning by sitting out on the deck for a bit. They’re forecasting more thunderstorms today (we had a bit of one yesterday afternoon), so I want to take advantage of the sun before I lose it! Getting my fill of vitamin D the natural way is so much better than popping a pill. Wouldn’t you agree?!
I have another double page spread to share today, and I’m absolutely crushing on the colors in it. CTMH’s Skylark collection has to be my all time favorite- next to Snowhaven and Heartstrings! I can’t get enough of it- and I’m bummed it’s no longer available as a paper packet and scrapbook workshop. It is still available (I believe) as a pocket scrapbooking packet.
I used this layout as my inspiration. You can find it and my other favorite layout Scraplifts here. There isn’t many just yet. I’ll have to change that! My to scraplift board is massive! Find that board here!

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What did I love about this design? Other than its digital (something I’d like to try one day), I loved the grid the pictures are arranged in, and the ric-rac drawing the eye across the page to the title. How great is the floral cluster in the bottom left?! While I’m a huge believer that every page needs journaling, I’m actually skipping that step in the creation of this special album I’m working on. In the interest of time,  I think it calls for it.
Although I wanted to replicate the grid, the space I had wouldn’t allow it with the size pictures I used.

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I figured the safest size to trim the pictures to is 4×4. Anything smaller and I’m sure I’d fudge up the pictures. I’d done it a few times already!
I moved the paper strip from the top of the page (in the original) to the bottom of the pictures, and added a chipboard accent as the title.  All the embellishments here are from CTMH’s  Skylark Complements.
I also stretched my version over two pages, instead of one. There’s so many pictures of such an adorable baby, I’m in neonatal heaven!!
And…I just realized, there’s no stamping on this spread!! Anywhere!

Materials:

-CTMH Skylark patterned paper, including zip strip
– CTMH Skylark chipboard complements
– Martha Stewart border punch
– Recollections white and blue cardstock

8×8 Baptism Layout

Hello! It’s another hot day here, and I’m loving it!
Today, for something a bit different, I’ve got a double page spread to share. I started with a sketch- one that I can no longer find 😦

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I stretched this design into two pages, rather than keeping it one. The original sketch I used inspired the left side of my spread. I just mirrored it on the right hand page. I didn’t have enough baptism pictures to fill the furthest right hand side of the spread so filled it in with a small pennant and baptism date.
I have a whole bunch of small Heartstrings scraps left and I used them here. They were long enough to fit nicely inside my white base mat widthwise, but not lengthwise. To get around that, I matted two strips of the paper on my white cardstock then layered the red A side of the Heartstrings paper to cover the gap it left. The red, blue and orange color scheme was inspired by the vibrant and rich colors of my customers’ sari in the pictures.

Materials:

– CTMH Heartstrings patterned paper
– CTMH Goldrush ink
– Martha Stewart border punch
– Recollections paper flower embellishments
–  CTMH Pathfinding patterned paper
– CTMH Handwritten alpha stamp set
– Recollections red, orange and white cardstock
– CTMH Skylark chipboard pennant
– CTMH Just Saying SOTM stamp set

CTMH Heartstrings Baby Layout

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m punching out today’s blog post on my deck- the sunshine and warmth feels incredible! What are your plans on this gorgeous day? Make sure it includes some sun, wherever you are!
I have another 8×8 layout to share with you today. I’ve been turning to my scraps a lot lately, when I sit down to play,  and this layout is no different.

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After I got my base cardstock trimmed to the correct size, I turned to my scrap papers and pulled out the red scallop mat. This mat was  originally meant for a mini album I made for a dear friend back in November. I’m not sure I ever shared it here…I gave it to her before I took pictures of it- mostly because I wanted her to see it before the rest of the world. It was an extra- I had cut too many mats, so I decided to use it here! All the other bits of patterned paper you see here is also scraps. This is the sketch that inspired all the scrap usage:

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Materials:

– CTMH Heartstrings patterned paper
– CTMH Seaside patterned paper (B side)
– CTMH Taste of Summer patterned paper
– CTMH Glacier ink
– CTMH Pear ink
– CTMH Blush ink
– CTMH Lollydoodle zip strip
– CTMH Heartstrings Card Workshop stamp set

CTMH You Mean the World to Me Baby Layout

Hello!  I’m back again today with another layout from the 8×8 Daughter special request album I’m working on. The sketch that inspired this layout is perfect for any size layout, but I adapted it to this 8×8 size. Find it, and many others,  here.

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Like yesterday’s post, there were a few elements that got dropped due to a smaller space to work on, but the overall effect still packs a punch.

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I had a few holly’s left over from the previous page, so I used them up here. I used a lot of CTMH products again- they mix and match seamlessly! Doesn’t it look fantastic? You really get a lot of bang for your buck using CTMH products! Here’s a little secret- to stretch your paper even further, cut it in half and spread it out, like I did with the CTMH Sweet Leaf cardstock in the background. It wasn’t quite long enough, and there were parts of it missing from cutting shapes for other projects. But, with a little creative thinking, I was able to cover the gaping holes and lengthen the paper by cutting it a bit.

Materials:

– CTMH Sweet Leaf cardstock
– CTMH Gold polka dot washi tape
– CTMH Paradise Assortment Twine
– CTMH Gold Fundamentals cardstock
– CTMH Desert Sand ink
– CTMH Sweet Leaf ink
– CTMH Chocolate ink
– Martha Stewart border punch
– Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Garnet
– CTMH Pear ink
– CTMH You Mean the World to Me stamp set
– CTMH Sing Glory Hostess Rewards stamp set
– Misc. stamp set
– CTMH Bamboo ink
– Recollections cardstock

Patchwork CTMH Christmas

If you’re like me, the last thing you want to see when we’re just getting into our spring/summer groove is anything Christmas related. The layout I’m sharing today is Christmas themed. The silver lining is that I used some of my CTMH Christmas stamps that have never yet been used! I can’t wait to try them out again closer to the actual Christmas season. I’m smitten!
Another sketch- this time from Scrapbook Generation- inspired this layout. You’ll find it pinned here, along with the rest of my favorite sketches.

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The original sketch was intended for a 12×12 layout, but I cropped it a bit to work with an 8×8 layout instead.
I used a variety of scrap CTMH patterned papers to create the patch work background, as well as a variety of CTMH stamps to create the embellishments. For added pizzazz, I broke out my Martha Stewart glitter glues, and filled in the holly berries and heart on the house. I stamped the house in two parts- the house in chocolate, and the message (a second time) in pear, then fussy cut the message out and adhered it under the house. The door was also fussy cut from the second image then glued ontop of the original brown door. I used my CTMH Liquid Glass to adhere it. I’m loving the effect!
The little tag I found in my stash- it had been cut ages ago for another project. I pulled it out because a coordinating Cricut image was paired with the house stamp on the stamp protector. (My Cricut isn’t cooperating with me lately, so I didn’t use it with this project. I need to phone Cricut but haven’t done it yet). Thank goodness I had some stashed away! I liked the way it looked, so replicated it. Luckily, the die cut was the right size!!

Materials:

– CTMH Ivy Lane patterned paper (A & B sides)
– CTMH Timberline patterned paper (A side)
– CTMH Balloon Ride patterned paper (B side)
– CTMH Home For the Holidays stamp set
– CTMH Pear ink
– CTMH Chocolate ink
– CTMH Bamboo ink (for inking the edges)
– Martha Stewart Glitter Glue in Garnet
– Recollections pink and chocolate card stock
– CTMH Sing Glory Hostess Rewards stamp set
– CTMH Lollydoodle patterned paper, zip strip

8×8 Daughter Scrapbook

The post I shared about special requests (AKA custom orders) yesterday, was to prepare you- on short notice- for the first custom project I agreed to do just recently. I mentioned in yesterday’s post that special requests trickled in here and there since closing up shop, and after discussing it with my husband, decided it might be a good idea- for various reasons. So, here I am, about to share with you the first page in a custom requested 8×8 scrapbook album that a repeat customer asked me to create. I made her first album- her very own wedding album- last year. She’s also asked on a few occasions, if I would do more, and I was always open to it. The stars finally aligned when her daughter got engaged. The wedding must be soon- I think she intends to give it to her as a wedding gift. {Insert “awww!” right about here}.

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This page is intended to be a title page, of sorts. I used a scrap piece of white card stock to cover the recipients’ name (for privacy reasons), but this page is essentially introducing who the main subject is for the entire album. These are also pictures from when parents and baby initially (or nearly) met.
My creative journey began with researching 8×8 size layouts, because I find shrinking down a 12×12 too confusing! I have a much too hard time trying to decide what to cut out- I want to include it all! This sketch inspired my layout:

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You can find this sketch and all my other favorite sketch lifts here. Rather than using patterned paper, like shown on the bottom half of the sketch, I threw in a second 4×6 inch photo. Since there’s a limited amount of space and a plethora of pictures that my customer gave me, doubling up was the way to go!
Nearly everything on this page is Close to My Heart. The only exceptions are the stamped journaling spot and the SU Love stamp in the top left. I also wrote the date using a Recollections journaling pen.

Materials:
– CTMH Seaside patterned paper (A & B sides)
– CTMH washi tapes in teal and barn red
– CTMH Skylark chipboard accents
– CTMH Junebug Puffies
– CTMH Coral Reef sequins
– CTMH Chocolate Ink
– CTMH Jubilee patterned paper
– CTMH Paradise Assortment Bakers Twine
– CTMH Mini staples
-CTMH Just Saying April SOTM (stamp of the month)

Visit me on Facebook to start your order, if you see anything that you like on this page, or head straight to my CTMH website to start an order!

Custom Requests

Hello friends! What a whirlwind weekend! I wasn’t expecting the last half of our long weekend to go as nuts as it did! The birthday party the twins went to was the better part of Sunday afternoon. We were so full by the end of it, we went to bed without supper. We grazed all.afternoon! Monday wound up being a gong show too. At the last minute, we decided to visit my sister, BIL and my parents at their place (after all,  it was their 41st wedding anniversary). Then we ran our errands. Pictures will follow when the product we bought is installed! I can’t wait!
Part of our romp through Edmonton included picking up materials to make a custom requested scrapbook album. After thinking long and hard about offering custom requests, and after the occasional requests kept trickling in, I’ve decided to give it a shot again. The only difference this time, is its not my main objective. Writing and inspiring you is my main goal; selling Close to My Heart product is secondary to that. Though, it’s so close to my main goal, it may as well just be my main goal! Following this would be opening up custom requests again. I will not actively promote and push custom requests, I’m simply letting everybody know it’s there, and it’s an option to consider, especially if you’re looking for a thoughtful and meaningful gift (such as a scrapbook album) or needing invitations or cards for a uniquely special event or occasion.
Spread the word, let your friends know! I love to inspire and I love helping out!
Lastly, I’m organizing a Close to My Heart order. If you’d like to add to it, please contact me via comment on my blog or by visiting me on Facebook.
It’s nearly time to pick up the twinlets from pre-school. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday afternoon!