Shoestring Planner Tuesday


I’m starting to find my groove when it comes to my planner. Whatever images I can find on my cricut that correspond to things I’ve done during the week- such as going for coffee, no school or doctors appointments (refer to last weeks’ planner post)- I’ll cut and adhere in my planner. (By the way, yay for free cricut images! The coffee cup to go was a freebie that cricut posted last week. I wish I’d gone and cut several of them, as well as the other images, because they’d come in so handy in the future! Each week there are different freebies. Tuesdays- today- seems to be the day they’re posted. So, if you didn’t know about it, check it out!) I’m also planning to beef up my washi tape usage, and include a summary of the weather for each week.

Since I’m first and foremost a memory keeper, I thought adding a summary of what the weather was like during each week would be a great idea. To implement it, I simply die cut a sun (then water colored it) and cloud, then stamped a few rain drops beneath to show the weather at a quick glance. Maybe, in the future, I’ll take an average temperature from that particular week and include it, too.

I adhered the sun and cloud to the top right inside corner of my planner page. I plan to repeat that every week. One day, it will be neat to look back and know what the weather was during any particular week. Memory keeping at its best!

Its good to keep in mind that using your scrap bits of paper is great for filling your planner with pretties. I have such a large collection of scrap paper, that I quite like the idea of reducing my paper waste by using up as much of it as I can. If the occasion calls for it, small sheets of patterned paper- 5×7 or 6×6, for example- are great to use, too. (Refer to the school bus above. I have 5×7 sheets of school themed paper in my stash, so I used a sheet of it to create the bus).

Next, that little bit of washi tape inspired me to line each day view in a similar fashion, which you’ll see in next weeks’ post. Somehow, it just seems to fill the blocks that much more. It gives it a lot more personality and substance than leaving the blocks blank and filling them  with the odd embellishment. And…now that I look back on the pic above, the zip strip that’s adhered to the very top of the page inspired the washi, too. (It’s left over from yesterday’s CTMH post.)

I’ve also learned that using stamps with a silhouette image stamp much more nicely than solid stamps do. Large, solid stamps soak through the paper more; outlined stamps tend to limit that from happening. So, if I keep stamping in my planner, use stamps that aren’t solid! If they are solid, make sure they are small, and cover less surface area. Stamping on scraps and fussy cutting out is still a great idea, too, as is second generation stamping.  You’ll get a more worn, aged look from it.

I get such self satisfaction from looking back on previous planner pages. Seeing it all pretty and decorated leaves me feeling happy!


CTMH Happy Times

I want to share the last layouts and cards I made using the beautiful Happy Times Paper packet from Close to My Heart. You’ve got very little time left to claim them for yourself, and they’re way too pretty to pass up! The paper is just $17.75 CAD (there’s 12 sheets of 12×12 patterned paper in the packet). What a great deal! The stamp set could be yours for $21.25 (there’s 18 pieces in the stamp set).


But, hold on. I have one more surprise for you. Did you know you can earn the paper packet for FREE? You absolutely can!

Hop on over to my website, and browse around. While you’re making your order (online or by contacting me), you’ll receive the paper packet free when you spend $70 CAD. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. There’s ombre paper, wood grain paper (think like old barn board), gold foil…the list goes on. Pretty!

Here’s what I made using it, and I’ve still got paper left over!







So, that’s 5- FIVE- layouts, and ten cards using this bright, warm summery paper. How many projects could you make with it?

Which is your favorite? Let me know below in the comments. If you’re Canadian and want this set, please contact me! If you are located elsewhere, all you need to do is head to the CTMH website and search for a consultant near you!

CTMH Blossom Don’t Forget to Play


How eye catching is the zip strip from the CTMH Blossom collection? Isn’t it pretty?! I love the coral in there- it lends a nice contrast to the calm, earthy hues in the rest of the paper.

A zip strip, in case you’re wondering, is the top portion of patterned paper that has the collection information on it. CTMH’s is nice because one entire side of the strip is patterned, so it can be used in your crafting. I, personally, love it.

I took four sheets of Blossom paper, layering two sheets of side B facing up (and slightly smaller) on top. Next, I adhered my photos, added the zip strip below, and scattered some embellishments around my spread. I also added a teensy bit of stamping in there.

Join me again tomorrow for a few more projects I made using CTMH Happy Times patterned paper. There’s just two days left to take advantage of this super great deal. Don’t miss out!

(Visit me here to view and shop directly from my CTMH website).

Snail Mail Saturday


I am a card maker, in addition to scrapbooking. At my last retreat (as in crop), rather than packing for layouts, I packed with card making in mind. I wanted to have a stash that was ready to go when special occasions called for it. Read about it here.

As I’ve gotten started in this additional new hobby of mine (Snail mail), I quickly learned two things.

First, if I’m going to send snail mail, why not include a handmade card with it?! I have lots already made, which means I have a lot I could send. If I send them, I’ll have an excuse to make more. It’s a win-win scenario! And, as a side note, in the card above, I left the inside of the card blank. In essence, I’m sending a small gift along with my letter! For just a touch more classiness, I used a bit of washi tape to secure the letter inside the card. (This particular card was an I’m thinking of you card.)

Secondly, I’ve learned since starting snail mailing that patterned lined paper is my friend. It looks pretty, keeps writing in a straight line easy, and it’s sometimes good to cheat. This is probably the only time cheating is allowed.

I am horrible at writing straight on a blank piece of paper, and I hate the time it takes to draw the lines with a ruler and pencil. Like, major time waster. I will do it in my scrapbooking, because I’m anal and that’s how I roll, but that’s where I draw the line. I want to make efficient use of my letter writing time, and lined patterned paper happily obliges.

Actually, I lied. I learned three things about snail mailing: I heart my Smash book date stamp. I like the fun and whimsical way it adds the date to all my letters! I may have found an excuse to buy more Smash products! I do believe I saw some at the Dollarama…my local Wally carries some Smash too…hmmm…the wheels are turning…

What are some of your favorite go-to methods when snail mailing? Share them with me below!

Grandchildren Layout


I’m finding I’m turning more and more to Pinterest for title and journaling inspiration. After I have my sketch inspiration decided upon (this was today’s inspiration), I start mulling over title and theme ideas as I start getting the bones of my layout together.

Sometimes, that process stalls for a day, until something inspires me or I decide that the ideas I had aren’t good enough.

By not good enough, I mean they don’t really tell the story I want this spread to tell.

When that happens, I turn to Pinterest. In this case, I wanted to highlight what my moms- the twins Oma’s- feelings are towards my children. I’m fairly certain this would be a universal feeling between all grandma’s, worldwide.

I kept my design very simple and clean, so the pictures would do the talking, rather than the embellishing. All products in this spread consist of CTMH products. I colored the title in with my Shin Han markers- I love how it pops against the craft background!

Join me again tomorrow for another SMS (Snail Mail Saturday) post. I’ll be sharing a few more snail mail letters I wrote this week, and how I packaged them up to be mailed. I hope to see you then!

Whale-y Good Time Layout

I am pretty sure I mentioned somewhere in the interwebs pages of my blog that experimenting with gelatos resulted in a lot of cardstock being set aside for a day that I’d be able to cover up my mistakes.

Because, let’s face it. We all have mistakes happen while we’re crafting. Sometimes they don’t have the happy ending we hope for. And sometimes, they have to sit and wait awhile before that happy ending takes place.

The layout I’m sharing today is a prime example of that. 


You’d never know it, but underneath all those pictures is a failed attempt at watercoloring using Gelatos.  It was one of my first attempts at using this particular background technique, and it didn’t quite turn out so well.

I hated it.

I set it aside, and purposefully ignored it was stashed with my white Daisy cardstock until I had used virtually all of the good, untouched sheets up.

Until this fateful day.

I had enough pictures- and thankfully all the right size- to cover up the hideous mess I made of the base sheet of cardstock. To create a bit of a border, I added a couple strips of washi tape.

I don’t remember anymore where the whale inspiration came from, but I liked it a lot, so used it in my title! I used this layout to play along with Paper Issues last month. The challenge was to use woodland creatures. Even though whales aren’t woodland, it is a creature. So, in my mind, that was fair game! Ha!

My design inspiration came from The Sweet Shoppe.

CTMH Jackson So Happy Here Layout

Good morning, happy Wednesday! I’m dropping by with another mixed media layout today. I was inspired by a sketch by Laura Whitaker.


I began by watercoloring my background, then stamped a pattern in the lower right corner in Saffron ink, alternating with a strip of washi every second stamped row of arrows.

Next, I layered patterned papers ontop- which this particular photo mat has been in my stash, adhered, for quite some time. I finally used it! I layered white polka dot washi ontop of that.

After stamping and fussy cutting some elements, I adhered some wood veneers embellies and stickers, and added some pop dots to the butterflies to finish off this page.

Thanks for stopping by!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday

Welcome to my first official planner post! Eep!

As you’ll recall, I jumped on the Planner bandwagon recently. I think I’m slightly infatuated with the idea of it right now. I’m pinning lots of inspiration to my Pinterest, and earlier this morning, I joined a Facebook group or two. (Oh, and not just planner groups…snail mail and pocket letter groups, too.)

I’m excited to share my planner with you! You’ve already seen my planner makeover– which isn’t holding up so well. Obviously, I didn’t use the right adhesive. Anyone have other suggestions? Would mod podge work? Thank goodness it hasn’t travelled anywhere with me yet!

Here’s a glimpse into the last week of my life-


In the last week, I learned three things. First, if I’m going to stamp in my planner, I either need to stamp on scrap cardstock, then fussy cut the image out before adhering, or stamp a second generation image. The paper is too thin for a stamp that’s full of first generation ink. A lot of it soaks through the paper. I don’t really like that.

Secondly, I think I’ll do some preliminary decorating before I jot in activities, reminders and appointments. I just mean that I’ll add washi, pennants or other embellies before adding entries. I wound up covering a lot of what I’d initially written, only to add it in again after embellishing. I’m just chalking that up to trial and error. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Amirite?! Once things have been filled in, I’ll finish off with more stickers, enamel dots or die cuts.

Lastly, plain black gel pen only is boring. I want more color in my planner entries, so I may hunt down some different colored gel pens from the Dollarama. If that doesn’t work, I might need to drop by Michaels one of these days. (I need to stock up on 8.5×11 white cardstock, too…)

(After seeing pretty gel pens in a Pinterest post, I’ve concluded I need some!)

What techniques or mediums have you wanted to try in your planners? Me- I really want to try some water color and mixed media…but, the pages are so thin, I’m hesitant. What do you think? Let me know in the comments!



Did you get the memo?

Once May is over, you’ll no longer be able to purchase the beautiful Happy Times Paper packet and coordinating stamp set.

To view both these lovely products- and to purchase them- visit my website here.

In the meantime, here’s another project I made using this paper:


The flowers were stamped with Beloved Bouquet in CTMH Blush and Cotton Candy inks. The leaves were stamped with Sweet Leaf and Juniper inks.

Missy Moo Layout

The layout I’m sharing today is another mixed media spread, using Gelatos, stamping and paper- with washi tape, of course!

I began with two sheets of CTMH Daisy White cardstock, trimming one inch off two sides of the second sheet so it fit nicely inside the first sheet. I wrapped coral washi tape around all the edges of the smaller sheet of cardstock- after giving it a watercolor treatment.

Next, on scrap white Daisy cardstock, I stamped roses in CTMH Thistle ink. (The shading was stamped using CTMH Eggplant ink.) Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out and arranged them around and behind my photos. (I stamped the SU Sunshine Yellow/CTMH Saffron roses directly on my background.)

Lastly, the title and cute little cow were cut using my cricut. The title also received a washi tape treatment!


Thanks for joining me today! See you again soon!