Bye Bye January

February is right around the corner! Do you know what that means? New collections to play with, and new campaigns!

But first, have you seen what I created this month using Something Fierce? You may see some Heart Happy mixed in, too. See below:

I know, I know. I can hear you saying Something Fierce doesn’t expire until the Seasonal Expressions catalog expires. You’d be correct, but in the month of February, I’ll be focusing on I Heart Us instead. See the paper packet here. I’m placing my bulk order tomorrow, by noon MST. Get your orders to me before then if you’d like to add to it, and save on shipping!

The wait until my order is in my hands is going to literally kill me. I was already debating whether I should scrap the pictures that are next in my queue, or wait the week (Lord help me) until it arrives. #firstworldproblems #confessionsofamemorykeeper What are your thoughts?

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Dash of Inspo Tuesday

In a few days (closer to a week, honestly) I’ll be moving on from playing with Something Fierce. The next collection I’ll be working on is I Heart Us. Here’s a peek:

But in the meantime, I have a couple more layouts to show you that’s made from the Something Fierce collection:

I also have another layout that mixed papers from Heart Happy and past, retired collections:

That’s all I’ve been up to lately! Scrap Your Stash was a huge hit. It was so fun, and a lot of prizes were handed out! We’re doing it again in February! Consider joining us- it’s open to everyone, CTMH consultant or not. Keep February 17-24 in mind. That’s when we’re diving into our stashes again 😊

Month in Review: January

I created a lot this month, but I just wanted to highlight hat I created with Heart Happy. Some layouts will have other CTMH papers mixed in, but I just wanted to give you a general idea of how it looks completed. FYI- I still have half the paper packet left! Being frugal in your crafting goes a long, long ways!

Stay tuned for more of that adorable polar bear…more about him coming soon!

Heart Happy is available until January 31, 2019. I am placing a bulk buy order on the 31, so if you’d like this kit for yourself, let me know! You can also order it online yourself at teds.closetomyheart.ca. If you’re in Canada, I can help you with your order. If not, there’s a consultant locator on my website. It’ll help you find the CTMH consultant nearest you- and she can help you order it!

TEDS Scrap Your Stash

Good afternoon, friends!

Scrap Your Stash is in full swing, and prizes are flying out the door. We’re having a lot of fun! You should think about joining in- there’s three days left. Join us again in February (17-24) for more creative fun. It’s official- there’s an event! And a group!

Here’s some of what’s been created. (All artwork is mine; you’ll have to join the group to see everyone else’s incredible artwork).

Some great prizes have been won, as well, with more being given away tomorrow and the rest of the week. Want to win some fab swag? Visit the links above!

Anyway, I hope I succeeded in enticing you to join the fun. It’s open to everyone. This event is completely online, and we’re not picky about who joins or where you’re from. Just come out and work through your craft stash. Use up those scraps! It all ends at 11:59 pm MST on the 28th. Be there or be square 😊

CTMH Fresh Air Meets Documented

Good afternoon!

I took a break from playing with Heart Happy to create a double page layout using some retired papers and a totally new- to- me product. This particular product will be featured in a FB live sometime soon, so stay tuned! (If you’re not already a member there, visit my techniques group on Facebook here.)

Here’s a peek of the new product I used:

More on that later. 😊

Here’s the rest of the story:

I cut Fresh Air and Documented patterned papers into strips, then arranged them horizontally on my Almond base. (I only used side B of Documented, because side A didn’t coordinate very well!)

I ventured way out of my comfort zone, and created two embellishment clusters with brads.

Remember those?! When was the last time you used one? Think hard! I don’t remember when I used them last. It’s been ages since I even attempted them! I broke out really old CTMH embellishments, and brads that I’m sure I’ve had since I started scrapbooking. (Some were gifted to me from my sister and a very dear friend, too).

Using brads and the tools you need to create with them will be featured in another Facebook live in the near future, too. Join me in my techniques group to learn more, especially if you’ve never used them before! (I’m not even sure they’re available in scrapbook stores, anymore either).

Speaking of my techniques group, there’s a challenge happening over there that you should participate in. All you need to do is create a layout using spray ink, share it in the group (it’s an announcement at the top of the wall), and you’ll be entered to win a CTMH prize! How fun! If you’d like to participate, head over there now. The challenge ends on Saturday- two days away! (Scroll up a bit to find the link).

Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!

More CTMH Heart Happy

Hello friends!

I have a couple more layouts to share with you today- both were created using CTMH Heart Happy.

First, a little crafting tip. To stretch your papers, making them last forever, trim them into strips of varying widths and lengths to create a visually rich design that’s full of texture! See this design principle in action below:

In the layout above, I paired stamping from D1815 Bunches of Love to create the splatter effect along the bottom and top right of the layout in Sapphire, Raspberry and Mint ink. I also added cricut die cut hearts in coordinating colors for a tone on tone look.

Don’t forget, the Heart Happy paper packet is available this month only, meaning it expires January 31! If you love this collection as much as I do, may I suggest ordering it before it’s too late?! You can order it online from my CTMH website. Follow this link to get there!

CTMH Heart Happy

Hi everyone!

My order has finally arrived! It came yesterday, and I’ve already played with my new goodies. I’m on the ball this time. It feels so good!

I could not wait to play with Heart Happy, which was the most important item in my order. December and January’s stamp of the months, too. That’ll be coming soon.

Today, I want to introduce you to Heart Happy. There are a variety of options to purchase this workshop. You choose what jives with you the most! Visit my website to see all the ways this kit is available!

I chose the workshop kit. For $54, you get a lot of goodness for the price it is. Shimmer trim, silver glitter dots, card stock, patterned paper, 10 card bases and envelopes, stickers and the stamp set is all included with this option. It’s regularly over $70! Yep, so you’re getting it at 25% off. Lucky you! The creativity and inspiration- it has no limit.

Here’s the first layout I made using it:

What a fantastic way to show off all the colors, patterns and texture in the kit! I’m all 😍 over this layout. My original inspiration came from Pinterest (go Pinterest!!)

All I did to create this layout, is trim zip strips and strips from all the patterned paper to 0.5×5 inches, and adhered them in an irregular pattern along the top of the layout base. So simple!

Next, using the coordinating stamp set, I used some of the words in the set, to create word boxes around my photo. It’s not easy to see in the photo, but I stamped the words in the same color ink as the card stock, for a tone on tone look. To embellish, I added Bashful pearls, mint enamel dots and black enamel dots.

Lastly, I created the title using the coordinating stamp set, and created the border along the bottom of the layout base with mint and Ballerina ink.

I hope you enjoyed today’s layout! Stay tuned for more, coming soon!

TEDS January Events

Hello friends!

As you know, I have a Scrap Your Stash event coming up that you are more than welcome to join and participate in. Coincidentally, it also coincides with another event I have happening over in my Try it Out group on Facebook (which, now that I think about it, I might have missed doing a FB Live this morning. Oops! There’s always some bumps getting back into routine after a holiday, right??)

Were you unaware that I’m hosting a Scrap Your Stash event later this month? Its scheduled to take place between January 21-28. Its a week long because a lot of my customers are having a hard time working around their sports and work schedules and I want this to be as inclusive (and successful) as possible! The goal of this event is to get you working with the items you already have on hand, and using up your ever expanding pile of scrap papers (and embellishments, ribbons, journaling cards, etc.) Play along with us! There is still room, because this event is happening online! You choose the day and time that works for you, and get some crafting done. When you’re done, take a picture of your completed project, and upload it to my business page for your chance to win some Close to My Heart swag from yours truly. I want to share, and I think this is a wonderful way to do it! To join, follow this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2266068393718707/

What’s the Try It Out event that I mentioned? I’m focusing on using spray inks in my artwork (I’m still waiting on new product to arrive, so to kill time I’m using up my stash, and playing with things that I don’t often play with) and I’m challenging my groupies to play with it, too. Or, try it out, if they’ve never tried it before. The Facebook Live that I was (still am) going to do was to walk participants through how to put together the layout I shared with you the other day (find the blog post here). Then, try it out yourself! I’m posting additional artwork to the group event to further inspire the participants. The layout I’m going to share with you today is one of them!

In this layout, I used HS spray ink in Tea, which covers the criteria for the Try it Out event that I have planned (I’ll share the fine details soon), and it covers the criteria for my Scrap Your Stash event! Its pulling double duty, which is awesome. Its saving me more work- keep it simple, silly. Thats the best policy ever! (All the paper that’s used, except for the White Daisy card stock, is all scraps. The dark blue base is actually retired CTMH paper that I have a ton of!)

Oh, phew! I didn’t miss the Facebook Live that’s I’ve got planned! (Great memory, just short). That will be happening next Saturday, if you’d like to check it out. (That’s the 12th). If you’d like to participate in it, find the event here. Are you a member of my Try it Out group? Head to Facebook, and join here. I’d love to see you at both events, that would be so great!


CTMH You Are Here

Good day! How is everyone?

I’m dropping in today to share with you a layout I created the other day. I used HS spray Ink in Tea and some CTMH scrap retired patterned paper.

I took out some new CTMH product, as well! The card stock base is CTMH Bluebird and coordinated well with my photo. I included some stamping using the You Are Here stamp sets (which coordinate with the Cricut cartridge) and cut the title using my Cricut. (Which also happens to be from You Are Here).

Have you heard? Over on Facebook, I’ll be showing you how I created this simple layout- and I’ll have a couple others that are similar, to hopefully inspire you to try using spray inks!

I’ll be doing a Facebook live, walking you through the process of creating this layout, then you’ll have the opportunity to create it yourself. The other layouts are meant to inspire you, and you can use them to jumpstart your creating too.

Anyone is welcome to join the group this will be happening in. Find it here. The fun starts January 27! Hope to see you there!

TEDS Photo Prompt Challenge

Have I shared the Teds photo prompt challenge with you yet?

It’s a challenge I created to get you thinking about scrapbooking the ‘little’ things in life- they’re important, too! We all take pictures, but for most of us, they live in our phones- and eventually our computers- never to come out to play again. Do something creative with your pictures!

Beyond that, I just wanted to create an activity that everyone could participate in- just for the fun of it. I bet some of the prompts are things you’ve never thought of taking a picture of! (I haven’t!)

So, how does it work? It’s really easy. There is a different photo prompt for every day in the month of January. Each prompt coordinates with the day of the month it is (for example, on January 4, you’ll take a picture using prompt #4, frost). Don’t be afraid to think outside the box to get your photos taken! They don’t always need to be taken literally!

The beauty of this project is that you get to decide what you’ll do with all the pictures you take throughout the month- start your own project life album and commit to putting your life into an album (for the year); save some of the ones that are meaningful to you, and add them to your pre-existing album; or lastly, participate- just for fun- and delete the pictures when you’re done.

This project might be ideal for new scrapbookers, too. This would be a fantastic way to introduce them to our hobby and what types of pictures a person might scrapbook. (Outside of your typical vacation, holiday or birthday themes. Those are giveaways).

Did you know that’s how I got my business name- The Everyday Scrapbooker? I want my kids- or anyone else that may not know our story- to get a glimpse inside our daily lives- the good, the bad, the ugly. It’s all worth remembering. So, I started adding them to my albums. It became a priority- and it struck a chord with those that I shared it with. Let’s start a revolution! Scrapbook it all, not just the happy, momentous occasions.

Do you know someone that enjoys taking pictures? Or someone that enjoys paper crafting challenges? Send them my way! This challenge is taking place on Facebook, and anyone can join! You’ll see me talking about this across my social media- basically here, Instagram and my Facebook business page. Just drumming up interest!

I’d love to see you join! This will be a year- long project, so you can join any time! But, of course, the sooner you join the longer you’ll have fun for! Promise!