CTMH Scaredy Cat Halloween Layouts

Good morning! This is my second attempt. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble with blogging this time around! This platform just doesn’t want to cooperate with me! GRR! Maybe the universe is telling me now is not the time for blogging. Well, universe, I’m going to anyways….cause I like it.

I’m super excited about today’s post because I can finally share the good stuff- the stuff I’ve wanted to share for a long time. Layouts! Housekeeping posts are boring; project-filled eye candy posts is where its at. They’re my favourite! I’m sure they’re yours, too. You can’t share the boring stuff without sweetening it with the good stuff. So, today is our day.

Don’t panic. I know that we’ve just welcomed summer into our lives. I have moved on from the baby-toddler stage of my children’s lives to the school-age toddler-age of their lives. Previous to this layout, the twins had just started Junior Kindergarten. Just thought I should catch you up on our lives. (This is also 4 years in the past, too. The twins are now 7 years old). Gaaah- weren’t they adorable?! A lot of work (still are), but super duper cute  (and still are, LOL).

While I was creating this layout (and the next one I want to share with you), I couldn’t help but think that I need to beef up on Halloween products from CTMH. I’m not a huge fan of the creepy, scary aspect of Halloween lines, but I see (now), how important they are to documenting our kids’ halloweens. I found myself wishing that I had some halloween stamps to go along with the paper that I had on hand. Fortunately, the paper that I used (some of it) is halloween themed. I guess I know what to do when the next Annual Expressions comes out! Add that to the bucket list, alongside school themed stamps and papers! What are your must haves?

Luckily, Ballet Safari was perfect for highlighting the twins’ halloween costumes (in 2013); for the rest, I used my Cricut to cut the title and bats. Those bats are pretty cute, too. I coloured the giraffes in (Safari Ballet) with my ShinHan TouchTwin markers, then fussy cut them before matting them on black card stock and fussy cutting again. It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort. I like the effect- they jump off the page better now than they did before I did this.

I’ve fallen hard for a clean, minimalist design as of late, and here’s evidence of it. I also really like doodled lines on my layouts, too. And, still true to nature, my designs are linear. That’ll never change. Which is ok, because I’m totally ok with it. I think its because I’m fairly ‘black and white’ by nature; this fits well for me. Going crazy and blurring the lines is chaos for me. I adore the look, but can’t achieve it myself .

We were lucky this year. It isn’t often my husband is home early enough from work to join us as we go trick or treating, but this year he was. We even convinced him to dress up, too. He went as ‘static cling’. I love it! LOL I can’t remember if I dressed up or not. If I did, there is no pictorial evidence of it.

Once again, the title was cut with my Cricut, which I layered overtop some scrap CTMH patterned papers cut into pennants. I stamped some stars in various shades of ink. (Its a CTMH stamp, but the set it goes with has lost it). The rest of the stamping comes from a set that is not available to purchase unless you’re a new consultant and have reached certain sales levels. (Which my wonderful downline has done! She doesn’t think she’ll use it, so she gave it to me. I love her!)

Stay tuned for more layouts (maybe cards) in tomorrow’s post!

Products Used:

Happy Halloween layout

– Cricut

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Urban (retired)

-CTMH Eggplant card stock X5774

-CTMH Ballet Safari A1180

-CTMH Kraft card stock Z1375

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Shin Han TouchTwin markers (available to purchase!)

Trick or Treat layout

-CTMH Urban  (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Scaredy Cat (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2805

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2849

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2823

 

 

CTMH Hello Foxy SOTM

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I did- I scrapped with a dear friend for a bit on Saturday afternoon, and then more dear friends, our children and pets took in the Pets in the Park event in Edmonton yesterday. The highlight for me was meeting Jann Arden. So cool! (It will be scrapbooked one day. Just sayin’!)

If you  can remember back to last week, I mentioned I had some housekeeping items to take care of, and I got around to one of them before the weekend trashed my plans. The last one I’d like to share with you (for now), is this:

The picture above is a graphic of our stamp of the month, called Hello Foxy. Its super adorable, and I’ve made some really cute cards and layouts using it! This stamp set is just $6 (Canadian), when you make an order on my website totalling $50 (or more). Its like our gift to you for making a purchase and being loyal customers. I want you to feel special. Why wouldn’t you want to get a good deal on a quality set of stamps to create with? Here’s just a sample of what I made using this wonderful stamp:

 


Excuse the unedited version of this picture. I think I deleted most of my previous projects over the past couple weeks, and this is all that showed up in my gallery when I uploaded it. You get the idea, though. I absolutely love that I’m able to color most of the images in this stamp set using my ShinHan markers. Watercolour pencils, pencil crayons and watercolour paints would work, as well. Aren’t the foxes adorable?! They’re my favourite part- so is the floral wreath. I used both those stamps the most when I created with it over the last two weeks. You’d enjoy it, too. I know you would!

Once again, this stamp set is marked down to $6 when you make a $50 order (both online, and when its placed with me); regularly, its over $25! ($27, to be exact.) Talk about big savings! The worst part is, there’s just a couple days left to claim it for yourself, and then a new stamp set will take its place! So, don’t miss out. Live with no regrets. 😀

For now, this will be all the housekeeping I will share with you, but don’t fret! I’ll be back at it again at the beginning of July with more specials! Stay tuned for all the deets! Tomorrow, I’ll share my latest layout with you. I hope it inspires you.

CTMH June BOGO Album Sale

One of the housekeeping items I mentioned yesterday that I’d like to share with you is this months’ promotional sales we have happening. Now is a great time to stock up on items that paper crafters tend to run out of fairly quickly, depending on how quickly you get your crafting done- scrapbook albums! The other is card stock- but I’ll share more about that in a moment.

Yes, we definitely have you covered this month. When you buy one album of any style- post pound or d-ring, get a second one 50% off! All our albums are 12×12, and are sturdy and durable. This year’s albums have a lovely leather cover and come in an assortment of colors. The hot one is Sea Glass, which is this year’s CTMH color of the year. You’ll definitely want to snatch that one up- its sold out once already! They are the perfect way to store your layouts- and the best part is that the page protectors don’t stick out the side of the album, like some tend to do. They stay neatly inside, where they belong.

Why stop at stocking up on albums, when you could stock up on the other item paper crafters run out of quickly- card stock!

Yes, card stock. The basis for nearly every layout there is. All card stock, including paper packs and variety packs, are 25% off at check out when you shop my online store. Go mixed, stay solid, stock up on card stock! You won’t regret it! Our card stock is made from quality paper, and has a white core, just like you saw in yesterday’s post. They all come in a wide variety of colors and coordinate beautifully with all our patterned papers.

This deal just seems to naturally fit together, doesn’t it? As if the deal couldn’t get any better, it does. But, you’ll have to wait until next month (July) to find out what the next promotional sale is! You’ll want to stock on up on this, too! More details to follow in the next week.

(June passed quickly, didn’t it?!) I feel like I’m just going to have enough time to catch my breath for school to end before the chaos of summer begins! Honestly, I don’t think I’ll even have the time for that! If your kids are already done school (even if they aren’t), take some time to inventory what you’ve got on hand, and if you find it lacking, give me a shout! I’d love to help you stock up on some of the essentials!

A New Attempt

Hi everyone! I’m back, after an incredibly long break from blogging. I know things got hectic at the end of 2016, which accounted for my absence, and the start of 2017 was extremely difficult. Its also been full of incredible blessings- and that is the reason why I’m picking up blogging again! I plan to use this platform as a tool to help build and strengthen my business, which has taken a dramatic and (happily) positive turn as of late. Its beginning to grow, and I’m so thankful for that! I’ve been drawing in new customers (yay!) as well as building a downline! Both these blessings absolutely floor me! I want to keep that momentum moving upwards, and I plan to do whatever I can to achieve that! Would you join me (again) on this journey of mine?

My blog format will be slightly different this time around- I’ll still share paper crafting inspiration and my personal crafting projects, but I’ll also share more of what’s going on with my business, my team, and Close to My Heart. This blog will solely focus on everything Close to My Heart and The Everyday Scrapbooker/The Everyday Scrappers. (The Everyday Scrappers are my minions. Just kidding- they’re my army of team members!) My hope is to find more customers and team members by sharing what I’m passionate about, and using social media platforms to accomplish that. Because, more is a party! The more, the merrier, right?! And, if you haven’t guessed it by now, I am 100% passionate about scrapbooking and card making! To say otherwise would be an understatement! If you are too, please follow my blog and my other social media platforms. I’ll share the links to them at the end of this post. You’re welcome here even if you know diddly squat about scrapbooking, but are open to learning more! I’ll welcome everyone with open arms. Who knows, maybe you’ll join my team or become a customer, too!  So, I’ll be sharing news from CTMH, upcoming events and activities for you (my future customers) to participate in, sales and deals that CTMH offers (and me!!), and inspiration. My blog will hopefully be overflowing with inspiration! And, hopefully you’ll catch the memory keeping bug, too.

I do have some housekeeping items to share with you, but they will wait for the next couple posts. I’d really like to kick off blogging again with one of my latest layouts. Just a note related to my layouts- starting with today’s post, I’ll be sharing a list of the CTMH products I used to complete my layouts and cards, and I’ll provide a link to my online shop if you’re interested in purchasing the products I shared. Sometimes, the products I use will be discontinued, but that doesn’t mean you can’t swap the retired items for something newer and more current! Use your creativity! I’ll make sure to note which items are retired, so you’re not left wondering or searching for a product that no longer exists. Have no fear, though! If you absolutely LOVE a certain product, and MUST have it, I may be able to track it down for you- as long as another consultant has it. Sound fair?

Its also important to note that all of my layouts and cards will have my watermark on it. I do that for two reasons: first, to show that each of my layouts is my own work, even though I use a sketch as a springboard for my creativity, and secondly, to direct you more easily to my online shop! You are more than welcome to recreate any of my projects. I just ask that you make sure to give credit where its due, and I’ll make sure I do the same!

It also goes without saying that my projects from here on in will exclusively be made with CTMH products. There may be the odd product snuck in there to complete it that isn’t CTMH (such as sequins or washi tape); everything else will be strictly theirs.

Ready to join the party?! Here we go!

Sorry for the slightly blurry and grainy image. Images won’t alway look like this, I promise! Ah, the toddler years. We’ve passed that stage by 4 years now, but I’m thoroughly enjoying scrapbooking this stage. I miss it so much, although I didn’t while I was in the midst of it. And, no there’s no more babies in our future. Been there, done that. Its time to move on!

To create this layout, I used a tip found in a recent Close to My Heart blog post. Instead of inking the edges of a torn piece of paper- which was the “old” technique, update it by inking the edge of your clean lines with a shade slightly darker than the paper you’re inking. So, in this case, I inked my White Daisy card stock with Whisper ink. I left the torn strip of card stock as is- especially since its unique already, with the white core. And, how awesome is the play on words in my title- the ‘rip’ in the title highlights the rip in the Eggplant card stock! Also, just a note- I created the title using my Cricut!

Products used:

– CTMH My Reflections Urban X7204B

– CTMH Lagoon Card stock X5762

-CTMH Eggplant Card stock X5774

-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Packet Z3255

-CTMH Charlotte Complements X7205C

-CTMH Good Life Complements Z3264

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Complements X7217C (retired)

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Your Way X7217 (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Whisper Exclusive Inks Z2872

As promised, I said I’d share my social media links at the end of this blog post. I try not to disappoint, so here you go! Either click directly on the link to go where it leads you, or paste the link into your browser. Feel free to add me! I use all these accounts regularly 🙂

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeverydayscrapbooker/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mama2twinlets/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scrapeveryday

CTMH Cut Above Scrapbook Kits

Long time no see! My world turned upside down a few months back, and I’m just beginning to resurface. I’m still hurting deeply, but I’m taking the good days along with the bad. I know what needs to be done to weather this storm, and so far, it’s been working. #fitnessforlife, amirite? And, of course, using my me-time to create is also in my plan to rebound. 

In April, Close to My Heart is sharing a wonderful way to scrapbook using the Cut Above line. It makes your crafting a breeze because everything is done for you. That means there’s no measuring or cutting, or playing around with placement. It has already been done for you! Find all the stickers and die cuts you need to decorate your layouts, and assemble it easily using the included instructions. 

Set aside 15 minutes in your day to create. That’s doable, isn’t it? The best part of this deal is that it’s just $9.50- half price! Talk about time saving and affordable! Whether you’ve got babies in your life, or a special someone, creating with these kits will be a pleasure. 
I’m collecting orders for these kits right now. Message me to reserve yours. This deal expires on April 30, 2017.

Spin Layout

Hello everyone! It’s a slow day here, so I’m taking the time to drop in and share a layout with you! 

I just realized it’s been quite awhile since I dropped in last. Last week, we spent time with my in laws so my husband could go hunting for deer. Deer is scarce this year, but luckily get found his muley (mule deer). We will have wild meat now until next November.  Yum!

The layout above was created with Recollections and CTMH cardstock and Momenta patterned papers. I created the pinwheels using my cricut. 

Enjoy Layout

HI everyone!

I’ve got another layout from Monster Jam back in 2012. Here, I snuck in pictures of all of us. I used Recollections patterned paper for the base, then layered various papers under my pictures. I cut the title with my cricut, and used a variety of ephemera and embellishments to finish up my page. 

Monster Jam Layout

Hello friends! I have another layout to share with you today! 

This was honestly  one of the most funnest days. My husband, his buddy, my brother in law and myself took in the show at Castrol Raceway, and it was a blast! 

I had to get a picture of Grace Digger in this layout. My husband loves Grave Digger! 

I cut the title, skull and crossbones using my cricut and ctmh patterned paper, and layered it onto the background patterned paper. I layered the pictures along the right hand side in a single column, then matted and adhered 3×4 inch pictures to the left of that. 

To complete my page, I stamped and fussy cut some images and stamped directly onto the page. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for more Monster Jam layouts!

Peaceful Layout

Just  wanted to drop in really quick to share another layout with you.

I began by creating a watercolor background, then layered my matted photos ontop of it, on the right side of the page. I added stickers, ephemera and stamping to complete my page.