Using CTMH Products With Other Companies

I created a layout recently with the purpose of showing you how easy it is to pair Close to My Heart products with other manufacturers. Come to think of it, I have a couple layouts to share that were made by mixing and matching different products with CTMH. Coordinating papers and embellishments is a lot easier than you might think. Would you like to see?

In the first two layouts above, I used patterned papers from Recollections- the first is travel themed, which I thought worked well with my pictures from our trip to Jasper in the early part of my ‘missing year’. (That would be 2014. Refer to this blog post to learn what I mean). The paper I used was also great for creating embellishments because it was reminiscent of the journaling card sheets that are included in paper packs that different manufacturers offer- especially if they’re on trend with the pocket page style of scrapbooking. Most, if not all, companies are, I believe.

You’ll also noticed I broke out Hello Foxy in that first layout, too. I just adore those little foxes!

In the next layout, a different Recollections collection makes a sneak appearance alongside my first attempt at using sponge inking. Read more about it here. In addition to Hello Foxy, I thought Woodland Romance and Jack worked well with my Jasper pictures and layouts, as well! I mixed the patterned papers from different manufacturers with mostly CTMH card stock and stamping. There’s little bits of CTMH patterned paper scraps scattered throughout these my layouts, as well. Even a zip strip! Can you guess where that zip strip is hiding?

(The pictures in the middle layout are some of my all time favourite pictures, ever. They turned out better than I could have hoped! Ever surprise yourself like that?)

Lastly, I used a full sheet of the now retired Fundamentals patterned paper from CTMH and paired it with Jillibean Soup embellishments. How fun is that bright and sunshiny background patterned paper? I’d love to get my hands on more of it, but unfortunately its retired. Boo. The paper embellishments from Jillibean Soup have lived in my stash for years. Literally. And, I thought they paired perfectly with that deliciously happy and sunny patterned paper in the background. It also worked well with some Little Dreamer, as well! I used a zip strip from one of the patterned papers (hint- its the purple strip along the right side of the page), and I cut a unicorn out from one of the journaling cards and adhered it over some JBS pennants and tags. I matted the photo of Miss M over top of some Little Dreamer patterned paper, as well. The stars in the upper right corner are from Carta Bella (which has also lived in my stash for many, many years. I think this stuff is even older than my children, and they’re nearly 8 years old!)

So, there you have it- three great ways to pair products from CTMH with other manufacturers! Of course, there are many other ways to pair products from other companies with CTMH, because there’s more products out there than just patterned paper and journaling spots! What companies are your favourite to mix and match? Do you create your own kits to scrapbook from, or do you fly by the seat of your pants- much like I do?


Free Fall Layout

Hello on this blizzardy and treacherous Friday! The snow seems to have stopped falling for now, but my husband is still out there working, and I’m worried about him! Well…worried about him driving in these poor conditions. No one should be out there, for any reason.

This was what my street looked like before I got out there to shovel. It’s deceiving- it’s wet and heavy snow, and it’s made driving conditions in the north part of the province very tricky!

This is my last airshow layout! I was able to snap a few pictures of the airplanes doing their thing during the show. It was impressive to watch!

I used a mixture of CTMH and Recollections papers to create my layout, and you’ll notice I even snuck in a bit of washi tape for a cute little border! I haven’t used my washi in quite awhile. It felt good!

Lastly, I used a Carta Bella journal card and Echo Park (I think?!) balloon sticker for embellishing the top left corner. I raided my button stash, and added some of my grandma Murray’s old buttons for a small cluster also on the left page.

On the right page, I adhered a couple more journal cards, a button and a cricut die cut to complete it. 

This sketch inspired today’s layout spread.

Us Layout

Good morning, friends! This will be my last post this week because we’re heading into the city for the weekend. All four of us are going- I’m excited about it! Hubby is taking me on our first date in months! We’re still not totally sure what we’re doing, but we’re going! Lol

Today’s layout was created using patterned paper that’s been in my stash for quite some time. 

(Do you drop by my blog frequently? Have you noticed I often reference seriously old stash? It’s true. I don’t have much in the way of current collections; one day, when money is a bit more abundant and my paper stash much more depleted, I’ll purchase more current collections. Until then, enjoy the old stuff!)

I layered it ontop of CTMH cardstock, opting (as always) to create the title with my cricut. 

I stamped the tag and feathers (both of which are CTMH products) and journalled on an old Carta Bella journal spot. 

Lastly, I created  the butterfly with a punch and spiffed it up some with sequins from the dollar store. 

I began with this layout sketch inspiration. 

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends,

Today’s planner spread was done in a bit of a rush. This last week has been full of laundry, laundry and more laundry and I’m still not caught up. We cleaned the trailer and put it away (for now), replaced the brakes in my car and celebrated back to back birthday parties. There’s been little time for crafting- let along planning and snail mail this week! Today also marks the beginning of our second round of swimming lessons. It’s the big push until school starts. 

The girls also informed me they’d like to go to art camp and science camp after school starts. Plus gymnastics. We’re going to remain busy, by the looks of things!

The cloud sticker and star frame are ancient Creative Memories stickers…I’ve had them for nearly as long as I’ve been scrapbooking. That’s a long time! I need to get them used up! Lol

The rest of the stickers are dollar store puffy word stickers and a couple Carta Bella chippy stickers. Of course, there’s washi and a tiny bit of stamping.  

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Good morning, friends!

It’s another planner Tuesday, and as promised, I have a spread that’s full of campy, chippy stickers.

So, as you can see, there’s not much to share from last week, other than camping and chipboard stickers. We did sight-see a tiny bit on Thursday, and shopped for new school clothes for the twins. Other than that, we swatted flies, sweated and swam in the lake. Pretty chill!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday…

(…four days late.)

Hi everyone. 

My daughter is sick today, so we’re just taking it easy and relaxing in and around the trailer. It’s a good thing it’s our last day here. I think we played too hard in the heat, and now it’s catching up with us. 

Since she’s feeling lousy, I thought I’d drop in and share last weeks’ planner pages that I missed sharing on Tuesday. (I have no snail mail to share because I’m not at home and obviously haven’t checked my mail in a week). 

I was already in a “campy” frame of mind, so chose woodland creature stickers (I stole them from my kids. Shhh, it’s our little secret!) I also chose stickers that are reminiscent of traveling. You’ll see that next weeks’ spread is full of travel- inspired chipboard stickers from Carta Bella. They work great in my planner. Stay tuned for it!

Since my spread this week is travel-themed, I also used my CTMH arrow washi tape to decorate my pages further.

Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoyed my planner pages today! 

Dream Big

Good morning! I’m sharing another layout I created, using cricut die cuts, stickers from my stash and a mixture of cardstock and patterned papers.

As always, I began with a sketch that inspired me. I changed the orientation of my design so it would work with my pictures, but liked the framed photo so kept that a part of my design. 

I cut the title and everything layered beneath it with my cricut; I chose to add dimension to the title by adding pop dots to it. 

Lastly, I turned a quote I found on Pinterest into my journaling. I thought it would work just as well as anything I could say on my own. 😀

Thanks for joining me today!

You Are So Special

Hello dear friends, today’s layout is fairly clean and simple, and was created using this lovely sketch. 

As you can see, I took it in my own direction, opting to add a 2×2 photo next to the 4×6 photo, as well as a 5×4 photo at the top of the page. 

I stuck with a grey, black and yellow color scheme, using stickers from an old Carta Bella collection and other odds and ends from within my stash. 

The deer was cut with my cricut, then pieced together and adhered next to part of the title. A little bit of journaling finished this page off. 

Thanks for joining me today. I hope this page- or something you see on it- inspires you!


I had fun creating today’s layout, and paired two different manufacturers together to achieve the background in this layout. I trimmed the floral SU patterned paper in half, beginning at one corner and finishing at its opposite corner, and layered it ontop of CTMH patterned paper. I used the zip strip from the CTMH paper to cover the seam, then layered my photos on top. 

The title and some of the embellishments were cut with my cricut, then mixed with some stickers from Carta Bella. 

To finish, I watercolored the stars using Gelatos and arranged them haphazardly around the pictures and title. 

My inspiration came from a sketch by Scrapbook Challenges on Pinterest.

Use Up Your Scrapbooking Stash!

Happy Monday! It was a big morning in our house. Miss A lost two teeth before school. Another one fell out last week. The tooth fairy is going to be very busy!


(Nevermind the Nutella on her cheek). Breakfast was super tasty this morning!


The layout I am sharing today was created using a mixture of papers out of my hoard.

I read somewhere in the recent past, that one of this year’s hottest papercrafting trends is using up your stash/scraps.

It’s actually music to my ears because I’m drowning in massive amounts of pretty paper I’ve accumulated over the years.

(Who doesn’t have that problem?!)


I began by layering CTMH Seaside patterned paper over top CTMH Blossom paper. Next, I layered paper from Recollections and Carta Bella over top.  You’ll see the colorful zip strip from the Blossom paper separating the cardstock and CB  patterned paper.

I used two 6×6 pieces of paper from Momenta to mat the two photos of our house that belong there, and included two cricut die cuts for the title and embellishments.

Here’s a little trick: to create arrows without the fuss of stamping or die cutting, simply use the positive cut outs from an arrow border punch, like I did here with the Urban patterned paper. (You’ll find the negative, punched portion here.)

You’ll also save valuable paper and cardstock this way!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you drop in again!

I will be back again real soon with another layout!