Try Something New!

Good morning, and welcome to a rainy and soggy Wednesday! I’m a little earlier than usual, because the rain has kyboshed my usual morning walk. But, that’s ok. I’ve got a lot to share with you!

First up is Scrap Your Stash. Ever heard of it? Its an online event I host for one week every month. It’s geared toward getting us using up our scrap paper pile and our hoarded stash. I know you’ve got one. If you’re a paper crafter, its part of the territory. It happens. What do you do with it all? How do you use it up? There are new creative challenges every day, meant to inspire you and ignite your creativity. You’ll find it fun and rewarding! We’re in full swing right now, but its not too late to join. Did I mention its completely online and 100% free?! Oh, yes. Come check us out! I love you all, but this challenge is open to Canadian residents only. Sorry!

New product alert!!! We all know Father’s Day is coming up, and CTMH has just released the most amazing Fathers’ Day mini album kit, called You’re the Best. Its similar to the Mothers’ Day album I shared with you earlier this month, in that its got a stylish wooden cover like the other one did. But, this kit is geared totally towards the dads in our lives. The papers in it are earthy and masculine, the album is interactive (there’s different shaped pages inside), its simple to put together, and at a fantastic price to boot!

Included in the kit is a stamp set, card stock and patterned paper pack, twine, and the square mini album cover (three O- rings included). An album kit like this would regularly cost you around $52, but we’re giving you a 25% discount that you can apply to the purchase of this awesome kit right away, making it just $39! Woot!

CC61911 You’re the Best Fathers’ Day 6×8 Mini album kit

OR purchase the CC 6199 workshop kit without the stamp set, and get it for just $27.50. Both price points are phenomenal! You’ll be spending around that much on a gift for the dad in your life anyways, so why not consider a handmade gift? If you purchase the CC6196E My Father stamp set and CC6197 wood mini album separately, you’re looking at $24.75 and $10.25 respectively. The paper would be up to you; its only available in the kit, not a stand alone item.

This amazing mini album workshop is available today through June 30, so there’s lots of time to purchase it. But, a word to the wise- don’t wait too long to purchase it. This will be a hot item, like the Mothers Day album was, and will only be available while supplies last. Head to my website and type in You’re the Best into the search bar, click on it in the header at the top of the page, or message me to reserve yours!

I mentioned last week that I wanted to share with you what we’ve been up to in some of the various groups I have on Facebook. Anyone is welcome to join them! I’ll provide the links as I go along so that you can easily find us. To start, I’d like to share with you what the Try it Out Techniques group is up to. For the month of May, we’re putting together the Story Starter- Story by Stacy mini album. We’re doing it slowly via Facebook live, and when the month is over, we’ll have a beautiful album of the special women (moms, or people that fill the mom role) in our lives. Share it with them as a gift, or proudly display it on a shelf at home. Today is our next meeting- at 1 pm MST. If you’d like to join us, visit us on Facebook here. Just be aware that you’ll need to purchase this album, and its coordinating stamp set, D1786 Quotable Words! Find both on my website, which is found in the watermark on the photo below.

Z4207 Story Starter- Story by Stacy

Next, I shared a quick video with my friends about our new Liquid Glass Applicator. Its a totally new product to Close to My Heart, and it makes using our Liquid Glass so much easier! It no longer clogs, and the flow is easier to control with the applicator top. I could hardly wait to show it off to everyone, because its that amazing. If you don’t believe me, you’ll have to try it out for yourself. Its just $6 CAD to purchase, and once again, is available on my website. Look for Z4089 (Fine Tip Applicator), and Z679 Liquid Glass (in case you need a new bottle). See the video I did here.

Last, but not least, I have one more video tutorial to share with you. This time, its using some of our product- specifically our re-inkers- to create a water-colour background for a layout and card that I made. Its a really simple technique involving dropping some re-inker onto your craft mat, spritzing it with water, and dragging your card stock through it. Water-colour paper would work. I did not have any on hand at the time, so I used regular White Daisy card stock to achieve the same look (just in a slightly different way). Check it out and maybe try it for yourself! If you do, tag me so that I can see how it inspired you! I love seeing everyone’s creativity.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post, and found something intriguing or inspiring to fill your day. See you again soon!

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CTMH True Love

Good morning, friends! Happy Wednesday! What a wonderful day its going to be- I got my walk in, got some chores done and opened my kitchen windows wide while I did it- the sun is shining, the robins have been singing, and the temperature is finally climbing! I don’t really think I needed my down vest this morning, but I wore it anyways. Maybe later this week I’ll be able to venture out with just a sweater and no vest! I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve got some new artwork to share with you- I’ve created a new workshop that you’re welcome to purchase and create on your own. I’ll make it easy for you and pre-cut everything first. Simple is always the best! This workshop was created using CTMH G1177 True Love. I used the included cutting guide to assemble 3 double page layouts, but then went out and lifted one that I saw in the Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog that I loved- but I gave it my own twist. Did you know that our Seasonal Expressions 2 catalog is full of tips and inspiration? When you’re stuck, give the catalog a whirl. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you can find! View the workshop layouts below:

True Love Layout 1
True Love Layout 2
True Love Layout 3
True Love Layout 4

The pictures don’t do it any justice. They really need to be seen in person. The colors pair so beautifully together- they’re so soft and rich. You won’t see it in the pictures, but some elements have been coloured in with the Sugarplum shimmer brush to give it some sparkle; there’s also pearls scattered throughout, giving each of the layouts a dainty and romantic flair. Since wedding season is upon us, this collection will be a hot-ticket item!

The kit is $55 and includes the shipping and GST in that total; all the papers will be pre-cut for you, but you will get to assemble the layouts and embellish the way you like. Instructions will also be included in the cost of the kit, but in case you’re wondering, that cost is free. You can order this workshop any time while Seasonal Expressions 2 is live, meaning you’ve got until the end of August to purchase yours.

And, look at that! Your order total is over $50, meaning you get May’s stamp of the month for just $6 with your purchase! How awesome is that?! Have you seen it yet? In case you haven’t, here it is:

S1905 To My Bestie

You’ll see the stamp set on the right side of the image above; on the left is the stamps I’m offering as a token of gratitude for purchasing it from me. It’s the same deal as last month- when the stamp of the month is purchased, I’ll pre- cut the materials you’ll need to create these three adorable cards and you can put them together. There’s no extra fee for the cards. Isn’t that great!? Its so easy to help me reach my Sellers Club goal with all these fabulous add ons that are available for you to purchase! What’s Sellers Club?

I have a personal goal this month to earn $600 in sales by May 31. Ok, so I may have been challenged to reach that amount in sales, but I’ve made it my goal for this month. Goals are good, right? When I reach that goal, I’ll be able to share September’s National Stamping month promotion with you before everyone else even gets to see it! You will be part of an elite group that gets dibs on it because you were kind enough to help me. If you like anything at all that I’ve shared, consider purchasing it! But, let me tell you, there’s way more than what I’ve just shared in this blog post. You’ll have to visit my website to see it all!

I have so much more to share with you, but I think I’ll save it for next week. I’d like to share what I’m doing with my techniques group- I think you’d find it interesting, so its worth checking it out. Also, I came across a sweet and simple YouTube video tutorial of how to fasten the new Liquid Glass attachment (its way easier than you think!!) so you should watch for that, too. I’ll have pictures of it, too. Since I mentioned video tutorials, I’ll also share a quick tutorial I did with my techniques ladies recently, too! Stay tuned!

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!

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!

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!


What’s Up at TEDS?!

It’s time to share some news with you!

Here’s what’s on the schedule this week, and for the remainder of the month. Ready?

First, join me for my first ever virtual techniques class! We’re discussing inking and we’ll be making a simple card using this technique. Later in August, on the 21, well apply our knowledge to a layout, and attempt inking on things other than straight lines (such as a punched border). We’ll also discuss storage ideas and when it’s time to replace your sponge dauber. What is a sponge dauber? Find out at tomorrow’s virtual class!

That’s right, my first virtual class it at 11 am MST tomorrow (Monday, August 6). It’s posted to my techniques group on Facebook, so you’ll have to be active on FB, and request admission to the group itself. Links will be found at the bottom of this post.

Secondly, I have a simple challenge going on my Facebook business page right now! You must love paper crafting, paper crafting challenges and winning free CTMH swag. Available only to North American participants. (Canada and the US of A). For your chance to win some fab CTMH products from me, like my business page, then hunt down the pinned post at the top of the page. Share your finished projects using your scrap papers, embellishments, fibres…whatever you’ve got lying around. September 4, 2018 is the deadline to enter; two winners will be announced on the 5th. Come and play!

Lastly, I have two additional events taking place in September- Hostess Rewards Club in the 8th, and card blitz on the 22. You’re welcome to join both! Both events have been shared in previous posts, but in case you missed it, here’s the important details:

Hostess Rewards Club September 8 from 1-5 pm at the Days Inn Whitecourt. Join me monthly, and create 2-3 double page layouts every month. By the end of the year (May), you’ll have a completed album! The best part? Earn free ctmh products in your hostess month. Each guest will take turns playing hostess. If it sounds like fun, RSVP!

On September 22, from 1-1:45 (same location) set aside time to get a jump start on your greeting cards. Make as many as you can in 45 minutes, but please do not take home any of the supplies. There are 10 cards to choose from and create for yourself. The cutting and stamping is done; you get to color, watercolour fussy cut and assemble! Easy peasy!

So. Which event(S) would you like to attend? Choose one or choose all! Find the links below:

August 6 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

August 21 virtual inking class

https://www.facebook.com/events/274949543286675/?ti=icl

Try It Out Tuesday with TEDS (my fb group page)

https://m.facebook.com/groups/2057047594515697

Hostess Rewards Club

https://www.facebook.com/events/437036340098563/?ti=icl

Card Blitz

https://www.facebook.com/events/1253996201369803/?ti=icl

The Everyday Scrapbooker Business Page

http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

Up For a Challenge?

Do you like participating in challenges, especially paper crafting challenges? What if CTMH swag was involved? Would you participate then?

I’m holding a challenge over on my fb right now- on my business page, and it’s super easy to enter.

If you’re familiar with paper crafts of any kind, you’ll know that scrap happens. Scrap pieces of paper, embellishments you’re hoarding, bits you’ve decided not to use after you cut it with your die cutting machines…the list goes on.

Exhibit A

Notice all the (messy) paper and junk around my little orange paper bin? That’s all (mostly) scraps, too. I was mid- workshop prep, which is why it looks as though a tornado ripped through. It did; her name is Alison 😃

Of course, there’s little pieces of paper in my orange bin, too. It’s what I’ve set aside because it’s too large to throw out. It can be used for something. Eventually. Maybe?

There are two more three- drawer sterilite containers on the floor underneath my desk with larger pieces of card stock and patterned paper in them. I dive into them any time I prep for my card blitzes. The orange container- not so much. Rarely, actually. (That’s not including my box full of CTMH zip strips and die cuts that haven’t been used for one reason or another).

So, what to do, what to do? Hmmm.

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

The layout features way old CTMH chipboard (it’s at least 4 years old; I’ve been with CTMH that long). I still have lots of it left from the Skylark collection. My embellishment binder keeps growing, instead of shrinking. Like everything else I’d rather not grow 😉

The card features Make Waves, of which I still have some patterned paper left. There was a good chunk of it left in my three drawer containers (those papers are organized by colour, btw). It found a home here!

A challenge I was involved in inspired me to hold my own. Mostly as a way to pay it forward. Share the wealth, right?! So, I’m looking for people that like winning things, that enjoy simple challenges, and that adores paper crafting, but hates wasting precious materials. This challenge is for you.

Between now and September 4, share to my fb business page projects you’ve created using your scraps. May it be paper, fabric (think ribbon, twine, other fibres) or embellishments, anything goes. Look for the pinned post at the top of the page. Two lucky winners will win CTMH swag! Play along and you could win!

Visit my business page here: http://www.facebook.com/theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh

If you haven’t visited before, say hi then give it a like! I hope you join! I want to share fab CTMH stuff with you!

Seasonal Expressions 1 Layout Buffet

Hi friends, I have a bit more to share today about a new workshop I’m organizing.

Coming up in March- the 14th from 5-8 pm, to be exact- I will be hosting my very first layout buffet! From my (limited) experience, this type of workshop is fairly new and considered “uncharted territory” by a lot of consultants. I’m excited to try it out, and I’m excited my customers are willing to experiment with me!

There are 4 double page layouts we will tackle, challenging ourselves to complete them in the 3 hour time limit. There will also be two bonus single page layout kits available for purchase, for $5 each. The fee for the buffet itself is $40. All the materials will be pre-stamped and pre-cut; everything will be supplied. Bring along your tape runner, if you have one, and just assemble!

Here’s how I envision it’ll work: to simplify the process for everyone, printed and illustrated instructions will be found for each layout spread at each of their respective stations. The sample I made will be displayed as well, with my pictures attached for a good visual. The samples are also posted right to the event page on Facebook- with and without my photos.

The bonus layouts will also have instructions included- for free. They will be displayed along with my sample double page layouts.

I’m currently still working on the projects we’ll create in this workshop, and I’ll share the rest here as I complete them. Here’s what I’ve created up to this point:

Project #1 with and without pictures

Bonus single page layout #1

I’m so excited about sharing these projects, I can’t remember what else I needed to share with you! Well, if I think of it, I guess you’ll be hearing from me again rather soon!

Mid Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop

Summer is a busy time for a lot of people. It usually is for us, too, but it seems we have a lot of down time on our hands this year. We don’t have any real camping trips planned, and I couldn’t get the kids into swimming until late in August, so we’re scratching our heads on a (nearly) daily basis trying to think of things to do. Its also been hot, so we’ve been spending a lot of time in the basement, where its cool.

Even with all this downtime, I don’t seem to be able to get in my craft room for long- or at all. If I do, the words I hear most is ‘mom, mom, mom…’ and ‘I’m bored’. Tell me that again. I have LOTS to get done around here! I can easily put you to work! Can any mama’s relate? It wears a person down, especially when its on a constant basis.

I finally told my kids that I needed some ‘me time’ yesterday, and I played in my craft room for a couple of hours. While I was playing, an idea struck me. (Which also seems to account for the lack of playing in my craft room these days. The brain never stops working!) Sort of like the computer with 2785 tabs open meme that’s floating around these days. I know you can relate to that!

I have a couple card club workshops planned for September. Did you know that? I have one planned for my hometown, Whitecourt, and another for my home city, Edmonton. If you live in or around either of these areas, I’d love for you to join us! We’ll be creating 9 cards using three different designs. The club fee is $30 and covers all the materials you’ll need to create all those wonderful cards. It may also be less than $30. There will be times we’ll need less materials, so it won’t cost as much. It’ll also be a great time to meet new people and relax for a bit with out kids underfoot saying ‘mom, mom, mom…’. I’ll even provide the wine! How about that! Ha!

But, then another idea struck me. Why not host an online crop for those that are dying to get into their craft rooms, but aren’t able to, just like me? It’ll be a wonderful afternoon- gather whatever snacks and bevvies you want, skip on over to your craft area, turn on the computer, and join in the fun! I have a couple simple challenges planned (nothing more difficult than creating a card, layout- with a twist, of course- and an off the page project.) Anyone and everyone is welcome. If you don’t scrapbook or make cards, there’ll be something for you, too. And, the best part: there’ll be some prizes, too! Make sure to invite your friends and spread the word- there may be a prize for that, too. (The catch is they need to attend!) Your projects won’t need to be completed by the time the online crop is over. I’ll allow some time once the event is over for projects to be completed. Then I’ll draw prizes for the best project in each of those three categories. Doesn’t that sound enticing?! (I hope so!!)

The event is posted to my Facebook page– have you ever been there? Now is the time to check it out if you haven’t. If you scroll down a bit, you’ll find the event posting. If you can’t find it, comment on this post if you’re interested in joining! You’ll also find a bit of everything on my Facebook page, too- my projects, news, and blog posts. Get it all in one spot.

Even better, here’s the event posting. How’s that for efficiency!

Mark August 20 @ 1 pm (MST) on your calendars. That’s when all the fun begins.

*Just a note- there is NO fee to join the online crop. This is all just in the name of fun. The prizes will all be CTMH, as well. Depending on the popularity of this event, I may offer it every summer to kick off the pending years events’ following it. Join me and have some fun!