CTMH Warehouse Sales 

I haven’t been very good at sharing more things going on with CTMH (sales, etc.), especially on my Facebook page. I need to remedy that- its the sole reason I started my page and blogging again! The majority of my posts are creative in nature, which is good, but not when your main objective is to share news, sales and information around the business you’re trying to build. But, realizing this is good, too. Time for a slight mindset adjustment 🙂

I may have mentioned that through the month of August, a new flash shale will be posted on Tuesdays. Today is Tuesday, and there’s new goodies up for grabs- at steep discounts! I saw some items as low at $2. For reals, check out the deals. They’re good ones! Here’s a few I took snapshots of:


I missed the price on the City Sidewalks embellishment pack above, but its marked wayyy down, too. (Its $7 CAD. It was $14). You’ll also find embossing folders, thin cuts (CTMH brand of dies compatible with your cuttlebug, etc.), tag making bundles, and much more. To get your hands on these deals, visit my CTMH website.

Speaking of great deals, this month is also a fabulous time to sign up as a CTMH consultant. Join my team! In addition to earning spending money (called SPC credit)- when you reach your sales target- and commission, you’ll also get to choose from some awesome rewards to call your very own. What would those be?

You’ll get a FREE cricut collection of your choice, FREE alphabet dies and coordinating stamp set OR shopping credit for your very own shopping spree! Who doesn’t love shopping sprees? Or Cricut?



Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? If you’ve been thinking about making this wonderful company a part of your life, get in touch with me. I’d love to add you to the family 😊

I’ll be back tomorrow with more CTMH steals and deals!

Documenting Your Memories Using Paraphernalia From Your Vacation

Good morning! Its a new week at CTMH, and I forgot to mention that there’s a new sale happening right now! You have until Monday at midnight to save huge on amazing- retired- products! Go check it out now!

The last of the Las Vegas layouts I have to share with you have no pictures! I have the paraphernalia I gathered and saved from some of the places we visited while there, but I have no coordinating pictures to go along with them. Which is ok, because I can still document my stories without pictures! I’ll share them all in one post today, as well, because there’s just a handful of them. And once again, I won’t share the products I used to create each layout, to save time, space and your sanity.

Next week, I’ll get back to the regular way of doing things. Oh, and just a note. Next week the kids and I will be uprooted from our home and regular routine while they attend day camp in the city. I am packing as if I’m headed to a crop for the next week, and I’ll be somewhat treating that time in the city as if I’m on holiday/cropping. I plan to continue blogging, but it may not happen, depending on what things come up while there. I’ll do my best to stay in touch!



The one place I wish I had pictures of to scrapbook was SeaCan Park. I don’t remember now if that’s exactly what it was called or not, but it was the neatest accidental discovery my husband and I came across during our trip there! SeaCan Park was neat because it was family centred and totally unexpected! Unlike the rest of the strip in Vegas. I could totally see my kids playing there while we had coffee at one of the kitschy shops. The Praying Mantis was out of this world, too. Its hot enough in Vegas. When you get one that blows fire, its even hotter! Oy! There was a monument or art instalment that was full of combination locks and locks of every kind there, too. I think it was shaped like a heart. Very, very cool! If you happen to be in Vegas, make sure you add this to your itinerary. You won’t regret it!

Just a note- in case you’re wondering- my title in the last layout. I titled it this because it was the 2nd time we saw the Hoover Dam (the third for me. I saw it once as a girl with my family). The 2nd time was even better when friends were involved!

That’s all for me today. I won’t be around again until probably Tuesday next week. My kids are going ‘camping’ with some of their bestest friends for the night tomorrow, and my husband and I are camping by ourselves for the night. On Sunday, the kids and I are heading into Edmonton. I hope you enjoy the rest of your week, and I’m looking forward to the next time I get to hang out with you!

Using CTMH Cardstock to Create a Silhouette Border

How often do you create sports themed layouts? I haven’t up until this point- because any sports my children were involved in (mostly swimming), required me to be with them, and I wasn’t able to snap pictures. That’s only because they were so young. Now that they’re school age, a whole new world will open up to them- and I’m so excited to explore their interests with them!

Skating and soccer werethe first sports we began with. I’ll have to look for pictures of skating…I know one lives on my Facebook. I’ll have to print it the next time I need more pictures. None of us enjoyed soccer. It was more than likely that they were young, but I think my children thrive more in sports that challenge them selves individually, not in a team. They love their gymnastics and swimming. Miss A keeps asking if she can try Tae Kwon Do. I’ve sort of been putting it off, but I think we should explore it. They have a keen interest in music, too. This year (grade 2) enables them to join choir, if they want (Miss M does!), and we’re contemplating piano lessons in the fall for both twins. There is lots going on!

Back when my kids started playing sports, an idea dawned on me that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time. It was to create a mini album of all the sports they are involved in. Or at least, every year of sports they’re involved in. I did begin it, but only have like 1 picture in it. I do believe I’ve run out of the paper I’d originally started to use in it, so when I get back to it, I’ll have to complete it using something else! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the mini album at the moment. Sorry!

At some point during their sports (usually their first lesson, if I remember), I take pictures of them. Swimming is the easiest to get pictures of. Gymnastics is the hardest. (Parents generally aren’t allowed in the gym while the kids have class. They have a showcase at the end of their session where they show off everything they’ve learned. I love it, but it makes picture taking interesting!) There’s also more changes coming to our gymnastics program for this upcoming season…I can’t wait to see what we all decide to offer! (I’m on the board, so I’m privy to the deets, LOL). There’s more to look forward to.

I picked up the purple hues in the twins’ soccer jersey’s and pulled it into the rest of my layout. I didn’t have a shade of purple that deep, so instead settled for CTMH Thistle. The Fundamentals in the background matches it perfectly. And, if you notice, for a pop of additional color, I used a strip of sponged card stock I had hanging around on my desk. I also matted the soccer ball onto a piece of it and adhered it to the layout with a pop dot.

*Tip: instead of using paper to create a flat border with a punch, why not create a border using words or shapes? In Cricut Design Space, I added the word ‘soccer’ twice- one in a large font, and the other in a smaller font. I hid the larger soccer word from cutting so that I would only cut the smaller one first. Once I got to the cutting stage, I changed the amount of times I cut the smaller word (in this case two times) and then adhered it evenly on the background. To give the border a ‘there, but not quite’ look, keep it the same color tone as the background. I love the white on white effect! After deleting the smaller soccer word, I cut the larger one from Navy Blue Recollections cardstock, which picks up the color of the soccer net in the background of the pictures.

Products Used:

*-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals paper packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

*-CTMH Thistle Cardstock X5976

-CTMH My Acrylix C1547 For Always Stamp set (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Ink Z2805

*Have I told you about the new card stock at CTMH? Its now double-sided! One side is a shade slightly lighter than the original color! Here’s a peek:

This is the new Whimsy Cardstock Paper Packet. Look at all that deliciousness! This is available to purchase on my website right now! Visit my website here. The new Whimsy Fundamentals Paper packet coordinates with it, as well!

There’s more where that came from. Head on over to my website and check it all out. There’s sure to be something you’ll love.

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?

Five Ways to Use Your CTMH Scrap Papers

Since I got my new cell phone, I thought it would be a good idea to upload the pictures I’d taken to the computer. In less than a month, there was over 1400 pictures on my phone! I might be just a little camera crazy. I may have also been on vacation, and had a lot of things going on! LOL

And, since I uploaded the pictures from my phone to my computer, that also means whatever projects I had saved to my phone were also transferred to my computer. They were transferred out of order, unfortunately, and as a result, I accidentally shared a layout a bit sooner than I had planned. Minor little accident. I recovered the layouts that had been sent to my trash can on my phone, and will continue adding layouts here from there for the time being. There’ll be less confusion that way. Now I’ll be back to my regular order. I had better get some crafting done…I’m getting low on content to share with you!

So, back to Christmas in July. I have this layout and one other about Christmas in April, and then I’ll move on to something else.

Do you have a scrap pile that seems to keep growing instead of shrinking? Looking for ways to cull some of that scrap paper stash? Here are 5 ideas that I consistently use in my own crafting that you may find helpful!

Make your own journalling spots. I most often use my White Daisy card stock for things such as this, but I find that a lot of scraps end up in my box that are a good size for journaling on. (That’s usually about 3×4 or slightly larger). There’s still some room to stamp on the journaling box in addition to your notes. But, don’t limit yourself to White Daisy! Any solid card stock would work!

Make your own embellishments. All those scraps are perfect for stamping on, and then fussy cut to your hearts’ content! Use them to create embellishments to scatter around your project, use them to create punched borders, or pennants…the list goes on. In the layout above, you’ll see a star, bracket, flower, presents, and a pennant with a message stamped inside it. Those were all created from my scrap White Daisy papers.

Create the illusion your photos are matted. Rather than physically matting your photos on a large piece of patterned paper or card stock, trim it down and adhere it next to your photos. Your favourite papers’ life will be drastically lengthened this way! While it may add more to your scrap box (if the piece of paper you’re using is on the larger side), you’ll still have enough of that beloved paper to use on future projects instead of using it all up (or the majority of it) on one! I used this technique on the layout above. The City Sidewalks paper is adhered on either side of my photos on both pages. Think of them as the ‘book ends’ or brackets surrounding the photos.

Use your Cricut! Some of those scraps will be large enough to cut icons or titles from. If that’s how your paper originally became a scrap, use the space that’s still left for photo mats, journaling mats, borders, stamping and/or punching smaller items. You’ll likely have to trim off the pieces of paper that were cut, but you’ll be surprised to see how much paper is still left if you trim them down. Think outside the box. What can you do with the paper you have left after using your Cricut?

Alternatively, don’t be afraid to throw your smaller scraps through your Cricut, too. It is possible to use them, you’ll just have to make the items you’re cutting smaller. Sometimes, that takes a bit of trial and error, so maybe use a scrap of paper that you don’t care much about to get the sizing correct. Then, use your favourite paper to cut the final item! I cut my title using my Cricut. I used both White Daisy and Willow card stock to create the title.

Mat your photos with your scraps. Both patterned papers and card stock works to mat your photos. If you got really creative, you could also use scrap washi tape, shimmer tape, zip strips, stamps, or twine will work, as well!

All of the suggestions I listed above are ways that I use up my scrap paper stash. Most often, I stamp on my scraps and use them as photo mats and journaling spots on my layouts, but its not limited to just that. There’s no right or wrong, and the sky’s the limit. Get yourself outside the box, and do something different. Also, the suggestions I listed are probably just the tip of the iceberg. What are some ways you use up your scraps? I’d love to hear how you use them up!

What did you think of this blog post? I’d love to hear! Share what you thought in the comments below.

 

 

CTMH ThankFul Heart Layout

Remember the post I shared a bit ago where I shared the sponging technique? I mentioned in that post that I’d created another layout using this particular technique, but I felt it was a bit over the top. Some time has passed, and I still feel the same. But, I’ll share it here and see how the inter-webs feels about it! Maybe you’ll like it better than I do!

I began this layout by sponging the background using Juniper, Pacifica and Flaxen inks. Then, I stamped over top of it in Peacock and Smokey Plum inks. I absolutely loved the way it looked, but I felt that the background was too plain. That’s where the ‘over the top’ comes in. I began by pulling colors directly from my picture, matting the photo with Flaxen and Peacock card stock. Then I matted the original sponged piece of card stock to another piece of Peacock card stock. I drew a larger box around that, and left it white. I drew two more boxes, slightly larger than the next, and sponged those. I should have left the largest box (on the outside of the page) white instead of filling it in, too. I feel like its too much sponge.

On the bright side, I absolutely love the inside box, with all the sponging and stamping, and how it showcases the photo. Its just beautiful. I stamped directly on the photo using Jet Black Staz On ink. The title was cut from Flaxen card stock using my Cricut, and I stamped and fussy cut a few more leaves and attached them to the upper right corner of the picture. One leaf was attached with foam dots for depth. (This is Pyramid Lake in Jasper, by the way). It makes me feel like we’re due back for another trip there one of these days. I love the mountains. Don’t you?

Just a question- how do you feel about sponge daubers with a larger, broader base? Or just sponges in particular? Do you find they blend ink more evenly, making it look less mottled? Its almost stained-glass reminiscent, isn’t it? I have never used anything other than the small sponge daubers, and I’m curious to know the difference between all the products out there. I did have a round sponge from CTMH at one time, but I think I’ve sold it. I no longer have it here, that I know of. Maybe I should attempt to answer my own question and try it myself. After I purchase another sponge or dauber. What is your favourite sponge/dauber product to use?

Products Used:

-CTMH Juniper Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2865

-CTMH Flaxen Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2842

-CTMH Pacifica Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2892

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2849

-CTMH Smoky Plum Exclusive Inks Ink pad (retired)

-CTMH Saffron Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2851

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Flaxen Card stock X5771

-CTMH Peacock Card stock X5776

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

* Just a note- the CTMH sponge is just $1.75 (item number Z697) if you’d like to purchase it. I may add it to my next order!

-CTMH Thankful Heart My Acrylix Stamp Set B1463 (retired)

-CTMH Blessed Beyond Measure My Acrylix Stamp of the Month S1609 (retired)

CTMH Make it Merry Double Page Layout

Its Christmas in July again! Or, still, because I am not sure I finished sharing Christmas themed layouts before we went on holidays. Think cool thoughts with me today- its going to be another scorcher! The kids and I are going to hibernate in the basement until we need to leave the house.

I’ve been hoarding my City Sidewalks patterned paper for a long time, so I was relieved that I got the opportunity to use it up with all the Christmas layouts I’ve been sharing with you. Just in time to prepare for this years’ Christmas season! I’ll be hoarding that paper until the next time I come around to scrapbooking Christmas pictures. I love being prepared!

This particular spread is of Christmas in…April. Whether my in-laws are able to visit at Christmas depends on the weather and the road conditions between our town and theirs. There is at least 600 kilometres, maybe more, separating us. Winter can be a nasty time of year. What might be nice for us sometimes isn’t as nice for them. Vice versa, too. So, we celebrated Christmas, Easter and my husbands’ birthday all in one here.

Do you find it interesting that most, if not all, the layouts you see created by CTMH consultants are double pages? What is your preferred style? Single layouts, double pages or a mixture of both? While I’m finding I really enjoy creating double page layouts, I mostly prefer single page ones. There’s only certain occasions throughout the year that will have a plethora of pictures to choose from. Since I like scrapbooking everyday activities as well as the special ones, I save the double page layouts for the occasions that have a ton of pictures. Those tend to be few and far between.

And, I’ve also started to wonder why double page layouts at CTMH are a thing. Why don’t they do more single page layouts? Its encouraging me to stick with my single page layouts- to help set me apart from the rest- and stay true to my personal style. I am toying with the idea of selling kits based on single page layouts. In addition, I’m also thinking of creating and selling card kits, as well. The entire kit, along with a cutting guide, will be available to purchase locally; the cutting guide will be available to everyone. Any orders outside the country and overseas would require that individual to make their own product purchase. Would there be any interest in this? Please let me know your thoughts! Because, not everyone enjoys creating double page layouts. Sometimes, there just aren’t enough pictures to create them; other times, there’s too many, and its impossible to decide which ones to scrapbook! (Luckily, there’s flip flaps…I’ll get into those another day). But, wouldn’t it be refreshing to have single page layouts mixed in with those double page layouts? I’m still learning and feeling my way around this idea, so nothing is set in stone yet. Please share your thoughts and feelings with me. I’d love to know people’s feelings on this!

Products Used:

-CTMH City Sidewalks bulk paper (retired)

*-CTMH Fundamentals paper packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH My Acrylix Make it Merry Stamp set D1617 (retired)

-CTMH My Acrylix Shreddin’ The Slopes Stamp set D1603 (retired)

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Inks ink pad Z2841

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks ink pad Z2853

-CTMH Sea Glass Exclusive Inks ink pad Z2813

-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Inks ink pad Z2818

*There are new Whimsy, Adventure and Enchantment Fundamentals collections over at CTMH. Have a look at them- they look amazing! I need to stock up on the new ones, for sure! Visit my website to view them.

I created the title and the mat that its layered over with my Cricut. The mat underneath was cut sometime in the past, I don’t know when. I pulled it out of my scrap box to play with. And, to create some depth, I stamped it with one of the snowflakes from the Shreddin’ The Slopes stamp set in Glacier ink. (If you look back through my blog posts, you’ll notice that Glacier is one of my go-to ink colors. I absolutely love it! Desert Sand is also another staple in my crafting).

CTMH My Life Layout

I like finding different ways to use up my paper stash. I had this leftover sheet of Balloon Ride patterned paper that was cut in half diagonally, and when I found a sketch online that was similar, I ran with it.

I don’t think the sketch originally showed the page parted this way, but its how I interpreted it. I worked with what I had, and I quite like the outcome.

The filter I used to edit the picture (I don’t know what it is anymore) matched the creamy hues in the Balloon Ride paper, which is why I paired them together. There’s also hints of blue throughout the picture- both my daughters had on blue fleece coats and the merry go round they are riding on is blue.

I don’t know where ‘This’ took place or when, but I had to scrapbook it. A lot of the time, I choose pictures based on how they make me feel. In this particular picture, I absolutely love the goofy grin on my mom’s face. There was no question, it had to be scrapped. I’m fairly certain my sister was the photographer here, and they must have been out doing something with the twins while I was off having some alone time. Choosing my pictures this way helps me be more selective when I’m browsing through them and preparing them for printing. (I sift through all my photos and save the ones I want to print to a flash drive. I then bring them to Walmart and have them an hour later. I love it! I used to order through Apple, but I hated having to wait 10+ days for them to arrive on my doorstep. This works much better for me!)

How do you choose the pictures you scrapbook?

Products Used:

-CTMH Balloon Ride paper packet (retired)

-CTMH Gold Shimmer Trim Z1985

-CTMH White Daisy 1385

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Inks Z2841

-CTMH My Life My Acrylix Stamp Set D1572 (retired)

-CTMH From the Notebook My Acrylix Stamp Set S1607 (retired)

CTMH Picture-Less Layout

Happy Friday! Its overcast and dreary here this morning, but the weather network is telling me its going to be a warm and sunny day. I’m looking forward to it. If the weather warms up as much as they say it is, I’ll take the kids on a picnic tomorrow to the local splash pad and we can spend the afternoon there. Fingers crossed its nice enough!

I’m switching gears today. I have a layout to share, but its a picture less one. Its picture less because 2014 and 2015 on my computer go absolutely haywire. This was about the time that I began having problem with my computer (if you can remember way back to before I quit blogging for a time at the end of 2016/start of 2017). My desktop computer was having issues, and finally got resolved (I thought), and then I began having problems uploading my Android cell phone to my computer AND problems again with my desktop. It resulted in my desktop computer dying and a new one being bought. Apple transferred everything on the old computer to the new, but it didn’t translate. I’m missing all of 2014, and the little of it that I do have, somehow took place in 2015. And, I know they didn’t happen in 2015. This is the reason I’ve created a layout without pictures.

I know of one other event that I need to scrapbook that will be picture less- when my husband was diagnosed with a tumor on his pituitary, and the subsequent health diagnoses he’s had in the time since this initial diagnosis. The tumor is benign; hormone replacement therapy has been managing it quite well, so nothing else is needed for the time being. Now, rather than visiting his endocrinologist once every 6 months, we only need to see her yearly or every year and a half. Its great news! Now he just needs to get the rest of his health straightened out! (And, it can all be reversed if he just changed his lifestyle. It hasn’t happened yet…I’m hoping that’ll come).

So, back to the layout I want to share today. What have you done when you’ve run into a problem such as the one I’m dealing with? How did you overcome it? I’ve learned that I should refer frequently to my Instagram and Facebook pages, because they are better timeline references than my photos folder on my desktop computer. There’s way more pictures there- and there’s pictures there that I’d love to have printed but don’t! Argh! As a result, I’ve also learned that I should be printing pictures from Facebook at the moment rather than from my photos folder! Live and learn. So, my mindset now is to turn this negative into a positive, so I’m planning to make a mini album of the ‘missing years’ after I’ve scrapbooked the pictures I already printed from my photos folder.

Is your head spinning yet? Mine sure is. I’m pretty choked up that my memories are gone, but I’m thankful that there’s still a few left to scrapbook. All is not lost. Thank heavens there’s social media platforms like Facebook and Insta- if they didn’t exist, I’d have next to nothing to scrapbook!

I had Facebook in the back of my mind when I created this layout. I wanted to recreate an ‘unknown’ profile picture such as you’d see on Facebook if someone doesn’t have a profile picture uploaded to their personal page. I found a girl silhouette image on my cricut, and cut it out from Glacier card stock. I also cut a large question mark and layered it behind the girl silhouette. I chose the girl because 99% of my layouts are about my children. I only thought it fitting for this layout. I wasn’t sure people would realize that I had tried placing a question mark behind the silhouette, so I stamped a second smaller one onto the silhouette. (My daughter immediately clarified for me that people *would* understand what it was…she told me she liked it after I’d finished it. Phew!)

I filled in the two empty journaling mats with stamping and inked the edges with Sea Glass ink. I matted the journaling spot with Sweet Leaf card stock and layered it over some scrap Kraft and sponged White daisy card stock that were floating around on my desk. I sure love this technique! I think I’ll try to incorporate a lot of this technique into most of my layouts from now on. At least, until the novelty wears off. Ha!

I sponged part of my title too, so that it would stand out a bit better against the Kraft portion of paper that it covers. It was also cut from Kraft card stock, and it got kind of lost without the sponging. I just used a tone that was slightly darker than its original. I love the texture it adds!

I also paired all the stamping and CTMH products with a single sheet of patterned paper from Stampin’ Up. I like that the arrows kind of helps draw your eye down towards the centre of the page, or up from the bottom of the page. Mission accomplished!

Products Used:

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Kraft Card stock Z1375

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Card stock X5639

-CTMH Poppy Thick Twine Z3094

-CTMH Hopscotch My Acrylix Stamp Set D1638 (retired)

-CTMH For Always My Acrylix Stamp Set C1547 (retired)

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

-CTMH Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2864

-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2818

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2841

-CTMH Bamboo Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2803

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2823

-CTMH Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2813

-CTMH Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2811

I also have posted to my Facebook all the stamp sets I’d like to destash and part with. There’s nothing listed that’s more than $15 Canadian; I’ve also created some ‘bundles’ if you can call them that. One stamp set coordinates with a sheet of patterned paper I have, so I’ve listed them together. There’s also a set of three stamps that come together, so I’m selling them together, as well. View it here. I will share it in more detail here tomorrow…probably next week. Tomorrow is Saturday and I’m not sure I’ll make it here if my husband is home. I hope this will do until then! Some stamp sets have already sold as well (thank you to those that have purchased from me! I hope to see the rest of these go, as well!) If you live outside of Canada and you’re interested in broadening your acrylic stamp stash, give me a shout. Maybe we can work something out. Shipping charges will apply to both my Canadian friends and those abroad.

CTMH Scaredy Cat Layout

Good morning! The week is almost over. What do you have planned for the weekend? Nothing for me, but if the weather is nice enough (which I think it will be), I’ll take the kids down to the local recreation park and let them loose in the splash pad. They’re getting bored and deserve a picnic lunch or supper down there.

In some ways, when the kids were younger, keeping them entertained was easier, because they had their imaginations to keep them busy. While they still have imaginations, I’m finding they’re looking for more complex ways to stay busy- such as crafting, reading (mostly Addison), watching youtube videos, trying out diy’s, going places and doing things…I guess that comes with the getting older territory. Maren is just happy to suffocate the kitty (with love and affection!!) I thought I should clarify that.

Here’s a prime example of how my toddlers would keep themselves busy at one time in their lives:


Remember these days? Either when you were young, or when your babies were young? I’m so glad I caught this moment. It was so sweet! Playing together was all they knew at one time, but now that they’re in their own classes and have made their own friends, its harder to coordinate play times for both kids. They would prefer playing with other people rather than themselves. Total #momproblem. Its all good! I just need to get creative with our time this summer.

I keep this layout fairly simple. I used a sheet of Scaredy Cat patterned paper and layered some Eggplant card stock along the top of it before layering everything on a sheet of (soon to be retiring) Colonial White card stock. Yes, you read that right. Sadly, Colonial White is retiring. I suggest ordering yours now, since everything in our current catalog expires (and subsequently retires) at the end of July. Yep. Just a few weeks left to enjoy this current CTMH catalog. Need one? Send me a message or email me! I can send you one- anywhere in Canada.

You’ll notice I snuck in another zip strip- its the black strip along the border punched portion of the eggplant paper strip. It comes from Always and Forever (a retired paper collection. I’ve been calling it Frosted forever…I don’t know why…Frosted just seemed to fit this paper packet better than Always and Forever. Anywho, my bad). There’s also scrap Urban finishing up the train and scrap Charlotte framing one of the pictures of the twins, as well.

There’s nothing too special about this layout, other than the sweet pictures of the twins. And, by special, I just mean I didn’t use any fascinating techniques or fancy paper placements. I just stuck to what’s natural to me: linear, and minimalistic.

Products Used:

-CTMH Scaredy Cat paper packet (retired)

-CTMH Eggplant Card stock X5774

-CTMH Colonial White Card stock 1388

-CTMH Charlotte paper packet (retired)

-CTMH Urban paper packet (retired)

-CTMH Whisper Card stock (this must be retired, too. There’s no product number for it anymore)

-CTMH Bamboo Exclusive Inks Z2803

-CTMH My Life My Acrylix Stamp Set D1572 (retired)

I was thinking as I rifled through my stamps just now, (to find the stamp set I just listed), that I should go through my stamps and clear them out so I can make room for new ones.  Watch for garage sale items coming up in the near future…they will all be gently used, so prices will be marked down drastically. If you’d like any, all you need to do is comment on the post or send me a message via Facebook and Instagram…they’ll be posted there, too! Keep your eyes peeled for this…It’ll be posted in the very near future! All the stamps I’ll add to my garage sale items will be ones you’ve seen in my layouts in the past!