CTMH Duck ­čŽć Lips Layout

Guess what?! I’ve got more Jack layouts for you today! I’m nearly done sharing Jack…there’s three layouts left using this collection and then, sadly, I’ll be caught up on my stockpile of artwork to share with you! I need to get into my craft room more. I’m going through withdrawals.  


I’ll be away for the weekend, but join me next week for the last Jack Layout I have to share with you. Just a little hint- I used the journaling card sheet that comes in our CTMH workshops and paper packets in an unusual way. Stay tuned!

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CTMH Canada 150 Stamp 

This wasn’t something we saw on a regular day- parachutes floating above us in the sky. We were visiting some of our closest friends, and snapped pictures of them before they disappeared behind the trees. They were practicing for the Fallen Four marathon- 2015 marked the ten year anniversary that 4 Canadian Mounties lost their lives in the line of duty during a stand off in the next town over. Any of my Canadian friends- especially the Alberta ones- remember this?


I’m grouping these layouts together because 2/3 of them use the same products- the third has different products in it, but most importantly, they’re all from the same event (the Fallen Four parade). 

In the second Layout (immediately above), I wanted to replicate the Fallen Four image, but couldn’t find the FF (with the first ‘f’ facing backwards) image online. I thought I was crazy, but my husband confirmed that there is an FF image associated with it. (I think it’s a vehicle decal, honestly). Instead, I used the marathon logo for my title. 

I also used the Canada 150 stamp set, even though it’s technically not valid until this year (2017). I wanted to showcase it, so used it anyways. It’s available to purchase on my website until December 31, 2017, so you still have time to make this bad boy yours! Find it here: http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca

Both these layouts also sport my beloved Jack papers!


As I mentioned above, this layout is different. I mixed non CTMH products with CTMH products. One of the best things about this layout is the delicious rose patterned embossing folder I used to create interest in the navy cardstock. It’s also new at CTMH and is currently available to purchase! You’ll also notice snippets of Septembers’ SOTM on it, too. (The tiny hearts you see). Find both on my website at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca

How cool was it that the military stopped what they were doing and spent time with the kids after jumping? You see, they were conducting drills in the first Layout I shared in preparation of the Fallen Four parade. They put on a spectacular show on the day of the marathon! My children were star struck!

CTMH Fuzzy Puppy Layout

Happy hump day! Its a beautiful day in my neck of the woods today. There aren’t many days left with temperatures like this. I’m definitely enjoying it! So is my Freddie- monster. He’s been heading outside lately to just lay in the sun and soak up the rays. He loves the comfortable autumn weather, too! Poor Ava, she’s just jealous that everyone gets to go outside and she doesn’t. We did let her out on Sunday, and she happily toured the backyard until it was time to go back inside. Although, she didn’t want to. She hid under the deck until my husband scared her out, LOL. She sure let us know how displeased with us she was after we were all inside. She didn’t like it one bit- she wasn’t done touring! Once she got over her anger, she cuddled up on my chest like she usually does, for our regular cuddle sesh. Love her to bits!


At the moment, Freddie is a lot tidier looking than this. When his fur grows out, he gets to be fairly shaggy. And, when its shaggy, he gets hot. His hair has grown some, but we got him trimmed up and ready for summer this past June, and he’s still (happily) rocking his short locks. I’m finding that in the mornings and evenings, now, he’s cold. His hair isn’t long enough! He shivers like crazy first thing in the morning, and insists on sleeping under our duvet when we go to bed. He smokes us out, but he’s snug as a bug in a rug. Before long, it’ll be time to break out his vest and sweaters to keep him warm. I might even do it tomorrow. Fall is in the air, after all.

I know I promised layouts and projects using our current stamp of the month. I have just barely started making layouts using it, and I do plan on sharing them, but I need to zoom through my stock pile of layouts, first. There’s only a handful, so it shouldn’t take too long. I would have been done sharing these a long time ago had it not been for all the news and goings on with CTMH that I wanted to share, as well! There’s times where I see their blog post, and I decide on the spot that will be my post for the day, as well! (Such as yesterdays’ post). A little unorganized, yes, but it keeps things interesting and prevents it from going stale. Stale is not good. Fresh is good. I like fresh.

Still in the Little Dreamer/Jack vein, I created this layout using scraps from Little Dreamer. The polka dot paper is actually from another manufacturer (Echo Park, methinks??) I’m not sure anymore. Its ancient. I haven’t ordered from EP since before the twins were born, at least 8 years ago. Are they even still in existence? I thought the polka dot paper worked well to compliment the Little Dreamer patterned papers, and the blocking technique really showcases each of the patterns- both bold and subtle- flawlessly!

The title, puppy dog and bones were all cut from CTMH papers using my Cricut Explore. The puppy’s little “tags” were created using a Glitter Dot, also from CTMH.

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow with another layout to share with you!

CTMH Little Dreamer Just Chillin Layout

Hello friends, I’m typing this one handedly on my phone while I relax on the loveseat with kitty snuggled in my arm like a baby. 


My Sunday couldn’t be any more perfect! What does your perfect lazy Sunday afternoon look like? Before this, I was scrapbooking. It’s set the tone for a great week. 


I think the twins would agree this is how their perfect lazy Sunday would look. Pretty cozy, right? My husband tells me he used to hang out that way as a child too. My family must be part sloth! 

I used the absolutely delicious and now retired Little Dreamer for this layout. Fitting, right? What do you suppose they were talking/dreaming about? 

The title was cut using my cricut, and the button came from Hopscotch complements. 

For the next bit, I’ll refrain from sharing the products I used until my new product comes in- which will hopefully be Friday. You’ll also soon see layouts created with the current stamp of the month. Stay tuned!

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 ­čÖé

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 ­čśŐ

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!

CTMH In Las Vegas

Ever draw a blank as to what to write or say when you sit down in front of your computer to pound out a blog post? I’m there today. So, I’ll make today’s post a ‘wordless’ post, and I’ll just share the rest of my dear friends’ wedding layouts. I really enjoy sharing the products I used to create each layout, but for the sake of space and time, I’ll skip that step today.

Happy hump day dear friends!

I should just mention here, the layout above was created using a sketch created by a fellow CTMH consultant, Chris Lothian. I found some of her sketches on Pinterest. Find more of her work and sketches on her blog www.christinescreativecapers.blogspot.com.au. I used another one of her sketches on an upcoming layout. Stay tuned for that!



This concludes all the wedding layouts, but I have a few more from our trip to Vegas, outside of the wedding! I wish there was more, because was saw soooo much while we were there, but what I’ve got will have to do!

Stay tuned, and thanks for joining me today!

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.┬áRather 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,┬ádon’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.