CTMH Smile Layout

Hello friends, this will be a quick post (again) because life is going to interrupt very shortly (again). 


How often do you use journaling cards in your layouts, and why do you use them? Is it quick to create, easy to work with or another reason? Maybe it works best with a particular sketch you found.

I used journaling cards here simply for that reason- I figured it would work the best with the sketch I’d chosen as my inspiration. (It cane from Pinterest, by the way). 

I also created my own journaling card using CTMH stamps and ink. I completed my layout with extra stickers from the Adventure Cut Above Kit I used here.

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CTMH Adventure Cut Above Kit

Hello friends, welcome to Thursday. How is your day treating you so far? I hope its a good one for you! Its survival mode day for me, meaning I headed out for a walk, got home and bawled my eyes out (this year has been so tough…grieving hasn’t terminated yet. Actually, it never will. But, I’ll eventually learn to deal with it.) Then I got up, purged my daughters’ bedrooms (throwing out two garbage bags full of trash. Yeah, I know. The best part? I only cleaned up their dressers and night stands. My children are like their father- they have to keep every.single.thing. I’m a purger. I always have been. I don’t get the need to keep everything! My kids cry when I suggest donating toys they don’t play with and clothes they never wear. My husband gets downright mad at me for trying to  sell things we rarely use and haven’t looked at in the 6 years we’ve lived in this house. The struggle is real, folks! Are you in the same predicament? How do you deal with it?

Now, I’m binging on food and sitting in front of my computer attempting to type out a blog post. I hadn’t intended to start out my blog post that way, but there it is. No point in hiding behind my emotions. Its part of being human. And, part of grieving I suppose, too.  (My children are going to be doing their own version of grieving when they get home from school and see what all I’ve thrown out.) I’m not sure I’m looking forward to it. I hope they don’t notice everything that’s gone.

I thought I’d share a layout I created using the new Adventure Cut Above Layout kit. You’ll find this fun kit in the new Annual Inspirations catalog. If you’ve never used this kit before, and have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re going to like what I have to share with you.

The idea behind this kit (and the card kits that come in the same line- Cut Above)- is ease of creating and simplicity. Images are included in the kit showing you what the traditional layouts and pocket style layouts could look like when you’re done creating. (I tend to follow what the pictures depict. I’ve always been a rule follower. When I bake, I need a recipe. When I scrapbook, I need a template to follow. If I don’t have it, I’m totally lost and draw a blank. I can’t move on until I’ve been given direction.) The card kits and layout kits are super simple to put together. All the materials you need to create either project is included in the kit. They’re also pre-cut so there’s no fussing and guessing what size icons and elements should be. They are also a breeze to assemble- the cards and layouts themselves will literally take you no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish. So, if you’re into speed scrapbooking, for any reason, this is the route to take!

All the kits come in different themes- there’s baby boy and baby girl ones, Adventure (as in travel), like the one I played with, and more. Head over to my website to have a look! Which is your favorite?

The best part about these kits?! They’re affordable AND there’s always odds and ends left over for other projects! How cool is that? Pick one of these bad boys up for just $19.00 CAD. (The card kits are typically $9.00 CAD, not including the cost of shipping).

Above is how the kit looks when it arrives on your doorstep. Below is how it could look after you’ve played with it some!

I like to combine a traditional layout with a pocket style layout when I play with these kits. The only struggle I have with the pocket style pages is that I have to fill the backside of the page protector with pictures of the same orientation as the front side (Side A). Often, the pictures that follow the first ones aren’t the same orientation! I don’t have a picture of it, but in this particular case, I got smart, and just filled the flip side (Side B) with journaling cards, and moved on to whatever I wanted to scrapbook next. It bothers me that I couldn’t utilize that space the way I wanted, but I’m relieved it isn’t wasted space. There’s my silver lining!

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll be back again soon to share a sneak of the Holiday Expressions catalog (which happily arrived on my doorstep yesterday) and a special project I’ve been working on!