CTMH Beary Christmas Album Workshop

Happy Tuesday! I’m working in high gear this week trying to get caught up and this weeks’ chores done before we head to the city again on Thursday (actually tomorrow night) for more appointments. Life is good, but so crazy these days! We have a wind warning for this afternoon, as well- I’m not looking forward to my hair being blown to smithereens. All that work this morning for nothing! Hopefully it doesn’t hit us until we’re done gymnastics tonight- at 7:30. Then it can blow all it wants. Has the wind hit your area yet?

So, my workshop last weekend was a success. All of the girls enjoyed scrapbooking and are looking forward to the next event. The wheels in the attic were turning while the girls were over, and I asked them how they felt about possibly adding to their current albums (if their parents were ok with it, of course). They thought it sounded like a good idea. I ran it past all of the parents involved, and they are game for an add-on, too.

So, introducing my newest workshop, scheduled for January 2018- Beary Christmas (Everyday Life) Album Workshop. Its for kids only, from ages 5 to 11, and its just $26 + the cost of shipping unless you invite a friend that confirms his or her attendance. Then shipping is free! (You’ll get $10 off your order). Great deal and good incentive, right?! I think so! I created this workshop with the girls that attended my last workshop in mind, but that doesn’t mean newcomers can’t participate, either! Newcomers just need to add the cost of their Everyday Life Mini Album to the total ($26). There’s three beautiful albums to choose from! Everything else is supplied. (Think tape, paper trimmer, Beary Christmas dots, coordinating cardstock and patterned paper, etc.) We’ll set aside a couple hours to get our craft on, a snack will be provided (there’s no extra cost for that!!), and I promise your kids will not want to leave. They didn’t want to leave this past weekend- in fact, one of the girls is coming over again this Saturday for an impromptu crop with the twins. Fun, right?! I might even join in the fun this time!

Want to see the materials we’ll be using to create our Christmas pages with? See below:


Next up- the extra supplies I’ll have on hand for the kids to use (no extra cost):


And, if I have newcomers to the workshop, here’s the album choices:

Choose your favourite album- you only need one! I love both the Sea Glass and Bashful albums (mint and baby pink), but the kids all seemed to love the Black and White stripes. Go figure! The Bashful album will only be available for a limited time (as is the Sea Glass, I believe), so I vote for either of them!

Thanks for joining me today! If you’re interested in signing your child up for this event, please comment below. The deadline to register is December 28, 2017. (To register, please send the workshop fee + $10 CAD for shipping to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com via email transfer. The supplies will be ordered on your behalf on December 29, 2017, allowing enough time for it to ship and still get here on time!) Only available to residents of Whitecourt and/or Edmonton, Alberta.

See you again soon!

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Summer Adventure Fundamentals Kids Workshop

Hello friends! Just dropping in briefly to share some highlights from yesterday’s Adventure Fundamentals Everyday Life Album workshop. Enjoy!


Hmm they uploaded in the wrong order. But, that’s ok. You get the jist. 

Three of yesterday’s participants want to have a Christmas themed workshop- they want to keep adding to their albums! So, stay tuned for another KID friendly Everyday Life workshop!

(For those that are returning, this event will be a continuation of what we started- but we’ll be playing with Christmas products, instead. If you’re new, it’ll be a new event to you). 

Stay tuned for more details- coming soon!

CTMH School Year Layout

Good morning, friends.

I mixed products in the layout I’m sharing with you today. I wanted to use papers that were academic in nature, so broke out some of my Recollections patterned paper and went to town. The stamp set I used is CTMH and also school themed.

Products used:

-S1708 School Year Stamp of the month (retired)

-D1706 School Kids My Acrylix Stamp set

-Z2805 Black Exclusives Ink

– Sea Glass Exclusives Ink (retired)

-Z2854 Pomegranate Exclusives Ink

-Z2811 Chocolate Exclusives Ink

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!

CTMH Duck 🦆 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!

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 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 Little Dreamer (Baby) Girl Layout

I had intended to sit down and get this posted before my kids had swimming lessons this morning, but time wasn’t on my side! Its now after noon, and I’m sitting down just now. I’ve got my second load of laundry in the wash, which means its me time! Whoop!

Yesterday I mentioned that I’d share more housekeeping with you, and I intend to keep that promise. The online crop I hosted yesterday went quite well- I was pleased with the attendance and everyone that participated enjoyed themselves. This may become a regular thing- I’m thinking when I host another one, it’ll be to kick the summer off, not end it. I’m also thinking it may work best to create a group for the crop goers to join just for the event itself…posting on the event page got a little confusing for some people. Lesson learned! Other than that little hiccup, it went off without a hitch!

What are your  favourite colours? Better yet, what are your favourite colours to pair together? I love a lot of colours, and can’t pick just one or two. My daughter, however, loves teal and purple together. So, when I put this layout together, I used blue and purple together because I figured she’d like it.

The white strip on the far right side of the page- its there because I made a boo boo and needed a way to cover it up. I was hoping it wouldn’t show up too much after I took a picture, but its screaming at me that its there. Oh, well, that’s life. This is another layout I created while I was away in Edmonton, and I used a sticker from CTMH Baby Girl Complements to create the title. Yes, here’s another way to create a title without using your Cricut or sticker alphas. Read more on that subject here. I used a mixture of CTMH Little Dreamer (hurry and order yours before its retired!!) and some older Blossom patterned paper. It looks so sweet together. I had to celebrate- my daughter received her first award at school and she was super duper proud of herself for finally getting one! Her sister had gotten one earlier in the year, and she was jealous. It was finally her time to shine!

Products Used:

-CTMH Little Dreamer Paper Packet X7219B

-CTMH Blossom Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy 1385

-CTMH Baby Girl Complements (retired)

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

-CTMH Pansy Exclusives Ink Z2804

-CTMH Whisper Exclusives Ink Z2872

By the way, I’ll have a booth at the Arts in the Park event on Wednesday evening at Rotary Park. I’ll be there from 5 PM to 9, with sign up sheets for the remaining events I have organized (I’m also working on organizing a Christmas card buffet), and gently used stamps and other items that I’d love to sell. Check out the entertainment and other vendors that will be there. There’s also a movie playing around 9 pm. I don’t know which one yet, but who doesn’t love a surprise? I’m sure it’ll be a good one! (It’ll be family friendly, because this is a family friendly event!)

 

 

Creating a Layout Title Using CTMH Complements

Planning for a crop is serious business, especially when it takes you away from home. Knowing just what to bring, and what to leave behind is tricky. Often, you’ll come across something you should have brought, and there’ll always be things you brought that you definitely shouldn’t have. How do you know, though? (That’s the beauty of virtual crops- the worry of forgetting something is avoided because you’re scrapbooking in your own home, using your computer as the tool to communicate with other crop- goers).

The same happens if you plan a trip away from home, and scrap supplies are brought along. Much like my trip to Edmonton last week. A friend and I have joked in the past that we’d plan a camping trip together- we would chill in the trailer scrapbooking, while our husbands took the kids and did things. We haven’t acted on that (yet), but I do like the general idea!

Scrapbooking without my cricut is hard for me. I rely entirely too much on it for cutting titles and images to decorate my layouts with. The odd crop I do attend, and trip away from home along with my scrapbooking supplies gets me outside of my comfort zone and forces me to use some brain power to create titles. What do you use to create titles?

One way, and probably the most obvious option, is using alpha stickers for making a title. Here’s an example:

Sometimes, you’ll find ready made titles on a sticker sheet, along with sticker accents and embellishments. The sticker alphas I used here came from CTMH Complements Good Life.

Other times, you’ll find sticker sheets filled with the entire alphabet and some punctuation marks. You’ll find them in a wide variety of patterns, sizes, colors and fonts. Typically I am not a fan of them, but I do like how they come from CTMH. (I waste too many letters when there’s left overs. I don’t often like to mix and match fonts when it comes to alpha stickers. I like everything to coordinate, and I don’t want to put the energy into making sure the alphas I use coordinate with other alphas. I also like a uniform title, so it needs to be the same size and general shape.

There are other ways to create unique titles, such as watercoloring, stamping, and masking, but I’ll share those another day. The one I wanted to highlight this time was using CTMH Complements.

Products Used:

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Fundamentals Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Ivy Lane Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Good Life Complements (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

-CTMH Canary Cardstock X5982

-CTMH Calypso Complements (retired)

-CTMH Regatta Complements (retired)

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.