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!

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CTMH Jack + Oh, Deer Layout

For a slight change of pace, I have a double page layout to share with you today!

I used Jack, once again, but this time paired it with CTMH Oh, Deer complements. Instead of using another paper border along the top of the photos, I opted to stamp it instead. It was a nice change, and I love the final result! (Why do I not stamp borders more often?) I always worry about whether it’ll look good or not, but when I finally give in and do it, I love it! Why worry? It will all work out in the end.

Something I like to do when I stamp borders or a linear shape, is using my straight edge ruler to mark a line first. Then, I follow behind with stamping. I know there are fancy tools out there that help you make straight stamps each time, but this method works well enough for me for the time being. I like old school. (For now, who am I kidding? Owning a tool like this would make my heart so happy!) One day I would like to splurge and buy a stamping buddy! Do you have one?

I might be the only one that thinks this, but how CUTE is the deer and tree patterned paper at the bottom of the layout? Of all the paper that you find in the Jack collection, this is by far my favourite. I would love to own more of it. But…it isn’t meant to be. Mama needs to make room for all the other beautiful goodies coming out! Tomorrow is that day! The new Seasonal Expressions catalog goes live TOMORROW! I’ll be adding it to my next order. If you’d like one, please message me to reserve it.

Lets get back on track. Jack equals perfection when it comes to your outdoorsy, boyish and trendy cards and layouts. Whats your favourite pattern? If you want Jack in your life, I can make that connection happen. You have TODAY to order it; 11:59 PM MST is your last chance to make this a part of your life. If you need it like I need it, send me a message, or visit my website @ http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca to order it for yourself.

Products Used:

Jack Paper Packet X7222B

-Jack Scrapbooking My Acrylix Stamp Set D1723

-Oh, Deer Complements (retired)

-Sweet Leaf Exclusives Ink Z2853

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!

CTMH Live, Laugh, Love Double Page Layout

I have this thing; ever since I was pregnant with the twins, it seems we wind up in Las Vegas for one reason or another. I’m not totally sure why, but its starting to become a thing for me. It began when I was pregnant with the twins, then we went a second time in 2014 to help a dear friend marry her soulmate. (There was five couples there that time. What a rush!) And, I’m hoping to attend CTMH convention next June, which happens to be in…you guessed it- Las Vegas! I’ve been saying for the past little bit that I’d like to spend my 40th birthday there…but, maybe if I make it to convention, I’ll change that to my 45th (wink, wink). Need time to save up, you know!

I mention Las Vegas because the next bunch of layouts I’ll be sharing with you are about my dear friends’ wedding in Las Vegas. Once again, because I’m trying to scrapbook events that happened during my ‘missing year’, pictures are scarce, but I’m satisfied with the amount of pictures I do have. (Also, I noticed that they are totally in the wrong months and year in my photo album on the computer. Not sure how that happened, but I’m still grateful I have at least some pictures from such a wonderful trip!)

Since A’s wedding happened in the middle of the desert, I tried keeping a consistent theme running throughout all the layouts of her wedding- sponging using orange, brown and some green and purple hues. She loves how each of the layouts turned out, and I do, too. I hope you enjoy, as well!

I tried staying away from bright whites in this series because you don’t find white in the desert! And, since A’s dress was also creamy in nature, I used layout bases with that color in mind. I used CTMH Colonial White pre-dominantly throughout these layouts. (One of my new favourites, by the way. I’m sad that its been retired!) I should point out that the title was created by stamping ‘Love’ with Staz-On ink and watercoloring with Glacier and Goldrush inks. Then, I fussy cut the letters out and adhered with pop dots.

Orange is a color that I rarely use in my scrapbooking. I’m not sure what my aversion to it is, but I think I had an easy time creating with it this time because of the ‘desert’ theme I had in the back of my mind. Its a good theory, anyways!

A rented a studio-loft to stay in while we visited Vegas, and this is where she prepared for her wedding. It made for some stunning pictures with the city skyline behind her! I must say, B did a great job of doing her hair, too. She looked so pretty!

Products Used:

-CTMH Urban paper packet (retired)

*-CTMH Colonial White cardstock (retired)

*-CTMH Autumn Terracotta cardstock (retired)

-CTMH My Acrylix Live, Laugh, Love Stamp (retired)

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Ink Z2841

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Ink Z2823

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink Z2853

*-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Ink (retired)

*Note: There is an all new neutrals palette at CTMH! That’s right- the reason why you won’t find Colonial White, Autumn Terracotta or Desert Sand inks and paper is because they’ve been replaced with new basics- greys and browns. Here’s a peek:

Yummy! The featured colors include linen, mink, heather, almond, toffee, espresso, nutmeg, charcoal, pewter and pebble. They feature the combo light/dark style, too. Don’t they look great!? These are available on my website right now!