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!

 

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 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).

Sponging Technique Using CTMH

HI everyone! I’m getting a late start again today, but I have something special to share with you. I went totally out on a limb the other day in my crafting, and I wanted to share what I created with you! I just couldn’t wait.

While I was surfing Pinterest, I came across a tutorial for sponging. Truth be told, I’d never sponged before this, unless it was to ink the edges of a sheet of paper in my scrapbooking. I’ve turned a new leaf, and its got me wondering why I didn’t try it sooner?! Have you ever used a sponge dauber for sponging in your crafting?

This is totally out of the box for me, and I have to admit that I’m hooked. I still like my white space, but I won’t be afraid to add more ink to my pages (and cards!) in the future, now. Note to self: I need more sponge daubers! Its a good thing that CTMH offers them in a mini pack AND in a value pack! (Mini Z726, Value Pack Z1938. There’s 12 daubers in the Value Pack, as oppose to three in the mini pack.) There’s also some storage options for your mini daubers, as well! Personally, I use two mini clear tackle boxes. They work like a charm! (I’ve also labelled each section by color so I know which is which). Storing them by color is a huge help, too. The only thing I would add when I get new ones is to label each dauber with the color of ink that I used it for, that way I don’t mix inks and colors, and the color will stay in its truest hue possible.


I experimented with this technique on this layout. It started with stamping the tree background on the CTMH Juniper card stock. I liked it so much, I used the same idea as a background in another layout (which you’ll see below. Hang tight). You’ll notice the sponging technique (experiment) on the pine trees that’s layered over the journaling spot. I love the soft texture it lends, even if its uneven. I think that adds to the appeal. Textures are uneven in the mountains, why should it be in my layout about the mountains? Blending is a dream. I learned two lessons using this technique: first, make sure your sponge dauber is clean- or make sure you’re using the exact same ink as the previous time you used that particular sponge dauber. I used one that I had used with CTMH Colonial White ink in the past, and its ruined the ink in the stamp pad I wanted to use. Although Colonial White ink is totally different than the rest of CTMH inks (I honestly don’t know why), its just a good idea to keep your sponge daubers labelled so that you can use them with the appropriate ink pad in the future. Hence the reason why I need to buy more! Mine are well used and have mixed inks on them. I don’t recommend doing this!

The second lesson is- and this is just pure personal preference- smaller areas using sponging is more aesthetically pleasing to my eye. The third layout I created using this technique, which is currently still living on my desk, feels a little too over the top. I may change my mind when the layout is complete, but for now I feel ‘meh’ towards it. And, I still like a lot of white space, and that last layout that’s living on my desk has literally none. That’s the beauty of experimenting though, right?! Live and learn! A person doesn’t grow if they don’t live outside their comfort zone. I’ve definitely grown as a result of using this technique. What techniques have you used that are outside of your norm? Throw suggestions at me- I’d love to learn more!

On a side note- and I’ll come back to this point in the future- is that CTMH products work well to compliment and coordinate with items from other manufacturers, too. In the layout above, I used some old papers I had on hand from Recollections. You can see the exes and oh’s peeking from behind the photo and journal mats. I paired it with CTMH Promegranate, Juniper and White Daisy card stocks.

Are you ready to see the second layout I created after my initial encounter with sponging? I’m beyond ready to show you, so here goes!

As you can see, I carried the stamped tree background over to this spread, and added mountains to the mix, as well. I gave it more space than the first layout, too. Make absolutely sure that when you stamp your own background, that you use the correct size stamping block on your canvas- you can see some places where I fudged up a bit by accidentally allowing the edge of the stamping block to touch the paper, leaving lines in its place. Using a stamping block that’s the appropriate size for your stamp will alleviate that. It can still happen if you’re not careful, but it won’t happen as often. I made this mistake while creating that background, which is why I bring it up! Sometimes, I just grab what’s closest to me…when that happens, mistakes can happen-, and, they usually do.

And, as you can see, I gave the sponging a larger area to live on, as well. It adds just the right touch of color and texture to be eye catching without being overwhelming. Personally, the Smokey Plum (purple ink) adds just the right amount of contrast to make this spread stunning. That’s my own humble opinion. What do you think?! Should I continue using this technique? How do you suggest I use it next? Sponge a title? The entire background? Just the photo mat, or something that I haven’t thought of?

If you’re wondering what products I used, here’s the list! You’ll find them all, except for one, on my website at Close to My Heart. If you’d like to see more, just follow the link to my website. Smokey Plum has been replaced with Eggplant ink (Z2847). Its a lovely purple, too!

Products Used: (Great Outdoors layout)

-CTMH My Acrylix Jack Stamp Set D1723

-CTMH My Acrylix Camping Life D1719

-CTMH Flaxen Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2842

-CTMH Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2872

-CTMH Smokey Plum Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad (retired)

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2853

-CTMH White Daisy card stock 1385

-CTMH Black card stock 1386

-CTMH Kraft card stock Z1375

-CTMH Flaxen card stock X5771

-CTMH Chocolate card stock X5643

Free Fall Layout

Hello on this blizzardy and treacherous Friday! The snow seems to have stopped falling for now, but my husband is still out there working, and I’m worried about him! Well…worried about him driving in these poor conditions. No one should be out there, for any reason.

This was what my street looked like before I got out there to shovel. It’s deceiving- it’s wet and heavy snow, and it’s made driving conditions in the north part of the province very tricky!

This is my last airshow layout! I was able to snap a few pictures of the airplanes doing their thing during the show. It was impressive to watch!

I used a mixture of CTMH and Recollections papers to create my layout, and you’ll notice I even snuck in a bit of washi tape for a cute little border! I haven’t used my washi in quite awhile. It felt good!

Lastly, I used a Carta Bella journal card and Echo Park (I think?!) balloon sticker for embellishing the top left corner. I raided my button stash, and added some of my grandma Murray’s old buttons for a small cluster also on the left page.

On the right page, I adhered a couple more journal cards, a button and a cricut die cut to complete it. 

This sketch inspired today’s layout spread.

Adventure Layout

Hello friends. I’ve got another layout to share with you today.

Finally, the last layout of our outing to the airshow in 2012. I used a mixture of CTMH and Recollections patterned papers, as well as ctmh stamps. The title was cut with my cricut, as was the banner it’s matted on. 

I was inspired by this double page layout sketch.

Go. See. Do. Layout

Hi everyone! I’m dropping in with a layout today. I am finally done cleaning, organizing and purging my haven…There’s a ton that is getting recycled, and nearly as much that I’m hoping to sell. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on that one. Wish me luck!

Still in the 2012 airshow vein, I added a few miscellaneous pictures of everything else we saw and did while at the show. Miss A was awestruck by the giant balloon Smyl had at their booth (the local Ford auto dealer).

I created this layout using a mixture of CTMH papers and stamps, and I began with inspiration from this double page layout sketch from sketchsupport.com.

Hometown Heroes Layout

OMG! How many of you saw the typo in my title?! I’m SO sorry! LOL (Insert blush face here).

Happy Thursday morning, friends! The twins just asked me how many days are left until they get a day off- which is one, of course. From the living room, I could hear them squeal in delight. They’re looking forward to a day to sleep in, I think. Lol. Truth be told, me too. 

I have another layout to share today, of our afternoon at the Whitecourt airshow in 2012. The ephemera I used here has been occupying space in my stash for far too long, but happily they were perfect for this layout!

Once again, the title was cut using my cricut, and the cardstock base came from CTMH. I scattered stickers around the page and journalled directly on the cardstock to complete this project. 

This double page layout sketch inspired today’s spread.