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)

Mid Summer Fiesta Online Crop With CTMH

You know the saying ‘time flies when you’re having fun’?

Its so true. Last week was an absolute blur. I had good intentions of sharing a bit via the blog every evening before going to bed, but when I opened up the editor, my brain went blank. I didn’t have the energy or the brain power by that point in the day to get anything concrete down. So, I left it.

I did miss it, though. Just in case you wondered. I thought of it nearly every day. (Must be a labor of love.) While I did get a couple layouts made while I was away to the city, I haven’t taken pictures of any of them just yet. I do have some housekeeping to share with you today, instead. I’ll start sharing those tomorrow. Once I’m done here, I’ll get back into my regular daily scrapping. (While I wait for laundry to wash and dry).

(My kids are currently watching the Princess Bride, and seriously- I nearly have the movie memorized. Its at the part where Princess Buttercup is set to marry Prince Humperdink before Wesley swoops in and rescues her. LOL. Its a classic!) Who else gets a kick out of the priest that marries Princess Buttercup and Prince Humperdink?

OK. Back to the housekeeping.

Tomorrow kicks off my renewed effort to build my CTMH business through offering classes and events (amongst Home Gatherings and online parties, if anyone is interested). I am hosting an online/virtual crop and everyone is invited. There are no strings attached- meaning I’m not here to try and up-sell and pressure anyone into becoming a customer. Although that would be ideal (and my eventual goal), I’m using this event as an opportunity to spread the word that I’m a consultant, and should anyone need supplies at any time, I’d be more than happy to help them purchase what they need. The prizes that are involved are all CTMH in nature.

There will be no sales pitch, no fine print, no catches. Come out, have fun, and craft your heart out. I have some games planned, some challenges (and they’re all easy, because I’m not sure what skill level everyone is at. Not everyone attending is a paper crafter, either).  I’ll have a specific thread open for chit chat, and once all the fun is over (you’ll have a month to finish your projects) submit your work for the chance to win a prize. IF its a hit, I’ll offer more events like this in the future.

The event starts at 1 pm MST tomorrow afternoon, and will continue until everyone peters out. I’ll only be able to commit until about 5 pm myself, because I still have my kids and husband to cook for. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t appreciate having to fend for themselves so I can just focus on what I love to do most- especially since time is set aside already (daily) so that I can scrap. But, like I said, the event doesn’t officially end until 11:59 pm MST on September 22, 2017. You’ll have until 11:59 PM MST the 24th to submit your projects to be considered for the prize, and I’ll have the winners announced by October 1, 2017.

Sound like fun? Here’s the event info!

Mid Summer Fiesta Online Crop

There is more housekeeping to share with y’all, but I think I’ll split up what I have to share and sprinkle it throughout the next couple posts. I don’t want to overwhelm everyone with all that’s new at CTMH this month! There’s some great stuff available- a new Annual Inspirations, new goodies to earn when you host an Online Gathering or Home Gathering (if you’re interested in any of this, please message me), and there’s more new goodies coming available next month (September), as well! Stay tuned. Your mind will be blown. For reals!

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!

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?

CTMH Cut Above Card Kit- Golden Moments

Did I mention in yesterday’s post that we’ll be creating 16 beautiful cards as part of card club in September? We are! (And, don’t forget, that’s all for just $26.50 CAD). The reason we’re creating so many cards is because we’re also creating the lovely new Cut Above card kit Golden Moments. There’s 10 cards in the set we’ll be creating. They will be a breeze to make- all the cutting is done for you, so all that needs to be done is adhere the parts and stamp the sentiment! Easy peasy! You’ll find it in the new Annual Inspirations catalog. Find it on my website here.

*This image belongs to Close to My Heart. I added my watermark for the ease of searching for my website. Either copy and paste the link or type it into into your search bar. It’ll take you directly to my CTMH website.

*The stamp set is sold separately, so you’ll just have to come to card club to see what it is we’ll be using! (Hint: its a new stamp, which means you’ll find it in the new Annual Inspirations catalog. It is part of the club supply list for September).

This blogging thing is proving to be really difficult. Unfortunately, I’m unable to share the last card in today’s post because it won’t upload. Again. Also, everything I had just saved up to this point has somehow disappeared. Le sigh.

You’ll just have to visit the events I’ve posted to Facebook to have a look at the cards we are creating this September. Here’s the link to yesterday’s post, which has the pertinent information you’re looking for!

I’m sorry this has been such a hassle! Hopefully the future will be kinder to me when I share club details!

 

CTMH Feel So Blessed Card Using Wax Paper

I wanted to craft using vellum, but I don’t have any. I’m not even sure where to find any, unless its included in your kits if you subscribe to a kit club. (Which I don’t, by the way. Hosting my own card club is as close as I’ve gotten to this avenue of creating.) So, what’s a girl to do?

While I was mulling over my creative options, I began to wonder if your regular old wax paper- the roll you’d find in your kitchen for your various baking endeavors- would create the same effect as vellum.

Happily, it does! Did you know that? Even better, its probably even cheaper than purchasing a sheet, or pack, of vellum! Score! The only downside to using wax paper, is that it’s more fragile than vellum is. But, as long as you treat it with love, your project will turn out beautiful!

Here’s an example:

Much like vellum, the wax paper softens whatever it is placed over- in this instance, it would be an ink sponged background. The next technique I’d honestly like to try is stamping directly on the wax paper or even trying to dry emboss it. Think it’ll work? I used Staz- On ink to stamp the ‘for you’ part of this card, but its faint. I think the next time, I’ll stamp directly in the background and then cover it with the wax paper. I suspect that my ink might just wipe off if I try stamping on it, but maybe I’ll be surprised. I won’t know until I try it. Experimenting is strangely gratifying and lots of fun!

This card is one that we will be making at my card club this September. You won’t just get to make one of these- we’ll be making three of them! I like this so much, I’m tempted to make five, just for myself. Additionally, the stamp set I used to create this card will be available for purchase in September, so you’re getting a sneak peek right now! How lucky! If your order reaches $50, this stamp set could be yours for $6. Its regularly $23. I will have it on hand at our card club, but you’re more than welcome to purchase it yourself, too. If you decide after card club that you’d really like this stamp set (or more of the supplies we used), just make another order! At the end of September, this stamp set will no longer be available for purchase.

Unfortunately,  I’ll share the rest of the cards we’re making in tomorrow’s post because the pictures didn’t want to load! So, please come back tomorrow to see more. I hope this inspires you to come check out my card clubs happening in September- one on the 16th in Whitecourt, and another on the 30th in Edmonton.

How does card club work? There is a fee involved- this club is $26.50. It covers the supplies you’ll need to make all of our cards. If you don’t use up all the supplies that you purchase, that’s fine. They’re yours to keep! We’ll be making 16 cards in total! Not a bad deal for $26, if you ask me. For this particular event, I’ll also be supplying the paper you need. Regularly, I would just cover the ink, stamps, stamping blocks and any other miscellaneous tools we’ll need to use.

Every month, each person in our club gets to play hostess, which enables her to receive products for free based on everyone’s orders. I would need 4 individuals to commit in order for this to work. The more participants we have, the more free products the hostess will get! Its initially going to run until November, upon which we’ll take a break for Christmas, and resume again in the new year. Our last card club will be held in June, before summer holidays begin. The fee will never be more than $30 CAD. A cutting guide will be included (free of charge if you’re part of my card club) so that you’ll be able to complete your cards after you get home. If that happens. If not, you’ve still got a cutting guide to use in the future!

The cutting guide is available to everyone to purchase, whether you live in Canada or not- even if you’re not part of card club! I still need to explore a price on that, but ballpark figure I think it’ll be $10. (But, I’m still working on smoothing out the kinks. Stay tuned!)

Reserve your spot early. Supplies should be ordered by the first of September if you’re coming to the September 16th event, and no later than the 15th if you’re coming to the September 30 event. Ideally, I’d like all attendees confirmed by RSVP’ing to one of the events I’ve posted to Facebook. I’ll share them below so you’re not scouring the net looking for them!

Whitecourt Event

Edmonton Event

Lastly, don’t forget about the Mid-Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop I’m hosting in a couple of weeks! I’d love to see you there! I have a few challenges and prizes lined up. Its going to be fun and relaxing!

August with Close to My Heart

There is a lot going on over at Close to My Heart this month! Boy, its going to be an exciting month! There’s a few things I can’t wait to get my hands on- such as the new Annual Inspirations catalog that was unveiled today- its available for purchase over on my website. You can also browse through it before you decide to purchase it. Check it out! I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve heard its filled to the brim with fabulous new products. (Which I wouldn’t doubt, because they always carry fabulous products!) I can’t wait to see what’s in it! (That will be next on my days’ to do list…)

Not only is there a new catalog to whet your appetite with, there’s also a new stamp of the month. I’ve been dying to order this stamp, because I’m working on improving my school themed scrapbook stash. This stamp set fits the bill, and I seriously can’t wait to play with it! When you place a qualifying order of $50 on my website (or with me), you’ll receive this stamp set for just $6. Its regularly $27 CAD. You can purchase it on its own, too.

School is definitely cool with this fantastic stamp set. How would you use it? I’m already envisioning it on my layouts and maybe some teacher appreciation cards, too. They’ll look so durn cute!

Lastly, if you noticed the image at the top of this post, you’ll know that Close to My Heart is also hosting a warehouse sale through the month of August. Every week the sale is different, so make sure to stop in every Tuesday to see what’s up for grabs. This week, you’ll find an ultimate embellishment bundle, Swan Lake paper packet and paper bundle, Thin Cuts bundles and more! All retired and all 50% off! I’ve got my eye on the Swan Lake paper bundle. But, don’t wait! These items are limited and will sell out fast! Message me to add to my monthly order, or head right now to my website to place your order. (You can find the link a bit further up in this blog post).

Also, I just want to remind you that I’ve got my own events coming up later this month and in September. I’ll share more details about them tomorrow, because I think this is enough info to absorb at the moment. But, seriously- don’t miss out! There’s a lot of fun stuff going on, and you should get yourself in on some of it. Some of it will stick around for the entire year, and some of it will only last for the week (possibly less). Get ‘er done!