TIOT- Why Recording Dates is Important in Journaling

Hello, friends! I’m dropping in to share with you what I’ve created over the last little while. It’s been so refreshing to do my own creating for a change, but I have to say I feel a bit out of the loop! Do you ever feel that way in relation to your crafting?

I’m on a roll with Fresh Air. I made a point of using the complements, stamps and journaling cards where I could. Of course, I used the papers too. I just love the neutral palette. It really speaks to me. I find it calming and welcoming. My home is painted in the same hues. (At one time in my life, I dressed in mostly earthen tones, too). Yes, I love neutrals!

I also turned to Central Park, and used it to highlight a significant milestone in my husbands’ life:

But, because I can’t get enough of Fresh Air, I snuck some of its papers into this spread, too! You’ll find a number of collections here. I used two paper collections, and two different complements collections, too. Can you spot them and name them? Here’s your homework for the day! 😉 (Just kidding, I don’t actually expect you to research what they are). Here’s a hint: Fresh Air (duh), Central Park, Documented and Stargazer. Now can you pick them out?

Do you share your pictures on Facebook? Are you meticulous about recording the dates of events as you scrapbook them? And, by extension, do you jot down your thoughts for the purpose of journaling on your layout at a later time?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I like recording the dates in my layouts. It’s a little piece of information that’s quite important. It’s a detail that I want included and not forgotten. (Especially if it’s related to a special event, like Easter, and the only photo you have from it is a home made cake). 😐

I share my pictures to Facebook. Naturally, right? Lots of people are prone to add pictures to their Facebook. As a result, it becomes an unintentional photo album- or, dare I say it- a scrapbook album. It’s a good practice to get into, because if you run into any problems with your pc (for any reason), or you lose your stick it notes or journal with notes jotted in it, you’ll have a “back up” of sorts to help you out of that bind. Dates are always recorded when pictures are posted to Facebook. When you have a printed photo and you can’t figure out why it’s in your ‘to scrapbook’ pile, you’ll be able to deduce- through Facebook and google- that April 17, 2016 was Easter. So, that mysterious cake with blue frosting and duckie sprinkles was actually for Easter. (On a side note, stay tuned for a layout with that very picture in it).

Recording dates, especially for the purpose of journaling, is super important. It helps keep you organized. Holidays, such as Easter, always fall at different times of the month. Sometimes it’s in March, other times, it’s in April. You’ll want to stay on top of those dates so that the details remain accurate. If you’re not a chronological scrapbooker, keeping dates becomes even more important. Knowing what day your BFF’s wedding fell on is something you probably shouldn’t forget!

It helps you keep your events and other (‘smaller’) daily memories in order. Say someone asked you to confirm the date of something- maybe a particular vacation you took together. Would you be able to recall it off the top of your head? What if it happened 8 years ago, or 20? Now can you? My sister texted me the other day, and asked me when we took a particular family vacation. There was a bet going between her and my parents: mom believes I was in high school when we went on this particular trip, and dad and K believe I was already in college. Umm. I can’t tell you when it was. That makes my heart so sad. Dates are incredibly important! Our memories are even more so! Treat them with the utmost care, so they don’t die along with us. I didn’t scrapbook back then, but it highlights the importance of recording dates along with your thoughts and emotions of events that occur throughout your life.

If I did scrapbook then, I would’ve been able to consult the album it was in and provide the exact dates. All I know (that I can remember), is that I had written a letter to one of my high school friends while I was on that trip. I believe I was in high school, but that may not be accurate. Memories lie. (Read this blog post to understand what I mean).

Also, it makes the labor of putting your heart into each page of your album so much easier. It completes the package. Rather than wracking my brains trying to remember details that have completely escaped me, ultimately giving up in defeat and only sharing half to little supporting information, I can relax in the knowledge that the missing piece of the puzzle is tucked safely away in a place I can access easily at any time I need to. Personally, I feel that when some or all the pieces of a memory are missing, my layout is incomplete. I’ve told only half the story, my layout hasn’t reached its full potential. The easiest way to prevent that is to jot your thoughts down, record the date, and share as many supporting details as you can. No one wants an incomplete grade on their homework assignment. Why would you want your layout labelled the same way?

That’s my little tangent for today. I hope you find this tip useful! My scrapbooking became much easier, as a result, and I hope you find the same! Apply it, try it out and see how it feels. It’s never too late to try something new. I suppose it’s better late than not at all! It’ll save you heartache, writing only part of your story, and it’ll help you stay on track and organized!

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Of Leopards and Apples 🍎

I took a bit of time to create a personal layout, and I’d like to share it with you.

Central Park is a perfect match for the photo in my layout. The Blue, yellow and red are already found in those papers, so it was only natural to pair them together.

If you noticed, I didn’t use strictly Central Park papers here. I used whatever scraps I had that coordinated- and happily, that was lots of scraps! I trimmed them into 2×2 squares, and arranged them in a grid above and below my photo. I used a zip strip from the Central Park range as a border, and stamped the cute leopard print next to that.

I also thought immediately of B1568 Wild Backgrounds for the leopard print in Miss M’s pyjamas. It only made sense to utilize that stamp somehow, too. And lastly, I figured I had better use June’s SOTM before the month ran out!

I watercolored the apples and apple basket from the A Bushel and a Peck SOTM. I also used one of the sweet sentiments in it, as well as the small graphic stamps to add some flourish. Another one made up my title. How sweet is you are awesome to the core?

Leopard print and apples seems like an unlikely pair, but it works here! I wonder if leopards eat apples when they’re feeling peckish? 😉

CTMH Fresh Air

Did you know that the turn around with close to my heart is usually fairly quick? From the date of order until it arrives on your doorstep is typically a week. In some cases, it’s even faster than that. Isn’t that fantastic news?

Shopping from my website is quick and easy too. Either type the product number into the search option (if you know it), or select from the tabs on the left hand side of the screen.

I mention this because 1) you may not know, and 2) I recently placed my monthly order and received it a couple days ago. I’m excited to share with you what I got and consequently began playing with 😊

The CTMH collection I chose to focus on this month is Fresh Air. It’s perfect for your camping, hiking, and general outdoorsy layouts, card and home decor type projects. You’ll find it’s also useful for creating masculine type projects. I certainly did. The colour palette is soft, warm and neutral. It reminds me of one of my dearest friends. If this collection could take on a human persona, I’d call it Leah. This collection was made for her. Maybe even Bolzenius, because it fits her sweet little family, too.

I had this picture of all my boys (RIP Gregory) relaxing on the couch. They were likely watching tv, because you can see the remote resting against the couch on the floor. In typical Gregory fashion, he had one leg stretched out, hugging whomever he was cuddling with. It was his way of being affectionate without being too affectionate lol.

The PML journaling cards were perfect for matting my photo, and creating a secondary focal point next to it. All three points together formed my theme and drove it home. How pretty are the gold leaf accents, by the way? I’m really digging those trees. And, of course, the wood veneer.

It’s going to be a rainy and possibly stormy day here, and since I’m taking a weekend (finally!!) to relax and renew, I’m hoping to get some more creating done! If my wish comes to fruition, I’ll have more layouts to share with you before too long!

Enjoy your weekend, and see you again soon!

Sparkle- Gimme Some Sugar

I am not usually a scrapbooker that uses PML (also known as Project Life in other circles) cards in my artwork. I had a change of heart towards them recently, and the layout above is proof of that.

Believe it or not, I used two PML cards on this layout. One is a 3×4 card, and the other was a 4×6 inch card. The floral portion of the card inspired me. I thought it would look stunning on its own, so I fussy cut it out and layered it over the 3×4 PML card with some pop dots.

I think the colour combination is spot on- the colours of the flowers pop right off that dark (pewter, is it??) background. Pairing that with the bashful patterned paper from the coordinating paper packet (Gimme Some Sugar), and it’s a delightful match made in heaven.

Dark and light is perfectly balanced in this layout, too. And, it all stemmed from that 4×6 inch PML card! Unfortunately, Gimme Some Sugar has retired. But, did you know that each of our paper packets always includes two sheets of journaling cards?

They do! You don’t need to search my website for a particular PML card set, just search up your favourite current collection and treat yourself to the paper packet! They’re already included in a cut apart sheet!

Unless you strictly scrapbook with PML. Then by all means, purchase the coordinating, stand alone PML cards! It’s a win-win scenario for all paper crafters!

So, don’t fret. I will strive to create using PML cards more often in the future. This was a fun exercise in stretching my creative skills. It’s also a great way to inspire participation in my upcoming Try it Out Tuesday segment that is coming soon.

Try it Out Tuesday? Think Technique Tuesday, but with a TEDS CTMH spin on it. It is geared specifically to those that are new to scrapbooking and are motivated to learn more. I’ll share scrapbooking basics, define foreign paper crafting terms, tackle a variety of stamping and paper crafting techniques and share tips, tricks and more! I’ve created a group that’s linked to my FB VIP group page just for this occasion! I just need to make one vital purchase, and this segment will get off the ground! Will you join me? Message me below, and I’ll get you added to the group ASAP!

CTMH B1582 Super Girl

Hi everyone!

I’m dropping in with a little layout I created yesterday. It’s a tongue in cheek, smart layout, if I do say so myself 😃

I originally planned to take this layout in the “mom” direction, but after I came across B1582 Super Girl in my stamp collection, a new idea was born. I’d been looking for an excuse to use this stamp set, and this was it!

I love the words that come in the stamp set, and Super Girl is pretty cute too, of course. The stars that were left over after punching the border found a home in various places around my layout. The punch worked well for the super hero theme, too.

Would you like to see some close ups?

So, I’d like to know- what’s your super power? 😉

This stamp set is available to purchase for all your super hero and girl wonder needs. Isn’t it adorable?! Buy it now! Head to theeverydayscrapbooker.closetomyheart.ca to start your order.

June CTMH Card Blitz- Full Preview!

Hi!

I’ve got the full preview of June’s card blitz ready to go! I’d love to share them with you!

I think some close ups are in order too, don’t you?

If you’re local to Whitecourt, you are more than welcome to join us! This will be my last card blitz until school resumes in the fall. Then, you’ve got to come back! If you commit and pre-pay for September-November’s card blitzes, you’ll get December’s blitz free! That’s such a great deal!

If you live outside Whitecourt, you’re welcome to purchase a kit, as well. I have long distance customers, too, and I’m all about sharing the love with you. Want a kit? Just message me!

Better yet, if you’re in Fox Creek or the surrounding area, I’m bringing this blitz right to your doorstep! I’ll be hosting June’s card blitz at the community centre on the 16th. Mark your calendars! There’s not much time to reserve your spot! I must have 5 participants in order to do this blitz. Please come!!

June CTMH Card Blitz

How is everyone doing? I’m just over here, prepping for my last card blitz of the year, and a last minute crop. If you’re in the area this Saturday (the 2nd) or June 23, join me!

Here’s what’s up for my card blitz, so far.

I finally used our stamp of the month! I should have used it weeks ago, but there were other things on the go. I’m glad there’s still today and tomorrow left to snag it. So, if you like what you see, order it up! It’s just $6 when you make a $50 order. Saving rocks! This offer ends at 11:59 pm tomorrow evening (MST). (The SOTM cards are the two yellow ones near the end, FYI). There’s just a few cards there 😉 I don’t want to confuse anyone, that wouldn’t be good!

I still have a few more cards to make for this blitz, including some Fathers’ Day cards! And, you know what the greatest news ever is?!

I’ve been invited to share my upcoming card blitz with the community facilitator in Fox Creek! If you’re in the area, stay tuned for the dates. I’d love to have you join us! I’ll need 5 people committed to coming otherwise it won’t happen! Dates will be announced shortly, so stay tuned! (Facebook might be best, just in case I don’t make it back here to share with you).

Where am I on Facebook? Here!

FYI- I have another one in Fox Creek scheduled for this Fall, too. You’ll definitely want to watch for more info on that! It’ll be a lot of fun! And, as always, kits are available to long distance customers. Can’t make it? No sweat! Order a kit to complete on your own, instead!

On a side note, if you’d like to experience your own incredible opportunities, give me a shout. I’d love to help you reach that goal! It’s really easy to do, I promise!

CTMH Beautiful Friendship

Have you seen Beautiful Friendship yet?

Oh my gosh, the colors make it so warm and charming, and the patterns are the perfect mixture of bold and subtle. This collection from CTMH is ideal for all the ladies in your life, big and small!

The picture of this collection does it no justice. You need to see it in person. Stunning! For real, it does all the speaking for itself. See it in action below.

I used the cutting guide and instructions that comes with the scrapbooking kit, but re-imagined it (slightly) so that it works with my pictures. That’s the beauty of the kits- they’re meant to jumpstart your creative juices and help you along when in a rut.

This collection is currently available to purchase on my CTMH website. The entire kit is $38 and includes ribbon, those adorbs suede (seriously, they feel like it!!) bows, the stickers and chipboard, plus 24 sheets of all that sumptuous patterned paper.

You can create 4 traditional layouts, two PML layouts and a shwack -load of cards (optional) to boot! Once that’s done, you’ll still have supplies leftover. The paper in this kit goes a loooong ways.

Like it? Love it? I sure do. I added the coordinating stamp set to the scrapbooking kit for another $23. If card making is more your cup of tea (you’ll find lots of that in this collection), add the card making stamp set and coordinating Thin Cuts instead. Find it all on my website right now!

Convinced yet? I think the suede bows is enough of a good reason to purchase this collection. But, that’s just me. You’ve got to feel them. So soft and warm feeling!!

CTMH Postcard Perfect

Hi everyone, I have a new project to share today! It feels so good to switch gears and focus on layouts for a change! (I’ve been hung- ho for cards for the last little bit).

There’s a special paper packet that’s coming available in May, and I think you’re going to love it. It’s called Postcard Perfect, and it’ll compliment your summer and vacation pictures perfectly! Think palm trees, hibiscus, waves, vellum, and more!

Yes, it’s got vellum- and it’s printed vellum! It’s to die for!

Doesn’t it just scream exotic vacation?! If you have none of those, like me, don’t fret. These papers will compliment your closer-to-Home vacation photos too. They’ll even compliment non-vacation photos!

In this layout, I paired a retired stamp with the coordinating stamp and papers from this collection. Don’t those waves remind you of the ocean? Your favourite lake, maybe?

Join me again in the near future for more projects using this special, limited time only paper packet. Yes, limited time. Available only from May1-31, 2018.

Visit my website to order yours!

CTMH Postcard Perfect

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share some artwork with you today! Do you have pictures of a vacation you took in an exotic location- or just a fab vacation that you’ve been waiting for the perfect papers to scrapbook them on?

This will interest you if you’re one of those people! I have to admit, I had to go searching for anything even remotely holiday related, but I did find a couple pictures in my pile to scrapbook 😃

The beaches and margaritas are calling…they want you to join them for rest and relaxation. Or, at least, re-live your rest and relaxation on the beaches, or on your cruise, or in the remote wilderness of Alaska. I re-lived beach day at school a couple years ago. The twins dressed up in their grass skirts and lei’s for the occasion.

I’m so excited to share this paper packet and coordinating stamp set with you! All the papers in it are reminiscent of the beach- from wavy patterns, to Hawaiian floral patterns, to super cute itty bitty polka dot bikini type of patterns (no bikinis, just polka dots).

The best part of the paper packet is that there’s 4 sheets of printed vellum in it! There’s a gorgeous palm leaf pattern and another polka dot pattern! There’s two sheets of each of those patterns! There’s also two sheets of a cutaway paper that adds the perfect accent pieces to your projects!

All the sheets in the paper packet- and there’s 24 of them- are printed on both sides, so you’ll get twice the mileage of one sided sheets! There’s also a wide range of colours that coordinates with it- including mint, white daisy, peacock, and our colour of the year- bashful. You’ll see those four colours displayed in my layout above.

The stamp set has a variety of images and phrases to choose from, too. I created a sort of vintage- Las Vegas-esque postcard to the right of my pictures using them. So, the palm trees, let’s go image and adventure awaits image are all included. So is the hisbiscus flowers, as well!

Want to get your hands on this exclusive kit? It’s available May 1! Contact me to order yours- I’d love to hook you up! And, in the mean time, stay tuned for more inspiring artwork!