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?

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Free! Pony Rides Layout

Welcome to the start of a brand new week! 

I used up more scraps to create this layout. There’s a mixture here of CTMH, Jillibean Soup and My Minds Eye. I cut the title using my cricut, as well as the little pony. The rest, I stamped and fussy cut!

Shoestring Planner Tuesday 

Hello friends! It was a fabulous holiday weekend here, but I’m so glad that we’ve returned to a normal schedule. It was kind of tough getting going this morning, but now that I’m back at it, I feel good!

I have last weeks’ planner spread to share with you. Are you ready for it?!

I kept it simple- added some scrap patterned paper squares to each day view, alternating it’s placement, then stamped and added ephemera to decorate it some. You’ll even see some rub- ons! 

Smitten Layout

Good morning!

I’m sharing an “usie” of my husband and I. It isn’t often yours truly makes it into a layout, but here it is. Sick it up, because it’ll be a million layouts before I wind up in another one. Just kidding, lol. 

I began by creating a watercolor background, then layered scrap papers ontop of it. I used a CTMH PML card (Picture my life), stamped and fussy cut some elements, and cut the title with my cricut. 

To finish, I added some bakers twine, lace ribbon and old Jillibean ephemera.

This Shimelle Laine layout sketch inspired me.

Hello, Life Layout

Hi everyone! When you’re reading this, I’ll likely be well on my way into Edmonton to pick up my computer. It turns out the fan pooped out. Thank goodness for small miracles! We didn’t want to have to buy a new computer (or pay to fix what we thought the issue was!)

Even though I’m not here, you can still enjoy a layout I made. 

My little lady wasn’t a very happy camper here. It was wet and cold, and I think she’d had enough socializing for one afternoon! 

I picked up the yellows in M’s raincoat and carried it into the rest of my layout, as well as the pink. I began by creating a watercolor effect in the background.

Next, I layered MME and Jillibean Soup patterned paper scraps ontop of the watercolor and on the right edge of the page. 

I stamped some of the embellishments with ctmh stamps and ink, and used punches to create the rest. 

Lastly, I journalled directly on the layout base, creating a border along the right edge of the page.

This layout sketch by Laura Whitaker inspired my layout.

Surprise! Layout

Good morning! How does a layout sound today?

So, there’s a funny story behind this layout. At the time these pictures were taken, I didn’t know anyone on the bus with us- we were heading to the airshow in 2012. The only people I knew was my family, who was with me. 

When I sat down to scrap these pictures, I realized as I looked at them, that the woman’s arm in the top photo looked strangely familiar. So, I looked at the second picture, and realized the little boy looked like my friends’ son B. Since it was 2012, her youngest wouldn’t have been born yet (she was likely pregnant with him in these pictures), so it must have been a very young B (her middle child also has a name that starts with the letter B. Just so you’re not confused, lol).

I sent her a screenshot of the two photos, and we both had a good laugh over it. She was in my pictures even before we became besties! (Proof showing we’re kindred spirits).

The other little head in the same seat as hers is her eldest daughter, A. My mom and the toddler twins are in the seat directly behind hers in the bottom photo, and my husband and M are in the seat ahead of hers in the top photo). 

I created this layout by stamping the floral border along the lefthand side of the page using CTMH Pear ink. Next to it, I layered a 0.5 inch strip of patterned paper and layered the pictures next to that. 

I cut the title and arrows from scrap cardstock using my cricut, and adhered the title ontop of ephemera from Jillibean Soup. For extra flair, I adhered a button from my stash in the centre of the circle, and tied a small bow using scrap twine from my stash. 

To draw attention to the journaling, I watercolored the right hand portion of the page and wrote directly ontop of it once it was dry. I added a few other stamped and stickers odds and ends to complete this layout. 

This sketch was my layout inspiration.  

So You

Good morning, friends!

Today’s layout was inspired by a sketch over at Creative Scrappers. I used a mixture of Echo Park and Jillibean Soup 6×6 patterned papers, ctmh cardstock and bits of Recollections patterned papers from my scrap bins. 

I cut the embellishments with my cricut, using up more scraps from my scrap bins and stamped part of my title with ctmh inks and stamps. The letter stickers are Jillibean Soup, I believe.

Snuggle Bunny

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Today’s layout was created for a different Scrapbook Generation challenge during their last online crop. The challenge was to scrap lift a tag they’d created. This sketch was my inspiration.

Instead of bordering two 4×6 photos, I added a third 4×6 photo and filled the empty space with two 3×4 inch patterned paper squares then layered my scraplifted tag ontop of those. I used a punch to round the corners on all the pictures and patterned paper.

I cut the tag with my cricut (as well as my title), then layered washi tape, die cut bunnies and some CTMH puffy stickers ontop to complete the tag.

The majority of the embellies here came from deep within my stash, and I stamped a few elements just for good measure.

Cool Chick

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Today’s layout was created using a mixture of products, using a sketch from Scrapbook Generation’s 2014 Create magazine. It was actually part of a challenge I participated in during their last online crop.

I started by layering some retired CTMH Happy Times patterned paper and coordinating zip strip on the left hand side of the page. The blue scallop is actually CTMH Glacier cardstock. The stamping here is also CTMH, which on this layout, is just the arrow beneath the title. You’ll also notice that the chick and mushroom are also created from the same CTMH Happy Times Paper. 

Next, I trimmed additional patterned papers from Momenta to 3×4 inch squares then rounded the corners with a punch.

Lastly, I layered my title and embellishments on top, some of which came from Jillibean Soup.

Thanks for joining me today!

Giggles & Grins

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Today I’m sharing a layout I made using Creative Scrapbookers May 2016 sketchy sketch. 

I started by giving the background a Gelato watercolor treatment, then layered strips of gradient cardstock and the photo on top of it. It’s hard to see, but there is a white strip of cardstock to the left of the picture.

Next, I cut the title and pennant using my cricut, then added ephemera from a variety of manufacturers and some stamping to embellish. Some mist splatters completes this layout.