CTMH Birthday Wishes (On Canada Day)

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Happy Canada Day, fellow Canucks! How fitting that I’ve got a card to share today- a birthday card! Serendipity can be funny sometimes.

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I’ll be back again tomorrow to share a layout! I hope you’ll drop by again!

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CTMH Handwritten 19 Ninety Layout

Hi everyone! Today, my little twins celebrated their junior kindergarten graduation. I am so proud of them!

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I can’t believe that this fall they’ll be in kindergarten. They’re all growed up!
I have a layout to share today!
My inspiration:

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My scraplift:

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Materials:

– CTMH Gold polka dot washi tape
– CTMH Wood Grain washi tape
– CTMH Lagoon Heart washi tape
– CTMH Lagoon ink
– CTMH Slate ink
– CTMH Handwritten stamp set
– MME grey polka dot washi tape
– Recollections cardstock
– misc. washi tape
– misc. rub-ons

CTMH You’re the Best/Cloud Nine Father’s Day Card

Hello friends! I’ve got another Father’s Day card to share today! Here’s what inspired me:

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Once again, the colors paired with that awesome ‘stache couldn’t be any better!

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Materials:

– Recollections blue, yellow, dark brown cardstock
– MME patterned paper
– CTMH Taste of Summer patterned paper
– CTMH Skylark patterned paper
– CTMH You’re the Best stamp set
– CTMH Cloud Nine stamp set
– CTMH Cocoa ink
– CTMH Lagoon ink

CTMH You’re the Best Father’s Day Card

Good morning, friends! Just recently, CTMH posted the retiring items list for 2015. This is a much anticipated list among consultants- it’s a great way to stock up on items that will be offered no more after August 31. It’s also a great way for you to stock up on the items you love and need to hoard for days and months afterwards! Please visit me at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com to get your hands on the retiring items.  Once there, click ‘shop’, then scroll until you see retiring items. You can place an order directly on my website or just message me with your order. I am currently organizing one if you’d like to add to it. (Hint: You’ll save on shipping rates by sharing your order with others!)
I’m also considering offering virtual CTMH workshops. I’ve heard from a few people, that distance is an issue. I think that this should be remedied! Are you in??! More details will follow in the near future!
Lastly, I have another card to share today- this time a Father’s Day card! This clean and simple card inspired me:

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It’s on my Pinterest here. You’ll find more of my favorite inspiration starters there, too. Check it out! The colors drew me to this card, as well as the textured background and small pennants. Isn’t it yummy?!

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I used quite a variety of papers and products to create this card!

Materials:

– MME patterned papers (Kate & Co)
– Recollections cardstock
– CTMH Taste of Summer patterned paper
– CTMH Skylark patterned paper
– CTMH Hopscotch patterned paper
– CTMH Smokey Plum ink
– CTMH Outdoor Denim ink
– CTMH You’re the Best stamp set

CTMH Take Note

We’ve reached the end of another school week here in my neck of the woods, and one of my girls is fighting the onset of a nasty gastrointestinal flu that’s been circulating. She hasn’t thrown up since yesterday, but her little tummy is still upset. The weekend came just in the knick of time! Now, if she needs the porcelain throne, she won’t be far from it!
She felt good for long enough to play at the park for a while, but the moment we walked in the door, nature came a – calling. On the bright side, she won an award at school today!

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I have another layout to share today! This time, its a single 8×8 layout, and this time a sketch inspired me:

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You’ll find it here, along with my other favorite scraplifts. 

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I rotated the sketch 90°, otherwise I stayed relatively true to the original sketch.

Materials:

– CTMH Lollydoodle patterned paper
– CTMH Blush ink
– CTMH Flaxen ink
– CTMH Cocoa ink
– CTMH Coral sequins
– CTMH Take Note Cricut bundle stamp set
– Recollections white, pink and chocolate cardstock
– MME washi tape
– Dollar store washi tape
– K&Co patterned paper

Mother’s Day Cards

Hello, I’m back today with more cards! With mothers day just around the corner, I thought I’d get a head start on them so I can get back into scrapbooking layouts.
I was all over the board creating these cards. Two of them were lifts of a card I found on Pinterest and the last one was inspired by a design in the Originals inspiration book by CTMH.

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This last card was made using the Originals Inspiration book and all CTMH product, not including the stamping on the card stock and the main sentiment (I used SU there), and the card stock (Recollections). The card measures 7×5 inches.
The patterned paper is Seaside and the feathers were stamped onto scrap MME patterned paper and cream card stock (Recollections).

Kiki Layout

Happy springy Monday, friends! I’m in disbelief over how fast the snow is melting here! Yesterday was such a beautiful day, I sat on the deck and enjoyed the gorgeous sunshine, and the kids played in with the snow.

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Puppy soaked in the vitamin D, too. Today is still warm, but rainy. I say, bring it on! It’ll melt the snow that much faster!
I’ve also got a few layouts to share with you today.

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The next layout I made was inspired by one of the plethora of layouts I’ve got pinned to my Layout Sketches and To Scraplift boards on Pinterest. This particular sketch (pictured below) is on my Fave Sketches board.

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I wanted to keep this layout girly and feminine- much like miss A’s pink shirt in these pictures- so I replaced the arrow in the sketch with flowers. These K&Co paper flowers have been in my stash for quite some time; it was finally time to get them used up. It worked with the color scheme I’d chosen- Grey,  pink and brown. I used MME Lost and Found- Record It! on this layout (the Grey and pink patterned paper). Lastly, I stamped the butterflies on scrap patterned papers and card stock, then fussy cut them out, adhering some of them with pop dots.
If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll start to notice some changes- if you haven’t already. I’m cleaning up my boards and re-organizing them, making them a bit easier to browse and find what you’re (read: I) am looking for! There’ll be new boards and a few will eventually disappear altogether. Please bear with me while I fix things up!
Please join me again tomorrow for more St. Patricks Day ideas! This time, I’ll be sharing projects you can do with your kids!

Integrating the Holidays Into the Everyday

Hello everyone! I’m back again today with another layout.

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While I was tidying up my haven and vacuuming the house yesterday, I spotted some scrap cardboard tucked in a corner I’d stashed quite a while ago. I actually have quite a bit more than what you see here, but it isn’t corrugated like this piece. I was saving most of it for creating upcycled mini scrapbook albums. I havent made one in a long time. I trimmed this piece of cardboard to fit my page, then brushed some antique white acrylic paint over it, finishing off with a few spritzes and splatters of calypso teal ink.
I raided my scrap papers stash, and layered them haphazardly on top of the cardboard- but not before stamping them with the French script stamp from CTMH’s Amour stamp set in Bamboo (CTMH) ink. I’m obsessed with the way it looks! I can’t get enough of it!! I wanted it there, but not-in-your-face there, so I kept it light just to give the patterned papers a bit more visual weight. Don’t be afraid to stamp a different pattern on a piece of paper that’s already patterned. The effect can be quite lovely. The title- I typed and printed it using my computer, then cut it into a banner, mounting it with 3D foam adhesive. I used this stamping technique to create the background on it. For added emphasis, I inked the edges with Lagoon ink (CTMH).
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I wanted to highlight the fact that our kitty took advantage of the quiet time in the house when the girls collapsed after a play date, so I clustered altered paper flowers around the bottom right corner of my photo; I also snuck in a tiny stamped polka dotted triangle, which acts as a sort of arrow, pointing at Gregory. See it? It’s tucked snugly under some of the flowers.  Lastly, to draw the eye around the page, I used red patterned paper (CTMH Heartstrings) and floral accents to create my triangle. Find out what I mean here. To keep things balanced, I added some pink ribbon flowers amidst the blue paper flowers. The red poinsettia seemed to stick out like a sore thumb all by its lonesome at the bottom of my photo mat, so I added a few blue paper flowers to its cluster.
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And, here’s a good point to remember: Christmas and other holiday related items don’t have to be saved for their respective holidays only! Find ways to work them into your everyday layouts, like I did here! Same is true of everyday items and nontraditional holiday color schemes. Think outside the box when you’re creating. Rather than using green and red or gold and cranberry on your Christmas layouts, use purple and blue! Easter eggs don’t need to exclusively symbolize the Easter egg hunt your kids went on, it could also symbolize springtime- when new baby everythings are born. Maybe it would symbolize something that took you by surprise (think Kinder-eggs, for example).
What other ways could holiday related items be integrated into your everyday layouts and projects- and visa-versa?

Je T’Adore

What a glorious day here! I hear part of the country is in a cold snap, unfortunately, but us here in Alberta- Whitecourt,  at least- are being treated to sunshine and warmth. I’m most happy about the presence of the sun. I’ve missed it dearly!
It is a great day for snapping pictures. It’s a good thing I’ve got another layout to share with you!

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An easy way to create worn and distressed appearing paper, is to just crumple it up! I crumpled it a few times, until there were some good sized tears in each of the patterned papers I layered underneath the photos. I also inked the edges.
I have quite a bit of lace in my stash, so I decided to use some of it up! In order to ensure my glue adhered the lace to the paper, I set heavy objects on top of it and left it to dry for most of the afternoon.

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I ran a few errands yesterday, and while I was picking up a few extra groceries, I broke down and bought some metal accents and wood veneer accents I’ve been eyeing at Walmart for quite some time. I couldn’t wait to start using them! I was impressed to find 3D adhesive already on the backside- sometimes they (various accents found in Walmarts’ craft section) lack the obvious.

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Materials:

CRICUT
– M3D7DA (CTMH Artbooking)
– M3D31C (CTMH Artbooking)

CTMH
– Smoothie My Exclusives Ink
– Ponderosa Pine My Exclusives Ink
– Saddle My Exclusives Ink
– Amour My Acrylix Stamp Set
– My Happy Flair My Acrylix Stamp (mini)

MISC.
– Recollections flowers
– MME patterned papers (6×6 paper pads)
– Momenta patterned paper
– K&Co Tim Coffey patterned paper
– Dylusions Spray Ink in Bubblegum Pink
– Ranger Perfect Pearls in Copper
– Ranger Perfect Pearls in Sunflower
– Momenta metal accents
– unknown stamps
– misc. Lace  

In other news, CTMH Seasonal Expressions 2 catalogs will be available shortly- as in March 1. If you would like one, please message me to reserve yours! Also, March would be a great month to sign up to sell CTMH! Along with your starter kit, you’ll receive a FREE shoulder tote!

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If you’re interested, let’s talk!

Stretching Your Stash

I seem to remember mentioning in the past, that I’m not much of a double page scrapbooker, but I will do the odd double page if I have enough pictures of one subject. Sometimes I’ll split those pictures up if there’s more than one topic I want to explore. Such as the pictures I’m scrapbooking of my in laws visit at the end of December 2011. My MIL helped me spruce up my home at the same time we celebrated a belated Christmas with them. Today’s double page spread focuses on celebrating with them- spoiling my kids. My kids were absolutely spoiled at Christmas time, so I tried sticking with that particular theme here.

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I cut the title, tag and bathroom people with my Cricut, using glitter, stamping and washi tape to punch them up; the rest of the embellishing was stamped and fussy cut! 
First, the crown portion of the title was cut twice, so to give it some depth, I used my Martha Stewart glitter again. I also used 3D square adhesives to pop it up a bit. The jewel, which you see layered underneath the “s” of spoiled, I pieced together after cutting with my Cricut. I also gave it the “sparkle” treatment, by covering it CTMH’s Liquid Glass. It seems a little flat, and it’s hard to see in the picture, but it is glossy.
Next, I had fun covering the bathroom people (is there another proper term for these people?? This is what I’ve always called them! Ha!) I used pink washi tape that I had in my stash, and painstakingly layered washi over them for more visual interest. (I also used my negative portion in one of my gratitude journal pages. Week 4, I do believe. To see for yourself, go here.
Lastly, I stamped the rest of the embellishments using CTMH inks and stamps.  The this week star burst circle was also fussy cut and adhered using 3D pop dots. To complete the embellishment cluster in the upper right corner of page 2, I added a bit of journalling.
A little tip to remember to stretch out the usage of a single piece of patterned paper or card stock, is to cut it in half (or smaller!) See the green pieces of patterned paper on each end of my double page spread? I had only one 6×6 sheet of that particular paper left, and I wanted to use it in both pages, to keep my color theme coordinated. To solve that problem, I cut it in half and adhered each half at either end of my spread. And actually, the same is true of the white heart patterned paper on the far left and far right edges of each page in this spread, too! Can you think of other ways to stretch your stash?

Materials:

– SU patterned paper
– MME (My Minds Eye) patterned paper
– Momenta 6×6 patterned paper
– CTMH White card stock
– CTMH True to Life My Acrylix stamps
– CTMH Smokey Plum Exclusive Ink
– Cricut M446D2
– Cricut MFC5CA
– Cricut M41E72
– Misc. Pink washi
– Martha Stewart glitter in Charoite