CTMH You Are Here

While most people are thinking of Christmas- both in their everyday and crafting lives, my attention has turned back to sunnier and much warmer days.

I love Christmas, and the warm fuzzies I get from spending time with my family, but I want to wear my flip flops again. I’ve had enough darkness and short days. Long live hot weather and longer daytimes!

But really. Christmas needs to happen before flip flop weather is allowed to return. (Anyone else feel like winter set in back in August??)

I sat down to Create today because the week ahead is full of extra curriculars that aren’t going to allow for much creating (or any). While I’m waiting ever so patiently (bahaha- patience is not my strong suit) for my next CTMH order to arrive, I’ve been enjoying doing my own scrapbooking. I’m at the point in our lives where we took summer vacation one year ago.

I never ever thought I’d catch up.

By catching up, I mean scrapbooking events that are so recent. I’m a bit dumbfounded. Last year, this moment seemed so far away. I was completely fine with that. The whole point of scrapbooking is to never “catch up”. Maybe I should back- track now, and start over from when our journey began (as in the dating days). Hmm. That always was my plan, if I ever came to this place known as catching up.

Anyways. I ordered the You Are Here cricut cartridge during one of our recent flash sales. You can’t go wrong with 50% off, amirite?! I decided to purchase the cart I thought I’d get the most use out of, and this one was it.

You have a choice of purchasing the standard Cricut cartridge for $115 CAD, or the new digital collection for $85 CAD. Either cartridge comes with the Stamp sets you see above.

They’ve come in so handy! This definitely was a good choice for me! I’ve made a couple layouts recently that use images off the cartridge, but I hadn’t made anything utilizing both the stamps and cartridge. Until today.

I’m not done yet, either. I still have the rest of our day trip to Drumheller to scrapbook! Many more layouts using these tools are still coming! But, not until Friday, at least. Stay tuned for those!

And, stay tuned for fresh new product! That’ll be coming very soon too!

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Here’s the Goods

I just wanted to share some of the cards (some of my favourites, actually) that’ll be at the market and Amazing Gifts. I won’t share them all, because there’s too many. I don’t want to bore you!

I try to keep the kits to 5 cards each, but they vary, just spending on how much product I had left from a particular collection or card stock pack. For the most part, they range from 4 to 6 cards per kit 😊

Oh, and by the way- the flamingo one is a super cute 3×3 inch card kit! It’s the only one of its kind! There’s no envelopes in that kit.

I’m so happy I can share this with you!

Studio 83 & Amazing Gifts 🎁

I’ve been busy in my haven prepping for a market at Studio 83 that’s coming up next weekend, and something extra special. Are you coming?! See who’s going to be there below.

The opportunity to sell layout and card kits in a store has come my way, and I think I’m going to test it out! A new store to Whitecourt- Amazing Gifts- has opened. Will you come shopping there? After next weekends market, I’ll be bringing my goods there. Come out and have a look. There will be a lot of great things to browse, by the looks of it too.

I have just a few (like 6) layout kits right now, but I’ll be adding more as I go! There’s a mix of single page ($12) and double page ($25) layouts. Everything is pre-stamped and cut. You just need to do a bit of fussy cutting and adhering! Instructions are included- in color!

Card kits are simple, too. There’s one completed card included with each kit, for your convenience. Use that as your guide to assemble the rest of the cards in the kit. All the materials are pre-stamped and cut for you. Just like the layout kits, you’ll have some fussy cutting to do, then you get to assemble. The size of each kit varies, so the prices are listed on the outside of the package. (They’re $2 each). There’s a lot to choose from- I need to thin them out! Help me, please! 😁 The picture above is just half of what I’ve got! There’s a variety of themes too, so you’re bound to find something you need.

So, that’s what I’ve been up to. I hope you come to both the market next Saturday- it’ll be a great evening to get out with your girlfriends- and visit my display at Amazing Gifts. The date I’m moving in is yet to be determined. I’ll keep you posted!

What craftiness have you been up to lately?

CTMH Fern & Lemon

I pulled out a retired stamp set during my craft sesh today. I don’t use it often enough, but it’s because I don’t have near enough pictures to use it in! Look below to see what I mean.

My kids have a love affair with water- so much so they want to join the swim team this spring. Can we say 😳 I’m not sure how it’s going to go. I sure hope they enjoy it!

I used this stamp set to create this layout:

I had wanted to create a layout using Fern and Lemon. Today was the day! But, I hadn’t thought of pairing Bashful with it until I looked at my daughters’ bathing suits. That was my “ahhh” moment- it was the perfect complimentary color!

As I sat at my computer searching unsuccessfully for Cricut images to cut to compliment the story, I thought of the Play Hard stamp set. It’s been in my stash for quite some time, and like I mentioned above, it’s not used often enough. This was the perfect opportunity to add some stamping. Oh yeah!!

Pearfect Layouts

Good afternoon!

I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing in my haven recently.

I’ve been using my crafty time to clean up my scraps (some of it, not all) and it’s so self satisfying shrinking that stash rather than adding to it.

I also had the opportunity to play with Bunches of Love again. Scrapbooking pictures of my Hosta’s were the perfect reason to incorporate it into my layout. Imma never get rid of this stamp set! Pure love!

By the way, how delicious is Fern and Sugarplum together?! Yum! Can we just talk about color pairings for a second? Using tools like our Love of Color is super handy for taking the guesswork out of matching colors together. I often refer to it because it makes this aspect of crafting really easy. Using it is a no- brainer. But, don’t you love it when colors accidentally come together, and you hadn’t planned it? Take the layout above. I was looking at my photos for color inspo, and I quickly realized Sugarplum and Fern were meant for each other. When I had that layout and the layout below stacked together, I realized Fern and Canary would look amazing together. 😍 Also (I’m waiting for the opportunity to use this color combo), Mint and Pixie are dynamite together! Wowza! So many great color combinations! Have you ever accidentally discovered that two seemingly mismatched colors actually work beautifully together? Do share!

A really simple design technique and stash buster is to create a grid design. I raided my stash boxes and pulled out coordinating papers and trimmed them into 2 inch squares. (Make sure you’ve got enough paper to do this if you want to keep the colors and patterns to a minimum!) I find I’ll regularly revert back to this design style because it’s so easy and quick to put together. I don’t do it too often, because I don’t want each layout looking the same! I rarely use this design in my cardmaking- the smaller the square, the harder they are to work with.

One other side note- do you ever use both the positive and negative portions of your die cuts? If not, why? (I’m not judging…I don’t always, either). Actually, more often than not, I’m not interested in both portions. I only want the positive cut, and ignore the negative cuts. They typically wind up in the recycling. Sometimes, though, they can really enhance your project, however minuscule it is. I decided to use the negative portion of the umbrella die cut (layout above) because they were so darn cute! And tiny. Oy, tweezers would’ve been really handy attaching them to the layout!

In this last layout, I gave the November SOTM another shot. It worked perfectly for the birdhouse theme! I used a journaling card from Oh What Fun, as well! I’m always so excited when bits and pieces that I typically don’t use wind up in a layout. Like it was meant to be 😊

The icing on the cake was using my newest cricut cartridge, You Are Here. I bought it based on the fact I’ve always got lots of holiday pictures to scrapbook, and it would likely be used a lot. The way it appears now, it will get a lot of use! I’m just about to scrapbook last summers’ vacation to my husbands’ hometown. Instead of going to the lake, we stayed with my mother and father in law for a week. Good times. (Stay tuned for the day trips we took while we were there!)

Thanks for joining me today. I hope something inspired you!

It’s Done!

Friends, I got it done! I’m so happy to introduce- in its entirety- October’s card blitz! Have a look!

Aren’t they so cute?! The deadline to register is coming up on October 1! Don’t miss out! If you can’t physically come to the blitz, that’s ok. Reserve a kit for yourself, instead! If I can drive it to you, I will. If not, shipping charges will be added to the total.

Here’s the fine details:

If you’re in the area, join us on October 20 at the Days Inn Whitecourt from 1 pm to 1:45 pm. All the materials are supplied, but you should bring a pencil, straight edge ruler, scissors, adhesive and a journaling pen. You may need them. Extra adhesive will be available to purchase if you run out. Cash, cheque or etransfer works. (See the email below).

If you’re not in the area, but would still like this kit, please send your payment via etransfer to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com. Cash or cheque is also acceptable. Expect to do a bit of fussy cutting when your kit arrives; everything else will be stamped, measured and cut for you. You’ll receive enough materials to create one each of 12 different cards. Envelopes are also included!

If you’re ordering a kit, instructions will be provided upon your registration. (The easiest way to get it is by joining this group on Facebook. I’m the admin there, too, by the way. Just so you don’t think I’m sending you to some random Facebook group!) If you’re not on Facebook, I can send the instructions to you via email in PDF format. (Includes pictures and directions to assemble!)

The registration fee ($30) covers the materials we’re using to create all 12 cards; no other purchase is necessary. The fee is the same whether you’re coming on the 20th or you require a kit instead. When you register, just let me know what works best for you!

October Card Blitz Sneak Peek

Hello friends! I know it’s been awhile since I posted, but I’m excited to tel you that I’ve got some new cards to share with you!

I have to admit that since my craft room was torn apart to deal with a leaky pipe, I’ve been struggling in the inspiration and motivation department. I miss being in the space that’s devoted to my craft, even though I’m loving sitting in my bright and sunshiny dining room. If I could transplant it into my craft room, I’d be so happy!

But, it isn’t, so I’ll continue enjoying sitting at my sunshiny (only when it’s sunshiny, though) kitchen table, and hate putting it all in one corner of the dining room until the next play date.

So, I have a new card blitz coming up on October 20 in Whitecourt. As always, if you’re too far away, or already have plans for the 20th, kits are available as well. The cost is $30 + shipping (if it’s required). This blitz is still in the works, but see below what’s already done.

If you like them, come out and make them! Or order a kit to go! Registration/kit fee is $30 and it includes all the materials you’ll need to create these sweet and simple cards. If you come to the blitz, some stamping and fussy cutting needs to be done in addition to assembling them. If you order the kit, just a bit of fussy cut needs to be done.

If you’d like to come, please rsvp by October 1, 2018, so I have time to prep!

CTMH Ink Storage Options

Hello friends!

I wanted to drop in and share some CTMH ink storage options with you.

There’s a lot of ink pad storage options out there- from custom made cubbies, to ink pad towers, to up-cycled cheese and cracker boxes. There’s no right or wrong way to store them, and there’s a wide range in prices, too. Find what works for you, and run with it!

Recently, CTMH inks went through a transformation. They had a facelift, if you will, and are now more user friendly; they have a magnetic closure making them easier to open and handle. They’re larger than their predecessor, too. But, with giving them an update, changes to storage needed to occur, as well! If you don’t know what they looked like before, or what they look like now, have a look below.

Before

After

In the picture immediately above, you’ll see all the colors our inks come in. The color scheme has been updated, as well. At one time, our inks were divided into groupings and collections, like Whimsy and Adventure, etc. Not anymore! Now they all stand alone- they are not related to a certain collection or color group. How fun is that? It makes picking your colors easier and less stressful.

So, what did the ink storage look like for the old stamps? And, what does the storage look like now? Let’s find out!

As you can see, ink storage came in tower form in its previous life. There is a handle at the top of the unit that twists and lifts up for portability. (You can’t see it due to the stuff that’s piled on top of it. The handle also lies flat, otherwise). A super handy bag came with it for easy transport and mobility. I still use it, because if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! There were problems with the handles on the towers breaking, so it was discontinued. Boo.

You’ll also note that I still have a number of the old style CTMH inks in my stash. These are some of my favourite colors, and I don’t feel the need to replace them just because they’re outdated. They stamp the same as the new ones; the only difference is that the new ones have a larger stamping area due to their larger size. This makes inking bigger stamps easier! Yay!

The ink storage tower rotated and held our Shin Han markers, as well. It really was quite versatile! Packing up your stamps was simple and quick with this storage system! A lot of us were sad to see it go!

Our new storage towers are sleek and modern, and easily stores 5 ink pads. Each tray is stackable and comes as part of an entire system covering inks, paper, markers, tools, and more! Close to My Heart has thought of everything! Yay!! Talk about streamlining and keeping everything clean and organized!

Trying to envision it all put together? Feast your eyes on this:

Wowzers, right?! Doesn’t that look fantastic?! Love it.

For portability, our storage containers are perfect for transporting or even storing your inks, as well. They come in a variety of sizes, too, but for the purpose of this blog post, I’m only showing you the large one.

But wait, there’s more! CTMH also has the ultimate travel storage system to put all your tools, inks, paper and more into. There is no shortage of options!

Inside, you’ll have an accordion file to store paper, cases for storing your ink, tools and more! Everything is compact and contained, and rolls for easy movement! Look how elegant it is! And, it’s black. It’s timeless and beautiful.

Prices range, depending on what you’re looking for, but each of these items are well worth the investment. I want it all (who doesn’t?!) but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. I’m hoping Santa will give me the travel case set. If he knows what’s good for him, he’ll leave it under my Christmas tree this year 😆

What do I currently use for ink storage? Well, its nothing pretty. I’ll tell you right now it’s nowhere near as pretty as what I just shared with you from CTMH, but I will say that what I use to store my inks is pretty well an up-cycled match made in heaven.

I’m a mom, and as such, I tend to go through a lot of boxes. Mostly Costco boxes (lots of school lunchy things come from there), and I got smart one day when I was taking the recycling out. I made a bet with myself that those bulk Ritz Handi-snacks boxes would be great for storing my ink.

Guess what? They are! I can get three rows of 8 stamps inside one box. (I’m currently working on emptying another box of the Handi- snacks so that all the new inks I eventually purchase will have a home to reside in. Portability is nice with this stylish ink storage option, too. Turn the box upright, and your stamps are ready to go! Look at that! Handiness at your finger tips!

Just a note- did you know that our stamps are manufactured so that they are stored upside down- as a built- in way to keep ink at the top of the ink pad? (The top of the ink pad is actually the bottom). This way, we don’t need to think about making sure we’re storing them properly so they don’t dry out. It’s already done for us! Be careful, though. The pigment inks were not manufactured that way. Just something to be aware of.

But seriously, the only reason I don’t own the fabulous items shown above is because there are so many things I want from CTMH, these dream worthy items always fall to the bottom of my priority list. I order first for my workshops, and lastly for myself. Once that’s done, my monthly budget is pretty well depleted. Any CTMH cash and Hostess Rewards I accumulate from my orders goes to more product for my workshops. (Or to you!!) You guys are my priority, so I save all the good stuff for you! You’re so lucky!

One day, I would love to own every one of the items I showed you above. And, one day I will. For now, I’m taking the budget- friendly approach. But, I strongly urge you to look into the storage and travel options CTMH offers. You will not be disappointed!

View my website to see all the options available. Go on. Geek out. I do all the time.

CTMH Sugarplum and Boutique

Both layouts have something in common. I bet you don’t know what it is!

If you guessed Boutique, you’d be 100% correct! It isn’t as noticeable in the top layout as it is in the bottom layout, but it’s still there. Beautiful Friendship appears in both layouts, as well.

Here’s the differences. In the top layout, I kept the color palette to sapphire, mink and bashful; the bottom layout features Sugarplum, our new color of the month (available soon!!), pansy, sapphire, and black. There’s also much more Boutique in the lower layout than the upper one.

The biggest difference is that I used some Heidi Swapp spray in the background. It’s been a lonnnng time since I used it, and I think I like the finished result. Maybe there’ll be more of it in the future? We’ll see.

I’ll be away on vacation for a week, starting tomorrow, so you won’t hear from me until I return! The beach is calling…

What Can Be Inked?

Are your kids into sports?

Mine are. Gymnastics, specifically. In fact, the twins’ mom (me) really digs it, too. I fill the secretary position on the club board. It keeps us busy during the cold winter months!

I finally got around to making a page in honour of our favourite sport. I also implemented the inking technique (in a small way) on this layout, too. Let me show you:

The stamps I used are old. Ancient, even. One of them, I bought off a lady on Kijiji, and I’m honestly not sure where I bought the other one. They were both second hand and gently used. (If you ever need one to document your babies’ gymnastics careers, let me know. By then I may be ready to pass them on to you!)

See the small black heart 🖤 on the tag? It didn’t start out black! Nope, it began its life as a brown chipboard piece from the Documented complements pack. To make it black, I used my sponge dauber to apply black ink to it. Now, it just pops off that chipboard tag!

Inking isn’t just for paper. Using the right type of ink, you could apply ink to the edges of wood veneer, chipboard (like above), paper flowers (like you’d find at Michaels or your LSS), and even your photos! (I’d recommend using Staz-On ink for that option). To ink chipboard, veneer and paper flowers, dye- based or water- based inks work well.

Would you like to try inking on your photos? Let’s do that at our next virtual class- it’s on August 21! It’s at 11 am MST. You’ll need access to my exclusive fb group, though! If you’d like to join, comment on this post to let me know, then head over to Facebook and join my group! Follow this link!

You will need Staz-On ink for inking your pictures. Brown or black will be fine. You choose. Both inks are available on my website. Visit it here. And, of course, inking only happens with sponge daubers. Those are available on my website, too. (The three pack is about $8).

Any other questions? Just ask!