CTMH Documented

So, I’ve started playing with CTMH Documented in the last couple days, and I figured I should properly introduce it! Especially since you might want it for your own after I’m done.

This paper is so elegant and rich, it’ll work for both guy and gal layouts. Cards too, of course. (I have a welcome home card to make. I may pair this paper with the Central Park card stamp set to create something warm and inviting). Watch for it!

Here’s what I’ve made with the bulk paper pack:

You saw this one yesterday. I’m so proud of it, I’m sharing it again 😃

A couple close ups.

I placed an order last night for the Documented paper packet (I was going to wait until August, but since I’ve turned the first layout, above, into a workshop, I needed it sooner rather than later!) Since I don’t have any of the other papers from the collection yet, I used up some of the scraps I’ve got lying around to complete this layout. (That yellow patterned paper is from Beautiful Friendship, the moon and star are from Stargazer, and the tiny floral sequins and glitter dot are both from the Make Waves Complements). And, you’ll notice that I inked some elements in this project, too.

Simple, but oh so elegant!

More projects are coming, so stay tuned!

Curious to know what the paper packet and complements look like? See them below:

The prices are listed there for your convenience, too. This collection is available only until August 31, then a new catalog- with beautiful, vibrant, and new products- will take its place! I don’t have my copy of it yet, but I will soon! Join me for a Facebook live catalog walk through when I do get it. I’ll make sure to keep you posted here so you don’t miss out 😊

To order, you can visit my website here.


Hostess Rewards Group Workshop

Introducing the all new Hostess Rewards group I’ve created for my scrapbooking friends. Place an order each month, join me for an afternoon of scrapbooking (we’re making 2-3 double page layouts), and earn free product in your very own hostess month! Sounds like fun, right?! My customers think so 😃 I hope you do, too!

Here’s one of the projects we’re making. I’m still putting together the other projects. Enjoy!

We’ll be playing with select products from the Documented range at September’s Hostess Group workshop. $40 will cover the products you need to make all our projects. Walk away with four to six layouts to add to your album or to give family members as gifts. Earn free products when it’s your turn to play Hostess!

I’ll be back again soon with the rest of our layouts!

Try It Out Tuesday Virtual Classroom

Ever experimented with inking? Do you know what it is, or how to do it? If you answered no to any of those questions, consider joining me on August 8 at 1 pm mst on Facebook. I’m hosting my first ever virtual class, and we’re tackling this very simple and stunning technique. We’ll create a couple projects together, then I’ll turn you loose to try it out on your own!

A small order is required, but ONLY if you do not own the tools needed for this particular technique. What would those tools be? Easy!

Sponge daubers. They come in packs of three from CTMH and cost $7.75 for the pack. They also come in a handy value pack of 12, and cost $24.25. View each below.

Regular pack

Value pack

Ink. For the two projects, in particular, that we’re creating, you’ll need CTMH Pewter ink if you don’t currently own it. All ink pads at CTMH are $10.25, and come in a wide range of hues. See this particular ink below.

Pewter Exclusive Ink

What are we creating? Two simple projects: one 4.25×5.5 inch card, and one double page layout. Each project features inking, though the layout will be more inking- intensive. (Meaning there’s much more inked elements in it.)

The theme for each of your projects is up to you, as is the papers you use. However, if you add the Fresh Air paper packet and Documented cardmaking stamp to your order, I’ll give you $5 CTMH cash as a thank you gift!

Fresh Air Paper Packet

Documented Card Stamp Set

Of course, you’ll use your own basic tools and embellishments to complete the projects.

Are you in? I hope so! Facebook is where all the fun will be taking place! Follow this link to find the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1725464440894815/?ti=icl

If you’d like to be added to my Facebook group (its a closed group so you’ll need to request to be added), search Try It Out Tuesday With TEDS. Click Join if you’d like to learn more! I hope to see you there!

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.

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 Gimme Some Sugar

I have some more artwork to share with you today. I’m excited to share it with you!

The featured paper packet at CTMH this month is Gimme Some Sugar. Have you seen it yet?

Pictured above is the entire scrapbook kit.

And here’s the coordinating scrapbook stamp set.

Until now, I’ve played only with the bulk paper from the packet. I’ve decided that I should show you the whole kit and caboodle. So, here’s what I’ve got, so far!

I have another layout in the works, but I’m not quite finished it yet. Stay tuned!

This picture of my daughter worked well with one of the journaling cards from the cut apart paper in the kit. She lost her tooth at school- while eating her lunch- and consequently swallowed it. She was terrified the tooth fairy wouldn’t visit, so she wrote a letter to her, with the help of her teacher.

I’m excited to share more with you from this kit! Hope to see you again soon!

CTMH Step Right Up

Hi everyone! I’ve finally come up for air. I’ve been busy in the haven getting ready for workshops, and when I’m not in it…well, who am I kidding. I’m always in it!

I took some time this afternoon to play with Step Right Up. Have you heard of it? It’s March’s constant campaign at Close to My Heart. It is possible to purchase just the stamp, but why would you when you could get it along with 12 sheets of cardstock, gold pearls and red shimmer trim?!

It’s a really great deal. The nice thing about the cardstock is being able to make your own patterns- something you can’t do when patterned paper is given to you! I love the look of the harlequin stamp in the background. (It’s blue, Pacifica, by the way. I know it looks black in my photo. It’s not 😊)

What can you make with it? I’d love to see!