CTMH Live, Laugh, Love Double Page Layout

I have this thing; ever since I was pregnant with the twins, it seems we wind up in Las Vegas for one reason or another. I’m not totally sure why, but its starting to become a thing for me. It began when I was pregnant with the twins, then we went a second time in 2014 to help a dear friend marry her soulmate. (There was five couples there that time. What a rush!) And, I’m hoping to attend CTMH convention next June, which happens to be in…you guessed it- Las Vegas! I’ve been saying for the past little bit that I’d like to spend my 40th birthday there…but, maybe if I make it to convention, I’ll change that to my 45th (wink, wink). Need time to save up, you know!

I mention Las Vegas because the next bunch of layouts I’ll be sharing with you are about my dear friends’ wedding in Las Vegas. Once again, because I’m trying to scrapbook events that happened during my ‘missing year’, pictures are scarce, but I’m satisfied with the amount of pictures I do have. (Also, I noticed that they are totally in the wrong months and year in my photo album on the computer. Not sure how that happened, but I’m still grateful I have at least some pictures from such a wonderful trip!)

Since A’s wedding happened in the middle of the desert, I tried keeping a consistent theme running throughout all the layouts of her wedding- sponging using orange, brown and some green and purple hues. She loves how each of the layouts turned out, and I do, too. I hope you enjoy, as well!

I tried staying away from bright whites in this series because you don’t find white in the desert! And, since A’s dress was also creamy in nature, I used layout bases with that color in mind. I used CTMH Colonial White pre-dominantly throughout these layouts. (One of my new favourites, by the way. I’m sad that its been retired!) I should point out that the title was created by stamping ‘Love’ with Staz-On ink and watercoloring with Glacier and Goldrush inks. Then, I fussy cut the letters out and adhered with pop dots.

Orange is a color that I rarely use in my scrapbooking. I’m not sure what my aversion to it is, but I think I had an easy time creating with it this time because of the ‘desert’ theme I had in the back of my mind. Its a good theory, anyways!

A rented a studio-loft to stay in while we visited Vegas, and this is where she prepared for her wedding. It made for some stunning pictures with the city skyline behind her! I must say, B did a great job of doing her hair, too. She looked so pretty!

Products Used:

-CTMH Urban paper packet (retired)

*-CTMH Colonial White cardstock (retired)

*-CTMH Autumn Terracotta cardstock (retired)

-CTMH My Acrylix Live, Laugh, Love Stamp (retired)

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Ink Z2841

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Ink Z2823

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Exclusive Ink Z2853

*-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Ink (retired)

*Note: There is an all new neutrals palette at CTMH! That’s right- the reason why you won’t find Colonial White, Autumn Terracotta or Desert Sand inks and paper is because they’ve been replaced with new basics- greys and browns. Here’s a peek:

Yummy! The featured colors include linen, mink, heather, almond, toffee, espresso, nutmeg, charcoal, pewter and pebble. They feature the combo light/dark style, too. Don’t they look great!? These are available on my website right now!


CTMH Feel So Blessed Card Using Wax Paper

I wanted to craft using vellum, but I don’t have any. I’m not even sure where to find any, unless its included in your kits if you subscribe to a kit club. (Which I don’t, by the way. Hosting my own card club is as close as I’ve gotten to this avenue of creating.) So, what’s a girl to do?

While I was mulling over my creative options, I began to wonder if your regular old wax paper- the roll you’d find in your kitchen for your various baking endeavors- would create the same effect as vellum.

Happily, it does! Did you know that? Even better, its probably even cheaper than purchasing a sheet, or pack, of vellum! Score! The only downside to using wax paper, is that it’s more fragile than vellum is. But, as long as you treat it with love, your project will turn out beautiful!

Here’s an example:

Much like vellum, the wax paper softens whatever it is placed over- in this instance, it would be an ink sponged background. The next technique I’d honestly like to try is stamping directly on the wax paper or even trying to dry emboss it. Think it’ll work? I used Staz- On ink to stamp the ‘for you’ part of this card, but its faint. I think the next time, I’ll stamp directly in the background and then cover it with the wax paper. I suspect that my ink might just wipe off if I try stamping on it, but maybe I’ll be surprised. I won’t know until I try it. Experimenting is strangely gratifying and lots of fun!

This card is one that we will be making at my card club this September. You won’t just get to make one of these- we’ll be making three of them! I like this so much, I’m tempted to make five, just for myself. Additionally, the stamp set I used to create this card will be available for purchase in September, so you’re getting a sneak peek right now! How lucky! If your order reaches $50, this stamp set could be yours for $6. Its regularly $23. I will have it on hand at our card club, but you’re more than welcome to purchase it yourself, too. If you decide after card club that you’d really like this stamp set (or more of the supplies we used), just make another order! At the end of September, this stamp set will no longer be available for purchase.

Unfortunately,  I’ll share the rest of the cards we’re making in tomorrow’s post because the pictures didn’t want to load! So, please come back tomorrow to see more. I hope this inspires you to come check out my card clubs happening in September- one on the 16th in Whitecourt, and another on the 30th in Edmonton.

How does card club work? There is a fee involved- this club is $26.50. It covers the supplies you’ll need to make all of our cards. If you don’t use up all the supplies that you purchase, that’s fine. They’re yours to keep! We’ll be making 16 cards in total! Not a bad deal for $26, if you ask me. For this particular event, I’ll also be supplying the paper you need. Regularly, I would just cover the ink, stamps, stamping blocks and any other miscellaneous tools we’ll need to use.

Every month, each person in our club gets to play hostess, which enables her to receive products for free based on everyone’s orders. I would need 4 individuals to commit in order for this to work. The more participants we have, the more free products the hostess will get! Its initially going to run until November, upon which we’ll take a break for Christmas, and resume again in the new year. Our last card club will be held in June, before summer holidays begin. The fee will never be more than $30 CAD. A cutting guide will be included (free of charge if you’re part of my card club) so that you’ll be able to complete your cards after you get home. If that happens. If not, you’ve still got a cutting guide to use in the future!

The cutting guide is available to everyone to purchase, whether you live in Canada or not- even if you’re not part of card club! I still need to explore a price on that, but ballpark figure I think it’ll be $10. (But, I’m still working on smoothing out the kinks. Stay tuned!)

Reserve your spot early. Supplies should be ordered by the first of September if you’re coming to the September 16th event, and no later than the 15th if you’re coming to the September 30 event. Ideally, I’d like all attendees confirmed by RSVP’ing to one of the events I’ve posted to Facebook. I’ll share them below so you’re not scouring the net looking for them!

Whitecourt Event

Edmonton Event

Lastly, don’t forget about the Mid-Summer Fiesta CTMH Online Crop I’m hosting in a couple of weeks! I’d love to see you there! I have a few challenges and prizes lined up. Its going to be fun and relaxing!

August with Close to My Heart

There is a lot going on over at Close to My Heart this month! Boy, its going to be an exciting month! There’s a few things I can’t wait to get my hands on- such as the new Annual Inspirations catalog that was unveiled today- its available for purchase over on my website. You can also browse through it before you decide to purchase it. Check it out! I haven’t done it yet, but I’ve heard its filled to the brim with fabulous new products. (Which I wouldn’t doubt, because they always carry fabulous products!) I can’t wait to see what’s in it! (That will be next on my days’ to do list…)

Not only is there a new catalog to whet your appetite with, there’s also a new stamp of the month. I’ve been dying to order this stamp, because I’m working on improving my school themed scrapbook stash. This stamp set fits the bill, and I seriously can’t wait to play with it! When you place a qualifying order of $50 on my website (or with me), you’ll receive this stamp set for just $6. Its regularly $27 CAD. You can purchase it on its own, too.

School is definitely cool with this fantastic stamp set. How would you use it? I’m already envisioning it on my layouts and maybe some teacher appreciation cards, too. They’ll look so durn cute!

Lastly, if you noticed the image at the top of this post, you’ll know that Close to My Heart is also hosting a warehouse sale through the month of August. Every week the sale is different, so make sure to stop in every Tuesday to see what’s up for grabs. This week, you’ll find an ultimate embellishment bundle, Swan Lake paper packet and paper bundle, Thin Cuts bundles and more! All retired and all 50% off! I’ve got my eye on the Swan Lake paper bundle. But, don’t wait! These items are limited and will sell out fast! Message me to add to my monthly order, or head right now to my website to place your order. (You can find the link a bit further up in this blog post).

Also, I just want to remind you that I’ve got my own events coming up later this month and in September. I’ll share more details about them tomorrow, because I think this is enough info to absorb at the moment. But, seriously- don’t miss out! There’s a lot of fun stuff going on, and you should get yourself in on some of it. Some of it will stick around for the entire year, and some of it will only last for the week (possibly less). Get ‘er done!

CTMH ThankFul Heart Layout

Remember the post I shared a bit ago where I shared the sponging technique? I mentioned in that post that I’d created another layout using this particular technique, but I felt it was a bit over the top. Some time has passed, and I still feel the same. But, I’ll share it here and see how the inter-webs feels about it! Maybe you’ll like it better than I do!

I began this layout by sponging the background using Juniper, Pacifica and Flaxen inks. Then, I stamped over top of it in Peacock and Smokey Plum inks. I absolutely loved the way it looked, but I felt that the background was too plain. That’s where the ‘over the top’ comes in. I began by pulling colors directly from my picture, matting the photo with Flaxen and Peacock card stock. Then I matted the original sponged piece of card stock to another piece of Peacock card stock. I drew a larger box around that, and left it white. I drew two more boxes, slightly larger than the next, and sponged those. I should have left the largest box (on the outside of the page) white instead of filling it in, too. I feel like its too much sponge.

On the bright side, I absolutely love the inside box, with all the sponging and stamping, and how it showcases the photo. Its just beautiful. I stamped directly on the photo using Jet Black Staz On ink. The title was cut from Flaxen card stock using my Cricut, and I stamped and fussy cut a few more leaves and attached them to the upper right corner of the picture. One leaf was attached with foam dots for depth. (This is Pyramid Lake in Jasper, by the way). It makes me feel like we’re due back for another trip there one of these days. I love the mountains. Don’t you?

Just a question- how do you feel about sponge daubers with a larger, broader base? Or just sponges in particular? Do you find they blend ink more evenly, making it look less mottled? Its almost stained-glass reminiscent, isn’t it? I have never used anything other than the small sponge daubers, and I’m curious to know the difference between all the products out there. I did have a round sponge from CTMH at one time, but I think I’ve sold it. I no longer have it here, that I know of. Maybe I should attempt to answer my own question and try it myself. After I purchase another sponge or dauber. What is your favourite sponge/dauber product to use?

Products Used:

-CTMH Juniper Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2865

-CTMH Flaxen Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2842

-CTMH Pacifica Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2892

-CTMH Peacock Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2849

-CTMH Smoky Plum Exclusive Inks Ink pad (retired)

-CTMH Saffron Exclusive Inks Ink pad Z2851

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Flaxen Card stock X5771

-CTMH Peacock Card stock X5776

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

* Just a note- the CTMH sponge is just $1.75 (item number Z697) if you’d like to purchase it. I may add it to my next order!

-CTMH Thankful Heart My Acrylix Stamp Set B1463 (retired)

-CTMH Blessed Beyond Measure My Acrylix Stamp of the Month S1609 (retired)

CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals Layout

Good morning, friends! We are about to enter another heatwave. I think the basement is going to be our best friend over the coming days. How was everyone’s Fourth of July celebrations? Did you do anything extra special this year?

How about a double page layout today? It isn’t often I create- and honestly enjoy- my finished double page layouts, but this one I’m especially fond of. I’ve found a new color combo that I love and need to utilize again in the future- CTMH Sorbet, Tangerine and White Daisy. Oh my. Its a match made in heaven! See for yourself!

Ta da!

Isn’t this just so much fun? Its fresh and vibrant and full of positive, good energy! Even though this event happened late in the year in 2013, I think this color combo works as the perfect setting for my pictures. It would definitely work for a summery or springy layout too. I’m definitely using this again- I just need to stock up on more sorbet and tangerine papers! Maybe even sneak some poppy into the mix, too. The twine near the top of the page is poppy colored, and I like the depth it adds to the overall spread.

Products Used:

-CTMH Scaredy Cat Paper Pack (retired)

-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals Paper Pack (retired, or out of stock. I don’t see it when I search on my CTMH website)

-CTMH Poppy Thick Twine Z3094

-CTMH Whisper Card stock X5929

-CTMH Charlotte Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Puffy Stickers (retired)

-CTMH From the Notebook Stamp Set S1607 (retired)

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Sorbet Stamp Pad  Z2864

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Goldrush Stamp Pad Z2823

-CTMH Exclusive Inks Whisper Stamp Pad Z2872

-CTMH Seaside Paper Packet (retired)

Once again, I used my Cricut to cut the title and the crown; I used CTMH Art Philosophy to cut the word ‘Costume’. You’ll see this font quite often in my layouts. Its a personal favourite of mine!


CTMH June Sales End TODAY!!!

Good morning! TGIF! Summer vacation has started, and I wanted so badly to sleep in. But, my body is too accustomed to waking up at 6:30. I was wide awake at my regular time, and tossed and turned until 7, upon which I pulled out the old (new, actually) cell phone and putzed around on it until just before 8. One day I’ll actually be able to sleep in.

I’m actually stopping in this morning to remind you of the sales and specials we have going on this month. Unfortunately, these sales end today. What sales are those? Well, we have the stamp of the month, called Hello Foxy, which is just $6 when you make a qualifying order of $50. Its regularly $27 CAD. Its a seriously great deal! We also have the 12×12 album and card stock carnival sales. During the month of June, when you buy one 12×12 album at regular price, you could get a second one half price. That includes both post bound and d-ring styles. There’s a number of shades to choose from, as well. They’re all pretty, durable and the perfect house for all those precious memories you’re storing.

The card stock carnival is a unique sale. All bundles are 25% off, including solid and variety packs. I stocked up on Colonial White, because I heard through the grapevine that it may have been retired with the new catalog. Boo. I was just really getting into using it! Stocking up on card stock now is a really, really good thing to do, because as of the new catalog, you’ll see some significant changes to our card  stock. The neutral color palette has gone through a re-vamp, so you’ll see some new colors, and other colors moved to other palettes. Black and White Daisy are stand alone colors, so don’t have a palette, per se. Secondly, and more importantly, the card stock has also transformed. You’ll see its wonderful (and highly anticipated) change with the new catalog release in August! You’ll like it, I promise! If you thought you got a lot of mileage with our current card stock, you’ll be blown away by the mileage you’ll get from the new card stock!

I kind of want to keep the change a surprise, so I don’t want to divulge too much information, but I will say that I’ve never seen this combination anywhere. Its a bold, new step for CTMH, and I think its a smart one. I’m betting they’ll set a new trend with this one, if its already not a trend somewhere. I don’t think so, though.

So, there you have it. I strongly urge you to check out the sales for this month, which will expire today. If you haven’t made an order already, and you’ve been thinking about doing it, please don’t delay. Visit my CTMH website to start shopping, comment on this post or send me a message via email: theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com.

Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll see everyone again soon! Its a long weekend here in Canada, so I may not be around again until Monday! Peace out, peeps!

CTMH Hello Foxy SOTM

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I did- I scrapped with a dear friend for a bit on Saturday afternoon, and then more dear friends, our children and pets took in the Pets in the Park event in Edmonton yesterday. The highlight for me was meeting Jann Arden. So cool! (It will be scrapbooked one day. Just sayin’!)

If you  can remember back to last week, I mentioned I had some housekeeping items to take care of, and I got around to one of them before the weekend trashed my plans. The last one I’d like to share with you (for now), is this:

The picture above is a graphic of our stamp of the month, called Hello Foxy. Its super adorable, and I’ve made some really cute cards and layouts using it! This stamp set is just $6 (Canadian), when you make an order on my website totalling $50 (or more). Its like our gift to you for making a purchase and being loyal customers. I want you to feel special. Why wouldn’t you want to get a good deal on a quality set of stamps to create with? Here’s just a sample of what I made using this wonderful stamp:


Excuse the unedited version of this picture. I think I deleted most of my previous projects over the past couple weeks, and this is all that showed up in my gallery when I uploaded it. You get the idea, though. I absolutely love that I’m able to color most of the images in this stamp set using my ShinHan markers. Watercolour pencils, pencil crayons and watercolour paints would work, as well. Aren’t the foxes adorable?! They’re my favourite part- so is the floral wreath. I used both those stamps the most when I created with it over the last two weeks. You’d enjoy it, too. I know you would!

Once again, this stamp set is marked down to $6 when you make a $50 order (both online, and when its placed with me); regularly, its over $25! ($27, to be exact.) Talk about big savings! The worst part is, there’s just a couple days left to claim it for yourself, and then a new stamp set will take its place! So, don’t miss out. Live with no regrets. 😀

For now, this will be all the housekeeping I will share with you, but don’t fret! I’ll be back at it again at the beginning of July with more specials! Stay tuned for all the deets! Tomorrow, I’ll share my latest layout with you. I hope it inspires you.

Shoestring Planner Tuesday


This week, I chose a red, white and black theme, with a few touches here and there of CTMH Thistle ink, as well.

A really great stamp set- that I’m finding I turn to regularly for my planner spreads- is CTMH From the Notebook. It’s a Stamp of the Month that hasn’t been released yet. How exciting is that?! Stay tuned for it, it’ll be available in the near future.

I love using this stamp set because many of the stamps within it are small, making them perfect for use in daily planners, snail mail, bullet journals, scrapbooking and card making. So, all those little stars, arrows, envelopes, thumbs ups, tabs, etc are all from this particular stamp set. (And then some. I haven’t used all the stamps in this set, yet! You will see sneaks of more of it in the near future- on layouts and in my personal mail art. Keep your eyes peeled for it!)

Yes for versatility!

As a side note, the For the Notebook stamp set is not currently available to purchase. I will let you know when it is available, though!

40th Birthday Card

Happy Friday! The Angry Birds movie opens this weekend and I’m planning to take my kids to see it. Its the perfect rainy weather activity since its going to rain all weekend. What are your plans?

I wanted to share a card I made for my husbands 40th birthday last month.


I began by creating a watercolor background using a mocha colored Gelato then layered that on top of a CTMH White Daisy cardstock base.

Next, I trimmed scraps to mimic a Polaroid photo from patterned papers, and adhered the number 40 on top. (It was cut with my cricut). The little pennant was cut from scraps.

Thanks for joining me today!

Dad Layout Using CTMH Urban

I’ve been kind of missing sharing layouts with you, so today I’m going to switch gears and share another layout from my ever growing pile of completed layouts.

I really switched gears for this layout. Most- if you hadn’t noticed- of my layouts are pink and frilly and definitely girly. 95% of my layouts are about my kids. Then, there’s the few here and there that capture the men in my life- specifically my husband and brother in law. This is one of those times; I tried my hand at a more masculine design.

As always, I began with a sketch, which you’ll find pinned to my Pinterest.


I layered scraps of CTMH Urban and other miscellaneous cardstock and patterned strips of paper on top of CTMH Saffron cardstock, then stamped the embellishments with various (retired) CTMH stamps. The title was cut with my cricut.

Thanks for joining me today. I’ll be back again real soon! I hope to see you again!