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!

CTMH Life In Pictures Layout

Good evening, friends.

The layout I’m sharing today is a fun and simple sketch from over at Creative Scrapbooker.


I used scrap patterned papers to create the squares, which were trimmed to 4×4 inches. My photo was matted on white cardstock, and was also trimmed to 4×4 inches. Next, I used Aprils’ CTMH Stamp of the Month  (Life in Pictures) to embellish this fantastic clean and simple design.

Lastly, to finish off, I doodled a solid black border around the photo and paper cluster.

I’ll be back again real soon with more layout inspiration. Thanks for dropping in!

CTMH Celebrate With Cake

Good morning! Welcome to Monday AND to National Scrapbooking week! Are you participating in any crops or NSD events and activities?

Scrapbook Generation is hosting a week long online crop- starting today! Find them online and on Facebook under the name SG Scrap Squad. There’s something that’ll appeal to everyone!


Sometimes, you can find scrapbooking supplies in the most unexpected places. The papers that I used in today’s layout cane from a liquidation store, years ago. I just now decided to use it. Aren’t they pretty?! I love the contrast of the floral paper from the gingham.

I combined those papers with Aprils’ CTMH Stamp of the Month- Life in Pictures. It’s full of vintage and fun camera stamps, as well as theme-fitting quotes and phrases. That adorable Polaroid is also part of it! (I used a pop-dot behind the camera to create a bit of depth).

Since we’re embarking on a new month, there is a new stamp of the month. This one is delicious- it’s full of cakes and cake slices. Perfect for every birthday and special occasion that requires cake!


This D size set retails for $21 CAD, but it can be yours when you make an order of $50. It can be anything- there’s no purchasing requirements to receive this beautiful stamp set. To sweeten the deal, combine your order with some friends and save on shipping costs!

The easiest way to place an order is on my website. You can do it anywhere- while you’re on the go, or from the comfort of your own home. Visit my website here.

Thanks for dropping by! I’ll be back again real soon with more layouts!

40 Card Using CTMH Life In Pictures

I just wanted to interrupt my regular programming for the card I’m about to share with you.

My husband turns to big 4- oh today, and I whipped this card up after seeing a card come across my Instagram feed (posted by Jillibean Soup).


This card measures 6×6 inches, and was created using CTMH White Daisy cardstock, April’s Stamp of the Month Life in Pictures, and some Timberline patterned paper.

I created the background using Iced Mocha Gelato.

You can’t see it, but I stamped happy birthday on the inside using another sotm, Framed. (Beloved Bouquet also made a sneak appearance!)

Some of these products are still available to purchase on my website, including this months’ stamp of the month! Head on over there, at your leisure, to view all the wonderful crafting products CTMH carries. There’s a little something for everyone.

I hope you enjoyed today’s surprise post. I’ll he back again real soon with more papercrafting inspiration!

My Garden Using CTMH Paper Garden

Good morning! It’s the dawn of another week! Are you ready?

I’m dropping in early today because my kids have been up since 6 am and they kicked me out of bed so they could sleep with their dad. So kind. I really appreciate it.

So, to take advantage of the quiet, I’m visiting with you!

I have another layout to share- this time it’s a double page spread!

Yayyyy for double pages!


This spread sports two of my favorite CTMH items- the Paper Garden SOTM (stamp of the month) and bits of Seaside patterned paper and Peacock cardstock.

To create depth in the journaling spot with the stamped flowers, start stamping using your lightest color, then gradually build on that using successively darker inks with each layer. See a tutorial here. For extra measure, I stamped and fussy cut a couple more flowers and scattered them around my spread.

I created the spot where I journalled a bit with my cricut and a border punch. I used a straight edge ruler to draw in lines and then hand wrote the quote.

Thanks for stopping by so early- I hope you had your favorite morning beverage to help wake yourself up- and spending some time with me.

I’ll drop in again real soon with more layout inspiration!

@36 Using CTMH Urban

Hey there! I’m sneaking in quickly while hubs catches some zees.

Want to see another layout?

Sure you do!

This layout was made almost exclusively with Close to My Heart’s Urban patterned paper. This paper is perfect for more masculine projects- it’s got a subtle blueprint graphic printed on the dark Teal portion of the paper (side A), while side B sports a Diamond Plate pattern. The colors are quite masculine, too. I love the rich hues on both sides of the paper.

I don’t have it pinned,  but I’m fairly certain I used Kelly Klapsteins’ last double the fun sketch to create my layout- a double page spread.


Yep. It isn’t often I scrapbook double page layouts. When I do, the occasion usually calls for it.

To begin, I layered large alpha die cuts on top of CTMH Peacock cardstock, which coordinates beautifully with Urban. From there, I layered Whisper cardstock and strips of varying widths of Urban patterned paper. I punched the one strip using the arrow border punch (also CTMH).

The journaling card came from a Jillibean Soup collection, while the rest of the embellies were cut from my cricut. Lastly, the adorable cupcakes were leftover from Valentines I made for the twins’ friends at school.

If you’re unaware, Urban is still available for purchase from Close to My Heart. Purchase the paper in a pack, to use any which way your heart desires, or as part of a WYW (workshop your way); instructions and the cutting guide are also available when your purchase is made. When your order reaches  $50 CAD, you’ll receive April’s Stamp of the Month for just $6! (You’ll be prompted to add it to your order before confirming your final purchase).


I’m so pleased you dropped in! I’ll be back again with more inspuration real soon!


Hello, my friends! As it turns out,  my husband will be hanging around for a couple of days, so I’m taking some time while he naps to pre-scheduled a few more posts.

I was due for a cell phone upgrade and got the phone call this morning that it was in. (It was back ordered).

So, to answer my question about what we were going to do when he got home was answered: he came with me to pick it up and to get some things with his e-cigarette straightened out.

Yah for him quitting smoking!

I’m loving my new phone, by the way. 😃

Today, I have another layout to share. I began with a sketch by the talented Laura Whitaker.

Here’s how it inspired me:


To start, I spritzed some yellow mist in the background, then layered a floral die cut over top. I cut it with my cricut. After layering some yellow,  blue and green patterned papers on top of that, I stamped and fussy cut the flowers using the Base & Shade stamping technique.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you stop in again! I’ll be back again real soon!

CTMH Beloved Bouquet

Today marks the first time either of my daughters has had a real hair cut.

And, by real, I mean more than just a trim. It was more than just cutting out the split ends. We cut so much of it off that my stomach and heart physically hurt today.

And yes, I’ve kept a lock of her luscious hair. 😀


The twins had their birthday party yesterday. They had an absolute blast. So did I, actually.

When miss A got that flying unicorn badly twisted in her hair- that didn’t matter. Much. I would hopefully be able to brush it out later on, even if I did have to cut a tiny bit of her hair to get it out.

Throw it in a pony tail and keep going.

Wishful thinking.

Shampooing, conditioning, butter, olive oil, brushing, combing and more conditioning didn’t help.

As a last resort, I sent M over to the neighbor to ask her to come over and help me out. She did, bless her heart, and the bottom right picture is the result of our efforts.

We cut out a good 6 to 8 inches of hair off her head. Probably even more (I think that’s a conservative estimate).

A cried, and I nearly cried, but in the end we love it.

By “we”, I mean my daughter. I’m still disappointed we had to cut it. At least it’ll grow back.

In an attempt to cheer myself up, I’m here to share another layout with you. Then, I plan to scrap. That ought to help!

This sketch I found over at Krafty Kats’ blog inspired my layout.


Here’s my project:


It was another submission in SG’s Superbowl Sunday crop challenges. Today’s the last day to get your entries in! Good luck!

I used a mixture of 6×6 papers, as well as CTMH Beloved Bouquet, using the base and shade technique. More on that later!

Thanks for joining me today!