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!

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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 STAMPAGANZA!!

July at Close to My Heart is reserved for the biggest stamp sale of the year. Stampaganza is a great time to stock up on all your favourite stamps. For every two stamps you purchase, you’ll get the third (of equal or lesser value) absolutely free! Which ones have you been eyeing? Now’s the time to get them!

Can we just take a moment to soak in the fact that it’s July already?! We’re three days into the month, and it didn’t make sense to me until I saw the flyer for this month’s stamp sale. Apparently I’ve been living under a rock the last couple days! They all ran into each other. (Lying around, not doing anything, must be why.)

Kick off your month with an epic stamp sale. Choose any size stamps you’d like- they’re all up for grabs. Great deal, right?! Buy E size stamp sets and get one for free (they’re our largest), or swap out the third E size stamp set for your fave D or A stamp set (our smallest stamp sets).

Host a Home Gathering, and rake in the free goodies! In addition to your hostess rewards, you’ll save on stamp sets with this sale.

Get your shop on with me! This offer expires July 31, 2018. I’d love to help enable your crafting obsession 😉 Message me to start your shopping experience!

TIOT- Why Recording Dates is Important in Journaling

Hello, friends! I’m dropping in to share with you what I’ve created over the last little while. It’s been so refreshing to do my own creating for a change, but I have to say I feel a bit out of the loop! Do you ever feel that way in relation to your crafting?

I’m on a roll with Fresh Air. I made a point of using the complements, stamps and journaling cards where I could. Of course, I used the papers too. I just love the neutral palette. It really speaks to me. I find it calming and welcoming. My home is painted in the same hues. (At one time in my life, I dressed in mostly earthen tones, too). Yes, I love neutrals!

I also turned to Central Park, and used it to highlight a significant milestone in my husbands’ life:

But, because I can’t get enough of Fresh Air, I snuck some of its papers into this spread, too! You’ll find a number of collections here. I used two paper collections, and two different complements collections, too. Can you spot them and name them? Here’s your homework for the day! 😉 (Just kidding, I don’t actually expect you to research what they are). Here’s a hint: Fresh Air (duh), Central Park, Documented and Stargazer. Now can you pick them out?

Do you share your pictures on Facebook? Are you meticulous about recording the dates of events as you scrapbook them? And, by extension, do you jot down your thoughts for the purpose of journaling on your layout at a later time?

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I like recording the dates in my layouts. It’s a little piece of information that’s quite important. It’s a detail that I want included and not forgotten. (Especially if it’s related to a special event, like Easter, and the only photo you have from it is a home made cake). 😐

I share my pictures to Facebook. Naturally, right? Lots of people are prone to add pictures to their Facebook. As a result, it becomes an unintentional photo album- or, dare I say it- a scrapbook album. It’s a good practice to get into, because if you run into any problems with your pc (for any reason), or you lose your stick it notes or journal with notes jotted in it, you’ll have a “back up” of sorts to help you out of that bind. Dates are always recorded when pictures are posted to Facebook. When you have a printed photo and you can’t figure out why it’s in your ‘to scrapbook’ pile, you’ll be able to deduce- through Facebook and google- that April 17, 2016 was Easter. So, that mysterious cake with blue frosting and duckie sprinkles was actually for Easter. (On a side note, stay tuned for a layout with that very picture in it).

Recording dates, especially for the purpose of journaling, is super important. It helps keep you organized. Holidays, such as Easter, always fall at different times of the month. Sometimes it’s in March, other times, it’s in April. You’ll want to stay on top of those dates so that the details remain accurate. If you’re not a chronological scrapbooker, keeping dates becomes even more important. Knowing what day your BFF’s wedding fell on is something you probably shouldn’t forget!

It helps you keep your events and other (‘smaller’) daily memories in order. Say someone asked you to confirm the date of something- maybe a particular vacation you took together. Would you be able to recall it off the top of your head? What if it happened 8 years ago, or 20? Now can you? My sister texted me the other day, and asked me when we took a particular family vacation. There was a bet going between her and my parents: mom believes I was in high school when we went on this particular trip, and dad and K believe I was already in college. Umm. I can’t tell you when it was. That makes my heart so sad. Dates are incredibly important! Our memories are even more so! Treat them with the utmost care, so they don’t die along with us. I didn’t scrapbook back then, but it highlights the importance of recording dates along with your thoughts and emotions of events that occur throughout your life.

If I did scrapbook then, I would’ve been able to consult the album it was in and provide the exact dates. All I know (that I can remember), is that I had written a letter to one of my high school friends while I was on that trip. I believe I was in high school, but that may not be accurate. Memories lie. (Read this blog post to understand what I mean).

Also, it makes the labor of putting your heart into each page of your album so much easier. It completes the package. Rather than wracking my brains trying to remember details that have completely escaped me, ultimately giving up in defeat and only sharing half to little supporting information, I can relax in the knowledge that the missing piece of the puzzle is tucked safely away in a place I can access easily at any time I need to. Personally, I feel that when some or all the pieces of a memory are missing, my layout is incomplete. I’ve told only half the story, my layout hasn’t reached its full potential. The easiest way to prevent that is to jot your thoughts down, record the date, and share as many supporting details as you can. No one wants an incomplete grade on their homework assignment. Why would you want your layout labelled the same way?

That’s my little tangent for today. I hope you find this tip useful! My scrapbooking became much easier, as a result, and I hope you find the same! Apply it, try it out and see how it feels. It’s never too late to try something new. I suppose it’s better late than not at all! It’ll save you heartache, writing only part of your story, and it’ll help you stay on track and organized!

Of Leopards and Apples 🍎

I took a bit of time to create a personal layout, and I’d like to share it with you.

Central Park is a perfect match for the photo in my layout. The Blue, yellow and red are already found in those papers, so it was only natural to pair them together.

If you noticed, I didn’t use strictly Central Park papers here. I used whatever scraps I had that coordinated- and happily, that was lots of scraps! I trimmed them into 2×2 squares, and arranged them in a grid above and below my photo. I used a zip strip from the Central Park range as a border, and stamped the cute leopard print next to that.

I also thought immediately of B1568 Wild Backgrounds for the leopard print in Miss M’s pyjamas. It only made sense to utilize that stamp somehow, too. And lastly, I figured I had better use June’s SOTM before the month ran out!

I watercolored the apples and apple basket from the A Bushel and a Peck SOTM. I also used one of the sweet sentiments in it, as well as the small graphic stamps to add some flourish. Another one made up my title. How sweet is you are awesome to the core?

Leopard print and apples seems like an unlikely pair, but it works here! I wonder if leopards eat apples when they’re feeling peckish? 😉

Adventure Awaits + Fresh Air

After yesterday, I’m not sure I’ll get anymore scrapbooking done this weekend. I’m hoping to, though! I’ve got more birthday cards to tackle for next month! (If you celebrate a birthday in July, let me know. I’d love to send you a card!)

I completed two more single page layouts yesterday, on of which was already on my desk. It was waiting for some final touches. Then I made one more before heading to the kitchen to do a bit of baking with the twins. We might do more today, since it’s more rainy than yesterday was. The only problem with baking is that I eat it. 🙄 Scrapbooking doesn’t contribute to my weight gain. That’s why I love it so much! 🤣

Here’s two more layouts made with Fresh Air. To mix things up a bit, I used a couple stamps outside this range. The first is from Postcard Perfect, and the second is What Matters Most. The latter stamp set is available to purchase from my website. You’ll see it stamped in the background on the White Daisy card stock in the first layout.

In the second layout, would you believe that I trimmed two 3×4 PML cards into two and placed them in a column above and below one of my 3×4 photos? It is true. Rather than cutting into a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper to achieve the same effect, those worked just as well!

I also used a couple zip strips in this layout, too. The blue one was used as a border and the second was trimmed down and used to fill the gap at the bottom of the patterned paper column. Last, but not least, how great is the round stamp out there near the outside of the layout? It’s my new fave! It’s so unique!

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.

June CTMH Card Blitz- Full Preview!

Hi!

I’ve got the full preview of June’s card blitz ready to go! I’d love to share them with you!

I think some close ups are in order too, don’t you?

If you’re local to Whitecourt, you are more than welcome to join us! This will be my last card blitz until school resumes in the fall. Then, you’ve got to come back! If you commit and pre-pay for September-November’s card blitzes, you’ll get December’s blitz free! That’s such a great deal!

If you live outside Whitecourt, you’re welcome to purchase a kit, as well. I have long distance customers, too, and I’m all about sharing the love with you. Want a kit? Just message me!

Better yet, if you’re in Fox Creek or the surrounding area, I’m bringing this blitz right to your doorstep! I’ll be hosting June’s card blitz at the community centre on the 16th. Mark your calendars! There’s not much time to reserve your spot! I must have 5 participants in order to do this blitz. Please come!!