CTMH Fuzzy Puppy Layout

Happy hump day! Its a beautiful day in my neck of the woods today. There aren’t many days left with temperatures like this. I’m definitely enjoying it! So is my Freddie- monster. He’s been heading outside lately to just lay in the sun and soak up the rays. He loves the comfortable autumn weather, too! Poor Ava, she’s just jealous that everyone gets to go outside and she doesn’t. We did let her out on Sunday, and she happily toured the backyard until it was time to go back inside. Although, she didn’t want to. She hid under the deck until my husband scared her out, LOL. She sure let us know how displeased with us she was after we were all inside. She didn’t like it one bit- she wasn’t done touring! Once she got over her anger, she cuddled up on my chest like she usually does, for our regular cuddle sesh. Love her to bits!


At the moment, Freddie is a lot tidier looking than this. When his fur grows out, he gets to be fairly shaggy. And, when its shaggy, he gets hot. His hair has grown some, but we got him trimmed up and ready for summer this past June, and he’s still (happily) rocking his short locks. I’m finding that in the mornings and evenings, now, he’s cold. His hair isn’t long enough! He shivers like crazy first thing in the morning, and insists on sleeping under our duvet when we go to bed. He smokes us out, but he’s snug as a bug in a rug. Before long, it’ll be time to break out his vest and sweaters to keep him warm. I might even do it tomorrow. Fall is in the air, after all.

I know I promised layouts and projects using our current stamp of the month. I have just barely started making layouts using it, and I do plan on sharing them, but I need to zoom through my stock pile of layouts, first. There’s only a handful, so it shouldn’t take too long. I would have been done sharing these a long time ago had it not been for all the news and goings on with CTMH that I wanted to share, as well! There’s times where I see their blog post, and I decide on the spot that will be my post for the day, as well! (Such as yesterdays’ post). A little unorganized, yes, but it keeps things interesting and prevents it from going stale. Stale is not good. Fresh is good. I like fresh.

Still in the Little Dreamer/Jack vein, I created this layout using scraps from Little Dreamer. The polka dot paper is actually from another manufacturer (Echo Park, methinks??) I’m not sure anymore. Its ancient. I haven’t ordered from EP since before the twins were born, at least 8 years ago. Are they even still in existence? I thought the polka dot paper worked well to compliment the Little Dreamer patterned papers, and the blocking technique really showcases each of the patterns- both bold and subtle- flawlessly!

The title, puppy dog and bones were all cut from CTMH papers using my Cricut Explore. The puppy’s little “tags” were created using a Glitter Dot, also from CTMH.

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll be back again tomorrow with another layout to share with you!

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CTMH From the Heart NSM Card Kit

I mentioned a couple posts ago, that September is National Stamping month, and CTMH would be celebrating it all month with ideas, freebies and goodies for sale. That was no lie.

To kick off National Stamping month, CTMH is offering the stunning From the Heart card kit, and along with it free step by step instructions for creating the sliding card.

Folks, for reals, this card kit is stunning. The stamping on the card face doesn’t even look like stamping- it looks printed! To me, its perfection!

Aren’t they elegant and just plain breathtaking?! Who wouldn’t love to open their mailbox to find this gem hiding inside?! I know I would! (Its funny, I’m seeing a lot of embroidery this season- mostly in clothes. Its neat to see this trend flowing over to the paper crafting world. These cards remind me of the embroidered images I’ve seen on coats and shirts when I’m shopping. Have you?)

For a limited time only, save 20% when you purchase this kit. Regularly, it would be $56, but for National Stamping month, is just $44.50 CAD. It includes the cardstock, stamps, envelopes, gold foil frames and more. And, like I mentioned above, CTMH just made the deal sweeter by including free instructions to create the beautiful cards you see above!

How do they get such a stunning effect on those cards without printing them? The secret is in the stamping- they’re layering stamps, which gives you depth and shading within the images. Its just gorgeous. Scoop this deal up before its gone!

Look at all the possibilities with those divine stamps! They’re endless! You can find the step by step instructions on CTMH’s blog today! Make sure to save it to your desktop, so that you can come back to it again and again in the future!

There’s a couple ways to earn this lovely kit. First, order it online by visiting my website at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca. That’s the quickest and easiest way to make it yours. (And, when you order, it’ll ship directly to you, usually within a week!)

The second way to earn this kit is by joining my team and making CTMH your very own adventure! We are a supportive family, full of carers, encouragers and givers! Help support your family’s income, or support your very own (wonderful) paper crafting habit. Earn incentives when you reach your sales goals and extra spending money, as well! But, most importantly, share with the world your love and passion for card making and paper crafting. The potential keeps growing when you join my team. When you join my team, this kit is yours FREE. Its our little way of saying thank you for joining the family!

Sound good? Message me and we’ll get you started today on your journey towards success, fun and freedom!

Creating a Layout Title Using CTMH Complements

Planning for a crop is serious business, especially when it takes you away from home. Knowing just what to bring, and what to leave behind is tricky. Often, you’ll come across something you should have brought, and there’ll always be things you brought that you definitely shouldn’t have. How do you know, though? (That’s the beauty of virtual crops- the worry of forgetting something is avoided because you’re scrapbooking in your own home, using your computer as the tool to communicate with other crop- goers).

The same happens if you plan a trip away from home, and scrap supplies are brought along. Much like my trip to Edmonton last week. A friend and I have joked in the past that we’d plan a camping trip together- we would chill in the trailer scrapbooking, while our husbands took the kids and did things. We haven’t acted on that (yet), but I do like the general idea!

Scrapbooking without my cricut is hard for me. I rely entirely too much on it for cutting titles and images to decorate my layouts with. The odd crop I do attend, and trip away from home along with my scrapbooking supplies gets me outside of my comfort zone and forces me to use some brain power to create titles. What do you use to create titles?

One way, and probably the most obvious option, is using alpha stickers for making a title. Here’s an example:

Sometimes, you’ll find ready made titles on a sticker sheet, along with sticker accents and embellishments. The sticker alphas I used here came from CTMH Complements Good Life.

Other times, you’ll find sticker sheets filled with the entire alphabet and some punctuation marks. You’ll find them in a wide variety of patterns, sizes, colors and fonts. Typically I am not a fan of them, but I do like how they come from CTMH. (I waste too many letters when there’s left overs. I don’t often like to mix and match fonts when it comes to alpha stickers. I like everything to coordinate, and I don’t want to put the energy into making sure the alphas I use coordinate with other alphas. I also like a uniform title, so it needs to be the same size and general shape.

There are other ways to create unique titles, such as watercoloring, stamping, and masking, but I’ll share those another day. The one I wanted to highlight this time was using CTMH Complements.

Products Used:

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Fundamentals Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Ivy Lane Paper Packet (retired)

-CTMH Good Life Complements (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

-CTMH Canary Cardstock X5982

-CTMH Calypso Complements (retired)

-CTMH Regatta Complements (retired)

CTMH In Las Vegas

Ever draw a blank as to what to write or say when you sit down in front of your computer to pound out a blog post? I’m there today. So, I’ll make today’s post a ‘wordless’ post, and I’ll just share the rest of my dear friends’ wedding layouts. I really enjoy sharing the products I used to create each layout, but for the sake of space and time, I’ll skip that step today.

Happy hump day dear friends!

I should just mention here, the layout above was created using a sketch created by a fellow CTMH consultant, Chris Lothian. I found some of her sketches on Pinterest. Find more of her work and sketches on her blog www.christinescreativecapers.blogspot.com.au. I used another one of her sketches on an upcoming layout. Stay tuned for that!



This concludes all the wedding layouts, but I have a few more from our trip to Vegas, outside of the wedding! I wish there was more, because was saw soooo much while we were there, but what I’ve got will have to do!

Stay tuned, and thanks for joining me today!

Using CTMH Cardstock to Create a Silhouette Border

How often do you create sports themed layouts? I haven’t up until this point- because any sports my children were involved in (mostly swimming), required me to be with them, and I wasn’t able to snap pictures. That’s only because they were so young. Now that they’re school age, a whole new world will open up to them- and I’m so excited to explore their interests with them!

Skating and soccer werethe first sports we began with. I’ll have to look for pictures of skating…I know one lives on my Facebook. I’ll have to print it the next time I need more pictures. None of us enjoyed soccer. It was more than likely that they were young, but I think my children thrive more in sports that challenge them selves individually, not in a team. They love their gymnastics and swimming. Miss A keeps asking if she can try Tae Kwon Do. I’ve sort of been putting it off, but I think we should explore it. They have a keen interest in music, too. This year (grade 2) enables them to join choir, if they want (Miss M does!), and we’re contemplating piano lessons in the fall for both twins. There is lots going on!

Back when my kids started playing sports, an idea dawned on me that I’ve been sitting on for quite some time. It was to create a mini album of all the sports they are involved in. Or at least, every year of sports they’re involved in. I did begin it, but only have like 1 picture in it. I do believe I’ve run out of the paper I’d originally started to use in it, so when I get back to it, I’ll have to complete it using something else! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the mini album at the moment. Sorry!

At some point during their sports (usually their first lesson, if I remember), I take pictures of them. Swimming is the easiest to get pictures of. Gymnastics is the hardest. (Parents generally aren’t allowed in the gym while the kids have class. They have a showcase at the end of their session where they show off everything they’ve learned. I love it, but it makes picture taking interesting!) There’s also more changes coming to our gymnastics program for this upcoming season…I can’t wait to see what we all decide to offer! (I’m on the board, so I’m privy to the deets, LOL). There’s more to look forward to.

I picked up the purple hues in the twins’ soccer jersey’s and pulled it into the rest of my layout. I didn’t have a shade of purple that deep, so instead settled for CTMH Thistle. The Fundamentals in the background matches it perfectly. And, if you notice, for a pop of additional color, I used a strip of sponged card stock I had hanging around on my desk. I also matted the soccer ball onto a piece of it and adhered it to the layout with a pop dot.

*Tip: instead of using paper to create a flat border with a punch, why not create a border using words or shapes? In Cricut Design Space, I added the word ‘soccer’ twice- one in a large font, and the other in a smaller font. I hid the larger soccer word from cutting so that I would only cut the smaller one first. Once I got to the cutting stage, I changed the amount of times I cut the smaller word (in this case two times) and then adhered it evenly on the background. To give the border a ‘there, but not quite’ look, keep it the same color tone as the background. I love the white on white effect! After deleting the smaller soccer word, I cut the larger one from Navy Blue Recollections cardstock, which picks up the color of the soccer net in the background of the pictures.

Products Used:

*-CTMH Whimsy Fundamentals paper packet (retired)

-CTMH White Daisy Cardstock 1385

*-CTMH Thistle Cardstock X5976

-CTMH My Acrylix C1547 For Always Stamp set (retired)

-CTMH Black Exclusive Ink Z2805

*Have I told you about the new card stock at CTMH? Its now double-sided! One side is a shade slightly lighter than the original color! Here’s a peek:

This is the new Whimsy Cardstock Paper Packet. Look at all that deliciousness! This is available to purchase on my website right now! Visit my website here. The new Whimsy Fundamentals Paper packet coordinates with it, as well!

There’s more where that came from. Head on over to my website and check it all out. There’s sure to be something you’ll love.

Using CTMH Products With Other Companies

I created a layout recently with the purpose of showing you how easy it is to pair Close to My Heart products with other manufacturers. Come to think of it, I have a couple layouts to share that were made by mixing and matching different products with CTMH. Coordinating papers and embellishments is a lot easier than you might think. Would you like to see?


In the first two layouts above, I used patterned papers from Recollections- the first is travel themed, which I thought worked well with my pictures from our trip to Jasper in the early part of my ‘missing year’. (That would be 2014. Refer to this blog post to learn what I mean). The paper I used was also great for creating embellishments because it was reminiscent of the journaling card sheets that are included in paper packs that different manufacturers offer- especially if they’re on trend with the pocket page style of scrapbooking. Most, if not all, companies are, I believe.

You’ll also noticed I broke out Hello Foxy in that first layout, too. I just adore those little foxes!

In the next layout, a different Recollections collection makes a sneak appearance alongside my first attempt at using sponge inking. Read more about it here. In addition to Hello Foxy, I thought Woodland Romance and Jack worked well with my Jasper pictures and layouts, as well! I mixed the patterned papers from different manufacturers with mostly CTMH card stock and stamping. There’s little bits of CTMH patterned paper scraps scattered throughout these my layouts, as well. Even a zip strip! Can you guess where that zip strip is hiding?

(The pictures in the middle layout are some of my all time favourite pictures, ever. They turned out better than I could have hoped! Ever surprise yourself like that?)

Lastly, I used a full sheet of the now retired Fundamentals patterned paper from CTMH and paired it with Jillibean Soup embellishments. How fun is that bright and sunshiny background patterned paper? I’d love to get my hands on more of it, but unfortunately its retired. Boo. The paper embellishments from Jillibean Soup have lived in my stash for years. Literally. And, I thought they paired perfectly with that deliciously happy and sunny patterned paper in the background. It also worked well with some Little Dreamer, as well! I used a zip strip from one of the patterned papers (hint- its the purple strip along the right side of the page), and I cut a unicorn out from one of the journaling cards and adhered it over some JBS pennants and tags. I matted the photo of Miss M over top of some Little Dreamer patterned paper, as well. The stars in the upper right corner are from Carta Bella (which has also lived in my stash for many, many years. I think this stuff is even older than my children, and they’re nearly 8 years old!)

So, there you have it- three great ways to pair products from CTMH with other manufacturers! Of course, there are many other ways to pair products from other companies with CTMH, because there’s more products out there than just patterned paper and journaling spots! What companies are your favourite to mix and match? Do you create your own kits to scrapbook from, or do you fly by the seat of your pants- much like I do?

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!

Five Ways to Use Your CTMH Scrap Papers

Since I got my new cell phone, I thought it would be a good idea to upload the pictures I’d taken to the computer. In less than a month, there was over 1400 pictures on my phone! I might be just a little camera crazy. I may have also been on vacation, and had a lot of things going on! LOL

And, since I uploaded the pictures from my phone to my computer, that also means whatever projects I had saved to my phone were also transferred to my computer. They were transferred out of order, unfortunately, and as a result, I accidentally shared a layout a bit sooner than I had planned. Minor little accident. I recovered the layouts that had been sent to my trash can on my phone, and will continue adding layouts here from there for the time being. There’ll be less confusion that way. Now I’ll be back to my regular order. I had better get some crafting done…I’m getting low on content to share with you!

So, back to Christmas in July. I have this layout and one other about Christmas in April, and then I’ll move on to something else.

Do you have a scrap pile that seems to keep growing instead of shrinking? Looking for ways to cull some of that scrap paper stash? Here are 5 ideas that I consistently use in my own crafting that you may find helpful!

Make your own journalling spots. I most often use my White Daisy card stock for things such as this, but I find that a lot of scraps end up in my box that are a good size for journaling on. (That’s usually about 3×4 or slightly larger). There’s still some room to stamp on the journaling box in addition to your notes. But, don’t limit yourself to White Daisy! Any solid card stock would work!

Make your own embellishments. All those scraps are perfect for stamping on, and then fussy cut to your hearts’ content! Use them to create embellishments to scatter around your project, use them to create punched borders, or pennants…the list goes on. In the layout above, you’ll see a star, bracket, flower, presents, and a pennant with a message stamped inside it. Those were all created from my scrap White Daisy papers.

Create the illusion your photos are matted. Rather than physically matting your photos on a large piece of patterned paper or card stock, trim it down and adhere it next to your photos. Your favourite papers’ life will be drastically lengthened this way! While it may add more to your scrap box (if the piece of paper you’re using is on the larger side), you’ll still have enough of that beloved paper to use on future projects instead of using it all up (or the majority of it) on one! I used this technique on the layout above. The City Sidewalks paper is adhered on either side of my photos on both pages. Think of them as the ‘book ends’ or brackets surrounding the photos.

Use your Cricut! Some of those scraps will be large enough to cut icons or titles from. If that’s how your paper originally became a scrap, use the space that’s still left for photo mats, journaling mats, borders, stamping and/or punching smaller items. You’ll likely have to trim off the pieces of paper that were cut, but you’ll be surprised to see how much paper is still left if you trim them down. Think outside the box. What can you do with the paper you have left after using your Cricut?

Alternatively, don’t be afraid to throw your smaller scraps through your Cricut, too. It is possible to use them, you’ll just have to make the items you’re cutting smaller. Sometimes, that takes a bit of trial and error, so maybe use a scrap of paper that you don’t care much about to get the sizing correct. Then, use your favourite paper to cut the final item! I cut my title using my Cricut. I used both White Daisy and Willow card stock to create the title.

Mat your photos with your scraps. Both patterned papers and card stock works to mat your photos. If you got really creative, you could also use scrap washi tape, shimmer tape, zip strips, stamps, or twine will work, as well!

All of the suggestions I listed above are ways that I use up my scrap paper stash. Most often, I stamp on my scraps and use them as photo mats and journaling spots on my layouts, but its not limited to just that. There’s no right or wrong, and the sky’s the limit. Get yourself outside the box, and do something different. Also, the suggestions I listed are probably just the tip of the iceberg. What are some ways you use up your scraps? I’d love to hear how you use them up!

What did you think of this blog post? I’d love to hear! Share what you thought in the comments below.

 

 

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 Picture-Less Layout

Happy Friday! Its overcast and dreary here this morning, but the weather network is telling me its going to be a warm and sunny day. I’m looking forward to it. If the weather warms up as much as they say it is, I’ll take the kids on a picnic tomorrow to the local splash pad and we can spend the afternoon there. Fingers crossed its nice enough!

I’m switching gears today. I have a layout to share, but its a picture less one. Its picture less because 2014 and 2015 on my computer go absolutely haywire. This was about the time that I began having problem with my computer (if you can remember way back to before I quit blogging for a time at the end of 2016/start of 2017). My desktop computer was having issues, and finally got resolved (I thought), and then I began having problems uploading my Android cell phone to my computer AND problems again with my desktop. It resulted in my desktop computer dying and a new one being bought. Apple transferred everything on the old computer to the new, but it didn’t translate. I’m missing all of 2014, and the little of it that I do have, somehow took place in 2015. And, I know they didn’t happen in 2015. This is the reason I’ve created a layout without pictures.

I know of one other event that I need to scrapbook that will be picture less- when my husband was diagnosed with a tumor on his pituitary, and the subsequent health diagnoses he’s had in the time since this initial diagnosis. The tumor is benign; hormone replacement therapy has been managing it quite well, so nothing else is needed for the time being. Now, rather than visiting his endocrinologist once every 6 months, we only need to see her yearly or every year and a half. Its great news! Now he just needs to get the rest of his health straightened out! (And, it can all be reversed if he just changed his lifestyle. It hasn’t happened yet…I’m hoping that’ll come).

So, back to the layout I want to share today. What have you done when you’ve run into a problem such as the one I’m dealing with? How did you overcome it? I’ve learned that I should refer frequently to my Instagram and Facebook pages, because they are better timeline references than my photos folder on my desktop computer. There’s way more pictures there- and there’s pictures there that I’d love to have printed but don’t! Argh! As a result, I’ve also learned that I should be printing pictures from Facebook at the moment rather than from my photos folder! Live and learn. So, my mindset now is to turn this negative into a positive, so I’m planning to make a mini album of the ‘missing years’ after I’ve scrapbooked the pictures I already printed from my photos folder.

Is your head spinning yet? Mine sure is. I’m pretty choked up that my memories are gone, but I’m thankful that there’s still a few left to scrapbook. All is not lost. Thank heavens there’s social media platforms like Facebook and Insta- if they didn’t exist, I’d have next to nothing to scrapbook!

I had Facebook in the back of my mind when I created this layout. I wanted to recreate an ‘unknown’ profile picture such as you’d see on Facebook if someone doesn’t have a profile picture uploaded to their personal page. I found a girl silhouette image on my cricut, and cut it out from Glacier card stock. I also cut a large question mark and layered it behind the girl silhouette. I chose the girl because 99% of my layouts are about my children. I only thought it fitting for this layout. I wasn’t sure people would realize that I had tried placing a question mark behind the silhouette, so I stamped a second smaller one onto the silhouette. (My daughter immediately clarified for me that people *would* understand what it was…she told me she liked it after I’d finished it. Phew!)

I filled in the two empty journaling mats with stamping and inked the edges with Sea Glass ink. I matted the journaling spot with Sweet Leaf card stock and layered it over some scrap Kraft and sponged White daisy card stock that were floating around on my desk. I sure love this technique! I think I’ll try to incorporate a lot of this technique into most of my layouts from now on. At least, until the novelty wears off. Ha!

I sponged part of my title too, so that it would stand out a bit better against the Kraft portion of paper that it covers. It was also cut from Kraft card stock, and it got kind of lost without the sponging. I just used a tone that was slightly darker than its original. I love the texture it adds!

I also paired all the stamping and CTMH products with a single sheet of patterned paper from Stampin’ Up. I like that the arrows kind of helps draw your eye down towards the centre of the page, or up from the bottom of the page. Mission accomplished!

Products Used:

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Kraft Card stock Z1375

-CTMH Sweet Leaf Card stock X5639

-CTMH Poppy Thick Twine Z3094

-CTMH Hopscotch My Acrylix Stamp Set D1638 (retired)

-CTMH For Always My Acrylix Stamp Set C1547 (retired)

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

-CTMH Sorbet Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2864

-CTMH Desert Sand Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2818

-CTMH Glacier Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2841

-CTMH Bamboo Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2803

-CTMH Goldrush Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2823

-CTMH Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2813

-CTMH Chocolate Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2811

I also have posted to my Facebook all the stamp sets I’d like to destash and part with. There’s nothing listed that’s more than $15 Canadian; I’ve also created some ‘bundles’ if you can call them that. One stamp set coordinates with a sheet of patterned paper I have, so I’ve listed them together. There’s also a set of three stamps that come together, so I’m selling them together, as well. View it here. I will share it in more detail here tomorrow…probably next week. Tomorrow is Saturday and I’m not sure I’ll make it here if my husband is home. I hope this will do until then! Some stamp sets have already sold as well (thank you to those that have purchased from me! I hope to see the rest of these go, as well!) If you live outside of Canada and you’re interested in broadening your acrylic stamp stash, give me a shout. Maybe we can work something out. Shipping charges will apply to both my Canadian friends and those abroad.