CTMH Adventure Cut Above Kit

Hello friends, welcome to Thursday. How is your day treating you so far? I hope its a good one for you! Its survival mode day for me, meaning I headed out for a walk, got home and bawled my eyes out (this year has been so tough…grieving hasn’t terminated yet. Actually, it never will. But, I’ll eventually learn to deal with it.) Then I got up, purged my daughters’ bedrooms (throwing out two garbage bags full of trash. Yeah, I know. The best part? I only cleaned up their dressers and night stands. My children are like their father- they have to keep every.single.thing. I’m a purger. I always have been. I don’t get the need to keep everything! My kids cry when I suggest donating toys they don’t play with and clothes they never wear. My husband gets downright mad at me for trying to  sell things we rarely use and haven’t looked at in the 6 years we’ve lived in this house. The struggle is real, folks! Are you in the same predicament? How do you deal with it?

Now, I’m binging on food and sitting in front of my computer attempting to type out a blog post. I hadn’t intended to start out my blog post that way, but there it is. No point in hiding behind my emotions. Its part of being human. And, part of grieving I suppose, too.  (My children are going to be doing their own version of grieving when they get home from school and see what all I’ve thrown out.) I’m not sure I’m looking forward to it. I hope they don’t notice everything that’s gone.

I thought I’d share a layout I created using the new Adventure Cut Above Layout kit. You’ll find this fun kit in the new Annual Inspirations catalog. If you’ve never used this kit before, and have no idea what I’m talking about, you’re going to like what I have to share with you.

The idea behind this kit (and the card kits that come in the same line- Cut Above)- is ease of creating and simplicity. Images are included in the kit showing you what the traditional layouts and pocket style layouts could look like when you’re done creating. (I tend to follow what the pictures depict. I’ve always been a rule follower. When I bake, I need a recipe. When I scrapbook, I need a template to follow. If I don’t have it, I’m totally lost and draw a blank. I can’t move on until I’ve been given direction.) The card kits and layout kits are super simple to put together. All the materials you need to create either project is included in the kit. They’re also pre-cut so there’s no fussing and guessing what size icons and elements should be. They are also a breeze to assemble- the cards and layouts themselves will literally take you no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish. So, if you’re into speed scrapbooking, for any reason, this is the route to take!

All the kits come in different themes- there’s baby boy and baby girl ones, Adventure (as in travel), like the one I played with, and more. Head over to my website to have a look! Which is your favorite?

The best part about these kits?! They’re affordable AND there’s always odds and ends left over for other projects! How cool is that? Pick one of these bad boys up for just $19.00 CAD. (The card kits are typically $9.00 CAD, not including the cost of shipping).

Above is how the kit looks when it arrives on your doorstep. Below is how it could look after you’ve played with it some!

I like to combine a traditional layout with a pocket style layout when I play with these kits. The only struggle I have with the pocket style pages is that I have to fill the backside of the page protector with pictures of the same orientation as the front side (Side A). Often, the pictures that follow the first ones aren’t the same orientation! I don’t have a picture of it, but in this particular case, I got smart, and just filled the flip side (Side B) with journaling cards, and moved on to whatever I wanted to scrapbook next. It bothers me that I couldn’t utilize that space the way I wanted, but I’m relieved it isn’t wasted space. There’s my silver lining!

Thanks for joining me today! I’ll be back again soon to share a sneak of the Holiday Expressions catalog (which happily arrived on my doorstep yesterday) and a special project I’ve been working on!

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CTMH Stronger Together

I took time to scrapbook today, so this post is coming at you later than usual. 

I have some exciting news to share with you! 

CTMH has just released a special stamp- of which all proceeds from sales goes to the Red Cross. This stamp was created with all the victims of the recent natural disasters both here in Canada 🇨🇦 and in the United States 🇺🇸, though it will apply to any disaster that occurs, no matter where they occur. 


We are STRONGER TOGETHER when we STAND TOGETHER. Purchase this stamp set for $17.25 CAD and support a worthwhile cause. 

Message me to reserve yours- I’m currently organizing a CTMH order- or head straight to my website to shop or find a consultant nearest you. 

http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.ca

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.

CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Layout

Good morning, dear friends. We’ve finally made it. Today is the last day of school. Thank the Lord- I am exhausted. I can just imagine how my children feel, though they’d never admit it. I struggled getting my vacuuming out of the way this morning. I seriously didn’t want to do it. There’s laundry baskets all over the house with clean laundry in them just waiting to be folded and put away. Maybe after a day or two of sleeping in and relaxing those things will get done. Phew! How are you feeling knowing that the end is finally right here?

Hopefully, Lord willing, I’ll be at CTMH convention at this time next year, not even thinking about school finishing, but thoroughly enjoying myself and recharging my internal battery surrounded by strong, inspiring women instead. Fingers crossed! I’m going to look into flights…it can’t be too terribly expensive, can it? I’ll find out when I start researching! 😉

That’s right. Convention is happening as I type this. It started yesterday, and I’m starting to see pictures and videos from my uplines starting to float into Facebookland. I am struggling to find the right word to explain how addictive and inspiring the energy is, but its incredible. Its making me wish I was there now instead of vacuuming my floors, lol. Add to the bucket list: going to convention!


After watching those videos, I’m feeling a whole lot of happy- just like I was in the picture above, when my husband, myself and my dear friend attended the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton back in 2013. It was the last time we went; now, I can’t go because I’ve learned that my allergies have developed from moderate to severe. In addition to that, I have allergy triggered asthma, too. So, no more indoor rodeos. And, definitely no more horseback riding. I’m pretty sad about it. Horses are my favourite animal, next to roosters and peacocks. I’ve loved horses the longest. I guess I’ll just love them from a distance now! I can look, but I can’t touch!

This layout I just absolutely adore. I love every inch of it. I used a mixture of CTMH Frosted papers (wayyyy retired) and Urban (newly retired). The mix just speaks to me. The colors fit the theme perfectly. Even the picture fits perfectly, in all its imperfect fuzziness and poor iPhone filter quality. (Back in the day. Its improved tenfold in the last couple years). And, I just love the dude in the background with his hat covering his face so that he wouldn’t be in our picture. I think that’s the best part! Its the small things. Really. The pops of green are the perfect finishing, attention getting touch. I should just frame this instead of putting it in a scrapbook album!

Products Used:

-CTMH Urban (retired)

-CTMH Frosted (retired)

-CTMH Black Card stock 1386

-CTMH White Daisy Card stock 1385

-CTMH Fern Thick Twine Z3093

-CTMH Mini Staples Z2097

-CTMH Mini Stapler Z2027

-CTMH Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2807

-CTMH Saddle Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2871

-CTMH Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2805

-CTMH Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad Z2872

-CTMH Sponge Daubers Value Pack Z1938

-CTMH Choose Happy S1503

-CTMH Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking Stamp Set D1716

I forgot to mention, there’s just two days left before June ends, which means this months’ specials will be ending, too! If you’d like to jump on these deals, you can reach me via email or by commenting on this post. I’ll get your order posted for you so that you don’t have to! If you choose to do it yourself, visit my website at http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com. My email is: theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com!

Make it Monday

Happy Monday, dear friends!

As promised, I have my Grilled Tuna Melt to share with you. If you’re tired of your usual, run of the mill grilled cheese sandwich, then give this recipe a try. It’s great to eat on days you don’t particularly feel like cooking or days that are miserable and cold.  Like yesterday lol. Last night, it dropped to 0° C overnight. Summer is most definitely gone from here!

Instead of typing out the entire recipe here, I’ll just include the Pinterest link to this delicious sandwich. 

Next week, I’ll share a new, tasty and healthy recipe that you and your kids are sure to love snacking on! Mine do- and it has flax seed in it. (I wasn’t sure I was a fan until I tried this recipe). 

Stay tuned for my next Make it Monday post!

Make it Monday

Hello, friends, welcome to another make it Monday!

Next week, I’m hoping to share my Kraft Mac Chicken Cacciatore recipe, and today I’m going to share my Kraft Go-Go Green Smoothie. So delish!

*Note: All images from Kraft Canada.

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe! We just had it for breakfast and is super tasty. I love it and my kids love it. Double score!

Make it Monday 

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

Mondays had been scheduled for sharing ctmh with you, and you may have noticed those posts have dropped off as of late.

I have been struggling as a consultant- I’ve been fighting a losing battle building up a client base and weathering the economic downturn we’re experiencing here in Alberta.

I can’t afford to keep my status active by placing orders for just myself, so I have let my status slide. I am still active right now, thanks to my dear friend and only customer, but she may not be able to place orders much longer, either.

I’m not here to complain- I’m at total peace with this. I can still purchase scrappy supplies, I’ll just do it elsewhere- when I’m able to afford it!

So, instead of sharing crafty ctmh inspiration, I’m going to start sharing foodie crafty inspiration on Mondays, which I’ll call Make it Monday. 

Stay tuned next week for my first recipe!

CTMH Our Story PML

Hello crafty friends. TGIF! What are your plans for the weekend?

My girlfriend is coming over for a scrappy date, and while we play, our kids can (will) play the Wii. Later on, we’ll take our kids to nerf mania, an event happening at the leisure centre in our community.

I was thinking of taking the kiddos to see Zootopia, but since tomorrow is going to be utter insanity (again), I’m going to hold off. We’ll hit up the next kids’ movie.

How about another layout? Are you getting tired of seeing them yet?

I hope not! I have so much to share with you!

To keep things from getting stale, I do have a Picture My Life (PML) layout to share with you.

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The PML cards are CTMH Our Story, and work beautifully to sum up my March 2012 photos. The soft colors and floral patterns fit my girls perfectly!

I created the March journal card myself, by stamping with CTMH Handwritten alpha stamps in Whisper, then layered the green pennant underneath for the date.

Tomorrow, I’ll have side B to share with you! Thanks for dropping by and I hope you’ll join me again soon.

If the PML cards pique your interest, they are available to purchase on my website. Shop 24/7 right from the comfort of your own home!

(And, by the way, there’s many more decks of PML cards to choose from, too!)

Now Available!

Hello crafty friends!

Did you know that I make greeting cards as well as layouts?

If you didn’t, you may be new to my blog. If you’re a keener and return frequently/occasionally, you may be interested to know that my greeting cards are available to purchase.

Yep, that’s right. They’re just $2 a piece,  or $7.50 CAD if you buy 5. That works out to $1.50 per card.

Sound reasonable?

Would you like to see them?  To keep you in suspense, I’ll share only a couple, but I do have a card for every occasion.

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To see all the cards I have on hand, please visit my Facebook page. Some of the cards are stamped inside, as well.

Like any of the cards you see but want to make them yourself? Let’s talk- I’m open to creating kits and organizing workshops too!

Now, the items I have for sale doesn’t end with handmade cards. I also offer scrapbook albums- by commission. If you don’t have a scrapbook album, don’t worry! I can order you one through CTMH (your choice of cover), which will be included in the overall price of your completed album.

I can also order your favorite papers from CTMH, too, so that the theme, colors and embellishments remain consistent throughout.

Most, if not all of the products used to create your special album will be Close to My Heart, though my other favorite products and manufacturers may find a place in it too.

You’ve already seen a lot of my scrapbook layouts, so you’ll have a good basic idea what your scrapbook album will look like once it’s completed. All I need are your pictures.

(My printer does not print high quality photos, so I suggest printing them via your favorite store and I’ll take it from there.)

I’ll hand deliver or mail your cards or album when it’s completed. It’ll be done in a timely and efficient manner. The size of album is negotiable, too!

So, if this interests you, let’s talk! I’d love to help you out!

Fall Has Arrived!

Hello dear friends! Forgive my long absence! I don’t have much to share these days- I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future. I placed my monthly CTMH order today, so by next week I’ll have new goodies to play with!
It’s also been a tumultuous couple of weeks here since I last posted. I had a severe allergic reaction to horses a couple weekends ago, that landed me in emerge and a prescription for an epi pen (which is new to me). I’ve always had allergies; I’ve just never reacted so severely before. Who knew allergies can worsen later in life?! As a result, I’ve been feeling fairly unlike myself since that incident. I’m feeling much better as of a couple days ago, but lost the scrappy bug in the process. Instead, baking has taken up residence! So…I’m still being creative, just using totally different mediums while I’m at it! Here’s what I’ve been up to:

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(5 loaves of pumpkin bread under my belt!!)

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(Family tradition Boterkoek- two batches ready to go), and I’m just about to try apple crisp in my slow cooker. Fall has arrived in the K-house!