CTMH Beary Christmas Album Workshop

Happy Tuesday! I’m working in high gear this week trying to get caught up and this weeks’ chores done before we head to the city again on Thursday (actually tomorrow night) for more appointments. Life is good, but so crazy these days! We have a wind warning for this afternoon, as well- I’m not looking forward to my hair being blown to smithereens. All that work this morning for nothing! Hopefully it doesn’t hit us until we’re done gymnastics tonight- at 7:30. Then it can blow all it wants. Has the wind hit your area yet?

So, my workshop last weekend was a success. All of the girls enjoyed scrapbooking and are looking forward to the next event. The wheels in the attic were turning while the girls were over, and I asked them how they felt about possibly adding to their current albums (if their parents were ok with it, of course). They thought it sounded like a good idea. I ran it past all of the parents involved, and they are game for an add-on, too.

So, introducing my newest workshop, scheduled for January 2018- Beary Christmas (Everyday Life) Album Workshop. Its for kids only, from ages 5 to 11, and its just $26 + the cost of shipping unless you invite a friend that confirms his or her attendance. Then shipping is free! (You’ll get $10 off your order). Great deal and good incentive, right?! I think so! I created this workshop with the girls that attended my last workshop in mind, but that doesn’t mean newcomers can’t participate, either! Newcomers just need to add the cost of their Everyday Life Mini Album to the total ($26). There’s three beautiful albums to choose from! Everything else is supplied. (Think tape, paper trimmer, Beary Christmas dots, coordinating cardstock and patterned paper, etc.) We’ll set aside a couple hours to get our craft on, a snack will be provided (there’s no extra cost for that!!), and I promise your kids will not want to leave. They didn’t want to leave this past weekend- in fact, one of the girls is coming over again this Saturday for an impromptu crop with the twins. Fun, right?! I might even join in the fun this time!

Want to see the materials we’ll be using to create our Christmas pages with? See below:


Next up- the extra supplies I’ll have on hand for the kids to use (no extra cost):


And, if I have newcomers to the workshop, here’s the album choices:

Choose your favourite album- you only need one! I love both the Sea Glass and Bashful albums (mint and baby pink), but the kids all seemed to love the Black and White stripes. Go figure! The Bashful album will only be available for a limited time (as is the Sea Glass, I believe), so I vote for either of them!

Thanks for joining me today! If you’re interested in signing your child up for this event, please comment below. The deadline to register is December 28, 2017. (To register, please send the workshop fee + $10 CAD for shipping to theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com via email transfer. The supplies will be ordered on your behalf on December 29, 2017, allowing enough time for it to ship and still get here on time!) Only available to residents of Whitecourt and/or Edmonton, Alberta.

See you again soon!

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Accordion to Me CTMH Card

Good morning! It’s a wet and dreary morning here in northwestern Canada, which is great because I’m going to scrap today! I’m going through crafty withdrawals. I figure it’s high time I get back to it. 

As you know, I held a kid friendly scrapbook workshop on Saturday. If you missed my post about it, you can find it right here.

I thought it would be nice to make cards for each of my guests thanking them for participating and sharing info about my next planned workshop. Today, I thought I’d share it with you. 

To create this card, I used one of the patterns from my CTMH Originals Card pattern books (Lucky Three, pg. 59) and used up some more Little Dreamer and Jack patterned papers. I also threw in some CTMH glitter paper that I’d trimmed down for my Christmas cards and a bit of Sea Glass cardstock for the matted image. The stamped image and sentiment cane from an upcoming stamp of the month. Stay tuned for that!

PRODUCTS USED

– X772B Jack

– X7219B Little Dreamer

– 1385 White Daisy cardstock 

– Sea Glass cardstock (retired)

– Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper

– Z2818 Desert Sand Exckusive Inks

– Z2810 Blossom Exclusive Inks

Silver & Gold Workshop

Hello friends. Forgive my absence yesterday, we had a last minute appointment in Edmonton. Today, I enjoyed the peace and quiet of being home alone. The weather is miserable, so it was a great day for introverting and scrapbooking.

I prepped for my Fall Card workshop, which is Friday, and then I created card samples for my upcoming Christmas workshop. Once that was done, I dove into starting my Christmas cards! 

No, I’m not starting too early. I don’t have enough supplies to create them, so I’ll add more with Octobers order. Since it’ll take time, I won’t rush through making them 😊

Here, I’d love to show you what we’re making. I absolutely love them!


I followed the CTMH Creative Insider cutting guide to create the middle card and the card to the right. But, instead of strictly using the Pewter ink, I swapped it out for Bashful. I also based the card on the left on a card found within the Silver & Gold Workshop Your Way kit. It’s a bonus project, but loved it! That card was also tweaked just a teensy bit from the original. 

I just ADORE Bashful paired with the gold shimmer trim and all new Pewter ink. It adds a touch of femininity and softness. And, I love the non-traditional Christmas colour scheme. Those patterns? Divine!

This workshop is taking place November 18, 2017. If you’re interested in attending, please rsvp by November 3, 2017. 

If you love these cards but live too far away to attend my workshop, I have good news! As an alternative, I’ll create a cutting guide so you have the freedom to create at your own speed, in your own home. It’s yours FREE if you place an order with me (only for residents within the borders of Canada 🇨🇦).

If that’s you, please contact me. I’d love to help you get creative!

*Just a note, my cutting guide will be based on the cutting guides I used to create my samples, but it’ll reflect the changes I made to them for my own workshop. 

CTMH Charlotte WYW

It was a busy day here in K- house. My parents will be away during the twins’ birthday, so they spent the day with us today. It was fun!

I’m ready for a break,  though. T- minus fifteen minutes before the kiddos go to bed.

Then I have one more valentine to make!

I hope I can get it done!

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I took the opportunity to play around (just a tiny bit) with CTMH Charlotte Workshop Your Way. I wanted to play with it earlier, but didn’t have the right amount of pics to create a double page spread.

That is, until I came across these pictures. There is a Playland for the littles to play in at our local leisure centre. Every once in a while, we indulge and play there.

Needless to say, they (the twins) love it there.

I love this workshop.

The colors, patterns, embellishments…all so feminine, flirty and just plain heavenly. 

I’m not really a big fan of scrapbooking with stickers, but I have to say that the ones included in the kit are alright. They look a lot nicer (and are) a lot nicer than what I previously had stock piled in my stash.

(They’ve been donated to my children).

I don’t know…I always thought stickers were cheap and one dimensional. While they are one dimensional, they can also look classy and not cheap.

Extravagant, maybe?

I don’t know what word to use, but I do like how they look. I was wrong.

Thankfully!

There are still two more layouts to complete using this kit. I’m hoping that one day soon I’ll be able to complete them!

I hope you drop by again to drool over more eye candy!

Last Minute

My mom’s birthday is coming up on the 27th, and with that in mind, I created a birthday card for her. I used Paper Garden, once again,  and a separate SU stamp set I’ve had in my stash for quite some time. A card I found on Pinterest inspired this card. Here it is:

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Here is my interpretation:

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I used Whisper, Black, Thistle and Pear inks on this card, as well as CTMH rhinestone embellishments.
I am interested in turning this card into a last minute workshop! Comment on this blog post if you’re interested in participating OR would like the kit shipped to you! The fee is $35; the only prerequisite for participating is purchasing September’s SOTM before the month is out! Your fee covers the cost of your order and materials to create this beautiful card! Share with your friends- let’s make this happen!

Peace & Love Christmas Card Workshop

Good morning! I’m dropping by with something different today. November 7 is my Christmas card workshop. We’ll be making 20 Christmas cards, using four different designs. I have them made up already, too! Well, for the most part. One card is missing a few things yet, so that on will remain a surprise for now. Hopefully this inspires you to sign up! I’ll also have kits available to those that want to come but are unavailable. Workshop fee is $30 CAD.

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All the materials will be provided; you’re not required to bring anything other than your self! Comment on this post or email me @ theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Seats are limited!

Monthly Promo Mondays

Happy August 1st, everyone!
There’s lots of fabulous CTMH goodies to share with you today- I can’t wait to share it all with you!
To start, as you all know, a new month begins today. Why not celebrate with a new stamp set?! CTMH’s SOTM is perfect for adding tags to cards or gifts AND adding journaling spots to your layouts! Layer them up, color them in or leave them one dimensional- there’s lots of options with this set!  It’s just $5 when you place a qualifying order during the month of August. My website is a great place to start your order!

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In addition to our SOTM, there’s also a really great promotion happening this month- Get Organized! CTMH carries wonderful and durable storage devices- from containers to corral your stamps to devices to organize your sponge daubers and stamping blocks, to folders for storing your miscellaneous papers- there’s lots to choose from!
This month, you get to choose between an accessory roll up case (when you pay full retail price- $22.75 CAD)…

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And receive two Base & Bling style sheets FREE! The best part of this deal- it’s available to you one month early!
OR purchase (at full retail price, $21.25), the marker roll up case. When you do, you’ll receive Balloon Wishes FREE with your purchase! The marker roll up case holds up to 25 Shin Han alcohol markers, and how much fun would the Balloon Wishes stamp set be to color in?!

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So, what are you waiting for? There’s a lot of fabulous goodies to choose from this month, not to mention all the rest of the great products CTMH carries. While you’re picking up your August goodies, have a look through our retiring products list- this month is your last chance to snap up these goodies for good. I’d hate for you to miss out!
Want to know a little secret? A new WOTG has also been released this month, along with the coordinating paper packet and accessories. It’s called ZOE and your first sneak peek is here!

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Again, you can visit my website (link above) to start your order, or add to my monthly group order. You’ll save on shipping to order with your friends!
Stay tuned, in the next few weeks for a few minor changes to my blogging dynamics. I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the changes! You’ve already witnessed the first change- sharing more news and tidbits related to CTMH. It’ll become a weekly installment, where I share a bit more about our promotions this month and the beautiful artwork that’s created with it. Just a note- the artwork I share may not necessarily be mine. It will be solely CTMH and CTMH products. I’m calling this installment Monthly Promotions Monday. (Yes, today isn’t Monday, but I had to start somewhere). A new month doesn’t always fall on Mondays! 😉
And, now that I’ve written a thorough novel, thanks for kindly hanging in there until the end! I’ll refresh your memories on Monday, so stay tuned!

Genuine Call to Action

I’m not one to get in your face and be pushy.  I like to think I’m fairly laid back and happy-go-lucky-and-go-with-the-flow type of girl.
As I lay in bed thinking about things, and saving my business, I decided that to keep what I want, I need to FIGHT for it. It’s time I take action, and ignore the voice of uncertainty nagging at the back of my mind, and be assertive. I can’t- I won’t- wave my white flag before I honestly and legitimately fight and hopefully surpass this obstacle. If it doesn’t work out, even though I gave it my all, I can honestly say I gave it a fair, fighting chance.
There is a solution to prevent my business from going under. It’s a simple solution, too. I started selling Close to my Heart because 1) I’m passionate about scrapbooking. (Shocker, I know). It’s been a natural progression since that day in Camrose that I decided I was going to get serious about this hobby. My boyfriend (now husband) and I had “gone steady”, and I wanted to capture our life and memories and preserve them. I’ve consistently scrapbooked since then. My love for it has grown exponentially since then, too. It’s completely safe to say I live my hobby. It’s become so much a part of me, it’s like the hair on my head or the white on my skin.  2) Since creating handmade items for sale didn’t work out, selling supplies to those that love this hobby (and umbrella concept crafting) as much as me was the next best thing. The only local scrapbook store we had in our area closed their doors a couple years ago. Even having a store here told me there is a market here for crafters and paper crafters. In addition, there is only one other CTMH rep in this area. There should be lots of opportunity! Where is everyone?! 3) The product is beautiful,  good quality and really nice to work with. I love the diversity in products offered, richness and vibrance of the colors and patterns in the inks and papers, and incentives available to all consultants. We are very much treated like family. I feel, much like our founder, Jeanette Lynton, that this hobby and this company- like its name states- has become 4) Close to my Heart.
My solution is to pull people out of the woodwork and encourage them to visit my website and start placing orders. It can be as little or as much as you want. Every little bit counts. I’m forcing myself to be assertive and ask people to help me out and buy! Meeting my monthly requirements is actually relatively low. If four people ordered $25 worth of product every month, I’d remain active! Do you feel you can afford that? There’s also home gathering (aka party) options available, too. You can earn free product in hostess rewards if you host a party. A ‘party’ could also look like a workshop. Get 5 or 6 girlfriends together and commit to 5 or 6 monthly workshops. Each month, there’ll be a new hostess. There’s lots of options available!
What I’m trying to say is help me out by getting your shop on! You can make a $10 order or a $150 order. There are incentives if you spend a certain amount of money, such as the Stamp of the Month when an order of $50 or more is placed. Take a look at your budget, and determine what you can spend per month, if anything. That’s not to say I won’t order at all, or never. I will place orders as I can and as I need and when i can afford to. I’m asking people to share the cost with me. That’s not too much to ask, I hope! Is it fair? I think so!
Visit my website here to start shopping and visit my Facebook page to see what stock I have on hand. Please, please help me out, and please spread the word! We have something for everyone!

Guest Blog Post

Hello! I’m dropping in with some really exciting news!

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If you’d like to see more (and perhaps read more about the secret that nearly killed me), you can visit me on Facebook or head over to Canadian Scrapbooker!
I’ll be back tomorrow with a closer look at the projects I shared over on their blog. Right now, I’m at gymnastics! Happy weekend, friends!

Jackson PML Workshop

Hi! We’re back to our regular school routines today- are you as relieved as I am? It feels really good to get back into our regular routine.
I just want to share a sneak peek at some of the projects we’ll be making at my upcoming workshop. If you’re interested in attending, please email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com. You must live in the Whitecourt, Alberta vicinity and must have reliable transportation to the workshop location (my house)!

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Enjoy the rest of this beautiful afternoon!