Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A new Scrapbooking Season is Here!

 The 2015/2016 CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea book has finally arrived! 

La Vie En Rose

3 New Alphabet Stamp Sets:
Jennifer's Hand

patterned cardstock collections
sticker packs
assortement sets

Through the Year
Going Places
overlays in gold and silver
overlays in black
Beautiful You

New Cricut Artistry Collection

4 New Embossing Folders

3 Card Workshop Kits

6 new enamel embellishments

3 new shimmer trims:
coral, green and aqua

gold and silver foil tape

thick twine in 7 colours

gold and red glitter paper (finally!)

watercolour paper, paints and brushes

one new punch

3 new organizational products

7 new colours

40 new stamp sets

plus more

Click here to see all the new products online.

Also available now is the 2015 Holiday Expressions Idea Book. This mini catalogue contains all of our Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas products. 

2 new paper and embellishment collections
Nevermore (Halloween)
White Pines (Christmas/Winter)

White Pines Picture My Life Card Set

3 Christmas card workshops

plus more

Click here to see all the new products in this idea book online

September is also National Stamping Month!

Available only during the month of September, these exclusive C-size My Acrylix®Hello, Life! stamp sets can be purchased for $16.50 each! Or, for an even better deal, you can purchase all three for only $41.50 —a savings of $8!

September Stamp of the Month

You can own this gorgeous floral stamp set for only $6 after a qualifying purchase. 

I hope these new products inspire you to get scrapbooking and card making as much as it does me! 

Watch this space for a blog hop on October 2nd that I will be participating in using some of these new products. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! 

This month we will be featuring summer paper crafting creations.

If you’ve arrive from Pam Furlong's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here.

This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in the mood to scrapbook your summer fun. Not that we need a lot of help in that area! I have been ready for summer for months now!

Because February was so cold here I decided that I needed to immerse myself in summer photos to remind me that we actually do get nice weather here! Here are my creations:

The first collection of layouts is an entire week long camping trip we took last summer. I chose the pocket page approach because of the number of photos I wanted to use. Most of the paper used in this project is the Seaside Picture My Life (PML) collection but I also used some Surf's Up and Hopscotch PML cards and a few other non-CTMH cards and embellishments.

the happy birthday picture is actually a flip flap

Products Used:
Seaside Picture My Life
Seaside Compliments
Surf's Up Picture My Life
For Always Picture My Life
Hopscotch Picture My Life - retired
lagoon hearts washi tape
black arrow washi tape
4" x 6" flip flaps

For the next set of layouts I used the National Scrapbooking Month Taste of Summer exclusive paper collection to document a BBQ. I was so happy to see the colours worked so well with these pictures even though they were taken 2 years ago! I added my journalling and a few more embellishments after taking these pictures.

Products Used:
Taste of Summer paper collection
Blossom compliments

This next set of layouts is one of my favourites using the Surf's Up Picture My Life kit.

this is the title page that comes with the full PML kit

this is the back side of the title page

Products Used:
Surf's Up Picture My Life
Surf's Up stickers and embellishments - retired
gold polka dot washi tape
camper crazy stamp set

Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely artwork... Now it’s time to head on over to Natalie Racine's Blog and see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great summertime crafting ideas! 

Look for our next Blog Hop in the fall where we will feature products from the new 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Idea book! But first enjoy your summer!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A New Way to TOTE Your Pocket Scrapbooking Supplies

Close To My Heart has really outdone themselves this time with their newest product - the rolling tote. It has been a couple of years since the company has sold one and it was so worth the wait!

This durable rolling bag is the only one on the market that has been designed to hold the CTMH plastic organizers that fit our pocket scrapbooking supplies so well. The top zips all the way down for easy loading. The front pocket is sized to fit 12x12 paper collections, plus there are 2 additional side pockets perfect for extra tools and embellishments. The size of the tote is 25 1/2" x 16" x 17 1/2. A very small amount of assembly is required. 

But don't take my word for it! Here is my first happy customer review and pictures of what this crafter has been able to fit in it. She purchased this item to make attending scrapbooking crops much easier. Everything (and I mean everything!) she needs for the day fits in this one bag that she can pull with one hand.

The following description comes directly from my happy customer. She is primarily a pocket scrapbooker right now but loves to use mix media to create a lot of her own supplies

I've got almost all of my supplies in those 4 boxes.  
Bottom: Glitter, sequins, stickles, brads, embossing powders, stamp cleaner spray, liquid glass, eyelets, and more.  
Second bottom: stamp pads (various companies), ink refills, punches, mini attacher, and stamp pad cleaner.  
Second from top: pocket page cards and flip flaps.  
Top: Art supplies - watercolour paints, spritz pens (CTMH), pencils, erasers, waterproof pens, adhesives, scissors, sea salt and masking fluid, etc. 
Pretty much the only things not in those boxes are larger items that will fit elsewhere in the bag: 12x12 paper, albums and pages, paper trimmer, heat gun and markers.

What Will You Put in Your Tote?

This rolling tote is priced at $164.95 and is comparable to other totes on the market although there is nothing out there that will fit all your plastic totes and then some! Just google scrapbooking totes to see what an amazing and unique product CTMH has designed for us. Additionally, when you purchase this tote directly through me you will receive $25 in free CTMH product (your choice)!

Contact me today to place your order for this amazing bag or to find out how you could purchase it at half price!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

CTMH Easter and Spring Creations Blog Hop

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month we will be featuring Easter and spring creations.

If you’ve arrive from Dominique Groulx's blog, you are on the right path. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here

This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in the mood for spring. I think we are all ready for that!

For this springtime layout I used the new Hopscotch paper collection from the Seasonal Expressions 1 mini idea book.  I love using the Picture My Life cards as quick titles on my layouts. 

Products Used:

Hopscotch Paper Collection
Hopscotch Complements
Hopscotch Assortment
Hopscotch Picture My Life

I loved this paper collection so much I made another layout with it.

Products Used:
Hopscotch paper collection and compliments
Handwritten Alphabet

If you love this paper collection as much as I do then order yours today. It is a seasonal item and will not be available after March 31st.

Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you enjoyed all the lovely artwork... Now it’s time to head on over to Pam Furlong's blog and see her artwork! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas! Look for our next Blog Hop where we will feature beautiful summer projects, see you soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Christmas and Winter Seasonal Blog Hop

Welcome to the •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month we will be featuring all things Christmas and Winter.


If you’ve arrive from Emma Hubert's Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants here

This month we have a number of Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using various CTMH products to help you get in a festive mood for the holiday season.

I have chosen to showcase the Picture My Life Pear and Partridge Scrapbooking Program. I just love how the cards go so well with my childhood pictures from 1975.

page one and two

gold frame cut out on Artbooking cartridge and altered
red glitter gem placed on top of the page protector
hand cut a small flag for my journalling
the Christmas Morning tag was cut out of 3x4 card
gold polka dot washi tape added
gold glitter bow was cut on the artbooking cartridge
red gem
gold sequins

page 3
gold sequins
Smiles cut on the artbooking cartridge
3x4" cardstock covered in gold polka dot washi tape
Here I used a 4x4" flip flap to add two additional photos to my pocket page.
I kept this layout simple with very few embellishments because the paper is so beautiful already. This allows me more time to spend creating additional pages for my family to enjoy.
Products Used:
Picture My Life Pear and Partridge kit
gold sequins
Artbooking Cricut cartridge for gold frame and bow, Smiles
Art Philosophy for the star
Thank you so much for following along on our Blog Hop today! I hope you have been inspired by all the lovely artwork to create your own...Now it's time to head on over to Julie Carriere's Blog and see what she has created for us. Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to get some great crafting ideas!
Look for our next Blog Hop in January where we will be featuring Valentine themed projects and cards, cards, cards!
See you soon!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

December Daily 2014

The Christmas season is full of beauty, love, and moments of magic just waiting to be captured in pictures. All it takes is the right perspective.
What is December Daily?

Originally initiated by a well known scrapbooker Ali Edwards, December Daily can now be found all over the internet starting in the early fall months and continuing through the new year. Aimed at capturing all of your holiday memories, this project consists of taking a photo a day during the month of December and placing it in a dedicated holiday album. And the best part- you can easily get the entire album created ahead of time!

How Can I Help You With This Project?

Project Christmas is a photo-centric daily guide to creatively and mindfully celebrating the season.

 With as much light and magic this time of year can bring, it's easy to be equally hurried and harried. I created this 26-day online class as the perfect remedy for the holiday hustle. Seasonal photo prompts delivered to your inbox each morning will not only inspire your inner photographer but will encourage you to take a few moments to yourself each day to get creatively centered, one photo at a time.  

This will be my 5th year participating in this world-wide project and what I have discovered is that it forces me to be more present in my life. A small mishap that would have caused me stress before is now a funny story for the scrapbook. Just like taking the time to write about what you are thankful for, this activity makes you stop and look around for all the little details that make up our lives around this season.

It is a process. It is a commitment. It is so worth it.


The Album 
The second part of the project is to record those photos in an scrapbook album if you choose to do so. There are many ways to share your photos these days from paper or digital scrapbook pages, photo albums, printed photo books, blogs, facebook and instagram. The most important part of this project is to take the pictures but  it is equally important for you to then get those photos off your camera/hard drive/phone so your family and friends can enjoy them with you.

For the last four years I have documented my “25 Days of Christmas” by creating a 25-page scrapbook in November (no pictures in it) in order to be ready to add pictures and journaling to the completed pages daily, starting December 1st and ending on Christmas Day.  I recorded a story or two from each day or described a detail about our family traditions.

december daily 2010 album pages

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 NEW FOR 2014!!!

This year I have decided to organize my album in a completely new way. I am going to make an ABC scrapbook about December 2014. The daily email prompts will be inspired by the letters of the alphabet. Instead of focusing my album on the events that occur in one day, the pages will be focused on a letter of the alphabet so there is a lot more room for creativity. For example, for the letter "C" page I might choose to focus the page on "cookies" so my pictures may be from the day I decorate cookies with my children or the page could be a collection of pictures about all the different cookies our family like to bake or eat during the season or even a collection of all the activities that start with "C" I took pictures of. There are so many possibilities with this theme album.

Class includes: 

* 26 ALL NEW daily inspirational emails

* $15 product credit for CTMH products

* coaching and support for completing your album

* Facebook group to connect with others taking the class (a very active group where I will be spending all of my time during December posting lots of fun stuff I find all over the internet)

* A month of FUN that I promise you will want to do again year after year

This class can help and encourage you to get your base album completed before December 1st, so you can sit back and enjoy all the activities, documenting them while your memories are still fresh. All you will have to do is print a few pictures and write a bit of journaling. Don’t think you can find time to do this daily? Don’t! As long as you snap your photos everyday and jot down a few points about the activities or feelings of the day you can always print your pictures weekly, biweekly or even at the end of the 25 days and add them in all at once. 

This class would also be perfect to do with your kids as a family project. You could do one album together or each child could decorate their own and even take their own pictures. 

This class can also be completed by digital scrapbookers too! Simply use the daily emails to inspire your picture taking, make your digital pages when you have time and print them out at the end of the month. It really couldn’t be easier. 
Sign up today for only $15 and start a new tradition you will carry on with year after year.

Products I am Using This Year

This is a STASH BUSTING project! I strongly encourage you to gather all of your Christmas paper, stickers, embellishments, etc. together and work from that. If you are like me, you have been collecting all things Christmas for as long as you have been scrapbooking and now you have found the project that is going to help you use it!
Of course I totally understand the desire to also use some of the new and fun Christmas paper that is out there.  

This year I have decided to try a new album size - 8.5 x 11 inch. In the past I have used 12x12, 6x8 and 9x9. Time for a new challenge!
I am also going to be using the CTMH My Crush Holiday Happenings album in a non-traditional way. I will be taking apart this 6x8 inch book and incorporating the cover and pages into my ringed album. There are so many wonderful pages included in this book that I did not want to miss out on. Plus I am all about the gold this year and this mini album is full of it! As I have done in years past, I will post pictures of my album ready to go for December 1st.

Feel free to choose whatever album format you are most comfortable with. The products I will be using will work with traditional 12x12 albums as well as pocket style and mini albums.
Of course I always use flip flaps in my December albums and this year CTMH has come out with NEW 3x4 inch ones perfect for using with pocket pages. Check out all the different sizes here.

I will also be using my CTMH Cricut cartridges to cut lovely embellishments, my alphabet and words ahead of time. Most of them in gold glitter!

CTMH also has some beautiful Christmas and Snow themed paper that will likely show up in my album as well.

I put alot of emphasis on completing my base album before December 1st because, in my experience, the project is more likely to be completed this way. When your pictures are ready all you will have to do is adhere them to your already completed page or slide them in a pocket. It's that easy. 
Click here to see a video of some of my completed pages from previous years.

Email me to sign up today!