Friday, January 29, 2010

Paper Pleats

Finally a card! It seems like I haven't made a card in like forever. It is funny how you go in stages and lately I have been in a scrapbook frenzy. There are so many pictures of my family that were taken last year. And my heart is really about scrapbooking...but card making is fun too.
On Sunday I will be teaching a technique class and this is one of the cards that we will be doing. While the card has a few different techniques, the one we will be focusing on is the paper pleat at the bottom. While I won't be giving instructions here, you can attend the class and get written instructions as well as practicing on a sample piece before you make the card. We will also be doing two different techniques as well...sanded serendipity and dying paper flowers. You must attend to get a look at these cards. I only have two spots left if you would like to attend. Give me a call.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

February Scrapbook Class

This is the layout we are doing for the February Scrapbook Class on February 11 at 7pm. We will be working with the Veranda paper Packet. I will be teaching you how to cut the papers from 12x12 and how to do the borders around the large photo and your title. All supplies are included. You will need to bring your basic tool kit...paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, paper piercer etc. You are also encouraged to bring your own adhesive.
Registration and payment is required by February 8th.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fixin Fence

On June 23, 2007 a F4 Tornado went through our property. It missed our house by half a mile but it went through our pasture and tore up a half mile of fence. There were some storm chasers from down south that were following the storm and placed some video on their website a few days following. Most of the video is over our pasture and the cows you see are ours. So my hubby and I were out fixin fence the next day.
All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Imagine Layout Concerto Page 42
Moon Doggie Paper Packet X7111B
Colors are Colonial White, Cranberry, New England Ivy and Desert Sand.
Designer Ribbon Holiday Z1305
Biggie Brads New England Ivy Z1215
Autumn Leaves Paper Flowers Z1304
Basic Buttons Z1206
Waxy Flax Olive Z1084
CTMH Evening News Font
Storybook Cricut Cartridge Font
Martha Stewart Scallop 3 Dot Punch

Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Mom, My Friend

It doesn't seem like I scrapbook too many things other than my Granddaughter lately so I did this layout of my Mom. She turned 75 last year (I will get to those pictures sometime...). She loves to scrapbook and make cards too. Both my daughter and my son's girlfriend scrapbook too.
It is wonderful that we get to share that.
For the flowers on this layout I used actual flowers on the patterned paper that came with this kit and cut them out. What a great idea to get something to match. Sometimes we forget to look at the things right in front of us to use. I also used a pattern out of the Imagine How To Book...Ensemble Piece on page 40. This also uses the January Stamp of the Month True Friends.
All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Imagine Ensemble Piece Page 40
Unforgettable Paper Packet X7106B
Colors are Cocoa, desert sand, Sorbet, Juniper and Blush.
Dream Big stamp set D1399
Classmate Alphabet D1303
Family Stamp Set C1305
True Friends Stamp Set D1406
Save the date D1386
Winter Cozy Mini Medleys Z1120
Chocolate Ribbon Z1127
Foam Dots Z1151
Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace Punch

Friday, January 15, 2010

Imagine Blog Hop!

Today we are doing a blog hop where we will show you different layouts and ideas for using the Imagine How - To Book. There are 14 blogs to showcase this great book.So if you can from Kristie Herdener's blog you are travelling right along!
This is truly one of the three wonderful how to scrapbook programs that Close To My Heart has.
They provide hundreds of ideas for gorgeous and balanced layouts. It features 50 two-page 12x12 layouts complete with cutting diagrams, detailed assembly instructions, full-color artwork and plenty of clever techniques for beginners to experts.
My layout today is done following the Small Packages blueprint on page 74 of the Imagine book. If you look at the book, you will notice I switched my layouts around because I wanted the right layout on my left side. I also wanted to use one big photo instead of 9 smaller ones on my left hand layout. That is the great thing about these books, you can do that! That is why you can get so many combinations out of these books. And with different papers and embellishments even the exact same blueprint will be different!
All supplies are Close To My Heart.
Veranda Paper Packet X7119B
Colors are Juniper, Garden Green, Cocoa, Creme Brulee and Vanilla Cream
Vintage Post Card Stamp Set D1207
Foundry Bookplates Z1147
Mini Medley Pewter Z1243
Filigree Charms Z1269
Just Blooms Spring Blossom Flowers Z1266
My Legacy Writer Journal Pen 4275
So now hop on over to Tracy Oleksak's Blog for some more ideas.
Don't forget that there are 14 of us today to inspire you!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Brag Book

This is a cute little book I made to go inside my purse. There have been so many ask me for photos of my granddaughter that this book seemed just perfect for this.
On the spine of the book I used rub - ons to spell her name. This turned out better than expected! I have not used too many rub - ons in my day. I am sure that I will be using them more.

I won't post the rest of the photos but there are about 16 pages to hold lots of photos.
All Supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
3 x 3 Mini Album Z1166
Amore Paper packet X7107B
Colors are Blush, Tulip and Chocolate
Chocolate Ribbon (retired)
Mini Medleys Winter Collection Z1120
Rub On's Love Letters Z1098
Pink flower Unknown

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Monday, January 11, 2010

My Weekly Planner

I have never been one to write in a diary or anything like that but I really liked the weekly planner that Close to My Heart has. Then a while back another Close To My Heart consultant made one to inspire me. So My New Year's Resolution is to try my best to faithfully keep a journal with the pages of my weekly planner.
On the inside pages I plan to add photos of any milestones or events that are happening in my life. I already have some photos taken for the last week but have not had time to print them out yet.
All Supplies are From Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Weekly Calendar X301
Veranda paper Packet X7119B
Colors are Creme Brulee, Garden Green, Juniper, Vanilla Cream
Garden Green Connections Club Rewards (Ask me how to earn your own)
Spring Blossoms Just Blooms Z1266
Garden Green Concho (retired)
Circle Window Charms Z819
Picture Perfect Stamp Set D1363
Notice the Details Stamp Set D1378

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Grandpa's Strong Shoulders

This layout was created with the Felicity kit. It is still on special with Close To My Heart until the end of the month...while quantities last!
It has really cute papers that can be used for almost any occasion. I used a pattern from the Reflections book...main Frame 4 Square on Page 52. These pattern books are really awesome! It gives you all the steps to put together great layouts, including cutting directions, blue prints, and step by step directions for putting the layers together. I also used the Martha Stewart Punch around the page...Crown...for this layout. This was really easy to do...just punch the corners of your 12x12 then punch the border around the page and everything lines up perfectly. I will be using this more often in my layouts...I really like the look.
All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Reflections Main Frame 4 Square Page 52
Felicity Kit
Colors are Desert Sand, Colonial White, Sorbet
Sorbet Ribbon Z1123
Colonial White Edge Anchors Z1288
Colonial White Mini Medleys Z1276
Black Journalling Pen 4275
Nueva Std. Cond. Font
Martha Stewart Crown Punch around the page

Photos, Photos and More Photos!

Every Boxing Day until January 3rd my photo processor has a 9 cent print sale. What a deal! I look forward to this sale all year. I do believe, that even though I went digital a few years ago, that photos should still be printed to be admired. So...800 hundred photos later...

Now with all these photos I dug out one of my new stamp sets, Save the Date D1386, and stamped the date on the back of all my photos with stazon ink.

Now, I did not get too technical with the date only the month and year. I did not worry about the exact day.

I sorted all the photos into chronological order and placed them into my photo albums. You can see this picture at the top. On the spine of these albums I made tags with the year on them and labels as to the occasions or events like Lake Photos, Christopher and Becki's Wedding, Family Photos etc. This saves a whole pile of time when you go hunting for a certain photo. I did discover this system when I took a Library Of Memories Class taught by Stacy Julien at Big Picture Scrapbooks. It was one of the best classes I ever took and well worth the money.
So...this is where I have been spending my time the last couple of days. Now that I am done I will get some time to do more scrapbooking.
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Veranda Workshop On The Go

This is the Veranda Workshop On The Go that we will be creating on February 21st. These papers are so elegant that I knew that I wanted to use some of my wedding photos for (yes, I know that I celebrated my 25th Anniversary last November!) As you can guess, I do not scrapbook chronologically...I use papers and embellishments to inspire me first.
If you choose to buy this kit for $35.50 you will get:
Veranda Level 2 paper packet X7119B
Follow your Heart Stamp Set (only available in this kit)
Filigree Charms Z1269
Workshop Guide
You may choose to add:
Antique Copper Mini Medleys Z1275 for $5.25
Spring Blossom Just Blooms Flowers Z1266 for $9.25
You will also get to attend the FREE Workshop to put this layout together or you can work on it at home as the workshop guide is included. To be sure the kit arrives in time for the workshop I will need your orders by January 31.
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Friday, January 1, 2010

New Idea Book Unviels Today!

The new idea book has arrived and is available to purchase out of today. If you already don't have a copy (I did give a sneak peek to a few of you if I have seen you since they arrived) you can view it here.

There are so many beautiful things...Close To My Heart has outdone themselves again. Be sure to check it out.

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Happy New Year and Uncle Terry and Me

Happy New Year everyone! Oh my goodness, 2009 flew by in the blink of an eye and I sure hope that 2010 will go a little slower!
This is a layout of my granddaughter and her Uncle Terry. He is already teaching her to stick out her tongue. It is cute though...
This paper packet is a special going on right now from Close To My Heart. It is called Felicity and I have already posted the details below so take a look there.
All supplies are Close To My Heart unless otherwise noted.
Felicity Collection Paper
Colors are Bamboo, Cocoa, Desert Sand, Colonial White and Twilight.
Save the date stamp set D1386
Code it stamp set B1315
Baby Miracles Stamp Set D1249
Big Pinks Flowers Z1033
Bamboo Brads Z1218
Mini Blue Flowers Unknown

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