Monday, 10 November 2014

November Team Brae-er Blog Hop - Workshop Wonders





Welcome to our monthly team Brae-er Blog Hop featuring WORKSHOP WONDERS from Close to my Heart. If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Sheri's blog at http://sherisays-justscrapit.blogspot.ca/2014/11/workshops-blog-hop-great-way-to-learn.html for a full list of participants. If you came from Julie's blog then you are in the right place! 

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 

This month we are featuring different types of Workshops.  I have been offering workshops for some time now and generally focus on the standard Workshop on the Go.  Every now and then I change it up a little and I'm loving this new idea.


The new Picture My Life kits are fantastic!  They are cute, fun and so quick.  They were a great way for me to quickly scrapbook a ton of photos that I took while Rick and I were away in Vegas.


I had a lot of fun adding mementos from my trip as well as some fun embellishments from my stash and from the current Idea Book. 




The Picture My Life kits come with 44 – 4" × 6" Cards, 78 – 3" × 4" Cards, 1 – 12" × 12" Designed Cover Sheet and 10 – 12" × 12" Memory Protectors™(various designs).






If you are interested in signing up for my PML workshop then here are the details.  For only $50 you will complete a cover page, 14 double pocket page layouts and one single pocket page layout with full step by step instructions provided by me.  You will learn how to quickly and easily scrapbook between 100-150 pictures in just a few hours. Your project kit will consist of everything needed to complete the pages as outlined below.


·     14 pocket page protectors

·     1 cover page protector

·     2 half packages of PML cards

·     Assorted bling to dress up your pages (sequins, sparkles, etc.)

·     Access to additional embellishments from my stash

 The next stop on the Hop is Sheri. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will feature something "A Christmas Hop".

Friday, 10 October 2014

So Happy with CTMH

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring NEW PRODUCTS from Close to my Heart that make us happy to be a part of such a great company. If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Nicky's blog then you are in the right place! 

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 
I can give you so many reasons why I love CTMH but it would take far to long for me to type all if them. This month I decided to use some of the great products to turn a two dollar find at the dollar store into a grat home decor piece that matches my living room decor. I love that I can make such unique and creative things with my CTMH products. Although I often say that I'm a scrapbooker, I really think that I'm more of a paper artist. There is no limit to the things that you can make with CTMH products.




For this cute little piece I used some paper from the Brushed paper pack. I also used some from the retired Skylark paper pack. I added some Topiary mini chevron ribbon, Skylark assortment, base and bling and green sparkles.  I love how all these items come together so nicely and make my own unique little piece. 


The next stop on the Hop is Brae. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will feature something "Workshop Wonders".

Monday, 11 August 2014

New Product!! August Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring NEW PRODUCTS from the Annual Inspirations book. If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Create with Alyson's blog then you are in the right place! 



We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop! 
Ok, so I've been absent from the hop for a while.  I've been so busy this summer that I've hardly found time to scrap much at all.  I have completed a few projects which hopefully I can share sometime soon.  I'm so happy that I have something to share this month though.  

I am so in love with the new products from Close to my Heart.  They continue to provide us with amazing papers and embellishments and so much more.  As soon as I saw the Chalk It Up paper pack I knew that I had to have it.  I am loving the chalkboard look but I also really love the coordinating embellishments too.  The Chalk It Up Assortment is so adorable and fun.  I love how well it suited these pictures and I didn't even realize until I was almost done that there were little "admit one" tickets in the assortment!  Just perfect for an amusement park layout.




In addition to the Chalk It Up Workshop on the Go, I purchased the Chalk It Up Complements which are really nice chipboard embellishments.  Even though the kit has a school theme there is so much of it that can work for almost anything.


The stamp set that comes with the WOTG is so adorable.  I used the workshop layout for my inspiration for this little cluster.   You might be wondering about the little triangle cut outs.  I wasn't sure about the new Triangle Border Punch at first but I LOVE IT!  You might notice that I used the little triangle that I punched out as accents on the opposite page.  Cute eh?

The other new product that I just had to have was the Designed Decor Black Shadow Box Frame.  What a great product.  The front frame is hinged to allow you to quickly and easily swap out what you put inside.  I don't have a spot for it yet but you can bet that it will find a home very soon so that everyone can see my latest creations!


The next stop on the Hop is Brae. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will feature something "Out of the Box".

Friday, 16 May 2014

Timberline Layout

At our last club meeting we started to create this great layout with the Timberline Workshop and the Timberline Complements.  


We copied the layout on page 48 of the current Idea Book.  It was a little difficult to get it looking just right but I think we figured it out.  


I wasn't too sure at first what to do to make a coordinating second page so I basically just extended the elements across.  I thought it would be too busy and take away from the left page if I added another Artbooking mat, so I just went with simple paper.



I based the second page layout loosely on Layout 01 in the Make It from Your Heart V2 I wanted to maximize the quantity of pictures that I could fit.  I really like the way this turned out.


Here are a couple of close ups so you can see the dimension.


I'd love to hear what you think.  If you have any questions about how I created these layouts please ask.  I'm always happy to help out.  

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Another Mini Book Gift

My husband's best friend turned 50 this past month.  I knew that I needed to make a little something for him to remember the occasion.  I searched through my stash and found the perfect little mini book.  It's the CTMH My Creations 3-ring binder.  It's discontinued now but there are new ones to choose from.


I used some old Lucky paper and stickease and some embellishments from my stash.  I love how well the new Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon matches with this.  It added some nice texture to the cover.  I also used a couple of the new mini stamps.  I used the Heartfelt Birthday and the Shooting Star one.  These are great little stamps that are so useful and they only cost $2.95.


I decided to stick with the white pages and just add some background stamping.  I love all of my background and texture stamps.  I have quite a collection of them.  This one is the new Flight of the Arrows set.  I've used it so many times already and still love it.  


I know that it's sometime frustrating to sign a guest book but I really wanted to have a little something from everyone at the party.  I used the CTMH Cricut cartridges to cut out the journalling pieces.  I love that I can match up my stamps with the Cricut cuts.  It makes it so easy.  I had these cute little envelopes that I picked up somewhere and they matched so nicely and I thought they would add some interest.

 
I wanted to try to make each page unique so I grabbed different stamps for each one.  I inked the edges of everything with Desert Sand ink.  I also used Outdoor Denim and Olive inks to keep everything consistent.  


I added in some of the My Stickease from the Victory kit also.  They have very similar colours and go very well with the colours I choose.  


I had some fun playing around with some of the photos in Photoshop.  I found some cool new pen settings that allowed me to create some neat effects on the edges.


I found these fun film strip pens online and spent way too much time playing around with them.  It was a lot of fun though and they turned out pretty cool looking.  I even wrinkled up the photo to try to make it look like it had been around for a while.


I hope you enjoyed my latest project.  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  I used so many different stamp sets in this book and I'm happy to look up the names for you if you're interested.


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Favourite Things April Team Blog Hop

Welcome to our monthly team Blog Hop featuring MY FAVOURITE THINGS. If you have just hopped onto my blog, you can start here as this is a circular hop, but if you get lost you can find your way by going to Brae's blog at http://thebrae-er.blogspot.com for a full list of participants. If you came from Alyson's blog then you are in the right place!

We hope that you will take the time to leave comments on our posts, as we love to get feedback from our viewers....whether it was something that you really liked or some new technique that was used that you would like to learn how to do....by leaving us comments, we get to hear what you like, and what you want to see. Thank you… now on to our hop!  
You may have seen my recent post of the book I created for my parents.  While I was searching their house for some more photos to include in that project I discovered a drawer full of past portraits that they had been given of the grand children and great-grandchildren.  I know that my mother loves getting these photos but obviously has nowhere to put them.  This brought me to the following project.  The main reason I am including it as my Favourite Thing is because I LOVE IT!  I am so happy with how this turned out that I want to make one for myself too.  It is my favourite project for sure.
I started with a cabinet door that I found at the ReStore.  It cost me only $10.  It's very plain and simple which is what I was looking for.  I knew that I wanted to change the colour of the raised edge so that it looked like a frame so I started by sanding it down.


I couldn't decide what paper to use because I wanted it to be fairly neutral but also include some flowers.  I searched my retired products and found some of the Claire My Complements Canvas Shapes and the floral paper from the Pemberly kit.  I added some Cashmere cardstock that I embossed with the new Chevron Embossing folder.  These are a lot of fun.  This was my first project that I used the embossing folder on (I just bought a machine so I could finally use the folder).


Once I decided what products to use I had to figure out how I was going to layout the board.  I went through all of the How To Books until I settled on one.  I choose layout 01 from the Make It from Your Heart Volume 1.  I made a few modifications but I thought that I could make this layout work nicely for this type of changeable display.


 Now that I new the paper and colours I would be using I needed to figure out how to add colour to the frame part. I decided to try some Heidi Swapp colour shine. I started by pouring out a little and adding it with a sponge.  It seemed to work ok but I wasn't completely happy with the colour.



I tried spraying on some other colour shine but that left some blobs that I didn't like and it still wasn't the right colour.  I tried using some CTMH cashmere pigment ink.  That didn't work either.  I tried adding some re-inker to some Pearl Paint but that just turned pink!  In the end I washed all of it off (it left behind a little bit of a stain) and then started over.  


This time I used the brown Stazon ink pad and just rubbed the pad along the area. I can't believe how well it worked.  It acutally looks like melamine woodgrain!  I should have thought of this right from the start as I've used the ink before when I didn't like the colour of a picture frame.  In fact I'm really tempted to use it on some furniture that I have but I'm not convinced that it's really a good idea.


I cut out all of the flowers from the three CTMH Cricut Cartridges.  Did you know that for the month of April (2014) you can get a free CTMH Cricut Cartridge?  Just ask me how before the end of the month.


I added some bling to the flowers including adding one of my favourite accessories, the Sparkles Flourishes.  I really like to cut these or add them as is.  They add such a nice touch to anything. 


I used some older clips from my stash that I adhered with Liquid Glass, my favourite super heavy duty adhesive.  Now my mom can change out her pictures quick and easy.  Maybe we can even do that for her when we bring over any new pictures.  I can't wait to see this up on a wall in their new house!

The next stop on the Hop is Brae Montgomery. Thanks for hopping along with us - we hope we were able to inspire you to create your own projects from those that you have seen along the way. Join us again next month when we will feature "National Scrapbooking Month".

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Gift for my Parents

My parents recently moved after living in the same house for over 45 years.  I've been encouraging them to move closer to me for about 5 years now.  It's taken a long time and was a very hard thing for my parents but they came around and are very happy to have a new house now.  They moved in this past October and then headed down to Florida for the winter about a month later.  They haven't had much time to enjoy the house and get it set up yet but they are on their way home now and will be back at the end of the week.  I really wanted to make them some kind of keepsake and housewarming gift.  Since I have so much Heidi Swapp product I thought it would be a great opportunity to use lots of it and have some fun with Colour Shine.



I used one of the Heidi Swapp wooden albums which I covered in Colour Shine and some CTMH mini pigment ink.  I really do love how nicely the colour shine soaks into the album.  The photos just don't do justice to the lovely iridescent appearance.   I added some colour shine banners and a CTMH stamp for the cover. 


I had a lot of fun filling the inside of the album with all kinds of Heidi Swapp product with a little bit of CTMH product thrown in.  I used so many different product lines and it's great how they all work together so nicely.




I don't have a lot of feminine type paper but I do have the Sugar Chic paper pad and it was a lot of fun to finally be able to use some of it.  I'm not much for glitter most of the time either but it's nice to use little bits of it in something like this.




I used some of the photos that I got from my parents when they were cleaning up before they moved.  I'm hoping that they'll really enjoy looking at some of these old photos somewhere other than in a box or drawer.



This was the first project that I used Heidi's new stencil sets on.  They are fun to layer and spray with Colour Shine.  I also used her new background stamps which I love too.


I added in a few Dear Lizzy Thickers mainly because I wanted to use the one that says "This is my happy place".  Isn't it cute?



I had seen some of Heidi's trimmings sprayed with Colour Shine on someone else's site so I thought I'd give that a try also.  It was pretty easy and worked well.  I then heated it to give it some dimension.  Not sure that the flower came out the way I was hoping but I still kinda like it.



What do you think about the Trimmings flower?


I took lots of photos but that's what I like about Heidi's products.  You can fit so many photos and there are so many cute ways to add interactive elements.



I mixed things up a little bit here.  I had some other products that I'd been wanting to use including this fun corrugated black cardstock.



Notice how I just had to use my CTMH Artbooking cartridge?  I actually had this cut out for another project but it wasn't the right size so I was able to use it here instead.  It worked very well here and I was finally able to use my canvas Compliments that I still had left from my CTMH Stella kit.



I really hope that my parents like this book.  I think I might try to make a frame or box that it can be kept in.  I don't think that Michaels has anymore of Heidi's shadow boxes which probably would have been perfect.  I'll look next time I'm there though and maybe create one of my own.



Thanks for looking.  I'd love to hear what you think.  I think my next project will be some kind of display for my mom so that she can quickly and easily put all of the grandkids photos up somewhere instead of just sticking them in a drawer. 

Monday, 24 March 2014

Studio J Layouts

I'm so glad that Studio J layouts are on sale this month.  I really needed to get caught up on some of my scrapbook layouts.  I just haven't had a lot of time lately and when I do I've been busy making home d├ęcor items.  I don't have a lot of experience in Studio J but it really is super easy to use and a lot of fun.  Below are the layouts that I created.


I love that I can use paper packs that I didn't purchase when they were available in the Idea Book. 



Studio J is a great chance to create layouts that I might not make with paper because of them being a little complex.



It's also great that I can leave parts of the layout blank so that I can add embellishments later. 



For the Magic layout I have a vellum square that I'm going to add.



I can quickly make two or even three layouts the same for all of our books by just copying them and changing out the focal pictures and text.



There are so many new options with Studio J.  You can choose the new Express Collections or custom create your own layout.



There are lots of video tutorials also to help you out.  It's not too late, go to Studio J now and see for yourself how much fun it is.


Thanks for looking and I'd love to hear what you think about Studio J.