Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1000 Youtube Subscriber Giveaway

I'm so excited to announce I've made it to 1,000 subscribers and it's time for a giveaway. Not just one but 3 giveaways!

In celebrations of 1,000 subscribers,  National Scrapbook Day and my birthday this weekend I decided we needed 3 chances to win 3 different prizes! Be sure to listen for the details to enter for all 3 drawings.

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1000 Subscriber Giveaway

Thank you to My Scraps & More for sponsoring one of my prizes. Be sure to shop with Audrey and tell her thank you for supporting the scrapbook community as well as bringing us great deals on product.  Use code NOFOOLIN20 FOR 20%  off all this month!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Built Touch - Fancy Pants

Today I have a great guy layout using the Fancy Pants True Friends collection and a sketch from Let's Get Sketchy.

And here's my take on the sketch

I've had a lot of fun with the True Friends collection and this about finishes off all my 12x12 paper. I still have some 6x6, embellishments, and the brag cards. I think I'll make some cards with the rest.

Here's some close ups.

the supplies I used
Amy Tan chipboard Thickers
Elle's Studio cork
Enamel stars


Monday, April 27, 2015

Together Always with Process Video

My Scraps and More is having a month long Sketchathon and I'd love for you to hop over and play with us. Today I'm  hosting and this is the sketch I've created for everyone to follow. To play along you need to use at least 3 different pattern papers from different manufactures and a border punch.

And here is the layout I created with the sketch. I used several collections to document the relationship between my daughter and her puppy. They are quite the pair

Here's a look at the process

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch the video
Together Always Process Video

And some close ups

Products used

Papers -
Studio Calico, Simple Stories Harvest Lane, Fancy Pants True Friend

Simple Stories Homespun sticker sheet
OA Daily Flash enamel dots
WeR Envelope Board
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Amy Tan Date stamp

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Post Modem Autopsy - Crate Paper

today I have a really fun layout using the new Crate Paper Confetti collection and a sketch from Stuck Sketches.

Here's my take on the sketch.

I used a portrait photo instead of landscape but I think it works just fine. I adjusted my title to go up along the side to help the flow of the upright photo.

And some close ups

the supplies I used
Crate Paper confetti paper & sequins
Craft Market stickers
Studio Calico Cork cameras
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
EK Border Punch
Simple Stories Snap letter stickers
Lagoon Washi
Enamel Dots

Two layouts One Sketch - Paper Camellia

Today I have two layouts that I did with a sketch I took to my weekend crop.

I could see so many possibilities with the sketch I ended up doing two layouts with it.

I pulled kits together and for the first one it all started with the photos. i had these two photos from last Christmas that I really wanted to get documented. I then went to start pulling product. The papers I found ended up being pretty far back in my stash but I felt like they complemented the photos really well. The embellishments all came from new product so together I think it works really well.

As you can see I flipped the sketch for both of them. It just worked better with the subjects in my photos.

The next layout all started with two of the background papers that were really old but I still liked and wanted to get used up. I then found a couple of other older papers that I decided to try and fit it. If I didn't use them then it was time for them to go. Which when I finished the layout I did pass the remainder of the supplies on down to friends for them to enjoy.

I hope you enjoyed both of these layouts today and are inspired to dig back in your stash and use it up or pass it on.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hillcat - jillibean soup

I have another layout today with the jillibean soup Summer Red Raspberry collection. I am in love with the colors of this collection! I used a sketch from Sketches in Thyme.

Another fun sketch to work with and here's what I came up with.

And some close ups

the supplies i used

October Afternoon Kraft mini market
Emeral Thickers
Enamel Dots

Friday, April 24, 2015

Barista in Training - October Afternoon

Hello all! today I have a layout that I used October Afternoons Saturday Morning and a sketch from Sketches in thyme.

And here's my take on the sketch

This was such a fun sketch to play with and I'm glad to get this story documented. Not the best photos but they're good memories.

And some close ups

Supplies used
October Afternoon 5 & Dime Label stickers
Ink pads - Creme Brulee, Glacier, Tim Holtz Vintage Photo
lilibee design ABC stickers
Flakey Thickers


49 Wishes Scrap Much Sketch

Today I have a layout I completed at last weekends crop. I took several sketches with me and this is one I used from Scrap Much Sketch challenge. I love using sketches to get me started.

And here is the layout i created.

And some close ups

I had a lot of fun using one of the kits i packed up using some older supplies.

supplies used
Fancy Pants Memories Captured
Scrap Much Sketch
Gumdrop thickers
Prima Sugar dot
Fancy Pants memories Captured Ephemera Pack
Chic Tags Cloud 9 Paper clips


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Making Page Kits & Packing for a Crop

Hello everyone!

I often get asked how I prepare for a crop. If I package kits or pack everything. How do I make kits up and what all do I include? How much prep work do I do? What about sketches?

I have two videos up that I filmed while I prepped for a 3 day crop so hopefully I can share my thoughts and processes that I've learned that work for me. Everyone is different so take what will work with your scrap style and leave the rest behind.

I have learned I'm much better packing kits and not bringing an abundance of supplies. My mind is the type I can spend all day trying to decide what to work on, what paper to use, what photos to scrap and let's not even get started about embellishments or coming up with titles and journalling.

I used to not enjoy going away to scrap because I wanted to get something accomplished and it never felt like I could get anything done and it was such a hassle to pack everything up. This was also a time that i didn't get to scrap a lot so scrapping was a top priority.

Now I get to scrap quite a bit on my own and I like to go to crops and scrap along with friends, chat a bit, and see what others are working on. So now my goals are different and I've learned how I can be more productive but also have fun and relax at crops as well.

Here's a look at what all I've decided to bring, how I decided to make my kits up for this time, and how it all fit in my new rolling tote and shoulder bag. LOVE them!!

I'd say if you're going to go to a crop the first thing to do is decide what your goal is. Do you want to get x amount of layouts done, do you want to relax and have fun, do you want a bit of both?

Once you decide then decide how your mind works and if you need to narrow your choices down by making some kits up. Do you need to narrow further down and kit by theme like I discussed in the video or are your photo driven and want to scrap particular photos?
Or do you need a little bit of all your supplies and fly by the seat of your pants and enjoy the whole process of creating with whatever comes to you at the moment.

In other words how structured do you need to be with your decision making and process? Then go for it and enjoy your time. Don't let anything get in the way of just enjoying yourself. You may have surprises or mishaps but stay flexible and enjoy your time scrapping with friends.

And here's a look at the 16 pages I made from my kits. I think this is the most productive I've ever been and it's in large part to all the pre planning I did before hand deciding what I wanted to accomplish from the weekend. I had a great time creating and visiting with friends I don't see often enough as well as eating a ton of fabulous food!! It was a fabulous weekend.

If you're reading in email click the links below to watch the videos
Scrapbook Layout Share

Here's a list of some of the things I packed
Rolling tote
Shoulder bag
Lg Organizer
Md Organizer
Iris Case
Page kits
Stitching Guide
Foam Mat
Piercing Tool
Tiny Stapler
Trimmer Blade Refill
Sketch Books
Glue Dots
Foam Dots
Liquid Glass
Corner rounder
Border Punches
stamp cleaner
Stamp scrubber
Ink Pads
Ott Light
Cup Holder/trash bag
cutting mat
Alphabet stickers
Wet ones

Friday, April 17, 2015

Free Seasonal Expressions 2

It's time for Seasonal Expressions 2. We have 2 new gorgeous paper lines as well as new Workshops on the Go, accessories, stamp sets, and much much more!! You can get your FREE copy with every order placed on my website this month.

Seasonal Expressions 2
April 2015–August 2015

A sampling of the two new paper lines.

New Sequins
with adhesive!!

2 new Washis

Hop on over to my website to see all the NEW product and remember when you order you'll receive a FREE Seasonal Expression 2 catalog.

Thanks for shopping with me


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Grab Bags!!!!!!!!

Love a great deal? 

How about 30 days of great deals?

 During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! What deals are we talking about? Each day during April, while supplies last, we’ll feature a random grab bag filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount. 

To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart a and you will then be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)! 

Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 to $150 . 
Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! 
Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3:00 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! 

Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

Don't forget your Stamp of the Month while you're shopping. It's a cutie this month and only $5 with your $50 order or $17.95 by itself.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

I AM Hank with Process Video

I'm hosting another sketch challenge today for My Scraps and More Sketchathon. I'd love for you to come over and play along.

Here is my sketch for today.

And this is the layout I created with it. I have made several layouts with the Simple Stories I AM collection and I'm still in love with it. It's perfect even to scrap our furry friends.

Here's a look at the process

 If you're reading in email click the link below to watch the process video
I AM Hank Process Video

And some close ups


Thursday, April 9, 2015

On A Journey with Process Video

My Scraps and More is having a month long Sketchathon and I'd love for you to hop over and play with us. Today I'm  hosting and this is the sketch I've created for everyone to follow.

And here is the layout I created with the sketch. I used the fabulous Simple Stories I AM collection to document the relationship between my daughter and I during a particularly rough year for both of us. We were spending a lot of time together and grew very close.

Here's a look at the process

If you're reading in email click the link below to watch the video
On A Journey Process Video

And some close ups