Friday, September 19, 2014

Summer Lovin Mini Album

As we close out the Summer season and begin Fall I wanted to share a mini-album I have been working on to capture the memories we have created this year. Sometimes we get so caught up in daily living that we forget about those precious times we have spent with our family.  How do you preserve your memories with your friends and family?  Do you take pictures?  If so, do you keep the photos in your camera or on your computer?  I didn't realize how fast they can accumulate so I have spent a lot of time lately getting all those photos edited and printed so I can preserve them in scrapbook layouts or mini-albums that can be passed down to my family members.  

For this album I started with a My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album from Close to my Heart which you can find here.  I used the Jubilee Paper Collection and the coordinating Compliments and Assortment Pack to start it off.  

For the front cover I used tags from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and then layered it with an overlay and sentiments from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge.  Most images for this album is from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge unless otherwise noted.  

The cover also consists of Jubilee Compliments and Epoxy Bubbles and some green leaves from my stash. 

On the first page you will find cuts from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge along with a glitter button and red glitter twine.

Next, I used some Bronze Shimmer Trim, Midtown Cork Shapes, Trinkets Wooden Shapes, Epoxy Bubbles and twine.  The stamped images are from The Jubilee Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go kit.

Next, more cuts from the Cricut Artbooking Cartridge, some twine, buttons, Red Shimmer Trim, Epoxy Bubbles and stamped images from the June SOTM called "Kaboom".

This pages consists of Honey Ribbon, Topiary Chevron Ribbon, Timberline Assortment Pack, Midtown Cork Shapes, buttons, Washi Tape and Epoxy Bubbles and a stamped image from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.

Next, you will find accessories from the Color Ready Alphabet, Timberline Assortment Pack, Honey Ribbon, buttons, Trinkets Wooden Shapes and stamped images from the Surf's Up Stamp Set.  

The embellishments on these pages are from the Jubilee Assortment Pack, Bronze Shimmer Trim, Timberline Assortment Pack, Washi Tape, Huntington Assortment Pack and stamped images from the Catch You Later Stamp Set. 

Next, the embellishments for these pages are from the Smoothie Mini-Medley Accents Collection, twine, Epoxy Bubbles, Trinkets Wooden Shapes, buttons, Bronze Shimmer Trim, My Creations Paper Pouch and stamped images from the Kick Back Stamp Set.

The embellishments I used for these pages are: Jute Ribbon, Silver Shimmer Trim, Honey Mini-Medley Accents, buttons, twine, Epoxy Bubbles, Jubilee Assortment Pack, Ruby Mini-Medley Accents Collection, and a stamped image from the Cricut Artbooking Collection.

For these pages  I used ribbon, Trinkets Wooden Shapes,twine, Jubilee Assortment Pack, and stamped images from the Jubilee Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go Stamp Set.

These pages consist of embellishments from the Midtown Cork Shapes, Cranberry Striped Twill Ribbon, buttons, Silver Glitter Paper, Washi Tape, Trinkets Wooden Shapes, and a stamped image on the cork shape using the Kaboom Stamp Set.  

The embellishments for these pages are from the Jubilee Compliments, Red Shimmer Trim, ribbon, Mini Stapler, and Trinkets Wooden Shapes.

For these pages I used some Washi Tape, buttons, Smoothie Mini-Medley Accents, Midtown Cork Shapes, Trinkets Wooden Shapes and stamps images from the Happiness Lives Here and the Photogenic Stamp Sets.

Next, the embellishments for these pages are from the Color Ready Cork Alphabet, twine, Midtown Cork Shapes, Red Shimmer Trim, Jubilee Assortment Pack and stamped images from the Jubilee Scrapbooking Workshop on the Go Kit and the Bright Sunshiny Day stamp Set.

These pages where kept pretty simple since I used a lot of cut-outs.  The embellishments are from the Huntington Assortment Pack, Gold Shimmer Trim, twine, brads and Topiary Chevron Ribbon.

The overlay I used for this page is so fun.  It's actually one of my favorites.  I added some embellishments from the Sarita Assortment Pack, Washi Tape, Jubilee Compliments, a metal frame from the Honey Mini-Accents Collection which is stamped with a sentiment from the Photogenic Stamp Set.

This album was a lot of fun creating and although they do take longer that a scrapbook layout you will appreciate the time spent in making one of these albums.  Each page or group of pages express a different theme or event I wanted to capture.  This is also a great way to use up you extra stash of embellishments you might have left over from previous collections.  Most of the embellishments I used for this album is now retired however I wanted to list the items I used for each page in case you have them on hand or are curious about what they are.  When our stamp sets come out in the CTMH Idea Book they are only available to purchase for one year.  When I purchase my stamp sets I like to think about my future use of them and whether or not I will need them to capture a memory or will be able to use them for a future project.  It was so nice to have a good selection of stamps to choose from when I was creating this album and made my time a lot easier.  

 I appreciate you stopping by!  I'm off to place my photos in my Summer Lovin Mini Album now so have a great weekend!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

#30yearsofhappy Celebration!

Did you know September is National Stamping Month?  I have had so much fun using this #30yearsofhappy stamp set from Close to my Heart!  Have you tried stamping yet?  It is my therapy for sure.  I love to try different techniques and see what I come up with.   If you are new to stamping or have never given it a try then I challenge you to test it out or learn a new way to stamp.  There are so many different ways to stamp and here are just a few: Stamp Kissing, Stamp Masking, Layered Stamping, Two-Step Stamping and Spotlight Stamping.  Which ones have you tried?  

Here is a fun card I made recently using Second and Third Generation Stamping and Random Stamping.  If your not familiar with these techniques then let me tell you how to do them.  For the Second and Third Generation Stamping you simply ink your image and stamp it on your cardstock.  After you stamp it the first time then repeat the stamping without re-inking your image.  The image will get lighter with each stamping.  It's really that simple and a great technique to start with.  

For this card I started with White Daisy Cardstock and created a A2 size card base which measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card after you score and fold it.  Next, I layered the card base with Hollyhock Cardstock.  For the Random Stamping I used our new Pixie and Canary Ink and just randomly stamped the flower image from the #30yearsofhappy stamp set to create my own patterned paper.  I layered the card with a scrap of the Chantilly Paper and then the patterned paper that I created.  The hearts and butterflies are cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.  I also accented the card with some Silver Shimmer Trim. 

September is National Stamping Month, and Close To My Heart is ready to celebrate all month long! When you spend $30 on any current retail-priced stamps during the month of September, you qualify to receive the exclusive C-sized stamp set #30yearsofhappy for FREE! This special offer is part of our celebration of National Stamping Month and in honor of our ongoing celebration of our founder and CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the scrapbooking and stamping industry. The exclusive stamp set features 30 mini images and sentiments perfectly suited for 30 days of happy stamping! Plus, make sure you check out Close To My Heart’s Facebook page and Instagram during September to follow all the ways we’re celebrating #30yearsofhappy for a full 30 days!
Dates: Offer valid September 1, 2014–September 30, 2014.

I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hello - Chalk It Up

I have another card to share with you today using the new Chalk It Up Paper Collection.  This is such a fun paper pack and is perfect for your school themed projects. 

I started this card with a 5 x 7 base using Lagoon cardstock. After layering the base with the patterned paper and then more cardstock, I used a border punch to create the notebook paper and then added it to the card. I also added some Lagoon Washi Tape to the top and bottom to look like it was attached with tape.  

The tag was cut from the Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge and stamped with the coordinating stamp which is also from the Art Philosophy Cartridge using Lagoon Ink. I added some stamped stars and then a White Enamel Star. This is a super easy and quick card to assemble and would be great to add to your child's lunchbox with a special note inside.  

I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Here are some of the supplies I used:

 Chalk It Up (X7184B)

 White Enamel Stars (Z2010)

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