Archive for February, 2010

Princess Birthday Layout

Supplies: CTMH Daydream paper & stickease, Cricut Storybook cartridge, Kaiser rhinestones, CTMH Imagine, flowers, and ribbon.

Layout Challenge: #18 of 210

Kid’s Valentines ~ Cell phones & I-pods!

My kids loved these ideas from Family Fun for cell phone and I-pod Valentines.  They are perfect for older kids like my 5th grader who made the cell phones.  I helped come up with the dimensions for the first one and she did the rest on their own.  She also added the black dots with a marker to make speakers.  My 3rd grader made the I-pods and they were more work but she did a lot on her own.  Then we set up an assembly line between the three of us mostly to just get them done.  I would say don’t plan these for younger kids unless you are willing to do all the work yourself.  My girls are almost 9 & 11 and very crafty but they were ready to be done by the end.  They each made 25 valentines.  We used a combination of my ATG gun and double sided tape for adhesive to ensure that they stayed stuck and they have!

Cell Phone cutting details:
phone is 2.5″ x 7″ (use a corner rounder for the corners)
inside text message is approximately 2″ x 2″
antenna is 3″ x .5″ then folded in half
I used my Cricut Storybook cartridge for the heart on the front.  You could use any heart, or make an additional text message.
I found the candy buttons at Walgreens.

I-pod cutting details:
I used the template from Family Fun for the playlist and scroll wheel, added the songs she wanted and scanned/copied enough to fit on one page, then I printed on cardstock and she cut them out.
box is 3.5″ x 7″ and wrapped around the box
We taped the silver cord (we used embroidery floss) on everything first before covering.  I used my Cricut to cut the first few circles of aluminum foil and then realized that it was faster and easier to just tear it in squares and just form it around the candy.  I just guessed and it worked well.

Give & Get Back CTMH February Special

Throughout the month of February, purchase a 12″ x 12″ textured cardstock combo pack and you’ll get one FREE — and with every offer purchased, Close To My Heart will donate $2 US to Operation Smile’s Haiti relief efforts.  That means for only $14.95 US, you get two packs of our high-quality textured cardstock and you help this urgent, important cause.  Offer valid February 1–28, 2010.  Tax and shipping/handling charges
apply.  Click HERE to take advantage of this special offer.  Donations to Haiti will be made by Close To My Heart on your behalf to Operation Smile’s relief efforts.  To learn more about their efforts visit

New Art & Soul

Be sure to check out the new Art & Soul episode – Lots to Love.  You will see a sample of Close to My Heart’s dimensional elements and how to use the filing tools with them.  I love the fact that these are white and take ink so well!  There are also some cute Valentine card ideas.

Timeout Life Boy Layout


Products used: Pebbles, Inc. pattern papers, CTMH cardstock, journaling tag, brads, and eyelets unknown.

Based on Scrap Sketch #125

Here’s another layout using the same papers I’ve been sharing lately.  And once again this was completed last year.