Archive for September, 2012

SMASH Folio! (Part 1 of 4)

Update 1/29/13: I am disappointed that Crafter Mania decided to not use my book as planned and never informed me.  I spent many hours on this project and was not reimbursed as per our agreement.  I was also looking forward to using my smashbook this year and still have not received it back as promised.  I will not do business with them again and do not recommend them.

Update 2/15/13: Received my smashbook. 🙂


I want to give a big shout out and thank you to Crafter Mania and EK Success for sending me this package to try out.  Its a SMASHBOOK and a bunch of coordinating embellishments that go great together.

Some pretty awesome stuff, huh!?!

I had a lot of fun with this book.  I used it to create a motivational To-Do 2013 Book.  It contains ideas and goals for my scrapbooking, weight loss, family, and home life.  I will be using the stamper to date things as they are completed throughout the year.  There are SO many pages in this book and so many things that you can do with it!  I think I will get another one and just SMASH in all the stuff that I have in one of my file drawers….ticket stubs, kid’s programs, etc. that didn’t make it in my scrapbooks or that I don’t have pictures for.  It will be a great way to get it done.

I will share the entire book with you but I’m going to break it down into multiple posts because it is so awesomely huge!  I will also say that this is the first Christmas gift I have done this year and it is a gift to myself!  How awesome is that!

Here we go!  Part 1 – Scrapbooking & Me Time.

I’ll start with the front cover which has a beautiful embossed design.  Of course, I had to personalize mine a bit by adding some color and bling.  I used colored pencils and Stickles.  You could use anything you have on hand in your stash (markers, glitter glue, rhinestones, etc.)




This is the inside cover.  It’s pretty bare now and I like it that way but may add more to it throughout the year.

A cool first page and I’ve left it as is (unless you can notice where my toddler got a hold of my pen)

My reason for creating the book and motivational quotes.  My favorite is: “Either you run the day or the day runs you.”  (Jim Bohm) This is so true!

Some of my scrapbooking goals (room for more)

Scrapbooking and craft projects (I am always adding to this list)

Ways I like to spend time relaxing.

Quotes on making time for me.

Motivational quotes.

Be sure to come back and see the rest of my book over the next couple days.

Stamp Sunday #38 – Card Chatter-Sympathy

I am now caught up and back on track for my Stamp Sunday segment!  I hope you have enjoyed the extras this month.  From now on it’s back to once a week.

D1476 Card Chatter – Sympathy

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Card Chatter – Sympathy stamp set, Grey Wool ink (retired), Avonlea Paper Packet.

I am very pleased with how this card turned out, especially since I was having trouble getting creative today and then Miranda woke up early so it’s luck that this is making it up today.  I used the small flower to create the border, definitely going to do that again!  I had a hard time not adding glitter or sparkles to those flowers but I thought it was best to leave it simple.  I used this Clean & Simple card sketch.

Miranda – 18 months

I’m working on a book for Miranda today and came across this photo that I just had to share.  She is 18 months here.  She stood there and posed so perfectly.  Of course, that was the best one of the bunch.  She was running around and up and down two seconds after that!  I will admit it was lucky that I had the camera ready and just snapped it without thinking twice.  I certainly couldn’t have gotten her to put her hands behind her back like that if I tried; I wouldn’t have even thought of it!

Love Your Layout – September 2012

Use Close to My Heart’s online scrapbooking software, Studio J®, to create a beautiful layout in just minutes by watching this month’s Love Your Layout video. You’ll learn creative techniques, including how to create a journaling box with a photo background. Watch the video here and then log in to Studio J to try it yourself!

Artiste Blog Hop – Halloween

Welcome to our September ARTISTE Blog Hop!  Each month we are showcasing the amazing, exclusive ARTISTE Cricut cartridge which can be purchased on my Close to My Heart website.

We don’t want to scare you but Halloween is a little over a month away and we know you have to be thinking about what YOU are going to create for this spooky holiday! We decided to show you all the creative projects you can make using our exclusive Artiste Cricut cartridge. You will be hopping along our haunted trail of creativity – you never know what you will see next!

If you are coming from Julia Hammond – You Can Create, you are on the right track.  If this is your first stop, you can go to the beginning at Lucy’s blog.

Also, to help you get ready to start making your own Halloween projects Lucy has some blog candy for you! She is giving away a Moonlight Complements Dimensional Elements pack!  That’s two (2) sheets of Printed Dimensional Elements that you can use to create your own Halloween project! There is a picture of the blog candy on her blog. All you have to do to be eligible to win is to leave a comment on everyone’s blog AND become a follower of Lucy’s blog.  (If you are already a follower, just let her know in your comment.)

Here’s my project:

Supplies used are all Close to My Heart: Spellbound Papers and stamp setArtiste Cricut Cartridge, and Black Tulle Ribbon.

I don’t have much for Halloween pages and the ones I do are not usually in the traditional orange and black holiday colors so I have made another treat bag.  I used the 3D object on page 33 of the instruction booklet.  You can go to this post to see a Halloween pillow box I made that will also be great for treats.

The next stop on the haunted trail is Pam Stewart – I Candy Scraps.

Here’s the entire blog hop lineup in case you get spooked along the way:

Thanks for stopping by for some Halloween fun — hope we didn’t scare the creativity out of you! Muah-ha-ha!