Another Pajama Party!

Close To My Heart is teaming up with Big Picture Classes to bring you a live webcast with step-by-step instructions for making this Valentine’s inspired
scrapbook page with an adorable love-themed stamp set, Glitter Gems and Zipper Lace.  It’s the perfect way to showcase your precious photos of that
special someone.

Tune in for the FREE webcast on Thursday, January 30 at 7:00pm (MST) at  During the presentation, you’ll learn to make several
projects from a variety of sponsors, including the “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page from Close To My Heart.  If you’d like to interact on the message board, participate in live chat, post to the gallery, download handouts or enter any contests you will need to log in to the Pajama Party “classroom” by creating a FREE account on the Big Picture Classes website.

To make our “Lucky in Love” scrapbook page, you will want to have the following items (or similar products) on hand:

Artbooking Layout Series – Springtime 1

Happy Easter Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: CTMH Artbooking Cricut Collection, CTMH Cardstock (Buttercup, Sky, Hollyhock), unknown purple cardstock, Zig Markers, unknown pink rhinestones.

The faux stitching really did the trick to bring out the title of this layout.

Click here to see all the layouts that I have completed so far.

Visit my website to purchase the amazing Artbooking Cricut Collection!

Use Your Stash Blog Hop – Paper!

This is a great start for our first 2014 Use Your Stash Blog Hop- This month we are digging into our stash and using up that paper!  Anyone who has been scrapbooking for some time most likely has their fair share of paper.  Some have  a more serious case of stashing than others (I was looking through my stash the other day wondering if it would even be possible to use it all up!).

This hop is a circle; if you have just started simply continue until you make your way back here; if you have already started, you should be coming from Joy McHargue.

Full of Fun Layout by Wendy Kessler

Supplies used: ProPlayer Paper Packet, Laughing Lola WOTG Stamp Set, Archival Black Ink, and ProPlayer Assortment.

I have to be honest and say I really didn’t dig very far into my stash for this one.  I am, however, working at using up my stash.  I am trying to use up the papers from 2013 before the new ones show up and they are forgotten. :-)  This layout is a perfect example of how you can re-use the WOTG stamp sets for many more future layouts with different paper packets.

I don’t have much of a system yet for my patterned papers (I need to work on that and will blog about it when I do) but what you may be interested in is how I sort my cardstock.  I have found that it is a great solution to choose one brand of cardstock and stick with it (for me that is CTMH).  In using the same colors I have become familiar with them and it makes choosing colors and scrapbooking in general faster.  You can see more in THIS POST about how I have organized my scraps and now I actually use them!

Now continue with the hop and visit Judy Faye Garner next!

List of participants:

Joy McHargue
Wendy Kessler
Judy Faye Garner
Janet McCormick
Shirley Ross
Tabbi Fritz
Michelle Battitori
Casandra Bennett
Nikki DeWitt- (no post)

Embellished Burlap Bags – Video

Easy to embellish and super useful, the burlap drawstring bags from Close To My Heart are the perfect packaging for small gifts, fun party favors, and fancy place cards at the dinner table. Watch the video for ideas on how to stitch them, stuff them, and show them off.

Featured items used in this video:
Z1872 My Creations Burlap Drawstring Bags
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z1844 Color-Ready Trinket Wooden Shapes
Z1808 Outdoor Denim Chevron Ribbon

Clearly the Best: Party Favor Flavor

If you’re in the market for some new party favor ideas, look no further! With the kraft ring box and some eclectic embellishments, you have exactly what you need to make great party favors with flavor. See the ideas presented in this video, then go create your own!