Friday, September 19, 2014

Chalk It Up Workshop Layout

My workshop layout started out like the design in the WOTG guide. As I worked with the pictures I intended to use, my layout morphed into something new.

These pictures were just begging to be scrapbooked after spending years in storage. We are always reminded to include ourselves in our scrapbooks. It's important to share our story. My friend, Betty, challenged a group of us to create a layout about us before we were married and before we became parents. This layout is just the beginning of my story. My girls already love it!

These class compilations are one thing I missed while my girls were in school. My family moved to another state shortly after my Kindergarten year. Even though I don't remember a single name, I have fun looking at the pictures and wondering what became of them. I do remember walking to school with my big sister. We lived three houses away. I also remember that half the class was spent doing lessons and the other half was music and snack time.

The clusters of embellishments were fun to put together. I started with the ideas from the WOTG layout and built upon them.  If you look closely, you can see the spatter I sprayed on the sorbet cardstock to add subtle texture.

For the title piece, I decided to use a card from the Chalk It Up Picture My Life kit. I trimmed the card to fit my space. The composite picture on the opposite page details the location and date. The small first day of school picture holds other information beneath.

I used a small flip flap to hold the picture and add extra space for journaling. I cut a small window in the back of the mat to reveal my mother's handwriting. I just couldn't bear to cover it up.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are inspired to include yourself in your scrapbooks because it's never too late to tell your story!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cricut Artfully Sent

The new CTMH Cricut cartridge we've been waiting for, Artfully Sent, is available to order now!

Loaded with over 700 images and fonts, Artfully Sent will make cardmaking easier and more fun! You'll find over 25 themed cards and 5 different card styles.

You can watch a video highlighting Artfully Sent here.
Don't delay, order yours from my website today!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Three Amigos September Blog Hop

Welcome to the Three Amigos Blog hop.  We are three Close to My Heart Independent Consultants with a love for stamping and scrapping and would like to share our creative ideas with you.  On the 3rd of each month we feature a different CTMH product and create a card, layout, or other project.  There are only three stops on this hop so it will only take a few minutes to hop through.

This month we are featuring the special stamp set celebrating National Stamping Month, #30yearsofhappy. The last two weeks of August were especially busy for me this year shopping, packing, and moving my girls off to college. As I was removing the tags from some of their new clothing, the creative wheels in my head began to turn. The altering possibilities were endless. Since my studio time was limited, I kept my creations fairly simple. I designed the first tag from an extra blank Cricut-cut tag I had in my scrap folder. I stamped a border of the "it's your day" image above the gold shimmer trim and lagoon washi tape.  I paper-pieced the gift and added slate diagonal striped ribbon and flamingo dots for texture.

The next two tags are altered tags from clothing my girls purchased. I have before and after photos of each.

I was going to add more bling to this tag, but the simplicity of it appealed to me.

My youngest is studying environmental science in college. Altering and re-purposing the tags is a great way to keep them out of the landfills. She'll be so proud!

Thanks for hopping by! Hop over to Lisa's Blog to see what she created for you.

CC1030 #30yearsofhappy
M1030 A Little Gift
White Daisy Cardstock
Z2165 Juniper Ink Pad
Z2173 Slate Ink Pad
Z2196 Smoothie Ink Pad
Z2010 White Enamel Stars
Z1934 Flamingo Dots
Z1988 Black Striped Twill Ribbon
Z1989 Slate Diagonal Striped Ribbon
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim
Z1918 Teal Shimmer Trim
Z1809 Black Shimmer Trim
Z2004 Lagoon Hearts Washi Tape
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
Smoothie Bakers Twine (Retired)
Clothing tags