Mini Album

One of my friends had a birthday last week, and I wanted to make her a mini album for pictures of her grandson.  She gets most of her pictures through texts or Snapchat – and those are so vulnerable, so I wanted her to have a little something that was more permanent and that she could add some journaling to.


I thought about doing something cut with the Cricut, but then I found this fun idea through a Google search.  It’s so easy and it uses just a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, plus scraps & snippets to decorate – and comes out as a 4 x 3 album with 4 double layouts. I won’t re-create the directions because Lowri McNabb did an awesome job with them on her Paper Vine blog – check out her fun projects! But I’ll show you what I did and give you some of the tips I saw in making it.


Although I was originally thinking this would be a Grandma Brag Book – I really left it open so my friend could put in pictures of whatever makes her happy. I used a combination of Close To My Heart papers (including this month’s featured paper – Some Kinda Wonderful) and some Simple Stories things I had in my stash – the colors really complemented the Some Kinda Wonderful.


Tips & Ideas –

1) I was originally going to use cardstock for the base – but I decided on a piece of patterned paper instead  I chose a piece from the Charlotte line that has a neutral toned pattern. This was a good option so that if you’re using white core cardstock – it won’t show through.

2) Crease the folds – but not hard.  Then as you’re gluing the pages together, finalize your creases so that the edges line up.

3) I chose to have a background piece as a photo mat on one side of the double page – and then added journaling/title pieces  on the other sides.


4) Pocket scrapbook cards work great either for journaling or for a photo mat.

5) Use glue dots to adhere an embellishment but still allow a photo to be slipped behind it.


6) I added little tags & tabs to the edges to create more dimension. I thought about covering these with the cover sheet so they wouldn’t get bent, but in the end, decided to line the cover up with the actual edges and let the pieces stick out.

7) It’s a lot easier to create pages when you know what pictures will be going with them!  I tried to keep things generic, and hope my friend will find some fun pictures to use.

8) I thought about trying to get pictures & surprise her with a completed album, but decided to give her the blank album and let her send me the pictures she wants in it.  Then I’ll print & add them.

There you go – a fun, easy and CUTE mini album that’s great for gifting or using up your snippets!




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The top card is adapted from Make It From Your Heart, Vol 1, Pattern #29, bottom right is from Michele Jones of Scrappy Hour, and the bottom left I found on Pinterest, but couldn't find a name to credit.
The top card is adapted from Make It From Your Heart, Vol 1, Pattern #29, bottom right is from Michele Jones of Scrappy Hour, and the bottom left I found on Pinterest, but couldn’t find a name to credit.

With Father’s Day fast approaching, I’ve been focusing this month on using the Jackson Paper Pack. I really like the masculine, outdoors, somewhat southwest motifs and colors. This makes these papers great for cards to give fathers or other men in your life. The main colors I’ve used for these cards are cocoa, barnred, glacier, and juniper. I’ve also used Dizzy Circles, Finding the Words, The Authentic Life, Happy to be Friends, and Just Sayin’ (May SOTM) stamp sets and embellishments.

These fun cards can be personalized for whatever the

These 3 are compliments of CTMH Corporate
These 3 are compliments of CTMH Corporate

giving occasion – or keep them to give ‘just because’!
If you’re interested in making these cards, check out the class schedule for June or give me a call to set up a time that works best for you! I’d love to see what you create with these fun papers.

The Value of Coordinating

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m usually short on time to play in my craft room. I am always adding more to my plate – I think it’s for the same reason that I hate fishing or spectator sports – I’m just not a watcher – I like to be DOING things.  So, when I do have time to craft, I’m always looking for ways to make things quicker and easier. Scrapbooking is my top priority because I am trying to get the last 12 years of life into scrapbooks before my 12 & 9 year old run off & get married. I do enjoy making cards and playing with wood crafts. I used to quilt – but gave that up until I retire so I could spend my time on scrapbooks. I struggled with being organized when I had time to scrapbook. Once I tackled that a bit, my next problem was that it took so long for me to complete a page. I had paper, I had stickers, I had pictures, but putting them all together was still a struggle.

One of my problems was that I couldn’t get things to fit together. I had some paper from Creative Memories, some I bought at scrapbook stores (you know those big packs of paper with a bunch of different patterns), some cardstock and some odds & ends. When I would start a page, I would have 10 different shades of blue, but couldn’t get them to meld.

I purchased a ‘set’ of things from – papers, pocket scrapbook cards, journaling cards, stickers, chipboard pieces – they were all the same color palette, so I thought it would make things easier and I would be able to incorporate them into what I already had. Good thought, but they weren’t really my style – so now I have a pile of stuff to go through and try to use because I HATE waste.  These were good products, I just didn’t consider how I would use them before I bought them and they don’t really coordinate with my other products.

After the adventure, I came across Close to My Heart. I ordered a few things, but just bits & pieces – a stamp set, an ink pad, etc. Then I ordered one of their Workshop on The Go kits (more on these awesome little packets later!) – BUT – I was saving it for my Italy pictures (the Italy trip was in 2014 – I’m still back in 2003 for my timeline – so it was going to be on the shelf for a while). It wasn’t until I actually went to a Close to My Heart class and got to play with the products and see how they came together that I actually saw the benefit and value of these products.

As I started purchasing the My Reflections products, it was easy to find matching cardstock and ink, as well as complementing embellishments. This is because the catalog clearly shows which colors complement each of the paper packs. For example – for the cute, upbeat ‘Confetti Wishes’ papers – I can see in the catalog that Canary, Pacifica, Crystal Blue and Thistle are some of the colors in this set. 14-ai-confetti-wishes-level-2-01So, I can purchase those ink colors or cardstock if I want to use those. Also, the catalog also shows stamp sets that coordinate with the theme – since this paper is like a celebration, Happy Birthday and Congratulation stamps are great to pair with these papers.

I found this really helps speed up my scrapbooking – because I’m no longer struggling with what colors to put together (remember I said I’m not creative – I just like to create!). Also, I feel like I’m getting more value from my purchases – rather than purchasing things willy-nilly (I have about 3 different blue ink stamps from JoAnn’s) – I can choose what works together, and then actually USE those things I purchase.

I hope with this you are able to create things more quickly & spend your time and money more wisely so that ultimately you can enjoy the Simple Moments in your life!



A Sweet Taste of Summer!

Are you ready for SUMMER?  I’m not quite there – but, I’m having fun playing with these IMG_0850gorgeous, fun & fruity papers from Close to My Heart.  My latest project was to add the B&T Dous patterned Taste of Summer papers to wooden letters.  I get my letters from Wood Creations ( here in Utah.  They always have cute wood cut decor that’s ready for crafting.

This is a very easy and fairly quick craft to add some cute summer fruitiness to your home or to give as a gift.  All you need to do is –

Prepare the Wood – wipe off excess saw dust and sand any rough edges if you want (I hate sanding, so I don’t do this).  Then, paint the letters in colors to coordinate with the papers you are using.  This is what takes the longest because you have to wait for the paint to dry (and I’m NOT patient).  I apply 2-3 coats to get good coverage

Cut the Paper Letters – it doesn’t get much easier than this – just trace around the letters, then cut.  I like a little of the paint to show around the paper, so I cut inside my tracing line a good bit.  Then I hold the paper in place and trim back areas where I want more paint to show through.

Break out the Modge Podge – apply a generous coat of modge podge to the surface where you’ll be putting the paper – I like to use a sponge brush, or a sponge roller if I’m doing a large area.  Carefully align the paper with the wood and smooth down.  I use a store customer card to help smooth the paper and keep out air bubbles.  Pampered Chef scrappers that come with stoneware work good as well.  You’ll want to pay particular attention to the curves for air bubbles.  Just smooth them out.

Next apply another light coat of Modge Podge on top of the letter and smooth it again.  Once you have the paper smooth & air bubbles removed, set it aside to dry.

Add embellishments – ribbon, twine, sequins – whatever sparks your fancy.


If your’e interested in these bright, bold papers – you can find them during May 2015 through your local Close to My Heart consultant or

Have fun creating something!  I would love to see your ideas.


Close to My Heart – National Scrapbooking Month Exclusives

I’m really excited to be a part of the Close to My Heart family.  Originally, I was just going to buy product at a discount, but the more I thought about it – the more I thought maybe, just maybe, I can help other women (or men) be able to create – like I’ve said – I don’t consider myself creative, but I do love to create things.  Today’s creations are using the exclusive National Scrapbooking Month paper pack and stamp set from Close to My Heart.  We’re in the middle of spring here in Utah, but with these bright and bold papers and fruit inspired stamps, you can be dreaming of summertime!  These two products are only available during May – so get yours before they’re gone!

The exclusive paper pack comes with 2 each of 6 different B&T Duo’s papers (double sided) for only $8.95.  I used 1 packet of paper to make all the creations on this page, and still have a few full 12 X 12” sheets left over.  The stamp set is a D-sized set with 15 yummy, fruity stamps for only $17.95.  This stamp set can be used with the Cricut Artiste cartridge for adding dimension.  Purchase either of these products from my website – – and I’ll send you directions for the scrapbook and card layouts that follow.

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Both layouts come from CTMH Corporate Office.  The “Life is Grand” layout uses just 1 each of 2 different patterned papers, white cardstock, white shimmer trim and white sequins.  Documenting Moments (D1647) is the My Acrylix stamp set used.  This layout leaves room for 2 X 2” pictures & journaling space.


Another Corporate Office layout – “You Make Me Happy” uses 1 sheet each of 2 other B&T Duos.  I like how the zip strips from the sheets peek out at the bottom (the little purple strip).  This layout has room for two 6 X 4” and three 3 X 4” pictures.  Again, we used the Documenting Moments My Acrylix set

Next we have some really cute cards – four of them are made mostly with the scraps from the above layouts.  The cards use both the Documenting Moments and the Taste of Summer My Acrylix sets.  These cards also use silver shimmer trim, some Bitty Sparkles, squares of pear cardstock, as well as canary, smoothie, and sunset exclusive ink pads.  The 4 cards on the outside are from CTMH and the two in the middle are my ideas.


Thanks for looking.  I hope you were inspired to create something.  If you would like the directions for these layouts and cards, order the Taste of Summer paper pack (CC1038) or the Taste of Summer My Acrylix set (CC1039) available during May 2015 and I will send them to you.  To order any of these products, just go to

Have fun creating!