Christmas Layouts

Good morning! I hope you’re having a fantastic week. I thought I’d head back into the Christmas fun today with some layouts from the Beary Christmas Scrapbook Workshops Your Way.

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As always, the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way include everything you need to create 3 double paged layouts – plus you’ll have plenty of left overs for cards or additional pages. One of the great things about these kits is the flexibility. You can use the guide with the layouts as designed, make changes to fit your pictures or style, or go completely into your own direction. I’ve had a lot going on lately – so I’ve stuck with the pre-designed guide – this is a lot easier on my brain.

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This layout was originally designed with 4×6 portrait photos. Since I like to include more pictures on my layouts, I swapped out three of the 4x6s for 3×4 landscape photos. I just love that first picture of the ornaments – this was my son’s first time helping to decorate the tree – and this was how he put them on the tree.

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This layout is just like the design – but if you don’t want those poinsettias – this is an easy paper to flip and you’ll have bears & trees on the border. Both options look great!

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Sorry I don’t have a picture of the second option – but here’s a picture of the paper. See how easy it is to just flip the paper to the other side – I love when I can make a design change without taxing my brain too much.

IMG_4895I know I just said I like to put more pictures on my pages – and here’s this layout with just 4 – BUT if you keep scrolling, you can see that this layout is great for adding Pocket Plus Memory Protectors.

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For this layout I used Design 3 for the 3×4 photos and Design 1 for the 4×6 photos. This is a great place to use the cut apart pocket cards that come with each paper packet.

Well – there you go – another Christmas in the books – this one is from 2004 – but at least it made it to the books!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

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Blessings & Memories Layouts

When I first saw the Falling For You creative collection, I fell in love with it! I grew up in Pennsylvania, so the fall colors were so much a part of this time of year – this paper pack brought back some wonderful memories. But – as I was looking for pictures to use, I wasn’t sure what to pick. I don’t take a lot of ‘fall specific’ pictures. Then I had an idea –  I’m not sure which came first – the pictures or the story – but I decided to use this trio of layouts to tell the story of our church camping tradition at Camp UTABA in the Wasatch Mountains. (oh – and little secret – these aren’t FALL pictures! They’re actually all taken in the spring – Memorial Day weekend – but I still think they worked great with the colors of this paper)

There are so many wonderful things about this yearly camping trip – the scenery – the animals – the location – the memories – and best of all the friends. I was able to capture all of these with the Falling For Your Scrapbook Workshops Your Way kit.

First is the location/scenery – the camp is nestled in a little valley. If you walk up the hill at the back of the camp, you see this beautiful cross with a backdrop of the gorgeous blue sky and mountains. As you crest the ridge, there’s a pond down below and you are surrounded by mountains – some with snow on them. It is absolute beauty and peace!

 

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For the second layout – we have some of the fauna & flora. The hummingbirds abound here and there’s the occasional moose (or 2) that wonders through camp. I definitely count my blessings that I get to experience God’s beautiful creations in such a personal way.

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The third & final layout shows some of the many friends we have shared this experience with. We started as a group of 3 families that were snowed out of our camping trip to the Uinta Mountains – our pastor had a connection to Camp Utaba and they allowed us to rent their space for the weekend – our group quickly grew to about 5 families that first year.

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Over the past few years, we’ve had friends move away and we’ve had new friends join us. It has been such a blessing to get to know everyone. I was originally going to journal on that little green space (above the picture of my son with the dogs) – but there is NO way I can possibly get this story scrunched into that little spot. So I’ve decided to add a Pocket Plus Memory Protector, Design 4 between the pages – this will give me eight 3 x 4 pocket spaces to add memories, and pocket cards/embellishments – or who knows, maybe once I get writing – I’ll fill it all up with words!

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I was so happy with how these layouts turned out. I’m excited to add them to my collection of layouts that is my story (rather than my boys’ stories). Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share some of what brings me joy (both the original events and scrapbooking them!)

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The Falling For You Scrapbook WYW kit includes the Falling For You Paper Packet, Falling For You Complements, Bronze Sequins, White & Bronze Twine, and 4 sheets of cardstock (2 Pebble, 1 Toffee, 1 White Daisy). I didn’t use the Toffee, but added Almond for matting the photos on the 3rd layout. Also, the “with Friends” is not included in the kit. I cut this using my Cricut and some Kraft cardstock.

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Quick & DONE!

For some reason, I don’t get great pictures of my kids at Halloween. I’m not sure if it’s the time of day or possibly, they’re so excited about candy that they’re moving at hyper-speed and I just get blurs…. The great thing about this is I can use a single Workshop Your Way kit and complete 3 years of Halloween scrapbook layouts! Quick & DONE!

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This first layout originally used a 5×7 landscape photo on the left – remember what I said about the lack of good pictures – I had nothing that was worthy of a 5×7 print.

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I was originally going to just cut the Emerald mat down to fit the 4×6 photo,  but I forgot! So, I added a few extra layers – they go… photo, Emerald (light side), Black, Emerald (dark side) – this does a great job of showing off our two-toned cardstock!

I have another option with this layout – simply flip the patterned papers and you get this..

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I love how easily I can use the same design & even papers, but yet have a different layout for each of my boys.

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Here’s another amazingly easy layout. I liked how the orange mat on the 3×4 photos was cut in a 3×3 square – so a portion of the picture hangs off the edge – it just adds a little different look. Also, the tiled words paper is great to cut apart and use as an embellishment.

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This last layout is super easy! The ombre coloring of the base sheet adds a lot of dimension and interest without having to add a lot of additional patterned paper. The Halloween sticker and other pieces from the Complements pack really make it easy to embellish.

So there you go – I got 2005, 2006, and 2007 – Done with the Cats & Bats Scrapbook WYW! While I was looking for pictures for these layouts, I also chose pictures for 2008 and 2015 and added those to my Jeepers Creepers layouts from last year. He  he he … I feel like I’ve gotten so much accomplished!

Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you are having a fantastic week and look forward to seeing you Saturday for the Blog Hop!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The Cats & Bats creative collection:

Cricut Layout Fun!

Do you have a Cricut (or Silhouette)? I enjoy using my Cricut on my papercrafting projects, but this layout really made me happy!

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This uses the Prickly Pear Workshops Your Way – but with just a little twist.

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The original design for this page had a floral background – that just didn’t work with these pictures. So, with a quick flip of the Background & Texture papers – I had colorful diagonals!

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The embellishments for this layout included the title “Enjoy Today” and cacti – which didn’t really go with the shoe theme. It was a simple fix to cut a new title in Glacier cardstock, using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge but I wasn’t really sure what to add to the bottom right page.

I got lucky when I found a free shoe print image! With my Cricut I was able to import the image. Then I cut it out of Sapphire cardstock, backed it with Glacier and now I had an embellishment that kept with my theme.

In case you’re wondering about the picture of just the shoes – those are my feet in a pair of shoes my son has outgrown. What a fun role reversal – and just in time for my layout!

I hope you’ve found inspiration today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

What to Scrapbook?!

Are you new to scrapbooking or a seasoned pro? Do you have a plan of which pictures to use or is this something you struggle with? Personally, I’m somewhat in the middle between having a plan and struggling with what to work on.

General Plan – My plan in general is to work chronologically (I’m currently in 2004) through my pictures.  I don’t feel pressured to ‘catch up’ mainly because I am enjoying the memories from these sweet years (my boys are 15  & 11 now – not so sweet/cute anymore!) My layouts are generally geared toward albums for my boys.  In 2004, my younger son hadn’t come along yet.

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Once we get to 2005 – I’ll start duplicating layouts and just flipping the perspective depending on whose album it will go into.

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For example, the duplicate for this layout will take the middle picture on the right and swap it with the bigger picture on the bottom left so my younger son is the focus (really the cat is the focus – I’m not kidding anyone!)

Exceptions to the plan – As a CTMH consultant, I work with the current featured paper pack. Sometimes the paper theme doesn’t fit into my picture flow, so I have to decide which pictures to use. In these cases, I start with the paper theme to see what pictures I have.

The No Worries paper packet was a good example of this. My boys haven’t been to any lush tropical locales/beaches and I’ve already created layouts of their first (and only so far beach trip – we’re just more mountain than beach people). So I looked back through my pictures for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii in 1997.

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What do I do if I have themed papers that I don’t have pictures for (or just haven’t taken the time to find pictures for)? I have created the layouts anyway in hopes that one day I’ll figure out which pictures to add to them.  Some are in WIP albums and others are in a stack!

I’ve also created a list that I can refer to that identifies the paper, layout titles, and photo sizes needed.  This way, as I work through my photo library, I can look at my already created layouts and see what I can work with.

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I have other pictures that don’t quite fit into either of the above options. These will require more time/thought or special attention – maybe to find just the right paper or to be in the right mind set. Not sure how I’ll tackle these yet – I think I’ll know when I get there.

Do you have a plan for working your scrapbooking or are you more of an ‘in the moment’ kind of person? I’d love to hear how you set about to play!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

No Worries Layouts

I’ve been using the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way for over a year now and I really do enjoy the great layouts and how easy they make it to get great pages done quickly.  This month we’re working with the No Worries Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way kit. These papers have a beachy/boardwalk vacation theme & they were perfect for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii many years ago.

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These kits come with the paper and great coordinating embellishments like the Complements (a mix of stickers and die cut images), Sequins, and Burlap Ribbon. You can download the guide from my CTMH website (while the product is current) or I keep copies on my FB VIP Page – just check out the files section and you can find retired guides.

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Sometimes I make a lot of changes because the layouts don’t really fit my photos.  But this month, I only adjusted the photo sizes/positioning.

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So how long did it take me for these layouts – about 2 hours! Seriously! I had everything cut in 30 minutes – the cutting guide is so well designed. The hardest part, for me, was figuring out how I wanted to arrange the pictures. So actually putting the layouts together took about an hour and a half.

These pictures were taken during the ‘non-digital’ era (as my boys would say – “Back in the 19’s”). They were also developed at  different locations so they had different sizes, and finishes. Working the 3×5 photos into ‘today’s’ 4×6 and 3×4 formats did take a little creativity. For example, the two 4×6 photos on the right hand page were scanned from 3x5s and then reprinted in 4×6 (thank goodness for home scanners/printers!)

So – if you’ve got some beach vacation pictures you want to scrapbook – check out this Workshop You Way and you’ll be finished in no time!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

You can find more details about this kit at gerri.closetomyheart.com

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Scrapbooking Little Dreamer

I was excited to scrapbook with the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way kit.  These papers have fun colors that are great for happy events.  I’ve been wanting to scrap my son’s 2nd Easter and birthday and these papers were perfect for both! I was able to use the Workshop Guide with minimal changes to meet my needs for picture sizes & quantities.  Check out the comparison below!

1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01I like the simplicity of this layout.  The lagoon stripes on the base papers added nice dimension.  Rather than using the Complements for a title, I decided to cut ‘make a wish’ from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

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This was layout was great for continuing the birthday theme.  I used CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (retired) for the ‘Birthday Boy’ title. The party hats are from the Artistry and Flower Market Cartridges! I also used different PML cards for journaling and left off the unicorns (cute as they are, they just don’t work with Bob the Builder!)

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1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-03I love that our B&T Duo papers are just that – dual sided!  This layout was easy to adjust simply by flipping the unicorns over to get the dots.  I probably wouldn’t so much of the dots on back to back layouts – but these will be a few months apart in the final book – so I’m happy with it.  The Cricut cuts for this layout include Easter Eggs from Art Philosophy (retired), grass strip from Artbooking and Happy Easter title from Flower Market

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Tips for adapting to your layouts:

  1. Change up the PML cards to meet your needs and cover up things that don’t fit – I covered up unicorns and flowers (2nd layout) and a heart (3rd layout).
  2. Use Cricut cuts for titles and embellishing.
  3. You can easily add more pictures or different sizes to a sample layout.
  4. Wait until you’ve decided on pictures to cut the photo mats from the Thistle Cardstock and Heart B&T Duo paper.
  5. A little planning goes a long way! I like to decide on what pictures I want to use before I start cutting my papers. This way I can more easily decide what adjustments I want to make.

I’d love to hear any ideas you might have for adjusting kit layouts to meet your needs!

Enjoy!

~Gerri