Am I Buggin’ You?

Do you like bugs?  I don’t in general, but there are a few that are cute (some caterpillars), beautiful (butterflies), interesting (walking sticks).  Today’s post includes  bugs (I know if my kids read this I’m sure to get a lecture about what is or isn’t a bug – but I’m just going to use it in a general sense here.)

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The Dreamin’ Big Cardmaking Stamp Set (C1674) has butterflies, a lady bug, & a cute dragonfly along with some general card sentiments.  The butterflies and dragonfly look great with a Rock-n-Roll stamping technique and the Gold or Clear Shimmer brush add some great shine.

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The first card I made is one of the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way extra projects.  I really like these projects because once I’ve made my layouts – it’s a great way to use up some of the leftovers.

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Here’s another card that’s great for using up scraps.  I just cut 1/2″ strips of different papers, then laid them diagonally across a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  After trimming this piece to the desired size (in this case, it was 5 1/4 X 4), I layered it with a background piece and part of a PML card.  I topped this off with the bugs & some Dreamin’ Big Sequins.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these cards.  Remember, the Dreamin’ Big paper suite is available until 30 April, or while supplies last (sadly, the Thin Cuts are already unavailable).  So, if you really like it, get yours today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Dreamin’ Big Adventures

My last few posts have been about organizing your photos.  Whether or not you’re a scrapbooker – preserving those photos is important.  It has been said that this generation takes the most pictures (therefore the value of a photo has decreased), but it will be the generation with the least photos preserved because they are not valued (Here’s a great article about this from Mike Yost Photography!).  So, if you need to tackle your photo stash, check out these two posts for some ideas (Where to Start? – Digital Photo Management and Where to Start (Part 2) – Piles of Pics).

Today we go back to some artwork.  Since the last two posts have been about organizing photos – here’s how I preserve mine.  I love to scrapbook.  At one time, I felt like I was ‘behind’ but as I worked through those pictures, getting them on pages, I realized that I really loved reliving these memories (cute boys, no back-talk!)  Also – have some time between the events and making pages, allows me to have a bigger picture take on my thoughts and the events.

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Today’s layouts use this month’s featured paper Dreamin’ Big.  I thought these papers were great for capturing some of our outdoor adventures.  I used the Dreamin Big Workshops Your Way kit (G1121)  which includes the Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins, Whisper Thick Twine & extra cardstock..  I decided to use different layouts than were included with the kit guide – not that there was anything wrong with those, I just wanted a little something different (and the challenge of not just following the directions).

My starting point was the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2 pattern book (item 9042).   You can find lots of sketches on the internet and in books.  They are great to use as they are, or they can be a great jumping off point for you to bring in your own ideas.  I like the CTMH pattern books because in addition to the sketches, you get measurements for cutting and placement, pictures of actual layouts and variations, and ideas for adaptations.

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Layout 1 started from Pattern 10 – it uses two 3 x 3, one 3 x 4, and three 4 x 6 photos.  I used this layout to document a hike I took with my family in PA.  I always loved the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and wanted to share this with my boys.

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One of my favorite pictures in this layout is of my youngest son walking in the opposite direction from everyone else.  Even before he was 2 years old – he was going his own direction (against the flow!!).  Had I scrapbooked this back in 2007 – I would not have known this about his personality and wouldn’t have been able to talk about it in my pages.

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Layout 2  started from Pattern 5 – it uses two 3 x 3 and three 4 x 6 photos to document my Happy Place – the green of PA!  Although I haven’t lived there for over 30 years, I love to go back to visit my family.  Since moving west (New Mexico and now Utah) – I have really come to appreciate the green!

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Layout 3 started with Pattern 3 and uses five 3 x 4 and one 4 x 6 photo.  This one documents a fun hike my boys and I did a few years ago over Spring Break.

If you have some adventures to document (and let’s face it – life in general is an adventure!) – be sure to check out these fun papers before they’re gone on April 30th!  If you would like the cutting guides for these layouts or the original WYW guide – join my VIP Customer Group on Facebook & they will be in the files section.

Enjoy (you’re adventures or documenting them!)

~Gerri

Products used (besides basic papercrafting supplies – this is really all I used!  The WYW Scrapbooking kit had everything I needed).

 

 

Thanks So Much!

I thought we’d start this month off with a quick thank you card.  I made this one for a swap with my sister consultants back in January.   It uses the Dreamin’ Big paper packet (X7218B) and the exclusive stamp set from the Workshops Your Way Mother’s Day Cardmaking kit (G1122).

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I started with two 1 X 4 inch strips of the flowered paper, a 3 X 3 square of the Goldrush arrows, and a 3 1/4 X 4″  piece of Crystal Blue cardstock.    I added a little tone-on-tone texture using the droplet stamp and Crystal Blue ink on the blue cardstock.  I just did this randomly around  the edges where it would show from underneath the sentiment.  I also distressed the edges with matching inks (Crystal Blue and Goldrush)

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The sentiment is stamped on a 2 3/4″ square of White Daisy in Goldrush ink.  Below the sentiment is a knot of ribbon from the Rustic Home Ribbon pack (I just tied a knot and left the ends a little long.  I cut them on an angle to give them the look of a bow).  Then underneath the ribbon is a cluster of hearts in Pomegranate.

I layered the White Daisy on the 3 x 3 goldrush piece and then attached these to the card with some Thin 3D tape for added dimension.

You could easily swap out the sentiment on this card with the “Happy Mother’s Day” stamp included in the set or use one of the ‘thank you’ stamps from the “All the Thanks”set (B1536).

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card and are having an amazing weekend!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Here are some of the other products used – you can find them at gerri.closetomyheart.com

 

Dreamin’ Big Suite

The March featured paper is great for all the adventures in your life!  There are patterned sheets with stars & constellation, another with colorful bugs,  a bug dictionary page and a grey wood grain.  If bugs & stars aren’t your thing – there are softer sides with flowers.  Need something in between – how about dots – we’ve got colorful dots (Goldrush, Poppy, Juniper) – going for a softer look – how about Glacier – they aren’t quite lines & they aren’t quite dots – kind of remind me of rain slanting on the window.

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To round out this fantastic paper we have complements (adventure/explore/love life… stickers), coordinating sequins and some Whisper extra thick twine.  These are all great options for adding a little extra.  Don’t forget the coordinating cardstock packs – these packs are a great way to build you cardstock supply and make sure you have the colors that match the papers you’re using.  The Dreamin’ Big Cardstock pack includes 3 each of Goldrush, Juniper, Poppy, and Slate.

In addition to embellishments – we also have some fun stamp sets that work well with this suite.

The Dreamin’ Big Thin Cuts bundle (Z3303) includes a C-sized stamp set and 4 Thin Cuts so you can have a cutout of your stamped images.  This stamp set is great for ‘thinking of you’ and ‘special day’ cards and includes images of a dragonfly, ladybug, and 2 different butterflies (these are the thin cuts).  If you would rather fussy cut the insects (lol) or you don’t use die cuts – you can purchase the stamp set alone.

If you’re more of a scrapbooker – we have a stamp for that….  This stamp set has the words hello, life and spring along with some flowers that can be cut from the Cricut Flower Market cartridge.  The HELLO is an outline of the letters filled in with flowers that you can color with markers, watercolors or just colored pencils.

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If you’re more of a kit person – or if you just love it all – check out the Workshops Your Way Dreamin’ Big Scrapbooking Kit (G1121) which includes the paper packet, extra cardstock (Goldrush, Whisper and White Daisy), a package of complements, sequins, and Whisper thick twine.  With the downloadable instructions you can make 3 double paged layouts plus you’ll have the instructions for extra cards (additional supplies needed).

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Or for a strictly cardmaking option – there’s the Workshops Your Way Happy Congratulations Cardmaking Kit (G1125) which includes 3 sheets of Dreamin Big B&T Duos, 2 sheets of cardstock (1 each of Sea Glass and White Daisy), white and gold ribbon, gold glitter gems, 12 card bases and envelopes and an exclusive B-sized workshop stamp set that says ‘congratulations’ and ‘happy wedding day’.

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Watch for details on my class page!