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:

Spooky Fun!

 

Whether you’re ready or not, fall is on its way! September 1st brings the launch of the new Holiday Expressions Idea Book. Where our Annual Inspirations covers all the basics – albums & supplies, cardstock & inks in our 4 exclusive color palettes, year round stamp sets… The Holiday Expressions covers the fall holidays with themed papers and coordinating stamps & embellishments as well as other holiday themed products.

For September, we’ll be playing with the Halloween collection called Cats & Bats. It features fun oragami animal shapes (cats, bats, foxes & owls), geometric patterns, polka dots, diagonals & ombre.

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The coordinating complements include lots black glittery pieces, and goldrush, black and Emerald dots.

Here are some pictures of the cards and layouts I made with this fun collection –

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I don’t personally send Halloween cards, so I decided to put these papers  to work in other  ways.  The bright colors are great for birthdays, thank yous & pick me up cards.  Plus you can use the less vibrant patterns & colors for your more serious card needs.

I don’t have a ton of Halloween pictures, so I was  able to use this kit to document 3 different Halloweens. My oldest son is wearing the same costume in 2 layouts because he wanted to be John Glenn both years – he still does this – he was ‘Steve the guy from Minecraft’ for the past 2 years – we’ll see if he’ll shoot for 3.

Be  sure to check out all the new fun starting on Friday. You can get your own copy of the Holiday Expressions absolutely free by placing an order either directly through me or at gerri.closetomyheart.com.

Don’t forget to jump over to my Class Page to get the details on class schedules for September.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Good bye to some…

We’re coming up on another transition. For the past few months we’ve been playing with creative collections from the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book. Those fun collections will be leaving us at the end of this month to make room for the new Holiday Expressions! 

Did you love Little Dreamer?


No Worries?


How about Prickly Pear?


Or my favorite Jack!


If you haven’t had your fill  of all this fun jump over to my CTMH website (gerri.closetomyheart.com) to order your happy mail!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Jack Blog Hop

Welcome to our Jack Blog Hop! We will be showcasing items from our Jack creative collection with various projects created by talented Close to my Heart consultants. If you are visiting from Claudia’s blog then you are on the right track, if not please start at the beginning with our hostess Carol. When you’re through here, be sure to check out Debi’s blog.

CIMG0017When I saw these papers, I was so excited to get ‘BOY’ stuff! I know some people are against gender identification in cards/scrapbooks/life – but my reality is I have two boys and there is a lot of flowery, frilly papers & embellishments out there! I can often find enough neutrality to make it work, but it was nice to just match pictures and colors and not worry about those flowers or rainbows and how they went (or didn’t) with our rough and tumble life.

See!? When your brother covers you with muddy hand prints, pink flowers just don’t fit the mood!

Just in time to play with these fun outdoor papers, CTMH released the You Are Here Cricut Collection – FULL of more outdoor fun & a perfect complement for my layouts this month. This layout was one that consultants received at the Spring idea book launch event (just one of many great perks of being a consultant!!).

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The original layout used a title from the Jack Complements, but I thought these pictures were perfect for the ‘Wild At Heart’ title from the You Are Here collection. I cut this from the new two-toned Ruby cardstock – I love the added dimension this adds without having to buy an additional product!

The ‘Gone Exploring’ stamp is from the one of the three stamp sets that come with the collection along with the Combo pack of Enchantment cardstock.

 

My next layout shows more camping fun (if you haven’t seen a lot of my blog – my family does a lot of camping & backpacking – we LOVE being outdoors!). This layout is a variation of the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2, Pattern 8.

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The Camping Life stamp set added some fun extras on this page – the S’mores, mountains, compass – they all went so perfectly with these pictures!

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I wanted to combine these crossed arrows and the ‘I woke up this cute’ badge, but the arrows weren’t long enough, so I cut the arrows in the middle, then used 3D foam tape on the banner. This allowed me to slide the pieces of the arrows underneath hiding the fact that it’s cut in half.

 

 

 

Next I have a more current layout (this is actually the most recent thing I have ever scrapbooked – I’m mostly working back in 2004 right now, with the exception of a few things like the above layouts from 2010!)

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This was just a basic layout that I put together without a pattern. I love how well the subdued background of this tree ring paper went with these pictures. Don’t be fooled though, I don’t just have one Wild Child – they are both wild – I’ll duplicate this layout with pictures showcasing my other son & his cliff jumping antics.

I used the Jack Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking Kit for these layouts and still have paper left over for cards or more layouts. I love that these Workshops Your Way kits are such a great value. With the Jack kit, you get the paper packet, extra cardstock (1 Juniper, 2 Whisper, 1 White Daisy), Complements, Black & White Dots, and Whisper Thick Twine. Because I didn’t follow the WYW guide for my layouts, I added extra White Daisy cardstock for bases on the first 2 layouts.

That’s all I have for you this morning – but next check out Debi’s and see what fun she has for us!

Enjoy hopping!

~Gerri

Products I used:

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