Say Hello to Prickly Pear…

Good morning! As June is coming to a close, I am attending the CTMH Convention finding out about all the great new products coming your way soon. But we still have some fantastic featured papers from the Seasonal Expressions II Idea Book. July’s featured paper is Prickly Pear.

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Small confession here … when I first saw this paper, I wasn’t shall we say thrilled.  I grew up around big tress (hemlocks, maples & real oaks) – so cacti just weren’t doing anything for me. BUT – once I started playing with these papers – the beautiful colors and versatile patterns totally won me over.

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Designs for these cards came from Make It From Your Heart Volumes I & II, Wishes Card Confidence Program, Prickly Pear WYW Scrapbooking guide and Pinterest (cleanandsimplestamping.blogspot)

Here are my layouts using the Scrapbooking WYW. I mostly followed the guide except for the ‘Big Shoes’ layout.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look at my cards & layouts for July classes. You can find details for the classes on my Class Page or at Facebook.

As always…

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Products used for these projects can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com

More Than Layouts

I talk a lot about Workshops Your Way – especially the scrapbook kits.  I really like these kits because they have everything you need to get layouts done quickly.

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The part I often overlook in the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are the additional cards included in the cutting diagram.

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If you look in this picture  – you can identify the card cuts in 2 ways. First – the layouts are all numbered 1-3, so any cut numbered above 3 is for a card.  Second, the card cuts are a darker shade. So, if you don’t want to make the cards – just skip those cuts.

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These three cards in the picture above,  feature the card making stamp set that coordinates with the paper packet.  Sometimes, though I don’t want to buy something else.  In these instances, I try to find a stamp set in my stash that will work.

You can see how with just a few tweaks, I was able to use the same card patterns, but adapt them for the birthday cards that I wanted. I used the April SOTM Flock Together (S1704) and Hi Friend (A1198) for the first card, and Circus Birthday (B1533) for the last two.  The ‘Happy Birthday’ on the middle card is from the Hooked On You (B1535) set (I’ve found this set very versatile!).

Since these were for my card class, I only made one of each, but when you follow the WYW cutting guide, you will have the pieces for multiples which helps you make better use of your time.

There you go – the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way are a great value for both your money and your time.  Create the optional card projects and you’ve got an even better deal.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Additional Products used can be found at gerri.closetomyheart.com:

Friendly Layouts (with Stamping!)

Good morning, friends! Spring break was a little more eclectic than I was planning, so I never made it back with additional posts – but I’m ready to start back up this week.  These layouts are one of the options for my April scrapbooking class.

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I used the Some Kind of Wonderful Workshops Your Way Scrapbooking kit.  This kit includes a paper packet, complements, white twine and a package of black and white dots. Often, I just follow the guide designed for the kit – easy-peasy… but this month, I wanted to add some stamping.

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Close to My Heart has designed scrapbooking and  cardmaking stamp sets specifically to coordinate with each featured paper packet.  I thought the Some Kinda Wonderful Scrapbooking stamp set would be great for telling the story of my family getting a cat (the cat I was never going to own!!!!).

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Between the stamp set and the complements, I had everything i needed to convey the friendship that’s developed between my son & his cat and all the happiness the little kitty brought!

 

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This layout really didn’t need a lot of colored papers – using the stamps to create a slight background on the White Daisy cardstock, I really only needed a few pieces to frame the pictures.

My next layout just has some pictures of my son when he was 1 1/2 – showing off his fish tank, being cool in his shades and hanging out with his best friend at the time – Mickey.  This time I used some of the green paper for a large photo mat and then added some color above & below.  The stamping on this page just adds a little extra embellishment.IMG_1985

My last double page layout didn’t include any stamping.  These are just some random pictures that remind me what a happy wonderful life we have – i love that smile!

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(I actually went back and added another layered piece on the right hand page – in the top left side – I’ll try to remember to get a picture of it and replace this one!)

If you’ve made layouts with this paper, I’d love to see them – whether you followed the design guide or did your own thing!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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!

Hello Lovely Layouts

It’s interesting to me how my thoughts on these layouts changed when I actually pulled the paper out and started playing with it.  I used the Hello Lovely Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way kit (G1119) and cutting guide.  The guide shows these layouts done with pictures of a pretty girl with flowers in her hair, playing a guitar… beautiful layouts – don’t get me wrong – just not my life!!!  I thought about using these layouts for my youngest son’s baptism pictures and maybe for some family pictures we had taken several years ago.

But – once I actually looked at the papers, the patterns, colors, and gold foil really reminded me of the cruise my husband and I took in 2007 (a very belated honeymoon!).   I was very excited to see that the layouts and my pictures went well together without much finagling!

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This layout is just like the guide except I left off a title – I haven’t decided yet what I want to use yet.  The original layout said ‘BEAUTIFUL’ and while the Mayan Ruins were beautiful – I’m just not feeling it.

I had some additional pictures of the ruins and the surrounding moss laden trees that I really liked.  They didn’t really fit into the main layout, but I was able to include them in a 6X12 pocket page that will be inserted between these two pages

I was able to use some of the cut-apart pocket cards included in the paper pack – and even created my own journaling cards with some of the patterned papers.  These pocket pages are a great way to tell ‘The Rest of the Story’ if you will (Thank you, Paul Harvey!).  For this page I used the Memory Protectors Pocket Plus Design 3 (Z3244).  The Pocket Plus Memory Protectors come in several designs for both 3X4 and 4X6 photos.

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I made a slight change on this layout only because I printed my pictures in 4X4 instead of 3X3  – I made the white background on the left size larger to fit the larger pictures.  My original thought was to trim the pictures down – but when I actually had the pictures in hand – that just didn’t work.  I also changed up the journaling placement a bit as I didn’t have much to say about this day.

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This page also has minimal changes – I swapped out some of the 4×6 photos on the right layout with 3X4s and ditched one of the pocket cards. I also put a spot for a bit of journalling on the left – rather than just the pocket card that said ‘True Story’.

Now I’m going to have a little light hearted rant about ‘BEST DAY’ stuff – I have so many BEST DAY stickers, pocket cards and even stamps – and I am revolting against the ‘BEST DAY’ – because really – if it’s the BEST DAY – there’s only one – right?!  So what am I supposed to do with all the other BEST DAY scrapbooking stuff I have?  What if I use it on a layout – but later have a BETTER BEST DAY – what am I supposed to do then?!

HMMMMMMmmmmm…anyway –

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Product Used (isn’t it great to create 3 layouts with just the products from this WYW kit & extra pocket pages! And I still have lots of left overs for cards or more layouts!):

 

 

Lovely Couple

Do you have any weddings or bridal showers coming up?  This card is great for wishing the new couple a beautiful Happily Ever After!

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The recipe for this card is actually one of the additional projects from the  Hello Lovely Scrapbook Workshops Your Way.  I simply adapted it for the Wedding Wishes (B1547) stamp set.  To accent the Hello Lovely paper, I used the blush shimmer ribbon to add a soft touch and the gold glitter gems to add some sparkle.

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On the inside – I wanted to add something to cover where the ribbon ended (I know – I could have run the ribbon all the way around, but sometimes it seems like such a waste of pretty ribbon.  I stamped the line of hearts on a small scrap of White Daisy, backed it with the same patterned paper as the front and attached it over the ribbon ends.

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I finished off the inside with a sentiment & some additional hearts using the Fern and Flaxen inks used on the outside.

This really was a quick and easy card to make.  If you would like to make this card, check out my February class dates – or join my Facebook VIP group for the cutting guide.

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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Hello Lovely!

The February 2017 featured paper is Hello Lovely – a beautiful mix of flowers, geometric patterns, a little gold foil and beautiful colors.  I love the linen pattern, too!

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When I first saw this paper in person, those flowers immediately reminded me of my Gran Wessner (she’s also my namesake – my real name is Geraldine).  I remember as a child she always had gardenia bushes and those white flowers remind me of Gran’s gardenias.

img_1184Gran also had peonies (we pronounce them peenies – not pee O nies), a mock orange bush, tons of lilacs – and there was this lemon tree.  It wouldn’t bloom – she had it for years and not a single flower.  Gran was always reading – and she had read that plants like to be talked to – so she talked to the lemon tree.  Then somehow she heard she needed to beat the tree – so she hit it with a switch!  After several years – she was just done waiting and tossed it over the bank by the creek.  And would you believe that thing bloomed!!!

My Gran Wessner is also the person who sparked my scrapbooking bug.  When we were kids, she made each of us a ‘scrapbook’ with articles she read or pictures that she thought we would like, there were snip-its from the newspaper if we had our picture in there for something and just things in general that reminded her of us.  Sadly, I don’t have that scrapbook anymore.  I’m not sure what happened to it over the years.  I wish that I had understood the value when I was younger.  But I do still have the memories and I will definitely be making a scrapbook layout about my Gran with this paper!

Have you ever found a paper that brought back a flood of memories or you just knew immediately what you wanted to do with it?  If not – I hope you get to experience it at least once!  During the next month I’ll be posting artwork using the Hello Lovely paper pack – so check back later!

Enjoy!

~Gerri