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!


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.


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..


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


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.


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!



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.


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 –


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.



Jeepers Creepers!!!

Jeepers Creepers – is it time for Halloween already?!  I know it’s still a month away, but check out these great papers & embellishments.  And guess what – like so many of our products – although it’s themed – you can take it outside the box and use it in different ways.  Check out these cards.


Check out these 2 cards – identical design, using different patterns – one is a fun kids card, the other works great for adults or anyone.


Here’s a nice, not-so-scary Get Well card


How about a non-Halloween sympathy card…


So whether you want to create Halloween themed fun or take this great paper in a different direction – have fun!!



Nevermore…. Happy Halloween & Beyond

It’s September and Fall is just around the corner!  Halloween has always been a fun time, but it seems in recent years it has really gone crazy with decorating & food & big inflatable thingies.  I suppose scrapbooking is no different.  This month, Close to My Heart is featuring the NevermoreNevermore paper pack.  The color palette for these fun papers includes Sunset, Eggplant, Slate, Whisper, Pear, and black.  The coordinating Assortment and Complements include spooky Halloween icons like witches, bats, cats, jack-o-lanterns, stars, spiders & webs, even a few frightening chandeliers.  Both the Green and Black Shimmer Trim go great with these.

So, what to make with Halloween on the brain?

Nevermore CardsSome fun little cards* – how about a pop up box card featuring the Complements package.

IMG_1818Decorate some Designer Bags for treats.

And of course, my favorite – scrapbook pages.


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steampunk scoundrelsFor these projects, I used the Steampunk Scoundrels, Tasty Terrors, and Pumpkin Chevron My Acrylix Stamp sets.  I wasn’t sure about the whole Steampunk look – but I’m loving these 4 stamps in the Steampunk Scoundrels set.  The spider & bat are great with their gears, knobs & pieces – kind of reminds me of something from Dr. Who.

If any of these products interest you, be sure to check out my web site – gerri.ctmh.com for more details.  But hurry – these items won’t be gone with the Witching Hour, but they are part of our Holiday Expressions Idea Book and will be gone 31 December.  If you’d like more information on the projects, check out my Class Schedule page.

Products use – Nevemore Paper Packet (X7198B), Nevermore Complements (X7198C), Nevermore Assortment (Z3083), Black Shimmer Trim (Z1809), Sequins Silver Assortment (Z2013), Thin 3-D Foam Tape (Z2060), Steampunk Scoundrels (B1503), Tasty Terrors (D1669), Pumpkin Chevron (B1488), and Typography Alphabet Stamp (E1032) My Acrylix Stamp sets.

Enjoy!   ~Gerri

*Cards inspired by CTMH 2015 Convention Artwork (bottom) & Jessica Kaiser (top left).  Top right is my idea.