Live Beautifully

Yesterday brought lots of new things in my Close to My Heart world. One of these new things is the exclusive Live Beautifully collection. There are so many options I didn’t think I could really do it justice – so I thought I’d link to this video by CTMH.  It shows the paper packet, stamp set, and Cut Above Layout kit.

CTMH Live Beautifully Video

These products are all in celebration of National Scrapbooking Month – but don’t be fooled by the name – these are great for all you papercrafting fun.

live beautifully paper

The paper packet comes with 16 sheets – 6 of them double sided.

live beautifully stamp

While the stamp set has large, beautiful words that work for layout titles – there is plenty of love here for cardmakers also!

live beautifully cut above

Last – but DEFINITELY not least! – is the Cut Above Layout Kit.  This kit comes with pre-printed pages & photo mats, stickers and die cuts and 12 X 12 Memory Protectors for 5 double page layouts!  You can literally have all 5 double pages completed in 2 hours! These layouts are great for telling your stories of weddings, engagements, prom, family, that inspirational person in your life – so versatile!

To see the whole collection including the album bundles (available at a 20% discount!) – check out

For more info on the workshop I’ll be hosting (June 2nd, 5:30 PM in Roy) go here.

Want to see more great artwork with these products? – Search on #CTMHLiveBeautifully!

Since these are exclusive for National Scrapbooking Month – they are only available in May and only while supplies last!

Would you like to get the Cut Above Layout Kit for free?!

  • Host a gathering in May that reaches the 3rd Hostess Reward Level and receive the Cut Above set in addition to $60 of free hostess product and any item for 1/2 price (yes, even Cricut Cartridges!)


  • Become a consultant – in addition to the other fun products in your consultant kit, you’ll get this layout kit for free!







Back To School Layout

Jeepers Creepers isn’t just for Halloween!  Here’s a cute back to school layout we’ll be making in the scrapbook class this month…


I combined the Jeepers Creepers paper with Pacifica and White Daisy cardstocks (and some scraps of Poppy for the apples).  Then used Emerald, Pacifica, and Ruby inks along with the School Kids and Let’s Go My Acrylix stamp sets.  I also used the Typography and Pen Pals alphas stamp sets.

I must need new glasses – I really thought this was more in focus when I took the picture!

With the basic, clean lines, this layout comes together quickly.  Sadly – it’s quicker than my photography skills because I’ve only got pictures of 1 son scowling because he had to start school and the other son has a streak of sunlight across his face.  Hopefully I can get them to cooperate and ‘recreate’ back to school pictures – then I’ll be set!

Close To My Heart – White Pines

I have always struggled with Christmas things coming out before Halloween – but here I’ve been working on Christmas cards, layouts, and gifts way before Halloween (my boys have been sure to remind me of this every chance they get!)

For my November classes, we’re using Christmas themed papers called White Pines.  We’ll also be using the Cardmaking and Scrapbooking Workshops on the Go.White Pines Paper 


Here are some of the cards I’ve made IMG_2127 IMG_2130 IMG_2129

IMG_2133And one of the Workshop on the Go layouts (I changed the right side a bit because I wanted to be able to add more pictures than shown on the original layout).

The fun part – is that I have another whole month to play with these papers & create some more fun Christmas (or maybe not Christmas) pieces!


Close to My Heart – National Scrapbooking Month Exclusives

I’m really excited to be a part of the Close to My Heart family.  Originally, I was just going to buy product at a discount, but the more I thought about it – the more I thought maybe, just maybe, I can help other women (or men) be able to create – like I’ve said – I don’t consider myself creative, but I do love to create things.  Today’s creations are using the exclusive National Scrapbooking Month paper pack and stamp set from Close to My Heart.  We’re in the middle of spring here in Utah, but with these bright and bold papers and fruit inspired stamps, you can be dreaming of summertime!  These two products are only available during May – so get yours before they’re gone!

The exclusive paper pack comes with 2 each of 6 different B&T Duo’s papers (double sided) for only $8.95.  I used 1 packet of paper to make all the creations on this page, and still have a few full 12 X 12” sheets left over.  The stamp set is a D-sized set with 15 yummy, fruity stamps for only $17.95.  This stamp set can be used with the Cricut Artiste cartridge for adding dimension.  Purchase either of these products from my website – – and I’ll send you directions for the scrapbook and card layouts that follow.

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Both layouts come from CTMH Corporate Office.  The “Life is Grand” layout uses just 1 each of 2 different patterned papers, white cardstock, white shimmer trim and white sequins.  Documenting Moments (D1647) is the My Acrylix stamp set used.  This layout leaves room for 2 X 2” pictures & journaling space.


Another Corporate Office layout – “You Make Me Happy” uses 1 sheet each of 2 other B&T Duos.  I like how the zip strips from the sheets peek out at the bottom (the little purple strip).  This layout has room for two 6 X 4” and three 3 X 4” pictures.  Again, we used the Documenting Moments My Acrylix set

Next we have some really cute cards – four of them are made mostly with the scraps from the above layouts.  The cards use both the Documenting Moments and the Taste of Summer My Acrylix sets.  These cards also use silver shimmer trim, some Bitty Sparkles, squares of pear cardstock, as well as canary, smoothie, and sunset exclusive ink pads.  The 4 cards on the outside are from CTMH and the two in the middle are my ideas.


Thanks for looking.  I hope you were inspired to create something.  If you would like the directions for these layouts and cards, order the Taste of Summer paper pack (CC1038) or the Taste of Summer My Acrylix set (CC1039) available during May 2015 and I will send them to you.  To order any of these products, just go to

Have fun creating!