You Are Here – Cricut Cartridge

One of the things that attracted me to Close To My Heart was the exclusive Cricut Cartridges. This year’s offerings do not disappoint! The new Annual Inspirations includes a travel/get-away themed cartridge called You Are Here and three digital only collections featuring the United States, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand.

I was so excited that I was able to get the You Are Here cartridge for 50% off shortly after it was available for consultants to preveiw! (Truth be told – I get all my Cricut cartridges at 50% off through Hostess Rewards!! – check out this link to find out how).

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I usually get the physical cartridge because I like to have the book of images.  If you prefer the digital version – you can download the book. Both options come with this set of stamps and the Enchantment Combo cardstock pack.

Here are a few things that I’ve made this month with this fun cartridge –

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I love using the images for titles or accent pieces. The ‘Wild at Heart’ image uses the 2-toned colors from the Ruby cardstock. ‘Gone Exploring’ stamped image is from the exclusive stamp set with the banner cut from the cartridge.

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Next is a card I made for a friend going on an Alaskan cruise.

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I couldn’t decide between ‘Seas the Day’ or ‘Bon Voyage’ – but this worked out with the ship & mountains.

I love that this cartridge has some National Parks badges – include a couple of my faves – Teton & Yellowstone! I’ve got lots of pictures to scrapbook in these two beloved locations!

Don’t worry if you’re less of an outdoors person and more of a luxury traveler – there are images for you as well!

This cartridge is so much fun! I can’t wait to play with it some more! I’d love to see what you create with it!

 

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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NEW Product Fun!!

Sorry, I’ve been MIA for a few days! My boys went to Scout Camp last week & I spent the week trying to cram as many projects into those 7 days as possible, so I let this slip just a bit. Today I’m back with the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book and some artwork I’ve made with the new products.

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First a couple of highlights – in this Idea Book you’ll find …

A new Cut Above Layout Kit “The Story Begins” – to tell your baby’s stories – this kit comes in either a boy or girl option plus – save 30% when you purchase an album to go with it!

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Double Sided Cardstock – what? – yep – one side is the actual color and the reverse is a lighter version.  Check it out here – the Wild is cut from the lighter side and the rest from the front side of a sheet of Ruby cardstock. What an easy way to add some dimension to your projects!

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Speaking of adding dimension – how about some new Cricut cartridges?  We have a new cartridge available in either physical or digital. Both options come with an exclusive stamp set bundle and an Enchantment combo cardstock pack. The You Are Here cartridge is great for all your travel projects – from a girls trip to National Parks – there’s lots of fun in these images.

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And of course we have new Fundamentals with awesome patterns, colors & complements (including new ribbon packs!).

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With all these fun new products – I’d love to see what you create!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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

Scrapbooking Little Dreamer

I was excited to scrapbook with the Little Dreamer Workshop Your Way kit.  These papers have fun colors that are great for happy events.  I’ve been wanting to scrap my son’s 2nd Easter and birthday and these papers were perfect for both! I was able to use the Workshop Guide with minimal changes to meet my needs for picture sizes & quantities.  Check out the comparison below!

1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-01I like the simplicity of this layout.  The lagoon stripes on the base papers added nice dimension.  Rather than using the Complements for a title, I decided to cut ‘make a wish’ from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut cartridge.

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This was layout was great for continuing the birthday theme.  I used CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge (retired) for the ‘Birthday Boy’ title. The party hats are from the Artistry and Flower Market Cartridges! I also used different PML cards for journaling and left off the unicorns (cute as they are, they just don’t work with Bob the Builder!)

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1705-se-little-dreamer-wyw-layout-03I love that our B&T Duo papers are just that – dual sided!  This layout was easy to adjust simply by flipping the unicorns over to get the dots.  I probably wouldn’t so much of the dots on back to back layouts – but these will be a few months apart in the final book – so I’m happy with it.  The Cricut cuts for this layout include Easter Eggs from Art Philosophy (retired), grass strip from Artbooking and Happy Easter title from Flower Market

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Tips for adapting to your layouts:

  1. Change up the PML cards to meet your needs and cover up things that don’t fit – I covered up unicorns and flowers (2nd layout) and a heart (3rd layout).
  2. Use Cricut cuts for titles and embellishing.
  3. You can easily add more pictures or different sizes to a sample layout.
  4. Wait until you’ve decided on pictures to cut the photo mats from the Thistle Cardstock and Heart B&T Duo paper.
  5. A little planning goes a long way! I like to decide on what pictures I want to use before I start cutting my papers. This way I can more easily decide what adjustments I want to make.

I’d love to hear any ideas you might have for adjusting kit layouts to meet your needs!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Mini Album

One of my friends had a birthday last week, and I wanted to make her a mini album for pictures of her grandson.  She gets most of her pictures through texts or Snapchat – and those are so vulnerable, so I wanted her to have a little something that was more permanent and that she could add some journaling to.

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I thought about doing something cut with the Cricut, but then I found this fun idea through a Google search.  It’s so easy and it uses just a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper, plus scraps & snippets to decorate – and comes out as a 4 x 3 album with 4 double layouts. I won’t re-create the directions because Lowri McNabb did an awesome job with them on her Paper Vine blog – check out her fun projects! But I’ll show you what I did and give you some of the tips I saw in making it.

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Although I was originally thinking this would be a Grandma Brag Book – I really left it open so my friend could put in pictures of whatever makes her happy. I used a combination of Close To My Heart papers (including this month’s featured paper – Some Kinda Wonderful) and some Simple Stories things I had in my stash – the colors really complemented the Some Kinda Wonderful.

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Tips & Ideas –

1) I was originally going to use cardstock for the base – but I decided on a piece of patterned paper instead  I chose a piece from the Charlotte line that has a neutral toned pattern. This was a good option so that if you’re using white core cardstock – it won’t show through.

2) Crease the folds – but not hard.  Then as you’re gluing the pages together, finalize your creases so that the edges line up.

3) I chose to have a background piece as a photo mat on one side of the double page – and then added journaling/title pieces  on the other sides.

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4) Pocket scrapbook cards work great either for journaling or for a photo mat.

5) Use glue dots to adhere an embellishment but still allow a photo to be slipped behind it.

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6) I added little tags & tabs to the edges to create more dimension. I thought about covering these with the cover sheet so they wouldn’t get bent, but in the end, decided to line the cover up with the actual edges and let the pieces stick out.

7) It’s a lot easier to create pages when you know what pictures will be going with them!  I tried to keep things generic, and hope my friend will find some fun pictures to use.

8) I thought about trying to get pictures & surprise her with a completed album, but decided to give her the blank album and let her send me the pictures she wants in it.  Then I’ll print & add them.

There you go – a fun, easy and CUTE mini album that’s great for gifting or using up your snippets!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

Getting Started – Pictures on Pages

Last month I did a couple of posts about getting started & organizing your pictures.  This month I’d like to move on to getting pictures on pages. First – we all have to realize that there are many different ways to do this – the three basic paths are:

  • Traditional scrapbooking – gluing paper & pictures to pages & adding the story.

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  • Pocket scrapbooking – sliding pictures and pre-printed cards into divided page protectors

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  • Digital scrapbooking – using an electronic format to design layouts & then either printing a photo book or printing individual pages to add to a scrapbook.

     

     

    Today I’m going to focus on traditional scrapbooking.  Within this arena you have a variety of page sizes – from make your own mini-albums (I just did one that was 3 x 4) up to 12 x 12 (I know Creative Memories used to have something like an 11 X 15, but don’t know what other larger sizes are available.) Don’t feel confined to a single size – you can intermingle smaller sized layouts within a larger album (add 8 1/2 x 11 to a 12 x 12 album).

    Something to consider on the size is how many pictures you want to scrapbook.  If you have a lot of pictures, or if you like a lot of pictures on a layout – you might want to go with a larger format. One thought on the number of pictures, though – you don’t have to scrap every picture – (I constantly struggle with this!).

    Another area to consider is the content of your scrapbooks/layouts. Do you want to focus more on telling a story or capture an event. Many of us start out as event-driven scrappers (a wedding, birth) and migrate to the stories.  I’m a firm believer that all your layouts should have some story – if not, you might as well juts hang it on a wall (and that’s not a bad option either). My thoughts are that scrapbooking is a way to capture what’s going on in life so that in years to come my family can look back over the pages & share those memories.  So if I don’t really identify what’s going on, I may not have much to share later if I can’t remember the details.

    So, if you’re scrapping an event,

    • Choose your pictures from that event (an easy task if you have them organized – if not, check out these other posts Where to Start? – Digital Photo Management – Where to Start (Part 2) – Piles of Pics).
    • Find coordinating papers –
      • Colors that match the pictures or the event (match wedding colors)
      • Themed papers that match the event (birthday, Halloween)
      • Patterned papers that match the event (florals for a wedding, animals for a zoo trip)
    • Find a layout – you can design your own, but I find scraplifting is helpful – especially if you’re just starting out. Look for layouts with the same amount of pictures, similar theme, or the colors you want to use. There are so many great resources for this – Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, sketch/recipe books, catalogs (CTMH Idea Books)

    As a Close To My Heart consultant, of course, I regularly turn to CTMH product.  I love that each featured paper packet has a Scrapbook Workshops Your Way kit that includes paper, embellishments & and a cutting guide that is easy to use or adapt to my own needs. Everything coordinates leaving me less to think about, decide on, spend time on.

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    Another new CTMH product is the Cut Above Layout Kit.  Talk about a great way to get started.  There are currently 2 kits – one for a new baby,

    and one for a wedding/love theme.

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    These kits include pre-printed die cuts and base pages. All you need to do is punch out the pieces (they’re perforated sheets) and adhere them to the base pages.  There are also pocket cards to add to your traditional layout (I know, this wasn’t today’s topic, but they’re there & they do mix wonderfully with traditional!)

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    During April 2017 – you can get either of these Cut Above layout kits for half price!! – That’s just $7.48 each!  What an amazing deal – check it out at gerri.closetomyheart.com.  AND – watch for more Cut Above layouts in May!

    Enjoy!

    ~Gerri

    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