A Simple Thank You

Here’s another card design from the Scrapbook WYW guide. The design in the guide uses the Jack Card Making Stamp & Thin Cuts set (Z3333)


I decided  to take this card in a slightly different direction and used the Nature’s Wish set.


The elegant script goes well with the simplicity of this card.

Pieces used:

  • 5 1/2 x 3 1/4 (I used Juniper cardstock, but the wood grain patterned paper works great, too)
  • 5 1/2 x 2 (grey plaid)
  • 2 1/2 square (ruby slash marks)
  • 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 (whisper cardstock) – dovetailed on left side

I stamped the thank you with Black ink and embellished with black dots and white twine.

Just a reminder, the Jack creative collection will be retiring (along with the other collections in the Seasonal Expressions II idea book) on 31 August. If you are not already working with a CTMH consultant, I would love to help! You can purchase supplies directly from my website, or check out my other pages for upcoming classes or craft days.



Some of the items I used for this card:


No Worries Layouts

I’ve been using the Scrapbooking Workshops Your Way for over a year now and I really do enjoy the great layouts and how easy they make it to get great pages done quickly.  This month we’re working with the No Worries Scrapbooking Workshop Your Way kit. These papers have a beachy/boardwalk vacation theme & they were perfect for a trip my husband and I took to Hawaii many years ago.


These kits come with the paper and great coordinating embellishments like the Complements (a mix of stickers and die cut images), Sequins, and Burlap Ribbon. You can download the guide from my CTMH website (while the product is current) or I keep copies on my FB VIP Page – just check out the files section and you can find retired guides.


Sometimes I make a lot of changes because the layouts don’t really fit my photos.  But this month, I only adjusted the photo sizes/positioning.


So how long did it take me for these layouts – about 2 hours! Seriously! I had everything cut in 30 minutes – the cutting guide is so well designed. The hardest part, for me, was figuring out how I wanted to arrange the pictures. So actually putting the layouts together took about an hour and a half.

These pictures were taken during the ‘non-digital’ era (as my boys would say – “Back in the 19’s”). They were also developed at  different locations so they had different sizes, and finishes. Working the 3×5 photos into ‘today’s’ 4×6 and 3×4 formats did take a little creativity. For example, the two 4×6 photos on the right hand page were scanned from 3x5s and then reprinted in 4×6 (thank goodness for home scanners/printers!)

So – if you’ve got some beach vacation pictures you want to scrapbook – check out this Workshop You Way and you’ll be finished in no time!



You can find more details about this kit at gerri.closetomyheart.com


No Worries Anniversary Workshop You Way

Since my interests lie more in scrapbooking than cardmaking, I don’t always look to the Cardmaking Workshops Your Way. However, after playing with a few of them, I’ve come to enjoy working with them.


The No Worries Cardmaking WYW includes one sheet of patterned paper from the Paper Packet, one sheet each of Sea Glass and Smoothie cardstock, No Worries sequins, Aqua Shimmer Trim, card bases with envelopes, and an exclusive B-sized stamp set.


CTMH provides a downloadable guide to make six each of two card patterns. You can also reverse the patterned papers for additional options.

These two designs were my starting point for these two cards. I wanted to use some of the papers included in the full paper packet, so I swapped out some of the layers. (Please excuse my crooked stamping on the anniversary card – I may or may not have been enjoying some wine at that point!)

I love how easy it is to adapt these card kits to your personal needs.  For example, you can change out the stamps on either design to get the combination of anniversary and thank you cards that work best for you. The guides are always a great starting point to get your creativity moving!

This is also the ‘thanks’ stamp that I used in the last post No Worries – Thanks.



Here’s a link to check out these fun products more closely – 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.


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.


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.



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

Dreamin’ Big Adventures

My last few posts have been about organizing your photos.  Whether or not you’re a scrapbooker – preserving those photos is important.  It has been said that this generation takes the most pictures (therefore the value of a photo has decreased), but it will be the generation with the least photos preserved because they are not valued (Here’s a great article about this from Mike Yost Photography!).  So, if you need to tackle your photo stash, check out these two posts for some ideas (Where to Start? – Digital Photo Management and Where to Start (Part 2) – Piles of Pics).

Today we go back to some artwork.  Since the last two posts have been about organizing photos – here’s how I preserve mine.  I love to scrapbook.  At one time, I felt like I was ‘behind’ but as I worked through those pictures, getting them on pages, I realized that I really loved reliving these memories (cute boys, no back-talk!)  Also – have some time between the events and making pages, allows me to have a bigger picture take on my thoughts and the events.


Today’s layouts use this month’s featured paper Dreamin’ Big.  I thought these papers were great for capturing some of our outdoor adventures.  I used the Dreamin Big Workshops Your Way kit (G1121)  which includes the Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins, Whisper Thick Twine & extra cardstock..  I decided to use different layouts than were included with the kit guide – not that there was anything wrong with those, I just wanted a little something different (and the challenge of not just following the directions).

My starting point was the Make It From Your Heart, Volume 2 pattern book (item 9042).   You can find lots of sketches on the internet and in books.  They are great to use as they are, or they can be a great jumping off point for you to bring in your own ideas.  I like the CTMH pattern books because in addition to the sketches, you get measurements for cutting and placement, pictures of actual layouts and variations, and ideas for adaptations.


Layout 1 started from Pattern 10 – it uses two 3 x 3, one 3 x 4, and three 4 x 6 photos.  I used this layout to document a hike I took with my family in PA.  I always loved the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and wanted to share this with my boys.

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One of my favorite pictures in this layout is of my youngest son walking in the opposite direction from everyone else.  Even before he was 2 years old – he was going his own direction (against the flow!!).  Had I scrapbooked this back in 2007 – I would not have known this about his personality and wouldn’t have been able to talk about it in my pages.


Layout 2  started from Pattern 5 – it uses two 3 x 3 and three 4 x 6 photos to document my Happy Place – the green of PA!  Although I haven’t lived there for over 30 years, I love to go back to visit my family.  Since moving west (New Mexico and now Utah) – I have really come to appreciate the green!


Layout 3 started with Pattern 3 and uses five 3 x 4 and one 4 x 6 photo.  This one documents a fun hike my boys and I did a few years ago over Spring Break.

If you have some adventures to document (and let’s face it – life in general is an adventure!) – be sure to check out these fun papers before they’re gone on April 30th!  If you would like the cutting guides for these layouts or the original WYW guide – join my VIP Customer Group on Facebook & they will be in the files section.

Enjoy (you’re adventures or documenting them!)


Products used (besides basic papercrafting supplies – this is really all I used!  The WYW Scrapbooking kit had everything I needed).



Scraplifted Birthday Card

Today’s card is one I scraplifted from the current CTMH Seasonal Expressions Catalog (page 57).  The original card used Sugar Rush and the January SOTM (Adore You).


But I decided to use the Hello Lovely paper packet (X7216B) along with the One in a Million (A1201) and Here for You* (B1550) stamp sets.


To create this card, I layered the dotted blossom paper (4 X 5 1/4″), with 2 X 4 1/4″ of the grey, 1 X  41/4″ of the floral, 3 1/4 X 4 3/4″ of the linen and one zip strip cut to 4 1/4″.


I stamped the top half of this sentiment in Desert Sand on the linen patterned paper.  Then I stamped the rest of the image on the inside.  The flowers were created by using a 2nd generation stamp of the flower base in Smoothie topped off with the flower shade (the circles) in Sorbet (I borrowed this stamping technique from Jill Thomason, a Sister Consultant (she made a gorgeous swap card!).  Then I used a piece of cardstock to mask the flowers and stamped the leaves using a 2nd generation image in Fern.  Topped off with gold glitter gems for a little sparkle.

So – if today’s your birthday, remember that you are one in a million!!!!



Products used:

*The Here For You Stamp Set (B1550) is an exclusive stamp set available with the Here For You cardmaking WYW (G1124)


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!


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.


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.


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 –



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!):