Christmas Layouts

Good morning! I hope you’re having a fantastic week. I thought I’d head back into the Christmas fun today with some layouts from the Beary Christmas Scrapbook Workshops Your Way.

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As always, the Scrapbook Workshops Your Way include everything you need to create 3 double paged layouts – plus you’ll have plenty of left overs for cards or additional pages. One of the great things about these kits is the flexibility. You can use the guide with the layouts as designed, make changes to fit your pictures or style, or go completely into your own direction. I’ve had a lot going on lately – so I’ve stuck with the pre-designed guide – this is a lot easier on my brain.

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This layout was originally designed with 4×6 portrait photos. Since I like to include more pictures on my layouts, I swapped out three of the 4x6s for 3×4 landscape photos. I just love that first picture of the ornaments – this was my son’s first time helping to decorate the tree – and this was how he put them on the tree.

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This layout is just like the design – but if you don’t want those poinsettias – this is an easy paper to flip and you’ll have bears & trees on the border. Both options look great!

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Sorry I don’t have a picture of the second option – but here’s a picture of the paper. See how easy it is to just flip the paper to the other side – I love when I can make a design change without taxing my brain too much.

IMG_4895I know I just said I like to put more pictures on my pages – and here’s this layout with just 4 – BUT if you keep scrolling, you can see that this layout is great for adding Pocket Plus Memory Protectors.

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For this layout I used Design 3 for the 3×4 photos and Design 1 for the 4×6 photos. This is a great place to use the cut apart pocket cards that come with each paper packet.

Well – there you go – another Christmas in the books – this one is from 2004 – but at least it made it to the books!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

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Merriest Wishes Workshops Your Way!

Good evening! It’s a chilly rainy day here in Utah, so I thought I’d start this month’s blog posts off with some cheery Christmas cards. These cards feature the Beary Christmas papers found in the Merriest Wishes Cardmaking Workshops Your Way. This kit comes with everything shown below including an exclusive B-sized stamp set!

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The first option uses the provided cutting guide and you can create 6 each of 2 designs like these:

For these cards, we use Sweetleaf, Fern and New England Ivy to stamp the trees on the first card. The stars are stamped in Cranberry. The second card uses Fern along with the black Merriest Wishes sentiment.  These cards also use the Thin Cuts – Basic Circles.

I decided to play with this a bit to see if I could get some designs that created more cards. I came up with these 2 designs which I can get 12 of each card. I have to add 1 sheet of Cranberry cardstock for cutting the poinsettias and 2 sheets of Fern cardstock for the bakcground on the 2nd card.

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The first card use Sweetleaf and Fern to stamp the tree, Cranberry for Merriest Wishes, and Glacier for the stars. The Happiest Holidays is stamped in New England Ivy with Cranberry stars. Both are embellished with Bitty Sparkles. I cut the poinsettia using the 3D poinsettia #MFAE0B7 from the Flower Market Cricut cartridge – I simply un-grouped the images, and deleted all but the green leaves and the 5 petaled flower – I cut one using the regular Cranberry and the second using the lighter side of Cranberry. Looking at it, you could probably just cut them all from the same side because there isn’t really a big difference.

Enjoy & Happy Christmas Crafting!!

~Gerri

Blessings & Memories Layouts

When I first saw the Falling For You creative collection, I fell in love with it! I grew up in Pennsylvania, so the fall colors were so much a part of this time of year – this paper pack brought back some wonderful memories. But – as I was looking for pictures to use, I wasn’t sure what to pick. I don’t take a lot of ‘fall specific’ pictures. Then I had an idea –  I’m not sure which came first – the pictures or the story – but I decided to use this trio of layouts to tell the story of our church camping tradition at Camp UTABA in the Wasatch Mountains. (oh – and little secret – these aren’t FALL pictures! They’re actually all taken in the spring – Memorial Day weekend – but I still think they worked great with the colors of this paper)

There are so many wonderful things about this yearly camping trip – the scenery – the animals – the location – the memories – and best of all the friends. I was able to capture all of these with the Falling For Your Scrapbook Workshops Your Way kit.

First is the location/scenery – the camp is nestled in a little valley. If you walk up the hill at the back of the camp, you see this beautiful cross with a backdrop of the gorgeous blue sky and mountains. As you crest the ridge, there’s a pond down below and you are surrounded by mountains – some with snow on them. It is absolute beauty and peace!

 

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For the second layout – we have some of the fauna & flora. The hummingbirds abound here and there’s the occasional moose (or 2) that wonders through camp. I definitely count my blessings that I get to experience God’s beautiful creations in such a personal way.

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The third & final layout shows some of the many friends we have shared this experience with. We started as a group of 3 families that were snowed out of our camping trip to the Uinta Mountains – our pastor had a connection to Camp Utaba and they allowed us to rent their space for the weekend – our group quickly grew to about 5 families that first year.

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Over the past few years, we’ve had friends move away and we’ve had new friends join us. It has been such a blessing to get to know everyone. I was originally going to journal on that little green space (above the picture of my son with the dogs) – but there is NO way I can possibly get this story scrunched into that little spot. So I’ve decided to add a Pocket Plus Memory Protector, Design 4 between the pages – this will give me eight 3 x 4 pocket spaces to add memories, and pocket cards/embellishments – or who knows, maybe once I get writing – I’ll fill it all up with words!

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I was so happy with how these layouts turned out. I’m excited to add them to my collection of layouts that is my story (rather than my boys’ stories). Thanks for stopping by and allowing me to share some of what brings me joy (both the original events and scrapbooking them!)

Enjoy!

~Gerri

The Falling For You Scrapbook WYW kit includes the Falling For You Paper Packet, Falling For You Complements, Bronze Sequins, White & Bronze Twine, and 4 sheets of cardstock (2 Pebble, 1 Toffee, 1 White Daisy). I didn’t use the Toffee, but added Almond for matting the photos on the 3rd layout. Also, the “with Friends” is not included in the kit. I cut this using my Cricut and some Kraft cardstock.

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Life’s Adventure

I’ve come to enjoy the Scrapbooking WYW extra card projects – they are great for using up your papers after your layouts are full.  I often use the pattern and then adapt the card based on what stamps I have or what I need a card for.

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Truth be told, I only used this stamp because I wanted to play with the new You Are Here Cricut Collection! I must say, it is my favorite so far!

The WYW Project used 4 1/4″ pieces of wood grain zip strip for the top and bottom pieces. Because I make card kits for my classes, I decided to use cardstock and emboss it with the woodgrain. I ran a 1 x 4 1/4″ strip of cardstock through my Cuttlebug and then cut it in half to get the 1/2 x 4 1/4″ pieces.

Next, I cut a 1 1/4 x 4 1/4″ piece and a 2 x 4 1/4″ piece from the red plaid paper (flip the 2″ strip over to get the red hash lines)

For the stamping I used the background from the Mountain image (#M2762A3A). The stamped showed to cut this at 2.5″ high, but as you can see from my picture, I had a hard time lining up the image at that size. So, I recut the White Daisy at 2.6″. Then I cut Peacock at 2.75″ for the mat and stamped in Pewter.

I embellished with Whisper Thick Twine and some Black and White Dots.
Enjoy!
~Gerri
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Cricut Layout Fun!

Do you have a Cricut (or Silhouette)? I enjoy using my Cricut on my papercrafting projects, but this layout really made me happy!

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This uses the Prickly Pear Workshops Your Way – but with just a little twist.

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The original design for this page had a floral background – that just didn’t work with these pictures. So, with a quick flip of the Background & Texture papers – I had colorful diagonals!

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The embellishments for this layout included the title “Enjoy Today” and cacti – which didn’t really go with the shoe theme. It was a simple fix to cut a new title in Glacier cardstock, using the Artistry Cricut Cartridge but I wasn’t really sure what to add to the bottom right page.

I got lucky when I found a free shoe print image! With my Cricut I was able to import the image. Then I cut it out of Sapphire cardstock, backed it with Glacier and now I had an embellishment that kept with my theme.

In case you’re wondering about the picture of just the shoes – those are my feet in a pair of shoes my son has outgrown. What a fun role reversal – and just in time for my layout!

I hope you’ve found inspiration today!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

 

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Enjoy!

~Gerri

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

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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

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