Oooo La La…It’s Magnifique

I’m lucky that I get to participate in an artwork swap with other consultants each new catalog release.  Each of us take a new paper pack and create art using just that paper pack.  The we swap them out.   My friend Michelle choose the Magnifique paper pack.   When I first saw this paper I immediately thought of the photos from my sister’s wedding.  But you can see Michelle thought of her trip to NY with her cute hubbie.  Then Michelle submitted the same artwork to Close To My Heart and WON a contest!    Here’s a link to Michelle’s winning artwork:  Inks Outside the Box.   You can also view all the award winning artwork from other Close To My Heart Consultants here:  Award Winning artwork.

This is my take on Michelle’s layout.

As you can see I rotated the layout to accomodate a vertical photo where she had a horizontal photo as her main photo.  Then I added a title to the bottom of the 2nd page where she has a title on the first page.  This is the beauty of the patterns from Close To My Heart.  (This one is from the new Magic book that features a lot of interactive elements.)  You can rotate layouts to match your photos.

Unity stamp set, The Present stamp set, Friendship E size and C size alphabet stamp set, Magnifique paper pack, Mocha gems, Chocolate stamp pad, Pacifica stamp pad, Sky stamp pad, Lagoon stamp pad, Foundry flourishes, Foam tape, Perennials & Hearts Dimensional Elements.

A Magnifique Anniversary

 Today is my sister and her husband’s 7th Wedding Anniversary.  And I just finally scrapbooked the photos! 

When I first saw this paper at our CTMH national convention this summer the first thing I thought of was to use it to scrapbook my sisters wedding photos.  I have a ton of photos from that day that I had never scrapbooked because either I didn’t have the right paper to go with or the right stamps or the time.  I also had soooo many photos that I was perplexed on how to scrapbook them.  A whole album?  A few pages?  A mini album?  Pick just the best pictures and do one page?  But when we did our make and take at convention we made a fabulous fold out 12×12 page where we could include a TON of photos on one layout.  Viola!   Here was the answer to my question. 

So Happy Anniversary Becky & Jonathan!  Many, many more happy days to come! 

Flip flaps open

Magnifigue Paper pack, Circle of Love stamp set, Expressives Font CD, Foundry Flourishes asst, Pear stamp pad, Chocolate stamp pad, Pacificia stamp pad, 12″ flip flaps in 4″ and 8″ size.

My Procrastination paid off

Several years ago we went to Disneyland for vacation.  The kids have been asking when we can go back (Hey!  Maybe next year when CTMH has our annual convention at Disneyland!)  So I thought I better finish our last Disney trip album before we go again.  Some of the photos I left didn’t go particularly well with the Giggles and Grins CTMH paper pack I made  most of the album with.  But they go PERFECTLY with the Zippidee paper pack from the summer Idea Book.  For once, my procrastination paid off!  It seems like that happens all the time, that I don’t have the perfect paper to go with photos and then CTMH comes out with the perfect paper eventually to match MY photos. 

Recipe:  Zippidee paper pack & Stickease, Boys at Play stamp set, Cranberry stamp pad, Indian Corn Blue stamp pad, Cranberry ribbon, Summer buttons, White waxy flax, Cranberry bitty brads & Colonial White brads.

While I had the Zippidee paper pack out I made another layout with some not very good photos of the Disneyland Castle.  The stars and letters are from a promo awhile ago from CTMH called Dazzling Diecuts. 

Here’s some good news for those of you who may have run out of CTMH paper pack while you were working on an album.  CTMH has all of these available in Studio J.  Grins and Giggles is available there along with many other retired paper packs.  AND some exclusive paper also.  Here’s an adorable one I made with the Splash Zone paper only available on Studio J:

 Wait for a HUGE announcement Sept. 1 on new lower pricing on Studio J layouts!  YIPPPEEE!

Last 2 days for $2, $4, $6 CTMH sale

Tomorrow is the last day of the AMAZING $2, $4, $6 Sale. 

View the remaining sale items here:

One of my all-time favorite paper packs is still available!  This is the Level 1 kit that I just added some stitching to the baseball.  Otherwise just slap your pictures on and the stickers.  2 CUTE and you get 2 more pages all for just $2. 

Tip of the week – Pleated Paper

See the topiary band under the blue strips?  It’s kinda hard to see on the right side but on the left page you can see that I pleated the paper.  It was easy to  do and gives a cute new look to your paper projects.  For this pleat I scored at 1” and then a ½” on the whole 12” strip.  The hardest thing was to remember if it was 1” or ½”.  So just repeat to yourself:  1 inch, ½ inch, 1 inch, ½ inch…

Then fold your pleat so it is valley fold (inward) and then mountain fold (outward).  Repeat for the full strip of paper.  I added a line of adhesive at the top and the put the blue strip on it to keep it flat. 

 The other fun thing on this layout was using the Irresistibles chipboard.  I just sponged color on them and the pattern just popped right out.  These took color so well.  They have a slicker finish than our other dimensional elements and really looks fabulous.


Splendor paper pack, Irresistibles dimensional elements, Splendor designer brads, Friendship alphas (E & C size), Topiary stamp pad,  Moonstruck stamp pad & marker, Goldrush stamp pad

Tip of the week – circle punch border

I simply can’t get enough of the fun new paper from Close To My Heart called Zippidee.   I also used the Hit the Spot stamp set for the stars and background paper on this layout.  I can see this stamp set quickly becoming a favorite with all sorts of sizes of dots and spots. 

For the scalloped border along the bottom of the layout I used our new 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I flipped my paper over and lined it up on my VersaMat so 1/2″ was showing.  Then I laid a line of adhesive down on the back bottom of the patterned paper and lined up one circle after another keeping the circles with only a 1/2″ showing. 

Recipe:  Zippiddee paper pack, Bambook cardstock, Dimensional elements stars, Giggle lower case, Cranberry stamp pad, sponge daubers, circle punch, colonial white waxy flax, black grads, Indian Corn Blue stamp pad and  Honey stamp pad.

It’s more Zippidee. Yipee!

As promised, here’s a super cute layout with the new paper pack from Close To My Heart, Zippidee.  Click on photo to enlarge.

I followed the sketch “Ensemble Piece” from Close To My Heart’s scrapbook design book Imagine for this layout.  I made just a few changes to suit my photos better.  I love using sketches for my scrapbook layouts.  The creative process is so much easier for me when I start with a sketch.   With all of Close To My Heart’s sketches you get the exact measurements to cut your paper, photos and embellishments.  Then you just lay them out following the guide.  Super easy with great results!

I used a couple of brand new products available from Close To My Heart in this layout also.  The little felt “Mickeys” are from the new Fancy Fuzz borders.  The brackets and frame around the “What a Thrill” are from the Irresistibles Pizzazz Dimensional Elements.  The fun thing about these is you sponge ink over them and the design on the chipboard appears white.  Also the Stars are new too.  One of the many Dimensional Element shapes we have. 

Recipe:  Zippidee paper pack, What a Thrill stamp set, Friendship E & C alpha, Clear buttons, Red & Black grosgrain ribbon, Desert sand stamp pad, Black stamp pad and waxy flax, Indian Corn Blue stamp pad, Irresitibles Pizzazz & Stars Dimensional Elements.

Tip of the week – Scrapbook Page Flow

One of the easiest ways to get the readers eye to flow across the page is to add embellishments  on the top left side, create an embellishment in the middle and then finish with an embellishment on the bottom right side.  For the scrapbook page below I added silver accents to create the flow across the page.  I added silver hinges on both the left and right page towards the center to give it balance as I had 5 embellishments.   By giving the reader a visual flow you’ve helped ease them into the traditional method of “reading” a page from top left to bottom right.

Caboodle paper pack, Giggle lowercase stamp set, Candlelight stamp set, Happy Birthday stamp set, tiny typewriter stamp set, Silver hinges, silver photo hangers, tiny tabs, crystal blue stamp pad, buttercup stamp pad, sweet leaft stamp pad and ribbon rounds, chocolate stamp pad, Dimensional Elements monogram “H” & “B”, hearts & simple numbers.

It’s a Miracle!

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month Close To My Heart is offering a special paper pack, full-color directions and lots of accessories to complete the 2 layouts shown below.  
Why is it a Miracle?  Well, for me it’s a miracle cause I already have my Easter photos on a layout just one week after Easter.  WOW!  But the real Miracle here is the great deal you can get on this paper.   


  • Purchase the kit for $19.95
  • Place a minimum order of $40 and purchase the kit for only $10
  • Place a minimum order of $60 and purchase the kit for only $5
  • Host a Home Gathering with minimum sales of $300 and receive a kit FREE! 
  • Miracle Kit Contents
    Colors: Sweet Leaf, Olive, Crystal Blue, Bamboo
    5 – Colonial White Cardstock
    1 – Bamboo Cardstock
    1 – Floral B&T Duos® Paper
    1 – Stripe B&T Duos® Paper
    1 – Crystal Blue Circle B&T Duos® Die-Cut
    1 – Sweet Leaf Bracket B&T Duos® Die-Cut
    1 – 6″ x 12″ My Stickease® Assortment
    1 – 6″ x 9″ Irresistibles™ Chipboard Die-Cuts
    1 – Mini-Medley Accents Colonial White Collection
    12″ Colonial White Waxy Flax
    3 – 4″ x 6″ Memory Protectors® Flip Flaps™
    2 – Sponges
    1 –Brochure

    Miracle kit only available until May 31, 2010.  Tax and shipping apply.

    Here’s my take on the kit.  I sponged my irresistable floral & butterfly die-cuts in Buttercup to match Alex’s shirt.   I did add a stamped image to the second page by the parentheses, otherwise everything else came in this kit.   And I have a lot left to make some additional cards.   Contact me to order yours, or better yet, get it for FREE by hosting a home gathering in April or May. 




    I did a lousy job photographing these.  Sorry about that.  They are so much prettier in person.  Why don’t you just get one yourself for $5 and see how easy these are to assemble and how pretty they are.

    Tip of the week – pink paper not just for girls

    The new Topstitch paper from the Spring 2010 Close To My Heart Idea Book is just adorable!  I love the combination of baby pink, heavenly blue and chocolate together.  However, as the mom of two boys I don’t have a lot of use for pink paper.  I created the layout below commemorating our son’s 12th birthday dinner at Cheesecake factory.  I thought this paper worked beautifully with the photos and the February Stamp of the Month, Piece of Cake.  When I showed the layout to my son, he didn’t even notice the pink on the layout!  When I asked him about the flowers (I didn’t want to call his attention to the pink)  he said it looked good.  Hmmm…maybe he is maturing?




    Topstitch paper pack, Piece of Cake stamp set, Cocktail alphabet, Chocolate stamp pad & marker, Antique cooper mini-medley, borders Dimensional Elements, Heavenly Blue stamp set, Vineyard berry cardstock & stamp pad, White Embossing powder & Versamark

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