Such a Sweetheart!


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I don’t get to use red and pinks very often in my layouts for my family.  Being the mom of boys does have some disadvantages.  But when I have a love & hearts theme for a scrapbook page it just screams red to me.  So with apologies to my son for putting his cute mug on pink and red flowery paper I give you a sweetheart of a layout.  I used the Magic book for my layout and added a hidden journaling “love note” behind one of the photos that pulls up when in the page protector.  And, Yes, he is a Sweetheart too!

Recipe:  Sweetheart paper pack, Tulip stamp pad, Black stamp pad, Stapler, Black grosgrain ribbon, Pearl adhesives, Scallop punch, Love Ya stamp set, 3-D Foam and Dimensional Elements Monogram U.

Which Scrapbook club fits YOU and your life?


Do you want to learn new scrapbooking techniques?  Are you on a scrapbooking budget?  Do you want to earn all the great hostess freebies but don’t want to host a party in your home?  Find out which scrapbook club fits YOU and your life? 

For those in the Omaha area, you should consider joining one of my monthly scrapbook clubs.  At each club meeting we make a card and a layout.  Then you place an order from the current Close To My Heart Idea Book for any product you want.  One of the months you get to reap in all the hostess freebies.  Most of my hostesses earn $60 in freebies during their hostess month.  What makes my clubs so fun and rewarding?  I pre-cut all of the paper for you.  You just bring adhesive and scissors to our monthly meetings.  Be prepared to have fun and walk away with a completed layout and card.  I don’t scrimp on these layouts.  Most are over-the-top filled with lots of details and accessories.  View a slideshow here of the types of layouts we make in our scrapbook club:  Scrapbook Club Slideshow.

My other scrapbook club fits you if you can not commit to meeting monthly but want scrapbook goodies delivered to your home each month.  This club would also fit you if you don’t live near me as I ship the order directly to your home.  All you do is commit to joining a monthly “virtual” club and order at least $15 each month.  When you join the club you get to pick out a free stamp pad, I give you a coupon to use towards any of your club orders and each month you get a little extra goodie in your order each month.  Plus, those who have placed their order by the monthly deadline have a chance to earn an extra “on-time” freebie each month.  This club is GREAT for those who are on a budget but still want to earn lots of freebies on their hostess month.  My average hostess earns $60 in freebies on their hostess month. 

Just email me at:  mailto: to find the scrapbook club that fits YOU!

Great mail day with Studio J – You have to try it!

I love getting Studio J layouts in the mail!  They come so well packed and even though I created the layouts myself online I love to see how they turned out “in real life.”  Not once have I been disappointed with the finished pages.  They are so quick and easy to create and now they are very INEXPENSIVE too with a Studio J membership

Below are some layouts I created in Studio J.  Trust me, you’re going to LOVE this! Our tagline is: Real life. Real scrapbooks. Real time.You are going to want to carefully read this whole post.  To make sure you read the whole post I’m interjecting my Studio J layouts throughout this post. 

To answer a few commonly asked questions:

Q:  How much is it?  How much time does it take?   Where do I get it? 
A:  There is no charge to Just go to my website ( and there will be a tab  for Studio J. Click there and you can begin playing…for FREE! You pay NOTHING unless you order some layouts. Putting them together is TOTALLY FREE! I love free! In the meantime, if you haven’t watched the Studio J introductory video yet, click here to do it!  The layouts shown here took me anywhere from 20-40 minutes to complete.  And I’m a novice user so I as become more proficient in Studio J I’m sure I’ll be easily cranking out layouts in no time at all.

Q:  What is this Studio J Membership all about?

A:  As a Studio J member you get all sorts of freebies and extras that only members get.  PLUS you get the lowest possible price for your layouts. As a member you receive: Special Members only kits and patterns, Free digital download, Clear page protectors with each order, One free shipment each month and exclusive deals throughout your membership.

There are 3 types of Membership:

  • 12 months for $99
  • 3 months for $30
  • 5 pack for $55 which includes free shipping too!  What a great gift idea!

Then after you have your membership you get the lowest possible price when you print your layouts.  As a 12 month member you pay only $3.25 a page! 

Q: I LOVE traditional scrapbooking. Will Studio J take away from that?
A: Absolutely NOT! There is room for both in your life. I am living proof. I love them both for totally different reasons. I love the artistic feel of hands on paper and embellishments. I love the speed and ease and professional look of Studio J. Plus, you can always order Studio layouts and then add a few ‘lumpy bumpies’ of your own once they come if you have a serious need to do the tactile thing.

Q: I am not a traditional kind of scrapbooker. I have been scrapbooking digitally for years. Is Studio J something that I will like?
A: No doubt about it! I have looked at and tried several different digital offerings out there, and in my opinion, NOTHING can compete with Studio J in quality, concept, cost or beauty!

Q: So seriously, how much does it cost?
A: There is NO COST to use the program. You have no software or hardware to purchase or download. Unless you make a layout (defined as a two page 12 x 12 layout) and decide to purchase it, there is absolutely no cost. Once you decide to purchase, each 2 page layout is introductory priced at $12.95. That is WAY below the industry average! And, if you purchase 5-9 two-page layouts at a time, CTMH will throw in 5 free page protectors. 10 or more and you get FREE SHIPPING, as well as a package of 5 page protectors for every 5 layouts in the order.  Once ordered, Close To My Heart prints your layouts on high quality photo paper (I wish you could see the quality of my photographed layouts above in person) and sends them to you. Mine arrived within days of when I ordered them.

Q: What if I make a layout and want to save it and purchase it with a group of layouts at a later date?
A:  That is actually the smart way to do it anyway. CTMH will save your projects for 90 days. And, every time you make a purchase your 90 days start over. So, say you make several layouts and then purchase them on day 80. Your 9o day clock starts over. They are saved again. Totally awesome! On top of all of that, CTMH even emails you periodically to remind you where your project clock is.  Studio J members have a whole year of saved projects.  Just one more reason to purchase a membership!


Q: In a nutshell, how does this “Studio J” thing work?
A: In a nutshell, these are the steps to creating an amazing 2 page layout:

  • upload some of your favorite photos
  • choose from one of our awesome kits (including most of your faves from our Idea Books plus some that are exclusive to Studio J).
  • choose a layout pattern. There are MANY to choose from. They are like the patterns you’ll find in our wonderful “how to” books like Cherish, Imagine, Reflections, Magic. The possibilities are endless because all the patterns you can choose from can be rotated 3 ways and flip flopped.
  • now personalize! You get to drop your photos in, add text, choose cardstock and background and texture papers from the kit, add accessories (just about every accessory item you can imagine!), distressing,  MyStickease, and so much more.
  • save and/or buy your layout(s).

Q: If I’m not the techiest of techies, or even techie at all, will I be able to do this?
A: YES! This program is great for techies and non-techies alike. The program is VERY intuitive. I only had to refer to the user’s guide/help document one time while I was creating my layouts.  The layout shown below was created in just 30 minutes.  Most of that time was typing the journaling.  Yes, there is even spell check too!

So go ahead and give Studio J a try! 

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. 

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