The Challenges of Documented

It’s depressing really, that such a beautiful paper pack has been set aside for the last four months crying to be turned into a card, or layout, or even a simple tag. Oh, dear Documented. How sorry I am that my summer got away from me and I haven’t taken the time to use the intriguing parchment full of doors, nor have I layered with your bricks. I have lacked the time to use up all of your glorious complements. Oh, dear Documented. Today is the day we finally play.

Documented was one you may have found intriguing and, maybe like me, you set it aside hoping for inspiration.  I made a goal to use up these papers before the season ended so  I decided to seek inspiration in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. By “forcing” myself to use up these papers, I was able to come up with a glorious layout full of texture and shine.


This layout involved layering various paper patterns from the Documented pack onto that glorious brick background. I added some stitching, Flower Market Flowers, a few stickers, some Silver Glitter paper and ended up with what you see here.  I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out the way that it did, but all the patterns and colors of the Documented paper pack really play well together.

I will suggest that when using Documented that you keep your color palette simple or you will feel a bit overwhelmed.  Since the Color My Heart Dare required the use of only Peacock, Linen, Eggplant, and Silver, I was able to keep my color choices to a minimum and really make those paper patterns shine.

I hope you take a little time to play with Documented before it retires. You should also join in this week’s Color My Heart Dare and Heart2Heart Duly Noted challenges. I always love seeing what you create!




Craft with Heart

Who wouldn’t love a subscription program from Close To My Heart that sends ready-to-make scrapbook layouts directly to your door?!  Our Craft with Heart™  subscription delivers an exclusive Cut Above® layout kit in the mail to you making it a little easier to stay on top of your passion for memory keeping.

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You can choose the program option that works best for you with our monthly, 4-month, and 12-month subscription options.   The monthly and 4-month options are not available until September 1, but because we know you’re just going to love this program, we are releasing the 12-month subscription option a month early so you can get started recording those memories on these beautiful layout kits.

Each kit comes with all the pieces needed to make two two-page 12″ x 12″ layouts. Our Cut Above® layout kits give you everything you need to assemble scrapbook layouts in one convenient kit: base pages, pre-cut pieces and die-cuts, stickers, and photo placeholders—all you need is adhesive and a journaling pen!

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Not only is the 12-month subscription available now, you also get the best deal. With the 12-month option, you receive four layout kits three times a year at a 20% discount, plus FREE SHIPPING! AND . . . with the 12-month subscription only, each Craft with Heart™ delivery also comes with a code from Persnickety Prints for 30 FREE 4″ x 6″ PRINTS! (The code comes on a small card in each box, just like the one you see in the photo above.) That’s 90 free 4″ x 6″ prints each year!


I am ♥LOVING♥ this Craft with Heart program! You get a layout kit for each month delivered directly to your door and you will have scrapbook pages that are perfect for preserving everyday moments! I can’t wait to see what you create with these kits!


excerpts taken from the Close to My Heart blog

Yay! Summer Layout

Recently Close to My Heart posted a beautiful ombre layout using the Fresh Air-Cardmaking Thin Cuts. (If you didn’t see it, you need to check out their Instagram posts.  It was absolutely beautiful!)  I was so enamored by this layout, I began to wonder if there were other backgrounds that I could create using these Thin Cuts. I began to search various quilt patterns online and fell in love with a diamond background that I chose to replicate on this Yay! Summer layout.


I was able to use up some of my Central Park Paper scraps to cut out each of the diamonds. Two of these Diamond shapes were cut out of Poppy cardstock, then dry embossed with a Simple Chevron Embossing folder.  I really like the texture it added. After I attached the White Daisy cardstock onto the Pacifica cardstock, I drew a grid with a pencil and laid out my diamond background.

The rest of the design involved adding a few leftover Central Park Complements, a PML Sun cut with a Stitched Circle Thin Cut, and a few more items from the PML papers.  This layout was so simple to create, yet it has such an amazing impact.  I personally plan on using this layout for a Fourth of July photo.  This layout makes such an incredible impact, that I decided to enter it into this week’s Color My Heart Dare Challenge and Heart2Heart Lovely Layers Challenge.

Make sure to visit my website to view all of the Central Park products we have available for you.  The Central Park products I used on this layout are available, while supplies last, through August 31st, so make sure you snag them before they are gone. I can’t wait to see what you create!



Here’s To You Blog Hop

Welcome to the Here’s To You Blog Hop where we will be featuring various products from the Here’s to You collection.  37748551_10155804471867686_1511386334193778688_nThe products in this collection are designed to help you celebrate the everyday moments in your life.  If you have come here from Alyson Mayo’s blog, you are on the right path! When you are finished reading my post, you can click on the link at the end to move to the next blog. This blog hop is designed to allow you to start here and work your way around. It’s simple, fun, and full of ideas using the the Here’s To You products. If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.

As a member of the “live in the middle of nowhere” club, I often do not get my packages in a timely fashion. Even though I had ordered my “Here’s To You” Workshop kit weeks ago for this blog hop, it has still not arrived. Since I choose to “celebrate joy in all things”, I decided to create a layout using components I had on hand that come in the workshop kit to create this layout.

The Here’s to You Workshop kit comes with four Stamp sets, a variety of Cardstock, Silver Glitter paper, White Pearls, and the Rose Embossing Folder.  As I searched for ideas for this blog hop, I read one of the quotes hanging in my craft room – “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” So that is what I did.  I didn’t have the stamps, but I used what I had to create this layout. It is perfect for celebrating any joyous occasion in your life.

Here are a few techniques I used on this layout:

Once my Here’s to You kit arrives, I plan on replacing the 3″x 4″ photo with the “I wish you all the joy” stamped image from the kit. Many of the products I used on this layout will be retiring at the end of August, so make sure you snag them along with the Here’s to You workshop kit before they are gone.

You can continue through the blog hop and see more ideas from fifteen other Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations using the Here’s to You collection and other great Close to My Heart products on their blogs.

Now ‘Hop” on over to Michele Rowley’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas. Remember, the Here’s to You Workshop Kit and stamp sets are only available until August 31st! Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit the Promotions tab of my website to see all of the products available in this kit.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Fun Summer Adventure Layout

Do you enjoy using sketches as inspiration for your layouts? I know I do.  Recently a sketch from Scrapbook & Cards Today popped up in my email, and I knew I needed to use it for a layout.  The color choices for this photo may seem odd, but it is for a scrapbook I have begun making for myself. A scrapbook of random memories and happy moments of things important to me.  This photo is an older photo, but the story behind it is one I cannot forget and one I want my family to remember.

As I try to recall some of the stories behind older photos, I find it hard, at times, to remember.  (My memories are beginning to fade as badly as some of my photos.) This is the reason behind my own personal scrapbook. To keep alive those memories that have faded so family members to know the story when I can no longer tell it.

If you would like to recreate this spectacular layout, you can use the sketch I used from Scrapbook & Cards Today.  I did not have as many photos as shown, but I was able to use this delightful sketch as a base for my layout.

On this layout I used paper patterns from both the Central Park and Beautiful Friendship collections. I love the color combination of blue and pink along with neutral grey tones. I also pulled from both of these complement collections.  I liked the simplicity of the “Fun” title from our Beautiful Friendship set. After punching out the letters, I used some paper from Central Park to highlight the word. The remaining complements came from Central Park and fit this layout perfectly along with a few random pieces of Bashful Glitter Paper.

This layout will tell a story – a story of why taking photos of loved ones is important. A photo telling them that time is fleeting, life goes to quickly, and you need to savor each adventurous moment.  I hope you are inspired by this sketch and take some time to record memories you want you family to remember.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


August Kit of the Month

Each month I create simple, ready-to-assemble kits that are made just for you and delivered to your door.  Each one is designed to allow you to record your memories and are easily modifiable to the photos you have. For the month of August, I used our gorgeous Documented paper pack along with some Cricut®  die cuts to make this “Be Your Own Sunshine” layout.


My August Kit of the Month layout allows room for two 3″x 4″ photos, one 4″ x 4″ photo, and two 4″ x 6″ photos.  I designed this layout to allow you to have one large focal photo on the right page. You can easily exchange this 4″x 6″ photo for a special 5″ x 7″ and add more photos through the use of our Flip-Flaps.

You can order this August Be Your Own Sunshine Kit or the Workshop Guide in my online store.  The Workshop Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, assembly instructions, full-color photos and a Cricut Design Space File™ with custom designed images using our Close to My Heart Cricut® collections.

If you enjoy my kits, you can subscribe to the Kit of the Month club and have one of my kits delivered directly to your door each month. Yearly subscribers pay only $10.00* per kit and receive additional perks each month.   I can’t wait to see what you create with this kit.



*$10.00 price is for annual subscribers. Shipping costs are in addition to the monthly subscription price. Please visit my Kit of the Month tab for more information 

Dog Days of Summer Layout

Now that my kids are grown, most of the photos on my phone are of my sweet little fur baby.  Yes, I am one of “those” dog mom’s who spoils her fuzz ball with all kinds of treats and toys.  To be honest, the first time I saw the Central Park Paper Pack, I knew I had to create a page just for my pup. This “Dog Days of Summer” layout is the final layout in my Central Park Workshop series.


If you missed the previous layouts, you can view the “Life is a Beautiful Adventure” and “Sun Kissed” layouts in my previous blog posts. All three of my Central Park layouts can be created using a half-pack of Central Park Paper, the Coordinating Cardstock, Central Park Sequins, and Cricut® die-cuts from our various collections.  You can even individualize each layout by adding some Central Park Alphabet stickers and Flip-Flaps.



You can purchase the Full Workshop Guide in my online store, or purchase just the single Layout Guides you wish to create. Each guide includes a supply list, full-color cutting guide, Cricut Design Space™ file, detailed photos, layout grid, and assembly instructions.  You are also welcome to purchase the kits if you would like. Each kit comes pre-cut and ready-to-assemble.

I can’t wait to see what you create!


Sun Kissed Layout

I truly enjoy creating scrapbook kits and guides using our delightful patterned papers.  This month, I have been working on a workshop kit using the Central Park products.  I hope you enjoyed the “Life is a Beautiful Adventure” layout I created last week, because, if you did, I know you will enjoy this one.


This layout is titled “Sun Kissed” and is designed for you to record those summery, “sun kissed” memories.  When you are born a carrot-top, you are often kissed by the sun (in more ways than you wish), so I created this layout for those “I really should have used sunscreen” moments.  As I assembled this layout, I thought it would also make the perfect backdrop for some beach baby photos. You know, the ones where they are running around in their new swimsuit, belly pooched out, diaper sagging, and all red cheeks.

If you have a few treasured “Sun Kissed” memories that need scrapbooked, you can purchase this Scrapbook Kit or the Cutting Guide from my online store. Each Cutting Guide comes with a supply list, cutting guide, full-color photos, Design Space™ file, and assembly instructions.  I have one more layout to showcase in the Central Park series.  Make sure to keep an eye out for it later this week. It’s sure to make you “dog-gone” crazy for this paper pack. I can’t wait to see what you create!


Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout

Have you seen all of the Central Park paper creations that are appearing on social media lately? I will admit, when I first saw this paper packet, I wasn’t too keen on the color combinations.  The Poppy, Lemon, Pacifica, Bashful, Mink, Glacier, and Willow color palette made me feel like I was walking down the midway at the state fair. Yet, as I created this Life is a Beautiful Adventure Layout Kit, I began to fall in love with all of the possibilities.


One of the color combinations I have enjoyed is the Poppy, Pacifica, Glacier and Mink combo (with a little bit of Lemon). I created this layout kit specifically for some photos I had.  You are welcome to purchase this layout kit or the guide in my online store, but before you do, I want to show you a few ways that you can alter this layout to fit your needs.

Just because you purchased the guide or kit from me, does not mean you need to copy this layout exactly like I made it. Adding a little texture is a great way to make it “your own”.  When I added the photos, I chose to use a Sponge Dauber and apply White Daisy Ink to the clouds.  You could also use Glacier or Mink to create the same type of look or add even more texture with an Embossing Folder.
I truly enjoy how this title turned out, and it’s perfect for the kits I create, but it didn’t quite fit the photos I chose. Mine had quite a bit of Poppy coloring to them, so I chose to use the Central Park Alphabet Stickers to match my photos.
Who doesn’t like a little more bling? When I completed the layout, I wanted a little more coloring to the Hot Air Balloon so I choose to add some of the negative pieces from the Cricut® cuts and a few Lemon colored Central Park Sequins. Not only did I change up the balloon, I just had to add that little heart from the Central Park Alphabet Stickers.


There are so many other ways that you can change up this layout to make it your own.  You could change the 4″ x 6″ photos to (2) 3″ x 4″ photos or replace the PML cards with photos. Here is what my layout looks like completed.  Can you spot any other differences?


If you would like to recreate this layout, you can purchase the Life is a Beautiful Adventure Kit or Guide in my online store.  Each Guide includes a supply list, cutting guide, Design Space™ file, full-color photos, and assembly instructions. I will be posting a few more projects throughout the next few weeks using the Central Park products. After all, it’s really beginning to grow on me.  I can’t wait to see what you create!


Summer Time Crafting

Summer is just flying by and I seem to be adding more and more to my calendar.  As my son said, “My calendar is beginning to look like a Jackson Pollock painting”.  I am sure you understand exactly what I am talking about.  Unfortunately, for most of us, this means our crafting gets set aside for the summer causing the “miss my crafting blues” .  To prevent this, I have set up a few “Crafternoons” at the local library just for you.


On June 23rd and July 21st, you can come enjoy some time for yourself to catch-up on crafting, chat with other adults, and have a few hours where you are not saying “no you cannot have another snack”.  I will also be offering a few workshops those days which you are welcome to learn from, but the ultimate goal is for you to have a day of “craft happiness”.


Please make sure to RSVP for these events by sending me an email or leaving me a comment below.  Cost for each Crafternoon is $10.00 or FREE with a $30.00 order from my website. All proceeds from these events will benefit Operation Smile.

I hope to see you there!  Have an amazingly, blessed summer. I can’t wait to see what you create!