Monday Motivations

My motivati1on after fair week was waning a bit, since I said I would post yesterday’s Monday Motivational Sketch later in the day but never made it back down to the office. So here it is! This is a double page 12″ x 12″ layout from CK and we are using some different sized photos than we would normally use, but there are some creative ways to fill those spaces. I am talking about the 3″ x 6″, 4″ x 6″ & 2.5″ x 6″ photos here. You can choose to use photos that fit those sizes, perhaps you caught something in a 4″ x 6″ photo you would rather not have in your scrapbook, you can crop them out in this layout.  Another idea is to use an 9.5″ x 6″ photo and divide into the shown proportions. My inclination might be to leave a small space between the 4 x 6 and the 2.5 x 6  photo to replicate the space between the two pages.

Remember, you don’t have to put pictures in all the spaces with measurements. While you can use pictures in those spaces, you can also add embellishments in those places if it adds to your layout, or even color blocks.

Did you know I hold a contest every month for a new stamp set? Just create the layout, then you can either e-mail the photo to Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or text your picture to 801-597-4896. Then keep watching the blog to see your layout appear here.  At the end of the month I will post all the layouts and a voting box so you can share the contest with all your friends and they can vote for YOU to win the prize.   So, can you guess what I want you to do now??  Go create the layout!

 

I Survived Another Year at the Utah County Fair!

The Utah CouContact me if interested in the 2017 Fairnty Fair happens every year, the third week-end in August. I have 4 days of pure craziness trying to make everyone happy, and today I don’t have the think in “fair mode”. I am the Vendor Coordinator for the Utah County Fair and I try very hard to make this event a success for all the vendors that have chosen to join us.

While we did not have a carnival this year ( I contracted with a local carnival provider and they went under in April) I do believe it was another successful year.

Look for your Motivational Monday Sketch to be posted a bit later today.

Scrapbooking from a Husband’s View

Scrapbooking article for husbandsHere is a great story for the men in your life that do not understand your scrapbooking/cardmaking obsession. I think it was published many years ago in a scrapbook magazine…

Crack! “What was that?” screamed my wife, Kathy. I looked down to see the scrapbooking mess scattered all over the floor. Then I shook my head. Just my luck-out of all the places in the house, Kathy had decided to pile her things right in my
predetermined path. Didn’t she remember that I always head to the kitchen at night for a glass of milk? That I never turn on the light because I’ve walked that path so many times? Hmm. Kathy’s new “obstacle course” of scrap booking supplies has changed my life. Now I must turn on the light for survival.

Survival: The word may seem a little extreme, but so is my wife’s fury when I accidentally break one of her scrapbooking tools or set something on a page in process. I’ve learned through experience that adaptation is the key to survival when you have a scrapbooking spouse. Here’s how to live-and love- through the entire process.
BARGAIN- YOU’LL BOTH BENEFIT
Bargaining is a great way to show support. You simply allow your scrapbooker to purchase the supplies she says she needs. You make deals where both of you benefit. For example, Kathy and I have a deal that for every dollar she spends toward scrapbooking, I can put a dollar toward my hobby. I’ve already earned enough to buy a new hard drive for my computer! This technique creates a “win-win” situation and prevents confrontations about scrapbooking costs.

LEARN THE LINGO
If you want to impress your scrapbooker, learn the lingo. Here are a few basic definitions-worded with the non-scrapbooker in mind-to get you started:

  • Acid: Bad, Bad, Bad (but actually refers to an abundance of hydrogen ions)
  • Acrylic Stamps:  Like Rubber Stamps except you can see through them
    Archival: Lasts forever
  • Cardstock: A heavier weight paper used often for bases – usually solid colors
  • Close to my Heart: the premier scrapbooking company  (gift certificates available thru www.CreativelyCarol.com)
    Creative lettering: Making letters fancy
  • Creatively Carol : The scrapbook lady who can help you pick things out for your wife. Carol@CreativelyCarol.com
    Cropping: Cutting out unnecessary parts of pictures
  • Cricut:  Not a bug, but a cutting machine to make stuff
  • Rubber Stamps: Have images on red rubber, can see through, hard to get straight
  • Silhouette: another cutting machine
  • Journaling: Writing descriptions to go along with photos

By learning the lingo you move up the evolutionary scale. You become a more attractive and educated mate.

TRY IT YOURSELF
Ever wondered how your wife can spend so much time on a page? Try it yourself. Create a page or two (see Figure 1), but be prepared for a dose of humility. Scrapbooking is a difficult task that takes time and talent. You’ll be much
more inclined to give lots of praise.

PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE

When your wife finishes a scrapbook page, praise specific things about it. This shows that you are actually looking at the page and noticing details. This is also a great time to practice the lingo

Warning

It is best NOT to ask why the page or card too so long to make…

Ladies, this is a great time of year to send this to your husbands. Start your wish list, and give him my information so I can call him and help him with your Christmas Gifts!

Motivational Monday Sketch for a 4 x 4 Photo

You can add more photos to this layout

Whether your style is a one page layout or a two page layout, you will always find sketches here at Creatively Carol that you can use.  In this layout I have included the picture sizes, and you can add the extra size to the matte as your personal style dictates.  If you like to work with sketches, but prefer to have cutting directions. I would like to suggest “Cherish” by Jeanette Lynton and put out by CLOSE TO MY HEART.  As we start to think about Christmas, This awesome book makes a great gift and is available for just $14.95 in the soft cover form.  This is much better than hardbound because with a spiral edge you can flip the book and only see what you are working on.

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my HeartJust click here to order your copy of this book to order today!

You will be making beautiful scrapbook layouts in just a few minutes!

 

I offer a monthly drawing when you do the weekly sketch and send me a copy to post for others to derive inspiration. Please send your layouts to 801-597-4896 or Contest@CreativelyCarol.com

Time to get motivated and do the sketch!

Ways to Make a Wedding Scrapbook

Answering all your creative questionsToday’s question comes from Shughaarshini Vasu and she asks:

How do I make a wedding scrapbook?

To quote Shakespeare “Let me count the ways”… you have a great many options these days. Think first about the time you want to spend on making the scrapbook as this will help determine whether you want to preserve your memories in a traditional scrapbooking or with pocket scrapbooking or a combination of both types.  This is how I would have done it 31 years ago. Today is my 31st anniversary and when I look at the commerical “wedding book” I bought way back then, I see sooo many things missing.

First you have to think about whether you want a scrapbook going back to when you met, the day he purposed or just your wedding day. As you can see, you can and most likely will have many things to scrapbook in your new life together.

The most common size scrapbook today is 12″ x 12″ and the perfect size whether you are scrapbooking one photograph or several. Have you decided your wedding colors? You might want to choose your scrapbook based on your choices, or perhaps you like things uniform, then choose something that is more traditional so you can buy the same color and style for each step in life you wish to scrapbook.

In this blog post about scrapbooking 101 I talk more about albums, sizes and steps to get started.

I do want to mention the pocket pages – Picture my Life. These are cards that slip into specially divided protective sheets you can record your thoughts, smaller pictures and so much more. Keep a stack of journaling cards with you and fill one out when something strikes you, or you remember something. Then slip it into a pocket with a photo that represents what your memory was.  Here are some examples of cards that are available today .

We will talk more about wedding scrapbooks soon, but if you have a question I can answer, or need more assistance, give me a call, I am happy to help.

Just don’t be afraid to do your own Wedding Scrapbook, you can do this!

 

An Interchangeable Shape Punch?

Today I received this question from Ute Seabauer and wanted to share it with all of you, 

Is theAnswering all your creative questionsre a shape punch for paper with interchangeable shapes, so you can buy numerous dies and place them into the punch for different shapes?

Hi Ute,

There isn’t a “punch” that you can interchange shapes with, but there are options. If you have power then a Cricut or Silhouette would let you cut anything you want basically. Without power you can try the Cuttlebug or a number of non-electric die. Ma=cutting machines. I ask what types of shapes are you wanting to cut?  Personally I have both a Cricut and a Silhouette because they both offer different abilities.

Where Do You Find Card Inspiration?

 

Inspiration for your handmade cards

These days very few people take the time to send a card in the mail, thinking it is perfectly ok to just say what they want in an e-mail or online card… but you don’t get that excitement that going to the mailbox and finding something other than junk mail and bills. I have a step-mother that makes beautiful cards, and we all look forward to them at those special times. What is nice is that we both do very different types of cards. I have posted a couple of her cards before.

Here is the picture I took out of a catalog of which I have never purchased a thing! Catalog cards make great inspirationI get a lot of my inspiration by looking at cards posted in catalogs. Usually it is a color palette or just the basic design of the cards, but something draws me to the cards.    Above is the card I made from the picture.

And FYI – All the directions for this beautiful card were sent to everyone on my mailing list so if you are not signed up, click on the link to the right and sign up now!

Leave a comment and tell me where do you find your inspiration?

 

Flash Sales for June!

NewDon't you love CTMH Sales!s Flash!

 During the month of June, we’re offering great deals on bundles of discounted Close To My Heart products every weekend! Click here to see bundles still available.  There is lots to choose from, but you’ll need to snatch them up quick, because they’re only available through the end of the month, while supplies last! Bundles are available at various discount levels and price points , so check often to see the new offerings. Remember, these discounts won’t last forever, and some will be gone in a flash, so act quickly to score the best deals!

Motivational Monday Scrapbook Inspirations

ASingle Page 2 photoss I am busily moving the scrapbook supplies into the new workshop, I have chosen a sketch published in a magazine many years ago, but forgive me, I don’t remember which one. This layout would be great for a first day of school page in your child’s scrapbook of school years.  A great idea is to mount a 10 x 13″ envelope to the back of the page to keep memorabilia from the school year.

Remember, you can dress the layout up as much as you like, but if you prefer simplistic pages, this page is for you. Beginners will not be intimidated by this layout. I would guess looking at the layout that you can accommodate a 5″ x 7″ and a 4″ x 6″ photo, a 4″ x 4″ title box and a 6″ x 3″ journaling box.

When you come back later in the week, I will have posted my take on this scrapbook layout, that is if I can find the photos I am thinking about during this monumental move to downstairs. You can watch my progress on my Creatively Carol Facebook Page. Make sure to join my mailing list for more news about the opening of “Creatively Carol’s Crop & Craft ???” (I need a good last word.. have any suggestions?)

Now, click the box on the right and sign up for my mailing list, then go grab some pictures and create this layout. Send me a photo of your finished layout to be entered into the drawing for a free stamp set!

 

 

Remember the Happy Times

To celebrate National Scrapbooking Month, Close to my Heart designed a special paper and stamp set called Happy Times. These items are only available for the month of May, so hurry and snatch them while you can! Remember, with a qualifying purchase, you can get the paper packet for free!  For more Happy Times artwork inspiration, follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

 

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day

Today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. Frankly I think as far as K-12, every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day.  I have many teachers in my family tree and some of the stories about the way kids talk to teachers, strike out, bully and so much more, I have come to the conclusion that you have to be EXTREMELY dedicated to making a difference in the lives of these children.

Teacher raise our leaders of tomorrow.

 

 

National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016 free food, beer from Chipotle, World of Beer | syracuse.com

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Day 2016, and for teachers across the country, that means a chance to score some sweet freebies and deals at a few generous chains.

This year, Chipotle is leading the pack with a buy one entree, get one free deal for teachers, pre-school faculty and staff, college professors and homeschooling parents who show a school or homeschool ID card. The promotion runs from 3 p.m. to closing time on Tuesday May 3.

Also in Upstate NY, World of Beer locations nationwide are offering a free Angry Orchard cider or Sam Adams beer to teachers on Tuesday, or $5 off their bill in lieu of a beer.

A number of other national retailers, including New York & Co. and Anne Taylor Loft, are offering teachers special discounts today and all week long. See the full list and check the offers from International Business Times.

National Teacher Day was originally declared on May 7 back in the 1980s, but was later extended to Teacher Appreciation Week (the first week if May) in 1985. The National Education Association later voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day every year, according to WWBT-TV.

Last Day for Studio J

Studio J Digital Scrapbooking

We have known this day was coming, the day when Close to my Heart’s digital scrapbook program “Studio J” is leaving us. I have never been a “digital scrapbooker” or had the desire to do digital scrapbooking, I am a paper and ink kind of scrapper. There is nothing like the smell of a new paper pack or the feel of putting embellishments to paper. That being said, I love Studio J for printing pictures. I am not talking about your standard 4″ x 6″ photo, but the 2″ x 2″ – 4″ x 4″ and the 3″ x 4″ photos. Printing them this way preserves the entire picture and simply reduces it’s size to fit as best as can be done.  Why do I tell you this now, when it is on it’s last day?  I want you to go print all those pictures that are not your main focal picture but that you don’t want to leave out of the layout into these wonderfully small images. That is what I am doing today. Take a minute and crop what you want in the picture and then upload into the Studio J website.  Just choose the express collection that has 7 layouts with nothing but photo wells. Here is a previous post about using Studio J.  If you need help today, call me at 801-597-4896 as I will be doing the same thing. Don’t miss out on this last opportunity to get your pictures in this great size! Go to Studio J now!

Isn’t It Time to Be Your Own Boss?

Baby I'm Worth It Promotion

How is your Scrapbooking Going?

Good Morning!  Can you believe that Saturday this year will be a third over?  If you are like me, you are thinking we just got done with Christmas! Is your scrapbooking current? Ok stop laughing and get off the floor. Monday is Motivational Monday and this is when I post a sketch and you create the layout.  I am behind in my own scrapbooking, so I will also post my finished layout. I want YOU to send me a picture your finished layouts so I can show them off here and others can learn from what you have created.

Here is today’s sketch:Kaliediscope My Reflections Paper Pack

And if you happen to be a Prince fan, you can use this set of paper for your own Purple Rain layout.

Tired of Watching Basketball? Try this Sketch

You can use 4-7 photos on this layoutAre you about basketball’ed out?  I know I am. The nice thing is I am not drawn to the television when the games are on and can get some much needed scrapbooking chores done. I took all the pages out of my albums and photographed them, then began sorting them into piles by child. I have always struggled with whether to scrap chronologically or by theme. When I was just beginning it was easy, everything went into the same album but here it is 15 years later and I have 4 kids, 12 grand kids not to mention the adventures of my husband and I.. then there are the genealogy pages and all the relatives… I get dizzy just thinking about it. I finally made a definitive decision.  I separated the piles by our children and their families. Each of those albums begin with the engagement photo of the couple and is usually followed by their wedding picture unless college graduation happened in between. I really like the D-Ring Albums for albums that I will add to consistently.  I will move the pages to a standard post album when I know there is nothing more I will be adding. If you have liked my Facebook Page, you would have seen me working with pages and organizing them this past weekend.

It gets a bit trickier when the pages have more than one family – this is one of the reasons I photographed each layout. The other reason is to have a copy of the page in case (GASP) there is a fire, flood etc. I know what the odds are, but considering my husband had a Corsair jet fly into his apartment (with his practice wife) and level the place, losing everything, I have to be prepared. Since he has nothing from his growing up days, I want to make sure my kids at least have pictures of the memories they have made.  I will talk a bit more about the photographing tomorrow, but for now… here is your sketch for the week.