Superbowl Special..Today Only

Get a discount based on the spread!Millions of people today will be watching the Superbowl, even those that regularly don’t watch football. Are you one of them? I love Superbowl pools, picking squares and such, so I thought I would bring a bit of that fun here to Creatively Carol Scrapbooking. Every order placed today, February 1st, 2015 will receive a discount on the items they purchase based on the spread at the end of the game (up to 20%off).

Now if you know anything about me, you know our home is a Raider Nation… and if you know anything about the Oakland Raiders, you know we Do NOT like the New England Patriots!  We here at Creatively Carol Headquarters are cheering on the Seattle Seahawks!

So to make it even more interesting, anyone who places their order BEFORE GAME TIME will receive an extra gift with their order.

So Spread the word to all your scrapbooking and papercrafting friends, and click here to go shopping. Then e-mail your order to me here.  I will call you on Tuesday after the game to get your payment information so I can apply the proper discount!

Leave a comment below and tell me who YOU think is going to win and the final score. If you are correct, you could win a free stamp set!

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Color Shading Using One Stamp

You want to get some depth perception in your stamped image, but don’t find too many 2 stamp sets anymore. Have no fear, I will show you how to create that shading using just one stamp, a sponge dauber and just a bit of time. Here we go: Creatively Carol Techniques

Step One:

Stamp a floral image in your desired base color and then clean the stamp.  Now re-Ink your stamp using the rocking technique in a slightly darker shade than the first colorso just the outside edges of the stamp get the ink. Carefully stamp over the previous image.


Step 2:How to color shade an image

After cleaning the stamp again, ink only the center of the flower using a sponge dauber using a darker, contrasting color and carefully stamp over previous images. with a sponge dauber. Use a tissue to wipe any ink you don’t want to show.

Leanring to Shade Flowers

Step 3:

Carefully stamp over previous image, Be sure to align the stamp correctly over the image so your end result is crisp and clear.


If you have any questions, please leave them below.

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Motivational Monday – A Sketch from Studio J

School Template from Studio JStudio J is the digital scrapbook program from Close to my Heart. What’s that you say? You don’t like digital scrapbooking so who cares about Studio J?  Let me share with you how Studio J can help the traditional scrapbooker… LOTS of Sketches! Take this example for instance.  What I wanted was a layout that showcased my two grandsons, James & Kyler Seely at the 2014 Science Fair at their school in San Antonio Texas. What is nice (and worked perfectly) is I can start with this idea, and build it however I want to.  Take a look at the finished layout below the Studio J layout. I moved the two journaling strips to the left to balance the pages and journal the details.

Both boys received the first place Using Studio J as a Sketchaward in their respective grades.  I am so glad there is a grade between them or this could have gotten really ugly :)

I removed all the small photos that were under the main photo on the right, added the boys names, ( I should have paid more attention to the size of Kyler’s name. but you get the idea.

Studio J is very versitile for the inexperienced digital scrapbooker that wants to learn, and a great source of inspiration for the traditional scrapbooker.

An extra bonus with Studio J is that it has all the paper packs going back to it’s inception so if you have an old paper pack, you can get some ideas on how to use it.

Do you do digital or traditional scrapbooking. Leave a comment below and let me know!

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There is No Excuse for No Photos Anymore

TMNTAs I sat in church today watching the two little boys playing Ninja Turtles I was taken back 25 years to when my son Gary Jr loved playing with his Ninja Turtles. Whether it was Shredder, MichaelAngelo, Donatello, or the others, they were always guests at our breakfast table.  Who would have thought these little turtle toys were last a second generation? I have no pictures of him playing with them and today I realized it saddens me. You don’t know how good you have it today. We had to decide if the pictures were worth the price of developing and printing, much less know it was not out of focus.

Gary still remembers his beloved Ninja Turtles, wishing he still had them to share with his son. So remember, your cell phone is probably within 4 feet of where ever you are, snap the pictures, store them somewhere, forever, you may want to share those pictures with your grandkids.

Do you have a moment you wish you had a picture to go with it? Share with us below.

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Using Your Old Tax Returns as a Timeline

What to do before tossing taxes If you are like me, you are always hesitant to throw out your tax returns and support stuff.  But since we are buying a house I am trying to get rid of the unwanted or unneeded clutter and paper stuff. The loan company asked me to find my 30 year old divorce decree..can you believe that?? I looked in the file and found it, and a lot of old tax returns.  I have decided to shred all the returns older than the 7 year statute of limitations.

As I grabbed the folders a bunch of checks fell out and I saw one made out to a football camp my youngest son went to in 2003; then a light bulb went off!  I could use information in my taxes to reconstruct a timeline of events.  This can be helpful for both scrapbooking and genealogy. Those returns show where you worked, what you may have won gambling or when an event may have occured if you wrote memos on your checks.  Now I wish I had realized this before the last time I purged tax returns from our 29 year marriage!

So while you think about your taxes this year, or start your spring cleaning, think twice before just throwing them into the shredding. They can be a wealth of information.

Leave me a comment and tell me what you do with YOUR old tax returns.

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A Few Artfully Sent Tips

Maybe you received the Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge for Christmas and have questions. Maybe you have had it a while and could use some help, or maybe you are just considering buying the cartridge. Here is a video by Close to my Heart to give you some ideas on using your Artfully Sent Cartridge.

Leave a comment below and let me know if you have this cartridge or are thinking about buying it.  If there is enough interest, we will have a contest.

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A Constant Flow of Papercrafting Ideas

Would you like the latest news from thfor all your papercrafting needse world of clear stamping (the clear version of rubber stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting delivered  to your inbox each month? That’s what you receive when you join my Mailing List!  Each  month, as a  Mailing List Subscriber you can enjoy my newsletter several tutorials worth $4.95 and $7.95 each as well as all the latest news, tips, and ideas… and it’s FREE!!

As a bonus, you will also receive 6 projects with cutting directions, measurements and all the instructions (a $59 value). To join my Mailing List and receive my monthly newsletter, just fill out the box to the right. Don’t forget to confirm your subscription and your free tutorial will be delivered to your mailbox.  If you need any assistance with your projects, or anything, please don’t hesitate to give me a call!

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How to Sort Your Christmas Photos

How to Sort your Pictures-*When I began scrapbooking some 12 years or so ago, I felt I had to use every photo I took (unless it was an exact duplicate. I even had trouble getting rid of the blurry ones. II never really considered that was you DIDN’T have to scrapbook every picture. I learned later about cropping photos and how it is important it was, but I will save that for another day,  The biggest challenge for me both 12 years ago and even today is organization. Since today is Organizational Tuesday I thought it was a good time to talk about organizing your photos. Here are some tips to help you get ready.

First, decide if you want to put your Christmas photos in a traditional scrapbook, in a digital photo album or in a Picture my Life® by Close to my Heart.  There are benefits to each method which we will discuss later. The next thing you must do is to organize your photographs.  This has become more complicated than just making piles on the floor to separate them.

If you’re making a traditional scrapbook, you will eventually want to print the pictures but perhaps before you do this, create a folder labeled Christmas 2014 and inside it put folders for every scrapbook page you want to do. Divide your pictures up by desired page. Then when you are finished, you can evaluate the pictures in each folder and determine what is worth scrapbooking.

This will work for any occasion going forward.

Next week we will talk about all the pictures already sitting in your computer already and if you are as old as me, all the pictures you have printed and stilling in a box and your albums.   I will tell you that if you have your photos in any of the old “magnetic” albums, please remove them. They will damage your photos because the chemicals doesn’t not play well with the inks in your photos. If the picture is stuck use some dental floss to slide under the picture.

Cute Crayon Holder and More!

I was reading an article tonight and decided I had to share it.  We all like to find things that are junk and turn them into something wonderful, When the article talked about other uses for butcher Block knife holders, I just had to share!


crayon Holder



You can read the rest of the article here.

Monday Motivation for a 5″ x 7″ Photo

5" x 7" photo scrapbook sketchSometimes there is photo that you just can’t reduce to a 4″ x 6″ photo without losing the details or that special look. Here is a great layout that puts the focus right where it goes, on your photo. Using the contrasting colors to bring out the color in your photo will help it pop.

The blues and browns have been a popular color combination for quite a few years. Looking at the color pallets for spring, I don’t see this changing anytime soon.

What is your favorite color pallet these days? Leave a comment below and let see how everyone else thinks.

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Great New Scrapbooking Tote is Here~!

 Make your life faster, simpler, and easier with Close To My Heart’s rolling tote. Simply pack it and go to any crafting event, knowing that all the right tools and tricks are stored safely inside. These totes are so much nicer than the ones we use to have, and such pretty colors too!  Done in Lagoon and Slate and has a matching bag.  The new tote will hold 1 large , 1 medium and 3 small organizers or any combination there of. The side pockets hold things like your paper trimmer, score board and other tall items, and the front holds 12 x 12 paper holders. Just perfect for taking your supplies with you to a crop, or just to keep organized at home. Well, enough from me, listen to the video and Monica and Brian will also show how the tote folds up flat for easy storage too.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you like best about the new tote.

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From this Moment Life has Begun

My mind goes straight to the song by Shania TwainThis Moment Stamp Set when I hear those words. This month’s Stamp of the Month is called “This Moment” and really fits with the song.

Actual Stamp Set with Recommended Block Sizes Between the banner that says “Remember this Moment” to the bulls eye this stamp set can be used year around. It is also perfect for those Valentine Cards you are thinking about making.  Use the arrow, the heart and the masking technique you can pin the heart to the target.

While it is hard to see in this image the target and  heart are specifically noted to work with the Cricut Collection Artbooking Cartridge, I am sure you can find the banners in our cartridges somewhere.

With a minimum qualifying purchase, get your D-size Stamp of the Month set for $5! Add the stamp set to your cart on this page at full retail price or, with your qualifying order, add it at checkout for the promotional price.

Leave a comment below and tell me what you think of this stamp set. I think it is much more versitile than past January Stamps of the Month that you can use it on so many other pages. What kind of page would YOU use it on? Leave a comment and let me know!


National Thank You Month

When I was looking us history for National Thank you Month, I found a dozen or so different “causes” shall we say for the Month of January. While I have not found any history on National Thank You Month, I will embrace this one. We all need to say thank you a little more and murmur a bit less. National Thank You Month was probably set in January because people are still able to bask in the warmth of the holiday good will.  Set in August or September people might have been a bit more jaded.

Since New Years Day fell on Throwback Thursday where I usually post the weekly card sketch, I thought I would post one today. Perhap you will make it a Thank you card to send for National Thank You Month. I plan to send a card a day this month. If you are on my mailing list and I have your snail mail address, you might be a lucky receiver of one! Here is a link to go sign up now.  You can also send an e-mail and give me your snail mail address. Business’ you are included here, after all, wouldn’t your business grow if you sent more thank you notes too?

Here is your sketch: Come back later today and see what I have done with the sketch.

Your card sketch for Throwback Thursday




Wishing You a Happy New Year!

Wishing all of yoHappy New Yearu a great New Years. I will be continuing my planning today for the start of our Photo Journal with great journaling prompts to keep you going.

I will also be watching the Oregon Ducks play in the Rosebowl… Go Ducks!

Have a great day!



Are You Ready for a New Year?

Are you ready for a new year to begin? I have been preparing all week, making lists of things I want to accomplish in the new year, goals for my business, etc. I told you last week I am trying to focus on some organization. We will be moving in to our own home (ready to put down some roots) the next 6 months and I would like to have things actually organized so I don’t miss a beat in the transition to the new house.

Organization in progress is not prettyI told you about the Scrap ‘n Sort last week and have spent the last week trying to get things organized. I took over the couch (thank goodness there is a recliner for my husband to sit on, and no little ones in the house. This picture is a major improvement (believe it or not) than the last 5 days. The last 3 of those days was simply organizing paper packs. My system was : If the My Reflections Paper Pack had been used at all, I pull the cardstock and add it to the rest of the pieces of that color, you see I ALWAYS check to see if there is a cut piece that will work before cutting into a brand new piece of colored cardstock.  This was going along fine until I reached Laughing Lola – well, 3 packages past Laughing Lola. I was writing down the information for my label – Reflections Paper Name and the colors used. I started to see “Laughing Lola Tourquoise” and “Laughing Lola Gold” and remembered, Close to my Heart started including a few custom colored cardstocks in some of the My Reflections Paper Packs! So now I have to go back through the pile of colored cardstock and pull these “custom” colors back out and put back with the paper pack. I told you that organization is a process of trial and error until we find what works for us.

I also want to get my computer pictures organized, my printed pictures sorted and organized.  My plan is to send a message once a day on Twitter as a reminder to either delete or label 10 photographs today. This will give us baby steps to getting pictures ready to print or printed ones to scrap.

Come back tomorrow and I will talk about my new Picture a Day Journal.

Have a creative day,



Merry Christmas

Wishing you a Merry ChristmasI wanted to take a moment on this beautiful Christmas Morning to wish you many blessings. I am very blessed to have all of you a part of my business family, and for making this business possible.

We finally got snow this morning, and the grandkids can’t wait to jump in.  I will have some oldies but goodies the next few days while I spend time with my family. I look forward to seeing you on January 1st. Just in case you are not watching the Oregon Ducks play in the Rose Bowl.  You should try to catch the Rose Bowl parade, they are truly beautiful and amazing what you can do with roses.

Creatively, Carol

Faster Crafting – It is in the Organization!

ScrapRack 2 As we head toward the new year, if you are like me you think about things you want to do differently in the new year.  I have lots of those things but instead of calling them resolutions, I will call them goals.  One of those goals is to have by paper crafting supplies organized so I can find what I am looking for!  It has been a long time since I was really organized. We lived in a large home in Greenwood, Arkansas and I had a very large room dedicated to my scrapbooking and cardmaking, classes and crops. Since that time we have moved 4 times, and are anticipating buying a new home in this next year. This will be the final move. We will die in this house. This is why I am and will be focusing on organization in this new year.

Ever since I worked at Harry & David’s call center in Medford, Oregon I have thought how their catalog holder would be so great to organize all my stuff.  Apparently I wasn’t the only one, because a company called Totally Tiffany put out The Scrap Rack.  I thought when I saw it that it was expensive and I was sure something else would work just as well… it didn’t. So I ordered one from Walmart. I looked directly at the website but they had some crazy sale for Christmas and all the dividers and inserts were sold out! Good for them, lousy for me. I am not a patient person when I get an idea.  I began to formulate in my mind how this was going to work.

Come back next Tuesday and I will tell you what I did.  Into the new year, we will talk organization about once a week. I didn’t get here in a week, and I am guessing you didn’t either!  Tell me below what your biggest organization struggle is and together we will figure out how to solve it.  If you want to know more about the ScrapRack, click here.

ScrapRack 1

Motivational Monday Scrapbook Sketch

I don’t know about you, but the days seem to get busier the closer to Christmas we get. trying to take time to scrapbook this week might be a bit tough, but remember, you can always come back when you have more time and click on the Sketches Category to find some inspiration to get you started again. I will try to get a finished layout up for today’s sketch, but no promises on when it gets done. I will add a link to this page when I get it finished. I thought this single page layout would be great for a shot of the family in front of the Christmas tree.  Here is your Motivational Monday Scrapbook Sketch to December 22, 2014.

This layout doesn’t takeSingle Photo Sketch a lot of extras, but as you will see when I post my layout, I add my interest and embellishment is to cut out the cardinal’s head. You are cutting out the bird’s head, not cutting it off.  I would do the same thing if there is any extra leaves under where you place your photo mat, as well as the small journaling box. This is a good place to name who is in the picture, and there is a hidden journaling box so you can mention why Aunt Goldie has a red nose or any private memories you don’t want to share with the world.

This paper is from the Yuletide Carol My Reflections Collection of exclusive paper. The mats are done in Ruby with Champagne cardstock for the inside mat.

Do you take a family Christmas photo? Leave me a comment below, tell me your biggest challenge when scrapping your Christmas pictures.

Have a great day, we finally has a little snow but it isn’t expected to stay :(

Creatively,  Carol


Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits Recipe Card

I love this recipe cardHandmade Cookbook Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits, the die-cuts are size appropriate and the red distressing is offset nicely with the outside matte done in Red.  Here is your recipe for today

Sweet Cinnamon Biscuits


  • 2 c. flour                                                           1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt                                                           ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼c. oil                                                              ¾ c buttermilk
  • 8 tbsp softened butter                                   ¾. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon                                              1 c milk (optional)


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl, mix well, stir in oil and buttermilk and stir just until blended.
  2. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Roll dough into a 15 x 8 rectangle.
  3. Preheat oven to 400º.  Grease a 9″ round baking pan lightly.
  4. Spread butter over the dough. Mix together sugar, and cinnamon in separate bowl. Mix well and sprinkle evenly over the butter on the dough. Roll up rectangle jellyroll fashion, starting with long end . Pinch the seam to seal it.
  5. Cut the roll into 1½” slices. Arrange the slices cut side up on prepared baking pans. Bake until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and if desired, pour milk over the top. Serve hot
  6. OR frost with your favorite butter cream recipe.

Serves 6


What do you think, a good recipe for Christmas morning?  Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!


Creatively, Carol