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Organizing your Crafting Supplies

We have talked about organizing before. I have showed you my room, talked about ways to organize different things and thought I had made considerable progress in my own scrapbook room. BOY WAS I WRONG!

My daughter, her husband and 4 sons have moved into our basement until they can find where they want to put all those very smart young men in school and buy a house. You see, all of them get straight A’s ALL THE TIME! I have no clue where they get their smarts because neither their parents, or any of their grandparents are anywhere close to having the analytical brains these boys have. It will be very interesting to watch as they grow and see where life takes them. Sorry, “Mema” gets a bit off topic when it comes to grandchildren.

As I was saying, I thought I was almost done with the project when my daughter Karen informed me that ALL her scrapbooking and crafting supplies were Organizing your Crafting Suppliescoming to my scrapbook room and will probably stay there since the only crafting time she gets is when she comes here. So today I begin incorporating her things into mine. As you can see from the picture, I have my work cut out for me. She already has a full time job so I will be tackling this myself…besides, she might make me throw something out!

Why am I sharing all this with you, you ask? It is because all the doubles will be sold off. So keep an eye on the blog and you may find some great deals on a variety of scrapbooking, cardmaking, stamping supplies.

So tell me please, how would YOU tackle this problem? Where would you start? I look forward to hearing your comments on this situation.

Motivational Monday Sketch

Great Layout with Circles

For today’s sketch I have chosen one from Studio J uGreat Layout with Circlessing the You Rock Paperpack. The paper is retired but if you really like the set, I can try to find one for you.
Using the large circle left I can keep the size of her photo and still have some fun background going on. On the right, you have room for three 4″ x 6″ photos to compliment your focus picture wish is Natalie. I have eleven grandkids so there is usually only one picture of each of them up at a time, but I love the look of concentration in Natalie’s expressive face and am really thinking about framing it. The determination and dedication to her ballet is of the utmost importance and she is willing to sacrafice everything to dance.

I will look forward to seeing your layout using this sketch. Will you decide to use the strip of 2 x 2 pictures across the middle for photographs, or perhaps a larger title. There are so many possibilities with Studio J Digital Scrapbooking even if you are a traditional scrapbooker.

The first 5 people to complete the sketch and send me a copy to post will receive a little gift from me.

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Help! My Pictures are Stuck Together!!

How to get pictures unstuck

How to get pictures unstuck

I have a TON of printed photographs. Back in the day where you actually sent film in to be developed. (my grandkkids would call this the dark ages) You had the option often times to get double prints so you could share pictures with family and friends. While this was a great concept in theory it also meant if no one else was going to be interested in them, that now your pile of pictures is twice as high will lots of doubles. Fast forward to moving day and my husband picking up the plastic box by the handle only to have the lid come unfastened and all the 500 pictures this plastic photo carrier was suppose to hold were now laying, all mixed up on the street.  You gather them up, put them back and seal it shut.The case just fell open

I decided it was time to sort those photos and found stacks of stuck together photographs. The above stack alone is stiff as a board, and I can see just by the edges of the pictures that my dad and his wife are in one, my grandmother in another, some long past family in others. I just couldn’t toss the stack so I found this article on separating pictures online from the Real Simple Magazine.  I wanted to share what I found.


I recently moved and discovered some of my photos are practically glued together. Can I unstick them without destroying them?
Jenna Schapiro

Potomac, Maryland

A. Yes, give them a (gentle) bath. Resist the temptation to separate photographs by hand. Doing so will most likely rip them. Instead, water—yes, water—is the answer.

Photos stick together because the gelatin coating acts like glue when exposed to moisture. They can be separated again only by adding moisture and softening the gelatin, says Peter Mustardo, a New York City–based photo conservator who has worked for the National Archives, in Washington, D.C.

The following technique can be risky, so save it for everyday snapshots, not wedding photos! Place stuck pictures in room-temperature distilled water (sold at grocery stores) for 20 to 30 minutes image-side up, so you can monitor them. (A long exposure to water may cause distortion.) Remove, then gently pull apart with your fingers, or slide a thin silicone spatula between them. Shake off the excess water, place each picture image-side up on a stack of paper towels, and weigh down the edges to prevent curling.

If a photo has stuck to a frame’s glass, things get a bit, well, stickier. First, scan the image through the glass so you’ll have a (less sharp) computer backup. Next, use the soaking method, putting the frame and photo image-side up in the bath.

For photos taken professionally or those of great sentimental value (or if you prefer to skip the soaking method), find a conservator near you through the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works ( He can determine if the photos are salvageable and, if so, can separate them.

I did look up and see if water from the Britta was the same as distilled water and learned that no, that the Britta only takes out some of the impurities and that you need all the chemicals removed as to not damage the pictures. I also looked up how to distill water at home, because let’s face it, when I get something in my mind, I am just not very patient!  Too much work for the quantity of water I need… Later on this afternoon I will go get some distilled water and give this a try and report back on how it worked.

Retiring My Reflections PaperPacks

Here is a list of the paper packs that are retirling this year, all are “while Supplies Last”. So don’t delay or it will be gone.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Z1830 Brown & Tan Glitter Paper
Z1847 Green Glitter Paper
X7195B Jackson Paper Packet
X7196B Blossom Paper Packet
X7184B Chalk It Up Paper Packet
X7185B Scaredy Cat Paper Packet
X7186B Pathfinding Paper Packet
X7187B Yuletide Carol Paper Packet
X7188B Snowhaven Paper Packet
X7189B Confetti Wishes Paper Packet
X7190B Brushed Paper Packet
X7191B Wanderful Paper Packet
X71Scrapbooking, Cardmaking and Papercraft Instructor92B Seaside Paper Packet

Memory Keeping On The Go

My Crush Books June 2015 Constant Campaign


My Crush Books June 2015 Constant CampaignThis month’s Close to my Heart Special is our  My Crush Books. I am excited about this promotion because I am going to get one for each of my grandchildren that are old enough to write. I think it is a great way for them to “document” their summer vacation. I might even offer a bi-weekly class for kids to help them do it. Hmmmm  Here is the promotion, I think I will go put that class together! I will also do a video series for kids across the country!  Keep your eyes out.

 During the month of June, when you purchase any My Crush® book and its accompanying assortment pictured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015, you will receive the coordinating stamp set FREE! That is a savings of at least $9.95 USD / $10.95 CAD! Choose from five lovely My Crush book offerings that will provide a swoon-worthy background for your favorite memories. From family reunions to camping adventures to holiday countdowns—and much more—you will be crushing on all these books and the possibilities they provide. Every My Crush book features a hard cover with wire binding and cardstock-weight pages that are printed with eye-catching designs to form the perfect bases for your memory keeping. Additionally, each My Crush book also features unique details—from glossy print, to vellum pages, to gold foil, to ink-resistant patterns—that make displaying your personality easier than ever. Plus, once you add the artistry of the coordinating assortments featuring sticker sheets, envelopes, alphabets, cards, and journaling spots, along with your free stamp set, you will be well on your way to your own gorgeous mini book creation! This offer is only available while supplies last* and once they’re gone, these books are gone for good, so put your orders in early to get your summer romance rolling today!
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Motivational Monday – Inspiration from Studio J

Studio J offers great inspiration!

Do you do digital scrapbooking? Myself, I am a hands all in kind of gal so I don’t do digital but Studio J has so much more to offer, even if yStudio J offers great inspiration!ou DON’T do your scrapbooking digitally. Today’s sketch is taken from Studio J and is so cute. I have to finish getting my pictures sorted so I can find my daughter’s pictures when she was growing up. The sketch can easily be converted to a male layout with a change in My Reflections Paper Pack.

Jackson from the Seasonal Expressions II catalog would look great for your little man and your big man too!  Here is the sketch as it appears on Studio J:

I will work on the same layout using the Jackson My Reflections Paper Pack to show you how it can be tailored to the men in your life.

Where do you get your scrapbook inspiration from? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Happy Memorial Day

Always in our prayers

Always in our prayersMemorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May.

This is an important fact to remember as Memorial Day is also the traditional “beginning of summer” holiday.  Personally, I like to remember all those who have gone before me, not just the soldiers.  This is why I choose to scrapbook today and remember those fond stories of people that have passed.

Since it is Motivational Monday, I am still posting a sketch that I,too will try to complete this week. Submit your finished layout to be posted here and entered into the contest for this month. Just take a picture with your phone and send it to 801-597-4896 to enter.

Don't forget to send a picture to 801-597-4896I look forward to seeing your pages.


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Great Way to Use Leftovers

My Stickese Leftover Letters

My Stickese Leftover LettersIf you are like most scrapbookers and cardmakers I know, you HATE to waste, and you REALLY Hate to throw things away.  I was finishing up the layout for the sketch challenge yesterday and was staring at the sheet of unused letters on the page thinking “now will these be usable anymore?” after all, you only get so many letters, and it always seems to me that after you have make your first title with them, there is always a letter missing from what you want to do next.

Fast forward to just before bed, I pick up my tablet and take my turn at a couple of games of “Words with Friends” I have going with some very old friends.It is really good to feel a connection again after so many years. We were in Girl Scouts together, and good friends, even if we didn’t hang out all that much in high school, but the connection is kind of a warm fuzzy feeling… but then I am getting off the subject.  Sometimes I play with people that come up with words that I have never heard of and wonder if they are cheating and using a gaming program to unscramble letters (no, not you Kam). But it made me start thinking…. I have a sheet of half used letters on my table, and a program to make words from letters. Hmmm, Light bulb moment!!!

I put all the letters on my particular letter sheet into the program and now I have a list of words I can use on cards and scrapbook pages. Now granted, some would be a challenge to use, but others just might work!

I looked at three programs this morning as I googled for programs to make words from random letters.

The first one was called Word List Maker which is clearly for gamers since you can put in only 8 letters and you have the option for the “hook” or connecting letter for a game of scrabble or words.  Since I abhor cheating, I am not sharing the site with you, besides it limits the results for this purpose.

The 2nd one is called Word-grabber. and it will accommodate up to 15 letters and is not tied to any specific game model. Since the particular sheet of letters had only been used twice, I still had plenty of letters left so I just entered 15 of the letters, not using any duplicates. Out of these letters abdefhgijkltux came 40 pages of words!!  Who would have guessed that you could get  jubilated, fatigued, fixable or even fixated from this random set of letters!  If it could do this with just single letters, imagine what would happen if I threw in some more vowels!

The last one I tried was  This program would accept 25 letters.  So this time I entered all the vowels I had left, and some random letters to see what would happen. This one didn’t work so well, as it put all the letters in a very strange sentence. I think for now, I will have to stick to the Word Grabber.  Just think of the possibilities.

If you have any questions about this post or anything else, please leave a question for me below and I will get back to you asap!

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How Will You Make This Sketch Your Own?

May 2015 Stamp of the Month

Will YOU accept the challenge?Good Morning,

It is 5am and I am thinking it is time to start sharing sketches with you again. My hope is that I, too will complete a layout using the sketch and post it for all to see. I chose this sketch  because in my unsorted mess of pictures, a subject for another day, I believe I can find three related pictures to use. I also chose this sketch by L Eubank for it’s circles. In this month’s Stamp of the Month,May 2015 Stamp of the Month Just Sayin‘ there are circles that will look great on this page and you could even use the stripe stamp or sayings in place of the strips in the sketch.   The more I look at it, the more I like the two together..

Take the challenge, and make the layout. Then take a picture with your phone and send it to 801-597-4896 so I can post it here. You will then be entered into a contest for a free stamp set.

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Designer Decor – Flip Stand Album

Design Decor Flip Stand Album

Design Decor Flip Stand Album

Made from clear Acrylic, this Designer Decor Flip Stand Album Clear acrylic stand with rings for displaying photos up to 6½” × 5¾”. Stand has slot for inserting background image; instant photograph frames from the Cricut® Artbooking cartridge work great!  This stand would be helpful in so many ways, You can use it as a calendar with a page for each month, or perhaps a recipe card book, just flip to your favorite recipe and start cooking!  I have put these projects on my list, so watch for them in a future post. To order this Design Decor Flip Stand Album (Z1896) just click here.

If you have a comment or question or idea on a great way to use the Designer Decor Flip Stand Album, please leave a comment below.  If I need to chat about it, please give me a call at 801-597-4896.

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Do You Ever Wish You Could Start Over?

visit http://www.CreativelyCarol.comSo no, my morning didn’t start out with milk and cereal on the floor, but looking at the scrapbook room, my computer and parts of the house not yet the way I want it, I don’t want to stop the merri-go-round, but send it in a whole new direction.  I have never been the most organized person I know, but I am finding as I get older, I want more organization in my life. Maybe it is because there is not as much life left than when I was 20 and didn’t care much about how things were organized or maybe I want to feel more efficient and get more done than I use to. Whatever the reason, I am ready for a change.

I have identified three areas that need major work, and a few that are partly there. The main parts of the house are well on their way. Most of what is in there have designated places and I am being good about not leaving stuff all over. I really want to contain my craft to the craft room, and not have it invade the rest of the house. I usually know that is starting to happen when my husband turns on the TLC Show “Hoarders, Buried Alive”. Do I think he does it on purpose, no, but maybe in his sub-conscience mind he is hinting that it is getting bad in there.

Here are the areas I have identified that I want to get in order.

  1. My Craft Room  – a place for everything and everything in it’s place. Granted that we have only been in the house about 6 weeks, this is a work in progress but I want to be able to put my hand on a “thinking of you” card when someone needs a lift, or a sympathy card if someone looses a dear part of their lives, you get the idea.  I also want to be able to create layouts, and do videos… so just getting the table cleared off is an important step.
  2. My Computers – I have two computers I use regularly; the desktop, the laptop, and about 4 different cloud services. They use to be on different floors and have different objectives, but now they are all jumbled up. I want to know what pictures I have and want to eliminate the duplicates. After all, you can’t scrap what you can’t find. I don’t need 3 different folders for quotes I want to share with you, or cards I want to make.

So I am going to make a plan and spend 30 minutes a day on each subject – minimum, and will share with you as I go; because I don’t believe I can be the only one out in the blogosphere that has this issue. I welcome any suggestions you may have along the way. That said, please leave a comment below and share with us your biggest organizing challenge and if you are completely organized, your best organizing hint.

Keep an eye on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on my progress as I share things I learn along the way.

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Using Your Old Stash of Scrapbook Supplies

Only Available until August 2015

I was first introduced to scrapbooking at a woman’s meeting at church, my daughter Karen was going and asked me to accompany her. If I knew then that I would be so involved with scrapbooking twelve years later would I still have gone? You bet!
Scrapbooking isn’t just creating pages with pretty papers, buttons and ribbon, scrapbooking is a social event too. After that first night, Karen and I found a local scrapbook store and joined in on their scrapbook night. It was $5 per person unless we spent a minimum of five dollars in the store, then it was free. This became a weekly event and my scrapbook stash began to grow. There were so many cute papers and little things called “embellishments” to put on pages it was easy to think, “oh I can use that for…”
I rarely go into a scrapbook store these days. Close to my Heart has made it so much easier to buy things that coordinate, and in much smaller portions. It used to be you bought an entire 100 count package of brads in the color you wanted to match your page, only to have the remainder sit in the drawer unused. That isn’t the case with the current selections Close to my Heart offers. Only Available until August 2015This paper pack comes with the solid cardstock as well as the patterned paper to create a coordinated layout. There is also an offering of matching embellishments both flat and raised depending on your style.Only Available until August 2015
Why am I sharing all this with you, that is easy, and if you have been scrapbooking a long time, you too might have this desire… USE UP THE OLD STUFF! So I am introducing a new meaning to “Throwback Thursdays” it now means create something from the older stash. This may mean re-learning how to do a technique or to use a particular product. You may also decide to start a boOnly Available until August 2015x like I did for a local senior center or charity that helps battered women etc. Just don’t wait too long before delivering the cast offs to that place or you may find yourself second guessing your decisions.
Do you have a stash of older scrapbook supplies you want to use? Leave a comment below and tell me what kinds of things are in that stash and we can come up with ways to create something beautiful with them!

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Days Until Christmas…REALLY?

Countdown to Christmas

Countdown to ChristmasAs I was looking to see what was happening on April 7th in years past. here is the first thing I see : April 7 is the 97th day of the year (98th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 268 days remaining until the end of the year.

I don’t know about you, but that was NOT information I really wanted to know. It means to me that I am 97 days past keeping New Year’s resolutions, and 261 days away from Christmas! Time is a funny thing. We all get the same amount, but some people seem to get so much more done with it than others. What do you do with your time? Have you thought about it, really thought about it? We do so much for others, from our significant other to our children, to bosses and friends. But how much do we take time to do something we truly enjoy? I love to craft, and once I get going, I am dynamite it is just the get going part I have trouble with.

Take today for instance. My plan was to get a week of twitter journaling posts done and scheduled, write a few blog posts, and do some crafting done. While I am not on track with the posts and tweets, I do have a craft project in mind. Come back later and see if I was able to accomplish this. In the meantime, sign up to follow me on Twitter so you can start digging a bit deeper into some journaling topics.

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Wishing you a Blessed Easter


easter-morning1I would like to wish all of you a very Happy Easter. Whether your day is filled with eggs and candy, or religious observants, or both as we do in our home, I wanted to share good wishes to all of you. I will spend it with family, and since we finally live in a home big enough, I am cooking! What will you do today? Leave a comment below and let us know!


Sign Ups for Little League Baseball Starting Soon!

Great layout for Little League and kids sports everywhere.

Spring is here and soon your kids (or grand kids in my case) will be gearing up for some fun baseball and softball games and you won’t want to miss any of it.  Prepare now by starting their sports scrapbook now with this layout from Close to my Heart’s Studio J Collection.

Great layout for Little League and kids sports everywhere.The left side is a great opening page for a sports album. You can put your child’s picture and team photo right here to show what this album is all about. I wish I had started when my boys were young, and while I have a few, not nearly enough. I did start a football album his freshman year at Crater High School in Central Point, Oregon – he hemmed and hawed about my not needing to do it, but it wasn’t long after when he his teammates would come by that he would grab the scrapbook to share or look up a score. Don’t wait until they are grown…and they grow so fast.

If you would rather do your album in digital form, Studio J by Close to my Heart is free to play with! You only pay if you are going to purchase the pictures of the layout and then put them in the album when you receive them.  Here is a link to the Studio J program. If you haven’t been there before, you will be asked to register. This is so if you only get part way through your album before you run out of time your layout is there waiting for you.

If you would like any additional information regarding Studio J Digital Scrapbooking or today’s layout, please leave me a comment below.