Picture Piecing Technique Give Unique Look

Have you ever taken a picture of a building you liked while on vacationcombining several pictures on a page but couldn’t get far enough away to take it all in one shot so you took 3 different pictures to capture the entire building? Try this technique the next time you want to scrapbook the memory of three part buildings. The technique is called “Picture Piecing” and as you can see by the picture to the right, the technique can make 3 sections look interesting to the eye. Here are the steps to achieve this effect.

  1. Select all the pictures of the building you want to use to capture the image.
  2. Lightly sand all the edges of the pictures so the white shows all the way around*
  3. piece your building together, overlapping as necessary. You may notice a bit of color difference between your pictures that can occur with varying light and can only make your page more compelling.

* you can also just sand around the edges that will not touch so your building is not separated by the white lines.

I look forward to seeing how you incorporate this technique into your own scrapbook page.  Please give this a try and send me a picture at 801-597-4896 or Contests@CreativelyCarol.com.

12 weeks of Complete Christmas Projects for FREE

I know it is hard to thinFree Christmas Craft Projectsk about when we only begin October tomorrow but if you are going to hand make any of your Christmas gifts you don’t want to wait too long! Here is something that is sure to make the planning and executing of those gift a bit easier!  The 12 weeks of Christmas series starts tomorrow at 1:00pm. There is only one catch… You HAVE to be on my mailing list to receive these projects. That’s right, the 12 weeks of Christmas series is a special benefit only available to subscribers of my newsletter.

You will receive in your inbox a project a week with a supply list, cutting guide and instructions. I am not advertising anything in this series, it is simply a free gift. The only thing I ask is for you not to share it with anyone. If you have friends and family that would benefit from these projects please send them this link so they can sign up for themselves. You can copy and paste this message but don’t forward them your copy of the newsletter. If they didn’t realize you sent this to them, they could hit the unsubscribe button and YOU would be unsubscribed to my newsletter, and we sure don’t want that to happen to anyone.

I will also host a special contest for anyone who sends me pictures I can post here on the website. This contest will run from October 1 – December 31st. The winner will receive $100 in Close to my Heart Papercrafting supplies.   Have a great day and keep an eye on those mailboxes tomorrow for your first card project!

Creatively, Carol


How about an Address Tree?

Keep track of where you liveAs I was staring at the cover of an older magazine today I had a thought,  Wouldn’t it be kind of cool to have a scrapbook page devoted to where you have lived?  I am not talking about your regular scrapbook page mind you, I am thinking a giant tree not unlike a family tree large enough to cover the entire page, and instead of pictures of family, this would be a “Bloom where you are planted tree”.

You have things come to your house with labels on them like the magazine I was staring at, so why not take all the magazine labels that show different addresses and place them on the tree. On the label I am looking at, and I believe most labels on magazines show the zip code, the date your subscription ends and your name and address.  You could write the move in and out date on the label as well.

As you look back on your life, you will have a record of everywhere you have lived. This is best  to start right away, and preferably while you are young enough to remember all the places you have lived.  Personally, we have moved so much I am lucky if I can remember all the towns, much less the addresses.   I would love to hear your thoughts on the project – since it really will be an ongoing project unless you are one that is fortunate enough to choose a house big enough for your planned family and stay in it your entire life, you will have lots of addresses, and be adding one at each move.

If you are a person who likes to have everything match on your scrapbook page, and you decide to mat your magazine labels, I suggest you keep all the scraps that are big enough for mats behind the scrapbook page in your page protector so you will have the same paper 10 years from now to mount them with.

Please leave a comment below and tell me  what you think? Good idea? Bad Idea?  Let us all know.

Creatively, Carol


Slow Cooked Taco Casserole

Easy Slow cooked recipesHere is a good recipe for tossing in the crock potwhile you watch the game, or even before the game to serve during the game or any busy day.  Protien abounds in this recipe with ground beef, and two cans of beans. I like to do both black and pinto beans for a variety of taste.

I like the recipe card as it is plain and simple. The photo corners are a nice accent and the brads make sure the recipe stays where it belongs. Forgive me if this photo gets blurry half way down, I can’t tell if it my eyes or the brads kept it from being flush to the glass.

Here is your recipe:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 pkg taco seasoning mix
  • t tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 9 small flour or corn tortillas
  • 1/2 c chicken broth
  • 1/2 c tomato sauce
  • 1 – 10 ounce enchilada sauce
  • 6 oz finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 – 15 ounce cans pinto, black or kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1 – 11 ounce Green Giant Mexi-corn
  • 1 – 4.5 ounce can green chiles
  • 1 – 2.5 ounce can chopped ripe olives
  • Sour cream & Guacamole to taste

Spray inside of 3 ½ or 4 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion and garlic over med-high heat for 8 – 10 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain.  Stir in taco seasoning mix, salt, and pepper. Place 3 tortillas in bottom of greased slow cooker. Top with beef mixture, broth, tomato sauce, and enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with 1/2 c of cheese. Layer with 3 more tortillas. Top with beans, corn, green chiles, half of olives and 1/2 cheese. Top with remaining 3 tortillas, remaining cheese and olives.

Cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. Uncover for the last 30 minutes of cooking time.  Top individual servings with sour cream and guacamole to taste

Have a great Sunday. If you have any questions about making a handmade cookbook or recipe cards, leave your question below.

Creatively, Carol

Sketch Saturday – A Four Picture Two Page Scrapbook Layout

Scrapbook Sketches by Creatively CarolThe sketch for Sketch Saturday is a two page layout using lots of purple and pink. You can use the sunbursts to bring in other colors to your layout. Perhaps you will want to turn them upside down so the rays fall toward the pictures.

Using 4 – 4″ x 6″ pictures if you would like to feature four photographs,  but you have enough room to put 8 4″ x 4″ photographs instead. On the left side the 4″ x 4″ squares will touch. On the right, you will have room to leave space between them.

Add your journaling on the right side, while the main title is on the left. If you need room for a sub-title, you have room on the right side.

Remember, if you complete the sketch before the end of the month, send me a picture either by e-mail to Contests@CreativelyCarol.com or by text to 801-597-4896.

Enjoy your weekend.

Creatively, Carol

Card Sketch Thursday – A New Regular Feature

Whether you are a regulWeek 1 of Card Sketch Thursdayar card maker or someone who wants to learn to make cards, Card Sketch Thursday will give you a change to take a card sketch and turn it into your own work of art.  And when you share your finished card, you are entered into a monthly drawing for a FREE STAMP SET!  Here is how it works.  Every Thursday morning I will post a card sketch. You can make it exactly the same, or dress it up and make it your own.  I will also make a card using the same sketch and post it later in the day.  Sound like fun?  Here is our first Card Sketch Thursday post. Have fun and don’t forget to take a picture of your finished card and send it to 801-597-4896 or e-mail it to Contests@CreativelyCarol.com.   Please note, the blue line is just the outline of the card, which is 4¼” x 5½”.   Next time I will have to put the sketch on patterned paper just so you can see it!

Have fun with the sketch,

Creatively, Carol



Does This Picture Scare You?

I know, you are thinking iSign up for my mailing listt is still September and showing this type of image already is just plain wrong!  Wait, I do have a good reason. Beginning October 1st, I start the 12 Weeks of Christmas Series!  If you were not around last year at this time, you might not know about the 12 weeks of Christmas. Every Wednesday for 12 weeks you will receive an e-mail with a Christmas/Holiday project with full cutting dimensions and instructions for making the project. The first 5 weeks will be cards, then gift items and we finish up with Bags, tags and wraps to make it easier to prepare for the  holidays.

Here’s the thing, the 12 weeks of Christmas projects only go out to my mailing list subscribers, so if you are not on my mailing list already you want to jump on before the week is out so you don’t miss a thing!  There is no other way to get these projects and when the week is gone, the project is too. Don’t ask for me to send you the ones you missed.. it just won’t happen. So fill out that box to the right of this post and get ready for some great e-mails.

Creatively, Carol

Capturing the Brilliant Shades of Autumn

CTMH EmbellishmentsWhat could be better than experiencing the vibrant shades of autumn?Capturing those shades to keep forever! The Mini-Medley Accents Ruby collection of embellishments adds the perfect fall flair to your projects with its varying shades of red and conventional nature shapes. Three yards of metallic baker’s twine give projects a fun harvest time twist, and the buttons, clothespins, and badge buttons from the collection add variety to your creations.

Mix and match them with one another, and with other great embellishments from Close To My Heart, for festive fall blends on all your layouts and cards

Starting Thursday, I will be posting a regular card sketch feature for you to work with. As always, anyone who completes the sketch and send me a picture I can post here on the site will be entered into the drawing for a free stamp set. Do you like to make cards?  If not, would you like to learn?  The holidays are coming and I have something special for all mailing list subscribers. Come back tomorrow and learn a bit more.  Don’t forget to comment below!

Creatively, Carol

Shakespeare Didn’t Keep a Journal

Why jpurnaling is important

Reading this article this morning I thought it was important to share because it helps explain why journaling is important. We know why it is important on a scrapbook page, but what about personal journaling? Do you keep a journal? Some people who do only keep the facts, not the feelings. It is important to record all aspects of your life. The trials and tribulations as well as the joys and things that make you smile, tug at your heart strings and more. While I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, this applies to everybody. We have been taught to “keep a record” but journaling is so much more that just a record of who, what, where, when and why.

During the month of September there is a push to share stories about your grandparents on the Family Search website.  So let’s start with some easy questions. Was your grandmother named after anyone? Do they have any nicknames? Often times men especially will get tagged with a shortened version or even something abstract from their name. For example, The man at the auto repair shop is called “Tiny”. This man was anything BUT Tiny!  Your questions might include who first gave you that name and how did it stick? Do you call your grandparents anything special? I am called Mema. How did you get that nickname?

In an effort to help you do this, I will continue to share ideas and questions that you can ask your grandparents while they are still with you. While I recommend you doing this in person or on Skype, Facetime or some other face to face medium. If the only way you can get the information is to write a letter, then by all means, do it! I recommend in person because it will open up a dialog where you will learn stories, see their expressions, and their eyes. Eyes convey so much, but we will talk about that another day.Expressions in the Eyes

These ideas don’t have to be limited to grandparents either. They are meant to be thought provoking, and can be asked of anyone you wish to know better, or want your children to be able to know perhaps long after that person has left this earth. These questions can and should even be asked of yourself.

Every day on Twitter I post a new journaling prompt. Follow me and write these questions in a journal, answer them for yourselves while you choose which ones to ask others.  Journaling is important and can actually help you live your life happier and healthier.  I hope you come back next Monday for some more discussion on journaling.

Please leave a comment below and tell me what your feelings are about journaling. Do you do it? What made you start? If you don’t, why not?  And don’t forget to follow me on Twitter too!

Creatively, Carol

Baked French Toast

Handmade Cookbook - Baked French Toast RecipeAre your mornings busy?

If you have a household of children then you are screaming YES!! by now. This recipe will make your mornings easier, and is a great recipe for Christmas morning. You can prep the mixture the night before, and just pour over bread in the morning and pop into the oven. By the time presents are all opened, breakfast is ready!

Now let’s look at the recipe card itself. I think the white paper takes away from this recipe card. Not to mention it is just with sizzors and not a paper trimmer. I think this would have looked nicer if it was printed directly to the paper. The flower has nothing to offer this page,

Here is your recipe:

Baked French Toast

  • 1 lb loaf French Bread, cut on diagonal at 1″ slices
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 c Milk
  • 1 1/2 c half & half
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c butter
  • 1 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp light corn syrup
  1. Butter a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. Arrange the slices of bread in the bottom.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, cream, vanilla, and cinnamon, Pour over bread.

Next Morning:

  1. Preheat over to 350• degrees (175• Celsius).
  2. In a small saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Heat until bubbling, pour over bread and egg mixture.
  3. When oven has pre-heated, bake uncovered for 45 minutes.


I hope you enjoy this recipe, perhaps it will become a new tradition. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Creatively,  Carol

Saturday Sketches – Room enough for 8 Photos

8 photo scrapbook sketchIt’s Saturday!!!  What that means to you is there is a new scrapbook sketch for you to create with.  There is room for 8 photos, or you could use two focal pictures, one on each page and put some embellishments in the boxes instead of photos.

If you don’t need a badge embellishment, anything will do as long as it balances the page out. If you chose something else to put in the boxes on the left, you could do a collage of all the items in the right corner of the mail photo on the left. I also notice that my sizing of the two main photos are not matching, they should be. You can use either a 5′ x 7′ or a 4′ x 6′ but it looks a bit off balance looking at it with both sizes

I look forward to seeing what you do with this sketch. Please send me a copy of your layout to either 801-597-4896 or Carol@CreativelyCarol.com and I will post the layouts here.  When you do this, you are also entered into a monthly drawing for a free stamp set.  This is a separate drawing from the Caption Contest on my Facebook Page.

Have a great Saturday and be creative!

Creatively, Carol

They Grow Up So Fast

Keeping the little memories freshI love looking at the photos of George Lange, He really is an excellent photographer. I read this on his facebook page today and just had to share with you.


As a parent, if you let yourself, there are several times each day you want to cry. Most of the time you tamp it down. Drop them off. Hug. Wave. Move onto work. But sometimes, you allow yourself the quiet. You leave NPR off in the car. You go from tucking them in, to a quiet moment on the porch. You leave your phone alone and maybe go another moment or two before checking that text.
It is the mental pictures you can really savor. These are the moments so packed with feelings a camera can only do shorthand. The feelings you cannot really talk about or share.
The moments everyone warns you go so fast, and then when they are a little bit older disappear altogether. (that cannot be true!)
I took my boys to the barber shop with Stephie yesterday. We hit it just under the wire after soccer before the shop closed. Yes, we were driving a minivan. Yes, it Scrapbook everyday momentswas a negotiation. Jackson was wanting a buzz cut so he could “feel his sweat”. “Dad, feel how much I am sweating!”
Asher was the problem. We have been trying to get Asher (our three year old) to get a haircut for months now. Have not pressed that hard. Don’t really care. Just thought the bowl that was growing on his head needed a little shaping. Really….not that big a deal except that he is photographed every single day, and will be the poster boy on milk cartons in the near future. He likes the vanilla flavored milk.
The negotiation was this: Asher could sit in the chair at the barber next to Jackson. We could go to Boulder Freeze for desert (and, most importantly get rainbow sprinkles). Only days before we went to the same low rent barber shop I go to, and Asher put on a show for the barber’s while I got my haircut. The barber shop was empty – it was just after morning rush hour and way before lunch. When I was done with my #1 buzz, I tried to get Asher up on a kid’s seat. He looked around and said, “I am not getting my hair cut in an empty barber shop!” The barbers all laughed, albeit nervously, as we exited. My boys get points for being audacious within reason. Asher won that battle.
So the next night both boys were in the barber chairs. Jackson getting his modified buzz. Asher putting on another kind of show sporting his black cape.
The only thing that held back a river of tears was my camera. I could not stop shooting. The boys mostly ignore me. This was just all too much. How can anyone look so beautiful under fluorescent light?
When I downloaded the pictures I turned Miles Davis up loud enough to drown out my tears. Jim Morrison had been on before that. It was a soft parade.
Oh, stop being so sensitive.
Oh, but that is where all the good stuff happens.
Later in the evening, I turned off the light and told Jackson what I always tell him before he goes to sleep, “I love being your, Daddy.” To which he says, “I love being your Jackson.” Tonight I added, “Jackson, you are really great.” To which he replied, “You’re really great too, Dad.”

Okay, you see why I needed to share this post. He is poignent in his writing, and  photographs. You can see more photographs and helpful hints by clicking any of these links:

Have a creative day!

Creatively, Carol



Artfully Sent Cricut Cartridge Now Available to Order!!!

Cricut Card Cartridge by CTMHYou have waited since August 1st for this cartridge to finally become available and THE TIME IS NOW!!  

Artfully Sent is HERE!

The latest and greatest of CTMH’s Cricut Cartridges!

The wait is over! We are happy to announce that our first shipment of Cricut® Artfully Sent cartridges (Z3017) arrived earlier than anticipated and they are now available to order! You can do so by visiting my website.

When you order your cartridge through me by September 30th I will also send you a Paper Pack of you choice to help you get your playtime started – FREE! Yay!

I will email you as soon as I get notification that your cartridge is bought and get your choice for your a free paper pack! I even have some of the older paper packs if you missed something you meant to get before it retired!

*BONUS* – Please spread the word!  I am trying to earn my trip to Hawaii!  If you have a friend order from me too, have them tell me that you referred them and I will send you a FREE B-size Stamp Set!


Cards done with Artfully Sent Cartridge

Crockpot Ranch Chicken Recipe Card

Sundays are full days even if we don’t consider them busy ones.  Today I have a Ranch Chicken recipe that is Handmade Cookbook Ranch Chicken Recipe Card prepared in the crock pot so you can enjoy your family.  Depending on whether you want it ready right after church or in the evening you have a choice of 4 hours on high, or 8 hours on low for cooking time.

The recipe card has a cute idea behind it, but I think the background is a bit busy.  I had to take in the entire image before I realized it was a crock pot with the recipe inside. I might suggest that you are drawing this from a template, that you use the same template to cut the inside of the crock pot for uniformity. I thought the steam was a cute accent, and perhaps a spoon at the bottom of the page. If you are using a die-cutting machine like Cricut or Silhouette it will be easier to make the two pieces more even and uniform.

Here is your recipe:

Ranch Chicken in the Crockpot

  • 6 chicken breasts, frozen or thawed is fine
  • 1 ncan condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 2 tbsp ranch dressing
  • 2 tbsp flour

Place chicken breasts in slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine soup, ranch dressing mix, and water. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours. Remove chicken from crock pot, stir in sour cream, ranch dressing and flour. Replace chicken, cook on high for 20 minutes.

When you prepare this recipe, leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Creatively, Carol

Never Forgotten – September 11, 2004

Memorial 9-11 Plaque

As we remember those who suffered during this horrible tragedy those that continue to suffer, we are blessed with such awesome images of american flags, the twin towers, and those suffering as they remember.

My prayers go out to all of those who were affected by this in more ways than increased security inconvenience and such. We have no stand on which to complain.

We will not forget how this incident has shaped our lives since 2001.

With a heavy heart,


Stitching on your Scrapbook Pages and Cards

If you have eveSewing in your Scrapbopksr sSew on Paper Techniqueewed in your life, then  this will be even easier since the layout is usually smaller than most seams as well as firmer. For those who either haven’t sewn or prefer to do your sewing by hand ,this tutorial is for you.

There are many ways to mark your sewing from stamp sets with placement holes to rulers and stitch guides.    It is always helpful when you are going to poke holes through your paper to have something sturdy but cushion your paper when you poke the holes through.  Both the Versamat and the Foam Mat are good for this purpose.

I have also used my sewing machine but with thread and without thread so it just puts the holes in the paper. You can see to the left that the stitching around the sentiment and the longer stitched borders are done with a machine.

Give stitching a try on your cards and scrapbook pages to give a raised affect.  Leave a comment below and tell me if you have sewn on your cards or scrapbooks before.

Creatively, Carol


What Do I Need to Do a Scrapbook Page

Beginning scrapbooking

Today’s question comes from Betty in Omaha:

Q.   What do I absolutely have to have to start scrapbooking?


A.  To get started scrapbooking you  don’t need to spend a lot.  You can get started with just a few important craft tools and supplies.  Despite other sources that tell you that you have to have an album, refills and several different types of adhesives, you can get started with a paper trimmer for straight lines, a single package of Close to my Heart My Reflections Paper Pack and a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. If you still have some budget left, get the Reflections How-to book.  This is a great instructional map for putting your pages together.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Creatively, Carol

Singles or Couples…What are You?

Scrapbook layout for 5 x 7 photoIn this single page layout we feature a 5″ x 7″ photo as your focal picture. While I put the colored squares on the left as accents for items relating to the focal picture you could choose to put some small 2″ x 2″  photos there as well.

For the jourrnaling I have done strips which can be anchored with brads or some related embellishment on just the left side like bullet points or both sides if you prefer.

Do you do single page layouts? Why or why not? As long we are talking about layouts, what size are your scrapbooks? Have you always scrapped at that size?

When I started 12 years ago, I started doing 8 1/2″ x 11″ because that is what was provided at the church activity my daughter and I attended. Then 2 years later I was introduced to Close to my Heart and 12″ x 12″ pages.  I have done some 9″ x 9″ and 6″ x 6″ pages as well.  Leave a message and let me know hiw YOU scrapbook.

Creatively, Carol


A Cut Above : Halloween and Christmas Treat Bags

Holloween Treat BagsSave time without compromising style with these ready-to-assemble treat bag and card kits! Each kit comes with almost everything you need to create either 10 trendy treat bags or 10 beautiful cards in themes including Halloween, Christmas, holiday, thank you, and birthday. All you need to do is add a single stamp from the coordinating set in the ink of your choice to make personalized gifts to share with friends. The coordinating stamp sets are sold separately to allow you to purchase as many kits as you desire, without collecting multiple stamp sets of the same design. Cut Above™ kits are simple, beautiful, and brand new from Close To My Heart. Enjoy them for yourself!

Click the picture of the one you like most to buy it today! Purchase both of them  today on my website and you will receive a special little gift from me.

Creatively, Carol

Christmas Treat Bags Holloween Treat Bag Kit