How To Spend Your Tax Refund!

How To Spend Your Tax Refund!   Today is Tax Day. Your outlook probably depends on whether or not you finished your taxes and on whether or not you had to pay Uncle Sam any more of your hard earned money.  Just in case Uncle Sam is sending you a refund and you are still undecided on how you are going to spend it.   Maybe you want a die… Read More »

April Newsletter Scrapbook Companion Page

Good Morning, If you have read your April Newsletter that was sent out then you saw the Scrapbook Page Project that was included. I would like to give you the companion page so you an have a two-page layout if you desire one.  If you don’t have the newsletter anymore, send me an e-mail and I will resend. If you are not on my mailing list, then sign up to… Read More »

Motivational Monday – Sketch Layering Circles

  I hope you enjoyed a great weekend! Today’s Motivational Monday scrapbook sketch is about   circles.  Look around, there are circles everywhere! You can’t avoid them, so in today’s sketch we bring them into this layout. The yellow circle was just to show a patterned paper. Try using a coordinating color or mat the photo circles with a solid behind a coordinating pattern. Have fun, and don’t forget to post… Read More »

Adriana Workshop on the Go — Kits that come with everything

Product Description Workshops on the Go™ Ariana Scrapbooking Kit Contents Ariana Paper Packet My Acrylix™ Ariana Workshop Stamp Set (D-size) 4 White Daisy Cardstock Sheets Ariana Assortment Black & Grey Epoxy Bubbles Instructional Brochure Featured Colors: Ariana Coral, Ariana Green, Ariana Grey, Crystal Blue, Outdoor Denim, White Daisy Follow the included step-by-step instructions to create the two-page layout featured in the workshop guide. The layout pattern is a Jeanette Lynton… Read More »

Adding Dimension to Your Projects by Inking Embossed Paper

Inking Embossed Paper Rub an inkpad over embossed cardstock to make the designs pop or to alter the paper to better  match your layout. This direct-to-paper technique uses a few inkpads and some embossed cardstock. Hold the inkpad in the palm of your hand and rub it gently over your embossed paper. Use light pressure to color only the raised images, or apply more pressure to change the color of… Read More »

Scrapbooking Life’s Little Mishaps

Last week we talked about putting humor in your scrapbooks; Now that you’ve taken some great photos, how can you express the ones you didn’t manage to take, like my grandsons and the flour?  Years ago, we were hesitant to waste the film and developing costs but now, you don’t have to worry about that. Embellish with thought bubble stamps or stickers. Adding at funny remark to a photo can… Read More »

Motivational Monday – 3 Photos and a Keepsake Pocket

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Ours here was chilly and the rain kept trying to make an appearance. This week they call for 70′s!  I am ready for the change. Today’s scrapbook sketch is for 3 photos and has a keepsake pocket for little mementos from the day’s events. Notice how the rectangles with the title, journal box and the keepsake pocket all keep the eye moving along.… Read More »

Scrapbooking 101 Planning Your First Layout

We have talked about what a scrapbook does, basic supplies and paper. The next thing is planning your scrapbook page. There are lots of approaches including figuring it out as you go along. Everyone has their own individual approach to creating a page, but all good layouts tend to have some common elements: Pictures - First, choose the photo(s) for your layout. Remember you don’t need to use every picture you take,… Read More »

Being a Hostess has Special Bonus Perks!

Do you like Close to my Heart Products?  Do you know you can get exclusive stamps only available to a hostess? You don’t even have to have a physical gathering, you can do it completely online and still get all the benefits.  Here is just one of the stamp sets that is available just to just hostesses and you get those benefits with just $150 in sales! As a Close… Read More »

Adding Foibles and Humor to your Scrapbooks

No one is perfect. we all make mistakes. We have heard them all right? They are a part of life and life we know can be pretty funny.  I mean one minute I am 10 and baking an angel food cake for my mother’s birthday as a surprise, next thing you know,  the cake is 1 ½” high, but it completely frosted with candles none the less.  Mom told me… Read More »

Bucket List Contest to win your own Base and Bling Materials

Close To My Heart’s Base & Bling line lets you create customized, wearable crafts with a huge selection of metallic charms, stylish adhesive images, and gems for a one-of-a-kind look! For our Bucket List Contest, tell us something that is on your bucket list in a comment on Facebook, Jeanette Lynton’s blog, or YouTube before April 30, 2014 for your chance to win materials to create your own Base &… Read More »

Monday Scrapbook Sketch Inspiration – 2 pg Layout, 8 Photos

Happy Monday!  The sun is shining here in central Utah, at least for the moment and I have created today’s sketch challenge around 8 photographs on a 2 page layout.  Swap out the cupcake for whatever will represent your event best. I can’t wait to see what you do with this one.  I will try to get mine up before the end of the day today. This sketch will begin… Read More »

Scrapbooking 101 – Basic Supplies and Scrapbook Paper

With so many types of scrapbook paper, it is easy to get confused. Hopefully this will give you a hand when choosing your scrapbook papers. Cardstock is often used for page backgrounds. The weight lends itself to holding whatever else is going on the page. Some brands of cardstock are easier to work with than others due to quality. Using a cheaply made cardstock and even a cheap patterned paper… Read More »

Bring New Life to Older Scrapbook Products

I have amassed a large collection of older patterned paper, stickers, and embellishments. I don’t want to throw all of it out. ls there any way to make it look less dated so I can use it?  ~Ashley, Omaha, Nebraska A: I can sure understand how you feel Ashley. I have a hard time getting rid of a lot of my old scrapbooking supplies, after all, we bought it because… Read More »

Russian Doll Handmade Cards

I didn’t create this card myself, but I wanted to share it with you because Kris did such a nice job. This is done with the current stamp of the month, Happy Place. When Kris created this card, but did not want to use one of the sentiments from this stamp set.   Can you guess WHERE she found the word “Home”? Yes – you guessed it!!  Kris cut apart the… Read More »

Scrapbook Sketches Every Monday

Do you like to have access to information before everyone else you know? See the promotions, and receive exclusive specials that others are not privy to? Then you REALLY WANT TO SIGN UP FOR MY MAILING LIST! Here are just some of the great benefits. You will receive : 5 great project layouts with cutting measurements and diagrams as well as full instructions to put it together. (don’t forget to… Read More »

Carol Gomes

Have You Made the Switch to Digital Scrapbooking?

These days there are two types of scrapbooking, Traditional using paper & adhesive and Digital Scrapbooking which is all on the computer. Why make the move to digital you ask? These layouts by a designer at Close to my Heart are a great reason! all of the elements in the above page were created with Close to my Heart’s Studio J Digital Scrapbooking Program. In the next layout you will… Read More »

Sparkly Balloons for your Birthday and Celebration Pages

Add Sparkle to Birthday Balloons! In this video you will see a great way to add sparkle to your pages by combining embellishments for a great affect. Tutorial Videos can help bring an idea to life. Tell me if you like these videos. Do you have another way to add sparkle to your pages? Leave a comment below and let us know!!   Creatively, Carol

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Spring is in the Air With Spring on the horizon I wanted to show you a great stamp set that goes right along with the windy weather we have been having here in Utah. While the wind has been bad the last few days, it looks beautiful today!  The stamp set of course is Windy Day (D1579).              With the right tools you can turn… Read More »