Are You One Dimension?

Are you one dimension? It sounds like a loaded question doesn’t it? As crafters we usually don’t stop at just one craft in our lives. We have periods of time where we concentrate on one type of craft more than the others but within us we usually have in our knowledge possession the ability to do many things. This is where I am in my life, so many passions and not enough time. So I have decided to change up this blog to include sharing with you whatever I am working on, not just papercrafting. I am hoping by doing this, I can share more of my passions with you on a more regular basis and maybe even inspire you to give something new a try.  This being said, I would like to share my newest challenge – furniture refinishing.

I had not planned on this but found a hutch on one of the many local “garage sale” groups where I am a member of the group. It may be due to my age, but I always wanted a hutch to put things on, but I didn’t’ want one of the modern ones they make today. I wanted something that was a bit more unique and the other day I found it!  Looking at the picture I didn’t think it needed much, a new coat of paint, door knobs that sort of thing – not much at all. “I can do this” I thought. So I bought it, even paying an extra $20 to have it delivered. Here is a picture of the hutch on the day it was delivered:

Hutch I bought to refinishFrom the photo don’t you agree – looks pretty easy to just add some hardware and I was good to go… but when it arrived I took one look at how think that white paint looked and thought – it HAS TO COME OFF!

Tomorrow I will tell you what I decided about refinishing the hutch and what I did next. Here is a question for you.. Would you take on a project like this?   Leave a comment below and share your creative passions. We can all learn from each other if we are willing to share out thoughts.


Mojo Monday Inspirations – Basic Templates

Good Morning! Today’s Mojo Monday Inspirations is a very basic card that can be used for any occasion since you just need to put an image in the large box, sentiment in the small box and I will leave you to interpret the diamonds yourself.  You could even make up the cards without those additions so they at ready for whatever occasion you need a card.

I look forward to seeing what you create with this pattern, and I have a Halloween stamp set as this month’s prize. All you have to do to be entered into the drawing is to send me a picture of your card so I can post it here. You can also send me a text with your card picture ( don’t forget your name) to enter as well.


Mojo Monday Inspirations – Boxes and Butterflies

Mojo Monday Inspirations 08212017For so many parents out there this is the last day to have the children home for summer. Lots of places begin school tomorrow. I don’t remember school ever starting on a Monday. Maybe this is to give the teachers a head start on the new school year.  Speaking of head starts, here is a card that is sure to start your creative week off successfully. Today we have a quick and easy card you can do in under 30 minutes.

Start with a standard card base and cover the front with your favorite paper. Add 3 blocks about 1″ x 1″ to the top left as shown. I have chosen to put two blocks in each space, just dropping the base just a little bit to add dimension.  You can choose to just use the squares themselves as decoration or add something to the top of them. Completely up to you.

Next take a butterfly stamp or punch and stamp 3 times as if they are taking flight.

Now it is your turn. Create a card using this layout and send it to me either my text at 801-597-4896  or e-mail so it can be posted here and entered into this month’s contest.

Mojo Monday Inspirations is published each week to help you with card inspirations and ideas.

I Can’t Get Started

Bunny Berigan and his orchestra recorded “I Can’t Get Started” on August 7th, 1937. Do you ever feel like that with your crafting? You don’t do it for a while, then it is kind of stuck in the back of your mind with so many other things to do? We all do this, and while I am working out of my home office and am surrounded by beautiful papers, ribbons and cardstock there are days I just can’t get started too!

Mojo Monday Inspirational SketchesMojo Monday Inspirations is designed to help you with this issue. Every Monday I post a card sketch for you to create with your own interpretation. Everyone puts their own unique spin on the sketch and we share those cards here.   To the left is your sketch for Mojo Monday Inspirations.  I will tell you I only used the basic shapes in this card sketch because I wanted to see how it influenced your cards. Here are some pretty papers to consider when doing your card, however the card sketch is good for using your scraps too.   Do you think that is a flower? Could it be a sprocket?  I hope to see both women & men’s cards with this sketch.

Remember, to be entered into this month’s contest for a free stamp set, you will need to take a picture of your card and either email it to me at or snap a picture with your phone and text it to 801-597-4896.  You have until Saturday night August 12th at midnight to be entered into the contest, then we start all over on Monday Morning.

Please leave a comment below to tell me why YOU can’t get started and I may have the perfect solution for you.




Jumping for Joy ~ New Hostess-Only Rewards

Close to my Heart Cricut BundleAlong with the debut of the NEW Annual Expressions for August 2017 – July 2018, come some new, incredible hostess-only items.  When you host a crafting party with your friends you are given the opportunity to earn some amazing rewards, including free and discounted products and exclusive hostess offers!  Whether you hold your party online, at home, or in my classroom, the rewards can stack up to an incredible savings to your wallet.  Contact me to schedule your gathering today!


Now, Let’s take a look at the levels…

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Buy the Cricut Explore Air 2 and get the Cricut You are Here digital collection (Z3389) FREE

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Close to my Heart Cricut Bundle

Mojo Monday Inspirations – Squares on Squares

I have your Mojo Monday Inspiration for this week but first I have to tell you I can’t believe today is the last day of July! I keep thinking I can’t believe more than half this year is over but I think more Squares on Squares Card Sketchkids may be thinking “I can’t believe summer is almost over”. I can tell you as far as the weather in Utah is concerned, summer temperatures are in full swing. I look forward to heading down to the scrapbook room where it is about 10 degrees cooler than upstairs.

Mojo Monday Inspirations picks up where Mojo Monday left off. Today’s sketch is Squares on Squares and I am excited because I have a perfect idea in mind. What is nice about this sketch is it requires only a paper trimmer.  You may require more  depending on what you will put in the squares, but this card makes it easy for beginners as well as advanced card maker.

Since today is the last day of the month, I will start a new monthly drawing with any cards you create from this sketch. Please text me your card to 801-597-4896 or e-mail me at

Leave a comment below and tell me what you would like to win this month.   I am headed down to the scrapbook room to get this card done…  I have the perfect idea for this Mojo Monday Inspirational sketch!

Princess Diana of Wales

As I siLook at those camera pricest here and watch the HBO special about Lady Diana from the point of view of her sons and friends.  The story is very poignant  as you can imagine but we can take a lesson from Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. The show opens with Prince William and Prince Harry taking photos from a scrapbook. They showed pictures of Diana as a mother.  These are pieces of as Princess Lady Diana we as a public were not ever aware of, very private pictures.  As her father’s hobby was as an amateur photographer and as a result there was many clips of her as a girl doing the same things our daughters would do. Dancing as a ballerina and tumbling in the back yard to  holding bunnies with her brother.

Diana grew up in a time when pictures were taken and developed and often times put into albums. It is for this reason and this reason only that we are able to look back on her life growing up.

As of this moment, tell me where your children’s baby pictures are. Where are the baby pictures of you?  In the case of your own pictures, depending on your age, there is a good chance they are in a shoebox somewhere.  Your kid’s pictures are probably sitting on a hard drive somewhere.  So let me ask you this… does anyone ever get to look through those pictures?  What are you going to do when you go back to the hard drive and it is damaged or corrupted? You think it will never happen to you, but I can tell you from personal experience it does.  I never realized that these extra hard drives could even fail and I learned a very valuable lesson.

Now take a look at all the changes in media you have experienced in your life.  I remember when my grandfather would take 35mm movies (I still have them) and lots of slides. Film at this time was 35mm and had to be developed in a darkroom. If the back of the camera accidentally opened you lost all the pictures.   Later we had a cartridge to just drop into an Instamatic Camera, a Polaroid Camera for “Instant” photos that, if you left them in the heat would turn black. Now we have digital cameras in .jpg, .gif, .tif  and many more. How many will still be around in 50 years? Give that some thought and leave your thoughts below. Tomorrow I will talk about a solution to these problems. 

Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 10, 2017

Good Morning!  Are you ready for your Mojo Monday Inspirations? Today’s card has me going around and around… in circles. I am not a big fan of circle cards, but there is just something about the never-ending edge of a circle, maybe because there is no traditional end, no corners to get out of alignment. In today’s card sketch I have used a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card blank and a 1.5″ strip for grounding along with several circles. This card sketch gives you lots of Card sketches for the maker in all of us.places to put your sentiment or focal point. You can see that everywhere I have put words on the sketch would be appropriate.  Later today I will have a finished card to show you using this card sketch.

Do you like PRIZES?  Each month I have a drawing for a FREE STAMP SET all you have to do is

1.  Make a card using the sketch and send me a picture of the card or text your picture to 801-597-4896.  Don’t forget to include your name and phone number (only your name will be posted with your card photo) so I can get back to you when you win!

2.  Leave me a comment below.

So super easy… now go create something magical.



Mojo Monday Inspirations for July 3, 2017

Good morning, today’s sketch is going to look a little different because I’m traveling to Arizona and I forgot the power cord on my computer. Do you ever have one of those days where you’re rushing to get out and you forget things that are essential to Everyday Life? I know the rest of the day will get better as I’ll see my son and my granddaughter and have more things to scrap about. But for now I give you the very rudimentary card that I was able to create on my tablet. I look forward to seeing what you do with the sketch don’t forget to send me a copy either by text at 801-597-4896, or by emailing me at

Since it’s a new month I do have a new contest for anyone that sends me a copy of their card.

Hopefully by tomorrow’s post I will have a computer cord and be able to give you much better pictures.card sketch for 7-3-2017

Mojo Monday Inspiration

It’s Monday so as a way to jumpstart my own creativity I go to visit the Mojo Monday blog post. Julie is discontinuing her Mojo Monday card sketches as life has taken on other priorities and since it certainly isn’t because of a lack of interest I thought I would pick up where she left off. Every Monday I will post a new card sketch and I invite you to submit your interpretation of the sketch to be published on the new site  as well as here at Creatively Carol.  For those of you who come for the Monday Motivation scrapbook sketch, I am moving the scrapbook sketch to Fridays so you can scrap over the weekend.  Just don’t forget to stop by in between Monday and Friday for lots of other useful information.

Here is your Mojo Monday Inspiration #1

Where do you get your Monday Mojo from?Colors posted in this sketch are for distinction of pieces this week. As we move forward I will actually use coordinating colors from Close to my Heart which you are free to add as your Creatively Carol Color Challenge.

I will have a monthly drawing for all participants who send me their creations throughout the month for any of the 3 challenges we have a week:

  • Mojo Monday Card Challenge
  • Creatively Carol Color Challenge
  • Fast Friday Scrapbook Sketch Challenge

Please don’t keep your finished cards and scrapbook pages to yourself, we want to see them!  When you are finished with your card, snap a picture and text it to 801-597-4896 and I will post it here and on so you can link to it and show all your friends!


Page Maps for a Challenge

Do you need a bit of creative inspiration? We all do. Whether it is in your scrapbook page, handmade cards or what to do with the kids during the summer we all need a little help once in a while. In going through some VERY old scrapbook magazines I came across a series of sketches I wanted to share with you. I hope they will inspire all of us to so a bit of scrapbooking during the heat wave the news has been warning us about this week.  Here is the sketch for the day.  Page maps are a great start to your scrapbooking

Leave me a comment below and tell me how will you use the spot that indicates a circle picture? Will you cut your actual photo? Do you have a hard time cutting photos?



How to Make Sandpaper Last Longer

A way to extend the life of sandpaperDo you work with sandpaper? Do you get upset when the sandpaper breaks so easily and quickly when working on a project? ME TOO!    I hope you enjoyed your weekend, mine was busy as I decided I didn’t like the yellow chalk paint I had painted the dresser in what I call “Mom’s Room”.   I knew right after I painted it a few months ago I didn’t like it and had picked up a new color based on the comforter I bought for that room. The problem was, now that I had pulled it out, I thought it was too dark. So on my trip to Walmart to pick up allergy meds I wandered into the craft section – I had originally planned on a stop at JoAnn’s –  I picked up a really pretty chalk paint Waverly Pool. It was a baby blue with cool undertones, and some sandpaper.

I had started sandpapering the dresser on Friday and was really getting frustrated with the sandpaper. I kept thinking there had to be a way to increase the life of the sandpaper when an idea came to mind. I went and got the packing tape!  This wasn’t going to be an easy fix since I bought a sander that had holes so you can contain your dust. (I thought I would be using it more in the craft room than outside).  I punched the sandpaper with the plate included in the box so I knew where the holes were suppose to be, then put packing tape across the back of the sandpaper. then I used a phillips  head screwdriver and poked the hole markings through. It was a bit clumsy but the solution worked. My sandpaper lasted twice as long as without the tape.

Page maps to make scrapbooking easyToday is Motivational Monday and I know you are looking for the sketch to start your week. Today I designed a single page sketch for 1 – 3 photos. The two squares could also be places to put embellishments. There is hidden journaling behind the chevrons. If you need help with how to create the hidden journaling box behind so many pieces – stop back by tomorrow for a tutorial.  Add some extra depth and dimension by sanding each one of the arrow pieces going down. You can choose to sand either with a downward motion or a cross hatch motion, either way applying sanding on your page with add a great look.

Don’t forget to snap a picture and send to me at for your chance to win a stamp set no longer offered by Close to my Heart!

Happy Sanding,



Live Your Life Beautifully…

How many of you know that May is designated National Scrapbooking Month? I’m sure many of you do and as such you would expect Close to my Heart to do something amazing.
Well, I wasn’t disappointed and I don’t think you will be either. On the first of May the perfect scrapbooking kit and album package that will allow you to
showcase how you live your life beautifully! The kit comes with EVERYTHING you need to create 10 beautiful
layouts. Record your memories living live beautifully

Do you notice that even the adhesive and journaling pen have been included? So when I say that the kit contains everything to create an album with 10 pages, I was not kidding … literally everything. To make it even better it is sold at a discount,
and you still get options! So let’s talk about what’s included in this album package.

  • 1  post bound grey or D-ring album of your choice
  • 1  permanent adhesive Tombow Marvy Uchida Journal Pen
  • 1  10 12×12 album pages already printed
  • Side protectors Accessories and embellishments
  • Color instructions guide

Normally all of this would cost you $87.10 but for you the cost is  $68.95 (this is a 20% savings!)

Can you imagine what it would feel like to create a 10-page kit in just a few hours with all the  products that come in the kit? If you are like me you are thinking of how awesome it would be! These layouts would also make a beautiful wedding album for a lucky bride. Before I show you all the beautiful pages you can create take a look at the beautiful scrapbook papers that are included in your kit.

and while this photo is good, the actual papers will take your breath away. If you follow me on Facebook you will see many projects using these beautiful papers.

Scrapbook Papers perfect for a wedding

Here are the layouts you will make with the full color instructions when you buy the entire Live Beautifully Scrapbooking Kit. Did you know you could buy the Live Beautifully Scrapbook Kit without the album for just $44.95

and since all the pieces come cut and ready even a beginning scrapbooker can put these layouts together! You can
















click on any of the pictures to reach the link to purchase them.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or text me.  I am here to serve you!






Scrapbooking Sequential Photos

Creatively Carol Scrapbooking SketchesHappy Monday!  If you have been following my Facebook page you know my husband and I have been on a cruise to the Panama Canal. I created this sketch while looking over the Atlantic from the top deck. See, I am always thinking of things I can do to help you  in your crafting.

Today’s sketch has 3 – 4″ x 6″ photos and a 6″ x 6″ photo on the right side of this two page layout.  Looking at the sketch now I realize I made the space on the diagram a 6″ x 4″.

This is a great layout if you have a series of photos taken seconds apart showing slight differences then use the right side for your focal picture.

As you know, I favor two page layouts. About nine years ago we had a very large blank wall in the house we had moved to in Arkansas.  I had this great idea to take 9  twelve by twelve frames from Michael’s and put them in a square so I began creating single page layouts of the grand kids. I never got everyone finished before we moved from the house so now I have to go back and create a 2nd page to go with the single layout I created so long ago.  I will take the left side of this sketch and match it with the older layout.  I do have to have the three photos printed but will post the results next week.

Do you favor one or two page layouts? Do these scrapbook sketches help you? Leave me a comment below and tell me your preferences. How would you scrap sequential photos?


It’s Motivational Monday – Single Page Sketch for 3-4 Photos

Happy April!

Are you ready for today’s scrapbook sketch? I don’t know about where you live, but April has certainly come in like a lamb here in Utah, but I hear the lion is about to rear his ugly head with rain and wind today. Sounds like a perfect day to get a long awaited scrapbook page completed. In today’s single page scrapbook sketch we have a great page for beginners. There is no need to crop your photos down as this sketch features 3 of your standard 4 x 6 photos. a simple scrapbook sketchYou will want two vertical and one horizontal if your are going to follow the scrapbook sketch exactly.

When I completed this sketch I used a paper tearing technique to add some depth to the upper side of the layout and a middle strip for contrast.

While my finished layout has the who, what, where and why it is missing the when of the journaling. While this page is part of a vacation series to Nashville in the 90’s I neglected to reference the actual date anywhere.

Now as you may recall, I have a strict rule against re-doing scrapbook pages I am not opposed however to adding to them when part of the story is left out so I will go back today and add the date (as soon as I can find it).

Scrapbook sketches or page maps as they are also referred to can be a great wake up to your own creativity. They give you a base but leave lots of room for your own additions. How will you interpret this scrapbook sketch? Don’t forget to send me a picture of your layout so you can be entered into the April Layouts giveaway.  Leave a comment below and tell me how you made this sketch your own.