Floral Wreath for National Papercrafting Month

Order your Welcome Home Wreath Today!Every January, we celebrate National Papercrafting Month as a way of acknowledging the pure joy of playing with paper! We scrapbook with it, we make cards with it, we decorate with it—in short, we craft with it!

This year, we’re celebrating the joys of paper-crafted home décor with the beautiful Welcome Home wreath kit. This kit comes with pre-cut pieces you can simply pop out and attach to the sturdy chipboard wreath base, making a welcoming décor piece for your home.

There are four ways you can get the wreath kit:

  1. Buy it for $18.95—no qualifying purchase required!
  2. Get it for free with a qualifying $60 purchase!*
  3. Get it for free by hosting a party that reaches the second level of Hostess Rewards.
  4. Get it for free when you sign up to be a Consultant!

No matter how you get your Welcome Home wreath kit—or how many you get—you are going to love how easy this kit makes it to add a little more papercrafted beauty to your life.

*$60 qualifying purchase must be full-priced retail product not including tax and shipping.
Offer valid January 1 – January 31, 2017 while supplies last. Normal shipping/handling & tax apply.

Tips and Techniques with ShinHan Alcohol Markers

The ShinHan™ Touch Twin™ markers can take your artwork to a whole new level. Close To My Heart offers a selection of 24 colors with everything from versatile neutrals to vibrant brights. Follow along to see how you can transform your projects with these markers.

So what do you think of these markers? I really think they are the best Close to my Heart has ever had in the 12 years with Close to my Heart.  Do you like to color? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think about these markers.

The Monday Muse – Do You Do Single Page or Double Page Layouts?

Single page layouts or double page layouts, that is the question.  As I think about the sketch I want to put up today (and attempt to get done today as well) I started wondering how many people use one page layouts.  I find myself rarely doing single page layouts. I think it is because when the scrapbook is open it just seems natural to have both sides be cohesive and a continuation of each other.  I am going to challenge myself this year, and thus, challenge you to create some single page layouts and if you only so single page layouts, I am challenging you to do more two-page layouts.

Scrapbook Page Map for 3-7 photosSo today we are starting with a single scrapbook page where you can have anywhere from 3-7 photos. On the right are three 4″ x 6″ photos. Thinking about this page, is it your thought that all the pictures have to be 4″ x 6″ to work? You can actually divide the photo sizes up so that one is narrower than the others; for instance, use 6 inches across on all your photos, but change the height to 3.5″ followed by 4.5 ” by 6″. You are still achieving the same total surface used in the sketch which is 6″ x 12″ but giving a new viewpoint. If you are working with a the children doing an activity you could take one shot further away, then when you print your main subject is in the lower portion of the photograph enabling the 3.5″ height of the picture to contain the majority of your subject matter.

As for the boxes to the left of the photos, use your imagination to design this section. Maybe you use coordinating papers as decoration, or fill in with extra photos, the lines – third box on the right side is where I will put the journaling first, then size the other boxes accordingly.

Just a reminder, each month I hold a contest for all those who have completed the scrapbook and card challenges and send me a photo so I can share your ideas with others.  Please either text your photo to 801-597-4896 or via e-mail here.  I look forward to seeing how your layout turns out for the Monday Muse Scrapbook Page Challenge.

Welcome 2017

Can yoHappy New Year to YOUu believe it is already 2017? It doesn’t seem that long ago we were worried about Y2K (For those too young to know what that is… when we went from 1999 to 2000 many thought the computers would come crashing but very little happened at all.)  I am excited to bring you lots of new things this year as well as the regular features such as The Monday Muse and Throwback Thursday.

Today however I will be watching our beloved Oakland Raiders and praying the back up quarterbacks can make things happen since our regular quarterback got hurt last week.  Have a wonderful and safe New Years Day, and I will be back with your Monday Muse Scrapbook Sketch tomorrow morning.

Don’t Limit Yourself to One Color

One stamp but many colorsDon’t you just love this card!  This Sea Glass color of the year is so popular and lends itself well to the winter feeling. In this card the Sea Glass cardstock in layered with Chocolate cardstock and 1/4″ spacing which really makes the image stand out. This stamp set is called Snow Shadows (A1194) and is from the Holiday Expressions Catalog. There are 5 stamps in the set, the trees, the boy, girl dog and dots used as snow here. I think the twine ribbon from the Rustic Home Ribbon Pack finishes the card off nicely. Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

The Perfect Gift for Mom, Friends and CoWorkers

The perfect gift for any occasion!Whether you need a gift for your mom, your bestie or even your co-workers Close to my Heart has put together the perfect package because you know… it’s the little things that tug at your heart.

This month only, we are offering the Mini-Album Package and it is LESS THAN $20 bucks and you have options too! Whether you’re looking for a meaningful gift idea or a treasured keepsake, these mini albums are fast and easy . You can choose to fill it with pictures, or leave that to your recipient either way they are sure to be a winner.  I told you that this offer came with choices so let me tell you about them!

Blue Jean Mini-Album Bundle comes with Perfect for the Guys in your life!

  • 1 – Instalife™ Blue Jean Album
    1 – pack of #Life™ Enjoy cards (40 cards total)
    1 – pack of #Life™ Black overlays(16 overlays total)
    1 – pack of mini 4″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
    1 – pack of mini 2″ × 2″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)

This would normally cost you $27.75, but since that is over that $20 limit you set for yourself, we have reduced the price  to $18.95 through Dec 31, 2016.

 

Blush Mini Album BundlePerfect For the Girly Girls

1– Instalife™ Blush album
1 – pack of #Life™ Hello Gorgeous cards (40 cards total)
1 – pack of #Life™ gold overlays(16 overlays total)
1 – pack of mini 4″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)
1 – pack of mini  2″ × 2″ Memory Protectors™ (10 protectors)

 

Available in 3 sizesAdventure Mini Album Bundle (6″ × 8″ Memory Protectors™)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 6″ × 8″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (4″ × 6″ Memory Protectors™)

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 4″ × 6″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

Adventure Mini Album Bundle (3″ × 4″ Memory Protectors™) works in all size mini-albums

  • 1 – Everyday Life™ stripes mini album
  • 1 – pack of My Crush® Adventure Calls 3-ring hole-punched decorative pages (30 total)
  • 1 – pack of 3″ × 4″ mini Memory Protectors™ (10 total)

****This size is perfect to put all the kids school pictures for grandma****

And to top off this great deal, Close to my Heart has found the perfect place to get your perfectly sized photos. Come back tomorrow and read all about Persnickety Prints.

 

 

The Most Important Scrapbook Tool

You have to have a good Paper Trimmer!If I can share with you one tip above all others, invest in a good paper trimmer! I am talking about a full 12 x 12 minimum size. Not something that only trims papers, or a paper cutter, but a normal paper trimmer like Fiskers SureCut Paper Trimmer (Z1783). While it seems like a hefty price at 34.95, you can take a craft store coupon and get one for less. You will find this tool indispensable. Did you know you can also use it to score your cardstock?
There are two ways to accomplish this, purchase the scoring blade (Z1785) or remove the blade and place your cardstock in as you would if you were cutting, then using your bone folder or a dry embossing tip, gently run down the cut line. This is a great tip when you want to score the entire 12 x 12 piece of cardstock.

The Monday Muse – Scrapbook Sketches You Can Use

It is Monday and as I began typing up the post and was thinking about how I had named it “Motivational Monday”. I was looking for somethingThe Monday Muse that was similar to “Mojo Monday” which is another source of page maps, when I pulled up the dictionary & thesaurus and looked at the definition of “mojo”.  This is certainly NOT what I expected to find (see right), you see, I want to inspire you, not cast a magic spell on you.
So from here on out Motivational Monday will now be known as The Monday Morning  Muse. 

Whether your style is a one page layout or a two page layout, you will always find sketches here at Creatively Carol that you can use.  In this layout I have included the picture sizes, and you can add the extra size to the matte as your personal style dictates.  If you like to work with sketches, but prefer to have cutting directions. I would like to suggest “Cherish” by Jeanette Lynton and put out by CLOSE TO MY HEART.  As we start to think about Christmas, This awesome book is also a great idea for Christmas and is available for just $14.95 in the soft cover form.  This is much better than hardbound because with a spiral edge you can flip the book and only see what you are working on.

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my HeartJust click here to order your copy of this book to order today!

You will be making beautiful scrapbook pages before you know it.

Here is your Monday Morning Muse layout for today:

Scrapbook Sketch for 7-10 photographs

Please send me a picture of your layout when completed either Carol@CreativelyCarol.com or text to 801-597-4896.

 

The Versatility of City Sidewalks

The images can be used all year long!City Sidewalks can be a very versatile, Here is a card inspired by a snow globe. Using Cricut Design Space basic shapes to cut the snow globe (circle) and base (triangle). The remaining images are from City Sidewalks. To make the card more dimensional without getting too thick to mail, I used the thin 3D foam tape.

The City Sidewalks cartridge has lots of great Christmas images that mix tradition with whimsy. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing a few more projects using the City Sidewalks Paper Pack and Cricut Digital cartridge on my Facebook Page.  Here’s a look at everything you get on this “virtual” cartridge:

Here are the images on the City Sidewalks Digital Cartridge

Many of these images can really be used all year long,Also, keep in mind that this “cartridge” is only available through December 31 and you can buy yours here.

**Note that the City Sidewalks is a virtual cartridge and must be downloaded. This means it will only work machines that use Design Space (all variations of the Explore).

Free Basic Scrapbooking Class

Learn how to ScrapbookHave you wanted to learn to scrapbook but wished you could give it a try before buying a bunch of stuff? Beginning November 29th I will be offering a Basic Scrapbooking Class here at the Creatively Carol Craftroom.  We will go over basic scrapbooking tools and techniques and everyone will make a scrapbook page.   The craft room will seat 12 at a time, so call to reserve your spot today.  I will be hosting the basic class once a month to accomodate anyone that would like to learn the art of scrapbooking. We will also talk about the different ways to scrapbook, including pocket scrapbooking ie: Picture my Life (similar to Project Life), mini-albums and more.

Motivational Monday – A Sketch with Flowers – Follow Up

Good Afternoon,

So I am curious, how many of you did your work from the sketch and how many were waiting to see what I did with the sketch?  As I explained earlier today, this was done from a scrapbooking challenge I was given to create a page using flowers. I was not contented to just put a flower on the page and call it good so I used the flowers to encircle my Using flowers on a scrapbook pagedaughter’s senior class portrait.  As you can see, I used the two extra flowers at the bottom right to give the photo a sense of grounding instead of floating on the page. I think it also draws your eye from the top left where I put the flower on the strip of paper and guides it to the bottom right where the two “anchor flowers” are located.

While I did this page many years ago I see now I broke a cardinal rule in scrapbooking. I know I say ” there are no rules in scrapbooking” but can you tell me what is missing in this layout?

If you guessed  a title and journaling then you are absolutely right. This would be one of the pages that someone 100 years from now would say “this person looks familiar, but who is it”. This child is actually a great example of how two people can look so much alike – but I will save that for another day.

Having said that, I will have to go pack and add a title and journaling to the page.  Am I worried that adding these important scrapbook elements will distroy the look of the page…not really.  I will try to find this paricular layout and add those elements and share them with you on my Facebook Page. If you have not already liked my Creatively Carol Facebook page please do that while you are there.

 

Motivational Monday – A Special Birthday Sketch

Today my daughter turns 37. This is my first child and the person whom I began my scrapbbooking journey with 15 years ago. So today I will use a sketch taken from a single page layout I did for a scrapbook challenge about 10 years ago. The challenge was to use flowers on a scrapbook page. I know, you are thinking “how hard is that?” but I didn’t want to just stick a couple flowers on the page as accents.

Here is the simple skeMotivational Monday - Don't forget to enter your layout in the contesttch for you to work with today, I will post my finished page at 2pm MST.

I want to see how creative you can be using flowers on the page. Send your finished layout to me to be entered into the monthly contest for a free stamp set. You can also text 801-597-4896.

 

Veterans Day Special – Thank You for Your Service

Today will be a busy day here in our little piece of heaven, Veterans Day Thank you for your servicemeans many different things to my husband who served during the Vietnam War. Since he didn’t hear thank you’s when he came home (he still thinks about it 40+ years later) his heart swells with gratitude because he is often thanked now. I am so glad the soldiers of today are much more appreciated than back then.

For Gary, today is a day where he can eat free all day long if he wants. So many places offer veterans free meals today in appreciation for their service. I believe his plan this year is to go to Denny’s for breakfast, Sizzler for lunch and Red Robin for dinner! I feel stuffed just thinking about it. There will be aching feet after hours of lines by the end of the day, but then I think about how long soldiers are on their feet all of their military career. Whether it be boot camp marching in formations or raging into battle.

We have many that have served in our family tree going back many generations. I will post pictures on my facebook page today. I honor them today along with all the men and woman who have served this country and made us safe.

Thank you for your service.  Any veteran or military wife active or veteran will receive a free gift when ordering on my website today.   Thank you for your service.  

Trump as President – Remember to Journal Your Feelings

Journaling is important for your posterityI for one am very glad this election is over and we can go back to all the other intrusive commercials 🙂 I expect that we will now start seeing all the Christmas ads more frequently now.

This country was very divided in this election and whether you were a supporter of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson it is important that you take time today to journal your feelings. This was a historic election in so many ways and your feelings are important and there will be someone in your family tree that will find your thoughts interesting.

I have a scrapbook that I keep of just my own likes, dislikes, thoughts and feelings. We, as scrapbookers tend to not make the scrapbooks very often because we are usually behind the camera so I think it is important that there is some documentation of my own life as well.

I am going to re-start the “Daily Journaling Question” on my twitter feed every morning. You may not be able to write about it right away, but put the question on the top of your page to write about later, or even a post-it note to write about when you are stuck and don’t know what to write about.

Do you have a scrapbook or journal about you? If you said yes what do you write about or if not, is this something you would be interested in starting? Leave a comment below and you might win a journal to begin your journey with!

Motivational Monday Sketch for Lots of Photos

Monday Motivational Sketches with Creatively CarolToday’s Motivational Monday Sketch will work great for lots of occasions but when I look at the sketch, I think this will work great for holiday photos. You can switch out the two 4 x 6 photos on the right and put a large focal point picture like the Christmas Tree or  Thanksgiving turkey and using the surrounding photo spots for the family that is at the event or the different decoration – you get the idea.

I encourage you to give this sketch of 11 photos a try and send me a picture of your layout so I can post it here. You -an also text it to 801-597-4896. You will be entered into my monthly drawing for a free stamp set when you send me your rendition of this scrapbooking sketch.