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The new Idea Book is coming!!!

While we are all in the throes of winter it is always nice to know that Spring is just around the corner… or in this case, the Close to my Heart Spring Idea Book! It is new and exciting and I GUARANTEE that you will love the new papers, stamp sets and embellishments!! What is most important however is to remember is that with every new Idea Book the past paper, stamps and embellishments go on a “while supplies last” status. This means you will want to go through the current Idea Book, and make those purchases you have been waiting on so the product is not gone when you get around to ordering it. I hate to have my customers disappointed, so please…. won’t you click here to take a look through the current idea book and see what you want to grab….


Have a wonderfully creative day!


Mission Organization

While I have always  been like this, I saw a program where Julie Morgenstern, a professional organizer, speaker and author of Time Management from the Inside Out.  Julie shared her organization formula, which applies to virtually anything, including your hobby space.

Here is my take on  Julie’s advise, applying it specically to your scrapbooking items. Whether you have a corner of the room, or an entire room dedicated to your scrapbooking or other hobby, these concepts will help you organize just about anyttrhing!

We will do this over the span of several weeks, but today we start with the formula …

Formula for Organizing

S  ~   SORT

P ~     PURGE

A ~     ASSIGN




Have a wonderful day…come back tomorrow for more on organizing your scrapbooking area!




Puppies are born today!

As you may or may not know, I try to make Sunday’s post a bit more of everyday life, be it a recipe or similar. Today however, the Maltese female we rescued in October has giving me my source for today’s post.  She had her puppies this morning!  I am really excited as I was worried after my sister in law recounted her experience, but Zukie has taken care of everything. I have just changed bedding,  introduced a heating pad  and given her water.

At the moment, we have 2 pups, born about 2 hours apart.  I was told the last litter she had was 3 pups, so we will see.  After she is done today, and I have been able to give her a bath, I will take a picture to share with you.  I have taken lots of pictures so far, but they are not very pretty, as we all know… the actual birth while beautiful in nature, is not beautiful in actuality… LOL


Motivational Monday Scrapbook Sketch

2 page Scrapbooking Sketch

As we embark on a new year of goals and challenges to motivate us into get our scrapbooking done, I will be posting a new sketch each week to challenge you. If you send me a copy of the scrapbook page you create from the sketch,  you will be entered into a drawing to win a free gift at the end of the month!  So here is this week’s sketch!

Scrapbook Page Map Template

The colors are only for distinction of placement NOT for the way they match ( or don’t match)   The bottom box on the right side page is a torn edge.  They grey box between the two photos is the piece of photograph you cut to make the square picture – presumably 4 x 4 = it is the leftover piece.

How does this scrapbook sketch make your feel? Do you feel your gaze going smoothly from left to right? Scrapbook sketches or templates are only meant to give you a starting point for your page – where will you take this motivation from here is up to you!

Scrapbook Sketches – 2 Page Layout

2 Page Scrapbooking Sketch

Today’s sketch features 5 or 6 photographs with 2 journal spots and some room for embellishments!

2 Page Scrapbooking SketchScrapbooking Sketch 2 Page Layout




The great thing about this sketch  is you can actually showcase up to 14 pictures!   You can surround the title with little photos – perhaps the faces of those featured in the larger ones.    If you don’t want so many pictures, use the extra spots for some great stamping embellishments!

I would love to see how you take this sketch and make it your own!  E-mail me your scrapbook pages and I will feature them here so everyone can ooh and aah!



Holiday Cookbook – Creamy Feta Potatoes

It’s Sunday, so that means it is time to share a recipe with you.  I found this recipe for Creamy Feta Potatoes in the paper last week and it sounded so good, I wanted to share.  This would be a great recipe to use in making a holiday cookbook! why not make a cookbook of favorite recipes for your holiday meal.  Just use 6 x 6 pages to put the recipe on, and slip them right into the6 x 6 Quick Pic™ Album.  This trendy album made from sturdy chipboard with an embossed design on the front and back covers. Each pre-assembled album comes with 8 Memory Protectors®. Comes in Olive or Pansy Purple.   

And now for your recipe of the week:

Creamy Feta Potatoes



  • 2  tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 4  cups finely diced yellow onion

  • 2  garlic cloves, minced

  • 8  ounces Greek feta cheese, crumbled

  • 1 1/4  cups heavy cream

  • 1  cup whole milk

  • 1/2  teaspoon salt

  • 2  pounds (about 3 large) russet potatoes, peeled and covered with water

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2  cup fresh homemade breadcrumbs

  1. Melt better in a large skillet. Add onions; cook until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Stir in feta cheese.
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a 13 x 9-inch baking dish or coat with cooking spray.
  3. Combine cream, milk and salt in a saucepan. Heat to just under a boil. Remove from heat.
  4. Slice 1 potato, using a mandoline, a slicing blade on the food processor, or by hand into 1⁄8  -inch slices. Place in bottom of pan. Season with 8 grinds of black pepper. (Do not add salt). Cover with one-third (about 1 cup) of onion mixture. Repeat two more layers, leaving enough sliced potatoes for a top layer. Pour hot cream over top layer. The cream should reach the top of potatoes but not cover them. Add another 8 grinds of black pepper. Do not cover the dish for baking.
  5. Bake 25 minutes. Remove from oven and use a large spoon or bulb baster to baste top of potatoes with cream from the corners. Return to oven and bake 45 minutes. Sprinkle breadcrumbs on top. Continue baking until crumbs are brown, 15 to 20 minutes. The potatoes should be fork tender and the cream nearly absorbed. Let stand up to 20 minutes before serving.

Exclusive Christmas Stamp Set

Holiday Wishes Free Stamp Set

Holiday Wishes Free Stamp SetYou know, Christmas is just around the corner, and this is the perfect month to get those Christmas Cards done and perhaps make some holiday ornaments too! 

This beautiful Stamp Set is FREE with a purchase of just $25 in My Acrylix Stamps!   And as a creative bonus, many of the images in the set coordinate with our Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge.

As Consultants, we were not able to purchase this ahead of the November start date, so I am looking forward to ordering this and playing with it too!

Click here to see the complete Flyer in PDF.

Tell me, what is your favorite part of this stamp set? Leave a comment here and share your thoughts!


Colors of Fall

This picture was taken by my business coach, John Sanpietro in Upper New York and I just had to share. It shows the colors of fall so beautifully. Do you take fall pictures?  Here is Northern California there isn’t as many trees groved together to get this look.

These are not color combinations we usually use during the year, but a great use of color. Here you can see how just shades of difference in color make a beautiful layout. I see bits of Autumn Terracotta,Honey, Barn RedOlive, Garden Green,New England IvyButtercup, Sunset, Creme Brulee, . And all of these colors come in the new Cardstock shade packs!  Great way to get coordinating colors at a great price!

Leave a comment here and let me know if you scrap fall pictures and if so, what colors do you use? And to inspire you further, I am doing a drawing from everyone who posts a comment this month for a bit of blog candy at the end of the month…. will YOU be a winner?

Creatively Carol Scrapbooking got a Facelift !

Carol Gomes of Creatively Carol Scrapbooking & CardmakingWelcome to my new website!  Don’t be confused, I didn’t get a facelift, but my website has!  I am migrating from Typepad to WordPress in hopes of giving you more. I will be tweaking it a bit, but you will now see tabs across the top that will show you the current Close to my Heart Promotions, the current Stamp of the Month, and much more. I sure hope you like it!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!!


No more pounding with Close to my Heart Soft Eyelet Setter

Close to my Heart Soft Eyelet Setter

Soft Eyelet Setter – No more Pounding!

Close to my Heart Soft Eyelet SetterGone are the days of dented tables, loud hammering and shaking the table at crops!  This new Soft Eyelet setter is awesome. Close to my Heart has re-designed their eyelets so just the pressure you can offer with your hand and this wonderful setter does the trick!

The flower head design makes gripping this setter easy. Silently set eyelets with light downward pressure. (Use with Soft Set eyelets only, not included.) Kit includes:
1 – Setter
2 – Setter Heads
2 – Hole Punches
1 – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ Mat

$14.95    Z1208


Leave a comment here and let me know how much you still use eyelets on your scrapbook pages and cards…