I really enjoy having photos around my house. You know, pictures of the people in my life, the adventures we have shared, the moments that make me smile. It’s kind of a warm fuzzy sort of moment to hold pictures, turn pages in albums, and look at them together with friends. Do you know what I mean? I know I could just scroll through the photos on my iPhone to look at my pictures, but it’s just not the same. These is just something special about printed photographs.

So, I have this idea. I’m thinking about putting together a bunch of little mini albums of photo highlights. Mini albums can be such a fun place to put a collection of favorite snapshots and moments. Wouldn’t it be kind of fun to have a grouping of different sizes and styles of mini albums with old photos, new photos, instagram moments, the every day, the special occasions, etc? I could put them in a basket on the living room table, on a small shelf, or just have some here and there for everyone to enjoy. I can see where these little albums could become little photo treasures.

Close To My Heart has several styles of mini albums and I am really intrigued by the possibilities of two of their newest mini albums, the My Creations Mini Mix Album and the My Creations Mini Folio. Take a look at this video that shows some special features of these two albums.

 

 

What do you think? Lots of potential, right? I am ordering some of these mini albums today and making a list of different themes I have in mind for them so I’m ready to start creating my collection when they arrive.

I am really excited to share some of my finished projects with you, too. Come visit my blog again and watch for the updates on my mini album adventures. It will be fun to see how they all come together.

If you would like to create some mini albums along with me, you can find them on my website. There’s nothing quite as easy as shopping online and then having a package of happy mail delivered to your door. Click here to shop online and then get ready to have some fun.

Snap a picture or two of something you’re doing today and enjoy the moments.

 

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Happy National Scrapbook Month!

How are you celebrating this fun month of memory making and memory keeping? One of the ways I celebrate is to host the annual Scrapbook Fiesta event and share some creative time with friends. Scrapbook Fiesta is a fabulously festive day full of scrapbooking and crafting for everyone. After all, what could be better than a day set aside where you can create to your hearts content and visit with friends at the same time?

 

Scrapbook Fiesta Collage

 

These are a couple of pictures from last year’s celebration. As you can see, Scrapbook Fiesta is truly and fantastic way to celebrate and there is something about sharing a crafting day with your buddies (new and old) that makes for a lot of happy moments. We laugh, create, and have a wonderful time together.

I provide plenty of space for crafting, lunch, music, give-aways on the hour, along with Cricut machines, embossing machines, fonts, stamps, papers…everything at your fingertips. You just bring your basic tools, supplies, photographs, and project materials that you have pulled together for the things you want to work on during the day.

Scrapbook Fiesta is a great time to get photos on pages and add completed stories to your albums, but it is a perfect time to make cards or any other paper crafting projects you would like. There is even free Wi-Fi so you can come and make scrapbook pages using Studio J, Close To My Heart’s online scrapbooking option.

 


 

Scrapbook Fiesta 2015

DATE: Saturday May 30

TIME: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

LOCATION:  All Events Meridian in Meridan, Idaho

Registration Fee: $35

To register contact, Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 18

 


 

Scrapbook Fiesta includes…

  • Six hours of open crop & create time
  • Four exclusive scrapbook pages designed for Fiesta
  • Open stock cardstock by the piece in 42 colors
  • Access to us CTMH Cricut Cartridges (2800 designs) & Machines, Embossing Folders & Machines, CTMH Stamp Sets & Ink
  • Free Wi-Fi for Studio J Online Scrapbooking
  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Door Prizes and Give-Aways throughout the day

 

These are the scrapbook pages that I have designed to be a part of this day. A full Workshop Kit with everything to make these pages is included with your Scrapbook Fiesta registration.

 

Fiesta L1 PM

Fiesta L2 PM

 

I chose a bright color palette for this year that coordinates with the new CTMH Carnival Washi Tape set that is shown below. I really like the variety of tape widths and messages that are included in the washi tape set. I also chose some die-cut shapes and titles that I cut on CTMH Crictut cartridges that have a little “signs of today” with hashtag titles and accents. The pages are easy to put together and definitely have a lot of possibilities for preserving so many different types of memories. Carnival Washi Tape 2

Special Note: If you are unable to attend Scrapbook Fiesta, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go for $20 (plus tax and shipping) The Workshop Kit will come with everything you need to make all four pages.

 

 

Do you have scrapbook pages that are ready for photos or photos you need to get off of your cell phones and computers? How about unfinished crafting projects sitting around your house? Or has it just been too long since you’ve had some time set aside to get into your creative groove? Scrapbook Fiesta is a fantastic day to just enjoy doing the creative things you like to do.

If you are in the Boise area I would love for you to come and enjoy this year’s Scrapbook Fiesta. It’s going to be great fun.

 

To register for Scrapbook Fiesta or to order a Workshop Kit To Go,

Contact Michelle Snyder at (208) 713-2940

or, Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 


 

 

A couple of SPECIALS to make the celebrating even sweeter…

You can also celebrate National Scrapbook Month with Close To My Heart’s exclusive “Taste Of Summer” Paper Packet and Stamp Set. These two great new products are only available in May, so it’s a small window. I have been having lots of fun creating with them and I think you will, too.

 

Taste Of Summer Paper

 

Featuring bold, vibrant colors, this limited edition paper packet is perfect to pair with your sweet summery memories and so much more. It’s super cute and provides delicious designs for your layouts, cards, and paper crafting projects.

In addition to the great paper packet, this D-size stamp set is overflowing with sweet potential. The stamp set includes 15 different stamp images with a fantastic combination of solid designs, messages, and accessory pieces. You get all of these great images for only $17.95 and only in May.

 

Taste Of Summer Stamps

 

Creating with these stamps will be so much fun. It’s definitely designed with faster, easier, simpler projects in mind. See how the strawberry is separate from the step and the little berry dots are not attached to the vine? That makes it so much easier to quickly stamp them in different colors to have a multi-colored looking print image without any masking. Love that!

And just in case all of that is not exciting enough, there are even two workshops available to go with the “Taste Of Summer” Paper Packet – one for scrapbooking and one for card making. Close To My Heart designed two workshops that are complete with cutting diagrams, instructions, a list of other supplies you might like to use, and pictures. I  have already used these workshops to make some cards and scrapbook pages. They are quick and easy to use. It’s awesome!

 

TOS Scrapbook Collage TOS Cards Collage

 

If you are attending Scrapbook Fiesta and would like to have this terrific paper and stamp set to enjoy during the day, you can add it to your registration fee and I’ll bring it to Scrapbook Fiesta for you. You can even make the card or scrapbooking workshops while you are there.

If you cannot attend Scrapbook Fiesta, no worries. I can send them to you with your Scrapbook Fiesta Workshop Kit To Go, or you can find them all on my website. There is no qualifying purchase required to get in on these terrific National Scrapbook Month specials and you can order as many sets as you like. Click here to enjoy the ease of shopping online and order your sets at your convenience. Just remember, there are only available for the month of May.

 

Happy National Scrapbook Month and however you decide to celebrate, take some pictures, make some memories, and carve out some time to put your stories on pages where you can revisit and share the moments.

 

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If you have not seen the new Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 book, you really need to flip through the pages of this terrific new CTMH edition and soak up some fresh inspiration. It is full of delightful new products and artwork to energize your creativity like the Blossom Paper Packet, Complements, and accessories that I’ve used for the May Scrapbook Workshops and Kits. I have had so much fun creating these Blossom scrapbook layouts to share with you this month. So…let’s take a look at how they came together.

 

Blossom L1 PM

 

Blossom L2 PM

 

Blossom L3 PM

 

Isn’t this a fantastic color combination? I think it has a really great fresh energy that would be perfect for so many different types of stories for your albums. Just image the great memory keeping you could do when you add your photos to these pages. Whether your pictures are indoors or outdoors, happy celebrations or quiet moments, with family or friends, …you name it. I think you will have great fun creating these pages and telling your stories this month.

 

The Blossom page also incorporate some brand new accessories that I really enjoyed. Take a look at the Blossom Assortment shown below. The pieces are actually metal-rimmed, enamel-filled designs that are not only super cute, but also adhesive-backed, so they are easy to add to your pages. They kind of remind me of Disney Trading Pins. I love them. The new Glacier Thick Twine and Coral Reef Sequins add a terrific blend of bling and texture to the pages, too.

 

Blossom Accessories Collage

 

And then there are these fantastic borders, titles, and accent pieces that are included in the Blossom Complements. This adhesive-backed artwork makes embellishing a breeze.

 

Blossom Complements

 

Here are some close up views of how some of these awesome accessories came together to jazz up these pages. I just love how great all of the different textures and elements look together. And can I just say again how much a love this color scheme? So fun.

 

Blossom L3 Collage PM

 

Delightful PM

 

Blossom L1 Collage PM

 

I would really enjoy having you come and join me in some creative time at a workshop to make these pages. There are a couple of different dates to choose from, so check your calendar and then let me know what date to reserve a spot for you at a workshop.

 

May Workshop Dates

  • Friday, May 8 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, May 22 at 6:30 PM

 

NOTE: You can also make these pages at this year’s Scrapbook Fiesta on Saturday, May 30. There’s more information coming soon about this special day, open crop, and creative celebration for National Scrapbooking Month.

 

If you do not live in the Boise area, can’t make the dates, or would like to give a Workshop Kit as a gift, I would gladly put together a Workshop Kit To Go and put it in the mail to you. Just send me an email and let me know what works best for you.

 

May Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $30

(plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Package Includes:

  • X7196B Blossom Paper Packet
  • X7196C Blossom Complements
  • Z3039 Glacier Thick Twine
  • Z3042 Coral Reef Sequins
  • Additional Cardstock, Cricut title letters, and supplies

 

Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • Z3072 Blossom Assortments ($5.95)   –  (One of my favorites)
  • Z2641 Glacier Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2197 Pear Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2191 Sunset Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2195 Lagoon Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.95)

 

To reserve a spot at a Workshop or to order a Workshop Kit To Go, Contact Michelle Snyder at (208) 713-2940

- or –

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 

SPECIAL NEWS:

In case you didn’t know, May is National Scrapbooking Month, and Close To My Heart has designed a special limited edition paper packet and stamp set called Taste Of Summer. These exclusive designs are available only in May. You can order add them to your order when you shop on my website or when you order your May Scrapbook Workshop Kit.

 

Taste Of Summer Paper

Taste Of Summer Stamps

I’ll be sharing some fun projects with the Taste Of Summer Paper Packet and Stamp Set throughout the month. You’ll enjoy the bright splash of color these bring to your projects this month, too.

 

Click here to shop CTMH online with Michelle Snyder.

 

 

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Happiness Is Banner Collage

 

These are pictures of the day Sophie came home to live with us. It was definitely a very happy day and we were making lots of special memories. Every time I look at the pictures from that day, I am always reminded of the simply joys that Charles M. Schulz  shared through his delightful characters of Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang.

“Happiness Is A Warm Puppy” was Charles M. Schulz’s first book and it was a huge success. Charles M. Schulz was a wonderful storyteller and artist. His “Happiness is…” and “Love is…” collections of simple, real, everyday moments are fantastic reminders that you don’t really have to look too far for things that make you happy. Happiness is in the little things just as much, if not more, than in the big things.  Every time I read these books I smile.

As I was designing new scrapbook pages for spring, I found myself thinking about all of the little things that make me smile this time of year. It’s the fresh new green grass outside, all of the bright colors blooming everywhere, extra walks with Sophie as it’s staying light longer…it’s just a lot of simple things. Out of those thoughts came a scrapbook layout designed to feature the things that are happiness to me, or my family, or you, or your family. Here’s how the base for my “Happiness is…” layout came together.

 

Brushed Layout 2 PM

 

It’s a simple layout, ready for photographs that illustrate what happiness looks like. I used bright, cheerful colors from the Close To My Heart Brushed Paper Packet, added dry embossed textures, and black photo corners for a classic sort of look that also made me thing of my Snoopy books.

What does happiness look like to you? I asked, Korey Russell, a friend and fellow scrapbooker, what kinds of pictures might illustrate happiness to her. I love the collection pictures that she used on her scrapbook pages. It has everything from Blue Bubblegum Ice Cream and special treasures, to shared memory making with cousins, family, and friends. I always enjoy seeing the variety of stories people tell in their scrapbook pages. Even if several people work from the same scrapbook page composition, the photos and stories makes each layout unique. Korey has graciously given me permission to share her scrapbook page with you so you can see how fun it is when you get the photos on the page.

 

Korey Russell Happiness

 

Just look at all of the happiness captured on that layout. I can’t help but smile myself, just seeing all of the smiling faces. Korey did a great job of making these pages her own.

You can see where Korey made adjustments to the basic page composition to include extra photographs and a journal box. I especially like the way she tied all of these happy moments together by adding the words “home made.” For this family, happiness is…home made. It’s great to see how each person tells a different story, even when working from the same scrapbook composition.

 

Korey Russell page

 

You can make your own “Happiness is…” scrapbook layout, too. I shared a  Workshop Kit earlier this month that comes with everything you need to make six fun pages. The Workshop Kits are still available and they include the “Happiness is…” layout along with the two layouts shown below.

 

Brushed Layout 1 PM

Brushed Layout 3 PM

 

I would be happy to put together a Workshop Kit for you preserve some of the memory making that makes you smile, too. It’s good to be intentional about looking for the simple joys, the moments of happiness, the things that make us laugh in our every day.

 

CLICK HERE for Workshop Kit package options.

 

I have loved Snoopy and the whole Peanuts gang since I was a kid. I read Snoopy books, watched the holiday specials on TV every year, and I even wrote to Charles M. Schulz when I was in the Fourth Grade.  He had a wonderful way of capturing life moments and the way people do life together.

So what kinds of things illustrate happiness to you? Watch for the moments today and maybe even be a part of making those moments for the people you are doing life with today. Enjoy.

 

To order a Workshop Kit and add some happy to your scrapbooks, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

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Who doesn’t love a great deal? I know I do. During the month of April, Close To My Heart has three amazing specials going when you shop online through my website. Here’s the scoop, and be sure to read all the way to the end so you don’t miss the April bonus from me.

 

1. “Deal Of The Day” - This is super great news. The “Deal Of The Day” isn’t about just one day to enjoy a great deal, it’s about 30 days of fantastic deals with something new every single day in April.

 

Deal Of The Day

 

During the month of April, you have the opportunity to score a deal every day with Close To My Heart! Each day during April, while supplies last, random grab bags filled with current and retired Close To My Heart products available for purchase at a major discount on my website. To grab your bag, simply place any current, full-priced item in your online shopping cart through my website and you will be eligible to purchase as many grab bags as you wish (while supplies last)!

Grab bags will be featured at five different price points throughout the month, ranging from $35 USD / $55 CAD to $150 USD / $160 CAD. Some grab bags will contain product with more than DOUBLE the retail value of the price you pay! Grab bags will be available for 24 hours starting at 3 pm MDT each day and only while supplies last—so visit often and early! Remember that grab bag tiers will be featured on a random schedule throughout the month, so seize the opportunity to purchase from the grab bag tier you’re interested in when it becomes available because it might not come around again!

 

2. FREE Seasonal Expressions 2 - The brand new Seasonal Expressions 2 just became available in April and you can get your own personal copy when you place an order on my website in April.

Seasonal Expressions 2

It is full of beautiful new artwork and amazing new products. Your creativity will definitely be inspired by all that is in this new Close To My Heart book. See what’s new in Seasonal Expressions 2 by clicking here, and then be sure to get your free copy to peruse at home when you shop on my website in April. Be sure to select the free copy of Seasonal Expressions 2 when you see the prompt in your shopping cart.

 

3. April Stamp Of The Month: Typed Note - How much fun is this stamp set? I actually remember learning to type on a classic typewriter similar to this stamp design. I love it. This stamp set includes 19 stamp images that you can use to personal all kinds of messages on your “typed notes” and creative projects.

 

April SOM Collage

 

Remember, it’s only available in the month of April. You can purchase the “Typed Note” Stamp Set for $17.95, or you can get the whole set for only $5 when you purchase $50 or more. That special discount price will pop up as an option for you at checkout, so be sure to add it to your cart while you are getting your “Deal Of The Day” and your FREE Seasonal Expressions 2.

 

BONUS – BONUS – BONUS

April Give-Away

 

I know, you’re thinking how can there be even more great deals in April? Well I have one more for you to enjoy. Every month I give away $25 in Close To My Heart shopping in a drawing from every order placed on my website. To be entered in the April $25 shopping give-away, simply choose to

join “Michelle’s April Online Gathering”

at checkout when you are shopping Close To My Heart on my website and you will automatically be entered in the drawing. It’s that easy, and for every order you place during the month, your name is entered again, so if you grab a “Deal Of The Day” bag on different days in the month, be sure to “join” my online gathering for the month for more chances to win.

 

It’s certainly a great time to shop online in April. I think you are really going to enjoy the Seasonal Expressions 2 books. I will be sharing some creative inspiration with you very soon that features the new products you will see in there. Visit my website this month and enjoy getting terrific Close To My Heart products along with some amazing deals.

 

 

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Spring is here and I’m loving all of the color popping up outside. Every day when Sophie and I go walking it seems there are new things blooming along our path. The daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and pansies bring happy smiles to my daily strolls and remind me of the spring things my mom used to plant in her garden. She loved all those springtime flowers.

As I started designing the scrapbook pages I wanted to share with you for this month I knew I wanted something bright and springtime cheerful. At the same time, I was really taken in by all of those thoughts of my childhood and the stories that come to mind of spring things that make me smile. One thing kind of lead to another and suddenly I had a set of pages I hope you will enjoy as much as I do.

I chose to use the Close To My Heart Brushed Paper Packet for the April Scrapbook layouts, with some classic accent shapes and titles from Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges. They look like this…

 

Brushed Layout 1 PM

Brushed Layout 3 PM

Brushed Layout 2 PM

 

Don’t those bright colors just make you feel happy? It’s just like seeing all of the fabulous flowers when I’m walking. Lots of splashes of happy sunshine.

I chose to add a few additional colors of cardstock to the Brushed Paper Packet. I wanted all of the colors of tulips I love to be in the pages, so I added Cranberry and Hollyhock cardstock to the paper mix. If you look closely in these detail pictures you can see where I used CTMH Embossing Folders on the solid cardstocks for extra patterns and textures.

 

Brushed Texture Collage PM

 

To offset the bright colors and really make them pop I chose to use black cardstock to make decorative corners and bold titles. The variety of corners are from the CTMH Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge and I blended word die-cuts and fonts from the Artiste Cartridge and Artbooking Cartridge, as well.

 

And then to finish it off I added little accents of black embroidery floss and Pink Glitter Gems. The Glitter Gems actually have four pink shades in the package which I thought was perfect for pulling out all of the different shapes in the Background & Texture Papers.

 

Pink Glitter Gems Collage PM

 

What is it that makes you smile? It does not have to be things that are specific to springtime. Think of those little things throughout the day that make you smile, or the things that make you happy, or stories of the people in your life that brighten your day.

You could also use them as Mother’s Day pages that tell a story of how your mom made you smile. Or, they could share stories of the things that make you smile as a mom. There are so many possibilities for the memories you can preserve with these layouts.

 

If you live in the Boise Area, I would like to invite you to come and enjoy some creative time at a Scrapbook Workshop where you can make these pages at a class. If you live long distance or the dates listed below don’t quite fit in your calendar, you can purchase a Workshop Kit and enjoy creating these bright, fun pages at home.

There are two workshop packages to choose from this month. Both Workshop Kits come with all of the project papers, accessories, and pre-cut Cricut shapes. The thing that is different is that Workshop Kit B includes your choice of two Close To My Heart Embossing Folders. By choosing Workshop Package B you get a discount on your Embossing Folders which makes it the best choice if you would like to add some different textures to your creative resources at home.

Here are the four Embossing Folder textures I chose to use on my pages, but you can choose any two that you like. Click here to see all CTMH Embossing Folders you can choose from.

 

Embossing Folder Collage

 

 

April Scrapbook Workshops and Kits

Workshop Package A – $30 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7190B Brushed Paper Packet
  • Z1807 Pink Glitter Gems
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape
  • Additional Cardstock, Cricut Shapes, Black Floss, and other supplies

 

Workshop Package B – $44 (plus tax and shipping)

  • Includes everything that comes in Workshop Package A, plus…
  • Your choise of two Embossing Folders (This gives you a 15% savings on Embossing Folders with the Workshop Kit. Embossing Folders reg. $8.95 each.)

 

Other Items You May Enjoy With These Layouts:

  • Z3013 Brushed Assortment – ($5.95)
  • X7190C Brushed Complements – ($4.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

SCRAPBOOK WORKSHOP DATES -

  • Friday, April 17 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, April 24 at 6:30 PM

 

 

To order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit

or to register for a Scrapbook Workshop Date,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

I hope these pages will add some cheerful crafting, scrapbooking, and storytelling to your spring. Enjoy the color and happy moments in your day.

 

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