I have really enjoyed making the new Happy, Happy Christmas album and projects that Close To My Heart has available this month. With one Workshop Guide, one core set of supplies, and a choice of add on project styles, I can make five different personalize Christmas projects. If you have not heard about this fabulous special, you will want to read on to see what it’s all about. Even though these workshop projects are only available in November, there’s still time to get in on this holiday crafting goodness.

The Happy, Happy Christmas special begins with a bundle of goodies and all of the instructions you need to complete five beautiful scrapbook layouts, that’s ten 12″ x 12″ pages. By using a unique set of products to make the pages, they are like nothing else you will have in your scrapbooks. They have a classic, sort of nostalgic, look to them that is really quite fun.

The bundle includes your choice of a D-Ring or Post Bound Album in this gorgeous red, Memory Protectors, and all of the supplies you see shown below. It’s only $69.95 for everything.





These are the five scrapbook layouts that you can make using the supplies in the bundle and following the Happy, Happy Christmas Workshop Guide.














I can see so many different types of photographs on these pages, including old family photos and black and white prints. Talk about scrapbook pages that are perfect for pictures of Christmas present, Christmas past, and Christmas yet to come, these are great.


After making the scrapbook layouts, the Workshop Guide has complete instructions for creating four other optional gifts. I made one of each project style and added photos, so you could see what they look like all put together.



Holiday Display Tray – The Display Trays can hang or sit in easels on a shelf or mantel. They can hold 3″ x 4″ photos or 4″ x 6″ photos that you cut and spread across two sections.






“Tis The Season” Hinged Display Tray – The Hinged Display is terrific for smaller spaces and adding holiday decor on book shelves, desks, fireplace mantels, college dorm rooms, office cubicles, etc. It was so easy to decorate this project. It could be a great gift for lots of people on your Christmas list. I really liked the way this project turned out. (I especially like the picture of Sophie with snow on her nose.)





Magnetic Chalkboard Frame – These frames are really very versatile. I like the chalkboard also being magnetic, so I can write on it and also use magnets to hold things in place. The instructions for this project have you glue everything to the chalkboard, however I put some magnetic sheeting behind a couple of my project pieces to make the whole thing removable and reusable every year. This way I can use the chalkboard all year long. And, if red is not your color, the frame can be spray painted to fit the color scheme you need.





Everyday Life Album – These are fantastic mini albums with easy My Crush pages and pocket Memory Protectors for adding photos and holiday memorabilia. This is a simple slip on cover made from the supplies left over from the bundle and there are lots of pages inside for memory keeping.




These Happy, Happy Christmas scrapbook pages and holiday projects are available in November in a special pricing package, saving 10% on the album bundle and 30-40% on the frames and decor items. That can be really helpful for your own personal memory keeping projects, and great for gifts, too.

On a side note, if you are giving something like the Hinged Display Tray as a gift, you can either add photos to it as you are making it, or you can just put White Daisy Cardstock where the photos would go and let the person you give it to add their own photos.


There are only a couple more days in November, so be sure to visit my website and order your Happy, Happy Christmas Album Bundle while it is still available. The Workshop Guide that goes with it is something you can download from my website, too.  Click here to shop online.


Enjoy your holiday crafting and memory keeping. If you have any questions as you are creating, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. I am happy to help.





Acorns, wheat, and colorful leaves are classic for fall decorating and Thanksgiving tables. It turns out they are also fabulous for decorating fall scrapbook pages. The scrapbook layouts I have designed for November Scrapbook Workshops and Workshop Kits  have a sprinkling of all of these wonderful fall things, and I really enjoyed making them. Here are the there layouts. What do you think?










I started with the Close To My Heart Swan Lake Paper Packet, Complements, and a Black Shimmer Ribbon interwoven with a metallic thread. There are terrific fall acorns, flowers, and colors in the prints of this paper.



The Swan Lake Complements have coordinating stickers with gold foil accents, tags, titles, and assorted white acrylic shapes. It’s amazing how many pieces there are in a set.






I was especially excited to add wheat to my fall scrapbook pages this year. The new Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge  features floral die-cuts for every season, including wheat that is perfect for autumn crafting. There are both bunches and individual stalks of wheat on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, so it’s fun to mix-and-match. This really is a very versatile cartridge with another 700 unique designs.







Here’s a closer look at some of the details in the wheat and the combination of stickers from the Swan Lake Complements. I like being able to add the pre-made title stickers in different arrangements. Since each letter is an individual sticker, the letters can even be attached in arches like you will see on the “Gratitude” page. It’s nice to have lots of options.








The Workshop Kits complete all three layouts, with extra supplies leftover for more pages or other projects. There is even an extra full sheet of pre-printed Picture My Life Cards that can be used to add more photos and storytelling spaces. The Picture My Life Cards have both 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards with vertical and horizontal images printed on both sides. A full sheet looks like this and you can see how each card is featured with cards in both directions to fit whatever your project needs.






Once the cards are cut apart they look like this. You can modify them by layering other Complement stickers, papers, stamping, and accents. In the picture below you can see where I’ve added some strips of B&T Paper, Zip Strips, and Complement stickers.






You can slip the Picture My Life Cards into the Memory Protector Pocket Plus Pages and insert them into your album between your scrapbook pages. They add so much more storytelling space and kind of feel like interactive pages, as well.





It’s all designed to work well together and make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier. Pretty great, right?


As we are headed into the holidays and enjoying thankful moments with friends and family this month, I hope you will join me in creating these Swan Lake layouts to record those little moments of thankful things, gratitude, and family celebrations this fall.


There are several options available for you to make a set of these scrapbook layouts. Choose the option that works best for you and contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to get started.

  1. Attend a Scrapbook Workshop in person in the Boise Area
  2. Order a Workshop Kit To Go (Workshop Kits come pre-cut and ready to put together with simple instructions to help you put the pages together on your own.)
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide with a $25 order on my website, or purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 (More details listed below.)



November Scrapbook Workshops – $34


Workshop Kits Include –

  • X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet
  • X7212C Swan Lake Complements
  • Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-cut Cricut die-cut shapes, and supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages – 

  • Memory Protector Pocket Plus Pages
  • Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Cartridge ($99.00)
  • 1772 Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


November Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, November 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, November 18 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 19 (Open Crafting Day between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)



To order a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, or sign up to attend a local Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise area, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.




WORKSHOP GUIDES: In addition to attending Workshops or purchasing Workshop Kits, I also have Workshop Guides available for these Swan Lake layouts. The Workshop Guides are complete with cutting diagrams, project tips & techniques, assembly instructions, photos of completed pages, and a CTMH Consultant Release Form for Consultants who may want to use the pages for other workshop classes. The Workshop Guides are free when you place a $25 order on my website for supplies, or you can purchase the Workshop Guide by itself for $10, if you already have the supplies you need. You can shop here on my website and then simply send me an email telling me you would like to receive the November Swan Lake Workshop Guide. I’ll send you the Workshop Guide via email for you to create these pages at home.






Can you believe October has already come and gone? It was a very busy month here, but it’s one of my favorites. Every October, since 1994 I host a Close To My Heart Holiday Extravaganza to share DIY project ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas festivities. For weeks before Holiday extravaganza I create new projects, so that I can share as many new ideas for gift giving, decorating, gift wrap and tags, table settings, card making, mini albums, stocking stuffers, and scrapbooking as I can. It’s my favorite event of the year, complete with Christmas trees, lights, Candy Cane Cookies, and holiday music. I invite my Close To My Heart customers, family, and friends to come enjoy their first Christmas party of the year to kick off the season, and we have so much fun.




Here is just a sprinkling of some of the projects at Holiday Extravaganza this year.























Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing many of these projects with you here on my blog. There will be Workshops in the Boise area that you can attend to enjoy some creative time here making your projects.  For those of you who live long distance, watch for Workshop Kits and Workshop Guides that will be available for many of the project shared at Holiday Extravaganza this year. I am really excited to keep the merriment going and share some projects to help with your holiday celebrations, too.


All of these projects feature Close To My Heart products. You can shop for your crafting and scrapbooking supplies online 24/7 at michelle.closetomyheart.com.



Thanks for visiting my blog, today. If you have any questions, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. Watch for more creative inspiration for the holidays coming very soon.




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Are you ready for some new creative “tricks and treats?” The new Jeepers Creepers Collection from Close To My Heart, is terrific for making Halloween scrapbook layouts, cards, treats, and other fun things. However, while it will be great for all of your Halloween preparations, I can also see it for a fun monster theme birthday party. It really reminds me of Disney’s Monster’s Inc. It’s a great collection. Check this out.

With a fantastic color combination and variety of prints, the papers are amazing. There are even patterns that include googly eyes and cute little monsters. The best part is that the fun is not just in the paper. Take a look at all of these great products that you can mix-and-match. There are Jeepers Creepers Paper Packets, Coordinating CardstocksComplements (including Black Glitter die-cuts and stickers), a Washi Tape Pack, and even a Jeepers Creepers Assortment with puffy, adhesive-backed shapes. Wow…so many possibilities.












I had so much fun with this project that I could have kept right on creating more and more pages. Today I am sharing the four scrapbook layouts that are available in my Scrapbook Workshops and Workshop Kits for October. I’ve also made lots of cards, treats, party favors, and other fun things with the Jeepers Creepers Collection that I’ll be sharing on other days. You’ll want to stop by and check them out, too.


The Jeepers Creepers Scrapbook Layouts turned out like this.













Don’t you love how colorful everything is? The “tricks and treats” part of Jeepers Creepers is being able to use all of the coordinating products and pieces in different combinations. For example, on some pages I started with a Picture My Life Card (from the pre-printed sheets included in the paper packet) as a base and then layers stickers, Black Glitter die-cut shapes, Washi Tape, and accessories together to make really fun accents and titles on the layouts. It’s all so interchangeable.








I also chose to add some candy accents on the fourth layout. If you look closely along the top border of that layout, you will see a variety of candy images that I stamped with the Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set and the new Close To My Heart Exclusive Inks in Willow, Raspberry, Tangerine, and Pansy.







Those little candy images could easily be used for all kinds of themed parties, just by changing the ink colors and papers. It’s wonderful to work with Close To My Heart colors because the ink and paper all match, making it easy to add them to projects. The Monstrous Halloween Stamp Set is adorable, and it’s even available in a bundle that comes with coordinating Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts.





If you have not tried Thin Cuts, they are amazing. You can use the 4 metal dies in the set with your favorite die-cutting machine to cut shapes that coordinate with the stamp set. The stamps are scaled to fit right inside those shapes, so you do not have to cut them out by hand. Imagine adding googly eyes to them, too. So cute! The Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle is only available for the fall, and limited to while supplies last. Are these super cute monsters calling your name? If so, you will want to order your set early to not miss out.


What do you think? Are you ready to create some fun Halloween scrapbook pages? I have Workshops and Workshop Kits available now. There are two Workshop Kit options and a couple of dates available to attend local Workshops to make these scrapbook layouts. Take a look at the Workshop dates and Workshop Kit options below to see what works best for you. If you don’t live in the Boise area to attend a Workshop in person, I’m happy to put a Workshop Kit in the mail for you, so you can enjoy some creative “tricks and treats” at home, too.



October Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $36 and $66

(plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Package A  – $36.00

  • X7211B Jeepers Creepers Paper Packet
  • X7211D Jeepers Creepers Coordinating Cardstock
  • X7211C Jeepers Creepers Complements
  • Z4010 Jeepers Creepers Washi Tape
  • Additional Cardstock and supplies

Workshop Package B  – $66.00

  • Includes everything in Workshop Package A…PLUS…
  • Z4006 Monstrous Halloween Thin Cuts Bundle
  • Z4009 Jeepers Creepers Assortment


Other Products Used On These Pages –

  • Z2807 Willow Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2812 Raspberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2809 Tangerine Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2804 Pansy Exclusive Inks Stamp pad ($7.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


October Workshop Dates – 

  • Friday, October 28 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, October 29 at 1:00 PM



Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to reserve a spot at a Workshop or to order a Workshop Kit. 



You can also order all of these products individually by shopping on my website. You can shop online 24/7 and find lots of other great Close To My Heart products, too, including some terrific discounts in the “Clearance” section and some limited availability items in the “Going Soon” section. Click here to what’s available through my online shopping.


Thanks for visiting my blog today. There are lots of other Halloween treats coming soon. I hope you will come back to see more Monstrously fun projects. Enjoy your day.




The last few weeks have gone by so quickly, as I found myself in the middle of some large projects and life things that seemed to fill my days to the brim. Here we are back-to-school and beginning a new season. In between all of the other things, I’ve been enjoying some new projects, which is always refreshing. I’m very excited today actually have a moment to sit down and begin to tell you about some of the fun things I’ve been working on.

There is something about the process of creative problem solving and puzzle piecing things together in new ways that is energizing for me. In my down times these last few weeks, I’ve been puzzling together the pieces for a new scrapbook workshop. I specifically wanted to create a Workshop Guide that made a lot of pages from a little bit of supplies and that could easily be used over and over again, by just changing the paper choices.


I started with just a few Close To My Heart supplies…







I mixed them and matched them together until I came up with ten different layouts that all came out of the same set of supplies. That’s 20 scrapbook pages all together. I compiled all of those pages into one Workshop Guide, so that all of the project pieces fit into a single cutting guide. How exciting is that?  Are you ready to see them?



This Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop

makes all ten of the following layouts.

























Close To My Heart Fundamental products are just terrific and they were fantastic for this project. Everything coordinates with endless mix-and-match possibilities. The papers are double-sided with lots of patterns to choose from. The Good Life Complements include coordinating stickers, teal glitter die-cuts, and vellum die-cuts with gold foil accents. There are so many accessories in the package, that there were plenty to do all 10 layouts. It was amazing. Here’s a closer look at a few of the Complements I used on the pages.








When I finished this one scarpbook project there were so many completed pages it felt like I had a whole album ready for photos. It was great.




I am also starting a new adventure and making my Workshop Guides available online. I have been making them for myself for years, and have had a lot of request to make them available for other people to use, as well. Each Workshop Guide will include an introduction to the project, supply list, project tips and techniques, photos, cutting guides, and assembly instructions. There will also be a Consultant Release Form for Close To My Heart Consultants to be able to use the workshops for classes, too. Having additional resources for new projects is always helpful to me. I hope that having these Workshop Guides available to you will bring you some new creative inspiration, help you complete your projects faster, and provide some fun, too.



The Workshop Guide I made to go with this 20 Page Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop is designed to be used over and over with different types of papers. I am doing another set of pages with this Workshop Guide, but using the Enchantment Fundamental Paper next. It can also be used with any combination of Background & Texture Papers and cardstocks. You simply choose your papers and plug them into the cutting guide that’s included. It really could be anything. You could use it to make an easy twenty pages for your family vacation pictures from the summer? Or to get ready for this year’s Christmas pictures? As you can tell, I’m seeing many different ways to use this Workshop Guide. I’ll be posting more ideas with this Workshop Guide soon, so come visit another day to see what comes next.

In the mean time, there are several ways you can get these scrapbook pages, and the Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop Guide to use with additional scrapbooking projects at home. Take a look at these options and see which one might be most helpful to you.



Option 1 – FREE Workshop Guide with a $25 order. When you place a $25 order on my website at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com you can receive the Workshop Guide absolutely FREE. Your $25 order can include the supplies to complete these pages or any other products you may need for your create resources at home. Once you place your order, simply email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to let me know which Workshop Guide you would like to receive and I will email your Workshop Guide to you.


Option 2 – Purchase the Workshop Guide for $10. If you already have all of the supplies you need to make the project, you can choose to just purchase the complete Workshop Guide on it’s own. Simply email me with the Workshop Guide you are interested in and I will contact you with payment information.


Option 3 – Attend a local Scrapbook Workshop in Boise. You can sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop here in the Boise area and come make a set of the pages with me. Workshop Kits include all of the supplies listed above, are pre-cut, and ready to assemble. It’s fun to get together and great to have time set aside to complete pages.  These Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop Kits are $48 (plus tax and shipping).

The next Scrapbook Workshop in Boise is Friday, September 30 at 6:30 PM


Option 4 – Order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go. “To Go Kits” are available, too. They come pre-cut and ready to assemble. Additional shipping charges will be added to the kit prices listed above, based on your location.



I would love to help you get lots of scrapbook pages finished for your albums. Using Close To My Heart Fundamental Papers and Complements with my new 20 Page Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop Guide was a great combination for me. I think it will be helpful for you, too.


If you have any questions about these scrapbook pages, my Workshop Guide, or you would like to reserve a spot at an upcoming Scrapbook Workshop, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. 







I’ve been creating with something super fun and new, the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. With 700 new designs, including two new fonts, I am finding so many possibilities for papercrafting fun. There are lots and lots of fabulous flowers, everything you could imagine putting flowers in, and oodles of die-cut shapes that have nothing to do with flowers at all. (Wait until you see the typewriter.)

As I sat down to experiment with this new cartridge, I could not resist making a little red wagon first. It’s fabulous, and I just had to share it with you. Here’s a layout I designed using the wagon, a clay pot, and some flowers. It’s a super simple composition with a fabulous splash of color and shapes from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection.



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Working with this new cartridge has been great. The handbook is easy to read and shows you all the parts and pieces you need for each die-cut. This wagon can be found on page 3 of the handbook and looks like this.



Wagon Cartridge



The layering pieces are all sized and scaled to make cutting simple. For example, I wanted a wagon that would be 5-inches tall (that includes the handle) for my layout. I set my Cricut machine to 5-inches and left it at 5-inches while cutting each layer. The machine automatically cuts each layering piece to the right size so the pieces all fit together. For the wagon on my layout, I cut the base out of White Daisy Cardstock, the first layer out of Black Cardstock, and the top layer out of Poppy Cardstock.


Wagon Step 1


Then you just glue them together, one layer at a time.


Wagon Step 2


Wagon Step 3



So cute and so easy, right? The flowers and the pots worked the same way.


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Now you might be wondering about all of the fantastic bright, bold colors you see on these pages. Several of the papers  I used for this layout are brand new Close To My Heart colors. There are actually seven new colors in the Close To My Heart Adventure color group, and the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection comes with a combo package of the Adventure Cardstock. That means you get two sheets of each color and 20 sheets of cardstock all together. There are also three exclusive stamp sets that come with the collection, making it a really great bundle of creative goodness.



Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection



You can get all of that beautiful paper, all three stamp sets, and the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge for just $99. 

Now if you are a digit Cricut crafter, there is also an option to purchase the Flower Market Cricut Collection in a digital format for only $79. You still get all of the paper and stamp sets, but instead of a physical cartridge, you have an online code to access all 700 designs online. This is perfect if you use a Cricut Explore machine.

Flower Market Sampler

Well, I will be sharing many more projects down the road that feature more great designs from this cartridge. It truly does have die-cut shapes to take you through all of the seasons of life and the seasons of the year. In the meantime, if you just can’t wait to get your own Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection, you can shop on my website by clicking here. When you order your Collection in August, you also receive a free gift from me.




When you purchase the

Flower Market Cricut Collection

on my website in August,

I will send you a workshop package for

this layout as a thank you gift from me. 




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I would love to send you a workshop kit for this layout. Everything will be pre-cut and ready to put together. Clearly, I had fun with my first project using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. I think you will, too.



NOTE: The woodgrains that you see on this layout are actually embossed Kraft paper that is also new and part of the Rustic Basic Fundamentals paper. You can get a full package of Rustic Basic Fundamentals paper with a variety of woograins, copper foil vellum, and lots of wonderful patterns FREE this month with the Close To My Heart Basically The Best Special in August. Click here to find out more about how you can get your paper free. 






Questions? Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

Shop Close To My Heart online at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com.





It’s August and I have a new set of scrapbook pages to share with you. I really enjoyed created these pages using the Close To My Heart Florence Workshop Your Way Kit and adding in some brand new products that were just released this week in the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I’ve been waiting and waiting to be able to tell you about the new Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages. Oh, my goodness, they are fabulous. I think you are going to love them, too.

Let’s start with the layouts and then I’ll introduce you to the Pocket Plus pages. The Florence Collection features gorgeous papers and accessories in a terrific color combination. The accessories include coordinating sticker sheets, an assortment of kraft die-cuts with white and rose gold foil, four colors of adhesive-backed sequins, and Rose Gold Foil Tape.



Florence Workshop Your Way




All of those products came together to make a beautiful set of layouts that look like this.



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Here’s a closer look at some of the accessories. The rose gold foil is really terrific and having the sequins in all four colors adds such a great finishing touch to the pages. In addition to the products that came in the Florence Workshops Your Way Kit, I used a little Flaxen Extra Thick Twine for some contrasting fibers.



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I can see so many different types of photos going on these pages. I have to tell about the second layout, the one that says, “Brilliant” on it. This layout could be used with photos that are all about someone special. Maybe you just want to put some pages together that reflect on all of the wonderful things that make that person uniquely awesome. “Brilliant” could be one of the things that describes that person. There are also words on the photo tabs that say, “out of this world,” and “truly wonderful.” I think that sounds perfect for pages about a favorite person.

I also think “Brilliant” could refer to something that is just a fabulous idea. Have you ever had a great idea and you thought, “That’s brilliant?” Well, last Christmas, my daughter and I had an idea to get season tickets for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this year as our Christmas (and birthday) presents for each other. Both of our birthdays are in the summer and we thought getting to go to five plays would a great way to celebrate. We both love having new shared experiences and memory making opportunities, so this was perfect.

Now…can I just say, this has turned out to be a “Brilliant” idea, not just a great idea? So far this summer we have seen, “And Then There Were None” (Agatha Christie), “Love’s Labor’s Lost” (Shakespeare), and “My Fair Lady” (the musical). They have been fabulous, and we have two more to go. I’m going to put pictures on my layout from each of the plays to tell the story of our “brilliant” idea and the fun we have shared.

So what have you done this summer that has been one of those “brilliant” ideas? Bike rides to the ice cream shop? Making s’mores around the camp fire? Little things, and big things, can become great idea that turn into wonderful memory making moments. I can help you record them in your albums with these Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kits.


Okay… Are you ready for the new products I added to this Workshop Kit? I’m so excited to tell you about them.


Sometimes when I’m scrapbooking there can be a few more things that I would like to include in my story, but I don’t really enough for another full layout. You know how sometimes you have extra photos, or you want to add memorabilia, or a little more journaling to finish up the story? It’s going to be true with my Idaho Shakespeare Festival pages. I’m sure there will be a few more photos that I want to include, since we are going to five plays. Close To My Heart has solved this problem with the introduction of Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages. Woohoooo!


With Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages you can easily add extra photos, artwork, journaling, and all sorts of things. These pocket pages come in four different styles with 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ pockets that you can just slide things into. They have the same binding as a full 12″ x 12″ page, so you just slip them in between pages in your album for a little story extension space. Here are the four styles.



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This is what my album looks like with a couple Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages in between the Florence layouts in my album. Isn’t that amazing? They look terrific. Everything coordinates, because Close To My Heart paper packets actually come with pre-printed Picture My Life cards that match the collection. You just cut them apart and slide them in the pockets.



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I think these are going to become some of those essential scrapbooking tools. To help you see how easy they are to work with, I am including a sampler package with every Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kit. When you purchase my Workshop Kit to make these layouts, you will also receive one of each style of Pocket Plus pages for you to use in your albums. Exciting, right?

You will want to contact me soon to purchase a Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kit, or to sign up for a Workshop Date, because the Florence Collection of products will be retiring August 31, 2016. With that date getting close, they are only available while supplies last. If you would like to have a set of these pages, along with the sampler package, contact me today.

If you are not in the Boise area, or your schedule does not fit with the dates listed below, I am happy to put together a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go and send everything to you.




August Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35

(plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Kits Include –

  • G1107 Florence Workshop Your Way Kit, including a Florence Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins Assortment, and Rose Gold Foil Tape
  • Pocket Pages Sample Assortment (one of each of four designs)
  • Additional cardstock and supplies


Other Products Used On These Pages

  • Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine ($3.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)



August Scrapbook Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, August 12 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, August 19 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 20 at 1:00 PM



All of these products are also available on my website. You can click here to shop online and order more of these great Memory Protectors Pocket Plus pages. They are a terrific value and add so much to each scrapbook layout. Here’s to brilliant ideas and having lots of memory making (and memory keeping) fun this summer. Enjoy.



To reserve a spot at a Scrapbook Workshop,

or to order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To go,

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.
















Some treats just go great with summertime, don’t they? When my kids were little they knew summer was around the corner when the shave ice shacks started popping up around town. It’s one of those cold treats that is perfect for hot days. So, since we have been talking about scrapbooking summer activities, here’s a layout I designed for those memory making moments enjoying shave ice treats.



Shave Ice Layout PM



I used the Close To My Heart Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts for this layout. It’s the same set that I used on the Movie Night layout a few days ago, but it looks completely different. There are just so many ways to use the individual pieces from this stamp set. Today’s project is inspired by the snow cone stamp design in the set.

In case you’re not familiar with it, there is a stamp set and a matching set of Thin Cuts. Using Thin Cuts means you do not have to do a lot of detail cutting. Just run the Thin Cuts through your embossing machine, like a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, it pops out the die-cut shape, and then just stamp the coordinating image on top. Easy.



Carnival Fun Collage




Looking a little closer at the photo below, you can see I made the shave ice multiple colors, because more flavors can be more fun. Then, to coordinate with the tropical sort of theme that you find at some shave ice stands, I added a few large leaf die-cuts and made fringed accents in the Kraft paper to be like rafia.  The title letters are a font from the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and the leaves and the cup for the large snow cone are from the Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge.




Shave Ice - Cone PM



Here’s a list of the supplies I used for this project.

  • C1648 Carnival Fun Stamp Set
  • Z3229 Carnival Fun Thin Cuts
  • Z3126 Enchantment Paper Fundamentals (Poppy print paper)
  • X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
  • X5751 Canary Cardstock
  • X5764 Pear Cardstock
  • X5635 Topiary Cardstock
  • Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z3167 Cricut Artistry Collection
  • ZZ3170 Cricut Artiste Collection


While that looks like a lot of different supplies to make these pages, this is a great example of using up parts and pieces of things I had left from other projects. It’s really just a little bit of ink and paper combined with some basic tools and adding themed elements from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. All of these supplies are available on my website. Click here  shop online.


This layout also makes me think about shave ice I had while I was in Hawaii traveling with Close To My Heart. I had to drive up to the North Shore of Oahu to enjoy the view, and to take my daughter to Matsumoto Shave Ice. It’s the best. It’s a family owned business that’s been serving up their special shave ice since 1951. It’s amazing and definitely should be on your list of things to do if you’re ever in Hawaii. Here we are enjoying our cool treat.



Matsumoto's Collage PM



Well, that’s today’s little bit of creative inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you are enjoying seeing some different possibilities for summer activities and scrapbooking as I plug the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts into a variety of projects. There’s more to come. Have a great day.



















I have found a Close To My Heart stamp set that I’m having a great time creating with this summer. The more I use it, the more possibilities I see for other projects. I though it might be fun to share some of my stamping, scrapbooking playtime with you this week. Are you ready for some creative inspiration?

I’m using the Carnival Fun Stamp Set, and one of the best things about it is that there is matching Carnival Fun Thin Cut set to go with it. There is a really nice variety of images included in the matching sets.



Carnival Fun Collage



Actually, the first time I saw the Carnival Fun Stamp Set, there were instantly so many ideas running through my mind that I had a tough time trying to decide which project to work on first. That’s kind of good problem to have, though, right? A stamp set with oodles of possibilities. Gotta love it!


The big question was, “Where to begin?”

I decided to start with a movie theme. I really enjoy movies. In fact, my whole family enjoys movies. I have really great memories of going to opening night showings of movies with my kids. Whether it’s going to the theater or watching a DVD at home, movie nights with popcorn and treats are great fun. In the summertime we even have community movie nights in the park where you can watch a movie under the stars.


Here is the layout I designed using the popcorn image from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. I added a couple of filmstrip die-cuts from that Close To My Heart Artistry Cartridge and letters from the Artiste Cartridge.



Movie Night Layout PM



I really like popcorn from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts, and it is super easy to use. It’s great having Thin Cuts to match the stamp set, because it eliminates all of the little detail cutting. You just run the Thin Cuts through your embossing machine, pop out the cardstock die-cuts, stamp the images on top, and add to your project. Simple. Because Close To My Heart stamps and blocks are clear, it’s easy to see right where to place the stamp design when you are making the print.



Popcorn Steps Collage PM



Now, I don’t know about you, but I like butter on my popcorn. To make the kernels look a little more buttery and yummy, I used my Waterbrush to pick up a little ink from a stamp pad and add a little extra color on top of some of the popcorn kernels. I used Canary ink for the butter, so the color would be a little softer than the kernels, which I stamped in Honey.


If you prefer Pocket Scrapbooking for your memory keeping, these images work really well for that format, as well. I like to blend my classic scrapbook pages and pocket pages, so here are a few Picture My Life Cards that I made to go with my layout.



Movie Night PML Collage PM



Can you see how the creative fun just keeps on going?  In fact, you could even use the Carnival Fun stamp set to create some quick invitations to have some friends over and make your movie night a party. If you look at the stamp set, again, you will notice it even has a stamp image that does the “Time, Date, Place, RSVP” for you. It would be easy to put together themed invitations using the popcorn for fun accents. Everyone likes a reason to get together, right? If you enjoy movies like I do, or you’re looking for an easy theme party, I’d encourage you to pick up the Carnival Stamp Set and Thin Cuts and have a movie night this summer.


Here is a list of the supplies that I used for my Movie Night scrapbook pages and cards.

  • C1648 Carnival Fun Stamp Set
  • Z3229 Carnival Fun Thin Cuts
  • X5779 Poppy Cardstock
  • 1386 Black Cardstock
  • Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Z3224 Watercolor Brush – Small Round
  • Z3167 CTMH Artistry Cricut Collection
  • Z3170 CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection


You can order the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts and all of the supplies listed above by visiting my online shopping website. Click here to link right to the Carnival Fun supplies.


NOTE: Just in case you didn’t know, the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts are part of the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 products that are only available until August, 31…or while supplies last. If you would like a set, I would encourage you to order yours soon. The Thin Cuts sell out fast, because they are so awesome to use.



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Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’m going to be sharing some other ways I’ve been using the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts for some of my summer projects, in case it might be helpful to you as you are making and keeping memories this summer. Watch for the different themes, so you can see some new possibilities.














I’ve been doing a little creating today and thought I would quickly share a layout I made for some of my Fourth of July photos. It’s pretty simple, mostly just stars and stripes, but sometimes simple is a great thing. The inspiration for the page came while I was walking in the park with Sophie, my Yellow Lab, on July 4th. I happened to look up and there was a giant flag waving perfectly in the breeze above our heads. It was fantastic. I love our flag and the great things it symbolizes, so I thought, why not have a layout that is just those fabulous stars and stripes.

I am getting my photos printed to add to my pages, but I thought I would go ahead and share this simple layout with you in case it might give you some creative inspiration as you are thinking about how you want to scrapbook your July 4 celebrations.



July 4 Layout PM 2


July 4th Collage PM



Here’s a list of the Close To My Heart products that I used to make the layout.

  • X5775 Sapphire Cardstock
  • X5779 Poppy Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z3216 White Twine
  • Z3122 Blue Dots Enamel & Glitter Duo
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z3167 CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Stars, Title Font, and Banners)


All of these product are available through the online shopping on website. It’s great to shop online and have fun scrapbooking and crafting products delivered to your doorstep. Click here to shop online anytime.


I’m sure you got lots of great photos celebrating our Nations birthday. Making the memories with family and friends is wonderful. I hope you take a moment to put your photos in an album where you can continue to enjoy them and share them. These are a couple pictures of Sophie and I enjoying our walk along the river on the Fourth of July. I’ll be adding these pictures, and a few others, to my July 4th pages soon. Remember your scrapbook pages can be simple and still be treasures.


Sophie & M July 4 Collage PM


If I can be helpful with your memory making or memory keeping,

please contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.








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