Welcome to October. Have you started putting out your pumpkins to celebrate fall holidays? I have, and with this month’s Scrapbook Workshop Kits I have scrapbooking tricks and treats for you to enjoy. I am always looking for points of inspiration and I find they can pop up anywhere. My daughter and I like to visit an awesome shop in our area every year as fall and Christmas-time get closer. I always find bits of inspiration when we go there. The pages I designed for October are inspired by this Woof and Poof witch that I found on one of our visits to this store and our classic family jack-o-lantern that my children have been nibbling treats from since 1992.


Witch & Pumpkin 50


Woof and Poof always does a fabulous job of blending a variety of texture, patterns, and terrific little details in their pieces. This little witch instantly brought some Close To My Heart products to mind. It’s hard to see all the details of her outfit in the picture, but she’s got a fabulous outfit. When I sat her next to our jack-o-lantern I knew I had found my inspiration for this year’s Halloween scrapbook layouts. And, can I just say, creating these pages has been so, so much fun.

The pages use Close To My Heart Cardstocks and Nevermore Background & Texture Paper as a base.


Nevermore L1 PM

Nevermore L2 PM


To create similar textures and colors from my inspiration pieces, I combined several Close To My Heart products. I used black swirls made with scroll shaped die-cuts from the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge to be similar to those in the witch’s top. Then Green Shimmer Trim to tie in with the sparkly green tulle in her skirt, and Black Enamel Stars to match to her shiny black boots. I pulled in some orange pumpkins, messages, and accents using Sunset Cardstock and the new CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

I thought it would be fun to make these interactive pages with fold out sections with more hidden treats inside. Making interactive pages and story extensions is easy using CTMH Flip Flaps. While Flip Flaps come in many sizes, I wanted full 12-inch fold outs. I used the Memory Protector Flip Flap 12″ Assortments attached to the outside of the Memory Protectors to make the extra page spaces that give a little “trick-or-treat” bonus to the layout. The trick is that when you open the Flap Flaps on the front of the first layout, it reveals some sweet treats inside with more photos, journaling, and super cute Close To My Heart Cricut Artistry die-cuts inside.


There is a 4″ x 12″ Flip Flap on the left side of the first page and an 8″ x 12″ Flip Flap on the right side of the first page.


Nevermore Flip Flaps 2 PM

Nevermore Flip Flaps 1 PM

Nevermore Flip Flaps 3 PM


When the Flip Flaps are both open, you see more photographs while having all the parts and pieces still work well together visually. It’s almost hard to tell where one Flip Flap starts and the other stops. It’s fantastic.


Nevermore Flip Flaps 4 PM


You will also see some places where I added little accent icons, dates, photo tabs, etc. These all come from the Close To My Heart Basics Fundamental Stickers. These sticker sheets are packed full of options for personalizing pages and they are a great value. My Workshop Kits for this month include a package of these stickers, so you get four full 6″ x 12″ sheets of adhesive-backed artwork in the set.


Basics Fundamental Stickers PM


I hope that October has some fun things in store for you and that you will enjoy adding photos of your Halloween adventures on these pages. If you are in the Boise Area, check the dates below to come create these pages at a Scrapbook Workshop. If you are long distance or schedules are tricky, contact me for a Workshop Kit “to go” and I’ll put a pre-cut Workshop Kit with photos and instructions in the mail to you.



October Scrapbook Workshops – $33 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Packages Include –

  • Z3087 Green Shimmer Trim
  • Z3166 Fundamental Stickers – Basics Pack
  • Cardstock, Background & Texture Paper, Pre-cut Cricut Die-cuts, Black Enamel Stars, and Extra Supplies
  • Z1325 Memory Protector Flip Flaps – 12” Assort. (1/2 pkg)
  • Three Memory Protectors

(NOTE: You can make your Memory Flip Flaps package a full pack for an additional $2.50.)


Other Items Recommended For These Layouts –

  • Z3083 Nevermore Assortment ($5.95)  (see picture below)
  • X7198C Nevermore Complements ($5.95)  (see picture below)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)



Nevermore Accessories Collage


October Scrapbook Workshop Dates

Friday, October 9 at 6:30 PM

Friday, October 16 at 6:30 PM


To order a Workshop Kit or to reserve a date for a Scrapbook Workshop,

contact me at  Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.





Do you have a Cricut machine? I have one and it is cutting up a storm. There is quite a whirl of die-cut shapes coming out of my Cricut machine this afternoon. You know that “chirping” sound that your Cricut machines make when it’s cutting die-cut shapes for your projects? Well, there’s been a steady hum at my house today.

I am super excited about the new projects I am working on for Holiday Extravaganza. It’s true, Holiday Extravaganza, your first Christmas party of the year, is just around the corner and I’m having so much fun getting ready. Today I am finishing up some Halloween and Thanksgiving projects, along with creating some new Christmas gift giving items, too. Whew…there is holiday magic everywhere. I love it!

I have been having great fun combining different Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges into my projects, but I am especially enjoying the new Artistry Cricut Cartridge. Oh, my goodness, the simple layering options are fantastic. Here are a couple sneak peek snapshots from the Halloween scrapbook pages that I’m working on.


Nevermore Collage PM


These are pictures from the Halloween layouts that I have designed for my October Scrapbook Workshops and Kits. I will be posting the pictures of the full pages and ordering information on October 1 (I can’t believe October is really in just two days). You’ll want to come back and see how these pages turned out and order a Workshop Kit so you are ready for pictures of all of the Halloween fun coming this month.


In the meantime, I thought you might like to hear a little more about the newest edition to the Close To My Heart Cricut family. Did you know you can look up Close To My Heart on YouTube to get tips and technique for different types of crafting projects? They do have some helpful videos there and this one has an introduction and overview to the new Close To My Heart Cricut Artistry Cartidge. If you don’t have this cartridge yet, watch this video to get the scoop on the special features for this cartridge. It is quickly becoming one of my favorites.




The endless possibilities with the overlays really is fabulous. I’m getting lots of festive goodies ready to share at Holiday Extravaganza and the Close To My Heart Cricut Artistry Cartridge is making it fun and easy. You can order a Cricut Artistry Cartridge on my shopping website by clicking here. Both the cartridge and the digital version are available for you on my website. I think you will enjoy the many different types of crafting you can do with this cartridge for the holidays, and every day.

I’m off to keep the creative flurry happening here. There are just so many things I am excited to try. If you live in the Boise Area, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing for information about attending this year’s Holiday Extravaganza. It is my favorite event every year and I enjoy sharing as many helpful tips for your Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas projects as I can…. invitations, decorations, gifts, home decor, and so much more. I can’t wait.


Holiday Extravaganza

Friday, October 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Meridian, Idaho

Contact Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to reserve a spot.



Today I am putting together September Workshop Kits and these pages just make me happy. The new Close To My Heart Zoe Paper Packet has a great combination of paper patterns with polka-dots, hounds tooth, grids, and arrows. It really is a cheerful collection of colors and prints. I added a little Canary yellow cardstock to the pages and made layout themes that I thought would be fun for photos of celebrations and things that make just make you smile.

What faces, places, and favorite things just make you smile? I designed the “Love This” layout with those types of photos in mind. The “Eat Cake” layout…well, what else do you need to say? There are so many great reasons for including cake in a celebration. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, graduation party, retirement party, or simply a special dessert after dinner, pictures where we share moments with family and friends will be perfect with these Zoe pages.

There are three layouts all together and they like this.


Zoe Layout 1 PM

Zoe Layout 2 PM

Zoe Layout 3 PM


In addition to the Zoe Paper Packet I accessorized these layouts with the new Coral Shimmer Trim and die-cut shapes from Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges…including the brand new Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

I love this new cartridge with it’s fabulous collection of over 700 unique designs. I think my favorite thing about it is the simple layering pieces like the “Eat Cake,” “Celebrate,” and that fantastic layered cake on the layout above. There are many different types of bases with interchanging overlays on this cartridge.

The Workshop Kits this month also include the Zoe Complements for accessorizing and personalizing your pages after you add your photos. Close To My Heart has redesigned these embellishments packages to give you a combination of coordinating sticker sheets, printed kraft die-cuts, and printed vellum die-cuts. They are really cute and helpful for journaling, too.

Zoe Complements I think you will enjoy using these Zoe layouts to tell some happy stories in your scrapbooks. There are a couple of workshop dates you can choose to attend in the Boise Area to make these pages. I can also put a Workshop Kit in the mail for you if you do not live here locally or the dates to not fit for your schedule. Either way, chose to enjoy some cheerful crafting and contact me for your Zoe Workshop Kit today. I think they will make you smile, too.


 Zoe Workshop Kits – $32 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Package –

  • X7197B “Zoe” Paper Packet
  • X7197C “Zoe” Complements
  • Z3088 Coral Shimmer Trim
  • Extra Cardstock, Pre-cut Cricut Shapes, and Supplies


Other Items Used On These Pages –

  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z3082 Zoe Assortment ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)



Zoe Workshop Dates

Friday, September 18 at 6:30 PM

Friday, September 25 at 6:30 PM


Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to reserve a date or order a Workshop Kit.



Remember recently when I confessed to still loving back-to-school supplies…new crayons, pencils, folders…all of those great basics and essentials that you get every year to get ready for all of the exciting new things a school year brings? Well, I found these crayons and they have inspired a whole lot of scrapbooking at my house.


Themed Crayon Packages PM


Have you seen these special themed boxes of crayons?  This collection includes Classic Disney characters, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Princesses. Aren’t they awesome? Just by mixing together different colors, Crayola had made super fun theme sets. Each themed box of crayons has different color combinations in it to fit the character shown on the cover of the box.


Three Boxes Crayon Collage PM


It was a light bulb moment when I first saw these boxes while walking through the school supply section at Target. As I stood there in the aisle looking to see how many different themed boxes there were, I got to thinking… I could make endless themed scrapbook pages by making different color combinations of the  new Close To My Heart Fundamentals collections. And…I even have photographs that have Classic Disney Characters, Marvel Avengers, and Disney Princesses.

That did it. I left Target and went home to dive into some new storytelling with a scrapbook project using Fundamentals. I have the first set finished and thought I would share them with you today. Are you ready? Here they are…my Crayola crayon inspired Marvel Avengers pages.


Avengers Layout 1

Avengers Fundamentals L2 PM


The pictures are a little fuzzy because the pages are inside Memory Protectors. I used Flip Flaps for some extra story extension on these pages, so I wanted you to see what the pages look like when you see them in my album. Some of those photographs are inside Flip Flaps and there are more spaces underneath that I use for extra pictures and journaling spaces. If you have not tried Flip Flaps, you really should. They come in a variety of size and are perfect for being able to expand your storytelling without need to create additional layouts.

Here are what the page bases look like without the Flip Flaps. Do you see the difference?


Avengers Layout 1 Base

Avengers L2 Base PM


Here’s what it looks like with the Flip Flaps so you can see where I have added extra photos and my spaces for journaling. I still need to go in and add my journaling, but you can see where it will go under Flip Flaps on both layouts.


Avengers Fundamentals L1 Flip Flap PM

Avengers Fundamentals L2 Flip Flap PM


Even though my kids are grown, I planned an Avengers party to celebrate my son’s last birthday. There were some silly moments with superhero masks and everything. It was awesome. Every time I look at these layouts I smile and I love the storytelling I am preserving with them. The Fundamental collection made enhancing the theme so easy with the bright-colored texture papers and stickers. The mix-and-match flexibility in the coordinating sets is great. If you have not seen the Close To My Heart Fundamentals collection, you have to click here to check them out on my shopping website.


Creating with the Fundamentals collection feels just as exciting as opening a new box of crayons and beginning to splash color on new projects. The fabulous colors, patterns, coordinating sticker sheets, and accessories are fantastic and just full of creative possibilities. I am pretty sure the Fundamentals collection is my new favorite crafting essential for all types of projects. Just look at all of these dazzling colors in the Enchantment color group.


Fundamentals Collection Enchantment PM


The Fundamental Sticker sets are terrific with four 6″ x 12″ sheets full of color coordinated stickers. The sets include three full alphabet sets with multiple letters and numbers, titles, icon shapes, accents, and labels. If you look above you see lots of ways I used the stickers.

  1. I used the alphabet letters to spell out “MARVEL” in the title, to personalize photos with my kids’ names, to add “27th Birthday,” and I even used the numbers on top of the photos to coordinate with the journaling that will be under the Flip Flap. This makes an easy reference to match the pictures with the story that goes with them.
  2. I used labels and banner shapes for color accents and journal spots. I even layered some stars shapes on top of the birthday cake picture. The colors blend so well, they kind of look like they are part of the photo. Love being able to add all of those great accent details.


There are four color palettes to choose from in the Fundamentals collection, Whimsy, Adventure, Enchantment, and Basics. Each group is made up of 10 different colors, so the combinations just become endless.


Fundamental Paper Colors Collage


I already have my next set of pages in the works and they use the Whimsy colors to bring together a Disney Priness themed set of layouts. So many possibilities. Stay tuned for more theme color fun featuring “FUN-damentals.” Not only are they the new classic basics tools that every craft room needs, they are also the splash of color that will bring endless creative inspiration and fun to your projects.


Last week I hosted a Creative Hearts Team Gathering at my house and we had great fun creating with the new Fundamental products and colors. Of course, I had to give each person their own brand new box of special crayons, too. Everyone went home with a different box of themed crayons and a challenge to create something new using Close To My Heart Fundamentals in their crayon color scheme. I cannot wait to see where their inspiration takes them.


CH Team Colorful Inspiration Collage


I invite you to visit my shopping website at www.michelle.ctmh.com and choose a Fundamentals collection to boost your creative inspirations, too. Whether you enjoy scrapbooking, making cards, or doing any papercrafting, you will love the possibilities with them crafting basics.


When you order Close To My Heart products through my online shopping, be sure to click the button to join Michelle’s Online Gathering for the month and you’ll be automatically entered in a drawing for $25 in free Close To My Heart products.



Having so much fun creating and getting ready for my Open House to celebrate the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Wonderful things are coming. It all happens tomorrow. Looking forward to sharing. #SomethingAboutSharing #ctmhconsultant #lovemyjob


Tomorrow is the big day. The Close To My Heart 2015-2016 Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live on September 1. It is full and overflowing with 161 pages of new products, creative tips & techniques, and beautiful artwork. Exciting things are just around the corner and I cannot wait to share it with you.

I’ve been creating new projects and workshops with so many fantastic new products. I love it all… gorgeous colors, awesome papers, so fun accessories, and many, many things you will enjoy creating with, too.


If you live in the Boise Area, stop by my Open House to see all that’s new, pick up an Idea Book to take home, make a project, and get in on some evening specials.


CTMH New Annual Inspirations Idea Book Open House

September 1, 2015

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com for location and directions.


If you are not in the Boise Area, be sure to add your email to the “Stay In Touch” box above, so you do not miss any of the new projects and workshops coming your way.




I received a box of scrapbook pages that I made using Studio J and I just had to share this layout with you. Talk about “happy mail.” When a box of new scrapbook layouts arrives that I’ve made with Close To My Heart’s digital scrapbooking it’s a celebration here. It’s great fun to slip completed pages into an album and enjoy flipping through all those smiles.

This layout is one I particularly enjoy because the pictures are of the amazing CTMH Consultants that I get to work with as part of the Creative Hearts Team. It’s an honor to be the team leader for this incredible group and even more so to share my Close To My Heart journey with them. This layout does make me happy.


Team Convention Studio J Collage 2 PM


Last month many of us were able to meet at Disneyland in California to enjoy the 2015 Annual Close To My Heart Convention together. Getting to see all of these friends is one of my favorite parts of attending Convention. We come together from all over the country each year to be inspired, encouraged, laugh, learn, and have a whole bunch of fun. On this particular morning, we met in the Rose Garden at the Disneyland Hotel. Obviously, pink is our color, and our Creative Hearts Team shirt design added a festive touch to our magical days shared at the Magic Kingdom. So happy.


Team Shirt & Friends Collage


I do think I have one of the best jobs ever. Working with Close To My Heart and the Creative Hearts Team is an absolute blessing. So many smiles, so many delightful people, and so many wonderful opportunities. It’s also pretty cool to have a job where scrapbooking is part of my work day.

I think I may need to create some more scrapbook layouts in Studio J, today. Digital scrapbooking with Studio J is just so quick and easy…and who doesn’t like getting a package filled with smiles like these in the mail. Gotta love it!


If you would like to share in our adventures and be a part of something this totally awesome, email me at



After 22 years with the Close To My Heart company, I can honestly say it is the best, and I would love to share it with you, too.



Who says shopping for “Back-To-School” supplies is just for kids and teachers? It’s true I do not have children at home anymore, and I’m no longer a full-time Elementary School Teacher. However, every year I still enjoy walking up and down the school supply aisles. It’s one of my favorite things about this back-to-school time of year. There’s just nothing quite like a brand new box of color crayons, sharp pencils with erasers, fresh new markers, and a new Pee-Chee folder, of course. You know what I mean. It’s good stuff.

When you open a new box of crayons they simply look fabulous. The tops of the crayons are all even, the paper wrappers are crisp, and they are just waiting to bring the magic of color to your very next project. It’s kind of exciting, like, “Oh, the beautiful things I will make with these.” Possibilities everywhere!

I think that’s what back-to-school time is, in a way. It’s that new beginning of possibilities, an open door for more adventures, and everything that a new year of learning, exploring, and enjoying shared experiences can bring. It’s a new box of crayons and school supplies that are all ready for creating the next thing.

Are you ready for creating your next thing?


Traditional back-to-school basic supplies might look something like this…

School Supply Collage


Your updated basic supplies might look something like this…


Supplies Collage 4


Some new glue, scissors, a Mini Stapler and markers can be terrific resources for helping you along in your creative happy place.

I’ve been doing some creating and coloring with my ShinHan markers, and other NEW Close To My Heart products, but you have to wait until the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live on Sept. 1 to see those. In the meantime, here are a couple of simple gift enclosure cards that I made. Just stamp in black, color, and layer on cardstock. So quick and so colorful.


Markers Cuddly Salutations PM


Have you tried the ShinHan Touch Twin Markers yet? They color beautifully. These markers have dual tips with an alcohol-based ink that helps them to blend smoothly without streaks. You can also build color up or even take color away with the coordinating Blender Marker. The special ink formula also lets you add color to more than just paper. You can color on top of neutral colored Close To My Heart accessories like Shimmer Trim, Sparkles, and Sequins to make them whatever color you need to coordinate with your projects. With 24 different colors to choose from in the CTMH ShinHan color palette you have so many options. Just imagine having 24 different shades of Shimmer Trim. Fantastic!

If you’re like me, you enjoy having lots of coloring options. That’s one of the tricky parts about choosing a box of color crayons, right? Do you get the box of 24, 48, or 64… oh my goodness, the choices.

I thought I would help you out with putting together a collection of ShinHan markers and I’ll give you some free colors along the way.


For every 5 ShinHan Markers you purchase through me,

you get a 6th ShinHan marker FREE.


When you have all 24 colors, I will also give you a free Blender Marker. That will help you add to your colors a little bit faster and save you $30 on your full set.

To make it easier to remember which colors you have, when you order ShinHan markers through me, I’ll send you a chart to keep track of the marker colors you have ordered and a color swatch chart for you to use as a reference when you are choosing colors for your projects. I have my color swatch chart out every time I use my ShinHan markers to make it easier to see which color I want to work with. You can order ShinHan markers on my website by clicking here or contacting me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. 


Marker Charts Collage


I think you will enjoy coloring with these markers for so many different kinds of projects. As you choose some colors to start with, remember that the Marker Roll-Ups are available to help organize all of your colors, too.


Roll-Up Marker


The organizer holds all 24 marker colors with room for a Blender Marker, too. It rolls up into one handy little case making it easy to store your markers and making them very portable. There is even a hanging loop inside the organizer for easy vertical storage if that fits your space better. Having the perfect container to organize your markers is right up there with something to hold all of the school supplies inside student desks. The Marker Roll-Up is designed to help you have a place for everything, and everything in it’s place.

In August you can get a FREE “Balloon Wishes” Stamp Set when you purchase the Marker Roll-Up, so if you are thinking about picking up some new colors, this is a great time to begin organizing, as well. By itself, the stamp set would be $17.95, however, it’s free until August 31 when you purchase a Marker Roll-Up.


Balloon Wishes


It’s great fun to add a splash of color to your projects and having those essential supplies at your fingertips is important. If you enjoy new creative resources, having the right tools ready for the next project, and creating new things, here are a couple of specials that you might find helpful.


Back-To-School Specials

While I might not be teaching in a classroom anymore, I still look at this time of year with with anticipation for new experiences, changes, learning, exploring, creating, making memories, and keeping memories. It’s all such good stuff. Enjoy the magic of a new box of crayons, or new markers, or whatever creative resources get you excited about making the next thing happen. It’s a great season.







Sometimes I’m going through the week, getting all the “have-to’s” done and I just feel like I need to do something creative. Does that ever happen to you? There is something about having a creative outlet that is calming and relieves some of the stress of the day. Tapping into your creative side is kind of refreshing and refueling, not to mention a lot of fun.

For me, getting creative can include a lot of different types of activities. It could be making a card to send to a friend, catching up on some photos on my computer with digital scrapbooking, trying a new recipe for dinner, painting an old piece of furniture to give it a whole new look, or any number of things. I really enjoyed when my kids were small and we would color, build with Legos, or decorate cookies. Kids are great at adding a creative twist to just about anything. What kinds of things make you feel creative?


I have been enjoying some terrific creative time with the brand new Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge. Wow…it is overflowing with possibilities.

What makes this cartridge unique? Well, to start, there are over 700 new designs to choose from. I love all of the simple layering options, the addition of animals, cameras, cool trendy shapes, and a funky new font. There are a lot of options for layering messages, icon images, main focus pieces, and so much more. You just set your size dial to one measurement one time, cut the layers in the colors you choose, and they stack right on top of each other to add color and dimension to each piece. Here are some examples so you can see what I mean.


Zoe Collage 2 PM


Would you like to see a few of my first projects with this cartridge?

Here’s a scrapbook layout and a card featuring the fabulous new cake and some of the celebration die-cuts.


Zoe Scrapbook Workshop PM

Cricut Artistry Cartridge Scrapbook Workshop



I love being able to make the cake in any color, and with any color of frosting? Did you have a chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting at your party? No problem. Try a Chocolate Cardstock base and a Cocoa Cardstock overlay for the frosting. It’s so easy.


Chocolate Cake PM


Hear are a few cards using some of the same die-cut shapes in different sizes, along with some different designs. How about that monkey? The Artistry Cricut Cartridge has several really cute animals designs.


Zoe Card Workshop PM

Cricut Artistry Cartridge Card Workshop


Like I said, there are so many options. I was just getting warmed up with these projects. I made all of these cards, bags, and scrapbook pages using the paper in the new CTMH Zoe Paper Packet with Coral Shimmer Trim accents. I did add a little Chocolate & Cocoa Cardstock to make the monkey, though.


The Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge comes in a terrific collection with three exclusive stamps sets and a combo pack of cardstock featuring the new Enchantment color palette. It’s a really terrific package and even a great deal. You get the cartridge with all 700 designs along with the three stamp sets and cardstock for only $99. (Retail value about $120)




There is actually a new option for all of you Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air folks. You can get Artistry in a digital format. The Cricut Artistry Digital Collection still comes with the same stamps and cardstcok, however the 700 images are accessed using an online code instead of a physical cartridge. Since it does not come with the actual cartridge, it also does not come with the booklet of images. If you are working primarily digitally AND with Explore machines this can be a nice option. This collection is only $79.


I am really enjoying the creative outlet this cartridge has been lately. I’m thinking it could be a terrific creative outlet for you, too. To help you enjoy some creative time in your world, I have a special offer to share with you, complete with projects all ready to put together.


Artistry Workshop Kit Special


When you purchase the brand new Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Collection on my website between now and September 1, 2015, I will send you one of the Workshop Kits shown above, absolutely FREE.

Both workshop kits come with the supplies and instructions to make the projects you see in the pictures above. Choose from…

  • …the Scrapbook Workshop Kit to make the two page “Eat Cake” layout and the coordinating card.
  • …the Card Workshop Kit to make five complete cards.


What do you think? Would you like to make a scrapbook layout or a set of fun cards? Wouldn’t it feel great to enjoy a creative outlet with project pieces already prepared, PLUS a new Cricut Cartridge to play with?


This special offer is only available through me and until September 1, 2015.

Just click here and it will take you right to where you can order the Close to My Heart Artistry Cricut Collection on my website. Shopping online is easy and creating will be, too, when your Artistry Cartridge and Workshop Kit arrives at your doorstep.


Once you have ordered your Artistry Collection, email me at


to let me know if you would like a Scrapbook Workshop Kit or a Cardmaking Kit.

These items will ship separately from your cartridge, as they will be coming directly from me.


Here’s to a fabulous new creative outlet full of possibilities. And remember…it’s not all about paper. Watch for other ways to use your Artistry Cricut Cartridge this fall.

Enjoy! Michelle


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As I have been sharing the scrapbook layouts I have designed for August with friends it’s been so interesting to hear all the different types of pictures that they think about putting on these pages. I’m curious to see what story you might tell with this pages, too.

This month we are creating with the Close To My Heat Jackson Workshop On The Go Kit. These kits are terrific because they include coordinating paper, accessories, a stamp set, and instructions for how to make one full layout. Since I liked all of the parts and pieces to the Jackson package so much, I decided it was a great place to start in designing layouts for this month. I added a some extra cardstock to the package so I could make three full layouts, and this is what they look like.


Jackson L1 PM

Jackson L2 PM

Jackson L3 PM


So, what story could you tell with these pages? Do you have camping pictures ready for these pages? This time of year anything outdoors is a perfect fit, however lots of other photo themes have come up as we’ve been talking about these layouts. How about Father’s Day, fishing, boating, a weekend at the cabin, a country Christmas, or family reunions? There are so many different ways this Jackson Workshop Kit could help preserve your family stories.


I really like the Brave Enamel Shapes and the Jackson Assortment accessories that are a part of this Workshop Kit. Both are adhesive-backed and easy to add to the pages. The Jackson Assortment is one of my favorites. These designs are metal-rimmed, enamel filled shapes that remind me of the fun pins you can get at Disneyland. So cool, right?


Jackson Assortment PM

Brave Enamel Shapes PM

When these accessories are combined stamped images, messages from the Zip Strips, and Cricut shapes in clusters around the pages they really add to the theme. Here’s a little closer look how the embellishments look together on the layout.


Jackson Collage PM



This workshop is going to be great fun, however, this Jackson Collection is retiring from the regular Close To My Heart product line August 31, 2015. It is now only available while supplies last, so that means you’ll want to order it soon before it’s gone.

If you live in the Boise Area and would like to attend a workshop where we can make the pages together, check the dates and see which one works best for you. If you are out of the area or the dates do not quite fit your schedule, I would be happy to put a Workshop To Go Kit together for you and mail it to you.



Jackson Workshop Kits – $35 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • G1094 Jackson Workshop On The Go Kit that comes with Background & Texture Papers, Cardstocks, coordinating stamp set, Brave Enamel Shapes, Jackson Assortment metal-rimmed, enamel-filled pieces, and an instructional brochure.
  • Extra Cardstock, Cricut shapes, and Supplies


Other Items Used On These Layouts:

  • Z2104 Barn Red Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2114 Cocoa Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2641 Glacier Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2165 Juniper Ink Pad ($5.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Jackson Workshop Dates

Saturday, August 15 at 10:00 AM

Friday, August 21 at 6:30 PM



Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to reserve a date or order a Workshop Kit.


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