Lucky 5


How would you like to get caught up on putting photos in scrapbooks?  Would you like to win a free album? November marks the 5 year anniversary of Studio J, the Close To My Heart online scrapbooking program. To celebrate, there are five ways for you to win special discounts, give-aways, and “golden tickets” surprises, all while creating great scrapbook pages in Studio J.


Here’s how you can get in on the celebrating and the specials.

  1. Studio J layouts purchased in November are only $5. Throughout the month of November, all layouts purchased in Studio J are just $5! That is a savings of over 25% off of retail!
  2. Surprise Close To My Heart accessories. Every fifth order placed in Studio J during November receives a FREE surprise Close To My Heart accessory in its shipping box! The accessory has a retail value of $5 or more.
  3. Five “golden tickets” will be sent out in November. There will be five “golden tickets” sent out during the month of November with randomly selected Studio J print orders. This “golden ticket” is redeemable for one of Close To My Heart’s new D-ring albums* loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors.
  4. Five FREE albums with Close To My Heart Facebook posts. To win, simply create new, gorgeous layouts in Studio J, select your favorites, and then post pictures of them on Close To My Heart’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. After November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries based on their artistry and creativity and each of these winners will receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!
  5. Five FREE albums with Instagram posts. Take your new Studio J artwork and post a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #ctmhlucky5. Just as it is with Facebook, after November 30, five lucky winners will be selected from the entries to receive their own D-ring album loaded with 10 Top Load Memory Protectors!


How exciting is that? You can make a two-page scrapbook layout for only $5 and have opportunities to win a free D-ring album with Memory Protectors. You can enter more than once, so the more you create, the more you have a chance to win. If you have not tried Studio J, this is a great time to check it out.

Here is a layout I did recently in Studio J. This is from a summer morning walk with Sunny and Sophie.  As you can see I added buttons, stitches, ribbon, personalized titles and journaling. It’s was so quick and easy.



While I was putting pages together in Studio J I also did some photos only pages. This is a great way to get perfectly cropped and sized photos to add to your classic scrapbook pages. I just drop the photos in the boxes on the Studio J layout, cut them apart when they arrive, and then I add them to my scrapbook layouts. I can make any size photo in Studio J. Some may be little 1″ x 1″ accent pictures and other may be full 12″ x 12″ pictures that become a page all by themselves. It’s terrific.






With Studio J I make scrapbook pages, framable art, Christmas cards, and even just print my photos for classic scrapbook layouts. Studio J is easy to use and full of creative possibilities. It makes scrapbooking something I can do anytime and anywhere. I don’t have to get all of my crafting supplies out. All I need is a computer and internet. That means scrapbooking at Starbuck’s while sipping a Peppermint Hot Chocolate is totally doable. It’s wonderful, and this month has even more fabulous reasons for creating with Studio J.


Click here to visit the Studio J link on my website and get started scrapbooking online today.


If you have any questions about how to use Studio J or how to participate in the give-aways and surprises from Close To My Heart in November let me know. I would be happy to help you enjoy the ease of online scrapbooking while enjoying the anniversary celebration specials, too.


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I am so honored to be nominated as a Creative Blogger by my creative friend and fellow CTMH Consultant, Christine Adams. Christine and I were partner teachers for Extravaganza at this year’s Close To My Heart Convention at Disneyland. She is a delight to create with and her work is always an inspiration. She is fantastic at all the little details that make a project stand out and shine. Click on her name above to visit her blog and see some of her handiwork.

This Creative Blogger tour is a terrific opportunity to meet new bloggers, get some fresh ideas, and find more inspirational resources for your creative projects. Part of accepting this Creative Blogger nomination is agreeing to answer a few questions about my creative process. Here are my questions and answers. You’ll find links to two more Creative Bloggers at the end of this post, so read on and enjoy.


What am I currently working on?

I am currently working on projects for the holidays. I love Christmas and creating projects for making and keeping memories in this festive time of year. The scrapbook layouts I am designing now will be part of the December Scrapbook Groups that offer next month. I offer scrapbook workshops every month with classes you can attend in the Boise Area or long-distance through workshop kits that I put together and mail out. I always post the next month’s pages on my blog, so come visit again to see what’s creative projects are coming next. Here’s a look at one of the Christmas scrapbook layouts I’m working on now.


Yuletide Carol 3 PM

Yuletide Carol Collage PM


What is my signature style?

It is interesting how the things you create seems to have common elements that reflect a sort of style…even when you think you are trying something new. Some of the elements I find consistent in the things I create are clean, simple lines, use of negative space, and creative font combinations. I like adding all of the fun little details with colors, textures, and accessories while still trying to keep a clean simplicity in the projects I design.


Boston Commons 1


How do I become inspired and stay inspired?

I find inspiration all around me. I try to be aware of what is around me as I go for walks in nature, browse through stores, or attending events. I like to look for what I call “points of inspiration.” It’s the little details in things; the textures, lines, colors, patterns, and combinations of those elements that inspire me. Henry David Thoreau said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Points of inspiration are everywhere if you take time to see the details. I enjoy taking inspiration from the things I see and finding ways to create them in my projects.One holiday season I saw a fabulous red, grey, and black plaid hat and it became the point of inspiration for a set of winter scrapbook pages and cards with plaid borders that I wove with cardstock and accented with bold fibers and white snowflake shapes.


How does my creative process work?

As I find points of inspiration to incorporate into my projects the creative process kind of becomes like solving a puzzle. When I see colors, textures, and patterns that I want to reproduce in a project I just have to jump in and experiment until I find just the right combination. I kind of give myself permission to think outside the box, try using tools and resources differently, and allow time to get it just right. Sometimes the pieces come together quickly, other times it might take a couple of days. I find that I like to create for a while and then take a break and come back to it with fresh eyes later on. The process is sort of like being on a creative journey to see how all of the parts and pieces come together to design something new.


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope that you will stop by again to see what “points of inspiration” have worked their way into my next creative project.


And now, on to nominating some other inspiring bloggers.

I nominate Melanie Brown and Nicole Robinson.

Both of these ladies create wonderful projects and have different kinds of creative styles that are sure to inspire you. Check out their blogs and enjoy some more amazing artwork. Happy creating. Michelle Snyder


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Fall may be my favorite season. While I enjoy living in a place where I get to experience all four seasons each year, I especially enjoy the changing colors I see all around me as Autumn begins to arrive. The leaves begin to change gradually and then all of a sudden there are bright yellow, orange, red, purple, and green leaves everywhere with a fabulous blue sky in the background. These are some of trees I pass every day when I go for walks with my dog, Sophie, at this time of year. It is beautiful, and I love it.


Fall Leaves Collage PM


All of these trees with brightly colored leaves and fabulous textures became the inspiration for the fall scrapbook pages I have designed for scrapbook workshops and kits in November. As I thought about how I could transfer these things to scrapbook layouts I decided the new Close To My Heart Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment would be perfect.

Paper Fundamentals are double-sided 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock that have design textures on both sides. One side has a printed pattern and the other side has a glossy resist pattern. They are available in four different color combination assortments that mix and match really well. Using the textured cardstock instead of a solid cardstock really changes the look of the final project.


paper fundamentals adventure assortment


I also chose to add to the fall theme and coordinate with the great paper colors by stamping my own multi-colored paper. Using Close To My Heart Exclusive Ink Pads I stamped images that matched the colors in the Paper Fundamentals Adventure Assortment package. Stamping is a wonderful way to make your own background paper or to accessorize and personalize projects. The stamp set that I used is called, Lifetime Of Happiness and it includes all of these versatile designs. Each image is a different stamp which makes it really easy to create your own background paper to coordinate with any color scheme.


Lifetime Of Happiness


So…are you ready to see how the papers and stamps came together in the scrapbook layouts? Here they are. You can see where the I have used both the printed and glossy sides of the Paper Fundamentals. You can also see where I have use the stamp set to add color accents on the layouts in addition to creating my own background paper to use in the project.


Fall Paper Fundamentals 1 PM

Fall Paper Fundamentals 2 PM

Autumn Smiles PM


For a little extra bling, I added Gold Shimmer Trim and Gold Sequins to the pages. Both of these accessories are adhesive-backed and a quick simple way to add sparkle and shine. The titles are cut from Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges. “FALL” and “SMILES” both come from the alphabet font on the Art Philosophy Cartridge and the  word “Autumn” is from the Artbooking Cartridge.


Fall Paper Fundamentals Collage PM


Fall Scrapbook Workshops and Kits

There are two workshop packages available for these fall scrapbook layouts. Workshop Package A includes the stamp set so that you can use these great designs for other projects, too. Workshop Package B does not include the stamp set. There is a $5.00 charge with Workshop Package B for me to pre-stamp the project pieces for you.


Package A – $52.00 (plus tax and shipping)

Z2032 Assortment Paper Fundamentals ($19.95)
C1589 Lifetime Of Happiness Stamp Set ($13.95)
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim ($4.95)
Z2012 Gold Sequins ($2.95)
Additional Cardstock ($11.00)


Package B – $43.00 (plus tax and shipping)

Z2032 Assortment Paper Fundamentals ($19.95)
Z1985 Gold Shimmer Trim ($4.95)
Z2012 Gold Sequins ($2.95)
Additional Cardstock ($11.00)
Additional fee for pre-stamped project pieces ($5.00)


Additional Items Used For Project:

Exclusive Inks Pads – ($5.95 each) Cranberry, Honey, Sunset, Pear, Topiary,Lagoon, Gypsy
My Acrylix Blocks – (1” x 1”) (1” x 3 1/2”) (2” x 2”) (4” x 5”)
Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
Art Philosophy Cricut Collection
Artbooking Cricut Collection


Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, November 21 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 22 at 10:00 AM


It’s a great time to enjoy bright colors, fantastic textures, and lots of “Autumn Smiles.” You can make these colorful fall scrapbook layouts by attending a workshop in the Boise Area or ordering a Workshop Kit to go.


To sign up for a workshop or to order a workshop kit, contact me at  or  (208) 713-2940.


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I am so excited to be celebrating my 20th Annual Holiday Extravaganza in just three days. I am busy creating, baking Candy Cane Cookies, and putting together the final details for this special day. This is one of my favorite events each year as I get to share oodles of  project ideas, party tips, and creative inspiration for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years memory making. It’s so much fun. I love helping to create magical moments and shared experiences.

Here is a peek at one of the projects I’ll be sharing. Who doesn’t like a cup of Hot Chocolate on a chilly winter’s day. I’ll be showing how to create your own Hot Chocolate Buffet and lots of other festive ideas for fall and winter gatherings.


Hot Chocolate Buffet PM



Saturday, October 18

2:00 PM  -or-  6:30 PM

LOCATION: The Hampton Inn in Meridian, Idaho


If you are in the Boise Area, there still a couple of seats available at both sessions.


Contact me at if you would like to come join in the festivities at this year’s Holiday Extravaganza.


If you are not able to join in Holiday Extravaganza in person, stay tuned. I’ll be sharing holiday project ideas here on my blog, too. You can add your email address in the “Stay Up To Date” Box to subscribe to my blog and be sure to catch all of the new project posts and specials.





So thankful for the wedding workshop team. Awesome job creating magical moments. #clarkweddingoctober2014



wedding cheesecake jars


Last weekend we celebrated my niece’s wedding. It was the perfect outdoor, country wedding and I am glad I could be there to share in her special day. It was terrific to be able to help in the preparations, and I am so thankful for the “wedding workshop helpers” who came together from three different states to be sure this wedding day was everything the bride was hoping it would be …and it was. We painted signs, made arrangements, table centerpieces, banners, a guest book album, wedding favors, cooked individual cheesecake desserts in canning jars, and just enjoying being together with family.  There was love and laughter as we shared lots of memory making fun. Awesome job everyone in creating magical moments for the bride and groom. This is what “Something About Sharing” is all about…doing life together, sharing the journey, and celebrating the people in our lives as we make and keep memories.  #clarkweddingoctober2014






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