Are you enjoying these long, sunshine filled summer days? With backyard get togethers, pool time, vacations, days at the beach or the lake and so many other fun activities there are lots of photos being taken right now. Are you ready for scrapbook pages to help you preserve those memories, too?

This month there are two Scrapbook Group Workshop Kits available to help you add all of your summer memory making to your albums where you can enjoy them year round. I have been having so much fun creating these summertime scrapbook layouts and I am excited to share them with you today.


Sunflower Summer Days Layouts


Sunflower Layout 1 PM

Sunflower Layout 2 PM

Sunflower Collage PM


I love Sunflowers and they always make me think of later summer. For these pages I have used Close To My Heart Cardstock in Honey, Pacific, Outdoor Denim, Chocolate, Kraft, and White Daisy. I like to create with solid cardstocks now and then because you can add texture and pattern with other tools and accessories. The stripes on the Kraft cardstock are made by scoring the paper with lines 1/4″ apart and then ink distressing with Chocolate Ink over the top of the scored lines. I find it easiest to lay the paper down on a flat surface and then just gently swipe the ink pad over the top, holding the ink pad flat (parallel to the paper).

The Sunflowers are cut from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge. Both the flower petals and the centers are from die-cut shapes on this terrific cartridge. The title pieces are a combination of die-cuts that come from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. “Summer” is from a title cut and “days” is spelled out with the font from that cartridge. (Visit my blog next week for step-by-step instructions on creating sunflowers.)

Of course a little Burlap Ribbon is just the right accessory to pair with sunflowers. It has great texture and adds some country charm to that late summer color pallet as we move into harvest time. I love the natural fibers. I will also be adding a few brand new accessories to these pages when the new CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book goes live on August 1. Watch for those fun things just around the corner.


Endless Summer Layouts


Endless Summer Layout 1

Endless Summer Layout 2 PM

Endless Summer Collage PM


These pages are kind of my flashback to when I was a kid in the mid-1970′s and “OP” (Ocean Pacific) was the new brand for sporting the look of summer. All those great colors, waves, palm trees, and beach motifs were so much fun and they were a perfect point of inspiration for this year’s summer scrapbooking.

Again, I have just used solid cardstock for these pages in Close To My Heart Pacifica, Sky, Creme Brulee, Sunset, Cranberry, Topiary, and White Daisy. Both of these layouts were really easy to make because the feature die-cut shapes from the Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. The themed keys on this cartridge make designing beautiful pages so simple. I have combined a couple of those theme specific die-cuts with a few other page overlays and icons. You can see in the picture below where all of the die-cut shapes for the first Endless Summer layout came from one key. You can find it on page 67 in the booklet that comes with the cartridge.


Artbooking page

The die-cut shapes create great theme development and color accents to the pages all by themselves, so the only other accessory I added was White Brads. So simple.


Both Workshop Kits are only $20 each.

(plus tax and shipping)

They come with everything pre-cut and ready to put together.


Each workshop kit features two complete layouts (four pages) and at only $20 each. If you just can’t decide which one you like best, you can do both. Both sets are cost effective and time efficient to make it easy for you to scrapbook your summer activities. They also make great gift sets.

If you live in the Boise Area there are two Scrapbook Group Workshop dates you can choose from to come and make your pages here. If you live out of the area or would like to create the pages at home I can put a Workshop To Go Kit together for you.


Scrapbook Group Workshop Dates

Friday, August 8 at 6:30 PM

Friday, August 15 at 6:30 PM



You can also purchase all of these supplies on my website and enjoy the convenience of shopping online any time you like. If you do not have the Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges, those are definitely something to invest in for your crafting resources at home. Each cartridge has 700 different die-cut shapes that can be paired and altered to make so many fabulous things. Wait until you see the daisy projects I will be sharing soon using the same Cricut shapes as the sunflower die-cuts. Enjoy shopping online 24/7 and have fabulous crafting products delivered to your door. It’s awesome.

Click here to shop on my website and enjoy the full line of Close To My Heart products.




To order a Workshop Kit or attend a Scrapbook Group Workshop, contact me, Michelle Snyder,

at or (208) 713-2940.




Jubilee Group PM


Recently I was watching Walt Disney’s Pollyanna and was inspired to host an old-fashioned summertime bazaar. Pollyanna is set in a small Victorian era town in 1912 where people came together in the summertime for a time of celebration together. You know, the band playing at the gazebo, bicycle parades, and lots of different booths with games, activities, watermelon, homemade ice cream and cake. There was music, laughter, and fun for everyone. What a fantastic way to enjoy warm weather, family, and friends while making some memories.

So…in two weeks I am hosting a morning of creative fun and tasty summer treats for everyone to come and enjoy. Because I have based all of the Make & Take projects and decorations on the Close To My Heart Jubilee Paper Packet, Textiles, and Accessories, I’m calling this event my Summertime Jubilee Bazaar. When you come to this special day, you will enjoy making your way to a variety of booths in my home and backyard where you can enjoy creating three hands-on projects, decorating your own cookie, nibbling some fresh summer fruit, and having a great time with friends. There will even be an optional Base & Bling Buffet where you can design your own necklace to take home with you, too.


Here’s how it works….

Summertime Jubilee Bazaar

DATE: Saturday, July 19, 2014

TIME: 9:00 – Noon (Drop in anytime between those hours.)

PLACE: 5779 N. Cosworth Place, Boise 

(Email me at for directions.)


Register to attend the

Summertime Jubilee Bazaar

for only $10 per person.

($5 each for children when they are sharing projects with an adult.)

RSVP Deadline – Wednesday, July 16



Your $10 Registration Includes:

  • Making two cards
  • Creating a decorated jar of treats at the Candy Buffet
  • Decorating a cookie
  • Enjoying summertime snacks and goodies


Here are the Make & Take Projects included in your registration for the Summertime Jubilee Bazaar.


Jubilee Thank You Card PM

Jubilee Jars With Candy PM

Jubilee Birthday Card PM




You can add a jewelry project booth to your Summertime Jubilee Bazaar where you can design your own personalized necklace using the Close To My Heart Base & Bling products. It’s a fast, fun, and fabulous creative project that you are sure to enjoy. The unique charms, pendants, design sheets, and chains let you customize your own necklace and create wearable art that’s just your style.


Base & Bling Steps Collage


You choose your own necklace color (all pieces come in Antique Gold & Silver), your pendant shape, artwork, and charms to embellish your finished project. Choose pieces individually at the Base & Bling Buffet booth or purchase the “Value Meal” and put your whole necklace together for only $12.


Base & Bling Jewelry Buffet


Mark your calendar, invite a friend, and let me know you are planning to be here to share a great morning of creativity and fun as we celebrate summer with memory making and memory keeping. This will be terrific time to invite a friend to come along or even bring your children to enjoy some crafting time with you.

I look forward to seeing you and a guest or two at the Summertime Jubilee Bazaar if you are in the Boise, Idaho area. It’s going to be a great day. Here’s to enjoying some fabulous summer moments together.

Michelle Snyder


To RSVP, contact Michelle Snyder at 

0r  (208)713-2940

by Wednesday, July 16



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As many of you may know, I love alphabet fonts. I have many different types and sizes of font that I like to use on a wide variety of crafting and decorating projects. I am super excited to tell you that the Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month set is a brand new quirky kind of font called “Circus Alphabet.” I am really enjoying the style variety and size variation. Take a look at these great letters. You can use it to personalize and customize so many different creative projects.


July SOM


You get 68 individual stamps in the Circus Alphabet stamp set. The set includes two full alphabet sets with numbers and punctuation. It’s terrific and you can get the whole set for only $5 when you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart Products in July. (Regular retail price $17.95)

Here’s a video to give you some project ideas for how you could use the Circus Alphabet Font in a several types of projects.



Weren’t those some great project ideas? This is an alphabet stamp set that I think you will enjoy having in your creative resources at home.

This stamp set is only available in July. You can get your Circus Alphabet by placing an order on my website or contacting me directly. Click here for a link to shopping on my website. When your order reaches $50 you will be receive a message letting you know that you qualify for the special savings on the July Stamp Of The Month set.

If you are ordering on my website you also have an opportunity to receive $25 in select product credit through my monthly online shopping give-away. To enter, just  add your order to “Michelle’s July Online Order” when you go to check out and you will be automatically entered in the drawing for a FREE SHOPPING SPREE from the currect Close To My Heart Idea Book. At the end of every month I draw a name from the people who placed an online order on “Michelle’s Online Order” from my website during that month.

Enjoy browsing through the Close To My Heart Idea Book online and be sure to add your Circus Alphabet for only $5 with your $50 order. If you do not have a personal copy of the CTMH Idea Book, just contact me at and I can get one to you.


Oh, the good ol’ summer time. When I saw the Close To My Heart Jubilee Paper Packet so many activities that seem classically summer came to mind. Things like picnics with red & white gingham tablecloths, BBQs and corn on the cob, homemade ice cream and fresh berry pie, going to the fair (and of course “fair food”), rodeos and bandanas, and so many things other summer memory making moments. What about you? What kinds of summer activities are classic summer things for you?

As I designed the July Scrapbook Workshop pages I had all of these types of things in mind. With coordinating Jubilee Dimensional Elements Complements and Jubilee Assortment  the this Close To My Heart Collection was a perfect fit. Here’s how they came together.


Jubilee L3 PM


Jubilee L2 PM


Jubilee L1 PM


For a little extra color and texture, I added Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon. I really like this ribbon. The narrow width is very versatile and the chevron print was a perfect contrast to the papers. And how about that Jubilee Assortment. The badge button look is super cute and they are adhesive backed making them easy to add to your pages. Aren’t they so cute? They say summer all over them.


Jubilee Assortment



Jubilee L1 Detail PM


Jubilee L3 Detail PM


You will also see in the pictures above where I have made scalloped borders, too. If you have never tried the Scallop Border Punch, you should. It is so easy to use and it makes great scallop edges on any length of paper.

Z1851 Scallop Border Punch


If you are in the Boise Area you can come and make these fun summer pages at a July Scrapbook Group Workshop. There are a couple of dates to choose from. However, if your summer calendar is full and overflowing you can purchase a Workshop Kit To Go to create the pages at home, too.


July Scrapbook Workshop Kits With “Jubilee” – $27 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Kits Include - 

    • X7181B Jubilee Paper Packet ($9.95)
    • X7181C Jubilee Complements ($4.95)
    • Z1929 Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon – ($4.95)
    • Extra Cardstock and Supplies ($7.50)


Other Items Used On These Layouts - 

    • Z3004 Jubilee Assortment ($5.95) 
    • Z1851 Scallop Border Punch ($17.95)
    • Z1151 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
    • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
    • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
    • Z2111 Chocolate Inks Pad ($5.25)



July Scrapbook Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, July 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, July 18 at 6:30 PM


This special Close To My Heart Paper Packet is selling out quickly, so if you would like to add these layouts to your scrapbooks for your summer memory making, contact me soon I can get a Workshop Kit put together for you before the Jubilee Collection is gone.


To reserve a spot at a workshop

or to order a Workshop Kit for the Jubilee pages,

contact me at  or  (208) 713-2940 



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