“No Worries.” What a perfect name for a collection of fabulous papers and accessories for scrapbooking relaxed, sunshine filled days of summer. This month I’ve had so much fun designing a new set of four, two-page layouts featuring the Close to My Heart No Worries Paper Packet and Complements. I love the great title options, woodgrain sequins, and unique paper patterns that come with this kit. Seriously…How about that sunset paper, wicker print, and distressed woodgrain pattern?

I chose simple compositions for these layouts that give a good variety of horizontal and vertical photos in sizes that also match Close To My Heart Flip Flaps. That should provide lots of storytelling options as you are adding your pictures and journaling to the pages. What do you think?








I added in a little  to these layouts, because I loved the color and texture that it brought to the mix. In fact, I couldn’t resist using the Kraft Cardstock to turn the Bottom Border composition in the first layout into a grass skirt look. In the photo below, you can see a little bit of the “grass skirt.” To make it, I just made little random cuts with my CTMH Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors, leaving about 1/2″ uncut along the top to hold it all together. I ink distressed the edges to create a little more definition between the strands of paper. In the picture you can also see the White Burlap Ribbon that I placed along the top of that cut cardstock.





Ink distressing is super easy. Holding an open stamp pad, you simply swipe the edges of the paper with the ink. You can add as much or as little as you like. I used a Cashmere Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad, which also matches the Cashmere Cardstock in the No Worries Coordinating Cardstock Packet. You can see some of the ink distressing in the close up photos below, as well as some of the fun textures and details in the No Worries Complements and No Worries Sequins.







These great papers and accessories are only here for the summer, so if you would like to add these pages to your albums, contact me soon. I want to be sure we get your supplies ordered before they sell out, because we all know something this cute may go fast.


To make these pages you can choose from three options.

  1. Sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop. If you live near the Boise area, choose a date from the list below and come enjoy some creative time at my house.
  2. Purchase a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go. When you purchase a Workshop Kit To Go, everything comes pre-cut and ready to put together. Simply follow the assemble tips to put the layouts together, and have pages ready for photos.
  3. Get a Scrapbook Workshop Guide to create the pages at your convenience. You can purchase a Workshop Guide for $10, or get a full set FREE when you place a $25 order on my website. (www.michelle.closetomyheart.com). Workshop Guides include tips & techniques, cutting guides, assembly tips, and photos of each layout.



No Worries Scrapbook Workshops – $35.00

(plus tax and shipping)


Workshops Include:

  • X7220B No Worries Paper Packet
  • X7220C No Worries Complements
  • Z3323 White Burlap Ribbon
  • Z3322 No Worries Sequins
  • Additional Card Stock and Supplies


Other Products Used:

  • Z2875 Cashmere Ink Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Workshop Dates: 

  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, July 14 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, July 28 at 6:30 pm


To order your Workshop Kit or to attend a Workshop, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.


Soak up the sunshine, unplug here and there, and take pictures to capture the moments you’re enjoying this summer. You’ll be so glad to revisit the memories later as you look through the pages in your scrapbooks.




It seems everything gets a little brighter in the summer with all of that warm sunshine, blue sky, and bold colors everywhere. It’s fantastic! This month we are kicking off summer scrapbooking with some colorful layouts featuring the new Close To My Heart Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Complements, and Glitter Gems. These pages are going to be great for preserving stories of your summer activities like pool parties, water balloons fights, family celebrations, and so much more. And, since we have so many things happening in the summer, there is even a fourth bonus layout with some mix-and-match possibilities. It’s all listed below, so read on to find out how you can add a splash of summer color to your albums.


Here are the four Little Dreamer layouts that I designed. To really show of the bright, fun summer colors featured in the Background & Texture Papers, I added some extra cardstock in Lagoon, Crystal Blue, Lemon, Blossom, Thistle, and White Daisy cardstocks. Talk about vivid. These colors certainly pop!








Aren’t those papers terrific?  How about those bright colored dots, stripes, and even the fluffy white clouds on a blue sky background. Fantastic!

If you have not used Close To My Heart Paper Packets, there are a couple of things you will love about their paper. First, all of the patterned papers that come in a themed packet are color coordinated making them easy to mix-and-match. You do not have to try to figure out which papers look good together, because the are all designed to be used together. Second, the papers are printed on both sides with different patterns, giving you twice as many prints and patterns to choose from. It’s awesome!

For example, look at layout #4 above, you see that the Background & Texture paper I used in the composition is the bright colored dots. Now, if you look at the layout shown below, you will notice that it is the exact same composition, but it looks totally different. You would think that I used a completely different piece of Background & Texture paper, but I didn’t.





I actually used the exact same pieces of Background & Texture papers and cardstocks to make both layouts. All I did was flip the Dots Background & Texture paper to the other side, which has the Unicorn Background & Texture paper on it. I didn’t cut anything different, I just turned the paper over. You can actually change the look and feel of each layout simply by turning the paper over and using the other side. I love that!

To go along with the different themes on the two layouts, I simply used different Picture My Life cards and accessories that all came from the same Paper and Complement packages. Too easy!

This is a great thing to keep in mind as you are putting your scrapbook layouts together. There are terrific coordinating prints on both sides of the paper, so choose the one that fits best for the story you want to tell on your pages.





I would love to share these Little Dreamer layouts with you. There are several options available for you to have a set that you can add to your album.


  1. Sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop. If you live near the Boise area, choose a date from the list below and come enjoy some creative time at my house.
  2. Purchase a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go. When you purchase a Workshop Kit To Go, everything comes pre-cut and ready to put together. Simply follow the assemble tips to put the layouts together, and have pages ready for photos.
  3. Get a Scrapbook Workshop Guide to create the pages at your convenience. You can purchase a Workshop Guide for $10, or get a full set FREE when you place a $25 order on my website. (www.michelle.closetomyheart.com). Workshop Guides include tips & techniques, cutting guides, assembly tips, and photos of each layout.



Little Dreamer Scrapbook Workshops & Kits – $37


Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet
  • X7219C Little Dreamer Complements
  • Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Extra Cardstock and supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Available Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, June 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, July 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 pm



To register to attend a Scrapbook Workshop, or to order a Workshop Kit To Go, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.



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A few days ago I shared the new Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit from Close To My Heart. On that day I showed a picture of the layout I had made with this Kit and then shared a Card Workshop that I designed out the same Kit. I absolutely love this Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit! It’s so much fun to use that I just couldn’t stop creating with it. If you missed the previous post about the cards, click here to take a look. I was able to create 20 different cards from this Kit originally designed for scrapbooking. So fun!

The colors and accessories in the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit are really bright and festive. Best part about the Kit…everything comes ready to assemble. There’s no cutting or figuring out what goes where on your layout. The pieces are all pre-printed with easy to follow instructions for putting it all together. Even the page protectors are included in the Kit, so it’s literally completing pages in about 15 minutes and adding them to your album. That’s so fantastic!

You start out with Background & Texture Paper, pre-printed layering pieces and artwork, stickers, and Picture My Life Cards. The parts and pieces in the Kit look something like this.





This is how my scrapbook layout turned out after assembling the pages and adding my photos.





The pictures I used are from my 50th birthday celebration last summer with some very special family and friends. It was a great day, and I loved capturing the story with this Kit. Everything about the colors and party icons says happy, and it most certainly was a happy celebration!

Now, we often have more than three photos for a party, right? Well, the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit is ready for lots of storytelling. The Kit comes with a set of 12 coordinating Picture My Life cards and Pocket Page Memory Protectors to make it quick and easy to preserve all the details of your celebration.

I’ve had a few questions about using the Picture My Life Cards and Pocket Page Memory Protectors, so I thought I would just quickly share how I am adding them to my album. There are several ways you can do this. Since everything is color coordinated and has similar icons, the theme carries all the way through the pages and they look great together, however you mix-and-match them.

One option is to put the layout shown above into your album and then follow it with the additional pocket pages for the rest of your party photos. Another option, which is what I have chosen for these pages, is to kind of sandwich the Pocket Pages in between the layout pages. That way the layout kind of frames the whole story, from start to finish.

So in my album, the pages look something like this.






I still need to go in and add my journaling, but I think you can get a feel for how fast it becomes to scrapbook my memories when I use these Cut Above Layout Kits. I don’t even have to crop photos or anything. With the Pocket Page Memory Protectors I can just slide in standard 4″ x 6″ prints, alternate with colorful, themed Pictures My Life cards and I have a finished pages to put into my album that captures my memorable moments.

With this kind of memory keeping option, everyone can scrapbook! It’s perfect for busy people, young people, older people, girls, boys…everyone! We all have stories to tell, and Cut Above Layout Kits make it doable. I would encourage you to order a Party Time Cut Above Kit today and try it out. I think you will find this type of scrapbooking fantastic for getting your photos and stories into your albums…Faster. Simpler. Easier.



You can order Party Time Cut Above Layout Kits

on my website. Click here to shop online.



If you missed the Party Time Card Workshop I designed with this Cut Above Layout Kit, click here. You can make the cards, too. I have a Workshop Guide with easy to follow instructions that I send you FREE when you place a $25 order on my website. Or you can contact me directly to order a Workshop Kit that I can mail to you. The Workshop Kit is $20, plus tax and shipping.





Questions? Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.




Ok…are you ready for one of my favorite new Close To My Heart products? It’s the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit. It’s simply fabulous! In fact I love the colors, Picture My Life cards, and festive images so much that I couldn’t just use it for scrapbooking. I turned this scrapbook kit into a Card Workshop with 20 different cards. It was so much fun! I’m excited to share these cards with you today, and you can even get a workshop to make some yourself. Yay!

I guess before I get too carried away, I should tell you what the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit is all about. Cut Above Kits are a great option for making fabulous layouts in a flash. Everything comes in the bag, ready to assemble, and including Memory Protectors to put your pages in your album right away. In fact, it’s literally 15-minute scrapbooking. These Cut Above Kits come with supplies to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. The Kit also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.





Using these pieces, I followed the instructions for the layouts and made the pages shown below with photos from my 50th birthday party. I still need to add my journaling, but I just love how fun and festive the pages look using the parts and pieces that come in this Cut Above Kit! They are a perfect backdrop to my birthday photos with special friends.






As I was putting my pages together, the die-cuts, stickers, and Picture My Life cards were just inviting me to keep creating. So, I got a second Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit and transformed it into 20 different cards. All together, the 20 cards turned out like this.







What do you think? Aren’t they bold, bright, and full of festive fun? I think these cards will be some fabulous happy mail to send to family and friends. If you look closely at the scrapbook layout above and the cards, you can see where title pieces became card messages and scrapbook die-cuts became card accents.

I made all 20 cards without adding any additional paper. I only used the Background & Texture Paper and Picture My Life Cards that came in the original Kit. Of course, I did add card bases and envelopes, which I pulled from Close To My Hearts’ White Cards and Envelope Value Pack, but that’s it for paper.

I wanted to have a variety of sentiments, so I did add a few other messages using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts and Stamp Sets. This let me create a variety of birthday, thank you, thinking of you, and just because type cards. These are the three stamp sets I used, but you could choose other sentiments to fit the types of card message you need, too.






Here is list of the supplies I used to make these cards. 

  • Z3330 Cut Above Layout Kit – Party Time
  • X254 White Cards and Envelopes (Quantity 20)
  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Your choice of stamp sets for messages. Stamp sets shown here include:
    • – B1536 All the Thanks
    • – B1537 Birthday Sparkles
    • – A1198 Hi Friend
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
  • My Acrylix Blocks to fit choice of messages



You can have some fun making cards out of this Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit, too. Here’s how…

  1. Attend a Workshop in the Boise area. Workshop Kits are $20, plus tax and shipping. They come with everything pre-cut and ready to put together. (See upcoming dates below.)
  2. Purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 complete with cutting guide, assembly instructions, project tips, and photographs of the cards to follow along.
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide when you place an order of $25 on my website. Simply shop online at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com and then email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing to let me know you would like to receive the Party Time Card Workshop Guide.
  4. Join my Team in May and receive the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit…AND…the Workshop Guide for FREE. I make all of my Workshop Guides available to the CTMH Consultants who are part of my Creative Hearts Team, so you have lots of resources available.


Note: My Workshop Guides do include a Consultant Release Form, so if you are a Close To My Heart Consultant and would like to share this workshop with your customers, you totally can, when you have a copy of the Workshop Guide for yourself. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm




To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, attend a local Workshop,

or to join my Creative Hearts Team,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.






Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be watching for more fun projects featuring new products from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. There’s lots of great creative resources in that new book I’m super excited to try out. Yay!




It’s always so exciting when a new Close To My Heart Idea Book is available. This new Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book is overflowing with creative possibilities. I’ve already been creating like crazy! Love the new papers, color combinations, beautiful artwork, and fun accessories. And wait until you see the Thin Cuts and Stamp Set Bundles…Awesome!




If you have not see this new book, you can view it on my website, page-by-page. Just click here. Or, if you are like me and love to be able to flip through the actual pages in your hand, you get a FREE copy of the Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book with any order you place on my website this month. Stop by, doing a little shopping, and get ready to soak up some creative inspiration when your new book arrives on your doorstep.

Here are a few little sneak peeks.




There are lots of workshops and fun projects coming soon. Be sure to visit my blog to see what’s new, or sign up to receive updates in the box to the right.



Shop CTMH Online at michelle.closetomyheart.com

Questions? Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com


It’s funny how creative inspiration can come from anywhere. As I sat down to create some new scrapbook pages with the Close To My Heart Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, I was listening to music and the Justin Timberlake song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” came on in the background. Have you heard that song? It’s such a fun, upbeat kind of song, and one particular line kept going through my mind. It’s says, “I got that sunshine in my pocket…” Well, there you have it! Here I was looking at this wonderful, brightly colored, happy paper and that song set my whole creative process into motion. As you will see in the first layout, I used that lyric for the title, too. It seems like a great title for preserving all kinds of different photo themes and memory making moments.

I made four layouts all together with the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet and the Some Kinda Wonderful Coordinating Cardstock. I really had fun mixing in some stamping, Cricut die-cuts, Black and White Dots, and White Twine. The Coordinating Cardstock pack did not include Lemon Cardstock, so I did add that in. I just had to have that bright, “sunshine” kind of yellow to go with the title. What do you think?








If you follow my blog, you know how I love alphabet fonts, especially mixing and matching alphabet fonts. To make the title on the first layout, I used the font that is on the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge to spell out the word “POCKET,” and then used a pre-made word from the same cartridge for “Sunshine,” adding a script look to that word. The “IN MY” is actually stamped with the Close To My Heart Pen Pal Alphabet Set.

Then I used the Some Kinda Wonderful – Scrapbooking Stamp Set to add some extra details. It is made to specifically coordinate with this paper and has designs that are terrific for scrapbooking with accent pieces, titles, journal boxes, etc. These are the ten different designs that come in the set. Can you find where I have used some of these pieces on the pages?




I love the bright colors in these layouts. They make the pages cheerful and sort of toe-tapping happy, just like the song that brought the initial inspiration to the pages. I think there are so many different types of photo themes that would be perfect on them. Unfortunately, we have a very small window to get the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack, because it is retiring on April 30th. That means it is only available for three more days! Wow!

I will not be creating full Workshop Guides for these pages, however, I do have Workshop Kits available. The Workshop Kits include the everything pre-cut and pre-stamped, all of the accessories, with instructions and photos to put them together. That will make is so quick and easy for you to create these pages and add them to you albums. There are even two Scrapbook Workshop dates if you live in the Boise area and would like to come make them at my house.


Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Kits – $30 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (pre-cut)
  • X7217D Some Kinda Wonderful Coordinating Cardstock (pre-cut)
  • Cricut die-cut shapes & titles (pre-cut)
  • Z3314 Black & White Dots
  • Z3216 White Twine
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-stamped accessories images and titles
  • Instructions with photos on how to put the pages together


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • D1716 Some Kinda Wonderful – Scrapbooking ($17.95)
  • Z2805 Black Exclusives Ink ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks (1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2” x 3 1/2”)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Scrapbook Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm



If you would like a set of these pages, contact me soon before this great paper is gone.  I would be happy to put a Workshop Kit put together for you, so you can enjoy a little “sunshine in your pocket” and a little sunshine in your scrapbooks.


Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.




Welcome to April, Friends! As I’m writing this post, there are birds singing outside, the dogs are soaking up some sunshine, and there are blossoms of color popping up everywhere. It’s a classically spring kind of day and I love it! It really has me ready to be outside having new adventures, how about you?

The pages I have to share with you today are going to be great for enjoying new adventures and fun activities with family and friends and celebrating the things that create your happy place. This month I chose to use the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Complements, and Sequins, along with Whisper Thick Twine and a Black Journaling Pen for accents. The color combination is really terrific and the paper prints are so versatile. I had so much fun creating with these products, that I actually decided to make four full layouts (8 pages) for our Scrapbook Workshops & Workshop Kits for April. Here they are!








Aren’t the colors in this paper packet terrific? They are just so happy. One of the things I think you will really enjoy while creating these scrapbook layouts is that you can kind of personalize the pages and change things up without having to make adjustments to compositions or anything. Close To My Heart Background & Texture Paper is printed on both sides. It’s fantastic, because it gives you so many more paper choices all in one package. For example, take a look at the paper shown in the picture below. In the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet there is a multi-colored floral print. On the back of the piece of paper are lots of different kinds of bugs. Both sides use the same color combinations and the patterns carry about the same weight. To change the look of your page, you can just flip the paper over to have flowers for some layouts and bugs for the others. How great is that?




If you go back and look at all of the places I used the floral Background & Texture Paper on the layouts shown above, you can picture those pieces being flipped over to all of those little bugs. Every layout would still work. This is terrific for changing themes quickly to better go with the photos you want to use. If you are enjoy activities outdoors like going to the park, hiking, going camping, or have kids exploring with bug catchers in the back yard, you can change the layout by just turning those floral pieces over. Easy!


In the Dreamin’ Big Complements a wonderful combination of stickers and white acrylic shape. If you love accessories, you will have some fun with these. They mix-and-match terrifically, add pops of color here and there, and create interesting textures with the added dimension of the acrylic shapes. In these pictures below, you can see some of the details a little more closely.




I especially liked the instant titles that are in the Dreamin’ Big Complements. “Explore,” “Adventure is Out There,” “Happy Place,” and “Love Life” can fit for so many different photo themes and memory making activities.





The Picture My Life Cards and Zip Strips included in the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet are also terrific. I used so many of them on these pages, including the combination for the “Sunshine and Good Times” title. That main title piece is from a Picture My Life card, and the “be happy” next to it is from a Zip Strip. Close To My Heart just makes creating so easy all of these coordinating pieces.

Looking closely at the pictures above, you will also see places where I added black border lines to frame some of the pieces. It’s just a simple thing, but that black border line can create focal points, ground pieces, and tie things together. I do a simple double line using a Black Journaling Pen. Using the double line takes off the pressure of making everything perfectly straight. I make the first line and then kind of weave the second line in and around that one. At my Scrapbook Workshops, I call them wiggle squiggle lines. It’s super casual without need to be exact.


What do you think? Are you ready to enjoy some new adventures and add your photos to these pages? I would love to help you create a set of these scrapbook layouts for your albums. Simply choose the option below that best fits for you.


There are three options for making these Dreamin’ Big scrapbook layouts.

  1. Register to attend a Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise area and come make the pages here.
  2. Order a “Workshop Kit To Go” with pre-cut pieces and instructions to assemble pages at home.
  3. Get the Workshop Guide, complete with cutting guide, instructions, photos, and tips to create the pages on your own.



Dreamin’ Big Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $32 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7218B Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet
  • X7218C Dreamin’ Big Complements
  • Z3315 Dreamin’ Big Sequins
  • Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Scrapbook Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm



To register to attend a Scrapbook Workshop, or to order a Workshop Kit To Go,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.



To receive a Workshop Guide complete cutting and assembly instructions and a CTMH Consultant Release Form to reproduce the pages a workshops, you have two options.

  1. Receive the Workshop Guide absolutely FREE when you place a $25 order on my website for the supplies you need to make these pages, or other crafting supplies you may need. To shop online, go to Michelle.closetomyheart.com and then email me to let me know which Workshop Guide you would like to receive.
  2. Purchase the Workshop Guide for $10. For this option, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to let me know which Workshop Guide you are interested in.


Thank you for visiting my blog today. I look forward to helping you with your memory making and memory keeping projects. Share some moments with someone special today. Have a wonderful springtime kind of day!



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Yesterday I shared the scrapbook pages that I designed with the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, Blush Shimmer Ribbon, and Accessories. I had so much fun creating with this beautiful paper, that I decided to use a lot of the scraps that I had left over from making those pages to create a set of cards. I thought you might enjoy seeing some other ways to use your Hello Lovely paper, too. I like creating handmade cards, because they add such a personal touch to the notes I send to family and friends. And really, who doesn’t love receiving happy mail?

Here are the twelve cards that I made. They use different compositions and paper combinations. Having so many mix-and-match possibilities in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is fantastic! I love that everything coordinates and makes creating a breeze.







I used the Close To My Heart White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for the bases, because they are such an amazing deal. It is only about .30 cents per card base and envelope. That’s very affordable!

Close To My Heart also has some terrific options for sentiments that you can use for card making. On this set of cards, I used a variety of stamped images and Thin Cuts to add the messages. There are two stamp sets that I use often for birthday and thank you cards. They are the “All the Thanks” Stamp Set (B1536) and the “Birthday Sparkles” Stamp Set (B1537). Each set has four messages with various fonts and shapes.





I really had fun using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with these cards, too. With four graduated sizes of circles in the Basic Circles Thin Cuts set, it is easy to layer messages on the cards. For a bolder, more colorful look, I especially love using Thin Cuts to make message die-cuts out of coordinating cardstock. The Hello &  Thanks, and Happy Birthday are two of my favorites because they are so versatile and useful.






If you have not used Thin Cuts before, it’s really easy. You use an embossing machine to cut out these die-cut shapes. It’s the same type of machine that you use with Embossing Folders. In the example below, I just set the “Hello” Thin Cuts on Sorbet Cardstock, ran it through my embossing machine, and out pops the die-cut shape ready to add to my card front. Sometimes I even use the left over scrap pieces with the negative space for project.






Once the “Hello” message was cut out, I attached the die-cut to the card front using a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. This type of adhesive has a smaller tip that works well with the narrow shapes of these letters. The card below shows what the message looks like on a completed card. That full color die-cut messages is pretty terrific, don’t you think?







While we are talking about these cards, I also wanted to be sure to show you one way I like to use the Basic Circles Thin Cuts. For the next card, I took one of the pre-printed Picture My Life cards from the Hello Lovely Paper Packet and cut the flower cluster into a circle by using the largest Thin Cuts circle. It’s so quick and easy. I could see exactly how I wanted to line it up and be sure the circle would be just right around the floral cluster. (By the way, this technique also works terrific on photographs to cut them into perfect circles with the subject right where you want it.)






Once I had that flower cluster cut into a circle, I could just layer it onto the front of the card you see below. I loved the way it came together. Having that beautiful full-color image on the front in a circle rather than just another square, makes a difference. I add a little Blush Shimmer Ribbon and a few Gold Gems to finish it off. I did not put a sentiment on the front of this card. I liked it just the way it was. Sometimes I like having cards on hand that do not have a set message on the front, so that I can use them for any occasion.








And, if you know me, you know I like to mix-and-match supplies and get the most out of a great composition at the same time. The card shown below is the exact same composition as the card shown above. Take a look. Can you see the similarities? The difference is that I cut the large Thin Cuts circle out of White Daisy Cardstock instead of the pre-printed Picture My Life Card, and then use the “Hello” Thin Cuts to add nice message in the middle. I think having the white circle behind the message creates a terrific spotlight effect.






Pretty great, isn’t it?I sure appreciate how easy Close To My Heart makes it to enjoy some creative time. By using Close To My Heart products everything coordinates and works well together, making creating projects faster, simpler, and easier.

If you have enjoyed these cards and might like to make a set of your own, I do have Workshop Kits available to make all twelve cards. You can attend a Pick-A-Project Workshop Day here in Boise, or get a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll have everything pre-cut for you to put together at home.


Hello Lovely Card Workshop – $20

(plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • 12 White Daisy Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Hello Lovely Paper, pre-cut for each card
  • A variety of stamped messages to personalize your cards
  • Pre-cut Thin Cuts messages to personalize our cards
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Gold Glitter Gems


Other Products Used On These Cards:

  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors


Boise Area Workshop Dates:

  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm


If you would like to be able to use some of these great Thin Cuts at home for other projects, this is a great time to purchase some of those. In March you can enjoy a

25% discount on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts.

The sale even includes the Thin Cuts that come in a bundle with coordinating Stamp Sets. That’s fantastic! If you would like to see all of the Thin Cuts options available and shop online, just click here.



To order a Hello Lovely Card Workshop Kit, simply email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.



Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope that these cards give you some creative inspiration and ideas on how you can enjoy making your own beautiful cards and making someone’s day by sharing some Happy Mail with others. Happy paper crafting!





Hello, friends! Gracious it has been a very busy month here at my house. I’ve been in and out of town and have missed sharing some new creative inspiration with you. I’m back and all set to catch up, so get ready…there’s lot’s of fun things coming. This month I have been sharing scrapbook pages that feature the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, and coordinating Blush Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Gems. It’s a simply beautiful collection of products. Some of my friends who have been coming to local Scrapbook Workshops this month to make these pages have been using these layouts to scrapbook things like family heritage photos, Senior Proms, Daddy-Daughter dances, family night activities, and so many different themes. These pages seem to fit a lot of different purposes and they have also been terrific with different photo finishes like black-and-white pictures and sepia. Are you ready to see them?

This workshop makes three complete layouts with plenty of supplies left over for you to add to them, or even create other projects. Here they are…






It’s hard to see all of the fabulous details, the gold foil accents, and the beautiful prints in the papers in the photographs. I wish you could all see them in person. Here are a few pictures to help with some of the little things.







The ribbon, Complement title pieces, gold foil stickers, and Gold Gems bring so much to these simple page compositions. Everything is adhesive-backed, excepted the ribbon, of course, so the accessories are easy to add to the pages and make them beautifully embellished and ready for photos.

You may also notice in the pictures that I did add some cardstocks to these pages. I chose to add Kraft Cardstock for two of the page bases, as well as accents on all three layouts. There is also a sprinkling of Sorbet Cardstock and Sea Glass Cardstock in the mix, too. I especially liked the texture addition of the Kraft Cardstock.


I really enjoyed designing these pages and I hope that you will also enjoy creating a set to add to your scrapbooks. This collection of papers and accessories are only available for one more month, before they retire. If you would like to have a set of these pages to use for your memory keeping, just let me know. I would be happy to help you out. There are several options available for to make a set of these pages. You can attend a Scrapbook Workshop if you live in the Boise area, or you can purchase a Workshop Kit that comes with everything pre-cut and ready to assemble that you can make at home, or you can order the supplies on my website and get the complete Workshop Guide with instructions, cutting guides, photos, tips, and techniques Free to make the pages on your own. Just let me know which one works best for you and I’ll be happy to help you.



Hello Lovely Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet
  • X7216C Hello Lovely Complements
  • Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
  • Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies

Other Supplies Used On These Pages – 

  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors


Scrapbook Workshop Dates – 

  • Friday, March 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, March 24 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 PM



To make a set of these Hello Lovely scrapbook pages, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.



And…just so you know, I have enjoyed this paper packet and accessories so much that tomorrow I’ll be sharing a dozen beautiful cards using the same supplies and featuring Close To My Heart Thin Cuts. Here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy your day!




Shop all of the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely products and lots of other fabulous products for scrapbooking and papercrafting on my website. Just click here to have all of that creative goodness at your fingertips. And, remember, when you place an order on my website, click the button to “Join” Michelle’s March Online Gathering to be entered in a drawing for $25 in free CTMH products. 




I think every day is a great time to celebrate the special people in your life, however, with Valentine’s Day in the mix, February is an especially great time to share the love. This year for the whole month of February I am having a little extra fun with my Close To My Heart family with a photo-a-day activity. This isn’t an ordinary photo activity, this one is a “What I Love About CTMH” Photo-A-Day Activity. We are 10 days into the month and it’s been so fun, so far! Every day we post a picture of something we love about CTMH that ties into the days photo topic.





I thought I would share a couple of my “What I Love About CTMH” pictures with you today.









It’a all about making memories and keeping memories, and I love being able to share this with so many other CTMH Consultants on my team. We all have a story to tell and it’s great fun to be a part of each other’s story. I lead the Creative Hearts Team, which is my immediate family with CTMH. Everyone on the Team was invited to jump in and have some fun sharing what they love about Close To My Heart this month. If you would like to follow along with what I’m posting each day, you can find me on Facebook (Michelle Snyder and Something About Sharing) and Instagram (@sharingamoment).

You can also see what everyone is sharing for their photo-a-day by searching the hashtags we are using. Simply put #CreativeHeartsTeam or #CHPhotoADay into the search boxes on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be able to see everyone’s different inspiration for each days’ topic. If you have not participated in a photo-a-day activity, you should try it. They can be so much fun. It’s kind of a combination of seeing how you are inspired by a photo topic for the day, and also seeing how other people were inspired by that same topic.


I really do love my CTMH family and being able to share lots of creative and memory making moments together. It’s something I think you would enjoy, too.  If you enjoy scrapbooking, paper crafting, card making, CTMH products, having fun with friends, and even making some extra money to support your crafting habit, February is a great time to become a Close To My Heart Consultant.





A New Consultant Kit is only $75 and includes over $200 in CTMH products…PLUS…a $50 shopping spree! When you join my CTMH family in February, you also receive three Stamp of the Month sets, absolutely free. And, if you have ever been a CTMH Consultant before, you can rejoin this month for only $50.

Getting started is easy!

You can read more about becoming a CTMH Consultant,

and even sign up online on my website. Just click here! 


If would love to tell you more about the February special and the benefits of being a CTMH Consultant. If you have questions you can contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

Having been a CTMH Consultant for 24 years now, I can confidently say this is a great company. More importantly for me, it has also been a great family. You are welcome here, and I would love to share in this fun with you.

Watch for more photos every day in February. There are 18 more days of photo topics to go! Woohoooo! I’m off to do today’s picture. The topic is, “Some Kinda Wonderful!” Wait for it! Have a wonderful day.




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