Hello, friends.

I am so excited to share something new especially for my scrapbooking and papercrafting friends. I have recently created a VIP Facebook Group just for you! I can hardly wait for you to be a part of the fun we are going to have.

 

 

In Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group you will enjoy creative inspiration, learn more about Close To My Heart products, find tips and techniques, be first to know about upcoming classes, workshops, and events, and get in on exclusive specials and give-aways. Yes, there are give-aways! In fact I just gave away a new Sugar Rush Paper Packet, so you are going to want to jump in. There are more coming! I’m even going to do occasional Facebook Live videos and having some special online events. This is closed group, just for my customers, so I can share a some extra special VIP treatment with you. It’s going to be great fun!

 

Here’s a little sneak peek of my February Sugar Rush Scrapbook Workshop that I posted in the group a couple of days ago. As part of Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group, you will get first looks at what I’m designing and what’s coming next. There are lots of fun things coming!

 

 

 

 

You can join the group by going to Michelle’s CTMH VIP Group  on Facebook and clicking the “Join” button.

 

Feel free to invite your friends who might enjoy some creative inspiration, learning new DIY tips, and a place to connect with other people who enjoy scrapbooking and papercrafting. I am looking forward to sharing some creative moments with all of you. If you like scrapbooking, card making, or papercrafting of any kind, you will enjoy being a part of this Group.

 

If you have questions or need help joining the group, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

Note: While I love connecting and sharing ideas with other CTMH Consultants, this VIP group is specifically for my customers and their friends only. Thank you for understanding. 

 

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Winter has definitely come! I’m not sure what winter looks like where you live, but we definitely had a white Christmas here in Boise. Today the sun is out and it’s actually close to 30 degrees! Yay! That means Sophie is ready to go outside to play in the snow.

 

 

For all of these snow-filled days, I thought we really needed a set of layouts to capture the moments. Winter activities can be everything from playing in the snow, to baking cookies, or curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Whether your idea of winter fun is outdoors or indoors, I think you will enjoy creating these scrapbook pages for your albums. We all have stories to tell, right?

 

These layouts feature the Close To My Heart Oh, Deer! Collection. I think the papers and accessories in this collection are so pretty. I love the woodgrain papers and terrific color scheme. You will also notice in the pictures below that the pages include special pine cone and pine sprig die-cuts that I added from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. They just seemed to fit so perfectly that I could not resist. I am enjoying all of the different seasonal die-cuts on the Flower Market Cartridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mix of textures and patterns is terrific in this collection. Here are some close up pictures of a few of the details on these pages.

 

 

 

Don’t you love the combination of silver and gold foil accents with the kraft papers and natural bamboo stickers? It’s a little hard to see the cool bamboo stickers from the Oh, Deer! Assortment in the pictures, but they really are adhesive-backed stickers made out of wafer thin bamboo. The assortment has tree and stars in two sizes. Can you see the woodgrain texture on them? They are pretty cool.

 

 

 

 

These are really fun pages to put together, and there are lots of supplies left over that you can use for more layouts or even Flip Flaps and Pocket Plus Pages.

 

The unfortunate thing is that the…

Oh, Deer! Collection is retiring on December 31,

 along with all of the products found in the Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions Idea Book.

 

 

That means we have a very small window of opportunity now to order the supplies to make these page. In fact, there are only THREE DAYS left. If you would like to make a set of these pages, please contact me right away, so that I can be sure to get everything ordered for you before it is gone.

 

If you live in the Boise area, you can come to January Scrapbook Groups or Pick-A-Project Days to make these pages. There are three dates listed below. If you live long distance, or the dates do not fit your schedule, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll get everything prepared and mailed to you.

 

 

Oh, Deer! Workshop Kits – $35

 

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7214B Oh, Deer! Paper Packet
  • X7214C Oh, Deer! Complements
  • Z4011 Oh, Deer! Assortment (Bamboo Stickers)
  • Z4014 White & Gold Twine
  • Extra Cardstock and Pre-Cut Cricut Shapes

 

Note: “Workshop Kits To Go” come pre-cut, ready to assemble, and include pictures and tips for how to put them all together. 

 

Other Supplies Used For These Layouts:

  • Flower Market Cricut Collection ($99 or $79 for digital only)
  • 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, January 13 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, January 27 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 PM (Pick-A-Project Day)

 

 

To attend a Scrapbook Workshop, or to order a Workshop Kit To Go, contact me at 

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

These Winter Scrapbook Layouts are only available until

December 31, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also shop the Oh, Deer Collection on my website.

Just click here to shop 24/7. You will find many other wonderful things, too. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Yesterday I shared some projects featuring the Close To My Heart All About The Gold 12″ x 12″ overlays, glitter paper, and festive ribbons used to add extra sparkle to holiday scrapbook pages and cards. Those projects used a fantastic color combination of Pixie, Sea Glass, Whisper, White Daisy, and Gold for something fresh and different for the Christmas or winter crafting. They looked a something like this.

 

 

 

One of the great things about yesterday’s projects is that after making all of those projects, there was still half of a package of All About The Gold overlays and half of a package of Uptown Ribbon left over. Today I am excited to share projects you can make with the other half of those products, along with a completely different color combination. Are you ready? Here they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How’s that for a complete contrast to the first set of scrapbook layouts and cards? These projects work from a color base of Cranberry, Black, White Daisy, and Gold, while still featuring the All About The Gold overlays, Uptown Ribbon, and this time Red Glitter Paper. Don’t you love the bold contrast of the colors with the sparkle and shine of the gold and glitter accents?I have to give a shout out to my daughter, again, for her creativity in putting together such a classic holiday collection. Simply stunning.

 

 

 

 

You will also notice that there are no snowmen on this set of layouts and cards. Instead, we used the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle to coordinate with the sort of nostalgic look the colors bring to the projects. I love it. The stamp designs and die-cuts in this set really pair well with the colors here.

 

 

 

Having a matching set of Thin Cuts and stamp images makes creating beautiful things so easy. There is no detail cutting around stamp images, simply use an embossing machine to pop out the die-cuts and print the stamp image on top. No need for scissors at all. Here’s a closer look at some of the details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aren’t those gold overlay stripes terrific? In the photos above, you can see where the All About The Gold overlay stripes are used on their own in some places and even layered on top of a piece of the Red Glitter Paper. There are just so many possibilities for using them.

The card shown above is also a great example of using the stamps in a variety of ways. Notice that some of the trees and the message are stamped directly on the card base, and another tree and snowflakes are stamped on Thin Cuts die-cut shapes. Add a little Thin 3-D Foam Tape on the back of the stamped die-cut shapes and you bring some terrific dimension to the card. It’s so easy.

 

I hope that you enjoyed a little more inspiration today for adding sparkle and shine to Christmas and winter scrapbook layouts and cards. It’s amazing how much a couple of new products can do. If these projects look like something you might enjoy, I do have Workshop Kits available for them. The Workshop Kits come with the papers pre-cut and instructions to make all four scrapbook pages and all five cards. There are two Workshop Kits to choose from. The difference between the two is that one kit includes a set of the Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle, so that you can stamp and create to your hearts content at home.

 

 

Woodland Wishes Workshop Kit A – $34 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Pre-cut Cardstock in Black, White Daisy, and Red Glitter Paper
  • Pre-cut All About The Gold overlays (full package)
  • Uptown Ribbon (full package)
  • 5 White Card Bases and Envelopes

 

Woodland Wishes Workshop Kit B – $60 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Everything in Workshop Kit A, plus…
  • Woodland Wishes Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle (Retail $26.95)

 

Other Supplies Use For These Projects: 

  • Z2816 Cranberry Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks 1″ x 1″ (Y1000), 2″ x 2″ (Y1003), 2″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1009)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

SPECIAL NOTE: If you would like to make both today’s projects and yesterday’s projects, you can order both Workshop Kits and save a bunch. Since both Workshop Kits only use half of the overlays and ribbon, you can add a second Workshop Kit A package for only $10 and a Workshop Kit B package for $36.95. That’s a savings of $24 when you order a Workshop Kit B for Cozy Christmas and a Workshop Kit B for Woodland Wishes.

 

 

To order a Workshop Kit, contact me at 

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. 

 

 

If you have not tried the All About The Gold overlays, yet, I highly recommend them. It’s fantastic how simple they are to use and the way they can add so much to your projects. In addition to order a Workshop Kit from me, you can also find the All About The Gold overlays and all of the products used on today’s projects when you shop online through my website. Just click here.

 

 

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” for adding some extra sparkle to scrapbook layouts, cards, and paper crafting, right? (Yes, it’s true, I’m still singing Christmas songs.) It’s snowing outside at my house today, and I must say that while I’m enjoying the beautiful wintery view outside my window, I’m glad to be warm and cozy creating fun things, inside. It seems there are things that just make the holidays a little brighter, like shiny silver and gold accents, sparkling glitter, and glistening snowflakes. Today I have some Close To My Heart products to share with you that make it easy to add some sparkle to your holiday and winter scrapbook pages, while still keeping the creating simple.

This time every year, my daughter and I go looking about at our favorite stores, just to find new inspiration that we can incorporate into scrapbooks, cards, and paper crafting projects. It could be a color combination, a mixture of textures, or just about anything. Before Holiday Extravaganza, we made another trek out and about and came home ready to try some new things. The projects I have for you today are actually the scrapbook layouts and cards that my daughter designed after one of these outings. With her permission, I’m sharing them with you today, in hopes that they might be a point of inspiration for your holiday crafting, too.

 

Let’s take a look at the finished scrapbook pages and cards first, and then I’ll tell you about the supplies that are used to make them. It’s a little hard to see the extra gold and sparkle in the photographs, but you can click on the picture to make it bigger. In person these layouts and cards pack a bunch of shimmer and shine.

 

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What do you think? I love unique color combination. Let’s take a look at some of the special Close To My Heart products used for these beautiful creations. In addition to Pixie, White Daisy, and Whisper Cardstock, there is All About The Gold overlays, Uptown Ribbon, and Sea Glass Glitter Paper.

 

 

 

 

The All About The Gold 12″ x 12″ overlays often get mistaken for white Background & Texture Paper with gold foil print when you look at the picture of the package in the Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book. Instead, the overlays are clear with gold foil patterns printed on them. That means you can layer any color or style of paper behind the overlay to create your own specialty paper look. In the photo below you can see where I’m lifting up the corner of an overlay on one of the layouts. There is Whisper Cardstock under the overlay, so the color shows through with the bold gold dots on top. Amazing!

 

 

 

 

Isn’t that fantastic. Now, if you scroll up to the layouts and cards again, look for all the places where you see different patterns of paper. These are all the places where the All About The Gold overlays have been used. Sometimes they are just layered over the White Daisy Cardstock, but other places they are layered on top of colored cardstocks and even over Glitter Paper. The possibilities are endless. You just have to try a package of these overlays. You will love them.

 

You might also be wondering about the snowflakes and super cute snowmen on the projects. Those are made with Close To My Heart Snowflake Thin Cuts and the Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Bundle. That fantastic snowman comes in a set with stamp designs and matching Thin Cuts to actually build a snowman while you are warm and cozy inside instead of in the cold snow outside.

 

 

You can stamp them on cardstock or use the Thin Cuts to quickly cut out the pieces with an embossing machine. With so many different pieces included in the set, you can add different hats, a scarf, the button eyes, carrot nose, and the whole deal. Here’s a closer look at a couple of the snowmen on these projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He’s adorable, right? Sad thing is, like all snowmen, he is only here for a short time. The Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts &  Stamp Set Bundle that you use to make this snowman will be retiring December 31, 2016. The good news is that you can order this set now to have at home and be able to build a snowman anytime you want. Click here to shop online.

 

If you would like to make a set of these scrapbook pages and cards, I do have Workshop Kits available. The Workshop Kits come with papers pre-cut and instructions to make the four scrapbook pages and five cards. There are two Workshop Kits to choose from, one includes the Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle, in case you do not have that already. To order a Workshop Kit, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

Cozy Christmas Workshop Kit A – $34 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Pre-cut Cardstock in Pixie, Whisper, White Daisy, and Sea Glass Glitter Paper
  • Pre-cut All About The Gold overlays (full package)
  • Uptown Ribbon (full package)
  • 5 White Card Bases and Envelopes

 

Cozy Christmas Workshop Kit B – $60 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kit Include:

  • Everything in Workshop Kit A, plus…
  • Cozy Christmas Thin Cuts & Stamp Set Bundle (Retail $26.95)

 

Other Supplies Use For These Projects: 

  • Z2844 Pixie Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2813 Sea Glass Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • Z2872 Whisper Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks 1″ x 1″ (Y1000), 2″ x 2″ (Y1003), 3″ x 3″ (Y1006), 2″ x 3 1/2″ (Y1009)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to order your Workshop Kit

and enjoy some creative time and building a snowman inside,

where it’s warm and cozy.

 

 

 

NOTE: Making all of these scrapbook pages and cards only use half of the package of All About The Gold Overlays and half of the Uptown Ribbon. That means you have lots left over for other projects. Visit my blog again tomorrow to see more pictures and information about a second set of scrapbook pages and cards with lots of holiday sparkle. It’s a completely different color combination and so classic.

Here’s a little peek. 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the products used for these projects can be found on my blog. Click here to shop online.

 

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Is there Christmas music playing at your house? There is at my house, and I love it. In fact, Christmas music kind of ties into the Scrapbook Workshops & Workshop Kits I designed for December. I chose to use a new paper packet and collection from Close To My Heart called, “City Sidewalks.” I have to say, every time I use it, I start humming the Christmas song “Silver Bells” that talks about city sidewalks. This is definitely happy holiday paper. Take a look at the City Sidewalks Paper and City Sidewalks Complements shown below.  Don’t you love the color combination, glittery die-cuts, and whimsical stickers?

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Knowing that we all get busy this time of year, and we all take many, many pictures of all the festivities, I really wanted to design a set of scrapbook layouts that would come together easily and have lots of extra photo spots. To help save time and be sure there was room for extra pictures, I decided to use Flip Flaps in both 6″ x 12″ and 3″ x 4″ sizes. If you have never used Flip Flaps on your scarpbook layouts, you are going to love them. They give you lots of extra storytelling spaces without adding extra pages to your album. And, they add an interactive feel to your pages that is fun and engaging.

 

With my December Scrapbook Workshop, you complete three layouts, plus two 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps that add the same amount of space as a fourth layout. Here are the three base layouts.

 

 

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Now that’s what the layouts look like when you first see them in an album. However, there is a whole lot more to them if you look a little closer.

 

Flip Flaps are like little protector pockets with an adhesive strip on one side. They come in seven different sizes, making them easy to plug into full size albums and mini albums. The sizes for this project are 6″ x 12″ and 3″ x 4.”

 

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You attach them to the outside of your 12″ x 12″ Memory Protector, creating an interactive pocket where you can add extra photos, journaling, or memorabilia. When attaching the Flip Flaps to your Memory Protector, I find it is easiest to put the finished 12″ x 12″ page into the Memory Pocket first, and then line the Flip Flaps up on top. That way you can see the best placement to correspond with your layout. Without the page inside the Memory Protector, the Flip Flap looks like this.

 

 

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I like to put my journaling inside a Flip Flap to keep the layout focus on the photos. To read more about the story, I simply lift the Flip Flap to reveal additional details. It’s a little hard to see in photographs, but I think you will get the idea. When the added Flip Flaps are closed, the layouts look just like you see shown above. When you start to open them, you see added spaces like in these pictures below.

 

 

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Layout #2:

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Layout #3:

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Pretty amazing how many more photo and journaling spots you have under the Flip Flaps, right? And, just for fun, I added pockets to the third layout. The places that use the Wreath Background & Texture Paper on both pages are actually pockets that you can use to hold Christmas cards, memorabilia from holiday activities, or even Christmas wish lists.

 

 

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Tis the season for lots of holiday memory making moments. I would love to help you preserve those memories with these City Sidewalks scrapbook pages, and help you get your photos into your albums where they can be enjoyed for years to come.

 

There are several options available for you to make a set of these scrapbook layouts for your albums, or even as a gift set of pages for family and friends this Christmas. Choose the option that works best for you and contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

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

 

 

 

December Scrapbook Workshops – $33

 (plus tax and shipping)

 

Workshop Kits Include – 

  • X7213B City Sidewalks Paper Packet
  • X7213C City Sidewalks Complements
  • Z3230 3” x 4” Flip Flaps (Qty. 12)
  • Z3268 6” x 12” Flip Flaps (Qty.2)
  • 12” x 12” Memory Protectors (Qty. 4)
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies

 

NOTE: If you would like a full package of 6″ x 12″ Flip Flaps (Qty. 12), add $6.50 to your Workshop Package total. 

 

 

December Workshop Dates – 

  • Friday, December 9 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 10 at 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 PM
  • Friday, December 16 at 6:30 PM

 

 

To attend a local Workshop, or order a Workshop Kit To Go,

contact me at

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

November Scrapbook Workshops – $34

 

Workshop Kits Include –

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

 

Other Supplies Used On These Pages – 

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

 

November Workshop Dates –

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

The Jeepers Creepers Scrapbook Layouts turned out like this.

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

October Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $36 and $66

(plus tax and shipping)

 

Workshop Package A  – $36.00

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

Workshop Package B  – $66.00

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

 

Other Products Used On These Pages –

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

 

October Workshop Dates – 

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

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

NEW WORKSHOP GUIDES

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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