I have found a Close To My Heart stamp set that I’m having a great time creating with this summer. The more I use it, the more possibilities I see for other projects. I though it might be fun to share some of my stamping, scrapbooking playtime with you this week. Are you ready for some creative inspiration?

I’m using the Carnival Fun Stamp Set, and one of the best things about it is that there is matching Carnival Fun Thin Cut set to go with it. There is a really nice variety of images included in the matching sets.



Carnival Fun Collage



Actually, the first time I saw the Carnival Fun Stamp Set, there were instantly so many ideas running through my mind that I had a tough time trying to decide which project to work on first. That’s kind of good problem to have, though, right? A stamp set with oodles of possibilities. Gotta love it!


The big question was, “Where to begin?”

I decided to start with a movie theme. I really enjoy movies. In fact, my whole family enjoys movies. I have really great memories of going to opening night showings of movies with my kids. Whether it’s going to the theater or watching a DVD at home, movie nights with popcorn and treats are great fun. In the summertime we even have community movie nights in the park where you can watch a movie under the stars.


Here is the layout I designed using the popcorn image from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. I added a couple of filmstrip die-cuts from that Close To My Heart Artistry Cartridge and letters from the Artiste Cartridge.



Movie Night Layout PM



I really like popcorn from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts, and it is super easy to use. It’s great having Thin Cuts to match the stamp set, because it eliminates all of the little detail cutting. You just run the Thin Cuts through your embossing machine, pop out the cardstock die-cuts, stamp the images on top, and add to your project. Simple. Because Close To My Heart stamps and blocks are clear, it’s easy to see right where to place the stamp design when you are making the print.



Popcorn Steps Collage PM



Now, I don’t know about you, but I like butter on my popcorn. To make the kernels look a little more buttery and yummy, I used my Waterbrush to pick up a little ink from a stamp pad and add a little extra color on top of some of the popcorn kernels. I used Canary ink for the butter, so the color would be a little softer than the kernels, which I stamped in Honey.


If you prefer Pocket Scrapbooking for your memory keeping, these images work really well for that format, as well. I like to blend my classic scrapbook pages and pocket pages, so here are a few Picture My Life Cards that I made to go with my layout.



Movie Night PML Collage PM



Can you see how the creative fun just keeps on going?  In fact, you could even use the Carnival Fun stamp set to create some quick invitations to have some friends over and make your movie night a party. If you look at the stamp set, again, you will notice it even has a stamp image that does the “Time, Date, Place, RSVP” for you. It would be easy to put together themed invitations using the popcorn for fun accents. Everyone likes a reason to get together, right? If you enjoy movies like I do, or you’re looking for an easy theme party, I’d encourage you to pick up the Carnival Stamp Set and Thin Cuts and have a movie night this summer.


Here is a list of the supplies that I used for my Movie Night scrapbook pages and cards.

  • C1648 Carnival Fun Stamp Set
  • Z3229 Carnival Fun Thin Cuts
  • X5779 Poppy Cardstock
  • 1386 Black Cardstock
  • Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Pad
  • Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Z3224 Watercolor Brush – Small Round
  • Z3167 CTMH Artistry Cricut Collection
  • Z3170 CTMH Artiste Cricut Collection


You can order the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts and all of the supplies listed above by visiting my online shopping website. Click here to link right to the Carnival Fun supplies.


NOTE: Just in case you didn’t know, the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts are part of the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 products that are only available until August, 31…or while supplies last. If you would like a set, I would encourage you to order yours soon. The Thin Cuts sell out fast, because they are so awesome to use.



Questions? Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.



Thanks for visiting my blog today. I’m going to be sharing some other ways I’ve been using the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts for some of my summer projects, in case it might be helpful to you as you are making and keeping memories this summer. Watch for the different themes, so you can see some new possibilities.














I’ve been doing a little creating today and thought I would quickly share a layout I made for some of my Fourth of July photos. It’s pretty simple, mostly just stars and stripes, but sometimes simple is a great thing. The inspiration for the page came while I was walking in the park with Sophie, my Yellow Lab, on July 4th. I happened to look up and there was a giant flag waving perfectly in the breeze above our heads. It was fantastic. I love our flag and the great things it symbolizes, so I thought, why not have a layout that is just those fabulous stars and stripes.

I am getting my photos printed to add to my pages, but I thought I would go ahead and share this simple layout with you in case it might give you some creative inspiration as you are thinking about how you want to scrapbook your July 4 celebrations.



July 4 Layout PM 2


July 4th Collage PM



Here’s a list of the Close To My Heart products that I used to make the layout.

  • X5775 Sapphire Cardstock
  • X5779 Poppy Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z3076 Gold Glitter Paper
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z3216 White Twine
  • Z3122 Blue Dots Enamel & Glitter Duo
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z3167 CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge (Stars, Title Font, and Banners)


All of these product are available through the online shopping on website. It’s great to shop online and have fun scrapbooking and crafting products delivered to your doorstep. Click here to shop online anytime.


I’m sure you got lots of great photos celebrating our Nations birthday. Making the memories with family and friends is wonderful. I hope you take a moment to put your photos in an album where you can continue to enjoy them and share them. These are a couple pictures of Sophie and I enjoying our walk along the river on the Fourth of July. I’ll be adding these pictures, and a few others, to my July 4th pages soon. Remember your scrapbook pages can be simple and still be treasures.


Sophie & M July 4 Collage PM


If I can be helpful with your memory making or memory keeping,

please contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.








As you know, I think having shared experiences and making memories is pretty important. I have been a Close To My Heart Consultant for 23 years and it’s an adventure I thoroughly enjoy. I still love it and would love to share my CTMH journey with you. So… I want to extend special invitation to you to come be a part of my Close To My Heart adventure by joining my Creative Hearts Team this month.

I just got home a few days ago from the Annual Close To My Heart Convention in Orlando, Florida. It was amazing and I had a wonderful time sharing it with my Creative Hearts Team and CTMH friends from around the world. We have so much fun together. There’s lots of laughter, creative inspiration, learning, and encouragement. While Convention is an incredible experience, I love that I can still enjoy connecting with all of these Consultants throughout the year through my Creative Hearts Team. When you become a member of my Creative Hearts Team, you are part of the family and can enjoy being connected to a supportive, creative, and inspiring group of Consultants.

This is us last week, sporting our Creative Hearts Team shirts and kicking off Convention with a Team Celebration.






During the month of July, you become a Close To My Heart Consultant and join my Team while getting in on a great Early Bird Special. Are you wondering what the “Early Bird” part of that special is all about? That’s a great question.


Close To My Heart has a brand new

Annual Inspirations Idea Book coming out August 1. 


One of the fun things about being a CTMH Consultant is that we have access to the new Idea Books and all of the new products a month before they are available to everyone else. It’s kind of like Christmas for Consultants every time a new Idea Book comes out, (which is four times a year),  because we get to create with all of the new products early. In fact, some of my new products just arrived today and I’m excited for some creative time. Yay!


While I cannot show you the pages of the New CTMH Annual Inspirations yet, I can at least show the cover.


Annual Inspirations 2016-17



It’s gorgeous, right? If you are at all like me, looking at this beautiful cover made me want to flip through the pages and find out what new and exciting things are inside. Well, the New CTMH Annual Inspirations Idea Book is overflowing with amazing new products for scrapbooking, paper crafting, and more. You can be the first to see what’s new by becoming a CTMH Consultant this month.


Here’s what the Early Bird Special is all about.


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In July, when you purchase a New Consultant Kit for only $75, you receive over $250 in new product, including… 

  • A $50 shopping spree that you can use to choose your own favorite new products
  • A brand new Fundamental Paper Pack
  • A brand new Fundamental Complements



You can choose from the three different color groups for your Fundamental Paper and Complements. All of the patterns, prints, and accessories are brand new. Here’s a little sneak peek at what they look like.



Enchantment Fund Collage


Adventure Fund 2 Collage



Whimsey Fund Collage


The Complements have a variety of sticker sheets, glitter die-cuts, and vellum die-cuts. They are amazing when you see them in person. You can choose a matching Fundamental Paper and Complements FREE with a New Consultant Kit this month. So fun.


Serving as the Team Leader for the Creative Hearts Team is one of my favorite things. I’m blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of Consultants. We have team members in 35 states across the country and we stay connected through Team newsletters, activities, events, exclusive Facebook Group, happy mail, and celebrations. I love sharing my CTMH journey with them, and I would love to have you be a part of our amazing Creative Hearts Team.





To join my team, just click here.

If you have questions, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.





I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the scrapbook pages I have to share with you this month. Close To My Heart has a new paper packet with fabulous accessories that I think is going to be fantastic for summer scrapbooking. It’s called Magical, and it really is. I love the papers, patterns, accessories…all of it. Do you have road trips planned for the summer? How about visits to Disneyland or other themed parks? What about weekend bike rides, BBQ’s, boating, and birthday parties? Of course, the 4th of July is coming up in a couple of days, too. With fantastic red, white, and blue colors included in the Magical suite, these pages could be great for your holiday celebrations.

This month I designed the scrapbook layouts working with the Workshop Your Way Magical Scrapbooking Kit. These kits come with the paper, accessories, and embellishments to make it super easy to create with. I choose three layout compositions for Close To My Heart How-To Books, and added a little more cardstock to the kit for extra color. Other than that, everything I used came in that core kit.


The patterns and colors in the Magical Paper Packet make it really versatile. Here’s a sampling of the different prints. You get two sheets of each design in the packet. If you look closely at the first paper that is Cranberry with White Polka-dots, you’ll notice that the other side of that paper has a terrific multi-colored stripe pattern. Keep this in mind as you look at the pages for this month. Wherever you see polka-dots, you could flip that piece of paper over and use the stripes. Suddenly you will have a completely different looking layout by just using the opposite print.


Magical Paper Packet


I also have to point out the classic cameras printed on the second paper. If you follow my blog, you know I love cameras. Can you see them printed on the black Background & Texture Paper? What a perfect print for all of those great photo ops this summer. Also, if you are wondering about that last piece of paper, it is a whole sheet of pre-printed Picture My Life Cards. These make super fun titles, journal boxes, photo mats, and icon accents. And the great thing is, they are printed in horizontal and vertical formats, making them even more versatile. Some of these cards are used on the scrapbook pages this month, however there are quite a few left over that you can use on other pages or slip into Pocket Memory Protectors for more quick story extensions.



The Magical Complements shown below coordinate perfectly and make personalizing your pages a snap. The Magical Complements include sticker sheets and printed chipboard die-cuts. Some of the designs even have silver foil accents.


Magical Complements



In addition, there are adhesive-backed Magical Sequins and cotton White Twine for more fun embellishments in the same colors. If you look closely you even see black stripes on some of those sequins.


Magical Accessories Collage



Just put all of those Magical products together and poof… these Magical scrapbook layouts all ready for your photos and stories.



Magical L1 PM


Magical L2 PM


Magical L3 PM



On the third layout, you’ll see the “Let’s Ride” sticker from the Magical Complements. I love this sticker and all of the little details in it. I added a “Road Trip” title to my page, but this layout could be used for so many other things like riding roller coasters, bicycles, horses, scooters…you name it. On the right page is also a group of accents with a Picture My Life Card, stickers, chipboard die-cuts, and papers. Everything matches and can be put together in so many ways. Here are some close up pictures so you can see other combinations of accessories on the pages.



Magical Collage 2 PM


Big Smiles Collage PM


Super cute, right?


I know you’ll enjoy making these scrapbook layouts and adding your stories to them. It’s a terrific set to personalize as you create by flipping papers to show other patterns or by choosing different accessories in the Magical Complements. There are so many options.

You can sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop in July if you live in the Boise area, or you can purchase a Workshop Kit To Go and create at home. The Workshop Kits come with the project pieces ready to put together and instruction tips to help with putting them together.



July Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35

(plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Kits Include –

  • G1108 Magical Workshop Your Way Kit, Including a Magical Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins Assortment, and White Twine
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-cut Cricut Shapes, and supplies


Other Products Used On These Pages –

  • B1484 Jennifer’s Hand Stamp Set ($9.95)
  • Z2105 Black Ink ($6.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)



July Scrapbook Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, July 8 at 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, July 22 at 6:30 PM



To order a Workshop Kit, or to reserve a spot at a Workshop, contact me at




Have fun enjoying all of your summer activities, and then have some fun creating these scrapbook pages to preserve your memories. I think the July Scrapbook Workshop Kits will be just right for so many summer holidays and adventures. Happy memory making and memory keeping.











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Do you ever hit a road block when you’re scrapbooking and trying to figure out page compositions that feel new and different for your albums? I have a couple of tips to share with you today that are really helpful for me in these situations.


First… I always use my Close To My Heart How-To Books. These are some of my favorite things. They are full of “recipes” for scrapbook page that already look fabulous. I enjoy cookbooks, too, especially the kind that have pictures to show me what the food I’m going to cook will look like when I’m finished. The Close To My Heart How-To Books work the same way. There are spiral bound books with countless possibilities and then there two volumes of “Make It From The Heart” that have a sampling of both scrapbook recipes and card making recipes.



CTMH How-To Books Collage

How To Book 1 PM


Each layout composition has a picture of what a finished layout might look like, a list of all the sizes and pieces, cutting diagrams, and even tips for putting the pages together, with little hints on embellishing sprinkled throughout. They are fantastic. All of the parts and pieces are sized, scaled, and balanced to make the layout look fantastic. It saves me time and it saves me supplies because I know how to cut the paper just right and not waste anything.

If you have not tried these helpful resources, click here to see all of the different books that are available in the shopping section of my website.


Second… I remind myself often that layout compositions can be re-used and look remarkably different with a twist on papers and accessories. It’s easy to feel like every layout needs to be a different composition, so that it each page looks unique in your album. Well, I have discovered that simply changing the papers and accessories used on a layout can make a composition look so different that people do not even notice that the page base is the same.


Here are some examples.

This layout is one of the pages that was included in the May Scrapbook Workshop Kits that featured the Happy Times Paper Packet.



Happy Times L3 PM



I purposefully used the same composition, but in the mirror image, for the June scrapbook pages to remind us that it is okay to use a composition more than once and to show just how different they can look. Both of the following layouts are part of the June Scrapbook Workshop Kits that feature the Calypso Paper Packet.



Calypso Flamingo Friends PM


Calypso Pineapple Layout PM



Can you see the similarity in the base pieces? The wood grain paper, flamingo paper, and the pineapple paper are all the same composition pieces. This is also true for the multi-floral papers, Lagoon print papers, and the Pear leaf print papers that stretch across the center of the layout.

Even though the layout bases are the same, once the photos, journaling, and accessories are added to the pages, the finished layout looks so different. I love that. It’s like taking a recipe you’ve enjoyed before and giving it a twist with some different spices  to cook up something new and delicious.

So my scrapbook tips for today are to use the Close To My Heart How-To Books for steps to easy scrapbook compositions and then allow yourself to take creative liberties with the recipes by re-using the bases and embellishing them in new ways. These two things definitely help keep scrapbooking faster, simpler, easier, and fun for me.



Tall Calypso Collage


I do still have June Scrapbook Workshop Kits available, if you would like to make the fun flamingo and pineapple pages. They are part of the five layout set shown above that I designed with the Close To My Heart Calypso Paper Packet, Washi Tape, and Sequins Accessories. Click here to see details on how you can get one of these Workshop Kits or attend a workshop in the Boise area.


Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com for Scrapbook Workshop Kits or with any questions about using Close To My Heart How-To Books. It’s going to be a fun summer for memory making and memory keeping.








In Boise we enjoy all four seasons, and I love that. Today is June first and summertime weather is making a big entrance. It’s suppose to be over 100 degrees here by the weekend. Amazing! It’s clearly time to get ready for some fun in the sun. I’m so excited. To get us ready for all of those summer memory making moments, I have designed new pages with the Close To My Heart Calypso Paper Pack, Calypso Washi Tape, and Calypso Sequins Assortment.

I kind of dove full into a bright summertime palette with this project by adding more colors of cardstock to the Calypso Paper Packet. You’ll see in the pictures below, where I’ve add Close To My Heart cardstock in Lagoon, Honey, Cotton Candy, Sunset, Black, and White Daisy. It was great fun, and all of those additional colors created some very unique pages. I have to say, I was enjoying this project so much that I had a hard time stopping. I think I could have gone right on creating more and more layouts, however, I made myself stop at five… for now, right?

Yes, it’s true. This month when you purchase my Scrapbook Workshop Kits or attend a local Scrapbook Workshop, you will complete 5 full layouts (that’s 10 pages). Are you ready for a big splash of color and summer fun? I think you’re going to enjoy adding your pictures and stories to these layouts.


Calypso Little Things Layout PM

Calypso Banner Layout PM

Calypso Pool Time Layout PM

Calypso Flamingo Friends PM

Calypso Pineapple Layout PM



What do you think? The Calypso Paper Packet just has some really fabulous Background & Textures Papers. There are pineapples, flamingos, palm branches, wave patterns, polka-dots…so many great prints. I also like that the packet comes with a sheet of pre-printed Picture My Life Cards. I’ve used several of these cards for titles, journal boxes, and decorative accents on these layouts. With a bunch left over, you could easily add Flip Flaps to your pages or create more pages with Pocket Memory Protectors.


Calypso Paper Packet


The accessories that coordinate with Calypso are not only really cute but quick and easy to add. The Calypso Washi Tape comes with two roles of tape, one with pineapples and one with flamingos, both of which are hugely on trend for this summer. I’ve been seeing flamingos everywhere. The Calypso Sequins are adhesive-backed and come in an assortment that includes black and white stripes, too. Super fun.



Calypso Accessories Collage PM



There are few other items that I used with these pages that you might enjoy, as well. I used alphabet fonts for titles from three different Close To My Hear Cricut Cartridges, Artistry, Artfully Sent, and Artiste, along with one border die-cut. Something that may be new to you is the matching Tickled Pink Stamp Set and Tickled Pink Thin Cuts. On these pages they are the flamingos. If you have not tried the Close To My Heart Thin Cuts yet, you’ll love how easy cutting becomes with these. The stamp designs and the metal dies are all scaled and sized so you just punch out the shapes on your embossing machine and stamp the image on top. Everything lines up so nicely. And as for stamping, notice that all of the parts and pieces for the flamingos are separate images. That means there is no masking or blocking things off. You can stamp the flamingo body, wings, legs, and beaks all individually, using different ink colors. This saves so much time.




Tickled Pink Collage PM




I think these scrapbook pages will be fantastic for summer activities, vacations, pool parties, days at the water park, backyard BBQ’s, going to the Shave Ice Shack, just enjoying hanging out with friends, and so much more. Whether you want to get ready for this summer’s activities, or you have photos from other sunny adventures, I think you find lots of opportunities to incorporate these pages into your albums.


There are a couple of Workshop options if you live near the Boise area. You’ll want to check your calendar and reserve a spot soon. If you are long distance or your summer schedule is overflowing already, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll get everything prepared and mailed to you.




Calypso Scrapbook Workshop and Workshop Kits


Workshop Kits Include – $37  (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7210B Calypso Paper Packet
  • Z3219 Calypso Washi Tape
  • Z3215 Calypso Sequins
  • Additional Cardstock, Pre-cut Cricut Shapes, and Supplies


Other Products Used On These Pages:

  • B1484 Jennifer’s Hand Alphabet Set ($9.95)
  • C1651 Tickled Pink Stamp Set ($13.95)
  • Z3228 Tickled Pink Thin Cuts ($13.95)
  • Z2105 Black Ink Pad ($6.95)
  • Z2193 Cotton Candy Ink ($6.95)
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z1999 1” Circle Punch ($9.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)



June Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, June 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, June 17 at 6:30 PM



Calypso Detail Collage PM


You’re going to enjoy the sunshine these pages bring into your crafting in June.


To reserve a spot at a Scrapbook Workshop,

or to order a Workshop Kit To Go,

contact me at,






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Words are powerful things. Doesn’t it make you feel terrific to hear someone say,  “You are amazing” or “Great job today.” Positive messages and encouraging words that build people up are really important, and sometimes are not shared often enough. That’s why I really like this new stamp set from Close To My Heart. It’s called, “Beyond Awesome.” It’s full of fun ways to remind someone how that they are amazing.

Beyond Awesome

Aren’t those great stamp designs?  There are 11 different stamp images in this set that you can mix together in a variety of combinations to make cards that will be an encouragement to your family and friends. And, adding the “Birthday” message in the group makes this set even more versatile. Who would like to “Have an AWESOME birthday?” I could not resist using this set to create some new cards. Here’s how they turned out.



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Does the color scheme look familiar? It might. The papers are Close To My Heart Cardstocks in Honey, Lagoon, Poppy, Black, Slate, and White Daisy, with a little bit of black & white Background & Texture paper from the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet.  It is the same combination of papers that I used for the “Life In Pictures” scrapbook layout that I shared with you a few days ago. I really like these colors together. If  you missed that post, you can click here to go right to it. Here is a picture of that layout, just so you can see how the colors and papers look in both projects.



Life In Pictures Layout PM



The accessories I used are White Twine and Sparkles Clear Assortment. I wanted to keep them simple and let the great colors and designs in the cards shine through. You will notice in the detail pictures below that the Lagoon Cardstock has raised polka-dots on it. I added those with the Close To My Heart Dot Embossing Folder. It’s a simple way to add some subtle texture to your papers.



Awesome Collage PM



The “Beyond Awesome” Stamp Set is new and part of the great products you can find in the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book that just came out this month. If you have not seen it, I would be happy to get a copy to you, or you can view the book page-by-page on my website. Just click here.


You can also order a “Beyond Awesome Stamp Set” to have in your own creative resources at home when you shop on my website, or by contacting me directly at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com. Click here to go right to that stamp set on my website. The cardstocks, inks, and accessories are all there, too.


As you go about your day today, I hope you will look for places that you can share an encouraging word. Be the “awesome” in someone’s day and discover that it makes you feel pretty awesome, too.

Make it a great day, and remember…



Awesome Looks Good On You PM


If you have any questions about making these cards, please contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutsharing.com.





I think it’s pretty amazing how photographs create such clear pictures in my mind. Sometimes I look at a picture and find myself popping right back into that moment. Does that ever happen to you? For example, this is a picture I took of my children at a school playground over twenty years ago. It’s just a quick photo I snapped in the moment. It’s not the best quality of picture, but every time I look at it, it takes me right back to that sunny afternoon and makes me smile. I can even hear my kids giggling as they played together. I love the way pictures capture moments.


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Making and keeping memories is something that is very important to me. Each of us is on a journey that we share with the people we do life with. Days come and go, seasons change, and life happens all along the way. Scrapbooking helps us to see where we have been, what matters most, and how all of these moments are a part of who we are today. Printing pictures and putting them in albums helps us tell our story.

As a Close To My Heart Consultant, I am glad to be able to help other people celebrate their relationships and life adventures, too. Last weekend I had an opportunity to co-host a special event called Scrapbook Fiesta to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month. It’s a fun couple of days filled with creating, visiting with friends, and memory keeping. Here’s a few pictures of our weekend together. Can you tell we have a lot of fun?



Fiesta Collage PM



One of the things I enjoyed the most over the weekend was seeing the photographs that everyone brought with them to put on their scrapbook pages. There were pictures of soccer tournaments, birthdays, and dance recitals from a just a couple of weeks ago, and there were pictures activities from many years ago. While the photos were all different, the reaction people had as they shared them with me was very similar.

As each person showed me their pictures and told me the stories that went with them, they smiled and found joy in remembering the moments. It was fantastic to watch. I loved hearing about their stories, but I really loved seeing how sharing the stories impacted each one of them personally. It was a fantastic example of how much memory keeping really does matter, and it tied in perfectly with the layout I designed to share with all of the guests at this year’s Scrapbook Fiesta. I specifically wanted a simple layout that could be used to celebrate moments captured with a camera…life in pictures. Here’s how it turned out.



Life In Pictures Layout PM


In choosing a color combination for this layout, I wanted something that could work with all kinds of different photos; old, new, boy, girl, celebrations, adventures, and even pictures of doing nothing in particular at all. I ended up with Close To My Heart Cardstocks in Lagoon, Honey, Poppy, Black, Slate, and White Daisy with a black & white print from the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet mixed in. If you look closely, you will notice there is some texture on the Lagoon Cardstock that I added with the Dots Embossing Folder.

The title and camera accents are made with a combination of die-cut shapes from Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges and stamping with Close To My Heart Alphabet Fonts. I really like the camera and filmstrip die-cut designs that you can find on the CTMH Artistry Cricut Cartridge. I seem to find so many different ways to use them. The embellishments are just a few adhesive-backed Sparkles and a little White Twine. It all adds up to a scrapbook page that is faster, simpler, easier, and ready for favorite pictures.



How are you celebrating National Scrapbooking Month?


I want to encourage you to be intentional about taking pictures of even little life moments. Put those pictures where you can see them, enjoy them, and share them. It’s a good thing to surround ourselves with happy things, to soak up smiles, and to share our stories.

Stopping at that playground was not on my schedule the afternoon the above photo was taken. It was just a quick stop for a moment of fresh air and sunshine while we were out running errands. I’m so glad I took this picture of my children at the playground that day and that the photograph is where I can enjoy it today. It has given me a visual reminder all of these years of the simple things that can bring joy to the journey. I think many unscheduled things happen in our everyday moments that can be wonderful reminders of bright spots along the way.

If you have not started scrapbooking or telling your story, I would be happy to show you how. It’s always a good day to begin making and keeping memories.





While it is National Scrapbooking Month, the “Happy Times” Paper Packet that Close To My Heart designed to celebrate this month is fabulous all kinds of creating. With a stunning combination of gold foil prints, wood grain textures, and cheerful floral patterns they make you happy just creating with them. For my project today, I designed a twelve card workshop featuring the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Happy Times Stamp Set. I really enjoyed making these cards. Not only did creating them make me happy, but I think they will also be some fabulous happy mail that I can share to brighten someone’s day. I think you will enjoy them, too. Here’s a picture of all twelve cards. The papers are gorgeous, right?



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The way I designed these cards, you can make all twelve cards from half of a package of Happy Time Paper, so there is plenty of paper left over for making a second set or other types of projects. I compiled all of the project pieces into a cutting guide that can be used over and over with other papers to make completely different looking cards, too.


Just in case you have not had a chance to see the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Stamp Set yet, they look like this. It’s a little hard to see the fabulous details in the photo, especially for the gold foil prints, but there are some close up pictures of some of the cards shown below are a little easier to see.


Happy Times Image

Happy Times Stamp Set



The stamp set comes with 18 different images. I especially like that the flowers, stems, and leaves are all individual stamp designs. This makes it quick and easy to use them with different colors of ink and not have to do any masking when you make the prints. Faster, Simpler, and Easier for sure. The Close To My Heart ink colors I’ve used for these cards are Canary, Fern, Pomegranate, and Smoothie (in second generation).

I chose several Close To My Heart accessories to embellish the cards, White & Gold Ribbon, Gold Sequins Assortment, Pink Enamel Gems, and a gold Metallics Marker. The Gold Sequins and Pink Enamel Gems are both adhesive-backed so they are super quick to add. To attach the White & Gold Ribbon I used Micro Glue Dots which are perfect size for this type of narrow ribbon.



Happy Times Accessories Collage


Metallic Markers Crop

The Metallics Marker is a really fun option for adding details with borders and dots around the card fronts and messages, because it coordinates perfectly with the gold foil in the papers, ribbon, and sequins. You get both gold and silver in a set and they are a terrific value at only $4.95.  In the pictures below you can see a little more of the details from four of the cards.



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I just love the colors and textures. So cheerful. There are several ways you can enjoy making these cards, too. Take a look at the options below are remember that the “Happy Times” Paper Packet and Stamp Set are only available in May.


Option 1: Order a Pre-Cut Workshop Kit – $25 (plus tax and shipping)

The Workshop Kits come with everything pre-cut, pre-stamped, and ready to assemble to make a set of twelve cards with envelopes. The Workshop Kit includes accessories to make the cards just as you see them above. Once I receive your order, I will email a set of full-color instructions with pictures and tips for putting the cards together to you, so you are all ready to put your cards together when your supplies arrive.


Option 2: Order the supplies on my website

When you order the supplies to make these cards from my website, I will email you a complete Happy Times Card Workshop Guide with color photos, cutting guide, tips for stamping, and assembly instructions. The cutting guide can be re-used with other papers for unlimited crafting options. Once you have ordered your supplies, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com and I will send you the Workshop Guide.

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Here are the supplies I used…

  • CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet ($14.95 or FREE with a $60 order)
  • CC1064 Happy Times Stamp Set ($17.95)
  • Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon ($5.95)
  • Z2012 Sequins Gold Assortment ($3.95)
  • Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems ($2.95)
  • Z1768 Metallic Markers ($4.95)
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes ($14.95 – pkg of 50)
  • Z2089 Micro Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Ink Pads – Canary, Fern, Pomegranate, Smoothie ($6.95 each)


Option 3: Attend a Card Workshop – $25 or $37 kits available (plus tax and shipping)

If you live in the Boise area, you can attend a workshop where you will make this full set of cards. This can be a fun option for enjoying some creative time with friends. It’s easy, you know you have time set aside for it, and you leave with completed projects. There are a couple of dates to choose from.

  • Friday, May 13 at 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM
  • Friday, May 20 at 6:30 PM



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



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Happy times are something to create and celebrate. I hope that you will enjoy creating and sharing a little happiness this month with this “Happy Times” Paper. I also have a scrapbook workshop available, too. The details are in my blog post from May 2. You can click here to link directly to it. Enjoy your creative moments.






I’m so excited for May to arrive. It’s National Scrapbook Month and there are some wonderful things to help us celebrate. To kick off the month, I have designed three layouts with the limited edition Close To My Heart Happy Times Paper.  The Happy Times Paper Packet is only available in May. You can purchase the paper for $14.95, or, you can get it FREE. The details are at the end of this post, so keep reading. This paper is absolutely gorgeous.


Happy Times Image


The colors, patterns, wood grain textures, and gold foil detailing are wonderful. It truly is happy paper. It is hard to see how amazing these papers really are in a picture, but wait until you see them in person. Here are the pages I designed using these different patterns and textures.



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I just love mixing the wood grain pieces, bright floral, and gold foil. It is a little tricky to see it in the pictures, but there are two papers that feature the gold foil; a gold foil stripe paper and a gold foil floral pattern that is on the pink cardstock. They really are beautiful.

To accessorizes these pages I chose to use three Close to My Heart embellishments, the Gold Sequins Assortment, White & Gold Ribbon, and a Pink Enamel Gems Assortment. The colors coordinated so well. That is one of the things I love about Close To My Heart supplies, everything matches.


Happy Times Accessories Collage


I also use the special Happy Times Stamp Set for some accents and titles. It’s a great stamp set with 18 separate designs included in the set. Stamping with these images was so easy. The flowers, stems, and leaves are all individual images, which means you can use different colors of ink with each part and not need to do any masking. That’s terrific.


Happy Times Stamp Set



Here’s a closer view of some of those accessories, along with a title example where I added some die-cut pieces from the Close to My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.



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This Happy Times Paper Packet and Happy Times Stamp Set are only available in May. Creating with them will add happy times to your day, and preserving memories with them will add more happy times down the road as you enjoy the stories you keep on these pages. I hope that you will join me in kicking of National Scrapbook Month by making a set of these pages to add to your album. I would be happy to show you how.

If you live in the Boise area, there are workshop dates available for you to come and enjoy creating these pages with me. If you live long distance, or these dates do not fit into your schedule, I would be glad to put together Workshop Kits To Go and get them in the mail for you.



May Scrapbook Workshops & Kits


Workshop Kits Include – $37

  • CC1063 Happy Times Paper Packet
  • Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
  • Z3091 Pink Enamel Gems
  • Z2012 Gold Sequins Assortment
  • Z1768 Metallic Markers
  • Extra Cardstock and Pre-Cut Cricut Shapes


Other Items Used on These Pages –

  • CC1064 Happy Times Stamp Set ($17.95)
  • Z2089 Micro Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)



May Scrapbook Workshops Dates


  • Friday, May 6 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, May 13 at 7:00 PM *
  • Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 AM or 2:30 PM *
  • Friday, May 20 at 6:30 PM


NOTE: * These times are also during my Annual Scrapbook Fiesta. You can come just for the Happy Times Workshop, or to participate in this special National Scrapbook Month crop and create event. Ask me for details.



Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

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





National Scrapbook Month Specials


* Get a FREE package of Happy Times Paper with every $60 in Close To My Heart products you order.


* SAVE 25% on All Close To My Heart 12″ x 12″ Albums






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Save on your albums and get FREE Happy Times Paper Packets, too. What a great way to celebrate National Scrapbook Month.




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