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.




I’m not sure how it happened, but it’s February already! We have had record breaking snow and ice here in Boise this year and I must say, I think I spent entirely too much time shoveling snow in January. I’m ready to be moving closer to spring, are you? The good thing about winter days is that when I’m finished shoveling snow I can come inside and warm up with some creative time. Yay!

Since we all enjoy making and keeping sweet memories, I have designed a special set of scrapbook layouts featuring the brand new Sugar Rush Collection for February. I had a great time creating these layouts to share with you. In fact, I was so inspired by the papers and accessories while working on them, that I had to make a dash to Krispy Kreme to enjoy another sweet treat… with sprinkles. 



With this month’s Scrapbook Workshops, you will complete three layouts and have plenty of supplies left over for you to add more pages or Picture My Life Cards to your albums, or to create other fun projects, too. If you click on the picture below, you can view them larger to see more of the details. Here they are…







The Sugar Rush Collection is literally sprinkled with fun, and it includes coordinating Papers, Complements, Washi Tape, and sparkly Dot Accessories. All of the embellishments mix-and-match so well. The Complements have great stickers that I used for titles and accents, plus fantastic chipboard pieces with gold foil accents that you’ll see sprinkled around the layouts. Add in the Sugar Rush Washi Tapes and glittery Sugar Rush Dots and accessorizing becomes oodles of fun.





I chose to add Raspberry and Canary Cardstock to the page compositions for these layouts. Yes…you know me. I did take some creative liberties and brought in more color. I just really wanted to pull all of those fabulous multi-colored sprinkles and donuts out of the papers and make the pages a little brighter. I really like all of the extra color. I hope you do, too.

As usual, I’m working from CTMH How-To Books for the page base compositions. You might also notice, however, that I turned one of the the square photo frames on layout #2 into a scalloped frame. It’s really easy to change the look of a page composition just making this type of small adjustment. This particular scallop frame comes from the CTMH Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.

I would love to share these pages with you this month and add some sweet creative time to your February. There are several Scrapbook Workshop dates available if you live in the Boise area, or there are Workshop Kits To Go for those of you who may live farther away. You may also like the option of my new Workshop Guides if you already have some of these supplies. (See the info below for the details.)


Sugar Rush Workshop Kit – $35  (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Includes –

  • X7215B Sugar Rush Paper Packet
  • X7215C Sugar Rush Complements
  • Z3310 Sugar Rush Dots
  • Z3311 Sugar Rush Washi Tape Pack
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-cut Cricut shapes, and supplies

Other Supplies Used On These Pages –

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


Scrapbook Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, February 3 at 6:30 PM 
  • Friday, February 17 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM (Pick-A-Project Day)

Note…if the dates do not fit with your schedule, no worries. You can purchase a Workshop Kit To go and enjoy some creative time making these pages at home when it fits for you.  



To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Kit To Go, or to reserve a spot at a Scrapbook Workshop, Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.







You can also find all of these Sugar Rush products and many more terrific crafting resources on my website. Check out the Clearance section while you are there. There are some amazing deals. You can shop online 24/7.

To shop on my website, just click here or visit www.michelle.closetomyheart.com.


I have recently started created complete Workshop Guides for most Workshop Kits that I design. A Workshop Guide includes the easy to follow cutting guides, project tips and techniques, instructions for assembly, and pictures to reference for the finished projects. Having the full Workshop Guide is really nice, because you can use it over and over to make other scrapbook layouts, simply by changing the papers that you plug into cutting guide. There are so many possibilities. 

Here are two ways you can get a Workshop Guide. 

  1. You can get a FREE Workshop Guide by placing any $25 order on my website. You can order the supplies you need for the particular project you want to make, or any other items you may need for your scrapbooking and papercrafting. Once you place your order, just contact me and let me know which Workshop Guide you would like to have FREE. 
  2. You can also purchase a Workshop Guide for $10. This is helpful if you already have the supplies you need to make the project. It is kind of nice to have the Workshop Guides, because you can always reuse them with other paper combinations. 


If you would like to have the complete Sugar Rush Workshop Guide

to make the layouts shown above, email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.


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. 



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 



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!






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 




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.




“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.


Cozy Christmas Scrapbook Layouts & Cards – 






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.



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?




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.










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.”





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.






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.



Layout #1:




Layout #2:




Layout #3:




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.







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




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.





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














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.






“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.)





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.





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.




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.





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?










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.



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.






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.







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.








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.






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.






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.





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.






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.




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























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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