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?

 

 

This Fundamental Scrapbook Workshop

makes all ten of the following layouts.

 

 

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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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I’ve been creating with something super fun and new, the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. With 700 new designs, including two new fonts, I am finding so many possibilities for papercrafting fun. There are lots and lots of fabulous flowers, everything you could imagine putting flowers in, and oodles of die-cut shapes that have nothing to do with flowers at all. (Wait until you see the typewriter.)

As I sat down to experiment with this new cartridge, I could not resist making a little red wagon first. It’s fabulous, and I just had to share it with you. Here’s a layout I designed using the wagon, a clay pot, and some flowers. It’s a super simple composition with a fabulous splash of color and shapes from the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection.

 

 

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Working with this new cartridge has been great. The handbook is easy to read and shows you all the parts and pieces you need for each die-cut. This wagon can be found on page 3 of the handbook and looks like this.

 

 

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The layering pieces are all sized and scaled to make cutting simple. For example, I wanted a wagon that would be 5-inches tall (that includes the handle) for my layout. I set my Cricut machine to 5-inches and left it at 5-inches while cutting each layer. The machine automatically cuts each layering piece to the right size so the pieces all fit together. For the wagon on my layout, I cut the base out of White Daisy Cardstock, the first layer out of Black Cardstock, and the top layer out of Poppy Cardstock.

 

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Then you just glue them together, one layer at a time.

 

Wagon Step 2

 

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So cute and so easy, right? The flowers and the pots worked the same way.

 

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Now you might be wondering about all of the fantastic bright, bold colors you see on these pages. Several of the papers  I used for this layout are brand new Close To My Heart colors. There are actually seven new colors in the Close To My Heart Adventure color group, and the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection comes with a combo package of the Adventure Cardstock. That means you get two sheets of each color and 20 sheets of cardstock all together. There are also three exclusive stamp sets that come with the collection, making it a really great bundle of creative goodness.

 

 

Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection

 

 

You can get all of that beautiful paper, all three stamp sets, and the new Flower Market Cricut Cartridge for just $99. 

Now if you are a digit Cricut crafter, there is also an option to purchase the Flower Market Cricut Collection in a digital format for only $79. You still get all of the paper and stamp sets, but instead of a physical cartridge, you have an online code to access all 700 designs online. This is perfect if you use a Cricut Explore machine.

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Well, I will be sharing many more projects down the road that feature more great designs from this cartridge. It truly does have die-cut shapes to take you through all of the seasons of life and the seasons of the year. In the meantime, if you just can’t wait to get your own Flower Market Cricut Cartridge Collection, you can shop on my website by clicking here. When you order your Collection in August, you also receive a free gift from me.

 

 

SPECIAL GIFT WITH PURCHASE:

When you purchase the

Flower Market Cricut Collection

on my website in August,

I will send you a workshop package for

this layout as a thank you gift from me. 

 

 

 

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I would love to send you a workshop kit for this layout. Everything will be pre-cut and ready to put together. Clearly, I had fun with my first project using the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. I think you will, too.

 

 

NOTE: The woodgrains that you see on this layout are actually embossed Kraft paper that is also new and part of the Rustic Basic Fundamentals paper. You can get a full package of Rustic Basic Fundamentals paper with a variety of woograins, copper foil vellum, and lots of wonderful patterns FREE this month with the Close To My Heart Basically The Best Special in August. Click here to find out more about how you can get your paper free. 

 

 

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Questions? Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

Shop Close To My Heart online at www.michelle.closetomyheart.com.

 

 

 

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It’s August and I have a new set of scrapbook pages to share with you. I really enjoyed created these pages using the Close To My Heart Florence Workshop Your Way Kit and adding in some brand new products that were just released this week in the new Close To My Heart Annual Inspirations Idea Book. I’ve been waiting and waiting to be able to tell you about the new Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages. Oh, my goodness, they are fabulous. I think you are going to love them, too.

Let’s start with the layouts and then I’ll introduce you to the Pocket Plus pages. The Florence Collection features gorgeous papers and accessories in a terrific color combination. The accessories include coordinating sticker sheets, an assortment of kraft die-cuts with white and rose gold foil, four colors of adhesive-backed sequins, and Rose Gold Foil Tape.

 

 

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All of those products came together to make a beautiful set of layouts that look like this.

 

 

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Here’s a closer look at some of the accessories. The rose gold foil is really terrific and having the sequins in all four colors adds such a great finishing touch to the pages. In addition to the products that came in the Florence Workshops Your Way Kit, I used a little Flaxen Extra Thick Twine for some contrasting fibers.

 

 

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I can see so many different types of photos going on these pages. I have to tell about the second layout, the one that says, “Brilliant” on it. This layout could be used with photos that are all about someone special. Maybe you just want to put some pages together that reflect on all of the wonderful things that make that person uniquely awesome. “Brilliant” could be one of the things that describes that person. There are also words on the photo tabs that say, “out of this world,” and “truly wonderful.” I think that sounds perfect for pages about a favorite person.

I also think “Brilliant” could refer to something that is just a fabulous idea. Have you ever had a great idea and you thought, “That’s brilliant?” Well, last Christmas, my daughter and I had an idea to get season tickets for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival this year as our Christmas (and birthday) presents for each other. Both of our birthdays are in the summer and we thought getting to go to five plays would a great way to celebrate. We both love having new shared experiences and memory making opportunities, so this was perfect.

Now…can I just say, this has turned out to be a “Brilliant” idea, not just a great idea? So far this summer we have seen, “And Then There Were None” (Agatha Christie), “Love’s Labor’s Lost” (Shakespeare), and “My Fair Lady” (the musical). They have been fabulous, and we have two more to go. I’m going to put pictures on my layout from each of the plays to tell the story of our “brilliant” idea and the fun we have shared.

So what have you done this summer that has been one of those “brilliant” ideas? Bike rides to the ice cream shop? Making s’mores around the camp fire? Little things, and big things, can become great idea that turn into wonderful memory making moments. I can help you record them in your albums with these Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kits.

 

Okay… Are you ready for the new products I added to this Workshop Kit? I’m so excited to tell you about them.

 

Sometimes when I’m scrapbooking there can be a few more things that I would like to include in my story, but I don’t really enough for another full layout. You know how sometimes you have extra photos, or you want to add memorabilia, or a little more journaling to finish up the story? It’s going to be true with my Idaho Shakespeare Festival pages. I’m sure there will be a few more photos that I want to include, since we are going to five plays. Close To My Heart has solved this problem with the introduction of Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages. Woohoooo!

 

With Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages you can easily add extra photos, artwork, journaling, and all sorts of things. These pocket pages come in four different styles with 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ pockets that you can just slide things into. They have the same binding as a full 12″ x 12″ page, so you just slip them in between pages in your album for a little story extension space. Here are the four styles.

 

 

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This is what my album looks like with a couple Memory Protector Pocket Plus pages in between the Florence layouts in my album. Isn’t that amazing? They look terrific. Everything coordinates, because Close To My Heart paper packets actually come with pre-printed Picture My Life cards that match the collection. You just cut them apart and slide them in the pockets.

 

 

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I think these are going to become some of those essential scrapbooking tools. To help you see how easy they are to work with, I am including a sampler package with every Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kit. When you purchase my Workshop Kit to make these layouts, you will also receive one of each style of Pocket Plus pages for you to use in your albums. Exciting, right?

You will want to contact me soon to purchase a Florence Scrapbook Workshop Kit, or to sign up for a Workshop Date, because the Florence Collection of products will be retiring August 31, 2016. With that date getting close, they are only available while supplies last. If you would like to have a set of these pages, along with the sampler package, contact me today.

If you are not in the Boise area, or your schedule does not fit with the dates listed below, I am happy to put together a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go and send everything to you.

 

 

 

August Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35

(plus tax and shipping)

 

Workshop Kits Include –

  • G1107 Florence Workshop Your Way Kit, including a Florence Paper Packet, Complements, Sequins Assortment, and Rose Gold Foil Tape
  • Pocket Pages Sample Assortment (one of each of four designs)
  • Additional cardstock and supplies

 

Other Products Used On These Pages

  • Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine ($3.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

 

August Scrapbook Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, August 12 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, August 19 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 20 at 1:00 PM

 

 

All of these products are also available on my website. You can click here to shop online and order more of these great Memory Protectors Pocket Plus pages. They are a terrific value and add so much to each scrapbook layout. Here’s to brilliant ideas and having lots of memory making (and memory keeping) fun this summer. Enjoy.

 

 

To reserve a spot at a Scrapbook Workshop,

or to order a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To go,

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

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Some treats just go great with summertime, don’t they? When my kids were little they knew summer was around the corner when the shave ice shacks started popping up around town. It’s one of those cold treats that is perfect for hot days. So, since we have been talking about scrapbooking summer activities, here’s a layout I designed for those memory making moments enjoying shave ice treats.

 

 

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I used the Close To My Heart Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts for this layout. It’s the same set that I used on the Movie Night layout a few days ago, but it looks completely different. There are just so many ways to use the individual pieces from this stamp set. Today’s project is inspired by the snow cone stamp design in the set.

In case you’re not familiar with it, there is a stamp set and a matching set of Thin Cuts. Using Thin Cuts means you do not have to do a lot of detail cutting. Just run the Thin Cuts through your embossing machine, like a Big Shot or Cuttlebug, it pops out the die-cut shape, and then just stamp the coordinating image on top. Easy.

 

 

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Looking a little closer at the photo below, you can see I made the shave ice multiple colors, because more flavors can be more fun. Then, to coordinate with the tropical sort of theme that you find at some shave ice stands, I added a few large leaf die-cuts and made fringed accents in the Kraft paper to be like rafia.  The title letters are a font from the Close To My Heart Artiste Cricut Cartridge, and the leaves and the cup for the large snow cone are from the Close To My Heart Artistry Cricut Cartridge.

 

 

 

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Here’s a list of the supplies I used for this project.

  • C1648 Carnival Fun Stamp Set
  • Z3229 Carnival Fun Thin Cuts
  • Z3126 Enchantment Paper Fundamentals (Poppy print paper)
  • X5762 Lagoon Cardstock
  • X5751 Canary Cardstock
  • X5764 Pear Cardstock
  • X5635 Topiary Cardstock
  • Z1375 Kraft Cardstock
  • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2195 Lagoon Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2652 Poppy Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z3167 Cricut Artistry Collection
  • ZZ3170 Cricut Artiste Collection

 

While that looks like a lot of different supplies to make these pages, this is a great example of using up parts and pieces of things I had left from other projects. It’s really just a little bit of ink and paper combined with some basic tools and adding themed elements from the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts. All of these supplies are available on my website. Click here  shop online.

 

This layout also makes me think about shave ice I had while I was in Hawaii traveling with Close To My Heart. I had to drive up to the North Shore of Oahu to enjoy the view, and to take my daughter to Matsumoto Shave Ice. It’s the best. It’s a family owned business that’s been serving up their special shave ice since 1951. It’s amazing and definitely should be on your list of things to do if you’re ever in Hawaii. Here we are enjoying our cool treat.

 

 

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Well, that’s today’s little bit of creative inspiration. Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you are enjoying seeing some different possibilities for summer activities and scrapbooking as I plug the Carnival Fun Stamp Set and Thin Cuts into a variety of projects. There’s more to come. Have a great day.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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

please contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 

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.

 

 

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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,

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 

 

 

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