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.



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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.



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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 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…



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If you have any questions about making these cards, please contact me at





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?



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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.



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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 and I will send you the Workshop Guide.

You can shop on my website by clicking here.


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



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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

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






Click here an visit my website to shop today.

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




I love the sound a camera makes when you take a photograph, especially my older cameras. You know, that “click” when you snap a picture. It’s one of my favorite sounds. In my older cameras there was also the sound of advancing the roll of film, too. Also fantastic. Can you tell I really like cameras and taking pictures?

I was so excited this month to see the special stamp set Close To My Heart designed for April. It’s called “Life In Pictures,” and it’s all about cameras, taking pictures, and capturing the moment. It’s fantastic. Check out all of these different types of cameras.



Life In Pictures Stamp Set



Now I can combine several things I enjoy into one fun project with cameras, pictures, and scrapbooking. I thought I would share my first project with you today.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a post about making your own Background & Texture Paper with alphabet fonts. I often use that “planned random” technique with stamps to make unique papers for my paper crafting projects. When I saw all of these different cameras, I thought they would be perfect for a paper filled with nothing but cameras. So, I grabbed my “Life In Pictures” Stamp Set, My Acrylix Block, Black Ink, White Daisy Cardstock, and my VersaMat and got started stamping.



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Great paper, right? I used four different camera designs to create this paper. It’s is quick and easy. Of course, the paper doesn’t have to be white. You could do the same thing on any color of paper to coordinate with the project you are working on.

In case you’ve never used one, I highly recommend using a VersaMat. This fantastic Close To My Heart tool has two different sides that are really helpful. One side is cushioned and perfect for stamping. The cushion makes it much easier to get clear, clean prints when you are stamping, especially with design images that are more solid. The other side has a self-healing, easy-to-read grid that makes a terrific work surface for putting project pieces together. The grid is wider than 12,” so working with a full 12″ x 12″ sheet of paper is no problem. It’s fabulous tool for crafting. You can find VersaMats when you shop on my website, or just click here.




So, once my paper was stamped it was time to plug it into a scrapbook page. I added Close To My Heart Cardstock in Black, Poppy, Canary, and Desert Sand. There is also a little strip of Crystal Blue Fundamental Papers with the loop texture. Here’s how the layout turned out.


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Can you see all of the little details where I used other stamp images from the “Life In Pictures” Stamp Set? I used the frame stamp that looks like a Polaroid camera print to make photo mats and a journaling spot. I used a single camera stamped on Desert Sand Cardstock as an accent piece. I also used the word stamps, “Click!” “Snap!,” and “Click!” to add themed accent banners in the top left corner. How perfect is that? The words are just the way I describe my favorite sounds that cameras make. I love this stamp set.


Then came the photos and journaling to finish the story, and it looks like this.


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There you have it. “Life in Pictuers” brought cameras and scrapbooking together for a page that truly makes me smile. This layout is filled with happy moments from a little photo shoot on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland with friends…and Mickey Mouse, of course.

On this particular day, I was blessed to celebrate my birthday with my daughter and special friends that I have known for years through being a Close To My Heart Consultant. I’m so thankful that I joined Close To My Heart nearly 23 years ago. My life is full of happy moments like these spent with amazing friends that I have because of Close To My Heart. Close To My Heart has become very much like family. Sounds like fun, right? Let me tell you, it really is.


The “Life In Pictures” Stamp Set is only available during the month of April.

You can order it for $17.95 or get it for only $5 with a $50 order.


You can get the stamp set at a discount and save over 70% when you combine it with an order that’s $50 or more. This is a great time to pick up some other things for your crafting resources like Adhesive, 3-D Foam Tape, Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors (Amazing!), or even a VersaMat. Then you can get your “Life In Pictures” stamp set for only $5.


You can place an order when you shop on my website,

or by contacting me directly at



By the way, if you might like to know more about how you could join my Close To My Heart Team, I would love to show you how. It’s easily one of the best choices I have ever made. I’d love to help you enjoy great crafting products, creative inspiration, and fantastic new friends as part of my Team. You can learn more about being a Close To My Heart Consultant on my website by clicking here, or you can just email me and we’ll chat.



I am so excited to share new scrapbook layouts with you this month. My point of inspiration for this group of pages came from the “Love Your Selfie” Picture My Life Cards by Close To My Heart. I love the color combination in this set, as well as the messages, mixed textures, and journaling prompts. When I saw these cards, I was encouraged to think about the kinds of stories I preserve in my scrapbooks. Here’s just a sampling of some of the cards that come in this set.


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If you pull out your scrapbooks right now, what kinds of stories do you find there?

If your albums are like mine, it’s probably pretty easy to mark the big events, holidays, family vacations, and special occasions, but what about the little moments that happen every day that bring joy to your daily routine? Every day life is full of little moments connected together. Sometimes these little things get missed in my memory keeping process.

It’s also probably pretty easy to learn about the people you do life with by looking through your scrapbooks, but what about you? Do your albums also tell something about who you are, what you enjoy, your favorite things? As the person taking most of the photos and doing the memory keeping for my family, I know that I often miss including things about me in my storytelling.

This month I chose to use the “Love Your Selfie” cards to help me be intentional about adding some pages to my albums that could have pictures of the people and little moments that make me smile, laugh out loud, and simply love my life.  I think it’s important to be on purpose about looking for the good in each day, and I hope that you will join me in adding these pages to your albums with pictures of things that capture those little moments for you, too.


Here are the three layouts that I created to share with you this month.


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One Amazing Day L3 PM


Love My Life L1 PM


Isn’t this a terrific color combination? The colors are Honey, Smoothie, Glacier, and Peacock. I don’t know if I would have put all of these colors together on their own, but I think it’s fantastic. It’s great to be able to have matching cardstock to go with the Picture My Life Cards because Close To My Heart products all coordinate.

To accessorize the pages I chose to use Gold Fundamental Assortments and White and Gold Ribbon, both from Close To My Heart.  The Gold Fundamental Assortment includes wooden stickers, paper bows with gold foil patterns, plastic clips, and a 6″ x 6″ sheet of glitter stickers in a variety of shapes. There are a couple of pictures below that show these embellishments together on the pages.


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So what comes to mind when you think of your “faves?” If you took pictures of the things that encourage you to “be happy, be bright, be you,” what, or who, would be in those photos? I think there are a lot of different directions you can go with photos for these pages.

In the world of cell phones with built in cameras and digital images, it’s amazing how many things I snap a picture of throughout the day, including “selfies.” Making these pages together this month give us a place to put those photos so we can enjoy stories of the little things in our albums.

If you live in the Boise area, there are a couple of dates listed below for Scrapbook Workshops that you can come to and make a set of these pages with me. If the dates do not fit your schedule or if you live long distance, contact me for a Workshop Kit To Go.  I’d love to put one in the mail to you. You’ll have all the parts and pieces to put the pages together at home.


April Scrapbook Workshops & Kits


Workshop Kits Include – $36 (plus tax and shipping)

  • Z3194 Picture My Life Love Your Selfie Scrapbook Program (package of 56 cards)
  • Z3189 White & Gold Ribbon
  • Z3105 Gold Fundamental Assortment
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-cut Cricut Shapes, and Supplies


Other Items Used On These Pages –

  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z2089 Micro Glue Dots ($7.50)



April Scrapbook Workshop Dates

  • Friday, April 8 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, April 22 at 6:30 PM



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



NOTE: Keep in mind that the “Love Your Selfie” collection comes with 56 different Picture My Life Cards in a combination of 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards. That means there will be a lot of cards let over after you complete these three layouts. You might enjoy having a set of pocket pages to add to your album and be able to just slip more photos and cards into additional pages for your album. I would recommend Z3026 Variety Pack Pocket Memory Protectors ($9.95) to give you a lot of options.


Variety Pocket Protectors


To shop for more great Close To My Heart products on my website, click here.



A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I had the privilege to travel to the Eastern Caribbean on a trip that I earned with my Close To My Heart business. My daughter and I love to travel, and traveling with Close To My Heart is always amazing. Talk about sharing lots of memorable moments, it was awesome. Now that we are home, we are ready to get pictures of our trip into an album where we can enjoy it all again. I finished my first scrapbook layout of the trip over the weekend, so thought I would share it with you today.


Caribbean Font Collage PM


I love color and the Caribbean is overflowing with gorgeous colors. Everything is so bright and vivid. It almost feels like the water, fish, sky, trees, and flowers have all been touched up with photo editing, but they haven’t. They are just simply beautiful all on their own.


For this layout, I chose to use Close To My Heart cardstocks and ink in Honey, Pear, Lagoon, Pacifica, Desert Sand, and White Daisy. And, do you know what you get when you combine Close To My Heart cardstocks and inks with a variety of fun Alphabet Fonts? Lots of creative possibilities.

Starting with a sheet of White Daisy Cardstock, I random stamped the words sunshine, sand, ocean, waves, and palm trees using different alphabet font stamps to create a custom paper that tied into the theme of the layout, while using ink colors that match the cardstocks I would be using for the pages.


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Isn’t that cool? It’s so easy to create your own Background & Texture Paper by simply mixing Alphabet Font Stamps Sets and ink colors. It’s great.


For this project I used several different Close To My Heart fonts.

  • E1030 Handwritten Print (for “Sunshine”)
  • E1032 Typography (for “Sand”)
  • D1522 Glamour Lowercase (for “waves”)
  • A1182 Etched Alphabet (for “palm trees”)
  • A1117 A typeface (for “ocean”)


Since you build the words on the block, you can spell anything and make paper that coordinates with any themed project. Sometimes I use names of people or places, sometimes descriptive words, and sometimes numbers or dates…anything goes. You simply choose words that help to tell the story. Once the paper is stamped, it can be cut, layered, and used as a Background & Texture Paper for whatever you are crafting. Here’s another look at the stamped paper incorporated into this layout.


Caribbean PM



Alphabet Fonts are some of my very favorite stamp designs. In fact, I have a Medium Organizer full of Close To My Heart stamp sets with lots of different letter styles and sizes that I love using on my projects. Having a variety of letters at my fingertips means that I can easily personalize things like cards, gifts, scrapbook pages, and party banners.


Would you like to try stamping some custom papers for your projects, too?

                   I’ve got great news for you…. It’s Stampaganza time at Close To My Heart.






There are so many different sizes and styles. You might like to try something more whimsical, or bolder, or even and outline font. Some sets even come with uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and punctuation marks all in one.


Click here to see the variety of Alphabet Fonts available and shop on my website.


You’ll also want to keep in mind that this amazing special is not limited to alphabet stamp sets, you can mix and match any regular stamp sets in both Close To My Heart books. In fact, Close To My Heart is even making the special stamp set, “Hello Paradise” available in March with Stampaganza. These new designs are not available in any Close To My Heart Idea Book.  The set is similar to the one that Consultants received as a gift for scrapbooking the Eastern Caribbean Cruise.



Hello Paradise 2 Collage



I thought it might be fun to add some waves and palm branches behind some of the words on my random stamped paper. I used wave and palm branch designs from the “Hello Paradise” set in a second generation print for a little more color on the stamped paper.  Using the same ink color, but in a second generation print helps to keep the words bold and the added icon images soft.



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Now, just in case you are wondering where that sunshine image came from, it can be found in this month’s Stamp Of The Month Set, “You Are My Sunshine.” You can purchase this fun set in March at it’s regular price of $17.95, OR get it for only $5 when you place a $50 order. So if you are picking up some Alphabet Fonts or other stamp sets this month, you can get a great savings on this set, too.



March SOM 2 Collage


There really are so many ways to use stamp designs to create beautiful things. If you haven’t tried creating Background & Texture Paper with Alphabet Fonts, dive in and give it a try. I think you’ll like it.


Remember that Stampaganza is only available until March 31, 2016.

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As you may know, receiving happy mail is a highlight in my day. I especially like days that Studio J boxes arrive at my house. Now that is some seriously happy mail. Another box was delivered on Friday, so I put all of my new Studio J scrapbook pages into an album over the weekend. It’s so great to have an entire trip in a book where I can enjoy the pictures and savor the story of memorable moments. I love it.

I’ve looked through my album several times since I put the pages in, and even shared it with my daughter. I thought I would post a few of the layouts here today, so you could see some pages, too. I’ve been catching up on some of my Close To My Heart trips before I get started on our most recent travel adventures from earlier this month. These pages are kind of a variety of things from a Southern Caribbean Cruise that my daughter enjoyed thanks to Close To My Heart a couple of years ago.


St. Thomas Cover 2013 Studio J Collage PM 2

Treats At Sea Studio J Collage PM 2

A Room With A View Studio J Collage PM 2

Historic Arch San Juan Studio J Collage PM 2

Castillo Fort Studio J Collage PM 2

Evenings At Sea Studio J Collage PM 2


The finished album actually has 27 layouts in it, so these six layouts really are just a small sampling. Looks like a little bit of fun, right? Traveling with Close To My Heart is the best. They take us to new destinations, spoil us with special treats, and definitely help us make more memories that we treasure. Revisiting these vacation memories makes me smile.

I certainly have enjoyed preserving stories and memories with Studio J. Studio J is the online scrapbooking program that Close To My Heart has made available for the last few years. Sadly, it is scheduled to retire at the end of April, so I am creating as much as I can before this digital scrapbooking option is gone. I still have a few more projects in the works that I want to be sure I get printed while I can.

I know many of you have tried Studio J and have enjoyed receiving those boxes of happy mail, too. If you have projects sitting in Studio J that you have in process, please take a few moments to go in and finished them up or order them as soon as possible. That way you can still get your pages to put into albums, too. You don’t want to see them disappear.

I’ll share some more layouts with you over the next few weeks. I’m putting together a few more pages for Sophie’s album, too. True, she is my Yellow Lab, but Sophie has her very own album and I have several more layouts to complete for her book in Studio J. Gotta love her adventures.


If you would like to access Studio J to scrapbook online, just click here.



Have signs of spring started showing at your house? I noticed that the bulbs in my yard are waking up and beginning to send up little green shoots. I am so excited about that. While I enjoy having four seasons, I am looking forward to welcoming spring and seeing flowers outside very soon.  I love it when spring splashes some color around neighborhood, don’t you?

Clearly this anticipation is spilling over into my creative time. I’ve been making projects with lots of color and having so much fun. Looking for some springtime inspiration for March Scrapbook  Workshop and Kits, I thought this might be the perfect time to introduce the newly designed Close To My Heart Workshops Your Way Kits.

I am using the Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit for March Scrapbook Workshops, so I can show you more about how these kits work and all of the great possibilities in them. In fact, I’m so excited that I have a special Give-Away Drawing to go with it.


Spring Critters Give-Away Collage



The Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit has wonderful springtime colors, that are also just very happy colors, perfect for creating anytime. The Kit includes a full Penelope Paper Pack, some cardstock,  Penelope Complements (including Sticker Sheets and Vellum Die-Cuts with Silver Foil), a Limeade Washi Tape Assortment, and a set of Playful Puffies (silver glitter puffy stickers).


Penelope WYW Kit


One of the terrific things about the Workshop You Way format with Close To My Heart is that the cutting diagrams and instruction sheets for making the three scrapbook layouts that you see in the pictures below are all available online. You can make them just as they are shown or use them as a base and add elements to personalize them. You can find them on my website under Products and then Workshops…or just click here to see the different workshop available right now.



Penelope Scrapbook L1 PM

Penelope Scrapbook L2 PM

Penelope Scrapbook L3 PM


A new addition to Penelope Paper Packets is a full 12″ x12″ sheet of Picture My Life Cards that match the theme of the paper. These are terrific for creating quick titles, journal boxes, photo mats, and even just colorful accents on your scrapbook layouts. Or, you can even use them in Pocket Memory Protectors for a fourth layout. You can see several places where the Picture My Life Cards have been added to the scrapbook pages above. Here’s a little closer view of a couple of them. I have also layered some of the matching accessories.



Penelope PML Collage PM


Aren’t the colors, fonts, and shapes so fun? I mean, seriously, those silver foil lined puffy clouds and colorful letters? Super fun. Here are some other little details using the Penelope Complements, Limeade Washi Tape, and silver Playful Puffies.



Penelope Accessory Collage PM



In addition to making the scrapbook pages, there are also instructions for making eight cards with the paper that’s left over after completing the layouts. There is enough paper to make two of each of the cards shown below. The cards use some additional products that coordinate fabulously with the Penelope paper, like Watercolor Paints and the new Spring Critters Thin Cuts and coordinating Spring Critters stamp set.



Penelope Card Collage PM


If you haven’t tried Thin Cuts yet, they are really terrific. Thin Cuts are designed to perfectly cut a shape that matches the coordinating stamp designs. You use them with the same machine you use for Embossing Folders. So, so easy, and perfectly cut every time with no scissors require.



Spring Critters Collage PM



That’s a lot of creative possibilities from one Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit. Amazing. You can come to one of the workshop I am hosting this month to make these scrapbook layouts and even try the cards, too. Just check the dates below and let me know when to reserve a seat for you.


March Scrapbook Workshop Dates

  • Friday, March 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, March 12 at 10:00 AM
  • Friday, March 18 at 6:30 PM


To reserve a Workshop Date, contact me at



If these dates do not fit your schedule, or you live out of the Boise area, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll prepare your kit and send everything to you. You can also order a Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit by shopping here on my website and follow the instructions online to make your pages on your own.



March Scrapbook Workshops & Kits


Workshop Package A – $29.00 (plus tax and shipping)

  • G1106 Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit
  • Extra Cardstock and Supplies


 Workshop Package B – $39.00 (plus tax and shipping)

  • Includes all of Workshop Package A, PLUS…
  • Creating 8 cards featuring the matching new Spring Critters Stamp Set and Thin Cuts  **


** Workshop Package B is for guests attending a local class where they can try out the Thin Cuts and Stamp Set while they are here. If you live long distance and would like this Kit option, just add $5 to the Kit price and I’ll send you some pre-cut & pre-stamped Spring Critters to try the cards for your to color as you like and add to your projects.


Other Items On These Scrapbook Pages –

  • Z2027 Mini Stapler ($12.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)


Other Items Used On The Card Projects –

  • C1638 Spring Critters Stamp Set ($13.95)
  • Z3207 Spring Critters Thin Cuts ($19.95)
  • Z899 Black Memento Ink Pad ($7.95)
  • Z3132 Watercolor Paints ($11.95)
  • Z3188 Paintbrush Set ($8.95)



NOW…For that March Give-Away Drawing…

When you purchase a Penelope Workshop Your Way Kit

from me between March 1 – March 15,

you will be entered in a drawing

for a FREE “Spring Critters” Stamp Set.



Your Penelope Workshop Kit can be ordered online, or by contacting me directly, for a workshop that you are attending here locally, or to make the pages at home. It all counts.


To order online, click here.

To contact me directly, email me at



Spring Critters Collage 2



Watercolors are my favorite paint medium. I love the beautiful, translucent colors and the fluid way they blend together. There are so many wonderful things you can do with watercolor paints. So…I have been creating some simple cards and using watercolors to make quick backgrounds and custom Shimmer Trim to match. I’m using the Close To My Heart Watercolor Paints, Brush Set, and Watercolor Paper.



Watercolor Collage



For the cards I’m sharing today, I wanted a black and white base that I could add lots of different colors to, so I’m working with the Background & Texture Paper that comes in the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet. This paper pack has five different black and white prints that can be mixed and matched for lots of options. Here are pictures of just a couple of the cards to show you some examples.



Watercolor Card Collage H PM

Watercolor Card Collage V PM



You can see I am using one technique and just incorporating it into different compositions. I started with a 3 1/2″ square piece of Watercolor Paper and could change out the paint colors to make lots of color combinations. The Watercolor Paints have 36 colors in the palette, so there are so many options.


Here are the simple steps to making the matching watercolor background and Shimmer Trim accents.


Step 1: Cut a piece of Watercolor Paper the size you need for your project. Load your paint brush with a good deal of clean water and your choice of paint color. Paint a simple wash of color over the paper. The more water you have on your brush, the lighter and more translucent the paint color will be. More water also makes the colors move around the paper a little easier. Keep in mind that watercolors usually dry about 50% lighter, so use enough paint pigment to have the color intensity you want. Set the painted paper aside to dry.


Watercolor Wash PM



Step 2: Cut a strip of White Shimmer Trim for your project. Using the same color of paint that you used on the paper for the background, brush the color over the Shimmer Trim. The Shimmer Trim will become whatever color paint you use. If the color is lighter than you like, try adding more paint layers without more water. Set aside to dry.


Watercolor Shimmer Trim PM



Step 3: Once the paper is dry, stamp images on top of the painted background. I prefer to use the Memento Black Ink for the stamping, because it is a real solid black that is a little more archival. This ink is also great if you will be adding any more paint to the project, because is won’t smear.


Watercolor Typewriter Stamping PM



Step 4: Complete the card by layering La Vie En Rose Black and White Background & Texture papers and Black Cardstock, with the stamped image and the Shimmer Trim, onto the front of a card base. I like to use Close To My Heart Value Cards & Envelopes. They come in a package of 50 cards and envelopes, and end up only being .30 cents each. That’s perfect for affordable card making, and I like that the card base and the envelop match.


Blue Typewriter Card PM


For the these cards I used a Black Journaling Pen to make the thin border framing the stamped image. These pens work great over watercolored areas, too. I also did some layering with Thin 3-D Foam Tape to add some dimension to the card fronts without getting them too thick.


The stamp set I used on these cards is the “Share the Love” Stamp Set. If you do not have this one yet, you can still get one through the end of February, 2016. The typewriter, camera, and telephone in this set are great classic designs. Pair them with the variety of messages in the set and these designs are terrific for thoughtful cards for just about anyone.



Share The Love Stamp Set


Not only is this a really fun group of stamp designs, but this set is a special offer this month as part of Close To My Hearts’ campaign to help raise funds for Operation Smile. For every “Share the Love” Stamp Set purchased in February, Close To My Heart is sending $7 to help Operation Smile provide cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children around the world. Purchasing the stamp set is a great way we can make a difference for children needing a little help.


You can purchase a “Share the Love” Stamp Set on my website, along with all of the supplies I used to make these cards today. Just click here to enjoy shopping online. If you do not have any watercolor paints, you’ll find them in my online shopping area, too. If you do have some paints at home, you might like to grab a set of the Value Cards & Envelopes, along with some White Shimmer Trim and set some time aside to have fun making cards with easy watercolor painted backgrounds and matching Shimmer Trim accents.


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Enjoy creating something today and share the moment by sending out a handcrafted card along with an encouraging word.



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