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.

 

 

Life In Pictures Paper PM

 

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.

 

VersaMat

 

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.

 

Life In Pictures No Photos PM

 

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.

 

Life In Pictures Layout PM

 

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 Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

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.

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

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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.

 

Love Your Selfie PML Cards PM

 

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.

 

Gold Assortment Collage PM

 

Love Your Selfie Collage PM

 

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 Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com 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.

 

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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.

 

Stamping Fonts PM

 

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.

 

 

Stampaganza

 

 

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.

 

 

Stamping Font Waves PM

 

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.

Shop at www.michelle.ctmh.com.

 

 

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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.

 

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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

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

 

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 Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

 

 

Spring Critters Collage 2

 

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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.

 

Questions? Contact me at

Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

 

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

 

 

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I think there is something truly amazing in the power of a single smile. A smile can have such a positive impact on the people around us, even in just a short moment. Like those times when you pass someone walking down the street, or when people have been waiting in a long line, or when someone new walks into a room of strangers. A simple smile can say hello, brighten someones day, share encouragement, be supportive, and so many other great things. Sharing a smile can make a big difference.

As a Close To My Heart Consultant, I am so glad to be a part making a difference in the smiles of children around the world through a partnership with Operation Smile. It takes “sharing a smile” to a whole new place and the difference is life changing. Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that travels around the world providing new smiles to children who have been born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Because so many doctor’s, nurses, and  other people donate their time come alongside to make these surgeries possible, a complete surgery only costs $240. It’s amazing.

Every time I hear stories about the children and families that are helped through Operation Smile, I am just amazed. Here’s ashort video to see a little more behind what it’s all about. I hope you’ll take a moment to watch.

 

 

I had braces when I was in Junior High and I remember how I used to smile for school pictures with braces. You know that thing where you smile with your lips together and no teeth showing. Yes, that’s the one. However, my first school picture without braces and with straight teeth, I have a real smile, with teeth showing and the whole deal. I’m sure many of you know the feeling or have seen the difference in your own children.

My parents invested a lot for me to have that smile, and I invested a lot for both of my children to have braces and nice smiles. In fact, I worked a little extra to help cover the monthly payment to the orthodontist. At that time, it cost me $300 a month for my children to have braces and it was a huge stretch for our family. The amazing thing is we were only talking about fixing crooked teeth. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like as a parent to want to help a child with a cleft lip or cleft palate and not be able to. I’m thankful for Operation Smile, the doctors, nurses, and people who make providing these surgeries possible.

I’m also really thankful for the part you and I can have through Close To My Heart. Did you know that a portion of every Close To My Heart stamp set that is sold goes directly to Operation Smile? That’s pretty cool. Even more exciting, in February, Close To My Heart is making the exclusive “Share the Love” Stamp Set available to help raise funds for Operation Smile. As Monica mentioned in the video above, for every “Share the Love” Stamp Set purchased this month, $7 goes to Operation Smile. That’s fantastic. What that means is that for every 35 “Share the Love” Stamp Sets that are sold, another child will be able to receive the surgery that will change their smile and their lives forever.

 

 

Share The Love Stamp Set

 

 

The stamp set is really cute and super versatile. Don’t you just love the classic camera, typewriter, and telephone? And then there are all of those great messages. This stamp set could be used for so many different types of crafting projects. It’s perfect for sharing smiles through happy mail and special treats. It’s even great for scrapbooking the things that make you smile and happy moments.

 

 

Share The Love PM

 

 

I would like to invite you to join me in making a difference this month, and order one of these stamp sets for yourself. This great stamp set and special opportunity are only available in February, so don’t let it slip by.

You can email me directly to order a “Share the Love” Stamp Set, or you can click here to shop on my website and have it ship directly to you. When you shop online, be sure to click the “Join” button next to “Michelle’s February Online Gathering.” This will automatically enter you in a drawing for a $25 Give-Away in Close To My Heart products.

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

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Well, the 2016 Super Bowl is only two days away. Are you ready for some football and all of the festivities that go along with this big day? As I walked into the grocery store a couple of days ago I was greeted by big banners, signs, snack displays, and even all of the ingredient for homemade guacamole sitting right up front by the door. (I have to say I’m really looking forward to making a fresh batch of my homemade guacamole to nibble on while we watch.) Yes, indeed. It looks like we are all getting ready for game day.

How’s your Super Bowl checklist coming along? TV…check. Family and friends to cheer with during the game…check. Super Bowl snacks…gotta have ’em…check. So, how about your Super Bowl 2016 scrapbook pages?

I know there will be lots of excitement, shared experiences, and fun happening on Sunday afternoon, so I’ve designed a set of scrapbook layouts for all of those photo ops and Super Bowl memory making. No matter who you are rooting for, both teams are well represented on these pages. It’s going to be a great game day.

 

 

Super Bowl 2016 L1 PM

Super Bowl 2016 L2 PM

 

 

It’s a big year for this special football event. Can you believe this is the 50th Super Bowl? Amazing. I’ve tried to include some of those important details in the page design with teams names, logos, and dates, along with places for you to add your own story. I used four different Close To My Heart Cricut Cartridges to put them all together. It’s so nice to have all those resources at my fingertips. When you order this Super Bowl Workshop Kit, I’ll have all of the Cricut die-cuts already cut for you.

 

 

Super Bowl 2016 Collage PM

 

 

No worries if you have more pictures of your Super Bowl festivities. Nearly all of the photo and journaling spots are sized 3″ x 4″ or 4″ x 6,” making it easy to add more storytelling spaces by layering Flip Flaps on top.  If you haven’t tried Flip Flaps, they are fantastic. Not only do they expand your memory keeping space, they create a fun, interactive element to your pages, too.

I think these special Super Bowl pages will be perfect for all of your game day highlights. I am putting together Workshop Kits with everything pre-cut and ready to go, to make scrapbooking the game easy. The Workshop Kits also include a set of the Close To My Heart Fundamental Sticker – Basics, so you can personalize your pages and even add the final score in the team banners at the top of the first layout.

 

 

Basics Fundamental Stickers

 

 

As you are checking off everything you need for Super Bowl 2016, remember to be ready to capture the moments and have scrapbook pages to preserve them, too. I can help you check those off your list. These Super Bowl Workshop Kits include all of the pre-cut project pieces, Cricut die-cut shapes, and a set of Fundamental Stickers.

 

Super Bowl Workshop Kits  – $20

(plus tax and shipping)

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com

to order your Super Bowl Workshop Kit today.

 

 

 

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Have you ever seen the classic movie, “My Fair Lady?” I’m a big Audrey Hepburn fan and I always enjoy watching this film. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your list. It has a wonderful cast, great music, and in fact, it won 8 Academy Awards in 1965. It’s awesome! My son gave me this DVD many years ago, because he knew I enjoyed it so much. It’s been well loved.

 

 

My Fair Lady DVD Cover PM

 

 

While I was watching it recently, the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet and Assortment from Close To My Heart just kept coming to mind. What made me think of that particular CTMH paper? Well, maybe it was Eliza Doolittle’s dream to be a lady working in a flower shop. Or, maybe it was the marvelous black and white gown with rosy pink and red accents that Eliza wore to the Ascot Racecourse. Whichever point of inspiration tipped the scale, I just had to have some creative time with La Vie En Rose.

I really do love the combination of black and white with splashes of colors. It’s crisp, bold, and classically fantastic. For February Scrapbook Workshops I have designed a set of pages that pair the black and white patterned papers from the La Vie En Rose Paper Packet with the delightful gold-foiled Beautiful You Picture My Life Cards.

The papers and cards look like this. The cards actually come in a combination package of 56 different 4″x6″ and 3″x4″ cards. This picture just shows a small sampling of the card designs and below you can see the Gold Foil Tape and the Black & Gold Ribbon I chose for accessories.

 

 

LVER & Beautiful You Collage

Gold Foil & Black Gold RibbonCollage

 

While both the paper pack and the cards have some pinks in the mix, their black and white base make them beautifully versatile. In addition to the cardstocks that come in the paper packet itself, I have added some Cotton Candy to the first layout and a blend of Lagoon and Peacock to the second layout.

 

Here’s how the pages came together. Can you see a little “My Fair Lady” in there?

 

La Vie En Rose L1 PM

 

La Vie En Rose L2 PM

 

La Vie En Rose L3 PM

 

 

The Beautiful You Picture My Life Cards are sprinkled throughout the pages. Some are used just as they are when you open the package, some are layered, some make journal boxes, titles, or frames, and some are cut to make tabs or accent pieces. They are incredibly versatile.

 

 

Beautiful You PML Cards Scrapbooking Labeled Collage PM

La Vie En Rose Collage PM

 

 

While I have chosen specific Picture My Life Cards for each of the layouts you will enjoy having so many options to make the pages your own. With 56 different cards in a package, there are lots of designs to choose from. You can even use the extra cards with Pocket Memory Protectors for additional pages and simple story extensions, as well as for other projects all together.

 

 

Beautiful You PML PM

 

 

Speaking of “other projects,” with so many wonderful Picture My Life Cards left over after making the scrapbook pages, I thought it might be fun to use some of them as card fronts. Below you will see five cards that have been made with some of the extra Picture My Life Cards. My daughter helped me put these together and I think they just turned out gorgeous. You can make this set of cards along with your scrapbook pages, too. When you add the cards to your Workshop Kit, I will have everything pre-cut and ready to put together.

 

 

Beautiful You PML Cards PM

 

Add this set of five cards to your workshop for only $5.

 

 

February Scrapbook Workshops and Workshop Kits

Workshop Package – $37.00

  • X7201B La Vie En Rose Paper Pack
  • Z3181 Beautiful You Picture My Life Pack
  • Z3129 Gold Foil Tape
  • Z3197 Black & Gold Ribbon
  • Cardstock, Background & Texture Paper, Pre-cut Cricut Die-cuts, and Extra Supplies

 

Other supplies used for these layouts:

  • Z3078 La Vie En Rose Assortment ($5.95) *
  • Z3166 Fundamental Stickers – Basics & Gold Foil ($6.95) *
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)

 

* Two optional accessories that I really love with this pages are the La Vie En Rose Assortment and the Fundamental Stickers in Bascis.The Assortment is adhesive-backed and coordinates with the rose paper beautifully. The Stickers include black, white, and gold foil letters, title words, tabs, and icons that really bring a little something extra to finishing up the story on these pages. I especially like the gold foil letters. They are perfect.

 

LVER Accessory Collage

 

 

Here are the February dates if you would like to attend a Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise area. Check your calendar and see when you can come enjoy some creative time. I would love to share these scrapbook pages and cards with you this month.

 

Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, February 12 at 6:30 PM

  • Friday, February 19 at 6:30 PM

  • Saturday, February 20 at 10:00 AM

 

If the dates do not fit with your schedule, or you do not live in the Boise area, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go. I’ll prepare everything for you and mail your Workshop Kit to you.

 

Remember…You can add the 5 cards for $5.

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com
to reserve a spot or order a kit.

 

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I was thinking about sending some happy mail the other day and it came to mind that for me, happy mail is kind of a doubly awesome thing. Creating happy mail fills my cup and sending happy mail lets me fill someone else’s cup at the same time. It’s a definite win-win. Have you received or sent some happy mail recently? It’s so much more exciting to find fun things in your mailbox, isn’t it?

I have designed a card workshop that has been really helpful for me creating and sending happy mail. If you would like a quick resource for making a bunch of cards easily, I think you will like today’s project. At the end of this post there are a couple of options available for you to access the cutting diagrams and workshop instructions, so you can enjoy making cards like these at home. But first, here’s a little about the project parts and pieces. I think you’ll enjoy the final projects and the creative process.

 

I just cannot get enough of the Close To My Heart Fundamental Papers. Creating with these colorful cardstocks with fun patterns and two-sided textures is just a joyful thing. If you have had not opportunity to create projects with these papers yet, you should give them a try. The Fundamental Papers are available in four different color palettes. For the cards I’m sharing today I used the Adventure color group. You can see how vivid the colors are. To view all four palettes available in Fundamental Papers, click here.

 

Fundamentals Paper Adventure

I like to have some cards on hand so it’s easy to pop something in the mail or be ready for a special occasion. As I was designing this particular workshop, I specifically wanted something I could reuse in different ways. I started by choosing 5 card compositions from Close To My Heart How-To Books, and I compiled them all into one cutting diagram. The cutting diagram let’s you make 10 cards, two of each of the five compositions at one time. It is super simple to personalize cards for every occasion by just switching the papers, colors and messages as you go.

There are two sheets of ten different colors available in the Fundamental Papers. All ten colors look fantastic together, so I just pick four colors, plug them into the cutting diagram, and have some fun. Depending on the colors you put together you could have cards that work well with different seasons, or are more masculine, or are great for children…or you can make a little bit of everything. Here are examples of three different color schemes I put together. In these pictures I kept all of the messages and accessories the same so that you could see how the compositions are the identical, but the finished cards look different.

 

 

Fund Cards Blue PM

Fund Cards Pink PM

Fund Cards Green PM

 

 

Here’s a little closer view. You can see where sometimes I have the printed texture side up and other times I have the tone-on-tone embossed texture side up. There are just so many possibilities with this paper. Are don’t the colors just shout happy?

 

 

Fund Card Trio PM

 

 

One of the things I like about using this card workshop is that I can get a lot of cards put together with a variety of messages, so that I am prepared for any occasion that I might need a card for. Sometimes I actually just make all of the bases so that they only thing left to finish them up is adding a message. This way I can choose the message that best fits what I want to say. Close To My Heart has individual message stamps in the “M-Size” designs that you can choose from to personalize projects. Here are just a few of the message options that are available in these great little stamps. They all fit on a 2″ x 2″ My Acrylix Block, so they are really a versatile size.

 

 

M-Size Stamps Collage

 

 

Looking at the photos shown above, you will also notice that I have added some splashes of color behind the messages, as well. For these quick color bursts, I used some of my favorite go to stamp designs from the  Brushstrokes Stamp Set. This stamp set is fantastic for all kinds of crafting. The images might look like random swashes, but you will be amazed at what you can make with these designs… flowers? …birthday cakes? It’s true. You can see both and more in some other projects I have used these designs for in some previous posts. Just click here and here to link directly to them.

Brushstrokes Are you ready to make some cards? You can add some joy to your day using this card workshop and share a little joy with family and friends with your cards, too. There are three options for getting a set of the workshop instructions, so you are all set to enjoy creating and giving cards.

 

  1. Attend A Workshop – If you are in the Boise Area, you can choose a workshop kit and a workshop date to come and make a set of cards here in a class format. I pre-cut a set of cards and show you tips on putting them all together. You will have everything you need to make 20 or 50 cards depending on the package you choose. All packages include the reusable cutting diagram and instructions for creating more cards later on. It’s kind of nice to come to a workshop because you know you have time set aside in your schedule and you get to leave with completed projects.
  2. Order A Workshop Kit To Go – With this option I still pre-cut a set of cards for you and prepare the parts and pieces just as if you were attending a workshop in person. You just choose the workshop kit that you would like and I will mail the workshop kit directly to you, so you can create cards at home. It’s easy.
  3. Place An Order On My Website – The workshop kits I am preparing use the Fundamental Paper in the Adventure colors like you see show in the projects above. If you would like a different color scheme, this might be a good option for you. When you visit my website and place a minimum $25 order, including a package of Fundamental Paper in your choice of color groups, I will email you a copy of the workshop cutting diagram and instructions for you to use at home. This way you can choose your color group and other items based on what you need for your projects. You can check the list of products I used to make my cards to be sure you have what you need. If you already have card bases at home, but you would like the Brushstrokes Stamp Set or Thin 3-D Foam Tape, then you can order the things that would help you put your cards together. To shop online, go to www.michelle.ctmh.com.

 

If you have any questions about the workshop options, you can contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.

I’m happy to help you find the right workshop kit for you.

 

 

Here is a list of Workshop Packages and Workshop Dates.

 

Workshop Package A – $39.00 (plus tax and shipping)
  • X3125 Fundamental Paper Package – Adventure colors
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack (half package – qty. 25)
  • Your choice of two “M-size” message stamps
  • Black Enamel Stars, White Cardstock
  • Cutting diagram and instruction sheets
 
Workshop Package B – $53.00
(plus tax and shipping)
  • Includes all of Workshop Package A, PLUS…
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes, Value Pack 14.95 (full package – qty. 50)
  • Your choice of two additional “M-size” message stamps
Other supplies used for these cards:
  • C1608 Brushstrokes Stamp Set ($13.95)
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad ($6.95)
  • Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in coordinating Adventure Colors ($6.95 each)
  • My Acrylix Blocks: Y1002 (1 x 3 1/2), Y1003 (2 x 2)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors

 

 

Workshop Dates:
  • Friday, January 29 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 30 at 1:00 PM

 

Remember, if the dates do not fit with your schedule, or you do not live in the Boise area, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll send it all to you.

 

 

Contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com 

to reserve a spot at a workshop or order a workshop kit.

 

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