Welcome to April, Friends! As I’m writing this post, there are birds singing outside, the dogs are soaking up some sunshine, and there are blossoms of color popping up everywhere. It’s a classically spring kind of day and I love it! It really has me ready to be outside having new adventures, how about you?

The pages I have to share with you today are going to be great for enjoying new adventures and fun activities with family and friends and celebrating the things that create your happy place. This month I chose to use the Close To My Heart Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet, Complements, and Sequins, along with Whisper Thick Twine and a Black Journaling Pen for accents. The color combination is really terrific and the paper prints are so versatile. I had so much fun creating with these products, that I actually decided to make four full layouts (8 pages) for our Scrapbook Workshops & Workshop Kits for April. Here they are!








Aren’t the colors in this paper packet terrific? They are just so happy. One of the things I think you will really enjoy while creating these scrapbook layouts is that you can kind of personalize the pages and change things up without having to make adjustments to compositions or anything. Close To My Heart Background & Texture Paper is printed on both sides. It’s fantastic, because it gives you so many more paper choices all in one package. For example, take a look at the paper shown in the picture below. In the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet there is a multi-colored floral print. On the back of the piece of paper are lots of different kinds of bugs. Both sides use the same color combinations and the patterns carry about the same weight. To change the look of your page, you can just flip the paper over to have flowers for some layouts and bugs for the others. How great is that?




If you go back and look at all of the places I used the floral Background & Texture Paper on the layouts shown above, you can picture those pieces being flipped over to all of those little bugs. Every layout would still work. This is terrific for changing themes quickly to better go with the photos you want to use. If you are enjoy activities outdoors like going to the park, hiking, going camping, or have kids exploring with bug catchers in the back yard, you can change the layout by just turning those floral pieces over. Easy!


In the Dreamin’ Big Complements a wonderful combination of stickers and white acrylic shape. If you love accessories, you will have some fun with these. They mix-and-match terrifically, add pops of color here and there, and create interesting textures with the added dimension of the acrylic shapes. In these pictures below, you can see some of the details a little more closely.




I especially liked the instant titles that are in the Dreamin’ Big Complements. “Explore,” “Adventure is Out There,” “Happy Place,” and “Love Life” can fit for so many different photo themes and memory making activities.





The Picture My Life Cards and Zip Strips included in the Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet are also terrific. I used so many of them on these pages, including the combination for the “Sunshine and Good Times” title. That main title piece is from a Picture My Life card, and the “be happy” next to it is from a Zip Strip. Close To My Heart just makes creating so easy all of these coordinating pieces.

Looking closely at the pictures above, you will also see places where I added black border lines to frame some of the pieces. It’s just a simple thing, but that black border line can create focal points, ground pieces, and tie things together. I do a simple double line using a Black Journaling Pen. Using the double line takes off the pressure of making everything perfectly straight. I make the first line and then kind of weave the second line in and around that one. At my Scrapbook Workshops, I call them wiggle squiggle lines. It’s super casual without need to be exact.


What do you think? Are you ready to enjoy some new adventures and add your photos to these pages? I would love to help you create a set of these scrapbook layouts for your albums. Simply choose the option below that best fits for you.


There are three options for making these Dreamin’ Big scrapbook layouts.

  1. Register to attend a Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise area and come make the pages here.
  2. Order a “Workshop Kit To Go” with pre-cut pieces and instructions to assemble pages at home.
  3. Get the Workshop Guide, complete with cutting guide, instructions, photos, and tips to create the pages on your own.



Dreamin’ Big Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $32 (plus tax and shipping)


Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7218B Dreamin’ Big Paper Packet
  • X7218C Dreamin’ Big Complements
  • Z3315 Dreamin’ Big Sequins
  • Z3095 Whisper Thick Twine
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen ($3.25)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors ($13.95)


Scrapbook Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 pm
  • Friday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 22 at 1:00 pm



To register to attend a Scrapbook Workshop, or to order a Workshop Kit To Go,

contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com.



To receive a Workshop Guide complete cutting and assembly instructions and a CTMH Consultant Release Form to reproduce the pages a workshops, you have two options.

  1. Receive the Workshop Guide absolutely FREE when you place a $25 order on my website for the supplies you need to make these pages, or other crafting supplies you may need. To shop online, go to Michelle.closetomyheart.com and then email me to let me know which Workshop Guide you would like to receive.
  2. Purchase the Workshop Guide for $10. For this option, contact me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing.com to let me know which Workshop Guide you are interested in.


Thank you for visiting my blog today. I look forward to helping you with your memory making and memory keeping projects. Share some moments with someone special today. Have a wonderful springtime kind of day!



1 comment

  • Kathy Burrows says:

    Love your layouts!

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