It seems everything gets a little brighter in the summer with all of that warm sunshine, blue sky, and bold colors everywhere. It’s fantastic! This month we are kicking off summer scrapbooking with some colorful layouts featuring the new Close To My Heart Little Dreamer Paper Packet, Complements, and Glitter Gems. These pages are going to be great for preserving stories of your summer activities like pool parties, water balloons fights, family celebrations, and so much more. And, since we have so many things happening in the summer, there is even a fourth bonus layout with some mix-and-match possibilities. It’s all listed below, so read on to find out how you can add a splash of summer color to your albums.


Here are the four Little Dreamer layouts that I designed. To really show of the bright, fun summer colors featured in the Background & Texture Papers, I added some extra cardstock in Lagoon, Crystal Blue, Lemon, Blossom, Thistle, and White Daisy cardstocks. Talk about vivid. These colors certainly pop!








Aren’t those papers terrific?  How about those bright colored dots, stripes, and even the fluffy white clouds on a blue sky background. Fantastic!

If you have not used Close To My Heart Paper Packets, there are a couple of things you will love about their paper. First, all of the patterned papers that come in a themed packet are color coordinated making them easy to mix-and-match. You do not have to try to figure out which papers look good together, because the are all designed to be used together. Second, the papers are printed on both sides with different patterns, giving you twice as many prints and patterns to choose from. It’s awesome!

For example, look at layout #4 above, you see that the Background & Texture paper I used in the composition is the bright colored dots. Now, if you look at the layout shown below, you will notice that it is the exact same composition, but it looks totally different. You would think that I used a completely different piece of Background & Texture paper, but I didn’t.





I actually used the exact same pieces of Background & Texture papers and cardstocks to make both layouts. All I did was flip the Dots Background & Texture paper to the other side, which has the Unicorn Background & Texture paper on it. I didn’t cut anything different, I just turned the paper over. You can actually change the look and feel of each layout simply by turning the paper over and using the other side. I love that!

To go along with the different themes on the two layouts, I simply used different Picture My Life cards and accessories that all came from the same Paper and Complement packages. Too easy!

This is a great thing to keep in mind as you are putting your scrapbook layouts together. There are terrific coordinating prints on both sides of the paper, so choose the one that fits best for the story you want to tell on your pages.





I would love to share these Little Dreamer layouts with you. There are several options available for you to have a set that you can add to your album.


  1. Sign up to attend a Scrapbook Workshop. If you live near the Boise area, choose a date from the list below and come enjoy some creative time at my house.
  2. Purchase a Scrapbook Workshop Kit To Go. When you purchase a Workshop Kit To Go, everything comes pre-cut and ready to put together. Simply follow the assemble tips to put the layouts together, and have pages ready for photos.
  3. Get a Scrapbook Workshop Guide to create the pages at your convenience. You can purchase a Workshop Guide for $10, or get a full set FREE when you place a $25 order on my website. ( Workshop Guides include tips & techniques, cutting guides, assembly tips, and photos of each layout.



Little Dreamer Scrapbook Workshops & Kits – $37


Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7219B Little Dreamer Paper Packet
  • X7219C Little Dreamer Complements
  • Z3321 Little Dreamer Glitter Gems
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Extra Cardstock and supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

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


Available Workshop Dates:

  • Friday, June 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Friday, July 7 at 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 15 at 1:00 pm



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



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Ok…are you ready for one of my favorite new Close To My Heart products? It’s the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit. It’s simply fabulous! In fact I love the colors, Picture My Life cards, and festive images so much that I couldn’t just use it for scrapbooking. I turned this scrapbook kit into a Card Workshop with 20 different cards. It was so much fun! I’m excited to share these cards with you today, and you can even get a workshop to make some yourself. Yay!

I guess before I get too carried away, I should tell you what the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit is all about. Cut Above Kits are a great option for making fabulous layouts in a flash. Everything comes in the bag, ready to assemble, and including Memory Protectors to put your pages in your album right away. In fact, it’s literally 15-minute scrapbooking. These Cut Above Kits come with supplies to make a 2-page scrapbooking layout, including die-cuts, stickers, photo placeholders, Memory Protectors™, and instructions. The Kit also includes 12 coordinating pocket cards and two divided Memory Protectors for adding more photos.





Using these pieces, I followed the instructions for the layouts and made the pages shown below with photos from my 50th birthday party. I still need to add my journaling, but I just love how fun and festive the pages look using the parts and pieces that come in this Cut Above Kit! They are a perfect backdrop to my birthday photos with special friends.






As I was putting my pages together, the die-cuts, stickers, and Picture My Life cards were just inviting me to keep creating. So, I got a second Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit and transformed it into 20 different cards. All together, the 20 cards turned out like this.







What do you think? Aren’t they bold, bright, and full of festive fun? I think these cards will be some fabulous happy mail to send to family and friends. If you look closely at the scrapbook layout above and the cards, you can see where title pieces became card messages and scrapbook die-cuts became card accents.

I made all 20 cards without adding any additional paper. I only used the Background & Texture Paper and Picture My Life Cards that came in the original Kit. Of course, I did add card bases and envelopes, which I pulled from Close To My Hearts’ White Cards and Envelope Value Pack, but that’s it for paper.

I wanted to have a variety of sentiments, so I did add a few other messages using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts and Stamp Sets. This let me create a variety of birthday, thank you, thinking of you, and just because type cards. These are the three stamp sets I used, but you could choose other sentiments to fit the types of card message you need, too.






Here is list of the supplies I used to make these cards. 

  • Z3330 Cut Above Layout Kit – Party Time
  • X254 White Cards and Envelopes (Quantity 20)
  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Your choice of stamp sets for messages. Stamp sets shown here include:
    • – B1536 All the Thanks
    • – B1537 Birthday Sparkles
    • – A1198 Hi Friend
  • Z2805 Black Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
  • Z1979 Black Journaling Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors
  • My Acrylix Blocks to fit choice of messages



You can have some fun making cards out of this Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit, too. Here’s how…

  1. Attend a Workshop in the Boise area. Workshop Kits are $20, plus tax and shipping. They come with everything pre-cut and ready to put together. (See upcoming dates below.)
  2. Purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 complete with cutting guide, assembly instructions, project tips, and photographs of the cards to follow along.
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide when you place an order of $25 on my website. Simply shop online at and then email me at Michelle@SomethingAboutSharing to let me know you would like to receive the Party Time Card Workshop Guide.
  4. Join my Team in May and receive the Party Time Cut Above Layout Kit…AND…the Workshop Guide for FREE. I make all of my Workshop Guides available to the CTMH Consultants who are part of my Creative Hearts Team, so you have lots of resources available.


Note: My Workshop Guides do include a Consultant Release Form, so if you are a Close To My Heart Consultant and would like to share this workshop with your customers, you totally can, when you have a copy of the Workshop Guide for yourself. 

Upcoming Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 23 at 6:30 pm




To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, attend a local Workshop,

or to join my Creative Hearts Team,

contact me at






Thanks for visiting my blog today. Be watching for more fun projects featuring new products from the Close To My Heart Seasonal Expressions 2 Idea Book. There’s lots of great creative resources in that new book I’m super excited to try out. Yay!




It’s funny how creative inspiration can come from anywhere. As I sat down to create some new scrapbook pages with the Close To My Heart Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet, I was listening to music and the Justin Timberlake song, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” came on in the background. Have you heard that song? It’s such a fun, upbeat kind of song, and one particular line kept going through my mind. It’s says, “I got that sunshine in my pocket…” Well, there you have it! Here I was looking at this wonderful, brightly colored, happy paper and that song set my whole creative process into motion. As you will see in the first layout, I used that lyric for the title, too. It seems like a great title for preserving all kinds of different photo themes and memory making moments.

I made four layouts all together with the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet and the Some Kinda Wonderful Coordinating Cardstock. I really had fun mixing in some stamping, Cricut die-cuts, Black and White Dots, and White Twine. The Coordinating Cardstock pack did not include Lemon Cardstock, so I did add that in. I just had to have that bright, “sunshine” kind of yellow to go with the title. What do you think?








If you follow my blog, you know how I love alphabet fonts, especially mixing and matching alphabet fonts. To make the title on the first layout, I used the font that is on the Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge to spell out the word “POCKET,” and then used a pre-made word from the same cartridge for “Sunshine,” adding a script look to that word. The “IN MY” is actually stamped with the Close To My Heart Pen Pal Alphabet Set.

Then I used the Some Kinda Wonderful – Scrapbooking Stamp Set to add some extra details. It is made to specifically coordinate with this paper and has designs that are terrific for scrapbooking with accent pieces, titles, journal boxes, etc. These are the ten different designs that come in the set. Can you find where I have used some of these pieces on the pages?




I love the bright colors in these layouts. They make the pages cheerful and sort of toe-tapping happy, just like the song that brought the initial inspiration to the pages. I think there are so many different types of photo themes that would be perfect on them. Unfortunately, we have a very small window to get the Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Pack, because it is retiring on April 30th. That means it is only available for three more days! Wow!

I will not be creating full Workshop Guides for these pages, however, I do have Workshop Kits available. The Workshop Kits include the everything pre-cut and pre-stamped, all of the accessories, with instructions and photos to put them together. That will make is so quick and easy for you to create these pages and add them to you albums. There are even two Scrapbook Workshop dates if you live in the Boise area and would like to come make them at my house.


Some Kinda Wonderful Workshop Kits – $30 (plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7217B Some Kinda Wonderful Paper Packet (pre-cut)
  • X7217D Some Kinda Wonderful Coordinating Cardstock (pre-cut)
  • Cricut die-cut shapes & titles (pre-cut)
  • Z3314 Black & White Dots
  • Z3216 White Twine
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-stamped accessories images and titles
  • Instructions with photos on how to put the pages together


Other Supplies Used On These Pages:

  • D1716 Some Kinda Wonderful – Scrapbooking ($17.95)
  • Z2805 Black Exclusives Ink ($7.95)
  • My Acrylix Blocks (1”x1”, 2”x2”, 2” x 3 1/2”)
  • 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, May 19 at 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 20 at 1:00 pm



If you would like a set of these pages, contact me soon before this great paper is gone.  I would be happy to put a Workshop Kit put together for you, so you can enjoy a little “sunshine in your pocket” and a little sunshine in your scrapbooks.


Contact me at




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



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 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 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!



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Yesterday I shared the scrapbook pages that I designed with the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, Blush Shimmer Ribbon, and Accessories. I had so much fun creating with this beautiful paper, that I decided to use a lot of the scraps that I had left over from making those pages to create a set of cards. I thought you might enjoy seeing some other ways to use your Hello Lovely paper, too. I like creating handmade cards, because they add such a personal touch to the notes I send to family and friends. And really, who doesn’t love receiving happy mail?

Here are the twelve cards that I made. They use different compositions and paper combinations. Having so many mix-and-match possibilities in the Hello Lovely Paper Packet is fantastic! I love that everything coordinates and makes creating a breeze.







I used the Close To My Heart White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack for the bases, because they are such an amazing deal. It is only about .30 cents per card base and envelope. That’s very affordable!

Close To My Heart also has some terrific options for sentiments that you can use for card making. On this set of cards, I used a variety of stamped images and Thin Cuts to add the messages. There are two stamp sets that I use often for birthday and thank you cards. They are the “All the Thanks” Stamp Set (B1536) and the “Birthday Sparkles” Stamp Set (B1537). Each set has four messages with various fonts and shapes.





I really had fun using Close To My Heart Thin Cuts with these cards, too. With four graduated sizes of circles in the Basic Circles Thin Cuts set, it is easy to layer messages on the cards. For a bolder, more colorful look, I especially love using Thin Cuts to make message die-cuts out of coordinating cardstock. The Hello &  Thanks, and Happy Birthday are two of my favorites because they are so versatile and useful.






If you have not used Thin Cuts before, it’s really easy. You use an embossing machine to cut out these die-cut shapes. It’s the same type of machine that you use with Embossing Folders. In the example below, I just set the “Hello” Thin Cuts on Sorbet Cardstock, ran it through my embossing machine, and out pops the die-cut shape ready to add to my card front. Sometimes I even use the left over scrap pieces with the negative space for project.






Once the “Hello” message was cut out, I attached the die-cut to the card front using a Bonding Memories Glue Pen. This type of adhesive has a smaller tip that works well with the narrow shapes of these letters. The card below shows what the message looks like on a completed card. That full color die-cut messages is pretty terrific, don’t you think?







While we are talking about these cards, I also wanted to be sure to show you one way I like to use the Basic Circles Thin Cuts. For the next card, I took one of the pre-printed Picture My Life cards from the Hello Lovely Paper Packet and cut the flower cluster into a circle by using the largest Thin Cuts circle. It’s so quick and easy. I could see exactly how I wanted to line it up and be sure the circle would be just right around the floral cluster. (By the way, this technique also works terrific on photographs to cut them into perfect circles with the subject right where you want it.)






Once I had that flower cluster cut into a circle, I could just layer it onto the front of the card you see below. I loved the way it came together. Having that beautiful full-color image on the front in a circle rather than just another square, makes a difference. I add a little Blush Shimmer Ribbon and a few Gold Gems to finish it off. I did not put a sentiment on the front of this card. I liked it just the way it was. Sometimes I like having cards on hand that do not have a set message on the front, so that I can use them for any occasion.








And, if you know me, you know I like to mix-and-match supplies and get the most out of a great composition at the same time. The card shown below is the exact same composition as the card shown above. Take a look. Can you see the similarities? The difference is that I cut the large Thin Cuts circle out of White Daisy Cardstock instead of the pre-printed Picture My Life Card, and then use the “Hello” Thin Cuts to add nice message in the middle. I think having the white circle behind the message creates a terrific spotlight effect.






Pretty great, isn’t it?I sure appreciate how easy Close To My Heart makes it to enjoy some creative time. By using Close To My Heart products everything coordinates and works well together, making creating projects faster, simpler, and easier.

If you have enjoyed these cards and might like to make a set of your own, I do have Workshop Kits available to make all twelve cards. You can attend a Pick-A-Project Workshop Day here in Boise, or get a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll have everything pre-cut for you to put together at home.


Hello Lovely Card Workshop – $20

(plus tax and shipping)

Workshop Kits Include:

  • 12 White Daisy Card Bases & Envelopes
  • Hello Lovely Paper, pre-cut for each card
  • A variety of stamped messages to personalize your cards
  • Pre-cut Thin Cuts messages to personalize our cards
  • Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Gold Glitter Gems


Other Products Used On These Cards:

  • Z3259 Hello & Thanks Thin Cuts
  • Z3318 Basic Circles Thin Cuts
  • Z3304 Happy Birthday Thin Cuts
  • Z553 Bonding Memories Glue Pen
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors


Boise Area Workshop Dates:

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


If you would like to be able to use some of these great Thin Cuts at home for other projects, this is a great time to purchase some of those. In March you can enjoy a

25% discount on all Close To My Heart Thin Cuts.

The sale even includes the Thin Cuts that come in a bundle with coordinating Stamp Sets. That’s fantastic! If you would like to see all of the Thin Cuts options available and shop online, just click here.



To order a Hello Lovely Card Workshop Kit, simply email me at



Thanks so much for visiting my blog today. I hope that these cards give you some creative inspiration and ideas on how you can enjoy making your own beautiful cards and making someone’s day by sharing some Happy Mail with others. Happy paper crafting!





Hello, friends! Gracious it has been a very busy month here at my house. I’ve been in and out of town and have missed sharing some new creative inspiration with you. I’m back and all set to catch up, so get ready…there’s lot’s of fun things coming. This month I have been sharing scrapbook pages that feature the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely Paper Packet, Complements, and coordinating Blush Shimmer Ribbon and Gold Gems. It’s a simply beautiful collection of products. Some of my friends who have been coming to local Scrapbook Workshops this month to make these pages have been using these layouts to scrapbook things like family heritage photos, Senior Proms, Daddy-Daughter dances, family night activities, and so many different themes. These pages seem to fit a lot of different purposes and they have also been terrific with different photo finishes like black-and-white pictures and sepia. Are you ready to see them?

This workshop makes three complete layouts with plenty of supplies left over for you to add to them, or even create other projects. Here they are…






It’s hard to see all of the fabulous details, the gold foil accents, and the beautiful prints in the papers in the photographs. I wish you could all see them in person. Here are a few pictures to help with some of the little things.







The ribbon, Complement title pieces, gold foil stickers, and Gold Gems bring so much to these simple page compositions. Everything is adhesive-backed, excepted the ribbon, of course, so the accessories are easy to add to the pages and make them beautifully embellished and ready for photos.

You may also notice in the pictures that I did add some cardstocks to these pages. I chose to add Kraft Cardstock for two of the page bases, as well as accents on all three layouts. There is also a sprinkling of Sorbet Cardstock and Sea Glass Cardstock in the mix, too. I especially liked the texture addition of the Kraft Cardstock.


I really enjoyed designing these pages and I hope that you will also enjoy creating a set to add to your scrapbooks. This collection of papers and accessories are only available for one more month, before they retire. If you would like to have a set of these pages to use for your memory keeping, just let me know. I would be happy to help you out. There are several options available for to make a set of these pages. You can attend a Scrapbook Workshop if you live in the Boise area, or you can purchase a Workshop Kit that comes with everything pre-cut and ready to assemble that you can make at home, or you can order the supplies on my website and get the complete Workshop Guide with instructions, cutting guides, photos, tips, and techniques Free to make the pages on your own. Just let me know which one works best for you and I’ll be happy to help you.



Hello Lovely Scrapbook Workshop Kits – $35 (plus tax and shipping)

  • X7216B Hello Lovely Paper Packet
  • X7216C Hello Lovely Complements
  • Z3312 Gold Glitter Gems
  • Z3313 Blush Shimmer Ribbon
  • Additional Cardstock and Supplies

Other Supplies Used On These Pages – 

  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro Tip Scissors


Scrapbook Workshop Dates – 

  • Friday, March 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, March 24 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 PM



To make a set of these Hello Lovely scrapbook pages, contact me at



And…just so you know, I have enjoyed this paper packet and accessories so much that tomorrow I’ll be sharing a dozen beautiful cards using the same supplies and featuring Close To My Heart Thin Cuts. Here’s a sneak peek. Enjoy your day!




Shop all of the Close To My Heart Hello Lovely products and lots of other fabulous products for scrapbooking and papercrafting on my website. Just click here to have all of that creative goodness at your fingertips. And, remember, when you place an order on my website, click the button to “Join” Michelle’s March Online Gathering to be entered in a drawing for $25 in free CTMH products. 




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

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



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







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





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

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

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


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


Workshop Includes –

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

Other Supplies Used On These Pages –

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


Scrapbook Workshop Dates –

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

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



To purchase a Workshop Kit, Workshop Kit To Go, or to reserve a spot at a Scrapbook Workshop, Contact me at







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

To shop on my website, just click here or visit


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

Here are two ways you can get a Workshop Guide. 

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


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

to make the layouts shown above, email me at


Winter has definitely come! I’m not sure what winter looks like where you live, but we definitely had a white Christmas here in Boise. Today the sun is out and it’s actually close to 30 degrees! Yay! That means Sophie is ready to go outside to play in the snow.



For all of these snow-filled days, I thought we really needed a set of layouts to capture the moments. Winter activities can be everything from playing in the snow, to baking cookies, or curling up with a good book and a cup of cocoa. Whether your idea of winter fun is outdoors or indoors, I think you will enjoy creating these scrapbook pages for your albums. We all have stories to tell, right?


These layouts feature the Close To My Heart Oh, Deer! Collection. I think the papers and accessories in this collection are so pretty. I love the woodgrain papers and terrific color scheme. You will also notice in the pictures below that the pages include special pine cone and pine sprig die-cuts that I added from the CTMH Flower Market Cricut Cartridge. They just seemed to fit so perfectly that I could not resist. I am enjoying all of the different seasonal die-cuts on the Flower Market Cartridge.







The mix of textures and patterns is terrific in this collection. Here are some close up pictures of a few of the details on these pages.




Don’t you love the combination of silver and gold foil accents with the kraft papers and natural bamboo stickers? It’s a little hard to see the cool bamboo stickers from the Oh, Deer! Assortment in the pictures, but they really are adhesive-backed stickers made out of wafer thin bamboo. The assortment has tree and stars in two sizes. Can you see the woodgrain texture on them? They are pretty cool.





These are really fun pages to put together, and there are lots of supplies left over that you can use for more layouts or even Flip Flaps and Pocket Plus Pages.


The unfortunate thing is that the…

Oh, Deer! Collection is retiring on December 31,

 along with all of the products found in the Close To My Heart Holiday Expressions Idea Book.



That means we have a very small window of opportunity now to order the supplies to make these page. In fact, there are only THREE DAYS left. If you would like to make a set of these pages, please contact me right away, so that I can be sure to get everything ordered for you before it is gone.


If you live in the Boise area, you can come to January Scrapbook Groups or Pick-A-Project Days to make these pages. There are three dates listed below. If you live long distance, or the dates do not fit your schedule, you can order a Workshop Kit To Go and I’ll get everything prepared and mailed to you.



Oh, Deer! Workshop Kits – $35


Workshop Kits Include:

  • X7214B Oh, Deer! Paper Packet
  • X7214C Oh, Deer! Complements
  • Z4011 Oh, Deer! Assortment (Bamboo Stickers)
  • Z4014 White & Gold Twine
  • Extra Cardstock and Pre-Cut Cricut Shapes


Note: “Workshop Kits To Go” come pre-cut, ready to assemble, and include pictures and tips for how to put them all together. 


Other Supplies Used For These Layouts:

  • Flower Market Cricut Collection ($99 or $79 for digital only)
  • Z341 Mini Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-tip Scissors ($13.95)


Scrapbook Workshop Dates: 

  • Friday, January 13 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, January 27 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, January 28 at 1:00 PM (Pick-A-Project Day)



To attend a Scrapbook Workshop, or to order a Workshop Kit To Go, contact me at


These Winter Scrapbook Layouts are only available until

December 31, 2016.







You can also shop the Oh, Deer Collection on my website.

Just click here to shop 24/7. You will find many other wonderful things, too. Enjoy!






I have really enjoyed making the new Happy, Happy Christmas album and projects that Close To My Heart has available this month. With one Workshop Guide, one core set of supplies, and a choice of add on project styles, I can make five different personalize Christmas projects. If you have not heard about this fabulous special, you will want to read on to see what it’s all about. Even though these workshop projects are only available in November, there’s still time to get in on this holiday crafting goodness.

The Happy, Happy Christmas special begins with a bundle of goodies and all of the instructions you need to complete five beautiful scrapbook layouts, that’s ten 12″ x 12″ pages. By using a unique set of products to make the pages, they are like nothing else you will have in your scrapbooks. They have a classic, sort of nostalgic, look to them that is really quite fun.

The bundle includes your choice of a D-Ring or Post Bound Album in this gorgeous red, Memory Protectors, and all of the supplies you see shown below. It’s only $69.95 for everything.





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














I can see so many different types of photographs on these pages, including old family photos and black and white prints. Talk about scrapbook pages that are perfect for pictures of Christmas present, Christmas past, and Christmas yet to come, these are great.


After making the scrapbook layouts, the Workshop Guide has complete instructions for creating four other optional gifts. I made one of each project style and added photos, so you could see what they look like all put together.



Holiday Display Tray – The Display Trays can hang or sit in easels on a shelf or mantel. They can hold 3″ x 4″ photos or 4″ x 6″ photos that you cut and spread across two sections.






“Tis The Season” Hinged Display Tray – The Hinged Display is terrific for smaller spaces and adding holiday decor on book shelves, desks, fireplace mantels, college dorm rooms, office cubicles, etc. It was so easy to decorate this project. It could be a great gift for lots of people on your Christmas list. I really liked the way this project turned out. (I especially like the picture of Sophie with snow on her nose.)





Magnetic Chalkboard Frame – These frames are really very versatile. I like the chalkboard also being magnetic, so I can write on it and also use magnets to hold things in place. The instructions for this project have you glue everything to the chalkboard, however I put some magnetic sheeting behind a couple of my project pieces to make the whole thing removable and reusable every year. This way I can use the chalkboard all year long. And, if red is not your color, the frame can be spray painted to fit the color scheme you need.





Everyday Life Album – These are fantastic mini albums with easy My Crush pages and pocket Memory Protectors for adding photos and holiday memorabilia. This is a simple slip on cover made from the supplies left over from the bundle and there are lots of pages inside for memory keeping.




These Happy, Happy Christmas scrapbook pages and holiday projects are available in November in a special pricing package, saving 10% on the album bundle and 30-40% on the frames and decor items. That can be really helpful for your own personal memory keeping projects, and great for gifts, too.

On a side note, if you are giving something like the Hinged Display Tray as a gift, you can either add photos to it as you are making it, or you can just put White Daisy Cardstock where the photos would go and let the person you give it to add their own photos.


There are only a couple more days in November, so be sure to visit my website and order your Happy, Happy Christmas Album Bundle while it is still available. The Workshop Guide that goes with it is something you can download from my website, too.  Click here to shop online.


Enjoy your holiday crafting and memory keeping. If you have any questions as you are creating, contact me at I am happy to help.





Acorns, wheat, and colorful leaves are classic for fall decorating and Thanksgiving tables. It turns out they are also fabulous for decorating fall scrapbook pages. The scrapbook layouts I have designed for November Scrapbook Workshops and Workshop Kits  have a sprinkling of all of these wonderful fall things, and I really enjoyed making them. Here are the there layouts. What do you think?










I started with the Close To My Heart Swan Lake Paper Packet, Complements, and a Black Shimmer Ribbon interwoven with a metallic thread. There are terrific fall acorns, flowers, and colors in the prints of this paper.



The Swan Lake Complements have coordinating stickers with gold foil accents, tags, titles, and assorted white acrylic shapes. It’s amazing how many pieces there are in a set.






I was especially excited to add wheat to my fall scrapbook pages this year. The new Close To My Heart Flower Market Cricut Cartridge  features floral die-cuts for every season, including wheat that is perfect for autumn crafting. There are both bunches and individual stalks of wheat on the Flower Market Cricut Cartridge, so it’s fun to mix-and-match. This really is a very versatile cartridge with another 700 unique designs.







Here’s a closer look at some of the details in the wheat and the combination of stickers from the Swan Lake Complements. I like being able to add the pre-made title stickers in different arrangements. Since each letter is an individual sticker, the letters can even be attached in arches like you will see on the “Gratitude” page. It’s nice to have lots of options.








The Workshop Kits complete all three layouts, with extra supplies leftover for more pages or other projects. There is even an extra full sheet of pre-printed Picture My Life Cards that can be used to add more photos and storytelling spaces. The Picture My Life Cards have both 3″ x 4″ and 4″ x 6″ cards with vertical and horizontal images printed on both sides. A full sheet looks like this and you can see how each card is featured with cards in both directions to fit whatever your project needs.






Once the cards are cut apart they look like this. You can modify them by layering other Complement stickers, papers, stamping, and accents. In the picture below you can see where I’ve added some strips of B&T Paper, Zip Strips, and Complement stickers.






You can slip the Picture My Life Cards into the Memory Protector Pocket Plus Pages and insert them into your album between your scrapbook pages. They add so much more storytelling space and kind of feel like interactive pages, as well.





It’s all designed to work well together and make preserving memories faster, simpler, and easier. Pretty great, right?


As we are headed into the holidays and enjoying thankful moments with friends and family this month, I hope you will join me in creating these Swan Lake layouts to record those little moments of thankful things, gratitude, and family celebrations this fall.


There are several options available for you to make a set of these scrapbook layouts. Choose the option that works best for you and contact me at to get started.

  1. Attend a Scrapbook Workshop in person in the Boise Area
  2. Order a Workshop Kit To Go (Workshop Kits come pre-cut and ready to put together with simple instructions to help you put the pages together on your own.)
  3. Receive a FREE Workshop Guide with a $25 order on my website, or purchase a Workshop Guide for $10 (More details listed below.)



November Scrapbook Workshops – $34


Workshop Kits Include –

  • X7212B Swan Lake Paper Packet
  • X7212C Swan Lake Complements
  • Z4012 Black Shimmer Ribbon
  • Additional Cardstock, pre-cut Cricut die-cut shapes, and supplies


Other Supplies Used On These Pages – 

  • Memory Protector Pocket Plus Pages
  • Z3285 Flower Market Cricut Cartridge ($99.00)
  • 1772 Glue Dots ($7.50)
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape ($5.95)
  • Z1836 Non-Stick Micro-Tip Scissors ($13.95)


November Workshop Dates –

  • Friday, November 11 at 6:30 PM
  • Friday, November 18 at 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, November 19 (Open Crafting Day between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM)



To order a Workshop Kit, Workshop Guide, or sign up to attend a local Scrapbook Workshop in the Boise area, contact me at




WORKSHOP GUIDES: In addition to attending Workshops or purchasing Workshop Kits, I also have Workshop Guides available for these Swan Lake layouts. The Workshop Guides are complete with cutting diagrams, project tips & techniques, assembly instructions, photos of completed pages, and a CTMH Consultant Release Form for Consultants who may want to use the pages for other workshop classes. The Workshop Guides are free when you place a $25 order on my website for supplies, or you can purchase the Workshop Guide by itself for $10, if you already have the supplies you need. You can shop here on my website and then simply send me an email telling me you would like to receive the November Swan Lake Workshop Guide. I’ll send you the Workshop Guide via email for you to create these pages at home.






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