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Join My Team in February

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Become a Consultant Today!          Join My Team Today!

Why I Love Being a CTMH Consultant

I won a set of Stamps of the Month at the 2016 Convention playing the Left-Right Game!

When you join my team during February, you will get three free Stamps of the Month.  That’s a great deal, but there are so many better reasons to become a CTMH Consultant.  Here’s an incomplete list of what I love about being a part of the CTMH family:

  • The Discount: I was a customer for years, when I finally realized that I was placing orders each month anyway, so why not get a discount as a Consultant. 
  • The Rewards: There are so many outstanding rewards you can earn as a Consultant.  One of my favorites is free product by meeting monthly sales goals.  As a new Consultant, when you reach Straight to the Top, you will earn select product credit, cash, stamps, a bag, a shirt, and a large organizer filled with product!  Some Consultants even earn incentive trips…how would you like to go to Thailand in 2018?!
  • Four “generations” of my CTMH family at Album Retreat!

    The Friendships: It didn’t take long for my priorities to change about being a Consultant.  I still love the product, but I stay for the people!  I have developed so many important friendships over the years with my customers and fellow consultants.  They truly are close to my heart!

  • The Travel: The BEST event of the year is Convention!  That’s where I get to see all my friends and learn about new products and programs from CTMH.  We also get to take home a lot of FREE product!  If you plan on becoming a Consultant, my advice to you is to attend as many CTMH events as possible.  You will learn so much and be inspired to make your business grow.
  • The Home Office Team at the 2016 Convention!

    The Freedom: Yet, sometimes we don’t want our business to grow.  We have enough on our plates and are satisfied meeting our quarterly minimums.  You know what?  That’s okay!  This is YOUR business and you get to run it as you see fit.  I love that there is no pressure other than what I put on myself.

  • The Education: I’m a life-long learner, and I get so excited every time Home Office releases a new training on the Consultant website.  It is filled with training courses, videos, and a listening library.  They will teach you everything you need to know about being a Consultant.
  • We found Sticky Boy at the 2016 Seasonal Launch Event in Portland, OR!

    The Opportunity to Teach: I’m a teacher.  I love to share what I know with others and watch them grow and succeed.  CTMH has provided me with the opportunity to share my passion for memory keeping and paper crafting in a variety of ways, from home workshops to crops to online classes to presentations at Home Office events. 

  • The Hunt for Sticky Boy (and Girl)! CTMH has forever ruined every other conference that I attend because of Sticky Boy!  Sticky Boy was the prototype for CTMH’s My Acrylix® clear stamps.  During events, Consultants with a keen eye can spot Sticky Boy and take him home.  Finding Sticky Boy is one of the highlights of Convention for me!  Over the years, I have found 15 Sticky Boys and one Sticky Girl.  I even won a giant Sticky Boy in a dance contest…that’s how much I love Sticky Boy!

I could go on and on, but I’ll stop here.  I hope you will join my team and meet me in SLC for Convention this year!

I’ll leave you with this little video about Sticky Boy!














There’s Nobunny Like You

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February 2017 Stamp of the Month

Feb. 2017 SOTMI’m having such a fun time creating cards using little critter stamp sets lately.  As soon as I saw the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book at the launch event for consultants back in December, I knew that I had to get this stamp of the month.  I feel equally excited about the April SOTM, as well!  Okay, I admit to already purchasing the March SOTM, too…it isn’t critters, but it is adorable!

I designed this card in Cricut Design Space.  Yes, I seriously miss Studio J, but Design Space has quickly become my go to design tool for both cards and scrapbook pages.  I like the opportunity it provides for creativity and outside-the-box thinking.  For instance, I knew I wanted my little bunny to be standing in grass.  The stamp set comes with a cute stamp for grass, but I decided to use the grass from the Artbooking Cricut Collection.  Since it only comes in a small strip, I welded it to a square and then sliced the whole thing so that it would fit on the background cardstock.

Click here to shop for SOTM!The Whimsy Fundamentals paper collection is so perfect for this card.  Here is a list of all the products I used on this card.  As of the writing of this blog post, some of the inks are listed as out of stock, but they should be available mid-February.


February Tool Tip–Blending Pen

Click to view a larger image.Have you ever used the Blending Pen?  If not, I highly recommend it.  On this card, I stamped the bunny onto White Daisy cardstock in Memento Black and colored the image with the Watercolor Pencils.  The Blending Pen blends the colors together to allow for shading and smooth colors.  It makes the coloring process really easy, because I don’t have to worry about covering the entire surface with the pencils or try to hide pencil lines.  The Blending Pen will smooth it all out!

Painting with Ink

Shop for ToolsIt gets even better…you can use the blending pen with your inks, as well.  Regardless if you have the new or old pads, you can simply squeeze the lid to transfer ink onto the inside cover.  Then use a variety of tools to paint with the ink.  The Blending Pen and Shimmer Brush don’t need water, but the Waterbrush and Paintbrush Set may depending on the look you are going for.  You can also add drops of Re-inker into the lid!

Let me know when you have used this tool tip!  I would love to see whatever you create.      

Join My Team in February!

Become a Consultant Today!So, here I’ve been going on and on about the wonderful Stamps of the Month, so I figured I better let you in on how you can get your own sets for FREE!  Join my team in February and you will earn all three sets for FREE (that’s $53.85 in retail value)!  Did you know that you now can host a party (in person or online) and use your hostess rewards to pay for your new consultant kit?  Ask me for more information.  

Join My Team Today!Also, former consultants can sign up for only $50 this month with a no kit option.  You will still receive the $50 in SPC and the FREE Stamps of the Month!  Talk about a great deal.  I can’t wait to have you on my team!













2017 National Papercrafting Day

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2017 National Papercrafting Month KitIn celebration of National Papercrafting Month, I think it is high time that I update my blog!  Nothing like a two year hiatus to make one think I’m not papercrafting anymore.  Thankfully, that is not true.  I’ve simply ignored this blog because it doesn’t get a lot of traffic and I spend my social media time posting to Facebook and Instagram.  Yet, I do think about the blog a lot.  I want to simplify the design so that I can get back to posting on a regular basis.  I’m super busy with school right now–teaching AP Computer Science for the first time and working on my National Boards–so I know I won’t have time to work on it until after I take my final exam for National Boards.  Even so, I’m going to make more of an effort to document my crafty endeavors here as I find Facebook depressing right now, and people tend to scroll through the images and ignore the description on Instagram.  What I love most about being a Close To My Heart Consultant is the teaching aspect of what I do.  My blog will allow me to share more details than those other mediums.

So, let’s get started by talking about the awesome National Papercrafting Month project CTMH released this year!  I’m not really much of a home decor gal.  We moved into a modern house and I’m going for a clean look and don’t want a lot of dust gatherers…LOL!  Yet, I simply had to make the adorable Welcome Home Wreath.  The kit was so easy and fun to put together.  I figure it will make a great gift!  Click on the wreath image to the left to watch a video tutorial I posted on my YouTube channel.  Great news if you missed the special as it is only good through this Tuesday, all the flowers come from the Flower Market Cricut Collection, so you can recreate your own wreath in any colors you desire.

National Papercrafting Day

Yesterday was National Papercrafting Day, and I had a crop at my house with five incredible women.  It’s so fun to get together and craft with friends!  I created a make-n-take using the sweet Sugar Rush collection.  Since the card featured donuts, my fantastic hubby bought the gals some donuts.  Although they loved the idea of the donuts, they didn’t eat very many.  Hmm…now my husband has to eat the rest…funny how that worked out.  LOL!  

Because I loved the design on the reverse side of the paper, I also created a card with the Sugar Rush Scrapbooking stamp set.  I’m actually really excited about both of these stamp sets, because I have photos of my niece and nephew eating snow cones when they were kids and of my husband eating donuts from my trip to VooDoo Doughnut in Portland.  I’m looking forward to sharing those memories on scrapbook pages using this paper!

Here are a few close ups.  Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image:

Silly Sayings Cards

Click to view Design Space file.While my friends worked on their projects I made some cards using the Silly Sayings and Some Kinda Wonderful–Cardmaking stamps.  I had previously designed the cards using Cricut Design Space and will share those files as I complete each of the cards.  There are five designs in all and this is the first of them. 

After I took these photos, I realized that the cards need a little bling, so I’ll add bitty sparkles or sequins later.  I made the plain card first and decided that I didn’t really like it, so I stamped the background using stamps from the Flower Market Cricut Collection.  Since I’m doing 3 each of the 5 designs, I decided that I didn’t want to devote that much time to stamping backgrounds.  Instead, I decided to use embossing folders on most of the cards.  On one set, I’m going to sand the background to let a little of the white core pop out.

The frame is from Lawn Fawn but everything else is CTMH.  I’m using the retired Fundamentals paper that had an embossed design on the front.  I also used the ShinHan markers to color the fox and turtle.  They are popped up using fun foam which I simply ran through my Cuttlebug.

I hope you will use the FREE Cricut Design Space file and share what you create with it!  https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/52826610









Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month

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National Scrapbooking Month is Here!

National Scrapbooking Month is here, and that means that summer is right around the corner!  Are you ready for a Taste of Summer? I know that I’m counting down the days until school ends and I am free to play. I have lots of plans for the summer that involve creative play in the sense of getting outside and enjoying nature, updating my blog and filming online workshops, and exploring the programs I’m using for my video game design course. Yes, that one is for school, but it is still a major form of play for me! I’m also looking forward to exploring my creativity through papercrafting. After taking nearly a year-long break from memory keeping, I’m finding it hard to get back into scrapbooking, so I’m going to focus my time on making cards…and actually sending them! I’m also finding that I’m having fun creating gift items for people, and that’s the first class I’m going to share with you.

Get Your Free Taste of Summer Online Workshop

So, here’s how it works. Simply purchase $25 or more on my website by the end of May, and I will send you a link to the online video workshop. Your purchase must include at least one set of the Taste of Summer paper. Remember, it is only $8.95 and there are no purchasing requirements or quantity limits! This is a sweet deal to celebrate National Scrapbooking Month! I’ll also include the workshops featured in this video.

Taste of Summer Workshop Supplies

The following are what you will need to complete the projects:

TOS1Taste of Summer Mini-Album

  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • CC1039 Taste of Summer Stamp Set
  • S1505 Just Sayin’ May 2015 Stamp of the Month (this is only $5 with a $50 purchase!)
  • Z2640 Thistle Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2162 Honey Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2155 Topiary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2173 Slate Exclusive Inks™
  • 12×12 Cardstocks – (1) – Thistle, (1)- Canary, (1) – Honey, (2) – White Daisy, scrap of Topiary
    • X5940 Whimsy Cardstock Combo Pack
    • X5935 Adventure Cardstock Combo Pack
    • 1385 White Daisy Cardstock
  • Y1009 2 x 3 1/2 Block
  • Paper TOS2Trimmer with cutting and scoring blade or Score Board (12×12 is easier to use)
  • Exacto Knife
  • Z1912 Corner Rounder
  • Strong Adhesive
    • 1512 Bonding Memories Glue
    • Z1904 Base & Bling Adhesive Strips
  • Z534 Micro-tip Scissors
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z1924 Dot Embossing Folder
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1805 (1) Hook and Loop Dot (aka Velcro)
  • Z1204 Bone Folder
  • 1778 Spritz Cleaner
  • Z1782 Stamp Scrubber
  • Extras to further embellish:
    • Shin Han Markers – Z2462 Peony Purple and Z2452 Golden Yellow to color sparkles
    • Z1752 Clear Sparkles Assortment
    • Z2045 All Purpose Mat (allows you to get glue all the way to the edge)
    • Z1207 Rub and Remove Eraser (lets you remove any excess adhesive)
    • M1050 Mini Calendar Stamp


1505-cc-nsm-layout-01-us_caYou Make Me Happy & Life is Grand layouts

  • D1647 Documenting Moments
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • 1385White Daisy Cardstock
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z3024 White Shimmer Trim
  • Z2013 Sequins Silver Assortment
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Z1979 Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1003 2″ x 2″ Block
  • Y1006 3″ x 3″ Block


1505-cc-nsm-cards-01-us_caTaste of Summer Cards

  • D1646 Finding the Words
  • CC1038 Taste of Summer Paper Packet
  • X254 White Cards & Envelopes Value Pack
  • Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2643 Canary Exclusive Inks™
  • Z2191 Sunset Exclusive Inks™
  • Z1799 Silver Shimmer Trim
  • Z1263 Bitty Sparkles
  • Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
  • Y1000 1″ x 1″ Block
  • Y1002 1″ x 3½” Block
  • Y1010 2″ x 6½” Block


1504-se-coverSeasonal Expressions 2

When you place your online order, don’t forget to add the Seasonal Expressions 2 idea book to your cart for free!  As always, you can purchase the Annual Inspirations book using item # WC1151.  Both idea books are good through the end of August.

Operation Smile

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Operation SmileI think about how blessed I’ve been in my life. My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but they made sacrifices and got me into braces as a teenager. I now have a beautiful smile. I even have a student this year who comments on how white my teeth are…LOL! I tell her it’s all thanks to my Mommy! I look through my scrapbooks and see all the smiling faces, and I simply can’t imagine what my life would have been like had I or any of my loved ones been born with a facial deformity.

I was reminded of all of this as I was looking through some of my old notes from the Close To My Heart 2008 Convention.

On June 1, 2008, Close To My Heart teamed up with Operation Smile as our official charity. They made the announcement at our annual convention which was held in Disney World that year. I vividly recall sitting in the audience listening to Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee tell us their story. The number of lives they have impacted is astounding.

The birth of a child is the number one reason why women start scrapbooking. Yet, parents of children with facial deformities don’t see smiling faces. Instead, they feel anxiety and fear. Did you know that it only takes $240 and 45-60 minutes of surgery to repair cleft lips and cleft palates?! In the US, this simple surgery is done automatically, but in other parts of the world, these become throwaway children. Many can’t speak or eat, and some die of malnutrition.

Dr. Magee reminded the audience that there are “so many problems in the world that we can’t change, but this is something we can change!” According to the Operation Smile website, they celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2012 and have “provided more than 200,000 life-changing surgeries worldwide.”

As we celebrate Close To My Heart’s 30th anniversary, I want to recommit myself to raising enough donations to put a smile on the face of at least one child this year! CTMH donates money for every stamp set that is purchased, but I also can raise more donations by asking my customers to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar. I’m also donating a 30-minute Studio J coaching session to the Dream Team Operation Smile Auction at convention in Disneyland at the end of the month!

“The value and dignity of one child’s life is worth the effort of people he will never know.” ~Dr. Bill Magee

You can make a donation by visiting my shopping cart and entering in a donation amount. No purchase necessary! Simply update quantity and then click the “Checkout Now” button. You will need to create an account if you don’t have one and then complete the purchase to make your donation. If you would like to make a large donation to Operation Smile, contact me first for more details.

As you go about your day, remember that a smile changes everything!

Tool Tip Tuesday: Cricut Craft Room

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Artbooking & Cricut Craft Room

overlayLayoutI love scraplifting from the Close To My Heart Idea Book (this comes from page 48 of Spring Summer 2014).   My tool tip for today is for all you E2 Cricut owners.

The overlay is cut from the Artbooking Cricut cartridge.  I could have easily sent several different patterns through my Cricut and pieced together this project, but I wanted to save paper since this Timberline kit is so darling…I don’t want to waste a scrap!  As E2 owners will attest, cutting on scraps is not nearly as easy as it is with the regular Expression.  Far too many screens to navigate.  At least the view screen lets me know exactly where to place my scraps!

Cricut Craft Room To The Rescue

CricutScraps01Yep, gotta love the Cricut Craft Room!  I used the hide contour feature to hide everything except the pattern that I wanted to print.  I then placed scraps of paper on my mat following the guide in CCR.  I sent the mat through my E2 and got perfect pieces every time.

CricutScraps02I inked the edges of all my little pieces and then put them in the overlay.  I’m really happy with the way this page turned out!

Leave a Comment for a Video & CCR File

overlayFinalLet me know if you would like to see a video of the process with a free CCR file download.  I’ve had some severe back pain this week and haven’t been able to sit much, so I wasn’t too excited about creating a video.  If there is an audience for it, I’ll do it once my back starts feeling better.

overlayCloseThe good news about having back pain is that I’ve been standing for most of the week.  That has kept me off of the computer and spending more time scrapbooking at the high table in my craft room and at the kitchen counter.  I have been a ridiculously productive scrapbooker this week with 5 2-page spreads and this single page!  Go me!  With that said, I am looking forward to feeling better.

Close To My Heart Studio J Intro

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Tool Tip Tuesday:  Studio J

If you have spent any time on my blog at all, you know that I love Studio JStudio J solves a lot of problems that people have when it comes to memory keeping.  The biggest complaint…lack of time!  Studio J has Express Collections that allow you to complete layouts in minutes by simply dropping in your photos and adding a little journaling.  It really does not get any easier than that.  The other problem that it solves is a perceived lack of creativity.  If you don’t feel creative, start with the Express Collections.  Soon you will gain confidence and move on to the regular templates which allow you to modify color choices and more.  Eventually, you will want to try your hand at the No Limits layouts and design from a blank canvas!  Studio J also saves you money.  A double-page spread (aka Layout) is only $6.95…that’s it!  You don’t pay for kits, embellishments, templates, or software.  You simply pay for the layouts you receive in the mail.  It’s an amazing savings over other forms of digital scrapbooking.

Studio J Introduction

I uploaded several of my Studio J videos on Curious and created the following video as an introduction to my course.  I’m currently creating a new course that will be exclusive to Curious, so stay tuned for more information!


Save Money on Studio J Layouts in March!

The good news is that you can save even more money on your Studio J layouts this month…they are only $5!  The bad news is that the month is 1/2 over.  Check out the following video from CTMH for more information:

Studio J Portfolio

To really get the most out of this memory keeping tool, I invite you to view my Studio J Portfolio for more ideas.  Don’t forget to watch my other tutorials on YouTube.


Tool Tip Tuesday: Interactive Pages

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Tool Tip Tuesday

Welcome to my new blog series, Tool Tip Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I’ll post how I use some of my favorite tools and supplies for memory keeping and papercrafting. Have tools in your stash and need some tips on how to use them? Leave a post on my blog or Facebook page, and I’ll see what I can do to help.

Interactive Pages

sparkle-shine01There are so many ways to create really fun, interactive scrapbook pages. Close To My Heart’s how-to book, Magic, has lots of ideas to make your albums more interactive. Even when you keep your interactive layouts simple, as I’ve done in this project, you need some basic tools:

Keep It Simple with WOTG

sparkle-shine02I like to keep my purchasing habits simple by getting a Close To My Heart Workshop on the Go each month. The kits come with a full paper pack, extra cardstock, two full packs of embellishments, a D-size stamp set, and an instructional brochure. All this for only $29.95! Most kits range in value from $40-42, so these kits are a huge savings. Plus, it takes me the whole month to use the kit—that’s always my goal, anyway—since it comes with so much product.

The kits are only available for the life of the Idea Book or while supplies last, so I suggest getting your favorites early.  Also, some kits such as Sparkle & Shine (shown here), are only available for a short time when we have special mini-catalogs.  I stocked up on extra Sparkle & Shine paper packets, so I’ll be good for awhile…LOL!

Get More Photos on the Page with Flip Flaps

interactive1One of the easiest ways to make your layout interactive also helps you get more photos on the page! I use the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps to add more photos or additional journaling. In this case, I printed a bunch of 2×2 photos to remember our Christmas 2012 photo shoot. One of the hidden photos is of me being a total goof ball and another is a bit blurry. I still wanted to include it in the layout, because it tells the story of my mom, sister, and me marching around the house to Christmas music.

Tool Tip Tuesday: Flip Flaps

howTo4Flip Flaps come in a variety of sizes. I like the Small Assortment, because it comes with 4 each of 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, and 4×4. Those really are perfect sizes for adding photos to regular or pocket-page layouts. I do have a few tips for working with Flip Flaps:
1) There is additional plastic on the adhesive side of the Flip Flap. Use your paper trimmer to trim that bit off. I also use my scissors to snip the corners to get rid of additional plastic and make the adhesive a little less obvious. I forgot to do that with this project which bums me out a little.
2) When adhering the Flip Flap directly to your page protector, make sure you know exactly where you plan to place it. The adhesive is strong, so you don’t want to move it around once it has been placed. Also, really rub the adhesive strip so you don’t see as much adhesive on the page protector.
3) My preferred method is adhering the Flip Flap directly to the project and sliding it through a slit in the page protector. This is where the tools come in handy!

Slicing Your Page Protector

I don’t recommend this technique on cheap, flimsy page protectors. The Close To My Heart page protectors are very sturdy and don’t rip or tear easily. Even so, you can minimize ripping by following these instructions:

1) Place your layout in the page protector.

howTo12) Mark the start and end points of your Flip Flaps with a stylus or bone folder.
3) Remove the layout and insert a small, self-healing mat.
howTo24) Use an eyelet tool to punch a small hole on the spots you marked.
5) Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a slit between the holes on top of the self-healing mat. You only want to do this on one side of the page protector, so make sure it is facing the right direction and that you have a mat inside the pocket.
howTo36) Repeat as often as needed. I did this three times for my little Flip Flaps.
7) Place the layout back into the page protector and gently feed the Flip Flap through the slit. If using large Flip Flaps (e.g. 4×6 or 6×6), it is better to add the photos/journaling AFTER feeding the Flip Flap through the slit. The really large Flip Flaps (e.g. 6×12, 4×12 & 8×12) work better on the outside of the page protector.

Make Any Page Interactive with Hidden Journaling

interactive2One of my go-to techniques simply requires a bit of 3-D Foam Tape. Create a pocket by mounting a photo with foam tape on three sides only. Put another photo or journaling on a piece of cardstock and slide it into the pocket. I cut a small pull tab with the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 37) so my reader will know there is something hidden behind the photo. I decided not to put a slit in the page protector since it is so close to the top of the page.


Leave a Comment!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope will leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see on Tool Tip Tuesday. Also, let me know how you make your pages interactive. I would love to see your creation posted on my Facebook page.

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Re-inker + Artbooking = Love

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Artbooking Love You Mini-Album

Make your own background paper using this great re-inker technique.

One of the things I love most about going to Close To My Heart events is the ability to see artwork up close and personal.  I absolutely fell in love with this mini-album when I saw it at the Artbooking Album Retreat in October.  Close To My Heart had several tables filled with artwork from the Artbooking Made Easy video series.  I took photos of every page of this mini-album because I love the colors, style, re-inker technique, sentiment, stamps, Artbooking shapes…really…everything about it.  Well, minus the binding.  I’ve never been a fan of loosely bound albums.  When I recreate this, I’ll remove the holes from the pages in Cricut Craft Room before cutting and then use my Bind-It-All to bind it with coils.

Artbooking Overlay using the Re-inker Technique

Artbooking makes it easy to cut the pages, overlays, photo mats, and icons for a wide variety of layouts and mini-albums.

It’s nice to be able to take detailed photos of the pages to capture the details I may miss in the video.  For instance, the photo to the right includes the heart overlay (Artbooking pg. 48) that uses the re-inker technique described in the video below.  It also includes black stitching on the hearts that I may have missed without seeing the page in person.

You can get these sneak peek privileges by joining my Studio Scrapping team and attending the Close To My Heart convention or other regional events with me!  Ask me about the exciting event taking place in Sea-Tac at the end of February…you don’t want to miss it!

Now, on to the Artbooking Made Easy video.

Re-inker Technique

There are so many great re-inker techniques that range from simply dying ribbons/flowers to creating your own paper by pairing re-inker with shaving cream or marbles.  Paper crafters are a creative bunch!  I’ve used re-inkers as watercolor with a paint brush, but I hadn’t used a sponge dauber to paint or create giant paint splats before.  Check out these awesome re-inker techniques in the Artbooking Made Easy video below:

Re-inker Technique Creates a Paint Splat

Create giant paint splats by saturating a sponge dauber in a re-inker and water mix and “splat” on your page.

Do you find this re-inker technique as amazingly fun as I do?!  It makes me want to create splats in every color of re-inker I own.  I have 41 re-inkers, btw…I felt the need to count them all!

Re-inker and Spray Pen

Use re-inker with a CTMH Spray Pen to create your own mists to perfectly match your projects.

Another re-inker technique used in this mini-album but not mentioned in the video involves creating mist by mixing re-inker and water in the CTMH Spray Pen.  There are so many fun and trendy looks you can achieve with mist.  When I’m misting, I also like to use a small paint brush to dip in re-inker and water to create slightly larger splats of paint that aren’t quite as large as the sponge dauber technique.  Simply fill your brush with re-inker and water, tap the handle against your hand, and watch the splats of ink fall.

Artbooking overlay on top of re-inker technique

Paint a portion of the background page using the re-inker technique and cover with an Artbooking overlay.

The key with these techniques is to expect it to look messy.  Once you start adding photos, embellishments, and journaling, it will start to look the way you want it.

Please leave me a comment below to let me know how you plan to use these re-inker techniques!  Once you make something, feel free to post your project on the Studio Scrapping Facebook page.

Celebrate National Papercrafting Month

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I’ll be on Cloud 9 this weekend!

I have been so ridiculously busy this school year, I really haven’t done much scrapbooking or papercrafting.  Luckily, I have my two Close To My Heart clubs and my crop group that each meets once a month, so I get to play with pretty paper at least three times each month.  I decided that I’m going to celebrate National Papercrafting Month while my husband and his friends are watching the Seahawks game on Saturday by putting together the Cloud 9 kit.  I’m really looking forward to playing with the new washi tape and teal shimmer trim that are sneak peeks from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book which will be released on February 1 (contact me to get a copy).  I’ll post my cards and anything else I make with the leftover kit on Sunday.  Until then, take a look at this video.  Remember, the kit is only available this month and while supplies last, so be sure to click on the shop button on the right to pick up your kit today!  On second thought, you might need to wait until tomorrow since the CTMH site is down for several hours tonight…LOL!

So, how are you celebrating National Papercrafting Month?  Leave a comment below to let me know!

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