Friday, August 24, 2012

Dole Plantation layout

Here's another page for my Hawaii book:

I struggled a bit with this one because instead of using a recipe from one of the 'How To' books, I just copied the design from Studio J and estimated the sizes.  I also altered the design because I wanted to use larger photos.  That, and I was trying to conserve paper because I want to make a few more layouts with my Moon Doggie papers and I'm getting down to having only a few whole pieces left.  I'm sure I could make a layout with my scraps, but it's just easier to start with whole sheets.  Getting the bracket shapes adhered was a total pain!  I decided to leave off a title because there was enough going on and the photos contain their own titles.  Ever scrapbook your postcards?  As long as they aren't placed touching your photos, they are okay to add to your pages.    I've also strategically placed the sticker over the corner of the large photo, because in the photo is a trash can and it is distracting.  I couldn't crop it out when I printed because I wanted to keep as much of the Dole sign in the photo as I could.  When all else fails, slap a sticker on it!

Pattern: stole from Studio J
Papers & My Stickease:  Moon Doggie
Cardstock & Ink:  Indian Corn Blue, Desert Sand, Cocoa, Cranberry
Edge Anchors: Indian Corn Blue
Journal Spots: journey
Hemp: natural
Cricut: AP
Jolee's - pineapple
Eyelet - from my stash

I should have more to post after this weekend - I'm going to a crop tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by....

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hooked on Studio J

Okay, I must admit that I am 99% a crafty-inky fingers-hands on scrapbooker and haven't been interested in the least in digital scrapbooking.  So I wasn't interested in joining Studio J as a member.

BUT - after CTMH changed the program effective August 1st and lowered prices and did away with the membership program, I decided to give it a try.  Why not?  The only price to try out the program was my time.

So I gave it a go, using the new Express Collections.  I had a few frustrations, but after about 2 1/2 hours, I came up with 2 two-page layouts:

I created these last month and yesterday I received a reminder email that my projects were going to expire in 30 days.

SO - since my scrapbook for my dog is an 8 x 8 album, I decided to purchase only the JPGs for $2.95 each instead of the full 12 x 12 pages.  That, and a minimum order for 12 x 12 pages is 4 layouts and I only had two done.  I made my purchase, and my downloads were ready for me in less than 10 minutes!  A few clicks later, and they were on my computer.  If I can do this, anyone can - it was really easy!

Then since I want something tangible to show for my work, I hunted for a coupon code for Shutterfly.  I found one that expires 8/20/12:  $10 off a purchase of $10 or more:  coupon code 10off10  (I never make a Shutterfly purchase without a coupon!)  Downloaded my projects to Shutterfly,  dropped them in my shopping cart to make 8 x 10 sized prints, edited my prints to make them square, and bam!  Purchase made, final cost $3.29 per print - Studio J price/Shutterfly price/shipping/tax all combined.  My 8 x 8 layouts will be in my album by the end of next week.

And now my project will be saved in Studio J for one year, so if I decide to make 12 x 12 prints, I can order them from CTMH.

Yeah, now I'm hooked.

Check out my website at for more information on Studio J, along with video tutorials on how to do digital scrapbooking!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Huge Sale Going On NOW!

Hop on over to my website and check out the While Supplies Last sale:  Shop CTMH Sale !

You'll find some awesome deals and huge discounts:  Albums for $2, embellies, papers, etc.  Hurry though, supplies are running out fast!

Direct ship only thru my website - I cannot order for you.  Also keep in mind that shipping is calculated on full price, not sale price of the items you buy.

You can also add items from the new Idea Book in with your order, and if you purchase $50, you will be eligible for the August Stamp of the Month for $5 more.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hawaii Museum Layout

So I just had to step away from the scanner and create something yesterday.  I'm so happy I finished another page for my Hawaii scrapbook!  Here it is:

This page came together quickly because what better papers are there to use for an Army-themed layout than Victory?  Really, the thing that took me the longest was editing my photos.  I'd printed the first bunch a long time ago, but they came out really dark.  So I tinkered with them and reprinted.  They're still dark, but that kind of comes with the territory of taking photos in a museum...

I'm getting better at planning out what is happening underneath my photos before I start adhering everything - usually I'm anxious to keep everything in place once I've decided on my design.  Only after the fact I think, 'that would've looked cool with something underneath'.  So this time I was sure to stamp on my B&T papers first and put the zip strip under my photo.

Supplies Used:
Design:  Magic Top Hat (Victory WOTG bonus project - you can get this pattern off my website at under Workshop on the Go project inspiration)
Papers & My Stickease:  Victory
Cardstock & Ink:  Chocolate, Olive, Desert Sand
My Acrylix:  Victory WOTG, Notice the Details
Cricut:  AP
Durables round antiqued gold
Dimensional Elements Stars
Mini Medley holiday

And here's another photo I have to share:
Because nothin's better than scrapbookin' with a puppy dog layin' at your feet!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ancestry Project

Okay, I've started working on my next GIHUGIC project:  Organizing and scanning Haight Family Photos.  Back in March, my hubby and I went out to Nebraska to help clean out a storage locker belonging to hubby's aunt.  She wound up with a good amount of the family's photos and other memorabilia spanning the last 75 years or so, and was downsizing to a smaller living arrangement.  These photos and papers wound up being packed in about 15 cartons, most still in developer's photo envelopes (yikes!).  I've volunteered to organize everything and make sure the photos find their way into a photo-safe environment.
-The first of many cartons of photos-

So - I've spent about 8 hours so far scanning photos and have only made a slight dent in the project.  My goal is to get everything scanned and organized, then to choose a selection of special photos and put together a Studio J album.  My Father in Law is one of 5 siblings, and there are lots and lots of cousins who have an interest in this collection of photos.  So Studio J is the perfect medium to share everything with everyone.

My deadline?  Next summer for the Haight Family Reunion.  My hubby's grandfather was a rather well-known quilter and there will be an exhibit at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln showcasing his works opening Summer of 2013.  The reunion will be held at the same time and I'm hoping to have this project completed by then!

There's not a lot to show right now, but what I've done is begin to separate photos into categories based on each sibling, and two other categories based on my husband's grandparents, and then anything connected to their quilting.  From there I will subdivide into years and other types of documents (hubby's grandmother wrote a lot of poetry, so I'll scan her works into a folder of 'writings').  The project evolves and changes as I'm going along, but hopefully I'll be able to organize everything into something the whole family can enjoy!

This won't be the only project I'm working on, of course, like most crafters I have several projects going on at the same time and I'll post those photos as I go.  Back to scanning for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stamp Special starts Aug 15th

CTMH 'It's Your Day' campaign begins August 15th.  Get this awesome Double D-sized stamp set for $5 with a $35 purchase: 
Go to my website at for more information and to place your order beginning 8/15/12.

Here are a few cards I made using this stamp set:
 I cut this card with the Cricut Artiste, and used Pacifica, Lagoon, Pear and Gypsy ink.  Finished it off with Smoothie Baker's Twine and sparkles.

 I cut this card with the Artiste cartridge and used the new Avonlea papers along with Smokey Plum cardstock & ink.
This one was made using the new La Belle Vie papers with Black, Blush and Ruby inks. The sentiment is part of the La Belle zip strip, and the embellies are the Opaques licorice and Opaques pearl.

And finally, this card was made using the Scholastic papers with Saddle, Ruby, Cocoa,and Indian Corn Blue inks.  I cut the shape with the Artiste and adhered it to the coordinating dimensional element.

Tomorrow I'll post a bit about the latest project I'm working on.  It's huge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Workshop photos

I've FINALLY had a chance to upload and edit the snaps I took last weekend at the workshop I had at my house.  Six wonderful friends joined me for an afternoon of craftiness.  Here are a few photos of everyone working on the Create & Takes:

 I did an instructional talk that I titled 'Stamping 101':  we had a few people who were new to Close to My Heart supplies, and some just wanted a refresher.  I went over the basics of stamping and showed a few techniques.  I made a board showing the techniques that I demonstrated.  I hope everyone came away with a few new ideas!

And OF COURSE, everyone who comes to my workshops gets a goodie bag - they contained a copy of the new Autumn/Winter Idea Book, a set of 'inchie' stamps, a treat cup filled with a variety of embellishments from Mini Medleys and a few other items:

And a second goodie bag - I also sell Avon, so I gave new catties and a couple of full-sized products:

And here are some photos of the projects we made:  two using products from the Spring/Summer book, and one project using new products from the Autumn/Winter book!

Thanks to everyone who came, I had tons of fun and I hope you did too!  Next workshop will be at Debbie's house on August 25th.  Contact me if you need invite details!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Autumn/Winter Idea Book goes live today!

Go to my website at to view the new 2012 Autumn Idea Book.  You can also view new videos by clicking on Project Inspiration, and assembly instructions for all of the Stamp of the Month projects.