All Shapes and Sizes

Scrapbooks are like people – they come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is the ability to tell your story.

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Our Instalife Albums hold our mini 4X4 and 2X2 mini protectors in a 1/2 inch ring binder.  This chip board album is the perfect size for a birthday celebration, vacation or even a grandma brag book.




This Everyday Life 3-ring Album is just a bit bigger at 9⅜” × 8¼” × 1½”; 1″.    You can easily combine our My Crush Pages and Picture My Life Cards for a fun mini-album.

The Everyday Life Album is available in both this classic black and white stripe and our trendy Sea Glass.



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Our 12 X 12 Faux Leather albums come in both a post bound and D-ring option perfect to hold your traditional or pocket scrapbooking pages.

Pick an album and get started today…no one else is going to tell your story the way you can.

Recording the Memories

It’s December…actually it’s December 7th and I’m not sure where this year has gone.  I always try and do a December Daily Album and I get about a week into it and life takes over.  This year, Close to My Heart is giving me a little incentive to continue the venture.  Their #ctmhcountdown on Instagram gives me a chance to get a daily prompt AND the opportunity to WIN!

Can you figure out what the daily prompts were from looking at my pictures?

I’m super excited that I’ve made it this far (and yes today’s post has been made) and hope to continue the journey.  Christmas is no longer my favorite time of the year so I’m trying my hardest to make the best of things this year…maybe it’s just the push I need.

Merry Christmas,


Playing Catch Up

A year to the month after my mom died, Close to My Heart hosted an Album Retreat in Salt Lake City and I thought it was the perfect place to heal my heart.  I was wrong.  I spent a terrific 5 days exploring the surroundings of SLC, however my heart was not into scrapbooking.  Do I regret the trip…not one bit!  I came home with all the pieces to assemble a terrific album including full color instructions.

Fast forward 17 months…I’m putting those terrific pages together.


I had plenty of time to look at the layouts, figure out what pictures I wanted to use and I’ve started.  These pages feature lots of cuts from the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.



I love the detail that has gone into these pages and although I didn’t design them they still feel like my pages.  I’m sure that I will recreate the layouts using other images from the same cartridge.

Through the years my scrapbooking has evolved…I cringe when I look at some of the first pages I did in my son’s album 20 plus years ago, but then I look at the plain boring photo album that my mom put together for me – no journaling, no pretty paper, just photos in pockets.  Yes, pocket scrapbooking was apparently popular way back then too!

Thanks for stopping by…I’m heading back to the craft room so I have some more to share later this week.

Have you picked up an album or two?

Lagoon Chevrons, Ruby Floral or just Basic Black…our new canvas coated albums are an amazing deal during the month of February when you buy one you get the second half off.


The albums are available in either a D-ring or Post-Bound binding perfect for holding pocket page or traditional layouts.  Pick one up for yourself and save one for a wedding or birthday gift.

When you purchase two of the canvas coated albums you qualify for the Stamp of the Month at just $5.00 so you’re saving nearly $30 and as a special gift I’ll give you either the Hopscotch or Heartstrings Picture My Life Program absolutely free!  You can place your order online at and e-mail me your choice of PML Program at

Thanks for stopping by.

I Flipped Over Heartstrings

Close to My Heart shared a video a number of months ago putting together some great stamping techniques into the Designed Decor Flip Stand Album.  I thought this was a great little project so I set out to make one for myself and have incorporated it into my monthly card classes.

I started with the Heartstrings Paper packet and just chose random stamp sets to complete the pages.  I can’t wait to get it filled with photos.

The techniques showcased were:  using markers; tone on tone stamping; tissue technique and masking; using the backside of a stamp for a base; curved stamping; kissing; paper piecing; using stamps for B&T paper; rock & roll and shadow stamping.

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My monthly card club is enjoying learning a new technique each month and it’s a super way to use up retired paper.  If they choose not to buy the flip stand album I have offered to use my bind it all so they can refer to their technique book.

If you’re a consultant and would like to make a project like this, please refer to the Training Videos on the Training and Events tab in Online Office for the video.

Thanks for stopping by – remember, stamping is more than putting ink on paper!

New Albums for the New Year

The New Year is a great time to add a new album to your memory keeping collection and the new Lagoon Chevron and Ruby Floral Albums now available from Close to My Heart are your perfect choice.  Both albums are available in a D-Ring or Post Bound option.

The new D-Ring option is perfect for using divided Memory Protectors such as Picture My Life layouts.  The Post Bound album should remain your choice for side by side 12 X 12 layouts.

  Both albums are made of a trendy coated canvas.

You can place your order by e-mailing me at, or on my business page at

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy December :)



I have been wanting to do a December Daily Album for a long time, but I knew with my schedule that there was no way that I would have the time to dedicate taking pictures and journaling everyday.  Then I opened the Annual Inspirations from Close to My Heart and I saw my answer – the My Crush Holiday Happenings Book!  A Kraft hardcover, spiral bound book packed with 30 – 8¼” × 6½” pages in a mix of styles: printed vellum; printed, cardstock-weight; and page protectors in various styles.  You’ll notice that I also couldn’t pass on the My Crush Holiday Happenings Assortment and My Crush Holiday Happenings Badge Buttons.




I embellished my cover with the word Christmas and 2014 cut from gold glitter paper with my Cricut Artbooking cartridge.  I love the Glitter Paper from Close to My Heart as it is Cricut compatible and doesn’t shed.







I also took some time to sort threw the Holiday Happenings Assortment and pick a few of my favorites to pre-insert into my book as you’ll see in these pictures.










Of course no good project can go without some inspiration from Pintrest so I searched December Daily Album and came up with some magnificent ideas there as well.  Including  some sketches to use for my pictures.

I can’t wait to share more of my album as December progresses.

Happy Holidays!